Newspaper headlines: 'How did London attacker slip through?'


Newspaper headlines: ‘How did London attacker slip through?’


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The Daily Mirror is one of several papers to question how Khuram Butt was able to carry out an attack on Saturday night, given he was known to authorities and had been featured in a television documentary about extremism.

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The Sun also asks why 27-year-old Khuram Butt wasn’t stopped, adding that the married father-of-two had slipped through the security net despite being watched by MI5 and 1.2 million television viewers.

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The Daily Star echoes questions about the authorities’ knowledge of Butt, but also features a picture from a vigil for victims, held in central London on Monday night.

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The Daily Telegraph also leads on who it calls the “ringleader” of London’s attack, Khuram Butt, who had been under investigation by the police and MI5 for “six months”. The paper says revelations that police concluded Butt was not a threat will only add to “pressure on the authorities over whether enough is being done to tackle extremism”.

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The Daily Mail features a picture taken from the Channel 4 documentary, showing Butt speaking to a police officer. The paper says there is “growing evidence” that security services “missed a string of opportunities” to stop Saturday’s attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.

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The Times reports that attacker Butt worked for a man accused of helping to train the 7/7 London bombing ringleader. The paper says Butt had links to preacher Anjem Choudary and one of the four suicide bombers who killed 52 people in 2005 .

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The Guardian reports on the new level of terror threat Britain faces, after comments from Scotland Yard’s assistant commissioner Mark Rowley. He said strategy changes to deal with this threat could cover policing, MI5, communities, technology companies and the law.

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The i paper dedicates its front page to two of the named victims – a Canadian, Christine Archibald, and London resident James McMullan, who are believed to be two of seven killed in Saturday’s attack.

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The Metro leads on the story of Romanian baker Florin Morariu, who faced the attackers and “floored one with a crate”. The paper says he should be “handed citizenship and a medal for showing the true British spirit”.

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The Daily Express turns its attention back to Thursday’s general election, reporting Theresa May’s claims that she is the best leader to protect Britain from terror. The paper says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for Mrs May to resign over police cuts was a “near-hysterical intervention”.


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