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  1. Vale of Leven inquiry criticises health board
  2. Body found in missing teen search
  3. Police officer praised for wave rescue
  4. Library call for every Scots child
  5. Family tributes to boy killed by van

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Rebecca Bailey

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RBS 'told critic he could not remain customer'

A businessman who wrote a government report that criticised RBS has been told he can no longer remain a customer of the bank, Panorama has learned.

In the 2013 report, Lawrence Tomlinson (pictured) accused RBS of systematically wrecking viable businesses.

Lawrence Tomlinson

In 2014, RBS deputy chief executive Chris Sullivan told him he would have to take his mortgage, business and personal accounts to another bank.

But RBS said the decision had nothing to do with the critical report.

'Killer' confessed to friend

A man has told a court that his friend confessed to killing a woman in her Glasgow home.

Nineteen-year-old Paul McManus is accused of murdering Isabelle Sanders in April last year. Ross Arthurs says Mr McManus admitted to him that he killed her.

Isabelle Sanders
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Mr McManus had been staying with Mr Arthurs. The day after Ms Sanders death, Mr Arthurs said he was waiting for a bus when Mr McManus approached him

Mr Arthurs said he asked Mr McManus if he knew about the woman who died and Mr McManus replied: 'Yes Ross, I killed that woman'.

Mr McManus denies murdering Ms Sanders.

Prisoner found dead

A man who fatally stabbed his friend has been found dead in prison.

Joseph Kearins, 25, was convicted of the culpable homicide of Jordan Maguire at a house in Shettleston in Glasgow in October, 2012.

He was sentenced to eight years in jail due to the ongoing risk he posed to the public.

A statement from the Scottish Prison Service said Kearins was found dead at HMP Shotts last Thursday.

Vale of Leven issues

Ms Robison said the Scottish Government, and the previous administration, should have taken action earlier in regard to issues at the Vale of Leven hospital.

The health minister said the changes in which health authority was in charge of the hospital, the lack of investment, low morale and a lack of leadership "should have been picked up on by ourselves and the previous administration".

Ms Robison was speaking following the publication of findings of an inquiry into a C. diff outbreak at the hospital which caused the deaths of 34 people.

Peterhead ordered to replay game

The Scottish Professional Football League has ordered Peterhead to replay a league match against Ayr United after Peterhead played an illegible player.

Defender Reece Donaldson

played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win on 15 November in SPFL League One match, even though he was suspended.

Reece Donaldson

At a disciplinary hearing the SPFL Board charged the club for playing Donaldson, fined them £10,000 and suspended Donaldson from playing in the replayed fixture.

C. diff inquiry

Ms Robison said she will accept all 75 recommendations

from the inquiry into the C.diff outbreak.

She told Newsdrive: "I wrote to the health boards today making clear that they had to respond to me by the 19th of January, making clear which of the recommendations they have already implemented and which have still to be implemented.

"It is fair to say a lot has changed since 2007 in the health service."

Government sorry over C.diff

Shona Robison, the new Scottish health secretary, has offered an "unequivocal apology on behalf of the Scottish Government and the NHS"

to the families of the victims of the Vale of Leven C.diff outbreak.

She told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive: "The practice and the lack of procedures to control infection and to identify that there was even an outbreak at the Vale of Leven hospital was appalling.

"The report makes for very upsetting reading so the families, I can understand, will be very upset. They have had a long inquiry into what happened to their loved ones and today will have been a difficult day for them."

Ms Robison met the families of the victims earlier today.

Taxi row stabbing

A biscuit factory worker who tried to kill a man after the victim offered to share a taxi with his girlfriend has been jailed for nearly seven years.

Connor Blackmore, 21, left Darren Gallagher with life-threatening injuries after repeatedly stabbing him in the street in Craigend, Glasgow.

The judge described the attack as "cowardly and unprovoked".

Blackmore pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was jailed for six years and nine months.

Livingston suffer points blow

Livingston FC have been deducted five points and fined £10,000 for non-payment of tax.

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) board charged the Championship club with a number of rule breaches.

The SPFL said Livingston failed to advise the authority that it was in default of its tax obligations in relation to payments made to players.

As a result, the club were able to register professional players.

Denny investment

The regeneration of Denny town centre has been given a £1.4m funding boost.

Denny town centre
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Falkirk Council was awarded the money as part of a Scottish government scheme to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas.

The award has been described as "a significant step forward for Denny, its residents and retailers".

A national success?

The Herald's Scott Reid

tweets: Numerous reports of @scotnational now selling on eBay for a tenner. Amazing. #thenational

The Guardian's Libby Brooks

tweets: I'm hearing @ScotNational print run is increasing to 100k tomorrow to meet demands

Brechin death

Evening Telegraph

Police investigation after death of man, 27, in Brechin

Murder trial hears from paramedic

A paramedic has told a murder trial she saw seven or eight stab wounds on a woman attacked by a man with a knife.

Karen Reid said Isabelle Sanders, 51, was lying in a corner of her living room in Crookston covered in blood.

