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Sunday’s papers feature various news topics, with most papers already going to print before Iran attacked Israel. Elsewhere, many of the papers feature images from the Australian stabbing attack at a shopping mall which left 6 people – five women and a man – dead and many injured – including a baby. Joel Cauchi, 40, was shot dead by a lone police officer who bravely approached the man. His attack is not thought to be terror-related and it’s been reported that he was known to police. 

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Communities Against Woodsmoke, a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting clean air and healthy living environments, is celebrating a recent victory in the fight against air pollution. The group has welcomed new legislation that bans the installation of polluting heating systems, such as wood-burning stoves, in new-build homes. The move comes as part of a wider effort to reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality in Scotland. Wood-burning stoves have long been a source of concern for environmentalists, as they release harmful pollutants such as particulate matter and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. The ban on wood-burning stoves in new-build homes…

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Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) is embarking on a significant recruitment drive to hire approximately 30 engineers. This move comes as the company aims to bolster its workforce and enhance its operations across the region. The new engineers will play a crucial role in maintaining and improving the electricity network in Northern Ireland, ensuring that customers receive a reliable and efficient service. NIE Networks is looking for skilled individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact on the community through their work. The recruitment drive is a testament to NIE Networks’ commitment to investing in its workforce and…

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In a historic move, the UK government has announced that voters will now be required to show photographic ID in order to cast their ballots in future elections. This new requirement is set to be implemented in an effort to combat voter fraud and ensure the integrity of the electoral process. For many citizens, this will be the first time they will have to present photographic identification in order to participate in the democratic process. The move has sparked debate among politicians and the public, with some arguing that it will disenfranchise certain groups of voters who may not have…

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The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a warning to motor finance firms to brace themselves for potential additional costs as it continues its review of car finance products. The FCA has been scrutinizing historical commissions for car loans since January, prompting lenders to take different approaches in preparing for the potential financial impact. Lloyds Banking Group, the largest provider of car finance, has set aside a substantial £450 million to cover possible compensation and other costs related to the FCA’s ongoing investigation. On the other hand, Close Brothers has decided to forgo dividends for the 2024 financial year…

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Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner under police investigation over her living situation Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner is being investigated for potentially breaking electoral law over her living arrangements. This is a developing news story, more to follow soon. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Angela Rayner (@angelaraynermp)

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Heathrow Airport has raised concerns about the impact of a new £10 fee for transit passengers as part of the electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme in the UK. The airport claims that including transit passengers in this scheme is putting the country’s hub airports at a competitive disadvantage. The ETA scheme, which began in November 2023, requires passengers entering Britain without a visa to pay a £10 fee and provide biographic, biometric, and contact details, as well as answer suitability questions. While initially enforced for nationals of certain countries, it will be extended to include passengers from the EU, EEA,…

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Thousands of people from all across the country are set to march through the city centre for Welsh Independence in Swansea. According to its organisers, the upcoming march promises to be a “powerful demonstration of the determination of the people of Wales”. The march, scheduled for next weekend, is expected to draw a diverse crowd of individuals who are passionate about the idea of Welsh independence. Supporters of the movement believe that Wales should have the right to govern itself and make decisions that are in the best interest of its people. Organisers have been working tirelessly to ensure that…

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First picture of mum, 27, stabbed to death pushing her pram in Bradford The young mum who was stabbed to death while pushing her baby in a pram has been pictured for the first time. Kulsuma Akter, 27, was attacked in the Westgate area of Bradford on Saturday afternoon. She was rushed to hospital after being stabbed several times but later died from her injuries. Police say her baby is safe and was not harmed during the incident.

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Thursday’s front pages feature a variety of stories. Several papers cover the US President’s comments that Israel has America’s “ironclad” support amid fears of a retaliatory attack from Iran – after an Israeli strike killed 7 Iranians in an attack on a consular building.

Various UK domestic topics make up the rest of the papers, from claims China are flooding the UK with fake stamps in an attempt to destabilise the UK economy, Labour’s plans if they win the next UK general election make a couple of the papers, and the tabloids feature plenty of celebrity gossip on their front pages.

