What the papers say – October 20
Penny Lancaster, mobile phone contracts and Brexit have caught the eyes of Fleet Street in Friday’s papers.
Allegations made by model Penny Lancaster about an assault when she was younger feature on many of Friday’s front pages.
Lancaster, the wife of Sir Rod Stewart, claimed she had her drink spiked and then found herself face down with a man on top of her.
Other stories featuring on Friday’s fronts include alleged mobile phone overcharging, a suggestion that Oxbridge is failing black pupils and the latest on Brexit.
The Daily Mirror leads on the allegations from 46-year-old Lancaster, which reports a fashion boss “preyed on her” when she was a teenager.
She also features on the front of the Metro, which leads on a story claiming there has been a “surge” in violence and sex attacks as the number of recorded crimes has hit 5.2 million in England and Wales in a year.
The i leads on the smacking ban being introduced in Scotland – with children’s commissioners saying it should be widened to the rest of the UK.
A police officer wearing nail varnish has caught the attention of the Sun – which claims the move to highlight slavery by Avon and Somerset police was a “gimmick”.
Tomorrow's front page: The boys in blue nail varnish pic.twitter.com/VfnnDimeL8— The Sun (@TheSun) October 19, 2017
The Guardian runs a story with figures suggesting 13 Oxford University colleges failed to make a single offer to black A-level applicants over a six-year period, with Labour MP David Lammy calling it “social apartheid”.
Guardian front page, Friday 20 October 2017: Oxbridge still failing black British pupils pic.twitter.com/pf3sYQefYf— The Guardian (@guardian) October 19, 2017
The Daily Mail runs with a report from the CQC, claiming it says a Marie Stopes clinic “paid staff bonuses for abortions”.
The Times has the latest movements on Brexit, saying that David Davis is to present an “upbeat assessment” of a no-deal scenario to the Cabinet.
While the main story in the Telegraph relates to a report suggesting millions of people are paying too much for their mobile phones as they are billed for devices they have already paid for.