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  1. Thousands of Scottish schoolchildren are to receive their exam results
  2. Alex Salmond and Alistair darling will go head-to-head on a televised debate on the Scottish independence vote

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK


Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it from our main live page today. We will be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Don't forget, though, there will be

live reaction and analysis on BBC Scotland News this evening of STV's referendum debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling (programme starts at 20:00).

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

Pauline McLean tweets: Murder, mayhem and intrigue. We go behind the scenes of the James Plays on tonight's Reporting Scotland @NTSonline @edintfest

Tonight on BBC Two

Scotland 2014 says: Our all-star line-up - Brian Taylor, John Curtice and Allan Little - are in the studio for Salmond/Darling debate analysis

Referendum donations

More than £200,000 was donated to groups campaigning in the

Scottish independence referendum in July.

The latest Electoral Commission figures showed that the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign received £55,000.

That figure compared with the £10,000 donated to the pro-union Better Together group.

The remainder of the money went to other groups campaigning for and against independence.

Independence debate: live reaction

Follow us during the Salmond v Darling #indyref debate for updates on all the big moments and live fact-checking of each side's claims.

Live reaction on

BBC Scotland News.

Live football

@BBCSportsound tweets: Richard Gordon presents live coverage of Rangers v Hibernian and Dunfermline v Raith Rovers from 6:10pm on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW

Alcohol ban

Scotrail reminds travellers that there will be no drinking on

Glasgow to Edinburgh trains tomorrow after 16:00. Celtic are playing at Murrayfield.

Because of the Edinburgh festivals, trains will already be very busy.

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Jim Spence tweets: Off to Slovakia with St Johnstone tomorrow to bring you live commentary of Spartak Trnava second leg on @BBCSportsound on Thursday evening

Europa League

@AberdeenFC tweets: The Club is delighted to confirm it has reached agreement with BT Sport to show Thursday's Europa League Tie

Budding champions

Edinburgh has been chosen to represent the UK in the horticultural world's equivalent of the European Cup. Watch

Morag Kinniburgh's report here.


The annual Entente Florale recognises towns and villages in 12 countries whose environment benefits the quality of life for local communities.

Evening forecast

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy end to the day across the south and west of the country with some showery outbreaks of rain moving north up the west coast and also across the Southern Uplands into the Central Belt by this evening.

Here's how Argyll and the West Highlands look later.

Weather map

Some late sunny spells for the Grampian region and the Northern Isles.

Tonight, the rain continues to move north but is quite showery.

@BBCTravelScot tweets: A9 Berriedale - police preparing to open the road with a convoy system - so there will be long delays both ways between Helmsdale & Latheron

(Clarifies Traffic Scotland message indicating road was fully re-opened.)

Drugs sentence

A garage manager caught with

£1m worth of heroin has been jailed for four years and four months.

Greig Sneddon, 33, had the high-purity drugs stored in a polythene bag with "Thank You" written on it.

Sentencing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Burns said the offences were committed "in the context of serious organised crime".

@BBCsarahsmith tweets: Excitement building ahead of tonight's #indyref STV debate. Even though it's on the other side. So excited we have extra 10 mins on show.

Sarah will be presenting

Scotland2014 on BBC Two at 22:30.

A9 open

@trafficscotland tweets: #A9 Berriedale Update: The road is now OPEN under convoy.

Chemical incident

A recycling centre has reopened following a chemical scare.

Eight workers at Stobhill Depot in Gorebridge, Midlothian, were checked over by ambulance crews after they came in contact with a bag containing an unknown, strong smelling substance.

An investigation by specialists found the chemical was ammonia chloride sulphate and posed a low to medium risk, similar to a cleaning product.

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Bernard Ponsonby and team preparing for tonight's STV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

bernard ponsonby

Scotland decides

David Torrance

tweets: Bernard Ponsonby, man of the moment, outside Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ahead of tonight's #ScotDecides debate

Bernard Ponsonby

Young at heart

Eighties pop band The Bluebells played an impromptu busking session in Glasgow's Buchanan Street. The band performed some of their best-loved tracks including 'Young at Heart' as they prepare for their appearance at the Magners Summer Nights festival at the Kelvingrove Bandstand on Saturday.

Ross Gilmore

Otter raise some money

The finale of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's week-long Charity Chuckle will raise money for an

otter rescue centre on Skye, it has been announced.


The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) in Broadford is the only cause outside of the capital to benefit from this year's fundraising effort.

That's the Way to do it

The Great Glen Way has had a new section officially opened by author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish.

Cameron McNeish
Not specified

The £1m project, managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, has raised the path above the tree line, opening up views to the north and south of Loch Ness.

Mr McNeish said: "This route is something of a must do."

