Man charged over online threats against Alex Salmond

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with online threats against Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.

Steven Thomson, 43, from Renfrew, made no plea during the hearing at Haddington Sheriff Court.

He has been charged with threatening or abusive behaviour under Section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.

Mr Thomson was released on bail and will be expected to appear in court again at a date which is yet to be set.

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    09:02: Public sector worker assaults

    Violence against public sector workers in Scotland, including parking attendants, health service staff and council employees, rose again last year.

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    The total number of recorded incidents was over 37,000 - more than 100 attacks a day.

    But Unison says this may be the tip of the iceberg as many more are never reported, and some organisations do not keep proper statistics.

    The Scottish government says all workers should be safe as they do their jobs.

     
  2.  
    08:52: What the papers say...

    The Scotsman reports that a row has broken out over the long-term viability of Scotland's oil reserves.

    Papers composite

    The Scottish Sun writes that a grandmother has been killed after being kicked by her horse. The Scottish Daily Mail reports that a soldier based in Scotland has been questioned by UK and US police on suspicion that he was travelling to fight jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

     
  3.  
    08:48: Morning Call

    Coming up on Morning Call, there will be a discussion over the drink-drive plans and sexual consent. Listen live from 08:50 and get involved by texting 80295 or emailing us.

     
  4.  
    08:43: MacAskill's future

    Kenny MacAskill was also asked about his own future as Justice Secretary.

    With Nicola Sturgeon about to become Scotland's new First Minister, there has been speculation over what role Mr MacAskill would have.

    He said: "That is a matter for the incoming First Minister. I will be happy to serve in whatever capacity, whether that's in a ministerial capacity or elsewhere."

     
  5.  
    08:36: Limit different in England

    If the drink-drive plans come into law, it would mean the legal limit in Scotland would be lower than that in England.

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    On Good Morning Scotland, when asked about why a joint approach with the Westminster government on the issue was not agreed, Mr MacAskill said: "We did seek that, but it was the United Kingdom government that decided not to lower the limit despite, I think, a great deal of public support for it being lowered down there."

     
  6.  
    08:30: 'Broad support' for drink-drive plans

    Kenny MacAskill said the plans to change the drink-drive limit have "broad support".

    The Justice Secretary added: "The support comes not just from the police and law enforcement. It comes from those involved in road safety."

    Asked why the government didn't simply apply a zero tolerance approach, Mr MacAskill said: "There are reasons why individuals may have alcohol in their system. It is also quite clear at the 50 (mg) limit, that is when impairment begins to kick in."

     
  7.  
    08:28: Scottish football gossip

    Celtic are planning to raid Alex McLeish's new side Genk for Senegal international Kara Mbodj.

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    South Africa-based businessman Dave King is convinced he can still achieve his dream of saving Rangers.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley snubbed King's pleas to meet for takeover talks.

    And Dundee United duo Paul Paton and Mark Wilson face a battle to save their careers after being embroiled in the fracas involving Celtic goalkeeper Lucasz Zaluska.

    It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read it here.

     
  8.  
    08:25: Drink-drive changes 'will save lives'

    The Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has said the Scottish government's plan to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas "will help save lives".

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    Mr MacAskill told Good Morning Scotland: "There is clear evidence it will save lives - approximately 20 lives at least.

    "The latest estimates show that approximately one in 10 deaths on Scottish roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit. If you have alcohol in your bloodstream, you are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.

    "This is about protecting lives of drivers."

     
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    08:19: MacAskill on drink-drive limit

    Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is speaking on BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland about plans to reduce the drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.

     
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    08:17: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    All lanes now open following an accident at Newhouse Junction 6 on the eastbound M8, but congestion back to the Showcase junction.

    Glasgow bound M74 - just after J1A - accident blocking lane 3. Police are at scene and traffic is slow on approach, tailing back to at least Cambuslang Road Junction 2.

    Glasgow's Southside - traffic lights are out of action on Queen's Drive at Victoria Road.

    And in Torphichen, West Lothian, a fuel spillage on A801, both ways at A706 Avon Gorge, means the road is partially blocked.

     
  11.  
    08:13: Deila's delight

    Manager Ronny Deila was delighted to see Stefan Scepovic finally get off the mark as Celtic beat Astra Giurgiu 2-1 in the Europa League.

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    The Serbian striker, signed in the summer, missed a host of great chances before he opened the scoring with a second-half header to break his duck.

    "I'm happy for him that he gets the goal," Deila told BBC Scotland.

    "I kept him on the pitch because he was getting chances and I know what a goalscorer he is."

     
  12.  
    08:12: Salmond heading south?

    Alex Salmond has said he has not made up his mind whether or not to stand for a Westminster seat at the next general election.

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    The outgoing Scottish first minister was asked on the BBC's Question Time programme if he would consider becoming an MP again.

    Mr Salmond said he had "absolutely decisively" not made up his mind, but agreed that the door was not closed.

    He served as an SNP MP between 1987 and 2010 for Banff and Buchan.

     
  13.  
    08:03: Drink-drive limit cut by Christmas

    The Scottish government is to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.

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    Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has taken steps which, if approved by the Scottish Parliament, would mean a new limit being introduced on 5 December.

    Under the plans, Scotland's blood alcohol limit would be cut from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

    It would mean the legal limit in Scotland would be lower than that south of the border.

     
  14.  
    08:02: Paul McLaren BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome to Friday's instalment of Scotland Live as we offer you a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.

     

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