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Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Phil Brown gets to grips with life in League Two with Southend

Phil Brown: 'I would have kept Hull in the Premier League for 20 years'

Looking back on his roller-coaster years on Humberside, the manager, whose Southend side face his former club in the FA Cup, on how his achievements have been overshadowed by one notorious incident

The home of George Sanders where Marilyn Monroe once stayed

Property news roundup: Homebuyer deposits down

Plus, expensive property hotspots outside London, and a look at house prices around Europe

New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Crime figures to be overhauled to show why so many offences go unsolved

Crime statistics are to be made more transparent to assuage public fears that many alleged offences are not properly investigated by the police.

Manchester United celebrate after Wayne Rooney draws them level against Hull City

Hull City 2 Manchester United 3 match report: David Moyes praises United’s never-say-die spirit but defensive errors live on

Wayne Rooney levelled things up after the Tigers shot out to a two-goal lead but James Chester's own goal gave the visitors a hard-fought victory

The Hull-based trawler, the Gaul, which sank in 1974. Tests are being carried out to discover whether human remains found in Russia are those of missing sailors from the trawler that went down in the Barents Sea off Norway with the loss of 36 men

Closure at last in Cold War mystery? Russian experts test human remains after 39-year hunt for Hull trawlermen

Reason for FV Gaul's demise remains subject of speculation although official 2004 inquiry ruled out conspiracy theories

Scunthorpe fire at Tata Steel site

Three people were hospitalised following a fire at the Tata Steel site in Scunthorpe.

Mother who had postnatal depression admits killing baby daughter

Natasha Sultan admitted a charge of infanticide at Hull Crown Court

Trivial disputes on Facebook have led to a near trebling of reports of criminal harassment each month

Trivial dispute? Police force says it's wasting hundreds of hours investigating Facebook squabbles

Humberside officers want users who experience petty abuse to report it to social networking site

The Cessna 172 light aircraft which passenger John Wildey landed at Humberside Airport

Hero passenger lands light aircraft at Humberside airport after pilot friend passes out at the controls - then dies

Instructors hurriedly briefed John Wildey on the instruments and controls to help retired IT consultant executed safe landing

Huddersfield 76 Hull 18 match report: Luke Robinson inflicts more humiliation on Hull

The Giants' fairy-tale season goes on, but Hull's chequered year ended in an absolute nightmare. The beaten Challenge Cup finalists were embarrassed at Wembley last month; they were humiliated as they bowed out of the play-offs tonight and Huddersfield ran in 13 tries against some of the worst defending you could ever see at this stage of the campaign.

Sober up in drunk tanks and pay up to £400 to leave? Police chiefs call for privately-run cells to curb alcohol-fuelled disorder

Chief Constable Adrian Lee says intoxicated people should be taken to a cell and charged for care in the morning

Assistant to the artist David Hockney died as a result of misadventure when he drank acid after taking a range of drugs and alcohol, a coroner has ruled

Dominic Elliott verdict: Coroner concludes that aide had not intended to kill himself when he drank acid at David Hockney's home

'Misadventure' recorded over death as police say two men arrested on suspicion of drugs offences remain on bail as inquiries continue

Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin lifts the Challenge Cup at Wembley

Hull 0 Wigan 16 match report: Inept Hull fail to rain on Wigan’s march to Challenge Cup victory

Iain Thornley and Sam Tomkins run in tries but dour final fails to live up to the ‘best ever’ clash between these two sides at Wembley back in 1985

Leeds 12 Hull KR 16: Rhinos’ title hopes hit by brave Rovers

The Champions became the second high-profile casualties in 24 hours of a Super League that genuinely has become wildly unpredictable.

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