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  1. Sturgeon becomes first minister
  2. Strachan: Scots let themselves down
  3. Jobs secured in Eurofighter deal

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Louise Sayers

    BBC Scotland

    That's all for today from the Scotland Live team. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the news, sport, travel and weather from around the country.

  2. Safety concerns at building sites

    Health and safety officials are calling on construction firms to take action after a month-long inspection drive found almost 40% of sites were failing to protect workers properly.

    Silhouette of builders on construction site

    Inspectors found "dangerous practices" at many of the 145 sites they visited.

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said some repair and refurbishment sites in Scotland were so poor that formal enforcement action was required.

    It urged builders to ensure basic measures were in place.

  3. Quarry plan on the rocks

    A proposal to re-open a gravel quarry in the Ochil hills has been refused by Perth and Kinross Council.


    An application was lodged for work at Glendevon Quarry to run until 2035.

    The plan had drawn opposition from a number of community councils and neighbouring local authority Clackmannanshire Council, along with 108 letters of objection from locals.

    The proposal had been recommended for approval by council officers, but was rejected by councillors.

  4. Scared of getting bus-ted

    One in 10 drivers would not go into a bus lane to let a fire engine, ambulance or police car through - even if the sirens were on, according to a new poll.

    bus lane

    A fear of fines means that 13% of the 18,026 AA members surveyed would not stop in a yellow box junction to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

  5. Flynn's first pro fight

    Commonwealth Games boxing champion Charlie Flynn has announced the date of his first fight as a professional.

    Scotland boxer Charlie Flynn on his way to beating Joseph Cordina at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

    The lightweight gold medallist will be feature in a four-rounder at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel on 14 December.

    He will be coached by Peter Harrison and managed by Alex Morrison, with Eddie Hearn as his promoter.

    "I've been itching to turn pro for years," he told BBC Scotland. "I've beaten the best at amateur and now it's time to bring the medals back to Scotland at professional level."

  6. Prison killer to serve at least 19 years

    A prisoner who murdered a cellmate by strangling him has been ordered to serve at least 19 years in prison.

    HMP Barlinnie

    John Clark, 22, bound Colin Penrose's hands and then put a shoelace round his neck before throttling him in the early hours of 20 March in Barlinnie Prison.

    The High Court in Glasgow heard Clark had discovered through official paperwork he found in their cell that Mr Penrose, 22, from Oban, had convictions for sex offences.

    Judge Michael O'Grady QC told Clark: "You acted as judge, jury and executioner, quite literally in this case."

  7. Council chief executive named

    The new chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council has been named.

    Jim Savege

    Jim Savege - currently corporate director for environment and community services at Cumbria County Council - is to replace Colin Mackenzie.

    Mr Mackenzie, who was appointed in 2008, announced in September he would be retiring.

    Mr Savege said: "I am humbled. I bring absolute passion and commitment in the delivery of services for the communities of Aberdeenshire."

  8. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Later tonight showery rain will spread from Galloway and Kintyre to the Inner Hebrides.

    Meanwhile for southern Aberdeenshire, Angus, Fife and the Borders, scattered showers will continue overnight.

    The northwest will stay dry with clear spells, allowing a touch of frost for Skye, Lewis and the Central Highlands.

    More typically, temperatures will dip to 5 or 6C with some patchy mist and fog forming where skies clear.

  9. E-fit of rape suspect

    Police in Edinburgh have issued an e-fit of a man they want to interview in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman in The Meadows at about 07:00 last Saturday.

    E-fit of suspect

    Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We believe this is a very good likeness of the man we wish to trace."

    He is described as being between 20 and 30, 5ft4in to 5ft9in in height, of medium build and wearing a black beanie hat, dark trousers and black zip-up tracksuit top.

    Det Ch Insp Alwyn Bell added: "This was a dreadful experience for the victim. It is essential we trace this man as soon as possible."

  10. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: NHS axes water coolers from hospitals to cut costs.

    Water cooler

    Read the full story here.

  11. Airgun laws defended

    The Scottish government has defended plans to toughen up the licensing of airguns.

    A spokesman said: "We believe that the Air Weapons and Licensing Bill provides a reasonable, clear and consistent approach to licensing.

    "The Scottish government has long held the belief that air weapons should be licensed and is committed to doing so."

