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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.

Former broadcaster Stuart Hall

Date set for veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall to face rape charges

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall will be in court in May 2014, to face charges of raping two young girls.

‘Most wanted criminal’ Brian Thexton arrested in Cumbria

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Stuart Hall is currently serving a 30-month jail term for sexually abusing 13 victims

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall in court charged with raping two girls

Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has appeared in court charged with raping two girls.

1986/87
Alex Ferguson was appointed Manchester United manager on 6 November 1986 and lost his first game in charge against underdogs Oxford United. United would only manage one away win in the whole season. Having been 21st and second from bottom when he took over, he guided them to an 11th place finish at the end of the campaign.

Indyplus gallery: Season-by-season through Ferguson's time in charge at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson is brutal on Roy Keane, careful about Wayne Rooney, respectful about Arsène Wenger, admiring of Jose Mourinho, critical of Rafael Benitez and largely silent on Rock of Gibraltar in his new autobiography.

1986/87
Alex Ferguson was appointed Manchester United manager on 6 November 1986 and lost his first game in charge against underdogs Oxford United. United would only manage one away win in the whole season. Having been 21st and second from bottom when he took over, he guided them to an 11th place finish at the end of the campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography: 27 years in charge of Manchester United - season-by-season in pictures

Sir Alex Ferguson is brutal on Roy Keane, careful about Wayne Rooney, respectful about Arsène Wenger, admiring of Jose Mourinho, critical of Rafael Benitez and largely silent on Rock of Gibraltar in his new autobiography.

This picture, taken in 2011, shows the drilling rig of Cuadrilla Resource near Blackpool

Fracking company Cuadrilla pulls out of shale gas site in Lancashire

A fracking company has withdrawn from a shale gas site near Blackpool which was the scene of a series of earth tremors that led to a moratorium on the controversial technology.

Nigel Evans resigned as deputy speaker to fight the charges

Former House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans in court over sex assault allegations

Alleged offences date from 2002 to this year

Top Tory Alan Lewis arrested over historic rape claim

A top Conservative official has been arrested over a historic allegation of rape.

Fresh allegations have been made about disgraced veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall

Jailed broadcaster Stuart Hall faces fresh claims of child sex abuse

The former It's A Knockout presenter is currently serving a 30-month jail term and is set to be questioned further by Lancashire Police

Computer game gun sparks armed siege in Liverpool

A toy gun meant for computer game shoot-'em-ups has sparked an armed siege on a residential street.

Jos Buttler in talks to join Lancashire

Jos Buttler is in discussions to join the County Championship Second Division winners Lancashire. England's limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman is out of contract with Somerset at the end of the season.

Nigel Evans makes a personal statement to MPs in the House of Commons

'I will see this through to the end': MP Nigel Evans protests his innocence over rape and sex charges

Alleged offences span a period of a decade and are said to have taken place in London and Lancashire

Nigel Evans has resigned from his role as House of Commons Deputy Speaker

Nigel Evans quits as House of Commons deputy speaker amid rape and sex charges

The alleged offences span a period of a decade and are said to have taken place in London and Lancashire

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell

Michael Le Vell trial: Man arrested over Facebook post identifying alleged victim

Coronation Street star stands accused of sexual assault and rape of a young girl, as police tell social media users it's 'not worth the risk' of breaching alleged victim's legally-protected anonymity

Dale Cregan is set to die in prison with a whole life sentence for murdering four people

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