UK Peace Index: Rate of murders and violent crime falling faster than anywhere in Western Europe

How Britain is becoming a SAFER place to live: Rate of murders and violent crime falling faster than anywhere in Western Europe New report reveals UK's murder rate has fallen by half over the past decadeBroadland in Norfolk is most peaceful area and Lewisham is most violentPeople believe they are four times more likely to be attacked than is actually the case , just eight weapons crimes were recorded in the area, which has a population of 125,000 people. The other areas ranked as least violent were Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Dorset and Maldon in Essex. Among urban areas, Cardiff was found to be the most peaceful, along with Sheffield, Nottingham and Leeds

Passengers on break to Amsterdam spent six minutes in car park before boarding ferry home after delayed by storm

Ferry passengers endured horrendous 30 hour journey through violent storm and only got to spend SIX MINUTES in Amsterdam (in the dark) British tourists hoped to spend all day on Saturday in Dutch capitalPassengers spent minutes in car park before boarding bus to ferry home By Harriet Arkell PUBLISHED: 16:48 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 GMT, 27 March 2013 British tourists who booked a weekend 'mini-cruise' to Amsterdam spent just six minutes in the Dutch capital after their overnight ferry crossing turned into a 30-hour journey from hell. More than 300 people booked the 48-a-head break to the Netherlands, which should have entailed them arriving in Holland at 9am last Saturday and spending all day in Amsterdam before boarding an 11pm boat home. But after they boarded the DFDS Princess Seaways service from North Shields on Friday afternoon, their boat was lashed by such high winds and rough seas that their arrival at the Dutch port of Ijmuiden was delayed by 13 hours.

One in three criminals are prolific offenders with more than 15 convictions – and the number is rising

100,000 'hard core' criminals have at least 15 convictions – and the number is rising Ministry of Justice figures show worrying rise in hardened criminalsConvictions for serious and more minor offences see riseAverage prison sentence length jumps dramatically in 10 yearsPrison expert says public is at risk from repeat offenders By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 17:39 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:52 GMT, 22 February 2013 Hardened: Ministry of Justice figures show a worrying rise in repeat offenders. The number of criminals with 15 or more previous convictions or cautions is now one in three

Oscar Pistorius arrested after "he accidentally shot dead girlfriend after mistaking her for a burglar"

Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius charged with murder after 'he accidentally shot dead his model girlfriend at his luxury South Africa home when he mistook her for an intruder'Incident happened on his Pretoria farm, north-east of Johannesburg at 4am Sprinter is in police custody before a court appearance later Dead woman is former FHM model Reeva Steenkamp She was shot several times in the head, chest and the armPistorius believed to have told police he thought she was an intruderMedia reporting it could have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong .

Rapist Jordan Swales who attacked 18-year-old in park caught by have-a-go heroes

Rapist who attacked 18-year-old in park was caught when have-a-go heroes held him in citizen’s arrestJordan Swales, 21, jailed for eight years after attacking the student He strangled victim and threatened to kill her during violent assault Only stopped when three members of the public responded to cries for helpJudge reserved praise for trio describing actions as 'highly commendable' By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 18:30 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 Convicted: Jordan Swales, 21, raped and beat an 18-year old woman as he walked her home from a party.

New children"s TV station to counter "mindless" shows: Thatcher considered new channel in wake of riots across the country

New children's TV station to counter 'mindless' shows: Mrs Thatcher considered new channel in wake of riots across the country | UPDATED: 08:58 GMT, 28 December 2012 Children's television was often so 'lifeless, moral-less and mindless' policy makers suggested setting up a 'Children's Broadcasting Corporation'.

Thug who blinded student gets off with a reprimand: So what DOES it take to be jailed for assault?

Thug who blinded student gets off with a reprimand: So what DOES it take to be jailed for assault Matthew Noblett, 20, from Chorley, Lancashire, was hit outside a pubHe needed 170 stitches in his right eyeball to stop it collapsingHe will never regain vision in the eye and is now registered disabledNoblett said his 16-year-old attacker should have gone to court | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 25 December 2012 The father of a student blinded in one eye in an unprovoked attack by a teenager yesterday condemned police for letting him go with just a telling-off.

Delhi gang rape victim takes her first steps in hospital as fresh protests by outraged demonstrators rock capital

Delhi gang rape victim takes her first steps in hospital as fresh protests by outraged demonstrators rock capitalPolice use tear gas and water cannons to control protestors in New DelhiThousands take to the streets in anger after student is raped The victim of the attack is said to have taken her first steps in hospitalThe Government attempted to appease demonstrators by promising increased protection for women | UPDATED: 14:20 GMT, 23 December 2012 Violent clashes between Indian police and thousands of people who took to the streets of the country's capital city to protest against the alleged gang rape and beating of a student have continued for a second day. Police used water cannons and tear gas to control hordes of protestors in a high security zone in New Delhi after trouble erupted amid angry demonstrations following the alleged rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus

Thousands riot in Egypt on the eve of constitution vote as Islamist hardliners clash with liberals

Thousands riot in Egypt on the eve of constitution vote as Islamist hardliners clash with liberalsMuslim Brotherhood members and ultraconservative Salafis clashed with youthful liberal protesters in Alexandria todayRiot police used tear-gas and batons to stop the fighting Clashes come on the eve of final vote on an Islamist-influenced constitution | UPDATED: 21:35 GMT, 21 December 2012 Demonstrations by supporters of President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents descended into violence today ahead of a final vote on an Islamist-influenced constitution tomorrow that has divided the country. The two opposing sides hurled rocks and stones at each other during a two-hour-long clash in Egypt's second largest city Alexandria over the controversial constitution which has deeply polarised the nation.

Outrage over Indian police chief suggestion that women should carry chilli powder and not go out at night to avoid rape

Outrage over Indian police chief suggestion that women should carry chilli powder and not go out at night to avoid rapeComments by Commissioner KP Raghuvanshi, head of police in ThaneActivists condemned the commissioner's remarks as sexist and 'idiotic'It follows the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 A police chief in India has sparked outrage after a woman was gang raped on a bus by saying women should carry chili powder to defend themselves.