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  1. Ryder Cup 'worth £40m in free advertising' for Scotland
  2. Clydeport fined after tug deaths
  3. Police use CS spray on pupils with weapons
  4. Ferguson yard secures first contract
  5. Davidson: 'Appetite for autonomy'

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor, Louise Sayers, Giancarlo Rinaldi and Alicia Queiro

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Right, that's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more live updates from across the country.

    Until then, you can keep up with developments on the BBC News Scotland website.

  2. Analysis - the Smith Commission

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    It is a high-powered line up.

    It includes a serving Scottish cabinet minister (John Swinney), a former UK cabinet minister (Michael Moore), and further three former Scottish government ministers (Iain Gray, Tavish Scott and Linda Fabiani).

    And no fewer than six former or current Scottish party leaders (Goldie, Harvie, Chapman, Gray, Scott and Swinney).

    They are among the 10 people nominated by the five Holyrood parties to serve on Lord Smith's commission on further devolution.

    He will have a wealth of talent and experience at the table when he convenes the commission's first full meeting in mid-October.

    But the three pro-union parties have contrasting blueprints for the extra powers Holyrood should have.

    And the SNP and the Greens want to maximise further devolution having advocated a 'Yes' vote in the independence referendum.

    Getting all sides to find an agreed way forward by St Andrews Day will not be easy, as Lord Smith himself has acknowledged.

  3. Police seek hit and run driver

    Police have released new information in the search for a hit and run driver who seriously injured a cyclist.


    The 47-year-old man was cycling towards Kippen on the B822 Fintry road at about 13:45 on Saturday when he was struck by a van similar to a flatbed truck. The cyclist was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital after the incident.

    The van was white with writing on the doors, and lost a wing mirror in the collision.

  4. Candid Adams

    Kenny Macintyre tweets: #BBCSportsound tonight 6.10 .@rosscountylive tune in to hear Derek Adams give his take on his sacking. Very candid.

  5. Your views - Davidson on devolution

    Eleanor O'Donnell: Davidson dances to her puppetmasters' wishes in Westminster and should be ashamed to say that she talks for the Scottish electorate. She should use her political skills to fight for what she knows to be just for Scotland and not for selfish self interest.

  6. Teetime tweet

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Stood on the tee today and visualised Justin Rose at Gleneagles. Positive thoughts from a glorious week. Driver. Duck hook. Lost ball. Hmmm.

  7. Who else is going to the Smith Commission?

    Finance Secretary John Swinney and MSP Linda Fabiani will represent the SNP, alongside former Scottish Conservative leader, Baroness Goldie and Prof Adam Tomkins, for the Tories.

    The Liberal Democrats are sending former ScottishsSecretary Michael Moore and Tavish Scott, the party's previous Scottish leader.

    The Smith Commission aims to get agreement between the Holyrood parties by 30 November.

  8. Gray to join Smith Commission

    Former Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray is to join the commission set up to agree more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    Mr Gray, along with a Scottish Labour MP, will represent the party on the commission chaired by Lord Smith.

    The Greens put forward their co-leaders, Patrick Harvie and Maggie Chapman, to the commission at the weekend.

  9. Hang on in there

    This dramatic image shows two walkers who had to be rescued after a hillside path gave way near Moffat at the weekend.

    One walker had to cling to a shepherd's crook for 45 minutes

    The Royal Navy was called out and managed to lift the pair to safety.

  10. 'Heavyweight champion'

    Phil Goodlad

    BBC Scotland

    The sun shone on Gleneagles over the weekend where the European team celebrated a five-point victory over the US in the Ryder Cup.

    Paul McGinley

    European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has now won the tournament as a player, vice captain and captain.

    The Dubliner thanked Scotland for helping his players win the 40th Ryder Cup saying: "I'm very pleased that I can retire a little bit like a heavyweight champion, undefeated."

