What the papers say – September 26

The shooting of a police officer at a south London custody suite dominates Saturday’s front pages.

What the papers say – September 26

The papers are led by the death of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matiu Ratana, who was shot by a handcuffed suspect in the early hours of Friday.

The Times reports Sgt Ratana was shot in the chest by a 23-year-old man, despite the suspect having his hands secured behind his back.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Mirror all lead with the suspect having previously been referred to the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent programme.

Elsewhere, the i weekend reports students around the nation have expressed anger over multiple universities being forced into lockdown over Covid-19 outbreaks.

And The Guardian says the University and College Union has warned face-to-face teaching should be halted until the Government fixes its test-and-trace system.

The Government is prepared to do “whatever it takes” to enable families to meet over Christmas, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The FT Weekend reports economists have predicted one million people will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

And the Daily Star says Eastenders actor Pete Beale wants his long-dead character to return to the show.

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