Newspaper headlines: Police warning over 'violent thugs'

Daily Express front page, 20/11/18

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Concerns about the police’s ability to stop violence without greater public support make several front pages. A still image from a video showing someone aiming a “Kung-Fu kick” at a grounded policewoman illustrates the story on the Daily Express front page.

Daily Mail front page, 20/11/18

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As the Daily Mail reports, the chairman of the Police Federation – which represents rank-and-file officers – says a “walk on by” culture is leaving officers vulnerable. Ken Marsh says officers might be forced to let violent criminals go unless they receive greater support from the public.

Daily Telegraph front page, 20/11/18

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“Are we now in a society where, if we think we can’t detain somebody, we just let them go?” Mr Marsh is quoted as saying on the Daily Telegraph front page. Its lead story follows the ongoing political saga over Brexit, quoting Theresa May’s critics admitting their attempts to unseat the PM have “stalled”.

Guardian front page, 20/11/18

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Tory rebels’ attempts to force a no-confidence vote in Mrs May risk causing “appalling chaos” in the UK, according to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who’s quoted on the Guardian’s front page.

The i front page, 20/11/18

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Meanwhile, the i leads with the possibility that the transition period between the UK officially leaving the EU and any new relationship coming into effect could be extended to 2022.

Daily Mirror front page, 20/11/18

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Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne’s arrest on suspicion of sexual assault leads papers including the Daily Mirror. The 51-year-old, who denies the charge, is to appear in court next month.

The Times front page, 20/11/18

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The Times reports that doctors who work for insurance company Travel Insurance Facilities are being investigated by the General Medical Council amid accusations they denied suitable care to policyholders. The company is quoted inside the paper saying decisions were based on expert medical advice, clinical fact, aviation medicine and experience, and adding that its cost-containment programme was about cutting bills and eliminating fraud, not denying cover.

Financial Times front page, 20/11/18

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The Financial Times leads on the arrest of Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in relation to claims of financial misconduct. The company’s chief executive has said Mr Ghosn will be sacked, although Japanese prosecutors have yet to comment.

The Sun front page, 20/11/18

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The Sun reports the Parole Board ruling that “black cab rapist” John Worboys, who was jailed in 2009 for assaults on 12 women in London, must remain behind bars. “Now throw away the key,” the paper’s headline demands.

There is some respite for Brexit-fatigued readers on Tuesday’s front pages, although there’s not much to cheer about the story that leads the Daily Express and Daily Mail.

They report a warning from Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh that frontline officers could let thugs go if they don’t get help from the public.

Mr Marsh, whose body represents rank-and-file officers, has condemned a “walk on by” culture, in which witnesses film violent scuffles instead of offering assistance.

This is illustrated on the Express’s front page with a video still of an offender aiming a “Kung-Fu” kick at a stricken policewoman.

“We all have a responsibility to do our bit in keeping society safe from violent criminals,” the paper says.

The Daily Telegraph agrees, arguing: “The police are entitled to the support of the public”.

‘Victory for victims’

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The Sun welcomes the Parole Board’s decision to keep the “black cab rapist”, John Worboys, in prison – reversing an earlier ruling – and calls it a victory for victims.

“Now throw away the key,” the paper demands.

The Daily Mirror believes the case raises serious questions for Justice Secretary David Gauke.

“His initial refusal to intervene when the Parole Board decided to let Warboys go was contemptible inaction,” it says, telling him: “Shame on you.”

‘Appalling chaos’

Meanwhile, the saga of Theresa May’s bid to convince her Conservative backbenchers that the Brexit agreement is a good one rumbles on.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells the Guardian she has got perhaps the most difficult job of any prime minister or president in the western world at the moment.

Speaking during his visit to Tehran, he tells the paper that Conservative rebels who are trying to oust Mrs May risk “the most appalling chaos” which “could destabilise the country”.

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Former Tory leader William Hague, in his Telegraph column, says he’s never witnessed a more serious crisis. He appeals to the rebels to draw back from plunging Britain into even greater turmoil.

However, under the headline “Brexiteer plotters fail to light the fuse,” the same paper reports that Eurosceptics have admitted their attempt to unseat Mrs May has stalled.

Even so, according to Buzzfeed, Mrs May’s new Northern Ireland minister, John Penrose, has privately declared her Brexit deal “dead”.

He’s said to have used the word in a leaked WhatsApp message, sent just hours before he joined the government on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, the Sun notes that Spain and France aren’t happy with parts of the deal and that Madrid has said unless there’s a rethink on the position of Gibraltar it won’t be able to agree to it.

“How can EU members tear up parts of the deal, yet our prime minister insists she can’t?” the paper wonders.

Credit reports

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On the home front, the Daily Mirror is under fire over its universal credit benefits system.

The paper reports claims by charities that increasing numbers of women are turning to prostitution as a direct result of problems with the new payment system. It calls on the new work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, to repair “structural faults” in the system.

In contrast, The Times reveals a fish and chip shop owner in Darlington wrote to the paper to complain that he couldn’t find 10 staff for a new branch because the benefits system is making people “workshy”.

Frank Suhadolnik says he’s never known anything like it in nearly 40 years and adds: “Perhaps universal credit cuts have not yet been severe enough to make many people want to work.”

Bodies beautiful

It’s not often the Times features a scantily clad woman on its front page, with the caption “Love Bird”.

Today’s an exception, on account of the news that archaeologists in Pompeii have discovered what’s described as an “erotically charged fresco” which had been buried under pumice since the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79.

The colourful artwork depicts the seduction of the Spartan queen Leda, by Zeus, who came disguised as a swan.

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They might have greyed a little but, in the Mail’s shots, David Hamilton and Pete Murray don’t look THAT much older than in this BBC publicity handout from 1980

Meanwhile, the Mail carries a double-page spread of very healthy looking people who take no medication…. and are all at least in their 80s.

They include the broadcaster and former BBC presenster, David Hamilton, who gave up smoking 40-a-day in his 50s, swims and plays football, and says he’s never seen the inside of a hospital.

But he’s a mere youth compared to fellow former Radio 2 star, Pete Murray, who says he’s never taken a pill, still plays golf and feels 25… but is in fact 93.

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