The papers: Rape reports soar as murder rate falls

Image caption Police have recorded increasing numbers of violent and sexual offences amid an overall rise in crime, writes The Scotsman, which reports there was a 1.7% increase in total crime between April 2017 and March 2018 compared with the previous 12 months.
Image caption Scotland's murder rate fell back to 40-year lows last year just as reports of rape hit a new high, says The Herald also leading on the stats. The paper reveals that there were 59 killings in 2017-2018, one of the smallest violent death tolls since 1976.
Image caption The Courier claims sex offenders are being "stacked" in poorer areas of Tayside and Fife and that there has been a 37% rise in those being housed in Tayside since 2015.
Image caption Nicola Sturgeon could be set to announce a second referendum on Scottish independence within months, according to The National. It comes after the first minister's meeting with EU negotiator Michel Barnier.
Image caption The UK government could begin a multi-billion pound sale of its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland as early as this week, despite taxpayers being left short-changed, says the front page of the i newspaper.
Image caption The Scottish Sun reports on the death of former footballer Neale Cooper. The paper writes that police have urged a taxi driver who dropped him off at his home in the hours before he died to come forward. Officers have emphasised there appear to be no suspicious circumstances in the case.
Image caption The Daily Record also leads with the passing of Neale Cooper and says the Aberdeen legend died after being found in a stairwell with head injuries in the Bucksburn area of the city.
Image caption The Press and Journal leads with tributes to midfielder Cooper, who won the European Cup Winners Cup and Super Cup, two Scottish titles and four Scottish Cups with the Dons during his career.
Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond has been accused by one of the Bank of England's most senior figures of pursuing a Brexit deal that would leave the bank as a "rule taker" from Brussels, according to The Telegraph.
Image caption More than a dozen international aid organisations are implicated in a sex-for-food scandal documented by an official United Nations report that has never been published, claims The Times.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail claims that 60,000 children in Scotland were prescribed glasses last year amid concerns over the growing use of tablets and smartphones in Scotland.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Express devotes its front page to a call by a former soldier for British troops under suspicion for their conduct in Northern Ireland to be give royal pardons.
Image caption The Daily Star also focuses on the armed forces by revealing that they are in for a "hard-earned" 3% pay rise.

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