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  1. Wreck of cargo ship Cemfjord found on seabed
  2. Condition of Ebola nurse 'stabilised' - Jeremy Hunt
  3. Funeral of bin lorry crash teacher
  4. Scots parties get election campaigns started
  5. Rangers' £500,000 loan from chairman prevents club being wound up
  6. Gary Anderson beats 16-time champion to secure first world darts title

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Motherwell death arrest

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of another man in Motherwell at the weekend.

Gerald McGough, 56, was found dead at his home in Watson Street, at about 20:30 on Saturday.

The arrested man is expected to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

CCTV released following robbery

Police investigating the robbery of a 13-year-old boy have released a CCTV image of two men they want to trace.

CCTV of Clydebank robbery
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The teenager was attacked near the railway bridge which connects Hamilton Street and Bell Street, in Clydebank, between 07:00 and 07:30 on 9 December.

Both men in the image are described as white and were wearing hooded tops.

Police Scotland have asked anyone who recognises the men, or who has information about the robbery, to contact them.

Kilmarnock vs Celtic

You can listen to tonight's Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Celtic on Radio Scotland 810MW.

Celtic vs Kilmarnock

There will also be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Kick off is 20:00.

Ayr name new boss

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: Ian McCall named new manager of Ayr Utd in League one.

Lorry driver on trial

A lorry driver has gone on trial charged with causing the death of an 88-year-old woman by dangerous driving.

Bonnybridge dangerous driving crime scene

Stephen Hendry is accused of causing the death of Agnes Brzezina by repeatedly running over her in a box van in Bonnybridge in September 2013.

The 56-year-old, from Port Glasgow, denies the charge.

Mrs Brzezina suffered serious injuries in the alleged incident outside the WH Tyres depot, and had her legs amputated before dying eight days later.

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Cemfjord latest

The wreck of Cemfjord was found in the eastern approaches to the Firth by the lighthouse tender, Pharos, using sonar equipment.

The upturned hull of the Cemfjord - which was carrying cement - was spotted by a passing ferry on Saturday and sank the following day.

No trace was found of its crew despite a huge search operation.

Cemfjord sinking
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The seven Polish nationals and one Filipino who were on board did not have time to send out a distress signal.

A liferaft from the cargo ship has also been discovered drifting in the Pentland Firth, but coastguards said there were no signs of life on board and that the liferaft had not been used.

The investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing.

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Wreck of cargo ship Cemfjord, which sank in Pentland Firth with eight on board, found on seabed.

Care changes following murder

Changes have been made to how children in care in the Western Isles are looked after once they become young adults.

Liam Aitchison
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The policies were recommended following the murder of South Uist 16-year-old Liam Aitchison in November 2011.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Western Isles are among the public bodies that have adopted the changes.

They were recommended so that the organisations' care of vulnerable 16 to 18-year-olds better reflected national guidelines.

Two men were jailed for life for the killing in 2011, the first murder on the Western Isles in more than 40 years.

Cargo ship liferaft found

A liferaft from the cargo ship that sank over the weekend has been found drifting in the Pentland Firth.

The Maritime and Coastguard agency said there were no signs of life on board and that the liferaft hadn't been used.

The Shetland coastguard helicopter was sent to investigate at 14:00 after a passing vessel reported seeing the liferaft.

A winchman was lowered onto the raft but reported that it was empty. No further searches have been ordered as a result of the find.

The coastguard say the raft will have dislodged from the Cemfjord as the ship sank.

BBC Scotland Weather


Mostly dry to start this evening, although some light drizzle at times. It will then turn wet from the west overnight, and it will be mild for most.

BBC Scotland Travel


In Glasgow, the A82 Great Western Road is closed eastbound at Knightswood following an accident. It happened near Saxon Road and Priory Place, on the approach to Anniesland Cross.

Leach appointed at Rangers

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

tweets: #Rangers announce Barry Leach has been appointed Finance Director of RIFC with immediate effect.

Anderson's 'special' win

Gary Anderson, the new World Darts Champion, has said he is a big fan of Phil 'The Power' Taylor - the man he beat to take the PDC crown.

Gary Anderson
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He told Radio Scotland: "To win it, and beat Phil, who is the best player ever, in the final - it makes it a wee bit special."

Fife attempted murder

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was found with serious abdominal injuries in a Fife street.

