Police officer escapes death after "crude" homemade bomb is thrown into his home in Northern Ireland

Police officer escapes death after 'crude' homemade bomb is thrown into his home in Northern IrelandThe officer was at the home in Omagh when the device was hurled insideBut his life was saved after it failed to explodeIt happened close to where an off-duty police officer fired shots last night By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 19:58 GMT, 26 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:52 GMT, 26 January 2013 A bomb has been thrown into the home of a police officer in Northern Ireland, it has emerged. The officer was inside the home in the Coolnagard area of Omagh when the 'crude viable explosive device' was hurled inside. However, he narrowly escaped death after it failed to explode

Soldier Robert Griffiths, 24, who spoke of "buzz" of surviving Afghanistan bomb blast is found hanged

Soldier, 24, who survived Taliban bomb blast is found hanged at home while on leaveLight tank driven by Robert Griffiths was hit by roadside bomb last yearTrooper was on home leave for Christmas when he was found hanged Had been staying with this parents when his body was discovered By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 16:52 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 5 January 2013 A young soldier who survived a Taliban bomb blast on the frontline in Afghanistan has been found hanged while on home leave. Trooper Robert Griffiths, 24, was driving a light tank when it was hit by a Taliban roadside bomb last year

Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building

Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building At least five truncheons were found while two people brought in cannabis Over 100 people had knives on them when entering Palace of Westminster | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 31 December 2012 A meat cleaver, a catapult, and three swords were among hundreds of deadly weapons visitors have tried to smuggle into the Houses of Parliament, it has been revealed. At least five truncheons and two sets of knuckle-dusters have also been confiscated at Westminster's entry checkpoints sine the start of 2008, according to a Freedom of Information request, as were two amounts of cannabis. According to the data, no suspected explosive devices were uncovered at checkpoints and no real firearms, but three imitation guns were picked up – one in 2010, one in 2011 and one this year

Norman Schwarzkopf dies: General who led US troops against Saddam in first Gulf War passes away from pneumonia

Stormin' Norman dies at 78: General Schwarzkopf who led U.S. troops to victory against Saddam in first Gulf War passes away from pneumoniaSchwarzkopf died in Tampa, Florida, where he had retiredWas the most recognizable military commander since Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthurRetired general kept low profile after leaving military – despite strong popularity after Persian Gulf War | UPDATED: 14:01 GMT, 28 December 2012 Retired General H

From non-existent shares to dodgy property schemes: The scams that target your life savings

From non-existent shares to dodgy property schemes: The scams that target your life savings Fraudsters scam trusting investors out of more than 1.2billion every yearPersonal impact of fraud can hit victims harder than the financial blowEstimated nine in ten cases go unreported according to City regulator | UPDATED: 11:00 GMT, 26 December 2012 You never think it could happen to you — but fraudsters scam trusting investors out of more than 1.2billion every year. From cold-calling chancers flogging non-existent shares to smooth-talking salesmen convincing you to plough thousands of pounds into dodgy property schemes, criminals never miss an opportunity to tap into an age-old instinct — the desire to get rich quickly.

Anti-cuts demonstrator Matthew Bates spared jail after being caught with smoke bombs and bangers

Anti-cuts demonstrator spared jail after being caught with smoke bombs and bangersMatthew Bates, 25, from Bristol, caught with fireworks during disturbances Admitted possessing explosive substance but 'did not intend to cause alarm'Hundreds were arrested after extremists clashed with police following rally | UPDATED: 21:02 GMT, 21 December 2012 Matthew Bates, 25, was spared jail today after admitting being caught with bags full of smoke bombs and fireworks during an anti-cuts demonstration last year An anti-cuts demonstrator caught with two bags full of 'smoke bombs and bangers' at a rally that ended with running battles between police and protestors was spared jail today.

Private Matthew Thornton died after being blown 30ft up a tree after being lured to sight of Taliban bomb

Army private died after being blown 30ft up a tree after being lured to site of Taliban bombPrivate Matthew Thornton stepped on an improvised explosive device Regiment had come under fire from grenades and small armsDescribed as 'a cracking soldier who gave 100 per cent' | UPDATED: 09:20 GMT, 15 December 2012 The body of a Territorial Army soldier was found 30ft up a tree after his was patrol lured towards a hidden bomb, an inquest heard. Private Matthew Thornton, 28, was five weeks into a tour of duty in Helmand when he was killed by the huge blast.