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.

Eileen Beasley: Welsh language campaigner

The Rosa Parks of the language movement in Wales was a polite but steel-willed housewife who, with her husband, refused to pay rates on their house in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, while Llanelli Rural District Council issued demands in English only.

Aled Davies

Athletics: Aled Davies wins Team GB's first medal at the Olympic Stadium

Aled Davies has gone from reluctant convert to Paralympic inspiration after winning Great Britain's athletics first medal of the Games at a noisy Olympic Stadium this morning.

Paralympic Shorts: Watch out Tanni – Lee is out to become the star of the show

Only two of the 503 Paralympians are openly gay, but by performing on his horse Gentleman to the tune of anthems such as "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters, dressage star Lee Pearson is undoubtedly out and proud. "I don't have a choice about my disability just as I don't have a choice about being gay," he has said.

Farmer Edward Adams jailed over Paralympian Simon Richardson drink drive crash

A farmer who shattered a Paralympian's 2012 dream in a drink drive crash has been jailed for 18 months.

Josh McEachran's chances at Chelsea have been severely limited

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran joins Middlesbrough on season's loan

Chelsea's England U-21 midfielder Josh McEachran will spend this Championship campaign with Middlesbrough after the clubs agreed a season-long loan deal.

Moors murderer Ian Brady at the time of his arrest in 1964

Winnie Johnson's family approves Ian Brady documentary

A TV documentary about Moors murderer Ian Brady will air tonight with the approval of Winnie Johnson's family, broadcaster Channel 4 confirmed.

Josh McEachran made just five appearances for Swansea last season

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran secures Middlesbrough loan move

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran today completed a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough.

Heavy rain causes landslide and leaves homes flooded

Heavy rain over the weekend caused a landslip, and left homes knee-deep in floodwater.

Welsh welcome: Breakfast is served at a table in the living/dining
room

B&B and Beyond: Oriel Milgi, Pembrokeshire

This old sea-captain's home is a great coastal getaway, whether you have four legs or two, says Rhiannon Batten

Syndicate of 69 Swansea ambulance workers shares £1m lottery jackpot

A 69-strong syndicate of ambulance staff taking a share of a £1 million lottery windfall have insisted that work is more important than even a £143 million jackpot win.

DVLA and Transport Department workers to strike tomorrow over cuts

Thousands of workers at the DVLA and Transport Department will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of a long-running dispute over jobs, office closures, pay and privatisation.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: The 22-year-old scored seven times in 19 games for Swansea last season

Rodgers: Sigurdsson's wages inhibited move

Brendan Rodgers admitted that he offered Gylfi Sigurdsson no more money at Liverpool than he had at Swansea, as he reflected on losing the Iceland midfielder to Tottenham Hotspur.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: The 22-year-old scored seven times in 19 games for Swansea last season

Brendan Rodgers: Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands killed Liverpool deal

Brendan Rodgers admitted that he offered Gylfi Sigurdsson no more money at Liverpool than he had at Swansea, as he reflected on losing the Iceland midfielder to Tottenham Hotspur.

Man sentenced to life for murder of TV actor Gary Suller

A jealous rival who beat a TV actor to death in a sickening attack over a prostitute they both loved was jailed for life for murder today and ordered to serve a minimum 30 years.

Simon Weston pulls out of police election

Falklands veteran Simon Weston pulled out of the race to become one of the UK's first civilian police bosses yesterday.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?