Paper review: Syria attack and ‘shrine’ to burglar

Image caption The fall-out from an alleged chemical attack in Syria features on a number of Tuesday’s front pages. Former foreign secretary William Hague has written in the Daily Telegraph, warning that chemical weapons will become “legitimised” and used in future wars if the West fails to take military action against President Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

Image caption The Guardian reports on the reaction from US President Donald Trump, who said he would decide within 48 hours on whether to launch a military attack. Speaking to reporters, he called the alleged incident “heinous” and that he had “not much doubt” about who was behind it.

Image caption The Times reports that Theresa May is “under pressure” to join any strikes the US decides to carry out. Whitehall sources told the newspaper that France’s President Emmanuel Macron was “egging on” Mr Trump, whilst the prime minister was still waiting for the US president to call.

Image caption Russian stocks have suffered their worst session in four years because of the impact of US sanctions and the conflict in Syria, the Financial Times reports. The newspaper said the Kremlin was “left scrambling” to help firms and find ways of retaliating against Washington as Moscow’s blue-chip Moex index fell by 8.34%.

Image caption Flowers have been left in tribute to a suspected burglar – outside of the home of the pensioner who is believed to have fatally stabbed him. Henry Vincent, 37, died on Wednesday after Richard Osborn-Brooks discovered him and another person in his home. Police arrested the 78-year-old on suspicion of murder, but released him on Friday and said he would face no further action.

Image caption The Sun reports that Mr Osborn-Brooks was “living in fear” after receiving death threats following the incident. The newspaper claims that he is now living in a safe house and has a 24-hour police guard.

Image caption The Daily Mirror says 129 Premier League footballers owe the Inland Revenue £250m after taking part in a tax avoidance scheme. The newspaper says the unnamed stars paid money into a film project, with one investing as much as £33.5m to avoid paying tax.

Image caption The i reports on major new research into prostate cancer. The newspaper says that early diagnosis, innovative new treatments and better care have all been promised thanks to £75m of government funding. The cancer affects one in eight men and kills 10,000 a year.

Image caption The Daily Mail also leads on the story, calling it “May’s war on prostate cancer”. It says the PM will unveil the five-year plan later on Tuesday, which will see more than 40,000 men recruited to take part in key trials to find a breakthrough.

Image caption The front page of the Daily Express says thousands of people in the UK have been forced to quit their jobs because a lack of understanding about diabetes. The newspaper reports on a survey into workplace attitudes, with one-in-six respondents saying their employers “make life more difficult” because of their illness.

Image caption The Daily Star reports on the lifestyle of a polyamorous local election candidate. Mary Crumpton, who is standing for the Green Party in Chorlton, has a husband, a fiancé and two boyfriends. The 44-year-old says it is “all about love” and settling with one person “just doesn’t feel natural”.

A number of Tuesday’s front pages focus on the political aftermath of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, and the response of world leaders.

The Times says Theresa May is under pressure from her ministers to join a US-led strike against the country.

Whitehall sources tell the paper that France’s President Emmanuel Macron is “setting the pace” for the international response by “egging on” US President Donald Trump.

Mrs May is still waiting to speak to Mr Trump about the matter, the sources say – a fact they acknowledge is embarrassing for Downing Street.

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Image caption Donald Trump has said the alleged chemical attack in Syria will be “met forcefully”

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Lord Hague warns that the future use of chemical weapons will be legitimised, unless the West takes action.

He says there is little doubt that he would support military action, were he still foreign secretary.

The business website Bloomberg interprets a remark by the Russian ambassador to the United Nations – that “we need to get to the bottom of what happened in an honest way” – as a sign that Moscow could make concessions.

It says it could mean Russia could accept a UN proposal for a new body to be established in order to investigate alleged chemical attacks.

‘Death threats’

A shrine of flowers is pictured on the front of the Metro, outside the house where a burglar was stabbed to death by a pensioner.

It says Richard Osborn-Brooks – who was cleared by police after initially being arrested on suspicion of murder – is now in hiding, to protect him from reprisals.

The Sun says he has received death threats from the burglar’s friends and is under 24-hour police guard.

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Image caption Richard Osborn-Brooks was released by police without charge

The Daily Mail previews what it says will be a five-year campaign to wage war on prostate cancer, set to be unveiled by Mrs May.

It says spending worth £75m will help to spot symptoms earlier and improve treatment – potentially saving thousands of lives a year.

The newspaper says the commitment will put prostate cancer on a par with breast cancer

Diabetes workers

The Daily Express leads with the results of a survey by the charity Diabetes UK, which it says lays bare the “shocking” treatment of British workers with the condition.

One-sixth of the 10,000 people questioned said their employers had made their lives more difficult because of the disorder.

They cite having to use up their holiday allowance to arrange vital check-ups.

Footballers’ tax

Scores of top footballers are facing financial ruin, according to the Daily Mirror, after being hit with a combined tax bill of more than £250m.

The paper says HMRC is chasing players who invested in a film project, structured to avoid tax.

A former Premiership star is said to have put in more than £30m alone.

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Image caption Critics tell the paper that the players knew they were avoiding tax while they invested millions

The Financial Times reports that plans are in motion to set up a museum, celebrating the history of euro-scepticism in Britain.

Its backers – among them a former UKIP spokesman – have christened the project “The Museum of Sovereignty” and are appealing for memorabilia going back 45 years.

Collection centres are to be set up around the country, with the city of Lincoln identified as a possible home for a permanent exhibit.

Sir Nick Clegg offers the newspaper some ideas for what it could feature: namely the Brexit battle bus, with its promise of £350m a week for the NHS, parked in the forecourt.

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