Newspaper headlines: Football stars on Easter bomb alert

Daily Mirror front page
Image captionSecurity is to be increased to an all-time high for this weekend’s Premier League games, the Daily Mirror reports. It follows the bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday.
The Sun front page
Image captionThe Sun says Manchester United will have unprecedented protection when they travel to Europe’s “terror capital” for a Europa League clash in Brussels. The paper says the heightened security follows a threat made by so-called Islamic State that sport stars and celebrities were on a new death list.
Daily Telegraph
Image captionThe Daily Telegraph reports that the government is discriminating against Christian refugees from Syria. The claims have been made by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who says “politically correct” officials are “institutionally biased” against Christian refugees.
The Guardian
Image captionThere has been a large rise in gun and knife crime in London and police budget cuts may be partially responsible, the Guardian reports. The paper says gun crime rose by 42% and knife crime by 24%, while overall crime was up in almost every category.
Financial Times front page
Image captionUK companies face being frozen out of big European space contracts as a result of Brexit, according to the Financial Times. The paper says the European Commission is demanding the right to cancel existing contracts for work on the 10 billion euro (£8.5bn) Galileo satellite navigation system if a supplier is no longer based in the EU.
The Times front page
Image captionFacebook has been accused of refusing to remove potentially illegal terror and child abuse content despite being told it was on the site, the Times reports. The paper claims the social media network failed to take down dozens of images and videos that were flagged up to moderators.
Daily Mail front page
Image captionThe Daily Mail leads on news that Prime Minister Theresa May is set to announce a cap on energy bills after EDF increased its tariff for the second times in months. The paper says the planned cap follows pressure from MPs and campaigners for the government to step in.
Metro front page
Image captionA Russian diplomat has accused the UK of trying to undermine the peace effort in Syria during a “furious row” at the United Nations, the Metro reports.
Daily Express front page
Image captionThe Daily Express says migrants are filling one in nine jobs in Britain. The paper says the figures reveal the “scandal of open borders”.

The Daily Mirror and The Sun both lead with security fears for football, following the Dortmund bomb attack.

The Sun says a letter left at the scene warned that sports idols and celebrities were on a “death list”.

The paper says there will be “a ring of steel” in Brussels for Manchester United’s game tonight.

The Mirror says security at all this weekend’s premier league games will be “at an all-time high”.

The Daily Star adds that other stars including Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy are increasing their security.

Energy price cap

Theresa May is set to announce a cap on energy bills within weeks, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper says EDF energy has “sparked fury” by putting up its prices for the second time in a few months.

The paper welcomes the prime minister’s intervention, arguing “rapacious”, “mostly foreign-owned energy giants” have exploited customers once too often.

Caroline Flint, Labour’s former shadow energy secretary, calls the energy giants “villains” in the Mirror.

She urges Mrs May to “do the right thing” and calls for a protected tariff and a price cap set by the regulator Ofgem.

EDF blames the price increase on rises in wholesale costs, the Guardian reports, as well as levies imposed by the government to fund discounts for poorer households.

UK companies face being frozen out of European space contracts because of Brexit, the Financial Times reports.

The paper says the European Commission, which is setting out terms for the latest phase of the Galileo satellite navigation system, is demanding the right to cancel existing contracts without penalty if a supplier is no longer based in the EU.

The head of the trade association UKspace, Richard Peckham, tells the paper the EU’s caution was not surprising since the UK government had failed to say it even wished to stay in the EU space programmes.

The Mail describes yesterday’s talks between the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov as “grim-faced”.

The paper says relations between the US and Russia “are now as frosty as during the Cold War” after Mr Tillerson talked about a low level of trust between the two countries.

The Times says that, despite Russian anger over Syria, calls for continued co-operation over Afghanistan and North Korea suggest Moscow does not want to cut all links so early in the Trump administration.

Diana memorial garden

Photographs of a new memorial garden, planted to mark 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, feature in most of the papers.

The Telegraph says the White Garden at Kensington Palace includes forget-me-nots given to her by her brother.

Its design was inspired by Diana’s image and style, according to the Express.

The Mail calls it a “beautiful living tribute”.

Although the garden is not open to the public, the Mirror says visitors can see its “stunning carpet” of tulips and narcissi from a public walkway.

The first Antarctic Biennale received a “cool reception”, according to the Times.

The million pound expedition to the Vernadsky Station in Antarctica, saw events including a naked Russian performance artist burying his head and shoulders in the snow and a London-based sitar player perform to a herd of seals.

The paper thinks the festival was “snow joke”, saying the creatives involved seemed to have succumbed to a “seriously juvenile outbreak of cabin fever”.

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