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Official statistics reveal 10% reduction in criminal offences

Riots to cost Met police £34m

Scotland Yard is expected to have spent more on policing the riots than it spent on policing all major public order events in the capital last year, officials said today.

North-South divide in property market widens

The property-market divide between London and the North of England is widening rapidly, with sales outside the capital now taking up to twice as long as those within it.

Sean O'Grady: For long-term gain, the EU will have to share the pain

So: will it work? Short term, it offers reassurance on three fronts. First, that Greece will be able to fund itself for a while longer. Second, that Europe can actually agree on something, even if it is only when staring down the barrel of a shotgun. Third, it offers a sliver of hope that Italy and Spain, not formally on the table but haunting this summit all the same, may also receive sufficient pre-emptive aid to prevent them from melting down. Crucially, this renewed bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), will be able to buy Italian and Spanish bonds in the markets.

Two men found dead in car

Two men have been found dead in a car displaying warnings not to enter due to potentially harmful chemicals.

Chemical mixture sparks leisure centre blast

A mixture of chemicals caused an explosion at a leisure centre which injured three men yesterday, fire services said.

Millward outlines doomsday scenario for desperate Leigh

The Leigh coach, Ian Millward, has warned that the club could fold unless it finds new finance. Millward was speaking after the Championship leaders' first league defeat of the season, 36-16 at home to Halifax.

Hodgson finishes Hull's hot streak

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Gutsy Bradford run Wigan close

Bradford, despite their dismal Super Form and playing most of the game a man short, gave Wigan a real scare in their tie at Odsal yesterday.

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Union leader arrested at jobs row site

A national official of a leading trade union was arrested today at the site of a new bio-ethanol plant which has been at the centre of an increasingly bitter row over jobs.

Brick attack girl 'badly injured'

A four-year-old girl who was hit in the face by a brick thrown through the window of a van suffered "horrendous injuries" but they could have been much worse, police said today.

Life for wife's fake robbery murder

A shopkeeper who bludgeoned his postmistress wife to death then blamed an armed robber was jailed for life today.

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North-south housing divide grows

The property market showed signs of improving last month but prospects for house prices in the south of the country appear far stronger than in northern regions.

Goldman economist to join Bank committee

With increasing nervousness about the next move in interest rates by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, the Treasury yesterday announced the appointment of Ben Broadbent, a senior Goldman Sachs economist, as the latest external member of the nine-man MPC. He will replace Andrew Sentance, a so-called hawk, after the May meeting.

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