In the headlines
Britain is investigating reports that Russia has used phosphorus chemical weapons in the besieged city of Mariupol. If confirmed, “all possible options are on the table” for a Western response, Armed Forces minister James Heappey tells Sky News. Police have issued at least 30 more fines in their ongoing investigation into Partygate lockdown breaches, on top of the 20 sent out last month. The Prime Minister is not thought to be among the latest recipients, says ITV’s Paul Brand. Travel chiefs have warned that the chaos ruining many people’s Easter plans could extend into the summer. It’s taking up to six months for short-staffed airlines and airports to do security checks on new recruits. French butchers have taken exception to politicians describing Vladimir Putin as a “butcher”, says Patrick Kidd in The Times. They say it is a (presumably meaty) stain on their “noble profession”.