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Summary

  1. New Police Scotland chief appointed
  2. Engineers inspect Forth Road Bridge defect
  3. Scottish MPs take part in Syria debate
  4. Ban on councils cutting school week
  5. Fisherman died despite rescue effort

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By Jo Perry and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Bye for now

    Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Karen Buckley's killer Alexander Pacteau abandons appeal against his sentence

    The man who killed Irish student Karen Buckley has abandoned the appeal against his sentence.

    Alexander Pacteau, 21, was jailed for a minimum of 23 years after admitting bludgeoning the 24-year-old with a spanner and strangling her in his car after she had been on a night out with friends in Glasgow.

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    Karen Buckley

    He then attempted to dispose of Ms Buckley's body in a vat of chemicals at a farm outside Glasgow.

    The appeal was due to be heard on Friday, but a spokeswoman from the Judiciary of Scotland confirmed the case will no longer call.

  3. Post update

    Weather update - How low is it going to go?

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A mainly dry and clear night to come - and much colder than last night.

    It remains breezy over the Northern and Western Isles from the west, with a few showers in the far north and north west which will be wintry on the hills.

    Elsewhere it's dry with light winds inland and a widespread frost. Temperatures for most will be around the freezing mark; minus 3 or 4C in parts of the central Highlands and inland Aberdeenshire.

  4. Travelling Celtic fans advised not to use metro when they visit Istanbul for Fenerbahce game

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Celtic fans have been advised not to use the metro system in Istanbul when they visit Turkey for next week's Europa League tie against Fenerbahce.

    Celtic v Fenerbahce

    The warning was issued by the Foreign Office after a pipe bomb on an overpass near Istanbul's Bayrampasa metro station injured five people.

    Fenerbahce host Celtic on 10 December, with the game kicking off at 18:00 GMT.

    Travelling supporters have also been told not to display Celtic flags or scarves in public places.

  5. Man found with heroin inside his body is ordered to hand over crime cash

    A Dumfries man who was found with heroin concealed inside his body has been made the subject of a £31,818 confiscation order.

    Police found the drugs when they detained Waheed Anwar, 42, for questioning in February 2013.

    He was subsequently found guilty of being involved in supplying heroin and sentenced to three years in prison.

    The cash confiscation order was made at Dumfries Sheriff Court after a full investigation of his financial history.

    It was aimed at uncovering any income which he could not account for, whether or not it could be linked to the drugs find.

  6. BBC Scotland licence fee boost 'could benefit whole country'

    More licence fee funding for BBC Scotland could generate economic benefits for the country as a whole, the culture secretary has said.

    Fiona Hyslop said the BBC could "transform" broadcasting in Scotland by transferring budgets north of the border.

    BBC Scotland Glasgow offices

    The BBC is currently holding consultations on its future.

    Speaking at an event in Edinburgh, Ms Hyslop said the charter renewal process should be "truly radical".

    The culture secretary said transferring a greater proportion of licence fee funds to BBC Scotland would allow independent decision-making and editorial choices and greater investment in local creative industries.

  7. Man, 57, charged over cat shooting after animal's leg is amputated

    A 57-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting in Moray of a cat which had to have a leg amputated.

    Police Scotland said the incident happened on 16 November.

    A man from the Glenallachie area has been charged and reported to the procurator fiscal.

  8. Burger van owners overturn ban on locating near schools in North Lanarkshire

    Burger van owners in North Lanarkshire have overturned an exclusion zone which banned them from locating near schools.  

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    About 30 businesses took the council to court after it refused to let them trade within 250 metres of schools.

    The council said having the vans near schools ran counter to its promotion of healthier lifestyles for children.

    At Hamilton Sheriff Court, Sheriff Vincent Smith ruled the council did not have the power to impose this condition on the licences of the street traders.

  9. Judo stars Louise and Kimberley Renicks concerned about Rio funding

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Louise Renicks is concerned that a lack of funding will shatter her sister Kimberley's dream of competing for Britain's judo team in the Olympics.

    Renwicks sisters

    Kimberley Renicks, 27, is Britain's top-ranked player at -48kg but needs a strong run of results to leap almost 25 places into the world's top 16.

    "We budgeted for £20,000 for the full year. We got £8,000 and that's all spent," said Louise of her fundraiser.

    "Unfortunately, in judo there is only a small amount of funding."

