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By Paul McLaren and Louise Sayers

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Louise Sayers

BBC Scotland

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Scotland Live will be back bright and early tomorrow morning, with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around Scotland.

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Mink threat

BBC Radio Scotland

Researchers say the growing number of non-native crayfish in Scotland's rivers could lead to an explosion in the population of another pest, the mink.

Signal crayfish
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Ecologists at Aberdeen University believe mink are benefitting from abundant supplies of North American signal crayfish.

Professor Xavier Lambin told Newsdrive the growing mink population could threaten native species like the water vole.

Mink were brought to Scotland by fur farmers but escaped or released animals have bred successfully in the wild.

Missing woman

Police have issued a CCTV image of a Montrose woman who has been missing for a week.

Lorraine McRae

Lorraine McRae was seen on camera at the Subway shop on the town's High Street on 3 November.

She was last seen on the southbound platform of the railway station at 17:00 that day, although police say she did not board a train.

Officers say the 51-year-old's disappearance is out of character.

Roads update

BBC Scotland Travel


  • In Aberdeenshire, A93 closed west of Banchory because of an accident.
  • Heading out of Edinburgh, traffic slow on the northbound Forth Road Bridge from Echline Roundabout
  • In Edinburgh, the M8 slow westbound between Jn 1 Hermiston gait and Jn 2 Newbridge
  • Glasgow M8 slow traffic eastbound between Jn 21 Seaward Street Jn 16 Craighall
  • M8 westbound, slow at Jn 27 Arkleston and approaching the Kingston Bridge
  • Fife, traffic slow on the A909 Bridge Street in Cowdenbeath

Fish talks row

BBC Radio Scotland

Scottish Fishermen's Federation leader Bertie Armstrong on the political row over EU fishing talks.

Pittenweem harbour
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Alex Salmond has said sending a Conservative peer instead of Scottish minister Richard Lochhead to lead the UK at EU talks is a "slap in the face" for Scotland.

Mr Armstrong told Newsdrive these particular talks would not impact on Scottish fishermen and were largely symbolic.

But he added: "We support where it is appropriate for the Scottish minister, where the issue is Scottish, for him to sit in the front seat and we are absolutely, full square behind him. What we don't want to see is politicking."

Forklift accident fine

A poultry company has been fined £10,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift at a chicken farm.

Ian Stewart, 43, suffered "serious injuries" when he was struck by the vehicle at Blaefaulds Poultry Farm, Denny, on 18 December 2013.

Farm owners Aviagen Ltd admitted they had not provided workers with high-visibility clothing despite them working in the dark.

Mr Stewart, 43, was in hospital until January and still uses a walking stick.

The Press and Journal

Scottish businesses are eyeing new business in China after taking part in the world's second largest seafood trade show.

Scottish seafood served at Chinese seafood show
Press and Journal

A Scottish trade delegation, travelled to the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo 2014, held over three days in Qingdao, Shandong Province, aimed at consolidating existing partnerships with Asian companies and finding new business opportunities across the region.

Read the full story here.

Hep C drug approved

A drug that can help treat patients with hepatitis C has been approved for use by the NHS in Scotland.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium found daclatasvir was a cost effective way of preventing liver damage.

However, the SMC rejected the use of another drug, pertuzumab, which can extend the life of women with incurable breast cancer.

It found the benefits did not outweigh the costs which, with associated medicines, would add up to £100,000 over six months.

McGoldrick and Christie join Irish squad

BBC Sport


David McGoldrick and Cyrus Christie have

received their first Republic of Ireland call-ups for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow.

McGoldrick & Christie in Irish squad
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Ipswich striker McGoldrick and Derby County defender Christie are in the final squad after their eligibility documentation was finalised last week.

The match will be played at Celtic Park on Friday.

Town centre's £5.2m revamp

Work is set to begin on a £5.2m scheme to revamp Gourock town centre.

