Newspaper headlines: Moped gangs 'knockout blow' and EU summit

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Image caption Theresa May is in Brussels hoping to sell her Brexit deal to EU leaders

Brexit features in many of Saturday's papers, ahead of a crucial EU summit to formally sign off the deal on Sunday.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Theresa May will seek to win round Tory Eurosceptics by announcing curbs on low-skilled migrants, just days before MPs vote on her Brexit plan.

The newspaper has seen leaked Cabinet papers which show the Home Office has drawn up plans to issue low-skilled migrants 11-month visas "with restricted entitlements and rights".

In its editorial, the paper questions what impact the announcement would have, saying immigration is only one element of Brexit.

"Mrs May might find Tory opposition does not vanish the moments she bangs the immigration drum", it suggests.

Meanwhile, in the Daily Mail, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tries to make a virtue of the Brexit deal's shortcomings.

Writing in the paper, he says the UK "hasn't got everything" but neither has the EU.

As such, Mr Hunt says, the arrangement "stands in the best traditions of British pragmatism", arguing one of the UK's greatest strengths is pursuing what works rather than "visions of perfection".

If a frosty reception awaits Mrs May in Brussels, then it seems her chancellor Phillip Hammond will be feeling the heat at home, according to a report in the Times.

The paper says Treasury forecasts on the economic impact of leaving the EU - to be published next week - will pitch Mr Hammond into a "firestorm" of criticism from Brexiteers.

The Times says Brexiteers will accuse the Treasury of "rerunning the Project Fear narrative of the referendum".

Russia 'bigger threat than IS'

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the new Chief of the General Staff says Russia is now "indisputably" a greater security threat than the Islamic State group.

General Mark Carleton-Smith warns Moscow will "seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever it detects it".

He tells the paper the UK cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses - nor "leave it uncontested".

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Image caption Gen Carleton-Smith, who took up his role as British Army chief in June

The Daily Mail leads on a report that two GPs had to provide emergency cover for more than 1.4m patients in Kent.

They were the only family doctors available for out-of-hours calls one Sunday night in September.

The Mail claims 200 patients were forced to wait for visits or medical advice, including a person who was dying and who was not seen for 6.5 hours.

In a leaked email, a manager describes the service that night as "unsafe", but a spokesman for the out-of-hours service says other medical staff were available and no serious incidents were reported.

Meanwhile, the disclosure that the Metropolitan Police has been deliberately knocking some suspected criminals off their scooters is covered extensively.

"Knockout blow to moped thugs" is the headline on the front page of the Daily Express.

The Sun also supports the policy, describing it as "just what we've waited for".

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Image caption On Friday, the Met Police revealed police officers can use their vehicles to knock moped thieves off their bikes

A retired police officer tells the Daily Mail it is "heartening" and likely to be popular too, saying the public "just want to see police getting stuck in".

But the Times strikes a more cautious note, saying legal experts have warned that the Met is opening itself to civil and even criminal claims over disproportionate use of force. Nick Freeman, the lawyer known as "Mr Loophole", says if riders suffer brain injuries they could sue for millions of pounds.

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Meanwhile, an investigation in the Guardian finds that some of the country's worst care homes are owned by companies that between them have made total annual profits of £113m pounds.

Firms which own homes rated "inadequate" - the lowest possible rating - are nonetheless making large sums of money, it says.

The shadow minister for social care says it is "simply unacceptable" that enormous profits are being pocketed at the expense of those suffering poor care.

Pollution barriers and face masks

Three different stories across three different papers show the extent of public anxiety about vehicle emissions.

The Times reports that a network of pollution barriers is to be installed by the side of England's busiest motorways.

The 9.5m high structures - which look like giant bus shelters - are to be trialled next year.

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Image caption Previous research has suggested air pollution is the ninth leading factor for mortality in the UK

The Daily Mail reports that a primary school in west London has restricted playtime because of the busy dual carriageway that passes next to it.

One parent says his six-year-old son goes straight into the classroom when he arrives rather than running round the playground. "What kind of a life is that for a child?" he asks.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports from a different school in London which is raising money for face masks for its pupils, because of concerns about their exposure to toxic air.

A green campaigner tells the paper it's a sign the country is falling "woefully short" in the fight against pollution.

Vegan cats?

A new threat to the health of the nation's cats is reported in the Daily Telegraph: attempts to force them into a vegan diet.

Meat-free meals for cats were show-cased at the National Pet Show in Birmingham this month but the RSPCA tells the paper they pose a risk to the health of what are carnivorous animals.

Veganism also technically poses a risk to the liberty of cat owners, as failing to give your pet a healthy diet breaches the Animal Welfare Act which can result in a hefty fine or even a prison sentence.

And finally, also in the Daily Telegraph, is a report on plans to build a wind-farm adjacent to the location of the Battle of Agincourt in northern France, where English soldiers won a victory immortalised in Shakespeare's Henry V.

British expats and heritage fans have joined in support of their "French friends" and pledged to resist the development.