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  1. Scottish NHS 'will benefit by £125m'
  2. Chancellor George Osborne delivers Autumn Statement
  3. Mr Osborne hails 'fastest rate' of job creation in Scotland
  4. Nicola Sturgeon criticises Smith report burning
  5. Owner rebukes Hearts & Celtic fans over behaviour at Scottish Cup tie

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By Thomas McGuigan, Sandy Murray and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

All done for today on #ScotlandLive. More from us starting at 08:00 tomorrow.

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

#Celtic Park looking festive. All the Celtic v Partick action live on @BBCSportsound from 1810

Celtic Park

Arthur Montford

A funeral service has been held for

TV sports broadcaster Arthur Montford, who died last week at the age of 85.

Arthur Montford

Montford was best known for hosting more than 2,000 episodes of STV's Scotsport programme over a 32-year period from the late 1950s.

A private family service was held at at Clydebank Crematorium, followed by a memorial service at Bearsden Cross Church.

Highland Show death

A health and safety expert has told a jury The Royal Highland Show could not reasonably have foreseen the accident which caused the death of a boy.

Three-year-old Ben Craggs died after a concrete bollard toppled onto him at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

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Festive spirit

BuzzFeedUK political reporter Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) tweets: The Scotland Office has created this utterly terrible virtual advent calendar


Travel latest

Tonight's top road hold-ups:

Aberdeen - A90 Anderson Drive - southbound delays at A93 Great Western Road - burst water main; A9 Pitlochry - Perth road... 10 min delays southbound at Dunkeld - roadworks; Forth Road Bridge - 15 min delay on the northbound approach - 10 min delays southbound; Edinburgh City Bypass - queues westbound at Sheriffhall Roundabout and 15 min delays westbound from Gilmerton to Lothianburn.

Scottish football's 'disgrace'

Sports promoter

Barry Hearn thinks it is "disgraceful" that Scotland's top flight cannot attract a sponsor.

Barry Hearn
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The 66-year-old, who revitalised darts, said "If you worked for me you'd be sacked", when addressing a Scottish FA convention at Hampden.

"You have so much good in Scottish football, so many positive things to say, but you don't sell yourself," added Hearn.

Show death 'not reasonably foreseen'

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

A health and safety expert has told a jury The Highland Show could not reasonably have foreseen the accident which caused the death of a boy.

Roderick Evans was giving evidence at the trial in Edinburgh Sheriff Court said the bollards had been checked on 16 June 2008.

Ben Craggs
Lothian and Borders Police

Three-year-old Ben Craggs died after a bollard toppled onto him at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland denies eight charges.

Championship ambitions

Eilidh Child is

targeting a World Championships medal next year following a hugely successful 2014.

Eilidh Child
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The 27-year-old 400m hurdler won European gold after sealing silver at her home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"The big focus is the World Championships in Beijing [in August]," she told BBC Scotland.

Norovirus hits school

An Edinburgh school has closed after 150 children and 14 staff became ill with the norovirus winter vomiting bug.

Pupils and staff at Oxgangs Primary School in Oxgangs Road North reported suffering sickness and diarrhoea from Wednesday morning.

Oxgangs Primary School

Officials said it is usually a short-lived illness and children recover quickly. The school will be closed until Monday while a deep clean is carried out.

Sponsor concern

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

"The fact that the Scottish Premier League doesn't have a sponsor isn't good. Put it this way, if you worked for me you'd be sacked." Barry Hearn

City tartan

English footballing giants Manchester City have officially

launched their own tartan to celebrate a 60-year link with a Borders town.

Robert Fairburn

The Blue Moon tartan scarves and ties are proving a big hit with supporters of the English Premier League champions.

They are made in Selkirk, the hometown of City legend Bobby Johnstone.

Barnett formula

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

@TimReidBBC tweets: UK govt confirms expects two thirds reduction in Barnett formula - to around £10bn - once Smith Agreement and extra powers come into force

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


Fairly cloudy skies but mainly dry conditions tonight. A few isolated showers or patchy rain across the west and north west coast and the Hebrides.

A south-westerly airflow with the best of the breaks and clear spells across sheltered eastern areas where we may see pockets of frost, mist and fog too.

