Scotland's papers: Independence polls and child abuse probe

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Stories of a drop in support for Scottish independence and a Police Scotland probe into online child abuse lead Scotland's Saturday newspapers.

The front page of the Herald features a story about a Scottish firm behind a string of websites offering to write school and university essays for cash, as well as a poll showing that a surge in support for Scottish independence after the Brexit vote has been reversed.

The Saturday edition of the i paper also leads with the YouGov poll, which claimed that more Scots backed remaining part of the UK post-Brexit than favoured leaving the UK to stay in the EU.

The Scotsman splashed with Police Scotland's investigation into online abuse, which identified more than 500 children as potential victims.

The Daily Mail leads with claims that families are set to launch "mass legal action" against councils running pilots of the Scottish government's Named Person scheme, parts of which were ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court.

The Daily Record features the story of the "best boss in Scotland", who has boosted his workers wages by 50% while cutting their hours.

The National wonders if Scotland's new social security system could be the end for "benefits", after ministers considered replacing the word with "payments".

The Scottish Sun leads with the story of a "control freak stalker" convicted of stabbing his former girlfriend to death.

The Times of Scotland front page has a story about Russian President Vladimir Putin waging a "secret propaganda war" on the UK, via a bureau based in Edinburgh.

The Press and Journal features a story about football fans arrested after fighting allegedly broke out after Aberdeen's Europa League tie with Slovenian side Maribor.

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