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  1. Campaigns react to referendum debate
  2. Postal ballot papers to be sent out for referendum
  3. Expansion plans for Ferguson shipyard
  4. Celtic aim to secure Champions League spot

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan and Bryan Quinn

All times stated are UK

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you the latest news, sport and travel from across Scotland.

Stay tuned for live text coverage of tonight's referendum debate from Edinburgh.

Hospital woes

Daily Record


tweets: Around one in five patients say they have suffered harm in Scottish hospitals

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Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


There will be a cold start to Thursday with early morning rain in the central belt. It will be a drier and brighter start to the day on the northern coast but some showers will move in during the afternoon.

At the other end of the country, the rain clears to leave things drier with a few showers.

It'll feel colder than today with breezes from the south east as the rain trundles north.

Matthews back for Celtic

Celtic will welcome Welsh full-back Adam Matthews back into their squad for tonight's

Champions League qualifier against Maribor at Celtic Park.

Celtic v Maribor

Manager Ronny Deila is likely to make a number of changes from the side which lost 1-0 to Inverness on Saturday.

Scott Brown and James Forrest remain sidelined for the Scottish champions.

Kick off is at 19:45 and you can listen to build-up and live commentary of the match from 18:10 on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW as well as DAB digital radio.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


In Edinburgh, there are 25 minute delays on the city bypass eastbound at Baberton. Traffic is congested to Hermiston Gait.

On the M8 at Glasgow, traffic is slow eastbound from junction 23 at Dumbreck through to junction 15. There are also queues westbound at junction 26 Arkleston and junction 27 Hillington.

Roadworks are causing delays on the A909 High Street in Cowdenbeath.

First time mothers get older

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

Mothers in Scotland are getting older,

with almost half of babies born to women over the age of 30.

Newborn baby

Forty years ago, just under 20% of babies were born to mothers over 30. The latest statistics from the Scottish government also show that in deprived areas of Scotland nine times as many women under 30 gave birth compared to young mothers in affluent areas.

Referendum Debate - Your Views

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Jim, Coatbridge: "Regarding currency after the referendum: surely Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man use pounds and run their own affairs, and we can travel to these places without restriction?"

Anonymous: "While I agree the Nationalists need to be clearer on the pound, what is the Unionist answer to the West Lothian Question? As one man said: it's not what will happen after Independence he fears, it is what will Westminster do if we vote No?"

Attempted murder in Dalkeith

A 22-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Dalkeith, thought to involve a gunman shooting at a house on Monday.

Officers are appealing for information about a man wearing dark clothing who was cycling a dark framed bike and carrying a white rucksack.

A wee snack

Snack fans abroad could soon be sampling a taste of Scotland's national drink after Scottish firm Mackie's announced the launch of its first whisky-flavoured crisps.

Whiskey crisps
Mackie's of Scotland

Perthshire-based Mackie's at Taypack said its new line of whisky and haggis-seasoned crisps would be available from this week at Scottish Co-op stores, alongside a venison and cranberry-flavoured line.

Double crash tragedy

Police have said a man and boy

killed in a road crash in Fife on Sunday were a father and son.

Bill Hawkes, 54, and 14-year-old Ciaran Hawkes were killed after their car was involved in a collision on the A91 near Auchtermuchty.

A statement from the Hawkes family said: "They will be hugely missed by family and friends. The family is finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with this tragic sudden loss."

Inquiries into the crash are continuing and police have asked any further witnesses to contact them.

Torridon rescue launched

A rescue operation is underway in Torridon in Wester Ross. Police Scotland say the alarm was raised at 14:30 when two men got into difficulty on Bein Eighe.

Rescue 137 Search and Rescue Helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth is due to pick up members of the Torridon Mountain Rescue team.

Police precautions

Evening Express

@EveningExpress tweets: Aberdeen police to hand out 1,000 shed alarms to break-in victims

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Another referendum debate

Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

The dust may still be settling from last night's independence debate but inside BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters preparations are being made for another TV debate.

BBC Alba debate set-up
BBC Sport

Alasdair Fraser will chair a one hour BBC Alba debate at 21:00 on Wednesday night, where a studio audience will get the chance to discuss their views on the prospect of Scottish independence ahead of the 18 September poll.

Hibs net Fontaine

Hibernian have signed defender

Liam Fontaine on a one-year contract.

The 28-year-old was released by Bristol City at the end of last season, having spent eight years with the Robins.

Liam Fontaine
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Fontaine's arrival coincides with the departure of Michael Nelson, who has joined Cambridge United.

Diver search off

The search has been called off for a diver reported

missing in waters off St Abbs in the Scottish Borders.

