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  1. U-turn accusation over Smith deal
  2. Man guilty of Isabelle Sanders murder
  3. Prosecutors set out social media law
  4. McCoist vows to stay after Cup loss

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Paul McLaren

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from Scotland Live today. We're back tomorrow morning at 08:00. Hope you can join us then.

  2. Pensioner hit by car dies

    A pensioner badly injured after she was hit by a car in Aberdeenshire has died.

    The 81-year-old woman was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following the incident on Eavern Place in Oldmeldrum on Tuesday morning.

    The collision involved a grey Audi A4.

    Police Scotland said a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

  3. 'Sex assault' on girl of 12

    A man has appeared in court charged with sexual assault after an incident involving a 12-year-old girl in Aberdeen.

    aberdeen sheriff court

    Monirul Islam, 34, of Dundee, made no plea at Aberdeen Sheriff Court when he appeared under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act.

    The incident took place near the city's Princes Street at around 08:45 on Tuesday.

    Mr Islam was remanded in custody.

  4. Officers save crash man's life

    Two police officers and two off-duty firefighters have been nominated for a meritorious award for saving the life of a driver in a crash in Edinburgh.


    A 70-year-old man was driving his Volvo on Friday when he suffered a heart attack, causing his car to leave Queensferry Road and hit a lamppost.

    The firefighters gave the man CPR at the scene of the crash.

    Two constables also stopped to help by using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrived.

  5. Men face trial over 'Easdale abuse'

    Two men have appeared in court charged with threatening Rangers investors Sandy and James Easdale.

    James (left) and Sandy Easdale

    Barrie Donnelly, 37, from Uddingston, and Mark Sweeten, 41, from Glasgow, deny making abusive and threatening remarks on 8 November.

    It is alleged they targeted the McGills Buses owners as they entered Ibrox Stadium at Edmiston Drive.

    Both men entered not guilty pleas during an appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court and a trial was set for May 2015.

  6. Girl attacked in street

    Police are investigating after a teenage girl was indecently assaulted in the street in Stirling.

    The 19-year-old was walking between St Ninian's Toll and Mayfield Court at about 20:00 on Wednesday when she was attacked by a man.

    He was white, about 6ft tall, aged between 25 and 40 and was wearing a woollen hat, jeans, a jacket and a zipped-up top and was carrying a white bag.

    Officers have appealed for information.

  7. Formula 1 Edinburgh

    Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be driven by a Formula 1 champ?

    Watch here, as former world champion Mika Hakkinen takes BBC Scotland's Lisa Summers for a spin.

    Screenshot from Mika Hakkinen driving in Edinburgh video

    Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens was turned into a racetrack as some of the world's best-known Formula 1 stars clocked up breath-taking speeds.

  8. Scientist's sex acts with girl, 13

    A 31-year-old married scientist has admitted having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl while he was aged 18.

    Robert Valentine, from Warwick, admitted a charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the girl, whom he met online around 2001.

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how, as a student Valentine, had travelled to the city on more than one occasion and had sexual contact with the girl in hotels.

    He was caught after the girl, now in her 20s, reported the incidents.

  9. Your pictures - Get involved

    Dusk on the shore at Leith is captured by Miles Gray from Edinburgh.


    Email us your pictures for the week's gallery and we'll use the best.

  10. Police push drink-drive message

    Police Scotland are pushing home the message that the new lower drink-drive limit begins tomorrow.


    The legal alcohol limit will be reduced from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

    Senior offices say enforcement will begin immediately and are warning that the best advice is don't drink and drive at all.

    The new limit means that the law will be different either side of the border with England.

    Around 20 people die every year on Scotland's roads because of drink-driving related collisions and the Scottish government says the new law will save lives.

  11. On the roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Fife - The accident on the A92 at Crossgates now clear, still slow eastbound coming off the M90 at J2a heading towards Cowdenbeath.

