News Syrian refugees look out from an evacuated house in Istanbul. Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under new government plans

Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under plans to be announced by the Government on Wednesday.

Calls for London riots to be halted

Rioters "should not take matters into their own hands and destroy their own communities", the father of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor has said.

Cameron's blue-sky thinker has his head in the clouds, say Tories

Ministers rush to distance themselves from Steve Hilton's idea to scrap maternity leave

Police fury as 34,000 jobs are set to be axed over four years

One in eight police jobs will be cut as a result of the government spending cuts, causing crime to rise, according to the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

34,000 police jobs to be axed

Crime rates could jump as one in 10 police officers is axed under Government spending cuts, an official inquiry has warned.

MPs urged to rethink police cuts as recession sparks rise in crime

Burglars and petty theives have been particularly prolific in the last year, in a trend that suggests crime statistics are reflecting the economic situation.

Burglaries increase by 14 per cent

Significant rises in burglaries and opportunistic thefts are creating a risk to the public, police chiefs warned today.

MPs back emergency bail legislation

Emergency legislation aimed at reversing a legal ruling which threw the police bail system into chaos cleared the Commons today despite concerns it was being rushed through without proper consideration of the constitutional implications.

Supreme Court dismisses bail bid

The highest court in the land has dismissed a bid to suspend a controversial legal ruling on police bail which hampers investigations and overturns 25 years of police practice.

Government to bring in emergency bail legislation

Emergency legislation to reverse a controversial legal ruling on police bail will go through all stages in the Commons on Thursday, the leader of the House said.

Emergency law to resolve bail crisis

Emergency laws are to be rushed through Parliament to tackle the sudden crisis in the bail system, the Policing minister Nick Herbert said yesterday.

Home Office accused on bail ruling

The Home Office should have acted sooner to bring forward emergency legislation to reverse a controversial legal ruling which overturns 25 years of police practice, Labour said today

Shadow play: Who's that Labour frontbencher?

The public is struggling to recognise the Opposition's big beasts

'Bizarre' bail ruling stuns police

Tens of thousands of murderers, rapists and violent criminals could escape prosecution following a "bizarre" legal ruling.

Plans to cut migration 'likely to fail' report finds

Government plans to cut net migration to the tens of thousands in four years are likely to fail, a report has found.

The Sketch: The alternatives to Ed are so weird they make even him look good

What a state the Labour leadership is in. To give you some idea, the name of Mary Creagh gets mentioned as a leader-in-waiting. Who is she? It doesn't matter: she's wild. She makes Sarah Palin look like Geoffrey Howe.

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