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  1. Independence 'closer than ever', says Salmond
  2. Glasgow woman 'promoting terrorism'
  3. Glasgow bus gate fines top £800,000
  4. Gallacher gets Ryder Cup wildcard

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor, Graham Fraser and Bryan Quinn

All times stated are UK

Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all from Scotland Live for today. Thanks to everyone who got in touch with their views on the referendum - we really do like to be a place for debate, so keep your contributions coming.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest from the campaigns, as well as news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

Until then, you can keep up with developments on the

BBC News Scotland website.

Cairngorms death

A woman has died on

Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorm mountain range.

Police Scotland received a report of a casualty near the Pigme Ridge at about 14:32.

The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and Royal Navy Sea King Helicopter Rescue 177 found the woman but she could not be resuscitated.

Referendum - your views

Douglas Edwards from Islay in reply to Helen from North Berwick: I am voting No simply because the SNP have failed to produce convincing facts and figures. If you have them let me know, I might change my mind. Do not quote oil it will run out in due course. What then? Without a central bank we will not have any cover for our savings and pensions. Not a risk I want to take for me, my children and grandchildren.

Scott MacDonald in reply to John from Airdrie: With the greatest respect John, I would like to remind you that the vote is for independence not for Alex Salmond, so please don't allow your feelings for him to cloud your judgement. Once we achieve independence you can vote for anyone you like, safe in the knowledge that they will not be under the thumb of a Westminster party.

Referendum analysis

"In this last fortnight, both sides are going to fight this campaign very hard indeed - because the 'No' side now can't be sure of winning and the 'Yes' side still have hope that they can pull it off."

So says polling expert Prof John Curtice.

Professor John Curtice

Read his full analysis of the latest polls.

Galashiels robbery

A post office worker has been hurt and money taken during a

robbery at a post office in the Scottish Borders.

The incident took place at the Gala Park Post Office on Balmoral Place in Galashiels at about 14:25.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "A member of staff sustained a minor injury during the incident and a sum of money was stolen."

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: St Johnstone have written to UEFA for 2nd time asking for the written judgment after a fine of €18.000 imposed for Palestinian flag at match.

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Hugh from Linlithgow: Currency and the economy are critical. We have no hard facts from the Yes camp on this. You cannot hold the rest of the UK to ransom over assets and liabilities. Even if a currency union was achieved, Scotland's central bank would be the Bank of England, and the lender of last resort! Independence?

Dave from Reading: Following indyref, and must admit I have encountered little to no anti-English sentiment. Both sides have lunatic fringes, but actually seem to get more beef off no supporters. Although that could be because I would vote Yes if I could. Run away from Westminster.

Appeal for missing family

Police have appealed for help in tracing a woman and three children from the Pollok area of Glasgow

who have been missing for the past week.

Kristina Pikse, 28, and her children David Hauberts, eight, Danius Hauberts, four, and nine-month-old Zana Hauberts, were last seen in Brockburn Road at about 16:10 on 26 August.

Missing family

Police believe they may have travelled to the Blackburn area of Lancashire.

Yes win 'closer than ever'

Independence is "closer than it's ever been",

First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

Mr Salmond spoke to the BBC as polls suggested a narrowing of the gap between the Yes and No campaigns.

Alex Salmond

He said people who had never engaged with politics were becoming involved, calling it "a democratic sensation".

The UK government said it would continue to make the "strong, clear argument" that Scotland could have "the best of both worlds" in the UK.

Diver's body recovered

Police have confirmed that the body of a man who went

missing while diving off the Borders coast has been recovered.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown, 49, was reported missing on 24 August. His body was recovered from waters at St Abbs Head a week later.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


The north west will stay cloudy with a few spots of rain. South and east of the Great Glen it'll stay dry with clear spells and a few mist patches.

Clearest and chilliest over Aberdeenshire and the Borders, where temperatures will dip to 4C or 5C, more typically it'll be 9C or 10C.