  12. Ex-nurse in knife attack

    A former nurse who attacked her partner with a knife has been ordered to carry our 200 hours of unpaid work.

    Sarah Chambers, 57, lashed out at Joseph Wilson with the knife during a row at her home in Maryhill, Glasgow, on 29 August last year.

    She cut his face and Mr Wilson also suffered a cut to his hand when he tried to grab the knife.

    Chambers denied the attack but was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court. She will also be supervised for two years.

  13. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A dry and cloudy start to the evening for many with an early dip in temperatures in the east and a frost.

    Further west, a band of rain moves in form the Atlantic, spreading across the country overnight.

    Behind it, clear spells develop leading to a widespread frost with a risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

    There is a Met Office Yellow 'Be aware' warning for ice for all except the Northern Isles.

  14. Man stripped drunk woman in pub

    A 31-year-old man who kissed, touched and partially stripped a woman in a busy Glasgow pub while she was too drunk to consent has admitted a charge of sexual assault.

    Andrew Smart, from the city's Yoker area, was captured on CCTV assaulting the 25-year-old woman in Coopers Bar on Great Western Road in February 2012.

    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he was caught after other people in the pub reported the incident to staff.

    Sheriff John McCormick deferred sentence and remanded Smart in custody.

  15. More on McCoist

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist's position is not under immediate threat, BBC Scotland has learned.

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist

    Discussions between senior figures at Ibrox have taken place concerning a run of one win in four games.

    Rangers trail Hearts by nine points in the Championship and following Wednesday's 3-2 Petrofac Cup semi-final loss at Alloa, McCoist said he had no thoughts of resignation.

    It is understood sacking McCoist and his assistants would cost around £1.4m.

  16. Man admits Mikaeel slurs

    A man has admitted posting offensive comments on Facebook about three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, who was killed by his mother.

    Shaun Moth

    Shaun Moth, 45, of Whitehills, Aberdeenshire, pleaded guilty to making comments aggravated by religious prejudice about the boy the day before his body was found in woodland in Kirkcaldy in January.

    Sentence was deferred at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Moth was remanded in custody. But Sheriff William Summers warned it was almost unimaginable that he would deal with the case in any way other than custody.

    Mikaeel's mother, Rosdeep Adekoya, admitted culpable homicide and was jailed for 11 years in August.

  17. Poll tax amnesty - Your views

    Maggie, Aberdeen: Is it just me who sees this as an act of bribery and corruption on the part of the SNP to 'pay debts' of SNP supporters who have stayed off the electoral radar for years? What is next? Amnesty for Income Tax/Parking Fines/Corporation Tax/Council Tax? Surely there should be a legal challenge to this?

  18. Toddler death 'not suspicious'

    There appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a baby girl at an Edinburgh nursery, police have confirmed.

    Careshare's Port Hamilton nursery in Morrison Street

    An ambulance was called to the Careshare nursery in Morrison Street on 26 November when nursery staff discovered the girl was not breathing.

    The 13-month-old girl was taken to the city's Royal Hospital for Sick Children but later died, police said.

    The nursery was closed for an investigation but it has now reopened.

    Police said inquiries are continuing into the death but there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

  19. 'Radical' oil tax plans

    The UK government has announced plans which could radically change the way the offshore oil and gas industry is taxed.

    BP platform

    It is moving away from a focus on maximising revenue for the Treasury.

    The government has admitted that the new priority of maximising extraction will mean a lower tax burden.

    Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said ministers would consult on several new approaches to taxation.

    These will be in addition to tax concessions announced in the chancellor's Autumn Statement, which included an immediate cut in the supplementary charge element of offshore tax, from 32% to 30%.

  20. Sneak-in thefts

    A 34-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with six sneak-in thefts across Inverness in recent weeks.

    The opportunistic thefts - where entry did not have to be forced - happened at businesses and licensed premises in the city.

    Police said the incidents highlighted the need for business owners and households to better protect their properties against break-ins.

