Scotland

The papers: Shock at death of six-year-old

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Image caption Like many papers, the Scottish Daily Mail leads with the death of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her body was found in a wooded area near the village of Ardbeg on the Isle of Bute, about three hours after she was reported missing.
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Image caption The Scottish Sun reports that Alesha was staying at her grandparents' flat in Port Bannantyne when she vanished. It claims that her mother "begged for information on Facebook" after the child's grandmother rallied a search team on the social media platform.
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Image caption The Daily Record also reports that Alesha's mother found out about the tragedy through Facebook posts. It says Georgina Lochrane was later escorted from her home in Coatbridge by police officers and taken to Bute.
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Image caption Police officers say they are treating Alesha's death as "unexplained", according to The Scotsman. Det Supt Stuart Houston said the tragedy has shocked the "tight-knit" community around Rothesay, the paper reports.
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Image caption The Daily Star of Scotland reports that Alesha's grandmother, Angela King, took to Facebook to appeal for help in tracing the child after finding her missing. It says friends and family flooded social media to pay tribute to the tragic youngster.
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Image caption Alesha was found in the grounds of a disused hotel about half a mile from her grandparents' home, according to the Scottish Daily Express. Investigating officers are keeping an open mind about her death, the paper adds.
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Image caption The remarkable story of a group of 12 Thai youngsters and their football coach found alive in caves after 10 days underground leads the i newspaper. It reports that international rescue teams battled through thick mud and high water to reach the group in a cave network which stretches six miles into a mountain.
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Image caption The Herald highlights concerns about failures to indentify widespread fire safety defects in new buildings across Scotland. It reports that panel of experts also found that a skills shortage in the construction industry often results in poor quality, unsafe and non-compliant work.
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Image caption The National says a North Ayrshire councillor has deleted his Twitter account after a "xenophobic rant". The paper says it is the second racism scandal in which the depute leader of the local Scottish Conservative group has become embroiled.
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Image caption A senior Tory has told The Times that the atmosphere at Westminster is "a bit end of days" ahead of a crunch meeting of ministers at Brexit on Friday. It says Theresa May's efforts to strike a peace deal with her warring cabinet over a Brexit compromise on customs have been "plunged into chaos".
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Image caption The Daily Telegraph says Theresa May has been accused of treating her cabinet like "idiots" after trumpeting a "third option" on Britain's customs arrangements with the EU but failing to tell any of her ministers what it was.
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Image caption The Press and Journal reports that four people have been arrested following a car crash and an alleged break-in at a grocery store in a north-east village. Officers believe the early-morning collision and the alleged break-in in Newburgh are linked.
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Image caption The Courier reports an angry reaction to a proposed ban on all-you-can-eat buffets. Restaurateurs in Dundee warned that customers "are not going to be happy" at the Scottish government plan, which is part of a wider drive to improve the nation's health and tackle obesity.

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