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Criminal who hijacked unmarked police car and ran over officer before 97mph chase jailed for 12 years

A man has been jailed for 12 years for running over a police officer in a hijacked police car before speeding through Birmingham at 97mph. Dramatic footage showed the moment PC Gareth Phillips was hit by Mubashar Hussain, leaving him fighting for his life. → Read More

Online hate blamed as researchers find homophobia is increasing among young people in UK

Homophobia is increasing among young British people, new research has suggested amid warnings that “online communities of hate” could be driving the worrying trend. A poll seen exclusively by The Independent found one in four 18- to 24-year-olds thought LGBT+ people were “immoral” or that homosexuality contravened their beliefs, compared to one in five across all age groups. → Read More

Harry Dunn's family to launch legal challenge over diplomatic immunity unless Foreign Office provides answers

The family of a British teenager killed in a car crash with an American diplomat’s wife could launch a legal challenge. Harry Dunn’s parents want the advice given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to police over the decision to grant the suspect diplomatic immunity to be examined. Anne Sacoolas is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, and left the UK → Read More

Conservatives’ ‘crackdown on foreign criminals’ would affect 10 people a year, figures show

A new law the home secretary claimed would crack down on foreign criminals and “make our country safer” currently applies to an average of 10 people a year, figures reveal. Priti Patel said the government would increase the punishment for breaching deportation orders to “deter foreign criminals from returning to the UK”. But official statistics analysed by The Independent show → Read More

Westminster crash: Salih Khater jailed for life over terror attack outside parliament

A man who ploughed his car into cyclists outside the Houses of Parliament has been jailed for life committing a terror attack, despite investigators finding no evidence of extremism. Salih Khater, 30, claimed the crash in August 2018 was an accident after he got lost on the way to a London embassy. Police found no evidence of any links to terrorist groups, or any extremist → Read More

Oval Four: Black men arrested by corrupt police officer could be cleared 50 years after being jailed

Four black men who were jailed after being arrested by a corrupt police officer could be cleared almost 50 years after the alleged miscarriage of justice. Known as the “Oval Four”, Winston Trew, Sterling Christie, George Griffiths and Constantine “Omar” Boucher were arrested at Oval underground station in 1972. → Read More

PC Andrew Harper: More than 800 people expected to attend funeral for 'hero' Thames Valley Police officer

More than 800 people are expected to attend the funeral of a “hero” police officer who was killed in the line of duty. PC Andrew Harper, 28, was responding to reports of a burglary in Berkshire when he was dragged under a van in August. His wife, who he married just weeks before his death, family and friends are to attend his funeral at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on → Read More

Former Islamist and far-right extremists unite forces to fight rising hate

In June 2009, Anjem Choudary acolyte Jesse Morton was working with al-Qaeda supporters to spread the call to jihad across America. More than 3,500 miles away, in the British seaside town of Lowestoft, single father Ivan Humble was helping form the English Defence League (EDL). → Read More

Finsbury Park terrorist Darren Osborne attacked with boiling water by fellow prison inmate

The far-right extremist who launched the Finsbury Park terror attack has been assaulted by a fellow prison inmate. Darren Osborne had boiling water thrown over his head in HMP Wakefield and had to be treated for burns and blisters. → Read More

Man jailed for fighting with al-Qaeda in Syria after being filmed in Vice documentary

A man has been jailed for fighting with jihadis in Syria after being filmed in a documentary. Mohammed Yamin, now 25, initially denied joining al-Qaeda but investigators matched voice recordings made by police to previous recordings of a masked British militant caught on camera in 2013. → Read More

London stabbings: Teenager charged with killing 15-year-old Baptista Adjei in Stratford

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing a schoolboy to death outside a London shopping centre. Police said Baptista Adjei, also 15, was attacked after getting off a bus in Stratford at around 3pm on Thursday. Witnesses said his friends and members of the public attempted to give first aid after an “altercation” outside a McDonald’s in the → Read More

Use of 3D printed guns in German synagogue shooting must act as warning to security services, experts say

The creation of 3D printed guns by the neo-Nazi who launched a shooting attack in Germany must act as a warning to security services, experts have said. Stephan Balliet only took one plastic weapon on the rampage that left two people dead in Halle but had manufactured several more, documents seen by The Independent reveal. → Read More

Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds

Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has found. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the two Metropolitan Police constables did not record her account and could have stopped the rape being investigated. → Read More

Hate crime surged during Brexit ‘surrender’ bill debates in parliament, police reveal

Hate crime spiked during parliamentary debates around what Boris Johnson labelled a “surrender bill” aiming to prevent a no-deal Brexit, police have revealed. Senior officers would not be drawn on the specific impact of the prime minister’s language but repeated appeals for moderation from public figures. The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for operations said the → Read More

Germany synagogue shooting is part of ‘global far-right insurgency’, experts warn as attacker seeks to inspire others

A neo-Nazi attack that left two people dead is part of a “global insurgency” by far-right terrorists, experts have warned. → Read More

Hillsborough trial: 'Extraordinarily bad' failings by David Duckenfield led to disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans, court hears

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield contributed to the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters with “extraordinarily bad” failings that led to the disaster, a court has heard. The former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent denies the gross negligence manslaughter of victims who died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s football ground on 15 April 1989. → Read More

Stephan Balliet: The 'loser' neo-Nazi suspected of deadly attack on German synagogue

The neo-Nazi who murdered two people in a marauding shooting attack in Germany has been named as Stephan Balliet. The 27-year-old German man is suspected of storming a synagogue in Halle on Wednesday and shooting a female passerby, before attacking a nearby Turkish kebab shop where a man died. → Read More

‘One-man crimewave’ murdered London shopkeeper for just £100

A “one-man crimewave” has been convicted of murdering a London shopkeeper for just £100. → Read More

Ben Stokes's wife says England cricketer was 'messing about' in photos amid allegations of altercation

Ben Stokes has moved to quash a story accusing him of having a physical altercation with his wife. Photos published by the Guido Fawkes website showed the 28-year-old England cricketer with his hand on his wife’s face at an awards event. Clare Stokes called the accompanying story “nonsense” and said she and her husband “squish up each other’s faces” to show affection. → Read More

Gang members accused of importing drugs worth billions into UK arrested in nationwide sting operation

Suspected members of an international gang who smuggled billions of pounds worth of drugs into the UK have been arrested in a nationwide sting operation. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the “industrial-scale” racket is the largest ever uncovered in Britain. Thirteen men, aged between 24 and 59, were detained in dawn raids on Tuesday in London, Manchester, Stockport, St → Read More