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The Papers: Rail fares ‘overhaul’ and ‘crazy’ customs plan

Daily Telegraph
Image caption Rail bosses are promising an overhaul of a “frustrating” ticket fares system, says the Daily Telegraph. It says the Rail Delivery Group – who represents train companies and Network Rail – has conceded passengers are sometimes charged peak fares for off-peak journeys. Currently there are 55 million different fares on Britain’s train networks, reports the paper.
The times
Image caption The Times also leads on news the fares system may be overhauled. It says a review will address “split ticketing” whereby multiple single fares can be bought along the route of a journey for less than the cost of a single through-ticket. The paper also leads on news that President Donald Trump will scrap the nuclear deal with Iran despite the efforts of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
the guardian
Image caption The Guardian leads on calls for all UK citizens to get £10,000 when they turn 25. The policy, proposed by the Resolution Foundation think tank, is intended to fix the “broken” intergenerational contract between millennials and baby boomers, the paper reports. It says the policy could be funded by changes to inheritance tax.
the Metro
Image caption The Metro reports on Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Donald Trump could be given the Nobel Peace Prize if he tackles the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and Iran. The paper says Mr Johnson “turned on the charm” during his US trip but recalls his previous comment that he wouldn’t visit New York for fear of encountering Mr Trump.
Daily Star
Image caption Manchester United players have promised to win the FA Cup for Sir Alex Ferguson, who had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. The paper reports that players have been “overwhelmed” by the plight of the former manager. Manchester United play Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on 19 May.
Daily Express
Image caption The Daily Express leads on calls for more armed police officers in the wake of “an unprecedented bank holiday weekend of violence”. It says the weekend was one of the bloodiest three-day spells on record. Ex-MP and anti-knife campaigner Nick de Bois said more officers were needed in the UK’s high crime areas, the paper reports.
The Sun
Image caption The subject of violence also leads the Sun, which focuses on crimes involving children under 10 years old. The paper says such crime has risen by 38% in the last year. It cites experts who say gang leaders deliberately use children because they know the police cannot take action.
Daily Mail
Image caption Boris Johnson has “savaged” Theresa May’s plans to implemented a customs partnership post-Brexit, says the Daily Mail. The paper reports the foreign secretary said the proposal is “crazy” and would create “a whole new web of bureaucracy”. According to the paper Brexit supporters fear No 10 will try to push the plan through despite it being rejected by senior ministers. Under a customs partnership the UK would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU on goods coming into the UK.
The Mirror
Image caption The Daily Mirror reports on proposals to close key paediatric services at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire. It says the hospital is so understaffed it cannot provide a safe level of care. If the services did close, the paper says children could have to travel as far as Nottingham or Sheffield for healthcare. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says: “We haven’t made a decision yet and we are working hard to avoid moving services.”

The plight of rail travellers confused by a pricing system they fear is ripping them off is the main front page story for the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

The Times asks why it’s taken so long to sort out the chaos and calls current price discrepancies “scandalous”.

Paul Plummer, the head of the industry body, the Rail Delivery Group, admits in a piece for the Telegraph that customers deserve better.

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The Papers: Rail fares ‘overhaul’ and ‘crazy’ customs plan
The Papers: Rail fares ‘overhaul’ and ‘crazy’ customs plan

“NHS cuts will kill kids” declares the headline on the front page of the Daily Mirror.

The paper reports fears that a shortage of specialist doctors and nurses could lead to the closure of paediatric services at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire.

The local NHS Trust says it is working hard to avoid moving services and “this isn’t about saving money, it’s about safety”.

The Financial Times says hundreds of staff in the government’s Department for International Trade are set to lose their jobs because of a budget squeeze.

A source has told the paper that the job cuts will affect other officials in places such as China and India who help British companies sell their goods abroad.

The Times claims the Premier League has for years been secretly arranging fixtures so that none of the top six clubs meet on the first or final weekends of the football season to please broadcasters and to boost attendances at matches.

The arrangement is revealed in a tender document that the league provided to broadcasters.

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The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust tells the paper that all clubs should be treated equally and fans who attend matches should be the priority – rather than TV viewers.

Many of the papers – including the Mail, the Mirror, the Sun and the Express – tell the story of a couple who were due to marry in Zimbabwe when they were attacked by a crocodile which almost severed the woman’s arm.

Zanele Ndlovu had to have the limb amputated after the attack which happened during a canoeing trip on the Zambezi River.

But just five days after the attack, on the day they had planned, she married her fiancee, Jamie Fox, at a hospital chapel.

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After a spate of violent deaths on the streets of London, the papers consider what can be done about violent crime.

The Daily Telegraph says regaining control of the streets must be the top priority for the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.

It believes restricting police powers to stop and search has been a mistake.

The Guardian says policing cuts have not helped but there is no single solution. It urges politicians to remain focused on the problem.

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Image caption Police officers combed the cordoned area in south London where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead

On its front page, the Daily Express says shootings over the bank holiday weekend have prompted calls for more armed police to be deployed in what it describes as “gun crime hotspots”.

The Sun says gangs are deliberately recruiting children under 10 because they are too young to prosecute.

It says the number of violent crimes by under-10s, including knife attacks and robberies, rose by 38% last year.

The Mail says the Metropolitan Police has spent £1m on secretly training two dogs which can be parachuted out of helicopters to hunt down terrorists in case of a marauding attack.

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Image caption Dale, a German Shepherd (l) and PD Gray, a Dutch Herder/Malinois cross (r) with their National Police Dog Trial trophies.

The Belgian Malinois, which look like small German Shepherd dogs, each have their own handler and are on call 24 hours a day.

The breed is used by the US Navy Seals, who take them on operations. Now the Met hopes to expand its pilot scheme so that all the eight counter-terrorism units can use them during raids.

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