Robbie Lowther, 23, from Tayport, was also charged with assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

He made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody.

The 22-year-old woman was attacked on Craig Road, Tayport, at about 01:00 on Friday.

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Podolski could face Celtic

Lukas Podolski has joined Inter Milan from Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season.

Lukas Podolski

The German international could now play against Celtic in the Europa League.

Lorry crash victim will not be named

A pedestrian who died after a collision involving a recycling lorry in Inverness was aged 56, police have said.

The incident happened on Bridge Street, near the junction with Castle Wynd, at about 07:35 on 31 December and led to the cancellation of a Hogmanay event.

Police Scotland said the man's family had asked that the force did not release his name to the public.

Following the incident, police had said the man was 50 years old.

Flu bug closes hospital ward

A ward at Dumfries Royal Infirmary has been

closed following an outbreak of influenza.

Ward 12 has been shut to new admissions and transfers since the weekend.

Routine visiting to the ward, which is used by stroke and respiratory patients, has been temporarily restricted.

Eleven patients and two members of staff have been diagnosed with the illness.

Fires closes Mexican restaurant

An Edinburgh restaurant has been closed temporarily after a fire.

El Cartel restaurant in Edinburgh

The blaze, which started in the grill of the kitchen of Mexican restaurant El Cartel, was reported shortly after 10:00 on Sunday.

At the height of the fire, about 25 firefighters were called to the scene. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said no-one was hurt in the incident.

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Flybe service suspension 'disappointing'

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

The leader of Highland Council has described Flybe's decision to suspend its Inverness to London service as "disappointing".

The airline

announced last week that it will stop the service from 22 February because of a lack of demand.

Flybe flight

TCouncil leader Drew Hendry said: "It seems premature to come to such a conclusion after just two months, when it must still be very early days for the new service.

"It is also disappointing that Highland Council has not been consulted in the decision."

Flybe said last week that it was "regrettably" suspending the service to London City Airport due to lower than anticipated passenger numbers.

Trio admit possessing fake notes and drugs

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

Three men have admitted drugs offences and possessing forged bank notes following a police operation against serious organised crime in Edinburgh.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the operation was carried out in the Niddrie area of the city between October 2012, and May 2013.

Almost £10,000 in forged notes was seized along with a kilo of cannabis with a street value of £11,000 and more than half a kilo of heroin with a street value of £50,000.

Jason Forbes, Edmond Reid and Darren Handren admitted the offences, and will be sentenced later this month.

Ebola latest

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Westminster health secretary Jeremy Hunt says Pauline Cafferkey remains critically ill but her condition stabilised yesterday.

Rail delays 'unacceptable'

The UK government says rail disruption over the festive period due to over-running engineering works was "unacceptable".

Patrick McLoughlin

The East Coast mainline between Scotland and London was among routes badly affected.

In the House of Commons, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin denied a Labour accusation that he was too slow to respond to the problems.

He said Network Rail - which is responsible for the track and signals - will have to do better next time.

Miliband and Murphy

John Curtice

Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

The first thing we saw symbolically today is the way in which the Scottish campaign is going to be distinct from the UK campaign.

It was, I thought, rather remarkable that at the very moment the UK party leader Ed Miliband was launching his UK party's campaign, the Scottish party leader Jim Murphy decided to speak at exactly the same time.

Here, I think, was a clear indication that whatever Mr Miliband had to say south of the border, and however articulate and valuable it is thought to be, evidently there were doubts of its relevance north of the border.

To that extent, the campaign in Scotland is going to be a very different campaign.

Who to vote for?

John Curtice

Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

The argument you are hearing north of the border about why you shouldn't vote for the SNP because it might let the Tories in, or alternatively you vote for the SNP because it will add spine to a minority Labour government, is not too dissimilar to the argument we have heard south of the border that if you vote for UKIP you might let Labour in, or alternatively UKIP are representing a significant threat to Labour.

General Election

Political parties have started their General Election campaigns, ahead of voters going to the polls in May.

On Radio Scotland's Newsdrive, the Scotsman's columnist Joyce McMillan said it is going to an "acrimonious campaign as the stakes are so high".

Ms McMillan added: "There is no one in a position to be hugely positive, apart from possibly the SNP who are riding high at the moment.

"On the UK playing field, I think there is going to be a lot of negative campaigning."

