Newspaper headlines: Variants warning, and 'rape culture' in schools

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Philippa Markou (left) and Teresa Walton swim at David Lloyd in Acton, LondonImage source, PA Media
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Philippa Markou (left) and Teresa Walton swim at David Lloyd in Acton, London

Pictures across Monday's front pages show people having a swim, enjoying a barbecue in the garden and taking a stroll in the park.

It is, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express say, Happy Monday - as lockdown restrictions in England are eased.

The Sun predicts that millions of workers are ready to call in sick to celebrate today's "moment of freedom" and ditch the Covid shackles to meet friends and family in the glorious sunshine.

The Times says a public information campaign will urge people to resist pressure to break the rules.

"Embrace your new freedoms, but don't hug" is the message, according to the paper's headline.

The Daily Telegraph says that with the heatwave expected this week and some schools already on their Easter break, there is concern that some people could abandon the rules, with fears of large gatherings and parties as crowds flock to popular areas.

The main story for the Times is that one of the country's most senior police officers has said he believes schools have covered up sexual offences to protect their reputations.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey tells the paper that the outpouring of allegations is the education sector's "MeToo" moment.

Mr Bailey - the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for child protection - says he fears a "culture of misogyny and sexual harassment" has not been challenged in some schools.

The chair of the NPCC tells the Guardian that the legitimacy of the police force in black communities is so low it damages the effectiveness of law enforcement.

Martin Hewitt says he wants to change "generations of history" between police and black communities, strained by stop and search, and decades of reports finding black people are getting a different service to white people.

He says his pledge to enhance racial justice in policing is not "political correctness" or "wokeness", but an operational necessity.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a commission is to recommend that the term BAME - an acronym of black, Asian and minority ethnic - should no longer be used by public organisations and companies.

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was set up by Boris Johnson after the Black Lives Matter protests last year.

A source familiar with its report tells the paper that the term has become "unhelpful and redundant".

The paper says one of the commission's concerns is understood to be that it masks the more complicated picture of the different experiences of individual ethnic groups.

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There are concerns about the welfare of thousands of animals trapped on ships that are delayed because of the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal

Finally, a number of papers report that fears are growing for the welfare of tens of thousands of animals trapped on board ships stranded in the Suez Canal.

According to the Daily Mail, at least 20 vessels delayed by the giant container ship that got stuck in the canal, are carrying livestock in sweltering conditions.

Animal rights organisations have warned that the ships are teetering on the brink of a "bio-hazard timebomb" as disease could break out among undernourished animals locked in filthy and cramped pens below decks.

Dozens have already died, the paper adds.

The Times provides some hope, with the news that the Egyptian authorities are delivering emergency supplies of fodder to the ships.