Newspaper headlines: Referendum row, wrinkle 'rescue'

David Cameron (l) and Boris Johnson

Much like the EU referendum debate, the papers are dominated by the two "big beasts" of the opposing camps: Prime Minister David Cameron for Remain and former London Mayor Boris Johnson on the Leave side.

The I says the "bitterest clashes so far" of the campaign came after Mr Cameron "suggested Brexit would increase the risk of war and genocide returning to the continent". This brought a "stinging retort from Mr Johnson, who ridiculed the Remain campaign for pushing 'scare stories about World War Three or bubonic plague, or whatever'".

"Brexit: Now it's personal" is how the Daily Mail headlines the exchanges. Calling it the "most frenzied day of the campaign so far", the paper says Mr Cameron's speech was "attacked as 'historically illiterate'" by a number of Eurosceptic MPs.

Boris Johnson's suggestion that the conflict in Ukraine was an example of the EU making foreign policy "on the hoof" led to Mr Johnson being branded a "Putin apologist", says the Times. Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is quoted in the paper as saying the Conservative MP's comments were "further evidence" about the "careless disregard for our security demonstrated by Leave campaigners... by being a Putin apologist, Johnson has provided it".

The Daily Telegraph quotes Col Richard Kemp, a former commander of UK troops in Afghanistan, as saying that Mr Cameron is wrong. "If he genuinely believed that by leaving the EU we would be risking global war, then why would he put the thing to the vote?" Col Kemp tells the paper.

Writing in the same paper, former Foreign Secretary William Hague says that "riddled with faults as it is, the EU nevertheless provides a structure that restrains the centuries-old rivalries of continental Europe". Lord Hague adds: "Everything I saw as foreign secretary corroborates what David Cameron and recently retired intelligence chiefs have said in recent days."

There is praise for the prime minister in the leader column of the Guardian. The paper says Mr Cameron "invoked both a sense of history and of internationalism in ways that have been too long absent from the modern debate on Europe".

The Daily Express uses its editorial to congratulate Mr Johnson, saying his speech "made the case for Brexit with intelligence, honesty and charisma".

The Sun sums up its thoughts on why the prime minister upped the rhetorical ante on Monday in one line from its editorial column: "The polls are neck and neck - the panic button has been pressed."


Have a care

A study suggesting 33,000 people have died needlessly over a 10-year period because they have not received the correct care after suffering a heart attack is reported widely.

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The Daily Mail says researchers estimate one patient dies needlessly every month in hospital in England and Wales. The study analysed 390,000 cases of the most common type of heart attack, the paper reports, and examined whether the patient had received one of the 13 treatments recommended in international guidelines.

Eighty-seven percent of patients did not receive one of the treatments, reports the Guardian, with the "most-commonly missed" interventions being dietary advice and help on giving up smoking. "If all eligible patients had received optimal care at the time of the guideline publication, then 32,765 deaths may have been prevented," the paper quotes the study's authors as saying.

GP Dr Mark Porter, in the Times 2 supplement, says giving up tobacco is the "single biggest change a smoker can do to reduce their likelihood of a future heart attack, so it is inexcusable that this is not always highlighted".

According to the Sun, about 82,000 people a year in England suffer a heart attack and the weekly working-age death tolls is around 200.


Eye-catching headlines

  • Crowd fears force Flying Scotsman to tour in secrecy - not a story about a hi-tech, sci-fi cloaking device for a much-loved steam locomotive, but rather a report in the Daily Telegraph that the engine's owners - the National Railway Museum - won't issue timings for its next UK tour to stop enthusiasts from wandering on to the tracks to catch a glimpse.
  • Tesco staff's weight gain - the supermarket chain has reduced back injuries among its staff by up to 94%, reports the Daily Mirror, after bringing in weightlifters to show its distribution centre staff the best way to lift heavy loads. When it comes to avoiding back pain, every little helps.
  • Air cops stop kite - the Sun reports that a police helicopter swooped on a man in Bristol to tell him the kite he was flying was a risk to aviation. According to the paper, the kite reached heights of 1,000ft (304m) - five times higher than allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • The 21st Century terror... being parted from our smartphones - according to the Daily Mail, a quarter of Britons suffer separation anxiety if they're away from their mobile device for more than an hour. The survey also notes many people are angered by those who let their phones ring in the cinema or theatre. Makes you yearn for a cinema code of conduct.

'Hurts beyond repair'

The Daily Mirror calls it the "DNA fluke" that led police to the man who killed 17-year-old Melanie Road in 1984.

The paper reports that her murderer, 64-year-old Christopher Hampton, was never arrested as part of the original investigation, and that his "downfall" came after his daughter was arrested and cautioned for criminal damage in 2014.

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The Daily Mail notes that Avon and Somerset Police took samples during the original inquiry from 71 blood spots at the murder scene in Bath, and that while DNA analysis was not available, the force kept all the samples as evidence. A DNA profile of the killer was loaded onto the national database in the 1990s, the paper says, although there was no match to Hampton at the time as he had never been arrested.

The Guardian reports that in May 2015, cold case detectives re-ran a check on the national DNA database to include people added to the system since 2010, and found a familial match to Hampton's daughter. The paper says Hampton voluntarily gave a DNA sample in June 2015, and was arrested the next month.

At Bristol Crown Court on Monday, the I reports, Hampton finally admitted murdering Melanie, having originally denied the charge.

The Daily Telegraph reproduces part of Melanie's mother's victim impact statement, in which Jean Road tells of wandering "aimlessly through the streets of Bath hoping to see a glimpse of Melanie". "To never see her beautiful smile and girlish laughter hurts beyond repair," she adds.


What the commentators say

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Media captionThe Evening Standard's Pippa Crerar and Hugo Rifkind of the Times review the front pages

Wrinkle rescue?

Hailed in the Sun as a "cure" for wrinkles, the paper tells how after 10 years of research and development, scientists have invented a liquid artificial skin.

"The wearable film... has shown promise in a series of small trials in which it was applied to wrinkles, under-eye bags and patches of dry skin," says the Guardian.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, scientists at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have tested the second skin on human subjects and were "able to reshape eye bags and smooth out wrinkles while also boosting moisture to prevent lines forming".

The paper adds that creating an artificial skin which "perfectly moulds around the face, but is also durable, breathable, flexible, yet invisible, has proved tricky".

The MIT-developed substance, known as XPL, "takes the form of two creams that are applied to the skin one after the other", says the Daily Mail. The second cream triggers a chemical reaction in the first which turns into an ultra-thin, skin-like film, the paper adds.

"It's transparent, it's essentially invisible, it's not messy and it has good mechanical strength," MIT Professor Robert Langer is quoted as saying by the Times.

The coating remains in place for 24 hours, reports the Daily Express, and "no volunteers reported any skin irritation caused by wearing XPL".


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