Scotland

Scotland's papers: Priest's murder and prison guard fling

Two knife-wielding attackers interrupted a church service in France, forced the 85-year-old priest to his knees and cut his throat - an attack president Fran├žois Hollande labelled a "cowardly assassination", reports The Scotsman.

The Scottish Sun says the killers filmed Jacques Hamel's murder after storming his church during morning mass and taking five hostages.

The Daily Star of Scotland headlines their story "pathetic cowards" and says the men took the priest, two nuns and two worshippers hostage before being shot dead by police.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Daily Mail is claiming that police have "warned Britain's Christians to be on alert" amid fears they could be targeted by Islamic State jihadists.

The Times reports on a new opinion poll and claims more than two and a half million people who voted Labour in last year's general election think that Theresa May would make a better prime minister than Jeremy Corbyn.

The National covers the same story and says the prospect of the Conservatives holding power at Westminster for years has been highlighted in the poll giving them a 16-point lead over Labour - the highest in seven years.

Ministers have been told to "get a grip" on Scotland's health service after a surge in hospital bed-blocking, writes the Scottish Daily Express.

A woman prison officer has been sacked for a "fling" with a "caged killer", says the Daily Record, after her warder husband exposed her. She is said to have had a relationship with Thomas Peacock, known as the pizza box murderer because he and an accomplice put the box over their victim's face before kicking him to death so they would avoid getting blood on their clothes.

The Press and Journal says that a fishing boat sank within 7ft of a major gas pipeline off Shetland after its crew failed to hear a flood alarm, despite it going off for up to an hour.

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