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Man arrested on suspicion of murder over death of pregnant woman

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a pregnant woman who is believed to have fallen from the third floor of a building in west London.<p>Detectives said they are appealing for witnesses who could help with the investigation into the death of the 30-year-old in the …

Police returned guns to Surrey farm where women were shot

Police firearms officers returned a number of shotguns to a dog-breeding farm in Surrey seven months before the suspected double murder of a mother and daughter on Sunday.<p>The police watchdog said it was considering launching an investigation after Surrey police confirmed they had confiscated …

Man, 82, charged with murder of mother and daughter in Surrey

An 82-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a mother and daughter on Sunday at the dog breeding farm he owned in Surrey.<p>Police said that John Leo Lowe, who owned the farm in Farnham for many years, would appear on Wednesday at Guildford magistrates court.<p>He was charged with two counts of …

Clive Mantle 'shell shocked' after two men cleared of attack

An actor best known for appearing in the BBC hospital dramas Casualty and Holby City said he was "utterly shell-shocked" after two men were cleared of an attack on him in which part of his ear was bitten off.<p>Clive Mantle said it was worrying that violent acts go unpunished after a jury cleared the …

Man jailed for killing pedestrian with punch

A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after killing a pedestrian with a punch to the head following a row with a cyclist about riding on the pavement.<p>Footage was released of the moment when Lewis Gill, 20, struck Andrew Young, who had become embroiled moments earlier in an argument with …

Mark Duggan's mother lodges legal challenge against judge

The mother of Mark Duggan, whose fatal shooting by police provoked the 2011 riots, has lodged a legal challenge against the judge who presided over the inquest into her son's death, which ended with a jury making a majority ruling that he was lawfully killed.<p>Pamela Duggan is seeking leave for a …

John Lowe, 82, remanded over murder of partner and her daughter

An 82-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murdering his partner and her daughter at a dog breeding farm in Surrey.<p>The bodies of Christine Lee, 66, and her daughter Lucy, 40, were found in Farnham on Sunday morning.<p>John Lowe was charged on Tuesday night …

Stephen Lawrence's mother backs campaign against undercover policing

Doreen Lawrence is to help launch a campaign against the use of undercover police officers to spy on political groups.<p>The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, now a peer, is due to speak at a public meeting on Thursday evening to mark the start of the campaign.<p>Police chiefs have conceded …

Man shot in arms and legs outside Belfast youth centre

A man has been shot in the arms and legs outside a youth centre in west Belfast.<p>The victim who was in his 40s was wounded outside the Holy Trinity Youth Club in the Turf Lodge district.<p>He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not though to be life threatening.<p>The Police Service of Northern …

Muslim converts who hacked British soldier to death jailed for life

LONDON (Reuters) - Two British Muslim converts were sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for hacking a soldier to death on a London street in broad daylight, a gruesome killing that horrified the nation and provoked an anti-Islamic backlash.<p>A demonstrator holds a picture of murdered soldier Lee …

Man jailed for trying to arrange child rape on webcam

A man who tried to persuade parents to sexually abuse and rape their children online has been jailed for five years.<p>Mark Luscombe, 29, of Verwood, Dorset, was caught in an undercover operation by US and UK police officers. In October last year, Luscombe – using the username "Badmomlover" on the …

Oldham baby's death: two men and a woman arrested

Two men and a woman have been arrested after the death of a seven-week-old baby boy from severe head injuries, police have said.<p>The badly injured infant was taken to the Royal Oldham hospital in the early hours of last Saturday, Greater Manchester police said.<p>The boy, who lived in the Clarksfield …

Bullying in armed forces on rise, MoD figures reveal

Shocking official figures reveal a surge in the incidence of bullying in the armed forces, with one in 10 military personnel claiming to have been the victim of "discrimination, harassment or bullying in a service environment" during the past year.<p>The figures, contained in the latest Armed Forces …

Mother charged with murder of her baby boy

The mother of a seven-week-old boy has been charged with his murder after he was found with severe head injuries. Katarzyna Gacek, 24, is accused of killing her son Thomas Gacek at her home in Oldham, Greater Manchester.<p>Darren Butterfield, 35, of Chadderton, and Dawid Mokrzanowski, 26, have been …

Woman falls to death from roof after man acquitted of rape

A woman has died after falling from the roof of a car park – after a man accused of raping her was acquitted.<p>Police were called to the Wheatsheaf carpark on Penn Street, Rochdale, at about 10.10am on Monday following reports of a woman on the roof, and she was later seen to fall.<p>The police …

