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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

A Bedroom Tax protest outside the SNP Autumn Conference in October 2013; nine months after its introduction, the policy is still dividing opinions

The 'bedroom tax' remains one of the most divisive of Coalition policies

Labour has pledged to abolish the scheme

Over 200,000 people have contacted their council for help following the last cut to benefits, however councils cannot keep up with the demand

'Bedroom tax' and benefits cuts draining councils’ emergency funds

Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court for his trial of historical sexual offence allegations.

William Roache trial: Coronation Street actor told police alleged victims were hoping for a 'moment of fame'

The actor also said that rape is 'against his nature' and he is 'very peaceful'

The boomerang generation: A lack of affordable housing is putting huge strain on young lives

For the first time in years, housing is a top five issue for voters

The five bedrooms at Bindon Bottom, named after poets and writers, cost between £85 and £110 a night

Dorset B&B is voted world’s best – with help from Thomas Hardy

15 of the world’s top 25 Bed & Breakfast’s are in Britain

OK glass, it's time to have awkward, overbearingly narcissistic sex with the help of Google

I can put on Marvin Gaye without the help of a search engine attached to my head thank you very much

Negotiating the minefield: The basic dos and don'ts of picking your new student accommodation

The world of estate agents and student flats is a tricky one - but these simple rules should see you right

Book review: 'The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House' by Ben Highmore

When considering writing a history of the house, modern, British, or otherwise, there must come a moment when the author realises, possibly with a sinking feeling, that they have to go one of two ways. They can either lead their readers up the garden path, through the front door, down the hall and so on, or they can refuse to conform to domestic geography and use another conceit to showcase their learning. Ben Highmore’s book takes the first approach, and leads us from room to room like an unusually erudite estate agent, pointing out the interesting features. In the living room, we see the mantelpiece, where for much of the past century people kept their ornaments, letters and odds and ends. Now, the fridge door is replacing it as somewhere to put things that don’t really have a home. The changing fortunes of wallpaper are charted as it slides up and down the social scale.

Rab C Nesbitt returns for a one-off Christmas day special

Rab C Nesbitt, TV review: 'A foul-mouthed sitcom about modern-day working class life'

Mrs Brown's Boys might have won the Christmas Day ratings battle, but it didn't tackle bedroom tax, ATOS, workfare and Scottish Independence

In a letter sent to Iain Duncan Smith, campaigners warned that disabled people make up two thirds of those hit by the policy

Bedroom tax hits 60,000 families with carers

About 60,000 families living in council homes where there is someone caring for an elderly or disabled relative have been caught out by the “bedroom tax”.

US police officer arrested for allegedly pepper-spraying his girlfriend's son

State trooper Ernest Boatright is accused of child endangerment and harassment

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Protesters have been very vocal about the so-called 'bedroom tax'; here pictured outside the LibDem conference

One third of disabled people asking for help with ‘bedroom tax’ have applications rejected

Critics say there is a ‘postcode lottery’ for grants meant to protect the vulnerable

The plans have been described by Labour as turning Eric Pickles into Whitehall’s ‘censor’in-chief’

Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles could be given power to put a blue pencil through any language with which he disagrees, critics claim

An image of Gareth Bale's lounge

Gareth Bale puts five-bedroom Essex mansion up for sale at £2.2m following £86m switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid

The Cardiff-born Wales international moved to the Spanish capital earlier this year after his sale to the Spanish club for a world-record fee

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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

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Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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