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.

A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Coventry fans given hope after supporters' group holds talks over Ricoh Arena return

Sky Blues have begun their Leagie One campaign at Northampton's Sixfields Stadium after Ricoh dispute

Flowers and a message left by Reading Football Club at the memorial outside Anfield for the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster

Hillsborough disaster: IPCC to investigate complaints by fans that statements were altered

Anyone who attended the match in Sheffield in 1989 and later gave evidence urged to come forward

Tributes at Anfield following the publication of the Hillsborough report last year

Hillsborough disaster: Second police force investigated over 'criminal conduct'

Analysis shows statements taken by West Midlands Police officers from supporters are not the same as the details given by the same individuals in questionnaires

Many Bundesliga grounds, such as Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, feature flip up rail seats on their terraces

The Last Word: As painful as Hillsborough remains, it’s time to reclaim lost spirit of the terraces

A lot has changed in football since the 1980s and the game has thrived

The view from the police control box at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground

Hillsborough disaster: Stadium engineers are pursued in UK’s biggest manslaughter inquiry

A team of more than 40 officers is now looking at a number of new lines of inquiry

England v Australia: Third ODI washed out

England must win the final two matches in Cardiff and Southampton to prevail in the NatWest Series, after rain prevented a result at Edgbaston.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police accused Liverpool fans of stealing money from the bodies during the disaster in 1989

Hillsborough inquiry: IPCC says fans' statements may have been changed, as police hand over 90 notebooks

More than 90 police pocket notebooks that could contain crucial new information about the Hillsborough disaster have been recovered by investigators.

West Midlands blaze: Man arrested amid investigation into flat fire

A man has been arrested after a teenage mother and her baby were rescued from a flat fire.

Police hold 19 for museum thefts

Seventeen men and two women have been arrested in connection with raids on museums and auction houses in which artefacts worth millions of pounds were stolen.

Danielle Carter scored twice for Arsenal Ladies

Women's Super League: Arsenal keep in touch at top

Arsenal Ladies remain two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand after their 3-1 win over Doncaster Belles. Danielle Carter scored twice and Jordan Nobbs added the other. Sue Smith equalised for the Belles two minutes into the second half.

The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital

Scandal-hit Stafford health trust to be prosecuted over death of diabetic patient who was not given insulin

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust was subject to major inquiry that reported catastrophic care failings between 2005 and 2009

Publican blames 'weak ankles' as he breaks foot in charity bungee jump

A pub landlord who broke his foot in three places during a 200ft charity bungee jump thinks his injuries could be down to "weak ankles".

Ofsted and council staff criticised in review into rape of toddler by paedophile nursery worker

Paul Wilson jailed for life in 2011 after using mobile phone to film two separate attacks on an infant

Green MP Caroline Lucas is arrested near Balcombe during the anti-fracking protests

Green MP Caroline Lucas arrested as anti-fracking protests reach fever pitch

First day of ‘mass civil disobedience’ sees shows of dissent at Balcombe and related sites

British summer set to end on a high as heatwave returns

After several days of rain and falling temperatures, forecasters said large parts of the country could expect highs of up to 27C (80.6F) and dry weather

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