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Summary

  1. Jets leave Scotland to join Syria action
  2. Further delays around Forth crossing
  3. Lifelong restriction for double rapist
  4. Former footballer Collymore 'joins SNP'
  5. SNP MPs criticised over Benn comments

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By Jo Perry and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it from Scotland Live for today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Former Rangers administrators lose appeal over court case delay

    TWO men accused of alleged fraud involving Rangers Football Club have failed to overturn a decision which allowed prosecutors more time to bring the case to court.

    Lawyers acting for David Whitehouse, 50, and Paul Clark, 51, argued that Sheriff Sean Murphy acted incorrectly earlier this year.

    Ibrox stadium

    The sheriff, who sits at Glasgow Sheriff Court, gave the Crown three extra months to bring allegations to court last September.

    Appeal judges Lord Carloway, Lord Bracadale and Lord Malcolm refused the appeal and ruled the sheriff acted correctly. 

    Prosecutors allege that the two men, who worked for Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps, broke the law during their involvement with the Glasgow side.

    They are accused along with former Rangers owner Craig Whyte, 44, and ex-chief executive Charles Green, 62, as well as former club officials David Grier, 50, and Gary Withey, 51.

    The six men are expected to stand trial in the coming weeks.

  3. Lorry crashes into wall near Edinburgh pubs

    A lorry has crashed into a wall near two pubs in Edinburgh.

    The Matthew Clark lorry, which delivers beer, is understood to have crashed onto Calton Road after rolling down Calton Hill.

    Lorry crashes near Edinburgh pubs

    The accident happened near the Black Bull and Pivo just before 15:30. Calton Road has been closed in both directions.

    An eyewitness said: "The lorry swerved to miss a black car and crashed into two walls, I expect due to the rain."

  4. Teenage rapist guilty of attacks on 14-year-old girls in Midlothian

    A teenager has been found guilty of raping two underage girls in separate attacks within two months of each other.

    The 17-year-old raped one of the 14-year-old victims in March last year and the second one in May.

    He committed both rapes at addresses in Midlothian.

    The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had denied the charges. He was also found guilty of an attack on a 13-year-old he had asked for sex.

    The jury at the High Court in Edinburgh acquitted him of seven further charges.

  5. Glen Coe endurance race to be part of international mountain running competition

    An endurance race held in Glen Coe for the first time this year will form part of an international mountain running competition next year.

    The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline was one of six races in the 2015 Skyrunning UK calendar.

    Glen Coe run

    The other events include races in the Lake District in England and Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.

    It has been announced the Glen Coe event will be held on 18 September and will be part of the 2016 Skyrunner World Series, which will start in Norway.

  6. Law Society of Scotland staff 'did not interfere in struck off solicitor case'

    A review into the handling of a case involving a solicitor who was struck off has found no wrongdoing by Law Society of Scotland staff.

    Christopher Hales was found guilty of professional misconduct over property deals linked to MP Michelle Thomson.

    Michelle Thomson
    Image caption: Michelle Thomson who was elected an MP in May denies acting illegally

    She was elected an SNP MP but withdrew the party whip after the case emerged.

    The Law Society found that claims staff might have deliberately halted progressing the case until after the election were "completely unfounded".

    Mr Hales had carried out work for M&F Property Solutions, a firm businesswoman Ms Thomson was a partner of.

    She remains an MP at Westminster and has strenuously denied she did anything wrong.

  7. MoD map shows nuclear fall-out after Edinburgh attack

    A selection of defence maps from the 50s and 60s are going on public display for the first time next year.

    The maps, part of a British Library exhibition, include scenarios for nuclear fall-out planning after an attack on Edinbrugh.

    Fall-out map
  8. Edinburgh and Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist has surgery

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    Edinburgh and Scotland lock forward Grant Gilchrist has undergone groin surgery.

    The 25-year-old picked up the injury during the Rugby World Cup.

    Grant Gilchrist

    "Further specialist opinion revealed some damage to soft tissue structures which had not previously been clinically evident," Edinburgh said.

    "Following best advice from the specialist, it was decided that surgery would be the most appropriate course and this has already taken place."

    Gilchrist, capped 12 times, has spent his entire professional career with Edinburgh.

  9. Dog microchip law laid before the Scottish Parliament

    Legislation to make microchipping dogs compulsory has been laid before the Scottish Parliament.

    Under the new rules, all dogs will need to be microchipped and their owners' details registered in a database.

    The aim of the new law, which is due to come into force next April, is to cut down on the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland.

    Dog microchipped
  10. Woman, 86, robbed by two men in her own home

    An 86-year-old woman has been robbed in her home by two men in what police believe was a targeted theft.

    The incident happened at the house in Braehead Road in Thorntonhall, South Lanarkshire, at about 19:30 on Wednesday.

