Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Killed for the colour of his skin,fresh problems for May and Germany calls-Wednesday's papers

One image dominates many of the front pages that of stabbed schoolboy Stephen Lawrence.

Killed for the colour of his skin says the Telegraph which reports that more than 18 years after Lawrence was stabbed to death in a racist attack, two men have gone on trial for his murder.



The teenager was “swallowed up” by the gang as he tried to run for his life, but nobody who witnessed the attack managed to get a good look at the assailants, and the case remained unsolved.
says the paper

The Guardian carries the same headline reporting that the Old Bailey was presented with fresh evidence linking defendants to 1993 attack in south-east London.

the key to the prosecution case against Dobson and Norris was new scientific evidence, made up of fibres, blood and hair ,that had not been available in the past,the paper says.

Stephen's DNA on killers says the Sun outlining that the prosecutor said a full DNA profile of the victim's blood was found on the collar of Dobson's grey jacket and in addition, 16 fibres found on Dobson's jacket and in an evidence bag in which it was stored could have come from Stephen's clothes.

Another fine mess for the Home Secretary reports the Independent.According to the paper Theresa May's department is now accused of publishing 'misleading' figures on drug seizures.

The paper reports that Sir Michael Scholar, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, condemned the department for a "highly selective" briefing to journalists which claimed that the amount of heroin and cocaine detected at ports and airports had soared – just days before properly audited figures showed seizures had fallen.

Meanwhile Brodie Clark's appearance in front of the Common's select committee is well covered.The Guardian reporting that he directly accused the home secretary of destroying his reputation and insisted that he was no rogue officer.

Europe is the topic for both the Times and the Mail.The former reporting that David Cameron faced a deepening rift with Germany over the future of Europe last night as close allies of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, turned on Mr Cameron after he called for the European Union to rewrite its rules after the debt crisis.

Europe speaks German now says the Mail's headline reporting the comments of Volker Kauder who warned Britain could not block a financial tax that would cost the City billions.

And the paper adds that Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU saying that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers.

Ahead of today's unemployment figures David Miliband is calling for “extraordinary measures” to deal with the “tragedy” of youth unemployment says the Times.

In an interview with the paper,the former Foreign Secretary said that subsidising transport costs, ring-fencing apprenticeships for the under-25s and bringing back a form of the Future Jobs Fund could all be used to defuse the unemployment “timebomb”.

Many of the papers report that the British Medical Association has said that smoking in private cars should be banned to protect children and the elderly.

Because of the small enclosed space inside a car, smoking creates 23 times more toxins than found in a smoky bar says the Telegraph

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