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.

Man dies in collapsed trench in Pembrokeshire

A 54-year-old man trapped in a collapsed trench at a housing estate has died after attempts to save him failed today.

Psychic faces jail for conning women into performing naked sex acts

A psychic who conned young female disciples into stripping off for raunchy spiritualist sessions is facing jail.

Ford walkout 'well supported'

A strike by staff at car giant Ford in a row over pay and pensions was said to be "extremely well supported" today.

Flying Pickets star Brian Hibbard dies

Singer-turned-actor Brian Hibbard has died at the age of 65, his agent said today.

Topsy-turvy weather to continue with high-winds now set to batter Britain

South West set to be hit by strong winds as residents are warned to stay indoors

British manbag maestros Cherchbi are getting lots of buzz for their new collection of handsome men’s accessories - from satchels to laptop cases - all made from Herringbone cotton. Available online (in various fabrics) from £185. They also do iPad sleeves and belts. Cherchbi.com

'60 stone' Welsh teenager remains in hospital

A chronically obese teenager cut free from her home by workmen after she grew too big to go outside remained in hospital today.

Joy as Olympic torch relay reaches Wales

The Olympic Torch has arrived in Wales on the first of a five-day relay through the principality.

Monmouth to become UK's first 'Wikipedia town'

Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia is set to launch a new project aimed at covering every aspect of life in one Welsh town.

STEPHEN DOBBIE: The midfielder scored twice in Blackpool’s 3-0 victory over Southampton

Blackpool striker Stephen Dobbie aiming for new Championship play-off record

Stephen Dobbie will go to Wembley a week tomorrow looking to become the first man to earn three consecutive promotions via the play-offs.

Labour savours success at Welsh polls

Labour celebrated its election success in Wales with a mini victory parade by a statue of one its most famous politicians.

Loss-making Sony to axe 10,000 jobs

Sony is to slash 10,000 jobs, or about 6% of its global workforce, and turn around its money-losing TV business to try to return to profit after four years in the red.

Secrets of the earliest Britons could be hidden in 5,000-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen, one of Western Europe's oldest ritual burial chambered monuments, in an isolated field in Wales.

Britain set for April showers and strong winds over the Easter holiday

Britain is braced for traditional April showers over the Easter holiday as rain and strong winds are predicted.

Brendan Rodgers spoke to Harry Redknapp on Sunday about getting Steven Caulker (left) on loan again

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has discussions with Tottenham over extending Steven Caulker loan

Brendan Rodgers, the Swansea manager, has spoken with his Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp over potentially bringing on-loan centre-half Steven Caulker back to the Liberty Stadium next season.

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