  12. Congratulations to Nicola

    Margaret Curran MP, shadow secretary of state for Scotland, tweets: Congratulations to @NicolaSturgeon. Despite our differences, I hope we can work together in the best interests of the people of Scotland.

  13. T and talks

    Local consultations are being held over the proposal to move the T in the Park festival to Strathallan Castle.

    New T site

    The first of two public meetings is being held at Auchterarder Community Centre, with another to follow at Strathearn Community Campus.

    Festival organisers DF Concerts have drawn up documents including a proposed traffic management plan and site map.

    The festival is seeking a new permanent home after concerns were raised about an oil pipeline running under the Balado site which hosted it for 17 years.

  14. Man guilty of partner's murder

    A 55-year-old man been convicted of murdering his partner at their home in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

    Christopher Shone stabbed Mary Craig

    Christopher Shone stabbed Mary Craig following an argument about old home videos which showed her late husband.

    Shone denied the murder, which happened on 26 May, and claimed Mary, 43, had died while trying to stop him self-harming.

    A jury convicted him following a six-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Shone faces a mandatory life term when he is sentenced next month.

  15. It's a family affair

    Herald columnist David Torrance tweets: Nicola Sturgeon and her family posing on the steps in the Scottish Parliament's Garden Lobby.

    Nicola Sturgeon poses in Holyrood with her family
  16. Your pictures - Get involved

    John Toms took this picture of Gill Cairney approaching the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach in Glencoe.

    gill cairney in glen coe

    Email us your pictures and we will use the best.

  17. Scotland rugby players in court

    Three Scotland international rugby players have appeared in court for allegedly attacking a rival player.

    Glasgow Warriors Ryan Grant, 29, Ryan Wilson, 25 and Rory Hughes, 21, are charged with attacking Ally McLay, a Glasgow Hawk, on 27 October last year.

    They are accused of assaulting Mr McLay at Barbeque Kings on Glasgow's Great Western Road.

    The three men pleaded not guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court and are expected to face trial next month.

  18. First minister 'for all'

    Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs that regardless of the politics or the point of view of voters, she will seek to represent everyone.

    nicola sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon also pays tribute to her family, many of whom are watching from the public gallery.

  19. Driver banned for cyclist's death

    A pensioner whose careless driving caused the death of a cyclist in the Highlands has been banned from driving for five years.

    Murdo Morrison, 73, from Balnain, has also been ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid community work.

    Mary Brook, 59, also from Balnain, was killed on a shopping trip in Drumnadrochit on 22 July last year.

    Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Morrison did not see the cyclist until it was too late.

  20. From doll's house to Bute House

    As Nicola Sturgeon becomes Scotland's first female first minister, we ask those who know her best to give us an insight into what the former solicitor, born in Irvine 44 years ago, is really like.

    Nicola Sturgeon as a infant
  21. Baton attack

    Police are investigating after a teenager was attacked with a wooden baton and robbed in Grangemouth.

    The 17-year-old was assaulted at Earn Court at about 19:30 on Tuesday and robbed of a quantity of cigarettes.

    The attacker was about 5ft tall, of medium build, and was wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up. He had a white scarf partially covering his face.

    Det Insp Graeme Hendry said the "unprovoked attack" could have had "serious consequences".

  22. Royal approval

    The Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick congratulates Nicola Sturgeon and says she will now recommend Ms Sturgeon as first minister to The Queen.

    Tricia Marwick
  23. Nicola Sturgeon is first minister

    Nicola Sturgeon is elected first minister with the votes of 66 MSPs. Ruth Davidson received 15 votes and there were 39 abstentions.

    nicola sturgeon
  24. Man convicted of party murder

    A teenager has been convicted of murder after stabbing his best friend's brother at a party.

    Stuart McCulloch

    Stuart McCulloch, 18, from Saltcoats, killed Samuel Johnston at a flat in the North Ayrshire town's Parkend Gardens on 26 October last year.

    Co-accused Allan Carey, 19, from Ardrossan, was cleared of murder, but convicted of the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

    Sentence on both was deferred and they were remanded in custody.

  25. Fasting death

    The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman has upheld a complaint from a woman who says her mother died after enduring unnecessary fasting before surgery.

    Hospital ward

    The elderly woman's surgery was repeatedly postponed over several days and she was forced to fast for 36 hours which left her very weak.

