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