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.

Round-Up: Blake Green crushes Robins to keep Wigan on top

Wigan ensured that they would finish the Easter programme on top of Super League with an overwhelming 84-6 victory at Hull KR yesterday.

Brain-damaged amputee fit for work, says Atos

An amputee who cannot walk, struggles to talk and is brain damaged has been passed “fit for work” and had his benefits cut under government reforms.

Gills’ Leon Legge wins a header

Gillingham 1 Accrington Stanley 0 match report: Matt Fish breathes life into Gills to stretch lead

Gillingham's League Two promotion charge stays on course, but Accrington's survival is in doubt

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez arrested: Manchester City striker faces possible jail sentence on suspicion of driving while disqualified

The Argentina international was banned for six months in January

Killer on the run after escaping while on day release

A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder is on the run after he disappeared while on day release.

1993: Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the two boys convicted of killing the toddler James Bulger

Attorney General in contempt move over images purporting to show Bulger killers

The Attorney General has decided to bring contempt proceedings against individuals who allegedly posted online photographs purporting to show James Bulger killers Jon Venables or Robert Thompson.

Dale Cregan is accused of four murders, including those of PCs
Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone

Dale Cregan trial: Shootings started with a pub row - and 'ended with two police murders'

Manchester feud led to shootings of unarmed women officers, court told

British broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with one offence of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault

Stuart Hall vows to 'regain his reputation' as he faces sex offence allegations

The veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has vowed to 'regain his reputation' as he faces sex offence allegations.

Old and new: Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere: The heir to Steven Gerrard's England throne

England captain full of praise for the 'frightening' prospect that is the Arsenal midfielder, who is set to play alongside him at Wembley – but tells young Gunner that he's not world-class yet

Combative midfielder: Leroy 'The Bouncer' Fer

Everton's £8.6m swoop for Leroy Fer in doubt

Fee had been agreed for the Netherlands international

Ennerdale in the Lake District, one potential site for underground nuclear waste

Crunch vote on nuclear dump in Lake District

Plans to bury radioactive waste in Cumbria face growing local opposition. Mike Glover reports

Fears grow over contaminated ecstasy tablets, after two people die and several others are hospitalised

'Contaminated ecstasy' deaths: two arrested in police investigation

Two men have been arrested by police investigating the deaths of two people who may have taken contaminated ecstasy tablets.

Man who fled UK after fraud jailed in absence

One of the two Luqman brothers being hunted in Pakistan for defrauding Barclays Bank out of £100m has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence.

Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates his equaliser

Manchester United tempted by summer move to sign Frank Lampard

Alex Ferguson tempted to sign England midfielder once Chelsea deal expires

Possible Salford saviour in talks

Millionaire racehorse owner Marwan Koukash has been unveiled as the mystery businessman locked in talks aimed at saving Salford.

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Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines
Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?

What are Jaden and Willow on about?

Will Smith's children have made waves with a gloriously over-the-top interview, but will their music match their musings?
Fridge gate: How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces

Cold war

How George Osborne keeping his fridge padlocked shows a frosty side to shared spaces
Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

Stocking fillers: 10 best loo books

From dogs in cars to online etiquette, while away a few minutes in peace with one of these humorous, original and occasionally educational tomes
Malky Mackay appointed Wigan manager: Three texts keep Scot’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

Three texts keep Mackay’s rehabilitation on a knife-edge

New Wigan manager said all the right things - but until the FA’s verdict is delivered he is still on probation, says Ian Herbert
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a biography about the Dutchman. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager
Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants

Isis takes a big step back

Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants
Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Bill Cosby: America’s beloved TV ‘dad’ or serial rapist?

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits: How to shop politically

How to shop politically

Ukip silk bow ties, Green Party T-shirts, and 'Iron Baby' romper suits
The science of sex: What happens when science meets erotica

Sex on the brain

Fetishes, dominatrixes, kinks and erotica. They are subjects that should get the crowds flocking to a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection