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  1. Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as Rangers manager
  2. Man in court charged with the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar
  3. Carbon emissions in Scotland are cut by a record 12 million tonnes
  4. Air travellers facing long delays as London airspace closed by a computer fault

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By Laura Cuthill, Louise Sayers and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Sandy Murray

    BBC Scotland news

    That's it from #scotlandlive for this week.

    Keep up to date with the top stories over the weekend on

    The live page returns at 07:00 on Monday.

  2. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A bitterly cold night to come. Further wintry showers will affect the Northern and Western Isles, Northwest Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Angus - heavy at first, and combined with strong to gale force wind, will lead to difficult driving conditions. Showers will tend to ease overnight.

    For most, it'll be dry with long clear spells and light winds leading to a widespread, sharp frost.

    Temperatures in the towns and cities will dip to -2 Celsius. Rural parts of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the south will dip to -7 or -8 Celsius.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for ice on untreated surfaces, and all parts are at risk. Warnings for between 2-5cm of snow in Northwest Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Angus.

  3. Merry Christmas from GSA

    It's been a difficult year for Glasgow School of Art, after their Mackintosh building burned down, but their audio-visual Christmas card shows they are looking forward to a brighter future.

    Watch the video here to experience the card, which takes the form of a short animated film, and references the events of 2014 in the art school.

    Glasgow School of Art card

    The short film was projected onto the Mackintosh Building from 17:00 this evening.

  4. Livingston FC

    tweets: URGENT! More volunteers needed to remove pitch covers at 9am tomorrow morning. As many as possible please

  5. Did McCoist make the right decision?

    BBC Sport


    What do former Rangers player Steven Thompson, and McCoist's former team mates Derek Ferguson and Jorg Albertz make of Ally McCoist's decision?

    We've asked the former and current players to give their reaction to today's announcement by the Rangers manager.

    Twitter pic, Ally McCoist
  6. Bear NW Trunk Roads

    tweets: Still heavy snow on #A9, pic from gritter this afternoon @ Ralia. Treatments & patrols to continue tonight #srivesafe

    Snow on road
  7. McCoist looking ahead to tonight's match

    Ally McCoist is quoted on the Rangers website looking ahead to his team's match against Queen of the South tonight. He says: "Every team can do more - it doesn't matter whether it is Rangers or Real Madrid.

    Ally McCoist

    "We set out to win games and the best way to do that is scoring goals and playing attractive football. To win games is our job but it is also to put on a good footballing show.

    "The most important thing from my point of view is the team's performance on the park and the results. Whether there are 1,000 people watching or 50,000 the job is still the same.

    "You've got to focus on going out and getting results and winning games of football - that can't change and it won't change."

  8. Bolted together

    Lightning struck 5,000 times across the Western Isles and northern Scotland during Wednesday and Thursday, according to an energy provider.


    Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) said the strikes were the cause of the most damage to electricity supplies during the storm.

  9. McCoist resignation - Analysis

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    What an unseemly mess this has become. Ally McCoist and the Rangers board are in a stand-off and nobody can be sure who will blink first.

    You'd hesitate to give McCoist advice, but if he's had enough of life in this job then he should quit and announce that he is not talking a penny in compensation, unlike so many others in the abject tale of Rangers' demise.

    From the moral high ground he could announce that's he going to write a book and will expose some of the things that have gone on in the last three years.

    A last act for which the fans will love him forever.

  10. Library visitors boom

    Edinburgh's oldest public library has seen its visitor numbers treble after a major refurbishment of its music and children's collections.

    Central Library on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

    Central Library on George IV Bridge has reported visitor numbers up by 188%.

    A dedicated craft space, nappy changing and an under-fives room were added and a Lego Club was introduced. Book lending is up by 45%. The new music library has increased visitors by 26%.

  11. Is McCoist on board?

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont this picture of the Rangers players boarding the bus at Murray Park to head to Dumfries. However, it is not clear whether Ally McCoist was on board.

    Alasdair Lamont picture of Rangers bus

    But BBC Sport Scotland's Keir Murray says: If the board has rejected his offer to resign, you imagine he must be in charge of the team tonight so as not to be in breach of his contract.

  12. Big Yin

    The Scotsman

    tweets: Billy Connolly has topped a poll asking the public to pick a living Scottish celebrity to host for Christmas dinner.

    Billy Connolly

    Read the full story here.

  13. Elgin City v Berwick Rangers postponed

    BBC Sport


    Tomorrow's match between Elgin City v Berwick Rangers is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

  14. Air traffic control system restored

    NATS tweets: The system has been restored. It will take time for operations to fully recover. Info here.

    We apologise for any current delays. Every possible action is being taken to resolve the situation.

  15. Rangers resignation rejection

    Keir Murray

    BBC Scotland Sport

    So, what are we to make of our understanding that the Rangers board will reject Ally McCoist's offer to resign?

    It would seem, on the face of it, that such a response would be based on Rangers' limited finances, that they could not afford to pay him a year's salary as a pay-off? He is believed to be earning more than £400,000 per annum and is on a 12-month rolling contract.

