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  1. Jim Murphy names Scottish Labour's front bench team
  2. Falkirk MP Eric Joyce charged with assault and criminal damage over London shop incident
  3. Gay marriage law comes into effect in Scotland
  4. Uefa open case on Celtic fireworks in Zagreb
  5. Scottish FA reject Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev's appeal against ban for using racist language

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By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers, Calum Watson and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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That's it for tonight from the Scotland Live team. Join us again from 07:00 tomorrow for the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Scotland.

Scotland 2014

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tweets: Join us tonight as we discuss the sensitive topic of missing children.

Peshawar attack

Scotland's largest teaching union, the EIS, gives its reaction to the murder of 140 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan by Taliban gunmen.

It said: "The murder of pupils and teachers in their school as they were engaged in learning and teaching is a horrific tragedy.

"All children and their teachers should have the right to work and learn in peace, in a safe and welcoming school environment."

Thousands buy Christmas homeless meal

Thousands of Christmas meals have been bought for homeless people in Edinburgh and Glasgow after a sandwich shop made a plea for donations.

Social Bite, the chain of shops that gives 100% of its profits to charity and recruits people from homeless backgrounds, is to open at Christmas.

Josh Littlejohn
John Littlejohn

The chain has teamed up with daily deals website,

A donation of £5 will pre-pay for a meal at Christmas and a free coffee from Social Bite in the new year.

Scottish Labour's new front bench

Here's how the

new Scottish Labour front bench shapes up against the Scottish cabinet.

List of Labour front bench and the Scottish cabinet

Car smoking ban

BBC Radio Scotland

Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume says he's confident his proposed bill to ban people from smoking in cars with children will become law.

Speaking to BBC Scotland's Newsdrive programme Mr Hume said he felt legislation was needed and cited the success of the ban on using mobile phones when driving.

His bill proposes a £100 fine for smoking in a car when children are present, the same amount as drivers who are caught using their phones.

Person smoking in car with a small child in the back seat

He said: "It would be no problem for the police to enforce as a normal part of their normal duties.

"It's very easy to see when someone is smoking in a car and it's very easy to see if there is a child in the car also.

"In Scotland the latest figures show 16,000 people were fined for using their mobile phones in a car so that is being enforced.

"I know people still do it but there would be far more doing it if there wasn't legislation there."

Waverley Station remembers 'The Fallen'

World War One heroes from Scotland's capital have been honoured in a ceremony at Waverley Station.

memorial ceremony
Mark Owens

The memorial event took place in front of East Coast's specially-liveried locomotive 91 111 "For The Fallen".

The train's livery features images, stories and tributes to regiments along the East Coast route and the people who served in them during the conflict.

Those at the ceremony included the descendants of Lance Corporal James Boyd, a professional footballer with Hearts who was killed in action on the Somme.

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  • Perth - M90 northbound delays from J10 Craigforth to the Broxden Roundabout
  • Dunfermline - the A907 Appin Crescent delays westbound through the roadworks
  • Musselburgh - the A6095 Newhailes Road has temporary traffic lights in place for emergency gas repairs near Clayknowes Road -
  • Edinburgh - Balerno - the A70 Lanark Road West - a horse on the road near Ravelrig Park - there's a riding school nearby and police are on the way. Very congested in both directions.
  • M8 Glasgow - delays eastbound from 25 Cardonald stop start to 15 Townhead. Slow both ways between 26 and 27 - Hillington & Arkleston...
  • M73 Glasgow - southbound delays from 1 Maryville back to 2a Gartcosh because of an earlier breakdown
  • Half hour delays on the A8 Glasgow and Edinburgh Road westbound with queues from Baillieston back to Newhouse.

Man jailed over £250,000 of cocaine

A man caught in Aberdeen

carrying cocaine worth an estimated £250,000 has been jailed.

Garry Davidson, 25, of Muchalls, was jailed for 44 months at the High Court in Aberdeen after he admitted being concerned in the supply of drugs.

High Court in Aberdeen

He was arrested by police in Aberdeen's Kincorth Crescent in January.

Co-accused Keith Milne, 56, was sentenced to a community payback order with 200 hours of unpaid work.

