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Scotland's papers: Fishing 'bombshell' and court case collapse

The opening of the Edinburgh International Festival features prominently on the front page of the Scotsman, with calls from a Lothians MSP for landlords who let out properties for the festival to be charged business rates. The paper cites Green Party research which claims that more than £6m could be brought in if short-term lets were not exempt from taxes under the Small Business Bonus scheme.

The Daily Record leads with the story of "gangland figure" Ross Monaghan, who the paper declares "untouchable" after he was cleared of being involved in a street attack. Prosecutors halted the trial of four men at Glasgow Sheriff Court after two days of hearings, citing factors including "flawed identification of evidence".

The Scottish Sun also reports on the collapse of the court case against Mr Monaghan, who was cleared of killing Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll in 2012. It includes evidence from the aborted trial where one man told the court he had no memory of having his ear ripped off.

The front page of the National features claims of a "Brexit bombshell" for fishermen, after Environment Secretary Michael Gove told representatives of the industry in Denmark that foreign vessels would still have access to UK waters after Brexit. It says the Scottish government was not consulted over this, despite power over fishing being devolved.

The Herald reports that thousands of beds are needed to halt a "crisis" in elderly care. It says families may face a heavy financial outlay to look after elderly relatives, as care home providers warn either public funding or fees will have to rise to provide enough resources to deal with Scotland's ageing population.

The Times also leads with a health story, covering a clinical efficiency audit of the NHS across the UK which concluded that health boards must cut waste before they are given more funding. The review found "huge variations in the cost and quality of common treatments", suggesting "hundreds of millions, if not billions" could be saved each year.

The Scottish Daily Mail urges homeward-bound holidaymakers to get to the airport three hours early amid "EU border chaos". Ten million people are expected to pass through Europe's airports on Saturday, after UK tourists were left queuing for up to four hours earlier this week at passport checks in Spain and France.

The i leads with a "blistering attack on the state of the UK's mental health services" from a High Court judge, who said the UK authorities would have "blood on their hands" if they failed to find urgent hospital treatment for a teenage girl who is a high suicide risk. Sir James Munby said it was "utterly shaming" that suitable provision was so difficult to secure.

The Daily Express warns of a "tsunami of cheap sugar" heading for the UK from the continent, with EU production quotas to be abolished from October. The paper reports "tension" at Whitehall between the Department of Health, which advises people to eat less sugar, and the agriculture minister, which spies an opportunity for exports.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been "embroiled in the criminal investigation" over Qatar's World Cup bid, according to the Daily Telegraph. The broadsheet says there are suggestions the former president may have benefited from business deals linked to the Gulf state.

The Daily Star says the "steamy" new season of Celebrity Big Brother has been accused of being a "Love Island rip-off". The paper said the show had been "accused of trying to chase ratings" by copying the "winning formula" of the ITV2 hit.

The Courier says Dundee City Council has "got tough" with seagulls, reporting that nearly 200 "aggressive" birds have been shot in a bid to protect the public. Pest control officers also removed more than 400 eggs to deal with the "growing scourge" of gulls.

The Press and Journal leads with the story of trouble in Cyprus following Aberdeen's exit from the Europa League, a story which features on many of Scotland's back pages. The Dons were eliminated from the competition following a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

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