Newspaper headlines: Eggs scare sparks safety scramble

By BBC News


The Guardian leads with the plight of hundreds of people who have been told they will have to temporarily leave an estate in south-east London because of safety fears.

Southwark Council has issued the warning to residents living in four 13-storey blocks on the Ledbury estate in Peckham.

Checks carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire show the buildings are at risk of collapse if there is a gas explosion in one of the flats.

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The Ledbury estate is in the London borough of Southwark

The paper says the gas supply has been cut off, leaving residents - including some people in their 80s - without cooking facilities, hot water and heating.

The council says it is doing all it can to provide residents with alternatives while the gas is off.

RAF spy planes could be sent on a mission to North Korea to hunt for nuclear weapon sites, according to the lead in the Daily Mirror.

It says if the Commons backs a US request then at least one British aircraft could fly to a base in Japan within a fortnight.

The paper quotes an unidentified source as saying that although conflict between North Korea and the US is unthinkable, everything is being done to prepare for this - including stepping-up intelligence gathering.

The Ministry of Defence has declined to comment.

The Daily Telegraph leads with a call from campaigners for grooming gangs from the Asian Muslim community to be treated as racially-aggravated criminals.

An imam in Leeds also tackles the issue in an article for the paper.

Qari Asim says the Newcastle grooming case appalled everyone but people cannot hide from the fact the perpetrators of these crimes were mostly Muslim.

He says if cultural prejudices have led the abusers to prey on white girls then this needs to be addressed.

He also warns that some community elders prefer to blame women - or even evil spirits - rather than accept young men can be responsible for these terrible crimes.

The Times says that British people will lose some of their rights to sue the government for breaking the law, under the Brexit bill going through Parliament.

It says that areas such as the environment, workers' rights and business regulation will no longer be subject to financial redress through the courts.

Since 1991, a European Court ruling has allowed citizens to sue member states for damages if their rights are infringed by the failure of a country to implement EU law.

Some campaigners - especially those trying to force ministers to tackle air pollution - have expressed concerns to the Times about such a change.

But the government insists that after Brexit, people will still be able to claim for compensation for losses if laws are breached.

The Sun's front page has the story of Rocky, the African grey parrot, who helped police jail a burglar who was raiding his owner's home.

The burglar tried to steal the bird from the house in Gillingham in Kent.

But Rocky pecked the intruder and drew blood, leaving a DNA clue.

The paper draws a comparison between Rocky and Agatha Christie's famous detective - its headline is "Hercule Parrot".