News Most forces reported a decline in crime, although the City of London had a one per cent

Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

The main reason for moving house? Downsizing

Age becoming less relevant factor as one in five now downsizing earlier than expected to raise windfall money and help with household bills

Millions to vote in police chief elections

Voting takes place next month in marathon polls to pick 41 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in England - outside London - and Wales.

Body found in Yorkshire woodlands is confirmed as missing girl Jessica Blake

A body found in woodland has been identified as that of missing Jessica Blake, police confirmed today.

Police have issued a handout photo of Jessica Blake

Body found in search for missing 14-year-old Jessica Blake

Officers searching for a missing 14-year-old girl have found a body.

G4S won a contract in June to house asylum-seekers in the north of England, but is believed to have run into problems with sub-contractors

Homes for asylum-seekers present new crisis for G4S

Hundreds of asylum-seekers face uncertain futures because the security company G4S is having trouble finding accommodation for them.

Candidates for Police Commissioner urge free mailshot

A group of independent candidates for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales have urged the Government to level the playing field by giving them a free mailshot.

28-year murder riddle solved

The murder of a young boy 28 years ago has finally been solved, police said yesterday.

Ex-PCSO jailed over child sex abuse

A former police community support officer (PCSO) who was involved in caring for vulnerable children was today condemned as a "predatory paedophile" as he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for child sex offences.

Pension gender gap 'narrowing'

The gap between men's and women's retirement incomes is narrowing, but this is more due to male incomes falling than women boosting their pension pots, a study has found.

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Has a previous five-year spell in the midlands to his name with Birmingham, but his stock is not too high after he was sacked as Sunderland manager earlier this season and replaced by Martin O'Neill.

Steve Bruce 'offered manager job' at Hull

Steve Bruce, the former Sunderland, Wigan, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United manager, is reported to have been offered the chance to manage Hull City.

Petrol prices fall to 38.40p a litre

Hard-pressed motorists have enjoyed a respite from record-high fuel prices in recent days, according to AA figures.

Pay and eco protesters head for City

Trinity Mirror favourite for shareholder rebellion while Centrica is target for anti-nuclear activists

Scunthorpe recycle plant baby 'was a newborn'

The baby boy found dead in waste which was being sorted at a recycling plant was a newborn, police said today.

Woman rescued after car stops 'precariously close' to cliff edge

A woman had a lucky escape when her car plunged down a grassy bank and stopped just feet from a cliff edge.

Teenager claims to be mother of baby found at Scunthorpe recycling plant

A teenager has contacted police to say she is the mother of a baby boy found dead in waste being sorted at a recycling plant.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee