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Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.

Top judge to beef up Fraud Office after string of bungles

QC with a terrifying reputation as a judge hired by new head of the SFO

Custody sergeant accused of 'gross failings'

The custody sergeant in charge of a mentally ill man who died at his police station has been accused of "gross failings" after CCTV showed that the officer did not check on the detainee for almost 15 minutes, despite giving contradictory evidence under oath.

Shard light show fails to illuminate London skyline

Londoners were left feeling Shard done by after a light show to celebrate the giant building's grand opening failed to illuminate the skyline.

Met officer denies treating man with 'wanton disregard'

A Metropolitan police officer who was assaulted by a mentally ill man who later died in police custody has denied treating him with "wanton disregard" because he was angry, an inquest has been told.

Officer admits he was wrong to hit Tomlinson

A police officer accused of killing an unemployed alcoholic today told a court that he was wrong to have struck a man with a baton and shoved him to the ground during protests in London.

PC Simon Harwood in court with his wife Helen

Pc Simon Harwood claims Ian Tomlinson was 'almost inviting physical confrontation'

A police officer accused of fatally injuring an unemployed man during protests in central London claimed that the victim was “almost inviting physical confrontation” before he was struck with a baton and shoved to the ground, a court heard today.

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Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of their part in a

Disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt released early from jail

Disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has been released from prison early, his lawyers confirmed today.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt released from prison

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has been released from prison early, his lawyers confirmed today.

Pc Simon Harwood's 'gratuitous act of aggression' left homeless alcoholic Ian Tomlinson dead

A Scotland Yard officer struck a bewildered homeless man with a police baton and shoved him to the ground in a “gratuitous act of aggression” that left him dead on a London street less than an hour later, a court heard today.

David King, 53, the oldest person charged in the Birmingham riots

Night the row about riot sentencing was reignited

Nina Lakhani hears a rare and explosive public intervention

Police did not regard offences of mentally ill man who died in custody as serious enough to warrant care

The inquest into the controversial death of a mentally ill man has heard how police did not regard his offences as serious enough to warrant their involvement in his care. 

UBS £1.4bn fraud accused Kweku Adoboli granted bail

A City trader accused of gambling away a record £1.4 billion in a banking fraud has been granted bail.

Teen guilty of murdering budding teenage athlete

A 19-year-old has been found guilty of murdering a budding teenage athlete.

James: he had a prodigious gift for friendship

Canon Eric James: Influential clergyman and theologian

James encouraged his great friend Robert Runcie to commission the important report ‘Faith in the City

PCSO charged with rape

A Scotland Yard community support officer has been charged with rape.

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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