Newspaper headlines: Hero Leicester City pilot 'saved hundreds'

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The Srivaddhanaprabha family celebrate the Premier League title with the Leicester fans in 2016

The Leicester City helicopter crash is the lead for many of the country's newspapers.

While they reflect the mourning and tributes for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha elsewhere in their coverage, it's the pilot who is feted on the front pages.

The Sun says Eric Swaffer may have saved hundreds of lives by steering the helicopter away from the stadium and a hotel packed with Saturday night revellers.

An eyewitness tells the Daily Express: "It was like the pilot was trying to get away from the stadium."

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(L-R) Izabela Roza Lechowicz, Eric Swaffer, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare all died in the crash

The Daily Mirror reports that more than a thousand staff, corporate guests and media were still inside the ground at the time of the accident.

The Daily Mail says the helicopter avoided busy roads and the last of the fans along with dozens of police officers, coming down on empty land. Its headline is "Miracle more weren't killed."

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As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Budget, the question for many is how far he will loosen the public purse strings.

The Financial Times says the Budget will tread a delicate path between obliging Mrs May in her demand for higher spending, and holding back big decisions until after Brexit.

The Sun reports that Mr Hammond will announce a special Brexit coin, a 50p piece available from the day the UK leaves the EU next March.

The paper, which has been campaigning for the government to mark Britain's departure with a coin, says it will bear the words "Friendship with all nations".

Its leader column castigates Royal Mail for refusing to release a Brexit stamp, saying it did so to commemorate Britain's membership of the EEC in 1973 and the Single Market in 1992.

The Daily Express leads on figures by Diabetes UK showing that 500 people with the condition are dying prematurely every week in England and Wales.

The paper reports that many of the deaths are caused by heart disease, stroke or amputations, which could have been avoided if patients were supported to manage their condition effectively.

With the right treatment, ranging from insulin injections to diet management, diabetics can live long, healthy lives, it says.

Finally, a number of papers report the findings of a study showing that the average person throws away 4,490 pieces of plastic every year.

The Sun says he and a fellow campaigner, Dr Julie Schneider, found that 93% was single-use packaging and 70% was not currently recyclable.

He tells the Express: "We can't just rely on recycling to fix plastic pollution. We need to produce and use much less plastic."