Newspaper headlines: Showdown on spying, and Bradford teacher stabbing

A renewed "snoopers' charter" or sensible measures to protect society from threats?

Those are two alternative views in the press of new legislation that may be adopted in the wake of the report by the UK's terror law watchdog David Anderson QC into state surveillance.

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The Times and the Guardian both lead on the government's reluctance to implement one of the report's key recommendations: that judges are given the power to authorise the interception of communications.

The Times says that although the government will not indicate yet what any future bill might contain, it is keen to reserve such powers for ministers.

The current system is opposed by Labour, and Tory rebels such as former minister David Davis.

Mr Davis tells the paper: "It is difficult to understand how the prime minister imagines a system that requires the home secretary to approve an average of 10 warrants every working day... is either effective or expeditious."

The paper's editorial says that Mr Anderson's belief that a judicial warrant would be more likely to persuade multi-national internet firms to hand over data may be "wishful thinking".

The Daily Mail leads on this aspect of the Anderson Report: the stance of Twitter and other US tech giants, who - in the words of the paper - "will tell suspects if they are on the spy radar".

Twitter says it will only keep investigations secret if compelled to do so by a court, it explains.

The paper says this attitude makes the social media firm "the terrorist's friend".

The Daily Express takes the Anderson report to task for claiming the terror threat was being "overhyped" by politicians.

Such comments "serve only complacency", its editorial says.

The Daily Telegraph, however, sees the report as a "good foundation" on which to base new laws on surveillance.

"Mr Anderson has concluded that the present regulatory framework is a mess and needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Few could disagree," its editorial argues.

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Image caption Home Secretary Theresa May has said she will draw up plans for a new bill on surveillance during the autumn

The Independent's comment is headed "surveillance is crucial to our safety, but not at any price".

It is a stance supported by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty, who writes in the paper that she welcomes Mr Anderson's call for any new legislation to comply with human rights law, and his opposition to the "blanket retention of weblogs" - the so-called "snoopers charter".

She contrasts his approach with that of the House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, which she says "failed to spot the dodgy dossier or expose extraordinary rendition".

The Guardian's Martin Kettle says an honest debate is now needed over surveillance.

"Where deadly terrorist dangers are involved, much of the public tends to trust the government to do the right thing... and be impatient with concerns about the civil liberties of suspects.

"History is littered with examples of people who have allowed themselves to swallow one assurance too many," he adds.


'Watched in horror'

The biggest domestic news story for many papers is the stabbing of a teacher in a Bradford school and the arrest of a 14-year-old suspect.

The Daily Mirror says science teacher Vincent Uzomah was attacked at the Dixon Kings Academy at the start of the school day after a row over a confiscated mobile phone.

"Sickened pupils watched in horror," the paper continues, as Mr Uzomah was stabbed in the stomach and staggered into a corridor trying to stem the bleeding, before collapsing.

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Image caption Dixon Kings Academy was kept open while police searched for the suspect

The teacher was attended by paramedics within minutes and is now stable in hospital, it adds.

The Mirror puts the attack in the context of 55 teachers who suffer some sort of assault doing their jobs every day.

Fatal knife attacks include those on London headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995 and Leeds teacher Ann Maguire last year.

The Sun says Mr Uzomah had joined the school four weeks ago and also worked as an extra on TV shows Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

It quotes the Academy's principal Neil Miley as saying: "There are counsellors on site.

"Students who witnessed the attack are being interviewed by the police."

The Independent says the incident may revive calls for metal detectors at school entrances.

But Mary Bousted, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, tells the paper: "If someone wants to get a knife into a school, they will.

"Schools have perimeter fences - there are lots of ways to get things into a school that don't involve going through a metal arch."

Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, tells the Independent that it is "important to remember how rare these things are and that's why they're so shocking".


'Muscular intelligence'

The other big story throughout the press is the death of screen legend Sir Christopher Lee.

The Daily Telegraph's editorial says Lee became the "universally recognised" template for Dracula: an actor who fitted Bram Stoker's description of the Count and whose sonorous voice was ideal for the role.

"When the monster is mentioned, we picture Christopher Lee. His name is now, like the vampire, immortal."

The Daily Express calls the actor "the dark master".

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Image caption The late, great Sir Christopher Lee

In an appreciation, writer Anna Pukas says Lee was "if not a man for all seasons... certainly a villain for all generations".

She says his enduring appeal derives from the span of his famous roles from Dracula to Lord Summerisle in the Wicker Man; Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun; Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Count Dooku in a recent Star Wars outing.

The Daily Mirror's sub-editors are among the many who cannot resist the pun "fangs for the memory" over its obituary for Sir Christopher.

It has a column from film critic Barry Norman who says Lee "always thought he deserved to do better with less villainous roles.

"I met him a couple of times and he was a remarkable man... extremely intelligent, very courteous and charming.

"The most incredible aspect of his career was the fact that he continued working well into his 70s and 80s. He never seemed to be out of a job - he was in about 250 or so films."

Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian says: "Lee became a walking folk memory of popular cinema.

"An actor of muscular intelligence and grace with a sparkling career, who pulled off the difficult trick of surpassing his great early role without ever being embarrassed by it."

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