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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.

Ibrahima Baldé cancelled out an opener from Wilfried Bony

Europa League round-up: Swansea thwarted in stoppage time again, while Wigan suffer defeat

Michael Laudrup admitted he felt sorry for his players after seeing Swansea again suffer the agony of conceding a stoppage-time equaliser as they drew 1-1 with 10-man Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League.

Despite voters’ apathy, PCCs are here to stay

Such was the relief when a woman exercised her democratic rights in the Devon town of Exmouth that staff broke into spontaneous applause. No such joy for their colleagues at one polling station in Gwent – they spent the whole day waiting in vain for a voter to darken their doors.

Sweet shop owner fined £400 for selling 30p Asda chocolate as £3 Wonka bars

Alexander Gwillym had tried to register his product as 'Mr Wonka Bar' rather than 'Wonka Bar'

The larch trees are infected with a fungus-like disease

Parts of ancient Wentwood Forest cut down because of tree disease

Parts of forest, near Newport, infected by Phytophthora ramorum

Under arrest: Frank Hewetson, 45, from London, at the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk, last Thursday

Two British Greenpeace activists to appear in Russian court

Anthony Perrett and Frank Hewetson among 30 people taken in to custody after Arctic oil rig protest

South Wales slavery inquiry: Third 'victim' found by police

Investigation sparked after shock discovery of man in Marshfield who had been missing for 13 years

Police officers searching a field at Cariad Farm, Peterstone Wentloog, Gwent

Four arrested at addresses in Wales on suspicion of slavery

Four people have been arrested in a series of major armed police raids involving more than 100 officers at addresses allegedly linked to slavery.

Indyplus update: Football matches

Last night games:

A view of stage five of the Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain: Sir Bradley Wiggins retains overall lead as Irishman Sam Bennett wins stage five

Today's stage was the toughest of the tour

Chris Blackhurst: It's time we paid attention to Nev and his call centre, not the huge corporations

Midweek View: Small businesses account for half our national income and two-thirds of all employment
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The summer in numbers: 2013 the hottest, driest and sunniest since 2006

Met Office releases early estimates detailing facts and figures behind 'seventh-sunniest' summer since records began

40 schools had published policy statements echoing language of notorious legislation

Section 28 row: Schools tear up controversial homophobic policies

Responses follow The Independent's disclosure that 40 schools had published policy statements echoing language of notorious legislation

David Moyes said he wasn’t nervous before his first game

Transfer news: Wayne Rooney and Manchester United could be moving closer to conciliation despite continued interest from Chelsea

Joking with the press is a sign Manchester United striker may be nearer making up than breaking away

Football fans accuse police of using the orders to meet targets

Police 'paid' to seek football banning orders

Growth in curfew orders as funding gives forces incentive to bring civil cases

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins is standing trial on charges of baby rape and 22 other sex offences in November.

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins on suicide watch five times an hour as he awaits baby rape trial

Clinical psychologist suggests singer receive anti-psychotic medication and be moved from prison to a psychiatric hospital

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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