October 23, 2020

The Papers: Covid hotspots listed and tributes to iconic Charlton

Image caption Virtually all the front pages feature a picture of 1966 World Cup winner Jack Charlton, who has died aged 85. “Forever a hero”, declares the Sunday Telegraph, which describes the former Leeds defender and Republic of Ireland manager as “one of the giants of English football”. Meanwhile, the paper’s lead story reports that taxes and red tape will be slashed in towns and cities across the country next year, under plans for a post-Brexit and post-coronavirus “economic revolution”.
Image caption As well as an eight-page souvenir marking Charlton’s death, the Sunday Times offers a front-page appreciation from writer David Walsh who recalls that the footballing giant’s World Cup team-mate Bobby Moore had labelled him the team’s “big giraffe”. The paper leads on reports that home secretary Priti Patel fears “cultural sensitivities” have prevented police from tackling illegal sweatshops in Britain’s fast fashion industry amid concerns they would be accused of racism.
Image caption The Observer says it has seen a leaked classified document drawn up by the government listing the 20 councils most at risk of local lockdowns in England. Bradford, Sheffield and Kirklees have been identified as areas needing “enhanced support”, according to the paper, which says there is mounting evidence the relaxation of lockdown rules is leading to a resurgence of Covid-19 in some of England’s most deprived and ethnically mixed areas.
Image caption “Why are you hiding Boris?” is the headline for the Sunday People, which reports that grieving families have marched on Downing Street to demand an inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Image caption The Sunday Express leads with a pledge from the government that it will “seize back control of its borders” by the end of the year, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The paper says the government is investing hundreds of millions in beefing up border controls, which it interprets as a “clear indication” the country will be ready for a no-deal Brexit if necessary.
Image caption The Mail on Sunday says ministers fear China could unleash a “devastating online attack” on Britain – dubbed a “cyber 9/11” – amid increasing tensions between London and Beijing. Senior sources say “a perfect storm” of diplomatic rows over Hong Kong, Chinese tech giant Huawei and Covid-19 could lead to an “all-out attack” by Chinese backed-hackers, the paper reports.
Image caption The Sunday Mirror leads with a story about the Madeleine McCann investigation, reporting that her parents faced “fresh agony” as police searched three wells in Portugal, close to where the suspect in the case lived. Friends of Gerry and Kate McCann say they are in “prolonged agony” but retain “a glimmer of hope” their daughter is alive 13 years after she disappeared, according to the paper. Because of privacy laws in Germany, the BBC has chosen to obscure the full name of the suspect in the above image.
Image caption The Daily Star Sunday’s front page carries a story about Diana, Princess of Wales, claiming a woman’s ghost haunts the place where she is rumoured to be secretly buried. Fans believe she was moved to the family crypt in a church near Althorp and claim sightings of a praying figure at the spot.

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