Artists impression of Gourock redevelopment
Inverclyde Council

The project includes increased car parking, a new public space along the waterfront and a facility for small craft to access the beach at Pierhead.

Inverclyde Council said public spaces at each end of Kempock Street would also be redesigned and footpaths on the street renewed.

Preparatory work will start before Christmas and individual projects will be phased in next year.

Ebola appeal

More than £1.6m has been raised in Scotland to help aid teams fight Ebola in west Africa.

Liberian woman washes her hands in chlorinated water

The money is part of the £20m raised across the UK for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.

Almost 5,000 people have died and about 13,000 have been infected with Ebola since the start of the year.

On the roads

BBC Scotland Travel


  • In Fife, slow traffic on the A915 Standing Stane Road at Coaltown of Wemyss through roadworks. Also slow on the A914 East Bridge.
  • Renfrewshire, the A737 heading for Linwood now fully open following earlier breakdown
  • A90 Stonehaven Road is slow heading for Aberdeen at the Bridge of Dee Roundabout
  • Edinburgh, traffic's building up on the A720 City Bypass at Sheriffhall Roundabout
  • Roadworks slowing traffic on the A90 Queensferry Road at the junction with Craigleith Road
  • Dundee, slow traffic on the A991 Marketgait at the Dudhope Roundabout

Madison's 65 injuries


Madison Horn had 65 separate injuries and died from blunt force trauma to her head and abdomen, a pathologist has told a murder trial.

Madison Horn

Dr Dawn Penman, a consultant paediatric pathologist was giving evidence at the trial of Kevin Park, 27, who is accused of killing his former lover's child.

Mr Park, 27, denies murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife on 20 April.

The trial before judge Michael O'Grady continues at the High Court in Glasgow.

Rain on the way

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry start to the night initially, then cloud and outbreaks of rain feed into the south west, through the central belt, Tayside, Aberdeenshire and Caithness.

South easterly winds will touch gale force across Machrihanish and Islay, with temperatures of around 6-10C.

The north west corner will stay dry, with clear spells and some mist and fog. Lows of around minus 2C

Tomorrow will dawn cloudy for most, with some outbreaks of rain.

Stabbing charge

Evening Express

Two men held over alleged North-east stabbing

Two men held over alleged North-east stabbing
Evening Express

The men were held after a 26-year-old man was taken to hospital in Aberdeen with cuts to his neck.

The alleged incident was said to have taken place on Strathmore Place, in Montrose, last night and police and ambulance services were called to the scene.

Police say the man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Read the full story here.

Doctor joins Ebola team

An emergency medical consultant from NHS Forth Valley has joined

a mission to Sierra Leone to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

Dr Roger Alcock
NHS Forth Valley

Dr Roger Alcock, who works at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, will join other medics who have volunteered to assist in Britain's £125m aid package to combat the disease.

The outbreak has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa.

Dr Alcock will join staff at an Ebola treatment centre in Port Loko.

Judges rule on Chhokar retrial

Judges are being asked to decide whether three men cleared of murdering Indian restaurant waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar 16 years ago can face a second trial under new double jeopardy legislation.

Surjit Singh Chhokar

The judges are being asked by the Crown Office to permit a second trial of David Montgomery, Ronnie Coulter and his nephew Andrew Coulter.

Ronnie Coulter was acquitted in 1999 of murdering Mr Chhokar in the Lanarkshire town of Overtown, blaming the other two men. However, they were also acquitted a year later after arguing that Ronnie Coulter was responsible for the murder.

Prosecutors must now show the court there is new evidence, unavailable to the previous trials, the accused has since admitted it or that someone tried to influence the jury.

The hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh is expected to last up to five days.

World's End trial

The prosecution has finished outlining its case in the World's End murder trial.

