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Scotland's papers: Flack prosecutors 'cruel' and Johnson aide quits

Image caption The Sun continues with the fall-out from the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack. The front page claims her team are "furious" with the Crown Prosecution Service for pursuing an assault case. They branded the legal authority "cruel". A CPS spokesman said its "deepest sympathies" went to Flack's family, but it would not comment on the case.
Image caption The National leads with a story about Boris Johnson aide Andrew Sabinsky, who last night resigned after days of criticism over past remarks he made on eugenics and race. The paper claims he made "vile claims" about women and sex on a Reddit chat forum where he acted as an "agony uncle" to participants' questions.
Image caption The Daily Record leads with news that the death of schoolgirl Milly Main at Glasgow's super hospital has been referred to prosecutors. The 10-year-old was in remission from cancer when she caught an infection and died at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Three years after she died, the paper says the health board have made the decision to refer the case to the procurator fiscal.
Image caption A new test that lets patients know if they have contracted HIV within 15 minutes makes the headlines in The Scotsman. The test has been adopted in Glasgow in a bid to tackle the worst outbreak of the infection in decades. Addiction workers will carry out the finger-prick tests at needle exchanges in the city.
Image caption The Times leads with behind-the-scenes conflict in Downing Street. It claims there are ongoing disagreements between Boris Johnson and chief adviser Dominic Cummings over plans to scrap the BBC licence fee. The paper says the PM is "significantly less gung-ho" than Mr Cummings on scrapping the fee and replacing it with a subscription system.
Image caption The Herald's lead story claims that efforts to tackle Scotland's rising drug deaths and deal with the ongoing climate emergency will be compromised by a £212m shortfall in local government funding. A report compiled by a group of council finance directors and local government body Cosla has warned ministers that hundreds of jobs risk being lost at individual councils, with many authorities facing "tough decisions" over cuts, closures and reduced services.
Image caption The Telegraph leads with a speech from chief Brexit trade negotiator David Frost in which he said the UK leaving the EU is an opportunity for "economic competition" that should benefit everyone in Europe. The paper says he will "set out the shape of Britain's preferred trade deal next week" ahead of negotiations in March.
Image caption A picture of devastating floods caused by Storm Dennis dominates the cover of the i newspaper. The paper says fury is mounting against the UK government over its "inaction". The paper reports that many flood-hit communities had been damaged before and were promised help to fund defences.
Image caption In the Glasgow Times we learn that residents have taken "dangerous measures" to deal with a rat infestation in the north of the city. A block of flats becoming overrun with rats has caused owners to set out dangerous uncovered rat poison in Royston. The paper prints photos of the extent of the infestation. Locals claim that the council has stopped rubbish collection from the buildings, citing health concerns for bin men.
Image caption The latest royal divorce makes the front page of the Scottish Daily Express. The paper reports on The Queen's "sorrow" over the split between the Earl of Snowdon and his wife Serena after almost 27 years together.
Image caption The P&J leads on yesterday's news that a man accused of murdering a great-grandfather has been deemed unfit to stand trial. David Johnstone, 35, is accused of murdering 83-year-old Frank Kinnis at Birkenhill Woods, near New Elgin, and attempting to kill Morris Smith and his wife Jan. He is being detained at the State Hospital and an examination of facts will take place in July.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail's lead story involves the National Savings and Investment bank, which has cut its interest rates. The paper says savers have been "dealt a fresh blow" and the move will "raise questions over the value of putting money away".
Image caption The Courier claims Arbroath has been plunged into a "looming medical crisis" as one of the town's biggest GP practices faces closure. The Abbey practice will end its contract with NHS Tayside at the end of July, throwing the future care of almost 6,500 patients in doubt.
Image caption The Edinburgh Evening News reveals which of the city's roads are "hotspots" for speeding. The paper says figures from Police Scotland show drivers have been caught driving at three times the speed limit.
Image caption And some serious graphics work has gone into the Daily Star of Scotland's front page to illustrate its lead story claiming that NASA is looking to build a nuclear-powered spaceship to travel 25 trillion miles to the nearest star "to discover aliens". According to the paper, the area the spacecraft is heading for is "just right for liquid water to exist" and is where scientists are "most likely to find life".

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