Scotland

Scottish papers: Murdered MP and Scots dad missing

One story dominates the front pages of Scotland's papers - the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in her West Yorkshire constituency. The Herald writes that Tommy Mair, who is reportedly from Kilmarnock and has a history of mental health issues, is being held over the killing.

The Scotsman says the political world is united in shock and grief at the death and says it has prompted questions over the safety of MPs meeting constituents at regular surgeries.

"She would have wanted us to unite against the hatred that killed her", says The National, as it quotes Brendan Cox, the husband of the politician.

Meanwhile, The Times says police were poised to put extra security in place for Jo Cox and that she had faced a "string of security threats" when she was murdered.

The Daily Mail carries the same story and says the 41-year-old MP had faced a "barrage of hate mail" in the three months before she was killed.

Authorities were reportedly looking into placing the extra security at her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, and at her houseboat in London, where she lived with her husband and two young children, says The Scottish Daily Express.

The Scottish Sun writes that the MP was "executed in the street" and also quotes from the tribute to her by her husband Brendan Cox, who called her "My Jo".

The Daily Star of Scotland quotes UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said the country would be "in shock at the horrific murder" of Mrs Cox, who was a "much loved colleague".

The Press and Journal asks: Who is Tommy Mair? As the paper tries to make sense of events in West Yorkshire yesterday.

In other news, the Daily Record reports on the story of ex-soldier Steve Balfour, who has gone missing in Thailand. The paper says the Scots dad vanished a month ago, with his family believing he has been murdered.

Sir Cliff Richard has claimed that he was "hung out like live bait", says the Scottish Daily Mail, over allegations of historical child sexual abuse against the singer. The Crown Prosecution Service announced yesterday that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with any case against him.

The Scottish Sun says the police investigation has been "dogged by controversy" since officers took a BBC film crew on the raid of Sir Cliff's estate in Sunningdale, Berks, in August 2014.

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