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Summary

  1. Evacuation follows flooding fears
  2. Murder probe after 'horrific' attack
  3. Art school gets back-up roof for the winter
  4. Rally death safety guidance issued

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor, Louise Sayers and Rebecca Bailey

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. Join us again tomorrow for more live text updates from across the country.

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

    Bye for now.

  2. Stornoway fire

    Three teenagers have been reported to the procurator fiscal and children's reporter in connection with a fire in Stornoway on Lewis last week.

    Police Scotland said two boys and a girl, who were all aged 13, had been reported.

    The blaze in a building in Cromwell Street broke out at about 02:39 on 3 October. No-one was injured in the incident.

  3. Welcome home

    Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay, joined senior naval officers and 150 friends and family at Faslane to welcome home the submarine HMS Astute.

    Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay

    The submarine is completing her inaugural deployment at a special ceremony at HM Naval Base Clyde.

    The Astute Class is described by the Royal Navy as their largest, most advanced and powerful attack submarine.

  4. Murder victim named

    Police have named the man murdered in East Lothian this morning as forty nine year old Colin Armstrong.

  5. Post update

    Evening Express

    A rest centre has been set up at Mackie Academy evacuated residents and all those affected by the rising tides.

    Find out more here.

  6. Famous fish

    A Shetland fish and chip shop has been named Scotland's best and is now in the running for the UK title.

    Employees hold up boxes of fish and chips

    Frankie's Fish and Chips in Brae is one of 10 shops shortlisted for the top prize in the 2015 national awards organised by Seafish.

    The overall UK winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 20 January 2015.

  7. Morrissey accuses BBC of indyref bias

    Morrissey has accused the BBC of bias in its coverage of the independence referendum.

    Morrissey

    In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, in which he also revealed he had had treatment for cancer, the singer claimed the broadcaster "did everything possible to tilt the vote toward no and never reported on the potential benefits of an independent Scotland".

    "They speak in the name of democracy only when it suits them," he added.

  8. Human rights plan 'dangerous'

    Conservative plans to scrap human rights legislation are "dangerous" and would inflict "immense damage" on the UK's international reputation, legal affairs minister Roseanna Cunningham said.

    She accused Prime Minister David Cameron and his colleagues of "running scared of Ukip".

    Roseanna Cunningham

    If they are elected in 2015, the Conservatives plan to replace the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in British law, with a British Bill of Rights.

    To be implemented in Scotland the move would require the consent of the Scottish Parliament, as human rights legislation is a devolved issue. Ms Cunningham called on MSPs of all parties to make clear that consent would not be given.

  9. More stormy weather...

    Brian Doyle sent us this great picture of today's storm at Stonehaven harbour.

    Stonehaven Harbour
  10. Post update

    The Scotsman

    tweets: Paddy Ashdown compares @theSNP to @UKIP and the far right in France & Germany in an attack on Scottish nationalism

    Read the full story here.

  11. Weather info

    Don't forget, you can keep track of the latest weather warnings on the Met Office website.

    Up-to-date forecasts can be found on the BBC Weather website.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) Floodline has the latest on flood warnings.

    Scotland-wide travel information is available from Traffic Scotland and Traveline Scotland, while National Rail has the latest on rail disruption.

    Regular travel updates are provided on BBC Radio Scotland - on 92 to 95 FM and 810 MW - and on the BBC Travel website.

  12. Stonehaven homes evacuated

    Some residents have been evacuated from their seafront homes in the Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven due to flooding fears.

    Heavy rain along with rough sea conditions flooded parts of the beach area.

    Police said about nine people had moved from ground floor flats at the Turners Court sheltered housing complex.

    Warnings were also issued for Finavon, Tannadice and Bridge of Dun in Angus, Helmsdale to Embo in Caithness and Sutherland, and at several points along the River Isla in Perthshire, including Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus.

  13. River Esk rescue

    A man has been rescued by helicopter after he got into difficulties in the River North Esk.

    Helicopter

    The man, thought to be a fisherman in his 70s, got into difficulty as water levels rose.

