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Rise in violent crime pushes recorded offences past five million mark

A surge in violent crime has helped push the number of offences recorded by police past the five million mark for the first time in a decade, official figures reveal.

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The result shows that academic staff are prepared to take "sustained" action, the union said (Chris Ison/PA)

University lecturers support industrial action over pensions

University lecturers and other academic staff have shown “overwhelming support” for industrial action over pensions.

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The intervention comes as EU leaders meet at a crunch summit in Brussels (Yui Mok/PA)

David Davis: EU nationals in UK could get window of time for family reunion

European Union nationals in Britain could be given a window of time in which their family members will be able move to the country after Brexit, David Davis has said.

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PM plea to EU heads to clear way for Brexit deal ‘we can defend to our people’

Theresa May has issued a direct plea to EU leaders to clear the way for a Brexit deal which she can sell to British voters.

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Britain braced for another battering in the wake of Ophelia (Niall Carson/PA)

Britain braced for more weather misery as Brian moves in

The UK is braced for a night of heavy rain and winds before Storm Brian batters the country this weekend.

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Southern Rail drivers have been involved in a long-running dispute

Union recommends drivers accept deal to end Southern Rail dispute

Southern Rail drivers are to be balloted on a proposed deal to end their long-running dispute about driver-only trains, and a five-year pay deal worth 28.5%.

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Political abuse level fuelling atmosphere of rising hatred, says First Secretary

The rising level of political abuse is fuelling an “atmosphere of increasing hatred” which threatens to poison democratic politics in the UK, First Secretary Damian Green has warned.

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The devolved institutions at Stormont remain suspended (Paul Faith/PA)

Bill Clinton and Theresa May hold talks on Northern Ireland deadlock

Theresa May has held talks with former US president Bill Clinton on the continuing political deadlock in Northern Ireland.

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BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, who has announced plans to step down from the oil major (PA/BP)

BP hunts for successor as chairman looks to retire

The chairman of BP has announced plans to step down from the oil major, sparking a hunt for his successor.

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George Hamilton is being investigated by the Police Ombudsman (Brian Lawless/PA)

I’m confident of positive outcome, says PSNI chief facing misconduct probe

Northern Ireland’s police chief has insisted a probe into alleged misconduct in public office will not find any wrongdoing.

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Michael O'Neill leaves Edinburgh Sheriff Court where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving (Jane Barlow/PA)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill fined and banned for drink-driving

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O’Neill has been banned from the road and fined after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

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Norfolk Police want to save £10 million by 2020.

Norfolk Police could be first to drop PCSO role to make savings

A police force could become the first to scrap its PCSOs, stating the cost of the role is not significantly different to that of a police constable but they have fewer powers.

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Scotland will be the first part of the UK to introduce a ban on smacking children.

Scotland to become first part of UK to ban smacking of children

The smacking of children will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

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Universities will also have to publish the pay of anyone earning more than £100,000 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Universities could face fines for failing to protect free speech

Universities that fail to protect free speech, or are unable to justify high salaries for bosses, could face fines or lose funding under Government plans.

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Incidents ranged from dumping bags of household waste, fridges and other white goods to construction rubble, tyres, asbestos and even animal carcasses (Chris Radburn/PA)

Councils in England reported one million fly-tipping incidents in 2016

More than a million cases of fly-tipping were reported by English councils last year, as incidents of illegal waste dumping rose for the fourth year in a row.

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Bank of England targeted over diversity deficit among senior staff

Chancellor Philip Hammond may be hauled in front of an influential committee of MPs to address concerns over a worrying lack of diversity among the Bank of England’s most senior staff.

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The Queen attends the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery parade in Hyde Park (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Queen inspects King’s Troop Royal Artillery formed at request of George VI

The Queen has taken to an open-top vehicle to inspect a ceremonial military unit which owes its existence to her father King George VI.

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Police at the scene outside Parsons Green Tube station (Yui Mok/PA)

New arrest made in connection with fatal stabbing outside Tube station

A second teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a stabbing outside Parsons Green Tube station.

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The exhibition at Stonehenge allows visitors to find out about the diet and lifestyle of people who built and used it (Clare Kendall/PA)

Stonehenge builders’ diet habits revealed at exhibition

The builders of Stonehenge feasted on pigs and cattle transported from as far away as north-east Scotland, a new exhibition at the Neolithic site shows.

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Terry Butcher won 77 caps for England and appeared at three World Cups during his playing career (Graham Stuart/PA)

Terry Butcher and his family ‘devastated’ by loss of his son

Former England football captain Terry Butcher has said he is “devastated” after the death of his son Christopher aged 35.

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