Gretna car body discovery 'not suspicious'

Police say a man found dead at the wheel of his car near Gretna appears to have taken ill while driving.

A Ford Focus was spotted in a field just off the A75 near the town at about 14:10 on Thursday.

Checks subsequently found the 74-year-old driver John Johnstone, of Longtown, was dead inside the vehicle.

A Police Scotland statement said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and the procurator fiscal had been informed.

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    19:00: Goodnight Laura Pettigrew BBC Scotland News Online

    That's all from today's Scotland Live coverage. Join us again tomorrow for more live news, sport, travel and weather updates from 07:00.

    18:55: Park group critical of Ashley loan Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    The consortium offering alternative funding to Rangers say Mike Ashley's £10m loan is not in the club's best interest.

    Rangers have accepted a £10m loan from Mike Ashley

    Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor offered £6.5m on what they believe to be better terms.

    18:51: Hospital transfer timeline

    Scotland's largest hospital - the new £842m South Glasgow University Hospital - will replace the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries and Mansionhouse Unit.

    Take a look at this timeline for the transfer of services:

    Hospital transfer timeline
    18:44: Heart disease and stroke deaths fall

    Mortality rates for two of Scotland's biggest killers, stroke and heart disease, have fallen in the past decade.

    Heart monitor

    Deaths rates from heart disease between 2004/05 and 2013/14 dropped by 43%, according to official figures.

    The number of people dying after a stroke also decreased by 41%.

    The Scottish government said the figures showed its strategy for tackling heart disease was working.

    18:36: Murder charge over missing man

    A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 67-year-old Alexander Cameron.

    Alexander Cameron

    James Smith, 58, made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court.

    Earlier this afternoon detectives investigating the case said they had found a body at a farm in Kirknewton near Edinburgh.

    BBC One and online 18:30: Watch live

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland:

    Reporting Scotland
    • An exclusive look at Glasgow's new £842m hospital
    • What can we expect from the campaigns with 100 days to go until #GE2015?
    • And the architect honoured with a medal 70 years after winning it

    Watch the programme live here from 18:30.

    Email: 18:21: Your pictures

    Shetland's been gearing up for its annual Up Helly Aa fire festival.

    Jarl Squad Viking at Up Helly Aa in Shetland

    Website reader Wendy Oates sent us this picture taken when the latter-day Viking warriors know as the Jarl Squad visited a local care home.

    The spectacular event, which celebrates Shetland's Viking heritage, culminates in the burning of a replica Viking ship in Lerwick on Tuesday night.

    18:10: JK Rowling #indyref abuse charity shuts down The Herald

    A charity which claimed its Twitter account had been hacked to post abusive messages about author JK Rowling during the independence referendum campaign has closed down.

    The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) confirmed that the Dignity Project had applied to be officially wound up.

    Read the full story here.

    18:06: Charges over 'football disorder'

    Police say 12 men arrested in Aberdeen and Dundee in connection with football-related violence have been charged and will appear in court at a later date.

    Early-morning raids were carried out in the two cities response to incidents in Dundee on 13 December, when Aberdeen beat Dundee United 2-0 in a SPFL Premiership clash.

    17:56: Rush hour roads BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    High wind warning on Dornoch and Kessock Bridges. High sided vehicles take care.

    In Aberdeen: Wellington Road partially blocked northbound by an accident at West Tullos Road.

    In Edinburgh: A1 Milton Road a broken down HGV blocking the outside lane eastbound at Duddingston Park (heading toward Mussleburgh), causing delays of about 10 minutes.

    Traffic problems on the A701 in the Lothians - two sets of temporary traffic lights at Bilston causing long tailbacks, while temporary lights on approach to Penicuik causing long delays to Glencorse.

    In Glasgow: M8 recovery is underway of an accident westbound near Junction 18 Charing Cross - one lane remains blocked citybound heading toward the Kingston Bridge.

