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Newspaper headlines: Cameron bodyguard ‘leaves gun in loo’ and Manchester bomb trial

Newspaper headlines: Cameron bodyguard ‘leaves gun in loo’ and Manchester bomb trial


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Former prime minister David Cameron’s bodyguard sparked a security scare on a transatlantic jet by leaving his gun in the toilet, according to the Daily Mail. The paper says a “terrified passenger” found the weapon and handed it to British Airways flight attendants.

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The Sun says the passenger found not only the Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol but also the passports of the ex-prime minister and his police bodyguard. A traveller on the New York to London flight tells the paper the captain confirmed to passengers a gun had been found, “which freaked everyone out”.

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The brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber has been described in court as being “just as guilty” of the killings of 22 concert-goers, reports the Metro. Hashem Abedi bought ingredients online and used oil drums from the takeaway where he worked to build the deadly device set off by his brother, jurors at his trial were told.

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“They wanted to kill and maim as many as possible” is the front-page headline on the Daily Mirror. Prosecutors say Mr Abedi, who denies murder and attempted murder, bought nails as shrapnel and chemicals for the explosive device.

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The Guardian leads on news that all 30,000 British nationals in China have been warned by the UK government to leave the country “if they can” following the coronavirus outbreak. The paper describes the announcement as a “surprise move” that prompted criticism ministers were leaving citizens to fend for themselves.

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More than 11,000 women treated by a rogue surgeon jailed for maiming patients will be called in for checks as a report prompted calls for an urgent review of private healthcare, reports the Times. An independent inquiry into Ian Paterson’s malpractice found a culture of “avoidance and denial” allowed him to perform botched and unnecessary operations on hundreds of women.

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The i leads on government proposals to end the threat of prison for non-payment of the BBC licence fee. The paper reports the government is to launch a consultation on the plans – which the BBC claims will cost it £200m a year.

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In other BBC news, the Daily Express reports that ministers faced fury after backing out of a fight with the corporation to save free licences for over-75s.

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The Financial Times reports that a top US executive in SoftBank’s $100bn Vision Fund is leaving after expressing concerns about “issues” at the technology conglomerate. The paper says it is the latest in a string of setbacks for the company over the past year, including a “soured” investment in the office rental firm WeWork.

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And finally, the Daily Star splashes on the news that a “hard-up” council pays £1,000 a day for a consultant to fix potholes – despite paying £21m a year for a company to maintain its highways.

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