Newspaper review: The 'wrath' of Storm Doris

By BBC News

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A fallen tree brought down by Storm Doris lies across a main road in Isleworth in London

There are photographs of cars flatted by bricks in Birkenhead, of brollies buffeted by the wind and of raging seas. Storm Doris certainly made an impact.

The Daily Mirror calls the damage caused by the high winds across Britain "the Wrath of Doris", saying the storm caused "chaos". One woman died when she was hit by flying debris.

The Guardian says the storm brought unpredictable danger for road users, and says pedestrians were "blown across pavements like rag dolls".

The Telegraph says the Met Office argument for naming storms is that we are safer, because we take more notice of them. But it says Doris simply does not sound like a name that deserves to be thought dangerous.

Many of the papers have discussion about Thursday's net migration figures - which showed a fall, but were still well above the government's target. The Guardian calls them a "relief" for Theresa May.

But the Daily Express says ministers still have a mountain to climb, and highlights what it calls the rocketing numbers of people coming to the UK from Romania and Bulgaria. The paper says the conclusion is simple: "The Brexit deal must bring back full control over our borders. Nothing less will do."

The Financial Times is less sure about that. Its editorial says it has been "demonstrated exhaustively" that immigrants are good for growth and public finances, being on average young and productive.

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The Guardian leads with accusations that the Metropolitan police are trying to "stifle their critics" by cutting funding for the Black Police Association.

The organisation could lose all three of its full-time staff, with their concerns represented instead by a senior officer who would not need to be black.

A founding member of the BPA says it is being "gagged" under cover of cost-cutting, and the paper says the row presents an unwelcome early challenge for the incoming commissioner, Cressida Dick.

The Met denies a clampdown on internal criticism, and says it is trying to save £400m.

There is anger directed at Iain Conn, the boss of British Gas owners, Centrica. The Daily Mirror calls him arrogant and "power-crazed" for saying the firm's standard tariff is good value, even while admitting that it's as much as £200 more than rival firms'.

The Daily Mail says Mr Conn has angered consumers by defending a rip-off tariff. But the paper's City editor Alex Brummer defends him. "People resent their utility bills", he says, but British Gas has moved closer to the mid price range, and is being prudent in addressing its pension deficit.

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The Sun reports that the Prince of Wales is backing a scheme to give hidden contraceptives to grey squirrels, to try to cut their population by 90%.

The paper suggests he supports the idea because no animals would be killed - instead the contraceptive would be concealed in chocolate spread as a way of sterilising the grey.

The aim is to protect red squirrels, and millions of trees which are damaged by grey squirrels stripping off rings of their bark.