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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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable