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

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Go-ahead for E.ON's Humber wind farm

The energy giant E.ON has been given approval from the Government to build a 230-megawatt wind farm in the North Sea, five miles off the Yorkshire coast.

Hull sign teenaged Glasgow half-back

Hull have eased their half-back problems by signing an unknown Glaswegian teenager.

Mason on course for Hull KR, via Tonga

Hull KR expect their high-profile new signing Willie Mason to be with them by the end of the week, following his dash to Tonga for a passport.

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Phone charger may be cause of family death blaze



A blaze which claimed the lives of three children may have been caused by a plugged-in mobile phone charger, relatives said today.

More freezing weather predicted after brief thaw

Freezing temperatures will return to much of the UK today following a temporary reprieve from the big chill.

Man's body recovered from river

A man's body has been recovered from a river today and the incident referred to the police watchdog, a force said.

Three children killed in house fire

A community was in shock today after three children died in a house fire in a seaside town.

On the run, teenagers atoning for their con

Police explained today why they took a novel approach to punishing three teenagers caught conning people out of sponsorship money by making them take part in a 10-mile charity run.

Probe after plane lands in river

An investigation was under way today after a light aircraft made an emergency landing and ended up upside-down in a river.

Hull enter takeover talks

Hull owner Russell Bartlett is in talks with local businessman Assem Allam regarding the sale of the club.

Man jailed for murdering partner's baby

A 21-year-old man who murdered his partner's one-year-old daughter in "an extremely senseless and cowardly attack" was told today he must serve a minimum of 13 years in prison.

Dobson ready to ride the emotion of Hull's charged derby decider

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