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  1. McColl among Ferguson Shipyard bidders
  2. Yes declaration hits million target
  3. Glasgow to keep its 'Big G'
  4. Darling does ice bucket challenge

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor and Steven Brocklehurst

All times stated are UK

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Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

We are back on Monday at 08:00, when we'll be looking ahead to the next televised debate on Scottish independence with Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

Weekend weather outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


Saturday is not looking too bad. A lot of dry and bright weather with good spells of sunshine. We will see the odd shower, but they will be well scattered and lighter than today.

A cold start on Sunday, but a lot of fine and dry weather with good spells of sunshine and light winds.


Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Hull City have now paid Dundee United the first instalment of more than £1m due for Andy Robertson

More oil

Economic consultant Prof Sir Donald MacKay has responded to Sir Ian Wood, defending more optimistic forecasts of oil and gas production:

"In forecasting output, the first source I looked at was the Wood review in which Ian Wood states that 'a number of larger new fields are about to come on stream in the next two or three years and that could take production back to the level of two to three years ago'."

Crash deaths

Police have named two people who died in a crash between Torphins and Banchory on Wednesday.

They were Mark Lee, 41, from Drumoak and Valerie Cruickshank, 43, of Banchory.

Both victims were in a Landrover Freelander which collided with a VW Transporter at about 19:15.

Any questions?

An independence special edition of

Any Questions is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 tonight at 20:00.

The programme will be repeated tomorrow at 13:00 on BBC Radio 4, and you can air your views on the debate on

Any Answers, which follows at 14:00.

Oil hopes

The chairman of a Scottish government commission into the future of

North Sea oil has said the industry would be "hard-pushed" to extract 15bn barrels.

Oil installation

Melfort Campbell was responding to Sir Ian Wood's assertion that predictions of up to 24bn barrels were too high.

The 24bn figure is quoted in the independence White Paper as an estimate from industry body Oil and Gas UK. Mr Campbell said that was the "aspirational scenario".

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry and bright end to the day for central and southern Scotland with some late spells of sunshine. Cloudier further north with bright spells and a few showers. A few showers too along the east coast.

This evening, showers will slowly fade and become largely confined to the far north of the mainland. Some long and clear spells too, so another chilly night to come.

Temperatures in towns and cities dipping to around 7C. Some rural areas getting down to 3C. The likes of Stornoway and Lerwick holding up at around 9C or 10C.

Buzzing off

The Scotsman

The Scotsman reports: Energy giant SSE will pay out £2.5m to silence a

constant humming noise emanating from a new sub-station in the Highlands.

The noise - nicknamed the "Beauly Buzz" by residents - comes from the Wester Balblair sub-station near the village.

It was built to feed electricity created from the growing number of renewable energy projects in the area into the National Grid, via the £600m Beauly-Denny power line.


Kenny Farquharson (Deputy Editor of the Scotsman) tweets: Oh Lord, please spare us the sight of Alex Salmond in a wet t-shirt.

Alex Salmond

tweets: I'm up for the #IceBucketChallenge - invigorating for the campaign! But Scottish media beware what you wish for - who will I nominate...?

McLeish claims 'absolute rubbish'

Former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has denied claims by the pro-Union Better Together campaign that he will endorse independence.

Asked about the claim, Mr McLeish said: "The two words you are looking for are 'absolute rubbish'.

Henry McLeish

"I've no idea what they are up to, what they are doing, but I can tell you very categorically there is no truth whatsoever, it's absolute rubbish."

Serious crime raid

Several people have been detained in Renfrewshire by police investigating serious and organised crime.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said officers were involved in an ongoing operation in French Street in Renfrew.

She was unable to say what specifically the operation was targeting.

It is understood that armed officers arrived in the Renfrew area at about 12:45 today.

Bike stolen from Maggie's centre

A mountain bike that was donated to a cancer patient centre in Inverness has been stolen.

The Giant Boulder Shock bike was taken from the garden of the Maggie's Highlands centre at Raigmore Hospital.

Maggie's Centre Inverness
Maggie's Highlands

Police Scotland said it was stolen between 17:00 last Friday and 09:00 on Monday.

The men's bike is black with front and seat post suspension.

McColl 'best placed' for shipyard bid

A spokesman for the Easdale brothers, who have tabled a bid for the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, said they felt Jim McColl of Clyde Blowers would be best-placed to take over the Ferguson yard.

He said: "Sandy spoke to Jim at length this morning and his plans for hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds in investment are exactly what Inverclyde needs.

"We are informed that our bid is competitive and has reached the shortlist, but we feel that Jim McColl is better equipped to take the yard forward.

"We said all along that we would step aside if somebody with an engineering pedigree and access to markets wanted to get involved."


Coming up on @BBCRadioScot #Newsdrive from 1600: More on the fall-out from the allegations against #MalkyMackay

Salmond's soaking

A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Happy to confirm that the first minister has accepted the ice bucket challenge! Time and place to be confirmed - watch this space……."

Crash victim

A man

killed in a crash on an Aberdeenshire road has been named as a "wonderful" 77-year-old grandfather.

Douglas Bruce
Not specified

Douglas Bruce, from Turriff, died after the crash on the B9105 Turriff to Fintry road, about four miles from Turriff, on Thursday morning.

