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Girl, 13, arrested after sub-machine gun is found in her wardrobe

A British Army SA80 assault rifle: Police seized a similar type of rifle, capable of firing 800 rounds a minute, from a 13-year-old girl's wardrobe in Croydon

The teenager was taken into custody yesterday morning after the automatic machine gun - an M16-style rifle capable of firing up to 900 rounds-per-minute - was seized at a flat in Croydon, south London. Around 15 officers carrying sub-machine guns, hydraulic battering rams and combat shields raced to the address after hearing reports of the weapon on the estate.

School bully who drove girl, 14, to brink of suicide with racist taunts is convicted in landmark case

The boy, who can't be identified for legal reasons, made the girl 'want to die'

The girl suffered months of racist name-calling at the hands of the bullying fellow pupil at her secondary school.

Man batters wife to death with paving slab 50 minutes after police leave his home 'as he was calm'

Bludgeoned: Patricia Smales was beaten to death by her husband

Michael Smales, 45, bludgeoned airport check-in agent Patricia to death. Following the attack Smales was found loitering half naked on a motorway embankment.

Thousands of England's worst families to be placed in 'sin bins' to improve behaviour

Families will be given intensive 24-hour supervision to make sure children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals

Yobbish families who refuse State help in raising their children face being made to give up their home - though they are still likely to be re-housed elsewhere.

World's first 3D digital camera to be launched in Britain

3d effect

Created by Japanese camera company Fujifilm, it will allow users to see their holiday snaps in full 3D, with bicycles and beach balls jumping out from pictures.

Pensioner's rare SILVER penny could sell for thousands... so have you got one in your pocket?

Precious penny: Tania Simmonite's granddaughter Amy Baker holds the rare silver 1p piece that is set to earn her grandmother thousands

Unwittingly handed over to Tania Simmonite, the coin appears to have been released into circulation without undergoing the usual copper-plating process.

Thousands of French chipmunks carrying potentially fatal diseases heading towards to Britain

There are fears the chipmunks could bring potentially fatal diseases to Britain

The disease-ridden chipmunks have been spreading westwards across France have now reached Paris, raising the threat they could reach Britain.

The Grand Canyon of Durham: Heavy flooding carves vast trench in farm land

Grand Canyon of Durham: The vast trench, caused by heavy flooding, is believed to be an ancient riverbed that had lain buried for centuries

New series of The Apprentice may be delayed to avoid Alan Sugar election clash

Sir Alan Sugar (right) takes up his seat in the House of Lords

The 2010 series of The Apprentice will not be screened in the run-up to a general election, due to be called before May, the BBC Trust said.

Takeaways and taxi ranks to get 'marshals' in crackdown on drink-fuelled violence

Drunken youths fighting on the High Street in Colchester, Essex at closing time

Areas to be targeted combine the potent mix of pubs and clubs, takeaways and transport hub that lead to 'serious violence' among 13-to-24-year-olds, according to police.

'I'm no saint but you know that': Berlusconi breaks silence over sex scandal

'I'm not saint': Silvio Berlusconi has spoken about the sex scandal surrounding him

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi today spoke for the first time about the sex scandal embroiling him - although his choice of words were questionable.

Robber wrestled to the ground by pensioners during raid on their social club

Westley Crabtree

Elderly members of the Newton Reform Club tackled the raider despite him shouting he had a 'shooter' as he and an accomplice ordered staff to open the till.

Financier 'stripped and groped woman who had passed out after pub drinking session'

Justin Von Tunzelman

Justin von Tunzelman allegedly spotted the woman slumped in a pub alcove following a two-hour drinking session.

Arrested in their wedding dresses: Police seize foreign brides in 'bogus marriage' raid


Police and immigration officers raided two homes and arrested the Slovakian brides and Nigerian grooms before they reached the churches yesterday.

I'd topple Mugabe if I were still in power, says Blair

Tony Blair

Tony Blair says he would consider toppling Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe if he were still in power.

Electrical fault in old TV sparked tower inferno that killed six

Charred tower block in Camberwell

Police said a television which was at least 10 years old caught fire after being left plugged in on the ninth floor.

Chinese factory worker jumps to his death after losing secret iPhone prototype

Sun Danyong jumped to his death after he mislaid a prototype fourth-generation iPhone. The Foxconn worker is said to have been beaten by security staff. Pictured is and iPhone 3GS

Sun Danyong is said to have been beaten by security staff after he mislaid the prototype fourth-generation iPhone, the next market to come on the market.