    Current advice is that patients need to fast for six hours before surgery.

    NHS Lothian has been told to review its practice regarding food and drink before surgery.

  26. More Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon says she will be first minister "of, and for all of Scotland".

  27. Sturgeon makes her pitch

    Nicola Sturgeon begins her speech by saying two women contesting the post of First Minister is a great thing for Scotland.

    nicola sturgeonn
  28. More Davidson

    Ms Davidson says she will likely lose the election, but she wants a Scotland "where government is there to help".

  29. First up...

    Ruth Davidson tells MSPs she has decided to stand as candidate for first minister as she wants Scotland "to be part of this United Kingdom".

    ruth davidson
  30. Cremation complaint upheld

    A woman who says she unwittingly signed a form to allow the cremation of her baby's body has had her complaint upheld.

    The woman had to terminate her pregnancy for medical reasons, and says she was asked to sign a form while she was under sedation. She thought the form was to permit the termination, but found out later that she had agreed to her baby's body being cremated.

    The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman said he was "extremely concerned" that the woman was asked to sign cremation forms at such a distressing time.

    He said Greater Glasgow Health Board must ensure parent are aware of the choices open to them.

  31. Nina's Burning ambition

    Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has joined the line-up for the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries in January.

    Nina Nesbitt

    The full programme for the event was launched in front of the Burns statue on Leith's Constitution Street.

    The Peatbog Faeries were also announced as joining Hue and Cry, The Undertones, The Vaselines, Skerryvore and Craig Hill on the bill.

    The fourth edition of the event will run over nine days from 23 to 31 January.

  32. Serious assault CCTV

    Police investigating a serious assault in Edinburgh have released CCTV pictures of a man they are keen to trace.

    CCTV images of the suspect

    The incident happened about 03:00 on Sunday 21 September, near to the Pizza Paradise takeaway on South Bridge.

    Officers want to speak to the man shown in the images as they believe he may be able to assist their inquiries.

    He is described as a white male, aged 25 to 26, short dark brown straight hair, and medium build with a local accent.

  33. Wigan appoint Mackay

    Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic have appointed former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay as their new manager.

    Malky Mackay

    Mackay was sacked by Cardiff last December, and in August it was reported he sent texts of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature while at the club.

    Wigan MP Lisa Nandy urged chairman Dave Whelan not to interview Mackay when searching for Uwe Rosler's replacement.

    The 42-year-old replaces Rosler, who was sacked on 13 November with the Latics third from bottom of the table.

  34. Your messages for Nicola Sturgeon

    Robert Bell: Good Luck Nicola I'm sure you will do well. The SNP are the 3rd largest party in the UK with 80,000 members and growing. Tories and Libs are gone and the Labour Party is what we already thought and even their own leader stated a branch office and disappearing fast. Independence will come when enough people want it but if you think the desire has gone or that we voted only to have one (a referendum) "once in a generation" then you really need to wake up

  35. Eyeing up the profits

    Fife-based eye testing specialist Optos has reported a rise in sales and profits after installing a record number of new products.

    Optos equipment

    The company said revenue increased by 7% to $170.6m (£109m) in the year to the end of September.

    Pre-tax profit tax doubled to $18.5m.

    Dunfermline-based Optos said it continued to see strong demand for its products during the year, particularly its ultra-wide field retinal scanner, Daytona.

  36. Better team won

    Scotland forwards Chris Martin, Johnny Russell and Ikechi Anya accepted they lost to a better team in Tuesday's 3-1 friendly defeat by England in Glasgow.

    Chris Martin battles for possession with England's Chris Smalling

    The home team imposed themselves only fleetingly on a dominant England side.

    "I don't think we did ourselves justice," said Derby County's Martin, who made his first Scotland start.

    "On the night the better team won. We weren't able to raise our game again after Friday [the win over the Republic of Ireland], which is disappointing."

  37. Council looks at bigger class sizes

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    South Lanarkshire Council is considering having bigger primary school class sizes as part of wider moves to balance its budget.

    Teacher reading to children

    The authority is attempting to save £20m next year and believes the proposal could save £370,000 a year.

    One option is to stop having additional teachers to keep P1 and P2 class sizes at no more than 18 children.

    Cutting class sizes at the start of primary school is a Scottish government priority.

  38. Airgun law

    A senior police officer has said thousands of people could fall foul of new laws on airguns.