  11. Ineos pledge

    Chemical firm Ineos has announced plans to hand over up to £2.5bn of shale gas revenues to communities close to its wells.


    The company has bought the license for shale gas exploration and development across a 329 square kilometre area around its Grangemouth power plant.

    It will give away 6% of revenues to local homeowners and landowners.

    However Friends of the Earth Scotland slammed the move as "a transparent attempt to bribe communities".

  12. All smiles

    First Minister Alex Salmond tweets: Ryder Cup has been great showcase for Scotland. Joined earlier by Chinese Ambassador to UK, Liu Xiaoming & Madame Hu

    Alex Salmond with Chinese ambassador
  13. Suit your selfie

    Wigtown Book Festival tweets: Talking self portraits with James Hall and @randallwrites at #Wigtown

    Book festival
  14. New arrival

    Scottish Natural Heritage tweets: Our Isle of May blog spotlights new arrivals

    Seal pup
  15. No predictions

    Scotland's Tory leader declined to predict the number or names of seats her party was targeting at the 2015 general election.

    Ruth Davidson

    Ruth Davidson said due to the "scars of 2010", when the party predicted 12 gains, she would not give a figure this time.

    She spoke to Andrew Neil about future devolved powers to the Scottish government, the Barnett Formula, and the rising number of leading women in Scottish politics.

  16. Post update

    Scottish Daily Express

    tweets: A child killer locked up for almost half a century is hoping he will be released soon.

    Sam Glass

    Read the full story here.

  17. Salmond FOI delays criticised

    Delays in providing details of the first minister's expenses have been criticised by Scotland's information commissioner.

    Alex Salmond

    Ministers refused on security grounds to name UK hotels used by Alex Salmond - although they did release details of international hotels.

    Rosemary Agnew backed the decision, but criticised the way the information request was handled. She said ministers should have anticipated interest in such a matter.

  18. Clydeport fined over tug

    A port operator has been fined £650,000 over health and safety breaches after the sinking of a tug boat which claimed the lives of three crewmen.

    The Flying Phantom capsized in thick fog almost seven years ago while towing a cargo vessel on the River Clyde near Glasgow.

    Flying Phantom

    The incident happened six days before Christmas in 2007 when the tug ran aground in the Clydebank area of West Dunbartonshire.

    Captain Stephen Humphreys, 33, and Eric Blackley, 57, both from Gourock, Inverclyde, died along with Bob Cameron, 65, from Houston, Renfrewshire.

    Port operator Clydeport Operations Limited was fined during sentencing at the High Court in Edinburgh today after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches at a hearing last week.

  19. 'Holyrood will cut taxes'

    Scotland will use new devolved powers to cut, rather than increase, its taxes, the chancellor has predicted.

    Chancellor George Osborne

    George Osborne also told the Conservative Party conference that commitments made to Scotland ahead of the independence referendum would be honoured in full.

    The Tories have proposed fully devolving income tax to the Scottish Parliament. But Labour only wants Holyrood to be responsible for a portion of the tax.

  20. Masked armed men attack family

    Four armed men wearing masks broke into an Edinburgh house just before 02:00 last night, attacking a family of four.

    Crewe Road South

    The thieves also took a four-figure sum of cash and jewellery.

    Police in Edinburgh have appealed for information after the robbery in Crewe Road South. They are carrying out inquiries and have increased high-visibility patrols.

  21. Ryder Cup future

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    tweets: What would happen to the Ryder Cup if there's a referendum for the UK to leave Europe and the vote is yes. Would it continue with a UK team?

    What do you think? Tweet @BBCScotlandNews, email us here or text 80295.

  22. Celtic racial abuse claim

    Police are investigating an allegation by Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk that he was racially abused by a fan during the win over St Mirren on Saturday.

    Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

    Police Scotland said, "Police are liaising with both clubs and are analysing broadcast and CCTV footage. Enquiries are ongoing."

