News The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

Victoria Underground station reopens after 'smell' alert

One of the Tube's busiest stations was temporarily closed today after ticket office staff noticed a strange smell.

Cold case review could name 1,000 unidentified bodies

More than 1,000 unidentified bodies found across England and Wales over the past 50 years could be named as a result of a sweeping cold case review.

Three people seriously hurt as train and lorry collide

At least 10 people were injured, three critically, today when a lorry and a train were in collision on an unmanned rail crossing.

Two jailed for blocking 95mph rail line

Two men were jailed today after nearly derailing a 95mph train by piling concrete posts and pallets on the line, British Transport Police said.

Inquest into teenager killed by train

An inquest will be held today into the death of a "fantastic" 16-year-old girl who died after slipping underneath a train.

BT in new drive to target cable thieves

Telecoms giant BT today launched a drive to target thieves who steal cables in the face of a big increase in the crime fuelled by surging scrap copper prices.

Crime on public transport costing £1.5bn a year

Crime on public transport is costing society £1.5 billion a year, government figures showed today.

Huge rocks lay on track says train driver

The driver of a train which was left "precariously balanced" over a 50ft embankment when it derailed and caught fire, today described seeing "two huge rocks" on the track before the accident.

Train carrying 60 passengers derails

An estimated two dozen passengers were hurt when a train came off the tracks between Glasgow and Oban.

Father in tribute to teenager killed by train

The father of a 16-year-old girl who died after she was hit by a train while trying to retrieve her dog from the tracks described his daughter as his "heart and soul".

Man arrested over sex attack on woman, 86

Police hunting for a man who sexually assaulted an 86-year-old woman on a train have made an arrest.

Letters: Truancy and schooling

When 'truancy' is the rational reaction to schooling

Mary Dejevsky: When authority goes awol, savagery fills the gap

The cameras were watching – and much good that did Sofyen

ITV axes 'The Bill'

Long-running police drama The Bill is to be axed by ITV after more than a quarter of a century, it was announced today.

Station murder gang 'wore school uniform'

A gang wearing school uniform knifed a 15-year-old boy to death after cornering him at one of Britain's busiest stations, witnesses said today.

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