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

Seeing Stars, By Simon Armitage

From a talking sperm-whale at the outset to a sighting of Martin Amis in a surreally-enhanced Yorkshire at the end, Simon Armitage's new collection consists of funny, quirky, piquant prose poems.

Hull KR conjure fine comeback to give weekend perfect finish

Hull 22 Hull KR 34

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

After winning a Dream Team place the Australian takes on Sean Long in Humberside's eagerly-awaited play-off
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