Horse put down after collision with motorbike near Culbokie

A horse had to be put down and a motorbike rider was injured after a collision on a single track road on the Black Isle.

The incident happened at about 18:15 at Springfield Road Brae between Culbokie and Balblair.

The man was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. The horse was also injured and had to be put to sleep.

Police have appealed for witnesses who saw a blue and white Suzuki bike or horses on the road before the crash.

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    11:58: Stab death foster placement flawed

    A fatal accident inquiry has heard that the way a foster placement was sourced, for a child who later killed his foster mother, was not good practice.

    The 13-year-old boy was placed with Dawn McKenzie 34, and her husband in Hamilton in November 2010.

    Dawn McKenzie, 34, was stabbed by the 13 year old in her home in Hamilton in 2011

    The child stabbed Mrs McKenzie to death in her home seven months later.

    Giving evidence, his social worker said he had not met the McKenzies before the boy was placed with the couple.

    11:52: Mowbray for Coventry

    Coventry City are to appoint Tony Mowbray as their new manager.

    Tony Mowbray

    The 51-year-old Yorkshireman, who will succeed the sacked Steven Pressley , is expected to be unveiled at a press conference at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday.

    The former Hibernian, West Bromwich Albion, Celtic and Middlesbrough manager has been out of football since leaving Boro in October 2013.

    Coventry are currently in 20th place in League One and are a point clear of the relegation zone.

    11:41: 'Limbs in loch' killer loses legal bid

    Convicted "limbs in the loch" killer William Beggs has lost a legal battle to have judges rule that Scotland's information commissioner broke the law.

    William Beggs William Beggs was jailed for life in October 2001

    William Beggs, 51, claimed Rosemary Agnew acted illegally over how she handled a freedom of information application that he made from prison in 2013.

    Judges at the Court of Session have now ruled that Ms Agnew acted correctly.

    Beggs was jailed for life for killing and dismembering 18-year-old Barry Wallace in Kilmarnock in 1999.

    11:34: Gunman jailed for five years

    A 59-year-old man who was caught with a gun and ammunition in central Glasgow has been jailed for five years.

    Orlando Gray had a self-loading pistol and five rounds of ammunition when he was arrested by armed police in Renfield Street on 20 January 2009.

    Gray admitted having the gun and ammunition and failing to appear at a trial on 8 March 2010.

    The High Court in Glasgow heard that he fled to Jamaica but was detained there on 10 May last year and later returned to the UK.

    11:28: Moray loses out in spaceport bid

    Moray has lost out on the chance to become the location of the UK's first ever spaceport.

    Spaceship The UK Government aims to have 10% of the space market by 2030

    Following a consultation, the UK government has ruled out using RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss barracks because of their "vital role in defence".

    However, Stornoway, Campbeltown and Prestwick, in Scotland, are still in the running, along with Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales.

    RAF Leuchars in Fife is now also being considered as a potential temporary facility.

    The UK government is hoping that setting up a spaceport will eventually pave the way for UK commercial space flight operations.

    Get the sun cream on! BBC Weather Latest

    Phew what a scorcher! Temperatures may reach 17C in NE Scotland on Saturday - it'll be warmer than Turkey!

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    11:15: Three arrests over prisoner's escape

    Three people have been arrested in the Republic of Ireland in connection with the escape of a prisoner who fled across the border to Northern Ireland.

    Derek Brockwell

    Derek Brockwell, who is originally from Glasgow, escaped from custody at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin last month.

    He was arrested at a pub in Belfast the following night.

    The three people being questioned are an inmate at Portlaoise prison, County Laois, and a couple in their 60s from Ashbourne, County Meath.

    11:05: Slow start after snowfall

    Slow-moving traffic at Strathblane on Tuesday morning after heavy snowfall.

    Snow disruption near Strathblane

    Check out our weather story for a round-up of conditions across the country.

    11:01: Taxi queue assault

    A man had his jaw broken after he and his friend were attacked by three men as they waited for a taxi in Edinburgh.

    Taxi attack

    The assault happened on Calton Road at about 03:30 on Sunday.

    Police said the 25-year-old man sustained significant injuries to his face while the 24-year-old man hurt his shoulder.

    They were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where one was later transferred to Western General Hospital.

