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  1. Drink-drive limit reduced in time for Christmas
  2. 'Scot' shot dead in Brazil robbery
  3. Salmond may stand for a Westminster seat
  4. Piracy row Scot struggling to survive in India

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That is it for today's Scotland Live blog.

Please join us again from 08:00 on Monday for all the latest Scottish news and sport.

Have a great weekend.

Highland raptors 'not deliberately targeted'

Birds of prey found dead in Ross-shire in the Highlands earlier this year

were most likely not targeted deliberately, police have said.

More than 20 raptors were discovered at various locations in March and April.

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Police Scotland confirmed that 16 of them - 12 red kites and four buzzards - were probably accidentally killed by pest control measures.

A reward is being offered for witnesses or further information which could help with the ongoing inquiry.

Target for Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said he has a definite domestic target and wants the Parkhead side to be top of the league by Christmas.

Ronny Deila

Celtic are currently fifth in the table, six points behind the leaders Hamilton Accies.

Attempted murders after dog row

A man has been convicted of attempting to murder six people after setting fire to a block of flats in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, following a row over his dog.

Alexander Gay, 45, was enraged after his lurcher Ozzie was banned from a New Year party in one of the flats because another guest was allergic to dogs.

He set petrol alight in the close stairs on 1 January. One guest suffered burns and lost his sight. Another died days later from a heart attack.

Sentence on Gay was deferred.

Scotland's women prepare

Scotland international Rachel Corsie,

writing for BBC Sport, considers Saturday's crucial World Cup play-off semi-final match against the Netherlands at Tynecastle.

Rachel Corsie

'No road safety boost'

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has criticised Scottish government plans to lower the drink-drive limit.

Spokesman George Goldie said: "I don't think it's going to have an impact on road safety because in the vast majority of accidents where someone is killed or injured involving alcohol, the driver is way way over the limit, not just fractionally over the limit.

"I think this will have a much bigger impact on the people who are trying to be law-abiding and who perhaps have a drink in the evening and are caught the following morning."

Analysis - Drink Driving

Huw Williams

BBC Scotland reporter

The Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says drink driving shatters families and communities. If you look at the latest UK-wide figures, they suggest fatalities in drink-drive accidents account for some 13% of all road deaths.

The new lower limit, if and when it comes in, will be in line with the rest of Europe although different from what would apply at the moment in the rest of the UK. It will be backed up by a public information campaign urging drivers not to drink at all.

The motivation - to improve road safety and cutting road deaths.

Warriors pair return

Josh Strauss (pictured) and Alex Dunbar have returned to the Glasgow Warriors' squad for the match in Montpellier as the team aims to build on their opening European Rugby Champions Cup win.

Dunbar comes back from injury at centre in place of Peter Horne for the pool four game, while Strauss comes in at number eight, replacing Adam Ashe.

Josh Strauss

Finn Russell replaces Duncan Weir at fly-half and Leone Nakarawa makes way for Tim Swinson at second row.

Montpellier coach Fabien Galthie has made seven changes to his line-up.

Drink-drive debate - Your views

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Vic from Shetland: One drink drivers keep the rural, remote and island businesses just viable. This reduction turns rural Scotland into a desolate place.

Sky Sports News presenter Jim White

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Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Brian Kennedy has made a loan offer to the Rangers board, to finance club to the AGM. It is being considered.


Police are investigating after a naked man was spotted walking near a hospital in Dundee.

The man was seen crossing a footbridge on Ninewells Drive, near Ninewells Hospital, at about 20:25 on Thursday.

Zero tolerance?

The government has announced plans to reduce Scotland's drink-drive limit to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. But why not just enforce an outright ban?

The BBC's Alicia Queiro finds out.

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BBC Scotland Travel


On the roads, in Forfar the A932 Arbroath Road is partially blocked by an accident. This is affecting traffic in both directions. In Dundee, the Tay Road Bridge has road works southbound with a 30mph speed restriction.

In Edinburgh, on Queensferry Road, there are city-bound queues from Burnshot to Barnton because of a breakdown blocking one lane. There are half hour delays southbound on the A82 Stirling Road through the road works near Milton, heading towards the Erskine Bridge and Glasgow.

