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What the papers say – April 7

A pensioner faces no further action over the death of a burglar in his home, an important moment in the Stephen Lawrence murder probe and a major development in the Salisbury inquiry lead the papers.

What the papers say - April 7
What the papers say - April 7

Crime, justice and the recovery of Sergei Skripal top the agenda for Saturday’s papers.

Several prominently feature the decision to not charge a pensioner over the death of a burglar in a botched raid at the retiree’s south-east London home.

Several papers declare it as a “victory for common sense”, including The Sun, which says 18,000 of its readers signed a petition in support of Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78.

The Daily Express says police chiefs had been under pressure to release the pensioner after a “national outcry” over his arrest on suspicion of murder.

Taking a wider view, the Daily Telegraph reports on new data that suggests police are failing to properly investigate two-thirds of burglaries.

On gangs, The Times says a top DJ is profiting from hosting violent videos on their sites.

Doreen Lawrence has told the Daily Mail that she suspects police have run out of lines of inquiry in the probe into her son Stephen’s murder and it may be time to move on.

The secrets of the Salisbury incident are likely to be revealed after former MI6 spy Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were both said to have made rapid recoveries, according to the Independent.

The improved condition of the father and daughter, who were poisoned with a nerve agent in March, has led to a diplomatic tussle between the UK and Russia, The Guardian says.

Meanwhile the FT Weekend reports on the latest round of US sanctions against Russian oligarchs.

And the Daily Mirror reports on the drink-driving arrest of television star Ant McPartlin.

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