Newspaper headlines: Sir Cliff Richard 'tainted' and 'Ben Needham's toy car'

Sir Cliff Richard's meeting with MPs about the false sex claims against him is featured prominently in both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.

A police raid on his home was carried live on BBC News and the Mail sums up the singer's anger with a front page headline: "BBC and the police tainted my life forever."

"My name was traduced around the world in all the places where people know me.

"I believe there were probably very few countries that did not hear of the ridiculous, appalling accusation made against me," the paper quotes him as saying.

The Telegraph, meanwhile, says Sir Cliff described his "distress, humiliation, anxiety and illness", during the 22-month investigation.

It pictures him with the broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, who was also told he would not face any charges after a long police inquiry.

They both want the law changed so that suspects accused of sexual offences can remain anonymous unless they are charged.

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Image caption Sir Cliff Richard left Westminster with Paul Gambaccini

New evidence in the search for the missing toddler Ben Needham makes the front page of the Daily Mirror.

The paper claims police have found a toy car that Ben was playing with on the day he vanished in 1991.

It says the toy was discovered at a tip used by a digger driver who is suspected of having caused the boy's death, on the Greek island of Kos.

The paper says the yellow car is well preserved, with the number 88 still clearly legible on the roof.

Ben's grandmother, Christine, tells the Mirror how she and his mum Kerry broke down when officers showed it to them. The toy will be returned to the UK for tests.

Calais 'children'

Elsewhere, the arrival of the first child migrants from the "Jungle" camp in Calais raises questions on the front pages of the Daily Express and the Daily Star.

Both show pictures of some of the new arrivals, who must be 17 or under to be allowed into Britain, where they already have relatives.

The papers suggest they look older than their years and UKIP MEP Jane Collins tells the Express she hopes the British public "weren't providing refuge for adult economic migrants trying to pull a fast one."

The Home Office has insisted their ages have been verified.

In its lead story, the Times says David Cameron's government wasted more than £1bn on a scheme to help troubled families, which researchers believe had little impact.

It says as recently as June last year, Mr Cameron had claimed the programme had helped turn around the lives of thousands of families.

The paper says the government doesn't entirely accept the criticism of the independent study and there is no sign yet that it plans to abandon the scheme.

Battle for Mosul

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Image caption Smoke billowing as Iraqi forces deploy south of Mosul

The long-awaited assault by Iraqi forces to recapture Mosul is featured prominently in most of the papers.

The Guardian's Martin Chulov gives a first hand account of the offensive against so-called Islamic State militants. He is embedded with Peshmerga troops and describes how IS is resisting with mortar fire, car bombs and improvised explosives.

"As the day wore on," he writes, "it became clear to the Peshmerga creeping through the plain that they would have to fight for every yard."

In the Times, Anthony Loyd describes how the fighters he was with sent a wire-guided missile "slamming into the side of a suicide bomber's Chevrolet - scattering pieces across the grey sand."

The Daily Telegraph believes the recapture of Mosul would, in effect, signal the end of IS's reign of terror in Iraq.

However, the paper says the battle - which began yesterday - will provide a stern test for the Iraqi military alliance with the Kurds and the US-led coalition.

The Financial Times, meanwhile, warns that any victory will be short-lived if there is a "failure to manage the conflicting interests of the forces marching on the city."

A cunning plan?

The Times puts the scrapping of A-level archaeology on its front page - saying it is the next specialist arts subject to be killed off.

It comes after history of art was dropped last week.

The newspaper says a petition has been set up to get the exam board, AQA, to review its decision.

Image caption TV history presenter Sir Tony Robinson is supporting the campaign to keep A-level archaeology

The subject has heavyweight backing from Time Team presenter and Baldrick actor, Sir Tony Robinson, who is supporting the campaign, the Guardian reports.

"It feels like the Visigoths at the gates of Rome," he told the newspaper. "All these incredibly valuable and important subjects are being cast into the fire."

He calls the decision to axe archaeology "barbaric" and believes it's down to money.

AQA says it has been difficult to recruit experienced examiners.

Porpoise drama

The Sun features a heart-warming tale of a surfer's 130-mile mercy mission to save a baby porpoise.

It tells how fireman Dave Butterton and his friend Ben Rogers found the creature stranded in mud on the River Severn, in Gloucestershire.

They put the floundering mammal on a surfboard and carried it through reeds and up a bank to Dave's car.

He then wrapped the porpoise in wet towels, put it in the boot and drove to Ilfracombe in Devon to release it at a nearby beach.

Dave's partner Mary Taylor tells the paper "we hoped it would give a little jump like Free Willy. It didn't - but it swam away very happily."

Pensioner rescue

And finally, the Daily Mirror is one of several papers to cover the story of a waitress who helped save an elderly woman who had been stuck in her bath for four days.

Sonia Congrave, who lives in Southend, in Essex, called police after one of her regular customers at Tomassi's cafe hadn't been in for several days.

Doreen Mann, aged 87, survived by drinking tap water and topping up the hot water in her bath to keep her warm.

"I just couldn't get out of the bath and I was there from Friday morning until Monday morning," she told the newspaper.

"At the time I thought 'I have got to keep calm', but when I look back I just do not know how I did it."

Sonia told the paper: "She is a really strong woman - all she wanted afterwards was her cake and a cup of tea."