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Top 10 bizarre compensation claims

After a triple murderer was awarded over £800 for lost and damaged possessions, we list 10 very odd compensation claims.

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Almost four million fraud crimes 'left out' of survey

Statistics in fraud should be interpreted with caution, according to the Office for National Statistics, after analysis revealed almost four million crimes were being left out of official figures.

The data body revealed since the Crime Survey for England and Wales began in 1981, the primary set of offences covered has remained unchanged, with crimes such as credit card fraud not included.

Almost four million fraud crimes 'left out' of survey
Almost four million fraud crimes 'left out' of survey Credit: PA

Plastic card fraud and bank and building society fraud were reported to have contributed between 3.6 and 3.8 million incidents of crime to the total 7.3 million crimes recorded.

The report said: "Action Fraud have taken over the recording of fraud offences on behalf of individual police forces. The process began in April 2011 and was rolled out to all police forces by March 2013.

"Due to this change, caution should be applied when comparing data over this transitional period and with earlier years".

New law shows Government 'takes emotional abuse seriously'

Government plans to strengthen domestic violence laws to better support victims of psychological and emotional abuse are partly about sending a message "that this is a crime, we are taking it seriously", a Home Office minister told Good Morning Britain.

Norman Baker MP said this would give victims the confidence to come forwards.

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Damage done by psychological abuse 'too often overlooked'

The damage inflicted by coercive behaviour in relationships is "too often overlooked", according to the Shadow Home Secretary.

Yvette Cooper welcomed the launch of a consultation on strengthening the domestic violence law, but said the Government still needs to do more.

The criminal justice system needs to recognise the damage done by repeated psychological abuse and coercive control which is too often overlooked - the Government's agreement to this consultation is a welcome tribute to those who have campaigned hard for change.

But Theresa May just isn't doing enough to reverse the backwards slide in action against domestic violence or support for victims on her watch.

Prosecutions and convictions as a proportion of recorded domestic crime are falling. And over the last four years over 10,000 perpetrators of domestic violence have been handed only community resolutions, with many simply being asked to apologise to their victim.

– Yvette Cooper

Domestic violence law to cover psychological abuse

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Government plans could see the law on domestic violence strengthened to cover non-physical abuse. Credit: PA

Coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships could become just as criminal as physical abuse, under a proposed new law.

The Government have put a new offence of 'domestic abuse' out for consultation.

Launched by Home Secretary Theresa May, the consultation will consider whether the current law needs to be strengthened to better protect victims of psychological and emotional abuse.

The offence will cover behaviour such as threatening a partner with violence, cutting them off from friends and family, or refusing them access to money.

Under existing law, intimidation of this kind is covered by legislation that covers stalking and harassment, but this does not explicitly apply to intimate relationships.

Read: 'Crisis point' as domestic violence refuges close

Dying pensioner beaten up by muggers in Manchester

A pensioner who is dying of cancer was beaten up by robbers in a "cowardly and vicious attack" as he walked home from a pub in Manchester.

Two men knocked the 69-year-old to the ground before kicking him in the stomach, standing on his back and emptying his wallet and throwing it back at him, police said.

He later received treatment for two broken ribs.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information about the man's attackers.
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information about the man's attackers. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Detectives are appealing for information about the robbery, which took place just after midnight on August 5 near the Angel pub in Wood Street, Denton, Greater Manchester.

Detective Constable Fiona Rigby said: "This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a frail and dying man.

"He has terminal cancer and is very ill. In fact he doesn't have long to live. One of his remaining pleasures in life is to walk to his local pub for a couple of beers with his friends.

"Now, because of the despicable actions of these cowards, this modest pleasure has been utterly destroyed."

The hooded attackers are described as about 20 years old, 5ft 8in or 5ft 9in, with local accents. One was wearing a light grey tracksuit while the other had a black tracksuit on.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9484 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555.

American tourist's body found stuffed in suitcase in Bali

The body of an American woman has been found stuffed inside a suitcase in Bali.

The suitcase containing 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack from Chicago was discovered in the boot of a taxi in front of the St Regis Bali Resort.

Police have arrested her daughter Heather Mack, 19, and her daughter's boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, in connection with the death.

Kuta beach in Bali near where Miss Mack and her boyfriend were arrested.
Kuta beach in Bali near where Miss Mack and her boyfriend were arrested. Credit: Reuters

Colonel Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital Denpasar, said CCTV footage shows that the victim had an argument with Mr Schaefer on Monday in the hotel's lobby.

Forensic expert Ida Bagus Putu Alit said the victim had been "hit by a blunt object and the blows were concentrated on the face and head".

"There were signs of a struggle by the victim as there were bruises on her arms and some fingers were broken," Alit added.

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'Crisis point' as domestic violence refuges close

Victims of domestic violence are at "crisis point" after a number of refuges across the country closed down, a charity has warned.

Many more refuge centres across the country are set to close.
Many more refuge centres across the country are set to close. Credit: PA

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said it had left some women having to choose between homelessness or living with their abuser.

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper found refuges in Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Dorset, Devon, Sheffield, Nottingham, Somerset, Leeds, Leicestershire and Coventry were either closed or under threat of closure.

"We are at crisis point," Ms Horley told the paper. "Without adequate provision, women experiencing domestic violence will be faced with a stark choice: flee to live rough on the streets or remain with their abuser and risk further violence or even worse."

According to data from 15 police forces, there were 3,305 community resolutions in domestic and sexual violence cases last year - up from 1,337 in 2009.

'Burglar' flees police after jumping out ambulance

A burglary suspect is on the run after complaining of chest pains so police would call an ambulance and then jumping out of the vehicle as it was moving.

Gobinda Chinweefat jumped out of a moving ambulance after complaining of chest pains when police detained him.
Gobinda Chinweefat jumped out of a moving ambulance after complaining of chest pains when police detained him. Credit: Greater Mancheser Police/PA

Gobinda Chinweefat, 26, was detained by police when they responded to reports of a break-in at a house in Didsbury, Manchester, at about 11.35pm on Friday.

Shortly afterwards Chinweefat complained of chest pains and an ambulance was called.

But he jumped out the vehicle as it drove him to hospital and ran off through a tunnel in the Kingsway area.

Chinweefat, from the Burnage area of Manchester, was wearing a white T-shirt with writing on it, Adidas tracksuit bottoms with a blue motif on the right hand pocket and trainers.

Detective Inspector Kevin Marriott said: "He is not to be approached by members of the public but if anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 immediately."

Anyone who wishes to give information anonymously can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

CPS: 'If we get a case wrong we will look at it again'

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said a new scheme allowing victims of crime to appeal if a suspect is not prosecuted would reassure victims that justice is being done.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders told Radio 4's Today programme: "What we would like is for victims to be reassured that we don't routinely get cases wrong. Where we do get it wrong, we will look at them again and they can challenge it."

"So it gives them a tremendous sense of empowerment," she added.

Read: 146 charged under victims' 'right to review' scheme

146 charged under victims' 'right to review' scheme

Almost 150 suspects have been charged with offences after their alleged victims appealed against the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to proceed with a prosecution.

Under a new scheme brought in last year, victims of crime can challenge CPS decisions.

Figures obtained by the BBC show that 80 of the successful appeals were for offences involving violence, while another 27 were for sexual offences.

Of the 1,186 victims' appeals launched between June 2013 and March this year, 162 were upheld, meaning there was a success rate of 13%.

Hoever, the overturned cases make up just 0.14% of the 113,000 CPS cases open to review.

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