    Or is it the case that the board want him to stay and the reason is not financial? Perhaps they see McCoist as the rallying figure for the support, whose numbers at Ibrox are beginning to dwindle after two years of phenomenal backing in the third and fourth tiers of Scottish football?

    Or, from McCoist's point of view, is this a back-me-or-sack-me move? Again, this seems unlikely, but it puts the ball in the board's court. As things stand, McCoist is to take the team's match in Dumfries this evening.

  16. Airport 'operating normally'

    Angie Brown

    BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

    Edinburgh Airport says the terminal is operating normally and there are no queues at the check-in or ticket desks.

    It's waiting to hear if BA will cancel flights to / from the London Airports as a result of knock on disruption.

    Passengers are being advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

  17. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Fife, the A985 just east of the Longannet roundabout, between Kincardine and Culross is closed following an accident near Bordie Farm. Police are directing traffic.

    In Edinburgh, reports of an accident on Milton Road, and traffic's slow on Niddrie mains Road at the Wisp crossroads.

    The A9 between Inverness and Tomatin is closed because of heavy snow and the A93 between Spittal of Glenshee and Braemar has been re-closed. Other roads affected by the weather include:

    • A939 Cockbridge to Tommintoul
    • A923 between Tealing and Glamis,

    The A93 at Glenshee is now open, while the Skye and Dornoch Bridges are open but have strong winds.

  18. Glasgow airport delays

    Glasgow Airport tweet: There may be some delays due to issues with air traffic control which are being resolved. Please contact airline for specific flight info.

    Glasgow International Airport
  19. No comment from Rangers over McCoist reports

    Rangers have refused to comment on reports that Ally McCoist has offered his resignation as manager. A spokesperson for the Ibrox club offered a brief "no comment" in response to the claims.

    The Rangers players met at the club's training ground, Murray Park, at 15:00, as is the norm before an evening match.

  20. Some flights taking off

    Despite long delays to flights in and out of London Airports, there are limited number of flights being allowed to take off and land and some planes are being held on the runway just now.

    International flights could also be affected, so if you are due to fly out this evening, no matter where you're flying to, check with your airline before you set off and expect delays.

  21. McCoists's resignation - Your reaction

    Text 80295

    Alex Hood, Aberdeen: I think Coisty has called the Board's bluff on this one. They have been threatening to take action and sack him, now he offers his resignation and it appears they are backtracking. Just shows how weak and clueless they are.

    Iain, London: Hope Ally stays. He's the glue holding the club together and the current team is a reflection of the board. There's a great manager in ally but he needs his hands untied. I fear for us now.

    Alistair Gourlay: He invested poorly in past-it premier league 'stars' when we should have been preparing for the future. Football was direct and slow. He wasn't good enough as a manager but somehow I'm still sad he will be leaving. A truly great Rangers who was there in our time of need.

  22. Halliburton jobs losses

    Oil company Halliburton is to cut 1,000 jobs because of falling oil prices.

    The US firm is to make the redundancies immediately and says they are necessary to work through the current market environment.

    Oil rig worker

    They'll be spread throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.

    It is not clear how they'll affect Halliburton's North Sea operation based in Aberdeen.

  23. Airspace 'restricted', not closed

    Air navigation service provider NATS have confirmed that a technical problem has been reported at Swanwick air traffic control centre.

    NATS Press Office tweets: Airspace is open. We're restricting traffic volumes in accordance with capability we currently have in our system.

  24. Airspace closure

    Email: Text: 80295

    London airspace has been closed, leading to knock-on delays at Scottish airports.

    Are you in an airport waiting on a flight or are you due to fly soon?

    Get in touch by emailing: text: 80295 or tweet using #scotlandlive

    Plane on tarmac at Cebu International Airport
  25. Sex attacker nailed by distinctive trainers

    A man who attacked women who were strangers to him at their West Lothian homes was caught due to his distinctive trainers, a court has heard.

    Mariusz Cieslar, 26, targeted his two victims at night at their Livingston houses in April and May 2014.

    Mariusz Cieslar

    The 26-year-old Pole attacked one as she stood having a cigarette in her back garden. The second woke to find Cieslar in her bed beside her.

    He admitted assaulting both women with intent to rape.

  26. McCoist's resignation - Your reaction

    via Facebook

    Doug Maclean: A legend for the club and the man who stood above all in the chaos caused by Craig Whyte. Sadly he did not translate his greatness into management and the lack of improvement and poor youth policy has made this the right decision. Well done Ally for everything you have done for Rangers and taking this brave decision which will be ridiculed by small people. Lets hope we see you back amongst us soon.

    Gavin Coley: No manager worth his salt will go NEAR this job, with the club teetering on the brink! They could have a month or so to go before administration hits them!

    Share your views on Facebook.

  27. Strictly come serving

    Judy Murray has served up 'ace' sporting tips to teenagers at The Active Academy at Glasgow's Emirates Arena today, leading tennis coaching sessions as part of the BBC's UK-wide initiative, Get Inspired.

    Judy Murray at Bbc Get Inspired event

    Judy said: "I'm passionate about encouraging sport at grassroots level and it has been terrific to see so many young people trying a range of different activities.

    "It has been a great year for sport in Glasgow and events such as these are important in building on the momentum of the Commonwealth Games."

