The Daily Telegraph reports that the murder rate in England and Wales has risen sharply for the first time in a decade at a time when police have diverted detectives to investigate historic sex abuse and allegations against tabloid newspapers.

The paper also reports that loopholes in the MPs' code of conduct are set to be tightened in the wake of the cash for access scandal

David Cameron sparked anger among Eurosceptics last night by saying that he feels "deeply European", says The Sun.

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RUSSIA IN THE FRAME FOR STRING OF MURDERS

Russia could be linked to up to seven political assassinations as well as the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and another attempted murder in London, an official inquiry concluded yesterday.

BATTLE TO SAVE ART FROM THE SCRAPHEAP

They were designed and constructed after the Second World War to rebuild a shattered country; public art to humanise, enrich and to celebrate the best of Britain. Yet many ended up literally on the scrapheap.

POPPI'S FATHER FLEES COUNTRY AFTER SEX ACCUSATIONS AS CPS REVIEWS HER CASE

A father who was publicly identified by a judge for sexually assaulting his baby daughter shortly before she died has fled the country after receiving death threats, his sister has said.
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PM URGED TO ACT AS PUTIN IS LINKED TO LITVINENKO KILLING

The widow of Alexander Litvinenko called yesterday for all Russian intelligence agents to be thrown out of the UK and for further economic sanctions against Moscow, after a public inquiry found that Vladimir Putin and his top spy chief had "probably approved" Litvinenko's polonium murder.

CLOSE A FIFTH OF MATERNITY UNITS SAYS TOP DOCTOR

Up to one in five hospital maternity units where consultants supervise births need to close to ensure women in labour receive better care, the leader of Britain's obstetricians and gynaecologists has said.

REFUGEE CRISIS PUSHING EUROPE CLOSE TO BREAKING POINT, WARNS DUTCH PM

In a sign of mounting concern in Europe over the scale of the refugee crisis, the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warned fellow leaders yesterday that without a reduction in the flow of migrants, border-free travel under the Schengen agreement could start to break down within six and eight weeks.

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BBC HID DJ'S SEX WITH GIRL, 15

BBC bosses were desperate to cover up claims a girl of 15 was "seduced" by one of their top DJs.

CAMERON: JE SUIS EURO PM

David Cameron sparked anger among Eurosceptics last night by saying that he feels "deeply European".

BILLY NO MATE

Billy Connolly has been hit by a marriage riddle after his wife failed to join him at the National Television Awards.

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MURDERS RISE AMID POLICE SEX PROBES

The murder rate in England and Wales has risen sharply for the first time in a decade at a time when police have diverted detectives to investigate historic sex abuse and allegations against tabloid newspapers.

LAIRDS FEAR UNFAIR LAND REFORM HEARINGS

Angry landowners last night hit out at the chairman of a new Scottish Parliament inquiry into the SNP's land reforms after he reassured the legislation's supporters he wants to make it as "radical as humanly possible".

MPS' CODE OF CONDUCT TO BE TOUGHENED UP

Loopholes in the MPs' code of conduct are set to be tightened in the wake of the cash for access scandal exposed by The Daily Telegraph.

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THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

The Tories could snub UK steel firms and use cheap imports to build new Navy warships.

SO HOW ARE THE COP CUTS WORKING OUT?

Knife crime surged by 8.8% last year as police forces struggled to cope with brutal Tory cuts.

THIS MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE...

Looks like the day dawned too quickly for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after a boozy National TV Awards night...

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CAMERON DECLARES WAR ON WITCH-HUNT BY LAWYERS

Downing Street last night declared war on ambulance-chasing lawyers 'tormenting' British troops with spurious legal claims.

HAZY HOLLY, FUZZY PHIL AND THIS MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE

For most of us, if we turned up to work still tipsy from the night before we'd soon be looking for a new job.

FATHER COULD BE CHARGED OVER POPPI'S DEATH AFTER ALL

The father of tragic Poppi Worthington may face criminal charges after all, prosecutors said last night.

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MOSCOW RAGES AT 'KREMLIN KILLING' VERDICT

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, appears set to escape sanctions despite being personally blamed over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, with the British Government being accused of a weak response to the damning verdict on Moscow's complicity in the killing.

PARTY ACCUSED OF TRYING TO 'GAG' TORY MPS WHO WANT TO PERSUADE LOCAL MEMBERS TO VOTE 'LEAVE'

Conservative Central Office tried to gag Eurosceptic MPs from publicly lobbying their local party members to vote "leave" - unless a pro-EU supporter was lined up to disagree with them.

NO PALIO PAGEANTRY FOR QUEEN'S 90TH AS SIENA SNUBS INVITATION

The world-famous Siena Palio horse race does not travel. Not for anyone. Not even for a Queen celebrating her 90th birthday.

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US AND EUROPE STOCKS REBOUND AFTER DRAGHI SIGNALS FRESH STIMULUS

Mario Draghi signalled that the European Central Bank was prepared to launch a fresh round of stimulus as soon as March, bolstering a recovery in US and European equities in the wake of heavy losses this year.

APPLE'S COOK JETS INTO BRUSSELS TO STAVE OFF THREAT OF BILLIONS IN IRISH BACK TAXES

Apple boss Tim Cook made a surprise visit to Brussels yesterday to lobby the EU's antitrust chief weeks before she is set to rule on a case that could force the company to pay billions in underpaid taxes to Ireland.

RIGS STAND IDLE AS OIL PRICE FALL HITS NORTH SEA

Oil rigs stand idle in the Cromarty Firth near Inverness, whose freezing waters have become a gauge for the chilling effect on the energy industry of the big fall in oil prices.

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MIGRANT HOMES WILL GO TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Homes earmarked for refugees are to be given to flood victims instead.

WE'RE IN A MESS, WE SHOULDN'T BE ON TV

The payback for a big night out is always the morning after. But when you have a live daytime TV show to present, the problem of dealing with an evening of excess becomes even trickier.

MURDERED SPY'S WIDOW CALLS FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

David Cameron was under pressure to launch sanctions against Russia last night after a judge accused Vladimir Putin of ordering the murder of exiled spy Alexander Litvinenko.