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Scottish papers: Alcohol pricing plan problems and 'Dear Santa, I want my mum back'

The European Court of Justice's ruling on the Scottish government's plan to introduce a minimum price for alcohol makes the front of a number of Scotland's newspapers on Christmas Eve.

The National headlines its story "The Alcohol Problem".

It says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed the ruling as one that would let the Scottish courts decide but opponents also claimed victory.

Indeed, the Scottish Daily Mail claims the minimum pricing plans have been "spiked" in a "humiliating" setback for the flagship policy.

The Press and Journal says Ms Sturgeon faces a "bar" on the booze price plan. The Daily Telegraph in Scotland calls it a "blow" the SNP government's plans.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Sun headlines its front page: "Dear Santa, I want my mum back for Xmas".

It says that is the number one wish of the orphaned daughter of M9 crash victim Lamara Bell.

The Daily Record says "Cruel carer steals gran's hidden savings".

It says the callous crook was caught when relatives hid a spy camera in a clock.

The Scotsman says the NHS in Scotland will face "significantly more pressure" in the coming year despite a budget increase.

The Herald reports that Scotland is facing more severe and frequent flooding as climate change leaves some of the country's hardest hit communities at risk.

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