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  1. Anas Sarwar resignation sparks Scottish Labour deputy leader search
  2. Jenny Marra won't stand for deputy role and expects six candidates
  3. Ed Miliband admits Scottish 'challenge' ahead for Labour
  4. NHS Grampian chief executive stands down
  5. Scottish Paranormal festival begins

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By Thomas McGuigan and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Happy Halloween

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is it for today's Scotland Live blog.

We will be back on Monday from 08:00 for all the latest news and sport.

Have a great weekend.

Baskets tagged after bag charge

A Dundee supermarket has been forced to security tag baskets to stop shoppers from stealing them following the introduction of the carrier bag charge.


Asda said "a number of baskets" had disappeared from its Milton of Craigie store in the city.

A spokeswoman said the Dundee store had "reluctantly" introduced security tags on the baskets to crack down on the thefts.

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

On Reporting Scotland from 1830, hear a warning from the owner on an English club about Mike Ashley's involvement in #Rangers

Bright future?

BBC Scotland's Cheri Burns reflects on the Scotland's Women football team after they were knocked out of World Cup qualifying rounds by the Netherlands.

Scotland's women

Light show

A light show which started out in Edinburgh and has been seen around the world will arrive in Glasgow this weekend.

NVA Speed of Light opened the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012, where hundreds of runners created a show on Arthur's Seat.

NVA Speed of Light

Organisers have since spent two years animating hillsides, docklands and city locations around the world with runners choreographed in LED light suits to make the three short films.

Watch highlights from the performances.

BBC Scotland Weather


Rain on the way! The 5pm radar shows rain on the W.coast. It's running a little slow, but should move inland tonight.


Veil ripped off in attack

A man who ripped off a Muslim woman's religious veil during a racist attack in Glasgow

has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

Emiliano Sanchez confronted Shirin Akter outside a Lidl store in Dennistoun on 25 November 2013.

How to fill a dancefloor? - Your Views

Barbara Jarvie: You can't beat Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline!

Poll Tax

West Dunbartonshire Council has scrapped £8m of unpaid poll tax ahead of Scottish government moves to stop authorities chasing the historic debt.

poll tax

Council leader Martin Rooney said: "The poll tax was widely acknowledged as an unjust taxation system that unfairly punished the poor and eased the burden on those with the deepest pockets."

NHS chief stands down

The chief executive of NHS Grampian, which has been embroiled in a staffing controversy, has announced his early retirement.

Richard Carey

Richard Carey expressed disappointment that the relationship between some senior medical staff and senior management appeared to have broken down.

GPS tracking

Testing is to be carried out to consider if GPS tracking technology should be used to monitor sex offenders and domestic abusers,

the justice secretary has announced.

Kenny MacAskill said a new expert group would test the technology after concerns were raised over its use.

Man tagged

The working group will also test electronic devices which can detect if someone has been drinking.

Lambert's future

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert acknowledges his job is not secure despite signing a four-year contract extension in September.

Villa have lost all five games they have played since then, and have not scored a goal in any of those games.

Paul Lambert
Getty Images

"I never think fireproof, I never think anybody's bomb-proof," said the Scot.

"I know football is about trying to get results. It's got nothing to do with my contract. We've just not clicked."

STV Poll

An Ipsos Mori poll for STV has concluded two thirds of Scots would support another independence referendum within the next ten years.

Read the full story.

McCoist's warning for Deila

Rangers manager Ally McCoist reckons Celtic counterpart Ronny Deila would be wrong to write off the Ibrox men should the sides meet in the League Cup.

Both teams go into Saturday's semi-final draw, with McCoist admitting he would prefer "anyone but Celtic".

Ally McCoist

But, with his side in the second tier, he challenged Deila's claim that the "best teams are in the top division".

"We are the outsiders along with Aberdeen and [Dundee] United, but we fancy our chances," said McCoist.

Dog lover performs citizens' arrest

A man who stole a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy

has been jailed for six months after a dog lover performed a citizens' arrest.

Inverness puppy

William Cochrane, 29, of Culloden, took Roxi from the garden of a house in Inverness on 18 May.

He was caught by Brian Tolmie, of Fort William, after he advertised the dog for sale on the internet.

Horrors for commission

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Halloween seems an appropriate point for Lord Robert Smith's commission on new devolved powers for Holyrood to close the door on public submissions.

The first scary prospect is that it has got a massive amount of reading to do. Vast numbers of people and organisations have submitted their proposals.

Add to that the weight of expectation coming out of the referendum campaign that the Commission's going to deliver a big, exciting change. And fast.

Read the full blog of Douglas Fraser.

