Newspaper headlines: ‘No-brakes cyclist’ and migration mistake – BBC News


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The Metro leads on the case of cyclist Charlie Alliston. The 20-year-old was found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton or furious driving” but cleared of manslaughter after he hit pedestrian Kim Briggs whilst riding a bike with no front brake in east London last February. The 44-year-old suffered two skull fractures and died in hospital a week later. The newspaper quotes Judge Wendy Joseph QC, who said she had not seen “one iota of remorse” from Mr Alliston.

Daily Telegraph

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There may be fewer immigrants in the UK than previously thought, according to the lead story on the front of the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper reports that the Home Office has ordered a review into the figures after new exit checks at the border found the vast majority – 97% – of foreign students were returning home. It had been thought that tens of thousands of international students remained in the country illegally.

The Times

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A special investigation by the Times says Europe’s failure to send home rejected asylum seekers is worsening the migrant crisis. The newspaper reports economic migrants who survive the journey across the Mediterranean have a 73% chance of remaining in the EU, even if ordered to leave. This is “creating an incentive” for economic migrants to join refugees trying to get to Europe, the paper says.

The Sun

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The Sun reports that almost 1,800 staff at the BBC were given a 10% pay rise last year, with the hikes averaging nearly £8,000. The newspaper says the rises were costing the licence fee payer £13.9m. It quotes Tory MP Andrew Bridgen as saying: “It underlines why so many people despair of the BBC. The gravy train continues to roll.”


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The i reports that Theresa May has “softened her stance” on Brexit. The newspaper says the prime minister’s own officials have contradicted her claim of “taking back control”, by saying European judges will “still have supremacy” over British courts. It also claims there is a “new spirit of compromise” within the UK’s negotiating team.

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The Daily Mirror has the headline “Our heroes betrayed”, claiming that football is “refusing to help struggling ex-stars” who now suffer from dementia. The newspaper reports that former footballers are being “snubbed” by the sport as relatives call for care to be funded.

The Guardian

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The United Nations has stepped in to issue an “early warning” over racial tensions in the US, according to the front page of the Guardian. The newspaper reports that a UN committee responsible for tackling racism has urged the administration of President Donald Trump to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination.

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The UK is in the grip of an “inactivity epidemic”, according to the front of the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports that nearly half of adults are failing to go for a brisk walk once a month. Health bosses say 45% of over-16s don’t even go on “health boosting” 10 minute walks. Most at risk are those between 40 and 60, according to Public Health England, which says the age group is putting busy lives ahead of health.

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The Euro has climbed to an eight-year high against the pound, according to the front page of the Financial Times. The newspaper said the currency had continued to close the gap following “positive economic data in the Eurozone”. The Euro has gone above 92p, with some market watchers predicting parity with the pound by the time the UK leaves the EU.

A variety of stories take up the front pages of Thursday’s newspapers, including the trial of cyclist Charlie Alliston who was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of causing bodily harm by “wanton or furious driving”.

The Metro reports on how the 20-year-old, who hit pedestrian Kim Briggs whilst riding a bike with no front brake in east London last February, was cleared of manslaughter.

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Kim Briggs died after the collision in east London

The 44-year-old suffered two skull fractures and died in hospital a week later.

The newspaper quotes Judge Wendy Joseph QC, who said she had not seen “one iota of remorse” from Mr Alliston.

Fewer migrants

The Daily Telegraph says the Home Office has ordered a review of Britain’s immigration figures after new border checks suggested there might be fewer migrants in the country than previously thought.

The newspaper says tens of thousands of non-EU students were believed to have remained in the UK illegally, but the checks found that 97% had left after finishing their studies.

It says officials are suggesting the overall net migration total could be significantly reduced and Theresa May could be closer to achieving her target of reducing the figure to less than 100,000 a year.

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Many of the newspapers look ahead to today’s GCSE results, after what the i calls the biggest shake up of the exams in a generation.

The Daily Telegraph says the number of children getting the top mark is expected to be cut in half – but says the new-style maths and English exams are designed to restore integrity after years of so called “grade inflation”.

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The new 9 to 1 grading system is being introduced for the first time

The Daily Mail says many parents and pupils will struggle to understand a jumble of numbers and letters on certificates.

“Is it too much to hope for a consistent marking scheme that doesn’t require a GCSE to understand it?”, the newspaper asks.

‘Lack of get-up-and go’

The worrying levels of inactivity among middle-aged people in England makes the lead in the Daily Mail, with the newspaper’s headline calling it a “laziness epidemic”.

“Arise and take to your feet!” is the advice in the Times, which warns that exercise is a matter of life and death.

Such an extreme lack of get-up-and go, it says, saddles people with painful ill health. In the long-run, sitting down makes us more uncomfortable, not less.

The Daily Telegraph believes the government is in turmoil over the influence of the European Court of Justice after Whitehall officials said it could still hold sway over British courts after Brexit.

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Theresa May’s approach to the European courts has raised questions

The i believes Mrs May has softened her stance, whilst the Guardian sees it as a U-turn that should be warmly welcomed.

The Sun believes the terms being offered by Mrs May strike a decent balance. It says her insistence on cutting direct ties with the court was reassuringly spot-on.

The Guardian reports that a United Nations committee responsible for tackling racism has issued what it describes as an “early warning” to the US after last week’s violence in Charlottesville.

The newspaper says the head of the committee has expressed alarm over chants and salutes by neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

Dementia care

The main report in the Daily Mirror says families of former footballers with dementia claim they’re being snubbed by the wealthy sport.

The newspaper says some stars from the era when wages were a fraction of today’s are relying on charity handouts from fans to pay for drugs and care.

It calls for a levy on the vast earnings of top stars and the money paid to television, saying that leaving players to spend their final years in a terrible state is the ugly side of the beautiful game.

And a number of the newspapers pay tribute to Wayne Rooney, after his decision to retire from international football.

He’s been the finest England player of his generation, the Daily Mirror says, unrelenting in his devotion to the national team.

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Rooney scored 53 goals for England in 119 appearances

The Telegraph calls it the end of an era, but believes Rooney has made the right decision, at the right time.

But the Sun’s football editor, Charlie Wyett, believes Rooney has made a mistake. It’s a rash decision, he says, which Rooney will regret when he sees the England team on TV.


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