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Armed police freed a Scots shop owner kidnapped almost a month ago, writes the Daily Record.

Physiotherapy graduates are being left without jobs even though official figures show more than 28,000 people are waiting for an appointment, says The Herald.

The Press and Journal, The Courier and The Scotsman report on a sex case victory by a former Angus minister following her nine-year battle with the Church of Scotland.

Environment Minister Ross Finnie has been accused of "hypocrisy" for jetting off on 13 trips a year - while preaching to Scots about the impact of air travel on global warming, says the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Scottish Daily Express claims that a Christian, suspended by British Airways for wearing a cross at work, faces the sack after appearing on US TV to highlight her case.

The Scottish Sun carries a report on soccer legend Terry Butcher whose son is heading to Iraq.


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Analysts claim Britain is facing an increased risk of power cuts this winter, says the The Scotsman.

The Herald says the £1bn regeneration of Ravenscraig in North Lanarkshire has finally been given the go ahead, after the House of Lords threw out a bid to block the development.

The Press and Journal reports on a bid for the world's first full-face transplant, which British surgeons could perform within months.

An adviser to a football star who ran up £100,000 of gambling debts has been beaten up in a vicious street attack, according to the Daily Record.

The Courier claims ministers are in disarray over how to deal with Britain's nuclear waste.

Two Scots held in Greece on air rage charges since August are to be bailed, but must stay in the country till their trial in 18 months, writes the Scottish Sun.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail, motorists will be charged hundreds of pounds to park outside their own home in a nationwide scheme.

Prince Charles plans to include a multi-faith ceremony in his coronation, says the Scottish Daily Express.

The Scottish Daily Mirror carries a photo of Madonna with her children, including her adopted baby David Banda.


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The papers focus on the four Scots trawlermen missing in the North Sea.

The Scotsman reports that a body was found in the hunt for the men.

Hopes were fading last night for the men, missing for more than 24 hours amid storm force 10 conditions, say The Herald and the Scottish Daily Mail.

The sister of one of the trawlermen admitted she had given up all hope, according to the Daily Record.

The Scottish Sun writes that a boot spotted floating in the sea was a "poignant remnant" from the vanished trawler.

In other news, the Scottish Daily Mirror carries a photo of six-year-old Robert Shepherd who died with his sister Christianne after being poisoned in a Corfu hotel.

Scottish Daily Express says Christmas has come early to the High Street, with stores slashing their prices by up to 70%.


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Byline: By Cara Page

A GANGLAND thug, once cleared of killing a mobster, has been quizzed over two other murders.

Mark Clinton - a former henchman of gangster Paul Ferris - walked free over the slaying of Billy McPhee.

Now, he has been questioned about two other gangland deaths.

Clinton, 36, was taken to Baird Street police station in Glasgow after being picked up in the city's east end by murder squad detectives.

He was quizzed about the death of Thomas Longstaff who was gunned down in the city's Bridgeton area on October 2.

Longstaff was jailed for 10 years for slashing a Celtic fan's throat in a sectarian attack in Bridgeton nine years ago.

Clinton has also been asked to take part in an identity parade in connection with the death of George "Goofy" Docherty.

The 46-year-old was stabbed and run over by a gang in Glasgow's east end on August 28.

A 31-year-old man has already appeared in court over the death.

An associate of Clinton's said: "He can't believe he's been pulled in for two murders in 24 hours.

"He was going to get a paper when the police bundled him in to a motor.

"He didn't deny he was in Bridgeton when Longstaff died but said he had nothing to do with it.

"He doesn't know anything about the other things."

Clinton had charges of murdering Billy McPhee withdrawn in 2004 when the trial collapsed after just one day.

Vital witnesses were unable to identify him as the killer, leading to claims they had been intimidated.

McPhee, 38, a sidekick of millionaire crime boss Tam "The Licensee" McGraw was savagely knifed to death while watching a rugby match in a pub.

No one else has ever been charged with the gangland assassination.

Clinton and Ferris,42, went on to appear in a gritty Channel Five documentary about Glasgow's underworld by TV presenter Donal McIntyre.

Clinton did not deny that he killed McPhee in an interview and bragged that he was one of only three men in Glasgow capable of such violence.

The hoodlum, who needed subtitles to be understood, did confess to other horrific knife crimes.

He was eventually jailed last year for driving while banned and was released in February.


