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Summary

  1. Flood risk reducing after 'record rainfall'
  2. New police chief constable sworn in
  3. Commissioner to investigate SNP MP
  4. Call for undertakers to be regulated

Live Reporting

By Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Police evacuate 33 properties in Dundee due to unsafe roof

In conjunction with Dundee City Council, police have helped to evacuate Gourlay Yard in City Quay.

Police Scotland said Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have temporarily secured some sections of the roof this afternoon, with permanent repairs expected to be carried out later this week.

In discussion with the building factors, the council is coordinating accommodation for residents evacuated this evening.

Barriers are in place at Gourlay Yard to prevent pedestrian access to the area and in the interests of safety, police have asked members of the public to not approach the building.

Two teenagers arrested after a serious assault in Glasgow in September

Two men were left in hospital after they were assaulted in Bath Street at about 03:30 on Saturday, 26 September

They had been involved in an argument with a group of people and were seriously injured in an ensuing fight.

Police Scotland said the arrested men, who are both 18, will be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the incident.

Lorry driver charged with driving offence after attempting to take an articulated HGV over the Forth Road Bridge

The bridge is currently closed to heavy goods vehicles while repair works takes place. 

Police Scotland said traffic had to be stopped heading northbound on the bridge to allow the HGV to be turned around.

Police divers search in the flooded River Dee for a missing man

Two bags containing belongings of Terence Kilbride were washed up beside the river on Saturday. 

The 48-year-old, from Warrington, was reported missing yesterday. 

Police say he is known to go camping in the area and could have a bike with him.

Officers are concerned after the recent bad weather.

Hibs sign Norwegian defender Niklas Gunnarsson until the end of the season

Niklas Gunnarsson
Hibernian FC

The 24-year-old joins on a loan deal from Vålerenga, subject to international clearance.

On the Hibs website, Gunnarsson said: “I know the team are in good form this season and hopefully I will be able to make the team and help us win promotion.”

Scammer who hid her partner's £53,000 a year salary so she could carry on receiving benefits has been jailed

Anita Brown fraudulently claimed £27,000 of benefits for more than four years and used the money to shop online and for a hotel trip, a court heard. 

She claimed she was living alone with her adult son at her home in Dundee. But investigators discovered that her partner - an offshore oil worker - was also living with them.

Anita Brown
Alan Richardson

A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll is to close overnight

A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful
BBC

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll is to close overnight as efforts continue to make safe a 150 tonne boulder on the hillside. 

The road closed for a time last week after a landslip during Storm Frank. It closed again on Monday amid concerns about the boulder, which is about 175m above the carriageway. 

The Old Military Road diversion, which has been in use since 09:00, will close at 16:30. An alternative diversion via Dalmally will be in place overnight.

Aberdeenshire MSP is criticised after claiming there "is no crisis" in North Sea oil employment

Dennis Robertson made the comment during a Holyrood debate, where he said the North Sea workforce was "booming".

Dennis Robertson
BBC

Oil and Gas UK has estimated that 65,000 jobs have been lost during the current downturn in the industry.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said Mr Robertson's constituents would find his claims "astonishing".

Scots becoming increasingly concerned about bumblebees, according to survey

The Scottish Nature Omnibus Survey is carried out annually for Scottish Natural Heritage.

bumblebee
BBC

Analysis of the results has suggested that media coverage of problems affecting the bees was likely to have raised awareness of the insects.

Red squirrels were the survey's top conservation concern.

Hamilton sign German forward Christopher Mandiangu from FC Eindhoven

Scottish Premiership club Hamilton have announced the signing of 23-year-old German forward Christopher Mandiangu.

Mandiangu, a former youth player at Borussia Monchengladbach, has been capped 22 times at German youth level.

Christopher Mandiangu (left) with Hamilton manager Martin Canning
Hamilton Accies
Christopher Mandiangu (left) with Hamilton manager Martin Canning

Video - Sepa says river levels are falling and the risk of more floods is "reducing"

Flooding in Aberdeenshire in January
BBC

With 28 flood warnings remaining in place across Scotland, the misery continues for many communities.

In Aberdeenshire, the River Don burst its banks at Inverurie forcing some residents out of their homes.

Watch the report from BBC Scotland's Steven Duff.

Man who held a gun to a woman's head weeks after contacting her through an online dating site has been jailed

The High Court in Edinburgh heard 44-year-old Kenneth Ellis' victim thought she was going to die. 

Ellis admitted abducting and assaulting a woman last August in Edinburgh.

SNP MP Angus Robertson seeks EU referendum guarantee from Prime Minister David Cameron

Police appeal for witnesses after man is assaulted and robbed at shopping precinct in Edinburgh

Officers say the 20-year-old victim was in the seating area of the New Kirkgate Shopping Centre in Leith when a man who was not known to him approached and began a conversation.

A short time later, the suspect punched the man several times in the head, stole his wallet and then ran through the centre.

The victim suffered minor facial injuries as a result.

The attacker has been described as white and possibly a teenager. He was around 5ft 8ins tall, and he wore a black hooded top with black tracksuit bottoms. 