    The Renicks sisters, from Coatbridge, enjoyed high profiles during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, winning the host country's first gold medals.

    However, the battle for funding, combined with recurring injuries, led 32-year-old Louise to retire from competitive judo this summer.

  10. CCTV image of man linked to 'high-value' robberies on trains

    A CCTV image of a man police want to speak to in connection with two high-value robberies on board trains has been released.

    The incidents occurred on Tuesday 20 October and Wednesday 21 October at about 22:20 on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen service at Stonehaven.

    Stonehaven train thief

    The man is described as being in his late 30s, slim build, clean-shaven and with short brown/greying hair. He was wearing a dark jacket, denim trousers and was carrying a dark rucksack.

    British Transport Police have appealed for witnesses.

  11. Eight similar faults found by engineers working to repair damage on Forth Road Bridge

    Update

    Engineers on the Forth Road Bridge say they have found eight potential structural faults like the one which has caused travel chaos today.

    Contractors Amey say they will continue to keep a close eye on them while working on a permanent solution. 

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    Traffic on the bridge will continue to be restricted to a single lane in each direction until at least the middle of the day on Thursday.  

  12. Alex Salmond warns Syria debate of concerns over civilian casualties

    Update

    SNP international affairs spokesman Alex Salmond says that anyone who thinks the bombing will not cause civilian casualties "is living on a different planet".

    Alex Salmond

    Mr Salmond says the prime minister was wrong to "demean himself" by describing opponents of air strikes as "terrorist sympathisers."

    He says there is no "exit strategy" and the house should reject the motion.

  13. Greens concerned by appointment of new police chief with 'passing knowledge' of Scotland

    The Scottish Greens have expressed "concern" at the appointment of Phil Gormley as chief constable of Police Scotland.

    The party's justice spokesman John Finnie MSP said he feared Mr Gormley would only have "a passing knowledge of Scotland, its police service and community expectations".

    Mr Gormley, who will take over from Sir Stephen House, is the former deputy director of the National Crime Agency.

    Phil Gormley

    He said: "This is not the appointment many, myself included, had hoped for.

    “This was an opportunity to address many of the concerns the public have about the single service. That could have happened with the two serving officers who were shortlisted. I remain to be convinced it can with someone who can only have passing knowledge of Scotland, its police service and community expectations.

    “I suspect the new chief will say he needs a period to reflect, meaning the much-needed drive to enhance local community policing and its scrutiny is going to have to wait. Of course, we must congratulate the successful candidate and wish him well in his new post.”

  14. Parliament taking legal advice on independence supporters' camp at Holyrood

    A group calling themselves IndyCamp Live plan to keep vigil in the Parliament's grounds until the day Scotland declares independence from the UK.

    A letter to MSPs from the Parliament's chief executive Paul Grice said the campers did not have permission to occupy the land.

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  15. Police hunt Rangers supporters who sang religiously offensive songs on train

    British Transport Police say a group of Rangers supporters who were returning from the teams’ SPFL match on Saturday 21 November sang religiously offensive songs on the 17:47 Edinburgh to Glasgow Central service.

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    Passengers on the train were moved to another carriage to avoid trouble with the football fansPolice are appealing for anyone who was on the train and has information to contact them.

  16. Katie Morag on First Minister's 2015 Christmas card

    Children's character Katie Morag is featured on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's 2015 Christmas card.

    Mairi Hedderwick, author and illustrator of the ginger-haired Isle of Struay adventurer, produced the festive drawing.

    FM christmas care

    The picture shows children from around the world being welcomed to Ms Sturgeon's official residence, Bute House in Edinburgh.

    Cards will feature the print and the original will be auctioned for charity.

    The proceeds of the sale will be shared between four charities; Enable Scotland, Children 1st, Books Abroad and the Scottish Refugee Council.

  17. Driver of car which demolished a garden wall in Lanarkshire is sought by police

    Police are attempting to trace the driver of a car which demolished a garden wall in North Lanarkshire.

    The Vauxhall Vectra left Old Gartloch Road in Gartcosh and went through a field before crashing into a garden belonging to a retired couple.

    Gartcosh crash

    George Forsyth, whose garden wall and fence was damaged, said he heard a loud bang just after 09:00. he said it was "lucky" the incident was not worse.

    The road was closed in the aftermath of the crash but has since re-opened.