Scotland

Scotland's papers: Business rates boycott and who's the Doctor

One of Scotland's leading hoteliers has refused to pay "crazy" business rates hikes and urged others to join him in a boycott of the "inflation-busting" increases, according to The Herald.

The Scotsman reports that Scotland's jobless total has jumped again - in contrast to the UK figure falling to a 10-year low.

The National writes that MEPs have overwhelmingly backed the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (Ceta) between the European Union and Canada, despite "fierce" protests.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has threatened Britain with court action and hundreds of millions of pounds in fines for persistently breaching EU limits on air pollution, says The Times.

The i newspaper leads with a warning that the safety of Scottish cancer patients is being put at risk because of a serious shortage of qualified radiologists.

The Scottish Daily Express also carries the story and writes that cancer patients have to wait more than a month before diagnosis and treatment because of the shortage of radiologists.

The Scottish Daily Mail writes "look who's favourite to be the new Doctor" underneath a photograph of Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton.

The Daily Record leads with the tragic story of a three-year-old boy who has died on a family farm after being struck by a vehicle driven by his father.

The Scottish Sun also has the story and reveals that Stuart Nelson was killed in the horrific incident in Crossgates just days after celebrating his third birthday.

Likewise, The Courier leads with the story on its front page and writes that the local community has vowed to rally round the family in the wake of the tragedy.

Aberdeen FC bosses have defended plans for a new £50m stadium as a force for "positive change" - despite north-east planning chiefs highlighting a string of concerns, reports the Press and Journal.

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