Newspaper headlines: ‘I’m going to be a terrorist’ – BBC News – BBC News

The Times front page

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A number of newspapers feature the picture of the third London attacker to be named, Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba. The Times leads on the revelation that MI5 was made aware the 22-year-old was arrested last year on his way to Syria and had allegedly told authorities he ‘wanted to be a terrorist’.

The Telegraph front page

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The Telegraph goes on to report that despite being added to an international watch list, Zaghba was allowed to enter the UK. The paper reports Theresa May’s plans for toughening controls on suspects, including internet restrictions and curfews.

Mirror front page

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Leading with the same headline, The Mirror says there is “fury” over the latest intelligence blunder relating to the London attacks. The paper gives the other half of its front page to Jeremy Corbyn, who predicts a “very special” Labour victory on Thursday.

The Metro front page

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The Metro leads on Theresa May’s announcement that she would be willing to change human right laws to better fight terrorism. Mrs May has urged voters to back her to stamp down on the latest threat of extremism, the paper adds.

The Guardian front page

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Also leading on the Theresa May’s human rights laws warning, the Guardian calls it a “last ditch intervention” adding that it was an attempt by Mrs May to “gain control of the security agenda” before polling day.

Financial Times front page

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The Financial Times says Theresa May will spend polling day on an “eleventh-hour tour” of Labour heartlands, where Tory strategists still think they can gain seats. The paper adds that Mrs May’s tour will be the “culmination of a lacklustre campaign that has twice been interrupted” by terrorism.

The Daily Express front page

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The Daily Express makes its hopes for Thursday’s result clear as it “urges” readers to back the Conservatives. Britain has almost reached “the hour of judgement” and the decision “could hardly be more stark”, the paper adds.

The Sun front page

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Similarly, the Sun makes its voting plea to readers as it claims that in 2002, Jeremy Corbyn made a speech at a Trafalgar Square rally which was attended by followers of hate preachers.

The Daily Mail front page

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The Daily Mail leads on a comment piece accusing the labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and colleagues Diane Abbott and John McDonnell of spending their careers “cosying up to those who hate our country”.

The i front page

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The i dedicates its front page to Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, who was confirmed to have been one of seven killed in the London terror attacks on Saturday night. The paper says the “selfless” nurse was killed as she went to help the injured on London Bridge.

The Daily Star front page

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Meanwhile the Daily Star features the three London attackers and suggests there will be no heavenly rewards awaiting them as it reports that more than 130 Imams and Muslim religious leaders have refused to bury the trio.

The front pages of the Times, the Telegraph and the Daily Mirror all feature the same photograph of Youssef Zaghba, who has been named as the third London Bridge attacker.

All three papers say he told police in Italy he “wanted to be a terrorist” – and claim the warning was ignored by MI5.

A security source has told The Times that pan-European databases are not being used to their potential – “particularly by the UK.”

The paper says MI5 will be told to overhaul its system for assessing suspects if Theresa May wins the election.

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The Guardian highlights Tuesday night’s pledge by Theresa May to change human rights laws, to make it easier to tackle terror suspects. It sees the move as a “last-ditch intervention” – designed to “gain control over the security agenda” ahead of the election.

According to the Daily Mail, the proposed measures would mark a return to a system closer to the restrictive control orders, which were scrapped in 2011.

It says Mrs May’s remarks suggest she will “look at ways around the rules” of the European Convention on Human Rights, which Britain will remain signed up to until 2022.

‘New action’

Meanwhile, former shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has told the Daily Mirror that Mrs May faces some “hard questions” about what Britain should do to tackle terrorism.

She believes Mrs May made a “mistake” by scrapping Labour’s control orders when she was in charge of the Home Office, and says it is “so shocking” that she won’t rule out further cuts to the police.

Ms Cooper complains that “all we are getting from the Prime Minister is the same old rhetoric.” Instead, she says, “we need new action.”

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The Daily Express claims to have obtained exclusive access to the CV of Khuram Butt, another of the London Bridge attackers.

It says he got a job with London Underground four months after he appeared in a television documentary about British jihadists, and “boasted” how he had been put in charge of passenger safety.

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Butt worked as a customer service assistant at Transport for London

The Daily Telegraph reports that Butt was arrested earlier this year, after he attacked an anti-extremist Islamic scholar – “but was let off with a caution.”

It also says his fellow London Bridge attacker, Zaghba, was “only” radicalised when he moved to east London in 2015.

The Daily Mirror has a profile of the third attacker, Rachid Redouane, who used to live in the Irish Republic. It says police believe jihadis based in Ireland are travelling into the UK “by exploiting the soft border with Northern Ireland.”

An editorial in the Sun puts part of the blame for the recent attacks at the door of major internet firms, arguing “the fact they still host extremist sermons is the last straw.”

It urges companies including Google, YouTube and Facebook to hire “far, far more moderators” to remove dangerous content.


With the election just one day away, Conservative-supporting papers use their editorials to urge their readers to vote Tory.

The first nine pages of the Daily Mail are devoted to cataloguing what the paper sees as the “compelling reasons” why Britain would be “insane” to vote Labour on Thursday.

For the Telegraph, “it is a time for stability, not a reckless gamble” – while the Sun believes support for UKIP would be a waste, as the party “no longer serves any purpose”.

Jeremy Corbyn has given an eve-of-election interview to the Mirror, in which he promises to “do something special tomorrow.”

He claims only a Labour government can “rescue the country” from five more years of austerity, and defends his party’s manifesto as “all very realistic.”

The lack of debate about the economy during the election campaign is, for the Financial Times, a “striking and disturbing omission.”

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