Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Several of Thursday’s front pages report on the “Colston Four” celebrating, the latest Covid-19 news and Novak Djokovic’s deportation.
The Sun says bra tycoon Michelle Mone is to be questioned by police over claims she sent a racist text message. Her representative has said she is “100% not a racist”, the paper adds.
It is feared that “other monuments will be targeted” after four activists who pulled down the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol were cleared, the Daily Express says.
The NHS is facing a crisis with soaring staff absences and a large rise in COVID patients, the Daily Mirror reports.
Metro leads on new COVID testing rules. “Just go with your flow” says the paper as it reports changes in England to allow people without symptoms to isolate after a rapid positive test – rather than also booking a PCR result to confirm the result.
Anti-racism campaigners have hailed a jury’s decision to clear those who admitted toppling a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, describing it as a huge step in getting the UK to face up to its colonial past, The Guardian reports.
Novak Djokovic’s deportation order leads the i paper. He had been granted an exemption order to play in the Australian Open tournament, but “held by border police amid outcry from Australian public” at that sporting decision.