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  1. Elderly couple found dead in Millport
  2. Alistair Darling to stand down as an MP
  3. Home rule campaign launched
  4. Andy Murray to face Roger Federer in London
  5. Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone drawn to face Ross County

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By Thomas McGuigan and Louise Sayers

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team. We're back tomorrow from 08:00, hope you can join us then.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


North of Aberdeen - reports of a road traffic accident on A90 northbound at Balmedie - queues near Trump International Golf Links.

Under the floodlights


Aberdeen FC

tweets: Welcome to a wet Dingwall. All the team news to follow in a little bit...

Victoria Park, Dingwall
Aberdeen FC

The Dons face Ross County in tonight's Premiership encounter, kick off at 19:45. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport Scotland website and commentary provided by BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound.

Man sought over sex attack

British Transport Police are attempting to trace a bare-chested man who tried to rape a woman on a train.

The 25-year-old victim was attacked in the toilet of the train, which was stationary at Ayr station, between 22:20 and 23:00 on Friday.

The train was the service for Glasgow Central, due to leave Ayr at 23:00.

The suspect was described as being 6ft tall, of thin build with curly, dark brown hair, stubble on his face and several tattoos on his torso.

Murray Watch

British Tennis

tweets: Andy #Murray: "I'm really excited about coming to Glasgow to play in a world group tie."

Andy Murray
British Tennis

Bouncer guilty of 'manky feet' assault

A bouncer has been found guilty of assaulting a woman while throwing her out of a nightclub on account of her "manky feet".

Danielle Kelly suffered cuts and bruises when she was "unceremoniously" ejected from Dusk nightclub in Stirling on 14 February after bouncer Michael Thom saw her with no shoes on.

Michael Thom
Central Scotland News Agency

The 30-year-old was also convicted of grabbing another woman by the throat.

Thom denied the charges, but was found guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan deferred sentence until next month for clarification of means so Thom could be fined, and ordered him to be of good behaviour.

Celtic v Rangers - Your Views

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Sarah, Inverkeithing: I'm not looking forward to the Old Firm game. I have personally not missed the games; the atmosphere is scary the tension is horrible! It's a powderkeg of emotion ready to blow.

Glasgow serves up tie

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Big news for British/Scottish tennis fans, and those of @andy_murray: Glasgow's Emirates Arena will host GB v USA Davis Cup tie in March.

Motherwell managerial search

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford: Motherwell general manager Alan Burrows tells @BBCSportScot that manager applications are up between the 30-40 mark now.

Alistair Darling - Your Views

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Ewen Alexander, Prestwick: Is Alistair Darling's departure not just making 'room' for Jim Murphy in the Scottish Parliament?

Steve in Kirkcaldy: Alistair Darling's achievements? What a laugh. A failed chancellor. We should all remember he got a standing ovation at a Tory Party conference, where his advisor started the phrase project fear. Good riddance.

Al, Croftfoot: Well done to Alistair Darling. We in Scotland and the UK have a lot to be grateful for during his quiet but statesman-like defence of the Union.

Teenager convicted of rape

A teenager has been convicted of raping a woman while she slept at a house in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

Ross Wright, 19, attacked the 25-year-old woman on 24 May.

Wright, who claimed his victim was awake and had consented to have sex, was on early release at the time from detention for a serious assault charge.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Kenneth MacIver QC deferred sentence on Wright and placed him on the sex offenders' register.

Military tribute

Veterans joined serving military personnel and their families to open the Garden of Remembrance in Edinburgh this morning. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of Remembrance Week, 100 years on from the start of WW1.

The public will be able to visit the garden and plant crosses in memory of loved ones with all funds raised going to the Scottish Poppy appeal.

Elderly couple found dead

Police have launched an investigation after an elderly couple were

found dead in a house in Millport.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said the bodies were found within the house, in the West Bay area of the town, at about 11:20 today.

She said inquiries into the deaths were ongoing and post mortem examinations would be held in due course.

Millport is the only town on the island of Great Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde, off the coast of North Ayrshire.

