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Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

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

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

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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