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The papers: High street crisis as 'five stores close every week'

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The reality of tough conditions on Scotland's high streets makes some of the front pages on Wednesday.

In the Scotsman, we are told five stores are closing every week, with a total of 290 shops ceasing trading across Scotland in 2017.

A report from an accountancy firm also claims Scotland is harder hit than the rest of the UK.

A growth in cafes, fast-food outlets and bars is failing to offset the closure of chain stores, travel agents and clothing brands, says The Herald.

The SNP gets the blame for the situation in the Scottish Daily Express.

The paper says the party is "making matters significantly worse with its range of anti-business policies" including changes to tax and business rates.

Staying on the high street, The Press and Journal's Highland edition criticises RBS for the repercussions of its decision to close unprofitable branches.

The paper claims some communities will be left with a van banking service which may only visit locations for 20 minutes a week.

The i leads with the latest reaction to the suspected chemical attack in Syria.

The paper says Theresa May has "put Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad on notice that he will be held to account by the West" if it was confirmed his regime carried out an attack on his own people.

"May stands behind Trump on strikes against Syrian regime," says The Daily Telegraph.

The paper says the prime minister spoke to both Mr Trump and the French president Emmanuel Macron by telephone and agreed that Assad had shown "total disregard" for international laws against the use of chemical weapons.

But The Times claims Theresa May told President Trump yesterday that Britain would need more evidence before joining a military strike against Syria.

Fracking is the top story on The National.

The paper claims Scotland's "comprehensive" approach to assessing the hazards and health risks of fracking has set a precedent for other countries, according to a team of experts.

A desperate mother makes the lead in the Daily Record, as Sandra Munford insists she is willing to go to jail before she will stop using illegal cannabis oil she believes is giving her terminally-ill daughter a chance of survival.

The Scottish Sun leads with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "snub" of politicians from their wedding invitation list.

Vile James Elder spent Jamieleigh Craig's cash on booze and fags after plundering her bank account then sparked a family row by pointing the finger at innocent sibling Chloe, 18

The Scottish Daily Mail is claiming victory for one of their campaigns after Scottish Ministers announced a pilot programme to test a "graduated driving licence" for young drivers.

The Courier's Dundee edition exposes a taxi app which it claims "confuses" customers into paying large sums of money for short journeys.

And the Daily Star's front page claims a "Gypsy war" is looming after travellers and locals clashed over a shrine to burglar Henry Vincent who died after homeowner Richard Osborn-Brooks stabbed him.

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