  23. V&A Dundee exhibitions under way

    Possible exhibitions are being drawn up for the V&A museum's new site in Dundee.


    Teams have started sifting through the 4.5m items in the Victoria and Albert museum's collections in London, including 17,000 relating to Scotland's design history.

    The £45m project in Dundee, which it is hoped will open to the public in 2017, is to focus on the country's past and future influence on design and innovation.

  24. Police CS spray 'weapons' pupils

    Police called to a disturbance at a school in Inverclyde used CS spray on two boys after the pupils allegedly confronted officers with weapons.

    A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said officers were called to Lomond View Academy in Greenock at 13:00 on Friday.

    She said officers used CS spray after two boys, aged 12 and 13, brandished weapons, one of which was "bladed".

    The two boys were arrested and detained. They will be the subject of a report to the Children's Reporter.

  25. Yousaf backs Brown

    The Scottish government's minister for external affairs, Humza Yousaf, has said the "trustworthy, charismatic and reliable" Keith Brown is the "ideal candidate" for the deputy leadership of the SNP.

    Keith Brown and Humza Yousaf

    Introducing Mr Brown to a gathering of "Yes" activists at an event in Glasgow at the weekend, Mr Yousaf said: "He has shown he can take complex ministerial departments and get results from them - housing, transport, schools, apprenticeships and veterans' affairs have all benefited from his work and the growing membership of the SNP can benefit as well."

  26. Walkers rescued

    Two walkers have been winched to safety by a Royal Navy helicopter after getting into difficulty on Hart Fell, near Moffat, yesterday morning.

    Hart Fell

    The men lost their footing after the path they were walking on disintegrated, and the ground gave way beneath them.

    One of them had to cling to a shepherd's crook for around 45 minutes to avoid falling down a steep slope.

    Both walkers are said to have been shaken but not injured.

  27. Outlander opposition

    The author of the Outlander novels has joined objections to a wind farm proposed near Loch Rannoch.

    Diana Gabaldon

    Diana Gabaldon claims the development would be a tragedy for Rannoch Moor where parts of the television adaptation of her novels were filmed.

    Plans for the wind farm are due to be debated by MSPs tomorrow.

  28. Ryder Cup reading

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Incredible that Tom Watson never read Paul Azinger's book on Ryder Cup captaincy. Neither did Davis Love and Corey Pavin. Paul McGinley did.

  29. Car park pool progresses

    Work on a temporary swimming pool built in an ice rink car park in Dumfries is nearing completion.

    DGOne@IceBowl pool

    DGOne@IceBowl will be open for business while the town's main leisure complex is closed for 17 months for a major refurbishment.

    The 25m pool can accommodate up to 80 people and is due to open on Monday 6 October.

  30. Oil platform evacuation

    Oil workers are currently in the process of being evacuated from a Shell operated North Sea oil platform, following an accident yesterday.

    Brent Alpha

    A container which was being winched to a stand-by vessel, plunged into the water close to underwater pipelines just before 6pm.

    It remains attached to a crane by rope and has been secured to prevent it sinking onto the seabed.

    Shell said efforts were underway to recover the object to prevent it damaging the pipelines at the Brent Alpha, 115 miles north-east of Lerwick.

  31. Invergordon incinerator challenged

    Plans for a waste incinerator in Invergordon are facing a new challenge from Mohamed Al Fayed.

    Mohamed Al Fayed

    The former Harrods boss and his Ross Estates, which owns land near Invergordon, have already gone to court to try and block the project.

    The new challenge is an appeal to the Supreme Court to have the planning permission granted in 2012 overturned.

  32. Davidson on devolution


    Jamie in Edinburgh: It has only been a matter of hours since Ruth made her statement and already it is crumbling. Ruth has made so many u-turns she now doesn't know which way she is facing. Not to be trusted!

    David from Dorset: Now the opinion polls show independence is a real possibility there is a scramble by the establishment to promise more and more to bribe the Scots to stay within the Union - where is the mandate for these politicians to change the fundamental terms of the union without the explicit consent of the English, Welsh & Northern Irish?