    17:50: Holocaust Memorial Day debate

    SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is leading a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Stewart Maxwell

    Candles have been lit at services across Scotland as part of events to remember the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    17:42: Aberdeen land defender Donervon Daniels BBC Sport Scotland

    Aberdeen FC sign defender Donervon Daniels on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

    The 21-year-old goes straight into the squad for Saturday's League Cup semi-final against Dundee United, subject to clearance.

    17:36: Kanye West or Robbie Burns? Daily Record

    A survey from Pollok's Silverburn shopping centre suggests that three in 10 Scottish school kids get Robbie Burns and the Gold Digger rapper Kanye West confused.

    Mocked up picture from Daily Record Pictured in Daily Record

    The survey of 500 children between the ages of five and 12 also brought the news that 20% believe Burns Night is when the Brit Awards will take place, while a quarter believed the Bard's birth year of 1759 is when World War One took place.

    On a more positive note - a full 70% of kids know Burns is Scotland's National Bard...though around 10% said it was Paolo Nutini.

    Read the full story here.

    17:28: Lottery 'win' - More cash for V&A Philip Sim Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    Dundee's V&A project has been awarded a further £4.5m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Artist's impression of V&A Dundee Museum

    The body had already contributed £9.4m, including £8m of capital funding, to the museum on the banks of the Tay.

    It was revealed this month that the cost of the project has almost doubled to £80m, with Dundee City Council and the Scottish government also pledging extra money.

    Project bosses said the new funding meant work could begin on site soon.

    17:20: 'Regrets' over City Link purchase Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    Jon Moulton - the founder of the private equity firm Better Capital which bought the collapsed City Link parcel delivery company - has told MPs that he regretted the purchase and the harm it may have had on his reputation.

    City Link vans

    The Scottish Affairs committee at Westminster is trying to find out why thep firm collapsed at Christmas.

    More than 2,500 jobs were lost across the UK.

    17:12: Rugby star guilty of 'Batman punch'

    Scottish international and Glasgow warriors rugby player Ryan Wilson has been found guilty of punching a fellow player - Glasgow Hawk captain Ally Maclay - after a Halloween night out on 27 October 2013.

    The incident occurred in a fast food shop in Glasgow while Wilson was dressed as Batman, and Mr Maclay was dressed as Tweedledee.

    Barbeque Kings fast food shop in Glasgow The attack took place at Barbeque Kings fast food shop in Glasgow

    The jury found Wilson guilty of punching Mr Maclay only, but not kicking and stamping on him.

    Wilson, 25, previously pleaded guilty to assaulting another man minutes earlier that night.

    @BBCScotWeather 17:05: Tomorrow looks snowy BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Met Office Yellow "be aware" warning for snow showers across Scotland. Valid from 08:00 Wednesday and lasting all day on Thursday.

    Weather warning for snow
    16:54: Body found in murder investigation

    Detectives investigating the murder of 67-year-old Alexander Cameron say they have found a body.

    Alexander Cameron

    Officers are working to establish identification.

    The discovery was made at a farm in Kirknewton near Edinburgh this afternoon.

    A 58-year-old has been arrested and charged in connection with Mr Cameron's death.

    16:45: Boy, aged 3, tells of abuse at nursery

    A court has heard how a three-year-old boy told police he had been sexually abused at an Inverness-shire nursery.

    A taped interview with the child was shown to the jury in the trial of Mark Maclennan at the High Court in Glasgow.

    The 30-year-old, from Bath, denies raping the boy and sexually abusing another boy and a girl at the nursery. He also denies sexually assaulting a girl in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline.

    16:32: Edinburgh film industry boost

    Edinburgh's film commission has reported a healthy rise in the number of productions filming in the area.

    Actor Chris Capaldi and VisitScotland's Sarah Ormerod

    Film Edinburgh, which also covers East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, said 361 projects were completed in 2014 - a 6% increase on the previous year.

    There was also an 8% rise in the number of production inquiries.

    High-value productions which were completed included the BBC drama Murder, which filmed in Edinburgh for four months, and TV series Outlander.

