Scotland

Scottish papers: Whittingdale woes and fatal river plunge

The continuing debacle over the closure of 17 schools across Edinburgh over safety concerns continues to make Scotland's front pages. The Scotsman says that structural faults have been ­discovered in all 17 schools and claims some could remain shut until the summer.

The Herald says that exams are to be postponed for a swathe of pupils disrupted by the scandal after it emerged the city will be forced to pay back more than half-a-billion pounds over the lifetime of the controversial private finance deal used to fund the building of the schools.

In other news, The National proclaims that Nessie has been discovered after sonar equipment detected a huge model of the Loch Ness monster, designed for a Sherlock Holmes movie almost 50 years ago, lying at the bottom of the famous loch.

Public trust in David Cameron over Europe has slumped - with the result of the referendum on a knife edge - claims The Times, which says a new poll commissioned by the paper has found the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is more trusted that the prime minister on the issue.

The Daily Mail reports that a world-famous sports star's charity, backed by Princess Beatrice and David Beckham, is under investigation after the paper found that less than 1% of the cash it raised in the UK has gone to good causes.

The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is to spearhead a new battle for Britain to thwart the SNP's renewed independence drive, according to The Scottish Daily Express.

In its continuing coverage of the trial of two women accused of killing toddler Liam Fee, The Daily Record leads with details of a post-mortem examination on the two-year-old carried out by Dr Paul French two days after his death in Fife in March 2014.

The Scottish Sun has pictures of the moment a father traced his eight-year-old son safe and well after the boy had gone missing for more than seven hours.

UK Culture Minister John Whittingdale has admitted having an affair with what the Daily Star of Scotland calls a "dungeon dominatrix", after Prime Minister David Cameron said the minister was a single man entitled to a private life.

A teenager has died after a car crashed into a river in Argyll. The Press and Journal reports how the car left the C30 minor road near Dalavich, Taynuilt and ended up in the River Avich at Druimdarroch on Tuesday night.

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