Newspaper review: Johnson arrest, abuse law and a paracetamol 'alert'

The biggest story in many of Tuesday's papers is the arrest of Premier League football star Adam Johnson on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

With police proceedings active, there is little that can be reported about the case, but the main details are set out in the Daily Mirror, the Daily Star and the Sun.

The Sun says the 27-year-old Sunderland winger, who has 12 England caps, was arrested on Monday morning when a convoy of five police cars arrived at his luxury home in the village of Castle Eden in County Durham.

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Image caption Adam Johnson

The north-east born footballer, who was bought by the Wearside club for £10m in 2012, was released on bail that night, the paper adds.

The Daily Star reports that Johnson and his girlfriend Stacey Flounders had their first child, a daughter, on January 8 this year.

The Daily Mirror says Johnson's family say they are standing by him.

It speaks to Ms Flounders' mother who says: "Stacey and Adam are still very close and absolutely still together.

"He is 100% innocent and we will stand by him. He hasn't been found guilty of anything.

"He is a great lad and has not done anything wrong. This is just a horrible situation."


'Close eye'

Reporting and analysis continues in the wake of the identifying of Islamic State murderer Jihadi John as Kuwaiti-born Briton Mohammed Emwazi.

The Times is one of a number of papers to report claims in a Kuwaiti newspaper that Emwazi's mother recognised her son as the IS killer when she saw a TV report on a hostage beheading.

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Image caption Mohammed Emwazi pictured as a student at the University of Westminster

According to the report, Ghaneya Emwazi screamed "this is my son" when she heard the militant's London accent.

The Times says the Emwazis are being questioned by Kuwaiti security officials over the extent of their knowledge and possible support for their son.

The paper features further details about his life, including two trials in London where he was accused of trying to sell stolen bicycles on auction site eBay.

It adds that police found tens of thousands of pounds worth of stolen bikes in his garden shed and the security services suspect he was selling them to raise money for terrorists.

Emwazi was acquitted in both trials, after telling the courts he had bought the bikes in good faith from third party sellers on classified ad site Gumtree.

The Independent features the transcript of an interview Emwazi gave before he left for Syria to an employee of the organisation Cage, which acts as an advocacy group for people detained for Islamist terror offences.

In a conversation the group says was recorded in 2009, Emwazi tells Cage about his interview with an MI5 officer.

Emwazi claims he told the security agent that he thought the 9/11 attacks were wrong, and that he believed everyone had a right to follow their own religion.

He added that the MI5 officer replied "I still believe you are going to Syria to train" and "we are going to keep a close eye on you".

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Image caption Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg founded Cage on his return to the UK

The Guardian says Amnesty International is considering cutting its links with Cage after comments from the group appeared to blame the security services for harassing Emwazi and driving him into the arms of terrorists.

Kate Allen, Amnesty's UK director, tells the paper: "We do not support all of Cage's views or agree with how it expresses them.

"We are reviewing whether any future association with the group would now be appropriate."

The Guardian says the Charity Commission is looking into the funding of Cage by two British philanthropic groups.

The paper adds that Emwazi's family have denied the report that his mother had identified him in an IS video. His father Jasem said the report was a "lie, lie, lie".


'Culture of denial'

The Daily Telegraph is one of two papers to lead on a new law which will jail public officials who "turn a blind eye to child abuse".

The paper notes the move, to be announced by David Cameron on Tuesday, comes after high-profile cases where grooming gangs have operated in British towns and cities despite victims and their families reporting the crimes to the authorities.

The paper says party politics, political correctness, dismissal of victims' stories and "systemic failures" had allowed hundreds of young girls to fall victims to abuse gangs.

It says the PM will say: "Children were ignored, sometimes even blamed, and issues were swept under the carpet - often because of a warped and misguided sense of political correctness.

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Image caption David Cameron will announce the new measures at a meeting of police chiefs and social workers

"That culture of denial which let them down so badly must be eradicated."

A new whistleblowers' hotline will be set up to encourage teachers and social workers to sound the alarm if they think officialdom is ignoring an abuse problem, the Telegraph adds.

The Guardian explains that teachers, social workers, police officers and councillors and local authority workers can be jailed for up to five years for "wilful neglect" under the new powers if they are found to have swept abuse claims under the carpet.

