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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.

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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini to miss QPR match

Everton will be without Marouane Fellaini for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with QPR, but manager David Moyes is optimistic the midfielder will not be sidelined for too long.

Man jailed for wearing an anti-police T-shirt

A man who wore an anti-police T-shirt in public just hours after the killings of two policewomen has been jailed.

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Police are investigating the death of a young woman who plunged nine floors to her death from an apartment balcony.

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Teenager arrested in connection with Manchester police officer murders will face no further action

A teenager arrested in connection with the murders of two police officers will face no further action, a force said today.

George Osborne in Sunderland yesterday; the local Conservative club in his constituency may close

Now the Tories can't balance the books in George Osborne's back yard

Chancellor's local Conservative Club calls crisis meeting over threats to shut it down

Shop worker Farrakh Nizzar jailed for £1m lottery scam bid

A shop worker has been jailed for 30 months for trying to claim a winning £1 million lottery ticket belonging to a pensioner couple.

Sex gang leader Shabir Ahmed jailed for 22 years

The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for a "campaign of rape" against a young Asian girl.

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Kiaran Stapleton jailed for life for murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve

A judge apologised to the parents of a murdered Indian student for the loss of their son as he sentenced his killer to serve a minimum of 30 years in jail.

Kiaran Stapleton walked up to stranger Anuj Bidve, 23, in the street in Salford, Greater Manchester, and shot him in the head at point blank range

'Psycho' guilty of Boxing Day murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve

A killer who called himself 'Psycho' has been found guilty of murdering an Indian student at random.

Looters raid a Carhartt store in Hackney during last summer’s violence

Giving a voice to a scorned generation

In the last part of a series on last year's riots, Owen Jones visits a Manchester charity striving to tackle demonisation of young people

Police find man's body after "tombstoning" incident

A 22-year-old man has died after apparently jumping from a bridge renowned for attracting thrill-seeking "tombstoners".

Moeen Ali picked up career-best figures with his off-breaks

Ali spins Lancashire towards trapdoor

Title-holders Lancashire are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle after they were bowled out for their lowest Championship total on their home ground for 49 years by struggling Worcestershire at Old Trafford yesterday.

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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