Newspaper headlines: 'Ban Trump', flood damage, Paris tears and jail sentences cut

Controversial comments made by US Republican billionaire Donald Trump land him on several of Wednesday's front pages.

The US presidential candidate caused a "transatlantic row" by saying parts of London were so radicalised that police feared for their lives, the Telegraph reports.

It says David Cameron and Boris Johnson were among those giving a "British backlash", calling Mr Trump's comments "wrong" and "utter nonsense".

The Times says the Metropolitan Police made a "highly unusual political intervention" by saying Mr Trump "could not be more wrong".

Before turning his thoughts to London, Mr Trump had proposed a ban on Muslims entering the US - something the Guardian describes as "close to lynch mob politics".

The paper says there could be "no credible co-operation" with a Trump White House on fighting jihadists, or anything else involving Europe's credibility with the Muslim world.

"He would be on his own. And so would we," it adds.

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In the Daily Mail, Max Hastings says Mr Trump was foolish and wrong to call for a total ban on Muslims entering the US.

"But opposition to further large-scale Muslim immigration is rational and is a view which deserves more respect than it gets from politicians and most of the media on both sides of the Atlantic," he adds.

MPs have said Mr Trump is a "hate preacher" who should be banned from entering the UK, the Metro reports.

"He is a buffoon on a global scale", the Independent says, but it argues he should not be banned from visiting the UK as he is "no threat" to security or the British way of life.

In a cartoon, the Financial Times shows early European settlers telling Native Americans: "Don't worry, we're not Muslims."


Flood recovery

Flooding has dominated the headlines in recent days, and it still features in many of Wednesday's papers.

The i's front page shows a woman cleaning up in Carlisle, as the paper says a senior Conservative MP has admitted "we're not spending enough" on defences.

"Imagine this was your front room," is a headline in the Daily Mail. The accompanying picture shows two people hugging in a flooded room, with a Christmas tree in the foreground.

Writing in the paper, Ian Birrell highlights the UK's "lavish" foreign aid spending and says families affected by the flooding are "entitled to ask if their taxes would not be better spent on river defences here".

As people in Cumbria turned streets into "temporary rubbish dumps" with items from their flooded homes, the Met Office warned more rain was on the way, the Independent reports.

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Eye-catching headlines

  • 'Best wedding ever': stranded guests enjoy 70-hour lock-in - A wedding reception in Cumbria lasted for three days as guests waited for flood waters to drop, the Guardian reports.
  • Heavens! Nuns get frisked at Vatican - The Mail says heavy security ahead of an appearance by the Pope meant even nuns were searched by police.
  • Being handsome is bad for your career - A study has found good looks can harm a man's career, as male colleague may not wish to promote men deemed better-looking than themselves, the Telegraph reports.
  • Arnie: Eat less meat... or else - Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging people to help tackle climate change by going vegetarian for one or two days a week, the Sun says.

'Overcome with emotion'

Rock band Eagles of Death Metal sobbed as they returned to the Paris venue where they were playing when gunmen attacked last month, the Sun reports.

The Mirror says the band joined U2 on stage in Paris on Monday night - vowing "love and joy" would overcome "terror and evil" - before visiting the Bataclan concert hall yesterday.

Band members were "overcome with emotion" as they laid flowers, the paper adds.

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Prison plans and green belt 'attack'

Prison sentences of thousands of criminals will be reduced in a bid to tackle an overcrowding crisis in jails, the Times reports.

It says many foreign inmates will be released at least nine months early on condition they leave the country, while British prisoners will also have sentences cut.

The paper says its investigation into the state of prisons also revealed gangs were smuggling legal highs into jails using "catapults, bows and arrows and even potatoes". Governors fear tense and overcrowded prisons could "explode at any time", it adds.

Rural areas which fight housing developments will be "punished" with new towns, the Telegraph reports.

It says a Whitehall consultation is proposing a test to rank how areas provide new homes, with "new settlements" imposed on those which fail to meet targets.

The paper accuses the government of a "stealth attack on the green belt".


What the commentators say

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Media captionJournalist Lucy Cavendish and broadcaster Richard Madeley join the BBC News Channel to review Wednesday's papers.

'Namby pamby' football and choir on ice

The Football Association has banned newspapers and websites from reporting on local youth football matches because it can demoralise losing players, the Times reports.

Youth FA officials say the ban - to apply from under-7 to under-11 age groups - has been imposed because one-sided scorelines can "act as a disincentive to continue playing for many children", the paper adds.

The Express criticises the "namby pamby world of children's football", saying the FA's action is "meddling and utterly wet".

"Why deprive the winners of their moment of fame and glory purely for the sake of the losers?" it asks.

Morale seems to be high among the choirboys of Winchester Cathedral, who are pictured in several papers, including the Times and the Guardian.

The boys were photographed on an ice rink outside the cathedral - all "grinning from ear to ear", the Express says.

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