    Image caption: There are thought to be about 500,000 air weapons in Scotland

    Under the Scottish government proposals, anyone who owns an airgun will need a licence.

    Calum Steele of the Scottish Police Federation told MSPs that the changes could affect people across the UK.

    He also said the change in the law could harm the future prospects of young people who own an unlicensed airgun.

  39. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Edinburgh - Roadworks on A71 Calder Road causing delays back onto the City bypass. Queues eastbound from Calder Road exit slip back to the M8 J1 Hermiston Gait, with further delays on the M8 back to J2 Claylands. Add an extra 25 minutes for your journey.

    And if you're heading for Edinburgh Airport, be aware that surrounding roads are busier than normal because of an event at the Royal Highland Centre.

    On A85 near Lochearnhead there's a fuel spillage at Lix Toll - expect delays in both directions.

    East Ayrshire - South of Dalmellington the A713 Glenmuck has temporary traffic lights between Glenmuck Bridge and Polnaskie Bridge. The works are on between 08:00 and 16:00 until Friday.

  40. GP practice told to apologise

    A GP practice in north east Scotland has been told to apologise over a delay in a diagnosing bowel cancer in a woman who later died.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    The woman attended the surgery in January last year complaining of abdominal pains.

    She was seen by a number of GPs at the unnamed practice and examinations and tests were carried out.

    She continued to deteriorate and was admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

  41. Post update

    BBC Sport


    On Reporting Scotland, BBC1 Scotland, 1330: Andrew Robertson says there's no gulf between Scotland and England - despite last night's result.

    You can watch live on iPlayer (with a TV licence, of course).

  42. Football arrests

    The Evening Times

    Police said 26 supporters were arrested on Tuesday evening following the Scotland versus England friendly.

    Officers were called to the scene near the Thistle Hotel in Cambridge Street, Glasgow, at around 2220.

    Supporters from both sides were arrested in connection with alleged breach of the peace offences.

    They are expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.

  43. Jail for rapist

    A serial sex offender who preyed on vulnerable women and teenagers across Dumfries and Galloway has been jailed for eight years.

    Kenneth Davidson, 30, raped two women and tried to rape a teenager as well as molesting another underage youngster.

    At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Jones told him they were "serious offences" all involving vulnerable girls or women.

    He jailed him and placed him on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

  44. Kittens abandoned at Hamilton Racecourse

    The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after four abandoned kittens were discovered inside a cardboard box at Hamilton Racecourse.

    The kittens, which are between six to eight weeks old, are receiving care at the centre where they have been named CeCe, Jess, Zooey and Nick.

    The kittens

    A member of the public handed the four kittens into the charity's Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming centre in Hamilton on Wednesday 12 November, who apparently saw a man in a blue Toyota Hilux vehicle dumping them at Hamilton Racecourse.

  45. First ladies

    If yesterday was all about Alex Salmond, today is all about Nicola Sturgeon.

    The new SNP leader is set to become the first female First Minister of Scotland.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    She joins a formidable group of female leaders from across the world which includes four "Iron Ladies" and at least one karate black belt.

    At 44, she'll be one of the youngest, although she can't beat South Korea's Park Geun-hye who took on her power role at the tender age of 22.

  46. History of First Ministers

    How closely have you been following Scottish politics over the last few years? As Nicola Sturgeon takes on the mantle of Scotland's new First Minister we look back on whose footsteps she is following in.

    First ministers interactive

    You can check just how much you know with our interactive feature, with information and background on the First Ministers that have gone before her, from Donald Dewar to Alex Salmond.

  47. Jobs secured

    Around 500 jobs have been secured at a defence firm in Edinburgh.

    Sellex ES have a new order to upgrade the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

    Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 first flight in December 2013
    Image caption: The Eurofighter is built by a consortium of companies

    The company, which is based in the capital, will help develop the latest type of radar system for use on the jet fighter.

    The deal, worth 1bn euros, is funded by a partnership of the UK, Germany Spain and Italy.

  48. Train sex assault

    A man sexually assaulted a woman on a train while he sat in a wheelchair.

    British Transport Police say the disabled attacker may been been returning from last Friday's Scotland vs Republic of Ireland game at Celtic Park when the incident happened.

