News A group of Free Syrian Army fighters carry a wounded comrade to cover; over 16 people have been arrested since the beginning of the year amid rising fears of Britons being linked to fighting in Syria

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.

As voters stay away, was this the secret policeman's ballot?

Voters barely darkened the doors of polling stations in many parts of England and Wales today as the Government’s handling of the first elections to the post of police and crime commissioner was branded a “comedy of errors”.

Prime Minister 'completely fed up' as terror suspect Abu Qatada walks free from prison

The controversial preacher looked relaxed and happy as he was driven away from Long Lartin high security jail in acute contrast to outrage at both local and national level

Why I won't be voting for a police commissioner

Anyone who has spent time in the US is aware of the dangers of politicised policing

The bloggers have the wrong man: former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine prepares legal action against 'wholly false and defamatory' child abuse claims

Solicitors for Lord McAlpine have said they are preparing to take legal action against media who they claim defamed him by suggesting he was the senior Tory figure from the Thatcher era involved of sexually abusing young people in a North Wales children's home.

Crime prevention cash cut by £35m since 2010

Spending on crime prevention work – including street lights, closed-circuit television and police visits to schools – has been cut by almost 60 per cent because of Government austerity measures.

Northern Ireland terror threat downgraded

The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has been downgraded from substantial to moderate, meaning an attack is possible but unlikely, the Home Secretary has said.

David Cameron and Barack Obama discussed the case when they met in Washington in May

US disappointed by 'laughable' decision on Gary McKinnon

State Department officials will study ruling and could ask Interpol to issue red notice

Gary McKinnon medical report offers hope against extradition

Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who breached the systems of the Pentagon and Nasa, has been given hope in his 10-year battle against extradition, it was reported tonight.

Viv Groskop: Finally, a woman's put in charge

They said it would never happen. They said to believe otherwise was crazy talk. They said their brains were weak, their minds blurred by lactational insanity, their bodies broken by the demands of their curious internal lady clocks. But rejoice, because right here right now a woman, yes, a real live woman who can speak and walk and think and everything, is in charge of the country.

Viv Groskop: Finally, a woman's been left in charge

Man the barricades! Grab your tin hats and gas masks! Adopt brace positions!

Senior Home Office figure Dame Helen Ghosh to leave Whitehall

One of the most senior women in Whitehall is leaving to head a charity.

Hacker's mother pleads for quick decision on extradition

The mother of Gary McKinnon pleaded with the Home Secretary to make a quicker decision on her son's future after learning that it will be another three months before a decision is made on his extradition.

250 foreign criminals escape deportation

The Home Office allowed 250 foreign criminals who should have been deported at the end of their prison sentences to stay in Britain without their cases being considered by a court, it was reported today.

Extra 1,200 troops placed on standby

Theresa May has revealed that G4 S holds Government and police contracts worth £600m

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon refuses more medical tests

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon has refused to undergo further medical tests by a Home Office-appointed expert as he fights extradition to the United States, his mother said today.

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