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Newspaper review: Press discusses looters' backgrounds

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Many of the papers profile people who have been charged with crimes linked to this week's rioting.

The Sun, the Daily Express and the Daily Star highlight the case of the 18-year-old London Olympics ambassador Chelsea Ives.

The Sun and the Express note that she was reported to police by her mother, after she saw her on television.

The Daily Mail also highlights the case of a 17-year-old aspiring ballerina accused of looting.

Harsher sentences

"Back on the streets" is the Daily Telegraph's headline, as it highlights the case of the 12-year-old boy who walked free from court with a nine-month referral order.

This came two days after he was caught on camera with a £7.49 bottle of wine from Sainsbury's.

But the Guardian reports on the other end of the sentencing spectrum.

It mentions someone who stole a case of water worth just £3.50 was jailed for six months.

The Sun goes as far as suggesting that the courts have carried out a U-turn in their sentencing approach for those convicted of looting and rioting.

It says they have switched from "bail to jail" after David Cameron vowed to crack down on offenders.

Pension concerns

The Financial Times says Chancellor George Osborne is holding firm on cuts to the police budget.

He insists that any deviation from his deficit reduction plan could "plunge Britain into a financial whirlpool".

Other stories in the papers include a warning, from the Express, that one in four Britons will retire in poverty.

The paper reports figures that suggest that 1.4m people over 55 on the verge of retiring, have never saved anything into a pension.

The Mail notes that even the prudent will be hit.

This is because millions of workers will have seen their pension pots hit by the stock market rout of the past fortnight, it says.

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