St Abbs
Lisa Jarvis

The 49-year-old diver was reported missing about 11:00 on Sunday.

A multi-agency search operation was launched off the Berwickshire coast and continued again on Monday.

Earlier today, a police helicopter crew carried another survey of the coastline but found nothing.

Appeal after cat shot

Scottish SPCA officers are investigating after

a cat was shot with an airgun in Fife.

The cat, called Chubby, returned to its home at Upper Steeland Farm, Dunfermline, on Thursday, with a pellet lodged between its shoulder blades.

Dunfermline cat pellet X-ray

It later had the pellet removed by a vet.

Senior Inspector Steven Gray said: "Anyone who thinks it is acceptable to use an airgun in this way should not be in possession of such a dangerous weapon."

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Reader Doreen Donachie sent in this image of a rainbow reaching over her back garden in the Downfield area of Strathmartine.

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Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


Bearsden Cross in Glasgow has 3-way temporary traffic lights for drainage works for the next 12 weeks which could cause congestion and extra traffic on Maryhill Road.

In Moray, the B9136 through Gleblivet remains closed for repairs.

Also, the A830 has roadworks on the Fort William to Mallaig route which will cause delays in both directions. People who are heading to Mallaig to catch the ferry are advised to leave extra time for their journey.

The Press and Journal

@pressandjournal tweets: Man in hospital after far north cliff fall

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Helicopter investigation

Two pilots have been suspended after an

offshore helicopter landed on the wrong North Sea oil platform.

Bond Offshore Helicopters said it was investigating the incident on the Ensco 120 drilling rig in the Buzzard field on Friday.

Buzzard Oil Platform

The helicopter was supposed to land about 10 miles away on the Buzzard platform.

Nexen, which operates the Buzzard field, said it was working with Bond on the investigation.

The Buzzard field is located in the Central North Sea, about 100km (62 miles) north-east of Aberdeen.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll be a dry afternoon and evening with long spells of sunshine. The only exception will be the risk of the odd passing shower over Shetland.

Temperatures will range from around 19C across parts of the west to around 18C across inland areas.

You can watch a full forecast


Referendum Debate - Your Views

Edwina Vallance: "Am I right in assuming that the people in the rest of the UK, will get a vote on whether they want a currency union with Scotland? It seems that the yes supporters think they only have to say we want and they will get it! Why would we want to share our currency with a foreign country?"

Bill Harvey, East Lothian: "Critics may say that Alex Salmond won last night's debate, but I put that down to him shouting louder. His three Plan Bs only muddies the waters further as we are still no further forward on the issue of currency. My pension from my former employer comes from England and will be paid in sterling, as at present. After independence, I would have to get this converted (at my expense) to the Eckpound or whatever currency operates, which all costs ME money. How is this acceptable to me and the many others placed in this situation? I was always a "No" voter before, having had an English father and still having family south of the border, and I'm even more convinced that the status quo is best for me and my extended family."

Anonymous: "Alistair Darling didn't seem convinced by his own arguments. Previous debate's passion replaced by a palpable sense of discomfort..."

Davidson Deal

St Johnstone midfielder

Murray Davidson has signed a new deal at McDiarmid Park as he continues his recovery from a torn patella tendon.

St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson

Davidson, 26, now tied to the club until the end of the season with the option of a further year, is nearing a first-team return.

Referendum Debate - Your Views

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Anonymous: "To Laura Q: You will use the pound, you will not need a pass to go to England. You're right, it's forever, but your worries seem very short-term and personal. Have the courage to do the right thing for Scotland: vote Yes!"

Pauline O'Brien, Prestonpans: "Yes, an indy Scotland can use the pound but with no security from a lender of last resort. What a backward step for our country, finance jobs will disappear, scary actually. Was a No, defo still No."

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Sunset in Oban looking to the end of Kerrera, captured by Janet MacLeod, en route to her Mum's house.

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Telephone Scam

Edinburgh Evening News


tweets Crackdown after telephone scam fraudsters steal £650,000 from elderly victims

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Referendum Debate - Your Views

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Jacqueline Glen, Shetland: "Last night made me vote Yes. I don't trust Westminster, it's undemocratic, House of Lords a disgrace. It shows no credible signs of change. If things are so a great then why is inequality growing?"

Anonymous: "Call that a debate? Turned off as was shouting match!"

Laura Q: "I will vote No. I live in the Scottish Borders and travel every day into England. What money will I use? Will I need a pass to get into England? This vote is forever, not just a few years."

Man held over Glasgow death

A 35-year-old man has been arrested after another man died following an incident at a Tesco Express store in Glasgow city centre.

