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An investigation has been launched after human bones were discovered on a houseboat that was devastated by fire.

Hampshire police commissioner voters unlikely to find out if Conservative candidate Michael Mates committed electoral fraud until after election

Voters in Hampshire will almost certainly have to wait until after this week’s police commissioner elections to find out whether the high-profile Conservative candidate for the post will face action over claims that he committed electoral fraud to enter the contest.

Commissioner candidate Mates placed under police investigation

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IT specialists urged to help police

IT specialists should consider becoming police volunteers to help stop criminals trying to fleece Britons of hundreds of millions of pounds online, the Security Minister is to suggest.

Man dies after taking diet-aid drug

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12 arrested after mass brawl in Oxford

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Two more men charged in young girl abuse probe

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Police target London 2012 gangs

Up to 400 police have been in action this week in the latest crackdown on gangs set to target the London 2012 Games, Scotland Yard said.

Three men die in car crash

Three men have died after the car they were in left the road and careered into trees before rolling down an embankment, police said.

Thunderstorms and rain on the way as heatwave gives way

The mini-heatwave which has swept Britain looks set to end after forecasters predicted cooler temperatures and unsettled weather for the week ahead.

Man arrested after woman's body found in pool of blood in Berkshire

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after a woman's body was found in a pool of blood in an underpass.

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The death of a woman whose body was found in an underpass is being treated as suspicious by police.

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