  33. Tax talk

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: George Osborne at #ConservativeConference "suspects" Scots will use new fiscal powers to cut tax

  34. Police to use 'invisible marking' across Scotland

    A scheme where personal property is marked with an invisible water is to be rolled out across Scotland, following a successful pilot in Edinburgh.

    Magnifying glass

    The liquid called Smart Water contains a unique code which shows up under ultra-violet light, and can be traced back to the person who painted it on.

    Police say the pilot scheme, which also involved placing signs in a community to highlight the scheme's use, have reduced house break-ins by over 50%

    The same strategy will now be introduced in Aberdeen, East Lothian, Stirlingshire and Greater Glasgow.

  35. Loopallu anniversary

    The Loopallu music festival took place in Ullapool at the weekend.


    Held on Friday and Saturday, the event was marking its 10th anniversary.

  36. 'Pushing boundaries'

    Kev Geoghegan

    Arts and entertainment reporter, BBC News

    As she approaches her 60th birthday, singer Annie Lennox looks back on her career. with BBC's Kev Geoghegan.

    Annie Lennox

    She says the classic songs she tackles in her latest album are as relevant now as they were when they were recorded during the US civil rights era.

  37. Listen to Bill

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Bill Whiteford is standing in for John Beattie and is on air now talking pensions, the Ryder Cup and fracking till 13:30.

    He'll also be hearing from Donald Melville of the World Stone Skimming Championships, which took place over the weekend on Easdale Island.

  38. Captain's comments

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has been speaking this morning after Europe's victory. Hear him on @BBCRadioScot at 12.25.

    You can listen live by clicking on the audio link above.

  39. Fair play to Phil

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Fair play to Phil Mickelson for speaking his mind. Too many trot out the party line. I'd rather know how he really feels.

    Phil Mickelson

    This follows criticism of Mickelson in some quarters over his comments about his Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

  40. Cock-a-doodle-don't!

    An animal welfare charity has seen an increase in the number of abandoned cockerels.


    The Scottish SPCA said it was trying to re-home 32 cockerels that had been been rescued from various locations across Scotland.

    One of the most recent cases involved four Transylvanian cockerels dumped in woods in Biggar.

  41. Teenager hit by car

    A teenager is in a critical condition after she was hit by a car in Darvel, East Ayrshire.

    The 17-year-old was hit by a blue Mercedes CLA as she crossed the A71 at West Main Street at 18:44 on Friday.

    She was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock where her condition was described as critical but stable.

  42. Normal service

    Glasgow Subway tweets: Full service resumed. Both circles running as usual. Thanks for your patience.

  43. '40m of free advertising'

    Hosting golf's Ryder Cup was the equivalent of a £40m free advert for Scotland, tourism bosses have said.

    Vikings fans

    VisitScotland has developed a worldwide £2m marketing campaign to reinforce the country's status as the "home of golf" following the tournament.

    It is estimated hosting the event at Gleneagles created jobs for 5,000 people, while the images of Scotland broadcast worldwide were worth up to £40m in direct marketing benefit.

    Crowds of about 45,000 golf fans packed Gleneagles for each day of play, many from overseas.

  44. Scottish Water's 3.5bn investment

    Scottish Water has announced a £3.5bn investment programme to improve water mains and drinking water supplies.

    The six-year investment programme by the publicly-owned company is expected to support 5,000 jobs.

    The programme is supported by £720m in borrowing from the Scottish government.

    Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she expected the company to deliver the investment without raising customer bills above the level of inflation.

    Nicola Sturgeon announces water projects
  45. "The government has lied to us"

    The daughter of a Scots Pakistani shot in jail in Pakistan last week says she feels she has been lied to by the UK government.

