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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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform