Scotland storm: Gales batter the country

Largs lifeboat station - pic Susie Simister Scotland took a battering as gales gusted up to 100 mph

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Severe storm-force winds and heavy snowfalls have hit Scotland, disrupting travel, damaging buildings and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes.

Gales gusted up to 100mph and heavy snowfalls affected higher routes. Many buildings were damaged.

There was disruption to air, rail, ferry and bus routes.

Wednesday is forecast to be a calmer day but the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 11 flood alerts, most of them for Tayside.

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Late on Tuesday evening, the power companies said about 40,000 customers were still without electricity.

There have been blizzards on the A9 at Aviemore and many roads were affected by fallen trees. Commuters across Scotland have been urged to travel with caution.

Network Rail Scotland said chainsaw gangs were out on the network clearing multiple tree falls and that some debris was so large cranes were being brought in.

A total of 856 fallen trees have been removed from the rail network in Scotland.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said it had attended 488 incidents between 00:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday, with officers mostly having to deal with structural damage from fallen trees and collapsed buildings.

The fire and rescue service warned conditions were still "dangerous" and, with heavy rain forecast, warned the public of water getting into damaged buildings.

Fifteen people were rescued from a boat which was blown away as it was being repaired in a shipyard.

Clyde Coastguard said the fishing vessel was at Ferguson's yard in Port Glasgow when it broke loose and drifted away with the crewmen and workers onboard at about 10:00.

A coastguard spokesman said it was later anchored securely and no one was injured.

Violent storm

The crew of Helensburgh lifeboat rescued five people who had been on board yachts at Rhu marina.

As weather conditions were beyond the operational limits of the RNLI boat, the crew had to reach the yachts by crawling along walkways at the marina. Winds at the marina at the time of the rescue were force 11, violent storm.

Five people were injured when mobile homes were upturned by the wind at Stratheck holiday park near Inverchapel, between Loch Eck and the Holy Loch.

Three remain in hospital in Paisley. One of them, a 35-year-old woman, has been reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

The Aston Hotel in Dumfries suffered major structural damage after the storm ripped off part of its roof.

Wednesday is forecast to be another wet day with some persistent heavy rain, especially in the west, which could lead to some flooding.

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Scotland Live

    18:00: Goodnight from us... Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the breaking news and sport, plus travel and weather updates from around the country.

    17:57: MacAskill hails Clare's Law scheme

    Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has met the father of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend ahead of the introduction of a pilot scheme to tackle domestic violence.

    Clare Wood

    Police Scotland's Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, also known as Clare's Law, is being trialled for six months in Ayrshire and Aberdeen from next Tuesday.

    It will allow people to access information on their new partners' offending history.

    Mr MacAskill met with Michael Brown, whose daughter Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2009. She was unaware of his history of violence against women.

    Mr MacAskill said: "This law is a victory for common sense and I am pleased to see a similar scheme now being piloted in Scotland."

    17:54: Woman in hospital after bus crash

    A female passenger has been taken to hospital following a crash between a bus, a Land Rover pulling a trailer of sheep and a car in Midlothian.

    Gowkley Moss Roundabout

    A male passenger and the driver were trapped in the bus in the crash at 15:18 at Bush Loan crossroads near Gowkley Moss Roundabout.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said officers used a crow bar to release the double-decker bus doors to free the casualties.

    17:49: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Tomorrow: Still some showers in the north east, but bright and breezy for most. Rain and strong winds into the south west later in the afternoon. Wet for all tomorrow night.

    17:42: Mackay hiring 'mocks FA' BBC Sport Scotland

    Malky Mackay's appointment as Wigan's new manager "makes a mockery" of a Football Association inquiry, according to Leroy Rosenior.

    Malky Mackay

    The FA is looking into allegations Mackay sent homophobic, sexist and racist text messages while at Cardiff.

    Former Brentford manager and Football League Show pundit Rosenior feels Wigan are "gambling on their reputation".

    "People have made a decision without finding out what's actually happened," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

    17:33: Man hit by train dies

    A 30-year-old man has died after being struck by a train near Edinburgh Park station.

    Edinburgh Park

    British Transport Police said the incident was reported to them just after 14:00.

    The train was the 13:15 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh service. Scotrail said two lines between Linlithgow and Edinburgh were closed until 17:00.

    It said although the lines had reopened there was "ongoing disruption" due to a backlog of services.

    17:26: OAP blocked fire engine

    A pensioner almost ran a fire engine off the road by refusing to let it overtake on the way to an emergency call-out.

    John McIntyre, 67, made a rude gesture at firefighters when they eventually managed to pass him.

    The crew had earlier been forced to take evasive action twice while trying to overtake with lights and siren on.

    McIntyre, of Crieff, was banned from driving following the incident on the A85 on 19 April and fined £450.

    17:19: Death bollard 'in bad condition'

    The base of a concrete bollard that killed a child at the Royal Highland Show was in a "pretty bad condition", a court has heard.

    Construction safety expert Peter Cheesman, 69, said the fact the bollard was standing on gravel meant it would have a tendency to rock or fall over.

    Ben Craggs

    Three-year-old Ben Craggs died after the post toppled onto him at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

    The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland denies eight charges against them at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

    17:10: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A9 Stirling - RTA northbound between Keir Roundabout and Dunblane. Inside lane blocked

    Linwood - 15 minute delays on A737 westbound. RTA blocking one lane heading for Irvine.

    16:53: Paedophiles suing over 'hurt feelings'

    Two paedophiles who murdered a woman are suing Scottish ministers over lack of contact in jail and for £35,000 compensation each over "hurt feelings".

    William Lauchlan and Charles O'Neill killed Allison McGarrigle after she planned to reveal their sex abuse.

    Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan. Pics by CIARAN DONNELLY

    The pair say they were previously in a long-standing relationship.

    They claim the Scottish government has breached their human rights by failing to let them have inter-prison visits and contact by telephone and letters.

    16:34: Counterfeit cash trial

    Four people are to stand trial accused of making counterfeit Scottish bank notes.

    bank of scotland notes

    Stuart Trimble, Victor Robertson, Angela Cartney and Anthony Howland deny three charges under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.

    It is alleged they made fake Royal Bank of Scotland £20 notes at two properties in Glasgow and one in Ayrshire between July and September last year.

    At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Boyd set a trial date for March next year.

    16:21: Sex attacker jailed for six years

    A man who indecently assaulted a woman in the street in Perth has been jailed for six years.

    John Ness, 46, grabbed the woman from behind as she walked along St Leonard's Bank in the early hours of 25 May.

    He pushed her to the ground and, removing her top and bra, placed his hand over her mouth and told her to be quiet.

    Ness, who has two previous High Court convictions for sex attacks, was placed on the sex offenders' register.

    16:15: Smith Commission date confirmed David Porter Westminster correspondent

    A shadow minister has told the Commons that the Smith Commission will report a week today.

    Ian Murray, the Labour MP for Edinburgh South, was speaking during a debate on devolution.

    The commission has been charged with brokering agreement among the political parties on further devolution for Scotland.

    Earlier, the Prime Minister confirmed to the Commons Liaison Committee that the report would be made public next week.

    16:09: Second warrant for Whyte's arrest

    An arrest warrant has been issued for former Rangers owner Craig Whyte after he failed to attend a court hearing.

    He had been due to appear at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, where Ticketus are suing him for about £18m over his part in the Rangers takeover.

    Craig Whyte

    Mr Justice Newey issued the arrest warrant after Mr Whyte failed to appear following previous failures to show.

    A separate warrant for Mr Whyte's arrest was issued in Scotland last week over a separate case.

    16:00: Tune in

    BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive (16:00-18:00) is getting under way. It will focus on today's biggest stories, including Nicola Sturgeon's inaugural First Minister's Questions.


    You can listen live to the programme here.

    15:47: Person killed by train

    A person has died after being struck by a train close to Edinburgh Park station.

    Edinburgh Park

    British Transport Police said the incident was reported to them just after 14:00.

    ScotRail said trains between Linlithgow and Edinburgh will be disrupted until 17:00.

    15:33: Kilmarnock attack

    A street attack in East Ayrshire that left a man with a serious head injury is being treated as attempted murder.

    The victim was assaulted on a footpath, near Onthank Primary and Tourhill Road, Kilmarnock, at about 02:00 on Saturday.


    He was approached by another man who hit him with a large weapon.

    There is currently no description of the attacker. The victim, 32, made his way home and was treated at Crosshouse Hospital before being taken to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

    15:28: Easdale 'wanted personal assurances' Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Sandy Easdale, chairman of the Rangers football board, sought assurances that boardroom changes would not force him out of Ibrox, Dave King has revealed.

    Dave King

    During discussions about a proposed £16m investment by King and a Rangers fans' consortium, he wanted reassurance that his position was safe.

    He was advised there was "no immediate intention to remove him or his brother [James] from the board".

    Sandy Easdale subsequently supported Mike Ashley's offer of a £2m loan.

    15:16: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A96 - Inverurie to Huntly road partially blocked by RTA between Pitcaple & Inveramsay. Police directing traffic - delays in each direction.

    15:11: Bird numbers down

    Many of Scotland's land-based birds have declined in numbers since the mid-2000s, according to a report by Scottish Natural Heritage.


    Stonechats, buzzards, greenfinches and jackdaws have decreased in numbers.

    Researchers also recorded a declines since 1994 in kestrels, skylarks, capercaillie and lapwings.

    Factors for the falls include disease, severe winters, shortages of insects, poor breeding and - for swifts - a lack of suitable buildings for their nests.

    15:03: Callous rapist faces life sentence

    Police have condemned a "callous individual" who was convicted of a string of sex attacks across 18 years.

    Adam Carruthers

    Serial rapist Adam Carruthers was convicted on Monday of 17 charges including rape and indecent assault in Falkirk between 1996 and 2014.

    Det Ch Insp Samantha McCluskey said Carruthers, 44, had "targeted vulnerable women whom he believed would never speak against him".

    Carruthers will be sentenced next year and could face a life sentence.

    email us: 14:55: FMQs - Your Views

    David, Glasgow: FMQs was much better today. Yes the usual slanging match may be more entertaining but personally I'd prefer to turn on the TV and not see the leaders of my country slag each other and cheer and boo like kids in a playground. At the end of the day, all of the MSPs have been put there by us, the people, to work for us and if they can find consensus to work together to improve our country, how can that be a bad thing? Well done Nicola.

    14:50: Man seriously injured in crash

    A man was seriously injured in a crash between a car and a truck on the A85 road in Perthshire.

    The road was closed in both directions between Gilmerton and Crieff following the collision between a Honda Civic and a Isuzu truck at about 09:20.

    The 25-year-old driver of the car suffered a life-threatening head injury and is being treated at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

    Fire crews, a trauma team and an air ambulance were all called to the scene. Local diversions were put in place for more than five hours following the crash, about a mile west of Gilmerton.

    14:42: Murder accused 'identified'

    A murder accused was identified to police as the man who stabbed a taxi driver hours before a woman was killed in Glasgow, a court has heard.

    Isabelle Sanders

    Cabbie Daniel O'Donnell identified Paul McManus as the man who knifed him in the knee during an attempted carjacking.

    Mr O'Donnell told the High Court in Glasgow he was attacked when he got into his BMW outside a Spar shop on 8 April.

    Later that day, Isabelle Sanders was found dead at her home in Crookston.

    Mr McManus denies murder and the trial continues.

    14:32: Polling power

    Councillors have agreed to keep eight polling stations in the Borders open due to the "democratic boom" during the Scottish independence referendum.

    Polling station sign

    Consultation had been carried out on the move to shut sites with an electorate of less than 100.

    Scottish Borders Council was told the costs of running a rural polling place were far higher than in urban areas.

    However, councillors backed a motion by leader David Parker to retain the sites after the high referendum turnout.

  26. 14:22: Your pictures - Get involved

    A hungry-eyed fox was watching Brian Cairns carefully as he walked the John Muir Way along the Soon Cut Path near the Antonine Way in Croy.

    fox in croy

    Email us your pictures and we will use the best.

    14:14: Ali's Brighton breezy

    Award-winning author Ali Smith has been named as the guest director of the 2015 Brighton Festival.

    Ali Smith

    The Inverness-born author won the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize for original fiction for her novel How to be Both.

    She said "unexpected connection, the crossing places between the art forms" was part of her thinking for the event.

