'Frightening' Galashiels racial attack under investigation

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and racially abused in Galashiels.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday when the 31-year-old was attacked on Melrose Road.

He was also subject to abuse from one boy and three girls believed to be aged about 14 or 15.

Insp Tony Hodges said: "This was a frightening incident for the victim who was racially abused by a group of teenagers."

He urged anyone who saw the incident or might have information to contact the police or Crimestoppers.

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  1.  
    22:56: Stirling count Reevel Alderson BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    Counting has begun in the Albert Halls in Stirling which, until 22:00, was also a polling place.

    The counting officer says 62,400 people were registered to vote.

    A total of 10,845 postal ballots were sent out and by 16:00 95% had been returned.

     
  2.  
    22:54: Watch live

    Don't forget you can watch the BBC's live television coverage of the results at the top of this page.

     
  3.  
    22:52: Social media stats

    Today on Facebook, an 'I'm Voting' button was displayed to everyone of voting age in Scotland. As of 6pm tonight, the 'I'm Voting' button had appeared in people's newsfeeds more than 2.5 million times since 7am.

    On Twitter, the most re-tweeted tweet on referendum day came from Scottish tennis player Andy Murray, who shared his stance with his 2.7 million followers. That tweet was re-tweeted more than 18,000 times.

     
  4.  
    22:52: YouGov poll

    YouGov president Peter Kellner has been telling Sky News about their final poll of 3,000 people: it shows a 54-46 lead for the No campaign. He said he was now "99% certain" of a "No" vote.

     
  5.  
    22:48: Counters in Lerwick John Johnston BBC News, Shetland

    Shetland counters get ready for the most northern ballot boxes to arrive in Lerwick.

    Counters in Lerwick
     
  6.  
    22:48: Political panel

    SNP MSP Humza Yousaf told the BBC Scotland Decides programme he was "confident" of a victory for the "Yes" campaign.

    Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander said a high turnout could marginally help the "No" campaign.

    Scotland Decides studio
     
  7.  
    22:43: Vote count

    An election official counts votes at the counting centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh.

    Counting votes
     
  8.  
    22:41: Western Isles concern

    The BBC's Angus MacDonald says the plane that will carry the ballot boxes to Stornoway for the Western Isles count has arrived in Benbecula. However, there is a still a fog around the isles and they do not know if the plane will make it to Stornoway. They have a plan to use a ferry if the plane cannot fly.

     
  9.  
    22:39: Fife rumour

    There is talk on Twitter that a number of voters were turned away in Fife.

    In a series of tweets, Fife Council has clarified: Postal voters without their postal packs couldn't vote at polling stations, need to ensure people haven't voted twice. If people hadn't received/had lost their postal vote, they were told they could get another one from Glenrothes today. We've been putting info out online/in press asking anyone who hadn't received their postal votes to contact elections team

     
  10.  
    22:35: On-the-day poll

    A YouGov survey of voters previously polled has just been released. It shows support for "No" at 54%. "Yes" at 46%.

     
  11.  
    22:32: Islands flight

    There were concerns that the count in Stornoway on Lewis could be delayed by fog affecting the plane that was carrying ballot boxes from the other Western Isles.

    It seems the plane is flying so there is no delay expected - but that could change.

     
  12.  
    22:30: On Twitter

    Labour MP Jim Murphy: This is more of a feeling than an #indyref prediction. Today I just sensed a wee bit of movement in our direction. But far too early to call

     
  13.  
    22:29: East Lothian votes

    In East Lothian, they are reporting that at least 94% of postal votes have been returned. Its previous record was 65%.

    The 80% turnout figure for East Lothian does not include postal votes, apparently. The actual figure will be available later.

     
  14.  
    22:27: The Morning After

    This short film was broadcast at the end of the BBC's televised debate at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow where 7,500 16 and 17-year-olds watched a panel of politicians make the Yes/No arguments.

    Hydro poem

    It is a call to come together, whichever way the Scottish independence referendum vote goes.

    Schoolchildren from across Scotland each recite a line from Christine De Luca's poem "The Morning After".

