Newspaper review: Peterlee shooting dominates papers

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers.

There are several calls for better gun control after a Peterlee man, licensed to own six weapons, killed three people before shooting himself.

The Daily Mail says Durham Police have questions to answer.

In the Daily Express Professor Peter Squires, a criminologist, says the murders expose the danger of storing guns in private homes.

The Daily Mirror focuses on the woman who leapt from a window to escape the massacre.

It says the 19-year-old ran to a neighbour's house to raise the alarm despite having shotgun pellet wounds to her wrist and shoulder.

Gloomy forecast

The Times predicts that anti-ageing fillers will be the next scandal to hit the cosmetic surgery industry - after the scare about faulty breast implants from France.

The paper says that 160 different kinds of injectable fillers are certified for sale in the UK, where they are unregulated.

Only six are permitted in the US, where they're treated as medicines.

The Financial Times asks 83 economists - including 11 former members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee - to read the runes for the economy in 2012.

Their assessment is gloomy, with three out of four expecting the situation to deteriorate or stay the same.

All agree that the outcome of the sovereign debt crisis in the euro-zone will be crucial to Britain's prospects.

The Times says the first working day after the festive period is the busiest day of the year for solicitors receiving divorce enquiries.

To counter this it says a High Court judge, Sir Paul Coleridge, has set up a foundation to promote marriage.


The Daily Star says US chat shows are targeting newly split Katy Perry and Russell Brand to spill the beans.

The Express has better news - Susan and Robert Erskine are now the UK's oldest married couple after 75 years together.

The Independent says a row is threatening to break out between the artists David Hockney and Damien Hirst.

Hockney has criticised the king of the YBA (young British artist) movement for failing to make his own work, saying it is "insulting" to skilled craftsmen.

Finally, a study highlighted by the Guardian shows that concert violinists cannot tell the difference between playing a multi-million pound 300-year-old Stradivarius and an instrument made last week.

During a blind trial at an international violin competition, researchers found that performers preferred modern instruments.

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