    Previous guest directors have included children's author Michael Rosen, Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave and Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    14:00: Queen visits military bases

    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been visiting Moray's two military bases.

    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

    The Royal party arrived by the Royal train at Elgin station before travelling to RAF Lossiemouth.

    There they watched a Royal salute and parade before Her Majesty unveiled a plaque marking the assumption of quick reaction alert duties by squadrons based there.

    The Royal party is also visiting the Kinloss barracks.

    13:55: Police appeal over thefts

    Police Scotland is appealing for information following two break-ins and thefts in Selkirk.

    A petrol generator, scrap brass, a wheel barrow and ten gallons of diesel - all worth about £900 - were stolen when a garage on Whinfield Road was broken into sometime between 22:30 on Monday 17 November and 09:45 on Tuesday 18 November.

    Meanwhile, about £1,500 worth of tools, including a power drill, circular saw, heavy duty breaker and a jack plane were stolen from a property in Bleachfield Road between 17:00 on Tuesday and 10:30 on Wednesday.

    13:44: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Tonight: Still a few showers, mainly in the north east. Most places dry with a few mist patches. Temperatures widely 5-7C, but chillier in Highland glens. Windy in the south west later.

    13:37: Eight in court over football fight

    Eight men have appeared in court charged with fighting following the Scotland v England football match.

    Scotland vs England fans

    Alexander Dredge, 31, David Stewart 33, Darren Bigglestone, 46, Lee George, 34, Charles Kennet, 28, Graham Lewis 55, George Policelli, 33, and John Willet, 30, were all arrested on 18 November.

    They are charged with engaging in a fight at the Thistle Hotel on Cambridge Street in Glasgow after the game at Celtic Park which England won 3-1.

    All eight made no plea and were granted bail at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

    13:17: Tonga favourites? Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

    Tonga are "probably favourites" for the autumn Test against Scotland this weekend, according to head coach Vern Cotter.

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

    He says that isn't psychology talk for his players but that the tourists have won two from two of their autumn Tests so far and reflects "what happened two years ago".

    13:06: Tapestry headed for Stirling

    The Great Tapestry of Scotland is to go on show at Stirling Castle.

    Officially the world's largest embroidered tapestry, the 143m-long artwork uses 300 miles of yarn to depict 42 million years of Scottish history across 160 panels.

    Tapestry Bannockburn

    More than 1,000 volunteers from across Scotland spent 50,000 hours stitching the piece together before it was unveiled last year.

    The tapestry will go on show in the castle's Great Hall from 31 January.

    12:55: Stranded seal pup recovering

    An injured seal pup is being treated by the Scottish SPCA after becoming stranded on an Edinburgh beach.

    stranded seal pandia

    The four-week-old female, which has been named Pandia by rescue staff, was spotted by a dog-walker near Seafield on 13 November.

    Colin Seddon, manager of the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Clackmannanshire where the pup is being treated, said: "She has a swollen flipper but is responding to treatment and doing well.

    "We are hopeful we will be able to release her back to the wild once she is fully fit and able to fend for herself."

    12:46: University rape threats

    Edinburgh University has launched an investigation into threats of rape made by members of an American-style "fraternity" organisation.

    It follows minutes leaked to student newspaper, The Tab, from a meeting of the The Delta Kappa Epsilon society.

    edinburgh university

    The minutes reveal discussions of rape, sexual harassment and transphobia against the university's feminist society.

    Police have been informed of the comments.

    12:38: 'Defensive ding dong' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Scotland's new first minister has offered to consider suggestions from political rivals to help the government to a better job. Nicola Sturgeon used her first day in the job to eschew "the usual defensive ding dong" in favour of a more open-minded approach. Ms Sturgeon's comments, during question time at Holyrood, came as the SNP administration was accused of failing on justice and cancer treatment.

    12:30: Sean yersel, Tom

    Tom Cruise has been linked to a role made famous by Sir Sean Connery in a remake of 1986 cult fantasy movie Highlander.

    Tom Cruise on set of Mission Impossible 5

    Summit Entertainment hopes to cast Cruise as Spanish sword fighter Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, according to Empire.

    Connery played the character with a Scottish accent.

    Cruise recently appeared in sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow and has been filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 5.

