Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Several of Thursday’s front pages lead on the possibility of a hosepipe ban across parts of the UK as the country faces drought.
Hosepipe ban amid driest July in decades and drought
The Times leads on the potential hosepipe ban amid driest July in decades as weather forecasters predict there will be little respite for communities on the verge of drought.
The paper reports another heatwave is expected next week and temps could rise above 30C.
The Guardian says while some water firms have suggested they could bring in a hosepipe ban, other companies, even in drier areas, are resisting moving too early in order to prevent irritating customers.
Whilst the Metro says restrictions in Kent and Sussex mean people are being urged to “grass on a neighbour” if they are seen breaking the ban.
The Telegraph says a Thames Water desalination plant in east London built to protect hundreds of thousands of people from the effects of drought has been switched off until next year.
Soaring gas bills push inflation
The Daily Express says there are fears soaring gas bills will push inflation to 15% – “plunging Britain deeper into the cost-of-living crisis.” It says mortgage rates are also set to rise, adding an extra £196 a month onto bills.
The Guardian’s front page lead reports that UK children are being targeted by the far right online in an attempt to radicalise them. The paper says experts are concerned that those being referred or arrested in connection with far-right extremism are getting younger.
The paper also features a front-page tribute to the civil rights campaigner Roy Hackett – who died at the age of 93.
The Financial Times spoke to workers at Heathrow Airport who are dealing with the effects of staff shortages, cancelled flights and long queues at terminals this summer.
Wagatha Christie latest
Swimmer Adam Peaty is on the front splash of the Daily Mirror, as he slams the lack of investment in sports facilities and says more needs to be done for the sake of people’s mental health and well-being.
The Sun’s front page continues its coverage of the Wagatha Christie case as Rebekah Vardy tells of her husband Jamie Vardy receiving death threats over the trial.