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The Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy has been successfully sold to Ivan Haggart for the asking price of £895,000. The hotel, popular with golfing parties, local leisure seekers, and wedding and event trade, has been a well-known venue in the region. Agent Drysdale and Company expressed their well wishes for Ivan Haggart as the new owner of the hotel, highlighting its popularity for events and weddings. The hotel boasts a good mix of leisure and corporate clients, with the wider region being a hotspot for golfers due to its proximity to championship grade links courses like St Andrews, Kingsbarns, and more.…

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Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a member of the Horizon Compensation Advisory Board, gave compelling evidence to the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry on Wednesday, April 10th. This comes on the heels of lead campaigner and former subpostmaster Alan Bates’ testimony the day before, where he accused the Post Office of using aggressive tactics and outspending their opponents in court. During his testimony in front of Post Office chief executive Nick Read, Mr. Bates didn’t hold back, stating that the organization “needs disbanding” and is a “dead duck” that is “beyond saving.” He also criticized the government for its inability to…

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In a shocking incident in Cardiff city centre, David Lazell, 45, was arrested for assaulting Richard Coombs by grabbing him from behind and placing his arms around his neck. The altercation took place in broad daylight, leaving witnesses stunned and concerned for the safety of those in the area. According to eyewitnesses, the attack seemed unprovoked and left Coombs visibly shaken. Passersby quickly intervened and called the authorities, leading to Lazell’s swift arrest at the scene. The motive behind the assault remains unclear, but authorities are investigating the incident further. Coombs, who was fortunately not seriously injured in the attack,…

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The Scottish Government has recently implemented new laws banning the installation of gas boilers and wood-burning stoves in new-build properties in an effort to move towards a zero-emission future. This move has sparked controversy and raised concerns among rural communities who heavily rely on wood-burning stoves for heating during power outages, especially in winter. The ban, which came into effect on April 1st, 2024, prohibits new-build properties from using fossil or bio fuels for heating, requiring them to be designed around alternative sources such as ground pumps, heat networks, or electric heaters. Existing wood-burners are not affected by the ban,…

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Alan Bates, the founder of the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance, is set to give evidence to the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry on Tuesday, 9 April. The inquiry, which is investigating the scandal surrounding the Horizon IT system used by the Post Office, has been ongoing for several months. The Horizon IT system glitches led to numerous subpostmasters being wrongly accused of theft, with money appearing to be missing from branch accounts when it was not. This scandal, which lasted from 1999 to 2015, has been described as one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in UK legal history. Mr.…

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Lead campaigner and former subpostmaster Alan Bates has revealed shocking details about his dismissal by the Post Office during the Horizon IT Inquiry. The inquiry heard that Mr. Bates was sacked because the organization deemed him “unmanageable” and claimed he “clearly struggled with accounting.” The presentation shown during the probe, prepared by former Post Office manager Dave Smith, stated that Mr. Bates had discrepancies in his accounting but was dismissed because he became unmanageable. Despite receiving support, he allegedly did not follow instructions, leading to his termination. Mr. Bates, who had his contract terminated in 2003 after refusing to accept…

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Storm Pierrick causes flooding in North Wales Storm Pierrick causes flooding and chaos in Wales as environmental chiefs have issued further warnings that more disruption is likely as severe weather conditions continue into Wednesday. The recent heavy rainfall and strong winds have led to flooding in several areas, causing chaos for residents and commuters alike. Storm Pierrick causes flooding Roads have been closed, train services have been disrupted, and flights have been cancelled as a result of the extreme weather. Emergency services have been working tirelessly to assist those affected by the flooding, with some residents having to be evacuated…

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Man arrested for stabbing death of woman pushing pram Habibur Masum, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a mother to death as she pushed her baby in a pram on a Bradford street.  He was detained early on Tuesday morning following the death of 27-year-old Kulsuma Akter on Saturday. He was arrested in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Det Ch Insp Stacey Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police, said the arrest followed a “tragic incident in which a mother has lost her life in the most horrific of circumstances”. “We understand that this has caused a considerable amount of concern in the…

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Front page summary The Independent – The picture that cries out: agree a ceasefire nowThe Independent says residents find homes flattened and destruction everywhere after Israeli forces pull out following months of relentless assault – as Qatar says it is cautiously optimistic about ceasefire talks. Palestinians are slowly returning to the devastated city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza to find their homes completely destroyed with piles of rubble lying in bombed-out craters. Picking their way through twisted metal and shattered buildings, it seems extraordinary anyone would ever go back – but they fear what the Israeli military may have planned…

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Tuesday’s front pages feature a mix of stories, with Labour’s plans on how they will fund their commitments, being one of the most popular across the papers.

Several front splashes carry images of the actress playing Amy Winehouse in a new movie about the British musician’s life, and there’s some light coverage of the total eclipse which was witnessed by millions across Mexico, the US and Canada.

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