BBC Scotland Live: Updates from across Scotland on Thursday 26 June 2014

    Welcome 09:00: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to Scotland Live, your minute-by-minute guide to the day's news, sport, weather and travel across Scotland.

    We want to hear your views throughout the day - tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us at and text us at 80295.

    News round-up 09:01:

    Here's a flavour of the main news this morning:

    Savile: NHS abuse report due

    Indyref: Scots Tory calls for federal UK

    It's a Hoy: Chris Hoy to be a dad

    Morning call 09:02: Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    The right to buy your council house to be abolished in Scotland. Do you welcome the move or are you sad to see it go - and what challenges now for people waiting to get on the social housing ladder?

    Plus, do we take addiction to pain-killers seriously enough? The lines are open now - call 0500 92 95 00 or text us on 80295.

    Weather update 09:07: Gillian Smart BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

    Dry and bright for most today with the best of the sunshine in the north west especially across Argyll, the north west Highlands and the Western Isles. Cloudy with patchy rain in the south west. Cool and breezy around North Sea coasts and over the Northern Isles. Temperatures peaking at 20C in the best of the sunshine towards Argyll.

    See a full forecast here.

    Scotland's Front Pages 09:18:

    The news that six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is expecting his first child with his wife Sarra makes the front page of the Daily Record and the Herald, while the Scotsman reports that Prime Minister David Cameron's comments on his former advisor Andy Coulson almost lead to the collapse of the phone hacking hearing.

    Elsewhere the Scottish Daily Mail claims that a new report has found that fruit juice could pose a health risk to children.

    Papers: 26 June

    You can read more about the news making Scotland's front pages in our daily paper review.

    Right to buy 09:22: Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    We've got Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess on Morning Call at the moment. She says Right to Buy has "had its day". Do you agree? Call us on 0500 92 95 00 or text us on 80295. Listen live here.

    Stubbs Aims To Serve 09:26:

    Defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has tipped new Hibs manager Alan Stubbs to be a success at his boyhood heroes.

    Andy Murray (left) and Alan Stubbs

    However, Murray believes "it will be tough" for Stubbs to guide the Edinburgh outfit back up to the Premiership at the first time of asking...

    For the rest of our Scottish football and sporting chatter, read our gossip column here.

    Pedestrians on M9 09:30: Traffic Scotland

    tweets: Central: Reports of pedestrians in the central reservation of the #M9 between Bannockburn and Craigforth. Drive with care.

    Queen's Baton Relay 09:34:

    The Queen's Baton Relay moves through Fife visiting Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Glenrothes and the villages of the East Neuk. It'll then head into Anstruther before finishing for the day in St. Andrews.

    QBR route

    If you fancy going along to cheer on the runners you will be able to see them at the following times.

    09.35 Dalgety Bay 10.40 Aberdour 11.25 Burntisland

    11.45 Kinghorn 12.15 Kirkcaldy 12.50 Glenrothes 14.05 Falkland 15.00 Freuchie

    15.20 Cupar 16.15 Leven 16.50 Pittenweem 17.00 Anstruther 18.10 St Andrews

    Don't forget you can watch live footage of the Baton's journey on the BBC News website.

    Your photos 09:41:

    Raymond Lenkas from Inverness sent us this beautiful photograph of the sun setting on the shorefront in Arderseir.

    Raymond Lenkas

    We're always looking for pictures for our weekly online gallery. You can send us your pictures via email and we'll feature the best shots every Friday.

    'Right To Buy' - Your Views 09:44:

    Lesley: If right to buy is such a bad idea, why are housing associations offering part equity? I know two young couples on these schemes who hope eventually to buy the whole of their houses.

    Nel, Glasgow: It was an appalling policy that has undermined social housing in Scotland. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    You can listen to the debate on Morning Call with Louise White. The lines are open now - call 0500 92 95 00 or text us on 80295.

    Burns Vows To Fight On 09:55:

    Ricky Burns insists he has given no thought to retiring as he prepares for Friday's WBC eliminator against Dejan Zlaticanin at Braehead.

    Scotland's Ricky Burns

    The 31-year-old Scot makes his comeback after losing his WBO lightweight title to Terence Crawford in March.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested this is a "make or break" fight for Burns.

    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson, in his latest column, says the fight is "more than a world-title eliminator, since Burns's immediate future is at stake".

    Latest updates
    Miniature hearts grown 10:06: Ken Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    Thousands of miniature human hearts have been grown for medical research by scientists in Scotland.

    The tiny balls of heart cells beat together in a dish every two seconds, and the tissue matches that of human heart muscle.

