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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 student who mocked soccer star Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed with a heart attack lost his appeal against a 56-day jail term today.

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A fire brigade chief claims wildfires are becoming more common earlier in the year in the UK, as services across the country fight to control blazes.

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A man has been arrested after allegedly making racist remarks on Twitter relating to critically ill soccer star Fabrice Muamba.

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Another day, another race to win for McCoy

After the sweet fruit-packed jam of a Cheltenham Gold Cup win, it was back to bread and butter yesterday for the human heroes, at least, of the hour. Of those involved on Friday, the horse, Synchronised, had by far the easiest time; after an hour or so of pats and adulation at Jackdaws Castle stables during the morning, he went off to mooch round his paddock and relax until teatime.

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Cardiff chasing a triple crown

Wales in rugby and Cleverly in the ring tomorrow – but they really will be singing in the Valleys if the Bluebirds can beat mighty Liverpool on Sunday, writes James Corrigan

Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton (far left), world champion boxer Nathan Cleverly (centre) and Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson all hope to taste victory this weekend

Boxing. Rugby. Football: Cardiff chasing a 'Triple Crown'

Wales in the rugby and Cleverly in the ring – but they really will be singing in the Valleys if the Bluebirds can beat Liverpool

Pregnant girl's murderer jailed for 35 years

A former nightclub bouncer has been jailed for a minimum of 35 years for murdering a pregnant teenager two weeks before she was due to give birth.

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35 years for Nikitta Grender's killer

A former nightclub bouncer was jailed for at least 35 years today for the rape and murder of heavily-pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender.

IPCC to investigate 'lost' Cardiff Three papers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate whether officers ordered the destruction of documents which caused the collapse of a multimillion-pound police corruption trial.

Holt-led Norwich rally leaves Swans flapping

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Mental illness group goes into administration

St Luke's Healthcare, which treatsand looks after adults and adolescents with mental health problems and brain injuries, has gone into administration.

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Diary: Will nobody step up and be Cameron's local copper?

The election of Police and Crime Commissioners is "at the heart of the Government's plan to cut crime", we have been told. So the Government will be pleased to see some big names showing an interest in running for the elections, scheduled for 15 November, even if they are not Conservatives.

Bouncer 'murdered teenager'

A nightclub bouncer stabbed his cousin's pregnant girlfriend to death after raping her, a jury heard.

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