Scotland

Scotland's papers: Police 'crisis' and hate crime shake-up

Wolf-whistling or hurling insults that refer to a person's age could be classed as hate crimes by the police under changes being considered to Scottish legislation, claims the Scottish edition of The Times.

On the same story, the Scottish Daily Mail writes that the public are set to face criminal charges if they make ageist or sexist remarks following the shake-up by Scottish ministers.

The National says there is "outrage" after it was announced that another 16 Scottish jobcentre sites are to close or move in a "Westminster cuts" programme.

Schools have been accused of promoting a culture of elitism based on how talented pupils are at sport, according to The Scotsman.

Police Scotland has been called "an organisation in crisis" after it emerged the force will face a £200m funding gap by 2020-21, writes The Scotsman.

Likewise, the Scottish Daily Express says Scotland's beleaguered police service has been branded "an organisation in crisis" by a former SNP minister amid warnings of a £200m financial black hole.

Also on the story, The Courier says that MSPs are to summon police chiefs and Scottish government ministers to Holyrood to answer questions on the "financial mess".

The i paper reports that MSPs are to get a vote on the Great Repeal Act but points out that the Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said the bill ending EU authority does not need Holyrood consent.

The Daily Record leads with the story of a woman who was raped by her husband and who says she is trapped in a marriage with him because she cannot afford to divorce him.

Married comic Rory McGrath stalked his secret mistress for 14 months after she dumped him - and threatened to send her husband intimate pictures, according to The Scottish Sun.

The body of late pop star George Michael has still not been released by police, claims the Daily Star of Scotland, which says the singer's funeral is being put on hold as a result.

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