Scottish newspapers: the car bomb became and ‘companies on the brink’

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Some of Tuesday’s newspapers lead with revelations about the suspect in the bombing of a taxi in Liverpool. The police named him Emad Al Swealmeen. The Times highlights the suspect’s conversion to Christianity and cites security sources suggesting that the intended target could have been the city’s Anglican Cathedral.

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The Daily Telegraph goes with a similar headline and reports that Al Swealmeen intended to detonate his device in the same cathedral where it had been confirmed four years earlier. It says security sources working on the investigation say the motive for the attack remains unclear.

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The Scottish Daily Express says that the “Poppy Day attacker” was a Syrian asylum seeker. The cover also features taxi driver David Perry, who survived after the homemade bomb detonated inside his cabin.

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The Scottish Daily Mail also includes the line about the suspect’s conversion to Christianity. It also claims an exclusive image, showing Al Swealmeen wearing a chef’s hat and cooking a pizza. The newspaper describes him as a Christian convert who had a rejected asylum application in 2014.

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The alleged failed asylum offer is what The Scottish Sun carries out. The newspaper says the 32-year-old was “furious” that his applications were repeatedly rejected. The newspaper also claims that he had mental health problems and was once arrested with a knife.

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The taxi driver in whose car the attacker died is the center of attention of the Metro. He quotes David Perry’s wife as saying that he is “lucky to be alive” after surviving the explosion inside the car. She describes her escape as “a complete miracle”.

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In newspaper i, companies tell the prime minister that they are “on the brink” ahead of their Covid update. Scottish Chambers of Commerce say one in four companies will face “immediate financial danger” if Nicola Sturgeon expands the vaccine’s passport scheme in a bid to curb infections.

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The Scotsman leads with the same story, saying the extension of vaccine passports and the return of home work measures could spell disaster for some businesses. It also says that a separate survey of hospitality companies found that three-quarters would not survive the winter without more financial support from the government.

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The cover of The National claims that a major American newspaper has praised Nicola Sturgeon’s success at COP26. It says The Washington Post described the “rudimentary” nature of FM, its political intelligence and its consistency in messages as it made room for itself at the summit, after conservatives “tried to marginalize it.”

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A “blotto pilot” is the front-page story in the Daily Record, reporting on 63-year-old Glendon Gulliver, who had spent the night before flying 177 Scotsmen to America drinking beers and whiskeys in Glasgow. He was scheduled to take over the controls of a United Airlines Boeing 757 flight to Newark, NJ, but failed a pre-flight breath test.

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A petition from the local authority body Cosla to the Scottish government appears on the front page of The Herald. It says city councils need an additional £ 1 billion in next year’s budget just to survive. It warns that local government funding is reaching a “tipping point.”

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The Evening Telegraph reports an exclusive on a £ 4 million city council ‘roofing error’ as it claims that new houses have been built with poor roofs.

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Another exclusive, in the Glasgow Times, claims that soup kitchens in the city are seeing a 50% increase in demand as families now queue for food in the wake of universal credit cuts.

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Council heads in Edinburgh are accused of giving up on their promise to bring back free bulk trash surveys, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. The newspaper claims that election promises to remove the charges and improve the city’s tipping issues have been broken.

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The Courier reveals plans for a £ 100 million five-star hotel and golf resort on the Dundee and Angus border. Construction will begin on the Forbes of Kingussie complex, described as a “labor of love” for owner Mike Forbes, next year.

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The Evening Express begins with a court story involving a man who struck an ex-girlfriend over the head with a baseball bat.

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Parental power has prevented a school playground from becoming a housing development, reports the P&J. Highland Council has changed its mind about the plans for Dalneigh Elementary School.

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The Daily Star of Scotland features the Liverpool bombing story on its front page, but the main story is who Roger Daltrey is calling the Rolling Stones a “mediocre pub band”, rekindling a long-standing rivalry.

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