    The train was travelling between Glasgow and Uddingston when the man made a grab for the 44-year-old victim as she was getting off at Uddingston. Police said she was left "shaken although physically uninjured" by the attack which took place about 22:50.

    The suspect is described as being in his mid 30s, medium build with dark short hair and wearing a cream coloured top and jeans.

  49. Change of theme

    Plans to transform a former family theme park in East Ayrshire into a £450m holiday and leisure destination have been unveiled.

    Loudon Castle
    Image caption: The site near Galston in East Ayrshire has lain dormant since the closure of Loudoun Castle Theme Park in 2010

    Developers behind the Loudoun Castle Project said the move could bring up to 2,500 new jobs to the area.

    It involves transforming the 610-acre site into a resort with 450 luxury lodges, a lake and leisure development and an indoor subtropical water park.

    The plans include a new Loudoun distillery.

  50. Labour leadership debate

    Last night on Scotland 2014 the three candidates competing to be the new leader of the Scottish Labour party, Neil Findlay, Sarah Boyack and Jim Murphy, debated in front of an audience of activists and party members.

    Scotland 2014

    If you missed it, you can catch up on all the action on the iplayer.

  51. Pollution 'solution'

    Environmental campaigners have welcomed a ruling from the European Union's highest court which they say will force the UK and Scottish governments to tackle air pollution.

    european court of justice

    The judgement from the European Court of Justice follows the UK's failure to meet EU limits on nitrogen dioxide emissions in areas including Glasgow.

    Doctors say nitrogen dioxide pollution from traffic and power stations causes breathing and heart problems.

  52. Flynn turns pro

    David Currie

    Reporting Scotland presenter

    Tweets: Me and my new sparring partner @ChuckFlynn93 Hear why he's turning pro on #reportingscotland and @bbcsportscotland

    Charlie Flynn and David Currie
  53. 'Prosecute death driver'

    The parents of two girls who died after they were hit by a car driven by a man with a history of blackouts have called for him to face criminal prosecution.

    Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart

    Mhairi Convy, 18, and Laura Stewart, 20, died after being hit by William Payne's Range Rover on North Hanover Street in Glasgow on 17 December 2010.

    Their families called for a prosecution after a fatal accident inquiry report.

    It found the girls could still be alive if Payne had disclosed his condition and medics had advised him not to drive.

  54. Post update

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    tweets: Andy Robertson tells @BBCSport there's no gulf in quality between England and Scotland despite last night's game.

    Andy Robertson
  55. Digger crash driver 'critical'

    A motorist seriously injured after his car was involved in a crash with a digger near Lockerbie remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The 52-year-old, from Johnstonebridge, was seriously hurt in the crash on the B7076 road near to the Dinwoodie Lodge Hotel on Monday.

    His yellow Audi was in collision with a JCB digger.

    He was airlifted to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where he is said to be "critical but stable".

  56. Nicola's nomination

    Nicola Sturgeon tweets: Just signed my nomination form to be FM. Thanks to @JoeFitzSNP & @HumzaYousaf for being my nominees.

    Joe Fitzpatrick, Nicola Sturgeon and Hamza Yousaf
  57. Ferry disruption

    Caledonian MacBrayne has confirmed details of significant disruption to one of its busiest ferry services next year.

    MV Isle of Lewis

    Cars will not be carried between Stornoway and Ullapool for around six weeks from the end of February.

    The disruption is due to work on upgrading the vehicle linkspan at Ullapool to two lanes. The ferry operator says alternative services will be in place to take vehicle traffic to Uig on Skye.

    A passenger-only service will continue to operate between Stornoway and Ullapool.

  58. Fire starter jailed

    The Courier

    Tweets: Man with 'fire fascination' started two Broughty Ferry blazes within minutes

    Read the full story here.

  59. Driver hurt in house crash

    A driver has been taken to hospital after reversing into a house in Edinburgh.

    volkswagen tiguan

    The man has been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary following the incident in North Gyle Loan at 10:00.

    The man was driving a Volkswagen Tiguan when he hit what is thought to be his neighbour's house across the road.

  60. Epilepsy and the law -Your views

    Bredon Parish: I have epilepsy and after a fit I become violent (to the extent that I have attacked my GP, a paramedic and even my wife) which is totally out of character for me; I am normally mild-mannered and would never hit anybody, let alone a woman. I have no recollection of this happening later on. Fortunately I have never become involved with the police.

