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Leo Blair 'kidnap plot' revealed
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In what it calls a world exclusive, the Sun tells of an alleged plot by fathers' rights activists to kidnap Tony Blair's five-year-old son Leo.

It says vigilantes on "the lunatic fringe" of Fathers 4 Justice planned to hold Leo hostage for a short time.

It claims the move was intended to highlight the plight of fathers denied access to their children.

The Sun says no arrests were made and quotes a source saying the plot was "nipped in the bud at an early stage".

Suburban 'brothels'

"From Soho to Suburbia" is the Times headline as papers digest the government's strategy on prostitution.

It says a plan to permit so-called mini-brothels will move prostitution "off the streets and into the suburbs".

The Independent says the proposal will "undoubtedly" make prostitutes safer. But overall it calls the new strategy a "timid liberalisation".

That is not the view of the Daily Express which insists Labour has gone "soft" on prostitution.

'Sweeping liberalisation'

The Daily Mail detects the work of "cack-handed reformers" in a "sweeping liberalisation of sex laws."

The Sun says allowing prostitutes to turn their homes into mini brothels will affect the working classes most.

"Who wants a brothel next door?" it asks, saying a week ago Tony Blair was declaring war on neighbours from hell.

And the Express asks why the Treasury's flag pole is bare despite the Chancellor's patriotic campaign to get Union flags hoisted in British gardens.

Galloway 'cat'

As the Celebrity Big Brother antics take up newspaper column inches, the Guardian's Simon Hoggart says MPs are glued to watching colleague George Galloway.

He says footage where the MP pretended to be a cat will "never be forgotten" and he is sure to be met with a chorus of miaows in the other House.

Elsewhere, the Times has proof that the pen can be mightier than the sword.

It says a retired cartoonist drew the image of a man who stole his bicycle - and a suspect was arrested in minutes.


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