Press Catch-Up

15th February 2013 at 00:00

New proposal to let young killers remain anonymous

The Herald

- Young criminals and killers will be anonymous under proposals by the Scottish government to keep secret the identities of 16- and 17-year-olds accused of crimes. Children's groups have welcomed the move, contained in the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, but it has met with strong resistance from newspaper editors and a senior lawyer.

New Gaelic school to open in Glasgow

The Herald

- A second Gaelic school is to open in Glasgow to meet growing demand from parents for bilingual education. The facility, backed by Scottish government funding of #163;800,000, will be located in Pollokshields and house 200 pupils. Work on the new school will begin in September and is due to finish in early 2015.

Many 16- and 17-year-olds can't be bothered to vote, MSPs are warned

The Scotsman

- Turnout among 16- and 17-year-olds was "very, very low" after the voting age was lowered on the Channel Island of Jersey, MSPs have been told. They heard that "virtually no people" aged 16 or 17 - the group who will vote in the independence referendum - voted when the franchise was extended. But on neighbouring Guernsey more than 50 per cent registered.

How footballing talent steals a March

Scotland on Sunday

- Children born around March have a better chance of becoming professional footballers because of a phenomenon know as the Relative Age Effect, a report reveals. The research shows that with eligibility for youth soccer teams in Scotland starting in January, boys born in the early months of the year tend to get selected because of their size and strength.

Parents' rage at perv sir

The Sun

- A twisted maths tutor who groped girls during one-to-one lessons was branded "disgusting" by furious parents - who called on him to be locked up. Allan Gray, 65, was found guilty of abusing seven youngsters aged between 12 and 15. A jury at Lanark Sheriff Court convicted the dad-of-two of offences between September 2011 and last May.

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