News Council tax set to rise by as much as five per cent

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.

Actor William Roache has been charged with five historic offences of indecent assault involving four girls

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will 'vigorously protest his innocence' over child sex charges

The veteran actor and Coronation Street star Bill Roache has vowed to “vigorously protest his innocence” over “deeply upsetting” child sex charges, his lawyer said today.

'No words can describe the heartbreak': Hundreds pay respects to murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Hundreds of people paid their respects to the dead soldier Lee Rigby this weekend as books of condolences were opened in his home town and other parts of the country. More than 400 messages flooded Rochdale council's website after a tribute page for the 25-year-old fusilier was set up on Friday.

Aussie Trent Waterhouse led Warrington for the first time

Warrington 16 Hull 26: Whiting’s two late tries deliver shock
to Warrington

Two late scores from Richard Whiting gave resilient Hull a shock win over one of Super League’s pacesetters last night.

Social-housing landlords training staff to spot tenants at risk of suicide

Maintenance workers, call-centre staff and housing officers are being sent on courses after growing problems among victims of austerity reforms

Greater Manchester Police has more senior officers fighting child sexual exploitation than gun crime

Britain's second largest police force is deploying more senior officers to fight child sexual exploitation than it is against violent gun crime.

BBC Media City in Salford, Manchester

BBC offers staff £24m 'bribes' for move to Salford

Some employees at corporation get six-figure sums just to relocate to new base in North-west

David Haye pictured promoting his fight against Manuel Charr

Boxing: David Haye pulls out of comeback fight with Manuel Charr

The former heavyweight champion suffers a hand injury in training

The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews, by Jon Henderson

When revisiting the life of someone as famous as Stanley Matthews, it helps to unearth a hitherto unknown, headline-making fact, as Jon Henderson has done in revealing that The Wizard of Dribble's beloved second wife, Mila, had been a secret agent for the Communist Czech regime in the Fifties and Sixties. But it would be a shame if this diverted attention from the author's masterly crafting of the real meat of the book, Matthews's extraordinary football career and how it was shaped by his complex, often crabby personality.

Stewart Downing of Liverpool celebrates after scoring against Spurs

Stewart Downing expresses desire to stay at Liverpool - but says decision is not his to make

Brendan Rodgers will have final say reveals winger

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans denies rape and sexual assault allegations relating to two men

Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell says Nigel Evans should retain his position while he fights the charges

Coronation Street star Bill Roache strenuously denies allegations he raped underage girl in 1967

Roache, 81, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire and was interviewed by police late into yesterday evening

Seventh heaven for Workington in Cumbria

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Two-year-old boy fighting for his life after being found face down in Leeds Liverpool canal

A two-year-old boy is fighting for his life today after he was found face down in a canal.

Child sex charges coach driver found dead

A coach driver who was facing trial on child grooming charges has been found dead at his home.

Police seize £12m worth of cocaine in Essex

Police have seized around £12 million worth of cocaine following a six-month investigation into the "top echelon" of organised crime.

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