    PC Billy Rattray, the Community Officer for Brechin, tweeted that the man was safe and well after being rescued, and thanked all involved in the operation.

    This is the third time in two days that fishermen have found themselves trapped by rising waters on the river. Yesterday four men were rescued in two separate incidents.

  14. Man jailed for strangling friend

    A former support worker who killed a woman he previously cared for has been jailed for five years and three months.

    Christopher Kelly, 40, strangled his friend Dorothy Beattie, 51, at her home in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, on 22 May, after she allegedly made a jibe about his children.

    Dorothy Beattie

    Kelly, who was caught after confessing to a GP, was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

  15. Post update

    Evening Express

    tweets:Stonehaven residents evacuated as high winds batter seafront

    Read the full story here.

    Waves crash into beach
  16. Weather watch

    Paul Barlow sent us this dramatic image of the two lighthouses at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour as they were pelted with wind and rain earlier today.

    Aberdeen Harbour

    Has the weather been as bad in your area? Send us your pics here.

  17. Cameron rebukes Sturgeon

    David Porter

    Westminster correspondent

    The Prime Minister has said all sides should respect the independence referendum outcome and work together to bring more powers to Holyrood.

    Cameron at 2014 conference

    In what will be seen by some as a public rebuke of Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, David Cameron said the outcome of last month's referendum should be accepted and honoured.

    At the weekend Ms Sturgeon said it was ''not a case of if, but when'' independence came to Scotland.

    Speaking to BBC Scotland, Mr Cameron said the UK government's outline thoughts on further devolution to Scotland - known as a command paper - would be published in the coming days.

  18. Send us your weather pics...

    Are you currently being pounded by the wind and rain in the north east?

    We're hearing that Stonehaven and Montrose are being particularly badly battered - if you have pictures of the conditions, tweet us using #scotlandlive or email us at newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk.

    Wet weather
  19. Poppy appeal launched

    Two art installations symbolising the impact of war have gone on display at the Scottish Parliament to mark the launch of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

    "France 1914" is a 6ft tall Italian marble sculpture representing the last tree on a World War One battlefield.

    World War One installation at the Scottish Parliament

    "Unknown" features an army of glass soldiers and civilians to highlight the impact of war on everyone.

  20. Rally reaction

    Politicians have been reacting to the first safety recommendations to be made following the crash at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders earlier this year in which three spectators were killed.

    Sports Minister Shona Robison said: "Motor sport can never be completely safe. However, these initial findings set out clear improvements that can help to prevent tragic accidents."

    South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume also welcomed the findings.

    "It's vitally important that communities in the Borders and its visitors are able to enjoy the Jim Clark Rally safely," he said.

  21. The team they tried to ban

    Edinburgh Evening News

    First Ladies of Football, a special exhibition, is running at Stockbridge Library, Hamilton Place, until the end of the month

    Edinburgh Lady Dynamos team

    Read here how the Edinburgh Lady Dynamos fought for their right to play the "beautiful game" when the SFA attempted to quash women's football by banning them from official grounds in the 1920s.

  22. Post update

    Earlier we reported how an artist from Glasgow has been described as the "Wilfred Owen of cartooning" following the rediscovery of his World War One work.

    Book of cartoons by Archie Gilkison

    Watch a report of the story here.

  23. Scotland 'not Rotherham'

    Sexual abuse of children on the scale exposed in Rotherham is "absolutely not" happening in Scotland, a senior police officer told MSPs.

    Speaking at Holyrood's Justice Committee, assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham said there were a "really big number" of child rapes in Scotland last year and hundreds of convictions for child sexual exploitation, but no "large scale or extensive co-ordinating group" sexually abusing children on the scale seen in Rotherham.

    He said about a quarter of the 1,590 reported rapes last year were against children.

  24. Russell: 'Exam mistakes made'

    The Scottish education secretary has said mistakes were made in introducing new school exams, but has stopped short of making an apology.

    Boy doing exam paper

    Mike Russell said the process of replacing standard grades with national qualifications had been difficult.

    But he told the Scottish Parliament's education committee the new system "is succeeding and will succeed".

