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  1. Gordon Brown urges 'No' vote
  2. Golf club expenses from 1616 found
  3. Champions League exit 'one of worst at Celtic Park'

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

Thomas McGuigan

BBC Sport

That's all from the BBC Scotland Live team today. We're back tomorrow at 08:00, hope you can join us then.

Girl attacked on way to school

A 14-year-old girl has been

injured in an attack as she made her way to school.

Police are searching for a man in his 20s after the assault on the girl in Paisley.

She was walking along a cycle path near the Maxwellton flats at about 8:30 on Wednesday when the man approached her.

The teenager was treated for minor injuries at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Drug dealer has assets stripped

A convicted cannabis dealer has been ordered to hand over £242,514 in assets under proceeds of crime legislation.

Derek Low, 34, from Glasgow, was caught with £191,190 in cash and 78 knotted bags of cannabis, worth about £4,600, at his home in May 2013.

He later admitted being concerned in the supply of drugs and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Referendum - Get Involved

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Chris, Bonnyrigg: It's really just simple economics versus nationalism: vote Yes if you're a taker, and Vote No if you're a contributor.

Richie Boy, Dumbarton: So, John Swinney says Scotland won't pay our share of debt. Surely this will have a huge effect on our credit rating and therefore we will pay a higher loan rate if we are able to borrow at all?. After all, if I defaulted on a debt I know I'd be lucky to get credit! Apologies if I've misunderstood the situation.

Video - Protestor interrupts Gordon Brown speech

A supporter of Scottish independence has

interrupted a speech by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown ahead of next month's referendum.

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Mr Brown was appearing alongside Alistair Darling, the head of the pro-UK Better Together campaign, at the event in the Caird Hall in Dundee.

Prime Minister's speech monitored

The CBI in Scotland has been warned that a dinner in Glasgow featuring the Prime Minister will be scrutinised in case it breaks the rules on expenditure during the referendum.

The Electoral Commission has ruled Thursday's dinner does constitute campaigning because the Prime Minister is expected to defend the Union.

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But it has been assured the cost will be less than £10,000, meaning the CBI does not require to register as a formal campaigner.

The commission, which received a complaint from the pro-independence Business for Scotland group, says it will monitor the event.

Referendum - Get Involved

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TJ, Glasgow: If Scotland becomes independent there will be an exodus of businesses and families who are able to move south. The Nationalists have already damaged Scotland and its only going to get worse under independence.

Tom More, Airdrie: I'm completely gobsmacked. I just cannot believe that two Labour politicians, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, can extol the benefit of the UK welfare state with its bedroom tax and welfare reform. Labour colluding with the Tories!

Shetland Oil Boom

Shetland is on the cusp of a "second oil boom", the deputy first minister has predicted during a visit to the islands.

Nicola Sturgeon

said Shetland had "shown the rest of Scotland the way" by setting up an oil fund in 1976.

And she claimed Scottish independence would help ensure islanders continued to benefit from its oil industry.

But former Orkney and Shetland MP Lord Wallace said the UK offered Scottish islands "the best of both worlds".

Dundee keeper's call-up

Wales manager Chris Coleman has decided to call up three uncapped players in his squad for a European Championships qualifier against Andorra.

Kyle Letheren

Along with Manchester United's Tom Lawrence and Tranmere's Owain Fon Williams, the former Fulham boss has called up Kyle Letheren from the Tayside club.

Your Pictures - Get Involved

Jelly and I scream! Holidaymaker Ann Westwood got up close to this large jellyfish while walking on the beach at Machrihanish in Argyll.

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email us your favourite pictures and we'll include the best ones.

Travel Update

BBC Scotland Travel


Dumfries and Galloway: the A713 is closed north of Dalry for accident investigation work. Police diverting traffic at Dalmellington & Dalry.

Aberdeen rapist jailed

A man who raped two women in Aberdeen and attacked a third

has been jailed for nine years.

Gordon Duncan, 31, had denied the attacks but was found guilty after a trial.

The judge said Duncan had displayed a pattern of behaviour and shown "absolutely no respect" for his victims.

