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.

The Archers boss steps down after 22 years

The boss of long-running Radio 4 series The Archers is stepping down after 22 years.

Three Police Federation representatives in the Midlands who called on the Government’s Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell to “consider his position” are being investigated over their conduct during the “plebgate” affair

10 'plebgate' officers quizzed over alleged Andrew Mitchell plot

Three Police Federation representatives in the Midlands who called on the Government’s Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell to “consider his position” are being investigated over their conduct during the “plebgate” affair.

Four police officers held over death of man in custody

Four police officers have been arrested over the death of a man in custody.

Bart Simpson faces Mr Burns in court - but this is real-life Warwick, not Springfield

Judge Mr Recorder Burns gives company director Barton Simpson community order for attempting to board flight with antique hand gun

Birmingham council asked about sexual orientation and religion in survey on waste and recycling

Er... why? Birmingham council wheelie bin survey asks: Are you gay, straight or bisexual?

A council survey on wheelie bins which asked residents about their sexual orientation has been branded a waste of taxpayers' money by politicians.

Stafford Hospital, where the trust has been the focus of controversy

Former nurse at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital admits twice recording dead patient as 'asleep'

A nurse has admitted twice recording a deceased patient as ‘asleep’ in the opening of a hearing into the conduct of two staff nurses at scandal-ridden Mid Staffordshire Hospital.

Recaptured murder suspect John Anslow to appear in court after arrest in Cyprus

Anslow was one of five charged with murder of businessman in 2010

Fugitive murder suspect John Anslow extradited to UK after arrest in Cyprus

Anslow was one of five charged with murder of businessman in 2010

Shocking video shows dozens of drug addicts sprinting to a dealer's car just seconds after he arrives on housing estate

Clip filmed on CCTV camera just yards from children’s playground at 8.30am

16-year-old schoolgirl Christina Edkins

Man remanded over Birmingham bus stabbing charge

A 22-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a teenage girl who was stabbed on a bus as she made her way to school.

Crown Prosecution Service employees admit making £1m of bogus claims for witness taxi fares

Pair produced invoices for fictitious cab firm

Birmingham bus stabbing inquest adjourned

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a teenage girl who was stabbed on a bus as she travelled to school.

Institute of Ageing and Health for the West Midlands

'My little Tinkerbell': hearing told how nursing professor Sir George Castledine began 'sexually motivated' relationship with 83-year-old patient

One of Britain's most eminent professors of nursing declared his love to an 83-year-old patient who he nicknamed “my little Tinkerbell”, a conduct hearing has been told.

Labour will win 2015 general election, says Ashcroft poll

Study finds Labour would gain 109 seats, taking them to a total of 367 MPs and giving them a majority of 84

Man given life sentence for murdering £3,000 casino winner

A man has been handed a life term after stabbing a gambler to death who had won £3,000 at a casino.

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Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

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