  21. Wheelchair death

    An 80-year-old man has died after his electric wheelchair collided with a bin lorry in Stirlingshire.

    The pensioner was injured in the crash at about 10:00 on Wednesday at Sheriffmuir, near Dunblane.

    The Sheriffmuir road at Cauldhame, near Dunblane.

    Police and paramedics were called to the scene on Sheriffmuir Road, but the man later died.

    Officers are examining the circumstances and have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Stirling Council is also investigating.

  22. A9 upgrade

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Joint venture Atkins/Mouchel has secured the last of three design contracts in the project to upgrade the A9 to a dual carriageway.

    The £40m contract involves design work for the road between Tomatin and Moy and the Slochd Summit to Dalraddy.

    The two other contracts were awarded earlier this year.

    The Scottish government said the design work would create graduate, apprenticeship and students positions for almost 40 people.

    It said further opportunities would be created during the overall project to upgrade the route between Inverness and Perth.

    Engineering firm Atkins will work with infrastructure group Mouchel on designing dual carriageway for a Highland stretch of the route.

  23. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    tweets: BBC Sport learns talks have taken place at senior level re: the future of Rangers boss Ally McCoist - his job is not under immediate threat.

    Ally McCoist
  24. The final votes are in...

    A converted caravan that has served as a polling place for 50 residents in Wester Ross will no longer be used, councillors have decided.

    Caravan polling place at Coulags

    Father and daughter George and Anne Mackay's converted static caravan has been used in council, Scottish and UK parliamentary elections.

    The polling place at Coulags near Balmacara was used for September's Scottish independence referendum.

    Highland councillors have agreed a hall in Lochcarron will be used from now on.

  25. Scrum you win...

    BBC Sport


    Glasgow Warriors have secured forwards Josh Strauss and Leone Nakarawa on extended deals, with Connor Braid moving to London Scottish.

    Glasgow Warriors forwards Leone Nakarawa and Josh Strauss

    South African number eight Strauss, 28, and Fiji lock Nakarawa, 26, have signed new two-year deals at Scotstoun.

    Braid has agreed a deal with the English Championship side until the end of the season but will be loaned back to Warriors during the Six Nations.

  26. Alexander backs oil tax changes

    Danny Alexander says he is confident the UK Treasury's changes to North Sea oil taxes are happening quickly enough to deal with the falling price of crude.

    danny alexander

    The chief secretary to the Treasury has been in Aberdeen to give industry leaders the results of a fiscal review of the sector.

    They include a new investment allowance based on companies' costs to encourage investment, and support for seismic survey work to encourage drilling.

    Mr Alexander told BBC Scotland: "It is absolutely essential that over the next few years we lower the tax burden on the North Sea.

    "We started yesterday with a reduction in various taxes. We've announced today a system of tax breaks for investors to make investment more financially rewarding. That direction of travel will have to continue in the years to come.

    "We've set out principles that will govern the way the tax regime for the North Sea changes in future."

  27. Your pictures - Get involved

    Mike Dailly took this picture of the Tay Road Bridge from the YoYo Games offices in Dundee.

    tay road bridge

    Email us your pictures for our gallery of the week and we will use the best ones.

  28. Attempted armed robbery

    A 19-year-old man was threatened by a robber who brandished a knife at him at Pollokshields East railway station on Wednesday.

    The victim was approached by a man in his 20s, who grabbed him and demanded he hand over valuables. The teenager from East Kilbride, who was uninjured, ran from the station shortly after 18:30 and contacted police.

    The suspect, who fled empty-handed, is described as being about 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with dark skin and brown eyes. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, grey trousers and white training shoes. He had a black scarf covering his face.

    CCTV from the station and the surrounding area will be reviewed as part of a British Transport Police inquiry.

  29. New port of call for Lord Smith

    Gillian Marles

    BBC Scotland business reporter

    Lord Smith of Kelvin has been named as the new chairman of Forth Ports.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin

    He will succeed Michael Seymour who is to stand down at the end of the year.

    Lord Smith is already chairman of both the Green Investment Bank and SSE although he plans to step down from the energy firm's board at the beginning of 2016.

    A former BBC governor, the peer also chaired the Organising Committee of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Smith Commission.

  30. Hit-and-run appeal

    Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a hit-and-run crash on the A1.

    The incident occurred on Wednesday at about 20:35 when an unidentified car travelling towards Edinburgh between Wallyford and Tranent struck the rear of a silver Ford Mondeo.

    The shunt caused the car to spin and come to a stop on the embankment. The elderly couple in the Mondeo were left badly shaken as a result.

    PS Andrew Gibb said: "While the people in the car were thankfully left uninjured, this could have potentially been much more serious.

    "We are appealing for any witnesses who saw this accident to come forward."

  31. Flood contract awarded

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Building firm RJ McLeod has been announced as the successful bidder for main construction works on Selkirk's £31.4m flood protection scheme.

    Flood works

    Six companies were invited to tender in June after 16 registered an interest in delivering the project.

    Scottish Borders Council confirmed the civil engineers with their headquarters in Glasgow had been selected.

    The contract will be formally awarded before Christmas with work due to start in January next year.

    It is hoped the scheme can be completed by December 2016.

  32. On Reporting Scotland now...

    BBC Sport


    tweets: On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1330: More reaction to last night's football, as Ally McCoist says he won't resign despite #Rangers' defeat

  33. Brother's plea for justice

    The brother of murdered Isabelle Sanders has called for the "severe punishment" of her killer Paul McManus.

    Paul McManus and Isabelle Sanders

    James Dougall spoke after McManus, 20, was convicted of killing Ms Sanders and attempting to murder her partner Norman Busby in Crookston, Glasgow.

    He said: "We would now respectfully request the Scottish judiciary, and in particular Lord Armstrong, support the Scottish government's justice policy and ensure public confidence remains in our justice system by imposing a severe sentence on the violent re-offender who has devastated our family.

    "We would encourage everyone who agrees with this view to ensure their opinion is heard."

  34. Post update

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Sonic the hedgehog tries out Dance Central at the Games exhibition @NtlMuseumsScot.

    Sonic the hedgehog throws some shapes on the dancefloor.
  35. CCTV appeal over attack

    Police investigating a serious assault in Edinburgh have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to.

    Police have released this image of a man they wish to trace

    A 48-year-old man was seriously injured during an attack on Wednesday 24 September close to Dickens Lounge Bar in Dalry Road.

    That attacker made off in the direction of Gorgie Road.

    A police spokesman said: "The man pictured is of interest to this investigation, and anyone who can help trace him is asked to come forward."

  36. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    tweets: #A90 Portlethan to Aberdeen road - delays heading to Aberdeen from Charleston flyover to Bridge of Dee - just volume of traffic.

  37. Man jailed for rape and sex assaults

    A man has been jailed for 13 years for raping and sexually assaulting women and children in Edinburgh between 1982 and 1995.

    Hugh McGrogan, 56, was found guilty of a total of 10 charges following an earlier trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    He raped and assaulted two women and tried to rape a third at a primary school, the trial had heard.

    McGrogan, formerly of Inverness, also raped a schoolgirl and sexually abused a boy.

    Judge Lady Scott told McGrogan that he had shown no remorse and that his abuse of child victims had devastated their lives.

  38. Rock star status

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A part of Scotland with some of the oldest rocks in Europe could become a magnet for tourists fascinated by ancient geology.

    Smoo Cave

    The North West Highlands Geopark was the first in Scotland to win Unesco geopark status in 2004.

    Its important features include Smoo Cave and the Moine Thrust, geology formed when two ancient continents collided about 430 million years ago.

    The park's operators want to increase its appeal with a new "Geocentre".

