Newspaper headlines: 'End of the diesel and petrol car'

By BBC News

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The Sun calls the planned ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 a "bombshell for motoring".

The "war on diesels", declares the Daily Mail, is "getting dirty".

The Daily Telegraph suggests that any scrappage scheme is likely to be "very, very targeted".

The Times warns that measures such as removing road humps and changing road layout will not go far enough for air quality campaigners who want fees imposed on diesel drivers entering cities.

But the Sun says "the government should be congratulated" on a plan that does not "punish diesel drivers".

The paper raises concerns of what it calls a "looming power crisis", saying that recharging electric cars would increase demand on the electricity grid by 16%.

The Mail suggests a ban on diesel vehicles at peak times has not been ruled out.

While the papers say goodbye to "gas guzzlers", they welcome BMW's decision to build its electric Minis in Britain.

The Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mail all pronounce it as a "Brexit boost".

The Daily Mirror calls it "E-Mini marvel," with Unite trade union boss Len McCluskey attributing the move to the "world-class workforce" at BMW's plant near Oxford.

But the Financial Times raises concerns that the car's batteries are to be made in Germany, saying it "flags up a British weak spot".

The lack of a battery factory here, says the FT, caused Jaguar Land Rover to make its first electric vehicle in Austria.

On its front page, the Mirror shows pictures of Charlie Gard and one of the the killers of Stephen Lawrence, David Norris.

It says it is "beyond belief" that the baby's parents received no legal aid, unlike Norris who is pursuing a case against prison chiefs.

It suggests there is something "deeply wrong" with the means-testing system.

It calls for the parents to be "given some peace".

The i focuses on the US specialist in the case, saying anger is growing since he had admitted a financial interest in the experimental procedure Charlie's parents were pushing for.

The Guardian suggests the case raises the ethics of questioning the expert even though he had not seen the child.

Controversy over the BBC's gender pay gap continues.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Casualty actor Tom Chambers is "completely mortified" after he faced condemnation for suggesting the wage differential was down to men supporting their families.

The Times says Labour MP Stella Creasy likened his mindset to someone in the 50s.

Chambers apologised, saying that in no way did he advocate the pay gap.

After a difficult week there are some positive headlines for the BBC - both the Sun and the Mirror note that it takes three places in the top 10 most highly rated brands, with John Lewis claiming the top spot.

Brand May gets a bit of a bashing in some of the papers.

The prime minister is pictured in most of them on her holidays, wearing a pink shirt-dress.

The Times notes her "sartorial choices" are "more muted".

The Daily Mail is more direct, suggesting she should not have worn the pale number until her legs were tanned.

But the Daily Star has different concerns.

"May we ask who is in charge?", questioning why she has not named a minister to take her place in her absence.