    Taking the high road David Miller BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    Join us on Reporting Scotland for an up close look at the new Queensferry Crossing. 1830, BBC1 Scotland #vertigo

    Construction work
    16:11: Delay for new Highers Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Most schools have delayed introducing new look Highers in science subjects, according to official figures. Just 35% of the entries for a science Higher will sit one of the revamped exams.

    Exam hall

    Changes are being made to Highers to fit them in with the National 4 and 5 qualifications that replaced Standard Grades.

    But many schools or councils have opted to keep the old exams in some subjects for one final year.

    Email: 16:02: Your views - Glasgow hospital

    David Kennedy writes: Access to the Southern General is atrocious, god help people in the south east of Glasgow when they have an emergency and don't have the A&E at the Victoria to go to anymore. Shambles!

    15:53: Open door

    Andy Murray says that he has given himself "a good opportunity" after beating Nick Kyrgios to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

    Andy Murray waves to the crowd at the Australian Open Murray happy with 'good opportunity'

    Watch the video here.

    15:45: Ed Balls rules out SNP coalition

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has ruled out entering a coalition with the SNP should Labour fail to win a majority at the general election in May.

    Ed Balls

    Mr Balls was asked on Sky News if the party could do a "deal" with the nationalists if - as polls predict - the SNP win a number of seats from Labour in the election.

    Mr Balls said he didn't think anybody was suggesting any deal with the SNP at all and the party was "fighting hard for a majority."

    Over the weekend Prime Minister David Cameron said the prospect of a Labour administration being "held hostage" by the SNP was "genuinely frightening".

    15:37: Indecent exposure Ken Banks BBC Scotland North East reporter

    Police say a man indecently exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl in Aberdeen. The incident happened in the Flourmill Lane area of the city centre at about 08:30 yesterday. The young girl was said to have been left uninjured but "extremely distressed".

    The suspect is described as a male of Asian appearance, 5ft 6in tall, of slim/average build with short dark hair and was wearing a green hooded jacket and blue jeans.

    #scotlandlive Your views - What does super hospital mean for Glasgow?

    Robert Kirkland: a massive bill I would imagine

    Sebastien: Was it designed in 1974 ?

    Ali: I thought it looked a bit retro - coloured boxes a reminder of 60s council flats!

    15:22: Dumfries school set for closure

    A school for troubled children in Dumfries has been earmarked for closure under new plans.

    Elmbank School

    Dumfries and Galloway Council has proposed shutting Elmbank School, which provides specialist support for children with social, emotional and behavioural problems.

    It is part of a wider scheme to redevelop the school estate as part of the Dumfries Learning Town project. There are also plans to create three new education campuses.

    15:14: Mesh implants continue

    MSPs have expressed disappointment that mesh implant operations continue to be carried out by Scotland's NHS despite a ministerial call to suspend them.

    Woman in pain

    In June last year the then Scottish health secretary, Alex Neil, urged the 14 health boards to stop the procedures while a review was carried out.

    Some women with the implants, which are used to ease incontinence, have suffered painful complications.

    Members of the petitions committee now want a chamber debate on the matter.

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Fletcher to leave Man Utd on a free: Manchester United will give midfielder Darren Fletcher a free transfer

    14:58: Male-only golf membership reviewed

    Royal Troon Golf Club will undertake a "comprehensive review" of its male-only membership policy.

    It follows the decision in September by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to end its single-sex policy.

    Royal Troon

    Troon has also announced it will share responsibility for hosting the 2016 Open Championship with the Ladies Golf Club, Troon, by forming a joint championship committee.

    The 2016 Open Championship will be the ninth to be played at Troon.

    14:51: Mackintosh furniture survived fire

    Rare furniture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh - which survived the fire in the arts school last year- is going on display.

    Flames on art school

    The 20 items include a ladder backed chair, a bookcase, and two rarely seen embroidered panels by his wife, the artist Margaret MacDonald.

    They can be viewed in a gallery in the school's new Reid Building from 1 February.

    #scotlandlive email: Your views - Bin lorry crash tweet

    Crumbs: Ironic after #JeSuisCharlie and David Cameron saying the right to offend was important

    Gavin: Sure, it's distasteful - but for it to be illegal there has to be a process. Is it more important to protect people from "offence" or to allow freedom of speech?

