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The Papers: ‘Twister Terror’ And ‘abandoned’ Police Inquiries

Image caption, Many of Friday’s papers carry photos of the same house in Greater Manchester which was destroyed by a tornado. The Daily Mirror carries an interview with the family who lived there, who claimed they were “lucky to get out alive” after the twister tore off the roof. “Twister terror” is the paper’s headline.

Image caption, The Daily Express also carries an interview with the Moody family. The paper reports that a chimney crashed through a bedroom, missing one of their children by “centimetres”. Around 100 homes were damaged in the Greater Manchester area, while Storm Gerrit has brought flooding and disrupted travel across the UK.

Image caption, Other papers carry a report by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary which says more than half of police forces in England and Wales are failing to properly investigate crime. The Daily Telegraph reports that inspectors from the watchdog judge 22 out of 43 forces as “inadequate” or “requiring improvement” in this area.

Image caption, The story also makes the Daily Mail’s front page. The paper reports that the number of inquiries being closed down by officers without identifying a suspect has rocketed by nearly 250,000 year-on-year. Figures show forces abandoned investigations into 2,306,623 reported crimes in the year to June, the paper says, adding it is equivalent to more than 6,300 every day on average, or one every 14 seconds. Also on the front page is a picture of Holly Willoughby, who will be presenting next month’s Dancing on Ice.

Image caption, A photo of the damage caused by the tornado in Greater Manchester also makes the front page of the Guardian. But the paper’s main story is on new research which has found two thirds of British doctors are suffering from “moral distress” said to be caused by the enfeebled state of the NHS and the damage the cost of living crisis has inflicted on patients’ health.

Image caption, Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging Rishi Sunak to speed up the UK’s transition to nuclear power, the i newspaper reports, describing his comments as a “rare public attack” on the current PM’s leadership.

Image caption, The Times reports that civil servants are being overpromoted to get round a Whitehall pay squeeze. Analysis from the Institute for Government suggests “grade inflation” is costing £1.5bn a year and resulting in underqualified staff doing senior jobs, the paper says.

Image caption, The Financial Times leads with news of US sanctions on groups in Turkey and Yemen allegedly responsible for funnelling money to Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The paper says the move expands Washington’s efforts to curb financial flows to Tehran-backed groups across the Middle East, which also includes Hamas and Hezbollah.

Image caption, And the Daily Star reports that it is not just people who tend to put on a few pounds after Christmas – it’s their pets too. According to the paper, 73% of dogs need a diet following the festive season.