Again temperatures in Aboyne, Moray, Aberdeenshire and the western Borders could dip below freezing.

Elsewhere, largely low single figures, two to four Celsius for Edinburgh and Glasgow. Fairly breezy around the north and west coasts where temperatures hold up at six or seven Celsius.

Edinburgh rapist jailed

A Polish man who

followed a stranger off an Edinburgh bus before subjecting the woman to a rape ordeal has been jailed for seven years.

Krzysztof Druzgala, 21, had earlier admitted raping the woman at a city industrial estate on 30 August 2014.

constitution street in Edinburgh

The court heard how the victim was attacked as she made her way to work at an industrial estate in Leith.

Druzgala pinned her to the ground and punched her. He said later he was drunk and could not remember the attack.

Comedy schedule

A warm-hearted look at the comedy phenomenon Still Game is one of the highlights of

BBC Scotland's Hogmanay TV line-up.


Still Game: The Story So Far will look back at the popular comedy series, which this year sold out a 21-night run at Glasgow's Hydro arena.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

.@oilandgasuk : 1st tax cut in 21 yrs is "first step": more needed, esp for exploration. Hoping for more tomorrow. #AutumnStatement

Wildlife warning

Thousands of birds and bats could be killed by the development of

small domestic wind turbines, researchers in Stirling have warned.

Small turbine
Elfie Waren

Domestic "microturbines" are growing in popularity among homeowners.

However, researchers at the University of Stirling say planning measures must be introduced to keep them away from bird and bat habitats.

Taxi rank patrols

Stewards will patrol the main taxi rank in Dumfries over Christmas and Hogmanay in an effort to combat anti-social behaviour.

Two registered security marshals will monitor the Loreburn Street rank from midnight until 04:00 each Saturday and Sunday until 21 December.

Loreburn Street taxi rank

They will also be charged with maintaining order amongst revellers on 2 and 3 January.

If the trial is successful, it may be rolled out to other local towns.

Roman and Pictish hoard discovered

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

An "important" hoard of Roman and Pictish silver, coins and jewellery has been discovered in a field in Aberdeenshire.

Archaeologists from National Museums Scotland and the University of Aberdeen's Northern Picts project made the find at an undisclosed spot.

Roman hoard
Phil Wilkinson

It contains more than 100 pieces.

The discovery has been hailed as the most northern of its kind in Europe and will now be researched and catalogued.

Elements of the hoard will be on display for the first time at the University of Aberdeen from 20 January to 31 May.

End to free festive parking

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: Free parking in the city centre in the run up to Christmas is scrapped

Read the full story here.

Marine power firm struggles

Scotland's renewables industry has been dealt a fresh blow with the news that

wave energy firm Aquamarine Power is to "significantly downsize" its business.

Aquamarine Power

The Edinburgh-based company said it had launched a consultation process with staff as part of a major restructuring.

BBC Scotland understands Aquamarine's workforce could be cut from more than 50 to less than 20.

Recycling plea

Torcuil Crichton of the Daily Record (@Torcuil) tweets: Lord Smith asked how he views SNP cllrs burning his report: "I'm chairman of the Green Investment Bank, I'd rather they recycled them"

Blooming cold

Frost flowers have been photographed at Haddo House and Country Park near Tarves in Aberdeenshire.

Frost flower
Diana Spencer

Diana Spencer, who works at the historic house and park, captured the images on Wednesday morning.

She said: "The frost flowers happen when a wet bit of wood freezes. The water gets squeezed out through the pores in the wood and makes these hair-like strands."

More fantastic pictures


David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

Breaking: Edinburgh-based @AquamarinePower is to make more than half its workforce redundant. More bad news for marine energy sector

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

@BBCDouglasF tweets: FSB Scotland: business rates as archaic as elsewhere in UK, @scotgov should have a parallel review to Whitehall #AutumnStatement

Man was limp "like a teddy bear"

A man was

limp "like a teddy bear" after he was restrained by bouncers on the ground outside an Aberdeen bar, a murder trial has heard.

Kiel Hauley, 33, Jonas Marcius, 23, and Adrian Morley, 33, deny assaulting and murdering Craig Grant, of Inverurie, outside the Galleria shopping centre in August last year.