Car smoking ban - You views

Anon: Banning smoking in cars might be a good idea but also a waste of money, drivers will still smoke in their cars the same way drivers still use mobile phones, politicians should do the job they are paid to do instead of turning this country into a nanny state.

Anon: Smoking in a car affects the driver and passengers. It is an unnecessary distraction to the driver and banning everyone from smoking in a car can be justified on the grounds of safety for all road users.

Eric Joyce charged with assault

Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been charged with two counts of common assault and one count of criminal damage following an incident in Camden in October.

He "clashed" with a teenager in a shop and later claimed he had asked for police to be called after he had "detained a youth".

Eric Joyce
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He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on 30 December.

Firm fined £10,000 after accident left teen in hospital

Evening Express

An engineering firm has been fined £10,000 over an accident that left a teenage apprentice in hospital.

The 16-year-old from Turriff suffered cuts and bruises at the town's Alfred Cheyne Engineering Ltd, trading as ACE Winches.

Read the full story


No charges over pool death

No criminal charges will be brought over the death of a three-year-old girl who drowned in a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire.

Jane Bell, from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, got into difficulty at the Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes on 14 August.

Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes, Lancashire

A 40-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of murder and neglect.

After reviewing material, the Crown Prosecution Service said no further action would be taken against her.

Man sought over ATM robberies

Police believe one man is responsible for two separate

cash robberies on women at ATM machines in Renfrewshire.

A 73-year-old woman was robbed at an ATM near the Cenotaph, in Paisley town centre, at about 16:00 on Saturday.


The next day, a 56-year-old woman was robbed outside the Tesco store in Newmains Road, Renfrew.

In both cases the man came up behind the women and stole the cash from the ATM. He is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build with dark hair.

Paul Paton faces spitting suspension

BBC Sport


Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton

faces a two-match suspension after the 27 year old was accused of spitting at Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes.

Dundee United's Paul Paton and Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes
Dundee United's Paul Paton and Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes were in opposition on Saturday

But news of the notice of complaint from the Scottish FA compliance officer coincided with Hayes defending Paton on social media site Twitter.

"Just wanna clear it up that Paul Paton never spat at me," Hayes tweeted.

Paton has until Wednesday to appeal against the ban, with a hearing set for Thursday.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


At Glenrothes the broken down lorry on the A92 heading for the Preston roundabout is now clear so southbound traffic is getting back to normal.

In Edinburgh there's heavy traffic and delays on Glasgow Road, Easter Road, Drum St, Queensferry Road, Telford Road and Niddrie Mains Road.

On the M8 in Glasgow there's very heavy traffic in both directions between 15 Townhead and the Kingston Bridge and it's slow too leaving the northbound Clyde Tunnel on Balshagray Avenue up to Crow Road.

A725 Bellshill Bypass is slow southbound from the industrial estate to the M74 at the Raith Interchange.

And there is disruption and cancellations on trains between Edinburgh and York because of an ongoing incident. The disruption is expected to continue until around 18:30.

BP cuts pay

BP is to cut contractors pay as it looks to save money.

The oil giant says it has agreed an 'adjustment' in rates from the beginning of next year in the face of toughening market conditions. The price of a barrel of oil has slumped to $60.

BP logo

BP's decision will affect around 350 onshore contractors across the UK.

The firm is currently carrying out a major review of its operations, with fears that job losses will be announced early next year.

Rain on the way

BBC Scotland Weather


A mainly dry start to the evening with an early dip in temperature for central and eastern areas and a touch of frost here.

Rain moves into western Scotland by early evening, then spreads to all parts. Initially, the rain will fall as snow over high ground north of the central belt.

The rain clears away quickly after midnight, becoming confined to Shetland.

Temperatures actually rising overnight, reaching 8 or 9 in the central belt and south by dawn. Closer to 3 or 4 further north.

Tomorrow a predominantly cloudy day with the best of any sunshine in the east - but also across the north Highlands.

Dunoon's Burgh Hall set for makeover

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

Dunoon Burgh Hall has reached its fundraising target for restoration.

Dunoon Burgh Hall
Thomas Nugent

The project has been awarded £300,000 by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to reach its £1.65m target.

Work will begin in January with the venue due to reopen in the summer of 2016.

A temporary pop up venue will be opened in the hall during restoration.