Fatal crash

A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a car on the A713 in Dumfries and Galloway.

The collision took place at about 13:10 near the village of Dalry. The road was closed to allow investigations to be carried out.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


Well, another cracking summer afternoon for most. A reminder that it is still August! Clouding over tonight, with some rain.

Top temperatures at 3pm - Achnagart (near Skye) 20.3C, Kinlochewe (Wester Ross) 19.6C, Prestwick 19.4C, Threave (near Solway Coast) 19.4C.

Big cities doing ok too. Glasgow 19C, Edinburgh/Inverness 18C. However, the east coast is cooler. Aberdeen/Dundee - 14C.

Edinburgh referendum debate round-up

Last night, an independence referendum debate in Edinburgh was broadcast on BBC Two Scotland.

On the panel were John Swinney MSP, Johann Lamont MSP, Charles Kennedy MP, and Joyce McMillan of The Scotsman.

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Read a review of all of the night's action.

Analysis - Celtic's Champions League exit

BBC Scotland's Tom English explores why Celtic have failed to make the lucrative group stages of the Champions League.

Celtic defeated in Champions League

Celtic sign Wakaso

Celtic have completed the loan signing of Rubin Kazan winger Wakaso Mubarak on a one-year deal, with the option to buy the Ghana international.

The deal to bring the 24-year-old to Glasgow had been held up for over a week by visa and work-permit issues.

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However, he could make his debut against Dundee on Sunday.

Discussions are continuing with Serbia striker Stefan Scepovic over a permanent move from Sporting Gijon, with a fee having already been agreed.

The 24-year-old winger has 19 caps for his country and played at this summer's World Cup.

Referendum - Your Views

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Owen, Swansea: I don't think that an issue as important Scottish independence should be decided on a 50% majority. The majority should be at least 60%.

Billy fae Killie: If I was voting today I would vote Yes because the bosses tell me to vote No.

Celtic's date with destiny

Following last night's defeat in the Champions League, it has emerged

Celtic will begin their Europa League group stage campaign on the day of the Scottish independence referendum.

The opening group games will be staged on Thursday 18 September.

Celtic Van Dijk in action against Maribor

The Scottish champions will discover their opponents in Friday's draw.

EBT Appeal

HM Revenue and Customs have received permission to appeal to the Court of Session against the Upper Tier Tribunal ruling on the Murray Group's use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

Last July, an upper-tier tax tribunal dismissed an HMRC appeal against a first-tier decision on payments made to players and other employees.

The tax authority argued unsuccessfully that the payments should be taxable.

The Murray Group, which formerly owned Rangers, argued that the payments were loans.

Shell warned over North Sea gas leak

A gas leak on a North Sea platform has led to Shell being served with a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The incident happened on the Brent Bravo on 9 June. Shell says there was a "low level" gas release from a pipeline valve but immediate action was taken to bring the situation under control.

Production was shut down and no one was injured. The HSE said not enough was done to prevent the uncontrolled release of gas.

Ginger scrimper

A cheeky Scot claims to have saved £200 over the past four years...thanks to his red hair.

Richard Macrae, from Aberdeen, uses a home-made 'ginger discount card' to save hundreds of pounds in the high street.

A pal made the fake card for Richard's birthday.

He said: "People have always given me stick for my hair colour, but now I'm going out three nights a week and saving a fortune. The joke's on them."

Read the full story in The Scotsman.

What is Plan Bee?

More than 120,000 bees have taken up residence in Glasgow City Chambers. Two hives have been placed on the council HQ's roof.

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It is hoped polish and honey will be produced as well as boosting pollination in city parks...

Something smells fishy

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

tweets: Lorry which overturned in Peterhead contained a load of fish. Doesn't look so yummy now.

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Juror fined after trial is deserted

A juror who was overheard saying the accused "should plead guilty"

has been fined £250.

George Best, 65, was found in contempt of court for making the remark, which was heard by the accused's mother. She reported it to the court clerk.

As a result of Best's remark, a High Court trial was deserted.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Best had a "significant alcohol problem" and committed "an act of crass stupidity".