    Mini hearts

    Researchers at Abertay University are using the cells to test potential drugs for heart hypertrophy, an untreatable condition.

    10:09: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    What do you think of BBC Scotland Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    We've introduced the new minute-by-minute rolling service to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think.

    Ice Bath & Tennis TV 10:19:

    Andy Murray says his lightning quick straight sets victory over Slovenian Blaz Rola proved profitable on a number of levels.

    Andy Murray

    In his BBC Column, the defending Wimbledon champion said the win offered him "a rare chance to really enjoy one of my three Wimbledon dinner options, endure my daily ice bath and maybe even watch some tennis on the TV. I'm usually back well after it's over, so that's a bit of a novelty."

    Read his thoughts here.

    Cool hands 10:24:

    Rebecca Stewart showed her gymnastic skills and a cool head when she performed this daring handstand while carrying the Queen's Baton through Dalgety Bay.

    Glasgow 2014

    You can check to see if there's anymore tricks from the baton runners by watching live coverage on the BBC News website.

    10:26: The Courier

    tweets: Anonymous tip-off led to £80,000 Dundee benefit fraudster being caught.

    Read the story here.

    Painkiller addiction - Your views 10:34: Via Email

    Jane: It's absolutely endemic! I've been addicted to Solpadeine for 40 years. Even when it was no longer available on prescription I just made it a purchasing priority. There is advice online to reduce and get addicts off. Really hard to do.

    An anonymous listener emailed: Your discussion on painkiller addiction is one of the main reasons why these drugs should NOT be sold in corner shops and supermarkets. Sale of these drugs in unregulated, except for pack sizes. Move all medication back into pharmacies where sales and dosage can be monitored.

    You can listen to the Morning Call debate here. The lines are still open - call 0500 92 95 00 or text us on 80295.

    Transport upgrade for Gleneagles 10:41: Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    A £7.5m upgrade of transport links around Gleneagles has been unveiled by the Scottish government.

    The investment in road and rail links has been put in place ahead of the Ryder Cup in September but will benefit the local community for years to come, according to ministers.

    World's End retrial date set 10:44: Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    The trial of the man accused of the 1977 World's End murders has been set for 6 October at the High Court in Livingston.

    Last month the Crown was granted permission to bring a new prosecution against Angus Sinclair under the double jeopardy law.

    He has been indicted for the murders of 17-year-olds Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, whose bodies were found in East Lothian in October 1977.

    Before their deaths, Ms Eadie and Ms Scott had been seen at the World's End pub in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

    Author's grave vandalised 10:52:

    Police are investigating vandalism at the grave of Peter Pan author JM Barrie in Kirriemuir.

    JM Barrie's grave

    The playwright and author is buried in the family plot in the Angus town, which also features a museum dedicated to Barrie and a statue of his most famous character.

    Bannockburn celebration stalls 10:59: The Herald

    tweets: Half of Bannockburn tickets are unsold days before event.

    Read the story here.

    UK rebranding? 11:15:

    Would the UK have to change its name if Scotland votes for independence? Newspapers and commentators are already using a variety of terms in the run-up to September's referendum, as pointed out in BBC Magazine Monitor's article on the topic.

    UK passport

    What do you think England, Wales and Northern Ireland should call themselves if Scotland votes "Yes"?

    Tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us at or text us on 80295.

    Visual Treat 11:28:

    The BBC has announced it will broadcast elements of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Ultra-High Definition.

    Image of the screen at Celtic Park

    A special screen will be set-up in the Glasgow Science Centre for the duration of the Games.

    Benefit fraud worth £16m discovered 11:35:

    Benefit fraud and errors worth £16m, including money claimed by illegal immigrants, have been identified by public spending watchdog Audit Scotland.

    Scottish banknotes

    One fraudster claimed £164,850 of housing and council tax benefit from a council while working in another area, while an illegal immigrant was caught claiming £53,806 in student support 10 years after their visa expired.

    They were discovered through public bodies sharing information as part of the National Fraud Initiative.

    Listen from noon 11:44: John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Coming up at 12:00 on Radio Scotland, we'll be discussing the report into Jimmy Savile's abuse in NHS hospitals.

    We'll also be looking at the latest health guidelines on sugar intake, and asking why so many of us know so little about the cities we live in.

    You can listen live here.

    Watch FMQs live 11:53:

    First minister's questions kicks off at 12:00 from Holyrood, when opposition leaders and backbench MSPs will question Alex Salmond on this week's big political issues.

    Alex Salmond at Holyrood

    Watch all the action live on the BBC Scotland news website here. You can comment on Twitter using #fmqs.