Referendum - your views

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N Matthews, Forres: I am surprised at any concern raised about racist comments on social media since the debate started. I too am English born - I am on social media all the time and what I witness the majority of the time is anti-Scottish comments. OK, there are comments back but not in the same quantity. These sort of comments are aside from the real issue and only clouds proper debate.

Archie from Larkhall: If the Yes vote goes through, will our UK passports still be valid or do we throw them in the bin?

What do you think? Text us on 80295,

email us here or tweet using
#ScotlandLive. Please remember to include your name, especially when texting.

Oil field delay

Production in the Buzzard oil field near Aberdeen

could remain disrupted for another week.

Buzzard oil field

Operations were originally shut down on Saturday to allow a drilling rig to be decoupled.

Owners Nexen had hoped to have the field back up and running by today, but has now said it could take longer.

Alasdair Lamont

Senior football reporter, BBC Scotland

tweets: The SFA are contacting FIFA to make case for John Guidetti's loan move from Man City to Celtic to proceed, despite the deadline being missed.

'Careworn' Celtic

Celtic have faced challenges on and off the park in the opening few weeks of the season,

writes Richard Wilson. What now for the Scottish champions and manager Ronny Delia?

Ronny Deila

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M Smith, Thurso: I am English, lived in Scotland for 27 years. I have never felt nervous living here until 6 months ago when referendum campaigns started. I have read some awful things on the internet, racists remarks, hateful language and very aggressive attitudes. I hope this doesn't continue after the 18th.

Helen in North Berwick: John from Airdrie - let's see those hard facts and figures. Tell us exactly how and why a Yes vote will impact negatively on pensions, mortgages and jobs. Facts please?

Glasgow woman 'promoting terrorism'

A young woman from Glasgow has travelled to Syria and has been

promoting terrorism back home via her Twitter account, it is understood.

Aqsa Mahmood, 20, was reported missing by her family in November 2013.

A Twitter account under the name Umm Layth, believed to be Ms Mahmood, said: "Follow the examples of your brothers from Woolwich, Texas and Boston."

Independence - your views

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Scott from Perth in reply to John from Airdrie: This is not about Alex Salmond. This is about Scotland, a country, deciding to control its own affairs just like all other countries i.e. being normal. Will we get all decisions right? No. But they will be our decisions. Don't be put off by exaggerated claims from both sides Vote Yes.

Your pictures


Tim Kelly sent us this great pic of the stunning views to be found from the top of Kinnoull Hill, just outside Perth.

Kinnoull Hill
Tim Kelly

Send us your photos

via email or twitter using
#ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best online.

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John from Airdrie in reply to Wilson Paterson on Scotland Live: We really need to let go of this type of misty-eyed romanticism and look at the hard facts and figures. A Yes vote is playing Russian roulette with people's jobs, mortgages and pensions. Let's think logically here and step back from the brink. Do NOT trust Alex Salmond please.

Referendum funding

More than

a quarter of a million pounds has been donated to groups campaigning in the Scottish independence referendum in the last month.

Electoral Commission figures show the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign got £168,000, while the Better Together campaign to keep the Union received no donations.

Yes campaign

The rest of the money went to other groups campaigning for and against independence ahead of the 18 September referendum.

Among the donors were Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers, pictured above, who donated £10,000 to Yes Scotland.

Motorbike crash

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital in Dumfries following a

collision with a tractor on the A714 in Wigtown.

The man is said to have serious leg injuries following the accident at the Carslay Farm lay-by.

There are road closures in the area and diversions have been put in place, with drivers advised to use other routes if possible.

Rape trial

A man is to stand trial accused of

raping a woman while she was drunk and asleep at a house in South Lanarkshire.

Iain Rhodes, from Rutherglen, is alleged to have raped the woman at a property in the town in April 2012.

The 53-year-old denies carrying out the attack while the woman was "asleep, under the influence of alcohol and incapable of giving consent".

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


In Dumfries and Galloway, an accident on the A714 Wigtown Road in Newton Stewart means the road is closed with a diversion in place.

The A984 remains closed due to a landslip. Traffic is being diverted via Blairgowie.

Also, high winds in the north across means traffic is moving slowly across the Skye Bridge.

