Newspaper headlines: Killer at palace and Brexit predictions

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Most of the papers report that Denis Hennessy, who has been jailed after he was arrested inside the grounds of Buckingham Palace, was convicted of murdering a homeless man in 1993.

The Daily Express reports counter-terrorism expert Col Richard Kemp as saying "If this man was a terrorist it would be a tragedy for the Royal Family and undermine the UK".

According to the Daily Telegraph Hennessy, whom it calls a "talented stonemason", got to within 50 yards of the palace before he was stopped.

"Unless you put up sentries armed with searchlights... very occasionally incidents like this can happen," former royal protection commander Chief Supt Dai Davies tells the Daily Mail.

Several papers mention Chancellor George Osborne's warning that Brexit would cause a reduction in property values.

The story is the lead in the Guardian, which reports Mr Osborne as saying house prices could "take an 18% hit" by 2018. And for those to whom this sounds like good news, it adds that the chancellor predicted an "economic shock" which would increase the cost of mortgages.

The Telegraph's front page has Mr Osborne claiming that "house prices will fall by a fifth".

But the Financial Times is among papers which point out that the predicted reduction in value of between 10% and 18% is set against an estimate that house prices will rise 10% by 2018 - so the chancellor's claim means "a British exit would mean stable house prices, and if things get really terrible, they might fall by 8%."


Cannes contrast

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Image caption Charlize Theron (right) and Sean Penn (left) at Cannes
  • Actress Charlize Theron is pictured on the front of the Times at the Cannes film festival, where The Last Face in which she plays an aid agency chief, has been screened.
  • Her cool and serene portrait contrasts with the picture of the film's director Sean Penn, looking harassed in Cannes on the front of the Guardian.
  • Audiences at the festival booed the film, says the Guardian.
  • The Daily Mail claims the pair, whose relationship broke up last summer, "seemed unable even to stand next to each other".

In any case, says the FT, "the link between the economy and house prices is extremely difficult to make".

The Daily Mail and other papers report the response by Energy Minister and former Economic Secretary to the Treasury Andrea Leadsom that the chancellor's claim is "extraordinary" and the greatest threat to the economy is the instability of the euro.

A further warning which has attracted the attention of several British papers came in statements by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to Le Monde.

Asked about EU-British relations after a Brexit vote, Mr Juncker told the French paper "The deserters will not be received with open arms," as the Daily Telegraph and others report.

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Image caption Will Mr Juncker rub some of his hearers up the wrong way?

The paper quotes him as saying the UK "will be treated as a third country, which won't be handled with kid gloves."

The i renders his words as "a third party, which does not have its hair stroked in the right direction" which is closer to the original French.

A claim on the other side of the Brexit debate is also controversial - that is the assertion by Justice Secretary Michael Gove that staying in the EU could add five million to Britain's population by 2030.

The i says the claim, which Mr Gove says would put "unsustainable" pressure on the NHS, assumes that Turkey and four more Balkan states will join the EU in 2020.


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The Mail reports Mr Gove as dismissing claims that further enlargement "is not on the agenda" and insisting that it is the explicit policy of the EU Commission and the British government.

More general worries about pressures on the health service appear in most of the papers, with the Times quoting a health think tank economist as saying "NHS finances are in a truly dreadful state".

The head of NHS England has warned managers of health regions not to "duck difficult decisions" in upcoming five-year plans, says the Times.

Up to 50 hospitals face losing A&E or other units after running up record debts, it claims, with an expert warning that other casualty units could "fall over" because of the extra workload.

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Media captionTimes columnist Matthew Syed and the Daily Telegraph's political correspondent, Ben Riley-Smith, join the BBC News Channel to review Saturday's front pages.

A report yesterday blamed the size of the deficit on pay for agency personnel because of staffing shortages, and on difficulties caused by bed-blocking, the Daily Mirror reports

Amid the papers' general dismay at the service's financial plight, the Telegraph quotes the chief executive of one health trust saying there should be "sensible discussions" about whether free health care is "always the right thing to do".

Various reports following up the loss of the EgyptAir plane over the Mediterranean appear, with most papers carrying profiles of the pilots and of some of the passengers.

The Mirror quotes British passenger Richard Osman's brother as saying that when warned of the risks of flying, "He took the view that it's never going to happen to you".


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Image caption Jonny Bairstow in full flow at Headingley

Pick your sport

  • Cup Final day coincides with excitement in the first Test Match to provide plenty of enthusiastic sports coverage.
  • The papers consider whether this might be an opportunity for Crystal Palace to take the FA Cup for the first time in their history, or if Manchester United can register a 12th win.
  • The Daily Express reports that Palace's Connor Wickham will give his medal to his father, a sergeant-major who served in Iraq, if he wins,
  • Meanwhile, United manager Louis Van Gaal has told the paper of his excitement when, as an 11-year-old schoolboy in Holland, he watched Jimmy Greaves score for Spurs in the 1962 final.
  • At Headingley even the weather went England's way, writes Mike Selvey in the Guardian.
  • The sun shone in the morning as Jonny Bairstow scored his century, then cloudier conditions aiding England's seamers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad later on.

And the Telegraph says discoveries of wreckage have given no clues to the cause of the tragedy with no terror group having claimed responsibility and the search for the black box flight recorder still continuing.

Some papers report that Cheshire police have replaced traditional peaked caps with hard baseball caps. The Mirror quotes the chief constable as saying "I want Cheshire officers to be equipped with the most appropriate uniform to carry out their jobs safely and effectively.

Meanwhile a remark by a fast-tracked senior officer has caused fury among rank-and-file polices, the Times claims. It says one of the first group of direct-entry superintendents criticised the 12 weeks they had had to spend patrolling with beat officers during training - telling university researchers it was like training to be a council leader and having to "do a few mornings with the bin lorry".


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