Britain is becoming a safer place: 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.
How I aim to prevent 'another Savile moment', says Britain's top prosecutor, as he calls for a tougher strategy to bring sex offenders to justiceKeir Starmer, QC, said prosecutors have been ‘too cautious’ in approachHe is expected to admit number of Savile victims higher than first thought /12/10/article-2245990-0B16469D000005DC-736_306x490.jpg” width=”306″ height=”490″ alt=”Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said there is no need for a law that makes it a crime to insult someone” class=”blkBorder” /> Keir Starmer, QC, said prosecutors have been ‘too cautious’ in their approach to sex offenders Police and prosecutors are to scrap existing guidelines for dealing with sex offences to prevent ‘another Savile moment’, Britain’s top prosecutor will say today.
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
Police arrest violin teacher, 57, over historic sex abuse claims at prestigious music school where choirmaster abused former pupil Wen Zhou Li, 57, arrested by police investigating Chetham abusePolice are probing 20 reports of sexual offences reported by former pupils By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 13:05 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:04 GMT, 15 February 2013 Held: Violin teacher Wen Zhou Li who came to Britain on the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin has been arrested by detectives investigating sex abuse at Chethams School of Music in the 1970s and 80s A violin teacher who came to Britain on the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin has been arrested by detectives investigating sex abuse at Chetham’s School of Music in the 1970s and 80s.
Teacher receives 70,000 in compensation after she was sacked for pruning a tree without a risk assessmentShe was also accused of handing out an inappropriate sanction to a childBosses at the secure children's unit said she didn't get on with colleaguesBut Tracey Smith was awarded the maximum 70,000 compensationShe is still jobless after being placed on the 'dismissed persons register'She says the suspension and sacking have 'destroyed her career' By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 16:09 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 24 January 2013 . A teacher has been awarded 70,000 compensation for being unfairly sacked over allegations including pruning a bush without following health and safety procedures. Tracey Smith, 44, was tidying up a courtyard and used a saw to cut back an overgrown buddleia.
More than 1,000 women suffer sex attack EVERY DAY, report saysReport reveals almost half a million women are preyed upon every year But only one in 88 rape claims results in conviction, Crime Survey findsMost of 400,000 female victims subject to unwanted touching or exposureOne in 200 women was victim of rape or another serious sexual assault By Larisa Brown and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 20:59 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:10 GMT, 11 January 2013 More than 1,000 women suffered a sexual assault every day last year – but only one in 88 rape claims resulted in a conviction, a report said yesterday. One in five women has been a victim of sexual assault since the age of 16, with almost half a million adult females in England and Wales preyed upon every year, the study revealed
Paedophile snared by police after he takes picture of a girl at his home with shop sign in the background | UPDATED: 11:36 GMT, 29 December 2012 Pervert: David Mellor was jailed for six years Police traced a paedophile to his home after the indecent picture he took of a girl had a giveaway shop sign in the background.
5,000 people investigated by police for something they said on Facebook or Twitter as 'social network crime' soars 800% Crimes include posting menacing messages, and sexual offences such as grooming In 2008 there were just 556 reports of crimes; last year there were 4,908In 2011, 653 people were charged for crimes involving Facebook and Twitter Police: 'Officers should only respond to complaints that cause genuine harm' | UPDATED: 22:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 Reports of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter – such as posting abusive messages, grooming and complaints of stalking – have increased eight-fold in four years.
Former nurse groped women by placing them in a trance using the trigger words 'drop for me' Iain Balsillie, 44, breached Sexual Offences Prevention OrderOrder banned him from browsing online site on hypnosisFormer nurse previously jailed for carrying out sex attack on woman | UPDATED: 18:28 GMT, 19 December 2012 Former nurse Iain Balsillie, pictured, who placed women in a trance so he could grope them, has been caught illegally accessing a hypnotic website A former nurse who placed women in a trance so he could grope them has been caught illegally accessing a hypnotic website.
Lead singer of Lostprophets rock band and ex-lover of Fearne Cotton is remanded in custody over claims he plotted to rape pre-teen girl Ian Watkins, 35, arrested as part of ongoing police investigationCharged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with girl under 13Also charged with possession and distribution of of indecent images Singer appeared before magistrates in Cardiff today, along with two others | UPDATED: 18:35 GMT, 19 December 2012 Charged: Ian Watkins, 35, pictured with former girlfriend Fearne Cotton, is charged with six child sex offences The lead singer of rock band Lostprophets was refused bail today after being accused of plotting to rape a child aged under 13. Ian Watkins, a former boyfriend of Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Fearne Cotton, was remanded in custody charged with six child sex offences. The 35-year-old was charged with conspiring to engage in sex with an underage girl.