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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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