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  1. Parts of Scotland have been badly hit by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of what was Hurricane Bertha
  2. 2,000 people have signed a petition urging a Glasgow councillor who flew the Israeli flag to resign
  3. Wards in many Scottish hospitals have higher than recommended occupancy rates, according to data obtained by the BBC

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel news from across Scotland. Hope to see you then.

New Saints deal for Wright

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has been handed a new three-year deal, the club have announced.

The 50-year-old has been in charge of the Perth side since June 2013 and steered them to success in last season's Scottish Cup final.

Teenager's rescue efforts praised

A schoolgirl has been praised for helping rescue a man who was trapped under a van in West Lothian.

Hannah Nolan, 13, came to the rescue after hearing the man shouting for help on Saturday in Glenalmond, Whitburn.

She left the injured man with a phone while she went to try and find others to help, before returning to the scene to wait for the emergency services to arrive.

David Lockhart, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We can't praise the passing teenager enough for her actions."

Leinster test for Warriors

This season's opening Pro12 rugby fixtures will see Glasgow Warriors host reigning champions Leinster on 6 September.


Edinburgh begin their campaign away to Munster on 5 September.

The Pro12 competition involves the top teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy.

Flood debris

This photo of the A835 south of Ullapool was taken by Karen MacRae. The flood waters have subsided but there is a quite a mess left behind.

Karen MacRae

Weather outlook

Gillian Smart

BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

More heavy rain and strong winds to come tonight, affecting much of the country. Difficult driving conditions and risk of localised flooding, with gales around exposed northern coasts. Temperatures around 10C.

Tomorrow: a wet start for most, with the rain turning more showery as the day goes on. Staying windy.

Tonev in town

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Scotland

Aston Villa winger Alexander Tonev is in Glasgow having a medical with a view to joining Celtic.

The 24-year-old was linked with a move to the Parkhead club last season but opted for a switch to the Premiership instead.

Salmond predicts 80% turnout

September's independence referendum will attract an 80% turnout, according to Alex Salmond.

The first minister - a former racing tipster - made the prediction while in conversation with historian Tom Devine at the Edinburgh Book Festival.


He said: "I think the best bet of this referendum is a bet on an 80% poll. If you can get odds on an 80% poll, you bet it."

During the wide-ranging interview, Mr Salmond also spoke about the collapse of RBS and recalled how his father wanted to hang former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

After the storm

Thanks to David May for this photo as well. It shows the aftermath of what was "Hurricane Bertha" at Kingussie railway station.

David May

Stranded horses

David May sent this photograph of four horses cut off from land, seen from the road between Carrbridge and Grantown-on-Spey.

David May

Traffic update

BBC Scotland Travel


Drivers are facing delays in Edinburgh's Princess Street after it was closed up to Shandwick place. The road is now open again but it is very congested with traffic.

The A835 is still closed from Ullapool to the A832 junction which will affect drivers heading to the Stornoway ferry.

Elsewhere, the A73 is partially blocked at the M80 Junction 5 after a lorry shed its load at the roundabout.

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Traffic Scotlandtweets: M80 Southbound, Junction 5 Auchenkilns, exit slip closed, due to recovery work following a lorry which shed its load

Food poverty 'not acceptable'

The level of food poverty in Scotland is "simply not acceptable", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The deputy first minister announced £518,000 in funding aimed at tackling food poverty for 26 projects across Scotland.


She blamed welfare changes introduced by the UK government for a rise in food bank use.

Scottish Labour criticised the SNP's welfare plans and claimed only it would remove the need for food banks.

Swept away

Another example of a road swept away by the overnight storms. This time the B9136 near Tomintoul in Moray. The photo was sent in by Reuel Chisholm.

Reuel Chisholm

Man's death 'unexplained'

A man's death in Aberdeen is being treated as unexplained, Police Scotland has said.

Michael Tosh's body was found at Aberdeen's South Esplanade West at about 06:50 on Sunday.

Police have appealed for help from the public in tracing the 67-year-old's movements in the Torry area of the city from 21:00 on Saturday.

