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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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A woman who placed the body of her newborn baby in her friend's garden has walked free from court.

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Samit Patel has shown plenty of hunger in the past, and today he needs to show the England selectors he has an appetite for big runs and a desire to cut the mustard at the highest level.

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The former England coach has had job offers aplenty but, after leading Lancashire to their first title in 77 years, he is happy to stay put, he tells Jon Culley

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It is not that Fabrice Muamba does not deserve every sympathy, following his heart attack on the pitch at Tottenham earlier this month. But these mawkish displays of public emotion in football are getting out of hand.

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