Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim "shocking" figures show failure by probation officers

Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim 'shocking' figures show failure by probation officersConvicts including violent thugs spared jail committed another offenceTory MPs have said figures show a problem with the probation serviceJustice Secretary announced plans to tackle entrenched reoffending | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 19 December 2012 Around 50,000 criminals who were spared jail went on to commit another crime within a year, figures revealed yesterday. The convicts – including violent thugs, burglars and drug dealers – were handed community service or a suspended jail term, leaving them free to commit new crimes.

Milo the "magnetic" cat burglar collared for pilfering 20 sets of keys from neighbours

Collared, the cat burglar who can't stop stealing keys thanks to her magnetic tag Neighbours were left mystified as their house and car keys kept vanishingThe tabby's collar had a magnet to stop others getting through the catflapOwner solved the mystery when Milo walked in with keys around her neck | UPDATED: 01:54 GMT, 11 December 2012 So, just what attracts a mild-mannered tabby to a life of crime The answer, if you look closely, is the magnet hanging from her collar. This is Milo, the cat burglar responsible for pinching more than 20 sets of keys from her neighbours in the past month.

How much will your annual rail fare be next year? Rail firms reveal full extent of huge increases faced by commuters

How much will your annual rail fare be next year Rail firms reveal full extent of huge increases faced by commuters From New Year onwards passengers will face fare rises of up to 10 per centHike on average will be 3.9 per cent according to figures released todayRail companies accused of trying to 'bury bad news' as they sneaked out the details of fare rises under cover of Virgin franchise fiasco | UPDATED: 02:06 GMT, 7 December 2012 Rail firms were accused last night of trying to ‘bury bad news’ by releasing details of big fare rises under cover of the Virgin franchise fiasco. The Association of Train Operating Companies has finally confirmed the extent of the hikes that will take effect next month

How one in every ten households is worth at least 1m: Property and pension pots push wealth higher

How one in every ten households is worth at least 1m: Property and pension pots push wealth higher Most millionaire households are in the Home CountiesRichest 10 per cent of homes each have assets ‘greater than 967,000But one in every two families have almost nothing, with few assets and little chance of a comfortable retirement as a result | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 3 December 2012 One in ten families are millionaires if they include assets such as their homes and their pension pots, official figures revealed yesterday. The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, show the huge wealth of the top 10 per cent in this country at a time when millions are struggling to get by. They also reveal the extent of the North-South divide, with the highest concentration of millionaire households in the Home Counties.

More women take to the driving seat: Number of female drivers accelerates at twice rate of male motorists

More women take to the driving seat: Number of female drivers accelerates at twice rate of male motorists | UPDATED: 01:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 The number of new drivers is rising twice as quickly among women as it is among men, a study reveals today. Not only that, but the number of miles women drive each year is rising as men drive fewer. The report, compiled for the RAC Foundation, says that between 1995 and 2010 the number of women with a driving licence grew by 23 per cent, a rise of 2.6million to 13.8million.