Newspaper headlines: Junk food plan 'axed', Team GB golden couple and a Banksy bootcamp

The government is yet to formally unveil its childhood obesity strategy for England - but the proposals are already coming under scrutiny.

Medical experts and campaigners, reports the Guardian, see the strategy "as weak and embarrassing", and have accused policymakers of throwing away the best chance to tackle the culture of unhealthy eating that is crippling the NHS.

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The paper says the measures rely on voluntary action by the food and drink industry to cut sugar levels and are shorn of any restrictions on junk food marketing and advertising.

According to the Times, a planned push by the health secretary, for "draconian" action was rejected by new Prime Minister Theresa May.

"Tough measures to tackle obesity have been axed," says the paper. "It is understood that Downing Street does not want to burden the food industry as the economy falters."

Mrs May is a long-standing opponent of "nanny state" interventions but ministers were accused of caving in to the junk food lobby, says the Daily Mail.

The Action on Sugar charity is quoted in the i as saying the plan was "an embarrassing and inexcusable waste of a fantastic opportunity to put the nation’s health first”.

But the i notes that ministers believe boosting participation in sport is key to reducing obesity and say they are "absolutely committed" to tackling the issue.

And there is support for the plans in the Sun which says in a leading article: "The solution to Britain's expanding waistlines isn't pushing people into poverty or food companies out of business.

"It's getting kids and adults off the sofa and exercising outdoors."


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'A good trip'

Team GB cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott are pictured widely following their historic wins at the Olympics in Rio.

Kenny won the sixth gold of his career - a record-equalling achievement - while his fiancee Trott became the most successful female British Olympian by securing her fourth.

"What next for the golden couple?" asks the Daily Express. "Kenny and Trott are still only 28 and 24 respectively so both are young enough to secure plenty more Olympic medals."

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"The couple can now expect a financial gold rush," says the Daily Mirror. "But despite the medal glory Laura says she still feels like "that eight-year-old who started cycling because she absolutely loved it."

"Gold medals sorted, now for the wedding," says the headline in the Daily Telegraph - among several papers to carry Kenny's comment that "Rio was not a bad trip, but it puts pressure on the honeymoon".


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Media captionJack Blanchard, deputy political editor of the Daily Mirror, and Martin Bentham, home affairs editor of the London Evening Standard, join the BBC News Channel to review Thursday's front pages.

'Fatal attraction'

The Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Metro all lead with the life sentences handed down at Preston Crown Court to two women convicted of murdering Sadie Hartley at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire.

Sarah Williams, 35, carried out the stabbing in a bid to win back ex-lover Ian Johnston, the businesswoman's partner. She was found guilty along with accomplice Katrina Walsh, 56.

The Mirror carries a photograph taken six weeks before the murder which shows Ms Hartley and Mr Johnston at a party as what it describes as "lurking killer" Williams sits at an adjacent table.

The Mail, which devotes eight pages of coverage to the trial verdict, says Williams's "violent jealousy could have come straight out of the Hollywood film Fatal Attraction".


'Hurry up'

Official figures showing the number of EU workers in the UK has risen by more than 200,000 in the last year to 2.2m attracts the attention of the leader writers in three of the papers that backed the exit from the bloc.

The Daily Express call on the prime minister to "demonstrate a firm commitment to border controls" during the Brexit negotiations.

"Nobody wants to see the EU workers currently living here threatened with deportation," the paper says. "However it remains the case that we cannot accept a never-ending flow of new arrivals."

"Jobs, wages and public services are under enormous strain," says the Sun. Brexit has handed Mrs May the mandate to fix that historic error."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail urges the prime minister to "hurry up and seize" the "great opportunities for a self-governing Britain" that Brexit has provided.


Banksy bootcamp

Finally, the i reports fans of street artist Banksy are being given the opportunity to be "trained in the subversive techniques employed by their hero".

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Image caption Banksy's Dismaland drew thousands of visitors to Weston-super-Mare in 2015

The "Fire Starter" course, a "Banksy bootcamp" taking place in London and the guerrilla artist's hometown of Bristol, is open to anyone prepared to pledge £95 towards a proposed book project.

The publication will feature images taken last summer by photographer Barry Cawston at Banksy's dystopian theme park Dismaland, which attracted 150,000 visitors to Weston-super-Mare.

According to the i, the elusive Banksy is aware of the book and funding campaign, but it adds: "Although it appears the artist has given his tacit approval, he is unlikely to appear in person on the course."