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Scotland's papers: Crime figures 'fiddle' and Brexit warning

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Violence is 10 times worse than the Scottish government claims, according to the front page of the Scottish Sun. It says police log a violent crime every eight minutes but most attacks are not counted in official statistics.

The National reports that Nicola Sturgeon is "playing hardball" on Brexit, after she warned Prime Minister Theresa May that she was not bluffing on a second Scottish independence referendum.

The Scottish edition of The Times leads with the same story, reporting that the first minister warned that a hard Brexit would trigger a second independence vote.

On a similar theme, The Scotsman says that Mrs May has hinted at a "hard Brexit" plan - a move that raises the prospect of so-called Indyref2.

A flagship scheme to drive up standards at underperforming schools has been shelved by the Scottish government, according to The Herald. The initiative, which was launched in 2013, twinned schools across council boundaries.

The Scottish Daily Mail reports that British motorists are launching a lawsuit against Volkswagen, claiming they were misled into buying polluting cars.

Under the headline "Unmasked", the Daily Record reveals the identity of the Scottish man behind the controversial Millennial Woes blog.

The Scottish Daily Express reports that the Queen appears to have beaten a recent cold, after she was seen out in public for the first time in weeks.

A north-east teenager who shot a security guard at a party in the US while high on drink and drugs is being sued, according to the Aberdeen edition of The Press and Journal.

The Fife edition of The Courier reports that police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a woman after a body was found in Glenrothes woodland.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star leads with a story about a "killer arctic storm" which is set to hit Britain.

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