Newspaper headlines: Stop-and-search to tackle knife and acid crime

By BBC News

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick have written articles for the Times declaring their support for an increase in stop-and-search checks by the police to tackle rising knife crime and acid attacks.

Ms Rudd is walking a political tightrope, the paper says, as she cannot be seen to criticise reforms by her predecessor, Theresa May, under which the number of checks fell from more than one million to under 400,000.

Mrs May had raised concerns that black youths were being singled out.

In her article, Ms Rudd says officers who use the tactic appropriately will receive her backing.

The Daily Mirror has a double-page spread recalling the events of the credit crunch 10 years ago.

A decade on, it says, millions of ordinary people are still paying the price as the crisis triggered a brutal wave of austerity which is still wreaking havoc.

"Yet in all that time," says the Mirror, "no senior banker has been prosecuted for their wrongdoing.

"To see the disgraced figures who caused it all now living the high life as they count their vast pension pots will stick in the craw for millions of Brits whose wages have still not returned to their pre-crash levels."

A cabinet minister, who apparently wishes to remain anonymous, has told the Daily Telegraph that stamp duty must be reformed as it is exacerbating the housing crisis, stopping older homeowners from downsizing.

The paper says the intervention follows a report from academics suggesting the tax reduces the rate of house moves by a third, creating a mismatch in the market.

Prof Christian Hilber, of the London School of Economics, tells the paper the key message from the research is that stamp duty hampers mobility significantly.

"End stamp duty and unleash the economy," demands the Telegraph in an editorial.

It is a problem not just for the elderly wanting to downsize, says the Telegraph, but for families looking for a larger home.

Countless families are stuck in homes that no longer meet their needs, it adds.

According to the Daily Mail, migrants have made 30,000 attempts to reach Britain from Calais this year, despite costly security measures.

The French Interior Ministry logged more than 17,000 efforts to break into the fortified zone around the Channel tunnel, and asylum seekers also tried to stow away on UK-bound lorries more than 12,000 times.

The Daily Express says its prediction of a summer of migrant chaos has come true, with 115,000 people reaching the European mainland so far this year,

Europe's strategies for dealing with the crisis are wrong, the paper believes, encouraging more people to risk the dangerous crossing from North Africa to southern Europe.

One of the world's rarest spiders has been bred in captivity in what is believed to be a world first, according to the Sun.

More than 1,000 desertas grande wolf spiders, classed as a critically endangered species, have been hatched at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Keepers hand-reared some of the spiderlings from tiny eggs.

The species is found in the wild in a single valley on one of Portugal's Madeira islands.