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  • Parents Of April Jones Visit Killer's House
    Parents Of April Jones Visit Killer's House Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    The parents of murdered Welsh schoolgirl April Jones have visited the house where her killer Mark Bridger once lived to see it being demolished. More »

  • April Jones Murder Home To Be Demolished
    April Jones Murder Home To Be Demolished Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    The house where five-year-old April Jones was believed murdered by Mark Bridger in mid-Wales is set to be demolished. The Welsh Government has now bought the house after discussions with the family. A spokesman said: "The Welsh Government will now work with the local authority, the Jones family and the local community for the most appropriate future for the site - following demolition of the property." "Our family want to thank the Welsh Government for listening to us and for understanding our need to see the house demolished." More »

  • Madeleine McCann: Police Search Drains and Sewer Network in Scrubland
    Madeleine McCann: Police Search Drains and Sewer Network in Scrubland Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been searching in for clues drains in the area of scrubland in the resort of Praia da Luz. More »

  • Madeleine McCann: Digging Begins In Scrubland
    Madeleine McCann: Digging Begins In Scrubland Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Officers have begun digging and clearing an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. He said: "We have seen British police officers focusing on this particular scrap of land. He added that teams had been mapping the area over the last 24 hours and Portuguese workmen had been clearing some of the undergrowth with strimmers ahead of the search operation. It comes after British police brought in sniffer dogs on Tuesday to help search the area, which is a five-minute walk from the apartment where then three-year-old Madeleine disappeared in 2007. More »

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  • Madeleine McCann: Police Bring In Sniffer Dogs
    Madeleine McCann: Police Bring In Sniffer Dogs Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    British police have brought in sniffer dogs to search areas of scrubland in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. At least two specially trained victim detection dogs were working with their handlers as part of the renewed police efforts in the Portuguese resort. One of the handlers, from South Wales Police, was heard shouting instructions to the dogs in Welsh. They are part of the large team of British police officers led by the Metropolitan Police detective DCI Andy Redwood who are working in conjunction with Portuguese authorities. More »

  • The Big Tweet for Missing Children Campaign Launched on Social Media
    The Big Tweet for Missing Children Campaign Launched on Social Media Mon, May 26, 2014

    The Big Tweet for Missing Children will enlist the support of millions of Twitter users in a day of action.  More »

  • Big Tweet For Missing Children Gets Under Way
    Big Tweet For Missing Children Gets Under Way Sun, May 25, 2014

    The Big Tweet for Missing Children will see a different child's appeal and photograph posted on Twitter every 30 minutes today under the hashtag #bigtweet. The new service has been welcomed by Coral Jones, the mother of April Jones whose abduction from her home town of Machynlleth, Powys, in October 2012 triggered one of the alerts. More »

  • Mother of missing Madeleine backs child rescue alerts
    Mother of missing Madeleine backs child rescue alerts Thu, May 1, 2014

    The mother of Madeleine McCann urged people Thursday to sign up to a nationwide alert system aimed at finding missing children whose lives are feared to be in imminent danger. More »

  • Whole-Life Sentences Are Legal, Say Judges
    Whole-Life Sentences Are Legal, Say Judges Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    Life can mean life, Court of Appeal judges have ruled, following a European Court of Human Rights decision which declared them unlawful. Delivering the ruling, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said judges could continue to give whole-life sentences for the "most heinous" crimes. In July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that whole-life sentences were unlawful because there was no prospect of review. However, the Court of Appeal has found that the UK system of whole-life sentences does allow for a review and judges should be confident to continue using them for the most serious crimes. More »

  • Appeal court upholds prison terms for life
    Appeal court upholds prison terms for life Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    The Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld the principle of jail terms for life, following a European ruling that left judges unsure whether they could still impose the punishment. More »

  • When 'Life' means Life: Who are Britain's Whole-Life Offenders?
    When 'Life' means Life: Who are Britain's Whole-Life Offenders? Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    The decision by five Court of Appeal judges came after the European court of human rights last year said locking up prisoners for life without review was a breach of human rights. But Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said the judges did not agree with the judgment because "there are crimes that are so heinous that just punishment may require imprisonment for life." Lord Thomas added it was for Parliament "to set the framework under which the judge decides in an individual case whether a whole life order is the just punishment." The ruling means "life means life" and was welcomed by Attorney General Dominic Grieve: More »

  • Breaking: Judges Announce Life Sentences are Legal in Landmark Ruling
    Breaking: Judges Announce Life Sentences are Legal in Landmark Ruling Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    A panel of five judges, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, decided "life-means-life" at the court of appeal in London. The decision came after notorious murderers Jeremy Bamber, Douglas Vinter and Peter Moore successfully argued at the European court of human rights last year that life sentences were in breach of human rights. A number of high-profile cases had been delayed pending the judges' decision including that of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the convicted killers of Lee Rigby. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Everyone’s been talking about an arrest over the Castleknock murder, tragic death of a 3-year-old and hospital cuts campaign. More »

  • April Jones Murder: Mark Bridger Drops Life Sentence Appeal
    April Jones Murder: Mark Bridger Drops Life Sentence Appeal Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Mark Bridger has dropped an appeal against his life sentence for the murder of five-year-old April Jones. The Judicial Office confirmed that he had abandoned his application for permission to appeal against his lifetime jail sentence. More »

  • Rare tiny water lily stolen from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens
    Rare tiny water lily stolen from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    The Metropolitan Police said that the plant would have had to have been pulled up from a shallow water lily pond. More »

  • Killer of April Jones drops appeal against sentence
    Killer of April Jones drops appeal against sentence Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Mark Bridger was sentenced last May for the abduction and murder of the five-year-old, from Machynlleth in Powys, Wales. More »