Tesco Express Anderston

Police Scotland said 52-year-old Miroslaw Bronowicki died after the disturbance at the store on Argyle Street, at Anderston, on Sunday.

It is understood that he will appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Dundee Signing

Dundee have signed Canada Under-20 attacking midfielder

Dylan Carreiro after a successful trial.

Dundee sign Dylan Carreiro

The 19-year-old began his career with Toronto before joining Queens Park Rangers two years ago.

"He's got something a bit different," Hartley told his club website. "He plays just off the front."

Referendum Debate - Get Involved

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Gerry, Stirling: "The debate made me think this: I wonder what's on the other side?"

Gordon, Bannockburn: "The debate has reaffirmed my commitment to a Yes vote. Alistair Darling gave no hope and no vision for Scotland, only the tired old lies and rhetoric!"

Anonymous: "The debate made me sure to vote No. Salmond's bully-boy tactics and obfuscation of the statements made re the pound make it clear he would be an awful leader of an independent nation."

Never Miss A Beatt

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Coming up on my show today we'll be discussing the key points from last night's referendum debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond with Labour's Danny Alexander and Marco Biagi from the SNP.

We'll also be asking you, what are the best guitar riffs ever?

You can listen in from 12:00 on

BBC Radio Scotland.

BBC Scotland Live - Your Views

What do you think of BBC Scotland Live? We'd like your feedback about this service. We've introduced the rolling live text commentary to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Referendum Debate - Better Together

Supporters of the pro-Union Better Together campaign say they are still confident of success in the independence referendum despite a strong performance from Alex Salmond in last night's televised TV debate.

Douglas Alexander

Labour MP Douglas Alexander, speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, said: "I think the Yes campaign are where they didn't want to be at this stage, they are haunted by a series of very basic questions.

"The truth is, what determines the votes of the 15% who are still making up their minds are very basic questions like what currency we will be using, how secure will my pension be and how will we fund our schools and hospitals."

Better Together's Blair McDougall says he feel that any potential change in Scotland's currency arrangements could destabilise the economy's recovery.

"The last thing we need after the biggest downturn in our lifetime is another period of upheaval which will happen if we put up more barriers and borders as well as potentially changing our currency," he said.

Referendum Debate - Yes Camp

Supporters of the Yes campaign have hailed the performance of First Minister Alex Salmond on the televised debate.

Yes Scotland's Blair Jenkins told Radio Scotland: "People will be enormously strengthened and will take a lot from last night.

Blair Jenkins, leader of Yes Scotland

"More importantly, I think people who have still to make up their mind will now have no doubt as to where the bet arguments are.

"This is not about voting for a party or voting for a figure, it is for something much more than that.

"If it was a European tie over two legs there's no doubt who would be going through to the next round."

Referendum Debate - Get Involved

Mike Gilbert: "If Scotland does go independent, to comply with EU requirements the major financial institutions have to move their headquarters to the place where most of the financial services are held. In this case Standard Life, Royal Bank of Scotland etc would have to relocate to England. What impact would this have on the Scottish GDP and their tax raising powers?"

Tidal Scheme

The construction of a major tidal energy project will start with six turbines instead of four, as originally announced.

Atlantis Resources said last week that it would start installing devices in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth over the next two years.

It has now announced that it has negotiated a £7.5m contract to construct two additional turbines.

Referendum Debate - Your Views

John Townsend: "If Mr Salmond manages a victory and two or so million Scots decide 'Yes,' how does that give him a mandate when there are 63 million in the rest of the UK who have had no say?"

Diane & Roger Davies: "I watched the debacle of a referendum debate last night. What a shambles. The referee was completely ineffective and Alex Salmond would not let Alistair Darling speak so how could he have possibly won the debate? We think it a silly idea to split, remember, United we stand Divided we fall, but if the Scots want to go then fine then go but you should have no handouts or subsidies what so ever from Westminster. If Scotland go independent will all subsidies from Westminster stop? As for the pound, the pound belongs to the UK, not an independent Scotland."

Viewing Figures

BBC Reporting Scotland editor Andrew Browne

"843,000 people in Scotland watched last night's Salmond versus Darling referendum debate on BBC One Scotland (a share of 36.1%) #bbcindyref"

Referendum Debate - Your Views

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Robert, Ayr: "I read a quote once about the act of union that said when MPs were in Scotland, people could throw stones at them if they didn't like policies, but after the act, it would need an awfy long arm to reach London. Nothing has changed. Let's vote yes so the people can make change rather than the present arrangement."

Anonymous: "We are all underwriting the deficit at the moment..."

Eileen, Leith: "Scotland will flourish mainly because it is Scotland! So there!"