    Voice: Britons forget that freedom of speech is banned in the UK.

    Jack Hadfield: This is censorship, pure and simple

    Read the full story here.

    #scotlandlive Your views - Queensferry crossing

    Elliot: Hope they finish it quickly. I don't know how we're managing without a second bridge to and from exactly the same places.

    @NickKyrgios Kyrgios hails Murray

    Nick Kyrgios tweets: Shame I couldn't get it done tonight but @andy_murray was just too good on the night. Muzza, I wish you all the best mate. #GoGetIt

    Email: Your Pictures

    Mehran Haddadi from Glasgow captured the reflection of lights on the pavement on a rainy evening in the city's Buchanan Street.

    Buchanan St Glasgow

    Email your pictures to

    You can also tell us what you think of this week's pictures on the BBC Scotland News facebook page.

    14:07: Super hospital tour

    Take a look around Scotland's newest hospital here.

    1,109 adult beds, 256 children's beds, 2 major A&E departments, a maternity hospital and en-suite rooms are just some of what the South Glasgow University Hospital has to offer.

    South Glasgow university hospital

    It will be officially handed over to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board later.

    Blackpool deal runs into sand Kenny Crawford BBC Sport Scotland

    Stephen O'Donnell rejects the chance to move to Blackpool despite Partick Thistle accepting £100k approx bid. Plans to stay until summer.

    13:48: Big Noise

    Scotland's Big Noise orchestra has been praised for high attendance and "exceptional achievement" in its first government inspection.


    Education Scotland carried out the review of the group, run by Sistema Scotland, which aims to engage youngsters in Raploch, Stirling, by forming an orchestra.

    Big Debate

    @bbcbigdebate tweets: This Friday we're at the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries for the Big Debate. The sun might make an appearance too

    Dumfries weather forecast
    13:35: Rapist jailed for breaching court order

    A man who raped a female psychologist while she lay unconscious in his Glasgow flat has been jailed again for breaching a sexual offences order. Iain Long, 38, was jailed for 12 months for contravening an order which prevented him from speaking to any lone females.

    13:29: Reporting Scotland

    Coming up on #RepScot:

    • Glasgow super-hospital

    • #HolocaustMemorialDay

    • Murray in Oz

    On BBC One and online here at 13:30.

    13:27: Queensferry Crossing

    Construction of the Queensferry Crossing over the Forth has reached a key milestone.

    Bridge construction

    The three main towers of the new bridge now stand at more than 105m - just over half of their final height of 210m.

    About 10% of the bridge deck is now also in place.

    13:20: Five-car crash in Edinburgh

    A woman had to be cut free from her car after it was involved in a five-vehicle crash in Edinburgh. The collision happened on Maybury Road in the city at about 08:50.

    Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of one of the cars and free the woman. She was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

    @BBCTravelScot BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Calmac's 14:00 from Lochboisdale to Mallaig and the 18:15 from Mallaig both cancelled because of the weather. S'affy windy! T.T.

    Email: 13:12: Your views - Glasgow hospital

    Walter writes: No parking for nurses and a ten minute journey from Dumbarton road will now take a least one and half hours by public transport when available.

    13:07: Farm incomes fall

    Scottish farmers saw their income fall sharply last year as a result of poor cereal and potato prices, according to official initial estimates.


    Figures released by Scotland's chief statistician suggested Total Income From Farming (TIFF) suffered a drop of 18% last year.

    It followed a strong 2013, when near-final estimates showed income up 29%.

    12:59: Mother's plea

    A mother has told a fatal accident inquiry how she felt ignored by medical staff as she begged them to deliver her distressed baby who later died.

    Jennifer Kennedy said her son Elijah was a "fighter" but she was later told "his birth was his death".

    @BBCTravelScot BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Calmac's 14:00 from Lochboisdale to Mallaig and the 18:15 from Mallaig both cancelled because of the weather. S'affy windy! T.T.

