Peaceful Britain: Violent crime and murders fall fastest in UK out of whole of western Europe and Broadland in Norfolk is revealed as the safest…

Britain is becoming a safer place: Rate of murders and violent crime falling faster than anywhere in Western Europe New report reveals UK's murder rate has fallen by half over the past decadeBroadland in Norfolk is most peaceful area and Lewisham is most violentPeople believe they are four times more likely to be attacked than is actually the case , just eight weapons crimes were recorded in the area, which has a population of 125,000 people. The other areas ranked as least violent were Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Dorset and Maldon in Essex.

The thing of nightmares! Tarantula the size of a human face discovered


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The thing of nightmares! Tarantula the size of a human FACE discovered in Sri Lanka By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 21:01 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:25 GMT, 5 April 2013 If you're scared of spiders, you best look away now! A new species of tarantula, as big as a human face, has been discovered in northern Sri Lanka.

Britains top Catholic bishop accused of inappropriate behaviour by four priests

Britain's top Catholic clergyman Cardinal Keith O'Brien accused of 'inappropriate behaviour' by four priests Cardinal O'Brien, 74, faces claims of inappropriate attention by four priests One priest alleges 'unwanted behaviour' after late-night drinking Another priest said he was 18 when 'inappropriately approachedO'Brien now faces demands for his immediate resignation O'Brien wrote of his concerns over same-sex marriage in Scotland in The Daily Telegraph. He said the proposal represents a 'grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right'. 'Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child,' he added.

The polymer pound: UK could get plastic banknotes, claims incoming Governor of the Bank of England


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UK could introduce new banknotes made of plastic says incoming Bank of England governorMark Carney said bank is 'exploring a variety of options' when asked about introducing plastic notesHe said they are 'cleaner and greener' and 'good value'Also described the notes as 'better for the environment' By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 05:38 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 18 February 2013 Possibility: Mark Carney, the incoming governor of the Bank of England, said the bank was 'exploring a variety of options' when asked about introducing plastic notes The incoming Bank of England governor has said he is ‘exploring’ the introduction of plastic banknotes in Britain.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 in "near miss" with the Earth, will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday


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Asteroid in ‘near miss’ with the Earth: Object capable of destroying London will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday Scientists say there no chance the space rock will hit the planet But the asteroid could collide with satellites disrupting your mobile phone DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago. It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time on Friday. Experts have calculated it will stay at least 17,200 miles (27,681km) away – easily far enough to be safe, but a very close shave in astronomical terms

Average London house "to cost 500,000 by 2020"


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Average London house 'to cost 500,000 by 2020': Welcomed by home owners but 'grim news' for first-time buyers Economic growth is expected to be stronger in the capitalThere is evidence of a growing 'North-South' divide in the housing market outside London By James Salmon PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 February 2013 The price of a typical London home will hit half a million pounds by the end of the decade, according to leading economists. The average house in the capital will cost 383,000 this year and then rise more than 30 per cent by 2020, the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank said. Experts last night said the figures would be welcomed by home owners in the capital but said it was ‘grim news’ for those already struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

Universities "should take pupil"s race into account" to help poorer students gain places


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University applications plummet for second year running as 40,000 fewer pupils apply since introduction of 9,000 a year fees /12/02/article-0-0AF13319000005DC-856_634x435.jpg” width=”634″ height=”435″ alt=”On the decline: The number of applicants from England has fallen 14.2 per cent in two years following the imposition of higher charges” class=”blkBorder” /> On the decline: The number of applicants from England has fallen 14.2 per cent in two years following the imposition of higher charges The fees hike led to a sharp drop in applications last year but universities hoped numbers would soon rally. The latest figures, which show a further 6.5 per cent decline between 2012 and 2013, triggered renewed claims that fees are dampening demand for higher education.

Grandson of man behind the EU warns that debt-stricken countries must be able to leave euro or "Europe will fail"


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'Europe will fail if struggling countries cannot leave euro', warns grandson of man behind the EUStephan Werhahn has quit the pro-euro Christian Democratic UnionHe is standing as a candidate for a eurosceptic partyClaims German bailout policies do not honour his grandfather's views | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 26 December 2012 The grandson of a statesman seen as the architect of the EU has warned that 'Europe will fail' if debt-stricken countries are forced to stick with the euro. Stephan Werhahn quit the Christian Democratic Union, which was founded by his grandfather Konrad Adenauer, to switch to a eurosceptic party.

Peaceful and idyllic images of the frozen north reveal the beauty of nature"s glaciers and ice deserts


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Peaceful and idyllic images of the frozen north reveal the beauty of nature's glaciers and ice deserts | UPDATED: 23:59 GMT, 23 December 2012 Surreal and transfixing pictures of icebergs, glaciers and cliffs reveal the different colors and hues of beautiful frozen wastelands of Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands.

The "murder and mayhem" squad: Shocking new revelations by former undercover soldier who carried out "shoot first, ask questions…


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The 'murder and mayhem' squad: Shocking new revelations by former undercover soldier who carried out 'shoot first, ask questions later' attacks on IRA terrorists for the British Army Former British soldier says unit carried out secret campaign against the IRASays controversial shootings were carried out by the Military Reaction ForceHis accounts are being studied by Historical Enquiries Team | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 22 December 2012 A former British soldier who belonged to an undercover unit in Northern Ireland has claimed he and his colleagues resorted to ‘murder and mayhem’ during a secret campaign against the IRA. Simon Cursey was a member of a 30-man team which would ‘shoot first and ask questions later’