Newspaper review: Lab-grown burger makes headlines


"Brave moo world" and "Frankenburger" are among the headlines on stories about the world's first lab-grown burger.

The Sun says it is a historic step towards wiping out hunger, but the Daily Telegraph says it is something straight out of science fiction.

The Times predicts it is only a matter of time before the migration from lab to supermarket, while the Independent admits it is squeamish about the prospect but believes lab-grown meat is an exciting one.

The Guardian's take is a little less appetising - "Anyone for stem-cell burger?" it asks.

Private eyes

The Daily Mail reports that councils are spending millions of pounds hiring private detectives for snooping operations.

The paper says dozens of town halls, several quangos and even one central government department has hired investigators to check on the public and their own staff.

It says the scale of the use of private eyes came to light after the case of a 999 call centre worker who had a tracking device fitted to her car by investigators because her employers wrongly suspected her of moonlighting on sick leave.

The Guardian leads with the apology issued by the Metropolitan Police to the family of Ian Tomlinson, who died after he was pushed over by an officer at the G20 summit in London four years ago.

The paper, which published video footage of the incident days afterwards, says the apology and the undisclosed financial settlement mark an embarrassing climbdown by the force.

There is widespread interest in fracking, with the Daily Mail urging ministers to stop talking down the "exciting idea".

The Financial Times says the government and the industry should win round the public by starting exploration in locations where drilling has local support and which would have less impact.

Several papers report on the death of 14-year-old Hannah Smith, who was driven to suicide by online bullies.

Hannah's father, David, tells the Daily Mirror he's lost his daughter in the most horrendous way imaginable, and he calls for action against the social networking sites which carry such anonymous abuse.

The Sun notes that two Irish schoolgirls took their own lives last year after enduring bullying on the same site.

'Tax on south'

Hundreds of thousands of homebuyers are being hit by punitive stamp duty rates, according to the Times.

It reports on analysis by the Taxpayers' Alliance which suggests one in four people now hands over at least £7,500 to the taxman when they move.

The Daily Express says the tax is often an insurmountable burden on those trying to get a start on the property ladder.

England's triumph in retaining the Ashes - thanks in part to downpours at Old Trafford - is celebrated across front and back pages.

The Telegraph captures the mood with a smiling captain, Alistair Cook, surrounded by jubilant fans under the headline: "Singing in the rain".

The Times writes of relief rather than revelry as England stumbled across the line - with no sign of a champagne-soaked traditional victory party.

But the Sun notes England wrapped up the series in just 14 days - their quickest Ashes victory in 84 years and quotes the Australian captain, Michael Clarke, conceding his men have been "outclassed".

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