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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.

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.

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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
People relax in deck chairs during the hot weather on Brighton beach on 1 August, 2013

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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