Radio DJ convicted of assault

A radio DJ who attacked his partner after she claimed he had cheated on her has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Andrew Park, 38, attacked 30-year-old Jennifer McGrattan at her flat in Kirkintilloch after a night out.

Park, who has worked for Your Radio FM and Radio Clyde, denied the charge but was convicted of assault and abusive behaviour.

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Wilson Paterson from Rutherglen: The underlying question is, who will run Scotland and in whose interests? Whilst Westminster politicians continually harp on about the stability and security a larger UK gives Scotland, it also means the priorities of Westminster are spread thinly over the UK, thinner and thinner the further North you go. The debate was in Dundee - we Scots certainly don't have jam today, perhaps with independence the jam might be sweeter tomorrow.

Currency debate

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The UK government minister Jo Swinson said it would be "catastrophic" for a new state to refuse to pay its share of the national debt if a currency union was refused by Westminster.

During a lively

BBC Radio 5 Live debate she said it was "wishful" thinking by the Yes campaign that it would be allowed to formally share the pound.

The Scottish government minister Shona Robison said the Yes campaign was "absolutely confident" a currency union would happen, and insisted if it was not permitted Scotland would be "debt free."

Spooky Stirling

Stirling is set to host Scotland's first ever Paranormal Festival.

The four-day event will feature discussions about ghosts, UFOs and aliens, with speakers including academics, enthusiasts and declared sceptics.

Paranormal Festival
Stirling Council

There will also be workshops with ghost-hunters and sky-watching at the "UFO hotspot" of Bonnybridge.

The festival will run from 30 October to 2 November.

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Scotland

tweets: Magnificent news for Stephen Gallacher. If ever a player deserved a pick it was him. Well done!!!

Gallacher in Ryder Cup team

Stephen Gallacher

will play for Europe in the Ryder Cup after being picked as a wildcard by captain Paul McGinley.

England's Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have also made the team.

Stephen Gallacher
Getty Images

Their selection means there is no place for Luke Donald.

Europe take on the United States of America at Gleanagles in the tournament later this month.

Golden Boy repairs

Work is due to begin on the Golden Boy statue on the dome of

Edinburgh University's Old College.

The sculpture, put in place in 1888, has fallen victim to old age with its gilt paint beginning to crack and fade.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a dry but cloudy afternoon for most of the country .

The best of the sunshine will be in the east, across Aberdeenshire, Angus and the Borders, although there could be some showers.

Temperatures will range between 18C to 21C.

You can watch a full forecast


John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Join me live on Radio Scotland where I'll be discussing the referendum, in particular the economy. I'll be joined by campaigners from both sides.

Tune in here.

Hanging up their kettle

After more than three decades of entertaining Scottish schoolchildren, The Singing Kettle will embark on their final tour this Christmas.

Singing Kettle
The Singing Kettle

Laura Pettigrew reflects on a group who have brought fun and laughter to families for 30 years.

Debate finished

The Radio 5 Live debate from Dundee has now ended.

But here at Scotland Live we still want to hear your views on what you heard from the Caird Hall, or indeed anything else referendum-related.

Get in touch via Twitter using #ScotlandLive, email us at or text on 80295.

Dundee debate

Undecided voters in the audience are being asked by presenter Victoria Derbyshire whether they have made up their minds.

Victoria Derbyshire

Of the seven who answered, three say they are now more inclined to vote "Yes", two that they will probably vote "No" and one remains undecided.

One "undecided" voter admits he has already voted "Yes" in the postal vote.

The Press and Journal

tweets: Woman's body found in Cairngorms loch.

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Dundee debate - your views

Adam from Northern Ireland: If Scotland becomes independent Northern Ireland will be even more disconnected from the rest of the UK. This will make it harder for the UK to work as a country, it may in fact lead to Northern Ireland becoming independent and realistically this isn't feasible economically or politically because of the huge divides that still exist.

James Guild: May I point out Panama, going by the IMF table of countries of the world's financial stability, is ranked 7th in the proves 'dollarisation' works. I believe that 'sterlingisation' is the way forward for Scotland. Why the continual project fear?