Scotland's papers: Police numbers and monarchy vote

The body representing Scotland's rank and file police officers says the force is at "breaking point" after figures showed numbers are at their lowest level since 2010, according to The Scotsman.

The Herald says that a new form of superbug - regarded as a "substantial public health risk" - has been found in Scotland for the first time. The paper writes that the bacteria, discovered in a salmonella patient who returned from South East Asia, contains a genetic mutation that makes it resistant to the powerful "last-resort antibiotic" colistin.

An American man living in the Highlands with his Scottish wife and Scots-born daughter will miss his son's wedding in the US because the Home Office has confiscated his passport as he appeals against their refusal to grant him a settlement visa, reports The National.

For every Briton who has experienced the silent reproach of a disappointed dentist, there is good news. There is no need to feel guilty about the unused floss packet at the back of the bathroom cabinet; the chances are it doesn't work, says The Times.

The Scottish Daily Mail says a catalogue of systemic failures left a two-year-old toddler at the mercy of a violent thug who battered her to death, after a significant case review into the murder of Madison Horn.

A senior Nationalist politician has called for a referendum on ditching the Queen as head of state of an independent Scotland, writes The Scottish Daily Express, as it reports on calls from SNP MEP Alyn Smith, who is vying to become the party's next deputy leader.

The Daily Record leads with the story of a "gangland thug" who repeatedly tried and failed to shoot his victim in the face with a misfiring gun. Lee Connors has been sentenced to life in prison for the attempted murder.

Two cheating oil trade workmates, who The Scottish Sun claims were sacked over a homemade sex tape, have dumped their partners and moved in together.

The Daily Star of Scotland claims that former X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versinito is to compete in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

A man has been found guilty of a "savage bid" to kill a family-of-three at an Aberdeen pub, says the front page of the Press and Journal.

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