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Knife possession up THE number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons, above, has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal.

They show 5,324 knife possession offences resulted in a caution or sentence in England and Wales in the three months from July. The tally is the highest quarterly figure since the equivalent threemonth period of 2011, and includes 3,359 offences of possession of an article with a blade or point, 1,708 of possession of an offensive weapon and 257 of threatening with a knife or offensive weapon.

Mackay cash pledge HOLYROOD'S Finance Secretary has insisted most Scots will pay less income tax next year, despite increasing charges for higher earners.

Derek Mackay announced a number of changes to income tax in his draft Budget for 2018-19, including increasing the charge to 21p for those earning more than PS24,000 a year.

The higher rates of income tax are also being increased, going to 41p and 46p.

Primary-GCSE link PRIMARY schools should put their best teachers in reception class as children taught well in their first year achieve better GCSEs more than a decade later, educational experts have found.

A study of 40,000 children in England has shown that an effective start in school boosts development through compulsory education to the age of 16. Researchers measured children's reading and maths development at four, then at the end of the reception year, at seven, 11 and 16.

Sir Cliff's claim call SIR Cliff Richard has been told by a High Court judge to provide more information on his claim that he suffered huge financial losses following a BBC broadcast of a police raid on his home.

Sir Cliff, left, is suing the BBC over coverage of a raid in 2014. The hearing continues.

Bin Christmas waste HALF of Britons would happily receive unwrapped presents this Christmas to cut the amount of waste generated over the festive season, a poll has found.

More than two-thirds of people (69%) consider the amount of rubbish thrown out over Christmas to be unacceptable, the survey of more than 2,000 people by FlyResearch for Sky Ocean Rescue found.

Some 50% said they would be happy to receive unwrapped gifts to reduce waste and 46% would rather receive a digital Christmas greeting.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Dec 15, 2017
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