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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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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He's behind you, dude!

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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