The best of British longform — 29 January 2016

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One Last Job: the Inside Story of the Hatton Garden Heist

Duncan Campbell, Guardian, 23 January 2016

Image by Luke McKernan / Flickr, used under a Creative Commons licence

It was the robbery of the decade that captured the imagination of the country. But who are the men who carried out the Hatton Garden Heist, the gang they called ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘The Diamond Wheezers’ and ‘The Old Blaggers’? Crime reporter Duncan Campbell, who has followed some of them for decades, finds out.

Where the Bodies are Buried

Helen Lewis, New Statesman, 23 January 2016

A fascinating profile of forensic anthropologist Sue Black, one of Britain’s leading experts in human identification who can count dozens of murderers and war criminals among the bodies she has examined.

The Changing Face of British Aid for Syrian Refugees

Emily Ashton, BuzzFeed UK, 24 January 2016

Britain has a new tactic when it comes to foreign aid: keep refugees where they are and help them find jobs and schooling. But is it working? This report from Jordan and Lebanon attempts to find out.

Death of a Troll

Alina Simone, Guardian, 28 January 2016

How do you mourn the death of someone you’ve only ever met online? When their most infamous member committed suicide, a tight-knit gaming community found out — for a while.

A Junior Doctor’s Diary

Lana Spawls, London Review of Books, 29 February

On 12 January junior doctors went on strike for the first time in forty years over pay. But what is their working day actually like? This account of life on the ward is eye-opening — and exhausting.