Newspaper headlines: Weapons law and Skripals' 'new identities'

The best way to combat the recent rise in violent crime in London is debated across the papers.

The Mail on Sunday says Theresa May has been forced to make a U-turn on police stop-and-search powers following what the paper calls an "epidemic" of stabbings and shootings in the capital.

It says emergency plans to extend the powers, which are contained in a new package of measures being introduced by the government, reflect a change of direction for the prime minister, who introduced a series of curbs on stop and search in the past claiming it was unfair to young black men and did not cut crime.

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Image caption There have been more than 50 killings in London this year

The Sunday Telegraph says for the Conservatives to remain the party of "law and order", the public will demand results from the new measures - and soon.

The paper says there must be a reassessment of police priorities - including more active policing on the streets.

The Sun on Sunday also says an increase in the use of stop and search is "long overdue".

The Sunday Mirror points to statistics suggesting knife crime is up 81% in Leicestershire and 74% in Bedfordshire to argue it is not just in London that blades are a problem.

The paper warns that many young people feel alienated and calls on the government to get tough on the causes of crime.

The Sunday People agrees, saying a new package of measures from the government "smacks of tackling the effects of crime rather than the causes". The paper calls for investment in community policing, education and youth services.

Hard thinking

"I'm to blame" is the headline in the Sun on Sunday above an interview with Justice Secretary David Gauke in which, he says, he takes responsibility for what the paper calls the "parole shambles" in the case of serial sex attacker John Worboys.

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Image caption John Worboys was jailed in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women

Mr Guake tells the paper he has learnt lessons from the case, which saw Worboys recommended for parole before the decision was overturned in the High Court.

The minister, who faced calls to stand down over the case, tells the paper that after a lot of hard thinking he is determined to stay in the job and make the criminal justice system fully fit for purpose.

The Sunday Times reports that the former spy poisoned in Salisbury, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter and Yulia will be offered new identities and a new life in the US to protect them from any further murder attempts.

A senior Whitehall figure has told the paper that intelligence officials at MI6 have had discussions with their counterparts in the CIA about resettling the pair.

According to the Observer, a new political party with access to up to £50m in funding has been secretly under development for more than a year.

Sources have told the paper it is being spearheaded by the Love Film founder Simon Franks and a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to "break the Westminster mould".

The paper says the movement appears to have a centrist policy platform. Political columnist Andrew Rawnsley says he thinks the opportunity exists for a new party but it is lacking the critical mass of MPs prepared to take the risks needed to make it happen.

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Buzzfeed reports that the captain and coach of the Canadian ice hockey team, the Humboldt Bronchos, were among the 15 people killed when the team bus collided with a lorry on the way to a big game.

One of Canada's biggest papers, the Globe and Mail, describes what happened as "the most Canadian of tragedies".

In an editorial, the paper says many people in the vast area known as the Prairies, where the crash happened, know someone like those killed.

It is a thought echoed by columnist Rosie Dimanno in the Toronto Star, who says the details of the crash resonate deeply across Canada and what happened was like "a knife to the collective heart".

Pay gap 'hard truths'

The Independent leads on the findings of a poll commissioned by the centre-left think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, which suggests the overwhelming majority of British people are unwilling to accept lower American food standards in return for a US trade deal after Brexit.

Practices banned in the EU but used in the US include chlorine-washed chickens and crops washed with controversial herbicide chemicals.

The paper says the finding amounts to a public vote of no confidence in the government's Brexit trade strategy.

Theresa May uses an article in the Sunday Times to call on fathers to share caring roles more fairly to make it easier for mothers to keep up their careers.

She says making large companies publish details of their gender pay gap, had forced Britain to confront "several hard truths".

Former BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter Sarah Montague has told the paper she was "incandescent with rage" when she discovered she was being paid less than her male colleagues.