    To be sited in Scourie, it would be promoted as a centre of excellence for earth sciences and house the Shelley Collection of ancient Orcadian stone, minerals and fossils.

  39. Crookston murder: Police reaction

    The officer in charge of investigating the murder of Isabelle Sanders in Glasgow has described it as a "horrendous attack".

    Paul McManus, 20, was found guilty of murdering Ms Sanders, 51, and attempting to murder her 86-year-old partner Norman Busby at their home in Crookston.

    Det Ch Insp Jim Smith said: "This was a horrendous attack on a vulnerable elderly man and his partner who were within their own home when McManus turned up at their door with violence and theft on his mind.

    "Norman has been left shattered by the death of his partner Isabelle, who died a violent death in her own home at the hands of McManus who had no regard for the consequences of his actions.

    "Understandably, it has been an incredibly difficult time for Isabelle and Norman's family, and I would like to pay tribute to them for their bravery and their courage throughout."

  40. Paul McManus guilty of murder

    Paul McManus has been convicted of murdering Isabelle Sanders by stabbing her 37 times at her home in Glasgow.

    Paul McManus and Isabelle Sanders

    McManus killed 51-year-old Ms Sanders during a robbery at her house in the city's Crookston area on 9 April.

    He was also convicted of attempting to murder her partner, Norman Busby, 86, who survived being stabbed by McManus.

    The 20-year-old from Glasgow was also convicted at the city's high court of two other robbery-related stabbings. He now faces a mandatory life sentence.

  41. Soldiers not warned of Taliban threat

    Three soldiers killed in a Taliban bomb blast should have been warned about insurgent activity in the area, a coroner has said.

    Cpl William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Pte Robert Hetherington
    Image caption: Cpl William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Pte Robert Hetherington were on routine patrol in a Mastiff vehicle

    Corporal William Savage, 30, from Penicuik, Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21, and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, both from Edinburgh, died in the blast.

    They were killed on Route 611 in the Nahr-e-Saraj district on 30 April 2013.

    The soldiers, who were in an armoured Mastiff vehicle, were unlawfully killed on active service, the coroner ruled.

    Coroner, Darren Salter, will now write to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

  42. Taxi break-ins

    Philip Sim

    Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    Police have issued a warning to Dundee taxi drivers after a spate of break-ins to cabs across the city.

    Cash was stolen from a taxi at Fintry Drive just after midnight on Sunday after thieves forced entry.

    Taxi light - generic

    Similar crimes have recently been reported at Findchapel Place, also in Fintry, and Alloway Place in Linlathen.

    Officers appealed for information and warned city drivers to be on their guard.

    A spokesman advised that all valuable property should be removed from unattended vehicles, or at least secured out of sight in the boot.

  43. Tune into First Minister's Questions

    First Minister's Questions is just starting over on Democracy Live.

    Democracy Live

    Follow our coverage here, and tweet along using #FMQs.

  44. Woman caught in kitchen fire

    A woman is being treated in hospital for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire at a flat in East Renfrewshire.

    Fire crews were called to the flat in Strathaven Road, Eaglesham, at about 17:10 on Wednesday.

    Fire engine

    Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the flat and put out the blaze in the kitchen.

    The woman was treated at the scene and later transferred by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride.

  45. Dott's delight

    Graeme Dott believes a return to a more carefree style of play has helped him to snooker's UK Championship quarter-finals.

    The Scot survived a five-frame fightback by defending champion Neil Robertson to win the decider.

    Graeme Dott

    "I've changed back to the way I played in 2010," said the 37-year-old.

    "I'm just having a go and treating it like I don't really care, even though I obviously do care, and so far it's working."

    You can watch live coverage on BBC One and Two, online, and via the BBC Sport app.

  46. Murder trial jury out

    A jury has been sent out to consider its verdict on a man accused of murdering a woman in her Glasgow home.

