Image copyright Getty Images More than 5,000 people were the victims of holiday booking fraud last year, with their total losses amounting to £7m, research suggests. Travel association ABTA said victims lost an average of £1,380 each, having bought bogus airline tickets, accommodation or organised tours. It said fraudsters were using increasingly sophisticated methods to…

Image copyright Getty Images Knife crime across England and Wales rose to record levels last year, figures show. Police recorded 40,829 offences involving knives or sharp instruments in 2018, up 6% on the year before. Office for National Statistics data shows cases of murder and manslaughter, excluding terror attacks, increased by 12%. There were 732…