Newspaper headlines: Brexit defeat and policing 'meltdown'

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"Policing in meltdown" is how the Daily Mail sums up a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, which it describes as "devastating".

The Mail warns that 46,000 suspects are now on the police wanted database, including around 340 who are being sought for murder or manslaughter, and just over 1,000 for rape.

The Daily Mirror calls on Theresa May to "sit up and listen" to the findings, arguing that as the home secretary who made the police cuts she is "personally responsible" for the problems.

The Home Office insists it has protected police funding.


The Daily Telegraph is among several papers to criticise the House of Lords for voting to amend the Brexit legislation.

It says Mrs May wanted to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK weeks ago, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel stymied any deal.

The Mail sees the vote as a "naked bid to sabotage Brexit".

Siobhan Norton, writing in the i newspaper, thinks the vote is an embarrassment for the prime minister but says it will be "little more than a moral victory" as MPs will very likely reverse the defeat.


The Financial Times is among many papers to welcome the "optimistic and conciliatory" tone that US President Donald Trump adopted in his speech to Congress.

"The most shocking part" of the address, says Ben Jacobs in the Guardian, was "there was nothing shocking at all".

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The markedly different style of the speech and Mr Trump's trillion dollar plan to invest in American infrastructure have helped push the markets to record highs, according to the Times' lead.

But it says the "great question left unanswered" is how the president will pay for his pledges.


Shadow chancellor John McDonnell tells the Guardian that Labour would force all taxpayers who earn £1m a year or more to make their tax records public.

He argues that forcing top earners to be more transparent about their tax affairs would cut down on avoidance.

The paper sees the proposal as an attempt by the Labour leadership to show they are drawing up radical policies, despite the embarrassing by-election loss in Copeland last week.


The Daily Telegraph says scientists have developed a ground-breaking new method of safely reviving frozen organs which could end donor shortages and save millions of lives.

The technique works by dispersing nanoparticles through the organ tissue.

These then work as tiny heaters when they are activated using electromagnetic waves.

Currently many organs have to be discarded because they cannot be kept for more than a few hours but it is hoped the technology could eventually allow hospitals to store them for much longer.


A few of the papers carry pictures of the two-year-old boy from Anglesey in north Wales whose father made him a bionic arm using a 3D printer.

Sol had to have his arm amputated when he was 10 days old and his parents were told there was nothing the health service could do for him until he was at least a year old.

So Ben Ryan approached staff at Bangor University who helped build him an artificial limb.

The Daily Express reveals Mr Ryan has now set up a company to help other children such as Sol - and is launching a crowd-funding drive to explore the technology further.