Jurors were told DNA evidence suggested Christine Eadie may have been forced to tie up her friend Helen Scott with her own belt before both teenagers were killed.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

Angus Sinclair denies raping and murdering the 17-year-olds who were last seen alive at Edinburgh's World's End pub in 1977. The trial continues.

Ancient basket

Archaeologists are trying to salvage what appear to be the

remains of an ancient basket uncovered by the tide on North Uist.

The artefact was found in an area of shoreline where the sea has been eroding the land.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said it was working with Historic Scotland to excavate the object safely.

Coming up on Newsdrive

BBC Radio Scotland

  • Scottish Fishermen's Federation reaction to political row over EU fishing talks
  • Latest on Tory backbench revolt over European arrest warrant
  • Approval of new drug could help hepatitis C patients

Tune in from 16:00 on 92 - 95 FM and 810 MW, digital radio or

listen online.

Teacher on sex charge

A former secondary school teacher has appeared in court accused of engaging in sexual activity with a female while in a position of trust.

Ryan McInally, 29, of Monikie in Angus, is alleged to have committed the offence at a house in the Borders during December and January.

He made no plea or declaration at Selkirk Sheriff Court and the case was continued.

He was released on bail.

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Scotland team training shot photo-bombed by the Erskine Bridge...

scotland team

Water waste

Scottish Water is start work on a £10m scheme to

improve waste water handling in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

The first project will see £850,000 spent on a new combined sewer overflow in Clydebank's Greenlaw Court.

The work, which is due to start on 19 November, will make sure waste water is screened before it is spilled into the River Clyde during stormy weather.

Other projects covering the town and the Yoker area of Glasgow are due to get under way by the spring of 2015.

Mental health worries

A quarter of Scots have experienced a mental health problem, according to a new survey commissioned by the Scottish Government.

mental health

The survey found that 26% of people said they had personally experienced a problem with mental health at some point in their life, with depression cited as the most common.

Almost half of the 1,500 people questioned said that if they were suffering they "wouldn't want people knowing about it" while about two-fifths of those suffering said they had experienced some negative social impact as a result of others' attitudes.

Armed robbery

Police are hunting a man who held up the Co-operative store in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, brandishing what appeared to be a gun.

The man escaped with a four-figure sum of money after the robbery at about 22:00 on Sunday.

Two shop assistants, aged in their 20s, were uninjured, but were left shaken by the incident.

The suspect is white, aged between 20 and 25, about 5ft 10ins and thin.

Named Person challenge

The SNP's plans to provide every young person in Scotland with a state guardian will face court action for the first time tomorrow.

teacher in class

The No To Named Person organisation will officially begin its legal challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, with the case expected to last four days.

The government plan means every individual up to the age of 18 will be assigned a "guardian" by the state, such as a head teacher or social worker.

Your pictures - Get involved

Sylvia Beaumont grabbed this shot at the top of North Berwick Law looking out towards the Firth of Forth, Craigleith Island and the Fife coast.

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Floody good

The leader of Scottish Borders Council has said

the region's record in securing funding for flood prevention schemes is second to none.

Galashiels flooding
Scottish Borders Council

David Parker was speaking after he officially opened a £3.6m project in Galashiels with Enviroment Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

The region has a number of projects at various stages of development.

Mr Parker said he was aware that the pace they progressed at could be frustrating but it could not be helped.

Independence movements - Your Views

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Graeme: The UK may choose to leave the EU, does that mean British nationalism is a major factor?

Andy: Can we please have an end to this yes debate in case folk don't realise 55% by my reckoning voted no. This agenda by the pro-independence camp aided by BBC is not doing Scotland any good and allowing the country to move on.

Logan's one-match ban

BBC Sport


Aberdeen defender Shay Logan will serve a one-game ban for his

post-match red card against Celtic on Sunday.

Aberdeen's Shay Logan

The 26-year-old full-back has been reported by referee Alan Muir for using "offensive and insulting language" following the Dons' 2-1 loss.

It means Logan will be suspended for the 23 November league visit to Partick Thistle.

