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We had it on rather good authority that Matthew MacFadyen was miffed to find his role in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood was minimal. Fair enough: Macfadyen was awarded the part of the legend's iconic villain, the Sheriff of Nottingham. But instead of being asked to let loose his inner Alan Rickman, his involvement was restricted to a few short scenes. However, when Diary collared him at the West End opening of Ghost Stories, a petrifying new play co-written by one quarter of The League of Gentlemen, the Spooks star assured us that, far from being peeved, he was overjoyed to find he'd had a stay of execution. "I was due to die," Macfadyen explained, "and then I got the script through and I survived; it was something of a curiosity to me. I can't imagine why they didn't go through with killing me off." If Scott's planning a Sheriff-heavy sequel, he'll have to wait for Macfadyen to finish with his next star-studded remake, The Three Musketeers, in which he'll play the alcoholic Athos. "And no," he adds, "I wasn't a Dogtanian fan".

Shock as crime rates fall to their lowest level in 30 years

Crime in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years according to new figures, confounding fears that the recession would lead to an increase in offending.

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His mistake was overlooking the possibility of a coalition with the Lib Dems

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Maude admits cuts to key public services

Frontline public services are going to be cut as the axe falls on Whitehall budgets, the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, has admitted.

Minister rebukes anti-terror chief

Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer was publicly rebuked by a Government minister today after warning that planned spending cuts could not be delivered without increasing the risk of a terrorist attack.

May calls time on 'intrusive' identity card scheme

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday moved closer to scrapping the controversial £5bn national identity card scheme, declaring it "intrusive, bullying and ineffective".

PM rules out 'knee-jerk' reaction to shootings

There will be no "knee-jerk" overhaul of gun laws after Derrick Bird's killing spree, according to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who will visit Cumbria today.

The Sketch: Tantrums and tiaras, but Labour have really lost their sparkle

There was a small but observable increase in tiaras in the House of Lords. It may or may not mean the return of the Cavaliers, but we've certainly witnessed a rout of the Roundheads.

Home Secretary puts case of Pentagon hacker on hold

The campaign to halt Gary McKinnon's imminent extradition to the United States to face hacking charges was given a boost yesterday when the Home Secretary put his case on hold.

Labour suspends MP facing charges of false accounting

A Labour MP was charged with false accounting yesterday over allegations that he dishonestly claimed more than £20,000 in expenses.

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