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.

The Stone Roses, including drummer Reni (far right)

He doesn't bang the drums: Stone Roses tour loses rhythm after Reni storms out

The resurrection has been a long time coming, and there were fears last night it might be somewhat short-lived. Less than a week into The Stone Roses' hotly anticipated comeback tour, the tempestuous band were at each other's throats after the drummer stormed out of a gig, prompting abuse from lead singer Ian Brown.

I want justice for Shafilea Ahmed, says her sister

The sister of Shafilea Ahmed told a court today that she broke her seven-year silence about the murder because she could not "go back to her grave" until she got justice for the teenager.

Shady character: All hail the mighty fern

It's spent millennia perfecting itself, unfurls its fronds like a Zen master, and can liven up the dullest bit of tarmac...

Kiaran Stapleton to stand trial for murder of student Anuj Bidve

A man who shot dead an Indian student at close range will go on trial for murder.

15-year-old boy drowns in reservoir

The family of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in a reservoir described him as “good natured and fun loving” in a tribute today.

James Anderson is the first person to bowl at the new Pavilion End

Broad escapes action for latest outburst

Nottinghamshire 169 Lancashire 48-1

Muamba returns to Twitter to thank fans for their support

Footballer Fabrice Muamba has returned to Twitter for the first time since his cardiac arrest to thank fans for their support.

Chapple stays positive despite opening defeat

Lancashire 124 & 176 Sussex 300 & 4-0 Sussex win by 10 wickets

Magoffin shines as champions drop themselves in it

Lancashire 124 & 85-4 Sussex 300

Mother sentenced after leaving dead baby in Manchester garden

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

Samit Patel has a chance to force his way into England's side as a regular

Patel hopes sheer weight of runs will nudge the selectors

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.

Moores believes Lancs have the hunger to retain their title

Peter Moores: Moores the merrier

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

Sale Sharks to share with Super League side Salford City Reds

Sale Sharks are poised to announce a ground-sharing move with Super League club Salford City Reds.

Leading article: Time to take some emotion out of football

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.

David de Gea saved United from heavy defeat against Athletic Bilbao

The Last Word: De Gea's fingertips keep United clinging on

As dynamic as they were dexterous, Bilbao would have been out of sight but for De Gea

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone