Sport Gus Poyet gestures during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southampton

The Black Cats remain in the relegation places despite an upturn in form

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The photographer chronicled the turmoil in the north west in the 1980s and 1990s.

<b>Chief Constable Norman Bettison, selected by Ian Herbert</b><br/>
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MPs slam 'woeful' watchdog for failure on police corruption

IPCC unable to root out wrongdoing because of lack of funding and inadequate powers, report reveals

Bishop of Liverpool launches scathing attack on Government cuts programme

'Social diabetes' warning offered to cities hit hardest by budget changes

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The singer last week missed out on the coveted Christmas number one spot to the Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'

The figures mean more than one in 10 officers in England and Wales earn a second income from non-police work, according to an investigation by the Mail on Sunday.

Record numbers of police officers doing second jobs

Police watchdog found staff also working as driving instructors or mystery shoppers

Bishop of Liverpool: 'People in nightclubs were kissing the Hillsborough report as if it were a sacred text’

After exposing the Hillsborough cover-up, the Bishop of Liverpool is now looking at Northern Ireland, he tells Jonathan Brown

Football review 2012: The story of the year

A look back at the year in football

Mother's quest: Anne Williams, who lost her son at Hillsborough, outside the High Court last week

Dying mother fights on for Hillsborough son

The overturning of original inquest verdicts has given families new hope

Show of hands: The Everton-Liverpool tribute to the 96 created the most striking football image of the year

The Last Word: Why Hillsborough will mean Liverpool never walk alone

The Anfield club have their detractors, but not when it comes to the search for truth and justice

Hillsborough tribute looks set to beat X Factor's James Arthur to Christmas number one

The Hillsborough tribute single has extended its lead in the race for the Christmas number one.

Left: Andrew Mitchell. Right: Nobody matching the description of the off-duty police officer, who claimed to have witnessed the outburst, appears to be present in this CCTV still

Plebgate Part 2: When institutions fail us, who can the public trust?

The institutions the public can rely on are rapidly dwindling, but still, this scandal in the police force is on a different scale

96 fans lost their lives during the 1989 disaster

Campaigners welcome new Hillsborough inquest

Hillsborough campaigners welcomed the news of a new inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans, saying: “Justice is on its way.”

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