Scotland's papers: Scotland recession fear and ATM heist

An in-depth inquiry into why BBC Scotland rejected a dedicated Scottish Six hour-long news programme is to be launched by MPs at the House of Commons, reports The Herald.

The Scotsman says businesses have sounded the alarm over the state of the Scottish economy after figures revealed output shrank at the end of last year.

Likewise, The Times Scotland writes that figures published on Wednesday showed that the Scottish economy contracted at the end of last year, although the UK as a whole grew.

Scotland's economy has shrunk and teeters on the brink of recession as Nicola Sturgeon chases her dream of breaking up Britain, is how the Scottish Daily Express reports the story.

In other news, The National says that one of Spain's most powerful European politicians has "blasted" the UK government for refusing to allow Scotland to remain in the EU.

The i newspaper claims the UK has approached Moscow in a bid to mend frayed relations with the Kremlin.

More than half of "killer drivers" were spared jail last year, writes the Scottish Daily Mail, which says that 56% of those involved in fatal accidents were either given community service orders, fined or a verbal warning.

A gang who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in ATM raids are facing lengthy jail terms, writes the Daily Record.

Under the headline Blast and the Furious, The Scottish Sun calls the raiders a real-life Fast and Furious gang and describes how they stole more than £500,000 by blowing up ATMs with gas and hid their high-speed getaway cars in a truck.

A gang of ATM thieves who were snared in a dramatic showdown at an Angus fast food restaurant have been found guilty following a trial, is how The Courier covers the story.

The Daily Star of Scotland continues its focus on claims by former Spice Girl Mel B that her ex-husband was abusive during their marriage. The paper publishes a photograph of the couple's nanny, who the singer has alleged became pregnant with her husband's child.

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