On the M8 in Paisley, a set of ladders is apparently lying on the on-slip road eastbound at junction 29 St James.

Rapist and abuser jailed

A man who was convicted of

raping two women and assaulting two others has been jailed for eight years.

Alan Clark, 39, abused the women in Glasgow, Clydebank and Dumbarton between 2001 and 2012.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how he raped one woman who had helped him with literacy skills while he was in prison.

Judge Lord Carloway ordered Clark to be kept under supervision for a further four years after his release.

Murray defeats Anderson

Andy Murray boosted his hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals with a hard-fought win over Kevin Anderson at the Valencia Open.

The Briton won 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 to reach the semi-finals, where he will face David Ferrer or Thomaz Bellucci.

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Murray will be hoping that Bellucci can do him a favour, with Ferrer among the 27-year-old's rivals for one of the eight places at the season finale.

The Scot began the day lying eighth in the Race to London.

Councillor in extremist row

A Liberal Democrat councillor has resigned after the party accused him of

sharing anti-Islamic material on social media.

Drew Millar

The Highland Council Lib Dem group said Drew Millar, of Skye, shared material from far-right group Britain First.

Mr Millar said he did not think the material was from Britain First and claimed he had no intention of "stirring up religious hatred".

The party said it had been investigating the allegation.

Philip Nash leaves Rangers

The Rangers director Philip Nash has resigned.

His departure follows news of a

fresh funding package put forward by Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner.

Ashley has tabled an emergency loan offer to the Rangers board.

The proposal is under consideration.

Turtle stranded

A rare leatherback turtle has been found dead in creel ropes off the coast of Dunbar in East Lothian.

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It is the fourth animal belonging to the giant turtle species to be found washed up in Scotland in recent weeks.

The other turtles were discovered on the west coast in Sutherland, the isle of Skye and isle of Coll.

Leatherback turtles are rarely seen in Scottish waters and experts say they are concerned about the unprecedented number of recent strandings.

MoD housing deal


new charging system for MoD accommodation means military families will get a more balanced deal when it comes to housing.

MOD Housing

The Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) will create a simpler grading and charging structure.

Over 40% of service personnel live in military quarters full time. There has been criticism in the past about the poor condition of military housing at Scottish bases.

Ashley's loan offer to Rangers

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has tabled a counter offer to former Rangers director Dave King

in the battle for control of the Ibrox club.

mike ashley

King returned to his South African base on Thursday after he and his allies failed to come to an agreement with the board over a £16m funding package.

Ashley, who already owns 8.29% of Rangers shares, has now offered an emergency funding loan.

Nuns leave Dundee

The Little Sisters of the Poor have announced they will be

forced to leave the Wellburn Care Home in Dundee in the new year due to a lack of new nuns joining the order.

Nuns in a line

The order has seen a 50% drop in worldwide membership - from 4,000 to 2,000 - in the last 10 years.

There are only about eight nuns remaining in Dundee, of which only two are under the age of 70.

Negotiations to find a new operator for the care home are ongoing. If an alternative operator is not found by January, the residents will be re-housed.

Glasgow goes for Euros

Glasgow hopes to bring the European Indoor Athletics Championships to Scotland in 2019.

The Emirates Arena in the city's east end wants to host the event in five years' time and Glasgow expects to be UK Athletics' British nominee.

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The venue hosted badminton and cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will host the International Invitation match in late January.

It is also expected to host the 2015 Scottish Indoor Championships.

Care home admits mistakes

A care home has

admitted health and safety breaches after an 85-year-old resident suffered burns when she was placed in a bath that was too hot.

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Elizabeth Warrington sustained scald injuries to her hands and feet at Campsie View Care Home in Kirkintilloch in September 2009.

Four Seasons Health Care, which runs the home, admitted failings over its plumbing system and staff training.

Sentence on the firm was deferred at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Be careful, deer

Motorists have been warned to look out for

deer on roads in Scotland.

deer on the road

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) said the risk of collisions would increase when the clocks go back this weekend.

With night falling earlier, peak commuting time coincides with deer coming out to feed on grass verges near roadsides, the conservation body said.

