Newspaper review: Papers cover Daniel Pelka case


A picture of four-year-old Daniel Pelka features prominently on the front pages of the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

His mother Magdelena Luczak and stepfather Mariusz Krezolek were convicted of his murder.

The Times says "warning signs were ignored again", as the pair were "left to inflict a regime of cruelty".

The paper quotes the NSPCC. It says Daniel's suffering "should have been plain to see" by the professionals who had contact with him.

The Daily Mail speaks to the sister of Krezolek in Poland. She says he terrorised her when they were growing up. Luczak's sister says their mother was concerned after a visit to England.

"Something terrible is happening in that house," she said.

Exam tables

Schools are asking pupils to sit maths exams twice in order to boost their score in league tables, according to the Independent.

Fifteen per cent of candidates sat their GCSE with more than one board in the hope that they would gain a crucial C grade with one of them.

The Financial Times says too much effort goes into "heaving borderline candidates over the dividing line" because of exam league tables.

Writing in the Guardian, Education Secretary Michael Gove says there is nothing ideological about the government's free schools programme.

He says John Stuart Mill would approve of the state providing education through autonomous bodies - Marxists like them because they support institutions run by workers in the public interest.

The paper says Karl Marx is "perhaps the most unlikely person" enrolled by Mr Gove in support of the scheme.

Top places

The Independent reports on a study that found that providing soap and clean water to children in developing countries could make them grow taller.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and charity Water Aid say infections in the gut reduce the absorption of vital nutrients.

They estimate better hygiene could reduce the prevalence of stunted growth by up to 15%.

The Daily Express lists 10 reasons to love the north-east of England for the benefit of the Conservative peer who suggested that the controversial process of fracking for gas could take place in the region.

Among the attractions are Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland National Park and Hadrian's Wall.

But Lord Howell of Guildford tells the Daily Telegraph that he was thinking of the north-west of England.

He says gas exploration already takes place on the Lancashire coast and that was the region he meant to refer to.

Crop circles

The Times reports that there is a shortage of crop circles - only 15 were spotted in July compared with 50 last year. It seems the people who make them - so-called croppies - are slowly retiring.

The paper says some are put off because farmers are losing patience with the circles - but it speaks to one croppie who gave up because he developed hay fever.

Finally, the Sun pictures a mini fast-food hut for footballer Wayne Rooney's three-year-old son Kai, in his grandparents' back garden.

The American-style eating place comes with the sign "Little Roos Diner".

And the paper suggests some meals including offside salad, soup match of the day and toad in the goal.

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