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Overall level of crime falls to record low but fears raised 400,000 offences have not been logged by policeThere were 8.9m crimes in 12 months to September – the lowest ever according to British Crime SurveyAll crime is down sharply apart from street theft and pickpocketing, as more people carry valuable items like smartphones, iPods, iPads and laptops But police recorded crime figures show an even bigger drop, which experts say show that have 'overstated' improvementTargets 'may have swayed officers into downgrading marginal incidents', ONS says compared with the previous year.
Up to 70,000 British jobs 'are at risk from Brussels climate change law'Think-tank Civitas says aluminium industry has been ‘virtually eradicated’ after closures in Anglesey and Northumberland'The only way to save 400billion-a-year industry is to scrap plans to fine firms which produce too much carbon dioxide' | UPDATED: 00:41 GMT, 27 December 2012 A think-tank has said for 'British manufacturing to revive, the Government should abandon its expensive climate change policies' Up to 70,000 British jobs are at risk as a direct result of European carbon reduction targets, according to a report. The policies have pushed up the cost of energy, threatening the vital mineral industries which deal in materials such as cement, chemicals, glass, ceramics and steel, the study claims. It says the aluminium industry has been ‘virtually eradicated’ after closures in Anglesey and Northumberland, and blames policies which penalise ‘energy-intensive’ industries for emitting too much carbon dioxide
North Korea's salvaged space junk: Crumpled debris from rocket is retrieved by South Korea scientists who say rogue state has capacity to strike US West Coast Debris from the rocket was found off the South Korean coast North Korea said December 12 launch was to put a satellite in spaceCritics argue technology could be a precursor to nuclear missilesNew leader Kim Jong-un wants bigger capacity rockets to be built | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 23 December 2012 North Korea's recent rocket launch shows it has likely developed the technology to fire a warhead more than 6,200 miles – putting the US West Coast in range, South Korean officials said yesterday. The secretive state claimed the December 12 launch put a weather satellite in orbit but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile
Nearly 200 dead and hundreds injured after Syrian airstrike targets people queuing for breadBodies left piled on the streets among rubble and shrapnel latest reports say hundreds were also wounded in the strikeEye-witness videos show the bloodied bodies of women and children killedMore than 100 people were queuing for hours when the air strike occurred Human rights groups accuse military of intentional attacks on civilians | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 23 December 2012 Up to 200 people were killed while queuing for bread in Syria yesterday, one of the deadliest air strikes in the country's civil war. Videos showed dozens of blood-stained bodies crumpled in the street among piles of rubble and shrapnel.
Police worker 'sold secrets about royal protection officers for 32,000' Jairo Dos Santos emailed details of more than 2,700 expenses claims made by members of the Met's Protection Command to a reporterDos Santos hired PR Guru Max Clifford to spark a bidding war between the Mail on Sunday and News of the World He had been sacked from Protection Command's finance department and had overdrawn his account by 1,000 He denies one count of disclosing personal data | UPDATED: 07:35 GMT, 13 December 2012 A cash-strapped police worker joked that he felt like James Bond as he sent secrets about Royal bodyguards to PR guru Max Clifford, a court heard. Jairo Dos Santos, 29, emailed details of more than 2,700 expenses claims made by members of the Met’s Protection Command to a reporter at the Mail on Sunday, it is alleged
A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas.
A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 4 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas
'This is as bad as a world war': Bank of England boss's grim view of financial crisis which has left a debt 'that will be paid by our grandchildren'Andrew Haldane: People 'had every reason' to feel 'deeply upset and angry'George Osborne to admit bringing public finances back to order will take longer than expectedHe has to find more than 23bn through further cuts and tax rises by 2017 Institute of Fiscal Studies said era of austerity could last until 2018 By Becky Barrow and James Chapman PUBLISHED: 19:13 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 4 December 2012 The financial crisis has been as devastating for family incomes as a world war, a senior Bank of England official warned yesterday.
How PM's 5bn jobs scheme CUT the number finding work: More people would have found employment if ministers had done nothing The Work Programme pays companies and charities if they get long-term unemployed into a jobOfficials thought 5% of people would find work on their own – more than the 3.5% helped by the scheme200,000 have been found some work but many last just a few weeks before going back on benefits | UPDATED: 08:14 GMT, 28 November 2012 Data for the first 12 months of the Work Programme showed the 5billion initiative secured lasting employment for just one in every 50 people referred, at a cost of 14,000 a job. The scheme – personally championed by the Prime Minister – pays private sector firms such as A4e and G4S to find jobs for the long-term unemployed.