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Madeleine McCann: Police probe 18 intruder break-ins

British police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are now looking at 18 potentially linked break-ins by a lone intruder into Algarve villas. Six have come to light since an appeal by UK detectives last month, with five involving alleged sexual assaults against young British girls. They include an assault on a girl aged 10 in 2005 in Praia de Luz - the resort from which Madeleine vanished in 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Sectarian’ gang damages car in Fountain area of Derry

A gang of up to eight men have damaged a car in Londonderry in what police have called a "sectarian hate crime". A black Peugeot 206 was damaged in the Fountain area of the city at about 02:30 BST on Tuesday. Police said the men were wearing dark hooded tops and shouted sectarian abuse when challenged. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Agoraphobic’ benefits cheat jailed

An agoraphobic woman who travelled the world while on benefits has been jailed. Tracy Johnson claimed to be so unwell that she could not leave her own house. Yet her trial heard the 52-year-old mother of one enjoyed a "champagne lifestyle" while writing travel guides, cookbooks and steamy novels while falsely claiming benefits of around £50,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Paedophile gets his censored laptop

Police will remove images of a self-confessed paedophile's young victim from his laptop before returning it to his prison. The man, who was jailed for nine years last year after admitting a string of sex offences, including assaulting a child under the age of 13 by penetration, formally requested a laptop and a mobile telephone be handed back, according to Liberty, which represents the young victim and her family. Read the rest of this entry »

Coulson ‘shocked at Goodman arrest’

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has described his shock at the arrest of one of his reporters for phone hacking but denied he was involved in a cover-up. During a fifth day in the witness box, the ex-No 10 spin doctor described what happened after royal editor Clive Goodman was held and police swooped on his newsroom on August 8 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

Murder Probe As ‘Disabled’ Children Found Dead

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three young children were found dead at a house in southwest London. Officers discovered the bodies when they were called to a large, semi-detached home in Thetford Road, New Malden, at around 9.30pm on Tuesday. Sky sources say the three children - a four-year-old girl and two three-year-old boys - were disabled and had "life-limiting genetic conditions". Read the rest of this entry »

Violence Falls 12% As Alcohol Prices Increase

An increase in alcohol prices has led to a 12% fall in violent crime in England and Wales, according to a new survey. Researchers from Cardiff University found just under 235,000 people were treated in hospital after a violent incident in 2013 - nearly 33,000 fewer than 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Flat searched in missing Paige hunt

Police investigating the suspected murder of a 15-year-old girl have searched a flat less than half a mile from where she was last seen nearly seven years ago. Paige Chivers disappeared after she boarded a bus in Bispham, Blackpool, near her family home in August 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Blunham conmen: Third man jailed for tricking pensioner

A third man has been jailed, for four-and-a-half years, for conning an 84-year-old woman with dementia out of her £73,500 life savings. Francis Doherty, 36, from Northamptonshire, was convicted of theft at Luton Crown Court last month. The jury heard the victim left the money at a bus stop near her home in Blunham, Bedfordshire, to help pay for the recovery of £25,000 she had spent on shoddy work on her driveway. Read the rest of this entry »

Person arrested after three children found dead in south London

One person has been arrested after three children were found dead at a residential address. Officers were called to the property in New Malden, south London, at around 9.30pm yesterday where they discovered the bodies, Scotland Yard said. Read the rest of this entry »
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