Tom Wood

Sally Challen, flanked by her sons James (left) and David (right),  leaves court after hearing she will not face a retrial over the death of her husband Richard Challen in 2010. (Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Why Sally Challen’s release is not a licence to kill – Tom Wood

At first glance, the case of Sally Challen appears like a licence to kill. The lady in question, having separated from her husband Richard agreed to a reconciliation, then concealing a hammer in her handbag killed him by repeated blows to the head. No spur-of-the-moment crime this, it was deliberate and calculated and, accordingly, she was convicted of murder.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi  (AP Photo)

Former top cop: It’s becoming harder to get away with murder

Somewhere in Saudia Arabia, probably in a deep dungeon, is a group of brutal men who are right now pondering their fate and reflecting on an enduring truth: it’s a lot easier to commit a murder than get away with one. And, make no mistake, that is the reason their prospects are bleak, not the assassination of “an enemy of the state”, but the unpardonable sin of getting caught.

A stolen Range Rover used in the 'terrifying' �500,000 armed robbery at the Gleneagles Hotel was later found burned out (Picture: Crown Office/PA)

Tom Wood: Here’s how you rob a bank – and why you shouldn’t

I was drawn to the recent coverage of the Gleneagles Robbery Trial. It brought back fond memories – a raid right out of the 1980s, those heady days when as a young Crime Squad detective, my team and I chased gangs of armed robbers from their unlikely bases of Barlanark and Ballingry as they ranged across the Central Belt robbing banks and post offices.

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