How a chance encounter with a reclusive musician and his unsolved murder inspired a BAFTA award-winning film

Colin O’Toole's meeting with Dave Rowbotham left a mark on his life, and inspired the film Cowboy Dave

Woman returns from once-in-a-lifetime holiday to find home has been turned into "massive" £800,000-a-year cannabis farm

Tanya Laverty, 45, made the shocking discovery when she returned home to Liverpool - and is now worried she could become homeless

Londoners at greater risk of crime as Met budgets tighten

Home secretary Amber Rudd accused of ducking responsibility by office of London mayor The government has given its clearest sign yet that it will not...

Bravery isn't enough. An acid attack shows why reporters need good bosses

Near blinding of Sun journalist raises questions about how he was treated by his newspaper A couple of days before Christmas 2015, Russell Findlay, a...

Fury as man kicks poppy wreaths off cenotaph then boots them around like a football while ranting "this is for the children"

A witness who pleaded with the man to stop says the vandal was ranting about ‘anti-war’ political views

Rotherham abuse inquiry ‘needs 100 more officers’

Exclusive: Operation Stovewood’s head says team has been able to contact only 17% of 1,510 possible victims The UK’s biggest investigation into child...

Benefits Street star Fungi badly beaten in attack that 'could have killed him'

Fungi, who was born Seamus Clarke, had started to turn his life around after being seen on the streets of Cardiff

Murderer who beat, strangled and left mum for dead set to be moved to open prison

The news came to light just days after it was revealed his brother and partner in crime was to be freed

April Jones' mum's heartache as husband's brain illness means she has to remind him his precious daughter was murdered

Coral Jones says husband Paul has been suffering memory loss since he contracted a virus from a simple cold sore, meaning he does not understand why...

Woman returned from global adventure to find her home was massive cannabis farm

Tanya Laverty was 'shocked, jet lagged and haven’t really got over it since' - and may become homeless

Heartbreaking question murdered April Jones' father asked his wife after losing his memory due to cold sore virus

Paul Jones, 49, has forgotten his five-year-old daughter's horrific killing after he was stricken by a rare brain illness

'The Stakes Are Much Higher': 'Strike' Star Tom Burke Teases The Return Of JK Rowling's Gripping Crime Drama

Comoran Strike and Robin Ellacott are back, as J.K. Rowling’s ‘Strike’ series returns to BBC One.  The detective pairing are thrown into a brand new...

Schoolgirl, 14, sold bleach at shops in Newham dubbed 'UK's acid attack capital'

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was able to buy bleach from London shops, despite retailers agreeing to prevent sales of corrosive substances to children...

Benefits Street star 'beaten and left for dead in brutal street attack' says he's "had worse"

Likeable character Fungi, whose real name is James Clarke, said he could have died after his head smashed against a kerb

Most Wanted: The high profile suspects Merseyside Police want your help catching

Following the recent appeal for Lee Knox, and renewed appeals for Shaun Walmsley, the ECHO recaps Merseyside's most wanted