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Articles tagged “crime”

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Life should be life, no matter who you kill

Does murder become a lesser crime when the victim is not a police officer?

In the penultimate week of July the Daily Mail, in its typically calm and restrained manner, branded two former Met Commissioners as traitors to ‘police heroes’ for opposing changes to the way murderers of police officers are sentenced. The former commissioners, Lords Condon and Blair, had raised objections to the proposed Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Currently in committee stage in the House of Lords, whereby peers can suggest amendments, the bill aims to raise the starting point for police murderers’ sentences to whole life. No …

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1 comment | Tags: Police Reform and Society Bill, politics, crime, prison, murder, dystopia

The Appeal of Crime

Britain has long been captivated by the crime genre

How many crime novels have you read in recent years? If you’re anything like me, the answer is not many; but recently I was persuaded to pick up the habit again thanks to JK Rowling’s The Silkworm, and was reintroduced to the genre as a whole. It’s fantastic! The British, it seems, can’t get enough of crime fiction – from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie, even the creation of the television cannot stop its relentless march. As my brother repeatedly informs me (normally with a rolled eye or …

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0 comments | Tags: Crime fiction, crime, J. K. Rowling, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Gillian Flynn, literature, books, novels, Robert Galbraith, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, Poirot, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, detective, investigation

Police investigating Durham sex attack release images of “key witness”

A potential witness of the
sexual assault (image 1)

Police investigating a sexual assault on a young woman in Durham City last week have released images of a potential witness they are hoping to trace.

Detective Inspector Traci McNally, who is leading the investigation, said: “As part of this investigation I am keen to identify the man shown on the CCTV images.

“This is in order for him to be eliminated from our inquiries.

“Since the incident last week my team have been pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and the investigation is very much ongoing.”

A potential witness

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1 comment | Tags: sexual assault, police, crime, Durham

Work Experience in Journalism

Newspapers reach all parts of London

I had no idea what to expect before starting work experience at my local paper’s office in Hammersmith, West London. It was probably the most eye-opening work experience I have ever undertaken, and a daunting experience to say the least. As soon as I arrived I was given phone calls to make and a list of contacts with only three lines of details about the various stories. I was truly plunged into the deep end without a briefing or any initial guidance. However, this meant I learnt very quickly.

The paper was …

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0 comments | Tags: London, work experience, newspaper, Journalism, internships, twitter, Facebook, Fulham, crime, politics, statistics

Two Ways To Fend Off A Mugger

Do not under any circumstance attempt to enact either of these idiotic ideas. They’re stupid and you will get hurt

I’ve always been very lucky in the sense that I’ve never been mugged. Touch wood. I’m not sure how I’ve successfully avoided being mugged throughout my life. Maybe it’s because I go to the ‘second most crime-free’ university in England. Or perhaps it’s because at home I live in a village where the biggest drama of the past decade was when 5 kangaroos escaped from the local farm park. Also my country …

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0 comments | Tags: High Street, Batman, crime, animals

Can we beat poachers by legalising the trade of rhino horn?

Rhinos pictured in Pilanesberg national park, just a few miles from Mankwe game reserve

I must admit that poaching wasn’t an issue I ever gave much thought: the main time it ever really pulled on my heart strings was during The Wild Thornberrys movie. Yes, during the film I was cheering for Eliza Thornberry and revolted by the evil presentation of the poachers as they took the adorable little cheetah cub. However, as shameful as it is to admit, it has taken a trip to a game reserve in South Africa for it to really hit home what some …

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0 comments | Tags: extinction, Biodiversity, animal rights, National Park, crime, South Africa

Durham: UK’s Second Lowest University Crime Rate

How safe should Durham students feel?

The Complete University Guide has released its university crime data for the past year, revealing that Durham has the second lowest rate of criminal activity taking place within three miles of the campus, and which is of a nature that is deemed to affect students particularly. These crime categories include burglary, robbery, and “violent crimes”, with the statistics based upon information released by the police. However, there are no separate figures which specifically address student victims. Only Aberystwyth is ranked as a safer place to live, with Winchester, Edge Hill, and the Royal Agricultural …

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0 comments | Tags: robbery, police, safety, crime, students, Durham University

The World’s Youngest Killers: Beyond Redemption?

Are child killers “perhaps the one group of criminals that have the best chance of successful rehabilitation?”

Twenty years ago, the murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool sent shockwaves through the community. Lured away from his mother in the Strand shopping centre, he was then walked several miles across the city before being tortured and killed by his abductors, his battered body dumped on the railway tracks in an attempt to cover up the crime. The toddler’s killing alone was disturbing, but the killers’ ages added another unsettling level to the crime: they were children; two …

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0 comments | Tags: prison, rehabilitation, murder, children, crime

Tepito: An Exploration of Mexico City’s Most Feared Neighbourhood

‘Scary’ locals?

I first visited Tepito, the Barrio Bravo (or fierce neighbourhood), two years ago and I left the metro station with trepidation. Its metro logo is a boxing glove to celebrate the many world famous boxers who were born there such as Rubén Olivares and Rodolfo Martínez, both former world champions. Rave music and a chicano version of Gangnam Style blasted out from the market place at the top of the stairs and as one emerges from the underground, you feel the swarm of people buying and selling amongst a packed market place. The streets are stuffy and an …

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0 comments | Tags: Mexico, religion, crime, tourism, holidays

Missing in Action

Shock Avalanche turns up new stones in the slippery path to answers

Lonely sentinels of the ice.

Despite certain icy threats received from the International Snowman Security Services, I have decided to go ahead and publish my findings from last night. If you don’t hear anything from me again, it may be because I have had to go into hiding, or even have fled to sunnier climes to escape the consequences of flouting the rules of such a powerful organisation.

So, let’s return to last night, when I set up camp outside Snow Joe’s living area at …

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0 comments | Tags: secrets, snowman, crime, St Mary's College, investigative journalism
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