Newspaper headlines: 'Hate-filled killer' and call to cut NHS payouts


Metro front page - 02/02/18

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Metro leads on the murder conviction of Darren Osborne who drove into a crowd of Muslims near a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London . Its headline quotes the police description of Osborne as a “devious, vile and hate-filled” loner.

i front page - 02/02/18

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The i says the 48 year old became radicalised in a few weeks after watching a TV documentary and reading far-right internet propaganda.

Daily Telegraph front page - 02/02/18

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The Daily Telegraph says Scotland Yard warned of the proliferation of extreme right-wing material online in the aftermath of the verdict. Its lead story reports that health leaders are calling for victims of medical blunders to receive lower compensation payouts to avoid bankrupting the NHS.

Daily Mirror front page - 02/02/18

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The Daily Mirror leads on the result of a poll suggesting 73% of people would be prepared to pay an extra £1 a week to fund the NHS. The paper says 63% of respondents to their survey would be will to pay 1% more in tax.

Times front page - 02/02/18

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The Times refers to pressure on NHS funding on its front page amid claims a loophole in the medicine-supply system saw the health service once charged £1,579 for a single pot of specially-made moisturising cream. The paper says payment records reveal a firm then owned by the parent company of High Street chain Boots billed for a product other firms sold for less than £2.

Daily Mail front page - 02/02/18

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The Daily Mail reports figures indicating prostate cancer has become a bigger killer than breast cancer in the UK for the first time. The Mail says the disease receives less than half the research funding of breast cancer, with its headline asking: “Is this a case of bias against men?”

Daily Express front page - 02/02/18

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The Daily Express leads on an Australian study which suggests heavy snorers are up to three times more likely to develop dementia. The paper says snoring caused by sleep apnoea restricts oxygen supply to the brain and can damage nerve cells.

Guardian front page - 02/02/18

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The Guardian reports Labour is considering backing a proposal to force landowners to give up sites for a fraction of their current price in an effort to cut the cost of building council homes. A law change would allow compulsory purchases to exclude the potential for future planning consent.

Financial Times front page - 02/02/18

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The Financial Times reports the EU is threatening sanctions to prevent the UK from undercutting the continent’s economy after Brexit. The measures show the bloc wants “unprecedented safeguards” to counter the risk of Britain slashing taxes or relaxing regulation, says the FT.

Sun front page - 02/02/18

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“Who cares wins” is the headline on the front page of the Sun as it reports homeless ex-SAS member Bob Curry has been found a bungalow by his local council in Herefordshire after 400,000 people signed a petition backed by the paper.

Daily Star front page - 02/02/18

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The Daily Star reports it has been revealed the TV producer husband of presenter Holly Willoughby was on the seating plan for the controversial Presidents Club charity dinner. Dan Baldwin has not confirmed he attended the event.

The conviction of Darren Osborne, who drove a van into Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, killing one man and wounding other people, is reported on several front pages.

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The Sun calls him “twisted” while the headline in Metro references the police statement describing the 48 year old as “devious and hate filled”.

The coverage in the Guardian, Times and Daily Telegraph focuses on Scotland Yard’s warning about the influence of far-right material online.

An editorial piece in the Daily Mirror argues that the case is a “deadly warning that Britain’s far-right killers share an evil ideology with Islamist jihadis”.

It urges social media companies to “stop offering pulpits” to all preachers of hate, whatever their religious background.

The Times leads with what it says is evidence of the NHS being overcharged for what are known as “specials” – non-standard items required to treat some patients.

The paper says it has seen records which show that a firm in 2016, then owned by the parent company of chemist Boots, charged the NHS more than £1,500 for a tub of moisturising cream.

The Times alleges that the same tubs were sold by other suppliers for less than £2 and goes on to list similar examples involving different manufacturers.

The parent company of Boots is quoted saying that it “categorically” denies overcharging and regularly reviews prices of specials to ensure they are competitive.

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There is a report in the Daily Telegraph about new research that could result in changes to “one of the established traditions” of horse racing.

Scientists have found that horses are unable to see the colour orange, which is used to paint the cross-bars of jump hurdles.

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The paper says work is now under way to discover the colours that best stand out to the animals.

It says the study, by a team from Exeter University, could lead to changes in other equestrian sports, such as show jumping.

‘The force’

As Amazon reveals a large rise in revenues, the technology website Wired examines possible reasons for the online retailer’s success.

It suggests that a major factor has been its investment in artificial intelligence since 2014.

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The result, according to Wired, is that “Amazon is smarter at suggesting what you should read next, and what items you should add to your shopping list.”

An industry expert is quoted saying the firm is “becoming a force, maybe the force” in the field of AI.

The headline on the lead in the Sun is “Who cares wins”.

It tells the story of an SAS veteran who has been given a permanent home by Hertfordshire Council, after 400,000 readers signed a petition.

The paper explains that Bob Curry, who helped rescue hostages during the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, ended up homeless after his business collapsed.

The Sun suggests that, until it intervened, Mr Curry’s application had been held up by “months of wrangling over paperwork”.

Dog bite survey

Finally, the Guardian is among several papers to report that being anxious, or male, makes you more likely to be bitten by a dog.

A survey of 700 people found that men were 80% percent more likely to be attacked, and owners who described themselves as calm were bitten less frequently.

The Daily Mail’s headline is: “Dogs can sense fear and it may make them bite you”.

The i provides some encouragement – pointing out that only about 0.6% of reported bites required hospital treatment.



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