Mr Tosh, from Aberdeen, was described as being 5ft 6ins tall and had a slim build.

Enjoying the wind

Angus Meldrum from Elie Water Sports in Fife sent this picture, which proves some people were enjoying the stormy weather.

Angus Meldrum

Edinburgh delays

@edintravel tweets: Eastbound Princes Street is blocked at South Charlotte Street. Queues building quickly on Shandwick Place and Lothian Road #edintravel

Dundee games up for Bafta

Three video games developed in Dundee have been nominated for Bafta awards.

The games were winners in the annual Dare to be Digital video game design competition at Abertay University.


The winner of the Ones to Watch prize will be announced at the at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Games Awards in London next year.

Aircraft crash man named

A man who died when a light aircraft crashed on the Isle of Bute on Saturday has been named as 63-year-old Thomas McGowan of Stonehouse in Lanarkshire.


A 52-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Murder trial

A 19-year-old man is to stand trial accused of murdering a woman and trying to kill her 85-year-old partner in their Glasgow home.

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Paul McManus is charged with attacking Isabelle Sanders and Norman Busby after allegedly breaking into their property in Crookston in April this year.

His QC entered not guilty pleas on his behalf during an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Uist set a trial due to begin in November.

Warsaw seek clarification

A UEFA spokesperson has told BBC Scotland that Legia Warsaw have now asked them for the written explanation as to why Celtic have been reinstated in this season's Champions League competition.

He said these are now being despatched to Legia and on receipt they will then have three days to make a formal appeal.

The Polish club published an open letter to Celtic at the weekend requesting a "meeting" to decide which side should progress to the Champions League play-off round.

The Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre facebook page: "Hi Folks just to let you know we have closed the cafe today due to the weather.

"This is the access road to the tracks from the Grantown-on-Spey side. We will keep you up to date on alternative routes once we have been informed. There is still access from the Glenlivet side but probably best not to travel till the river levels have dropped."

Glenlivet Bike Trails

@wardys in Cumbernauld tweets: Shed load completely blocking roundabout A73/M80 no access to M80 west.


Dons want new stadium by 2017

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne says he aims to have the Dons playing in a new stadium by 2017, assuring fans work is ongoing behind the scenes to eliminate the club's debt.


He told BBC Scotland: "There's a number of different elements that we're working on to hopefully get to a point where, within the foreseeable future, we could get the club into a debt-free position.

"If we can get there that puts us in a very strong position to deliver the new training facilities that we badly need and a little bit further down the line hopefully deliver the new stadium."

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


Parts of the country are still be badly affected by severe flooding and gale force winds.

The A835 at Ullapool is closed due to flooding and a landslip which is expected to take some time to clear. This will impact on the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry traffic.

There is widespread localised flooding in the Moray area with very poor conditions on the A96 Elgin to Inverness road and the A98 Fochabers to Buckie road is also closed.

Trains are suspended between Inverness and Aberdeen because of flooding and an obstruction on the line. There is currently a limited bus service in operation instead.

Strachan backs Deila

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says both his and Neil Lennon's poor starts in Europe with Celtic are evidence that Ronny Deila can turn things round.

Deila's team were beaten 6-1 on aggregate in their Champions League qualifier by Legia Warsaw, only to be reinstated in the competition because the Poles fielded an ineligible player.

Speaking at the opening of the SFA's The Scottish FA Performance School at Heriot Watt University, Strachan - whose first match as Celtic boss was a 5-0 defeat by Artmedia Bratislava - said: "It can be done. It's a test of character, but everybody in football faces these kind of tests."

Para athlete in tumour scare

A Scottish para athlete has revealed he must have a tumour removed or be left paralysed from the neck down.

David Smith, from Aviemore, won a gold medal in rowing at the 2012 London Paralympics and was an ambassador for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.

David Smith

In 2010, doctors discovered a large tumour embedded in his spine and emergency surgery resulted in temporary paralysis. He then had treatment to remove three vertebrae and rebuild his neck with metal cages and screws.

Surgeons have told Smith that the tumour has returned and will cause paralysis if not operated on.

