Newspaper review: Papers voice post-April case fears


Many papers print photographs of Mark Bridger being led away from Mold Crown Court to begin a whole-life prison term for murdering five-year-old April Jones.

There is widespread concern about the ease with which he was able to access child pornography.

Once again, says the Daily Mail, we are confronted with a sickening child murder in which the guilty man had obtained child abuse images on the net.

The Guardian draws links with Stuart Hazell, the killer of 12-year-old Tia Sharp.

In both cases, the paper says, a petty criminal became a child sex killer - and online abuse images played a part.

The Sun calls on governments around the world to force internet firms to block what it calls extreme filth.

And the Times says western countries should harmonise their laws on what constitutes online criminality.

The Daily Telegraph says child protection charities believe web firms could introduce online warnings, threatening prosecution when users attempt to access explicit sites.

The Daily Mirror says politicians have tried to muzzle the press - but it accuses them of turning a blind eye to the wild west of the internet, despite it being a "sewer of indecency and filth".

Sabre rattling

Several papers report the government's determination to fight a legal attempt by the European Commission to make Britain ease restrictions on immigrants claiming benefits.

But the Daily Express says that despite the sabre rattling, civil servants are preparing for surrender.

The paper believes there is only one way to restore Britain's right to set its own rules on benefits - and much else besides - and that is to leave the EU.

The Daily Mail accuses an arrogant EU elite of trying to seize control of Britain's welfare state.

The Times says anomalies can be addressed without the need for a long judicial process.

The Guardian believes the only sustainable way of addressing the issue is by rallying support across European borders for a more perfect union.

Dog fight

The Financial Times says the coalition is to announce an extra £15bn pounds of public spending.

According to the paper, the Treasury is drawing up a league table of infrastructure projects graded according to their potential economic benefits.

The aim, it says, is not only to stimulate the economy but also to challenge Labour to outline its own plans to revive growth.

The Guardian reports that the five biggest internet companies have delivered a thinly veiled warning to Home Secretary Theresa May that they will not co-operate with a so-called snooper's charter.

The paper says they have signed a letter saying that revised proposals for increased monitoring of emails and phone calls would be expensive to implement and highly contentious.

Finally, the Daily Telegraph tells how a dog show in the Kent village of Higham ended in a brawl when hundreds of unexpected visitors arrived, leading to a fight over parking spaces.

Then, owners demanded compensation when their pets were not awarded rosettes.

Rubbish and abuse were hurled at organisers, the paper reports, and girls taking charity donations were reduced to tears.

The woman who organised the event - a former Crufts-winning owner - says she will not be doing so again.

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