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Soldier’s alleged murderer tells court: ‘We did not wish to give him much pain... he was still alive’

Ex-MP wins appeal in swearing case

A former Labour MP who swore at a barmaid for refusing to serve her any more alcohol has had her conviction for using threatening words and behaviour quashed.

'Night stalker' suspect in court over attacks on elderly women

A man accused of a series of sex attacks on elderly women was remanded in custody today to appear in court again later this month.

PCSO to be sentenced over webcam child sex

A police community support officer (PCSO) who persuaded a 12-year-old girl to perform sex acts on a webcam will be sentenced today.

Killer facing new life term for rape

A convicted killer was facing another life sentence tonight after he was convicted of brutally raping a woman just months after being released from prison on parole.

Pair admit Dalglish grenade plot

Two men have admitted their part in a plot which saw a hand grenade left outside the home of football legend Kenny Dalglish.

Man remanded over death of Facebook girl

A homeless man accused of kidnapping and killing a teenage girl he is alleged to have met on Facebook appeared before a Crown Court judge today.

Tottenham incorporate 'single-tier' in stadium plans

The sceptic might suggest that Tottenham's sudden decision to incorporate a single-tier bank into the design for their new stadium, which the club revealed last night, followed the realisation that the ground was in danger being known as Emirates-lite. In most other respects the planned successor to White Hart Lane does bear a notable resemblance to its slightly larger neighbour.

Man in court over 'plot to blow up aircraft'

A Muslim man accused of plotting with the ringleader of a conspiracy to launch suicide attacks upon transatlantic passenger aircraft told a court today he wrote a school essay on joining al-Qa'ida because he "liked to push the boundaries".

Spotlight: Woolwich 80% two-year mortgage

There's been more activity in the mortgage market. Woolwich, Barclays' lending arm, has cut its fixed rates by up to 0.6 percentage points.

Mother drowned her daughter 'out of fear'

A woman who drowned her four-year-old daughter was ordered to be detained indefinitely at a secure hospital yesterday. Laura Fletcher, 23, drowned Chloe in a bath of cold water before attempting to kill herself, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

Mother who drowned daughter sent to secure hospital

A woman who drowned her four-year-old daughter was ordered to be detained indefinitely at a secure hospital today.

Mortgage rates cut by Rock and the Woolwich

Northern Rock yesterday slashed mortgage rates in a move experts said could inject further life into the housing market.

Major lenders cut mortgage rates

Three major lenders cut their mortgage rates today in a further sign that competition is creeping back into the market.

Cage fighter jailed over £53m cash robbery

A cage fighter who helped plan Britain's largest ever cash robbery was jailed for 18 years today after admitting his role in the plot.

Oil depot blast case adjourned

A court hearing for five companies charged with health and safety breaches in connection with an explosion at the Buncefield oil depot was adjourned today.

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