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.

Speed cameras slash road deaths by more than a quarter, study finds

RAC data finds 800 more people would be killed or seriously injured each year without cameras

Andy McSmith's Diary: 'Pro-children' Tory dinosaur back to haunt Cameron on gay legislation

This week's Lords debate on gay marriage brought that doughty old Tory warrior Jill Knight back to the airwaves. At the age of 88, she is as certain as ever that she is right – and not afraid to say so.

Eoin Morgan is in danger of being dropped by England for the third ODI against New Zealand

Stephen Brenkley: It is a terrible time for England's skillsets to hit the skids

Two inadequate totals have been mixed with weak bowling efforts

Detectives question man on suspicion of murdering a mother and nine-month-old baby

Detectives are continuing to question a man on suspicion of murdering a mother and her nine-month-old baby.

Missing woman’s body found

Tributes were paid on Sunday to a 26-year-old office worker whose body was found in a wood.

Georgia Williams went missing on Sunday. The police have appealed for public support in trying to establish what happened to her

Memorial fund for Georgia Williams

Friends of Georgia Williams are hoping to raise more than £1,000 for a permanent memorial to the 17-year-old.

Newborn baby boy dies in crash on M6

An 11-day-old baby boy died after a car crash on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire over the weekend.

Rehana Kausar, left, and Sobia Kamar said they had met while studying

Pakistani women Rehana Kausar and Sobia Kamar marry in Britain's first Muslim lesbian partnership

Lesbian couple took vows at Leeds registry office earlier this month before immediately applying for political asylum, it is claimed

Paperback review: How I Killed Margaret Thatcher, By Anthony Cartwright

Back in 1979, nine-year-old Sean's Uncle Eric voted for Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party – which caused Sean's grandfather to punch him so hard he damaged his hand and had to go to hospital.

G4S to run rape and sex support centres in the Midlands

Move comes in the wake of the London Olympics security embarrassment and two days after chief Nick Buckles quits

Sir David Nicholson

Sir David Nicholson quits: NHS chief awarded £1.9m pension pot

Sir David stepped down in wake of Mid Staffs scandal

Murder hunt launched after man's body found in Coventry grassland

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man's body was found on an area of grassland near a block of flats.

Chris Jefferies

Libel victim Chris Jefferies backs Home Secretary's campaign to avoid naming crime suspects until they are charged

He agrees with Theresa May that there are exceptional circumstances 'such as in child abuse cases where it might encourage other victims to come forward'

Bedroom tax blamed for suspected suicide of grandmother

A grandmother who killed herself left a note in which she blamed the Government for her death.

Gang members in plot to murder English Defence League supporters used dark and seedy gym that became hangout of choice for Birmingham-based jihadists

The six bomb plotters trained at a dark and seedy gym that has proved to be the hangout of choice for Birmingham-based jihadists.

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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