What the papers say – October 18

Warnings from the head of security service MI5 are making the front pages on Wednesday, with the Guardian reporting on the agency head’s warning of a “dramatic upshift” in Islamist terrorism threats.

(Gareth Fuller/PA)

‘We need to know what the UK wants to do’ – Europe’s leaders urge Brexit clarity

Europe’s leaders have revealed frustrations about the approach of Theresa May’s Government to Brexit, claiming there is a lack of clarity as a result of divisions within her administration.

A picture of Claire Sharp from Scotland who became a Domino's manager at 19 (Domino's/PA)

Domino’s eyes more British managers amid Brexit skills gap fears

Domino’s Pizza has issued a clarion call for young British staff amid fears that Brexit could starve the company of overseas workers.

An articulated lorry which hit a bridge in Coombe Valley Road, Dover (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Family dogs stranded as lorry strikes bridge and topples into garden

A man has told how his garden wall has been crushed for the second time in a year by lorries striking a railway bridge next to his home.

Four our of five people would like to see tougher action against those who cycle aggressively, research found (Nick Ansell/PA)

Tougher penalties backed for those who break rules of the road, survey shows

Four out of five people would back tougher penalties for all road users, including cyclists, who break the rules of the road, a new study shows.

Police at the scene outside Parsons Green Tube station (Yui Mok/PA)

Parsons Green stab victim lost life for asking drug dealer to move on – police

A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in the street after asking a drug dealer to move on, police said.

Officers riding on fairground dodgems at Hull Fair (Humberside Police/PA)

Dodgem-riding officers were fair play, says police chief

A police chief has defended his officers after they were photographed riding on fairground dodgems.

Police are considering the possibility that all the attacks are linked (Joe Giddens/PA)

Police appeal after spate of sexual assaults on women and children

Nine females – three aged 11 – have been approached and sexually touched by an attacker in the last three months, police said.

The Home Secretary said no deal would be unthinkable (Victoria Jones/PA)

‘Unthinkable’ UK will not agree Brexit security co-operation deal – Amber Rudd

It is “unthinkable” that the UK will walk away from talks with Brussels without a deal at least covering security co-operation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said – appearing to contradict Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Douglas Ross is also a referee's assistant (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Tory MP to miss welfare vote – to run the line at Champions League tie

A Tory MP is set to miss a debate and vote on welfare policy because he will be running the line at a Champions League football tie in Barcelona.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets ESB Network workers in Kilcock (Niall Carson/PA)

Thousands still without power and water in wake of Storm Ophelia

Thousands of people remain without power and water following Storm Ophelia, with a huge recovery operation under way across Ireland.

TUC data shows public sector workers will be "significantly" out of pocket even if the Government lifts their pay cap (Yui Mok/PA)

Public sector unions warn of looming industrial action over ‘great pay robbery’

The Government faces the threat of co-ordinated industrial action in the new year unless it ends the “damaging” cap on the pay of millions of public sector workers.

Bill Clinton met with leaders from both sides of the negotiations (Brian Lawless/PA)

Bill Clinton meets with political leaders during Belfast trip

Former US president Bill Clinton has met with Northern Ireland’s political leaders during a visit to Belfast.

Craig Smith and Daniella Hirst leave Scarborough Magistrates Court (Dave Higgens/PA)

Pizza shop sex couple spared jail but face sleeping ban

A couple who had sex in a pizza delivery shop as staff worked on the other side of the counter have been spared jail but told they must sleep apart for almost six months.

Emergency crew from NI Networks working on a fallen electricity poll in Doagh, Ballyclare (Brian Lawless/PA)

Storm Ophelia leaves thousands without power and water supply, disrupts travel

Storm Ophelia has caused further disruption after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power.

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker  said technology firms have an "ethical responsibility" to help governments (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Terror plots being planned to point of execution within days, says MI5 chief

Terrorist plots are escalating to the point of violence in a matter of days after a “dramatic” jump in the scale and pace of the threat facing Britain, the head of MI5 has warned.

he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April (Chris Jackson/PA)

Alice or Arthur odds on as punters bet on name of third royal baby

Bookies have made Alice the favourite name for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child.

Thomson's 600 shops have been renovated to display the Tui name (Rui Vieira/PA)

Tui calls time on Thomson with revamp

One of the UK’s best known travel brands will disappear on Wednesday following a revamp by its owner.

Flybe profits

Flybe hits turbulence as it issues profit warning

Regional airline Flybe has warned over profits after incurring higher-than-expected aircraft maintenance costs.

The Government has insisted that it would consult with people to get the roll-out of the benefit right (John Stillwell/PA)

Labour to expose Tory divisions on Universal Credit with Commons vote

Labour will seek to expose Tory divisions over Universal Credit by calling a House of Commons vote on Wednesday to demand that controversial roll-out of the flagship benefit reform be paused.

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