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What the papers say – January 17

The collapse and fallout of Carillion continues to make the front pages on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s papers throw up a mixed bag of news, with Carillion still making the front pages, while others look at a “House of Horrors” and warnings on knife crime.

The Metro leads with the headline “Taking the Piste” as it reports the collapse of Carillion could cost taxpayers £600 million. It goes on to say there has been no sign of ex-chief executive Richard Howson at either of his homes in Yorkshire or his French ski chalet.

The Financial Times, too, continues to report on the construction giant, saying it had just £29 million in cash by the time it went bust.

The Guardian is running an exclusive on knife crime. Top police officer Sean Yates has said children as young as five should be taught about the risks of knife crime and not to wait until they are exposed to the dangers on social media, the paper reports.

The story of a 17-year-old girl calling police after escaping from her family’s California home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were allegedly held is featured on the Daily Mirror, as well as the fallout after a blog post was unearthed by youth tsar Ben Bradley in which he suggested benefit claimants should have vasectomies.

Elsewhere, “Minister for the lonely” Tracey Crouch makes the front page of the Daily Mail as she takes up a role to tackle the issue endured by around nine million Britons.

And, according to the Independent, shadow ministers think Jeremy Corbyn is too old to lead Labour into the next election.

The Sun leads on Emily Maitlis, who has said a former university friend’s 20-year campaign of harassment against her was “ruining her life”.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the coroner in the case of Poppi Worthington has urged prosecutors to re-open the case. It comes after David Roberts, senior coroner for Cumbria, concluded in a third court judgment on Monday that the 13-month-old toddler was abused in December 2012.

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