    10:59: Parks upbeat despite Scotland slump

    Former Scotland stand-off Dan Parks is convinced the national side are heading in the right direction, despite their latest Six Nations disappointment.

    A 22-19 defeat at home by Italy on Saturday has left Vern Cotter's Scots with three losses from three Six Nations matches this year.

    But Parks has seen enough to feel encouraged for the future.

    Scotland"s Tommy Seymour, left, stands dejected after the defeat by Italy

    "Vern Cotter has made a real impact and I have belief in what's going on within the squad," he told BBC Scotland.

    "I didn't see this [defeat by Italy] coming as this side seem to be on the right path, and if you ask me, I think they are.

    "From what I've seen of the players and Vern Cotter's coaching strategy, it's been really positive. I really enjoy watching Scotland play and I've been impressed with what they're trying to do."

    @BBCPolliemac Vettriano company liquidation Pauline McLean BBC Scotland

    Jack Vettriano's publishing company in voluntary liquidation. Heartbreak Publishing sold the Fife artist's prints, cards and postcards.

    10:35: Man jailed over indecency with boys

    A businessman convicted of indecent practices with young boys at an activity centre on an island in the Firth of Lorn has been jailed.

    Torquil Johnson-Ferguson, 65, of Canonbie in Dumfries and Galloway, attacked three boys aged 13 or under at the Rua Fiola centre.

    He was convicted of three charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour.

    He was jailed for 18 months at Oban Sheriff Court.

    10:23: Inequality pledge

    Nicola Sturgeon, in her speech in Linlithgow, outlined her plans on tackling inequality in Scotland.

    She said the SNP will promote the living wage, encourage more women and disabled people into the labour market, and make key investments in health and educational attainment that will enable a better chance of tackling inter-generational poverty.

    Sturgeon speech James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Scotland's first minister @NicolaSturgeon says Scotland is putting the quest for greater equality at the heart of its economic strategy.

    10:09: Snow closes Fife schools

    Bad weather has forced the closure of a number of schools in Fife.

    Kelty Primary and St Joseph's Primary, also in Kelty, are closed along with Saline Primary and nursery.

    Cardenden Primary is also closed due to problems with their heating system.

    09:58: Island subsea water leak isolated

    Divers have isolated a leak in a subsea water pipe which has been left people in the Orkney island of Graemsay without supplies in recent days.

    Water tap

    Repair work is under way and Scottish Water said that additional work to ensure that the pipe network was clean, and water standard maintained, meant it could be about a week until supplies returned to normal.

    Extra water will continue to be shipped over from Stromness.

    09:50: Nun shortage care home saved

    A Dundee care home which faced closure because of a shortage of nuns to run it has been saved.

    Little Sisters of the Poor

    The Little Sisters of the Poor announced last year that they were unable continue their mission at the Wellburn Care Home after 152 years.

    However, the Little Sisters have verbally accepted an offer from the Diocese of Dunkeld to take over the home, ensuring it stays open.

    The practical side of the transfer will be worked out in the coming months.

    09:46: Read all about it... Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Newspapers have been notoriously poor at adapting to a hugely disrupted market.

    They can handle competitors. They've adjusted to radio and TV. But few saw what the internet would do to them.

    Scotland's newspapers

    Having worked in newspapers for nearly 20 years, my take on it is that they were too often run by people whose main qualification was the ability to hit an advertising target, without the imagination to foresee and adapt to technological change.

    Read my blog here.

    09:43: A&E treatment target missed Reevel Alderson BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    Scotland's Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments missed their target for treating patients within four hours last month.

    Figures released show 87.1% of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

    The government target is 95%.

    09:39: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Tonight, showers will gradually ease and will become confined to the north and west coast. There will be clear spells, with temperatures around 1C.

    09:24: Pensioner hit by car

    Police have appealed for witnesses after a 71-year-old man was hit by a car in Dundee.

    The pensioner suffered a serious head injury in the accident which happened on Lyon Street at about 19:30 on Friday and involved a white Vauxhall Corsa.

    The driver of the car was uninjured but the pedestrian remains in Ninewells Hospital.

    Police closed the road for several hours and officers have appealed for witnesses.