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Prime minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown have put Britain at the head of an international drive to combat global warming, says The Press and Journal.

"Unless we act, disaster is inevitable for the world", is the headline in The Herald.

It says a report has warned that there were just 10 years to save the planet from environmental and economic catastrophe.

The Scottish Executive's high-profile campaign against Buckfast is backfiring, says The Scotsman.

It says critics have warned that efforts to demonise Buckfast are turning the tonic wine into a "cult" drink among the young.

A young woman who moved 100 miles to be flatmates with her best pal was killed in a car crash just weeks into her new life, reports The Courier.

The Scottish Daily Mail says that teenage murderer Luke Mitchell believes dramatic new DNA evidence will help him win his freedom.

The Daily Record reports on a scathing attack on Heather Mills made by TV presenter Jonathan Ross.

And the Scottish Sun has revelations from the girlfriend of Celtic ace Thomas Gravesen


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A young Inverness mother has spoken of her heartache after being told her baby boy's body had been released by the city's Raigmore Hospital with his brain missing, reports The Press and Journal.

The Scottish Sun also leads with this story.

It says the family were horrified when doctors removed their dead baby's brain - then forgot to replace it.

The Daily Record says that a grieving daughter has told how her dad's death from cancer helped her win £1m on the lottery.

Some of the most high-profile voluntary groups in Scotland stand to lose up to £20m following a shake-up in vital European funding, according to The Herald.

Both the Herald and the Record also report on the government's narrow victory over a Nationalist-led bid to set up an immediate public inquiry into the Iraq war.


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Fire that raged for two decades; shock Scotland.

THE fire engine sirens screamed louder and louder as the flames licked higher. It was April 16, 1984. The whole of Scotland was about to be shocked.

Glasgow has one of the worst records for accidental house fires in Europe.

Hardly a week goes by but some poor soul perishes in flames and smoke in their own home. But rarely do six people perish. Worse, this was no accident.

The Doyle family awoke to the smoke and flames. They fought every inch of the way as their house blazed.

A young mother threw herself over her baby and died as fiery timbers crashed down on her back. All to no avail as the baby died too.

Some managed to open a window and stand there, taking turns to gasp life-saving air.

It would keep them alive until they reached hospital where their burns needed so much morphine their lungs couldn't work properly. Over days, they slowly drowned in their own fluids.

It was the crime of the decade in a decade of crime.

In 1981, a young woman, an east end prostitute, was dragged into a workman's hut by three young men who repeatedly raped her.

Bored, they played zigzag on her face body and legs with blades - then raped her again.

Eventually free, she went straight to the cops. They had names of the rapists, forensics and the young woman herself - more than enough to get a conviction.

Then it was decided that no action would be taken.

It wasn't the cops but the Crown who had decided the woman, now known as Carol X, made an unreliable witness because she was a prostitute.

Carol X wasn't having that. She went to the papers - the Daily Record ran a campaign - and a public outcry ensued. Rape is rape, they said.

Top lawyer, Ross Harper, agreed to pursue a private prosecution on Carol X's behalf. Not since 1909 had the Crown allowed a private prosecution. They did for Carol X.

Three men were found guilty and one sentenced to 12 years. It was a victory for public opinion. A victory for women. A moral victory for prostitutes.

Some politicians and top lawyers had to resign from office in the aftermath. Poor Carol X took to booze and would end the decade in east end pubs offering to show her scarred thighs to anyone who'd buy her a drink.

Elsewhere, others were prospering, not suffering. Arthur "The Godfather" Thompson was well on his way to power, though he was still having problems in his 25-year feud with the Welsh family - the longest, bloodiest gangster battle in Britain.

Someone else was having better luck against the Welshes - a young Paul Ferris. They had bullied him for years at school - now it was payback time.

Word soon got around that Ferris on his own was picking off the Welsh family and their supporters. One had their throat slashed, another was scalped - and that was one of the strongest gangs in Glasgow.

It wasn't long before Thompson had recruited Ferris and a whole new saga of the streets was born.

By the end of the decade, Thompson was facing problems. His son, Fatboy had tried to take over the now raging heroin market in Glasgow. Hard drugs had started in Possil but now were everywhere.

One night, the cops tailed Fatboy in his car. They chased him through the streets and, they claim, he was throwing tenner bags out of the window in an effort to offload drugs.

The dogs on the streets didn't believe that tale, but the jury did. Fatboy was off to jail.