  28. London airspace closure

    Edinburgh Airport

    tweets: London airspace is closed leading to delays to some flights. Please check with your airline for the latest flight info

    Edinburgh Airport

    A spokesperson added: "Due to a computer failure affecting London airspace we are experiencing delays on all flights which are due to travel south.

    "We are monitoring the situation closely and are doing all we can to minimise disruption for our passengers.

    "We encourage passengers to contact their airline if intending to travel this evening."

  29. Coming up on Newsdrive

    BBC Radio Scotland

    • the latest on the closure of London airspace due to a computer failure
    • Labour MSP Jenny Marra on the human trafficking bill which she initiated
    • Former Rangers defender Craig Patterson on Ally McCoist's resignation offer

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

  30. Rangers to reject McCoist resignation

    BBC Sport understands Rangers will reject Ally McCoist's letter of resignation.

    Most of the board are in London for the next 48 hours and no talks are planned.

    Keep up to date with the continuing saga in a special BBC Scotland live text.

  31. Cancer charity retreat struck by lightning

    Repair work is underway at Malcolm Sergent House in Prestwick after it was hit by lightning during Wednesday night's storms.

    The lightning hit a chimney, causing damage to the main lounge, and then travelled along the roof damaging pipe work. No-one was injured.

    CLIC Sargent top with logo

    The retreat is run by charity CLIC Sargent and the families staying there for respite care had to be moved to a local hotel.

    The charity said it hopes to have the repairs completed quickly so other young cancer patients will still be able to enjoy a festive break.

  32. London airspace closed

    Flying to or from London? Prepare for delays.

    London airspace is closed until 19:00 because of a computer failure.

  33. McCoist's resignation - Sport stars reaction

    Tweet using #ScotlandLive

    Professional golfer Marc Warren: "Ashamed to be a Rangers fan right now, how some of the fans can treat someone who represented us at our darkest time and gave his all."

    Scotland and GB athlete Lynsey Sharp: "The club needs some sort of stability #fortheloveoftheclub #Rangers"

  34. North sea platform evacuated

    Around 300 workers are being taken off a North sea platform after a fire left a nearby vessel drifting without power.

    Energy company BG says its gradually taking workers off the flotel at its Lomond installation by helicopter.

    The Norwegian vessel caught fire this morning and is currently around 12 miles away.

    Tugs are being sent from Aberdeen to take the vessel under tow. The Lomond platform is about 145 miles east of Aberdeen.

  35. Police appeal after child approached

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Police in Inverness have appealed for information after a man approached a young child and tried to speak to them near a primary school in Inverness.

    Police said the youngster responded in the correct way and the man made no attempt to engage with them or any other pupils.

    The incident happened near Drakies Primary at about 15:15 on Monday.

    Police jacket

    The school has held special assemblies and sent letters to parents to make them aware of the incident.

    Police said the man was described as being between 30 and 40 years old, about 5ft 6in tall, white with facial stubble.

    He was wearing a black beanie hat, brown zipped jacket and blue jeans.

  36. McCoist's resignation - Background

    Keir Murray

    BBC Sport Scotland

    McCoist's time as Rangers manager has coincided with calamitous events off the field, with the fall-out from the financial crisis still keenly felt.

    Charles Green bought the club for £5.5m when it was on its knees but the money that he and his consortium raised by way of a share issue has been spent.

    While McCoist enjoys a far bigger playing budget than the teams he is facing in the Championship, the standard of player is below what McCoist and the fans enjoyed in the days of winning nine league title in a row in the 1990s.

    Dean Shiels' second-half strike gave Rangers victory against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Championship.
    Image caption: Dean Shiels' second-half strike gave Rangers victory against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Championship.

    The frustration of some has spilled over in recent weeks into chanting about McCoist, as Rangers won one match out of four.

    However, they returned to winning ways on Saturday as they beat Cowdenbeath 1-0 in a poor display in front of 19,000 fans at Ibrox.

  37. Man due in court in connection with Govanhill sex attack

    A man is due to appear in court in connection with a serious sexual assault in Glasgow's Govanhill area.

    The 29-year-old was arrested and held custody following an incident where a 24-year-old woman was attacked on Dixon Road in the early hours of Monday, 19 May.

    Police at the scene

    Police Scotland launched a high-profile inquiry after the attack.

    A report is being prepared for the procurator fiscal and the man is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

  38. BBC Active Academy

    Today sees the BBC Active Academy draws to a close. The last three days have seen students try boxing, cycling in a velodrome, football, fitness training & basketball!

    Get Inspired Collage

    And you've been showing your appreciation for the event on twitter.

    Active Schools Coordinator Liz Anderson tweets: Trying new sports and activities to take back to school #yogarocks #bbcactive.

    Jarod tweets: Been an absolutely fantastic day in the Emirates arena. Loved every second I've been here #BBCActive

    Sophie Anderson tweets: Buzzziiingggg #BBCActive

  39. Queen of the South v Rangers

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Tonight's Scottish Championship fixture will see Queen of the South v Rangers.

    Our top team of commentators will guide you through the action - as Scottish football comes to terms with Ally McCoist's resignation announcement.

