Scotland

Scotland's papers: Brazilian crash tragedy and Cheryl's bump

Scottish independence may provide a financial windfall for lawyers who would "grab some of that practice cake" that currently migrates to London, a leading QC has told The Herald.

Meanwhile, The Times Scotland writes that support for Scottish independence has slumped below the 45% achieved by Yes campaigners in the referendum and now stands at its lowest point since September 2014.

By contrast, The National prints a series of testimonials from independence supporters to mark St Andrew's Day and says the "No" voters have changed their minds to "Yes".

Scotland faces "unprecedented" cuts to public spending over the next three years unless tax receipts rise, according to new analysis of the impact from the Autumn Statement, says The Scotsman.

The NHS in Scotland has launched a radical plan to cut 400,000 hospital appointments by treating patients at home, says to the Scottish Daily Mail. Like many of the front pages, the Daily Mail also features a picture of Cheryl Cole with what it describes as a "huge baby bump" and says the 33-year-old is pregnant with her first child.

The other story dominating Wednesday's papers is the plane crash in Colombia which killed 75 people. The i paper writes that the passengers who died in the Medellin crash included several members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian football team that had risen from obscurity to play in one of South America's most prestigious tournaments.

The Daily Star of Scotland writes that one of the team's strikers had learned that he was going to become a father for the first time just a week before he was tragically killed in the crash.

The Daily Record leads with figures from an official report, which the paper says shows that "hated benefit sanctions" cost taxpayers £285m a year to run but save just £132m over the same period.

Children were abused at three Scottish football clubs, according to the founder of a victims' charity who is quoted in The Scottish Sun.

Police say dashcam footage may lead them to the "brazen robber" who walked away with a three-figure sum of cash after raiding a Dunkeld bank, reports The Courier.

The Press and Journal says two divers who looted the wrecks of the scuttled German fleet in Scapa Flow have been fined £18,000 each in a "unique" Scottish court case.

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