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.

Nick Goodway: House prices are primed to go through the roof

Outlook When is a housing bubble not a housing bubble? When both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England tell you it isn't, of course.

House prices are rising at their fastest pace since they hit a peak in 2006

Housing market bounce-back: Property prices rise at fastest rate since 2006 peak

House prices are rising at their fastest pace since they hit a peak in 2006, a new report from surveyors published today shows. Meanwhile the number of would-be buyers looking to enter the market last month saw the strongest growth in four years.

Man's buttock impaled on metal fence in Stourbridge

A man ended his night out in a hospital after impaling his buttock on a metal fence.

Yeovil 0 Birmingham 1 match report: Dan Burn gives Blues victory less than three months after securing promotion for hosts

Burn scored at Wembley while on-loan at Yeovil which saw them promoted to the Championship but consigned them to defeat today

From maggots in bins to contraception queries: The most ridiculous calls made to the emergency services

While most people call the emergency services only when faced with perilous life-threatening situations, some just haven't got the idea.

Lane hopes the changes will lead to a full Test series in the future

Women's Ashes 'steps forward'

The women's Ashes begin on Sunday with a new multi-format structure and Mark Lane, who coached England until earlier this year, calls the changes a "really good step forward".

David Warner calls for a review after being caught yesterday

The Ashes: Dopey cameo from David Warner inspires Roses rivalry truce

Hats off to David Warner. How many other cricketers could inspire an Old Trafford crowd to feel protective towards a Yorkshireman?

The ten men will appear at Coventry Crown Court

Ten charged in Coventry over teen sex abuse

At least four of the defendants are members of the same family

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust went into administration in April

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust 'should be dissolved'

Administrators said that the trust’s Stafford Hospital and Cannock Hospital would remain open

Britain hit by heavy rain and flooding but heatwave set to return

Forecasters predict we will enjoy another bout of scorching weather by the end of the week

A couple shelters from rain on the beach at Weymouth using a sun-shade

Time to put away the sunloungers: Heavy rain follows heatwave

But forecasters said the hot weather was expected to return later this week

Although the stabbing of Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in April is regarded by police as a terrorist incident, Labour is concerned that it has not been discussed by the task force on extremism set up by David Cameron after the Woolwich killing in May

Government accused of ‘double standards’ in aftermath of Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby

Mosque bombings and stabbing of elderly Muslim have been neglected, says Labour

John and Joy Mandy met at a school dance in 1969 and have been married for nearly 40 years

Childhood sweethearts more likely to endure the earlier you were born, study reveals

How the baby boomers made it last, but Thatcher’s children couldn’t

Driving test examiners jailed for passing learners for cash: were the sentences fair?

Wouldn't it be so much easier if you didn't have to go through the hassle of taking lots of driving lessons or that dreaded test before getting on the road?

Yasir Arafat took 4-5 as Warwickshire were bowled out for just 73

Round-Up: Arafat sinks Warwickshire to record low of 73

Warwickshire were bowled out for their lowest ever 20-over total of 73 as Somerset won by 10 wickets at Taunton to keep alive their hopes of a fifth straight Twenty20 finals day.

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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