  38. 12:27: Your pictures - Get Involved

    Grant Scobie grabbed this shot of his four-year-old son Ethan cycling on the mountain bike trails at Whitlee Windfarm, Eaglesham.

    ethan scobie

    Email us your pictures and we will use the best.

    12:26: Scotland changes

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made four injury-enforced changes to his side to play Tonga in Saturday's autumn Test at Rugby Park.

    Tight-head prop Geoff Cross and number 8 Johnnie Beattie step into the pack for Euan Murray and Adam Ashe; who miss out through thigh and neck injuries respectively.

    Tim Visser and Sean Lamont replace Sean Maitland and Mark Bennet following the defeat by the All Blacks at Murrayfield.

    12:16: Beaver trial reports Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Six new reports examining the Scottish Beaver Trial in Argyll have been published. The studies will help the Scottish government in considering any future reintroductions of the animals.

    The first Norwegian beavers were released in Knapdale in 2009 after six months of quarantine at the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.

    Young beaver

    The reports cover the health and diet of the mammals and their impact on the landscape and local economy. Researchers noted that the beavers changed the shape of woodland close to loch shores and increased the water level of one loch after building a dam on it.

    The presence of the mammals at Knapdale boosted visits to the area by "beaver tourists" and volunteers to the project, according to one of the reports. The same research suggested the benefit to local businesses was "modest".

    However, the report also said that shops and firms might be able to boost earnings and job opportunities if the beavers were allowed to stay permanently.

    12:06: 'Open mind'

    Nicola Sturgeon says she will approach the job of first minister "with an open mind" and wants to hear proposals from all sides of the parliament - not just those in government.

    12:04: Danny goes loopy

    Scotland's Danny MacAskill's BMX stunts have been watched online more than 80 million times making him a world famous bicycle stunt rider.


    His latest challenge took place on the River Thames, as he performed a rarely seen loop-the-loop on a floating barge in front of the London Eye.

    Watch it here.

    12:00: First Minister's Questions

    We're providing live text coverage of Nicola Sturgeon's inaugural first minister's questions. You can follow it here.

    Nicola Sturgeon
    11:59: Arrest warrant issued for Whyte Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    An arrest warrant has been issued for former Rangers owner Craig Whyte. He was due to appear at the Royal Courts of Justice in London this morning but failed to show.

    Ticketus are suing him for £18m for his part in the takeover of Rangers. Mr Justice Newey issued the arrest warrant after neither Whyte or his legal team appeared for his summons.

    Craig Whyte

    Mr Justice Newey has attached a custodial order of 28 days to the warrant, effectively meaning Whyte could be jailed as soon as he steps back into the country. This was the fourth appearance in relation to this case that Whyte has missed.

    This is separate from the arrest warrant issued earlier this week in relation to Police Scotland's investigation into Whyte's takeover of Rangers in 2011.

    11:52: Want to buy Alex Salmond's tie? Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    tweets: @AlexSalmond is auctioning his favourite tie (He's worn it quite a lot)

    Alex Salmond's tie

    Find out more about the famous tie.

    11:45: University fire update

    Firefighters have been tackling a blaze which broke out in a laboratory at the University of Aberdeen.

    aberdeen university fire

    The alarm was raised after smoke was seen billowing from the windows of the Meston Building shortly before 09:40, which is used by science students

    Six firefighters using breathing apparatus stopped the flames from spreading and confined smoke damage to the area close to the lab.

    No-one was injured and work is under way to ventilate the premises.

    11:30: The city that never sleeps...

    American Airlines will offer a new daily service between Edinburgh and New York's JFK airport from next summer.

    The service will run from May until September and Edinburgh Airport hopes that it will not only make it easier for Scots to travel to New York, but also encourage more American tourists to visit Scotland.

    New York

    Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "New York is one of the most famous cities in the world and one of our most popular international destinations.

    "We're confident that this new service will be a hit with Scottish passengers, both for visitors to the Big Apple and those travelling to onward destinations across America."

    Edinburgh is Scotland's busiest airport and this will be the first time an American Airlines aircraft will touch down at the airport following their merger with US Airways.

