Law & Order

British women win right to children without fathers

Mark Henderson, Francis Elliott, Ruth Gledhill and Sam Coates Times Online 21.05.2008
British women win right to children without fathers

Single women and lesbian couples won landmark parental rights last night as MPs voted to remove the requirement that fertility clinics consider a child’s need for a father.

Teenager faces prosecution for calling Scientology 'cult'

A teenager is facing prosecution for using the word "cult" to describe the Church of Scientology. The unnamed 15-year-old was served the summons by City of London police when he took part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the London headquarter...

The lorry landed just two feet from one of the men's tents

Three men on a fishing trip had a lucky escape when a 40 tonne lorry careered off a road and crashed just 2ft from one of their tents. The men, from Hartlepool, were camping beside Auchenreoch Loch, Crocketford, nine miles from Dumfries, when the ...

Jobless man 'sells' The Ritz

VINCE SOODIN The Sun 18.04.2008
Jobless man 'sells' The Ritz

A JOBLESS fraudster attempted to sell London’s famous Ritz Hotel to a businessman for £250million, a court heard today. Fraudster Tony Lee posed as a representative for the hotel’s owners – the reclusive Barclay brothers – taking a £1million depos...

English teens sent to prison in shock tactic

Jenny Simpson Lancashire Evening Post 07.04.2008
The first view a convicted criminal gets at Preston prison

Young people are being sent to prison – in a bid to put them off a life of crime. Teenagers at risk of offending will be 'locked up' behind the bars at Preston Prison to give them a taste of life behind bars. Youths will spend a day at the jail, t...

Exemptions exist for antique sword collectors

Legislation against selling, making, hiring or importing samurai swords in England and Wales has come into force. Those breaking the law face six months in jail and a £5,000 fine. Carrying a sword in public is already illegal. Exemptions will cove...

'Terror plot' to blow up transatlantic flights out of London

A British terrorist cell planned to detonate suicide bombs on seven transatlantic flights over North America, causing catastrophic loss of life, a court was told yesterday. The flights chosen by the alleged terrorists – based in Walthamstow, East ...

Cannabis 'should be reclassified class B'

Gordon Brown today gave his backing for cannabis to be reclassified as a more serious drug later this month in a move that will reverse its downgrading by his predecessor. At his monthly press conference, the Prime Minister revealed his strong sup...

Murders in London mapped after latest death

Figures from the Metropolitan Police Service have revealed the density of murders occuring on London's streets, as officers investigate the latest killing of a teenager in the capital. A 16-year-old has been accused of the murder of a 14-year-old ...

Put young children on DNA list, urge police

Mark Townsend, Anushka Asthana The Guardian 17.03.2008
Put young children on DNA list, urge police

Primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life, according to Britain's most senior police forensics expert.

Muslim prisoners were outraged after being offered the sandwiches, which are forbidden by Islam

Muslim prisoners who were offered ham sandwiches during the holy month of Ramadan have received a letter of apology from the Government. Officials said sorry to the 200 Muslim inmates of HMP Leeds believed to have been offered the meat, which is f...

England to deport gay Iranian to be hung

Robert Verkaik The Independent 08.03.2008
England to deport gay Iranian to be hung

Mehdi Kazemi is a gay teenager from Iran. He sought sanctuary in Britain after his boyfriend was hanged for homosexuality. So why is Britain so determined to send him back to Tehran – to almost certain execution?

Google Earth showed protesters way to conquer British parliament

Demonstrators revealed yesterday that they had used Google Earth to plot their protest on the roof of the Houses of Parliament last week against the expansion of Heathrow. The website, which allows users to zoom in on satellite photographs of Eart...

Torture ... victim

THREE teenagers were being quizzed last night over a drug rape video posted on YouTube. The suspects – two aged 16 and a 14-year-old – were seized following the sickening attack on a young mum in front of her kids.

Controversial: Dr Rowan Williams believes the introduction of Sharia law to Britain will help maintain social cohesion

The Archbishop of Canterbury has today said that the adoption of Islamic Sharia law in the UK is "unavoidable" and that it would help maintain social cohesion. Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4's World At One that the UK has to "face up to the fact"...

The BA flight crash-landed at Heathrow Airport

A passenger plane has crash-landed short of a runway at Heathrow Airport, ripping off part of its undercarriage. All 136 passengers and 16 crew escaped from the British Airways flight BA038 from Beijing. Eighteen people have been taken to hospital...

British Muslim computer geek, son of diplomat, revealed as al Qaeda's top cyber terrorist

A computer nerd from Shepherd's Bush, West London, became al Qaeda's top internet agent, it can be revealed today. Younes Tsouli, 23, an IT student at a London college, used his top-floor flat in W12 to help Islamist extremists wage a propaganda w...

FBI wants instant access to British identity data

Owen Bowcott The Guardian 15.01.2008
Each person's iris is as individual as their fingerprint, but with 266 identifiable features is much more detailed. Photograph: Science Photo Library

Senior British police officials are talking to the FBI about an international database to hunt for major criminals and terrorists. The US-initiated programme, "Server in the Sky", would take cooperation between the police forces way beyond the cur...

UK prisoners 'to be chipped like dogs'

Brian Brady The Independent 13.01.2008
UK prisoners 'to be chipped like dogs'

Ministers are planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails. Amid concerns about the security of ex...

BBC children's TV presenter arrested for murder

BBC children's TV presenter Mark Speight has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of the murder of his girlfriend, Natasha Collins. Natasha's body was found yesterday in a bath. Mark, who hosts BBC art show SMart, was detained and questioned ...

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