Her partner Norman Busby has said an intruder forced himself inside before stabbing him and then his partner.

Paul McManus denies murdering Ms Sanders and attempting to murder her partner, 86-year-old Mr Busby, on 9 April.

Petrofac shares

Shares in Petrofac have fallen by more than a quarter after the oil and gas services group warned that its profits are set to be lower than expected.

Net profits for 2015 are set to be around $500m (£319m), which is about $190m below analysts' forecasts.

The company also said net profit for 2014 will be at the lower end of its predicted range of $580-600m.

'Fake' Caniggia

The Scotsman

Former Rangers star Claudio Caniggia was down as playing in a 'masters' friendly between Argentina and Brazil at the weekend.

However, the man wearing the headband was not the former Ibrox striker…it was Daniel Cordone, the former Newcastle player who was named in a Daily Mail list of one of the worst strikers to have ever played in the Premier League.

Claudio Caniggia

Read the full story.

Families of C.diff victims react

The families of the victims who died in the C.diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital have reacted to

an inquiry which heavily criticised NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

In a statement issued on behalf of the families by Thompsons Solicitors, they said: "Today has been an emotionally difficult time for the families, one in which they have heard about the failings of care for their loved ones.

"There are no words we can say to you today that will accurately convey the anger, hurt and grief we have felt for the past seven years over the suffering that our loved ones endured as they succumbed to this terrible outbreak."

The families also thanked Lord MacLean, the man who led the inquiry, and stated they were looking forward to meeting with the new health secretary Shona Robison to discuss the inquiry's findings.

Council drops pupil plan

Highland Council has dropped a proposal to reduce the time pupils in primaries 4, 5, 6 and 7 spend in class.

The local authority said the decision had been made because other councils were considering the same idea and it had now become a "national debate".

But Highland Council has experienced an angry backlash from parents on the matter.

The council said its proposal to reduce class time by 30 minutes per day no longer formed part of suggested cost savings to be made in 2015-16.

'Killer could strike again'

The family of a bank manager shot dead on the doorstep of his home 10 years ago fear the murderer could kill again.

Alistair Watson
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Father-of-two Alistair Wilson's murder in Nairn on the evening of 28 November 2004 remains unsolved.

In a statement, his family said the killer could cause another family the heartbreak they have had to endure.

Officers assaulted

Two police officers have been injured after being attacked by a suspected shoplifter in Stirling.

The male and female constables had detained the 18-year-old man after being called out to a shop at about 00.40 on Sunday.

Police said the teenager "struggled violently" with the officers and assaulted both of them, with the male officer suffering an injured ankle and the female officer sustaining a hand injury.

The 18-year-old was charged and was due to appear in court.

£250m raised to build new homes

A housing association has raised £250m through a bond issue to help fund 2,800 new affordable homes across central Scotland.

Wheatley Group said it closed the bond offer period early because of high demand.

Wheatley Houses
Wheatley Group

It is the first time a Scottish housing association has raised cash by issuing a public bond on the capital markets.

Wheatley operates across 12 council areas and owns and manages 72,000 homes.

'This could not happen again'

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) health board has apologised for its "terrible failure" in looking after patients following an inquiry into Scotland's worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile.

Andrew Robertson, chairman of NHS GGC, said: "On behalf of the board and our staff, I would like to offer an full and unreserved apology to the patients affected and to the families who lost a relative to C. diff in the months between January 2007 and late 2008.

"This was a terrible failure and we profoundly regret it.

"I can give the firmest of assurances that, as a result of the lessons that have been learned, this could not happen again."

Thirty four patients died in the outbreak.

Legal firm grows

Law firm Aberdein Considine has expanded into a fifth Scottish city after completing a merger with Stirling-based Muirhead Buchanan.

law books

The legal firm now runs 19 offices across the country, including the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth.

The deal is the latest in a series of recent Scottish legal mergers.

Lorry driver caused pensioner's death

A lorry driver who admitted causing another man's death by driving carelessly has been given community service.

Andrew Dominick, 64, from Greenock, was blinded by the sun when his truck hit 68-year-old Archibald Graham's stranded car in Renfrewshire on 7 May 2013.

He admitted causing Mr Graham's death by driving carelessly and failing to observe his vehicle.

Dominick was sentenced to 170 hours of community service.

Ice hockey latest

Read Craig Anderson's round-up of this weekend's ice hockey action.

ice hockey

Curry tattoo

Daily Record

A mum-of-three went to extreme lengths to ensure her dad would enjoy free meals for a year at his favourite curry house - by getting a tattoo of their logo.

Beth Faulds decided to get Shish Mahal tattooed on her waist to make sure Norman Ferguson could enjoy eating at his favourite Glasgow restaurant.

Read the full story.

Man stands trial over OAP death

A man is to stand trial in February charged with murdering an 85-year-old woman in her own home in Edinburgh.

Robert Buczek, 24, made his first public appearance in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mr Buczek is accused of attacking Eleanor Whitelaw at her house in Morningside on 11 July 2014.

