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Newspaper headlines: Scotland Yard abuse review and Christmas taxes

Newspaper headlines: Scotland Yard abuse review and Christmas taxes


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Scotland Yard’s review of all its ongoing sex crime investigations leads the front of the Telegraph. The paper reports on two cases which have collapsed in the last week. It adds that the justice secretary said police and prosecutors “should not be chasing targets” but should ask themselves if the evidence is sufficient.

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The Guardian also leads on the review into Scotland Yard’s sex crimes investigations. It adds that it could be a “potential huge embarrassment” for the Met.

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Meanwhile, police action against an alleged Christmas terror plot is carried on the front of the Sun. It reports on dawn raids in Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derbyshire.

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The Mirror also reports on the police raids over a suspected bomb plot. It says four men were arrested in Yorkshire and Derbyshire in connection with an “imminent” Christmas attack.

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The Metro leads on the sentencing of nightclub acid attacker Arthur Collins, who has been jailed for 20 years with an extra five years on licence. The paper says the 25-year-old inflicted severe burns on 16 nightclub revellers on 17 April at Mangle E8 in Dalston, east London. The judge called him an “accomplished and calculating liar” who had shown “not the slightest remorse”.

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“New tax blow for millions” is the headline on the front of the Daily Express. The paper says the average household faces a council tax rise of £116 a year as caps on local authority budgets have been lifted by the communities secretary. It adds under the announcement by Sajid Javid, councils will now be allowed to raise bills by an extra one per cent on top of the agreed maximum increase of five per cent.

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The hike in council tax bills also dominates the front of the Mail. It reports it will be the biggest single year increase in council tax since 2003/4.

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“Yes, the NHS has a ‘very big problem'” is the headline on the front of the i. It relays the health secretary’s “admission” claiming the government is offering incentives to boost GP numbers.

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British investment banks may still have to follow EU rules on issues such as bonus caps after Brexit, the Financial Times reports. The paper says the European Commission will set out proposals which would place financial centres outside of the EU with European clients under tougher scrutiny.

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And finally, the Daily Star reports three “massive” storms are heading for the UK over Christmas. It warns of wet and windy weather with the possibility of some places seeing snow on Christmas Day.

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