Voting age proposal details

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The Scottish Secretary has told MPs that he hopes to unveil details early in the new year of the proposal to hand powers over the voting age to Holyrood.

During evidence to the Commons Scottish Affairs committee, Alistair Carmichael said he hoped to publish the so called Section 30 order early next year - which will allow the Scottish Parliament to lower the voting age to permit 16 and 17 year olds to take part in the 2016 Holyrood elections.

Alistair Carmichael
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The move was agreed yesterday when the First Minister met the Prime Minister in Downing Street. Mr Carmichael said the new powers would be delivered before Westminster broke up ahead of the election.

Labour has called for other powers from the Smith Commission recommendations to be devolved before the election, but Mr Carmichael said his preference was to deliver all of the additional powers in one package.

But he told the committee that the "door was not closed. I'm not going to be dogmatic, but it would be wrong to raise expectations."

Man who stabbed friend jailed

A man from Inverness who admitted stabbing a former friend six times in a frenzied attack at a flat in the city's Diriebught Court has been jailed.

Sean Boyle, 20, repeatedly wounded 25-year-old Sean Pierce on 13 August.

The men had been arguing about Boyle's absence from a job that Mr Pierce had secured for him.

During the assault, Boyle stripped to his waist and pursued his victim down a street before police arrived. He has been sentenced to 40 months.

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BBC Scotland Travel


Glenrothes - #A92 broken down HGV blocking one lane southbound heading for the Preston Roundabout, traffic very slow here on approach.

Fish 'could help fatty festive diet'

The impact of binging on high-fat foods at Christmas could be lessened by adding fish to the menu,

Stirling University scientists have found.

Research at the university found that fish oil provides important protective qualities to muscles in a high-fat diet.

Christmas dinner

The study saw healthy young men take on a fat-heavy 4,000-calorie-a-day diet.

Those who replaced some of the fat with fish gained weight in a different fashion from those who did not.

'Did not say the words'

Celtic have expressed disappointment at Aleksandar Tonev losing his appeal against a ban for

racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

"We do not consider that any player should be found guilty of such a grave offence on the basis of the evidence presented in this case," said the Scottish champions, who confirmed they will approach the SFA to discuss the issue further.

Aleksandar Tonev

"We would like to make it clear that at no stage was it ever suggested that Shay Logan had made any false allegations.

"However, Aleksandar Tonev's position consistently has been that he did not say the words that were alleged to have been said and that he is not a racist."

How Great Thou Art

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

tweets: My Christmas card
& the story behind it. A symbol of the restoration of Glasgow School of Art.

Nicola Sturgeon's Christmas card
Nicola Sturgeon

Ferry strike called off

Planned industrial action by ferry crews in Shetland has been called off.

A three-hour walk out on the inter island ferries was due to take place on Wednesday between 06:00 and 09:00 in a long-running dispute over pay.

Talks involving the conciliation service ACAS will now take place between members of the Unite Union and Shetland Islands Council on 6 January in an effort to settle the dispute.

Food bank for pets

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Two animal lovers in the Highlands have set up a food bank for pets.

Alison Cuthbertson and her partner Dave Perrie run a mobile pet food business from Ardgay in Sutherland.

They have started the new free of charge food bank, Parcels for Pets, to help families on low incomes and struggling to look after their pets.

The couple are seeking charitable status for the service which covers communities from Alness in Easter Ross up to Wick in Caithness.

They were recently donated a car to help them gather items for the food bank.

Radio re-shuffle

BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland's schedule is to change next year to bring more news, debate and analysis into its daytime output, new comedy and a brand new weekly music show.

John Beattie, Fred MacAulay, Kaye Adams

The changes, which will start to be introduced in March, will include:

  • A new three-hour morning discussion programme hosted by Kaye Adams will replace Morning Call
  • After 17 years MacAulay & co will end although Fred will continue to make programmes for Radio Scotland including a weekly satirical panel show called 'Breaking the News'
  • Good Morning Scotland will be broadcast on a Sunday and Newsdrive will be extended by 30 minutes every weekday
  • Sportsound will be on seven days a week
  • A new two-hour evening music show, Tonight at The Quay, which will showcase both new and established music of all kinds
  • There will also be a weekly magazine show focusing on personal fitness.

