Just a quarter of criminals caught with a knife are jailed despite plans for stronger sentencingKnife thugs less likely to be locked up on the spot than a year agoBefore election, Tories pledged to jail anyone caught with a knife in publicBut 25 per cent of 3,376 adult offenders jailed on the spot in last 12 months a total of 3,376 adult offenders were sentenced for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon. Of those 23 per cent – some 865 offenders – were handed community service by the courts – leaving them free to walk the streets.
Man left brain damaged and paralysed after vicious attack has 'spoken' for the first time in 20 years – thanks to an iPad By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 16:28 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 GMT, 17 February 2013 A man left brain-damaged and paralysed after an attack 20 years ago has been able to 'talk' again for the first time with the help of an iPad.
My great, gentle father, friend of popes, princes… and pop stars: As ex-MoS writer William Rees-Mogg dies at 84, his MP son pays tribute | UPDATED: 02:35 GMT, 30 December 2012 David Cameron last night led the tributes to Fleet Street legend William Rees-Mogg, who has died at 84 after a short illness. Lord Rees-Mogg edited The Times from 1967 to 1981, earning fame for his ‘Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel’ editorial condemning a jail term handed to Mick Jagger for drugs offences in 1967.
Gadgets blamed for 70 per cent leap in child speech problems in just six yearsRise blamed on screen-based gadgets and games as 'electronic babysitters'Department of Education study finds 135,700 children had difficulties in 2011Children's charity says 1.2million youngsters have communication problem | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 28 December 2012 Challenges: Findings from a Government-funded study show that the number of schoolchildren needing help for speech and language difficulties rose 71 per cent between 2005 and 2011. The rise has been blamed on the growing use of gadgets The number of children with speech difficulties has leapt 70 per cent in six years, according to a new study. As many as 1.2million youngsters are now estimated to struggle with speech
Murderers and drug dealer to get IVF in prison and you'll be paying! Criminals using European Human Rights laws to start families at taxpayers' expenseMinisters may be powerless to stop demands for treatment because of a ruling by European Court of Human Rights Turning down demands could lead to court action costing tens of thousandsNames and identity of the prisoners are protected but four are murderers and one a drug dealer | UPDATED: 08:27 GMT, 28 December 2012 Four murderers and a drug dealer are in line for taxpayer-funded fertility treatment so that they can father a child from behind bars. The killers are demanding to be allowed to take part in IVF treatment despite serving life sentences.
Jail for Spanish politician who posted video on local party's website showing 20 ways to kill womenJoaquin Rabasco – a councillor in Llucmajor, Mallorca, was jailed for 18 months for posting the video back in 2005His secretary Claudia Falleman was handed the same sentence | UPDATED: 19:34 GMT, 13 December 2012 Jailed: Joaquin Rabasco was jailed for 18 months after posting an animation showing 20 ways to kill a woman online A politician who posted a video on his local party's website detailing 20 gruesome ways to end a woman's life has been jailed for 18 months. Joaqun Rabasco was found guilty of uploading the sick animation – which included a woman dying while riding her bike, in the lava of a volcano and being chopped into pieces by an industrial fan.
Nine out of 10 knife yobs don't go to prison with 20% escaping with just a cautionFigures come as Government introduces new offence with aim of jailing more offenders | UPDATED: 08:58 GMT, 7 December 2012 Nine out of 10 youths caught in possession of a knife walk free without being locked up, new figures show.
Sir David has a manner as wet as a half-sucked fruit pastille | UPDATED: 00:12 GMT, 7 December 2012 The business select committee, chaired by Adrian Bailey, is holding an inquiry into 'women in the workplace' Biggest obsession for our Westminster rulers is not the economy, which they try to ignore. It is not the decline of the West or foreign aid (suddenly out of fashion) or gay equality (battle all but won)
All knife thugs will be sent to prison, says Justice Secretary after figures show one in five escape with a cautionMandatory prison sentence for 'aggravated knife crime' Offenders face a maximum of four years’ imprisonment or a minimum of six months | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 Tough stance: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants prison sentences for knife crimes Knife-wielding thugs will no longer be able to escape with only a caution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has vowed. The Cabinet minister said anyone who uses a knife to threaten others in a public place will be jailed. Of the 4,207 people arrested for carrying knives this spring, only 951 – 22 per cent – were sent to prison.