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
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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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