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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.

Mark Bridger says he he accidentally killed April Jones

April Jones trial: Evidence against Mark Bridger is 'overwhelming', court hears

Prosecutor says case 'stands strongly and compellingly' in closing speech

Bluebells are usually one of the first indications that spring is on the way

Kate Humble: Signs of spring are everywhere, even in the chill

Spring has been a long time coming this year, a feeling exacerbated, I suspect, by the fact that we have barely seen the sun since last March. Remember last year? Spring made a tentative start in January and by the end of March the bluebells were out, most of us had had at least one barbecue and we were looking forward to a long hot summer. Then April came, and with it, the rain, which didn't stop.

48 rescued as tourist boat runs aground of Welsh coast

Forty eight people have been rescued from a passenger boat after it hit a rock on a Welsh island this afternoon, coastguards said.

MMR vaccination up-take remains too low among the worst-hit 10 to 18 age group

50,000 MMR vaccinations so far in battle to halt Welsh measles epidemic

But up-take remains too low among the worst-hit 10 to 18 age group

Christian Jolley of Newport County celebrates scoring a goal during the Blue Square Bet Premier Conference Play-off Final

Blue Square Premier: Newport back after 25 years

Newport County will return to the Football League after a 25-year absence after two dramatic late goals gave them victory over Welsh rivals Wrexham at Wembley.

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After a £6.2m move and just three starts, Scott Sinclair could leave Manchester City

Manager Roberto Mancini drops hint that the former Swansea player's future could lie away from the Etihad

Five-year-old April was last seen playing out on her bike close to her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales, on the evening of October 1

Police call off the search for missing April Jones

The search - one of the largest in UK history - was due to end this month

Measles could hit two million children

As many as two million schoolchildren are susceptible to measles due to their lack of the MMR vaccine scare, a leading health expert has warned.

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Swansea seek to raise capacity at Liberty Stadium

Swansea City have announced plans to increase the capacity of their Liberty Stadium by more than 12,000 seats in another reflection of the boom in Welsh football.

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Welsh miners pay respect despite anger towards the former Tory prime minister

Traditional Welsh respect for the dead has ensured that few have an appetite for public protest

An MMR jab is administered

Thousands of Swansea children still to have MMR jab as fears over scale of epidemic worsen

Health Secretary urges parents whose children aren't vaccinated to take action

Woman in hospital after home attack by American bulldog

A dog which savaged a woman has now been destroyed, police have confirmed.

Swansea measles outbreak: Confirmed cases rise to nearly 700

A big increase in measles cases has prompted health bosses to renew a plea for unvaccinated people to get their MMR jabs immediately.

Established campaigner Alison Young put in a steely performance in the Laser Radial event

Seven Palma World Cup golds for British sailors

Palma World Cup golds for Alison Young and Giles Scott topped the seven-medal haul for Britain’s sailors at the conclusion of the Princess Sofia Trophy in Mallorca yesterday.

Jacqueline Thompson: blogger who waged 'campaign of harassment' against council chief ordered to pay £25,000 damages

A blogger who waged an “unlawful campaign of harassment, defamation and intimidation” against a council chief executive has been ordered to pay him £25,000 libel damages.

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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