    09:20: Cold snap hits the Highlands

    Heavy snow falls have closed a small number of schools and affected driving conditions in the Highlands.

    Cannich Bridge, St Clement's, Stratherrick and Drummond schools have been shut because of the weather.

    Snow has been falling over large parts of the Highlands including Inverness

    The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in place for large parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

    It warns of wintry showers and ice.

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    Steve fae Dunoon: I have smoked cannabis daily for 45 years and worked throughout raising three kids to degree level. Skunk is no more harmful. I just use less as drinkers do with whisky. Legalise now.

    08:54: Dave Mackay was the 'perfect midfielder'

    Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has paid tribute to Scotland and Hearts legend Dave Mackay, who has died aged 80.

    "Dave Mackay would be in my all-time greatest Scottish team," Brown told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland.

    Former Scotland manager Craig Brown

    "I watched him play for Hearts, as a boy at the time in the 1950s and, any time Hearts came to the west of Scotland, my father took me to see Dave Mackay.

    "He was inspirational in everything he did and was a wonderful player."

    Brown met Mackay "in his latter years" when he was supporting Derby County in a play-of final against West Brom.

    "As always (he was) modest, like the big stars: Billy McNeill, John Greig, Lawrie Reilly and Gordon Strachan," Brown added.

    "Dave Mackay was the perfect midfield player and would've been worth an absolute fortune today.

    "When you see players like Gareth Bale going to Real Madrid you wonder what Dave Mackay would've been worth in the present market.

    "He was, in every respect, an outstanding exponent."

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    08:34: Morning Call BBC Radio Scotland
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    08:30: On the back pages

    The boardroom battle at Rangers, Stuart McCall tipped for the Ibrox hot seat and Chelsea eye Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon. It's all the gossip on today's back pages.

    Craig Gordon
    08:21: Ellon bypass

    Aberdeenshire councillors are being encouraged to opt for a new bypass in Ellon instead of a bridge over the River Ythan.

    The plans form part of the proposals for the Cromleybank development, which would see almost 1,000 homes being built in the town.

    New schools, shops, a hotel, and sports pitches are included.

    The 3km road would link the B9005 to the A920. The issue will be discussed at the Formartine area committee.

    08:16: Online abuse of young Celtic fan

    A man has been charged in connection with "offensive comments" posted online about a young Celtic fan with Down's Syndrome.

    Celtic fan Jay Beatty wins the Scottish Professional Football League Goal of the Month Award for January with a half-time penalty at Hamilton

    Jay Beatty, 11, of Lurgan, County Armagh, won the Scottish Professional Football League Goal of the Month for January.

    Comments about him were allegedly posted on social media after Sunday's match between Celtic and Aberdeen.

    The 19-year-old man is due to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court at a later date.

    08:05: Speed, bonnie blow...

    The equipment used to measure wind speeds on the Skye Bridge is to be examined to try to find out why the crossing has been closed so often in the last six months.

    Skye Bridge

    According to figures, it was shut to high-sided vehicles almost 100 times between September and January and closed to all vehicles 14 times.

    In the previous two years, the bridge was only closed once because of the weather.

    07:57: Murphy's tuition fees pledge

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will today promise that his party will keep universities free of tuition fees - should they form the next government at Holyrood.

    Jim Murphy

    Mr Murphy will confirm the party's policy when he meets students in Glasgow.

    The MP will also announce a funding package "to ensure Scottish universities are properly supported alongside Labour's plan to reduce tuition fees in England".

    The SNP have accused Mr Murphy of "shameless hypocrisy" after he previously voted to impose tuition fees at Westminster.

    07:51: Taxi drivers - 'you talking to me?'

    Taxi drivers in Dumfries and Galloway could get help with their English language skills as part of new proposals to improve the service.

    It is one of a range of measures being considered by the local licensing panel.

    Drivers could get English language help as part of proposals to improve the service

    Stricter medical standards, a dress code, customer care training and CCTV in vehicles could also be brought in.

    A report to the licensing panel is seeking agreement on whether or not to take the proposals forward.

    07:42: Read all about it

    The Daily Record says "welfare axeman" Iain Duncan Smith has launched a new bid to hammer the poor.

    The Herald leads with the UK's privacy watchdog warning that plans to create a "super ID database" may lead to the creation of a national identity number for every Scot by default.