    Opposition politicians said Mr Russell must say sorry to teachers, parents and pupils who struggled with the changes.

  25. Knife-wielding robber hits shop

    Police are hunting a knife-wielding robber who targeted a corner shop in Dumfries.

    Dumfries Toll Bar shop

    The incident happened at about 18:50 on Monday at the Toll Bar premises on New Abbey Road.

    A man entered the shop armed with a knife and demanded money from two assistants aged 45 and 13.

    One of the staff went to get help and the robber fled on a mountain bike having taken a "small amount of cash".

  26. Airport plans grounded

    The Liberal Democrat conference has rejected a move by the party leadership to allow more airport expansion.

    Members voted to keep the current policy, which opposes any expansion at the major London airports, or any overall increase in runways in the UK.

  27. MSPs to hear child abuse response

    MSPs are to question police and prosecutors on their response to the rise in child sexual exploitation in Scotland.

    Computer keyboard

    Holyrood's Justice Committee will hear from Asst Ch Con Malcolm Graham and Crown Office head of policy Catriona Dalrymple today.

    Police and prosecutors are to join forces with councils and charities to form a new national child abuse investigation unit.

    Devices such as camera-phones, improved download technologies and sophisticated software to conceal activity have led to a rise in child abuse, Mr Graham has already told the committee.

  28. Police hunt pharmacy thief

    Edinburgh Evening News

    Police have released CCTV images of a masked man who stole medicines from a Livingston pharmacy on two separate occasions.

    CCTV footage of robbery

    The incidents occurred at the Ladywell Pharmacy in Fernbank, at around 16.40 on 7 September 2013 and at around 10.10 on 14 June this year.

    Police are asking anyone who can help identify him to come forward.

    He is described as white, 5ft 7in, medium to heavy build, with short dark coloured hair and a Scottish accent.

  29. Shotguns at record high

    The number of shotguns held in Scotland has reached a record high.

    Official figures show more than 140,000 shotguns were owned in Scotland in March 2014 - a 10% increase over the last decade.

    Man hunting with a shotgun

    The statistics also reveal an increase in related activities, with the level of arms dealing in Scotland having grown by almost a third over the last 10 years.

    The last year has seen over 7,500 new items added to firearm certificates which takes into account a wide range of guns and rifles, as well as air guns and rifles.

  30. Four injured in A8 collision

    Four people have been injured after five cars collided in fog on the A8 in North Lanarkshire this morning.

    Emergency services were called to the eastbound carriageway at Shawhead, Coatbridge, at about 08:45

    Two men and a woman were treated at the scene by paramedics before another woman was cut free from her car by fire crews.

    All four were taken to Monklands General Hospital for treatment. The accident has now been cleared and traffic is running normally.

  31. Meow!

    Kenneth Macdonald

    BBC Scotland Special Correspondent

    I'm standing in for John Beattie today on Radio Scotland. We're going to be discussing cats, and their relationship with humans through history.

    Barney from Neilston texted: Ken, I can't understand people who like cats. Cats over the centuries have never been fully domesticated. We feed them, but they still hunt and kill! If a dog's owner dies, the dog will remain with the body, bark a warning and pine - a cat will eat the body when hungry.

    Is Barney being unfair to felines? Tweet us using #scotlandlive, email us here or text 80295.

  32. Kilmarnock prison makes 'good progress'

    Prison inspectors have praised HMP Kilmarnock for making "good progress" in meeting recommendations for improvements.

    HMP Kilmarnock

    Inspectors made 10 recommendations after a visit to in 2011.

    At a follow-up inspection in July they found that seven of these had been achieved and two partially achieved while one was no longer applicable.

    The inspection team made an additional 11 recommendations, including a request that all prisoners should have access to one hour in the open air every day.

  33. Rally recommendations

    Reevel Alderson

    BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    An expert group set up to improve safety at motor sport events has published its first set of recommendations today.

    The review group was established following a tragedy at the Jim Clark rally in the Borders in which three spectators were killed.

