News Most forces reported a decline in crime, although the City of London had a one per cent

Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Trouble at the KC: 'This was like going back 10 years'

Police commander tells of organised violence by Millwall fans as spectre of hooliganism returns

Runaway schoolgirl found safe in France

A schoolgirl who went missing with a 49-year-old man she met on the internet has been found safe and well in France.

Runaway schoolgirl spotted on channel ferry

A schoolgirl who police fear has run away with a man she met on the internet has been spotted on a ferry travelling to France, police said today.

Britain records 18% fall in gun deaths

The number of deaths in Britain from gunshot wounds has fallen to a 20-year low despite concerns about levels of violent crime.

Outside the Box: Strachan's son won't keep mum as broadcasting career beckons

Celtic's manager, Gordon Strachan, is either the wittiest of interviewees or a pain in the microphone, according to taste. "What were your impressions of the game, Gordon?" "I don't do impressions." This maverick approach has not deterred one of his sons, Gavin, from enrolling on the part-time degree course being run by Staffordshire University for footballers who are keen on pursuing a career in the media. The Professional Footballers' Association help with grants for the two-year course, from which the first crop of students – including the former Chelsea full-back Scott Minto, now of Sky Sports and TalkSport – recently graduated. Strachan Jnr, who has a blog on BBC Online every Tuesday, is among the new intake, with Blackpool's Ben Burgess (a 'News of the World' blogger). Roll on Strachan v Strachan.

Hull KR 36 Hull 8: Agar ready to wield the axe after Rovers win neighbourly row

Hull Kingston Rovers finished their Super League season in proud fashion yesterday, deciding the pecking order on Humberside decisively in their favour following this victory. Not only did the Robins finish six points and four league places above their rivals from across the city, they also beat them for a third time this year – and in the most resounding manner.

Leading Article: A fresh challenge for the North

There are some clear messages from this year's examination results. First, a regional breakdown of the increase in grade-A passes at A-level revealed a glaring gap between the performance in London and the South-east, and the North-east. Indeed, it seems that the further north you go, the lower the rise in A-grade passes.

King set for Hull switch

Wigan striker Marlon King is travelling to Humberside to hold talks with Hull over a transfer to the KC Stadium.

Straw sacks magistrate who criticised police

Jack Straw was at the centre of a political row last night after he sacked a magistrate who criticised the police for failing to protect her daughter from being physically assaulted at school.

Championship play-off final: Over 29m reasons for Hull or Robins to reach top flight

Bristol City and Hull City, thrilled by the prospect of Saturday's Championship play-off final but probably apprehensive about what may await the winners, can take heart from the figures opposite Derby County's name this season. OK, not the ones recording a single victory and 11 points from 38 games, but the one that reads £29,130,314.

Construction firms accused of price fixing

More than 100 construction firms were today accused of "bid-rigging" by competition watchdogs after one of the biggest ever investigations by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Economy casts long shadow over local elections

Three weeks from today, Gordon Brown will face his first electoral test as Labour leader and the backdrop could hardly be more gloomy as the economic clouds darken.

Legal Opinion: Police face legal challenge over criminal records checks

If you have done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear. But, asks Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, what if the police could disclose unproven allegations to your employer?

Private Investor: Don't panic, they're only paper losses

I've just had my worst month in three years. As you may have noticed, the markets have been having - ahem - a difficult time. Because I've got lots of emerging markets exposure, through a variety of investment trusts, the recent sharp corrections in those markets, even worse than in London, has meant that my realised performance has been truly dismal. The paper losses are there for me to see and weep over.

Carragher chief casualty in retreat from wasteland

When Jamie Carragher first produced a wallet in front of the childhood friends he still socialises with in Bootle he was taunted so mercilessly for betraying his working-class roots that he was given no choice but to dispense with it in the nearest bin. He has not possessed one since. By those rigid standards the Liverpool defender will never live down his appearance at the Beckhams' Full Length and Fabulous dinner in Hertfordshire last week but, unlike his initial brief at Old Trafford last night, he was at least given a full night to reinvent himself on that occasion.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee