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Newspaper headlines: Grenfell ‘ground zero’ and ‘McIntyre mugged’

The Daily Telegraph
Image caption The haunting image of Grenfell Tower in flames features on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. Like most of Tuesday’s papers, it reports on the official inquiry into the blaze, which heard residents had more than half an hour to escape but were told to stay put by the fire service.
Metro
Image caption The Metro’s front page picture is of flat 16, Grenfell Tower, where the fire began. The paper says the blaze spread over seven floors in seven minutes and the fire service’s “stay put” advice was futile after half an hour.
The Guardian
Image caption The Guardian says a “litany of fire safety failures” was revealed at the Grenfell Tower inquiry. It reports that this included more than 100 non-compliant fire doors, a firefighting lift that did not work and a “stay put” policy that failed.
The Times
Image caption The Times says MI5 operatives, who posed as Islamic State fighters, discovered plans to use women to attack targets including Buckingham Palace. Safaa Boular, 18, from Vauxhall, London, was convicted at the Old Bailey of plotting a terror attack.
The Sun
Image caption “McIntyre Carjack Terror” is the headline on the front page of the Sun. It says the comedian Michael McIntyre had his car window smashed and watch stolen by men on a moped.
Daily Mirror
Image caption The Daily Mirror says Michael McIntyre was parked in his Range Rover outside his children’s school when two hammer-wielding masked raiders pulled up on a moped, smashed his window and stole his Rolex watch.
Daily Mail
Image caption The Daily Mail reports that three women are to become the first in Britain to have womb transplants. They will use wombs donated by a mother or sister, the paper says, and doctors believe the procedure may help women with absolute uterine infertility.
The i
Image caption The i reports on a 49-year-old women who was given three months to live and is now cancer free after undergoing a pioneering new therapy. The procedure used her own immune cells to wipe out tumours.
The Financial Times
Image caption The government has announced plans to sell its majority stake – about £2.6bn of shares – taken to bail out the Royal Bank of Scotland during the financial crisis, the Financial Times says. The paper reports taxpayers face a £2bn loss.
Daily Express
Image caption The Daily Express says more than 160,000 pensioners in Britain and disabled people are trapped in debt. It says a Freedom of Information request revealed that nearly 1,200 people have been taken to court by town halls for social care debts.
Daily Star
Image caption The Daily Star reports that Premier League footballer Jason Puncheon admitted lashing out at a nightclub doorman. Puncheon was given a community order requiring him to carry out 210 hours of unpaid work, and pay the doorman £250 compensation.

“They never stood a chance” is the headline in the Daily Mail.

The phrase sums up the first impression that many have formed of the evidence and opinion presented to the Grenfell Tower inquiry so far.

That inquiry has a very long way to go – but it has already revealed what the Guardian calls a “litany of fire safety failures”.

Newspaper headlines: Grenfell ‘ground zero’ and ‘McIntyre mugged’
Newspaper headlines: Grenfell ‘ground zero’ and ‘McIntyre mugged’

The shocking facts of the disaster are remembered. The Daily Star says the inferno “swallowed up nineteen floors in just twelve minutes”.

The Daily Telegraph is the only paper to display on its front page a large image of the burning building.

Its headline asks: “Why weren’t they told to get out?”

The paper notes that, in the view of one expert, the strategy of asking residents to stay put had failed within half an hour of the call to the fire service – yet residents were not advised to leave for another hour and a half.

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Image caption A picture of the burnt out kitchen where the Grenfell Tower fire started was shown to the inquiry

According to the Times, the stay-put policy is still in place at more than ten tower blocks close to the burnt-out shell of Grenfell.

The London Fire Brigade tells the paper its advice to residents is still “to stay put” if fire breaks out elsewhere in your building and you are not being affected by fire, heat or smoke.

The Times also questions whether it is right to make children at school stand in silence when a disaster has happened.

Teachers, it says, are worried that too frequent commemorations in recent months have caused distress to their younger pupils.

The paper fears that “public silences have become social niceties that bewilder children” and it might be better to talk about their grief and seek explanations.

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The continuing chaos on some rail lines has provoked both anger – and some comedy.

An example of the former can be found in the leading article in the Daily Mail. The paper lists the main features of what it calls “this appalling shambles” and demands to know “why should passengers pay extortionate prices for a Third World service?”

The Daily Mirror wants the rail network to be renationalised.

The Mail disagrees, saying British Rail was, at its worst, “filthy, erratic and strike-ridden”.

The cartoonist Matt – in the Telegraph – finds humour in adversity. He shows a commuter on a crowded platform on the phone to his wife: “Hello darling,” he say. “I’m coming home by train. You should re-marry and try to forget me.”

The Guardian thinks that any government which fails to sort out the railways will “hit the buffers”.

Yesterday, according to the Daily Mail, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was “flattened” in the Commons over the rail timetable saga.

The sketch writers are unanimous.

“A whipping”, says Patrick Kidd in the Times – Labour backbenchers “rode up and down what remains of Mr Grayling’s spine,” and he was attacked by his own side too.

“Hell hath no fury like a commuter scorned”, says John Crace in the Guardian.

“A drubbing”, says the Daily Telegraph. Labour accused Mr Grayling of being complacent, but Quentin Letts in the Mail doesn’t agree: “He was in a dreadful state, his voice husky, the left of his face twitching terribly. Helpless, maybe. Entirely miserable. But not, I think, complacent.”

Whatever may be happening to the railways, the Sun is sure that a decision must be made soon to approve the expansion of Heathrow.

The paper says “it would be an act of national self-harm for MPs to reject a third Heathrow runway”.

In fact, it wants expansion to happen at Gatwick too, saying “this new runway will be at capacity almost as soon as it is finally finished”.

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Meanwhile, the Sun thinks the future of Theresa May will be decided by the fate of her Brexit withdrawal legislation.

The Times reckons she has a week to head off a potential rebellion by Tory MPs about the future of customs arrangements.

The Daily Express says Mrs May is facing a “a long and gruelling battle” as the Commons tries to reverse changes made in the Lords.

And the paper takes Labour to task, accusing the party of trying to hijack the parliamentary process by conjuring up “pompous procedural objections”.

Over the years, much debate has been devoted to the question, how far back childhood memories reach?

The Telegraph carries a report on research in California – where scientists took MRI scans of sleeping toddlers who’d earlier been played lullabies.

The psychologists have concluded – from the brain activity they observed – that children as young as two are able to form memories.

Previously it was thought that memories could not be laid down until a child was three and a half.

The Guardian reports that “the days are getting longer”.

And, according to American scientists, “a day on Earth was a full five hours and fifteen minutes shorter a billion or so years ago”.

That’s because, the Telegraph says, the Moon is slowly moving further away from us, which changes the way the Earth spins on its axis, and orbits the Sun.

Lastly, to guests at her B&B in the Cotswolds, Caron Cooper is just the owner. But, says the Sun, to visitors from Japan, she’s a star.

The Mirror explains that her picturesque farmhouse in Wiltshire features in cartoon comics and TV series in the Far East.

“Fans cross the world to see her” and eat her cream teas, says the Times, and members of the Japanese royal family have even been to stay.

Fosse farmhouse is – as the Sun puts it – “the house of the rising scone”.

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