A9 lorry fire at Berriedale Braes causes 77-mile diversion

lorry on fire on A9

Drivers were forced to make a 77-mile diversion after a fire broke out on a lorry on the A9 just north of the Berriedale Braes in Caithness.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 07:56.

The lorry's tractor unit and trailer, which was carrying rubbish, were destroyed. No-one was injured.

The A9 was closed in both directions between the A897 Dunrobin Street junction and the A99 junction in Latheron. It re-opened at about 16:30.

A 77-mile diversion had been put in place with cars being being diverted from Helmsdale via the A897/Thurso/Latheron.

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    07:50: As others see us

    Professor Muriel Casals, president of the Catalan civic organisation Omnium Cultural, told Good Morning Scotland that people there were watching events in Scotland closely.

    She said: "Unfortunately for us the Spanish government is saying 'you don't have the right to go to the polls to say whatever you want'. We are campaigning for the right to go to the polls. It's wonderful for you that you are going."

    Catalan protesters

    Udo Seiwert-Fauti, a German journalist who works in Strasbourg, told the programme: "It's amazing how much interest Germans have. They realise what is going on here."

     
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    07:48: 'Tragedy' of break-up

    Mr Darling adds: "Over the last 300 years, we have all built the UK together. We have benefited from that strength that comes from acting together, pooling and sharing resources in good times and bad times and I think it would be a tragedy if the relationship were broken."

     
  3.  
    07:44: More Darling

    Mr Darling tells presenter Jim Naughtie: "What Alex Salmond doesn't tell you is that public spending is £1,200 more per head of population here than it is south of the border."

     
  4.  
    07:42: Darling on final push

    Better Together leader Alistair Darling is speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on the final day of campaigning.

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    Mr Darling: "People going to the polls tomorrow will be in no doubt that you can have a stronger Scottish Parliament, with more powers and more responsibility to raise the money it spends.

    "And that means the health service - if you want to spend more money on it you can do it and it really doesn't matter what is happening in the rest of the UK."

     
  5.  
    07:37: Salmond plea to voters

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has written to voters urging them vote "Yes".

    In the letter, he asks voters to step back from the political arguments and trust in themselves as they go into the polling booth.

    The letter says: "The talking is nearly done. The campaigns will have had their say. What's left is just us - the people who live and work here. The only people with a vote. The people who matter.

    "The people who for a few precious hours during polling day hold sovereignty, power, authority in their hands. It's the greatest most empowering moment any of us will ever have. Scotland's future - our country in our hands.

    "What to do? Only each of us knows that. For my part, I ask only this. Make this decision with a clear head and a clear conscience."

     
  6.  
    07:29: The view from Germany

    Lizbeth in Muir of Ord: Spoke to a German visitor yesterday he says "Angela Merkel says No but the folk say Yes ... you are very lucky, everyone in the world loves Scotland. We hope you say Yes."

     
  7.  
    07:15: Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    How others see us - #bbcgms gets the view from Germany and Catalonia 0715. #indyref

     
  8.  
    07:15: Kenneth Macdonald BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    The organisers of the referendum count will use techniques from forensic and computing science to handle a record number - almost 790,000 - of postal votes.

    Polling card for Scottish referendum

    Counting staff are using scanners and advanced signature recognition software to make sure the person who posts in their vote is the same one who applied for it.

    The machines will not be set to reject ballots automatically - they would then be checked by humans.

     
  9.  
    07:03: The polls

    With just a day of campaigning left, the polls suggest the result of the referendum is still too close to call.

    Three new polls, one by Opinium for the Daily Telegraph, another by ICM for the Scotsman and a third by Survation for the Daily Mail, were published last night. With undecided voters excluded, they all suggested a lead for "No" of 52% to 48%.

    For more on the polls, go to our poll tracker on the Scotland Decides website.

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  10.  
    06:56: On the campaign trail

    For Yes Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond kicks off his final day of campaigning with a visit to Hyspec Engineering in Stewarton, Ayrshire, to discuss jobs.

    For Better Together, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will be addressing events across the Highlands, including Kingussie, Inverness and Nairn, and Scottish Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale will join "No" campaigners at Haymarket Station in Edinburgh.

    Elsewhere, well-known "Yes" campaigners including Elaine C Smith, Ricky Ross and River City cast members will address voters in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

     
  11.  
    06:53: Good Morning Scotland

    Tune into Good Morning Scotland for the latest Scottish independence referendum news and analysis.

    Gary Robertson

    On the final day of campaigning before tomorrow's vote, presenter Gary Robertson speaks to both sides in Edinburgh.

     
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    06:49: Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    A look at the #indyref issues for Edinburgh as we hear from yes and no campaigners in the capital. #bbcgms

     
  13.  
    06:47: 'The Scottish average'

    Polling expert John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, has been telling Good Morning Scotland which areas of the country he thinks will be most important to the result.

    voter with umbrella at 1999 Holyrood election

    He said: "This is a nationwide vote - none of them will be decisive.

    "If there's anywhere one can pick out, then maybe Fife will end up closest to the Scottish average."

     
  14.  
    06:42: Ex-military warn over 'Yes' vote

    Military figures have warned Scottish independence would make the whole UK more vulnerable to attack.

    British soldiers in Afghanistan

    In an open letter in the Sun newspaper, 14 former armed forces chiefs said a "No" vote in Thursday's referendum was "critical for all our security".

    Breaking up Britain would "weaken us all", they added.

    The letter "to the people of Scotland" was signed by seven former Chiefs of Defence Staff - Lords Boyce, Guthrie, Inge, Vincent, Stirrup, Craig and Richards.

     
  15.  
    06:30: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to Referendum Live. We'll be here till late with the latest news, comment and analysis around tomorrow's vital vote.

    It's the final day of campaigning and both sides will be going all out to win over those final switherers.

    You can keep in touch and tell us your views throughout the day - tweet using #bbcindyref, email or text 80295.

     

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