image captionThe i says that Scotland “holds its breath” as it awaits the counting of votes for the Holyrood election. The paper highlights that millions braved “bizarre” wintry weather to cast votes while Covid restrictions prevented “traditional late night drama”.
image caption“The die is cast” is The Scotsman’s take as it describes an “election like no other” – not only with no overnight count but the absence of door knocking and politicians “kissing babies”.
image captionThe Daily Record leads with the prediction that the SNP could miss an overall majority. The paper says a polling average put Nicola Sturgeon’s party on 64 seats – one short of outright victory – according to polling expert Sir John Curtice.
image captionThe same forecast makes the Scottish Daily Mail, which says the SNP are “on course” to form the next government. Counting will start at 09:00 on Friday, with the final result expected on Saturday.
image captionHopes for “full speed ahead” to a second independence referendum appear on the front page of The National. The paper also reports on a tense confrontation between Ms Sturgeon and far-right candidate Jayda Fransen outside a polling station in Glasgow.
image captionMany of Friday’s front pages feature pictures from the protest by French fishermen in Jersey waters over post-Brexit rights. “Smash and crab” is the headline in the Metro, which claims the French trawlermen “rammed a pleasure boat, held up a cargo ship for four hours – then retreated home by lunchtime”.
image caption“Take sprat” is the take in the Scottish Sun, which suggests that two Royal Navy warships – HMS Tamar and HMS Severn – “kept the peace” after being sent by the prime minister.
image captionThe Daily Star features a picture of Officer Crabtree – a character from British wartime sitcom Allo Allo! – alongside its claim that both France and Britain “floundered at sea”.
image captionA plan to roll out door-to-door Covid testing in Moray makes the front page of the Press and Journal after an outbreak was described as an “uncontrolled, sustained community transmission”. Chris Littlejohn, deputy director of public health at NHS Grampian, said the situation was “rapidly deteriorating”, the paper reports.
image captionThe Bank of England’s prediction is the focus for the Times, which also carries a story on its front page claiming that all under-40s will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine. It says new “precautionary” guidance will be issued on Friday advising that those in their 30s should be offered other jabs because of a possible link between AstraZeneca and a rare type of blood clot.
image captionThe Herald reports that a private care home provider has apologised to a family following a “catalogue” of failures – including care workers falsifying records to say that checks of a resident had taken place. The paper says all nine of the family’s complaints were upheld against Ayrshire based firm Constance Care.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph reports that the cost of flights to popular holiday destinations rose on Thursday night ahead of the UK government announcing its travel “green list”. The paper quotes government sources saying the list will contain a “handful” of countries – many of which will still have travel restrictions in place.
image captionDundee’s Evening Telegraph reports that a man found injured near city flats has died, with police launching an investigation into the “shocking” incident.
image captionA doctor has been given a 12-month suspension after he carried out private work while on paid sick leave from the NHS, reports The Courier. The paper says Dr Simon Thomas, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, will face a review hearing to determine whether he can return to work.
image captionA family-run butchers in Glasgow faces demolition, says the Glasgow Times, after it was destroyed in a fire.
image captionAnd the Edinburgh Evening News reports that parents have raised thousands of pounds to support a nursery which was damaged in a fire on Wednesday.
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