What the papers say – October 27
Friday’s front pages provide a roller coaster of highs and lows.
Plunging arrests, soaring population forecasts and falling high street spending feature prominently in the papers.
The Daily Mail reports on figures showing the number of arrests made in England and Wales has fallen by half in the last 10 years while crime rates have risen.
In its report on the statistics, the Daily Telegraph says police have been accused of sending a message to criminals that they can “get away with it”.
Retail sales are falling at their fastest rate since the banking crisis of 2009, The Guardian says, triggering concerns inflation could harm the high street this Christmas.
Guardian front page, Friday 27 October 2017: Retail sales fall at fastest rate since recession pic.twitter.com/3Zh1ZL0rPl— The Guardian (@guardian) October 26, 2017
The Financial Times reports on moves by the European Central Bank to extend economic stimulus for a year, sending the euro tumbling and investors questioning why the crisis-era measure has continued.
The Daily Express reports on the latest official estimate that immigration will contribute significantly to the UK population topping 70 million before 2030.
And the i reports that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reassured one million Polish citizens living in the UK that they can remain after Bexit.
Meanwhile The Times reports on an alleged plot by “Neo-Nazis” to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper.
According to The Sun a list of “sex-pest MPs” compiled by female staff threatens to become a fresh scandal for Parliament.
Tomorrow's front page: Cabinet Ministers named by furious female staff in secret list of sex-pest MPs pic.twitter.com/hovJiprpmw— The Sun (@TheSun) October 26, 2017
And the Daily Mirror carries a bitter-sweet tale of a lung transplant recipient who was walked down the aisle on her wedding day by the bereaved father of the woman whose organs saved her life.