    Queen of the South v Rangers

    Tune in at 19:45 to BBC Radio Scotland (MW) or follow live commentary online.

  40. Power cut inquiry to be held

    A parliamentary inquiry is to investigate the power cuts which hit more than 30,000 homes in Scotland during this week's bad weather.

    The Science and Technology committee in the House of Lords will investigate the problems felt by householders across many parts of the the UK as part of its inquiry into electricity resilience.

    The storms, described by the Meterological Office as a so-called "weather bomb", saw much of western and northern Scotland battered by high winds and rain.

  41. Your favourite pictures

    via Facebook

    Lots of you have been loving this weeks picture gallery. Visit us on Facebook and let us know which photos are your favourites.

    Arthur's Seat
    Image caption: Neil MacNeill, from Edinburgh, took this photo of snowy Arthur's Seat by street light and star light.

    Anne Laidlaw posts: Arthur's Seat takes the prize for creativity. But, I love them all.

    Jacqueline Watt posts: Love them all - makes me feel really homesick !

  42. McCoist's resignation - Your reaction

    Tweet using #ScotlandLive

    Kenneth Gilmour: Flawed as a manager and coach but as a player McCoist is a legend at the club...I hope history remembers that.

    Irvine Welsh: Ally McCoist looking like the Gordon Brown of Scottish football.

    Matthew Leslie: Tonight's McCoist teamtalk: "Right lads. I want out but I want you to give me 100 per cent." What do you mean that wouldn't inspire you?

    Aoife-Grace Moore: I'd say handing in that resignation was like taking off a soaking wet fur coat you've had on for 3 years. #mccoist

    Ross Farquhar: The suggestion I'm seeing of Terry Butcher is baffling, he's no better a manager than McCoist.

  43. Colleges face bursary 'shortfall'

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland correspondent

    Colleges will only receive a fraction of the amount they want to spend on bursaries to students from poorer backgrounds, according to official figures.

    Scotland's colleges asked their funding body for a total of £14.7m for bursaries. But they will only receive £3.5m, with five receiving no money for bursaries.

    The Scottish government said overall support for college students was at a record level.

  44. GP surgery 'inspired by King Canute'

    A Dundee doctor's surgery has introduced a model allowing patients to have appointments whenever they like.

    Staff at the Westgate Medical Practice took inspiration from the story of King Canute, the 11th century king who tried to turn back the tides.

    Westgate Medical Centre

    They decided to "stop fighting the tide" and allowed their 10,300 patients to make appointments whenever they wanted.

    The results are published in the latest edition of the British Medical Journal.

  45. Ally McCoist- Update

    BBC Sport


    As it stands Ally McCoist will be in charge for this evening's Scottish Championship fixture against Queen of the South, until told otherwise.

    The 52-year-old has a 12-month rolling contract with the Glasgow club, who have yet to comment officially.

    So either the club pays his salary up in full, comes to a settlement, or keep him in place for the next 12 months.

    It is believed that the players have not yet been informed.

    The squad is due to gather at Rangers' Murray Park training ground for their normal pre-match meeting at 15:00.

  46. Post update

    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    tweets: Clarification on Rangers manager Ally McCoist; he's offered his resignation. Still to be confirmed when he'll leave his post. More to follow

  47. McCoists's resignation - Your reaction

    Tweet using #ScotlandLive

    Andrew Smith: Glad McCoist was able to do what is best for our club. Gutted it had to come to this.

    Laura Proudfoot: Not a shock if McCoist has walked but strange it just hours before they play tonight! So much for "we don't do walking away"

    Matthew McCafferty: More reason for the great obsessed to talk about the famous Glasgow rangers. Cheers for the efforts Ally! #Rangers #McCoist

    Glenn Manandrew: Big call from Ally McCoist, leaving Glasgow Rangers. Wonder if Mike Ashley's involvement had anything to do with it?!?

    Neil Cameron: Ally McCoist has quit. I am off to put a fiver on Joe Kinnear being put in at Rangers.

  48. Snow closure

    Traffic Scotland says A9 closed between Aviemore and Inverness to allow for snow ploughing.

    A9 map
  49. Three arrested over stolen vehicles

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    Three people have been arrested after stolen vehicles were recovered in Inverurie and Aberdeen, police have said.

    Police Scotland said a BMW X5 was recovered in Inverurie and an Audi Q5 in Aberdeen on Friday morning.

    police jacket

    Officers are still looking for a Silver VW Golf, a black Audi A1 and a white Vauxhall Combo Van.

    Ch Insp Richard Craig said: "On some occasions these vehicles have been driven recklessly."

    He added: "As part of Operation Ruby we are using specialist police resources from across the country including air support to assist local officers in the investigation and recovery of these vehicles."

  50. Snowy conditions on the A9

    Bear trunk roads tweeted this picture of heavy snow coming down on the A9 Drumochter pass.

    They are advising people to adjust their speed according to the road conditions and take care.

    A9 Drumochter
  51. Cameras in cabs make taxi drivers feel 'safer'

    Dunfermline Press

    The new pilot scheme to introduce CCTV to taxis could help prevent assaults and robberies such as the one which happened in Abbeyview last month.

