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Newspaper headlines: Flack's boyfriend's heartache and 'tough' trade talks

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image captionThe death of Caroline Flack is the main story in many of the papers

The closure of day centres catering for people with dementia is highlighted by the Daily Telegraph.

The paper found that 32 centres have shut in the past three years across the UK and that an extra 100,000 patients a year are ending up in hospital.

The charity Age UK tells the paper that for the older people affected and their families the withdrawal of community services is devastating.

Boris Johnson has promised his government will "fix the social care crisis once and for all".

The death of Caroline Flack is the main front page story in the the Sun, the Daily Star and the Daily Mail.

The Mail quotes friends as saying Flack had become "fixated" by the prospect that police video footage of her arrest for an alleged assault on her boyfriend would be made public at her trial.

The Guardian says Labour is calling on Boris Johnson to sack a new Downing Street aide whose past pronouncements have caused outrage.

Andrew Sabisky is said to have been appointed after the prime minister's adviser, Dominic Cummings, appealed for "weirdos and misfits" to work at Number 10.

It's reported that, six years ago, the 27-year-old researcher proposed mandatory birth control at the onset of puberty to avoid unplanned pregnancies creating an "underclass".

He's also said to have claimed on Twitter that black Americans have a lower average IQ than white people.

The Telegraph says it's spoken to an aide to a senior cabinet minister who described Mr Sabisky's comments as "highly offensive", while another said they would refuse to work with him.

Mr Sabisky has not commented.

Striking aerial photos of the flooded village of Crickhowell in Powys are on the front page of the Guardian and the Times, showing homes, cars and trees surrounded by water.

The Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express picture residents being rescued in rubber dinghies, some clutching children or pets.

One woman tells the Mirror she's lost everything.

The paper accuses the government of showing "crushing indifference" to the plight of those whose homes or businesses are ruined.

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image captionAn aerial view of the Welsh village of Crickhowell features on some of the front pages

Britain and the European Union will "rip each other apart" during negotiations on a future trade deal, according to the French foreign minister, who's quoted in several of the papers.

The prediction by Jean-Yves Le Drian is the main front-page story in the Times and the Express.

The Times says negotiations over fishing rights are expected to be particularly tough.

The Mail quotes a UK government spokesman as saying that Britain is hoping for a relationship based on "friendly co-operation".

The Express says the UK's negotiator, David Frost, has made it clear that Boris Johnson will walk away from the talks unless the EU drops what the government considers to be "ridiculous" and "unreasonable" demands for Britain to sign up to EU rules.

Rocket fears

The Mail reports fears that rocket leaves could pose a risk to health.

The Food Standards Agency says one in 10 samples of British-grown rocket contains high levels of nitrates, which have been associated with types of cancer.

The substance has been linked with the use of artificial fertilisers. The agency cautions that the number of samples it tests is relatively small.

The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is calling for new legislation to control how internet companies use people's data and guard their privacy and safety.

Writing in the Financial Times, he says good regulation may hurt Facebook's business in the near term, but will be better for everyone over the long term.

His company is publishing a paper today setting out the questions that regulation might address.

The FT says the government's proposals on holding big tech companies to account and protecting users from exploitation, terrorism, revenge porn and hate crime need far more work if they're to be effective.

And finally, it's being claimed that "bouncy pavements" made from recycled tyres could save thousands of lives a year.

The Daily Express, the i and the Mail carry the findings of researchers in Sweden who say shock-absorbent asphalt, similar to the material used in playgrounds but more durable, would also prevent tens of thousands of serious injuries.