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Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into alleged sexual offences, prompted by claims of abuse made against disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile

Savile abuse caused by the authorities 'burying their heads in the sand', says police chief

A lack of leadership from responsible authorities led to child abusers Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith and Stuart Hall getting away with their crimes for so long, a police chief said today.

Full of hope: Rhodes saw promising signs in Scotland’s defeat to Belgium

International round-up: Narrow margins leave Scotland and Wales to build for future

Fine margins often make all the difference in matches and that was the case for Scotland in their defeat by Belgium, in Jordan Rhodes's view.

Tony Abbott stands with his family as he claims victory in Australia's federal election

Australia takes a turn to the right: Tony Abbott wins general election

Conservative Coalition brings an end to six years of Labor rule

Cleared police chief Stuart Hyde due to retire

A police chief who was suspended for a year as a £400,000 inquiry into his conduct took place is to return to work - only to retire in just under four months' time.

A far cry from the Happy Mondays: Bez backs urban beekeeping scheme

Freaky dancer Bez is buzzing as he encourages a green initiative in his hometown of Manchester.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

iZealots launch campaign for Steve Jobs monument bigger than the Statue of Liberty

The seven foot tall statue of Steve Jobs which currently stands in a Budapest park is clearly insufficient for Apple’s army of iZealots. A funding drive has been launched to build a massive icon of the computer pioneer which would dwarf the Statue of Liberty.

A breeding farm for llamas and alpacas in Germany

Eating this exotic meat may seriously damage your health

Never mind horse meat...llama, crocodile and chimp are now part of our food chain

Syria civil war: US will arm moderate rebels, says Barack Obama, confirming use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad's regime

Debate has been raging for weeks inside the White House over the worsening conflict

Carmel Napier called for a government re-think on the powers of the PCCs

Gwent's chief constable, Carmel Napier, retires after series of spats with her elected police commissioner, Ian Johnston

Gwent's chief constable retired after she was given an ultimatum to leave or face the push after a series of spats with her elected police commissioner.

Matthew Fisher becomes youngest county cricket star aged 15

Fifteen-year-old Matthew Fisher today became county cricket's youngest post-war player after he was handed his senior debut by Yorkshire.

Album: Various artists, The Beautiful Old (Doubloon)

A fascinating collection of songs from the 19th and early 20th centuries – the era before commercial recording, when a song stood or fell by its performance as domestic sheet music.

Mick McManus has died at the age of 93

British wrestling great Mick McManus dies aged 93

'Man they loved to hate' passed away in the early hours of this morning

Theresa May told the 41 commissioners hospitality details must be provided

Theresa May reads the riot act to police commissioners after expenses scandals

After a slew of allegations and mishaps involving chauffeur-driven trips funded by taxpayers and embarrassing rows over staffing, the country’s newly elected but already beleaguered police leaders have been called into Whitehall to be warned of their responsibilities.

Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria police commissioner apologises for cost of chauffeur-driven car but defends action over alleged whistle-blowers

The Cumbria police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes apologised today for failing to check the near £700 cost before hiring a chauffeur-driven Mercedes to go to two evening engagements - but defended his actions over the expenses row.

Theresa May: The Home Secretary has been urged to investigate the PCC’s conduct

Third arrest in Cumbria PCC leak case sparks row over whistleblowers

Police commissioner is accused of using office as ‘private police force’  in wake of expenses scandal

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