What the papers say – June 5
Grenfell Tower evacuation failures, Michael McIntyre robbed and northern newspapers standing together over the rail crisis make the Tuesday papers.
Advice to Grenfell Tower residents to “stay put” during the catastrophe and comedian Michael McIntyre getting robbed on the school run make headlines on Tuesday.
Several papers lead with evidence heard by the Grenfell inquiry that orders for residents to remain in their flats as fire spread may have made “all the difference between life and death”.
There is also a show of unity in papers across the north of England over the rail crisis.
The Guardian says the Grenfell inquiry heard how serious safety breaches on the night of the disaster included the presence of more than 100 non-compliant fire doors, a malfunctioning firefighting lift and the “stay put” policy.
The Daily Telegraph reports on evidence that victims had more than half an hour to escape the tower before the stairs filled with smoke, but were told to stay in place.
The Independent’s digital front page carries an image of the flat where the blaze began alongside its lead report on the Prime Minister’s plans for “Brexit revenge” over the House of Lords.
The Sun leads with a report on hammer-wielding robbers attacking McIntyre’s Range Rover as he went to pick his children up from school in north-west London.
The incident also makes the front page of the Daily Mirror, which says the comedian’s £15,000 Rolex was stolen by two mask-wearing thieves on a moped.
Also on Tuesday, newspapers across the north of England have joined forces to call on Theresa May to “get a grip” after chaos continued on the rail network.
Some 25 titles called on the PM to lead an emergency summit in Downing Street this week to find a solution to the crisis, and urged a review of rail franchising.
The Yorkshire Post, and quality regional news brands across the North of the country, unite tomorrow in an historic show of unity: fed up of being let down; fed up being treated as second class; fighting for better, now! #OneNorth #tomorrowspaperstoday #Skypapers #BBCpapers pic.twitter.com/uc4fN01J3Y— James Mitchinson (@JayMitchinson) June 4, 2018
In other news, The Times reports on the case of Safaa Boular, Britain’s youngest female terror plotter, who was convicted after an operation involving MI5 agents posing as Islamic State operatives.
The Daily Mail leads on plans for three British women to have womb transplants in a UK first.
The i leads with the story of a woman who appears to have been cured of advanced drug-resistant breast cancer after doctors harnessed her own immune system to fight the disease.
The Financial Times leads with the announcement that the Government will offload £2.6 billion of Royal Bank of Scotland shares, which will see the taxpayers’ stake in the lender reduced from 70.1% to 62.4%.
The Daily Express leads with warnings that more than 160,000 of Britain’s pensioners and disabled people are “trapped” in debt.