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

Remains found in search for lecturer

Police searching for a retired university lecturer missing for six months have found human remains in his garden.

Champagne celebrations at Scotland Yard as 'universally hated' Dizaei is exposed

The Statement from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, was suitably sober and contrite.

Driver quizzed after two die in police chase crash

A motorist was being questioned today after a couple were killed by a car speeding away from police.

Pandora: Hold the front page! Brown gets a break

Here's something you don't see every day: a bit of good news for Gordon Brown. We hear that performance dates for the forthcoming theatre adaptation of that seminal 1980s television programme Yes, Prime Minister have been delayed.

Boy dies two weeks after falling into icy pond

A six-year-old boy who fell into an icy pond while playing with a friend died in hospital today.

Two killed as light aircraft crashes near airport

Two people were killed when a light aircraft crashed near an airport today, police said.

Boy pulled from icy pond named

A six-year-old boy fighting for his life after plunging into an icy pond was named by a hospital trust today.

Police searching for boy, 13, find body

Police searching for teenager Jordan Trowsdale, who has been missing since Christmas Eve, have found a body in a river near where he was last seen, sources said.

Amy Winehouse charged with theatre assault

Amy Winehouse has been charged in connection with an assault at a theatre, police said today.

Parents trapped Facebook paedophile

A paedophile who targeted an 11-year-old on Facebook and was caught when the girl's parents posed as her online was beginning a jail sentence today.

Chef admits murdering teaching assistant

A chef pleaded guilty today to stabbing a teaching assistant to death as she walked her dogs in a park.

Homeowner jailed for tackling burglar

A businessman who fought off knife-wielding thugs threatening to kill his family was jailed for 30 months yesterday.

Paul Daniels is burgled as he watches TV

Magician Paul Daniels was taken unawares when a burglar broke into his house while he was watching television, it emerged today.

Carjacker who crippled mother jailed indefinitely

A carjacker who mowed down a mother-of-four in her own car, leaving her wheelchair-bound, was jailed indefinitely today.

Hunt for man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted teenager

A teenage girl was kidnapped and subjected to a "horrific" sexual attack, police said today.

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