    Jim Clark rally tragedy

    The guidance includes having an independent safety delegate for each rally, better training for marshals, and improved safety messages for spectators.

    These recommendations will be implemented at the Isle of Mull rally, which takes place this weekend.

  34. Sexual assault in Perth

    Police are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted by a man outside a shop in Perth.

    The attack happened outside the Poundstretchers store on Scott Street at about 00:40 on Sunday 28 September.

    It is believed the victim then made her way to the taxi rank in Mill Street. She was visibly distressed and was offered assistance by several members of the public.

  35. Remembering Mikaeel

    Youngsters are to benefit from money raised by an Edinburgh community after the death of Mikaeel Kular.

    Mikaeel Kular

    Residents who were left devastated by the toddler's death raised more than £3,000 to be used for a memorial.

    My Adventure, run by Muirhouse Youth Development Group, will put the funds towards renovating an outdoor centre in the Borders.

  36. Post update

    Ken Macdonald

    BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    tweets: Just about to go on air with the John Beattie prog @BBCRadioScot. Feel free to chip in.

    You can listen live at the top of this page.

  37. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    tweets: Several SEPA Flood Warnings in force across Tayside, Aberdeenshire and Angus & Dundee. Latest details found here: http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates

  38. Art gallery lands £10m grant

    The redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery has won a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of just under £10m.

    Aberdeen art gallery and museum

    The £30m scheme to improve the Schoolhill building as well as Cowdray Hall and Memorial Court secured council approval last year.

    The local authority has committed £10m towards the overall cost.

  39. Warning over Lib Dem airport policy

    Aberdeen's oil rich economy would be undermined by the Liberal Democrats' current policy on airport expansion, according to Christine Jardine, below, the party's prospective candidate for Gordon.

    Christine Jardine

    The party's leadership is seeking to persuade activists at the conference in Glasgow to amend their position, which imposes a blanket ban on new runways in the south east of England in favour of a stance which would allow airport expansion across the UK in future.

    Speaking in favour of expansion, Ms Jardine told the conference the position and was "short sighted".

  40. Aviemore hospital decision expected

    A proposed new hospital to serve communities in Badenoch and Strathspey could be approved by NHS Highland's board later.

    Four possible sites have been identified in Aviemore.

    NHS Highland plans to build the new hospital and close two smaller sites in Kingussie and Grantown on Spey.

  41. The art of roof building...

    Here's the latest picture from Glasgow School of Art as the temporary roof is installed.

    New roof is put on Glasgow School of Art

    As we reported earlier, the specially created frame is being hoisted on to the fire-damaged building to keep it watertight over the winter.

  42. Alcohol - your views

    Bob Young: This latest report about alcohol seems flawed. In the areas where higher hospital admissions and deaths are occurring more alcohol is being consumed for whatever reason, so market forces will mean more supply outlets are there to meet the demand.

  43. Moore: Parties must have open minds

    Former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said he hopes all the main parties involved in the talks on further devolution will come with open minds.

    The Liberal Democrat MP will represent his party's interests on the Smith Commission along with the MSP Tavish Scott.

    Michael Moore

    The five main political parties at Holyrood have been asked to make initial submissions to Lord Smith by the end of this week.

  44. School of Art gets a winter coat

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland arts correspondent

    A temporary roof will be installed on the fire-damaged Mackintosh School of Art in Glasgow today.

    The roof of Glasgow School of Art

    The specially created metal frame will be hoisted on to the building this morning to make sure it remains wind and watertight over the winter.

    A campaign to raise money for the restoration of the building was launched in June and a call for architects to lead the project will be made in the next few weeks.

  45. Minor plane collision

    Emergency services are at Dublin Airport after the wingtips of two Ryanair planes - one bound for Edinburgh Airport - hit each other during a taxi-way off the runway.

    Ryanair planes clip wings

    No passengers were injured, and there was no disruption to any flights.

    According to witnesses, there was minor damage to the two Boeing 737 planes.

    The Irish Aviation Authority say they are investigating.

  46. Man arrested over alleged rape

    A 29 year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged rape near Johnstone last week.

