Newspaper review: Focus on prisons and migrant 'sting'

Is it time to treat prisoners as potential assets to society rather than problems that need to be locked away?

The front page of the Independent considers that question as it previews a series of announcements due to be made by David Cameron. The paper says the PM "will roundly reject the old Tory hang 'em and flog 'em mantra" and propose that prison governors in England and Wales be given more autonomy on how they run their institutions.

Columnist Ian Birrell warns: "Fine words must be followed by resolute action to face down those fools who see prison as an end in itself. To really get tough on crime, we must help the perpetrators back into society."

The Guardian highlights the PM's intention to publish prison performance data that will enable prisons to be ranked in league tables.

But the Daily Mail is more interested in the notion that an increasing number of inmates will be allowed to spend part of their time outside jail during the final months of their sentences. Or as the paper's front page headline puts it, "Lock up prisoners just for weekend".

Meet the 'Beatles'

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Image caption One of the men is said to be a "football-loving dad" who supported QPR

The identities of two more of the "Beatles" - the four jihadists with English accents said to have overseen a series of beheadings in the name of the Islamic State group - are widely reported by the newspapers.

The Times says "Paul and Ringo" - as they were nicknamed by their hostages - have been "unmasked" as two Londoners.

The Guardian has a picture of one of the men on its front page and explains that the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and ITV News all played a role in naming the men - but says that it has also independently verified the names.

The Daily Mail reports that both were born Christian and later converted to Islam, but were marginalised by the London mosque they both attended when they began expressing extremist views.

A picture of one of the men features on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, which explains it was taken on a Viva Palestine aid mission to Gaza, organised by politician George Galloway in 2009.

Mr Galloway has since pointed out that he has no memory of him on the trip and that this was of course well before the self-styled Islamic State group was formed.

Under the headline "The QPR fan who turned to evil", the Sun reveals that the man was a football-loving dad who once said on an internet profile: "Love a good fry-up in the mornings. I'm as British as they come."

Eye-catching headlines

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Emergenski ward - Channel 4's The Jump lives up to its reputation as the most dangerous reality TV show with Rebecca Adlington, Tina Hobley and Beth Tweddle all suffering significant injuries. (Daily Mirror)

Spitfire George, the future cadet - The Duchess of Cambridge reveals that Prince George has a passion for planes and may yet follow in his father's footsteps. (Daily Telegraph)

Love me brew - Paul McCartney is brewing his own beer, called Old Stinkhorn, using hops from his estate. (The Sun)

Jocks out to swipe our docs - "Sneaky" Scots are set to launch a recruitment campaign on the day of the junior doctor strike in England . (Daily Star)

Put a statue to my pal Terry on BBC roof - Dame Esther Rantzen says a tribute to Terry Wogan would be ideally placed on the roof of Broadcasting House, where he joked that "the dance of the BBC virgins" took place each morning. (Daily Express)

Undercover in the Jungle

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Image caption The Sun says migrants living in he Jungle camp in Calais were being offered a way out, for a price

It has taken a two-month investigation by its reporters and an old-fashioned undercover sting for the Sun to expose the man it claims is the "Migrant Mr Big" who has arranged for "thousands of illegal immigrants" to be smuggled into Britain.

The paper's front page has a picture of the "Birmingham-based kingpin" accepting a £4,000 payment from the Sun's undercover reporter.

On two inside pages, reporters Jake Ryan and Khurram Adnan explain what happens next - over in Calais two Afghan middlemen collect migrants from the Jungle camp and take them to a "secret base 20 miles inland". Then each night, up to 27 migrants are loaded onto underweight lorries heading for the UK.

The paper says it has passed on all of its evidence to the National Crime Agency and that it was "greatly appreciated".

The Daily Express's front page is concerned with EU migrants and specifically former minister David Davis's warning that, should the prime minister succeed in securing an "emergency brake" on migration, it would all be undermined by the fact that there would then be a "rush" of new migrants coming to Britain before it was applied.

And the Daily Telegraph's lead story claims that David Cameron is set to warn that voting for Britain to leave the EU could result in France pulling out of the current border arrangements, with the effect that the Jungle camp of unprocessed asylum claimants would sprout up in Kent instead.

Rocket man

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The global political fallout after North Korea launched a long-range rocket provides a front page story for the Financial Times.

It says that most countries believe it was a "veiled test" for ballistic missile technology and that the US is now "ramping up the pressure" on China to get tough with its neighbour. But the FT says that China - whose companies do a lot of lucrative business with Pyongyang - still believes that dialogue is the way forward.

The Guardian's editorial says that "China's responsibility is hard to exaggerate" and it is "high time" for it to rein in its unruly ally.

As might be expected, the tabloids are a little less measured in their language. The Sun says that the "crackpot nation" and its "potty tyrant" have shocked the world. And the Daily Mirror's Elton-inspired headline describes leader Kim Jong-un as a "Rocket maniac".

The paper's defence and security editor Chris Hughes points out that "crippling sanctions" would only hurt the country's starving and brutally oppressed population, but that every rocket test "brings it closer to the time when America must react with aggression".

And finally... fun animal tails

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Who's a clever boy? A dog IQ test has been developed by scientists who believe understanding canine intelligence may provide breakthroughs in predicting human life expectancy and treating dementia (Independent).

Send in the flying squad: Met wants drone-fighting eagles - Police in London are investigating whether birds of prey could be employed to combat the growing number of drones used for criminal purposes. (Times)

Symphony in bee major - The album One, by the band Be, is really creating a buzz as it features the sound of 40,000 bees. (Guardian)

Corgis' right royal revival - The Queen's favourite breed of dog has had a 34% surge in registration numbers. (Daily Mail)

Paw and peace! Samba, a two-year-old Lithuanian rescue dog, stole the show with a poignant scene that gave the BBC One epic War And Peace an emotional conclusion. (Daily Express)