SNP councillor suspended

The deputy leader of Glasgow Council's SNP group,

Billy McAllister, has been suspended from the party.

The suspension follows an alleged homophobic breach of the peace in August.

Mr McAllister, 60, was reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with the incident in the city's Maryhill Road.

A 47-year-old man has also been reported for an alleged assault in connection with the same incident.

Held to account

Scotland's financial watchdog has flagged up concerns to the Scottish parliament about the accounts of three Scottish health boards.

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It highlights weaknesses in financial management at NHS Highland and NHS Orkney and problems with a new IT system at NHS 24 which is expected to cost £23m more than expected.

All three health boards have received a total of £24m to help them break even.

Energy firm Proserv sold

Aberdeenshire-based energy services company Proserv is being sold to a US private equity investor in a multi-million pound deal.

Riverstone Holdings has agreed to acquire 100% of Proserv shares from Intervale Capital and other stakeholders.


The exact value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Under the agreement, Proserv will continue to operate as an independent company.

Killer held at state hospital

A man who stabbed his girlfriend 46 times

because he thought she was poisoning him for the Taliban has been detained at the state hospital in Carstairs indefinitely.

Paranoid Lee Hospdal killed Catherine Sandeman at the couple's home in Forfar in October 2013.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Lord Boyd of Duncansby said it was clear that Hopsdal was "suffering from a mental illness".

Drink-drive limit - Your Views

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Paul, Edinburgh: I'm fine with the new drink limit but something needs to be done with the over-pricing of non-alcoholic drinks in bars & restaurants.

Stuart, Thurso: Jim (from Inverness, 11:09), you can have as many pints after golf as you like, you just need to get a taxi!

SNP win by-election

The SNP has won the

Oban North and Lorn by-election for Argyll and Bute Council.

The party's Iain MacLean won the ward with 1,090 votes.

The independent Stephanie Irvine polled 629, followed by Labour's Kieron Green on 530 votes and the Conservatives' Andrew Vennard with 415.

World's End DNA evidence

The jury in the World's End murder trial has heard that a DNA sample found on the clothes of one of the victims is estimated to have had a one in a billion chance of coming from a person other than the accused.

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Forensic scientist Martin Fairley examined staining on 17-year-old Helen Scott's coat.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering Helen and her friend Christine Eadie in October 1977.

Their bodies were found dumped in East Lothian.

Plaque to the future

Three replacement wooden plaques, depicting three of the 14 stations of the cross, have arrived at the Italian chapel in Orkney to replace plaques

stolen from there in August.

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So far the original plaques have not been recovered.

The chapel was built during World War Two by Italian prisoners of war and has since become Orkney's most popular tourist attraction.

John Muir, secretary of the chapel preservation society, said that plans were already underway to fit CCTV in the building and they are also considering employing an on-site custodian.

Gallery - Your Pictures

It is time for a gallery of the

best reader pictures of the week, including this wonderful image of Perthshire.

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Flat fire

A man has been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a flat in Glasgow's east end.

Crews were called to the four-storey block in Walter Street, Dennistoun, at 17:55 on Thursday.

The man was treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Bomb threat worker jailed

Evening Express

An offshore worker who told police he had bomb in his bag at Aberdeen airport has been jailed for three months.

Appearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Billy Green admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and uttering threats and stating he was carrying a bomb in his bag.

Drink-drive limit - Your views

Shona: Great that there are plans to reduce the limit but it would be even better if there was a zero tolerance policy altogether. Alcohol affects everyone differently and the effects can be changed by tiredness, illness, lack of food etc. I don't think there should be any room on this at all. Drink-driving accidents ruin lives of all those involved. For those who do drink and drive they should lose their licence and not get it back.

Glasgow Green workers memorial

The Evening Times

A memorial to honour people killed or injured in the course of their work has been unveiled at Glasgow Green.

The ceremony was held 43 years after a gas explosion at Clarkston Toll shopping centre, which killed 21 and injured more than 100.

Read the full story here.

BBC Scotland Travel


In Glasgow city centre, George Square is closed northbound for emergency sewer repairs from Queen Street to West George Street.