News The spherical cartoon-like sketch incredibly helped catch Glenn Rundles - who does have a rather round head

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

Towie sisters at Old Bailey for father's £1 million heist sentencing

The Only Way Is Essex sisters Sam and Billie Faiers were at the Old Bailey today to see their step-father sentenced for a daring £1 million bullion heist.

Men jailed for robbing student during riots freed after error

Two men convicted of robbing a Malaysian student during the London riots in August last year have had their convictions overturned after the Court of Appeal “disagreed” with a judge’s decision to allow testimony from anonymous witnesses at their original trial. 

Briton Christopher Preece hacked to death in brutal machete attack in South Africa farm robbery

Capt Dhlamini said the robbers stole about £218 and a mobile phone

James Allen savagely attacked 81-year-old Colin Dunford in his Middlesbrough terrace home, then three days later stabbed Julie Davison, 50, to death at her flat in Whitby, North Yorkshire

'Brutal' double killer James Allen jailed for 37 years

Allen was on the run from police when he attacked 81-year-old Colin Dunford and 51-year-old Julie Davison

Shafilea Ahmed's parents have been convicted of killing her

Shafilea Ahmed's sister avoids jail after judge describes “extraordinary and terrifying story” as a “case for mercy”

The sister of honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed was spared jail today when she was given a 12-month suspended sentence for organising a robbery at her parents' house.

Armed robber raids same bank twice within a week

Police believe an armed robber has struck at the same bank twice within a week.

Schoolboy Miles Alura jailed for armed robberies he carried out using prosthetic old man disguise

A schoolboy who wore a prosthetic disguise and hair pieces to carry out armed robberies has been sent to prison.

German prosecutors charge neo-Nazis with murders of nine minorities and a police officer

German federal prosecutors say they have charged the surviving member of small group of neo-Nazis with involvement in the murder of nine minorities and a police officer.

Gunmen kill 20 in dawn attack at mosque

A gang armed with rifles and machetes attacked a rural village in Nigeria yesterday, killing 20 people – including worshippers leaving a mosque just before dawn.

Piracy in Somalia has become a major cause for British concern

Fresh attack as pirate season off coast of Somalia begins

The season for pirate attacks in the Arabian Sea has begun with an attack on a dhow, according to a UK maritime security company.

Abu Hamza's son convicted of robbery

The son of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has been convicted of carrying out an armed raid at a jewellers.

Police hope for peaceful end to Notting Hill Carnival after two stabbings yesterday

Police overseeing Europe's biggest street festival were hoping for a peaceful climax to the Notting Hill Carnival today despite at least two stabbings.

Jamie Harris in his cell on the drug rehabilitation wing at The Mount prison in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire

So, are drug users sick or simply criminals?

The question prompted a furious row between Russell Brand and Peter Hitchens. But who's right? Paul Peachey was granted rare access to a prison rehab scheme to find out the truth

Pierson in 2004 at an Academy Awards dinner

Frank Pierson: Writer and director who won an Oscar and two Emmys

His later career was notable for his work dealing with episodes in the history of America

Shrien and Anni Dewani at their wedding

Man jailed for Anni Dewani honeymoon murder

One of two men accused of being hired by British newlywed Shrien Dewani to kill his bride on their honeymoon in Cape Town has been jailed for 25 years after admitting murder.

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