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Best state schools add £77,000 to the value of nearby homes

A top-performing state school can add up to £77,000 to the value of a house within its catchment area, according to new research, with the cost of properties near the 50 best-performing state schools 35 per cent higher than in the rest of the UK.

Greggs delivery driver assaulted

Bakery chain Greggs said one of its stores was destroyed by fire, another looted and a delivery driver assaulted during last night's riots.

Talent 2010: The playwright, Bola Agbaje

Last year, Bola Agbaje invited Gordon Brown to come and see her play. It would, she said in her letter, help him understand what makes Britain's young black population tick, get to the bottom of knife crime, take a look inside the head beneath the hoodie. Bold claims for her first ever attempt at a script, but Gone Too Far! lived up to her hype. Fast, furious and very funny, the tale of two brothers – one brought up in London, the other in Nigeria – making their way through their estate to buy a pint of milk, with petty fights and street dancing along the way, had critics lining up to anoint her as the brightest, sparkiest new dramatic voice on the block. Another successful graduate of the Royal Court's young writers' course (along with Polly Stenham), Agbaje picked up an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, a nomination for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards and the chance to make her debut play into a film.

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Zennstrom and Peckham stay at front in trophy hunt

A clutch of regular winners swept aside the early bleak conditions on the second day of Skandia Cowes Week to add more victories yesterday to those of the opening day on Saturday. A clutch of regular winners swept aside the early bleak conditions for the second day of Skandia Cowes Week to add victories again yesterday to the opening day on Saturday.

Youth killings: this is London

So far, 18 teenagers have been murdered in the capital this year. Now, though, the city's youngsters are uniting against the violence. Ben Kinsella and Shakilus Townsend are the latest to die, but the dignified defiance of their families and friends is an inspiration. Cole Moreton on their determination to deliver good from evil