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The amount paid by households towards the cost of policing looks set to rise by up to five per cent this year as the Government faces a potential show down with its flagship Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who are demanding above inflation increases in council tax to combat swingeing budget cuts.

Friends and Family carry the coffin of comedian Frank Carson through the streets of Belfast after a funeral mass at St Patrick's Catholic Church

Final farewell to comedian Frank Carson

The funeral of the comedian Frank Carson took place yesterday in his home city of Belfast. Showbusiness figures from Britain and Ireland attended the requiem mass at St Patrick's Church.

Teenager 'repeatedly raped by gang'

A teenager was repeatedly raped by members of a gang who used alcohol and threats of violence to force her to comply with their demands, a court heard today.

Blizzards to batter UK again

Snow and high winds are set to batter parts of the UK over the weekend, forecasters warn.

Cannabis farm uncovered just yards from police station

A cannabis farm has been discovered just yards away from a city centre police station.

Mustafa Ameen (left) sat with officials during Amir Khan’s title fight, then climbed into the ring with winner Lamont Peterson

Lamont Peterson camp hit back in Amir Khan row

Amir Khan has blamed "everyone and everything" for his controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson last month, according to the new champion's trainer and manager Barry Hunter.

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a tattoo for his left leg if City win the title

How Roberto fell in love with Manchester

For Mancini, it is just like Milan – he even likes the weather. Now his remaining ambition is to knock Sir Alex off his perch – starting with victory in the FA Cup tomorrow

Mark Steel: Do OAPs need a £14m bonus as well as pudding?

Almost everyone connected to the elderly or care homes has insisted the Government addresses the issue of the lack of care homes. So the Government has agreed to look into it. One possible cause it might find, if it investigates thoroughly and consults enough people, analysing everything with great care, is that it has cut the number of care homes. Obviously, the Government couldn't know in advance that reducing the number of something might result in there being fewer of them. But as it is now setting up a group to look into this matter, I suggest that the person put in charge is Tina Taylor from Bolton.

Mark Steel: Do the elderly need a £14m bonus as well as pudding?

Almost everyone connected to the elderly or care homes has insisted the Government addresses the issue of the lack of care homes. So the Government has agreed to look into it. One possible cause they might find, if they investigate thoroughly and consult enough people, analysing everything with great care, is that they've cut the number of care homes.

Anuj Bidve, a student at Lancaster University, was shot dead in Salford, early on Boxing Day

Salford student killing is being treated as hate crime, say police

Racial motive possible in Boxing Day shooting previously considered a random attack

Anuj Bidvehad been in the UK for only three months when he was shot in Manchester

Police treating student's murder as 'hate crime'

The murder of an Indian student who was gunned down at point-blank range on Boxing Day is being treated as a "hate crime", police said today.

Fourth arrest in Salford killing

A fourth person has been arrested by police investigating the fatal shooting of an Indian student.

Second teenager arrested over Salford shooting

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting of an Indian student as he visited a city with friends.

Khan knocks Peterson down

Boxing: Amir Khan loses appeal over docked points

Amir Khan's appeal against his defeat by Lamont Peterson has been rejected by the International Boxing Federation, according to reports.

Man questioned over widow's death

A man arrested in connection with the death of a widow, whose handbag containing her husband's ashes was stolen by muggers, is still in police custody.

Artificial pitch recycling plans

Artificial pitches could make a shock comeback if some Football League clubs get their way.

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