Paper review: Knife crime and Prodigy star’s death

The Times
Image caption The Times leads on its own investigation which it claims reveals that parents are being asked by state schools to donate thousands of pounds to pay for teacher salaries, textbooks and equipment – as well as building repairs. It also finds space on its front page to mention new rules issued by the royal family to abusive social media users.
Daily Telegraph
Image caption Britain’s knife crime crisis continues to dominate many of the papers and the Telegraph’s headline calls for a return of police stop-and-search powers, accompanied by a photograph showing school friends of stabbing victim Yousef Makki hugging and consoling each other following his murder.
The Guardian
Image caption The Guardian also leads on knife crime but focuses on the backlash sparked by what it describes as the PM’s insistence that there is no link between the rising number of stabbings and a reduction in police numbers. The story sits below a large image of Prodigy singer Keith Flint who has died at the age of 49.
i newspaper
Image caption The home secretary’s meeting with police chiefs later this week makes the Metro’s front page.
Daily Mail
Image caption The Daily Mail devotes its front page to photographs of 27 teenagers it says have been stabbed to death in the space of a year and demands: “How many more?”
Daily Express
Image caption “War zones on our streets”, writes the Daily Express next to a picture of Peter Chesney being comforted at the spot where his 17-year-old daughter Jodie was stabbed to death in Romford last week.
Daily Mirror
Image caption The Daily Mirror pictures 10 teenagers killed in 2019 and demands Theresa May takes action over the rise in knife deaths, saying the prime minister has “decimated” police numbers.
Image caption Former police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe’s claim to Channel 4 that officers fighting knife crime are “in the dark ages” is the Metro’s lead. Inset is an image of the paper’s front page on Monday picturing stabbing victims Jodie Chesney and Yousef Makki.
The Sun
Image caption The death of Keith Flint takes over most of the front page of the Sun but the paper also calls on Mrs May to act over what it calls the “knife crisis”.

The front pages of the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail both show photos of young victims of recent knife crime, with the same headline – “How many more?”.

The Mirror’s editorial says “we cannot stand by and watch more young lives be lost”, and more families mourning their “precious children”.

The paper demands government action including giving police more powers, and appointing a knife crime tsar.

The Guardian gives more details of some of the victims:

Hazrat Umar, who was stabbed last week in Birmingham, had come to the UK because he believed it was safer than his native Pakistan.

The father of Nedim Bilgin, killed in London in January, said his “baby boy” had been led astray by “bad friends”.

The Sun urges Home Secretary Sajid Javid to “get a grip” by introducing more stop and search, as well as tougher sentences for offenders.

The paper also challenges Labour’s complaint that the funding announced on Monday for the poorest towns in England is not enough to help them prosper after Brexit.

The paper says it’s a step forward for areas left behind by successive governments.

The Daily Express also calls the money a move in the right direction, which will “breathe new life into forgotten regions”.

But the Mirror says the announcement backfired, after it emerged the areas which would benefit had already suffered far bigger funding cuts.

The Times leads with an investigation which it says has revealed the extent to which schools in England are relying on donations from parents to buy textbooks and pay staff salaries.

It says more than 200 schools asked for money in the past year, with about half specifying amounts – and one asking for £1,200 per child per year.

The paper also found that head teachers were cleaning toilets and washing dishes because of staff cuts.

Its editorial says this is not a sustainable way to fund the kind of world-class education system that the younger generation needs.

Image caption The ‘”Dimbleby reign” is over, says the Daily Telegraph

“To lose one Dimbleby may be regarded as a misfortune”, says the Daily Telegraph, finishing: “To lose both looks like the end of an era for the BBC.”

It says the “Dimbleby reign” is over, with Jonathan stepping down from Any Questions? on BBC Radio 4, soon after David left TV’s Question Time.

The Daily Mail says the fact that nobody took serious umbrage at the family stranglehold over so many serious occasions was because they were masters of “the fiendishly difficult art of being a broadcasting ringmaster”.

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