  61. Action stations

    A south of Scotland MSP has said the reopening of stations at Reston in the Borders and East Linton in East Lothian is a "step closer".


    The SNP's Paul Wheelhouse said services for the stops had been written into the next ScotRail franchise.

    He said timings for stops at East Linton and Reston were part of the new planned timetable.

    Mr Wheelhouse said that could mean trains running through both stations as soon as December 2016.

  62. Pearls in peril

    A crackdown on illegal pearl fishing is being launched following a spate of recent incidents threatening a vulnerable species.

    Freshwater pearl mussels

    Investigators in the Riverwatch initiative have found three cases of illegal fishing for freshwater pearl mussels recently in different rivers in West Sutherland.

    In the biggest incident, thousands of empty shells were found discarded in a river, resulting in most of the population in the river being killed.

  63. Salmond will not take on Alexander

    Alex Salmond has dismissed newspaper reports that he could stand against UK government minister Danny Alexander in the general election next May.

    Alex Salmond and Danny Alexander

    Mr Salmond told BBC Scotland that if he was to stand it would be in the north east rather than Mr Alexander's Inverness constituency.

    He also said it was unlikely that the SNP would form a coalition government with Labour at Westminster.

    He is currently considering whether or not to stand for a seat at Westminster in next May's election, but has said he intends to continue as an MSP.

  64. Student deaths 'preventable'

    The deaths of two students who were hit by a car driven by a man with a history of blackouts could have been prevented, an inquiry has found.

    Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart

    Mhairi Convy, 18, and 20-year-old Laura Stewart died after being hit by William Payne's Range Rover in Glasgow in December 2010.

    A fatal accident inquiry found the crash could have been prevented if Payne had fully disclosed his condition to the driving authorities.

    It also said some medics who saw Payne could have advised him not to drive.

  65. New appeal on missing woman

    Police have issued a renewed appeal over a missing Montrose woman who has not been seen for more than two weeks.

    CCTV Lorraine

    Officers have been joined by search dogs, the Coastguard and the British Transport Police in an extensive search for Lorraine McRae.

    The 51-year-old was last seen at Montrose Railway Station on Monday, 3 November, although officers do not believe she boarded a train.

    Ch Insp Gordon Milne said Mrs McRae's disappearance was "very worrying".

  66. Alarm bells

    Acoustic tags on fish to study their behaviour and movement are causing them to be easily hunted and eaten by seals.

    Scientists said the fish tags were creating a "dinner bell effect" for predators.


    Research at St Andrews University has found grey seals are homing in on the pings from tags, which have been placed by scientists to track the fish.

    The new findings have been published in Royal Society journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

  67. Your messages for Nicola Sturgeon


    Brian Irvine: Please as leader of Scotland and despite your party's view, accept the voice of the people of Scotland. The outcome of referendum was a resounding No to Independence. All the referendum did was split the country between Yes and No.

    Mr Munro: The first step for Sturgeon is to acknowledge and respect the voice of the majority here in Scotland and show respect to the democratic process. The second thing I would like Sturgeon to do is follow through with her statement that there should not be another referendum for a generation! Let's see if she can deliver these simple tasks.

    Davie: Yet again the SNP are not being held accountable. Sturgeon stated another referendum should not be held for another generation and both her and Salmond stated the vote should be acknowledged and respected. They have treated the people who voted no with complete. It is now the neverendum!

  68. Man killed on road named

    A man who died after he was hit by a car in Paisley at the weekend has been named.

    Ronald Longwill, 54, was struck by a Vauxhall Astra as he crossed Love Street at 21:05 on Saturday.

    Mr Longwill, who lived in the town's Blythswood Drive, was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where he died.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  69. To fee or not to fee

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Alex Salmond hopes free university tuition fees for Scottish students will go down as one of his lasting achievements as first minister.

    University fees

    But has free tuition helped more youngsters from deprived backgrounds go to university? Or is it a "middle class benefit"?

    I've been looking into the complex world of tuition fees here.

  70. Were Scotland 'spooked'?

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said after last night's match that England "spooked" Scotland.

    Read my view on the game here.

    A general view prior to the International Friendly between Scotland and England at Celtic Park Stadium on November 18, 2014
  71. Drugs 'worth £37,000' seized

    Drugs with an estimated street value of more than £37,000 have been seized in two days in Aberdeen, police have said.