  • April Jones Family 'Tortured' by Mark Bridger Appeal
    April Jones Family 'Tortured' by Mark Bridger Appeal Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    The man who is serving a whole life sentence for murdering five-year-old April Jones has launched an attempt to appeal, the schoolgirl's parents have confirmed. Mark Bridger, 47, was told he will send the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty of the abduction and murder of April. April's parents, Coral and Paul Jones, said Bridger intends to launch a legal bid for appeal, after police warned them of an initial hearing at the court of appeal next month. The Jones family said they continue to feel "tortured" by Bridger even after his conviction. More »

  • April Jones' Killer Mark Bridger Launches Appeal
    April Jones' Killer Mark Bridger Launches Appeal Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    The parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones have told of their disgust after learning their daughter's killer has launched an appeal. Mark Bridger, 47, was given a whole-life sentence in May after being found guilty of kidnapping and murdering the schoolgirl. Her parents Coral and Paul Jones told The Sun newspaper that police had warned them last week that Bridger had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal. Mrs Jones, 41, blasted the move and said her family continue to be "tortured" by Bridger. More »

  • Google Child Abuse Image Block 'Not Enough'
    Google Child Abuse Image Block 'Not Enough' Mon, Nov 18, 2013

    Microsoft and Google's announcement that they will block internet searches for child abuse images after months of mounting pressure is "not a solution", it has been claimed. Google says it has also developed technology that will allow illegal videos to be "tagged" so all duplicate copies can be removed across the internet. But critics insisted most offenders did not use conventional search engines and said the measure did not address the "root" of the problem. Microsoft, which operates and powers Bing and Yahoo, will reportedly confirm at a Downing Street summit on online pornography today that it is introducing similar reforms. More »

  • Killer Mark Bridger’s Cottage 'Up For Rent'
    Killer Mark Bridger’s Cottage 'Up For Rent' Sun, Oct 20, 2013

    The home of killer Mark Bridger, where he is thought to have murdered five-year-old April Jones, may be put up for rent, according to reports. More »

  • Bridger Attacker 'In Bid To Find April's Body'
    Bridger Attacker 'In Bid To Find April's Body' Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    A prisoner slashed child killer Mark Bridger's face to get him to reveal where April Jones' body was hidden, a court has heard. More »

  • April Jones Funeral: Machynlleth Says Goodbye
    April Jones Funeral: Machynlleth Says Goodbye Thu, Sep 26, 2013

    The family of murdered schoolgirl April Jones have said an emotional farewell at a funeral held in their hometown of Machynlleth. More »

  • April Jones: Funeral Plans After Inquest Ends
    April Jones: Funeral Plans After Inquest Ends Mon, Sep 16, 2013

    The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones can plan their daughter's funeral after an inquest allowed them to officially register her death. More »

  • April Jones' Parents Plan Funeral A Year On
    April Jones' Parents Plan Funeral A Year On Fri, Sep 13, 2013

    The parents of April Jones are planning a funeral for the five-year-old a year after she went missing in the hope an inquest will finally enable them to have some closure. More »

  • Mark Bridger: Prisoner Admits Knife Attack
    Mark Bridger: Prisoner Admits Knife Attack Wed, Sep 11, 2013

    A prisoner has admitted slashing child killer Mark Bridger across the face at one of Britain's most secure jails. More »

  • Tia Sharp's Father Backs Child Abuse Image Ban
    Tia Sharp's Father Backs Child Abuse Image Ban Sun, Jul 21, 2013

    The father of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp has said he backs a plan for websites to be told to block certain search terms and warn people when they try to view illegal content, as part of a crackdown on child abuse images. More »

  • April Jones: Mark Bridger Attacked In Prison
    April Jones: Mark Bridger Attacked In Prison Tue, Jul 9, 2013

    Child killer Mark Bridger has been attacked by a fellow prisoner less than two months into his whole life sentence. More »

  • April Jones killer attacked in prison
    April Jones killer attacked in prison Tue, Jul 9, 2013

    The killer of five-year-old April Jones has been slashed in the face with an improvised knife by a fellow inmate at Wakefield prison, a report said on Tuesday. More »

  • Child Abuse Online: Web Firms Attend Talks
    Child Abuse Online: Web Firms Attend Talks Tue, Jun 18, 2013

    Leading internet companies have agreed a new strategy with the Government in an attempt to crack down on child abuse online. More »

  • The porn summit: Internet firms dragged to No10
    The porn summit: Internet firms dragged to No10 Tue, Jun 18, 2013

    Internet firms were convening in Downing Street today, as the government lays down the law on child abuse and access to pornography. More »

  • Violent Extremist Content 'Still Rife' On Web
    Violent Extremist Content 'Still Rife' On Web Sun, Jun 16, 2013

    UK anti-terrorist police say almost 6,000 pieces of violent extremist content have been removed from the internet since 2010 - but a former security minister claims they have only scratched the surface. More »

  • Google offers cash to counter criticism over child sex images
    Google offers cash to counter criticism over child sex images Wed, Jun 12, 2013

    Google pledged £1 million ($1.6 million, 1.2 million euros) on Wednesday to a British charity that monitors online child porn, just days after Prime Minister David Cameron demanded the Internet giant do more to tackle the problem. More »

  • April Jones' Sister Skydives For Search Team
    April Jones' Sister Skydives For Search Team Sun, Jun 9, 2013

    The teenage half-sister of April Jones has skydived 13,000ft to raise £4,000 for a volunteer rescue team who helped search for the five-year-old Welsh schoolgirl. More »

  • Child Pornography On Web 'Sickens' Cameron
    Child Pornography On Web 'Sickens' Cameron Sun, Jun 9, 2013

    The Prime Minister has demanded that internet search engines do more to rid the internet of child pornography. More »