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Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Body of 'six-month-old boy' discovered at Scunthorpe recycling plant

The body of a baby was found today in waste being sorted at a recycling plant.

Ex-PCSO admits child sex offences

A former police community support officer (PCSO) was warned today that he is facing a lengthy custodial sentence after admitting child sex offences.

Property asking prices hit new high

The average asking price for a property coming on to the market hit an all-time high this month, a survey said, beating the record set nearly four years ago.

Three dead as two vehicles collide in East Yorkshire

Three people were killed and two others were seriously injured during a collision between two vehicles on a country road in East Yorkshire.

Top catchment area house price premiums revealed

Parents face a "premium" of around £91,000 to buy a house near a top state primary school, a study suggested today.

Police defend private sector plan

The Chief Constables of two police forces today defended the "transformational" changes which could result following a meeting with private sector firms to discuss the possible contracting out of some work by the forces.

Nurses suspended over baby 'restraint'

Five nurses have been suspended from a hospital's children's ward after claims that a baby was restrained, according to reports.

Reveller jailed for chainsaw attack

A pub-goer has been jailed for three years after attacking customers in a pub with a chainsaw.

Lord Prescott says he wants the police to be accountable

Prescott on a mission to clean up the police

The ex-Deputy Prime Minister is back on the hustings again, but party politics are far from his mind. By Oliver Wright

Lord Prescott says he wants the police to be accountable

John Prescott: 'My wife thought I'd just retire, but I'm not a slippers man'

At 73, John Prescott isn't mellowing. He tells Oliver Wright how the press is devious, that the Met is 'questionable', and why he's taking a shot at becoming a police commissioner

Leading article: Policing does not need a Prescott

It can hardly be what Lord Prescott intended.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott would like to become one of Britain's first elected police and crime commissioners

Long arm of law: Prescott wants to join the police

Former Deputy Prime Minister to stand for police commissioner in Humberside

Matthew Norman on Monday: Labour's forgotten man remembers how to line his pockets

What halcyon days, on and off the pitch, for Sunderland FC. Mackem fans will be so thrilled by the team's revival that they will forgive David Miliband for dividing his time even further. Reportedly paid £50,000 to be the club's vice-president, he already moonlights as an MP, of course. He is also reported to trouser £92k as a consultant to a Californian energy firm, and more from speechifying in the Middle East.

Decline in houses prices revealed‎

House prices fell in nearly 80 per cent of postcodes across England and Wales over this year, but the strength of the London market boosted by demand from overseas buyers prevented the overall decline from being even worse, property analyst Hometrack has said.

Steve McNamara hopes to select a full-strength side to face New Zealand

McNamara fills fortress Hull with fighting talk against Kiwis

England will "go to war" on Saturday, with their hearts and their poppies on their sleeves and the extra inspiration of the Hull factor.

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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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