Newspaper headlines: Novichok suspect named and 'criminal' cuts

A number of papers and commentators raise concerns about the consequences of cutting police numbers.

The Daily Express - under the headline, "Thin blue line gets thinner" - leads with figures showing that just six police forces in England and Wales have officers on their front desks.

It says forces are now increasingly reliant on civilian staff to deal with victims and witnesses.

The Daily Telegraph's leader writers complain that fewer officers than ever are deployed on the streets while the number of stabbings and shootings is on the rise.

In the same paper, Tim Stanley says he no longer trusts the police to turn up if he calls 999 after hearing "someone mucking about downstairs in the middle of the night".

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Image caption Several papers express concerns about police cuts amid a reported rise in violent crime

According to the Guardian's lead, the Metropolitan Police's use of force has risen sharply in the past year, with black people far more likely to be on the receiving end.

It reveals the force deployed methods ranging from handcuffing to the use of stun guns, CS spray, batons and guns more than 41,000 times between April and August of this year - 270 times a day on average.

That compares with more than 23,000 during the same period last year - a 79% rise.

The Met tells the paper officers use force only when a threat is perceived to public - or their own - safety and the figures should not be compared with population demographics.

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The UK is attempting to block the return of at least nine Britons held in Syria over links to Islamic State, according to the Telegraph.

It says five suspects - including two members of an IS group dubbed the "Beatles" - have already been named, but the identities of two others, as well as two women and their children, are being protected.

It quotes a senior official for the semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave in Syria - where many of the fighters are held - as saying Britain should take on its moral and humanistic duty towards its citizens.

The paper calls on the government to update the crime of treason if it feels there's not enough evidence to try them here.

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Image caption Pret a Manger faces scrutiny in the Mail, which claims its "fresh" baguettes can be kept in freezers for up to a year before being used

The Daily Mail says it can reveal that Pret a Manger's "fresh" baguettes are made in a French factory and can keep for up to a year.

It says the sandwich chain regularly describes its products as natural and boasts of baking bread throughout the day in-store.

But - the paper goes on - they are part-baked and frozen to -18C on an industrial estate near Rennes, and then shipped to Pret stores. Staff finish cooking the bread in ovens before adding fillings, the paper adds.

The company tells the paper: "Once the bread is fully-baked in shops, it is sold on the day or given to charity."

Finally, there's widespread coverage of a statement by the girlfriend of Strictly star Seann Walsh, who has reportedly ended their relationship after pictures emerged of him kissing his dance partner, Katya Jones.

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Image caption Rebecca Humphries insisted "I am not a victim" in a statement on Twitter

Talk of the "Strictly curse" is back, the Telegraph says.

According to the Sun Rebecca Humphries said Mr Walsh had called her a "psycho" when she questioned his behaviour.

The Mail says Miss Humphries' statement will throw the dancing couple's future on the show into doubt.

The story is the lead for the Daily Mirror - which has a picture of Mr Walsh, and the headline: "You are cha-cha chucked".