Living wage - Your Views

John Graham: Politicians delighted about raising the living wage, won't do any good, as this results in higher prices. On the other hand if we were to cap the wages of high earners then tweaking the wages at the bottom might make a big difference to the low wage earners and people less fortunate. Unfortunately, this society is so greedy such a step would not be allowed.

London Calling for Murray...

Andy Murray has been drawn in the same group as Roger Federer for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Andy Murray
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Murray, 27, has won three titles in the past six weeks to qualify for the eight-man season-ending tournament, which takes place from 9-16 November.

The Scot is in Group B along with Swiss second seed Federer, Japan's Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic of Canada.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, Czech Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic of Croatia are in Group A.

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Missing man appeal

Police have

released enhanced CCTV images and video footage of the last known sighting of Allan Bryant on the first anniversary of his disappearance.

Crimestoppers police appeal video for missing man Allan Bryant

Mr Bryant, from Fife, has not been seen since he left the Styx nightclub in Glenrothes on 3 November 2013. He was last seen outside the club on Caskieberran Road at about 02:00.

It is hoped that the

Police video, which is being promoted on social media, will generate potential leads.

Allan is described as 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes. He has tattoos on both arms and was dressed in a navy, white and grey striped T-shirt, black or dark denim jeans and grey leather plimsoles.

NHS chief on the move

NHS Borders has announced that its chief executive Calum Campbell

has been appointed to the same post with NHS Lanarkshire.

The former footballer took up his post with the south of Scotland health board in January 2010.

He said he was "exceptionally proud of the high quality health care services" in the Borders.

Mr Campbell added that he was now looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead in Lanarkshire.

Dangerous road

The Courier

tweets: New report confirms Laurencekirk stretch is one of country's most dangerous roads.

Most dangerous roads
DC Thomson

Read the full story here.


Paul Collingwood has agreed a

return to Scotland's coaching staff for next year's World Cup.

Paul Collingwood
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The 38-year-old was then England's assistant coach for the World Twenty 20 in Bangladesh in March.

Collingwood, England's most capped one-day player and World T20 winning captain, worked briefly under Ashley Giles for the Three Lions but his role was discontinued when Peter Moores returned as head coach.

Now he will bid to upset England when they meet the Saltires in Christchurch on 23 February.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


Glasgow - Cathcart Road partially blocked in both directions near Hampden for emergency gas repairs.

Suppertime snack

Scientists from Islay and Aberdeen University say providing an evening meal of mealworms to one of Scotland's rarest birds helps them survive and to successfully raise their chicks.

Red billed choughs
(c) Robin Bignal

Red billed choughs are restricted to Islay and Colonsay, and the population has been in "serious decline".

In 1986 there were 95 breeding pairs of choughs on Islay. By last year that number had fallen to 39.

Conservationists from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Chough Study Group are now working with local farmers to provide the birds with an extra supply of food before they roost for the night.

Moray schools saved

Moray councillors have agreed a five-year moratorium on the closure of any rural schools, following a debate on the controversial proposals earlier today.

The Moray Council
Ryan Main

They have also decided against closing any of the area's eight secondary schools.

Parents and pupils had

protested against the changes, which involved plans to close 10 primary schools and a secondary in Moray.

The plans were drawn up after it was discovered there could be nearly 2,500 spare pupil spaces across the region by the year 2020, and independent consultants suggested a number of primary schools could close or merge, with a small number of others built.

Tycoon 'hangs up bra'

Scottish bra tycoon Michelle Mone has announced that she has sold most of her stake in lingerie firm Ultimo and bought a fake tan and beauty business.

In a series of tweets at the weekend, Ms Mone said she had "hung up my bra" and "sold 80% of Ultimo".

She then confirmed she had bought 100% of self-tan business UTan.

Ms Mone also described her 17 years of building up the Ultimo brand as a "roller coaster ride", and hinted at a new TV role.

Your Pictures - Get Involved

David McBride says he took this picture at sunrise on Saturday from a very cold and windy Dumbarton foreshore at the rock. "It was worth it," he added.

