Costa del Sol expat shooting, Parliament reform calls and Sheffield's 'rogue' runners

The shooting of a British expat businessman on the Costa del Sol attracts front page headlines.

Spanish police are said to have launched a murder investigation after the 48-year-old millionaire was reportedly shot in the head on Saturday morning as he returned to his villa near Estepona with his British girlfriend, says the Daily Express.

The Daily Mirror and Metro are among the papers to name him as Andrew Bush from Bristol, who ran a number of jewellery businesses in the city.

According to neighbours quoted in the Times, Mr Bush had a two-year relationship with a Slovakian model in her 20s, which ended recently.

And, reports the Daily Telegraph, there is speculation she is the person being sought for questioning by officers.

The Daily Mail says Mr Bush had a home in South Wales but spent much of his time at a rented five-bedroom villa in Spain.

It reports that his killer is believed to have fled the scene in his Hummer truck. Police also took Mr Bush's other luxury cars - including a Porsche and Ferrari - away from the property for examination, it says.

'Hasty decision'

The papers reckon the prime minister is being drawn further into the row surrounding the expense claims of Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

The Guardian says Downing Street is digging in its heels and resisting growing pressure for MPs to be stripped of their ability to police their own affairs in the wake of their decision to reduce the amount of housing expenses overclaimed in error that Maria Miller was ordered to repay.

In an editorial, the paper says David Cameron "once promised a new politics, but in office he has been a reliable reactionary force... as he clings to his minister, the PM becomes the face of the politics of old".

The Daily Mail describes Mrs Miller as the "architect of her own misfortune" after she was made to apologise for failing to fully co-operate with an inquiry. It says Number 10 was now facing a "chorus of demands" from senior figures from all main parties to bar MPs from policing their own affairs through the Commons standards committee.

In the Sun, Trevor Kavanagh sees Mr Cameron's support for Mrs Miller as a "disastrous and perhaps fatal error" which has "unravelled all his government has achieved in persuading cash-strapped voters that we are 'in it together'".

The Independent too says it is time to end the MPs' self-regulation and believes Mr Cameron "may come to regret his hasty decision" to back Mrs Miller. The Daily Mirror says it would be "indecent and dishonourable" if Mrs Miller stayed in her post.

'Frightened patients'

A range of other political stories appear on the front pages.

A "de facto amnesty" is needed for terrorist suspects in order to allow Northern Ireland to put the past behind it, former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain has told the Times. He says crimes committed during the Troubles should be left unsolved. The paper notes his call echoes a similar proposal last year by Northern Ireland's attorney general, which saw First Minister Peter Robinson among those expressing "stiff political opposition".

A warning from the head of England's health watchdog, Dame Julie Mellor, that thousands of elderly patients are enduring appalling NHS care because they are too frightened - or too polite - to complain leads the Daily Mail. Patients are suffering in silence, fearing even worse treatment if they dare to raise criticism and there "needs to be a significant cultural shift in the way complaints are handled," she suggests.

Writing in the Independent, Labour leader Ed Miliband warns that the "cost-of-living crisis" will last for at least another five years. Living standards will be put at the heart of his party's general election campaign next year despite calls from within his own party for him to change his strategy because the economy is improving, he says.

A crackdown on high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines is to be promised by the government, says the Guardian. Amid rising concern over the spread of fixed-odds betting terminals in bookmakers, there will be fresh penalties should shops fail to enforce new limits on playing times and losses, as well as new regulatory and planning powers to curb their expansion, says the paper.

Fawning hypocrisy?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear to have flown into an unexpected controversy as they arrived in Wellington at the start of their tour of New Zealand and Australia with eight-month-old Prince George.

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Image caption A traditional Maori greeting for the Duke of Cambridge in Wellington

The Daily Telegraph reports that some New Zealanders have started protesting about, "of all things", the car seat he will be using.

It came after New Zealand's national childcare advisory agency Plunket issued photographs to the media of one of its staff fitting a baby seat into the official limousine that will transport the royal visitors.

Parents quickly took to social media to accuse it of" fawning hypocrisy", says the Guardian, pointing out that the seat is forward-facing, despite the agency's strict guidelines telling parents to carry children in rear-facing car seats until the age of two.

The Daily Mirror says Plunket was only following the requests of the duke and duchess, and it said that both options were legal and a parent's choice.

Meanwhile the Times reports there was a "palpable" level of excitement in New Zealand ahead of the visit.

That was despite the future of the Royal Family being "reignited once more", says the paper, as Sir Don McKinnon, a former deputy prime minister, took the opportunity to say it was "inevitable" the country would become a republic in future.

'Rogue runners'

The "chaotic scenes" that greeted competitors in the Sheffield half marathon are described in some detail. The 5,000 runners who turned up to take part were told the race had been cancelled because deliveries of drinking water had not arrived.

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Image caption Spectators handed out water along the route

The Daily Telegraph reports that participants turning up to the event "decided not to let their training go to waste and started running anyway, with the support of spectators".

"Thousands defied the ban, helped along by free drinking water given out by big-hearted locals lining the route," says the Daily Express.

"Rogue runners shrug off health and safety rules", reads the headline in the Times.

The paper's David Brown says the loud speaker announcement that the race had been cancelled was too quiet and when some at the front decided to run anyway people at the back assumed the race had started.

The Guardian carries comments from South Yorkshire Police, which said it tried to set up road blocks, before deciding that "it was a lesser risk to let them run the race".

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