"Shay should have kept his cool," manager Derek McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland after the match.

Fire victim named

A 91-year-old man has been named as the victim of a fatal house fire in Stranraer.

Norman Fidler was rescued from the property at Ryanview Crescent by firefighters but died in hospital a short time later.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Saturday night. The blaze is not thought to be suspicious.

Pie wars

The 16th World Scotch Pie Championships will take place in Dunfermline tomorrow afternoon, and will see 100 butchers and bakers battle it out for pie supremacy.

Scotch Pie

Bay City Roller front man Les McKeown, who will take up the difficult task as pie tester, said he was honoured to accept a place on the judging panel.

He said, "The stakes are high. So we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd."

Pensioner attack

Police are investigating after a 82-year-old man

was attacked in the street in Carnoustie.

He was at a bus stop on Barry Road at 21:00 on Friday when he was assaulted by two men in their 20s.

He suffered a grazed cheek and was robbed of a small sum of money.

Officers want to speak to a man driving a van who came to the victim's assistance .

Awards ratings high

Combined UK viewing figures for the MTV EMA awards show from Glasgow amounted to more than 2.3m viewers, according to overnight ratings. This included the ratings for both Channel 5 and MTV channels.

Best Female singer Ariana Grande actor David Hasselhoff and the Bella Twins are seen on stage during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow

Broadcast 'as live' from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, last night's show attracted an audience of 551,000 viewers for its first ever free-to-air broadcast on Channel 5.

The combined audience across MTV UK and MTV Music matched the record overnight ratings for the last time the show visited Scotland - hosted by Edinburgh in 2003 - and was more than three times the overnight audience for the 2011 EMA show in Belfast.

If you missed last night's show, read Louise Sayers's review of all the action


Drug money confiscated

A man caught with cocaine after posting online abuse at Rangers players has had £20,000 confiscated under proceeds of crime laws.

Andrew Wren Scott, 30, from Ayr, posted the threatening comments on Facebook in June 2012.

Police found drugs worth £10,000 when they visited his home. Scott was later jailed for three years and four months for dealing cocaine.

Edinburgh Evening News

A senior councillor is demanding to know why arts funding in the Capital has been ring-fenced in the face of crippling cuts.

An act at the Edinburgh Fringe
Jon Savage
The Edinburgh International Festival currently gets a £2.38m grant

The Evening News has learned that a £4 million annual package for flagship events - including the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals - was declared untouchable as city chiefs drew up plans to save £67m by 2017-18.

It comes after the latest proposed council budget revealed that sports centres were under threat, football pitches may not be lined and grass-cutting could be axed under plans to slice almost £30m from annual spending next year.

Read the full story here.

Seal pup rescue

Two newborn grey seal pups are being

cared for by the Scottish SPCA after being found orphaned in Caithness.

Orphaned seal pup

The pups were rescued by volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue after being discovered on beaches at Scrabster and Wick on 2 November.

About two years old, the pair are being looked after at the charity's National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, near Alloa.

The pups have been named Aphrodite and Typhoon.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


  • In North Lanarkshire, the A8011 Central Way through Cumbernauld remains closed by an accident.
  • In Edinburgh on the A720 City Bypass, westbound onslip at Gilmerton partially blocked by a broken down lorry
  • Between Cairnryan and Girvan, there are still temporary lights in operation on the A77
  • In Perth and Kinross, one lane of the M90 around Jn 10 Craigend closed for barrier repairs

The Courier

tweets: Grape expectations - Fife's own wine almost ready to taste.

Scotland's first wine from outdoor-grown grapes for 2,000 years is just six months away from becoming a reality.

Fife winemaker Christopher Trotter, left, and business partner Jayk Kerr.
The Courier

Fife vineyard owner Christopher Trotter has completed the nation's first outdoor grape harvest since Roman times at Upper Largo.

Read the full story here.