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Newspaper headlines: ‘Support’ for Prince Andrew and new Ofcom powers

Image caption A photo of the Queen alongside her son, Prince Andrew, as they travelled to church on Sunday features on several front pages. The Daily Mirror interprets it as a “show of support” for the Duke of York. The prince’s former friend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was found dead in his cell on Saturday. Epstein had been awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. The Mirror reports that Epstein kept a “meticulously detailed” diary of his friendships with the rich and powerful.
Image caption The Metro also splashes with a photo of the Queen and Prince Andrew. But its main story reports that children are being recruited by drug gangs who loiter at fast food takeaways and attempt to lure them with free food. The report comes from evidence given to a Parliament-backed inquiry.
Image caption The government is giving Ofcom new legal powers to fine social media platforms millions of pounds if they show “harmful” content, says the Telegraph. Under the changes – due to begin in September next year – Ofcom will be able to fine companies like Instagram and YouTube up to 5% of their revenue. It marks the government’s “first crackdown on social media”, the paper says.
Image caption Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to reduce crime – which emerged on Sunday – also feature in Monday’s papers. The Times says his promise to review prison sentencing marks an attempt to “rebuild the Tories’ reputation as the party of law and order before a possible early general election”. His proposals also signal an “attack” on the previous government’s policies to restrict prison numbers, the paper adds.
Image caption The i newspaper also leads with Mr Johnson’s plans, focusing on the expansion of a pilot scheme which boosts police officers’ powers to use stop and search. The paper highlights police data that shows there is “limited evidence” that stop and search is effective, and quotes a criminologist who suggests the reforms could spark civil unrest.
Image caption The Daily Mail leads with a health story, reporting on the national shortage of hormone replacement therapy, which helps women deal with the symptoms of the menopause. The paper focuses on “frustrated doctors”, who have warned they are spending hours trying to find alternative treatments and that many patients are “panicking”.
Image caption Also leading with a health story, the Daily Express reports that the average waiting time for a routine GP appointment has reached more than two weeks for the first time ever, according to a survey conducted by doctors’ magazine Pulse. NHS England disagrees with the research and says nearly half of people get an appointment within 24 hours.
Image caption The Guardian reports on the methods used to restrain people who are being deported from the UK, saying shackles and belts have been used. Restraints were used more than 440 times in the 11 months to March this year, data shows. MPs and human rights campaigners have condemned the widespread use, the paper adds.
Image caption The Sun claims that, according to newly-released court papers, Hollywood star George Clooney allegedly had a sexual encounter with British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. Ms Maxwell is the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein. There is no suggestion that actor Clooney was involved in any wrongdoing, the paper adds. According to the lawyers involved in the court case which the new papers relate to, the claim is fictionalised.
Image caption Global investment banks are facing a “brutal summer”, the Financial Times reports, with tens of thousands of jobs being announced since April. Banks including HSBC, Barclays and Deutsche Bank are among those who have made job cuts. The paper says the reasons for the job losses vary – but picks out deeper trends like falling interest rates and the “march of automation”.
Image caption The Daily Star reports on a environmental couple’s budget wedding, after they fed their 280 guests with food which was due to be sent to landfill. Bride Kayley Cookson told the paper that she and her husband were brought up with the value of “waste not, want not”. The guests were unaware they were eating food saved from the rubbish dump, the paper adds.

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