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What the papers say – March 12

The fallout from the Salisbury suspected nerve agent attack continues to feature prominently on the front pages.

A warning from health chiefs following the suspected nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter dominates the front pages on Monday.

Public Health England urged any pub-goers and diners who were in The Mill pub or Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury last weekend to wash clothing and possessions after traces of contamination were found at the venues.

The Daily Telegraph says hundreds of people could have been affected by the poison – with local residents questioning why they were not warned sooner.

The paper claims there is “growing anger” in the city, and runs with the headline: “Officials face nerve agent backlash”.

The Daily Express also carries comments from “furious” local residents, and asks: “Why did it take so long to raise alarm over health threat?”

“Wash and burn”, says the Metro in its front page headline, as it reports that up to 500 people were urged to wash their clothes, while the i brands it an “astonishing government warning”.

The Times reports that Theresa May is set to publicly blame Russia for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

The paper says senior government sources had suggested that the police and security services had established enough evidence to link Moscow with the nerve agent.

And the Independent says the Prime Minister has come under pressure to plan a “strong retaliation” against Russia.

Elsewhere, both the Daily Mirror and The Sun report that football pundit Jamie Carragher appeared to spit in the face of a 14-year-old girl after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

The former Liverpool and England defender tweeted that he had apologised to the girl and her family.

New revelations about vice-chancellors’ pay make the front of the Guardian, with the paper claiming that university chiefs earn far more than the leaders of councils and health trusts.

The Daily Mail says a child-grooming scandal in the Shropshire town of Telford could be Britain’s worst ever, with up to 1,000 children believed to have fallen victim to sex gangs over a 40-year period.

And the Financial Times says its own analysis found that multinationals are now paying significantly lower rates of tax than before the 2008 financial crisis.

The Daily Star reports that Jeremy Clarkson had slammed claims his Grand Tour should had been axed.

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