The Papers: ‘Police arrests halve’ and ‘MP murder plot’

Image caption The number of arrests made in England and Wales over nine years has nearly halved, despite the number of recorded crimes rising to more than five million in 2017, the Telegraph reports. A Home Office spokesperson said the reason for the dip was that police were trying to keep young people out of jail, offering warnings and cautions rather than arrests. But a former home secretary told the paper it was a signal that criminals “can get away with” crime.
Image caption The Daily Mail also leads with news that police arrests have fallen by 48% since March 2008. The paper states that the number fell from 1.5 million to 780,000 in 2017. The article claims critics have accused police forces of “soft justice”, and a former home secretary claimed officers were reluctant to make arrests because of the paperwork involved.
Image caption The Metro reports on news that a member of a banned “neo-Nazi” group has been charged with encouragement to commit murder. Christopher Lythgoe, 31, alleged to be a member of the far right group National Action, was arrested as part of a police operation against the organisation. Mr Lythgoe is one of six men charged with the offence, linked to West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, a Labour backbencher.
Image caption The Times front page also highlights the charges against alleged members of a far right croup. A 22-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by Greater Manchester Police, it reports. On Thursday evening Rosie Cooper MP said: “I would like to thank everyone in this case, especially the counterterrorism police, for keeping me and the public safe.”
Image caption Consumer spending on the High Street is falling at its highest rate since the 2009 recession, the Guardian reports. A poll by the Confederation of British Industry has recorded a steep drop in October, and the paper claims it is a “grim omen for retailers this Christmas”. Economist Kay Neufeld claims family spending power has declined, “underlining the mounting pressures on households’ budgets”. People in London have higher average disposable incomes than most across the UK, with incomes in England’s capital rising to 2.4% compared to a national fall of 0.5%, the paper reports.
Image caption Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has broken away from government policy with a guarantee to secure European nationals’ rights after Britain leaves the EU, the i reports. The paper also claims on its front page that UK negotiators are closing in on a deal to safeguard the rights of Britons in the EU.
Image caption The Daily Mirror leads with the story of a woman who was walked down the aisle by the father of her organ donor. Lisa Simkin, 48, was given a “life-saving” lung transplant from donor Rhona Moffat, 33, who died of a brain haemorrhage. At Ms Simkin’s wedding Ms Moffat’s father John gave her away.
Image caption A Tory MP has called for a “Brexit crackdown” on immigration as official statistics predict the UK’s population will reach 70 million by 2030, the Daily Express reports. Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering, said “traffic congestion, waits for GP appointments and A&E” and school places would get worse if there was not a curb on immigration from Europe.
Image caption The European Central Bank will continue a £1.8 trillion (2.1 trillion euros) stimulus programme until at least next year, confounding monetary experts, the Financial Times reports. ECB president Mario Draghi was expected to announce an easing of quantitative easing, which was used to buoy the Eurozone during the financial crisis. The result sent European market shares higher “as markets anticipated access to cheap money for longer”.
Image caption BBC soap EastEnders has been “blasted” for planning to show a gang of knife-wielding clowns mugging character Tina Carter, according to the Daily Star. The episode is due to be broadcast on Monday, and the paper claims the storyline could “spark copycat attacks”.

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