The head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, is pictured on several front pages as she faces growing pressure to resign because of the Sarah Everard case.
“Shaming of the Met,” is the Guardian’s take. It says a senior officer has accepted the force may have had enough information to identify Wayne Couzens as a threat to women before he raped and killed Ms Everard.
The Times reveals that he had exchanged misogynistic, racist and homophobic material with colleagues on a WhatsApp group months before the attack.
The Daily Mail, in its editorial, thinks it is unbelievable that Dame Cressida is clinging to her job. “How many more shameful failures can she preside over?” asks the Sun.
The i’s editor – Oliver Duff – thinks she has offered no suggestions for reform. He finds it hard to see how she can carry on.
But the Telegraph says she is a capable woman who recognises the need to change the culture of the force. The Times believes her resignation would serve no useful purpose.
The Sun’s front page shows the actor James Nesbitt filling up a car at a south London petrol station. It says fuming motorists were turned away from the fully-stocked forecourt for seven hours because of filming for a drama he is in.
The capital and south-east England are among the areas still rated “red” in a Whitehall analysis of petrol shortages, reported in the Times. Other areas where average fuel levels are less than 20% include the North West and the Midlands. The document says the situation is improving in the North East, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales.
The Financial Times says a survey has found a sharp drop in business confidence, put down to rising taxes, increasing costs, labour shortages and supply disruption.
Retailers warn there could be a lack of choice on the shelves – leading the Mirror to claim there will be “a Nightmare before Christmas”. The Daily Star’s front page shows a boy telling Santa, “this year, I’d like an HGV licence, a turkey and some petrol”. Father Christmas replies, “Not a hope in hell, son.”
And there are fears that Poohsticks bridge – made famous by the game in A.A Milne’s original stories – could be lost to America.
The Telegraph says the original wooden structure from Ashdown Forest in East Sussex was taken down and replaced in 1999. It has now been re-built and is expected to fetch up to £60,000 at auction.
Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth – a big Winnie the Pooh fan – expresses his dismay, remarking, “not since London Bridge was sold to Arizona has there been anything like it”.
But some locals observe it was “a pile of old junk nobody wanted — if somebody can sell it as bit of Winnie the Pooh history, good luck to them.”