Detective Constable Andy Cory of Gayfield CID said: "This was an unprovoked and violent attack that left the male victim with painful injuries to his face. We are very keen to trace the attacker as quickly as possible and various lines on inquiry are being carried out in an effort to trace him, including a review of the local CCTV network.”

Initial assessments suggest 'imminent risk' of collapse to historic Abergeldie Castle has receded

Assessments have been under way on the 16th Century Abergeldie Castle, which was left just feet from collapsing into the River Dee after severe flooding caused erosion to a nearby river bank.

Vincent Docherty from Aberdeenshire Council, who has been involved in early recovery work, said the castle could be saved.

Abergeldie Castle
bb

He said: "At the moment our structural engineers are working with both the owner and insurers to make sure that basically they're able to prop that castle up and make sure it doesn't fall into the Dee."

He added: The information that I've received today is that the imminent risk to the castle is over and that the building probably can be saved."

Watch - New chief constable of Police Scotland describes job as high-point of his career

Phil Gormley
BBC

Phil Gormley has been formally sworn in during a ceremony at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle.

Mr Gormley said he was honoured to take up the post and promised to deliver a "police service that the people of Scotland can be proud of".

The previous chief constable, Sir Stephen House, stood down at the end of November.

Watch the interview

Thieves steal money from cash machine in Perth after smashing their way into a supermarket

The ATM at the Cooperative store on Argyll Road was robbed at 03:00 on Tuesday. 

Police said the gang made off with a "quantity of cash". 

Police officer outside robbery scene
PPA

Officers are carrying out door-to-door inquiries and reviewing CCTV of the raid. 

Police Scotland asked anyone who noticed suspicious activity near the store to contact them.

Man who bullied and physically abused two former partners jailed for three-and-a-half years

Alexander Montgomery admitted hitting and threatening Nadine Wilkinson between July 2005 and October 2007.

The 34-year-old, from Ayr, also admitted abusing Lianne Bradley between January 2011 and March 2014.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Matthews also banned Montgomery from approaching or making contact with either woman.

Six men appear in court in connection with the alleged fraudulent take-over of Rangers

The club's former owner Craig Whyte and former chief executive Charles Green attended a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh after prosecutors brought new charges.

Craig Whyte
PA

The former club secretary Martyn Withey, David Grier, David Whitehouse and Paul Clark, who worked for administrators Duff and Phelps, also appeared. 

The men face a total of 15 charges that include fraud, conspiracy and involvement in serious organised crime.

Girls reported missing in Renfrewshire found safe and well

Two girls who went missing in Renfrewshire at the weekend have been found safe and well, police have said.

A search was launched after Demi-Lee Parker, 12, and Leah Petrie, 13, were last seen at Phoenix Retail Park, Paisley, at 16:55 on Sunday.

Forth Road Bridge to reopen to HGVs in mid-February

Growing row over move by Churches of Scotland and England to 'share' ministers

The Church of Scotland and the Church of England have announced plans to work more closely together, for example, in allowing clergy from England to minister at Scottish services.

candle next to cross
BBC

The national churches said that the so-called Columba Declaration - named after the Irish missionary - would strengthen their relationship and open up new possibilities.

However, the Scottish Episcopal Church has criticised the move and branded it "a step too far" and urged closer cooperation between Scottish churches instead.

No criminal action over crash that resulted in unborn child being delivered to fatally injured mother

The two-car collision happened on the A937 at Marykirk in November 2013. 

Bojidar Katsarov was born after his mother was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Emergency services at the scene of A937 crash
BBC

A possible case against one of the drivers in the other vehicle, Chavdar Ivanov, was investigated.

However, the Crown Office said no further proceedings would be taken.

Met Office says December was wettest month in Scotland since records began in 1910

In Scotland, 351.4mm of rainfall was recorded with Cluanie Inn, Ross and Cromarty, the wettest place (768.4mm)

Haggs Road in Glasgow was one of the routes affected by Storm Frank
A Hunter

It was also an unusually warm month, with temperatures about 2.7C above the long term average.

Provisional figures also reveal 2015 was the second wettest year on record in Scotland. Only 2011 was wetter.

Police appeal after girls aged 12 and 13 go missing in Renfrewshire

Demi-Lee Parker, 12, and Leah Petrie, 13, were last seen at Phoenix Retail Park, Paisley, at 16:55 on Sunday.

Demi-Lee is described as 4ft 10in tall, of slim build with long brown hair. She was wearing dark blue denims a pink and black top and blue Nike trainers.

Leah is 4ft 10in tall and of medium build with collar-length brown hair. She was wearing dark blue jeans, and a blouse with a flower print on it.

Scotland's Gemma Fay leaves Celtic to sign for Scottish champions Glasgow City

The 34-year-old captains the national side and is the record cap-holder with 188 appearances.

Gemma Fay
SNS

City were looking for cover in goal following the departures of Lee Alexander and Megan Cunningham.

"In Gemma we not only have Scotland's number one but a player with fantastic experience and a brilliant football mentality," said manager Scott Booth.

