Scotland's papers: Shops could open if lockdown eases next week

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The Scottish Daily Express reports Nicola Sturgeon is "optimistic" that Scotland's coronavirus restrictions could be eased further on 18 June after a second day with no recorded deaths from Covid-19. The first minister said she would look to ease further restrictions in nine days, the paper reports.
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The Scotsman also leads with the potential move to the second phase of lockdown relaxation, highlighting that shops could reopen next week. The second phase could allow people to meet up with another household indoors, as long as physical distancing is maintained.
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Monday's Scottish government briefing also makes the front page of The Herald alongside news that a fifth of people who went to hospital with hip fractures in March and April went on to develop Covid-19.
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The Daily Telegraph opts for a more critical take, saying the first minister's "hardline" approach has been called "extreme and unwarranted" by the Tories. The paper refers to the 180,000 people who are shielding in Scotland due to underlying health conditions who will need to wait until 31 July before they can meet other people - a divergence from the rules in England and Wales.
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UK anti-racism protests, triggered by the death of George Floyd in the US, also feature on several of Tuesday's front pages. The Times reports that Home Secretary Priti Patel has told the chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police that he must uphold the law after protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bristol pulled down a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston and threw it into the River Avon. Ms Patel made clear that she expected those who pulled the statue down to face criminal prosecution, the paper says.
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The i says that anti-racism protestors will face potential arrests from police following remarks from the home secretary. The paper says another statue with links to colonialism will be targeted after campaigners removed the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol - a move which Priti Patel called "utterly disgraceful".
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"Shameful" is the Evening Telegraph's headline, following an act of vandalism at a Black Lives Matter tribute to George Floyd in Dundee. The artwork was daubed with what appeared to be a white supremacist symbol, the paper reports.
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People in Scotland want a "plan B" if Westminster continues to refuse a Section 30 order and allow another referendum on independence, according to The National. The paper also leads with news that the Bannockburn tourist attraction will be closed by the National Trust to save money until 2022.
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A huge fire that tore through an industrial unit in Dundee makes the front page of The Courier as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were checking for the presence of asbestos. Crews spent more than 12 hours tackling the blaze at Baldovie Industrial Estate on Forties Road.
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The Evening Express leads with a stark image of a single firefighter tackling another blaze in Aberdeen amid a cloud of smoke - the "substantial" fire broke out at a chip shop on Byron Square on Monday.
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The Scottish Daily Mail has declared the Duke of York is "at war" with the United States over the inquiry into sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew's lawyers have rejected claims by US prosecutors that he has not co-operated with the inquiry, insisting he has offered to help. US officials previously accused him of providing "zero co-operation", however in a statement, Prince Andrew's legal team said he offered help on "at least three occasions".
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The Scottish Sun carries reports that a German prosecutor has said he has "some evidence" that Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in May 2007, is dead. In an interview with Sky News, Hans Christian Wolters said prosecutors have some evidence that the suspect has "done the deed". Police are appealing for the public's help in solving the case, after a 43-year-old German man, named in German media as Christian B, was revealed to be the new suspect.
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The Press and Journal reports that energy giant BP has announced plans to cut about 10,000 jobs worldwide in response to the latest oil downturn. The paper reports "fury" after chief executive Bernard Looney said in an email to workers that the majority of people affected would be "office-based".
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A couple who are shielding have been let without internet access and a £121 bill after TalkTalk cut their service, according to the Glasgow Times. The paper says the two rely on their internet access to place orders for supermarket deliveries.
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And a demand to reopen public toilets in Edinburgh dominates the Evening News' front page as a number of public spaces see a surge in visitors. Plans for the limited reopening of public toilets in Edinburgh could be laid out by the end of June as the council attempts to prevent a growing number of people relieving themselves in public spaces, the paper reports.

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