It is claimed Mr Buczek repeatedly struck the pensioner on the neck and body with a pair of scissors or similar implement.

Your Stories - Pet catastrophes

BBC Radio Scotland

Earlier today, Radio Scotland asked for your stories of pet disasters. Here are some of the best.

Louise and Zac (aged 6): Our hamster was dropped down the loo by my 6-year-old. After much commotion, tears and hands up the U-bend we resigned ourselves to a terrible death. Half an hour later there was a knock at the door. Our neighbour had found a wet, sad, toilet-paper covered hamster in her garden. We are still surprised that Hammy the hamster survived - and also that our waste pipe goes into our neighbour's garden!

A hamster

Lauren: Mum and auntie buried the tortoise. It wasn't dead - it was hibernating!

Brian: Lost my corn snake for eight months in the house and was informed by the SSPCA that it had probably got out the back door and died as it was the winter months. Moved house and the snake turned up in the bath at two in the morning six weeks after we moved. Needless to say, the new tenant was hysterical.

Drug dealer's money seized

A convicted Linlithgow drug dealer has had almost £10,000 confiscated under Proceeds of Crime legislation.

Daniel Harvie was convicted of supplying drugs and was jailed for three years in March.

At Edinburgh High Court, Harvie was made subject to a confiscation order of £9,812.

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Mist moves over Loch Tay
Russell Fallis

Russell Fallis from Dalkeith took this picture of mist moving over Loch Tay at Kenmore, on Saturday afternoon.

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Travel Update

BBC Scotland Travel


The A745 closed because of an overturned lorry between B727/ A711 Craignair Rd Dalbeattie. May take some time to recover.

South Lanarkshire - long queues on M74 northbound between J7 Larkhall and 8 Canderside. Roadworks to blame.

Edinburgh: Newbridge Roundabout - traffic lights out.

Better late than never

Former Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair reflects on Scotland's win over Tonga as their autumn Test campaign drew to a close on Saturday.

Scotland rugby players

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Sunset from the top of the Star Flyer in Edinburgh
Marilyn Young

Marilyn Young from Longniddry took this unusual sunset picture at Edinburgh's 'Light Night' on Sunday, while spinning round at the top of the 60m tall Star Flyer.

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Health board criticised over C. diff deaths

Scotland's largest health board has been heavily criticised by an inquiry into the country's worst Clostridium difficile (C. diff) outbreak.

The probe, led by Lord MacLean, looked at the treatment of 63 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire between December 2007 and June 2008.

Of the 34 patients who died, C. diff was a contributory factor in 28 cases.

Lord MacLean said patients at the hospital had been "badly let down" by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC).

He described the figures as "particularly damning" and "probably an underestimate".

Reactor back online

EDF Energy says reactor two at Torness nuclear power station in East Lothian was brought back online this morning.

The reactor automatically shut down last week, due to a fault with protection equipment at the power station.

Sanders murder trial update

A murder trial has heard that a victim had six or seven stab wounds to her chest and showed no sign of life when paramedics came to treat her.

Karen Reid was a paramedic at the scene where she and her colleague pronounced Isabelle Sanders dead. She said Ms Sanders also had a stab wound to her neck.

Paul McManus denies murdering Ms Sanders at her home in Crookston in Glasgow in April this year.

Cold case appeal

Alistair Wilson

Police investigating the shooting of Alistair Wilson in Nairn a decade ago insist they remain absolutely committed to tracking down his killer.

Ten years on, the case is now the subject of a homicide review within Police Scotland.

Police have appealed to anyone who knows how and why the 30-year-old was gunned down on his doorstep to come forward.

Crimestoppers has announced today that it's renewing its offer of a reward of up to £5,000 for information on the unsolved murder.

Bin lorry driver named

A bin lorry driver

who died after being crushed by his own truck when he tried to stop it rolling out of a car park has been named by police.

Maurice Willis

Maurice Willis, 58, was pinned against a wall by the lorry in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, on Saturday.

The vehicle then hit a parked car and mounted a pavement before coming to rest on the edge of Hawes Pier.

Mr Willis was taken to hospital but later died. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Hendry to challenge Alexander

The leader of Highland Council says he wants to stand for election as an SNP MP in Danny Alexander's Inverness constituency at next year's Westminster election.

Drew Hendry
Highland Council

Drew Hendry, whose name was put forward by party members, said he would stand against the Liberal Democrat, who is Chief Secretary to the Treasury, if selected as a candidate by the party.

The development comes after former first minister Alex Salmond last week dismissed media reports that he was thinking about standing in the Highland seat.

Body found in missing teen search

A body recovered from the River Clyde at Greenock is believed to be that of a missing teenager, police have said.

Sarah Smith, 19, from Port Glasgow, was reported missing after failing to return home on Sunday night. She had last been seen in the Gourock area.

Sarah Smith
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A body recovered from the water at Cardwell Bay, near Battery Park, on Monday is believed to be that of Sarah. Her family have been informed.

A post mortem examination will be held to establish the exact cause of death.