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
'Mosque buster' claims he can stop 'tide of Islam' by giving free advice on how to block building plans for new places of worship Gavin Boby, once linked to EDL, calls for people to come to him for helpLawyer boasts he has already blocked plans for 16 mosques being built He claims Islam encourages paedophilia, sexual abuse and pimping By Larisa Brown PUBLISHED: 12:49 GMT, 13 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 GMT, 13 January 2013 A planning lawyer and self-styled 'mosque buster' claims he is fighting to stop the 'tide of Islam' by successfully blocking plans for the building of mosques across the UK.
Harry's heroes: A compelling dispatch from the Afghan frontline from nerve-shredding missions on Christmas Day to a Prince queuing at the camp canteen Mail on Sunday man Matt Warren joins Prince harry and troops in Helmand ProvincePrince queues with 4,000 comrades for gargantuan Christmas lunchSoldiers dress up for Nativity play and tuck into traditional festive food Royal Marines approaching end of final tour as operations scaled down | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 29 December 2012 On duty: Prince Harry after a successful flight from Camp Bastion I am sitting in the front of a heavily armoured truck.
You'll be drawn to London: Artist sketches quirky map of the capital complete with 'Lovely Jubbly' Peckham and a giant bagel Jenni Sparks's map includes colour-coded train lines based on actual geographic Tube mapShe said: 'I wanted to find out exactly what made all the different places in London unique'Landmarks include giant pharaoh (British Museum); 'Van Gogh was here' (in Stockwell); and mustachioed Hoxton | UPDATED: 13:41 GMT, 24 December 2012 It's not often you'll find a map of London with 'Van Gogh was here' written over a street in Stockwell. But this quirky hand-drawn effort is not your standard guide to the city.
Margate one of the world's top ten resorts Trust me, it's East Germany with wind farms | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 Recuperating after a nervous breakdown in 1921, the poet T. S. Eliot made a visit to the seaside town of Margate on the Kent coast. While he was there, he sat for a time in a municipal shelter on the front and stared out at the concrete-grey sea beneath a wide but darkening sky
'The gem of the Isle of Thanet': Seaside town Margate voted one of the top 10 places to visit in the WORLD by the Rough Guide | UPDATED: 16:26 GMT, 12 December 2012 Known for its 'Kiss Me Quick' hats and donkey rides, the seaside town of Margate might not scream 'dream destination'. But someone has looked beyond the cliches of the Kent coast, and propelled it into the Rough Guide – declaring it to be on the top ten places to visit in the world
Don't call the police, it's only art: Bizarre mannequin 'hoodies' invade the streets of RomeUS artist Mark Jenkins has created the street installations to 'get people to look up from their mobile phones'He has placed hooded mannequins poking out of bins, playing tug of war, and apparently fired at a darts board | UPDATED: 19:39 GMT, 9 December 2012 An army of sinister hoodies appear to have invaded Rome. But closer inspection reveals that the strange figures are in fact mannequins styled in bizarre positions
Is this Britain's most festive street Six families raise 42,000 for charity from 100,000 Christmas light displayAmazing festive lightshow in Burnham-on-Sea, SomersetThousands flock to unassuming cul-de-sac to gaze at stunning scene | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 3 December 2012 Bathed in the glorious blaze of nearly 100,000 Christmas illuminations, this is Britain's most festive cul-de-sac. For a few weeks every year, the riot of Yuletide colour helps make an otherwise unassuming street in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, surely one of the most magical places in the country. The tradition was started 12 years ago by Nick, 43, and Hazel Gardner, 42, with neighbours Chris Woodberry, 64, and his late wife Christine, who died in 20080 aged 61
Is this Britain’s most festive street Six families spend 18,000 on their Christmas lightsAmazing festive lightshow in Burnham-on-Sea, SomersetThousands flock to unassuming cul-de-sac to gaze at stunning sceneCosts six families 3,000 each to put on | UPDATED: 13:46 GMT, 2 December 2012 Bathed in the glorious blaze of nearly 100,000 Christmas illuminations, this is Britain's most festive cul-de-sac. For a few weeks every year, the riot of Yuletide colour helps make an otherwise unassuming street in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, surely one of the most magical places in the country. The tradition was started 12 years ago by Nick, 43, and Hazel Gardner, 42, with neighbours Chris Woodberry, 64, and his late wife Christine, who died in 2010 aged 61
BLACK DOG: Freedom saved by a whisper! | UPDATED: 02:12 GMT, 2 December 2012 Just 24 hours before David Cameron told MPs he had rejected Lord Justice Leveson’s call for state muzzling of the press, No 10 was shaken by a rumour that a Cabinet Minister was ready to resign if the PM backed Leveson. Was it a piece of mischief-making to stiffen the PM’s spine, or was it real Worrying: Just 24 hours before David Cameron, left, told MPs he had rejected Lord Justice Leveson’s call for state muzzling of the press, No 10 was shaken by a rumour that a Cabinet Minister was ready to resign Frantic calls were made to find out if any of Leveson’s most vocal Cabinet critics – William Hague, Michael Gove and Eric Pickles – were about to walk out in defence of free speech. They all denied it