Newspaper headlines: Weapons law and Skripals' 'new identities'

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Newspaper headlines: Weapons law and Skripals’ ‘new identities’


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The Sunday Telegraph focuses on a new government strategy to tackle knife crime and other violence – highlighting Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s belief that police forces have the officers and funding to deal with the problem.

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The Mail on Sunday says the spate of stabbings and shootings in London has forced Theresa May to do a U-turn on the curbs on stop and search she has backed since 2010. Emergency plans to extend the powers will be included in new offensive weapons laws, it reports.

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The Sunday Times says Sergei and Yulia Skripal will be offered new identities and a new life in the US in an attempt to protect them from further attempts on their lives after the Salisbury poisoning. The paper also highlights an article BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague has written about her “rage” at finding out she was paid less than male colleagues.

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The Observer says a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to “break the Westminster mould” have been secretly developing a new political party. It reports the movement is spearheaded by a former Labour benefactor and has access to up to £50m in funding.

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The Sunday Express says new figures suggest the number of patients flying overseas for private medical treatment has quadrupled in four years as NHS waiting times reach record levels. The figures from the Office for National Statistics cover the period up to September last year.

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The Daily Star Sunday says a British man is claiming his nose was broken by Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Conor McGregor during a boozy “play fight”. There is no response to the allegation from McGregor on the paper’s front page.

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