    Two men, aged 18 and 41, and two women, aged 23 and 40, were reported to the procurator fiscal after the recoveries, which were part of the ongoing Operation Maple.

    The operation began in October 2010.

    Police Scotland said it had since seen more than £2m of drugs seized and 700 people arrested.

  72. Film honours war hero

    Scottish soldier Mark Wright is honoured in new film Kajaki about how he led a doomed mission to rescue an injured colleague and ended up trapped in an unmarked minefield.

    Cpl Wright was posthumously awarded the George Cross for bravery.

    Kajaki - dramatic minefield story told by film

    Edinburgh-born actor David Elliot, who plays Cpl Wright in the film, says: "They set off to rescue one of their colleagues who had stepped on a mine. In trying to recover him they discover they are actually in a minefield.

    "When a second mine goes off they are locked down."

    David says the first half of the movie is "like a horror film or a thriller", full of suspense, but "the rest of it is a story of humanity and being there for your friends".

  73. Bothy renovation plan

    A remote mountain bothy that was closed six years ago because it was structurally unsafe could soon be reopened as a base for tree planters.

    Athnamulloch Bothy lies west of Loch Affric in Glen Affric in the Highlands.


    The charity Trees for Life, based at Findhorn Bay near Forres, has been raising funds to pay for the property to be renovated.

    It plans to use the bothy as a base for a project set up to restore stands of Caledonian Forest in the area.

    Working with Forestry Commission Scotland, Trees for Life plan to plant 250,000 Scots pines in the glen.

  74. Man charged over overtaking video

    A man has been charged with dangerous driving after a video showing an overtaking manoeuvre on the A90 between Aberdeen and Peterhead was posted on social media.

    It showed a car overtaking a lorry after coming up the inside of a car which was already in the process of going past the truck.

    Police Scotland said a man aged 26 had been charged.

  75. Airgun licensing

    The Scottish parliament's local government committee will today begin scrutiny of new legislation to licence airguns. Under the plan, everyone who owns or uses an airgun will have to possess an Air Weapon Certificate.

    Air gun

    Dr Colin Shedden, chairman of the British Association for Conservation and Shooting Scotland, believes the change is unnecessary as people become better educated about the dangers.

    He said: "Six years ago there was a high of about 600 airgun offences in Scotland.

    "Over the last five years, that's dropped down by 75% so we would argue that the existing strategy should continue, and licensing is not needed."

  76. JK's on board

    A new Scottish version of the board game Monopoly is on sale.

    But games chiefs fear they could end up in their own jail after including a space for English-born Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

    Monopoly: Scotland Edition

    The makers of the game said a section featuring famous contemporary Scots had proved "challenging".

    They said Rowling, who wrote her best-selling novels in Edinburgh, narrowly "pipped" TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

  77. What's your message for Nicola Sturgeon?

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    On Morning Call today: What message or words of advice do you have for incoming first minister Nicola Sturgeon?

    Nicola Sturgeon Morning Call

    Get in touch and let us know. Text 80295, email, or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

  78. Epileptics 'fall foul of law'

    People with epilepsy could end up with criminal records because police and prosecutors do not always recognise their condition, a charity has warned.

    Still from training DVD

    Epilepsy Scotland said people could be arrested for shoplifting or getting into the wrong car when they were mid-seizure and unaware of their actions.

    The charity is now running an awareness campaign for police and law officers.

    Police Scotland said it welcomed advice that could help officers respond in a caring and appropriate manner.

  79. Body found in search

    Search teams looking for a missing man in the Western Isles have found a body.

    The Stornoway coastguard helicopter, Hebrides Search and Rescue and Police Scotland were called out following reports of a man going missing near the village of Govig in Harris late last night.

    Remains were later found near the village.

    The identity of the man will not be released until next of kin have been informed.

  80. Deaf school 'in crisis'

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    The national school for deaf children is in crisis after government ministers called for urgent improvements.

    Donaldson's school

    An unannounced inspection took place after allegations were made against a senior member of staff at Donaldson's School in Linlithgow.

    Ministers have warned the school it has seven days to come up with a plan for improvements.

    The nature of the allegations have not been revealed but Police Scotland is assessing them.

  81. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    All lanes have been re-opened on M9 southbound between J4 A801/A803 (Lathallan) and J3 A803 (Linlithgow).