    John Aitchison, of the West Fife Taxi Owners' Association, said CCTV in cabs could help protect drivers from "the small minority who spoil it".

    Taxis lined up in a rank

    Read the full story here.

  52. New sex education advice for schools

    Revised guidance has been issued on how schools teach about relationships, sexual health and parenthood.

    The most significant change since the last guidance was published 14 years ago is the introduction of civil partnerships and same-sex marriages.

    Children with hands up

    Schools and local authorities are responsible for deciding just how to put the guidelines into practice.

    Parents still have the right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons.

  53. Post update

    The Courier

    tweets: Dundee City Council wants e-cigarettes to be subject to same restrictions as normal cigarettes.

    Responding to the Scottish Government's consultation on the regulation of the vapour devices, the council has called for similar regulation.

    Read the full story here.

  54. SNP candidate wins Moray by-election

    SNP candidate Kirsty Reid wins seat on Moray Council in by-election for Elgin North.

    Kirsty Reid

    The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour councillor Barry Jarvis.

  55. What's your favourite picture?

    Put your feet up and peruse a beautiful selection of festive and wintry snaps in this week's picture gallery.

    The Airlie Monument near Kirriemuir in the Angus Glens.

    Visit the BBC Scotland News Facebook page and let us know which ones are your favourites.

    If you'd like to submit a pictures for next week's gallery email your snaps to Remember to tell us your name and where you've captured the picture perfect moment.

  56. Ice warning

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning for snow and ice this afternoon for the Highlands, Grampian and Perthshire. Ice will be the dominant feature from dusk across the entire country,

    A band of rain, sleet and snow across northern Scotland will edge southeastwards with significant accumulations over high ground and wet snow to lower levels.

    Behind it some late brightness across the far north along with wintry showers. Temperatures struggling to get above freezing where snow is lying for most around 4 or 5C.

    Windy in the north with a strong northwesterly touching gale force over the Northern Isles

    Wintry showers will continue across the northern half of the country at first, tonight

    Elsewhere mainly dry clear with a widespread frost. Temperatures down to -2 in towns and as low as -8 in sheltered parts of the north.

  57. Man in court over ram-raid on shop

    A 25-year-old man from the West Midlands has appeared in court in connection with a "ram-raid" at a Spar shop in Fife.

    David Balmer, from Manchester, was charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and vehicle theft at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday.

    He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

    Police received calls on Wednesday reporting a vehicle was ramming a shop on Main Street, East Wemyss.

  58. Post update

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    Michael McLaughlin: KC has been one of our best signings in the last 20 years - We owe him a lot but he's now 31 and he's heading towards the end of his career. If he does wants to stay at CP , fine by me but he can't expect too much game-time anymore. A wee stint at Bolton wouldn't be a bad move for him if he wants to go.

    Kris Commons

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  59. Spate of thefts

    Philip Sim

    Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    Police are investigating a spate of raids on lock-up garages in the Dunblane and Buchany areas.

    The fire service were called to a garage fire on Whitecross Avenue in Dunblane at about midnight on Monday, and police discovered the unit and others nearby had been broken into and property stolen.

    Whitecross garages

    Police believe the thefts are linked to a series of thefts from five lock-ups in Buchany, near Doune, on Tuesday.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  60. Hartson's gambling addiction

    Former Celtic and Wales footballer John Hartson has said he expects to be going to meetings of Gamblers Anonymous until he is 70.

    The 39 year old from Swansea began tackling his addiction three years ago. Speaking on a BBC Alba documentary he said a warning from his wife Sarah that she and their children would leave him, was his wake up call.

    John Hartson

    In the programme called Big John to be shown next week, he talks frankly about his addiction which started when he was a young player at Luton Town.

    Hartson said: "One morning Sarah got up quite early and said that she was leaving me if I carried on gambling.

    "She could no longer sit back and watch me put myself through what I was putting myself through."

  61. Man in court over Chhokar murder

    A man has appeared in court charged with the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.

    Ronnie Coulter, 46, from Wishaw, made no plea or declaration during a private hearing at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday and was released on bail.

    Surjit Singh Chhokar
  62. Gritty reality of winter

    With the cold and frosty weather likely to continue, Edinburgh Council is inviting its citizens to find out where their nearest salt bin is on their website.

    Grit salt being shovelled from a grit bin

    If supplies are running low Edinburgh residents can also request a new one.

  63. Man charged following Aberdeen lift fire

    The Press and Journal

    tweets: A man has been charged after setting fire to a lift in Aberdeen this morning

    Read the full story here.

  64. Active at the Emirates

    BBC Sport


    It's the final day of #bbcactive at The Emirates! Are you joining us?

    BBC Get Inspired

    Check out BBC Get Inspired for a list of activities you can get involved with in your area.

  65. The Big Debate

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Coming up at 12:00

    Big debate screenshot

    Join Gordon Brewer, his guests and audience for a lively topical debate on the big issues

    Listen on 92-95FM, 810MW, on digital radio or online

  66. Power restored

    After a stormy couple of days Scottish and Southern Energy say service has returned to normal in areas affected by power cuts.

    SSE restored power to more than 59,000 homes across the north of Scotland since the initial 'weather bomb' hit the area overnight on Tuesday.