Cold water

A better picture of Alistair Darling being soaked in the #IceBucketChallenge.

alistaor darling
Alistair darling

Scottish actor James McAvoy nominated Mr Darling and his fellow "political champion" Alex Salmond to take part. It is understood the first minister will get a cold shower soon.

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Henry McLeish denies he is coming out for Yes, telling the BBC that when people ask him, he still says he is voting no.

McLeish to endorse 'Yes'?

Better Together campaign director

Blair McDougall tweets: Just heard from impeccable source that Henry McLeish endorsing Yes on Monday. Hardly a surprise but he's entitled to his view.

Single energy market 'would continue'

There are "robust" indications that a single British energy market would continue in the event of Scottish independence, according to a renewable energy investor.

A continuing joint electricity market is seen as a "natural outcome" if Scotland votes "Yes", The Renewables Infrastructure Group (Trig) said in its interim results.

The group has about a quarter of its portfolio in Scotland.

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The cost of energy bills has been a hot topic throughout the referendum debate - you can

read an analysis of each side's claims here.

Wetter together

We've just heard from a very reliable source (BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor) that First Minister Alex Salmond will be facing the

#IceBucketChallenge in the very near future...

Bucket list

Alistair Darling

tweets: Just took the
#IceBucketChallenge for Video coming soon... Thanks James McAvoy.

AListair darling

BBC Scotland Travel


In Edinburgh, one lane of the A720 City Bypass is blocked westbound by an accident between Baberton and Calder. The inside lane is blocked just before the Calder Roundabout so take care.

In Perth and Kinross, there are long delays on the southbound A9 just north of Auchterarder. Traffic is tailing back for more than a mile. There in one lane closed in each direction for roadworks and delays are likely both ways

In Glasgow on the M80, an earlier accident has been cleared from the stretch of road at Castlecary, but be prepared for slow traffic there. The road had been closed.

Brown warning on public services

Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged Scots not to back independence as he warned that public services would suffer should the country vote "Yes" in next month's referendum.

Gordon Brown

Speaking at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, he said: "£2.9bn in oil revenues to pay for £40bn of expenditure just on education, health, pensions and the rest of the welfare state.

"The oil revenues, to be honest, are a fraction of what we need to pay for our public services."

Mr Brown also attacked Scottish government plans for a currency union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Land ahoy!

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

I've arrived in Inverness at the end of my canal trip. Tune in to Reporting Scotland at 18:30 when I'll be looking at the issue of university tuition fees in an independent Scotland.

Laura Bicker on a canal boat

Transfer hopes


Accies player-manager Alex Neil would like to try to add a centre-back and a winger to his squad by the end of the month.

Alex Neil

The summer transfer window is open until 23:00 BST on 1 September.

Mural painting

The scene of

the hanging of Maggie Dickson in 1724 is being painted on to a giant 32ft double-sided canvas in Edinburgh's Grassmarket.

Edinburgh-born Chris Rutterford's 'live studio' will continue throughout August.

Niche Works

European football

Scotland's top women's football side, Glasgow City, have been drawn to face Polish champions KKPK Medyk Konin in the knockout round of the last 32 in the Uefa Women's Champions League.

glasgow city

Glasgow City will be away from home for the first leg of the two match tie and will play the return home leg on Wednesday 15 October at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium.

The Press and Journal

Refusal of wind farm

welcomed by campaigners.

Residents and wild land campaigners have declared a "victory" after the Scottish government refused a controversial proposal to build 34 turbines and 20 miles of access tracks in the hills between Ardross and Ardgay as part of the Glenmorie Wind farm.

Delivery van theft

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses following a report that a delivery driver was assaulted and had his van stolen in the south of the city yesterday afternoon.

Officers said a man in his late 20s assaulted the 48-year-old driver and stole the keys to his red Parcel Force Volkswagen Crafter before driving away from Spottiswoode Street at about 12.40pm.

The van was found a short distance away in Warrender Park Road. It was undamaged and none of its contents was stolen. The delivery driver was unhurt but shaken by the incident.

First Major

Kingsbarns Golf Links has been chosen as the venue for the Women's British Open in 2017 - the first time the course will host a major championship.

Kingsbarns Links
Christopher Gillan

The Fife course has hosted qualifying for both the men's and women's Open qualifying previously and, since 2001, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Speeding ban

The Herald

Lingerie tycoon

Michelle Mone has been disqualified from driving for six months after admitting speeding.

The 42-year-old was caught driving at 70mph on the M77 in Glasgow, at a point where the speed limit is 50mph, on March 24 last year.

She was spotted by officers at the junction at Dumbreck Road.

Football latest

Possible transfer moves by Celtic, Hearts and St Mirren in today's

football gossip.

Stefan Scepovic
Getty Images

There's also the latest word on a suggested multi-million pound investment at Rangers.

It's Yerself

Daily Record

Wrestler Grado lands his big break after earning a place on US-based TV show British Boot Camp.

Read the story here.


The Ayrshire grappler, who shot to fame after a BBC Scotland documentary on the cult of Insane Championship Wrestling, has won a place on American TV show TNA Impact's British Boot Camp.

Watch Grado visit Nicky Clark's hair salon for the

BBC documentary Insane Fight Club.

Read our story on the

wrestling phenomenon.


Breaking News - The 2018 European Swimming Championships are coming to Scotland!

The venue will be the Tollcross International Swimming Centre

Team Scotland