How to fill a dancefloor? - Your Views

Wilson: On party songs, would it be mischievous to suggest the DJ at Scottish Labour's Gala Dinner started off with "I Want You Back" by The Jacksons and ending with "Send In The Clowns"? My favourite is of course "Blame It On The Boogie" and by the way Labour, you can blame the SNP, you can blame the Tories, but you can never blame the boogie!

How to fill a dancefloor? - Your Views

Zaphod Bebelbrox says:The Proclaimers? Only if it's a family wedding full of middle aged people with no discernible preference for any sort of music whatsoever. See also; Abba, The Grease megamix, the Slosh

127mph driver banned

A teenager has been banned from driving for 18 months after speeding at 127mph on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

Matthew Jolly, of Dyce, claimed he "hadn't noticed" hitting such high speeds in his turbo-charged Renault Clio near Brechin on 27 June.

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Hutton doubt for Scotland

Alan Hutton's participation in Scotland's upcoming double-header

is in doubt after he was ruled out of Aston Villa's meeting with Tottenham Hotspur.

The full-back, who will turn 30 in November, has a sprained ankle.

Alan Hutton

Scotland host Republic of Ireland in a Euro 2016 qualifier on 14 November before entertaining England in a friendly four days later.

Gordon Strachan is expected to name his Scotland squad for the two matches next week.

Lessons from the war

Rebecca Morelle

Science Correspondent, BBC News

Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS.

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) have announced that they have installed a system called eLoran in seven ports across Britain, including Aberdeen.

sat nav

The GLA say many critical instruments on ships use Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and if they fail the consequences could be disastrous.

The new system, which is ground rather than satellite-based, is designed to be used in the event of a GPS failure.

Ruff Justice For Greyfriars Bobby


are being asked to only touch Greyfriars Bobby's nose "gently" after work to restore the statue failed again.

Edinburgh City Council officials said damage was still being done following a £400 worth of restoration work to fix the dog's nose.

Greyfriar's Bobby's shiny nose

The statue is popular with tourists, many of whom have taken to rubbing the Skye Terrier's nose for luck.

The local authority said it had no plans to redo the work soon.

Millions needed for road

Highland councillors are to be asked to agree that officials start work to find millions of pounds needed to pay for a solution to a trouble-hit bypass.

The A890 Stromeferry bypass in Wester Ross was partially reopened on Thursday after several rock falls closed the route on Tuesday.

A890 Stromeferry
Ingrid Deschryver

After a landslide in December 2011, the road was shut for four months. Options to overcoming the problems cost between £85m and £132m, but the council only has £10m currently available for the work needed.

Fire Festival

The end of summer and start of winter is being marked later with a huge Celtic fire festival in Edinburgh.

The Samhuinn Fire Festival will feature ancient Celtic traditions, fire, drumming and acrobatics combined with pyrotechnics and martial arts.

Samhuinn Fire Festival
Matt Dale

The event, held in Edinburgh every Halloween night to mark the turning of the seasons, will have space for more spectators on a new bigger route. It starts at 21:00 from the High Street and finishes at The Mound.

Positive Signeul

Head coach Anna Signeul has vowed to stay on and lead Scotland to the next European Championship finals despite suffering World Cup disappointment.

Her side lost 2-0 in Rotterdam as the Netherlands completed a 4-1 aggregate victory in their play-off.

Anna Signeul

"Absolutely," the Swede replied when asked if she would remain in post.

"We will qualify for the Euros in two years' time, that's for sure. We are disappointed, but when you see steady progress, we should be confident."

Your Pictures

You have sent is some great pictures this week of Scotland, including this image by Benjy Boyle of Mandarin ducks on the River Leven near Balloch.

Mandarin ducks on the River Leven near Balloch.
Benjy Boyle

Here is a selection of some of Your Pictures.

Magnusson auction

An auction of items owned by Magnus Magnusson, former presenter of Mastermind, is being held to raise money for charity.

Author and journalist Mr Magnusson presented the BBC quiz show for 25 years. He died in January 2007.

Magnus Magnusson

A sale of books and an auction of his belongings will be held on 14 and 15 November in East Dunbartonshire, where Mr Magnusson lived.

Proceeds will go to The Balmore Trust, a fair trade charity.

'Babies Ashes Scandal'

Steven Godden

BBC Scotland

Eleven new families whose infants were cremated at Mortonhall crematorium in Edinburgh have registered their cases with Dame Elish Angiolini's National Cremation Investigation.

The former Lord Advocate is also investigating a number of new cases brought forward from elsewhere in Scotland. The national investigation was announced in June following the publication of Lord Bonomy's report into infant cremation which recommended an urgent review of practices.

The so-called "Babies Ashes Scandal" first emerged at Mortonhall where more than 250 families discovered their children's remains had been disposed of without their knowledge.

