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Some 5000 of England's 8000 medieval churches are home to bats, says The Economist.

Charter mark winner Greenwich council graffiti unit's record for removing racist graffiti is 20 minutes (it promises to respond within four hours). The four staff have a budget of £306,000 and a 24-hour hotline.

32,100 of the 45,000 homes planned for Cambridgeshire are for outsiders moving into the county, says the cpre. This is a trend mirrored across the East and South-west of England. Between 1986 and 1991, private housing in East Anglia exceeded need by more than 1700 homes a year, whereas social housing fell short of need by 3609, adds the cpre. The county is a testbed for government commitment to housing management, it says.

A record 1,050,700 people were stopped and searched by police last year but only a tenth were arrested, the lowest figure ever.

Building prices are expected to rise by 2 to 5 per cent over the next year, says qs Davis Langdon & Everest. An anticipated fall-off in workload caused building prices to remain static in the fourth quarter last year.

Around one-fifth of exports leaving the uk by sea (or on the freight shuttle) originated in the South-east, says the detr.

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