Scotland papers: New Omicron jab approved and Celtic star arrested

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The newspaper in reports that the UK became the first country in the world to approve a new Covid vaccine targeting both the original Covid virus and the newer Omicron variant. The paper notes that the vaccine approval comes after concerns a “harmful Covid wave” could hit in the autumn, delaying NHS efforts to cut waiting times and tackle the backlog caused by lockdowns.

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The Times Scotland is also leading the way with the new Moderna vaccine, reporting that anyone over 50 is likely to be offered the shot as part of a booster campaign due to start within a month. The newspaper says this is equivalent to half the population now being encouraged to take a fourth vaccination. It reports that health chiefs see a new round of Covid jabs as crucial to minimizing pressure on the NHS.

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The Scottish Sun leads with the same story and reports that the defender was arrested in Glasgow city center hours after Celtic’s 5-0 win over Kilmarnock.

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Conservative leader Liz Truss has promised to go “toe to toe” with Nicola Sturgeon, reports the Scottish Daily Mail. Truss accused Sturgeon of using “divisive sabre-rattling” about another independence referendum to distract from failures on education, drug deaths and ferries.

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The Scottish Daily Express says Mrs Truss has revealed plans to turbocharge the Scottish economy and called plans for another independence referendum the wrong priority for Scotland.

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The Scotsman says the SNP has warned any attempt to change the devolution settlement will be resisted, as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak both promised greater scrutiny of the Scottish Government if they become the next prime minister.

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National says a new poll suggests around a quarter of Scots would be more likely to vote Yes with either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss as prime minister. The paper’s headline describes the Conservative leadership contest as a “win-win for yes!”

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The Daily Telegraph writes that the Royal Navy plans to relinquish its role in dealing with migrants crossing illegally into the UK on January 31 next year. It comes four months after Boris Johnson brought in the first naval vessels to patrol the Channel. The paper reports that government sources say the Royal Navy plans to hand control back to the Border Force.

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Millions of pounds earmarked for NHS dental care in Scotland went unused last year despite huge treatment backlogs, reports The Herald. The paper says figures obtained under freedom of information by the Scottish Dental Association show that £343 million was spent by the Scottish Government on general dental services in 2022/23, out of a total dental budget of £431 million.

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The Metro is leading with the opening day of the inquest into the fatal accident following a fire that killed two men at the Cameron House Hotel in 2017. The fire killed Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson who were on winter holiday at the hotel in West Dunbartonshire. Mr Midgley’s mother Jane told the inquest how she is “tortured” by the thought of her son being trapped.

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Two cyclists and a driver have been accused of killing a mother “during a race”, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. The paper says Ashley Sadler, 40, Ian McLaughlan, 41, and Daniel De Monerri, 37, are accused of being involved in a five-vehicle crash on the A7066 in Bathgate, West Lothian, on July 6, 2020. Fiona Reid, 38 , later died in hospital after her car was hit.

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The Daily Star of Scotland says a jury has heard Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy is a “predator” who “turned hunting women for sex into a game”. The 28-year-old is accused of eight cases of rape, one of attempted rape and one of sexual assault. Opening the case, Timothy Cray QC said it had “very little to do with football” and more about men “thinking they are powerful”.

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A biker who chased a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her at a Moray beauty parlor has been warned he will go to jail if he doesn’t get help for his predatory exploits, The Press and Journal reports. The paper says Benjamin Mearns, 40, attacked the teenager near the River Spey at Fochabers.

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A chef threatened to cut his sister’s face before grabbing her and throwing her to the ground, the Glasgow Times reports. The paper says that Paul Fay (33) sent a text message to his sibling in May last year.

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An international Barley Hub is expected to create 470 jobs in Tayside and a further 2,200 jobs in the wider Scottish economy, says The Courier. The newspaper reports that the plant growth center at the James Hutton Institute aims to help develop new varieties of the crop and cultivation systems that are able to cope with climate change, as well as find new uses for construction, and help secure the long-term future of the construction sector.

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The Evening Express says Aberdeen’s gothic Slains Castle bar could lose its signature decor under plans to turn it into a Slug and Salad branch.

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And a mother-of-two from Dundee has been jailed after being caught with £15,000 of crack cocaine, says the Evening Telegraph.

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