    Paul McManus and Isabelle Sanders

    Paul McManus, 20, denies stabbing 51-year-old Isabel Sanders 37 times at her house in Crookston on 9 April.

    In evidence, he admitted stabbing her 86-year-old partner Norman Busby but denies attempting to murder him.

    Mr McManus has lodged a defence of incrimination, blaming his former friends Ross Arthurs and Christopher O'Reilly for the murder of Ms Sanders.

    Both men deny being at the house on the night of the murder.

  47. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Lord #SmithCommission of Kelvin made chairman of Forth Ports, majority owned by Arcus Investmetts: including Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth, Tilbury, Dundee.

  48. UK's 'eye off the ball'

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has revealed he believes the UK government took its eye off the ball north of the border after devolution.

    alistair carmichael

    He told Holyrood's Devolution Committee that the UK and Scottish governments need to work together better in future.

    Mr Carmichael said: "After the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999, the UK government did kind of leave the field in Scotland.

    "We didn't do enough to remind people here of the continuing, quite substantial responsibilities that we have as a government."

  49. A9 contract awarded

    The name of the firm that has secured the last of three design contracts in the project to upgrade the A9 to a dual carriageway is to be announced later.

    A9 at Drumochtar

    The £40m contract involves design work for the road between Tomatin and Moy and the Slochd Summit to Dalraddy.

    Earlier this year, the contract for the A9 between Glen Garry and the Pass of Birnam, valued at up to £60m, was awarded to engineering firm Jacobs.

    CH2MHill/Fairhurst is working on the Glen Garry to Dalraddy contract.

    The Scottish government has committed to dualling the Perth to Inverness route - the longest trunk road in the country - by 2025.

  50. Hulk and Fonz back Sunday league team

    Hulk Hogan and Fonz actor Henry Winkler have joined celebrities backing a Scottish Sunday league team heading for their first cup final.

    EK Milan, from East Kilbride, have used the #FeelMilan hashtag to gain support ahead of the Glasgow and District Sunday Football League cup clash.

    EK Milan

    Winkler told the boys to keep their cool by keeping on target.

    Chairman and player Gary Henderson said he side's first season had been all about riding a "wave of momentum".

  51. Poll tax collection ends

    The collection of poll tax debts is to end on 1 February next year.

    Poll tax protest

    The deadline is contained in a Scottish government bill to stop local authorities pursuing arrears.

    The poll tax, or community charge, was abolished more than 20 years ago.

  52. Your pictures - Get involved

    David Hale took this picture as the sun was setting and the moon rising over Linlithgow Palace and St Michael's Kirk.

    linlithgow palace

    Emails us your pictures for our gallery of the week and we will use the best.

  53. Soldiers unlawfully killed

    Three soldiers killed in a Taliban bomb blast while in an armoured Mastiff vehicle were unlawfully killed on active service, a coroner has ruled.

    Cpl William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Pte Robert Hetherington

    Corporal William Savage, 30, from Midlothian, Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21, and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, both from Edinburgh, died in the blast.

    They were killed on Route 611 in the Nahr-e-Saraj district on 30 April 2013.

    The soldiers should have been told about insurgent activity warnings in the area, coroner Darren Salter said.

  54. Oil industry announcements

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: New offshore tax regime: basin-wide investment allowance, targeted exploration support, also for seismic surveys + more for decommissioning

  55. Skier suffers broken back

    One of the UK's top female skiers has suffered a broken back while training in Sweden.

    Charlie hospital

    Charlie Guest, of Perth, fractured vertebrae in her spine after falling and landing on a boulder.

    The 20-year-old, the UK number one female alpine slalom skier, spent eight hours strapped to a backboard during the 250km (155 mile) journey to hospital from the remote slope.

    Charlie Sweden

    She said she was lucky to be alive following the crash.

  56. "A9 cameras definitely switched on"

    The Press and Journal

    Transport Minister Derek Mackay spoke out after campaigners challenged the authorities to publish speeding ticket statistics to prove they are actually switched on.

