January: The Costa Concordia cruise ship almost sank after hitting a reef off the Italian coast. The 4,252 people on board had to be evacuated, 30 died and two are still missing. Captain Francesco Schettino was arrested on preliminary charges of multiple manslaughter, failing to assist passengers and failing to be the last to leave the wreck.
Also in January, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were jailed for the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993. Previous prosections had failed, in part because of a botched police investigation. Photo: PA