     
  15.  
    22:23: Global interest

    Thousands of people across the globe have tweeted messages of support and encouragement as Scotland awaits the decision.

    interactive map
     
  16.  
    22:23: Highland breakdown

    BBC staff at the Highland count are breathing a sigh of relief after a satellite van, which broke down, finally made it to Dingwall.

    BBC satellite van
     
  17.  
    22:22: Reaction on Twitter

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: The people of Scotland have cast their votes. I sincerely hope that they remain a part of our family of nations. #indyref

    SNP Deputy Leader Nicola Sturgeon: So that's that. Polls have closed. What an amazing, emotional, inspirational day of democracy this has been. Now we wait. #indyref

    NPR International Correspondent Ari Shapiro: My fav fun fact about #Scotland #Indyref: The final result that the counting officer reads is legally binding, EVEN IF SHE GETS IT WRONG.

     
  18.  
    22:20: Turning out in numbers

    The word from the returning officer at the East Lothian count is that 65,339 votes have been cast from a registered 81,947, giving a turnout figure of 79.7% for the local authority.

     
  19.  
    22:19: First boxes

    South Lanarkshire - the first boxes have started to arrive from polling stations.

    This is traditionally the area that is quickest to declare when it comes to parliamentary elections. But there will be a lot of counting to do tonight.

     
  20.  
    22:16: Huge turnout John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Sky are reporting an estimated 90% turnout in Dundee.

     
  21.  
    Facebook/bbcscotlandnews 22:18: Get involved

    Kenny Lowe in East Renfrewshire on Facebook: Just about to step out the door and head for the Scottish Referendum 2014 count. What a feeling of history in the making. Best wishes to all on both sides of the campaign.

     
  22.  
    22:16: Going postal

    At 32 locations across Scotland counting has begun. While they wait for the ballot boxes to arrive from the polling stations, they are counting postal votes. And there are a lot by all accounts.

    Counting begins
     
  23.  
    22:14: What's the time?

    When will we know the result? It is very difficult to predict. The bulk of the local results are expected to come in between 03:00 and 06:00.

     
  24.  
    22:12: Postal votes

    In East Lothian, they are reporting that at least 94% of postal votes have been returned - the authority's previous record was 65%.

    Elsewhere, the Dumfries count reports a 95.5% return rate on postal votes. And there may be some handed into polling stations.

     
  25.  
    22:09: Count under way Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Counting is getting under way for Edinburgh at the national count centre in Ingliston.

    Postal votes are first, with the first ballot boxes expected to start arriving at about 22:45, we're told.

     
  26.  
    22:03: On-the-day poll John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    YouGov have announced they will release the results of their on-the-day poll at 22:30.

     
  27.  
    22:03: Vote registrations

    There were 4,285,323 people registered to vote - that is about 97% of the possible electorate.

    There were 789,024 postal vote applications, which was the largest volume of registration for postal votes ever in Scotland.

     
  28.  
    22:00: Polls closed

    The polls have now closed at polling places across Scotland. The referendum on Scottish independence is all over bar the counting.

    "Should Scotland be an independent country?" was the questioned answered by voters.

    We should know the verdict of the people of Scotland by breakfast time.

     
  29.  
    21:58: Scotland decides John Mullin BBC referendum editor

    On television, on radio and online, the BBC is mounting its most comprehensive coverage ever of a major political event as Scotland decides. Our correspondents are at every count - all 32 of them - and beyond, to tell the full story of this momentous referendum. And, sometime tomorrow morning, they will deliver the answer that Scottish voters have given to the six-word ballot paper question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

    Before voting began at 7am today the polls told us it was too close to call - at this moment in time it could hardly be more exciting.

    The referendum - which sees 16 and 17 year olds given the vote for the first time - is the culmination of a campaign signalled more than three years ago when the SNP's Alex Salmond was returned again as first minister with an overall majority and on a manifesto pledge to deliver a referendum.

    Prime Minister David Cameron agreed, via the Edinburgh Agreement, but the third option - to vote neither for independence or the status quo but for further devolution - was ruled off the ballot paper.

    Throughout the night, the BBC news website will - on this page - bring you all the key developments, as soon as they happen. And you'll have plenty of reasons to stay with us because we'll have detailed stories, the key moments in pictures and video, analysis and reaction.

     

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