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In today’s briefing update, much of the Sunday papers front pages focus is on Essex lorry deaths. Politics and England’s rugby victory also feature on the Sunday front splashes. Plus, a cold case disappearance and lottery fraud. 

In our special feature, we take a closer look into the Essex lorry deaths. And what the papers are reporting. 

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MIGRANT DEATHS: BRITAIN FACES AXE FROM EITE EU POLICING UNIT

The Observer’s front page says the UK faces exclusion from Europol’s dedicated anti-smuggling operation after Brexit. And reports the prime minister saying Brexit could be delayed until next year but the “country must move on.” Sharing the front splash a picture of England’s rugby team dubbed “England’s glory boys.” 

Read the full story on the Guardian

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‘IT’S LUCK OF THE DRAW’

The Mail on Sunday reports a “laughing people smuggler” told an undercover reporter that the deaths of the 39 people in the Essex lorry were “luck of the draw.” He also offers the undercover reporter the same journey for £14K. Like the Observer, the Mail on Sunday includes a picture celebrating England’s rugby success after they beat New Zealand to make it to the World Cup finals.   

Read the full story on the Daily Mail 

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‘STOP HOLDING BRITAIN HOSTAGE’ 

The Sunday Express reports Boris Johnson’s claims that MPs will be “holding Britain hostage” if they do not back his calls for a general election. Sharing the front page is news of the missing British backpacker Amelia Bambridge, 21, who disappeared after a beach party in Cambodia. 

Read the full story on the Daily Express

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ARCHBISHOP: BORIS POURING PETROL ON DIVIDED BRITAIN

The Sunday Times reports the Archbishop of Canterbury has told the newspaper he was “shocked” by the PM’s dismissal of pleas for him to moderate his language. And warned MPs against using “inflammatory put-downs” at a time when society is “very polarised.” The paper also names Bui Thi Nhung, 19, as a suspected victim of last week’s lorry deaths. 

Read the full story on the Times

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BERCOW IN ROW OVER ‘BULLYING STITCH UP’

The Sunday Telegraph leads with the headline “Bercow in row over bullying stitch-up.” Officials who complained about the behaviour of John Bercow told the paper that new procedures to deal with complaints have come in too late. Bercow is due to step down as Speaker on Thursday. A spokesman for John Bercow said he had always denied bullying. 

Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph 

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CLAUDIA MUM BLASTS COPS’ £40k TO SOLVE COLD CASE MURDERS

The Sunday People’s front page focuses on the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence. According to the paper, police have been given £40,000 to investigate a double murderer’s links to Ms Lawrence’s disappearance. But Claudia’s mother, Joan, has expressed her dismay over the amount calling it “peanuts.”

Read the full story on the Mirror

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I BLAME £2.5 MILLION LOTTO CONMAN FOR MY LOVER’S DEATH 

The Sunday Mirror says the boyfriend of Giles Knibbs has revealed his partner’s final note and said he would still be alive “but for [Eddie [Putmans]‘s greed.” Putman faked winning £2.5m on the Lotto and is being blamed for his partner-in-crime Eddie ‘s suicide. 

Read the full story on the Mirror

Two held on suspicion of manslaughter – London Lorry driver deaths

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Essex lorry deaths

In today’s special feature we look at the tragic Essex lorry deaths. 39 people are confirmed to have died and so far four people have been arrested. 

The Guardian reports Chinese state media says the UK must bear responsibility for the Essex lorry deaths. Chinese citizens expressed shock, anger and outrage over the 39 deaths. And on Friday Chinese state media criticised the UK authorities for failing to prevent a repeat of a similar scenario when 58 Chinese citizens died in a container in Dover in 2000. 

The Global Times wrote an article titled “The UK must bear responsibility.” In the article, they say: “Imagine what thorough measures European countries would take if dozens of Europeans died in the same way? Let me ask Britain and the European government why they failed to avoid a similar tragedy after the Dover tragedy? Did they take all the serious remedial action that they could have?”

 

The Sun says migrants say Essex lorry deaths will not stop them trying to get to the UK. The paper speaks to Duk, 18 one of  13 Vietnamese at a makeshift camp. He said: “We have come this far and are too close to stop.” Despite having heard about the 39 deaths, the teenager from Ha Tinh province is determined to make it to the UK. 

The group told how families have paid £25,000 each to fly them 4,500 miles from China to Germany then by road to France. The paper says they are now waiting for a Pakistani gangmaster to take them to a mystery rendezvous for the final leg to Britain.

Duk said: “We have been here for just under a month. A couple of weeks ago the man came and took some of us away… He said he would be back. I’m hoping he comes soon before it gets too cold here.”

 

Sky News speaks to the father of one of the suspected 39 Essex lorry victims. In the article, Tra My’s family explain why their daughter was bound for the UK. Speaking to the family at their home in the town of Nghen, in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province, her family are certain their daughter is one of the 39 victims. 

Her father said: “She had a big heart and really cared for the family.” Although no formal identifications have been made, her family are certain of their daughter’s death due to the final text messages she sent.

 “I’m sorry Dad and Mum,” she wrote. “The way I went overseas was not successful. Mum, I love Dad and you so much, I’m dying because I can’t breathe. Nghen, Can Loc, Ha Tinh, Vietnam. Mum, I am so sorry, Mum.” 

Although the family tried to talk her out of it, she decided to make the journey in the hope she could help get her family out of debt. 



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