    The 18-year-old woman was allegedly attacked in the early afternoon on a cycle path between Johnstone and Linwood in Renfrewshire.

    A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

    He is expected to appear from custody at Paisley Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

  47. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Mist and fog are also causing trouble in many parts this morning, especially through Glasgow. Visibility is down to just a few metres in places on the M8, M77 and M74, and it's particularly bad around Glasgow Airport.

    Traffic is at a standstill for 25 minutes on Crow Road in Glasgow, while in Edinburgh, there are long delays on Ferry Road in both directions because of the temporary lights.

  48. Alcohol laws - your views

    Alison: In the small village I stay in you can buy drink in 5 pubs, two grocery shops, a small supermarket and the paper shop. Drink is far to easily available. Just look at the price of a large bottle of cider. I think the number of outlets should be cut back.

    Stephen Potter via Twitter: I live in Milton Glasgow - an area no bigger than 2 square miles. We have 3 off-sales, with a further 4 on the boundary.

  49. Hosie welcomes backing

    SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie has welcomed "strong" endorsement for his campaign to become deputy leader of his party.

    Stewart Hosie

    The Dundee East MP has won backing from the founders of the pro-independence Business for Scotland and Labour for Independence groups.

  50. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    A couple of accidents are causing real problems today. The A9 Pitlochry to Perth road is blocked at Dunkeld by an accident. Traffic is diverting through Birnam on the Perth Road, which is running reasonably well at this point. However, east of Dunkeld, the A93 Bridge of Cally to Blairgowrie Road is already closed for resurfacing.

    On the A8 at Eurocentral an accident is blocking one lane eastbound. There are long delays on approach - at the moment the traffic is backed up to the M8 at J8 Baillieston. There are queues on the A725 from the A8 back to the M74 at Raith.

  51. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: Breaking news: Edinburgh-bound plane crashes into another jet on runway at Dublin

    Plane damage

    Read the full story here.

  52. Edinburgh firm strikes black gold

    Edinburgh based Cairn Energy have announced the discovery of oil off Senegal in West Africa. The find was made by an exploration well, one hundred kilometres offshore.

    Cairn worker examines pipe

    The company and its partners will now continue to evaluate it and describe it as an "important event" for their venture.

  53. Murder inquiry launched

    Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man attacked in a Glasgow street died in hospital.

    Stephen McGinlay, 26, was walking with a friend near the library on St George's Road in Woodside at about 17.50pm last Thursday when they were targeted by three men.

    The suspects, who got out of a dark coloured car parked nearby, were in their 20s and wearing dark clothing.

    Mr McGinlay, of Balmore Road in the city, died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Sunday.

  54. On this day...

    Today in 1999, Scottish pop singer Lena Zavaroni died.

    Born in Rothesay, she won the public's affection after appearing on Opportunity Knocks aged just 10. The pressures of success at such a young age surely contributed to her untimely death at the age of 35, after a long battle with severe anorexia nervosa.

    Lena Zavaroni

    On this day in 1763 the contract to build Edinburgh's North Bridge was signed. The main link between the Old and New Towns, the original bridge was finished in 1772.

  55. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Heavy rain and gales for the the north east and the Northern Isles, with the continued risk of disruption to travel this morning. Met Office be-aware weather warnings are in force until midnight tonight for these areas, and the Highlands too.

    Another area of rain will likely affect Fife, the East Lothians and Borders, heavier over East Perthshire, Tayside and Angus.

    In the south west and Glasgow, a chilly start with mist and fog around, but this will thin and clear, then it's a mostly dry day with some brightness. Highs in the sunshine of around 14C. Elsewhere around 10C to 12C.

  56. New funding for rare disease drugs

    Health Secretary Alex Neil has announced the expansion of a special fund giving patients in Scotland access to expensive drugs.

    Pills

    A fund of £40m will be available this year and next year for new drugs which are not normally paid for by the NHS.

    The New Medicines Fund doubles the amount of money previously available.

    It is being financed from a rebate to the Scottish government made by the pharmaceutical industry under the UK-wide branded drug pricing scheme.

