Scotland

Scottish papers: Fred The Shred and Still Game

Former Royal Bank of Scotland bosses, including Fred Goodwin, will not face criminal charges over a controversial £12bn share sell-off during the global financial crisis, reports The Scotsman.

The National has the same story, calling the banker "Fred the Shred" and quotes the Crown Office as saying there was "insufficient evidence" to bring criminal charges.

The Herald says Scotland is at the centre of a major corruption scandal involving the family of a leader in a former Soviet republic after a firm in Fife was named as part of an investigation into an £8m turf war.

China is drawing up secret plans to build two nuclear reactors on the site of Hinkley Point in Somerset if the existing £21bn deal collapses, claims The Times.

BBC daytime favourites like Bargain Hunt, Homes Under the Hammer and Escape to the Country could be axed because they have been running for too long, suggests the Scottish Daily Mail in its coverage of the White Paper published by the UK government on the future of the BBC.

Like most of Friday's front pages, the Scottish Daily Express features an image of comedy favourites Jack and Victor and says the BBC's hit show Still Game is to return, with the promise it will be "funnier than ever".

The Scottish Sun says a cruelty probe is under way by the SSPCA over a party video said to show a "yob" eating a live goldfish.

The so-called Da Vinci rapist Robert Greens, who was imprisoned for the 2006 rape of a Dutch student at Rosslyn Chapel, has been "enjoying regular jaunts out from jail", reports the Daily Record.

The Daily Star of Scotland features a beaming image of The Queen after she bagged £50 in supermarket vouchers for a winning horse at the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday.

The Press and Journal quotes Scots football legend Denis Law as welcoming plans to build a new £40m stadium to replace Pittodrie in the west of the Aberdeen.

About 70 people have staged an angry demonstration against £30.8m health cuts in Fife, reports The Courier.

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