    12:49: Football violence

    Twelve people have been arrested in Aberdeen and Dundee in connection with football-related violence.

    Police mounted an operation in response to incidents in Dundee on 13 December, when Aberdeen beat Dundee United 2-0 at Tannadice in a SPFL Premiership clash.

    Police Scotland said 50 officers were involved in the early-morning raids in the two cities.

    12:41: Woman knocked down in island crash

    A 62-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after being knocked down by a vehicle in Skye.


    The collision happened near to Struan Road in Portree at about 14:35 on Monday.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

    @BBCTravelScot High winds BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Roads: High wind warning on the Dornoch and Kessock Bridges.

    Coatbridge - B753 Dundyvan Road is closed in both directions between Wallace Street and Whifflet Street.

    A73 Chapelhall to Newhouse still has a contraflow in place.

    Wishaw - A721 Glasgow Road has restrictions between the Alexander Street and Cleland Road.

    Galashiels - A7 Bank Street is closed northbound for gas main work between Bank Street Brae and Sime Place.

    Ferries: Calmac's 16:00 from Lochboisdale to Mallaig and the 18:15 from Mallaig both cancelled because of the weather.

    @BBCScotWeather Weather update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A cloudy afternoon for most with patchy rain, mainly across the Northern and Western Isles, the Northwest Highlands and Argyll. Brightest towards the East Coast and around the Moray Firth.

    South-westerly winds will continue to freshen, becoming strong along the West Coast. Temperatures will be a degree or two above the late January average, at 8 or 9C.

    Tonight: It'll be windy, up to gale force in the north-west, and rain will turn heavy for a time as it sweeps south and eastwards across the country overnight.

    12:08: Root of the problem

    Almost nine out of 10 people in Scotland are now registered with an NHS dentist, according to statistics.

    Man in the dentists chair

    More adults in deprived areas are registered with an NHS dentist than adults in affluent areas.

    There is no difference between rich and poor areas in the number of children registered, but children living in affluent areas are more likely to have seen their dentist within the last two years.

    @GlennBBC 'Great survivors' Glenn Campbell Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    With 100 days until #election2015 @willie_rennie tells BBC @scotlibdems are the "great survivors" in politics.

    11:48: Dumfries museum break-in arrests

    Three men have been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the break-in at Dumfries Museum in which Olympic gold medals belonging to curler Rhona Martin were stolen as well as a number of other items.

    Gold medals

    The theft happened in April last year. Detective Inspector Bryan Lee says the men arrested are aged 21, 23 and 31.

    Rhona Martin herself had put up a "substantial" award for their recovery of the medals which still stands.

    @BBCKheredine Tennis on the box Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    Good news, @andy_murray fans: we'll have his semi-final against @tomasberdych live on BBC2 at 8.20am on Thursday morning.

    @BBCDavidMiller Queensferry Crossing David Miller BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    tweets: Key milestone for Queensferry Crossing: All three towers have now reached more than half of their final height of 210 metres.

    11:31: Football violence arrests

    A total of 11 people have been arrested in Aberdeen and Dundee in connection with football-related violence.

    Some 50 officers were involved in the operation this morning, which was mounted in response to incidents in Dundee on 13 December last year, when Aberdeen beat Dundee United 2-0 at Tannadice. Seven people were detained in Aberdeen and four in Dundee.

    @HuwDWilliams Holocaust Memorial Day

    BBC Scotland's Huw Williams: Pupils at Kyle Academy, Ayr, listen to first-hand stories of the Nazi Holocaust and Srebrenica massacres.

    Assembly holocaust memorial
    11:22: It's The Final Countdown...

    Scotland's political parties are marking 100 days to go to the General Election by promoting some of their key messages.

    The SNP argues it can be a powerful voice promoting Scottish interests.

    Election sign

    Jim Murphy said Scottish Labour votes could "help end Tory rule" while the Conservative Party said it would further reduce household benefits.

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats said they could deliver a strong economy and the Scottish Greens said it was the party connecting with voters.

