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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.

Mother admits killing four-year-old Chloe Burke

A mother has admitted killing her four-year-old daughter.

Damning state of care found at ‘safe’ NHS trust

Chronic shortage of doctors, nurses and porters – and patients fainting from pain

She was lying, says accused Shafilea Ahmed father

A father accused of murdering his “Westernised” daughter told a jury today she was lying when she complained of violence and being forced into marriage.

Coronation Street bosses change canal plot after Stone Roses fan death

The producers of ITV soap Coronation Street have axed a storyline with similarities to the recent death of a Stone Roses fan.

Boxing Day gunman 'felt nothing' after shooting Indian student Anuj Bidve dead

A man who shot dead an Indian student then labelled himself “Psycho” in court has told a jury that he felt “nothing” when he realised he had killed somebody.

Salford gunman 'laughed' as he shot student Anuj Bidve

A gunman who shot an Indian student dead at close range gave a “sarcastic laugh” after pulling the trigger, a jury heard today.

Government flood defence spending criticised

The Government was forced to defend its spending on flood defences today as the clean-up from a weekend of more flooding continued.

Forecasters warn of more heavy rain

Forecasters have warned of more flash flooding as householders and businesses continue the clear-up from last week's devastation.

Festival goers walk through the mud at the Hackney Weekender festival at Hackney Marshes in east London

After the deluge and the mudbath, the almighty clean-up begins

Flood waters receding after month's worth of rain falls in 24 hours

High tide: Hebden Bridge under water yesterday

Flood havoc in North and there's more to come

The clean-up starts as public urged to stay vigilant and the Met Office warns of further heavy rainfall

UK on flood alert as deluge predicted

Large parts of England and Wales are on flood alert tonight after a month's worth of rain was predicted to fall in just 24 hours.

Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets

Manchester United came agonisingly close to retaining their Premier League title only to have it snatched away in the final seconds of the Premier League season.

North-west England on flood alert

A severe weather warning was issued for much of North-west England last night, with a high risk of flooding today.

Rochdale paedophile gangleader is named

A sexual predator who led a gang of Asian men in grooming young white girls for sex was named today after he was convicted of 30 child rape charges.

London amongst the most congested cities in Europe

Only three European countries have worse rush-hour traffic congestion than the UK, according to new figures.

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