'They watch us closely... they're extremely clever': Haunting words of British bomb disposal expert killed in Afghanistan

Brave: Captain Shepherd is filmed scanning for Improvised Explosive Devices for an ITV news report

Female MP taken to hospital as South Korean parliament descends into mass brawl... again

Lee Jung-hee, centre, a lawmaker of the opposition Democratic Labour Party, is dragged out by the ruling Grand National Party's lawmakers at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea today as the session descended into a brawl

Killer who shot dead Pc Sharon Beshenivsky in bungled raid is jailed for life

Mustaf Jama

Mustaf Jama, 29, was told he would serve at least 35 years for the murder of the mother-of-three.

Pay apartheid worsens as public sector gets 2.8% rise in year while private drops

Nurse Takes the Pulse of a Young Girl Lying in a Hospital Bed

Earnings in the private sector have actually dropped by 0.3 per cent compared to a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said.

One is credit crunched: Queen loses £75million in recession as estate value falls by a fifth

The Queen and Prince Philip, seen braving a downpour as they host a garden party, have seen the value of their assets drop by £75m to £322m

The Duchy of Lancaster - a portfolio of land, property and assets held in trust for the Sovereign - saw its value drop by £75million to £322million in the 2008-9 financial year.

TV drama to depict David Cameron's days as member of infamous 'Bullingdon Club'

David Cameron

A documentary by More 4 will depict just what Oxford University's most infamous drinking club got up to when the Tory leader was a member.

Taller men DO make more money - about £235 a year per extra inch, to be precise

John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in 1960s class sketch

An extra couple of inches can boost a man's salary by hundreds of pounds a year because he will be seen as more intelligent and powerful, new research confirms.

Is Lonesome George finally going to be a dad? Last Galapagos tortoise may be a father aged 90

Galapagos giant tortoise

Lonesome George, the last remaining giant tortoise of his kind, may soon be a father to the delight of conservationists.

Female medical student murdered two elderly women so she could study death

The murders were carried out in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk

A 24-year-old female medical student has confessed to murdering two elderly women so she could study the process of dying for her doctorate, say police.

Thousands besiege Indian village identified as best spot on Earth to watch longest solar eclipse of the century


Burglars steal antiques worth £1million from Jonathan Creek stately home

Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith in Jonathan Creek

Burglars raided the mansion near Lewes, East Sussex, and stole important pieces of Sevres porcelain, including a pair of identical vases made in 1763.

Pensioner launches one-woman clean-up campaign after discovering streets of Thailand are cleaner than UK

One-woman campaign: Sandra White spends three hours every day cleaning the streets of her home town of Spalding, Lincolnshire

Sandra White spends three hours every morning patrolling the streets of Spalding, Lincolnshire, cleaning litter, and even paid a local window cleaner to wash shelters in the town's bus station.

The badger whisperer: Grandfather accepted into world of UK's most secretive creatures

Confidence: Gareth Morgan, who observed the badgers from a distance at first, is now able to tend their wounds and even feed the animals by hand

Gareth Morgan, from Newtown in Powys, was birdwatching when he stumbled upon the secretive animals in the Welsh countryside.

Children's TV budgets cut in half in just four years


TV companies have cut back dramatically on homegrown children's TV programmes, a report reveals.

HSBC fined £3.2m for losing details of thousands of customers THREE times

HSBC's headquarters in the Canary Wharf financial district of London

HSBC has been hit with three fines totalling £3.2million after losing the details of thousands of customers in the post and putting them at risk of identity fraud.

Wish you were here (again): Family send postcard to pensioner... and SHE is in the picture

leanor and Walt Boucher with the postcard she was pictured on

Eleanor Boucher shocked when she realised the card featured herself with her two daughters on holiday in Weymouth 17 years ago.

Mike the sea lion dies of heart failure after marathon mating session at German zoo

AAEE1X Seal or a Sea Lion sitting on a rock at Seaworld in San Diego, California

Mike - described as 'good-natured' by the zoo - had mated repeatedly with females Farah, Tiffy and Soda.

Pictured: Six-foot shark carried on to city train and then left to die in Miami street

Abandoned: A police officer photographs the shark after it was dumped in the centre of downtown Miami
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