Rapist could have personality disorder

A man convicted of raping two women is to be assessed to determine whether he has a personality disorder.

Andrew Peters, 33, was found guilty by a jury last year of raping the women who were 48 and 27 at his then home in Inverness. He had denied the charges.

The High Court in Glasgow has heard that he requires further treatment and investigation before he can be sentenced. He is being held in the state hospital.

STUC wants tax devolution

The Scottish Trades Union Congress has called for major new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

In a submission to the Smith Commission on devolution, the STUC said there should be full devolution of income tax and many welfare benefits.

It also called for MSPs to have the ability to set a distinctive policy on immigration and asylum.

Sarwar's promise

Anas Sarwar has said the No campaign won the independence referendum "because of our Labour values, not despite them".

Mr Sarwar has released another statement following his decision to resign as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Anas Sarwar

He added: "I make this promise to you - we will go forward from here emboldened. That we will come through the other side of this process more unified in purpose, more confident of our argument and stronger in will than we have ever been.

"I will be playing my full part in helping to elect a Labour Government and Ed Miliband as our next Prime Minister. Let's start the job of changing our country."

32 arrests over referendum

Police have now arrested 32 people over trouble in Glasgow on the day the referendum result was announced.

The figure was revealed by Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority on Thursday.

referendum protest

He said officers at the gathering on 19 September faced a "difficult event".

There were scenes of disorder when a group who appeared to be pro-Union supporters arrived and began to taunt Yes campaigners who had gathered there.

Affordable housing

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has highlighted the Scottish Government's investment in affordable housing ahead of a visit to Dumfries.

She will address a rally of new SNP party members in the town.

Nicola Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon said Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership's 20-home complex in Troqueer was a prime example of the type of scheme they wanted to see.

Friday feeling

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

We've all been there. A party where, despite the best efforts of the DJ, the dance floor remains empty. Well, now those in charge of the tunes can guarantee to fill the floor following a new survey for Musicguard.

It seems

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers tops the poll in Scotland to get you dancing, while
Abba's Dancing Queen is the favourite across the UK.

The Proclaimers
Getty Images
"I'm Gonna Be" on that dancefloor in a second...

And the tune guaranteed to make even the most enthusiastic mover take a seat -

Agadoo by Black Lace.

What is your favourite song to hear at a party?

Email us or text 80295.

Airport plan takes flight

A long-term vision has been set out for Prestwick Airport - a year after it was taken into public ownership amid fears it could close.

A 53-page report has highlighted efforts to boost freight and passenger numbers as key drivers of success.

Prestwick Airport
Getty Images

The business review document also places importance on Prestwick's bid to become the UK's first spaceport.

The Scottish government bought the struggling airport for £1 last year and later announced £10m in loan funding.

Halloween - Your Views

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Craig in Fife: Re guysing/trick or treating. When I was wee Halloween was trick or treating, Guy Faulks night was "guysing" where you make a "guy" and wheel it round the doors collecting money and sweets for your efforts i.e. "penny for the guy", we used to hand the money collected to the collection for the village fireworks.

Hector, Fife: When I was a boy in the 50s nobody bought neeps at Halloween as there were thousands growing in nearby fields!

Aileen: When my kids were small I always did a tumshie lantern for them, also as a primary teacher did one to take in to my class. I don't mind pumpkins too much. They are big and pretty. What I simply can't abide is the taking on of the horrible American custom of 'trick or treat'. Bring back our OWN custom of guising. In this, children did not expect something for nothing nor to go out prepared to take vengeance on a neighbour with a spiteful (even dangerous) trick. ;-(

Mackintosh fundraiser

One of Scotland's most popular artists has launched a calendar to raise money to help restore Glasgow School of Art's iconic Mackintosh building.

John Lowrie Morrison OBE, known as "Jolomo", will donate all royalties from the his calendar to the Mackintosh Appeal, set up after the building was badly damaged by fire in May.

John Lowrie Morrison
Jolomo Ltd

John was a student at Glasgow School of Art from 1967 until 1972.

No Sharp for Scotland

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Team Scotland returns to the track in Glasgow in the new year, but it will not include Commonwealth Games silver medallist Lynsey Sharp.

Lynsey Sharp

The 800m runner has told BBC Scotland she has no plans to do an indoor season.

Team Scotland will compete against Team GB, Germany and France at Glasgow's Emirates Arena in the annual event, on Saturday 24 January.

Dress to impress

One woman's fashion collection has

found its way into the National Museum of Scotland, discovers BBC Scotland's arts correspondent Pauline McLean.

Margaret Coltman was an air stewardess from Renfrewshire, who, when she wasn't travelling the world, was shopping.

Margaret Coltman's dress

Her particular passion was for designer dresses and over several decades she amassed a collection which would thrill any fashion historian.