    Bring me sunshine... 12:06:

    It's another busy day at BBC Scotland but we managed to get our weather presenter Judith Ralston to stop for a quick snap as she prepares the latest weather bulletins.

    Judith Ralston

    You can get detailed forecasts for your area at the BBC Weather site.

    GP 'crisis' warning 12:09:

    GPs are facing the "biggest workforce crisis in a generation", according to a doctor from South Ayrshire.

    Dr Hal Maxwell claims the NHS is "bleeding GPs at both ends of their careers", with more doctors needed if the system is to survive.

    The GP told the BMA annual conference many doctors are leaving their jobs early because of workload pressures.

    Trip To Iceland 12:13:

    Celtic have reached an agreement with KR Reykjavik to swap the order of their Champions League qualifying tie.

    Celtic players celebrate

    The first leg of the second round encounter will now be played in Iceland on 15 July.

    The return match will be played at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh since Celtic Park is being used for the Commonwealth Games,

    "It could be worse and it could be better. It's an okay draw," said Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

    Tornado crash report due 12:22:

    A long-awaited report into a collision between two RAF Tornado aircraft over the Moray Firth is due to be published by the MoD.

    The BBC understands that an agreement has been reached between the Crown Office and the MoD to permit publication of the official crash investigation by the Military Aviation Authority.

    Tornado GR4

    Campaigners expect the conclusions to be critical of the Ministry of Defence and the lack of an anti-collision warning system on board the aircraft.

    Capital Vision 12:33:

    Alan Stubbs is aiming to get Hibernian back to the top flight "as quick as possible".

    New Hibs boss Alan Stubbs

    The 42-year-old former Celtic and Everton defender replaced Terry Butcher this week following the club's relegation from the Premiership.

    Hearts and Rangers will be among the team challenging Hibs for promotion from the Championship next season.

    "This is a new chapter for me and I intend to be as successful as I was as a player, even more so," said Stubbs.

    The Englishman is taking his first steps in management, having served under David Moyes and Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.

    FMQs - Jihadism 12:40:

    The first minister has offered reassurances that the actions of an Aberdeen man who appeared in a Jihadist recruitment video aren't reflective of wider opinion within the Muslim community.

    Alex Salmond was speaking at First Minister's Questions after the BBC revealed Abdul Rakib Amin - who grew up in the city - was one of three British Muslims who appeared in the video for the ISIS militant group.

    Edinburgh Signing 12:50:

    Edinburgh have completed the signing of fly-half Phil Burleigh from New Zealand Super 15 side Highlanders.

    Phil Burleigh

    The 27-year-old, who can also play at centre, joins on a two-year deal and will arrive at Murrayfield after the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.

    "I'm really excited about the new challenge at a proud club with growing ambition," said Burleigh.

    "I've spoken to (head coach) Alan Solomons who talked me through his vision and the squad for next season.

    "It sounds like he's building a good future for the club, moving towards competing further up the table and getting back into the European Rugby Champions Cup."

    Serial Rapist 12:59:

    A man who tortured and raped four women over a 20-year period has been told he may never be released from prison.

    John Walker, 49, admitted five rapes and four assaults which took place between 1988 and 2009 at addresses in Glasgow and Dunbartonshire.

    At the High Court in Glasgow he was given a lifelong restriction order and told he must serve at least 10 years.

    The judge told Walker: "You are classed as a high risk of re-offending and you may never be released."

    UK Rebrand - Your Views 13:03:

    Mr Grumpy Face: Just a small change to The United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Would the UK have to change its name if Scotland votes for independence? The BBC's Monitor Magazine investigates...

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland 13:07:

    Sally Magnusson will be presenting the lunchtime edition of Reporting Scotland, giving the latest on the World's End murder retrial, the MoD's report on the Lossiemouth Tornado crash and how new Hibs boss Alan Stubbs is planning a swift return to Scotland's top flight.

    You can tune into the programme at 13:30 on BBC One Scotland.

    Mars Rover 13:15: Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland education correspondent

    The Mars Rover touches down at Strathclyde University - see it on Reporting Scotland, 1.30pm, BBC One Scotland.

    Hibs Challenge 13:59:

    New Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has stated his ambition to restore the Edinburgh club back to the top flight "as quick as possible".

    Hibs boss Alan Stubbs

    Stubbs has succeeded Terry Butcher following their relegation from the Premiership last season. However, with Hearts and Rangers just two of the clubs also vying for the Championship title and play-off place next term, competition will be fierce.

    Can Hibs win the league title next season? What do they need to do in order to return to the top flight?

