Russia: An informal survey of teenagers in the far east of Russia this week revealed that 25 per cent of girls would like to become prostitutes and 27 per cent of boys are hoping for a career in organised crime.

England: Thieves broke into a home in Gloucester yesterday and stole a kettle, a toaster and two packs of topless photographs of the owner. She said the pictures were taken by her husband for their private enjoyment and she is puzzled that the thieves preferred them to the TV and video.

Spain: Convicted robber Saturnino Cancelas and murder suspect Alfredo "Rambo" Chacon escaped from Vigo prison in western Spain by walking through the open front gate. "It points to a breakdown in the prison security system," said a local government spokeswoman.

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