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tour. All that come, with the crucial Heineken cup scores and


Britain's skeleton bob record-breaker. All of that after


The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look at the


morning's papers. With me are the Weekend Editor of The Mirror, Alison


Phillips, and the broadcaster Alice Arnold.


25 leading charities have urged David Cameron to sign up to a UN


scheme to resettle Syrian refugees, the Independent says. The Mail says


the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have set up companies to protect


their brands. The Mirror reports on the trial of the Coronation Street


actor Bill Roache. The Telegraph says Nick Clegg has warned David


Cameron to be "honest and up front" about plans to build two new garden


cities in Kent and Buckinghamshire. The Times reports claims that some


minority communities are operating their own justice systems, with


offences as serious as murder going unreported to police. And the


Guardian leads on the reforms to American surveillance announced by


President Obama. The financial Times has the same


lead story, saying that Obama was defiant about the surveillance. We


begin with the story that has been dominating news bulletins for the


last couple of days, which is the continuing search for three-year-old


Mikaeel Kool are, missing from his home in Edinburgh. -- Mikaeel Kular.


The Independent looks at the hundreds of volunteers who have


helped in the search. The Scottish edition of the Telegraph says that


police have admitted that Mikaeel could have been the victim of a


criminal act, and the Sun focuses on a possible sighting of the little


boy. Of course, hugely worrying when a little boy goes missing, but the


story has changed over the last 24 hours. Last night the police said


they did not believe there was any criminality but now that is a


distinct possibility. It changed during the day. They have the


sighting this morning but we never got any details of whether that was


him. There were things saying he was wearing a hat, and Mikaeel did not


like wearing hats, which most children don't, actually. We have


not heard that someone has come forward and said, actually that was


our child, but they seem to be playing less on that now and


suddenly the words "criminal act" have come in, which had not been


used until this evening. A very powerful photograph, with all the


people from the neighbourhood turning up to help look for him. It


has been amazing work by the community of people turning out. It


is only just above freezing. If that little boy is on his own wandering


around, lost or something terrible, that is a terrible thought. But at


the same time as the police are doing that search with local people,


they will obviously be looking at other avenues as to what may


possibly have happened to him. A number of people have spoken to the


media. Parents, saying, I want to be out here because I hope everyone


would do the same if it were my child. Her absolutely. They are


spreading across quite a wide area. One would think that immediate


search would be relevant if he had wandered off himself. It's something


else is happening, you may not be so near home. The police often know


things they are not able to let us know. They will be pursuing all


sorts of lines of enquiry that we are not necessarily aware of. There


have been a number of sightings, but none confirmed at this point. They


will be interviewing members of the family, going through his usual


routines, all sorts of things we are not aware of. We also found out


today that he has not been to his nursery since Christmas, so has not


been seen by people who would ordinarily see him. There is clearly


a lot to be looked at. In the meantime, it is incredibly


heartening, because these people going out trying to look for him,


they just want him home safe. And as you say, the weather is really tough


up there. It was hard work. Let's move on and look at the Times. The


story is that police are worried that certain communities across the


country are taking the law into their own hands. Some very serious


crimes, even murder, are going unreported. What is the suggestion,


that they do not trust the police, or that there is their own form of


justice? This is the Chief Inspector of Constabulary who has said he


believes there are large communities of people. He uses the quote "that


may have been born under different skies" . They have their own forms


of justice and things, as you say, as serious as murder. This is how


problems are being resolved and there are some areas where police


are never called. However, it must be said that the police are


disputing this. The Chief Constable of the West Midlands says he does


not believe this to be the case. How much of it is anecdotal, we are not


certain. You would imagine the Chief Inspector of Constabulary would not


say this lightly and would have had a look at some figures. One would


have thought, and it compares the situation to West Belfast at the


height of the troubles. They had different skies in Belfast, cloudy


ones, slightly different to ours, where the IRA to justice into their


own hands. Lots of paramilitary groups did. They sorted things out


within their own communities. The intimation is that the sort of


crimes they may be talking about would be things like honour


killings, domestic abuse, assaults on children and female genital


mutilation. That is what Mr Windsor has said. He said honour killings


would be the most extreme case, but those are the sort of things he is


killing about. Not mass civil unrest, and police not daring to go


into areas. There is an issue about whether police should only be


invited in to investigate when they have a report of a crime. You would


hope that police operate in such a way that they are part of local


communities and they know the kind of things that are going on before


having to wait for the 999 calls. That is what the police would want


us to know they are doing. If I see police officers about it is in the


daytime and they are often community support officers checking that


everyone is fine. Now, because there are Sony targets in policing, it is


probably a lot easier, if you are looking at your clear up rate, to


wait until something is reported and then clear it up. If it is never


reported, it is not your problem. If the police are not called, we do not


go. That is not what we thought would be going on. Last week there


was an article in the Independent saying that two out of five race


hate crimes were not being reported. Partly because people don't believe


they will be investigated properly. How can they be investigated if they


are not being reported? Very difficult. There is no suggestion


that there are reprisals taking place, home-grown justice being


meted out. I think he is saying that they are dealing with handing out


justice. I do not know if it is anything as official as courts, or


if it is on an ad hoc basis. They did talk about sharia courts. They


say there is a re-emergence of a failure to report crimes.


