Newspaper headlines: Bank holiday terror lockdown

Newspaper headlines: Bank holiday terror lockdown


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The Daily Mail says the UK faces an “unprecedented bank holiday terror lockdown” after the Manchester attack. It reports hundreds of armed officers will be patrolling sporting, cultural and community occasions, as well as theme parks and resorts.

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The Daily Mirror is among several papers to carry a photograph of armed police patrolling the beach at Scarborough. It reports a plea from Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley – the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer – for people to go out as planned and enjoy themselves.

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The i also carries Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley’s plea but quotes security sources as saying some of the people linked to the Manchester bombing may still be at large.

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The Times reports intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadi extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers. About 3,000 people from the total group are under investigation or active monitoring, says the paper.

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The Daily Express says the “net” is closing in on the group behind the Manchester bombing. It quotes the police announcement that “significant” progress has been made in their investigation.

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The Daily Star looks forward to the FA Cup final – saying football fans are set to show their defiance after the attack. It also pays tribute to US singer Ariana Grande after she pledged to perform a benefit gig for the families of the 22 victims who died at her concert in Manchester.

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The Financial Times says Theresa May has put the Manchester attack at the heart of the general election campaign by accusing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of making “excuses” for the suicide bombing.

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The Guardian describes Mrs May’s comments as an “extraordinary attack” on Jeremy Corbyn. It says a spokesman for the Labour leader accused the prime minister of “not telling the truth” in the way she interpreted his assertion that the “war on terror” was not working.

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The Telegraph says the prime minister rounded on the timing of Mr Corbyn’s remarks in her comments during a press conference at the G7 summit in Sicily. It also says police believe that the Manchester suicide bomber used student loans and benefits to bankroll his preparations.

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The Sun focuses on a different case – reporting the charges against four men arrested in London under the Terrorism Act and the claim that one of them was involved in planning an attack “involving mass murder using a vehicle, knives or firearms”.

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