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Newspaper review: Riot aftermath discussed in the press

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The aftermath of the rioting in England continues to make the lead for many papers.

Tony Blair's article for the Observer - rejecting claims that the violence showed British society was in "moral decline" - is the paper's main story.

The Sunday Times says Scotland Yard now believes that as many as 30,000 people were involved in the London violence.

The Sunday Express has David Cameron on it front page, highlighting his promise to "get a grip" on the abuse of the Human Rights Act by some.

Police application

The Sunday Mirror and the Daily Star Sunday lead with the Red Arrows plane crash and the death of its pilot.

The Mirror says Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging refused to eject, so that he could steer the plane away from houses and shops before it went down.

The Sunday Telegraph says only one candidate applied for the Met Police Commissioner job by the deadline.

The paper says ministers then ordered officials to find other candidates, an exercise which yielded three more.

The Telegraph also reports how a council has scrapped doorstep rubbish collections for the first time since their introduction more than 130 years ago.

Residents in rural areas covered by Rossendale Council in Lancashire must now take their rubbish down country lanes to "collection points".

Some of these can be about a mile away from their homes, the paper says.

Campaigners have accused the council of using the current economic climate as "an excuse to cut a basic service offered by any civilised society".

Bercow woe

Press opinion is divided on Sally Bercow's participation in Big Brother.

For the People, those who say she should not take part because it demeans her husband's status as Speaker of the House of Commons need a reality check.

But according to the Mail on Sunday, "sources very close" to John Bercow say he's deeply upset by his wife's antics.

And Camilla Long, in the Times, says Mrs Bercow's appearance on the show reflects so badly on her husband as to be unkind.

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