Police in armed struggle with man in Edinburgh city centre

police at the scene Princes Street was closed during the incident

A policeman and another man are in hospital following an armed struggle in Edinburgh city centre.

The man was tasered by police after wielding a knife at officers on the Mound at about 17:15.

He was taken to the Royal Infirmary where he is being detained in police custody.

An officer is also being treated in hospital for a shoulder injury received during the incident.

Princes Street westbound was closed for about three hours.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "At around 5.15pm on Friday 4th July, armed response officers who were on routine patrol in the city centre observed a male in the Mound area whose behaviour gave them cause for concern.

"After being approached, the male became aggressive and presented a knife before struggling with police.

"Taser was deployed to bring the male under control before he was taken to the ERI for assessment where he is detained in police custody.

"One officer sustained an injury to his shoulder during the incident and has also been taken to hospital for treatment."

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    The new deputy leader of Scottish Labour, Kezia Dugdale, has accused the Scottish government of being unprepared and of not listening to experts who told them oil prices were falling.

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    "Surely we can't have a first minister so unprepared, so unsighted on such a key industry

    "Will she initiate an inquiry into why her government was so wrong in the past so we can get this right in the future."

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    The ambulance service is appealing to the public to drink responsibly and prevent an unnecessary burden on them this Christmas.

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    A Labour MP has challenged the UK government to ensure that falling oil prices do not cause a crisis in the North Sea sector.

    It follows concerns among industry experts as well as redundancies in some companies and a pay freeze for its staff announced by the Wood Group in Aberdeen.

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    At energy questions in the Commons, the Labour MP John Robertson questioned what action was being taken to counter lack of investment.

    The energy minister Matthew Hancock suggested that onshore oil and gas exploration - or fracking - could help.

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    A drink-driver who got behind the wheel because he was "fed up waiting for a taxi" then crashed and killed his friend has been jailed for nine years.

    Murray Geddes, 37, from Aberlour in Moray, admitted causing the death of passenger Graeme McKenzie, also 37, by driving dangerously on the A941 Craigellachie to Rothes road in May.

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    Mr McKenzie, an offshore worker from Rothes, was thrown from the vehicle.

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    Electricity generated from renewables in Scotland has matched that produced from fossil fuels for the first time.

    Both sources accounted for 32% of total electricity generated in 2013, according to figures released by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.


    Scotland continues to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 28% of generation compared to 26% in 2012.

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    Firefighters were still at the scene four hours later and a cordon was in place. The fire, which was in the roof, has been put out.

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    The first minister has 107,340 followers, up from 34,516 at the beginning of the year, Yatterbox said.

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    Ms Sturgeon still trails behind her predecessor Alex Salmond, whose followers more than doubled from 52,155 to 134,202.

    New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has 29,618 followers, up from 18,661 over the year.

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    Barbara Craxton: Good Lord ! Yes by all means if you wish to throw away money at an astronomical rate then by all means feel free. To spend a cumulative £5m with such a low return in the hopes that people will travel to such a remote location in the hope that it will create a hub is in my opinion insane. I was born in Scotland and live in Vancouver BC Canada. I have no clue where this town you wish to place the tapestry is and the likelihood of me making the journey there is zero. However, if it was in Edinburgh or Glasgow it would be a destination on my list. This is a tapestry of huge historical significance, yes? So put it where it is most accessible to international as well as local tourists. It's hard to fathom there is even a question as to where it should be placed. Dumbfounded.

    Great Tapestry of Scotland

    Mary Daykin: No way is Tweedbank right place unless serious double up for transport with Abbotsford. Could it not be at Abbotsford? There are no other tourist attractions at Tweedbank. Hawick is a good idea.

    The Great Tapestry of Scotland

    EB: It is a case of making this wonderful national piece of art available for view to the greatest number of people. It is obvious that a far greater number of Scots and foreigners will have the opportunity to see the tapestry if housed in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, may also quickly recover costs.

    Send us your views and you can also visit the dedicated South of Scotland live page here.

    10:18: Baby names - Your Views

    What do you think of the baby name charts?

    Do your choices feature in the top 10? What's the best/worst name you've heard?

    Share your views...

    Scotland Live
    10:14: Jack & Emily top baby names

    Jack and Emily were the favourite names for babies born in Scotland in 2014.

    It was the seventh year at the top for Jack. Emily rose three places in the rankings to oust Sophie from the number one slot.

    twin girls

    Top 10 boys' names:

    1. Jack
    2. James
    3. Lewis
    4. Oliver
    5. Logan
    6. Daniel
    7. Noah
    8. Charlie
    9. Lucas
    10. Alexander

    Top 10 girls' names:

    1. Emily
    2. Sophie
    3. Olivia
    4. Isla
    5. Jessica
    6. Ava
    7. Amelia
    8. Lucy
    9. Lily
    10. Ella/Sophia (tied in 10th place)

    Fastest climbers in the girls' top 20 were Grace and Freya. Among the boys, Noah, Max and Adam were increasingly popular choices.

    Food for thought?

    Now on Morning Call. A survey by the Food Standards Agency found that more than 1/3 of Scots no longer cook every day.

    Morning Call

    Listen live to the programme here.

    09:54: Ice pancake day...

    "Ice pancakes" the size of dinner plates have been found floating on the River Dee in Scotland.

    The strange discovery was made by members of The River Dee Trust at a place called the Lummels Pool at Birse in Aberdeenshire.

    "Ice pancakes"

    River Dee Team biologist Jamie Urquhart said it was thought foam floating about on the water started to freeze and bump together, forming the discs.

    The phenomenon can be found in rivers and in the open sea.

    Mr Urquhart, who found and photographed the "pancakes", said: "What we think happened is this - foam floating about on the water started to freeze, probably at night.

    09:52: Finance firms 'could still move HQs' BBC Radio Scotland

    A senior figure in the finance sector has warned that firms could move their legal headquarters out of Scotland due to continuing political uncertainty.

    Jeremy Peat, the former chief economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland, says more should be done to retain highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs - even if headquarters are shifted.

    RBS sign

    He told Good Morning Scotland: "I think the risk continues broadly as it was, in many ways.

    "I think if you are a financial service sector company selling products across the United Kingdom and there are risks that the regulatory environment will change in Scotland, that the legal environment may change you may prefer to have your formal head office in London or elsewhere in England in order to sell products to an English base."

    09:37: Nursery damaged by fire

    A nursery has been badly damaged after a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning.

    About 25 firefighters tackled the overnight blaze at Mossvale Nursery in Paisley.

    The alarm was raised just before 02:00, with crews bringing the fire under control at about 04:30.

    Fire crews managed to contain the fire to one half of the nursery. The cause of the blaze at the Fullerton Street premises is not known.

    Text us on 80295 Midwives on abortion - Your Views

    Amy, Fife: As a nurse I have always been aware that I should support patients, regardless of religious beliefs (my own or the patient's) I have worked with Catholic and Muslim colleagues who are happy to assist patients whilst putting aside their own particular beliefs, and, as a non religious person, I have participated in assisting patients with their religious beliefs. As a professional we should leave our own beliefs in the changing room.

    Lucy, Edinburgh: I agree with the Supreme Court decision, but was horrified to hear that the poor women seeking a medical termination are on the labour ward, making a difficult situation even worse.

    Financial uncertainty Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Finance firms would have moved HQ from Scotland if 'Yes': may still do after 'No' as uncertainty goes on - Jeremy Peat

    09:08: Wages at Ibrox

    Most of Rangers' under-performing players are only at Ibrox for big-money salaries, according to the club's former striker Kevin Kyle.

    The 33-year-old says some of his team-mates were earning more than £400,000 per year when he was at Ibrox in the bottom tier of the Scottish league.

    Rangers striker Kevin Kyle

    "The majority of players who are there at Rangers are there for one reason and one reason only," said Kyle.

    "And that's the money that was on offer to them."

    One day I'll fly away... John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Anyone out there who clears off regularly abroad in the winter time? Looking to talk to someone for @BBCRadioScot

    08:50: Tune in...

    On Morning Call, two Catholic midwives who objected to supervising abortions, have lost their case, is it the right decision? And, as takeaway and pre-packaged meals become the staple diet for many, do you have the time to cook a meal from scratch? The lines are open now. 0500 92 95 00

    Morning Call

    You can listen to the programme here.

    08:41: 'Maintain EU membership'

    Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has blamed any uncertainty around the financial sector on the Conservative government's proposal for an in-out referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

    Mr Swinney also said he was "happy to reaffirm" the Scottish government's commitment to financial regulation being UK-wide.

    Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney

    He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "The points Jeremy Peat makes about common regulation are points we made during the referendum campaign, where our proposal was that we should work to maintain our financial services market across these islands.

    "I have told business leaders the Scottish government, and for my part the Scottish National Party, would be firm supporters of maintaining the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.

    "We see the advantages of Scotland being a full participant in the European markets and what the EU referendum threatens to do is to jeopardise that direct relationship between Scottish companies and European markets."

    Oil prices Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Oil price drop and North Sea tech delays force Canada-owned Iona Energy (UK) to cut costs and restructure $275m bond issue.

    08:24: CalMac sailings liable to disruption BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Due to adverse weather, sailings on the Mallaig - Armadale service are on amber alert today and are liable to disruption.

    Keep an eye on the latest on the CalMac website.

    08:10: 'Immense' council savings sought

    Councillors will meet later to discuss cuts to services and staff to help Highland Council save £55m over the next four years.

    The local authority's budget leader Maxine Smith has described the scale of savings it must achieve as "immense".

    Scottish bank notes and pound coins

    She said the administration had listened to public feedback on proposed cuts and it had sought to protect frontline services and jobs.

    An opposition group of councillors has suggested alternative savings.

    A full meeting of the council in Inverness will consider the rival proposals from the SNP/Lib Dem/Labour coalition, which runs the council, and from the Independent group.

    07:55: Some dogs are more than just a companion Louise Sayers BBC Scotland

    Hearing dogs can help deaf people with everything from waking up in the morning to alerting them to sounds such as a phone or a doorbell ringing.

    Aster the hearing dog

    They could even be responsible for saving their deaf partner's life in an emergency.

    I've been to meet Aster: The first Hearing Dog to be trained entirely in Scotland.

    07:50: Naismith feeling good about Goodison

    Scotland international Steven Naismith says he is on the crest of a wave at Everton.

    The former Rangers forward has signed a new three-year deal to remain at Goodison until 2019.

    Steven Naismith scoring for Everton

    "I would say this is probably the best form of my career," he said. "I'm delighted to have agreed an extension which will keep me here for a few more years yet."

    The 28-year-old, who joined Everton from Rangers in 2012, has found the net six times this season.

    07:42: Occupational hazard David Miller BBC Scotland environment correspondent

    Scotland could lose the ability to respond quickly to nuclear emergencies if staffing is cut at a monitoring station, it has been claimed.

    The warning came from the former head of the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards in Glasgow.

    The CRCE laboratory was the first in the UK to detect radioactive fallout from the Fukushima disaster

    The laboratory was the first in the UK to detect trace amounts of radioactive fallout from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011.

    It was established in the 1970s by the National Radiological Protection Board.

    Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    The A725 is partially blocked by a broken down car at the Bellziehill Roundabout. Police are directing traffic.

    07:35: What the papers say

    Care home children as young as 13 were caught by police at a "booze-fuelled alleged sex party", according to the Scottish Sun.

    The Daily Record describes how a man dressed as Santa was "huckled" by police after he hitched a ride on the Wellington statue in Glasgow.

    Thursday's newspapers

    The National reports on the "solidarity" shown by the people of Scotland to those affected by the Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan.

    Read our paper review here.

    07:33: Tories urge house-buying tax change

    The Scottish Conservatives believe the "eye-watering" new tax rate for people buying homes between £250,000 and £500,000 should be halved.

    The Tories have outlined proposals for a property tax scale which they said would be fairer than that being introduced by the Scottish government.

    For Sale sign

    The new Land and Building Transactions Tax will replace stamp duty on houses purchased in Scotland from 1 April.

    Ministers claim tax will be reduced on houses costing up to £254,000.

    07:29: Rangers latest

    Speculation over the future of Rangers manager Ally McCoist dominates the back pages of this morning's papers.

    McCoist remains in place following a meeting with the club's board but will be a hot topic of debate at Monday's AGM, the papers say.

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist

    Meanwhile, Hearts owner Ann Budge wants the Edinburgh side back in European competition by 2017.

    Read our round-up of the back page headlines here.

    07:21: Rich tapestry of life

    Borders councillors are to decide whether to go ahead with building a permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, at Tweedbank.

    The Scottish government has pledged £2.5m towards the scheme.

    However, that still means Scottish Borders Council would have to allocate up to £3.5m.

    The Great Tapestry of Scotland

    A report reckons the building could draw tens of thousands of visitors a year to the site, which is near to one end of the new Borders Railway line.

    Officially the world's largest embroidered tapestry, the 469ft (143m) artwork uses 300 miles (483km) of yarn to depict 42 million years of Scottish history across 160 panels.

    07:14: Praise for university research Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland education correspondent

    The range and quality of research at Scotland's universities has been praised in a new UK-wide survey.

    Most Scottish universities have maintained or improved their standing in the league table.

    Overall Edinburgh University came out in 4th place while Glasgow University was 13th.

    More than 85% of university research in Scotland was judged to have an outstanding or very significant impact in wider society and economy.

    This figure was higher than the UK average.

    07:08: Also on GMS Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    'Uncertainty' concern for Scottish finance sector, says Jeremy Peat.

    Jeremy Peat has compiled a new study of Scotland's financial sector.

    He's on #bbcgms at 07:35.

    Get the background from our Business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser.

    07:05: Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    More than 130,000 people expected in and out of @EDI_Airport over the festive period. Where are they heading? CEO Gordon Dewar #bbcgms 0720

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    Listen to the programme here.



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