    Deputy leader of the SNP, Stewart Hosie, insisted that people had 100 more days to make "Scotland's priorities Westminster's priorities".

    11:10: Baby inquiry told mother 'ignored'

    A mother has told a fatal accident inquiry how she felt ignored by medical staff as she begged them to deliver her distressed baby who later died.

    Crosshouse Hospital

    Jennifer Kennedy said her son Elijah was a "fighter" but she was later told "his birth was his death".

    Elijah was born at Crosshouse Hospital in December 2010 but died six months later following failures already accepted by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

    The inquiry into his death is being held at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

    11:00: German architect receives medal denied him during WW2

    A German architect has been presented with a prestigious medal from the Edinburgh College of Art - 71 years after he was denied it during World War Two.

    Anthony Wolffe with the 1944 City of Edinburgh Medal for Civic Design

    Anthony Wolffe, 94, was awarded the City of Edinburgh Medal for Civic Design in 1944, but then refused the honour because of his nationality.

    He was given his medal on Monday at the opening of a retrospective exhibition of his student drawings in Edinburgh.

    10:51: Murray delight

    Andy Murray: "It was a tricky match pretty windy, tough for both of us. I had to start as quickly as possible, I knew what he is capable of and didn't underestimate him. Nick is a huge hitter so I tried to keep the ball out of his reach. I played a slightly different style tonight - and thankfully it worked."

    Andy Murray in quarter final action against Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open
    10:47: Arrests following drugs find Reevel Alderson BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    Three men and two women are expected to appear before Glasgow Sheriff Court later after police seized drugs with a street value of more than £200,000. Officers searched houses in the Germiston area of the city and recovered drugs and other substances.

    Three men, aged between 20 and 39, were arrested along with two women aged 19 and 36.

    10:38: Murray marches on

    Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios 6-3 7-6 6-3 to reach @AustralianOpen semi-finals #AusOpen

    Andy Murray

    Pat Cash, former Wimbledon champion, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "A great performance from Andy Murray. He kept the pressure on Kyrgios, he served well and didn't give him many short balls. By and large he didn't let him get into match. At the end the ground strokes were really dominant. Murray is still going to be fresh for the semi-final - he has only dropped one set - that's what he needs at this stage of the tournament."

    10:36: Murray edges closer to last four

    Andy Murray breaks again. He's about to serve for the match...

    Andy Murray

    Follow BBC Sport's live text coverage here.

    10:34: Councillors approve V&A Dundee budget

    Councillors have backed the new £80m budget for Dundee's V&A museum project.

    V&A rear

    After a 90-minute meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to delegate authority to city development director Mike Galloway and chief executive David Martin to accept the £76.16m tender submitted by BAM Construction. Building work could start in March.

    An independent investigation into the cost of the project was also agreed, to be chaired by former Rangers football club chairman John McClelland.

    @bbctennis Murray watch BBC Tennis

    Big break. Murray leads 4-2 in 3rd set. Just 2 games away...

    Andy Murray

    Live text coverage here.

    10:24: Teen cautioned over offensive bin lorry tweet

    A teenager from Sunderland who posted offensive comments on Twitter about the Glasgow bin lorry crash has been cautioned by police.

    Crash scene

    Ross Loraine, 19, was arrested after a number of complaints were made about his post on Twitter, just hours after six people died in the tragedy on 22 December.

    Northumbria Police said he had been arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication, after handing himself in.

    10:15: Cadell discovery

    A lost painting by one of the Scottish Colourists has been discovered on the reverse of another artwork.

    FCB Cadell's depiction of ''George Street and Charlotte Square'' was whitewashed over and the canvas re-used by the son of another colourist, Samuel Peploe.

    Cadell George St Charlotte Sq

    The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh discovered the missing Cadell during conservation and estimate it'll fetch more than £50,000 at auction.

    10:03: Up Helly Aa begins

    Up Helly Aa, the biggest event in Shetland's long dark winter, is under way in Lerwick.

    Up Helly Aa

    The highlight is this evening's torchlight procession, when nearly a thousand torchbearers will parade through the streets before burning their replica Viking Longship.

