There’s an air of foreboding in some quarters ahead of his Helsinki meeting with President Putin. The Financial Times says the Russian leader must have watched his US counterpart’s destructive progress through Brussels and London last week with his trademark mirthless smirk. The Daily Telegraph reserves its criticism for Mr Putin. It is surprised that Mr Trump is prepared to sup with him, and advises him to carry a very long spoon. The lead in the Daily Mail says a survey suggests a majority of the public believe the police have “lost control of the streets”. The paper talks of “skyrocketing levels of crime” with a quarter saying they don’t feel safe in their local area at night. A major factor, apparently, is a lack of “bobbies on the beat”. In an editorial, the paper says offenders are “utterly unafraid of the justice system” and regrettably, there is no sign that ministers have woken up to this growing menace. Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning There are many pictures of the French celebrating their football prowess. The Times shows President Macron leaping to his feet and punching the air while watching the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The Sun devotes its front page to a picture of the England football squad after its low key return to Birmingham.
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The front pages of the Daily Mail and the Express overlook the arguments in the Commons last night and focus instead on the hosepipe ban in north-west England. The Mail warns that other areas could follow suit, after the longest heatwave since 1976. The Express says keen gardeners who use sprinklers or motorists who hose down their cars could be hit with fines of £1,000. The Telegraph reports that Russia has attempted to hack Scotland Yard’s inquiry into the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Officers are said to believe that the Russians tried to compromise cyber security systems at the Metropolitan Police about a fortnight ago. A source tells the paper: “The Russians are desperate to know how the inquiry is progressing.” ‘Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water…’ A prediction by experts that great whites, hammerheads and other sharks could be heading to British waters as temperatures rise gives the papers quite a turn. Although the forecast is for 30 years hence. “Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water…” says an ominous Times headline over a photograph of surfers in Cornwall. The academic behind the prediction, Ken Collins of Southampton University, is urging calm. He tells the Times: “I don’t think we are going to see terrified bathers running up the beach at Padstow chased by hammerheads.” The Sun uses the famous poster for the film Jaws, with the headline “coming to a beach near you”. Finally, the Times has news to lift the spirits of commuters stuck in traffic jams.
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