Referendum - Your Views

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Owen, Swansea: If John Swinney says "no currency, no debt", then the UK will simply veto Scottish membership of the EU. In fact, the UK will hold the whip hand in any independence negotiations.

Brown & Darling join forces

Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister, has appeared alongside Alistair Darling to

urge Scottish voters to reject independence.

It was rumoured the two men had a stormy relationship when Mr Darling served as chancellor under Mr Brown.

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But they united to argue that the welfare state in the UK "offers better protection" for Scots.

Meanwhile, Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said a "Yes" vote was the best way to safeguard Scotland's NHS.

Dundee Derby

The draw for the third round of the League Cup has thrown up a Dundee derby.

Holders Aberdeen take on Livingston at Pittodrie while Celtic have been drawn at home to face Hearts.

Full details of the draw


Referendum - Your Views

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Matthew Ross, Prestonpans, East Lothian: I will vote Yes. Like Scotland, Denmark and Finland both have a population of 5 million. Both are prosperous. Scotland can do likewise.

Anonymous: I'm voting no because I want to have the UK pound not a weakened version under Sterlingisation.

New leader of Scotland's doctors

Scotland's doctors

have elected Glasgow-based consultant psychiatrist Dr Peter Bennie as their new chairman.

He succeeds Dr Brian Keighley as the leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland.

Dr Peter Bennie

Dr Bennie, 51, graduated from Glasgow University Medical School in 1986 and trained in hospitals in the west of Scotland before taking up a consultant post in Glasgow in 1997.

He moved to work in Paisley in 2007.

Man in court following death at supermarket

A man has appeared in court charged with

killing a man who died following an incident at a Glasgow supermarket.

Miroslaw Bronowicki, 52, died following a disturbance at a Tesco store on Argyle Street on Sunday.

Asif Moin was charged with culpable homicide when he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old, from Glasgow, made no plea or declaration.

Plant alert for animal owners

Animal owners in Scotland are being warned that the fine summer has caused poisonous plants to flourish.


Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said ragwort, yew, foxgloves and sycamore seeds could cause problems for animals like horses and dogs.

Parcel fore delivery

The Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The postmark will be printed on all stamped and franked mail across the UK from 15 to 29 September.

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Europe's best golfers face the USA at the Perthshire course from 23-28 September.

Beattie Show

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

"Business intervention today, postal votes are off for some, so, today, if you could vote today "I'd vote...... and why...."

No cheer at Celtic

It is the morning after the night before for Celtic after their Champions League humbling.

Fan protests, no excuses, a devastated dressing room.

Virgil Van Dijk

Balde looks like he is on his way out, while Rangers need to up their game in the League Cup.

It is time for a slice of Football Gossip.

Italian Chapel plaque thefts

Following a "great response from the public", police investigating the theft of plaques from Orkney's famous Italian Chapel have said they have

narrowed down the time the crime was committed.

Italian Chapel plaques

Officers said three plaques - marked with the Roman numerals IV, VI and X - were taken between 18:29 on 6 August and 11:00 on 7 August.

The chapel was built by Italian prisoners of war during World War Two, and has become a tourist attraction.

Never Miss A Beatt

The John Beattie Show is about to get under way on BBC Radio Scotland, listen live


Play dough warning

Parents have been warned that

home-made play dough can contain enough salt to poison children and pets, reports the BBC's Eleanor Bradford.

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The warning comes from the UK's National Poisons Information Service.

It said that there had been no child fatalities but there were reports of pets being poisoned.

Going Swimmingly

Scotland's Commonwealth Games champion Ross Murdoch has appealed for help in tracking down a young fan who got in touch with the swimmer.


tweets: "RT& help me find 5yo Brian who sent me this amazing letter! I'd love to meet him and show him around where I train :-)"

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Picture House - Your Views

Graham Hutton got in touch to share his 50-year-old memories of Campbeltown Picture House.

"As a teenager of 15 on holiday in Machrahanish in 1965, I went to see Zulu and also Battle of the River Plate. Fond memories," he said.

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