Craig Grant
Not specified

Witness Shaun Wheeldon said he saw Mr Grant being held on the pavement.

He said he was "shocked" to see Mr Grant's face was light grey.

FirstGroup will stay in Aberdeen

The Press and Journal

The boss of transport giant FirstGroup has affirmed the

company's commitment to keeping its headquarters in Aberdeen after losing control of the ScotRail franchise.

Tim O'Toole vowed the company would remain in its historic home after local MSP Kevin Stewart wrote to the bus and rail firm about rumours he had heard that First may relocate.

In his letter, the SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central said he was "disappointed" that First was "unsuccessful" in winning the Scot Rail tender exercise earlier this year after running it for more than a decade.

He added: "Since that decision was announced I have heard on a number of occasions from various sources that FirstGroup may be considering relocating their global head office function from Aberdeen.

Post office robber

Police are searching for

an armed robber who stole cash from a Stirlingshire post office - before dropping most of it as he escaped.

The man grabbed the cash after a member of staff at the Plean branch opened the counter door at about 10:30.

Plean Post Office

He was last seen running behind the Plean Tavern, but the majority of the money was recovered after he dropped it.

The suspect was wearing an orange high-visibility vest over a grey hoodie and had a blue scarf covering his face.

Avalanche forecasts

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Avalanche risk forecasts for Scotland's highest mountains will resume later this month.

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) provides the forecasts for walkers, climbers and skiers from December to early April.

SAIS Lochaber

It will begin the service for Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms and Northern Cairngorms on 11 December. Forecasts for Torridon will start on 24 December.

There were 350 avalanches recorded last winter.

Of this number, 325 of the snow slides occurred naturally and 25 were incidents triggered by people. There were no avalanche-related deaths.

During the winter of 2012-13, eight people died because of avalanches. It was the highest number of deaths in five seasons of SAIS forecasts.

North Sea tax measures

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a series of measures

designed to encourage investment in the North Sea oil and gas sector.

In his Autumn Statement, he said a supplementary tax charge on oil firms' profits would be cut immediately, from 32% to 30%.

Other measures include a new "cluster area allowance".

North Sea oil rig

The allowance is aimed at encouraging companies to invest in groups of oil fields.

Mr Osborne said there had been record investment in the North Sea this year.

But he warned that lower oil prices "clearly presents a challenge to this vital industry".

Lethal firearms man jailed

An Edinburgh man who

built potentially lethal firearms from items found in the streets and skips has been jailed for five years and nine months.

Gary Owens, 38, previously admitted a string of firearms offences committed between 1 February and 16 April 2014 at his home in Jamaica Mews.

The offences included manufacturing a prohibited weapon and possessing homemade firearms.

Owens said he had made the weapons in order to commit suicide.

Hearts v Celtic reaction

Celtic player Anthony Stokes

tweets: Maybe Ann Budge should worry about her own fans, never had so many sectarian comments directed at me in a ground like Tynecastle the other day.

'Strong leadership'

Tom English

BBC Scotland

Excellent statement from Ann Budge. Strong leadership. Everybody should applaud her.

Hearts v Celtic - Your Views

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Jon From Glasgow: Well done Ann Budge for standing up to Celtic fans. She is 100% correct. This behaviour has happened the last 2 Celtic games at Firhill; leaving young fans upset and vandalism of seats etc. Because it is the so-called Old Firm nobody will take action.

Stamp duty

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Stamp duty changes apply in Scotland until next April when SG plans come into force, from midnight tonight #as2014

Autumn Statement: Stamp duty

Chancellor George Osborne announces radical changes to the system of stamp duty on house purchases.

House of Commons

Scotland's own system of charges on house transactions was outlined by Finance Secretary John Swinney earlier this year. Like Mr Osborne's plan, it increased the tax on very expensive properties.

SNP suspends councillors

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

The SNP has suspended four of its councillors in Renfrewshire pending an investigation into their involvement in the burning of a copy of the Smith Commission report on strengthening devolution.

Autumn Statement: 'English votes'

Mr Osborne says the scale of devolution to Scotland reinforces the case for "English votes on English laws" in the House of Commons.

House of Commons