    Tuesday's newspapers

    Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a £70m fund to help families on low and moderate incomes in Scotland buy their first homes, writes The Scotsman.

    Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre is locked in a £240,000 legal fight over a "dodgy" property deal, according to the Scottish Sun.

    The National says a Labour MP's comments are piling pressure on Ed Miliband.

    Read our newspaper review here.

    07:35: Goram: 'King is the man' Kenny Macintyre BBC Scotland

    Former Rangers favourite Andy Goram believes Dave King is the right man to bring the good times back to Ibrox.

    Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram

    King, a Glaswegian now based in South Africa, aims to seize control at Rangers following Friday's extraordinary general meeting, which he called to oust the current board.

    "It's a massive thing for the fans to get King in," said Goram.

    "He's the man that the fans want. He's put his money in before, he's a Rangers man and he's a businessman."

    07:28: Human trafficking bill

    MSPs are to begin taking evidence on new legislation to tackle human trafficking in Scotland.

    In 2013 there were 55 human trafficking victims identified in Scotland

    The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill aims to strengthen the law.

    It will introduce a new single offence and increase the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.

    Holyrood's justice committee will hear from Barnardo's Scotland, the Scottish Refugee Council and Victim Support Scotland.

    @BBCScotWeather 'Snow and ice'

    Met Office yellow warnings issued for snow and ice. Wintry showers continue - here's the latest radar picture.

    Snow and ice warning
    @BBCHighlands Inverness under snow

    Overnight snow blankets Inverness this morning...

    Snow in Inverness
    07:20: Plane 'dived after lightning strike'

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published a report into a serious incident as a plane approached Sumburgh airport in Shetland.

    Sumburgh airport

    The aircraft was struck by lightning and went into a steep dive.

    During the incident last December, the pilots initially struggled to control the plane due to a misunderstanding involving the autopilot system.

    Control was eventually regained and the plane diverted to Aberdeen. There were no injuries.

    07:18: Pun in the oven...

    On Monday, we asked you to send us your favourite shop pun names.

    Captain Dugwash, Airdrie

    Here are our favourites.

    07:12: Inequality speech

    Tackling inequality would generate £1,600 more per head of population, according to the Scottish government.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    In a speech later, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will highlight new analysis of research by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    Ms Sturgeon will argue that policies which are fair and equal will lead to greater prosperity.

    The UK government insists its austerity policies have led to record employment levels in Scotland.

    @BBCTravelScot Jack-knifed lorry BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Westbound #M8 - a jack-knifed lorry - one lane is closed at J4a Heartlands - between the slips... slow and wintry.

    07:06: Stabbing near school

    A teenager has been arrested in connection with an alleged serious assault outside a school in the southside of Glasgow.

    Holyrood Secondary

    Two 14-year-old boys were injured in the incident which happened close to Holyrood Secondary at about 13:20.

    It is understood the boys were stabbed. One was taken to the Victoria Infirmary and the other did not require hospital treatment.

    Police Scotland said a 15-year-old boy had been arrested.

    @BBCScotWeather 'More wintry' showers' BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Morning, Gillian here. Ice risk this A.M. more wintry showers to come, especially in the West. Turning to rain/sleet at low levels later. Windy, 5C.

    07:02: Tributes to Scotland legend

    Tributes have been paid to Scotland legend Dave Mackay who has died, aged 80.

    The Edinburgh-born midfielder won 10 major honours as a player in British and European football, starring for Hearts, Tottenham and Derby County.

    The late Scotland and Hearts midfielder Dave Mackay

    He also won 22 caps for his country and was named 'Footballer of the Year' in both Scotland and England.

    Hearts described Mackay as "a fearless defender regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, Dave won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup (twice) with Hearts before going on to star for Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County".

    The Edinburgh club also quoted the late midfielder as saying: "For as long as I can remember, all I wanted in my life, nothing else, was to play for Hearts, which is my dream team. And to play for Scotland - I had no ambition for anything else. Always Hearts."

    07:00: Good morning Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Rise and shine! Welcome to Tuesday's edition of Scotland Live. We will bring you all the latest news and sport throughout the day, with a little weather and travel mixed in.

    You can get involved with the big stories by emailing us your opinions at



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