    11:24: Salmond insight Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    In case you missed Brian Tayor's documentary.... Alex Salmond - A Rebel's Journey: via @BBCiPlayer

    Brian Taylor's documentary on Alex Salmond
    11:19: Fireworks attack

    Police are investigating after a woman was injured in an "unprovoked" late night row over fireworks.

    The 26-year-old was walking on Stirling Street in Denny in the company of a 34-year-old man at about 03:00 on 9 November.

    The pair were involved in an altercation with a group of six people over fireworks being let off near Milton Row.

    During the argument a man in the group assaulted the woman, causing bruising to her face.

    11:17: Barnett formula 'works well' David Porter Westminster correspondent

    The Prime Minister has poured cold water on talk of changing the Barnett formula, which helps allocate spending throughout the United Kingdom.

    scottish bank notes

    Giving evidence to the Commons liaison committee at Westminster, David Cameron said: ''I do not think reform is on the horizon.''

    He said that the Barnett formula was not perfect but had worked pretty well.

    Mr Cameron said he was committed to giving Scotland more powers - including raising taxes - as part of the devolution settlement following the decision by Scots on 18 September not to vote for independence.

    11:10: Double wind farm bid

    Energy firm E.On has submitted applications for two south of Scotland wind farms totalling 44 turbines.

    Wind turbines

    Both are in Dumfries and Galloway - one at Benbrack, north east of Carsphairn, and the other at Loch Urr, south west of Moniaive.

    The developments have been reduced in scale following "community and environmental feedback".

    The Benbrack proposal is now for 18 turbines rather than 27 with Loch Urr cut from 63 turbines to 26.

    11:03: Arrest made in rape investigation

    A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman in Glasgow.

    Firpark Street

    The 26-year-old woman was attacked as she made her way home from a night out.

    The incident took place on Firpark Street in Dennistoun in the early hours of 9 November.

    A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said a 27-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody in connection with the alleged offence.

    10:48: Devolution report next week David Porter Westminster correspondent

    The Prime Minister has said the Smith Commission, which is brokering plans for more devolution for Scotland, will report next week.

    david cameron

    David Cameron made his comments at the beginning of evidence to the House of Commons liaison committee at Westminster.

    Mr Cameron said he was not yet aware what would be in the report, but he was confident progress could be made and the wider timetable maintained.

    10:47: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    The A85 in Perthshire has been closed in both directions between Crieff and Gilmerton following a serious crash.

    Two vehicles collided a mile west of Gilmerton at about 09:30. Police closed the road and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called in to cut a casualty free from a vehicle.

    Local diversions have been put in place.

    10:44: Smile for the camera

    After being sworn in as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon marked the occasion with a selfie...

    Nicola Sturgeon captures the moment she is formally sworn in as Scotland's new first minister
    10:35: Playing time

    Scottish players have seen a fall in the number of minutes on the pitch in the Scottish Premiership this season, according to a BBC Sport study.

    State Of The Game

    From the start of the season until 1 October, domestic players accounted for just 50.78% of Scottish Premiership playing time, State of the Game found.

    That is a fall from last season's figure of 55.66%.

    In contrast, English players accounted for 19.18% of minutes compared with 16.62% last term.

    Read Richard Wilson's thoughts on the health of Scotland's top flight, here.

    10:26: Hawick challenges

    Planning Minister Derek Mackay is visiting Hawick to hear from traders about the challenges faced by the town.

    Hawick high street

    It has experienced a number of shop closures in recent months.

    Mr Mackay was invited by MSP for South Scotland Paul Wheelhouse to see the impact first hand.

    10:18: University of Aberdeen fire alert

    Firefighters have been called to the University of Aberdeen.

    meston building

    It followed reports of smoke coming from the Meston Building.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said three units had been sent to the scene.

    10:10: 'Special occasion' James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Nicola Sturgeon has been formally sworn in as First Minister of Scotland. As she left the court, she described her inauguration as "a very special occasion".

    10:02: Ramsay sizzles in Dubai

    Scotland's Richie Ramsay shares the lead on five under par at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after an opening round of 67.

    Scotland's Richie Ramsay

    Ramsay, making his fourth appearance at the event, is one stroke ahead of world number one Rory McIlroy, with Edoardo Molinari on three under par.

    09:54: Marble bust-up Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A row has broken out over ownership of a marble bust of an 18th Century Highland laird reported to be worth £1.5m.

