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More than 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria, it was reported.

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

David Cameron wobbles on minimum price for alcohol pledge

It was a firm commitment by the Government last year. So what has happened?

Editorial: We can and must stop another Savile

It was bad enough to learn that Jimmy Savile committed more than 200 sexual assaults, including 32 rapes, over the course of a lifetime in the public eye. Now it emerges that the police received no fewer than eight complaints against the celebrity DJ and yet still failed to limit his five-decade reign of abuse. Indeed, Scotland Yard’s first intelligence about Savile’s paedophile activities harks back as far as 1964.

Editorial: The absurd laxity of Britain's police

There is much to be applauded in the latest efforts to root out corruption in the police. In fact, amid the Home Secretary’s plans to expand the Independent Police Complaints Commission, create a national list of struck-off officers, and require the declaration of all gifts, hospitality and second jobs, the truly glaring question is how such simple strictures come not to be in place already.

The sharpest drops of nearly two-thirds were reported by police forces in Cleveland, North Wales and Staffordshire, according to figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend.

Police starting wage to be slashed by 20 per cent

The starting salary for police officers is to be slashed after the Home Secretary today approved a package of controversial reforms.

Peregrine falcons can be taken from the wild and sold for enormous sums for falconry - even though it's illegal

Wildlife crime unit faces extinction over funding crisis

Concern about future of crucial work preventing smuggling and cruelty against animals

Mahdi Hashi, 23, had disappeared in Somalia when Home Secretary Theresa May issued a rare order withdrawing his citizenship earlier this year. Only a handful of such orders are issued each year

UK accused of role in rendition as missing 'Briton' faces US charges

Government ministers were facing questions last night about whether they were complicit in the rendition of a former UK citizen who has unexpectedly appeared before a US court months after disappearing in Africa.

Andrew Mitchell: The former chief whip wants an inquiry into allegations that police fabricated evidence

Monday diary: Has Jon Gaunt loved the Police Federation to death?

This PR maestro, hired to advise the police over Plebgate, has questions to answer

The head of the Met Police Federation, John Tully, called for Andrew Mitchell’s resignation

How police rank-and-file spied their chance to settle some political scores

The resignation of Andrew Mitchell was a rare victory for the Police Federation, which had been repeatedly rebuffed throughout 2012 during its battles against government reforms of pay and pensions.

A police officer stands outside Number 10 Downing Street

Clash points: Police v state

Police receive information from 105 victims in North Wales child abuse inquiry

Operation Pallial is re-examining allegations of historic abuse

May says UK cannot cope with migration levels

More than a decade of "uncontrolled mass immigration" has strained communities, put pressure on public services, depressed wages and is driving up house prices, the Home Secretary said.

Richard O'Dwyer faced being the first person to be extradited from Britain to America to face charges of copyright infringement

Pirate site student pays £20,000 to US

A student who ran a website where users could stream pirated films has “avoided a conviction” after paying £20,000 to US authorities, his lawyer has said.

Student strikes deal to avoid extradition

A British university student has avoided extradition to America over allegations of internet piracy after signing an agreement to pay compensation and avoid trial.

Lisa Markwell: The problem is that booze is cheaper than water

With intriguing timing, the Government has just announced plans for a minimum unit cost for alcohol, in a move designed to curb binge drinking. Right now the supermarkets resemble laboratory mazes, in which you must negotiate towering displays of crates of beer and wine at special prices for festive parties (for which read, piss-ups); if you can get to the till without suckered by a discounted slab of Strongbow or persuading yourself that yes, Tia Maria really is a sophisticated seasonal cocktail base that needs to be purchased in large quantities, you are made of strong stuff. As opposed to being influenced by the strong stuff.

A woman pushes a pushchair past Davenport Methodist Church Polling Station in Stockport as voters go to the polls today to choose England and Wales's first police and crime commissioners

Labour criticises police and crime commissioner elections as Tory candidate Angus Macpherson wins Wiltshire contest

Voters were not given enough information about the police and crime commissioner elections, Labour claimed today as turnout was expected to be as low as 10% in some areas.

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