  57. Civil justice shake-up

    Major reforms to Scotland's civil courts are expected to be passed by MSPs, despite concern the changes may restrict access to justice.

    Ministers brought forward their Courts Reform Bill after a review concluded the service was slow, inefficient and expensive.

    The changes have won broad backing from opposition parties.

    But, sections of the legal profession said the legislation may make it more difficult for people to bring cases.

  58. What's on the back pages?

    Roy Keane turned down the chance to become Celtic's new manager in the summer because he didn't feel the club wanted him enough, reports the Scottish Sun.

    Roy Keane

    And striker Stevie May aims to shine for Scotland following his call-up ahead of the national side's Euro 2016 qualifying double header.

    Read the rest of our sporting gossip round-up here.

  59. This morning's papers

    The Herald and The Scotsman both lead on Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill, who is under pressure to quit.

    Elsewhere, most of Scotland's papers have pictures of Billy Connolly, who made the Scottish cup draw on Monday and revealed it was on his "bucket list".

    Daily Record and The Scotsman

    Read more about what's making the headlines here.

  60. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    Fog is having an impact on rush hour traffic this morning, especially in the west of the country- take care out there.

    Traffic cameras
  61. Post update

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    On Morning Call today: a study says Scottish neighbourhoods with the most licensed premises have the highest rates of alcohol-related illness and deaths. We're asking what it's like where you live?

    Morning Call

    And if someone called you old, would you be offended?

    The lines are open now 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

    We're on air from 08:50 and you can listen live here.

  62. Alcohol - Your Views

    Text 80295

    John, Cowdenbeath: Your article on alcohol availability is a lot of nonsense, nobody believes these biased findings.

  63. WW1 cartoonist 'rediscovered'

    An artist from Glasgow has been described as the "Wilfred Owen of cartooning" following the rediscovery of his World War One work.

    Archie Gilkison's war cartoons appeared in newspapers including the Herald and Evening Times.

    Archie Gilkison's 'The Reason Why'

    It was published from 1914 until his death in 1916.

    According to a Glasgow University expert, his style is highly unusual in displaying anti-war sentiment while the conflict was ongoing.

    Gilkison's work as a journalist and cartoonist appeared in newspapers across the UK from the early 1900s.

  64. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel

    Latest

    The A9 Pitlochry to Perth road is blocked both ways at Dunkeld by RTA. Traffic at a standstill. Police in process of putting up diversions, disruption is expected to continue for some time.

  65. Coming up...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Civilians flee Kobane on Syria-Turkey border as IS militants take 3 districts after fighting with Syrian Kurds @BayanRahman #bbcgms 0810.

    You can listen live here.

  66. Alcohol - Your Views

    Text 80295

    Anon: This research on alcohol is nonsense. It's well known that deprived areas have a higher proportion of alcohol outlets than other more affluent areas, therefore it's more to do with the relationship with poverty and alcohol. You could say the same thing about gambling because there are more bookies in poverty areas than there are in say Bearsden or Milngavie.

    Joe in Fife: Neighbourhoods that sustain pubs are ones where demand for booze is highest. This is typical idiotic public sector logic. It's low pay and lack of opportunity that drives people to drink - not the existence of pubs.

  67. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather

    Latest

    Hi, it's Kawser. Rush hour weather concerns. Patchy, dense fog & low visibility for Glasgow & Clyde Valley. Heavy rain & gales across NE & N Isles.

  68. Alcohol abuse link

    Scottish neighbourhoods with the most licensed premises have the highest rates of alcohol-related illness and deaths, according to a study.

    Alcohol for sale

    Death rates are more than double in areas with the most bars and off-licences, according to Alcohol Focus Scotland.

    Hospital admissions are "significantly higher" in neighbourhoods with easier access to alcohol.

    And off-sales outlets have the greatest potential for alcohol-related harm.

    The study by researchers at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities found there were 34 alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 people in neighbourhoods with the most off-sales outlets.

    That compares to 13 per 100,000 in neighbourhoods with the fewest outlets.

  69. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from throughout the country between now and 18:00.