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Monday, 8 July, 2002, 06:16 GMT 07:16 UK
Papers capture Drumcree violence
Sunday's events at Drumcree are pictured in many of the papers.

"Dumbcree" is the headline in the Daily Mirror which shows a photograph of a man who was hit in the arm by a plastic bullet during clashes between loyalist protesters and the police.

A man wielding a stone is featured in the Daily Express which remarks on how "Ulster marches back to violence".

In the Daily Mail, Melanie Phillips suggests that, while on the mainland there is almost "a palpable air of exasperation and indifference" about violence in Northern Ireland, people in Belfast are "aghast" that society has descended into what she calls "institutionalised mayhem" as the government hides "behind the fiction of the peace process".

Easier abortions criticised

The Mail offers the most vehement criticism of the government's decision to offer women in England and Wales faster, easier abortions in pilot schemes.

It insists the availability of what has been called the abortion pill in family planning clinics will open the floodgates to thousands of terminations.

Both the Sunand the Daily Express highlight what they describe as the "fury" from anti-abortion groups.

The Independent is almost alone in describing the idea of increasing use of the abortion pill as "a sensible step", pointing out that having simpler abortions should not be confused with making abortions easier to obtain.

The Daily Star welcomes "anything to make abortion safer".

White couple have black twins

The Sun describes a "shocking NHS test tube bungle" that resulted in a white couple having black twins because of a an NHS fertility clinic mix-up.

It says it is not known whether a fertilised egg from a black couple undergoing IVF treatment was wrongly implanted into the white woman or if a black man's sperm was wrongly used to fertilise her egg.

The paper claims there could now be an historic legal battle to decide who should be the twins' real parents.

Police reforms due to be announced

The Times says the government is to announce concessions over police reforms and new drug laws.

The paper suggests that when the Police Bill begins its final passage through the Commons this week, police authorities will have the power to amend or reject Home Office action plans imposed on failing forces.

The paper also claims that while personal use of cannabis will, in effect, be decriminalised, the maximum sentence for dealers in the drug will be doubled.

Government attacked over NHS controls

The Daily Telegraph reports comments made by Margaret Cook, the former wife of Robin Cook, about the health service.

Doctor Cook, who has just taken early retirement as a district hospital consultant, describes pressures caused by "meddling politicians, greedy doctors and private funding".

She says the NHS should be taken out of direct government control and put in the hands of a select parliamentary committee, which could call on the expertise of professional and lay members.

Rail workers' safety work claims

The Independent reports how police investigating the Potters Bar train crash believe they have uncovered evidence of rail workers falsely claiming to have completed safety work on the east coast mainline.

The paper says there has been no suggestion fraudulent claims were made about work on the set of points which caused the crash, but the allegations raise questions about staff supervision.

Wimbledon winner hailed by papers

Australian tennis player, Lleyton Hewitt, appears on many front-pages, falling after his victory in the men's Wimbledon final.

One-sided" is how the Guardian and the Telegraph describe his match with David Nalbandian, of Argentina.

Several of the papers consider how the success of Hewitt, who is 21, is likely to usher in a new era, in which he will go on to regain the title.

Farmers reap truffles reward

The Times questions whether truffles could save British farmers.

Two entrepreneurs are hoping to harvest Britain's first commercial crop of black perigord truffles at a secret location in Hertfordshire this winter.

If they succeed, the paper calculates they could make more than 22,000 per acre of land.

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