    Thought to have been lost, the sculpture of Sir John Gordon was found propping open a shed door in Easter Ross in 1998.

    Highland Council said it has ownership of the artwork and might sell it.

    But SNP MSP Rob Gibson believes it to be a community asset and belongs to the Invergordon Common Good Fund.

    Mr Gibson supports a claim by some people in Invergordon that the bust was bequeathed to the town in the 1920s.

    09:47: Five arrested over jewellery robbery

    Five men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow.

    argyll arcade

    Several jewellers were targeted during the incident on 24 September.

    The men, aged between 31 and 33, will be the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal.

    09:45: NHS Grampian data warning

    NHS Grampian has been ordered to take action to secure personal data after patients' files were discovered in a supermarket and in public areas of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    The Information Commissioner for Scotland says the six data breaches all happened within a 13 month period after an earlier audit urged the health authority to tighten its procedures.

    Failure to comply could result in a fine of £500,000. NHS Grampian says it is fully committed to complying with the enforcement notice.

    It says all the data breaches were fully investigated at the time and that it takes data protection very seriously.

    09:43: Airgun safety move

    Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill insists new laws on airguns will make Scotland a safer place.

    Speaking on BBC Radio's Morning Call, Mr MacAskill said: "Half of all firearms offences in Scotland relate to air weapons. And what we do see are people, through stupidity, through wilful recklessness, firing in urban areas.

    Kenny MacAskill

    "What they possess in an air weapon is not a toy; it's a weapon that can kill and causes injury to animals and human beings.

    "At present, it costs more to license your television than it costs somebody who has multiple shotguns and other firearms on a certificate.

    "There's something wrong there so what we want is to ensure that those who use and have a right to weapons - and we're perfectly comfortable with that - actually pay the costs necessary for the police to keep our communities safe."

    09:36: Accountancy firms merge

    A merger between two local firms will create one of Scotland's largest accountancy companies, based in Dundee.

    EQ Accountants LLP of Dundee is to join forces with Carters of Glenrothes from April 2015.

    EQ Accountants Dundee

    The merged firm will have offices in Dundee, Forfar, Glenrothes and Cupar, employing more than 100 staff including 16 partners.

    No redundancies will be made as a result of the move, which will increase EQ's annual turnover from £4m to £6m.

    09:30: Busy day for Nicola

    Nicola Sturgeon tweets: Thanks for all the good wishes yesterday. Off to be sworn in at Court of Session this morning & then it's down to work...starting with FMQs

    09:26: Demand for hospital report

    An expert report into general surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary should be made public as a matter of urgency, an MSP says.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    Labour's Lewis Macdonald has written to the outgoing chief executive of NHS Grampian, Richard Carey, asking him to release the review.

    It was carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, after being commissioned by the health authority.

    NHS Grampian said it intends to make the report public in due course.

    09:20: Graphic memory Emma Wilkinson Health reporter, BBC News

    People with mentally taxing jobs, including graphic designers and lawyers, may end up having better memory in old age, research carried out at Heriot-Watt University suggests.

    graphic designer

    A study of more than 1,000 Scottish 70-year-olds found that those who had had complex jobs scored better on memory and thinking tests.

    One theory is a more stimulating environment helps build up a "cognitive reserve" to help buffer the brain against age-related decline,

    The Edinburgh team is now planning more work to look at how lifestyle and work interact to affect memory loss.

    09:11: Cameron in devolution debate

    The fallout from the Scottish referendum campaign and plans to give Holyrood more powers will be be the subject of debate at Westminster today.

    david cameron

    The Prime Minister will appear before a committee of senior MPs.

    David Cameron will give evidence to the Liaison committee, where it is expected he will be questioned on further devolution to Scotland and the rest of the UK.

    08:59: Dutch and go

    It has been six weeks since the Aberdeen-based First Group was told it was losing the right to run Scotland's railways to the Dutch state-owned operator Abellio.

    Hitachi train

    But will Scotland's railways improve by going Dutch?

    BBC Scotland's Kevin Keane has travelled to the Netherlands to find out.

    08:48: Tune in Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    On today's programme, Nicola Sturgeon will be joining us to tell us why she wants to be the most accessible first minister to hold the post.

