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The papers: 'T2 star's execution ordered by Glasgow hoods'

Image caption Yesterday's shooting in Edinburgh's west end makes many of the Scottish front pages on Good Friday. The Scottish Sun's dramatic headline "Executed to order" speculates on claims the killing was "ordered by Glasgow hoods". The paper says the T2 star's "assassination" sent shockwaves through the gangland scene — where the dad-of-one had many associates.
Image caption The Daily Record claims Bradley Welsh had been warned by police his life was in danger just weeks before he was gunned down outside his home by an assassin dressed as a jogger. The paper says he received an “Osman” letter from Police Scotland warning him they believed there was a serious threat to his life.
Image caption The Edinburgh Evening news pictures forensic officers combing the crime scene and reports that the shooting victim's family "will not seek revenge" for Mr Welsh's death. The paper claims relatives "will not retaliate" after the incident.
Image caption The Scotsman also features a photo of the Edinburgh murder investigation on its front page, but it leads with an exclusive from round-the-world-cyclist Mark Beaumont urging Nicola Sturgeon to back proposed Scotland-wide 20mph speed limits. Mr Beaumont has joined cycling champions Neil Fachie and Neah Evans in calling for MSPs to pass a bill that would see the limit cut from 30mph in residential and built-up areas.
Image caption The Times Scotland edition exposes online ads targeting children on social media and promising "easy cash" if they launder money for criminal gangs. The report claims young people are also being approached outside schools, youth clubs and sports centres and being asked to use their bank accounts to "clean" money gained from illegal activity.
Image caption Primary one testing is the lead in The Herald, which reports on a change of heart over the controversial testing policy. The paper says teachers have been told to intervene if pupils become distressed. According to the story, the recommendation comes after concerns some five-year-old pupils were left "shaking and crying" when the assessments were introduced.
Image caption "Climate protesters target Heathrow" is the i newspaper's headline. It says the ongoing Extinction Rebellion campaign is expected to disrupt flights at the airport on Friday. Police have warned protesters will face a "robust response" if they attempt to do so.
Image caption A planned independence march in Glasgow is the subject of The National's lead story. The paper reports the march and rally being organised by All Under One Banner for next month is "too big to handle", according to Police Scotland and the local council. The report says that demonstrations last year drew an attendance of about 50-60,000 people to Glasgow and possibly twice that number to Edinburgh.
Image caption A Scottish government report on the effects of social media makes front page news in the Scottish Daily Mail. The report highlights the threat to teenage girls' mental health and wellbeing from spending hours every day on social media platforms.
Image caption According to the Scottish Daily Express, the study says the mental health of young people in Scotland has worsened in recent years, particularly amongst adolescent girls, who were reported as having poorer mental health than boys of a similar age. Feelings of dissatisfaction with body image, school-related pressures and disrupted sleep were identified as being some of the resulting factors.
Image caption An Easter message from the Prince of Wales is the top story in the Daily Telegraph. The Prince condemns the "pervasive horror of knife crime" and issues a "strong plea" to halt the "terrible deeds of darkness".
Image caption The Courier's Dundee edition leads with a report on the Carseview mental health facility. The paper reports that an expert in mental health restraint, Prof Peter Tyrer, had "never seen a more damning report". A relative of one of the victims wants the report to be made public.
Image caption In the Aberdeen edition of the P&J, we learn that US oil giant ConocoPhillips has sold its North Sea assets to Chrysaor in a £2bn deal. The story says more than 1,000 staff will be moved over to the new owners although it is not clear how many will stay on following a consultation process.
Image caption And in the Daily Star of Scotland, "Big Eck Out" sums up the news of Scotland manager Alex McLeish's sacking as manager of the national men's football team. The paper says Mr McLeish "had to go" to keep the dream of reaching the 2020 Euro Championships alive.

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