The names of eight 'most-wanted' criminals, who have fled justice in the UK and thought to be hiding in the Netherlands, have been released.
The top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK have been revealed, with part of Manchester the worst and 12 London postcodes in the list.
Dubbed 'Britain's FBI', the NCA will tackle the country's most serious organised criminals at home and abroad, replacing SOCA.
A report into holiday fraud showed that 30% of victims last year were scammed by the fraudulent advertisement of holiday villas and apartments, while airline ticket fraud accounted for around 21%.
Laura and Sean Parks from Thirsk in North Yorkshire lost £1,000 when Mrs Parks bought a Loch Ness weekend Valentine's break for her husband, a soldier on leave from Afghanistan.
The couple were stranded in a blizzard after paying a bogus company for a lodge that did not exist.
It had been advertised on Facebook and through a professional-looking website but it turned out that photos of the lodge had been taken from another legitimate website that had nothing to do with the firm Mrs Parks dealt with.
Fraudsters are stealing around £7 million a year from British holidaymakers, according to a police report.
Scams include travellers receiving fake airline tickets, with flights to West Africa a particular target.
One couple were left more than £1,000 out of pocket after being conned into booking a holiday at Loch Ness at a romantic lodge that did not exist.
The report, from the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), showed that during a 12-month period more than 4,500 cases of holiday booking fraud were reported.
They included fake packages for the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and also for the Ryder Cup.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper will warn the Government it must not "bury its head in the sand" as she calls for reforms to keep up with ever-evolving cyber-crime.
In a speech to the Demos think tank, Ms Cooper will call for a new national strategy for tackling online fraud, tougher action to tackle online child pornography and an overhaul of parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, which keeps a check on the work of the intelligence agencies.
"The oversight and legal frameworks are now out of date. That means we need major reforms to oversight and a thorough review of the legal framework to keep up with changing technology," she is expected to say.
"Above all we need the Government to engage in a serious public debate about these new challenges and the reforms that are needed."
Labour wants new powers for police and security services to crackdown on cyber-crimes such as child pornography and terrorism, but only with extra checks on how crime agencies are using sensitive data, the shadow home secretary is set to say.
Technological developments have sparked a wave of new types of crime and a 30% hike in recorded online fraud is just the "tip of the iceberg", Yvette Cooper will warn.
But fears about abuse of information in the wake of leaks by ex-US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which revealed widespread spying by Government listening post GCHQ, means new safeguards are needed to protect privacy.
Much stricter controls over access to private data must be introduced to give the public confidence amid fears about the way information can currently be accessed and used, she is expected to say.
Police have launched 24-hour boat patrols to help residents and prevent crime on the flooded Somerset Levels.
Avon and Somerset Police will work with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI to run the patrols:
We're now patrolling flooded areas by boat 24/7 offering help, reassurance and a visible deterrent to would-be criminals #somersetfloods
Two inflatable lifeboats have been provided by the RNLI, while 15 volunteers from the Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team have travelled to Somerset to provide help.
Four men have appeared in court charged with the murder of British yachtsman Roger Pratt in the Caribbean.
Mr Pratt, 62, was killed and his wife Margaret, 60, was injured after armed men climbed aboard their boat, moored off the south coast of St Lucia, and attacked them.
Mr Pratt was trying to protect his wife from the robbers, but he was beaten and thrown overboard by the men. His wife found his body floating in the water nearby.
A post-mortem showed that Mr Pratt died from asphyxia as a result of being beaten.
The four young men covered their faces as they entered the courtroom. They faced charges of murdering Mr Pratt and were also charged with robbery offences.
They did not enter any pleas and will appear at court again on 4 February.
Police said the suspects boarded the Pratts' yacht, the Magnetic Attraction, as it stood anchored just south of the island. They demanded money and other items before assaulting the couple, officers said.
The top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK have been revealed, with part of Manchester the worst in the country and 12 London postcodes in the list.
According to insurance claim figures, people living in the M21 postcode are most likely to have been hit, with 45.2 claims per thousand people.
But Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in SE24 in London were close behind with 41.8, and Muswell Hill in N10 chalked up 40.9.
The figures came from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to website MoneySupermarket.com over the course of a year.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales in the year to September 2013:
- Sexual offences recorded by the police increased by 17%. This was attributed by the ONS to the so-called "Yewtree effect", suggesting a greater number of victims have come forward to report historical sexual offences in the wake of high-profile cases of alleged offending by celebrities.
- Household crime was down 10%, while personal crime was down 9%.
- There were 859,000 crimes experienced by children aged 10 to 15.