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The local sheriff’s department has had the last laugh after a drawing widely panned as the worst police sketch ever has helped catch their suspect

Teenager admits raping 15-year-old at knifepoint on Newscastle waste ground

A teenager has admitted raping a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in a terrifying 90-minute ordeal.

Man given life sentence for murdering £3,000 casino winner

A man has been handed a life term after stabbing a gambler to death who had won £3,000 at a casino.

International Women's Day: I was a gang member, now I work for change for women in South Africa 

Former South African gang member Welcome Witbooi talks about his violent past and how it is possible for men to change

BBC to dramatise the Great Train Robbery from perspectives of coppers and criminals

A week after the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery Bruce Reynolds died aged 81 the BBC has announced it is to dramatise the notorious heist.

New arrest over Picasso art raid in Rotterdam

A 19-year-old Romanian woman was arrested by Dutch police today in connection with the audacious theft last October of paintings, including a Picasso and a Monet, from an art gallery in Rotterdam.

Trevor Hayes: The robber threatened victims with a sawn-off shotgun

Robber’s aggression was ‘due to brain tumour’

An armed robber has had his indefinite jail sentence overturned – after judges ruled that he behaved aggresively only because of a brain tumour.

Anger at DECC as fuel poverty hits millions

As more vulnerable people are forced to choose whether to eat or heat, protesters take to the streets.

Wanted: Police reveal list of 17 high-risk foreign criminals believed to be hiding in UK

A wanted list including a rapist, robbers and pimps all thought to be on the run in Britain was revealed today.

When pensioners fight back

A pensioner has been banned from Tesco after allegedly ramming staff members at the supermarket with her trolley after being less than happy with the service.

Halifax bank robbery filmed by witness

Shocking footage has emerged online of the moment a Welwyn Garden City branch of Halifax was robbed in broad daylight.

Police supply crystal meth to bank robbers

At first, police thought the men holed up in a provincial Cambodian bank were holding hostages. Then it became apparent they were drug addicts. Finally, they concluded that it was all an amateurish inside job to rip off the tills.

Crime in England and Wales

Fall in crime rates may have been exaggerated because of pressure on police not to record lower-level offences

Downward trend in offences questioned by statisticians as police grapple with cuts

Review: The Great Train Robbery, By Nick Russell-Pavier and Stewart Edwards

The night we all switched tracks

DVD: Railroaded! (PG)

“Don't give me that love stuff,” hoodlum Duke (John Ireland) barks at his dame Clara (Jane Randolph) in Anthony Mann's suitably brutal film noir from 1947.

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