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Last Updated: Friday, 29 April, 2005, 07:26 GMT 08:26 UK
What the papers say
News Letter editor Austin Hunter takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's morning papers.

The face of an "evil" man looks out from two of our local front pages.

That is a photograph of the Strabane man sent to jail for 20 years after being convicted on Thursday of attacking a woman, 10 days after he had been released from prison.

The Belfast Telegraph has a headline - "the face of evil" - while the News Letter calls him "Ulster's sickest sex fiend" and quotes the judge as saying he is a "serial sexual predator with no respect for his fellow human beings".

'King of carousel'

The face of a man who will be remembered very fondly by the community is on the front page of the Irish News.

The paper uses a picture from the excellent photographer Brendan Murphy to pay tribute to Mickey Marley, who died on Thursday in Belfast.

Crumlin Road Prison has re-opened to house asylum seekers
Daily View

The 84-year-old toured the streets of Belfast with his horse drawn roundabout for decades, entertaining generations of children.

The Irish News quite rightly call him the "king of carousel".

The Daily View also has Mickey Marley on its front page, but their main story is that Crumlin Road Prison has re-opened to house asylum seekers and at the moment one person is being held there at a cost of 1,000 per week.

The Daily View makes the contrast between this cost and the decision to axe the city's lollipop service for young children.

'IRA recruitment'

Daily Ireland has a front page story with Sinn Fein criticising Chief Constable Hugh Orde for saying that IRA activity is still continuing.

The chief constable said the IRA were still recruiting and still targeting people but he believed they were not going back to what he called the "armed struggle".

This upset Mitchel McLaughlin of Sinn Fein who said his party would not allow the chief constable, or anyone else, to detract from their efforts to rebuild the peace process.

The chief constable was speaking at a function at which he handed out gallantry awards to 50 officers.

The News Letter picks up on that event in its editorial and says that if peace and stability and permanent peace are to be achieved in Northern Ireland, "the PSNI need adequate resources to combat unlawful behaviour of paramilitaries and their criminal associates".

Blair is haunted by the spectre of Iraq
Daily Telegraph

In their editorial, the Belfast Telegraph turn their attention to Tony Blair and say he is feeling the heat of battle.

Labour remains well ahead in the polls but the prime minister is in even more trouble about the Iraq War.

The national newspapers concentrate on the row.

The Daily Telegraph says Blair is "haunted by the spectre of Iraq".

The Guardian carries the headline - "Blair's dark day as Iraq row erupts".

While the Independent asks the front page question - "Did Blair mislead us?" - and asks two prominent lawyers to argue the case on behalf of the yes and no camps.

'Passenger waiting environments'

I would think the prime minister will not have been very happy when he saw the papers this morning.

If he needs a bit of cheering up, he can read that Tom Cruise has a new girlfriend or, in my opinion, the strangest story of the morning... that's about the bus shelter in Manchester.

Apparently, they are no longer called them bus shelters- they are now known as a "passenger waiting environment" - and this one, which looks fairly normal, cost 250,000.

The real downside about the bus shelter is that it is 15 yards from where the bus stops and people who have sheltered from the rain have to brave the elements to catch the bus.


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