Ferris fell out with Arthur Thompson and went off on his own, teaming up with Bobby Glover and Joe Hanlon.

In prison, a furious Fatboy drew up hitlists of names he swore he was going to have killed as soon as he was free.

The 1990s were approaching and all their lives were to change big time.

But it was the Doyle murders that sickened the people of Glasgow. The cops nabbed two men - TC Campbell and Joe Steele.

Campbell was well known to them. As a kid, he'd led The Goucho team from Carntyne. A small mob, they punched much heavier than their weight under the guidance of the bright and ruthless Campbell.

As an adult, he soon graduated to crime and became a member of the Barlanark Team - the most successful troop of robbers in modern times.

Along with people like Thomas "The Licensee" McGraw, they specialised in raiding post offices with military precision and were so successful, the security forces from trouble-torn Northern Ireland were called in to help the cops nab them. They were never nabbed.

Campbell retired from crime. Settling down with his wife and kids, he decided a good way to make a living was through an ice cream van.

It was a very good way. So good that some people were fighting over the most lucrative patches.

Ice Cream Wars they called it. Squabbles more like.

Andrew Doyle had run an ice cream van and the cops announced that he and five members of his family were victims of the Ice Cream Wars.

With Campbell and Steele convicted, they became two of the most hated men in Scotland.

But the street knew better.

They knew that another player was seen in Bank end Street that night, was seen close by buying petrol, had asked two junkies to torch a door. The street knew TC Campbell and Joe Steele were innocent.

Campbell went on long hunger strikes, lingering at death's door and Steele escaped again and again from prison, only to hand himself in with the company of the media.

Other prisoners took to the roofs of Barlinnie, Peterhead and Shotts jails, protesting that the Glasgow Two were innocent. As the prisons burned, ordinary citizens began to pay attention.

Maybe Campbell and Steele were innocent after all. Maybe. But it would take longer than a decade to prove that.

In the 1980s, crime was rife but the worst of all was the slaughter of the Doyle family.

That fire was lit in Bankend Street on April 16, 1984, and it would rage on into the 1990s.

Trouble was coming to Scotland's streets.

'Maybe Steele and Campbell were innocent after all...but it would take years to prove it'

 

ferrisconspiracy VIEW: Now that both men have been exonerated what exactly is the Justice Minister (Cathy Jamieson) doing about the perjury that took place at the trial in 1984?

 

Perjury by several high ranking police officers deserves more than silence from her and her office.........This wont go away Cathy and you know it


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Scottish prisons should put up the "house full" signs and start waiting lists for inmates, claims the Daily Record.

The Herald reports that a controversial deal to launch Scotland's first treatment centre for NHS patients is due to be signed.

The Scottish Sun says that a little girl killed with her mum and three sisters in a fire yelled down the phone: "I can smell smoke, I think we're going to die."

Animal testing in Scotland has grown sharply despite government assurances that the controversial practice will be reduced, claims The Scotsman.

The Press and Journal says that scientists have held out hope for people suffering from two of Scotland's biggest killers, heart disease and breast cancer.

One of the police marksmen who killed unarmed Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes has shot dead a suspected armed robber, the Scottish Daily Mail reports.

The Duchess of Cornwall finally bowed to pressure from the Daily Express and wore her poppy, claims the Scottish Daily Express.


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Almost all of the newspaper front pages are dominated by the sentencing of Saddam Hussein to hang for crimes against humanity.

The Scottish Daily Mail described the former dictator as "screaming and shaking with rage" as the verdict was given.

The Courier said the outcome prompted celebrations among those he oppressed as well as sparking fresh violence in Iraq.

The Scottish Daily Mirror reports on fears that the sentencing may spark even more bloodshed across Iraq.

The Scotsman reports that Labour leaders were warned that they would not be able to form a "rainbow alliance" with the Greens unless they give a cast-iron guarantee not to build any new nuclear power stations.

The Herald says the threat of industrial action is looming over Scotland's largest local authority after unions refused to accept a pay grading and benefits package.

Traffic wardens are threatening to bring Christmas chaos to Scotland's busiest streets by going on strike, reports the Scottish Sun.

The Press and Journal says three teenage friends from Moray died in a fireball car crash near Keith at the weekend.

The Daily Record writes that a dream has come true for a Scots girl who beat cancer on the same day as Kylie Minogue.

