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  1. Forth Road Bridge to reopen tomorrow
  2. Silence for bin lorry victims a year on
  3. Total fined £1.12m for North Sea leak
  4. Man guilty of naked toy shop attack

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By Jo Perry, Paul McLaren and Colin Bell

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

    We'll bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country. In the meantime, bye for now.

  2. Man admits Tesco shopping basket attack on pensioner

    A man who left an 83-year-old double amputee seriously injured after hitting him with a shopping basket during a row in a supermarket aisle is facing a jail term.

    Murray Dewar, 45, attacked Jack Wemyss in the Tesco Express store in Dundee's Strathmartine Road.

    Dundee Tesco attacker

    An argument between them started after Dewar blocked the path of Mr Wemyss's mobility scooter.

    Dewar, from Dundee, pled guilty to the attack on 20 November.

    Sheriff Richard McFarlane deferred sentence until January for social work background reports.

  3. Rangers cannot ignore us, says Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs believes title rivals Rangers are now taking the Easter Road side's challenge seriously.

    Stubbs' men drew level on points with the Scottish Championship leaders by beating Queen of the South on Saturday.

    Alan Stubbs

    And Hibs travel to face Rangers at Ibrox on Monday.

    "If they weren't thinking about us a month ago, I think their mindset has changed and they are certainly thinking about us now," said Stubbs.

    "The noises that are coming out are slightly different now. I think that tells you something.

  4. Your Forth Road Bridge views: 'I will never again complain about sitting in traffic'

    Forth Road Bridge closed sign
  5. Two care homes in Sutherland could close, says NHS Scotland

    Two care homes in north Sutherland could be closed and the residents moved to a new, single "hub" complex, NHS Highland has said.

    A group set up by the health board to examine the future of health care in the area has recommended shutting the homes in Melness and Melvich.

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    A location has still be to suggested for the new building.

    However, it has been recommended that other health services could be relocated to the hub.

    NHS Highland and Highland Council expect to consider a more detailed proposal early next year.

  6. Borders piper Jak Kennedy realises South Pole piping dream

    A piper from the Scottish Borders has realised his dream of playing at the South Pole.

    Jak Kennedy, 29, from Carlops, battled through temperatures as low as -49C to complete his mission earlier this month.

    Jak Kennedy

    It took him seven days to complete the 70-mile (112km) sled journey to his destination.

    He was able to play Scotland the Brave before a valve on his pipes froze up and thwarted his efforts to play a second tune.

    "I suppose the ambition at first was just to get to the South Pole and that is something I had been thinking about for years," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

  7. Colquhoun says progress of Hearts since Ann Budge's takeover has been 'truly amazing'

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Former Hearts player John Colquhoun says the progress made by Hearts since Ann Budge's takeover has been "truly amazing".

    Budge took control of Hearts in May 2014 and brought the club out of administration.

    Ann Budge

    With the Edinburgh side on a much sounder financial footing, they secured promotion from the Championship and currently sit third in the Premiership.

    "For them to be sitting where they are just now, in year two of the project, is truly amazing," Colquhoun said.

  8. Fire crews remain at Arnold Clark centre in Aberdeen after major fire

    Two fire appliances remain at the scene of a major blaze at an Aberdeen car service centre and are still carrying out damping-down operations

    Fire investigators are at the Arnold Clark premises on Girdleness Road in Torry.

    Aberdeen fire

    But due to "the unsafe nature" of the building, they are currently carrying out an external assessment and taking aerial pictures of the scene.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said there was no information at this time whether the fire was accidental or deliberate.

  9. Film-maker working with Lau, Portishead and Mogwai musicians

    A film-maker has started work on one of the showpiece events of next year's Edinburgh International Festival.

    Will Anderson, who is from the Black Isle, is part of a team working on a project that will combine live contemporary music with animated film.

    Monkey movie
    Will Anderson

    Also involved are musicians including Portishead's Adrian Utley and Dominic Aitchison from Mogwai.

    Mr Anderson and fellow film-maker Ainslie Henderson won a Scottish Bafta last year.

    The duo secured the award with their short film Monkey Love Experiments. It tells of a monkey that mistakenly believes that it is to be sent to the Moon.

  10. Future of Lanarkshire steel mills 'should be clarified as a matter of urgency'

    Labour MSP James Kelly has called on the government to clarify the long-term plans for Tata Steel's Dalzell and Clydebridge plants.

    Greybull Capital has emerged as a potential buyer for the companies' Long Products division which includes several UK-based assets.

    But so far it is unclear whether the Lanarkshire mills will be a part of any plans going forward. 

    TATA Steel sign

    Mr Kelly said the skills at these plants should not go to waste and the government should raise the matter with the proposed buyer as a matter of urgency.  

  11. Captain Scott Brown backs Celtic for unbeaten run-in to end of season

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Captain Scott Brown believes Celtic can go unbeaten for the rest of the current campaign.

    The reigning Scottish Premiership champions lost at home to Motherwell on Saturday, allowing Aberdeen to move to within a point of the leaders.

    Scott Brown

    However, Celtic do have a game in hand over the Dons.

