Police at the scene in Shepperton Road, Islington, London, after police shot dead a man who was threatening a woman with a knife. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Police have shot dead a man in north London who was threatening a woman with a knife.It is the first fatal shooting by a Metropolitan Police marksman (...)

Senior police officers on Nightingale Road, Edmonton,  where a woman has been beheaded in a back garden. Photograph: PA

A woman has been found beheaded in a back garden in north London. The victim was found collapsed at an address in Nightingale Road in Edmonton just af(...)

 An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

 South Yorkshire Police today said it was searching a property in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in connection with an alleged sexual offence involving a boy under the age of 16 in the 1980s. The BBC reported the property is owned by Sir Cliff Richard. File photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Pop veteran Sir Cliff Richard has dismissed a claim that he sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s as “completely false”.The star hit out as poli(...)

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was taking part in a pre-recorded interview with BBC near Bruce Grove station in Tottenham, north London on the issue of budget cuts. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The UK’s most senior police officer broke off from a radio interview to make an arrest today.Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe j(...)

Entertainer Rolf Harris leaves with his niece Jenny, wife Alwen and daughter Bindi from Southwark Crown Court in London today after being found guilty of  12 charges of indecently assaulting young girls over a period of nearly 20 years. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris saw his decades in the spotlight end in disgrace today as he was found guilty of indecent assault.The 84-year-old, onc(...)

Four men armed with knives made their way into the northwest London home of former England international and ITV soccer pundit Ian Wright, and held his wife and children before making off with personal possessions. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Former England international Ian Wright is flying home from Brazil after his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint in London.Four men armed wit(...)

A temporary English Heritage style blue plaque in Hammersmith, west London, dedicated to the comic actor Rik Mayall who died yesterday. Photograph: Rupert Basham/PA

Rik Mayall’s daughter has paid tribute to her “generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father” after his death aged 56.The star, who shot to fame playin(...)

Members of the Portuguese police arrive to guard an area in Praia da Luz where the search for British girl Madeleine McCann resumed yesterday. Photograph:  Carlos Vidigal/Reuters. 1:06

British police have started searching an area of scrubland close to where Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal seven years ago.Officers are thoug(...)

Portuguese police search scrubland in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal have reportedly arrived at the potential excavation site near where the young girl vanished seven years ago. Photograph: Luis Forra/PA Wire

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal have cordoned off an area of scrubland amid mounting speculation that they are (...)