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 arrested in London after woman's body found in Coventry house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered inside a house.

75-year-old man stabbed to death in Birmingham

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a 75-year-old man was stabbed to death.

Derbyshire’s Chesney Hughes brings Yorkshire down at Headingley

Yorkshire’s elation at beating Durham on Saturday was punctured as Derbyshire’s Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen put them to the sword at Headingley on Monday.

The new proposals will prompt adults to tailor the settings on new computers to choose what youngsters can access online

Suspected paedophiles arrested after vigilante parents pose as underage girls online

Six concerned parents, members of a group calling themselves 'Letzgo Hunting', posed online as underage girls

Parts of Britain to bask in soaring temperatures as spring sun finally arrives

Temperatures in the South West, South East and East Anglia could break hit the 20C (68F) mark on Wednesday

Forging the arts in the furnace of Great Britain

Cuts mean that private patrons are more valuable than ever

'Severe' blaze hits Birmingham's Smurfit Kappa paper mill

Ten thousand tons of cardboard has been burning through the night in a “severe” fire at a paper mill.

28 charged over football 'disorder' after fighting at Shrewsbury last October

Timing follows violence over weekend at Wembley and Newcastle

Varun Chopra is poised to lead Warwickshire’s title defence

Derbyshire 226 Warwickshire 90-0 report: Chopra's quality shines out despite rain clouds

The attention heaped on the pace bowling partnership of Chris Wright and Keith Barker tended to overshadow the role played by Warwickshire’s opening batsmen in laying the foundations for the team’s First Division title success last year. In fact, it was considerable and not to be underestimated, as they reminded those spectators with the patience to wait for some action in the rain here yesterday.

Opposition to police reforms has been undermined by splits in the police following the Plebgate scandal involving Andrew Mitchell

Rebellion in police ranks in wake of Plebgate affair

A row over pay and conditions and following resignation of Chief Whip has pitted constables against senior officers

Chris Wright (second from left) and his Warwickshire teammates celebrate becoming County Champions last year

Graeme Welch: Happy that Bears bowlers can defend their crown

Astute Warwickshire attack coach tells Jon Culley they can repeat last year's triumph despite Ashley Giles' departure

The scene after a HGV driver had a lucky escape after his lorry left the flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 toll near Coleshill in Warwickshire

Amazing escape as lorry plunges off flyover from one motorway on to another

A lorry driver had a lucky escape when his HGV plunged 30ft (9m) off a flyover on to a motorway following a crash, police have said.

Bad connection: Lain Lerouge had struck up a Facebook friendship that turned sour

Cyber bullying: 'He told me he was a footballer. I wasn't to know I was a victim'

Growing numbers of young people are being targeted by online bullies and duped by fake profiles on social media – sometimes with distressing results

Hospital wards will have to ask for marks out of five

Anyone admitted to hospital will soon be able to see what former patients thought of the care they received on a ward-by-ward basis, the NHS will announce today.

Former BBC reporter, Russell Joslin, who is believed to have killed himself

BBC apologises to family after sexual harassment 'suicide'

Corporation will set up a confidential helpline for workers worried about harassment

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