Scotland's papers: Police Scotland numbers and Branson in bike crash

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The Scotsman reports that pressure is growing on the Scottish government to set out the future of the national police force amid uncertainty over a long-running commitment on officer numbers.

The Herald leads with figures it says suggest that targets to boost the number of poorer students at Scottish universities will be missed by 20 years at the current rate of progress.

The Daily Record says doctors made a terminal cancer patient's dream come true when they let her see her unborn grandchild for the first time.

The Scottish Sun features a photo of bloodied Virgin Tycoon Richard Branson leaving hospital in a neck brace after being in a high-speed cycle crash.

The National writes that comedian Elaine C Smith has urged Yes supporters to "get the band back together" in a fresh independence push.

The Scottish Daily Mail reports that Philip Green's wife faces being ordered to plug the £571m black hole in the BHS pension scheme.

The Scottish Daily Express says plans for a quick exit from the EU in the New Year are being considered by ministers.

Insurance companies are overcharging motorists for cover despite measures that have helped the industry to save half a billion pounds in the past three years, according to the Scottish edition of the Times.

The Aberdeenshire edition of the Press and Journal features a dramatic photo of a fire at a derelict house on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

The Dundee edition of the Courier says it is the last chance to see the Oor Wullie bucket trail.

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