The Papers: Bomber on CCTV and Tory election 'nerves'

Mail on Sunday front page - 28/05/17

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CCTV images of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi before last Monday’s attack appear across the front pages after their release by police. Dressed in black and wearing a baseball cap, the Mail on Sunday describes him as the “casual killer on his way to mass murder”.

Daily Star Sunday front page - 28/05/17

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The Daily Star Sunday describes Salman Abedi as a “twisted loser”. The paper carries the headline: “Evil on his mind”.

Sunday Mirror front page - 28/05/17

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“Moments before massacre,” is the Sunday Mirror’s headline. It suggests the “haunting final image” of Salman Abedi shows his hand on the “trigger” of the bomb.

People front page - 28/05/17

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The Sunday People says a woman caught up in the Manchester bombing is promising to be a “second mum” to the daughter of her best friend, who died in the attack.

Sunday Express front page - 28/05/17

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The Sunday Express leads on an interview with Theresa May in which she vows to take on extremists following the Manchester attack. It says the prime minister “spoke movingly” about meeting young victims in hospital, saying “enough is enough”.

Sunday Telegraph front page - 28/05/17

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The Sunday Telegraph leads with an attack by security minister Ben Wallace on leading social media firms for failing to do enough to help the government target terrorists using their services.

Observer front page - 28/05/17

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Security experts are warning the UK’s full participation in EU intelligence co-operation will be critical to the fight against terrorism after Brexit, reports the Observer. Another story refers to “Tory nerves” after a poll suggested Theresa May’s lead in approval ratings has been cut.

Sunday Times front page - 28/05/17

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The Sunday Times reports “nervous Tories” are to relaunch their election campaign after their “manifesto mess” and Manchester terror attack pushed it off course. The paper says the party will return to its “core message” that only Theresa May can be trusted to negotiate Brexit.

A picture of Salman Abedi, captured on CCTV shortly before he carried out the Manchester attack, features on many front pages.

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The Sunday Times says he betrayed no emotion as he embarked on “a mission of murder”.

The headline in the Sunday Express is “On his way to kill” – while the Daily Star Sunday describes the image as “the face of evil” and calls him as a “twisted loser”.

The Sun on Sunday says the photo was taken in a lift as he made his way to Manchester Arena from Victoria Station.

Elsewhere, the Mail on Sunday reports on claims that the British intelligence services were warned by the FBI in January that Abedi was planning an attack on a political target in Britain.

Writing in the Sun on Sunday, Theresa May says if re-elected the government would take tougher action to identify and fight extremism.

She states “enough is enough” – saying the country needs to be more resolute in standing up to those “who hate our values and want to destroy the freedoms we hold dear”.

In the Sunday Mirror, former Labour deputy prime minister John Prescott says the reason the Army had been deployed on the streets is the government’s cuts to the emergency services. He calls for an agreement on the minimum level of police, hospitals, fire service and social services needed to combat and respond to terrorism.

The Sunday Telegraph has an interview with Security Minister Ben Wallace in which he accuses internet companies of being “ruthless money-makers” who have deceived the government over tackling terror online.

In what the paper describes as the strongest such intervention by a minister to date, he claims data encryption is allowing jihadist cells to emerge unnoticed.

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Flight delay ‘chaos’

The cancellation of British Airways flights at Heathrow and Gatwick airports after a collapse of its IT systems features in a number of papers.

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BA now says it is aiming to resume most flights but the Sunday Telegraph says the “chaos” is expected to last several days.

It reports it is the sixth time in a year BA passengers have faced delays because of an IT breakdown.

The Sunday Mirror says 300,000 travellers have been stranded. It claims BA could face £150m in compensation payments, which would be the largest amount in aviation history.

Tory relaunch

A number of papers report on opinion polls suggesting a narrowing of the Conservatives’ lead, less than two weeks before the general election.

The headline in the Observer is “Tory nerves begin to fray as Corbyn dramatically narrows May’s lead”.

It says the polling figures suggest Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election, and focus the campaign almost entirely on her leadership, may be backfiring.

The Sunday Telegraph thinks the drop is down to a surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn from women. It adds Labour’s manifesto appears to have played better with the public than the Conservatives’ pitch.

According to the Sunday Times, the Tories are to relaunch what it calls their “faltering” election campaign. It reports senior strategist Sir Lynton Crosby has ordered a return to the party’s core message – that only Theresa May can be trusted to negotiate Brexit.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times says Ireland is poised to have the gay son of an Indian immigrant as its next prime minister.

It reports Leo Varadkar, the minister for social protection, is set to succeed Enda Kenny as leader of the Fine Gael party this week, and as PM next month. The former GP, would – at the age of 38 – be Ireland’s youngest leader.

Royal ‘living on adrenaline’

In what it bills as a “royal exclusive”, the Mail on Sunday reports on a series of interviews the Duchess of Cornwall has given to her friends in the run up to her 70th birthday.

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Camilla describes her life of royal duties as like living on adrenaline and talks about “collapsing in a heap” at the end of the day.

But, 12 years after her marriage to Prince Charles, she admits that she never thinks about becoming Queen.

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