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Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Brown makes apology to WI for 'unsavoury' behaviour

Tony Blair once upset the Women's Institute and was given a stern heckling; now Brown's had to apologise to them. It is, though, Phil of Hull City rather than Gordon of Raith Rovers who has had to say sorry to the jam-makers of Humberside as the problems mount around the KC Stadium at a rate with which the occupant of No 10 might sympathise.

Man charged with murdering wife remanded in custody

A man was remanded in custody today charged with murdering his wife after an alleged attack.

Four in hospital after toxic gas leak

Four people were taken to hospital with chemical burns today after a cloud of toxic gas escaped from a chemical plant.

Multimillion counterfeit currency gang jailed

Eight men were jailed today for their roles in a multimillion-pound counterfeit currency operation.

Bringing up a child now tops £200,000, if you're lucky...

Cost soars by 43 per cent and is now highest during the university years

Dave Hadfield: Unforgiving supporters glad to see the back of Megson

They were dancing in the streets of Bolton yesterday. The icy pavments were suddenly covered with gold, bluebirds swooped over Doffcocker Lodge and lambs gambolled on the moors. Welcome to a town in mourning for its football manager.

Griffin's performance gets a more sympathetic hearing in his heartland

Jonathan Brown tests the reaction in Barnsley to the BNP leader's appearance

Ten biggest crime spots in England and Wales

The launch of an interactive online map showing crime statistics for every street in England and Wales sparked such interest yesterday that it crashed just hours after its launch.

Teething troubles for online crime map

An interactive map offering detailed crime statistics on every street in England and Wales appeared to crash hours after its launch today.

Police 'failing to record rape allegations'





Some UK police forces fail to record more than four in 10 rape claims on official crime records, it was reported today.

Bradford’s play-off charge denied by Dragons

Hull 18 Bradford 21

Half of senior police say they are stressed and depressed

Long hours and bullying superiors leave top-rank officers ravaged by anxiety

Man killed in parachute jump

A skydiver has fallen to his death at the same airfield where a fellow enthusiast died in mysterious circumstances six years ago.

Altidore and Ghilas provide home comfort

Hull City 1 Bolton 0

Sewage works body parts were of premature baby

A baby whose body parts were found in a sewage treatment works was recently born prematurely, police said today.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?