National & Local News
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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- Benefit cuts 'not yet decided'
The work and pensions secretary says the Conservatives are not keeping plans for £12bn of benefit cuts secret - saying no final decisions have been made.
- Council bans creating 'bizarre' laws
A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to "bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.
- Parents want child rape case reviewed
The parents of a five-year-old rape victim call for a new police investigation into her case.
- Parents rarely spot child obesity
Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.
- 'Threats' against BBC boss investigated
Police investigate alleged death threats against BBC director general Tony Hall, reportedly made after Jeremy Clarkson was dropped from Top Gear.
- Lee Rigby memorial goes on display
A permanent memorial to murdered soldier Lee Rigby is unveiled in his home town of Middleton, Greater Manchester.
- Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
Steven Fletcher scores Scotland's first hat-trick for 46 years as they record an emphatic 6-1 victory over Gibraltar.
- Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed
All babies in the UK will soon have a potentially life-saving vaccine against meningitis B after a deal with drug manufacturers, the health secretary says.
- Man held over abduction of girl, six
A man is arrested on suspicion of abducting a six-year-old girl in his car in Lancashire.
- Alexander: Labour majority 'doable'
A Labour majority in the general election would be "difficult but doable", the party's election co-ordinator Douglas Alexander says.
- Disgraced MP to stand in election
Disgraced MP Mike Hancock tells BBC News he will stand in the general election as an independent candidate.
- SNP backs 50p rate of tax across UK
The SNP will support the introduction of a 50p top rate of income tax across the UK after the general election, the party's conference is told.
- Show goes on for One Direction
1D performed for the first time since Zayn Malik announced he was leaving the group, at a gig in South Africa.
- Ex-Steps singer launches art career
Former Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins launches a career as an artist with a debut exhibition 20 years after he went to art school.
- Man critically injured in incident
A man is critically ill with head and leg injuries after an incident in the Ballysillan area of north Belfast.
- Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
Kyle Lafferty continues his hot goalscoring streak as Northern Ireland beat Finland to boost their chances of making Euro 2016.
- Fatal race crash driver 'distressed'
A professional driver from Cardiff is "very distressed" after his car crashed at race in Germany and killed a spectator.
- Meningitis vaccine agreed for babies
A vaccine for meningitis B will be made available for all babies in Wales after a deal with drug manufacturers, the Welsh government confirms.
- Meningitis B vaccine deal agreed
Health Secretary Shona Robison confirms vaccine for meningitis B will be made available for babies in Scotland.
- Lone toddler's grandparents traced
Police trace the grandparents of a young girl taken to hospital after being found wandering alone in Grangemouth.
- Plea over Richard III eBay sales
The sale of Orders of Service from Richard III's reinterment on the web prompts an appeal from church authorities.
- Charity's appeal over 'horse crisis'
The RSPCA was alerted to more horses in distress in Kent than anywhere else in England and Wales last year, it reveals.
- 'Aussies have me quaking over Ashes'
Australia's World Cup victory shows the gulf in class between Michael Clarke's team and England, says Jonathan Agnew.
- Vettel turns up the heat on Mercedes
Ferrari's victory in Malaysia was just what Formula 1 needed, just don't expect Fernando Alonso to agree with you.
- How F1's title fight got interesting
Sebastian Vettel's Malaysian Grand Prix win ignites the prospect of a potential challenge to Mercedes' dominance.
- What to expect when you're electing
The general election campaign is officially under way - here are 10 ways in which it will be different from last time.
- The challenges of election polling
The BBC's David Cowling looks at the challenges facing pollsters during the 2015 general election.
- EU exit economic self harm - Clegg
Leaving the European Union would be an act of economic "self harm" and could risk the UK recovery, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says.
- VIDEO: Treasury Committee
The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.
- VIDEO: Essex rape: 'Our child was failed'
A family whose five-year-old daughter was raped - and whose 12-year old rapist was let off with a caution - has called on the police to re-examine the case.
- VIDEO: Labour 'can win majority' in election
Douglas Alexander MP tells the BBC's Andrew Marr Labour can win a majority in the election and the party will not form a coalition with the SNP.
- VIDEO: Police probe BBC boss 'death threat'
The Metropolitan Police is investigating death threats made against the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall.
- VIDEO: Labour campaign chief in TV clash
Labour campaign co-ordinator Lucy Powell accused presenter Andrew Neil of interrupting her as he questioned the party's deficit reduction plans.
- VIDEO: Vaccine to protect from meningitis B
An agreement has been reached to provide a meningitis B vaccine for all babies in the UK, the BBC's Sarah Campbell reports.
- VIDEO: 'We married in local supermarket'
A couple have married in the Cambridgeshire supermarket where they used to go on dates together.
- VIDEO: Will you register in time to vote?
Do incidents such as the resignation of former Tory candidate Afzal Amin in Dudley effect people's decision to vote, and how long have you got to register to vote?
- VIDEO: Chocolatier creates giant Easter egg
A chocolatier in Lincolnshire has created a seven-foot (2.1-metre) Easter egg, which he will sell in pieces to raise money for charity, the BBC's Jill Archbold reports.
- Your pictures: Docks
Readers' photographs on the theme of docks
- VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds
Trends of the week in 60 seconds
- 'A female jockey can win National'
'A female jockey can win National,' says rider Katie Walsh
- The friends who sign up for jihad
The clusters of friends being drawn to jihad in Syria and Iraq
- Game of Thrones' factual fantasy
Games of Thrones' real-world parallels