Douglas Keith in Dallas in Moray, which has been badly hit by the heavy overnight rain, says: "The River Lossie burst its banks in the early hours of this morning with a number of properties flooded in the village itself."

Douglas Keith

Andrea Newbery sent in this picture of the river Gynack in the Spey Street area of Kingussie

Andrea Newbery

Tonie Mayhew in Moray: "Where we are cut off in Kincorth, my husband has been taken by our neighbouring farmer, Malcolm Middleton, to meet a taxi at the Broom of Moy to drive him to Inverness airport."

Tonie Mayhew
Helena Dahl

There will be no play today at the pitch-and-putt golf in Aberlour in Moray. Helena Dahl sent this photo.

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a wet afternoon across the Western Isles, Skye and the west Highlands. Elsewhere there will be some scattered showers, but some bright spells, even some sunshine coming through.

An seasonably strong wind, touching gale force at times, will keep temperatures to around 16C to 18C

You can watch a full weather forecast here.

David Wright: Trampoline on A90 Northbound this morning just before Spurryhillock junction (image time-stamped from dash-camera at 05:49).

David Wright

Mandy Gillies sent this picture from Miltonduff near Elgin in Moray. This is where the road used to be.

Mandy Gillies

This is a photo of the A835 in Ullapool, sent in by Little Beth


Escaped prisoner found

A prisoner who absconded from Castle Huntly open prison has been caught.

Stewart Rattray failed to return to the Perthshire prison after a period of unescorted leave on Tuesday, 5 August.


Police mounted a search for the 34-year-old in the Inverness area, where he was found on Saturday.

Evening Express

A woman spent six months thinking she had terminal cancer after she was wrongly diagnosed by local NHS doctors, reports the Evening Express.

Evening Express

Elgin homes evacuated

Moray Council has said will begin evacuating about 200 homes at risk of flooding in Elgin, one of the worst-hit areas.

Alastair Mackie

Esplanade closed

Police are reminding motorists that the Beach Esplanade in Aberdeen has been closed due to high winds.

Jags sign defender

Scottish Premiership club Partick Thistle have signed central defender Danny Seaborne on a two-year contract.

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The 27-year-old, who can also play at left back, became a free agent after being released by Coventry City last week.

He becomes the third arrival at Firhill this summer, joining Ryan Stevenson and Abdul Osman.

'Interesting' journey

Robert Ince sent us this picture of his journey to work this morning. He said: "I had already gone through one flooded road, a torrential waterfall and a couple of other minor floods only to reach this immediately before the village of Dallas… an interesting journey all round!"

Robert Ince

Man assaulted in Meadows

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked in Edinburgh's Meadows at the weekend.

The 25-year-old was walking near the tennis courts at about 04:30 on Saturday when he was approached by two men.

After asking the man for money, the two attackers punched him several times, causing minor facial injuries, and also tried to steal his watch.

Both suspects were described as white, in their early 20s, about 6ft, of slim build, clean shaven and with pale complexions. Both were well-dressed and had Scottish accents.

Hearts keeper out

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has told how goalkeeper Neil Alexander will be sidelined for a month with a fractured cheekbone.


Alexander was injured in the 2-1 win against Rangers at Ibrox when he clashed heads with team-mate Alim Ozturk.

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Stephen Murphy emailed us this picture sent from his friends in Ullapool. Looks like that garden shed is about to sail away...

Stephen Murphy

Mike Kerr emails: The Falls of Feugh this morning - no actual falls visible under this maelstrom!

Mike Kerr

The River Spey from the Fochabers bridge sent in by Mairi Page

Mairi Page

Coming up

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Join me at noon on Radio Scotland when we'll be discussing the higher than recommended occupancy rates on Scotland's wards.

And with the Electoral Commission intensifying efforts to encourage people to get registered to vote in September's referendum, we'll be explaining the eligibility rules.

You can listen live online here.

Alastair Mackie emailed: Some pics of Central Elgin within the last hour including main rail line at the station. One shot looks more like a canal than the mainline to Aberdeen!

Alastair Mackie
Alastair Mackie