Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Paper Talk: ‘Hero’ 15-year-old girl stabbed to death saving friend
Several of the newspapers cover the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed on a bus on her way to her private school in Croydon, south London on Wednesday morning. Many of the papers are reporting the girl died trying to help her friend.
Girl stabbed on bus in Crydon
The Sun says the attack took place around 8:30 am near the Whitgift shopping centre and that two people made efforts to save her but she died 50 minutes later. It says the girl was knifed to death ‘trying to save pal.” The paper says a 17-year-old boy was later arrested on a tram around five miles away, and he is being held on suspicion of murder. The Daily Mail quotes the Met’s Andy Brittain, who said the attack is “every parent’s worst nightmare”.
The Daily Mirror says the girl is the “latest victim of our knife crime epidemic.” The paper says “another young life gone in seconds, the lives of another family shattered.” Adding: “This is a national emergency. The government must act now.”
The Metro says the girl was killed for ‘dumping’ the boy and described it as a ‘revenge’ attack. The paper reports that the attack took place after a row on a double-decker bus.
The Express also reports the ‘hero’ girl, on her way to a local private school, was stabbed to death trying to save her friend who was in an argument with an ex-boyfriend.
The i newspaper leads on Labour’s plans to remove private schools’ charitable status if it wins the next election. Earlier reports suggested the party would introduce the change to allow it to charge private schools the 20% VAT rate. The paper says Labour still wants to impose the VAT charge on fees, but that concerns were raised that removing the charitable status would face legal challenges and threaten other organisations in the charity sector.
The paper carries a warning from a headteachers’ union which says the change could burden the state sector if more pupils are forced to leave private schools because of higher costs and closures.
The Guardian reports that HMRC is investigating the tax affairs of the owner of JCB, Lord Bamford, who is one of the Conservative Party’s biggest donors. The paper says the investigation is broad-ranging and has been going on for several years.
The Times leads on a report that Suella Braverman was given permission by Downing Street to float the prospect of the UK leaving the European Convention on Human Rights during her speech in Washington. A source tells the paper it was a warning shot to the European Court on Human Rights not to block the government’s plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
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