WW1 centenary

Scotland's Great War

tweets‏: Last night's Reporting Scotland special from the Scottish National War Memorial on iPlayer

Debate on TV

Tonight's independence referendum debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling will only be available on TV to viewers in Scotland.

STV will screen debate live from 8pm to 10pm.

Viewers in Border Scotland will be able to watch the debate on Freeview.

As Salmond and Darling thrash it out, ITV1 will be screening 'Love Your Garden' with Alan Titchmarsh and a repeat of 'Kids Behind Bars', a documentary about American teenagers.

People outside Scotland will be able to tune in online on

STV's website.

An ITV spokeswoman said they were only showing the debate "in the area where our viewers have a vote in the question under discussion."

More whisky

A £100m redevelopment of a Speyside distillery has been given the go ahead by planners this afternoon.

Edrington Group wants to expand production and warehousing at its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie, as well as creating a new visitors centre.

Moray Council's planning committee has now approved the plans.

Fire name

A woman who died after a fire in Keith at the weekend has been named.

Frances Smith, who was 62, became unwell after the evacuation of flats.

Two teenagers previously appeared in court charged with wilful fireraising.

Lorry fire

The A9 is still closed in Caithness after a lorry fire at Berriedale Braes at about 08:00 this morning.

Police said that due to the location of the lorry, a diversion is currently in place which is not suitable for HGVs or buses/coaches.

They said: "Work is currently ongoing to recover the lorry and the road remains closed at this time."

Cars are being diverted from Helmsdale via the A897/Thurso/Latheron - about 77 miles.

BBC Scotland's Aileen Clarke tweets: "The Mailman returns to the Mailroom! Tonight on BBC Reporting Scotland."

ailenn and charl;ie

Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Charlie Flynn returns to the Royal Mail's Scottish Distribution Centre in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, to show his pals his gold medal.

Fossil fools?

Police are investigating after important fossil beds in Orkney were badly damaged.

Yesnaby fossils
Not specified

Sections of the bedrock at Yesnaby have been left smashed up.

The area is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected under the Nature Conservation Act.

Booze cruise

A captain has admitted

piloting a 1,300 tonne cargo ship down the Tay while almost four times the alcohol limit.

Andrejs Borodins, 53, was arrested after staff from Dundee harbour came aboard the 250ft container ship Frifjord and found him incoherent and staggering around drunk.

A sheriff said there had been a "very high" risk of Borodins sailing into one of the Tay bridges.

Sentence was deferred.

"I am shocked"

Steven Duff

BBC Scotland reporter

The owner of an Aberdeen jewellery shop which was robbed of about £20,000 of goods this morning has spoken of the incident.

Oscar Ozdaslar, of Northern Diamond, said: "He grabbed into the window. We wrestled. He ran out the door.

"I did not expect this. I am shocked. It's stupid. He will go to prison."

On the Fringe

Erasure's Andy Bell is appearing on

BBC Radio Scotland's Culture Studio very soon, live from Potterrow at the Edinburgh Fringe with Janice Forsyth.

andy bell

Bell's Fringe debut finds him in the Assembly 1, at George Square, where he will perform his fourth solo album, Torsten The Bareback Saint, for 12 nights, until 16 August.

"Torsten is a semi-immortal polysexual sensualist and I love playing him. This song-cycle was written for me and is the most challenging role of my career so far,"

Bell told The Scotsman.

The Evening Times

Eager Glaswegians have launched a bid to make Commonwealth Games icon Clyde the city's new mascot.

Desperate to keep the spirit of the 11-day sporting extravaganza alive, residents have signed a petition to make the friendly thistle a permanent fixture.

Started by Clyde fan Catherine Yuill, the petition states: "Clyde has been the highlight of the Commonwealth Games this year and is loved by all" and that fans "will be sad to see him go".

Athlete Usain Bolt of Jamaica (3R) poses with Clyde the mascot and children from Giffnock North Amateur Athletics Club during a photocall at the Main Press Centre
Getty Images


@RealMacKaySTV tweets: That debate that BBC Scotland news were talking about- it's on STV at 8pm. They missed that bit.

Rail delays

@BBCTravelScot tweets: Possible disruption on ScotRail between Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock due to signalling problem between Barrhead and Dunlop. T.T.

Sheridan review

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader and Solidarity MSP Tommy Sheridan's

conviction for perjury is to be reviewed by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Tommy Sheridan

He was awarded £200,000 in damages after winning a defamation case against the News of the World in 2006, but was later jailed for three years for committing perjury during the case.

Mr Sheridan, 50, claims new evidence will prove he was the victim of a "criminal conspiracy".

Heavy traffic

@StagecoachEScot tweets: Edinburgh services currently experiencing delays of approx 15 mins due to heavy traffic