Newspaper headlines: 'Guilty Ghislaine' and 'testing in tatters' – BBC


By BBC News
Staff

The guilty verdicts in the trial of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell came in just in time for Thursday's papers to carry the news on their front pages.
Her conviction in New York for aiding financier Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of underage teenage girls is the lead story in the Times. It reports she listened impassively as the jurors found her guilty of offences carrying a possible sentence of 65 years imprisonment.
"Guilty Ghislaine, child sex predator" says the headline in the Daily Mail. The paper features a photograph of Epstein with Maxwell on its front page and reports she is "set to die behind bars".
The Daily Mirror and the Sun both feature a one word headline – Guilty. "Socialite Ghislaine is convicted of grooming girls for lover Epstein," the Mirror says.
"Guilty of Evil" is the headline summary of the Maxwell verdict in the Daily Express, with the judge's conclusion that "justice has been done" for her role in "recruiting and sexually abusing four teenage girls" alongside Epstein, the paper says.
Ghislaine Maxwell is also pictured on the Daily Telegraph front page. The paper highlights a statement from a US prosecutor that she has been found "guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable".
The Telegraph also carries a story on Covid testing – reporting the system is in "tatters" and Health Secretary Sajid Javid's explanation that a "huge surge in demand" and a "worldwide shortage of tests" is to blame.
The i leads on the news that 183,037 Covid cases were reported in the UK on Wednesday, another daily record. It adds Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increased pressure over the "patchy" supply of Covid tests.
The return of "Nightingale" hospitals is the lead story for the Financial Times. It says that temporary field hospitals will be "revived", using gyms and education centres. The paper reports it is part Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to avoid new Covid curbs.
The Guardian's lead says hospitals in England are being urged to find space for "4,000 extra beds" as Covid cases surge. Meanwhile, the paper pictures Patrick Lam, one of several people arrested in Hong Kong after a police raid on a pro-democracy media organisation.
And the Daily Star says there is a shortage of frozen food in the UK as lorry drivers are getting delayed due to stricter EU rules.
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