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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.

Police investigate 'unexplained' deaths of woman in child in Troedyrhiw house

The deaths of two people found in a house in a valley community are being treated as “unexplained,” police said.

Jack Nowell scores the try that launched England’s dramatic second-half fightback

England juniors conquer world with win over Wales

England Under-20s became Junior World Champions on Sunday for the first time after fighting back from a 12-point half-time deficit to defeat Wales Under-20s 23-15 in Vannes, France. It was a double first for England who also became the first team from the northern hemisphere to win the tournament.

Anger at Monmouthshire council limits on rubbish bags

Plans by a Welsh council to restrict the amount of rubbish to be collected to two sacks per fortnight have provoked anger, with more than 1,000 people signing a petition opposing the limit.

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Dundee, Hull, Leicester or Swansea Bay? Dylan Thomas takes on Philip Larkin in a battle to become City of Culture

Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay have been named as the four cities left in the running to become the UK’s next City Of Culture. They are competing to receive the title for 2017, following this year’s chosen city, Londonderry.

The cover of Vice magazine's controversial 'fiction issue'

The media must inform about suicide, while avoiding excessive details about the method

Reporting on suicide is extremely difficult, but the Vice feature is an example of glamorising suicide - and there wasn't even a news hook

Simon Calder: Sleep(er) your way around the world

The man who pays his way

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup insists he will stay despite breakdown in relationship between his agent and Swansea

There have been disagreements over the club's transfer policy

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.

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup allays Swansea exit fears following row over transfers

The Dane was reportedly close to an exit from the Liberty Stadium

Former British policewoman charged with burglary judged 'too drunk' to intend to steal

A jury has found a former British policewoman not guilty of stealing a mobile phone, after deciding she was too drunk to know what she was doing.

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

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to stand trial on baby rape and 22 sex offence charges in November

Rock singer Ian Watkins will stand trial accused of baby rape and a total of 22 other sex offences at the end of the year.

Cardiff hit-and-run killer detained in secure hospital indefinitely

A paranoid schizophrenic who ran down and killed a mother of three in a hit-and-run frenzy aimed at killing many more has been detained in a secure hospital indefinitely.

Karina Menzies, who was killed in Cardiff

Cardiff hit-and-run: Paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Tvrdon went on 'journey of mayhem'

Paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Tvrdon, 31, admitted the manslaughter of Karina Menzies through diminished responsibility last month

‘Lostprophets’ vocalist Ian Watkins

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies child rape charges

Rock singer Ian Watkins has appeared in court to deny almost two dozen sex offence charges including two of raping a baby.

Mark Bridger leaves Mold Crown Court

April Jones murder trial: Mark Bridger begins whole life sentence

April’s mother said she would ‘live with the guilt’ of letting her daughter go out for the rest of her life

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