    "It's one result," said Brown, 30. "We could go the rest of the season without getting beat. We have the belief and the manager's instilled that in us."

    Brown is currently recovering from a knee injury.

  12. Woman armed with three kitchen knives jailed for attacking friend

    A woman who left her friend scarred for life by stabbing her repeatedly and then wrapping the injuries in tape has been jailed for 18 months.

    Tracey McGregor, 32, picked up three large kitchen knives to carry out the unprovoked attack on Ann Mills, 46.

    Tracey McGregor

    The court heard that McGregor told her afterwards: "They're only superficial. I could have done worse."

    McGregor, from Perth, admitted permanently disfiguring Ms Mills at her home in September 2014.

    Perth Sheriff Court heard that Ms Mills was stabbed in the abdomen, leg and arms during the attack.

  13. Cool heads key in Edinburgh v Glasgow rugby derby, says Chris Paterson

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Chris Paterson believes "a calm head under pressure" could be the key to success in Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors' annual double-header.

    The Pro12 sides meet on Sunday at Murrayfield and then again at Scotstoun on 2 January.

    Glasgow and Edinburgh rugby

    As well as league points, the teams will be battling to win the 1872 Cup over two legs.

    "Dealing with pressure is really, really important," said former Edinburgh and Scotland back Paterson.

    "Your opportunities could be very, very few and far between. Your opportunity could be in the opening five minutes of the opening game and you've got to take it."

  14. Hauliers say 'catastrophe' of bridge closure to HGVs will add £40m to costs

    The Road Haulage Association has said the additional cost to its members of the continued Forth Road Bridge closure to HGVs will add £40m to their costs.

    Chief executive Richard Burnett said the decision to close the bridge to HGVs until mid-February would have a massive impact on hauliers who are either based in or making regular journeys to Scotland.

    He added: "When the closure was first announced, we calculated that additional costs for a single HGV resulting from a round trip detour of 60 miles would add an extra £30 in fuel costs alone.

    Empty Forth Road Bridge

    "With an estimated 10,500 HGVs using the bridge each day, the additional operating costs to the industry will be well in excess of £600,000 per day.

    "Based on these figures, this catastrophe has already cost the haulage industry £9.6m since its closure on 4 December. If hauliers have to wait until the end of February to resume a normal service, we can confidently predict that the cost will be in excess of £40m."

  15. Post update

    Weather update - It's going to get a bit blowy

    BBC Scotland Weather

    A windy night with blustery showers. A strong south westerly across the country with gales possible around the north west coast. The showers will be of rain for most, but snow on the hills and occasionally wintry on the highest road routes. Lows overnight around 4C.

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  16. Stirling is hailed as the best city in Scotland to start a new business

    Stirling is the best city in Scotland to start a new business, a study has found.

    A low cost of living, good travel links and highly educated workforce earned it the top spot, researchers said.


    All 69 cities across the UK were studied, with Stirling taking eighth place overall - ahead of Manchester, London and Birmingham.

    The research was carried out by business start-up specialist Quality Formations.

    The company said it had marked each city on eight criteria, including commercial property, energy, quality of life and broadband service.

    Derby was named as the best place in the UK to start up a new business, followed by Stoke and Belfast.

  17. Airdrieonians appoint former Glasgow City coach Eddie Wolecki Black

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Airdrieonians have appointed Eddie Wolecki Black as their new head coach.

    The former Glasgow City manager replaces Gary Bollan, who left the Scottish League One club earlier this week to become the new boss of Forfar Athletic.

    Eddie Wolecki Black

    Wolecki Black, 50, has been at Airdrie since September as director of coaching.

    The former Montrose player guided City to four successive Scottish Women's Premier League titles.

    He also helped Glasgow reach the Uefa Women's Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 2014.

  18. University of the Highlands and Islands scientists propose the idea of the 'internet of food'.

    University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) scientists have been exploring the idea of the "internet of food".false

    The concept involves using technology, such as smartphones and software, to help people chose food and drink best suited to their health needs.

    internet of food

    UHI believes it could offer protection from allergies and too many calories.

    The idea is similar to the "internet of things" which sees domestic products, such as washing machines, being controllable via online tools.

  19. Boy aged 9 attacked during break-in at family home

    A nine-year-old boy has been assaulted during a break-in at his family home in Fernhill, South Lanarkshire.

    The boy, his four-year-old brother and 39-year-old mother were in the house in Glenfarg Road when a man broke in during the early hours of 16 December.

    The man assaulted the boy before making off with jewellery, bags and a three-figure sum of shopping vouchers.

    The boy did not require hospital treatment. Police are following a positive line of inquiry.

  20. Warning over fake vodka containing industrial alcohol

    Scottish Borders Council has issued a warning about counterfeit vodka containing industrial alcohol.

    The issue came to light after its food, health and safety team analysed a bottle following a public complaint.


    It was found to contain industrial alcohol which can include dangerous chemicals like those in anti-freeze, screen wash or nail polish remover.

    The council said people should be wary of buying any fake goods especially when there was a health risk.