Newspaper headlines: 'Burglar' decision hailed and Yulia 'tussle'

How best to tackle the rise in violent crime in London attracts much comment.

The Daily Telegraph quotes the chairwoman of the National Police Chiefs' Council under the front-page headline, "Bring Back Stop and Search."

But Sara Thornton says she is not advocating the random use of such powers or headline grabbing crackdowns.

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In an editorial, the Telegraph laments a loss of direction by the police, saying they are often expected to be a branch of social services.

The paper says the danger is that when criminals also see the police in this way, they are emboldened to treat the streets as their own.

The Guardian quotes a warning from a senior Scotland Yard officer that the Metropolitan Police cannot arrest their way out of a rising tide of murders.

According to Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, what is needed is radical societal change from the government, parents and communities.

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Elsewhere, the police decision not to prosecute the pensioner suspected of stabbing to death a suspected burglar in south-east London is widely welcomed.

The Daily Express is one of several papers to feature a picture of a smiling Richard Osborn-Brooks on its front page.

Its hails the announcement that no further action will be taken against the 78-year-old as a "Victory for Common Sense".

The Sun has a picture of him holding a pint of Guinness in each hand and the headline "Free Cheers".

Salisbury secrets

The recovery of the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, more than a month after he was poisoned with a nerve agent, is the lead story for the Independent website.

It says he and his daughter, Yulia, could now reveal the secrets of what lay behind the attack in Salisbury. According to the paper, the security agencies are optimistic that answers are likely to emerge within days.

The Guardian says the pair have become caught up at the centre of an international tussle between the UK and Russia. Russia, it reports, will probably want to bring Yulia Skripal back.

Considering Moscow's response to the case, the Guardian says rather than shying away from the poisoning, Russian public figures have put it front and centre, at times engaging in almost reckless controversy.

The Financial Times leads on the latest sanctions imposed by the US on Russian individuals and businesses.

It says the moves mark a sharp escalation by Washington against Moscow. The FT says shares in the holding company owned by one of those targeted, Oleg Deripaska, fell 22% in London following the announcement.

The business website Bloomberg says eight of the 12 oligarch-controlled companies listed for sanctions are owned by Mr Deripaska, a frequent companion of President Putin on his trips abroad.

It suggests the measures against against him entangle some of the world's biggest businesses and financial groups.

In Russia itself, the Kommersant newspaper notes that for the first time the US list includes prominent businessmen who are not affiliated with the oil and gas industry.

It says the reason these particular people and organisations were targeted is not clear. The paper quotes a Russian foreign ministry official as saying the moves are a manifestation of powerless anger by Washington.

Seventeen pints

The Guardian,Times and Daily Mail are among the papers to carry further reminiscences about the five-times world darts champion, Eric Bristow, who died on Thursday at the age of 60.

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In the Daily Mirror, the former player, Bobby George, who shared a drink with Bristow shortly before he died, recalls that he had 17 pints a day, smoked like a train and loved vindaloo curries.

He lived his life as he wanted, says George.

Finally, the Daily Express is one of several papers to report that Winston Churchill's favourite butterfly could make a comeback in the UK thanks to climate change.

The Black-Veined White became extinct almost a century ago after a series of wet autumns and changes in land use. Churchill watched them as a child and later tried to reintroduce them at his home at Chartwell in Kent.

The Butterfly Conservation organisation says warmer weather could provide an opportunity for their return.