Just a quarter of criminals caught with a knife are jailed despite plans for stronger sentencing

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.

The cyber road test that stops teenage drivers making the mistake that left me paralysed for life

New weapon in the war against the biggest killer of young people: The cyber road test that stops teenage drivers making the mistake that left me paralysed for life | UPDATED: 22:29 GMT, 29 December 2012 Like most teenagers who have just passed their driving test, Lauren Eade is keen to get behind the wheel as often as possible. So she sets off one crisp winter afternoon – and I am beside her

Paralysed schoolboy, 12, amazes his mother as he writes a Christmas song by BLINKING

Paralysed schoolboy, 12, amazes his mother as he writes a Christmas song by BLINKINGAdam Bojelian, 12, who has cerebral palsy, wrote the song with the help of mother Zoe, 52With the help of a Hollywood musician, the family have now made the song available on iTunes for charity It has already attracted celebrity backing including from actor Ewan McGregor | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 20 December 2012 A paralysed schoolboy who can only communicate with his eyes has written a Christmas song by blinking. Adam Bojelian, 12, who has cerebral palsy, wrote the song with the help of mother Zoe, 52, who painstakingly pointed at letters until the festive track was complete.

Talented enthusiast builds Britain"s largest four-jet engine model aeroplane

Just like the real thing! Talented enthusiast builds Britain's largest four-jet engine model aeroplane (and it can fly at speeds of 150mph) | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 20 December 2012 At first glance, it looks like any normal fighter jet patrolling the skies. But actually, this impressive jet – which has a massive 20-ft wingspan – is Britain's largest four-jet engine model aeroplane.

Mayan Doomsday prophecy: 4 days to go and there"s a rush on for bomb-proof survival bunkers

Four days to go until the Mayan Doomsday – and there's a rush on for bomb-proof survival bunkers (complete with leather sofas and plasma screen TVs) Ron Hubbard builds stylish underground bomb-proof shelter in CaliforniaDesigner's business has gone from selling one per month to one per daySome say Mayan Long Count calendar proves world will end this Friday | UPDATED: 08:18 GMT, 18 December 2012 If you’re seriously concerned about the world ending on Friday, then this could be just the ticket.

Connecticut school shooting: Obama flies in to console grieving relatives and attend vigil amid calls for gun curbs

Obama flies in to console grieving relatives and attend vigil amid calls for gun curbs Met privately with families of the 26 victims and with emergency crewsCall for 'meaningful action' in wake of shootings reignited gun law debateFourth time he has visited a community still grieving from a mass shooting | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 17 December 2012 Barack Obama flew in last night to console grieving parents in the Sandy Hook massacre as demands grew for tighter gun controls in the United States. Mr Obama was also planning to attend an evening vigil to mourn with the shellshocked community in Newtown. He met privately with families of the 26 victims and with emergency crews who responded to the shootings before speaking at an interfaith service at the town’s high school

Killer who stabbed cannabis dealer to death less than two hours after starting community service is jailed for 23 years

Killer who stabbed cannabis dealer to death less than two hours after starting community service is jailed for 23 years Reardon Emanuel, 20, convicted of murder by a jury after a trial at the Old BaileyEmanuel attacked 36 year-old O’Neil Irwin, brutally stabbing him and chasing him down the street on his bicycle Incident happened less than two hours after Emanuel finished unpaid work in the community | UPDATED: 21:05 GMT, 14 December 2012 Victim: O'Neil Irwin left a trail of blood down the street before bleeding to death A killer who stabbed a cannabis dealer to death less than two hours after carrying out unpaid work in the community was jailed for at least 25 years today. Reardon Emanuel, 20, attacked 36 year-old O’Neil Irwin while under the supervision of the Probation Service for having an offensive weapon in public.