Gun attack: Family at home during ‘hate crime’ in west Belfast

Seven people have escaped injury in a gun attack on a house in west Belfast that is being treated as a hate crime by police. A number of windows were broken in the house at Whiterock Gardens at about 22:00 BST on Wednesday. A couple and their five daughters were in the property at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Prison deaths reach record high

There were 215 deaths in prison custody in England and Wales last year - the highest number on record. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show there were 74 self-inflicted deaths in 2013, including one on the day of a prisoner's arrival into custody. The number of self-inflicted deaths, defined as suicides and accidental deaths due to a prisoner's own actions, was the highest since 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Bank fraud cyber gang leader jailed

The leader of a cyber gang which plundered £1.25 million from British banks has been jailed for five and a half years. Other members of the group were also handed substantial prison terms at London's Southwark Crown Court for their roles in the audacious fraud. Tony Colston-Hayter, 48, threw Acid House raves in the Home Counties which sparked controversy in the late 1980s. He led the gang which used a "Trojan horse" device to hijack computers at branches of Barclays and Santander and siphon off cash. Read the rest of this entry »

Treasurer jailed for £43,000 thefts

A 32-year-old treasurer who stole nearly £43,000 from a church's collection and a school's minibus fund has been jailed for two and a half years. Carol Payne abused her position as a member of the parent-teacher association (PTA) at independent Highclare School in Birmingham to syphon off £11,552.86, which had been allocated to buy a bus for the benefit of pupils. Read the rest of this entry »

Rise in reports of sex offences after Savile scandal

Reports of sexual offences have risen in the wake of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal while overall crime levels have continued to fall, official figures showed Thursday. The number of recorded sex crimes rose by 17 percent in 2013, police crime figures for England and Wales show, with the number of historic offences falling. Read the rest of this entry »

UK School Confirms US Paedophile Abused Pupils

The chair of governors at a London school has confirmed pupils were abused by a profilic child predator who killed himself last month. British detectives are helping an international investigation into William James Vahey who abused at least 90 known victims around the world. The 64-year-old killed himself in a Minnesota motel room on March 21 - two days after FBI agents filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive containing child abuse images featuring at least 90 children aged from 12-14. Read the rest of this entry »

Burnley boy, 11, in canal fall named

An 11-year-old boy who died when he fell into a Lancashire canal has been named locally as Robbie Williamson. He had been crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on a pipe when he lost his balance near Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley, at about 19:00 BST on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Crime falls by 3% in Wales, official figures have shown

Overall recorded crime in Wales fell by 3% in 2013, according to official figures. The total number of offences recorded by the four forces in 2013 was 173,147, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. Dyfed-Powys Police and North Wales Police saw a drop of 7% while South Wales Police recorded a reduction of 1.5%. Read the rest of this entry »

Crime falls 15% in England and Wales

Overall crime in England and Wales fell by 15% in 2013, official figures show. The Crime Survey for England and Wales showed crime was at its lowest level since the survey began in 1981. But separate police figures showed increases in some areas such as fraud, up 25%, and a 17% rise in sex offences - attributed in part to publicity surrounding the Jimmy Savile scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

Arrested Mum ‘Struggled With Children’s Care’

A mother arrested on suspicion of murdering her three disabled children centred her life on them but often had to cope alone, according to a family friend. Tania Clarence, 42, was taken into custody after police found the bodies of the children at her home in New Malden, south London, on Tuesday night. Read the rest of this entry »
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