    Also, we're asking: should all airguns in Scotland be licensed?

    And, following news that a Blackpool hotel that "fined" a couple £100 for leaving a bad review has now scrapped the charge, how important is a review to you?

    The lines are open 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 and listen live to the programme here.

    Morning Call
    08:40: Fixed in a flash

    Researchers from Scotland and Spain are proposing a solution to the limits on flash memory storage in devices such as memory sticks, smartphones and cameras.


    Conventional silicon chips are nearing storage capacity as their components cannot be made much smaller.

    The researchers believe the semiconductors in the chips can be replaced by individual molecules.

    The team from Glasgow University and Rovira i Virgili University in Catalonia say the molecules are stable enough to hold information and would not require the rebuilding of existing production lines.

    08:33: Ineos plans $1bn shale investment

    Chemicals giant Ineos is to announce plans to invest up to $1bn (£640m) in shale gas exploration and production in the UK, the BBC understands.

    Grangemouth plant

    The company plans to use the gas as a raw material for its chemicals plants, including Grangemouth in Stirlingshire.

    Grangemouth is currently running at a loss but Ineos believes shale gas will transform the economics of the plant.

    Shale gas extraction is promoted as an important potential energy source but has prompted environmental concerns.

    08:30: What's on the back pages?

    Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has described seeing his family in the stand as he came on against England, following a four-year absence through injury, as the best moment of his career.

    Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist, meanwhile, has urged his players to focus on facing Championship title rivals Hearts and ignore events in the boardroom.

    Read the rest of the sporting stories making the headlines in our round up here.

    08:21: What the papers say

    Nicola Sturgeon being elected to serve as Scotland's first female first minister dominates the front pages.

    thursday's papers

    The Herald says Ms Sturgeon will govern "for the whole of Scotland", while The Scotsman goes with the new FM's pledge to promote gender equality.

    Elsewhere, The Scottish Sun tells how Coronation Street star Craig Charles may quit I'm a Celebrity after the show's bosses told him his brother had died.

    The Scottish Daily Mails says 10 police officers are investigating paedophile allegations involving a Scottish MP and leading legal figures.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

    08:19: Rangers latest Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    Brian Kennedy has asked the Rangers board to "protect" Ibrox Stadium "in a trust" as a condition of his loan offer.

    Kennedy had been approached last month by Graham Wallace as the then chief executive sought short-term funding.

    Brian Kennedy

    The Sale Sharks owner initially sought a nominal 3% interest on the loan but made it clear that this could have been negotiated to zero.

    Kennedy was told that there were no objections to his terms, but the board instead accepted Mike Ashley's loan.

    George Letham, a Rangers fan and shareholder who has loaned the club money in the past, was to provide £1m of the £3m.

    Ashley has already made a further £1m available and the club has admitted that more money will be required to allow the business to trade until the end of December.

    08:11: Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Showers this morning for the south west, east and north east. They will become confined to Aberdeenshire this afternoon, dry elsewhere. Brightest in the north west with temperatures between 9 and 11C.

    08:08: Sturgeon to be sworn in

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is due to be formally sworn in as Scotland's first minister in front of senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

    Ms Sturgeon was elected to the role by MSPs on Wednesday before receiving the Royal Warrant, which is formal approval of her appointment.

    She is due to lead First Minister's Questions for the first time as head of the Scottish government.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon is not expected to announce her new deputy until Friday.

    Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie has taken over Ms Sturgeon's role as the SNP's deputy leader but, because he does not serve in the Scottish Parliament, she will need to choose a deputy first minister from among the ranks of the party's MSPs.

    08:04: Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    Where does the money now charged for carrier bags go? The levy must be donated to good causes. #bbcgms 0820

    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

    08:01: RBS fined over computer glitch

    Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been fined £56m by regulators after a 2012 software issue left millions of customers unable to access accounts.

    RBS, NatWest, and Ulster Bank customers were affected in June 2012 after problems with a software upgrade.


    The Financial Conduct Authority fined RBS £42m, and the Prudential Regulation Authority fined the bank £14m.

    RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton said the problems "revealed unacceptable weaknesses in our systems".

    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we provide a comprehensive round up of the latest news and sport until 18:00.



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