    Mohammad Asghar

    Mohammad Asghar, 70, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was shot in the shoulder by one of the guards at the prison while on death row after being convicted of blasphemy.

    Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme Jasmine Rana said: "They told us to stay quiet because the case was so sensitive. They said they would do whatever they can. They promised that my dad would be safe in prison."

    The charity Reprieve has asked Prime Minster David Cameron to intervene to ensure Mr Asghar's safety.

  46. Not to be sneezed at

    A record two million Scots will be offered the free flu vaccine as the national seasonal flu immunisation campaign gets under way.


    People with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those aged 65 and over are encouraged to get the vaccine.

    Children aged between two and 11 are being offered a nasal spray vaccine.

  47. Get involved


    Jim McLean in London: David Mundell, Scotland's only Conservative MP, said on the Scottish Politics show on Sunday that corporation tax would definitely not be devolved. So how can Ms Davidson say full tax raising powers would be given to Scotland?

    What do you think? Tweet us @BBCScotlandNews, email us here or text 80295.

  48. The morning after...

    Golfer Ian Poulter tweets: Well I think I'm looking a little worse for wears this morning. 4am put ourselves to bed and now off to the airport.

    Ian Poulter
  49. Search widened for woman

    Police are widening the search for missing Aberdeen woman Kelli Ferris, who has not been seen for three weeks.

    Kelli Ferris

    Last seen on Castle Street, near the sheriff court, on the evening of Wednesday 10 September, Ms Ferris has a condition which requires medication.

    Anyone who has information about her disappearance is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

  50. Loch Ness marathon

    A new course record was set in the women's marathon event in Sunday's Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.

    Jennifer Emsley sets new record for Loch Ness Marathon

    Jennifer Emsley, of Stirling-based Central Athletics Club, ran in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 10 seconds - 27 seconds faster than the previous time.

  51. Ferguson secures new £12m contract

    Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow has won its first ferry building contract since being rescued from closure - a £12m order for a CalMac ferry.

    Ferguson shipyard at Port Glasgow

    Back in August the shipyard went into administration, announcing 70 job losses, but was bought earlier this month by Clyde Blowers' owner Jim McColl.

    Mr McColl says he hopes to employ a workforce of up to 80 people, including all those who were been made redundant when the company went into administration.

    For more background read about the history of the shipyard.

  52. Subway service

    Glasgow Subway tweets: Reduced service on Inner Circle. Outer running in full.

  53. Murray on Ryder Cup

    Following Europe's Ryder cup win, keen golfer Andy Murray tweeted: Great job Europe... sounds like a very clinical performance at Gleneagles! Imagine the celebrations could get a bit messy tonight!

  54. Your views: Davidson on devolution

    Colin in Grangemouth: There's nothing like rewriting history. This is Ruth "Line in the Sand" Davidson. Her party has opposed every single bit of devolved power to Scotland and now we are supposed to believe this nonsense. Some of us are not zipped up the back and can remember further than last week.

    Patrick McCarthy in Glasgow: If we cannot have independence, federalism will do. It's the only way we can put the independence debate to bed.

  55. Salmond: 'No better advert for Scottish tourism"

    First Minister Alex Salmond has said the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles has shown the world the very best that Scotland has to offer.

    Alex Salmond gives the trophy to Captain of Team Europe Paul McGinley of Ireland after Team Europe retain the Ryder Cup.

    Speaking after Europe retained the cup, he said: "This event has had the finest facilities, the warmest welcome to thousands of people from around the world, and - with condolences to our US friends - the best of outcomes.

    "There can be no better advert for Scottish tourism."

  56. Read all about it

    Europe's Ryder Cup win dominates the front pages of the Herald, The Daily Record and Scotsman this morning, with the Scottish Sun offering a six-page supplement.

    Newspapers composite

    Elsewhere, the Scottish Daily Mail has exclusive interview with the parents of Ashya King, the five-year boy with a brain tumour whose parents were held by police after taking him abroad for treatment.