    10:00: Murray warming to the task

    Andy Murray is six games away from his 6th #AusOpen semi-final. He leads Nick Kyrgios by 2 sets to love. 6-3 7-6.

    Follow live text coverage here.

    09:55: Councillor stands by Marischal Square claims BBC Radio Scotland

    A senior Aberdeen councillor tells the BBC he is standing by his claim that pulling out of the Marischal Square development in the city would cost the authority £100m in cancellation fees.

    St Nicholas House plan image

    Yesterday, the city council confirmed there would be no such fees. Councillor Willie Young believes the fees would be applicable if the council still owned the site, which was sold to a consortium of developers last December.

    @LeeMcConnell400 'Social media blackout'

    Former Scottish athlete Lee McConnell tweets: Tennis is just getting tense and I need to go out. Social media black out needed so I can watch it later, not the same as live tho...

    @bbctennis Murray watch BBC Tennis

    Both players hold again. 6-5 Kyrgios leads set 2. Guarantees himself a tie-break.

    Andy Murray
    Email: Rangers - Your views

    Gary McGuire: They're going to end up closing the doors at Ibrox. The fans won't be happy at latest loan from Mike Ashley and all that goes with it. How can they say Ashley doesn't have influence on the board? Shocking.

    09:37: Holocaust Memorial Day BBC Radio Scotland

    Henry Wuga, who escaped Nazi Germany by coming to Glasgow in 1939, tells Good Morning Scotland Holocaust Memorial Day "concentrates the mind" and show us that it should never happen again.

    Auschwitz shoes

    Mr Wuga says it is "mindboggling" how a country made a "simple, industrial decision" to exterminate people by setting up camps and ordering ovens and gas.

    He was brought to Glasgow via Kindertransport, the rescue mission set up to get Jews out of Germany in the months prior to the outbreak of the war.

    Email: Here Comes The Sun...

    Ray Marra: Sunrise over Caird Park, Dundee.

    Sunrise over Caird Park Dundee

    Send your pictures to or tweet @bbcscotlandnews and we'll use the best.

    09:26: Tune in BBC Radio Scotland

    Do you think community-based alternatives could be the answer to female offending? Louise White on Morning Call wants to know what you think.

    Listen live to the programme here.

    @BBCTravelScot Edinburgh problems BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A902 Maybury Road closed because of an accident between Maybury Drive and Craigs Road. Congestion on A902 Maybury Road to Barnton junction.

    Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade are on the scene dealing with five vehicles involved.

    @BBCKheredine 'Murray in charge' Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    tweets: wee bounce of the racquet in frustration from @NickKyrgios who's already been warned for an 'audible obscenity'. Murray in charge. So far...

    09:12: 1800s sketches digitised

    A series of drawings and paintings from the 1800s have been digitised and made available online.

    Drawing of dead bird

    The artwork by Edinburgh-born James Drummond features historic landmarks such as standing stones and ruined castles, as well as found objects such as a dead bird.

    09:10: Murray v Kyrgios

    Andy Murray takes the first set 6-3.

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open

    Follow live text coverage here.

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: "An audible obscenity, gesturing at the ball kids, a few flashing winners... plenty of the trademark Kyrgios features on show but he doesn't carry quite the same swagger as he's being clinically dismantled on a cold and blustery evening. Murray has quietened the crowd, a classic away tie performance."

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open
    @BBCTravelScot On the move again... BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Glasgow's subway is back up and running.

    08:55: Fracking pressure

    Environmental campaigners are calling on Scottish ministers to rule out fracking after moves to introduce a moratorium were rejected at Westminster. WWF Scotland say the "ball is back in the Scottish government's court".

    There has been local opposition to shale gas test wells

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will outline his approach in a statement this week.

    The SNP say Labour's backing of a moratorium was a "sham" - claiming a vast majority of Scottish Labour MPs abstained in last night's vote. Labour say the Scottish government's silence on the issue has been "telling".