    Tweet us using #ScotlandLive, send an email or text using 80295.

    Our top stories 14:09:
    Scotland rugby squad announced 14:18:

    Glasgow Warriors flanker Adam Ashe will make his international debut this weekend for Scotland against South Africa.

    Adam Ashe

    The 20-year-old is the only new name in the team that will face the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

    There are three other changes from the victory over Argentina in Cordoba.

    Henry Pyrgos starts instead of Grayson Hart at scrum-half, Tim Swinson gets the nod at lock ahead of Warriors team-mate Jonny Gray and Chris Fusaro is promoted from the bench in place of Blair Cowan, who has returned home after featuring in the tour wins against USA, Canada and the Pumas.

    Your photos 14:30:

    Ever wondered how horses scratch their knees? Bob Bell from Dunbar found out when Reggie got an itch in his field near the town's White Sands.

    Horse scratching its knee

    Tweet us your pics at #ScotlandLive or email them to

    Mortonhall apology 14:43:

    Edinburgh City Council leader Andrew Burns has apologised to the families affected by the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal.

    Andrew Burns

    The investigation into Mortonhall Crematorium by Dame Elish Angiolini was formally accepted by the council earlier this week.

    It has agreed to act on 22 recommendations in the report.

    Balls in Edinburgh 14:50: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    This is a squeeze! Ed Balls chats to voters in a cafe in Edinburgh. #indyref

    Ed Balls
    Forest fire 15:01:

    Fire crews are dealing a large forest fire in Stirlingshire.

    Flames spread across half an acre of land between Crianlarich and Killin after machinery and timber caught fire at about 07:00.

    Fire crews from across the area and the specialist wildfire forest unit from Dunblane are still at the scene. No-one has been hurt.

    Weather update 15:10: Christopher Blanchett BBC Weather presenter

    A dry afternoon and end to the day, with some late bright or sunny spells for the west and north west coast. Fairly cloudy elsewhere and cooler for the Northern Isles and east coast.

    This evening, it stays dry with cloud and some clear spells. Chilly across rural parts of the north west Highlands, with sheltered glens dipping down into the low single digits. For most, holding at around 8C or 9C.

    New maternity and cancer units 15:52:

    A new maternity hospital and cancer centre are to be built at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    In a statement to Holyrood, Finance Secretary John Swinney announced £120m in funding for the two projects, as well as £100m for school buildings across Scotland.

    Missing girl 15:55:

    Police are appealing for help to find a teenage girl who has been missing since Monday.

    Harley Douglas, 14, from Bishopbriggs, was last seen at Boclair Academy in Bearsden at about 15:00 on Monday.

    Harley Douglas

    She is described as 5ft 6in tall, slim build, with long dyed blonde hair. She was wearing a black skirt, white short-sleeved shirt and cream 'Converse' high-top shoes with studs.

    Snodgrass On Move? 16:12:

    Hull City have had a bid in excess of £6m for Scotland striker Robert Snodgrass accepted by Norwich City.

    Robert Snodgrass

    Personal terms are yet to be agreed for the 26-year-old, who joined the Canaries from Leeds United in 2012.

    Snodgrass, whose contract expires next summer, scored seven goals in 34 appearances last season as Norwich were relegated from the Premier League.

    Sisters killed in crash named 16:18: Ken Banks BBC Scotland North East reporter

    Two sisters who died after a car struck a tree in Aberdeenshire have been named.

    Car crash

    Margaret Flynn, 88, of Gloucester, and Barbara Dowdy, 80, of Rockport, Texas, died after the crash on the A920 Colpy to Oldmeldrum road, near Tocher, on Sunday.

    Scotland Live - Your Views 16:25: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

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    Baby rapist jailed for more attacks 16:33:

    A man who was jailed in 2006 for raping a baby and sexually abusing a young girl has been jailed again for sex offences against two other young girls.

    Iain McKerrell, 47, admitted repeatedly raping a girl when she was aged between nine and 11 between 2000 and 2003.

    Iain McKerrell

    He also pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl with learning difficulties in February 2002.

    Judge Lady Rae told McKerrell he was guilty of "despicable" and "heinous" offences as jailed him for nine years.

    16:34: Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Controversial plan to shut the only Roman Catholic Primary School in Milngavie to be examined by the Scottish Government. More details soon.

    Airport delay 16:41: Kevin Keane BBC Scotland reporter

    tweets: Aberdeen airport has apologised for delays through security. Some reports suggests queues back to the door. A broken x-ray is blamed.

    GOODBYE 17:00:

    Right, that's all from Scotland Live for today. Join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day, starting at 09:00. See you then.


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