Temporary road to be put in place to improve access to and from Braemar in the wake of the severe flooding damage

Residents have been left isolated, with part of A93 near Crathie washed away by the flood waters, preventing access from Ballater.

The temporary road is expected to be put in place within the next week.

Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Jim Savege said repairs to Invercauld Bridge should also help ease problems.

Two men escape with four-figure sum of cash after threatening staff with knives at a shop in Alexandria

The men targeted the Co-operative Food store in the West Dunbartonshire town's Argyle Street at about 21:55 on Monday.  

The two male members of staff, aged 23 and 25, who were threatened were uninjured but left badly shaken.

Police said the men who carried out the raid had their faces covered, and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Police in Edinburgh release CCTV image of a man they wish to trace after an assault

A 37-year-old man was attacked after he attempted to intervene in an altercation between man and a woman on Lothian Road.

The incident happened around 21:20 on 5 December.

Police CCTV of assault in Edinburgh
Police Scotland

The man is described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, and between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins tall.

He has short dark hair that was longer on the top, and styled with gel, and he was wearing black clothing.

Detective Constable Alison Wyllie said: "The victim sustained a serious and painful injury to his ankle while trying to come to the aid of a female and we are continuing with our inquiries to trace the male responsible for this assault. We are keen to trace the man pictured in this image to assist our inquiries and anyone who can help us establish his identity should contact police immediately." 

Funding secured to try and save 16th century castle from collapsing into the River Dee

Abergeldie Castle is under threat after a land slip caused by torrential rain and flooding left it dangerously close the river Dee.

More than £100k has been secured from Scottish Business in the Community for the work to get under way.

Abergeldie Castle
BBC

Mixu Paatelainen optimistic that John Souttar will sign a new contract with Dundee United

The 19-year-old is free to speak to other clubs over a summer move and both Celtic and Rangers have been linked with the versatile defender.

John Souttar
SNS

But Paatelainen believes Souttar, who has made more than 70 first-team appearances, is best placed to continue his development at Tannadice and expects negotiations to be revived after the club's offer was withdrawn.

Creative Scotland defends decision to fund artist to spend year without leaving Glasgow

Ellie Harrison intends to spend 2016 examining 'The Glasgow Effect' - cutting her carbon footprint, increasing her "sense of belonging" and creating local opportunities.

#TheGlasgowEffect has prompted fierce debate on social media about arts funding, but Creative Scotland said the project represented a strong proposal about how artists can live in and contribute to a single community.

plate of chips
Ellie Harrison

The term Glasgow effect is sometimes used to refer to poor health, diet and low life expectancy experienced in some parts of the city.

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Police in Deeside deny rumours that looters have been arrested in Ballater after flooding

Police Scotland said local speculation that thefts had occurred in the area after flooding affected properties was "completely unfounded".

The force added that there had been no evidence of any looting activity.

Sandbags piled at the side of the road in Ballater
BBC

Tunnocks boss defends decision to re-brand treat as 'Great British Teacake' in England

The decision by Scottish company Tunnocks to remove the Scottish Lion from some of its packaging in a promotion for the teacake in London has caused a storm on social media #Tunnocks.

Managing director Boyd Tunnock, the grandson of the company's founder Tommy Tunnock, described the controversy as a "storm in a teacake".

Dancer in Tunnocks Teacake costume at opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Getty Images

He said: "In actual fact we still have the Lion Rampant on the box."

He added: "The advert that we put in London was a sort of spoof of the Great British Bake-off."

Mr Tunnock denied that the move was political after he came out in favour of the Better Together camp during the Scottish referendum campaign on independence.

He said: "I did get a few letters with folk saying our extended family of a hundred will never buy another teacake, but since then we've sold even more."

Labour calls on Nicola Sturgeon to break silence on investigation of SNP MP Phil Boswell

Mr Boswell, the representative for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, will be the subject of an inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards into claims he breached rules over the declaration of company directorships.

Phil Boswell
BBC

The SNP has said Mr Boswell has done nothing wrong.

Labour's James Kelly said: "At the very least Phil Boswell is guilty of the worst kind of hypocrisy, grandstanding against tax avoidance in Westminster whilst using schemes to avoid tax himself."

He added: "The first minister today must break her silence on Mr Boswell and order an urgent investigation from her party."

Police identify man who died after falling into river from canoe on Hogmanay

A man who died after falling from a canoe into the River Garry in the Highlands has been named as 36-year-old Petrus Janse Van Rensburg from Buckinghamshire.

He died after getting into difficulty with an 18-year-old man near Invergarry, south of Loch Ness at about 12:30 on Thursday.

The younger man was uninjured.

River Garry
Google

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Hibernian have inquired about the availability of Kilmarnock's teenage midfielder Greg Kiltie

The 18-year-old, who is out of contract this month, has been offered new terms and the Rugby Park club remain in talks with his representative.

Greg Kiltie
SNS

Kiltie has made 22 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side this season, scoring twice.

He scored twice for the Ayrshire club last term after a brief loan spell at Queen of the South.