Where's my pie?

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Rangers latest

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Charity reviews Ebola practices

Save the Children, which has been conducting a review into how Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola, says it may never be possible to be 100% certain how she was infected.

The charity is carrying out a Serious Event Review

looking at its training, safety protocols, how protective equipment is used, and working practices.

Pauline Cafferkey

It says that the work of such brave health workers is never risk free but it is committed to learning from what happened and making changes if necessary.

A spokesman said: "The early findings of the review will be made available by Save the Children as soon as possible."

Tourism boost hopes

Scotland's Year of Food and Drink could bring huge benefits to the tourism sector in Dumfries and Galloway, it has been claimed.

Gareth Fuller

VisitScotland's regional director Paula MacDonald said the themed year would help "galvanise" the industry.

It follows the Year of Homecoming 2014, which included the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

About £2.5m is spent on food and drink tourism in Scotland every day.

Bank stores in Scotland

Bank clothing has 13 stores in Scotland.

They are:

  • Buchanan Galleries
  • Clydebank
  • Braehead
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh Fort
  • Glasgow Fort
  • Inverness
  • Ayr
  • East Kilbride
  • Livingston
  • Silverburn
  • Edinburgh St James
  • Falkirk

Administrators Deloitte said all stores were open as usual and staff had been paid.

Bank clothing enters administration

Fashion retailer Bank, which has several Scottish stores,

has fallen into administration.

"A review of the business has determined that a solvent turnaround would not be possible," said Bill Dawson from Deloitte, which has been appointed as administrator.

The chain, which is based in Bury, Lancashire, and has 84 stores and 1,555 employees across the UK, has been loss-making for a number of years, Mr Dawson said.

Killers jailed

The killers of a stabbing victim who was hunted down in a taxi have been jailed after they admitted charges of murder and culpable homicide.

Stephen McGowan

Connor Grana, 18, and Graeme Carter, 26, chased Stephen McGowan (pictured) before following the 23-year-old in a taxi.

Grana then stabbed Mr McGowan as he frantically tried to gain access to flats in Greenock on 27 July.

Grana was jailed for at least 16 years for murder - Carter for nine years and nine months for culpable homicide.

Ashton Lane busker attack

A man has admitted throwing an ammonia-like substance into the face of a student busker in Glasgow, causing chemical burns to his eyes.

Ashton Lane

George Kerr, 57, carried out the attack on 22-year-old Greg Aitken in Ashton Lane (pictured) in the city's west end on 12 September last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Kerr attacked Mr Aitken after he had an argument with another man, Colin Sly.

Kerr, who has been in custody since October, will be sentenced next month.

Duck and you'll miss it...

The arrival of a rare duck which has only been spotted in the UK a handful of times has attracted scores of bird watchers to an Aberdeen river.

The female Harlequin duck was first sighted on the River Don on Saturday.

Harlequin duck

Twitchers have travelled from across Scotland to catch sight of the bird, which is normally only resident in Iceland and North America.

The local RSPB group said there had only been 10 recorded sightings in the UK since 1950.

No trace of missing cargo ship crew

The operators of the Cemfjord cargo ship which overturned then sank in the Pentland Firth at the weekend says an extensive air and sea search has produced no trace of the missing crew of eight.

Overturned Cemfjord in Pentland Firth

A spokesman for Brise of Hamburg said: "Despite the best efforts of the search teams, no crew members were found.

"Brise is doing everything it can to support the families caught up in this tragedy.

"The company is now beginning to assess the next phase of operations. This will begin with the use of a sonar-equipped vessel to pinpoint the wreck and investigate its attitude in relation to the seabed."

Investigations into the cause of the accident are being carried out by Brise, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the flag of registry, Cyprus.

'No such thing as a free lunch'

Scottish Labour has criticised

the Scottish government's free school meals policy.

The party's education spokesman Iain Gray said: "Children from poorer families already qualified for free school meals.

Children eating school meals
School Food Plan

"By definition the extension will not benefit those families at all, while the wealthiest families in Scotland will be celebrating the news that the Scottish government's proposals will save them £330 a year.

"Free school meals are a good thing in general, but whilst local authority education budgets face tight financial pressures it is important to note that there is no such thing as a free lunch."

He added: "It will be those most in need that pay the price in cuts to local authority services and increased charges for things like care for people with disabilities."