What the papers say – October 9

Potential factory closures, rising energy prices and the search for Madeleine McCann’s killer are among the subjects leading the Saturday papers.

What the papers say – October 9

The front pages splash on further anxiety over shortages and Covid developments, among other stories.

“Factories face closure in weeks as fuel costs soar”, states the headline of The Independent, while the Daily Express reports former Tesco boss Sir David Lewis has been “called on by Boris Johnson to save Christmas”.

The Daily Star has a humorous take as it says Britons have survived “fuel, pigs, CO2 and lorry crises” but now face a “new hell” following warnings the price of crisps and snacks could rise.

The Times has been told ministers will soon unveil plans for levies on gas bills to fund low-carbon heating despite rising energy prices.

Senior members of the Government want to scrap free Covid tests due to the burden on taxpayers, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Guardian says “dangerous” lies and conspiracy theories about coronavirus, which have amassed millions of views and are accessible to children, have been available on TikTok for months.

A phone service aimed at protecting women as they walk home has received the backing of the Home Secretary following the outcry caused by the murder of Sarah Everard, reports the Daily Mail.

A German prosecutor is quoted on the front of the Daily Mirror as saying he is “confident we have the man who took and killed” Madeleine McCann, with the investigation expected to conclude next year.

And the Financial Times reports 136 nations have signed up to a “groundbreaking” corporate tax reform aimed at eliminating tax havens.

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