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Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Monday's morning papers.

If you are getting into your car and heading off to work - be warned.

The Belfast Telegraph lead story informs us that from Monday there'll be no hiding place from the traffic warden.

The responsibility for enforcing parking laws is being passed from the police to the Department of Regional Development.

And, according to the Telegraph, they have vowed to "put a lot more effort into keeping our streets clear of illegally parked cars."

Family's ordeal

The News Letter front page has a picture of the house at Middletown in County Armagh where a one-year-old baby was caught up in an armed robbery while the child's mother and her seven-year-old son were tied up with masking tape.

Armagh's mayor tells the paper he is shocked that they were forced to endure such an ordeal.

The paper speculates that the gang may have gone to the wrong house.

In the Irish News there is the revelation "that one of the two men killed in a car crash near Newry was a member of the IRA".

Indeed, the paper carries several death notices from Sinn Fein branches and says Gerard Fearon is "expected to have an IRA funeral on Monday".

Elsewhere, the Irish Independent's been doing some digging into the causes of the mounting carnage on the Irish Republic's roads.

'Rogue dealers'

It claims to have uncovered a scam in which rogue dealers are selling boy racers, as it calls them, high performance cars disguised as smaller engine vehicles.

It says the cars are marked down as being of lower power so that the dealers avoid paying higher vehicle tax.

This allows the cars to be insured as more modest vehicles instead of high performance rockets.

Among the cross channel papers, tax of one sort or another features widely.

The Mail and the Express are up in arms about the prospect of council tax rises in England.

"A tax just for living in a nice area," says the Mail headline.

The Daily Telegraph has a picture of people sitting in deck chairs on the beach at Bournemouth.

The headline says - "You'll pay for days like this," a reference of course to the Stern report on climate change and the likelihood of green taxes being on the way.

Tony Blair writes in the Sun, describing the report as the final word on why the world must act. But the paper's front page puts the message a bit differently.

Global warming

There's a picture of Mr Blair along with the headline - "I'm saving the world and you lot are paying."

The Guardian reports that Britain has signed up Al Gore as an adviser on global warming and that he'll help to sell the message in the US.

The Mirror agrees that we can't afford to go on living as we do.

But Melanie Phillips in the Mail has her doubts about the report.

She says the science on which it's based is "flaky" and she accuses its supporters of "wanting to make money and raise taxes out of thin air".




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