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.

Steel giant Tata to cut 900 jobs

Steel giant Tata is cutting 900 jobs and closing 12 sites under plans to improve competitiveness, the firm announced today.

Anna Ryder Richardson wildlife park fined after falling tree bough hospitalised three-year-old boy

A wildlife park run by TV star Anna Ryder Richardson and her husband has been fined £70,000 for health and safety breaches.

7/7 victim wins residency fight

A professor injured in the London 7/7 bombings and facing expulsion from Britain has won his fight to remain in the country.

Police elections: The Winners and Losers

Lord Prescott loses to Tory in Humberside but vows to fight on

Fire brigades called to deal with weight issues – 2,700 times

Fire brigades have been called to more than 2,700 incidents over the past five years to assist severely obese people, figures show.

Alun Wyn Jones reveals 'tingle' factor of staying with Wales

If French clubs had the pick of Wales' star players then it is likely that Alun Wyn Jones would feature prominently on their shopping lists.

Co-op to create hundreds of jobs as it opens new Avonmouth distribution centre

The Co-operative Group today opened a new distribution centre through a £22 million investment which will create hundreds of jobs.

Micah Richards is taken off in the Premier League game against Swansea

Manchester City defender Micah Richards out for four months

Micah Richards will be out of action for far longer than originally feared and expects to be sidelined for up to four months after having surgery on the knee injury he suffered on Saturday.

Ford's new Transit

Ford meeting raises fears over Southampton Transit factory future

Union leaders have been called to a meeting with motor giant Ford amid fears over the future of the firm's van factory in the UK.

Police release full details of 14 victims of hit-and-run rampage through Cardiff that killed woman, 32

Witnesses say van deliberately targeted pedestrians in five different locations

UK full of doorstep challenges, says guide

Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda, swimming with whale sharks and cycling across the beautiful Himalayan mountains: all these make for once-in-a-lifetime holiday experiences.

Disabled man who was robbed while he sat in wheelchair makes appeal for help

A disabled man robbed by thugs while he sat in his wheelchair has issued a desperate plea for people to help police catch his assailants.

Search widens as deadline to release April suspect nears

All 44 police forces in England and Wales are now helping in the hunt for missing five-year-old April Jones, it emerged last night, as officers and search teams continued their efforts through driving rain in Machynlleth.

The Labour leader during a question and answer session yesterday

Sketch: Meet Miliband Mark II – beware, ladies, he's a bit of a flirt

It's hard to keep up with Ed Miliband's dizzying transformation: from robotic geek to visionary leader to shirtsleeved heart-throb in a mere couple of days.

Millions to vote in police chief elections

Voting takes place next month in marathon polls to pick 41 police and crime commissioners (PCCs) in England - outside London - and Wales.

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