    The stormy conditions caused damage to the network from Campbeltown to Shetland.

    stronsay lightning

    SSE said that the severe power outage on the Western Isles was was caused by six electricity poles on Skye being struck by lightning.

    Stuart Hogarth from SSE said: "I'd like to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding.

    "We know it is really inconvenient when the power goes off, particularly at this time of year, but we aim to fix faults as quickly and as safely as possible."

  67. Post update

    The Scotsman

    Petrol prices set to plunge to a four-year low, with supermarket Asda cutting 2p off a litre

    Read the full story here

  68. Oldest barnacle goose returns

    A barnacle goose believed to be the oldest on record has been spotted on the Solway Firth.

    Barnacle Geese

    The bird, which was tagged in 1986, is believed to be at least 30 years and four months old.

    Its age is well in excess of the typical lifespan of the species, which normally extends no more than 12 years.

    The goose was spotted at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, where about 30,000 spend the winter after migrating from Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean.

  69. No interpreter provided for deaf patient

    NHS Tayside has apologised to a deaf woman who spent six days in hospital without being offered a sign language interpreter.

    The board has agreed to improve practices after Sally Doering was unable to let staff at Perth Royal Infirmary know that she was in pain.

    Perth Royal Infirmary

    The Perthshire 65 year old's case was taken up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

    NHS Tayside agreed that Mrs Doering's experience was "unacceptable".

  70. Peckish gulls

    Evening Express

    tweets: Council considers 'Do not feed the seagulls' signs


    Read the full story here.

  71. Mountain deaths

    Twenty five people died in mountaineering-related incidents in 2012, according to statistics released by the Scottish government.

    mountain rescue

    Some 720 people had to be helped by mountain rescue teams, of whom 240 were injured.

    Every year more than 7 million trips are made to Scotland's mountains.

  72. Spotted in the sky


    Marianne Murphy sent in this photo of a meteor over Clydebank just after 08:30 this morning.


    Send us in your pictures to

  73. Highway to Hampden

    Australian rockers ACDC are to return to Glasgow next summer.

    The band will play Hampden Park on 28 June 2015, six years after their last gig there.

    AC/DC's frontman Brian Johnson, left, and guitarist Angus Young perform at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2001

    It's the first Scottish appearance for the band since Scots born guitarist Malcolm Young left after being diagnosed with dementia.

    Tickets for the concert will go on sale next Wednesday.

  74. EIS criticise Highland council plans

    Cost cutting plans by Highland Council will have a "significant negative impact" on the quality of education provided by schools, according to the largest Scottish teaching union, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS).

    More than 50 teaching posts will go from secondary schools under proposals which the union says could restrict the curriculum choices available to pupils.


    Highland Council leaders also want to cut the number of gritters out on the roads in winter as well as implementing a 50% rise in the cost of burials and cremations and Sunday car parking charges.

    The proposals which will be discussed at a meeting next week are designed to save £55m over the next four years.

  75. Jobs blow for Cromarty Firth

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    One of the largest employers in the Highlands has had to lay off workers due to a downturn in the oil and gas business.

    Global Energy Group is understood to letting go about 30 employees at its Nigg yard on the Cromarty Firth.

    The Inverness-headquartered company said having to lay off staff was regrettable.

    Cromarty Firth

    A spokesman added that it still employed thousands of people.

    Global Energy Group has plans for a new harbour on the Cromarty Firth. The spokesman said the facility would help to secure new contracts for the Nigg yard.

    The Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA), which operates a harbour at Invergordon, has criticised the proposal.

  76. Celtic end Europa group with defeat

    BBC Sport


    Poor defending cost Celtic away to Dinamo Zagreb as a Marko Pjaca hat-trick ensured they finished Europa League Group D with a defeat.

    Kris Commons and Stefan Scepovic scored in-between two first-half Pjaca strikes, who netted again following Marcelo Brozovic's curling shot.

    Dinamo Zagreb players congratulate goalscorer Marcelo Brozovic after he puts his side in front against Celtic.

    Josip Pivaric's late own goal gave Celtic hope of an equaliser.

    But they fell short of a fourth but took away the consolation of having already qualified for the last 32.

  77. Your views: CIA interrogation

    Anon: It is torture. Is torture justified to prevent a terrorist attack on a nuclear establishment, or a 747 full of innocent men women and children. Is beheading torture?

    Lorna, Glasgow: I am concerned about Scotland's involvement in rendition. Surely the secretary of state for Scotland at the time knew about Prestwick.

    Anon: Torture listening to all the hindsight experts. We seem to have collective amnesia. Do you remember how we felt when the twin towers fell. From that day the gloves were off.

    John, Lockerbie: I have seen the effects of terrorist bombing first hand played out over the decades after PA103 (i was in school at lockerbie then) Plenty of people affected by terrorism cleave to the path of peace, human rights and human dignity.

  78. Gordon's fight back

    A campaigner who is dying from motor neurone disease has raised more than £100,000 to fund research into the condition.

    Gordon Aikman

    Political research director Gordon Aikman, 29, has received more than 3,000 donations in just six months and has won high-profile backing from the likes of David Cameron and comedian Rory Bremner.