The Princess Diana inquiry is in danger of stalling after French spy chiefs blocked British detectives' attempts to establish the final hours of driver Henri Paul, according to the Scottish Daily Express.


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The verdict in the Kriss Donald trial dominates the newspaper front pages.

The Daily Record, The Herald and the Press and Journal use the words of Judge Lord Uist to describe the racist murder as "savage and barbaric".

Kriss's grieving dad branded his son's killers "beasts who don't belong in this world", according to the Scottish Sun.

The Scotsman describes the site where Kriss was killed on a quiet footpath by the River Clyde where "only a small memorial plaque hints at the horror which took place".

The Scottish Daily Mail says the killing was a "cold-blooded execution".

A "lonely, terrifying execution because he was white" , writes the Scottish Daily Express.

The Courier and the Scottish Daily Mirror also carry the story on their front pages.


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Four bosses of a charity set up to help ME sufferers are accused of wasting a staggering £2.6m in donations, according to the Sunday Mail

Scotland on Sunday says dangerous criminals will continue to be automatically freed from jail long before the end of their sentences, despite growing public anger at the controversial early release scheme.

The Sunday Herald takes an in-depth look at the Rememberance Day services being held across the country.

The Sunday Post and Scottish Mail on Sunday reveal that the gang who murdered Kriss Donald were involved in similar attacks.

Members of the public could be drafted in to help set sentences for murderers, rapists and other serious offenders, the Scottish Sunday Express says.

Pop star James Blunt cheated on his model lover with a Scots nurse, according to the Scottish News of the World.


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Most of the papers lead with reports on the death of four British servicemen in Iraq after an attack on their patrol boat.

Three other servicemen were seriously injured when the vessel was hit by a bomb.

The men were killed two hours after Acts of Remembrance, write the The Scotsman and the Scottish Daily Mail.

"The poppy day massacre" is the headline in the Scottish Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile, the Daily Record also carries the story of a 'druid bride' who died from deep vein thrombosis.

A patient or member of staff is abused or attacked every hour at Scottish NHS hospitals, says The Herald.

The Scotsman carries the story of a GP who was lowered on to a tanker during a storm to tend to an injured seaman.

The Scottish Sun and the Scottish Daily Express report on a EU ruling that will allow shoppers to order doorstep deliveries of tax-free alcohol and cigarettes.


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The Daily Record claims that Farepak boss Sir Clive Thompson could be stripped of his knighthood.

Irish and Scottish political leaders have joined forces to crank up the pressure for a breakthrough in the deadlocked Northern Ireland peace process, says The Herald.

The Scottish Sun says boxer Scott Harrison punched the air with joy after being freed from a Spanish jail.

The Press and Journal claims pressure has mounted on the government to spell out a new exit strategy for British troops in Iraq following the death of four British service personnel - including one based at Arbroath - in a bomb attack in Basra.

Critics have warned that too many universities are churning out too many graduates, reports the Scotsman.

For the second time in less than a month the people of Arbroath woke up to the grim realisation that a member of the armed services from 45 Commando Group has paid the ultimate price for the UK's involvement in the trouble-torn Middle East, says The Courier.

The Scottish Daily Mail claims parents could be forced to attend classes in how to sing nursery rhymes to children.

A guide telling Bulgarians how to get rich working in Britain illegally has exposed the UK's shambolic border controls, according to The Scottish Daily Express.

The Scottish Daily Mirror leads with the death of racehorse Desert Orchid.


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Scottish Power came under fire after revealing £483m profits, writes the Daily Record.

The Scotsman and The Herald report on a seafood firm which has cut 120 jobs at a processing plant in the south-west of Scotland in order to ship its langoustine catches on a 12,000-mile round trip to Thailand to be hand peeled.

A group of Perthshire schoolgirls had an amazing escape after the minibus in which they were travelling crashed and overturned on the M90 in Fife, says The Courier.

The Press and Journal reports on American oil services giant Halliburton's plans to invest about £20m in new headquarters in the north east.

The Scottish Daily Mail claims the teenage killer locked up for the horrific murder of Jodi Jones is being allowed to spend his days playing violent video games in his cell.

According to The Scottish Daily Express, the secret of a long and healthy life has been discovered by scientists.

The Scottish Daily Mirror reports on the father held after his two children, their mother and grandmother were killed in their beds.

The Scottish Sun carries allegations of sex parties held at a recording studio.


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