What the papers say – April 4
The picture of Tanesha Melbourne – a teenager shot dead in north London – features on the front of many papers on Wednesday.
The nerve agent latest, the gender pay gap and two teenagers dying on the streets of London lead many of the papers on Wednesday.
The Times leads with the frosty relationship between Britain and Russia in light of the Salisbury nerve agent attack – adding there are fears about the strength of the “international coalition” against Moscow after it could not be confirmed the substance came from Russia.
Gender is top of the agenda at the Daily Telegraph, with Prime Minister Theresa May saying figures about the pay gap make “uncomfortable reading”, adding the issue is a “burning injustice”.
The Guardian is one of many papers to feature the picture of Tanesha Melbourne – a 17-year-old shot dead in Tottenham – while the paper also covers the revelation from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory that it could not verify the precise source of the nerve agent used in Salisbury.
The Guardian front page, Wednesday 4 April 2018: UK chemical experts unable to confirm nerve agent made in Russia pic.twitter.com/vsV0pjf6Ob— The Guardian (@guardian) April 3, 2018
The Financial Times runs with stories on the flotation of music-streaming service Spotify, alongside moves to ease regulators’ concerns about 21st Century Fox acquiring Sky.
The Metro carries the latest shootings in London – where a 16-year-old-boy and Ms Melbourne died hours apart.
The i carries the Salisbury latest, claiming the attack has taken a “new twist”.
The Independent carries the same story, reporting that tensions between Russia and the United Kingdom “are set to escalate”.
The Daily Mirror reports the Queen’s concerns as Philip undergoes surgery on his hip.
The Sun reports the murder of Ms Melbourne is the 48th this year – and said she died as she was cradled by her mother.
The Daily Mail claims the “militant Jewish” group which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met dismissed the anti-Semitism crisis in the party as a “malicious ploy”.
The Daily Express claims that gangs are “out of control” after two killings in the capital.
And the Daily Star reports the resurrection of Coronation Street Pat Phelan was “ridiculed” by fans of the soap.