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Scotland's papers: Police camera plan and new McCann lead

Labour is facing electoral defeat in the local elections on a scale far worse than even "dire" previous forecasts had predicted, according to The Herald.

Body cameras could soon be worn by all of Scotland's police officers under plans being considered by the national force, The Scotsman reveals.

Ruth Davidson has defended the so-called rape clause, writes The National. The paper says she, in effect, told the the Scottish Parliament that making the victims of sexual attacks relive their most "hellish nightmare" to receive benefits was worth it if it helped reduce the UK's deficit.

The i newspaper also leads with the story and writes that as Ms Davidson sought to defend the policy, she was repeatedly heckled by opposition MSPs shouting "disgrace".

UK government borrowing has dropped to its lowest level since the eve of the 2008 financial crisis, official figures printed in The Times show.

The Scottish Daily Mail leads with claims that 75% of a private car parking firm's income is based on issuing "punitive" fines to what the paper describes as motorists making "honest" mistakes. The paper also features a picture of Madeleine McCann, whose mother has described the tenth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance as a "horrible marker of stolen time".

The Scottish Daily Express also carries the McCann story and writes that a "significant line of inquiry" could finally solve the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance.

Likewise, the Daily Record quotes Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, Mark Rowley, who said: "We have a significant inquiry which could give an answer" in the case.

A suspicious powder that caused an entire street surrounding MP John Nicolson's office to be locked down, turned out to be a crushed biscuit, according to sources quoted in The Scottish Sun.

The Courier details the story of a woman from Dundee who was forced to call her doctor's surgery a staggering 131 times to gain an emergency medical appointment.

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