    You can read more in our daily newspaper review.

  57. Yousaf backs Brown

    Glenn Campbell

    BBC Scotland news

    Holyrood's external affairs minister, Humza Yousaf, has ended speculation about his leadership ambitions.

    Mr Yousaf was considered a possible candidate for the position of SNP deputy leader, but the Glasgow MSP has backed transport minister, Keith Brown, as the "ideal candidate" for the job.

    Mr Brown is in a contest with the party's treasury spokesman at Westminster, Stewart Hosie.

  58. European joy at Gleneagles

    There was joy for home golf fans yesterday as Europe completed their mission to win the 40th Ryder Cup 16½-11½ against the United States at Gleneagles.

    Ryder Cup winning team

    Captain Paul McGinley's side led 10-6 going into the final day and reached the 14½ needed to win the Cup outright when Welsh rookie Jamie Donaldson beat Keegan Bradley 4&3.

    You can read the full story of the win and see the highlights here.

  59. National lie-in?

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    tweets: After Commonwealth Games, referendum and Ryder Cup, I hope Scotland gets a lie-in this morning ...

  60. Your views - further devolution

    Following Ruth Davidson's comments on Good Morning Scotland that "there is an appetite for more autonomy".

    Sandra in Stirling: Can someone please tell Ruth Davidson that people were against independence per se & not the SNP as stated by Ruth in her interview with Gary Robertson. What a difference a week makes.

  61. Morning Call

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    Coming up at 08:50 on Radio Scotland, I'll be discussing the latest crime prevention scheme to be rolled out across Scotland and asking: do we take home security seriously enough?

    Elsewhere, the latest figures suggest the unemployed are increasingly turning into entrepreneurs. I'll be asking: would you start up your own small business?

    Morning Call

    Lines are open now. Call 0500 929500, text 80295 or email You can listen live by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

  62. 'Positive' future for construction

    A survey of the Scottish construction industry has found that the sector is "cautiously optimistic" about its future.

    The survey showed 42% of employers said they expected to take on more workers over the next three years.

    Construction industry

    Read the full story here.

  63. Get involved


    What do you think of what Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson had to say on Good Morning Scotland about further devolution?

    She said there was a "real appetite for more autonomy", but stopped short of supporting federalism.

    What do you want to happen?

    Tweet us your views @BBCScotlandNews, email us at or text 80295.

  64. More Davidson

    Asked whether she supported federalism, Ms Davidson added: "I'm not sure I like the labels of that sort.

    "I support the idea you can keep your Scottish identity, make decisions closer to where they are affected, but I love the United Kingdom. I'm Scottish but I'm British too."

    Ruth Davidson

    She said she was troubled by what she called the "trashing of Britain" during the referendum campaign.

  65. Davidson on further devolution

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been speaking to Good Morning Scotland from the Tory conference in Birmingham.

    Asked whether 100% of tax-raising powers would be transferred to Holyrood following the outcome of the referendum, she said: "That's what we had in our report. We do want the wholesale devolution of income tax and also changes to VAT.

    "The electoral landscape in Scotland has changed hugely. There's a real appetite in Scotland to stand with our partners on things like foreign affairs and the armed forces, but also to have more autonomy here in Scotland.

    "We need a devolution settlement that works for Scotland."

  66. Today's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It's a cloudy and mild start to the day for many, with some mistiness and patchy fog, especially across the south. Some rain across the north west at first, with a damp start for the Highlands and the Northern Isles, however it'll fizzle out to leave most of the country dry, just the odd isolated light shower possible across Dumfries and Galloway perhaps later in the day.

    The East will be brighter and warmer, with the best of the sunshine across Moray and inland Aberdeenshire. Temperatures will reach up to 16C to 19C for most.

  67. Welcome

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to Scotland Live. We'll be here till 18:00 with news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the country.

    Keep in touch on Twitter @BBCScotlandNews, emailing here or texting 80295.