    Earlier this year he persuaded Alistair Darling to take the ice bucket challenge to raise money.

    Motor neurone disease is a rare degenerative condition for which there's currently no cure.

  79. Flynn 'suited to pro boxing'

    BBC Sport


    Former world champion Alex Arthur believes Charlie Flynn will be "better suited to professional boxing" than the amateur ranks.

    Joe Fitzpatrick and Charlie Flynn

    Flynn, 21, makes his pro debut against Ibar Ryaz on Sunday - four months after winning lightweight gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    And Arthur, who won Commonwealth gold in 1998, feels Flynn should make an impact in the paid ranks.

    "He's naturally very aggressive, he has great stamina," said Arthur.

  80. Allergies prevent people eating out

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A new survey has found that 70% of people with allergies do not buy takeaways because they are worried about what is in the food.

    New rules are being introduced by the Food Standards Agency which mean that restaurants and takeaways will have to inform customers about 14 specific allergens that are found in food ranging from nuts and milk, to mustard and lupin seeds.

    Selection of curry dishes

    Sandro Giovanazzi, head chef and owner of Glasgow's Italian restaurant, La Parmigiana explained what the changes will mean for him.

    He said: "For our particular restaurant it's not going to be a big problem as we have a short menu and everything is prepared fresh everyday so the chefs know exactly what goes into the dishes and the waiters do as well.

    "The only thing is that we are going to have to document it so that when people come in and they ask to see a list of ingredients of each dish then we'll have to have a separate menu."

  81. Your views: CIA interrogation

    John, Linlithgow: Torture is never justified. Surprised? No. Disgusting abhorrent behaviour by one of World's the most arrogant and violent nations.

    Ann, Troon: If Hitler had ordered these acts would we still think it was acceptable?

    Alan, Fife: I don't agree with torture but do ask if we could get information of terrorist plans any other way ? I think if we can save anyone's life from dying in such horrible ways such as we seen during 7/7 and 9/11 then we have to stop this any way we can.

    Ian, Black Isle: It all comes down to whether we consider terrorists to be capable of compassion. Beheadings, making captured women sex slaves etc prove they are not. The USA are well within their rights

  82. Double yellows for Dundee

    The Courier

    tweets: More double yellow lines on way in Dundee traffic regulations review.

    Read the full story here.

  83. Human trafficking legislation

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson told Good Morning Scotland there could be a 1,000 cases of human trafficking in Scotland, based on Home Office research.

    Woman with head in hands - generic image

    He said: "There's increasing evidence that the level of human trafficking and exploitation is increasing and we need to make sure that we've got robust measures in place to tackle this issue.

    "That's why this bill is important to assist our law enforcement agencies to do that effectively in Scotland.

    "We are now sending out a very clear signal to those that may be involved in this type of crime that we are taking it extremely seriously and if you are found guilty of this type of abhorrent crime that you could face a life imprisonment sentence.

  84. Fatal collision

    A pedestrian has died after being hit by a taxi at Broxburn in West Lothian.

    A 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a Peugeot E7 S vehicle.

    The incident happened last night at around 23:10 in East Mains Street.

    Police are asking witnesses to contact them.

  85. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Tweets: Rolls-Royce job cuts include some in Renfrewshire. More here

  86. Aberdeen MP apologises over comments

    An Aberdeen MP has apologised after suggesting that the post of fisheries minister would be an unsuitable job for a woman.

    Labour's Frank Doran was criticised after making the remark during a Commons debate yesterday.

    Labour MP Frank Doran

    He followed his controversial comments by immediately insisting he was not being sexist.

    But last night, Mr Doran, the MP for Aberdeen North issued an apology, saying it was an error of judgment which does not represent his or the Labour Party's view.

  87. Human trafficking law

    Details of new legislation aimed at protecting the victims and punishing the perpetrators of human trafficking have been published.

    Image from Home Office anti-slavery TV ad

    The Scottish government announced earlier this year that it was bringing forward a new bill to combat trafficking and exploitation.

    Under the proposed legislation the maximum penalty for those who carry out trafficking would be life imprisonment.

    In 2013 there were 55 victims identified in Scotland.

  88. Aberdeen bypass junctions to open early

    Key junctions of the Aberdeen bypass are due to open by autumn 2016, more than a year before the road is fully completed.

    The Craibstone and Dyce junctions near the airport, as well as the Balmedie-Tipperty section of the road, are now expected to be delivered early.

    Bypass sign
    Image caption: The completion date for the bypass was moved forward last month

    It follows the recent announcement that the bypass is due to be completed ahead of schedule.

  89. Commons hopes for new contract

    BBC Sport


    Kris Commons hopes a contract extension can be agreed as the midfielder believes he has much to contribute to Celtic's cause for years to come.

    Kris Commons celebrates scoring against Dinamo Zagreb

    Commons was speaking after scoring in a 4-3 Europa League Group D defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

    Negotiations over a new deal for the 31-year-old beyond the summer have dragged on for some months.

    "I feel I've got a lot to offer and hopefully in these next couple of years I can do that," he told BBC Scotland.