Former teacher dies under train days before sentencing for sex crimes

A former prep school teacher is thought to have killed himself by jumping in front of a train two days before he was due to be sentenced for child abuse.<p>Hugh Henry, 82, from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, had pleaded guilty to offences of indecent assault and gross indecency. He had been due to be …

Man charged with sex worker's murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a sex worker in London.<p>The body of Maria Duque-Tunjano, 48, a Briton originally from Colombia, was discovered at a flat in Earls Court, west London, on Friday.<p>A Metropolitan police spokesman said Robert Richard Fraser, 39, was charged on Wednesday night …

Police hunt conman suspected of stealing £100,000 painting

Police have released CCTV of a man suspected of stealing a Samuel Palmer painting estimated to be worth £100,000 from an elderly woman and talking her into handing over her jewellery and bank cards.<p>Detectives say the images were taken when the suspect was using 89-year-old Ursula Overbury's cards …

Former head of Nick Clegg's school jailed for eight years for child abuse

A former headteacher at the prep school attended by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has been sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for abusing boys at the school.<p>Roland Wright, 83, who taught at Caldicott Boys' Preparatory School in Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, assaulted five pupils aged …

Irish teenager: body found in the West End of London

Police searching for a teenager from Ireland who went missing during a night out in the West End of London have found a body.<p>Patrick Halpin, 18, was last seen leaving the Zoo Bar near Leicester Square on Wednesday night. Officers said a body was found in an enclosed area near the bar at around …

Stabbed man dies after crashing car into bus

A driver who crashed into a bus after being stabbed during London’s rush hour has died in hospital, Scotland Yard has said.<p>Police were called to Stockwell underground station in south London shortly before 5.45pm on Friday following a series of calls about a fight and a bus crash.<p>Officers found the …

Chef sentenced to at least 22 years in prison for stabbing girlfriend

A chef who stabbed his girlfriend 40 times and waited five hours before calling 999 has been told he will spend at least 22 years in prison.<p>Steven Williams, 31, went berserk with a kitchen knife following an argument with new girlfriend Joanna Hall at her flat in Tenby, west Wales, last year.<p>The …

Convicted criminal who plotted to kill Prince Harry jailed for three years

A convicted criminal who plotted to kill Prince Harry has been jailed.<p>Ashraf Islam, 31, said he had a "moral right to judge" the royal because he disagreed with the work of the British Armed Forces, of which Prince Harry is a member.<p>The judge at Isleworth Crown Court in London described Islam's …

Andrew Allen murder: Irish police claim they know killers' identities

Irish police believe they know the identities of the republican vigilantes who murdered a Derry man hiding across the border in County Donegal two years ago, it has emerged.<p>The murder of Andrew Allen was highlighted in a Guardian investigation in 2013 into a wave of vigilante shootings, beatings …

Man dies after gun fired in Surrey gun shop

A man in his eighties has died after a gun was fired at a hunting shop. Police were called to John Powell Gun Makers in Reigate, Surrey, following the incident at 9.40am.<p>A Surrey police spokesman said: "A call was received to say that a gun had been discharged at the John Powell Gun Makers in the …

Blackburn dog attack: couple released on bail over death of 11-month-old girl

A couple arrested over the death of an 11-month-old girl killed by an allegedly banned dog have been released on bail.<p>Ava-Jayne Corless was asleep in bed at a house in Blackburn on Monday night when she was savaged by the pit bull terrier.<p>The girl's mother, Chloe King, 20, and her partner, Lee …

Man held after pair found dead at North Tyneside house

A man is being held on suspicion of murder after two people were found dead at a house.<p>Police were called to the house in Benton, North Tyneside, at 9.15pm on Tuesday after reports that a man was causing a disturbance and running around in the road.<p>Officers detained the 25-year-old man and …

Claire Tiltman murder: man to be charged 21 years after teenager's death

A man is to be charged with the murder of a schoolgirl more than two decades ago, prosecutors have said.<p>Colin Ash-Smith, 45, is accused of killing 16-year-old Claire Tiltman in Greenhithe, Kent. The teenager was stabbed more than 40 times in an alleyway near her home as she took a shortcut on 18 …

British Muslim who knew one of Lee Rigby's killers admits posting YouTube videos glorifying the murder

A British Muslim who associated with one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's murderers today pleaded guilty to posting videos on YouTube glorifying the killing.<p>Royal Barnes, 23, of Hackney, east London, and his wife, Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, …

Murder spree left Joanna Dennehy 'stinking of blood'

For the warehouse worker Lukasz Slaboszewski a dull Tuesday in March last year suddenly seemed a little bit brighter when he received a series of suggestive text messages from a woman called Joanna Dennehy.<p>Slaboszewski, a Polish national, had met Dennehy through a shared interest in drugs and …