Interesting language. In those cases, I think they would be talking


about a justice system of a sort, outside our justice system. It is


not clear the degree to which this is going on. I can't believe it is


particularly great, when you think of a number of crimes reported to


police every day, I don't believe this is a large number of incidents.


It is his first annual assessment of the state of policing, due to be


published in a couple of weeks. Let's move on to the Daily


Telegraph, not the Scottish version, which is leading on the search for


the missing three-year-old. A different edition for other parts of


the country. The story we are going to look at is Miliband's threat


wipes Williams off state banks. This was the promise, or threat, from Ed


Miliband to bring a day of reckoning on the banking sector to create


greater competition, introduce so-called challenger banks, which


would hopefully take some of the business away from the Big Five. It


had an effect that maybe he was not anticipating, in that the share


price of RBS and Lloyds has gone down somewhat. He wiped ?2 billion


of the energy companies when he said he would freeze energy prices. That


is 3 billion in total off the economy as a whole. Obviously, the 1


billion is our money, because we are in those banks. Whether it is a


gaffe or not, there was a lot of criticism about what he said, that


he did not have the big idea for the economy, and that his speech lacked


originality and creativity in actually solving our problems. Not a


bad idea, I don't think. They are an easy target. I think people do


think, stick it to the banks. Actually, ordinary people have been


turned over by the energy companies and by the banks. Small businesses


cannot get money off banks because they do not want to lend to them.


Before he made the speech, the governor of the Bank of England was


saying this would not increase competition but would just have the


banks getting rid of customers they don't think are a good bet. He has


said that, but that does not necessarily mean it is true. What is


interesting is that finally we have got somebody looking at it from the


consumer side. Yes, they have taken a hit today but I can't believe they


won't recover at some point in the future. They will not be ?1 billion


down forever. But we do want to try to sell these hangs off eventually.


There is this problem with breaking the bank 's up into smaller things,


one reason they can get money cheaply is because they are big. It


is like the big supermarket and the corner shop. If you are saying, we


will ban the big supermarket and it will be all corner shops, we might


all suffer because interest rates would go up, and that would be a


problem. You need a balance between corner shops and big supermarkets.


But primarily, they think about their own profits, the big


supermarkets, and the big banks, who have abused the trust of the public


and should be held to account. In the Telegraph, terror suspects given


lifetime anonymity am saying that Britain's most dangerous terrorism


suspects are being freed from court controls and allowed to live


anonymously to protect their human rights. If they've served their


time, shouldn't they be able to get on with their lives? They have been


observed for a two-year time limit. Obviously they've been observed. If


they have done anything they could have been arrested for in that time,


they would have been arrested. They haven't done anything, so one would


assume then - what other choice is there? You keep people on permanent


surveillance. It is a tricky area. There has been huge outrage about


the vast cost of carrying this out. But like you say, technically in the


eyes of the law they are innocent. So, what can be done, really? And


they couldn't live under their own identities very easily, could they?


It is like a number of offenders who are released into the community,


live can be very difficult for them. Some people might say quite rightly.


If they were suspects for that length of time, no smoke without


fire. And they didn't just follow these people willy-nilly. They had


real concerns about them, however, still, despite that... But they want


charge them. So real concern, and being able to charge someone, if you


can't charge them, then... Let's manufacture on and look at the Daily


Mail. Kate and Wills Inc. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who have


secretly, not so secret now, have set up companies to protect their


brand just like the Beck hams. Aren't the royals meant to be above


this kind of thing? I wonder if Kate have seen those dreadful dolls


people keep making of her with the hair and she thought that's enough


we ought to control our brand. It is being portrayed here they are doing


it to make money, whether they are I'm not sure, maybe they are doing


it to safeguard themselves. Are we talking mugs in essence? Mugs, tea


towels. Surely they are not going to be able it stop all the other. It


would mean litigation, it would mean they have to sue companies who use


their image. We know the Royal Family don't like going to court


over stuff, it is odd. I know, I knted imagine them stopping. But if


it was done in such a which that was unpleasant or wrong, it gives them


grounds to do something. Well, there you go. That's what they are doing.


We've all got a brand these days, haven't we? That's the papers, we


will be back with our own special brand with Alice and Alison at


11.30pm to take another look at the front pages. Stay with us on BBC


News, at 11.00pm, the search for three-year-old, Mikaeel Kular,


police say he may have disappeared following a criminal act. Coming up


next, time for Sports Day.


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