    Police said the suspects confronted the pensioner at her front door before threatening her and demanding she hand over money. They then made off with a four-figure sum of cash.

    One of the men is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build, in his late 30s and with dark brown hair. He was wearing a black scarf over his face, a black waterproof jacket, light blue denim jeans and dark trainers. The other suspect is described as white, 5ft 7in tall and of thin build.

  11. Glasgow Warriors flanker Tyrone Holmes out for four months

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    Glasgow Warriors and Scotland back-row forward Tyrone Holmes has been ruled out of action for four months with a foot injury.

    The flanker has undergone surgery after being injured during a Warriors 'A' match against Edinburgh last month.

    Tyrone Holmes

    Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We all feel for Tyrone, who has had some bad luck with injuries during the past two seasons.

    "He had started the season in good form and had been working hard in training."

    Holmes will now miss an important run of games in Glasgow's season, starting at home to Pro12 rivals Leinster this weekend.

  12. Ruth Davidson accuses the SNP of 'gutting' student budgets

    The SNP has cut student bursaries by more than £40m since coming to power, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has claimed.

    Ms Davidson said figures obtained from the Student Awards Agency of Scotland showed £60m would be spent on bursaries in 2016, compared to £104m in 2007.

    Ruth Davidson

    At First Minister's Questions, she said the SNP had "gutted" the funding for poorer students.

    Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland was reducing the university attainment gap "faster than the rest of the UK."

  13. Culloden Battlefield suggested for Unesco World Heritage status

    Unesco World Heritage status could be sought for Culloden Battlefield and the nearby Bronze Age Clava Cairns.

    Colloden

     Highland councillor Ken Gowans told BBC Alba the move could be made after councillors agreed to extend the battlefield's conservation zone.

    The size of the conservation area was reviewed for the first time since it was established in 1968.

    The zone around the site of the battle of 1746 restricts development within its boundaries.

    Mr Gowans said the enlarged conservation area would protect the historic sites and the people who live near them.  

  14. Pair jailed after tying up and robbing pensioner in 'terrifying ordeal'

    A man and woman have been jailed for a total of 13 years and nine months for robbing an elderly man in his own home in Stirlingshire.

    The High Court in Livingston heard that James Cowan, 39, and Alana Wood, 33, broke into a house in Main Street, Plean, in June, while the 70-year-old occupant was at home.

    Main Street Plean

    They stole from him then forced him to drive to a nearby bank and withdraw cash before taking him home and leaving him tied up.

    Cowan was jailed for eight years and five months, while Wood was sentenced to five years and four months. Det Insp Kenny McAndrew said: “This was an absolutely terrifying ordeal for the homeowner to endure and it was made all the more upsetting by the theft of various items of property from his home, which had great financial and sentimental value to him."

  15. Lorries weighing more than seven and a half tonnes have been banned from Forth Road Bridge

    The operators of the Forth Road Bridge have said it is likely some form of traffic restrictions will continue for the next few days.

    They have now banned all lorries weighing more than seven and a half tonnes, which have to use an alternative route.

    Forth Road Bridge queues

    Efforts are continuing to fix defective steel work that has forced the closure of the southbound carriageway.

    A contraflow is still in place and drivers are facing long delays in both directions.

    Earlier Traffic Scotland had tweeted that seven-mile queues had formed on approach to the bridge but later changed the figure to 1.7 miles.

  16. All aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth arrive in Cyprus to join UK jets carrying out air strikes over Syria

    Six Typhoons from the Moray base have touched down at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, along with a large transporter plane carrying about 100 personnel.

    They will join eight Tornado jets at the base, which have been carrying out air strikes in Iraq and last night's sortie over Syria.

    Military transport plane arriving at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
  17. OAP driver admits causing charity cyclist's death

    A 77-year-old driver has admitted making a series of mistakes which caused the death of a mother-of-two taking part in a charity cycle ride.

    Kenneth McClelland overtook without making proper checks and collided with Sally Preece who was coming the other way on her bike, a court heard.

    Ms Preece, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, died of her injuries the following day.

    The crash happened on 12 September 2014 on the A85 near Killin, Stirling.

    The 49-year-old cyclist was a week into a nine-day Land's-End-to-John-O'Groats cycle to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

    At Stirling Sheriff Court, McClelland, from Largs in Ayrshire, admitted causing her death by careless driving. Sentence was deferred.

  18. The mother of a murdered Glasgow schoolboy calls for an overhaul of sex offender management

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    Margaret Ann Cummings - whose son Mark was killed in 2004 - wants Holyrood to set up a searchable database of convicted paedophiles, including their names and postcodes.

    She was at the Scottish Parliament to watch her MSP Paul Martin lead a member's debate calling for a review of existing arrangements.

    Mr Martin has based his proposals on the system introduced in the United States known as Megan's Law.

    Paul Martin outside the Scottish Parliament