    Travel time is 25 minutes.

  82. Platform for success

    Wood Group has had its multi-million dollar contract servicing an oil platform off Canada's east coast extended for another five years.

    Wood Group technicians

    Aberdeen-based Wood will continue to provide engineering, procurement and construction to the Hibernia platform off Newfoundland and Labrador.

  83. What the papers say

    An emotional Alex Salmond stood down as first minister - but left on a high note, predicting great things for Scotland, says the Daily Record.


    Mr Salmond said he was filled with "optimism and confidence" for Scotland's future as he bade farewell to Holyrood for the last time as first minister, reports the Scottish Sun.

    Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Charles Green's takeover of Rangers, the Herald says.

    Read our full review of what the papers say today.

  84. Shops take a drop

    Shop sales slipped last month in Scotland despite "solid demand" for gaming and beauty products and a strong online performance, according to retailers.

    high street shopping

    Total sales fell year-on-year by 1.2%, with food sales dropping by 2.7%.

    The Scottish Retail Consortium-KPMG survey also found non-food sales were flat, compared with October last year.

    Analysts described it as "a difficult month" for Scottish high street retailers.

  85. Not a 'No'...just 'Not yet'

    The outgoing first minister Alex Salmond tells Good Morning Scotland: "When people are asked,'Do you think there should be another referendum?' it's quite interesting that those who voted 'No' thought there should be another referendum in 10 years.

    Alex Salmond

    "So it does indicate that a large number of people involved in the referendum campaign were saying not so much 'No', but 'not yet'."

  86. Salmond predicts new indyref

    The outgoing first minister Alex Salmond has told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland he believes another independence referendum will be held in the future.

    Mr Salmond was speaking on the day his deputy Nicola Sturgeon is expected to be appointed as his successor.

    She wll be voted in by MSPs this afternoon.

  87. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Keith- A96 between Bridge Street/Reidhaven Square (Keith) and B9022 (Huntly) now clear following a road traffic collision near Netherton Farm.

    Rutherglen A730 Mill St N/B closed, RTC pedestrian involved between Greenhill Road and B768 Main Street. Police directing traffic.

    Portobello - Slow on A199 Sir Harry Lauder Rd N/B Baileyfield Crescent, congestion A6095 Newcraighall Road to A1. Roadworks have closed Newcraighall Road.

  88. All the gossip

    It's the football gossip the morning after the night before...

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan believes his players were spooked by the intensity of England's play in the 3-1 defeat to the Auld Enemy in Tuesday night's friendly.

    chris martin

    Derby County and Scotland striker Chris Martin admits he has a lot to learn after failing to make much of an impact against England defenders Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill.

    England captain Wayne Rooney, who scored twice against Scotland, calls for the fixture to be played more frequently.

    Read our full review here.

  89. Scotland let-down

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his side let themselves down in the 3-1 defeat by England.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

    The Scots, who had beaten Euro 2016 qualifying rivals Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park on Friday, failed to hit the heights at the same venue.

    Andrew Robertson scored a consolation as Wayne Rooney fired a brace to add to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's header.

    "That's as good as I've seen England play in a while; maybe we were mentally fatigued from Friday," Strachan said.

  90. First day for Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon is expected to be voted in as Scotland's first minister by parliament later, after Alex Salmond stepped down from the role.

    sturgeon and salmond

    Ms Sturgeon, who would be the first woman to hold the post, has already succeeded Mr Salmond as SNP leader.

    She will take part in her first first minister's questions in the new job on Thursday.

    Ms Sturgeon is also expected shortly to announce the make-up of her cabinet and junior ministerial team.

  91. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It's a chilly start in the north. Parts of the northwest and central Highlands are starting the day with clear skies and temperatures close to freezing.

    The north west will see the best of the sunshine today, although there'll be some decent bright spells for Argyll and Ayrshire too. Otherwise, it'll be rather cloudy with scattered showers, mainly for eastern Scotland and most frequent over Aberdeenshire and Angus.

    The odd shower will get as far west as the Glasgow area. East or southeasterly winds will be fairly light, strengthening over Kintyre and Galloway later, ahead of a rain band that will arrive this evening.

    Temperatures still a degree or so above the seasonal average at 11C.

  92. Post update

    Paul McLaren

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's Scotland Live where we'll bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather as it happens until 18:00