Truant schoolboy to fly home

A 16-year-old public schoolboy who skipped lessons and secretly flew to the Caribbean has telephoned home to tell his parents he is safe and well.

Schoolboy flees to Caribbean

A 16-year-old schoolboy from one of the country's top public schools has run away to the Caribbean to escape "exam stress", it emerged yesterday. Fenn Chapman disappeared from Rugby School, Warwickshire, and boarded an aircraft heading for Barbados at Manchester Airport on Tuesday morning.

Runaway, 13, thought to be in Britain

The mother of a 13-year-old girl believed to have run away with a 47-year-old man she met in Spain has spoken for the first time about the affair. As Kathy Marks reports, she made an emotional appeal for her daughter to contact her.

Interpol's top target wins delay in pounds 100m drug trial

The trial in the Netherlands of a Briton accused of running Europe's biggest drugs ring was halted yesterday after claims that the evidence against him may have been contaminated.

Police seek missing Manics lyricist in Goa

Interpol, the international police organisation, is to be alerted about a possible sighting in India of Richey Edwards, the missing member of the Manic Street Preacher rock group.

Britons charged over huge drugs ring

Seven Britons, alleged to have helped organise a pounds 100m racket to market heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and hashish across Europe, were yesterday remanded in custody by a Dutch court. They were arrested last October when Dutch police seized pounds 75m-worth of cocaine stashed inside aluminium ingots. They will face separate trials on 9 and 10 April.

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Leading Article: Kicking the bug

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Stolen car turns up in Bosnia

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Education: Hard decisions about soft drugs: Judith Judd reports on changing school reactions to pupils taking cannabis, and Harry Pugh meets a mother who called in the police

Eighteen pupils at a Gwent comprehensive are suspended, a boy is expelled from Portree High School on Skye, two boys are expelled from Romsey community school in Hampshire, five girls are expelled from fee-paying St Mary's school at Ascot. The alleged offences are the same: taking or supplying cannabis. And the list seems endless.
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