    Transport Minister Derek Mackay

    However, it later emerged that not all locations along the route are configured to be "live" at the same time. Instead, police can choose which enforcement sections they wish to activate, based on driver behaviour.

    Read the full story here.

  57. Serious concerns over Glasgow Royal Infirmary

    A hygiene watchdog has expressed serious concerns about the cleanliness of one of Scotland's busiest hospitals.

    glasgow royal infirmary

    The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate visited Glasgow Royal Infirmary in October.

    Inspectors were so concerned about poor cleanliness in the Accident and Emergency department they returned for unannounced visits.

    Health chiefs have been told they must make improvements immediately.

  58. Social media crime - Your views

    As we reported earlier, prosecutors are setting out new guidelines on whether messages posted on social media should be treated as a crime.

    What do you think constitutes a criminal offence and what should the punishment be?

    Facebook picture
    Image caption: Facebook is introducing a function allowing Scots to show they have voted

    Email us your views, you can tweet us using #ScotlandLive or text 80295.

  59. Dentists extracted

    Three dental surgeries on the Uists could be closed and the services relocated to Uist and Barra Hospital on Benbecula.

    Tooth brush and partial denture

    NHS Western Isles said the move would modernise the service.

    It also faces high costs bringing the surgeries in Lochmaddy, Liniclate and Lochboisdale up to modern standards.

    Local councillor Ronald Mackinnon has criticised the plan saying that for some people going to the dentist would involve a 70mile (112km) round trip.

  60. Wanted: A farmer's wife


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Looking for a farmer's wife to come on the programme today - anyone out there?

  61. Lord Advocate on social media crime

    The Lord Advocate has promised to crack down on internet trolls who post sectarian, homophobic or violent messages or pictures.

    Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland

    Frank Mulholland QC is publishing guidance to help police and prosecutors decide what constitutes a crime on social media sites.

    Mr Mulholland says this will ensure consistency of approach across the country and also provide guidance to potential victims about how the issue will be approached by prosecutors.

    He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that this went beyond existing legislation. "The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act only covers part of it," he said. "This is a broad sweep of use of social media, and what is or is not criminal, so it is comprehensive prosecutorial guidance.

    Mr Mulholland added: "I have called for specific legislation for revenge porn. I believe that as part of a democratic process parliament should look at it and should assess where the bar lies, what kind of offences of revenge porn should be criminalised and which should not."

  62. Locum spending rising

    Spending on locum doctors in Dumfries and Galloway is already more than £2m higher than it was at the same stage of the last financial year.

    Locum doctors

    Costs already total nearly £6m for the past seven months.

    The region also has the highest vacancy rate for senior medical staff in Scotland, with 20 consultant posts currently unfilled.

    NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it was doing everything possible to recruit permanent staff.

  63. Missing Huntly man

    Police searches are being organised to try and trace a Huntly man who has been reported missing.

    Martin Thomson

    Martin Thomson, 62, did not return home after work yesterday and officers say his disappearance is out of the blue.

    He is 5ft 2in tall with balding grey-blonde hair and is believed to have been wearing industrial clothing.

    He may be driving a black Mitsubishi Shogun, registration SW64 GGO.

  64. On the roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Edinburgh M8 solid eastbound from junction 4 Whitburn to about junction 2. No incidents, just very slow. Average speed of around 35mph.

    A720 Edinburgh city bypass - slow from Straiton to Lothianburn - and A71 Calder Road closed westbound because of an ongoing accident just after the Sighthill Roundabout. Police directing traffic.

    South Lanarkshire -Slow traffic on M74 Northbound at J6 A723 (Hamilton).

    Glasgow M8 - One lane closed by a broken down car Eastbound between J17 (Great Western Road) and J16 (Craighall). Westbound queues between J11 Stepps and 16 Craighall.