Dumbarton foreshore
David McBride

Scottish Cup draw

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Hampden tweets: Like my handwriting? @BBCSportScot

Scottish Cup draw

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BBC Scotland News


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St Johnstone v Ross County

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Rangers v Kilmarnock

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High note

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in Glasgow later this week will boost the city's economy by up to £10m, it has been claimed.

Glasgow City Council said a forecast of 11 major hotels had forecast occupancy rates of more than 80% compared to 55% for the same period last year.

Rapper Nicki Minaj
Rapper Nicki Minaj will host the event

The awards, hosted by rapper Nicki Minaj, will take place on 9 November at the SSE Hydro.

Other performers include Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and DJ Calvin Harris.

Travel latest

BBC Scotland Travel


The 15.53 Largs to Glasgow Central train is cancelled. Signalling problem by all accounts.

Finishing touches...

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Hampden tweets: Just a wee bit decorating to do then this Scottish Cup 4th round draw can get under way...

Scottish Cup draw at Hampden

Trial date for UDA murder plot accused

Four men charged with attempting to murder two former leaders of the Ulster Defence Association are to stand trial in Glasgow next year.

Anton Duffy, 38, Martin Hughes, 35, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 57, are alleged to have planned to kill Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair and Sam McCrory.

Mr Duffy and Mr Gorman are also accused of planning to murder former Barlinnie Prison governor Derek McGill.

The four men deny all the charges. Their trial was set for April 2015.

Cup draw

Our live text coverage of this afternoon's Scottish Cup fourth-round draw

has rumbled into action.

The Scottish Cup

Follow it here and add your reaction via text to 80295, tweet using #bbcsportfootball or visit BBC Sport Scotland's

Facebook page.

Castle hopes

The Press and Journal

A group of Aberdeen students are attempting to buy a £6m castle as a home for refugees.

Dall Estate
The Press and Journal

The students, who are setting up a student housing co-operative in the centre of the city, are seeking donations from crowdfunding website Indiegogo to buy the 265 acre Dall Estate - which boasts 38 bedrooms in several different houses as well as tennis courts, a golf course and an army assault course.

Read the full story here.

Animals behind hospital bug

An MRSA bug in UK hospitals

can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals, according to a study.

Pigs in a pen

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say a drug-resistant bacteria carried by some livestock - MRSA strain staphylococcus aureus CC398 - has been found in patients, and has been transmitted to humans on "many occasions".

People and humans in general harbour distinct variants of CC398, which the team say evolved from the same original bacteria.

The study provides new evidence that the livestock-associated strain could spread in hospitals.

Scottish Cup draw

BBC Sport


Holders St Johnstone will be in the hat for this afternoon's #ScottishCup draw at Hampden. Live text coverage soon...

Tommy Wright

Grouse shooting season 'fantastic'

One of the best years for grouse shooting in living memory has been predicted by leading sporting agency Sporting Lets.

Grouse shooting
Getty Images

They said the mild spring and favourable summer conditions, combined with the driest September in Scotland since records began, had resulted in "fantastic shooting".

It also said most estates were reporting birds to be in good condition, with Perthshire has really done particularly well.

The season opened in August against a backdrop of ongoing controversy over the poisoning, shooting and trapping of birds of prey, with the League Against Cruel Sports calling on VisitScotland to end the promotion of Scotland as a destination for driven grouse shooting.

Transport issues


The Scotsman

Transport authorities across Scotland are ready to meet the "challenges" this winter may bring, Transport Minister Keith Brown says.

Gritting truck
Ian Georgeson

Mr Brown told The Scotsman: "We have been lucky in Scotland and the last two winters have been relatively mild in comparison to the previous years.

"However, it is important that we remain alert to the changes in conditions that winter can bring and we are prepared to meet those challenges."

Ross County v Aberdeen

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: Off to Dingwall for @rosscountylive v @AberdeenFC In the Premiership. How will this one pan out folks?

Tweet using #ScotlandLive and let us know your thoughts.

Darling's departure - Your views

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JB, Dumfries: Better to jump Darling, before you were voted out! Labour is in free fall in Scotland, and now the prospects of Murphy as "Leader", after all the threats and negativity he espoused in the referendum, this should be a set for the Comedy Festival. Perhaps Labour is regretting voting 'naw'?