Newspaper headlines: Anger over £10,000 child rapist 'spy'

By BBC News


Most of the front pages carry reports on the case of 18 people found guilty of sexually exploiting vulnerable girls and women in Newcastle.

The Times and the Sun highlight the payments made by the police to a convicted child rapist for information.

The Daily Mirror says children's charities, such as the NSPCC, are outraged by the decision.

The Daily Mail asks: "How many more girls' lives have been torn apart by sex gangs?"

And the Daily Telegraph airs the concerns of senior police officers that some communities appear reluctant to attach enough "shame and stigma" to child sexual exploitation.

On its front page, the Daily Star has serious-looking photos of both Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

The paper's headline is "Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber play war games".

The Sun says: "We don't like Donald Trump's apocalyptic warnings to North Korea. But let no one forget who the real villain is."

The Daily Mirror tells Mr Trump to "dial down the rhetoric". Under the headline "the nuke nightmare", it has a picture of a fiery mushroom-cloud.

Kim Sengupta, writing in the i newspaper, says the two leaders are "rather strange and comical characters", but he offers the reassuring view that "the saner men in the White House will stop this getting out of hand".

By contrast, a cartoon by Matt for the Daily Telegraph shows a dishevelled man with a placard reading "the end is nigh". He tells his companion: "It's alarming. People have stopped looking at me like I'm crazy."

However - as several experts tell the Guardian - few seem to believe a war with the US is likely.

But the Financial Times says the threats the two countries are trading have become "increasingly incendiary" and, across the region, countries are dismayed by the risk of conflict.

In Japan, says the Times, sales of bomb shelters have increased sharply. The paper has an illustration showing how an attack on North Korea could unfold.

"These are dangerous times," says the Daily Express.

According to the Times, the Black Prince - Edward, Prince of Wales - was not "the Darth Vader of the 14th Century".

The Daily Mirror says a military historian has uncovered documents that show he did not order a massacre of civilians in the city of Limoges in 1379.

The Times says the sinister nickname came about because of the way the prince was portrayed in a French chronicle of the Hundred Years War written by Jean Froissart.

And the paper says William Shakespeare did not help - by repeating those slurs in Henry V.

Of course, power is a fickle thing.

The waxwork of former Prime Minister David Cameron at Madame Tussauds has, as the Daily Telegraph reports, been put in storage.

Theresa May will take his place looking, says the Mail, "positively happy and relaxed" even if, in real life, "she's not had much to smile about".

The i sees the appearance of her likeness as "a vote of confidence" - or at least a gamble that she will still be in office when the image is unveiled later this year.