The paper says the act - which is already in force with respect to neglect to tackle abuse at childrens' and care homes - "could lead to scapegoating, whereby individuals are blamed for organisational failings or lack of public funding" in the view of critics.

It adds that Mr Cameron will upgrade child sexual abuse to the status of "a national threat" so it is placed on a par with serious organised crime by police chiefs and elected police commissioners in their strategic planning.

The extended legal powers are announced at a time that the papers are full of reports that up to 300 vulnerable girls might have been abused by a gang based in Oxford.


'Sharp reminder'

Paracetamol, the cheap painkiller of choice for millions, comes under the spotlight in the Daily Express's lead.

The paper reports that new analysis appears to show a link between long-term use of the drug and conditions such as strokes, renal failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.

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The paper says experts have said there should be a "systematic review" of its effectiveness and doctors should consider prescribing alternative medicines.

Professor Philip Conaghan of Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine tells the paper: "There's no reason for mass panic but people should be careful when taking it long-term and doctors should consider carefully what other drugs they can recommend to their patients."

GP Dr Ian Campbell says paracetamol is used by millions and rarely causes any concerns.

But he adds: "If it's true mortality rates do increase a little, it is a sharp reminder to everyone that any drug, whatever its purpose, should be taken as infrequently, at as low a dose as possible and for the shortest time possible."

Little white tablets are not the only substance whose health properties are examined in Tuesday's press.

The Daily Telegraph reports that coffee - often portrayed as a health "bad boy"- can be beneficial for our hearts.

Image caption There is good news for caffeine fans in the papers

A Korean study of 25,000 middle-aged men and women has found that drinking three to five cups of coffee could reduce the risk of heart attack or strokes, the paper continues.

Researchers believe the popular beverage can cut the levels of coronary artery calcium - which is associated with heart disease.

But the paper warns that the study indicates that drinking more than five cups a day was found to be more unhealthy than drinking none at all.

In another health story, the Daily Express suggests another way of lowering stroke risk - eating nuts.

A US study of 200,000 adults found improved cardiovascular health in those who ate plenty of nuts, including peanuts.

The Express adds that experts warn against eating too many salty peanuts.


Sharks and pandas

What do you think about lobsters?

If you like them - and not just as a main course - you are probably a man, according to the Independent.

The paper explains that a poll of 190,000 Britons found that the aquatic crustacean was one of the animals that was beloved by men, but loathed by women.

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Image caption Man's best friend?

Others to appeal to the chaps, but not the ladies, include alligators, sticklebacks and sharks.

Miniature pigs, cats, ponies, chinchillas, and pandas had more feminine appeal, however.

Will Dahlgreen of YouGov, who carried out the survey, said men had "sympathy for heroic, aggressive or creepy" animals, and the lobsters' "menacing claws", rather than their reputation for mating for life, probably explained their bloke appeal.

From lobsters to the county of lobster pots, and news that the Cornish accent is to receive a televisual snub.

The Daily Mail reports that stars of the BBC's remake of 70s TV classic Poldark, which is set in Cornwall, were told not to use local accents.

Aidan Turner, who stars as Ross Poldark in the drama, says he thinks production staff were "spooked" over the fuss about the BBC's recent dramatisation of Jamaica Inn, which drew viewer complaints over "mumbling".

"I can tell you all the actors were aiming for 10 out of 10 on enunciation," he tells the Mail.

And now for something completely different, as someone once said.

Image caption Poldark: now with added received pronunciation

Tired of your job, seeking a rise, an in-demand profession, maybe a relocation to the countryside? The Times has a suggestion for you.

The paper reveals that chicken sexers can earn nearly £40,000 a year, but despite this relatively handsome reward there is a national shortage of them.

Trained professionals, the Times explains, examine 1,000 chicks an hour looking for "minuscule differences" in the poultry's genitalia to determine which is male and which female.

Andrew Large of the British Poultry Council, which wants the job put on an official government skill shortage list, says no machine could achieve the 97 to 98% accuracy that a qualified sexer can.

He adds: "I think the problem is the job itself. You are spending hours every day staring at the backside of a chick. That is not seen as being attractive.

"In south-east Asia a chick sexer is a high status job. In the UK it is more likely to be the butt of humour."