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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Theresa May told the 41 commissioners hospitality details must be provided

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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.

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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

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