First up, from Nottinghamshire, the "man" who raped an 82 year old stroke victim:
Staff at residential care homes for the elderly are being asked to be extra vigilant after a bed-ridden woman was raped in her room.
A member of staff, at the home in Nottinghamshire, disturbed a naked man attacking the woman in her room at about 0520 BST on Sunday.
The intruder, described as black, slim, aged 20-25 with dreadlocks, ran off.
Det Insp Sean Anderson said the attack against the 82-year-old stroke victim, "defies belief".
Second, in Manchester, the 17 year old who shot a 12 year old girl in the head:
A 12-year-old girl has been shot in the head and critically injured in an incident in Greater Manchester.
Police were called to an address at Wembley Road in Gorton at about 1930 BST to deal with reports of a shooting.
Police and ambulance crews attended and the girl was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
A 17-year-old boy from Gorton has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He will be questioned later.
And in our glorious capital city? Gang rape by children!
Two schoolgirls were attacked during a "terrible ordeal of rape, humiliation and degradation" after being lured to a park by a gang of boys, a court heard.
The girls were targeted by the three boys, aged 13 and 14, after getting on a bus in south-east London in November 2006, Inner London Crown Court heard.
The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny all the charges against them including six counts of rape.
Instead, the gang led the pair into a park where they carried out their 40-minute attack.
Mr Lucas said one was first forced to perform a sex act on one of the 14-year-olds, before being made to partially strip. He said she was then raped.
The barrister said before she had time to recover from her ordeal she was forced to have oral sex with the other two.
He told the court that in the meantime the second girl had also been ordered to perform a similar sex act on one of the boys.
Mr Lucas continued: "Both girls thought that during the course of the sexual assault they remembered one of the boys holding a phone up and it bleeping as if recording what was going on."
Of course, everyone, including the boys charged in this case, is considered to be innocent until proven guilty, and rightly so. But some animals have committed this heinous act, and they certainly merit a "waste of oxygen" award.
How should the aforementioned vermin be dealt with? Well, the Pub Philosopher has an interesting post on Japanese prisons:
Inmates are kept isolated and mostly in silence, and forced to obey hundreds of military-like rules. Strip searches are common, as are beatings.
Sounds good to me!
Update, 1st May, 10.30pm: Sadly, the 12 year old girl who was shot in the head has since died. It appears that the boy who shot her was 16, and may have been her brother. More details are here.