News Nearly eight years after this rally in Trafalgar Square in London, the problem of Islamophobia carries on

Many forces reported a particular rise in anti-Islam hate crimes following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby

'The town seems affluent, but look at the evidence of people who need our help'

From the leafy serenity of Witney Green, with one of the Oxfordshire town's picturesque church spires and local pubs in the middle distance, it is not hard to see why David Cameron, the local member of Parliament, imagined a return to an old-fashioned community spirit could help solve many of Britain's social ills.

Sunningdale 'murder' victim named

The man found dying in the back of a van was named by police today as father-of-three Shaleem Amar.

Four quizzed after man found dying in van

Detectives were questioning four suspects today in connection with the murder of a man who was found dying in the back of a van.

Women held over rare Potter book theft

A 36-year-old woman was arrested today by police investigating the theft of a limited first edition of a Harry Potter book.

Man guilty of stairway killing

A 24-year-old man was found guilty today of killing another man who died after being pushed from the top of a stairway, police said.

Man faces court over hospital rape

A 43-year-old man will appear in court today charged with the rape of a woman at a hospital, police said.

Police hunt for body of 'murdered' guesthouse owner

Detectives were hunting today for the body of a wealthy guesthouse owner believed to have been murdered following a bitter divorce battle involving a pre-nuptial agreement.

Man quizzed over mother's murder

The son of a businesswoman was being questioned today on suspicion of murdering her after she was allegedly stabbed to death following rumours of an affair.

Sam Hallam has spent six years in jail for a murder he swears he did not commit. Now, he has received the news he thought would never come - that the case is to be reopened

When Sam Hallam was a teenager he was tried and convicted of a murder he says he did not commit.

Police 'deeply sorry' for CCTV overkill

West Midlands Police have apologised for installing more than 200 surveillance cameras in two largely Muslim neighbourhoods.

Police apologise over CCTV in Muslim areas

A police force today apologised over a controversial CCTV scheme which saw more than 200 surveillance cameras installed in two largely Muslim neighbourhoods.

Woman charged over mother and toddler fire deaths

A 48-year-old woman has been charged with killing a mother and her toddler daughter who died in a house fire, police said.

Mystery ashes found buried in grave

A grieving family discovered a casket of ashes buried in their loved one's grave, police said today.

Student jailed for 16 years for murdering father

A law student who murdered his father in a bid to escape his "controlling influence" was jailed for life today with a minimum term of 16 years.

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