Saturday, 29 August 2009

Saturday's papers

The face of Jaycee Lee Dugard stares out from many of the front pages this Saturday morning.

The Sun reports that

Last night it emerged that cops missed a chance to rescue Jaycee after a neighbour of Garrido called 911 three years ago.

Whlist her kidnappers appeared in court it reports that

cops combed their home in Antioch, California, for clues to the unsolved hooker killings in the early 1990s.

The Mail also leads with the story telling that

a neighbour made an emergency call in 2006 to say that her captor, Phillip Garrido, was a 'psychotic' with a sex addiction and had children living in tents in his back garden in Antioch, California.
Officers went to the house but did not ask to see the garden. Instead they told Garrido, who had served a jail sentence for kidnap and rape, that local housing rules meant children could not camp out there.

The broadsheets carry that story prominently too but have different leads.

The Independent reports that

The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan will ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of his new strategic plan for the alliance's war against a resurgent Taliban,

Britain was accused last night of reneging on a promise to the United States that the Lockerbie bomber would serve his sentence in Scotland.
reports the Times

According to confidential correspondence obtained by the paper,

ministers urged the Scottish government to consider returning Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi to Libya under a prisoner transfer deal in an apparent breach of a decade-old pledge.

Britain's most senior policewoman has warned that the relaxation of assisted suicide laws could be exploited by families to kill burdensome elderly relatives is the lead in the Telegraph.

Barbara Wilding, the longest serving female chief constable, said that a growing rift between young and old generations, combined with the pressures of an ageing population, is a significant challenge for police.

According to the Guardian,Labour plans to slash spending on the government's acadamies.

Academy leaders have been told to brace themselves for tighter spending from 2010 in the first admission that the government is preparing to reduce its spending in some areas of education.

Gordon Brown returned to lead the Government yesterday and face a series of questions over benefits spending, Afghanistan and the release of the Lockerbie bomber that threaten to derail his planned counterattack on the Tories. says the Independent

Lord Ashcroft, David Cameron and the ‘missing’ £10,000 gift is the headline in the Times as the paper reports that

Lord Ashcroft’s wife was the biggest donor to David Cameron’s campaign to be Conservative Party leader, giving £20,000 — twice as much as previously recorded,

HOUSE prices rose by 1.7 per cent last month, the biggest increase for five years.reports the Express adding that

in a double dose of good news it appears the economy could be recovering sooner than expected

It's Bank Holiday weekend and queues of 28 miles on the M5 yesterday as the Guardian reports that

police negotiators spoke to the man on the Avonmouth bridge, near Bristol, at the start of the bank holiday weekend. The alarm was raised at 1pm and negotiations lasted until shortly after 7.30pm when the man, in his late 50s and from Bristol, leapt from the bridge into the water below. Coastguards recovered his body.

It's less than four months to Xmas and the Mail reports that

shopkeepers are thinking twice about bringing out the decorations too quickly this time because of the actions of a vigilante group.
The grandly-named 'Movement for the Containment of Christmas' has sent letters to stores telling them not to sell festive cards until November.

Finally most of the papers report the end of Oasis as Noel Gallager quits blaming his brother Liam for the walk out.

In a brief statement on the band's website the Britpop star said: "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight.
"People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.
reports the Telegraph

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