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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.

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62-year-old apparently risked his life grabbing a six foot shark's tail as it approached the children

Inquest jury says soldier Mike Maguire was unlawfully killed in shooting at live-fire range

A soldier shot in the head in a safe haven at an Army live-fire shooting range was unlawfully killed, an inquest jury found today.

PC Mike Baillon was taped smashing in the windows on a disabled pensioner's car

Police officer caught in Youtube attack video set for compensation windfall

Mike Baillon was taped smashing in the windows on a disabled pensioner's car

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Michael Laudrup says League Cup victory eclipses any that he won as player

Michael Laudrup last night set his Capital One Cup win with Swansea City apart from even the famous triumphs of his glorious playing days.

Letter from Ian Brady may have been his latest mind game

Letter from Ian Brady telling the whereabouts of final Moors murder victim's grave 'may never have existed'

A letter detailing the resting place of the final untraced victim of the Moors murderers may have never existed and was just the latest mind game played by Ian Brady, police said today.

Forget the ballboy farce, the Swansea manager Michael Laudrup deserves the headlines for beating Chelsea and taking his team to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley

Michael Laudrup insists there is no urgency to sign a new contract at Swansea

The Welsh side currently sit in the top half of the table

Police involved in the arrest of ‘Lostprophets’ vocalist Ian Watkins, in relation to an alleged plot to rape a baby, are under investigation over whether or not they acted quickly enough.

Police watchdog investigates whether force acted quickly enough to arrest Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins over alleged plot to rape baby

Police involved in the arrest of ‘Lostprophets’ vocalist Ian Watkins, in relation to an alleged plot to rape a baby, are under investigation over whether or not they acted quickly enough.

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Midfielder agrees new three-and-a-half-year contract

Eden Hazard saw red for kicking a ball boy

'Hazard hasn't kicked him hard enough': Joey Barton joins ball boy debate as Eden Hazard escapes police action

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin suggests the ball boy had what was coming to him, labelling his behaviour "disgraceful"

Chris Foy gives Hazard his marching orders

Referee praised for handling of Eden Hazard's altercation with ball boy

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher praised last night's officials for the way they handled the Eden Hazard incident at Swansea, insisting the Chelsea midfielder has “no defence”.

Huge arsenal of guns and ammo found - hidden behind false wall day after Dunblane massacre

More than 30 shotguns and pistols were found wrapped in newspaper dated March 14 1996

Rescue workers at Gleision colliery after the tragedy in September 2011

Colliery manager charged with manslaughter over Gleision mine pit deaths in 2011

The manager of a colliery where four miners died has been charged with fours counts of manslaughter, police said.

Murderer Brian Grady on the run from Prescoed prison

A  murderer has gone on the run from prison and could be a danger to the public, police warned.

Fields covered by floodwater near Apperley in Gloucestershire after days of almost relentless downpours

True to form, soggy 2012 ends with another drenching

Rain swept across south western parts of Britain today, bringing a sodden end to what is likely to be one of the wettest years on record.

Families evacuated in Cornwall as river rises

Police have evacuated people from their homes in a Cornwall town as rising river levels threaten to flood their properties.

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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