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Two teenagers charged with terror offences

Two teenagers have been charged with terror offences after being arrested on Thursday. An 18-year-old man from Portsmouth has been charged with eight offences and a 17-year-old boy from London has been charged with five offences. The pair have been bailed to appear before Westminster Magistrates on Wednesday. A 21-year-old man from Bath, who was also arrested, has been released on bail pending further inquiries. The three people were taken into custody after an operation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. The 18-year-old faces five charges of encouraging terrorism and…

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Randox forensics inquiry: Forty drug-driving offences quashed

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Police chiefs said the cases were dropped after a “most serious breach” of forensic science standards At least 40 motorists convicted of drug-driving offences have been cleared after evidence of manipulation was found in the forensic testing process. The motorists were banned from driving and in some cases fined, but their convictions have since been overturned. About 10,500 test results are being reviewed after data was allegedly manipulated at Randox Testing Services. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) described it as a “most serious…

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British brothers held in Thailand over suspected drug offences

Image copyright Thailand Police Image caption Thai immigration police arrested the brothers on 17 November, it has emerged Two brothers wanted by police in Merseyside over suspected drug trafficking offences have been arrested in Thailand. Joseph and Gregory Mulhare from Wirral were detained on 17 November in Pattaya by Thai immigration police, it emerged. The pair, aged 43 and 38, are being held under warrants from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit. They are suspected of trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine in the UK. Image copyright Merseyside Police Image…

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Hate crimes: Rise in offences linked to religious beliefs

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a surge in hate crime directed at people because of their religious beliefs, new figures show. Police in England and Wales say there has been an increase of 40% compared with last year’s figures. Most religious hate crime – 52% of all offences – was aimed at Muslims. The total number of hate incidents reached a record 94,098, from April 2017 to March this year – a rise of 17%. More than three-quarters (76%) of those were classified as “race hate”. Hate crime…

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Trans inmate jailed for Wakefield prison sex offences

Image copyright Humphrey Bolton Image caption Karen White admitted two counts of sexual touching at New Hall Prison, Wakefield A transgender prisoner who sexually assaulted two inmates at a women’s jail and had previously raped two other women has been sentenced to life. Karen White attacked two women in 2017 while on remand at the HMP New Hall, in Wakefield, for other offences. White, 52, who identifies as a woman and is transitioning, was described as a “predator” who was a danger to women and children, Leeds Crown Court heard.…

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Sexual offences up 16% on British railways

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a 17% increase in crime recorded on British railways, including a rise in the number of violent and sexual offences, police figures show. British Transport Police recorded 61,159 crimes in 2017-18 in England, Scotland and Wales, up from 52,235. Sexual offences rose by 16% to 2,472 and violent crime by 26% to 11,711. The End Violence Against Women Coalition said a rise in the number of women reporting sexual violence was partly because of the #MeToo movement. It added that there have also…

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Five to be charged with animal cruelty offences over fox cubs

Image caption Secret footage was taken of the South Herefordshire Hunt’s kennels Five people are to be charged with animal cruelty offences after the BBC broadcast pictures appearing to show fox cubs being taken into a kennel of hunting hounds. The police investigation began after anti-hunting activists installed hidden cameras at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels in 2016. The video appears to show a man then dumping a dead fox cub in a bin. The activists say the cubs were used to give hounds a taste for killing. Image caption…

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