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One of Britain's most wanted men who was on the run for six years after fleeing during an armed ambush on a prison van was jailed for 18 years today.

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A minor British institution that would rather be a major English institution, by the looks of it. Obviously they want an English parliament, and they want everyone to speak English, which is either a racist attitude or plain common sense, depending on what you can make of their motives.

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A former MI6 worker accused of stealing and disclosing top secret material appeared in court today.

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The manager of an exclusive jewellery store yesterday denied that a £40m armed robbery on his premises was an "inside job" in which he had been involved.

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A man who befriended a woman over the internet then had sex with her autistic teenage daughter was today jailed for more than three years.

Mother to be sentenced over baby boy neglect

A mother will be sentenced today for neglecting her 13-month-old son whose charred body was found strapped in his buggy in front of a fireplace.

Jury selection begins in De Graff heist trial

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The election could change your borrowing plans

An uncertain result makes selecting a mortgage even harder. Laura Howard explores the options

Levi Bellfield remanded on Milly Dowler murder charge

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Women 'helped guru lure in rape victims'

A serial rapist "masquerading as a guru" was helped by groups of women to lure in female victims, a court heard today.

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