What the papers say – February 7
The image of Cheddar Man features on the fronts, giving an insight into what Britons looked like nearly 10,000 years ago.
Wednesday’s papers offer a mixed bag, with the Brexit latest making the headlines along with police charging a “fantasist” who sparked a VIP child sex probe with possession of indecent images.
There is also space on the fronts for Cheddar Man – a fossil unearthed in Somerset more than a century ago which has revealed the first modern Britons had “dark to black skin”.
Cheddar Man features on the front of the Times, with the paper’s main story suggesting the EU will demand “unilateral powers” during the Brexit transition phase – which will allow the bloc to ground flights and impose trade tariffs.
The Telegraph‘s main picture is of the facial reconstruction of the fossil’s skull, while the main story looks at concerns from MI6 about a Russian oligarch who was able to raise £1 billion through the London Stock Exchange.
The Guardian reports on what it calls the UK’s largest ever equal pay claim, saying that Tesco is facing a demand of up to £4 billion in back pay from mainly female shop workers.
The Financial Times has the latest on the stock market – after the S&P 500 in America, the German Dax, Nikkei 225 and FTSE 100 all fell sharply.
The Metro runs with a court case where “narcissistic stalker” Joshua Stimpson was jailed for life after stabbing ex-girlfriend Molly McClaren to death.
Plans to overhaul the so-called gig economy make the front of the Independent, with Theresa May saying workers will have better holiday and sick pay.
The Sun and the Daily Mail both report on the charge of a man who “falsely claimed he had been raped and tortured by a VIP paedophile ring”. The man, who is known as Nick, is facing allegations he made indecent images of children.
The Daily Mirror carries a story of brain-damaged Alfie Evans, whose mother will bid to keep her son alive in court on Wednesday.
The Daily Express reports Britain will be “forced” to accept new regulations from the European Union after Brexit.
And the Daily Star reports that Katie Hopkins has been detained in South Africa accused of “spreading racial hatred”.