    @GLASubwayTravel Underground update

    Glasgow Subway tweets: Outer is down - continue to use inner circle. As soon as we have an anticipated time for outer services resuming we'll let you know here.

    08:44: Tennis latest

    Staying with serve so far as Andy Murray takes on Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open.

    Two games each so far in the opening set.


    Live text commentary here.

    08:40: Fire death

    A woman has died after a fire in south-west Scotland.

    The 89-year-old was pulled from the burning house in Sorbie near Newton Stewart by neighbours but pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police Scotland say there will be a joint investigation with the fire service.

    08:36: Focus on Citylink collapse

    A group of Scottish MPs will today question the founder of the private equity firm that bought the City Link parcel company, which collapsed at Christmas.

    City Link van outside depot

    The Scottish Affairs Committee will take evidence from Jon Moulton, the founder of Better Capital.

    The private equity firm bought City Link in 2013 for £1.

    @bbctennis Meet & greet BBC Tennis

    Nick Kyrgios has just been introduced as "The Wonder from Down Under".

    Nick Kyrgios

    What would Andy Murray be? The Dunblane Dynamo?

    08:27: V&A funding meeting

    The Heritage Lottery Fund meets later to discuss a request for another £4.5m for Dundee's V and A Museum.

    V&A render

    That is on top of the £8m it has already pledged.

    The cost of the building has nearly doubled and the Heritage Lottery Fund has been asked to help out.

    Last night the city council agreed to come up with more than £6m.

    08:16: School re-opens Evening Express

    A school forced to close for deep cleaning on Friday as a sickness bug took hold has reopened.

    Skene Square School

    About 400 pupils at Skene Square School in Aberdeen were told to stay at home after some fell ill with the Norovirus bug.

    Eighty pre-school children and a number of staff were also off as a precaution as the school underwent a deep clean to try to prevent the bug spreading.

    @bbcthomasmcg Empty feeling? Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Could the Manic Street Preachers walk by this sign without belting out their famous song?

    Motorcycle sign
    08:12: NHS Borders apologises over treatment delay

    NHS Borders has apologised to patients who exceeded their treatment time guarantee (TTG) because of a "temporary error" in its data entry system.

    Borders General Hospital

    The issue affected people added to waiting lists between 2 September last year and 6 January this year.

    Some 38 out of 1,767 patients listed for treatment missed their targets - with the maximum delay 11 days.

    @BBCKheredine Unbeaten record Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    In 10 matches, @andy_murray has never lost to an Australian. If that record remains intact, he'll be one match away from a fourth final here...

    08:09: 'Modest' construction growth predicted

    Scotland's construction industry is expected to grow at a "considerably lower" rate than the rest of the UK over the next five years, according to a report.


    The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts growth of 1.1% a year on average between 2015 and 2019.

    The figure compares with a rate of 2.9% in the rest of the UK.

    CITB attributed the "relatively modest" growth forecast to an expected decline in infrastructure activity from 2016.

    @BBCPolliemac Exciting new chapter Pauline McLean BBC Scotland

    tweets: Boswell Book Festival expands beyond Auchinleck - main events now in Dumfries House. Programme announced in march. More @bozzyfest

    07:59: What the papers say

    The Daily Record reports the campaign over young independence supporters arrested the day after the referendum.

    Newspaper front pages 27 January

    The Scottish Sun reports on preparations to deter terrorist attacks, The National features the decision not to build a large women's prison and The Scotsman reports on a UK government U-turn on fracking.

    More detail here.

    07:56: Super hospital 'major step forward' BBC Radio Scotland

    Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Robert Calderwood tells Good Morning Scotland the South Glasgow University hospital is a "major step forward" for Scotland's healthcare.

    "In a UK context, the scale of the facilities and the quality of the equipment means we hope we will be able to attract some of the best specialists from across the UK to come to Glasgow and contribute to Scottish healthcare," he says.

    Crane at hospital site

    He adds: "This hospital project has benefited from the fact that the Scottish government wished to have a high quality environment but also leave a legacy for future generations so the space in this facility is significantly greater than anything I've ever been involved in."



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