  65. Festive safety

    Increased security and safety initiatives will be held in Inverness over the festive period as part of a multi-agency campaign.

    Operation Respect will see more police patrols in evenings at licensed premises and taxi ranks.

    During daytime, plain clothes police officers will target shoplifting.

    Operation Respect will also involve Inverness Business Improvement District security workers, Street Pastors and British Red Cross volunteers.

  66. Keeping a Virgil

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila is determined to ward off any interest in Virgil van Dijk, after seeing the Dutch defender score the winner against Partick Thistle.

    Virgil van Dijk

    Van Dijk volleyed home in the second half at Celtic Park - his third goal in two games - to send the champions three points clear of Inverness at the top of the Premiership.

    "Virgil is a very important player," Deila told BBC Scotland.

    "He is a leader in the group and on the pitch he is performing week in week out, again we had a clean sheet and Virgil was very good today, scoring another goal.

    "We are building a team around him and of course we want to keep him."

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    BBC Scotland Weather


    Morning. A mainly dry, cloudy day. Some sunshine for eastern Borders, Grampian & Caithness. A few spots of rain in the west. Average temperatures 10C in the west, down to 6C in east.

  68. Kirk's membership challenge

    The most senior figure in the Church of Scotland has challenged the Kirk to find 100,000 new members by 2024.

    Moderator Rev John Chalmers

    The Right Reverend John Chalmers said it should redefine membership to reflect a growing online audience.

    He made the statement as part of his New Year's message which will be published in the Kirk's magazine.

    The Moderator of the General Assembly said: "The church has constantly to renew itself."

  69. What the papers say

    Most of the Scottish papers lead with George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

    papers composite

    The Scotsman reports that Scottish house buyers face a race against time to save thousands of pounds in tax if they are seeking a property worth more than £254,000.

    The Herald writes that a rush to snap up Scottish homes is predicted after the Chancellor announced a stamp duty shake-up which could save Scottish homebuyers thousands of pounds - but only if they buy their homes in the next five months.

    According to The National, Osborne's Autumn Statement was left in tatters after the UK government's own budget watchdog contradicted his claims.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

  70. All the gossip...

    Motherwell are considering a move for former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels, presently director of the Forth Valley Football Academy after a short spell with Greenock Morton.

    Morton manager Kenny Shiels

    Ronny Deila claimed playing three games in seven days, and four in the last 12, had caught up with his Celtic team as they eased aside Partick Thistle.

    Former Aberdeen striker Arild Stavrum has called on football agents and officials to be pursued and investigated as thoroughly as politicians when they are accused of corruption.

    It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read our full review here.

  71. Social media hate crime

    Prosecutors have set out new guidelines on whether messages posted on social media should be treated as a crime.

    socia media user

    Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said the test was simple: "If it would be illegal to say it on the street, it is illegal to say it online."

    The Crown Office said it would not pursue satirical or mildly offensive humour or provocative statements.

    But it promised a "robust" response to hate crime, stalking or credible threats of violence

  72. McCoist 'won't walk away'

    Manager Ally McCoist insists he will not walk away from Rangers following a shock 3-2 loss at Alloa Athletic.

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist looks on as his side slump to defeat

    The part-time Wasps stormed back from two goals down with just 17 minutes remaining to set up a Petrofac Training Cup final with Livingston.

    McCoist hit out at his players' lack of professionalism but insists he will not give in to fans questioning his future.

    Asked if he was considering resignation, he said: "No, I'm too concentrated on the game here."

  73. Smith commission 'u-turn'

    The UK government is extending contracts to deliver its work programme despite a cross-party agreement that this would come under Holyrood control when the current arrangements expire.

    smith commission

    The Scottish government said this was a "flagrant and wilful breach" of the Smith Commission process.

    The department for work and pensions (DWP) said it wanted to ensure "continuity of support".

    The work programme helps jobseekers find and keep employment.

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    Paul McLaren

    BBC Scotland News

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