News The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police (the picture was posed by models)

The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police.

Everton striker Steven Naismith was given a sense of perspective after his uncle was caught up in the Clutha pub helicopter crash

Everton striker Steven Naismith stresses 'football is only a game' after his uncle Douglas narrowly avoided serious injury in the Clutha pub tragedy

Naismith's uncle has just walked in when the helicopter crash happened and the ex-fire fighter attempted to help others instinctively despite injuring his shoulder

'Boris Bikes' were introduced to the capital amid great fanfare in 2010

Barclays to discontinue its sponsorship of 'Boris Bikes' as cycle deaths on London roads increase

They were the gleaming pay-as-you-ride cycles designed to steer the capital towards a two-wheeled revolution. Now, just three years on, Barclays is preparing to part company with Boris Johnson's bicycle hire scheme in wake of increased public safety concerns and a mounting cycling death toll.

Liverpool council insists there are just 'one or two' homeless people without nighttime accommodation

Liverpool residents who give to beggars told: "Your kindness could kill"

A new council-run campaign aims to encourage people to give to charity instead

John H Stracey pictured in 1976
Adam Rothenberg, Matthew MacFayden and Jerome Flynn star in Ripper Street

BBC axes Ripper Street due to low ratings

The drama will not return for a third series

Make Britain's roads safer for cyclists, campaigners urge after seventh death this month

Former transport secretary Lord Adonis calls for an independent review of the cycling 'superhighways'

Four held in London raids over alleged terrorist plot

Four men have been arrested over an alleged terrorist plot after police carried out raids across London and blew out the tyres of a car carrying two of the suspects.

Krokodil: The heroin substitute is a real threat. We must warn of the potentially devastating effects

I have only seen one patient where I suspected he’d used Krokodil. But the potential for this drug to worsen the lives of homeless drug users is all too real

20-year old woman dies in the first fatality involving a “Boris Bike” since they were launched by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2010

Woman killed on 'Boris Bike' was 20-year-old French student

The first cyclist to be killed riding a 'Boris Bike' was a 20-year-old French student, it was reported today.

20-year old woman dies in the first fatality involving a “Boris Bike” since they were launched by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2010

First 'Boris bike' death: Cyclist dies after lorry crash

20-year old woman is first person to die while riding hire bike introduced by London mayor in 2010

Abu Nusaybah, friend of Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo who appeared on Newsnight, has trial date set

In an interview to the BBC he claimed Adebolajo was offered a job by MI5

Gemma McCluskie's mutilated body was found floating in the Regent's Canal in east London

Brother jailed for life for murdering ex-EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie before dumping body in canal

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years for killing her.

A second series of Ripper Street starring Adam Rothenberg, Matthew MacFayden and Jerome Flynn has been commissioned by the BBC.

Second series of Victorian crime drama Ripper Street commissioned by BBC

The BBC has commissioned a second series of hard-hitting crime drama Ripper Street.

Shaikh Shams Ad Duha, the Whitechapel imam

Imam speaks out against Muslim ‘vigilantes’

East London group that hounds people on the streets are branded ‘complete bigots’

Never mind BBC1's Ripper Street, thanks to Cameron authentic Victoriana is everywhere

The Tate's Pre-Raphaelite exhibition may be due to close, but the harsher realities of Victorian Britain haunt us still

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment