Daily Mirror front page 07/01/20
Image caption Tuesday’s front pages are dominated by the jailing of the serial sexual predator Reynhard Sinaga, who was found guilty of 136 rapes. “Britain’s worst ever rapist,” leads the Daily Mirror. The ongoing international crisis following the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike also makes many of the front pages.
The Metro front page 07/01/20
Image caption The Metro also leads on the sentencing of Sinaga, who it says is believed to be the “world’s most prolific rapist”. The paper reports the mature student targeted lone drunk victims outside nightclubs in the early hours, posing as a Good Samaritan and offering them a place to stay.
Daily Mail front page 07/01/20
Image caption “How many more did he rape?” asks the Daily Mail on its front page. The paper says Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered a review into whether tougher controls are needed for the date rape Class C drug GHB, which Sinaga gave to his victims.
The Guardian front page 07/01/20
Image caption The Guardian says Sinaga is thought by police to have abused at least 195 men over two and a half years. Its second story is the Iran crisis, and the paper features a striking photograph of dozens of mourners surrounding the coffin of Soleimani during his funeral procession in Tehran.
Daily Telegraph front page 07/01/20
Image caption The Daily Telegraph reports the US saying it is moving troops out of Baghdad at the request of the Iraqi government, in what the paper says is being seen as a conciliatory step. Writing in the paper, former UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the killing of Soleimani has opened the “biggest ever cracks” in the Western alliance.
i front page 07/01/20
Image caption “UK caught between Trump and Europe,” headlines the i newspaper. It reports Britain, France and Germany joined forces to “plead for calm” after Soleimani’s death, while Downing Street affirmed its opposition to US missile strikes on Iran’s cultural treasures.
Financial Times front page 07/01/20
Image caption “Soleimani successor vows to expel US as security threats drive up oil,” is the front page of the Financial Times. It says crude broke through $70 a barrel on Monday for the first time in more than three months after Washington warned of an increased threat to Middle Eastern oil and gas facilities following the military commander’s death.
The Times front page 07/01/20
Image caption Meanwhile, the Times reports the Ministry of Defence has stepped up contingency plans to evacuate military personnel and civilians from Iraq by dispatching a team of about 20 senior planners and liaison officers to the embassy in Baghdad over the weekend.
Daily Express front page 07/01/20
Image caption Departing from the rest of the front pages, the Daily Express reports the prime minister has prepared a “massive spending spree that will herald a ‘decade of renewal'”. Chancellor Sajid Javid will use the first Budget after the UK leaves the EU to inject £100bn into infrastructure projects, it says.
The Sun front page 07/01/20
Image caption “Joke of York: Ricky has a pop at Andy,” leads the Sun. It says “scathing” host of the Golden Globe awards Ricky Gervais “savagely mocked” Prince Andrew in a “blistering monologue” at the LA ceremony.
Daily Star front page 07/01/20
Image caption “Light van man,” puns the Daily Star, as it reports white van men are reversing stereotypes by ditching fast food, alcohol and cigarettes to boost their fitness.

The face of the serial sex attacker, Reynhard Sinaga, looks out from many of the front pages, alongside reports of the multiple life sentences he has received for drugging and assaulting 48 men he met outside nightclubs in Manchester.

The Daily Mirror calls him “Britain’s worst ever rapist”. The Daily Mail’s headline asks “How many more did he rape?”

The Guardian has been speaking to his friends. One describes him as “nice, meek and inoffensive”. Another calls him a “sweet, happy guy”.

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Image caption Reynhard Sinaga filmed himself assaulting unconscious victims at his student flat in Manchester

Sinaga’s church provided a character reference to the court.

After the US air strike that killed an Iranian commander, the situation of British and American troops in Iraq is the main story for the Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

The Times says Britain is stepping up contingency plans to evacuate military personnel and civilians from Iraq because of growing fears of attacks. It says around 20 military advisors have been sent to the embassy in Baghdad, where they are mapping out withdrawal routes.

The Mirror reports that Royal Navy warships are closely escorting UK tankers in the Gulf because of fears of attacks by Iranian submarines. It says lranian mini-subs which could sink British vessels have been spotted preparing to launch from the Republican Guards’ submarine base in the Strait of Hormuz.

The New Statesman’s political correspondent, Patrick Maguire, assesses the chances of Rebecca Long-Bailey in the Labour leadership race. He says the decision by the Labour Party chairman, Ian Lavery, not to stand leaves her in a strong position to reach the final ballot of members.

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Image caption Rebecca Long-Bailey became the sixth candidate to enter the leadership race

But he says positioning herself on the left as a continuity candidate has risks in the light of last month’s election result – and that rival campaigns don’t believe she will have enough support to win the final contest.

Reflecting on the future of the party, the Guardian says the leadership contest must be conducted with honesty and humility. It believes Labour “must become a broad church again” and that there is “no quick fix” after its momentous defeat.

The Mirror fears the leadership election is being rushed through to ensure the machine behind last month’s crushing election defeat keeps control. It thinks Labour would be wiser to “reflect first, elect second” and to invest more thought and time in deciding who would win a general election.

The Financial Times claims spending on science is set to grow quickly and become more adventurous post-Brexit. It says the government’s planning to create a new state-backed agency to promote ambitious “high risk, high reward” experiments and that many senior research scientists are warming towards Boris Johnson’s administration.

The Times reports that up to 40% of trains connecting the biggest cities in the north of England and Scotland have been cancelled this month because of the late delivery of new carriages.

TransPennine Express already has one of the worst punctuality records on the network with only 38% of trains arriving on time.

Now it is axing large numbers of trains serving Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, describes the cancellations as “shameful”.


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