Newspaper headlines: Freddie Starr ‘found dead’ in Spanish home

Newspaper headlines: Freddie Starr ‘found dead’ in Spanish home


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Several papers lead on reports that comedian Freddie Starr has died aged 76. The entertainer – who rose to fame in the 1970s – was found dead in his Spanish apartment on Thursday afternoon, according to the Daily Mirror.

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“Freddie Starr joins his hamster” is the headline in the Sun – a reference to the paper’s famous 1986 headline, which alleged the comedian put a live pet in a sandwich and ate it, a claim Starr has denied. The paper says fans “loved his wacky, wild and unpredictable behaviour”.

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The Daily Star also leads on reports of the comedian’s death, writing that he was found in his apartment in Mijas on the Costa del Sol.

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The Metro leads on the news that presenter Danny Baker has been sacked by the BBC for tweeting a picture which appeared to compare the royal baby to a chimpanzee. The tweet showed an image of a well-dressed couple holding hands with a chimp, with the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital”. Baker said it was a “stupid gag”.

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The Daily Mail reports that the Prince of Wales has been condemned as “misguided” by a public inquiry over his support for a bishop who sexually abused children. The paper claims that former bishop Peter Ball was allowed by the Church of England to return to the ministry following interventions by Prince Charles. A Clarence House spokesman said it remained “a matter of deep regret” that the prince was “deceived” by Ball and “at no time did he bring any influence to bear on the actions of the church or any other relevant authority”.

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At least five people have been murdered in Jamaica since March last year after being deported from the UK, the Guardian reports. The paper says the revelations will increase pressure on the Home Office to justify its resumption of deportation charter flights to Jamaica, after they were suspended in the aftermath of the Windrush scandal.

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The Telegraph says victims of crime may soon no longer have to pay to phone the police, after the Home Office announced it would review the charge for non-emergency 101 calls. It comes as Vodafone became the first British telecoms company to declare it would scrap the 15p flat-rate charge for its seven million pay-as-you-go customers, the paper reports.

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The Daily Express leads on a pledge from the Health Secretary that no one should have to sell their home to pay for old age care. The paper says millions “live in fear” they will have to put their property on the market to cover care home fees.

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The i says a medical breakthrough has raised hopes of an effective treatment for heart attack patients. Cardiologists have told the paper they are “very excited” by the development, which the i describes as a “holy grail”.

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The Times leads on warnings from leading doctors that ministers are ignoring medical advice and doing the “minimum possible” on air pollution. The Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health say ministers have focused on a “series of distractions” such as wood-burning stoves, rather than the “real problem” of traffic fumes, the paper reports.

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The Financial Times reports that China’s biggest technology groups have won approval to launch digital banks in Hong Kong. The paper says the development will threaten local players such as HSBC and Standard Chartered and poses future challenges in London and New York.

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