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What the papers say – February 16

A range of stories make the headlines, from the Florida shooting to housing woes.

Young professionals being priced out of owning their own home and the court case of former football coach Barry Bennell feature prominently on Friday’s front pages.

The Daily Mail runs with the headline: “End of home owning dream”, and says home ownership among young people has collapsed in the past 20 years, according to new figures.

The same story leads the Daily Telegraph, which reports that the study found young middle-class professionals were now half as likely to get on the housing ladder as they were 20 years ago.

The paper says just one in four young middle-income families now own their own home, compared to two in three in the Nineties.

The Daily Mirror leads on the Barry Bennell court case, reporting that footballer Gary Speed, who killed himself in 2011, was spoken to twice by police investigating the former coach but said Bennell had never behaved inappropriately towards him.

The Guardian also leads on Bennell, reporting that Manchester City have been accused of putting boys in danger after it emerged they were warned by one of their coaches in the late 1970s that it was “general knowledge” Bennell was a risk to children.

The high school shooting in Florida also continues to make headlines, with the Independent featuring images of some of the 17 victims.

The Metro reports that the FBI had been given a tip-off about a message on YouTube posted under the alleged killer’s name before the attack on Wednesday.

The Times carries an image of the suspected gunman on its front page.

The paper leads, however, on a story claiming that thousands more prisoners are set to be released early under a government drive to relieve pressure on overcrowded jails.

The i says a new report suggests household cleaners are posing a health risk, while the Daily Express claims eating two yoghurts a week can reduce the chance of having a heart attack.

Elsewhere, the Financial Times reports on Standard Life being hit by the loss of its £109bn Lloyds contract.

The Sun says staff at Apprentice winner James White’s company hired a stripper to celebrate a salesman’s birthday.

And the Daily Star reports that a trucker driver claims he was turned down for a job interview because he is British.

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