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.

Four people bailed over death of 63-year-old cyclist

Four people arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 63-year-old cyclist have been bailed pending further inquiries.

TA soldier's death on SAS training exercise due to organ failure, inquest told

A Territorial Army soldier who died following an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons suffered multiple organ failure, an inquest has heard.

Motorists make their way through flood water in Loughborough

Forecasters: Flood risk in south west and northern England, Wales and southern Scotland

Met Office issues yellow severe weather warning

Council hunts cannabis cultivating culprits after Newport plant pots display planted pot

By the time the police had been informed the plants had already been harvested

Elected police chiefs 'a law unto themselves'

Elected police leaders can easily sack chief constables and avoid scrutiny for their decisions because of the threat of an embarrassing public row, say MPs.

Collapse of Britain’s biggest police corruption trial: ‘No misconduct involved’ in Cardiff Three fit-up case

‘Nothing improper’ about string of mistakes that led to collapse of officers’ corruption trial

Brecon Beacons hiker saw TA soldier in distress and pleading for water during SAS training exercise

Hiker spoke with two soldiers who had broken away during exercise and were looking for water

Servicemen who died in searing heat during Brecon Beacons training were serving with Territorial Army

A third man remains in a serious condition in hospital after the incident on Saturday

The two servicemen are thought to have died in a challenging training regime near the Storey Arms Centre in Brecon Beacons, amid some of the hottest weather of 2013 with temperatures as high as 29.5C

Brecon Beacons deaths: One of the TA servicemen who died 'from heat exhaustion' on hottest day of year during training exercise has been named by MoD

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts’s death is confirmed as a third serviceman remains in hospital

Funerals cancelled as fire shuts Welsh crematorium

A fire at a crematorium forced a string of funerals to be cancelled today.

Hollie McClymont was last seen on Sunday

Police confirm that body found off South Wales coast is missing teenager Hollie McClymont

The schoolgirl was last seen getting into difficulty on Sunday afternoon off the coast of Whitmore Bay

Police investigating the disappearance of Hollie McClymount confirm they have found a body

Police investigating the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl who was last seen in difficulty in the sea have recovered a body.

Teenage girl missing in sea named as Holly McClymont

4-year-old went missing from Barry Island, south Wales

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27-year-old mother-of-three Joanne Thomas reportedly suffered from depression and was not seen in weeks

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