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Crime in England and Wales dropped 15% last year, ONS figures show. See which crimes are down and the offences that saw a rise in 2013.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Crime has fallen to its lowest level since 1981, according to a national survey, but police figures remained level for the first time in a decade, the Office for National Statistics said.
A student has been charged with the murder of a 24-year-old man who was stabbed to death in the street.
Hassan Mohammed, from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road, Southend, Essex, at about 7pm on Monday.
A post-mortem revealed he died as a result of blood loss from two stab wounds.
Essex Police said Tajwar Alam, 18, of Tottenham, north London, has been charged with his murder.
He will appear before magistrates in Southend later today.
The chairman of the Parole Board says a court ruling requiring all prisoners to receive a hearing regardless of their chance of release has led to a huge increase in hearings.
"The implications of the decision, put simply, are that the Parole Board will have to hold oral hearings in a huge number of cases which had previously been dealt with on paper," Sir David Calvert-Smith said.
Just before the ruling the board claimed its case backlog had been at its lowest level for five years, but chief executive Claire Bassett said the judgement is "already having a profound impact on the volume of work handled by the Parole Board".
The Parole Board has said it may have to deal with three times as many hearings next year, following a court ruling on fairness for prisoners.
Following a ruling by the Supreme Court in October prisoners are entitled to oral hearings even if they are unlikely to be released or transferred.
This means the number of hearings could increase from 4,500 to 14,000, according to the Parole Board for England and Wales' annual report.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has said she is "incredibly proud" of the rise in the conviction rate for domestic violence in recent years.
Alison Saunders said: "I hope victims of these terrible offences will take some confidence from this, and that perpetrators will take note."
She said she was pleased so many cases were now settled by offenders pleading guilty, meaning "the vast majority of victims are spared having to give evidence in court".
She also hailed the high conviction rate for offences involving women and girls, saying: ""I am incredibly proud of what the CPS has achieved in recent years in tackling violence against women and girls."
A record three in four prosecutions for domestic violence last year ended in a conviction, the Crown Prosecution has revealed.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, will later announce that in 74.6% of cases defendants either admitted the offences or were found guilty.
The total number of convictions in 2013/14 was just under 60,000, up almost 10% on the figure for 2012/13.
The longer term picture shows a steady rise in conviction rates, which have gone from 59.7% in 2005 to just under 75% in the last year.
According to CPS figures, domestic violence - which covers a wide range of abusive behaviours between partners, spouses and family members - now makes up over a tenth of the Service's casework.
Young offenders will be ordered to go to bed early under strict new rules announced by the justice secretary.
Chris Grayling has announced that 15-17 year-olds in English institutions will have to be in their cells with lights out by 10.30pm.
"In some prisons young people are allowed to go to bed when they please. I don't think that is right. Stopping this inconsistency and introducing a strict 'lights out' policy is all part of our approach to addressing youth offending," the justice secretary said.
Teenagers who refuse to obey the new rules will be penalised and lose privileges such as access to a television.
More than 800 under-18s are serving custodial sentences in young offenders institutions.
Mr Grayling said: "It is also crucial that young people, most of whom have had chaotic and troubled lives finally get the discipline so badly needed to help turn their lives around.