Speaking about the changes Kaye Adams said: "This new show will allow us to really discuss and dissect the issues of the day - and put our decision-makers on the spot."

Kaye will present the new morning programme Monday to Thursday while John Beattie will present on a Friday.

Half of football prosecutions fail


half of all people taken to court this year under laws designed to stamp out sectarian abuse at football matches were acquitted, figures show.

Old Firm fans
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There was action taken against 161 people in 2013/14 with not guilty outcomes in 74 cases (48%).

Proceedings were brought under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

The majority (154) were prosecuted for offensive behaviour at football games.

Dumfries hospital plan approved

Proposals to develop a new £200m general hospital

have received planning permission from councillors.

New Dumfries Hospital
High Wood Health

The project went to Dumfries and Galloway Council's planning committee which had been recommended to approve the application.

The planned 350-bed complex is earmarked to be built on farmland off the Garroch roundabout at the western end of the town's by-pass.

After lengthy debate, the council approved the planning application.

Tonev appeal rejected

BBC Sport


Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev has

lost his appeal against a seven-match ban for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev

A Scottish Football Association appeal tribunal has upheld October's original guilty verdict against the Bulgarian.

That judicial panel found on loan Aston Villa winger Tonev, 24, guilty of using "offensive, insulting and abusive language of a racist nature" towards the Aberdeen defender.

A tribunal heard appeal submissions on the player's behalf on 4 December.

Courtroom figures

The number of people being taken to court in Scotland has risen for the first time in seven years.

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Official statistics show a 4% increase to 121,668 in people proceeded against in 2013-14.

The number of people with a charge proved also rose by 4% to 105,549.

Statisticians said the upturn was due to a 14% increase in the number of people convicted of traffic offences, to 40,258.

This was said to be as a result of Police Scotland focusing on specific crimes including dangerous and careless driving, speeding and seatbelt offences.

Murphy: 'Real talent'

Unveiling his new frontbench team, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has told BBC Scotland: "Every previous member of the shadow cabinet has been moved.

"It's a fresh start, a new team and I think this is a combination of real talent, a combination of real experience and some fresh faces and I'm confident this can be a team that can take Scotland forward.

New Scottish Labour frontbench team
Scottish Labour

"There are people there who campaigned against me, both of the candidates who also stood for leader are there, people who voted for me first in the ballot, second in the ballot, third in the ballot and even someone who didn't vote for anyone in the ballot.

"So it's a team of all our talents across the spectrum of the Labour party and I'm really delighted today."

"I think today's team has a real passion and a real commitment to Scotland and the real Labour values."

"Together we want to make Scotland not just the fairest country in the UK but the fairest country in the world", he added.

'Ludicrous' car park charges

Evening Telegraph

tweets: Anger at Dundee private car park charges

Read the full story here.

M8 delays

BBC Scotland Travel


  • M8 J30 Erskine Bridge - recovery is underway of a crane which left the road this morning. One lane is closed westbound heading toward Greenock. Traffic slow moving back past the airport to around Junction 27 Arkleston.
  • High wind warning on the Skye Bridge but it is open to all vehicles.
  • Dunfermline - the A907 Appin Crescent has queues westbound through the roadworks heading for the roundabout.
  • Heading up to Aberdeen on the A90 an accident northbound at Portlethan is now clear
  • The A76 Mauchline to Kilmarnock road has also reopened following an accident.

Team Murphy

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has

announced his new front bench team, with jobs for fellow leadership contenders Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack.

Jim murphy unveils cabinet
Scottish Labour

Mr Findlay is handed the fair work, skills and training brief and Sarah Boyack takes on the rural affairs portfolio.

Jackie Baillie will shadow John Swinney's finance role, while Jenny Marra is promoted to health and former leader Iain Gray moves to education.

Hugh Henry takes the justice role and Mary Fee is promoted to infrastructure, investment and cities.

But there are no positions for the former business manager Paul Martin and the former chief whip Lewis MacDonald, who move to the back benches.

Tonev appeal rejected

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Breaking: Celtic lose their appeal in Alexsandar Tonev case. His 7-match ban for racially abusing Shay Logan stands, 1 match already served.

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev

Sydney cafe siege

Fife Free Press

tweets: BREAKING: Sydney cafe siege victim was daughter of R&A captain.
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