Scotland's papers: Banned Barton and anthrax scare


A young athlete whose career was shattered by mental illness following a relationship with her adult coach has backed a campaign to criminalise sex between trainers and under 18s, reports The Herald.

Alex Salmond has said Scots will be voting in the general election on the right of the Scottish Parliament to hold a second referendum - just days after his successor Nicola Sturgeon said the 8 June vote was not about independence, according to The Scotsman.

The Scottish Daily Express also leads with the story and writes that the former first minister "insisted" the SNP would use a strong general election result to boost its case for "breaking up Britain".

The National focuses on Theresa May's refusal to guarantee that the so-called "triple lock" on pensions will continue after the general election despite being pressed on the issue by the SNP's leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, during the final session of Prime Minister's Questions.

The pharmaceutical industry has issued an "unprecedented warning" that the world's biggest drug companies will "abandon Britain" unless the NHS receives an extra £20bn a year, reports The Times.

"Several men" from the football industry have been arrested over a suspected income tax and national insurance fraud in an operation involving tax authorities in the UK and France, writes the i newspaper.

The Scottish Daily Mail claims that UK government agency, the DVLA, is breaking its own rules by selling Scottish drivers' details to private parking firms that are "profiteering" from punitive fines.

Like many of Thursday's front pages, the Daily Record features an image of former Rangers player Joey Barton who has been banned from football for 18 months by the Football Association for breaching betting rules.

The Scottish Sun reports how the player released an extensive statement following the ruling, which hit out at the length of his ban and insisted that he had a serious gambling addiction and was seeking medical help.

The Daily Star claims that Coronation Street bosses are braced for a backlash over plans to feature a plot line in which teenage character Bethany Platt is sexually assaulted.

Forfar town centre was sealed off after reports of a suspicious package believed to have contained a "politically-motivated anthrax threat", claims The Courier. The paper says that a full-scale emergency response was mounted following the discovery of the package at Municipal Buildings in Castle Street on Wednesday.

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