  90. Coming up on Morning Call with Kaye Adams

    BBC Radio Scotland

    As the Head of America's CIA defends 'extreme interrogation measures' are you shocked by reports of what others would call torture?

    Facebook and Twitter have revealed the hot topics of 2014 - but has social media made our lives better or worse?

    Get involved - text in on 80295, or email us here.

  91. Stolen car recovered in London

    A rare car that was stolen during a break-in at a house in which jewellery and cash worth more than £150,000 was also taken has been found in London.

    Police Scotland had alerted forces across the UK to look out for the purple Nissan Skyline, which had the registration N40 SKY.

    Nissan Skyline

    It was taken after a theft at a house in Livingston on Wednesday morning.

    The car was said to be worth £47,000 and one of only about 20 of its kind in the UK.

  92. Post update

    Police Scotland


    Snow is fallen all around us, cars are sliding, please slow down.

    Tis the season of ice and low sun, get home safely everyone

  93. Tipping point for TTIP?

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Blogs: The idea that Americans know how to run Britain's health service more efficiently seems laughable. The US health system is in the global super-league for inefficiency.

    But that threat is for real, if you listen to critics of trade talks between the US and the European Union.

    US and EU flags

    TTIP, or the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks, kicked off 18 months ago.

    Predictably, it's heavy going, as this is complex stuff... Read more here

  94. Fines for energy companies

    Scottish Power and SSE have been ordered to pay penalties for failing to meet energy efficiency targets.

    Scottish Power will pay £2.4m and SSE which trades as Scottish Hydro £1.75m.

    Gas rings

    The regulator, Ofgem, says the two firms failed to meet deadlines to insulate homes.

    The money will go to charities and funds that will benefit vulnerable consumers.

  95. Icy roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Icy in many areas. Snow showers affecting parts of the the A9 across the Highlands, routes like the A82 and A85 and the A95 and A96 across Grampian

    Wintry conditions have affected a few roads - notably in Angus where the A928 Glamis to Tealing road is closed because of snow.. In Argyll the A817 Haul Road is closed between Garelochhead and the A82 (Shantron). Diversion is via Helensburgh.

    The snow gates have been closed on the A93 between Braemar and Glenshee.

    One southbound or westbound lane of the A92 one mile prior to Lochgelly is closed after an accident.

    Congestion at Pitreavie on the M90 as you head towards the southbound A90 Forth Road Bridge. Also congested on the M80 around Cumbernauld.

    On the trains - a replacement bus service is running between Mallaig and Fort William because of poor rail conditions. Journey times extended by up to half an hour. Expected to be ongoing until around 10:30

    Possible delays on Northlink Ferries between Stromness and Scrabster.

  96. What the papers say

    The Scotsman, The National and The Scottish Daily Mail lead with the story of CIA torture post 9/11.

    Papers comp

    Meanwhile The Daily Record's front page has the story of a Shetland teenager who sparked a police manhunt when he went on the run with an airgun in September.

    Take a look at the rest of today's front pages here.

  97. Coming up on GMS

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Justice secretary Michael Matheson will be on Good Morning Scotland after 08:00 talking about the Scottish government's new human trafficking bill.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson

    The bill - which is published this morning - builds on work already carried out by Labour's Jenny Marra.

    It will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time north of the border.

    Listen on 92-95FM, 810MW, on digital radio or online

  98. Black Friday boost for high streets

    Shop promotions on Black Friday helped increase the number of shoppers on Scotland's high streets for the fifth month in a row.

    Crowds at Silverburn

    Retail analysts said the totals were up 0.9% in November compared to a year ago and 0.5% on the previous month.

    The figures showed that Scotland's shopping areas were performing better than the rest of the UK, which saw a 2.4% decrease in footfall.

    Promotions in the run-up to Christmas were identified as a key factor.

  99. Ice warning

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning for ice and snow is valid until 10:00 for all but the Northern & Western Isles and coastal areas.

    A cold start with a widespread frost away from the west coast. Ice will be a major concern this morning for much of Scotland.

    Good spells of sunshine for the south and east at first.

    A band of showers will spread into the Northern Isles and sink southwards during the day, fragmenting as it does with much of southern and eastern Scotland remaining dry.

    The showers will start off as rain however will turn increasingly wintry with snow to lower levels later in the day.

    Winds will strengthen during the day with gales developing over the far north, occasionally severe over the Northern Isles

    A cold day with temperatures struggling to get above freezing where snow is lying. For most around 4 or 5C.

  100. New powers - Scottish bonds

    The UK government is beginning the formal process to allow the Scottish government to issue bonds.

    bank notes

    The move should allow the Scottish government to fund borrowing through bonds from April of next year.

    Legislation will be introduced by the Treasury, which is expected to lead to the Scotland Office laying an amendment order before Christmas.

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said it was a "big step" towards further devolution.

  101. Record drop in carbon emissions

    Carbon emissions were cut by a record 12 million tonnes in Scotland last year thanks to the renewable electricity industry.

    Across the UK as a whole, 11.9 million tonnes of CO2 was displaced in 2013, up 14% on the previous year.

    wind farm

    The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the UK government, said Scotland was making good progress.

    Industry body Scottish Renewables described the figures as a "milestone achievement."

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