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Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Hull's Radford to learn fate for derby play-off

The Hull forward Lee Radford could be ruled out of the biggest game on Humberside for years when he faces a disciplinary hearing today, but Leeds' Ryan Bailey has been cleared.

Man quizzed after body found outside house

A murder investigation was under way today after a woman was found dead outside a house in a quiet market town.

Married teacher jailed over teenage sex charges

A married teacher who had sexual relationships with three teenage girls was jailed today for nearly seven years, court officials said.

Parachutist killed at family festival

An "experienced parachutist" died when he landed badly on a skydive at a family open-air music festival.

Fears over legal aid to vulnerable

A big reduction in the number of firms offering legal aid for vulnerable families risks creating "advice deserts" in parts of the UK, lawyers have warned.

Police release pictures of missing teenage girls

Police today released pictures of the two teenage friends who have been missing from home for nearly three days.

Housing market buoyed by 'spring bounce'

The housing market enjoyed a spring bounce during April, with both property prices and sales levels rising, research showed today.

Police defend sex offender monitoring as 300 remain missing

Police insisted today they are doing all they can to monitor sex offenders as it was revealed more than 300 are missing in the UK.

BNP official arrested over claims he threatened to kill Nick Griffin

Publicity director accused of plot to unseat far-right party's leader

Simon Read: New code shows lenders how to be compassionate

Anyone who has ever been made redundant or been unable to work because of illness knows the sudden shock when the realisation strikes that they can no longer afford to pay their debts. But changes to the Lending Code announced this week means that financial misery needn't be added to the woes of being out of work.

Factory worker dies after toxic gas leak

A man has died after a cloud of toxic gas escaped from a factory, a chemical company said today.

Three held over mephedrone deaths bailed

Three people arrested in connection with the deaths of two teenagers who had taken the drug mephedrone have been released on bail, police said today.

Authorities issue warnings over mephedrone

Police investigating the deaths of two teenagers believed to have taken the legal drug mephedrone today issued further warnings after a man was arrested in a separate incident.

O’Loughlin pulls strings as Warriors conquer Hull

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

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Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

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After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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