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The Papers: Power cut ‘chaos’ and economy ‘in reverse’

Image caption The i leads with the chaos caused to trains, traffic lights and airports across England and Wales on Friday evening by a widespread power failure. The paper picks out a quote from one passenger who was travelling in darkness through Clapham Junction station in London and compared the blackout to “something out of an apocalyptic film”.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph also leads on the “unprecedented” blackout, reporting speculation a cyber attack could be behind it. The UK’s cyber security centre said there was no evidence of a link to criminals or a foreign power. It also reports the Queen’s private secretary spoke to the top civil servant about how to keep the monarch out of the “looming constitutional crisis” over Brexit.
Image caption It is no surprise that the Financial Times leads with a story on the British economy, after data showed it had shrunk for the first time in seven years. Output fell 0.2% in the second quarter of the year, worse than expected. The chancellor “pointed the finger” at economic weakness across the globe, the paper says.
Image caption The Times mentions the shrink in the economy in its lead, citing fears Britain “is on the cusp of a recession”. It says the prime minister is drawing up plans for a bailout fund which could be used to help businesses at risk of collapse in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It says a government “secret list” has the construction and manufacturing sectors as likely to be worst affected.
Image caption The Daily Express splashes on preparations for a no-deal Brexit. The paper focuses on a letter from Boris Johnson to civil servants, ordering them to make planning for leaving without a deal on 31 October “top priority”. The paper also suggests Mr Johnson is “gearing up to be the People’s Prime Minister” with regular online question and answer sessions with the public.
Image caption The Daily Mail says the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall has been paid to give advice on horse racing to a Hong Kong businessman. For an annual salary of £100,000, Mrs Tindall was required to attend two board meetings by telephone a year and four company functions, the paper says. Mrs Tindall has not commented, the Mail adds.
Image caption The Guardian reports the British Army is in “crisis” with some frontline combat units at 40% below full strength. More than 2,500 fewer personnel are on the frontline than four years ago, it says after analysing data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. The Army said it was committed to improving recruitment and applications are at a five-year high.
Image caption The Daily Mirror leads on the 15-year-old London girl who is missing in Malaysia, after disappearing while on a family holiday. Nora Quoirin’s parents fear she has been kidnapped, the paper reports. The family issued a fresh statement, saying: “Every night, her special time is for cuddles and a night time story with her mum.”
Image caption The Daily Star carries a stern message for two tourists who were arrested and charged with fraud in Spain after allegedly trying to pay for drinks at a bar with Monopoly money. The alleged incident, involving two 18-year-olds, was said to have taken place in the popular nightlife and beach resort of Magaluf, Majorca.
Image caption The Sun says it has obtained a video allegedly showing an employee of frozen food company Birds Eye urinating – or pretending to urinate – on a production line full of peas. It reports the company has suspended pea deliveries and said there will be a full investigation. But the firm says consumers can be “assured they can continue to enjoy our peas without concerns”.

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