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The Papers: Manhunt for Parsons Green ‘bucket bomber’

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    The i paper 16/09/2017
    Image caption “Lucky escape” is the headline on the front of the i. The paper reports on the manhunt for the Parsons Green attacker, after the blast which injured 29 people. It says the weapon would have killed dozens if the device had been “properly detonated”.
    The Mirror front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption A terror expert warns “it could have been a lot worse” in the Mirror. The paper leads with the picture of the device alight inside a Lidl bag on the train. It reports the bucket bomb was made from an explosive named Mother of Satan and says police are continuing to hunt those responsible.
    The Guardian front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption The Guardian also leads on the search for the bomber. It reports the main charge of the device failed to detonate on the train, with police believing it was remotely set off. The paper adds police are understood to have obtained footage from cameras covering the network and CCTV that captured the bomber as he boarded the train.
    The Sun front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption “Hunt for bucket bomb number two” is the headline on the front of the Sun. Alongside the picture of the device, it reports the extra security measures put in place by the PM after the terror threat level was raised to critical on Friday. The paper says the Army will guard nuclear plants as fears are raised over a potential second bomb.
    The Times front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption The Times claims the weapon planted on the Tube was a “nail bomb”. It warns the attacker “could strike again” as the prime minister announced a raising of the UK’s terror threat level to critical – meaning another attack is imminent. Security sources told the paper the device contained similar explosives to those used in the Manchester Arena attack and London in 2005. It also reports the Queen’s most senior aide has been ousted in a power struggle between Buckingham Palace and Prince Charles. Sir Christopher Geidt, the paper says, left his role as the Queen’s private secretary amid complaints by the Prince of Wales and his brother.
    Daily Mail front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May will order internet bosses to crack down on extremism in the wake of the Parsons Green attack, says the Daily Mail. It reports Google, Facebook and Microsoft could be in the firing line after instructions to make the bomb were “still available online”. The paper adds Mrs May will warn technology companies they need to do more to stop extremists at a summit with the French president next week.
    Daily Telegraph front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption Troops have been deployed by Mrs May onto the streets to free up police, the Daily Telegraph reports. It says the device used on the tube train was “packed with shrapnel” and, according to the paper, police think the bomb was detonated prematurely with Westminster station “the intended target”. The paper also reports the foreign secretary saying £350m a week sent to Brussels should be redirected to fund the NHS. Writing in the Telegraph, Boris Johnson sets out a vision of Britain post-Brexit, with low taxes and a low regulation economy paying nothing to the EU for access to the single market.
    Financial Times front page 16/09/2017
    Image caption Meanwhile the British pound is at its highest since Brexit, according to the FT. The paper reports it comes as one of the most dovish members of the Bank of England’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee called for an end to 10 years of low interest rates. Gertjan Vlieghe had previously urged restraint when it came to raising interest rates, the paper says. It adds the majority of committee members said it would be appropriate to raise rates “over the coming months”.

    The attack on a Tube carriage in Parsons Green and the ongoing manhunt dominate several of the front pages.

    Pictured on The Daily Mail, The Mirror and The Sun is the smouldering bucket bomb but The Sun says the device’s timer malfunctioned, setting it off earlier than planned.

    The Telegraph agrees the south-west London station was probably not the intended target adding that Westminster was more likely.

    According to The Guardian, investigators believe the device was “remotely detonated”. Experts tell The Mirror the bomb was several times the size of the Manchester Arena device, but it was probably put together for less than £100 using items from high street shops.

    Internet companies are accused of having “blood on their hands” by The Daily Mail. It says reporters who logged on to Google took a matter of minutes to find the plans to build a bucket bomb.

    The paper reports Prime Minister Theresa May will order the internet giants to clamp down on extremism. Google told the paper it removes links to illegal content as soon as it is notified.

    Meanwhile The Express asks whether the police knew the tube bomber, referring to Donald Trump’s remark that the perpetrator had been “in the sights” of Scotland Yard.

    But The Times says it has been told by sources that the US President had not been briefed by British security services and no fact-sharing arrangement was in place when Mr Trump made his intervention.

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    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s “grand vision” for Britain after Brexit is revealed in The Telegraph.

    In his 4,000 word article for the paper, Mr Johnson argues the UK is not about to despair of finding the way out of the EU and sit down and cry like a toddler lost in the maze at Hampton Court.

    The foreign secretary also attacks the idea of remaining in the single market and the customs union. He warns this is an “invertebrate position” which “betrays a dismal lack of confidence”.

    In its editorial, The Telegraph says he has offered a bold, optimistic, unifying vision for a country where “regulation” and “taxation” are kept to a minimum. Its former editor, Charles Moore, thinks Mr Johnson is making a leadership bid by getting in first when everyone was planning to take the Conservative party conference next month quietly.

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    Meanwhile, the Financial Times puts a price tag on Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that a Labour government would write off the debts of students who had been to university since 2012.

    It quotes research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing this would add £60 billion to the national debt. This would be, the paper says, on top of the £11 billion a year cost of abolishing fees for future students.

    The Sun points out that wiping out student debt would aid graduates with higher salaries, as they end up paying back the most.

    Plumbers’ rates not equal

    The Times covers research showing plumbers are routinely overcharging women and old people.

    The study deployed a middle aged woman, a middle aged man and an elderly gentleman to get quotes for the same job from ninety firms across England.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-41289061

    It found the male caller was quoted £74 on average; the female caller £86 and the older man, £90. The greatest differences between the sexes, according to the paper, was in north-east England.

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