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Summary

  1. Man guilty of rape in Edinburgh Meadows
  2. Seized pin caused Forth Road Bridge fault
  3. Employment levels reach highest on record
  4. Man dies in M74 crash
  5. Four hurt after bus collides with cars

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By Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  2. Glasgow Warriors star Richie Vernon to miss remainder of season with shoulder injury

    Richie Vernon

    The 28-year-old, who started one match during last year's World Cup, was injured in the Warriors' defeat by Northampton in November.

    "He failed to progress as expected, so an operation was required, which will keep him out for most of the season," said head coach Gregor Townsend.

    Vernon was left out of Scotland's Six Nations squad.

  3. Tim Swinson clear to play in Six Nations after being suspended for a week

    Tim Swinson

    Glasgow lock Tim Swinson will miss their final European Champions Cup pool match with Racing 92 on Saturday after being suspended for a week.

    Swinson was sin-binned for a punch five minutes from time in last Sunday's defeat by Northampton, which a judicial officer decided warranted a red card.

    The one-week ban means Swinson can join Scotland's preparations for the Six Nations after being named in the squad.

    Glasgow flanker Ryan Wilson will learn his fate later on Wednesday

  4. Glasgow street closes after masonry falls from building

    Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland have confirmed Waterloo Street, at the Waterloo Chambers, was closed on Wednesday afternoon.

    A spokesman from Police Scotland said the road reopened just before 17:00 after it closed just after 15:00.

    The officer added that nobody was injured by the falling masonry.

  5. Man dies after crash on the M74 motorway near Larkhall

    Police investigators say the 47-year-old was driving a Ford Mondeo car north on the motorway at around 11:15 today when the vehicle apparently went out of control and collided with a tree on the central reservation, near to junction 8 at Larkhall.

    The man died at the scene.

    A report will now be sent to Procurator Fiscal.

    Following the crash, the carriageway was closed between J10 Lesmahagow and J8 Canderside, with traffic diverted on to the nearby B7078 for nearly five hours.

  6. Andy Murray gets ready to face the fastest serve in the world at the Australian Open

    Andy Murray

    British number one Andy Murray says he will be "ready" for big-serving Australian Sam Groth as he bids to progress to the third round of the Australian Open.

    Groth, 28, who has the fastest serve in world tennis, faces Murray in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    "I'll need to return well and pass well if I want to win," Murray said.

    Compatriot Johanna Konta, the world number 47, will face China's Zheng Saisai.

  7. Elgin stones to go on public display for the first time in 20 years

    Galloway stone

    The 126 medieval carved stones are currently being returned home to Elgin Cathedral after they were cleaned and studied by researchers in Edinburgh last year.

    Carved faces, plants and animals are being hoisted up into the cathedral towers to form part of an exhibition that will open on Easter weekend.

    Fiona Fleming, Interpretation Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, explained: "For many years, the carved stones lay buried amidst the ruins, until the 1800s, when Elgin shoemaker John Shanks became the first keeper and watchman of the cathedral. 

    "He began to clear away some of the rubble uncovering wonderful, crisp carvings that had been buried for centuries.

    "By studying the stones we have been able to understand more about the cathedral’s construction and development, its builders and benefactors, and what it might have meant to those who walked through its doors."

  8. Tractor driver dies after road accident near village

    Emergency services attended the crash around 13:20 on Wednesday at Rait, near the Inchmichael junction, in Perth and Kinross.

    The 64-year-old tractor was declared dead at the scene.

    An investigation is under way.

  9. Man convicted of raping a student in an Edinburgh park

    Steven Davidson was found guilty of attacking the 19-year-old as she made her way home through the Meadows just before dawn one Saturday morning in November, 2014. 

    His victim told the court she had fought for her life after Davidson ran up and grabbed her from behind.

  10. Teenager indecently assaulted while walking dog in Edinburgh

    The incident happened in Dundee Terrace just before 20:30 last night. 

    The suspect, described by police as being in his late teens with skinny legs, approached the 18-year-old woman from behind and assaulted her before running off. They say the victim was unhurt but was left extremely upset and shaken following the incident in the Dalry area.

    Police have appealed to any witnesses who can help their inquiries to contact them.

  11. M74 opens northbound after accident causes traffic disruption

    A section of the northbound M74 in South Lanarkshire was closed this afternoon following a one-vehicle crash which has left a man injured.

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman described the crash near Larkhall, at 11:15, as "very serious". There is currently no information on the man's condition.

    Following the crash, the northbound carriageway was closed between J10 Lesmahagow and J8 Canderside.

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  12. Hamilton fans, look away now - watch the highlights of Celtic's thrashing of the Lanarkshire side

    Leigh Griffiths

    You probably heard about the scoreline. Now, watch the highlights - Celtic 8-1 Hamilton

  13. Police name 37-year-old man killed in three-vehicle crash on A832

    A man who was killed following a three-vehicle crash on the A832 has been named as 37-year-old Osmond Pearson from Muir of Ord.

    Osmond Pearson

    The crash happened on the road between Tore and Muir of Ord at about 17:30 yesterday and involved a Mazda 6, Volkswagen Golf and Toyota Hilux.

    The 40-year-old male driver of the Golf remains in Raigmore hospital in a serious but stable condition. The male driver of the Hilux was uninjured.

  14. PM to take up case of Scottish woman who died in Israel in 'suspicious circumstances'

    David Cameron has pledged to take up the case of a Scottish woman who died in Israel in suspicious circumstances last year.

    Hannah Bardell
    Image caption: Hannah Bardell said Ms Pearson's family were struggling to get answers

    SNP MP Hannah Bardell told Mr Cameron that Julie Pearson, from Kinross, was "allegedly beaten and raped before her death" and said that her family were struggling to get answers from the Israeli government and authorities.

    In particular, they had difficulty obtaining her autopsy report. Mr Cameron said that he was not "directly aware of the case" but that he would "certainly take it up on her behalf with the Israeli authorities".

  15. Scots eating fewer pies, pastries and sausages despite rise in snacking habits

    Scotland's new food body is recommending that the Scottish government make plans for the introduction of a tax on sugar.

    Pie sales

    In a report published today, Food Standards Scotland said that people had replaced sugary fizzy drinks with sweets, crisps and other snacks - and that no progress had been made on tackling the country's obesity crisis.

    Despite the warning, figures showed that the volume of pies and pastries purchased in Scotland dropped by almost 17% since 2010; sausage sales fell by 8%.

  16. Nicola Sturgeon not creasing up over comments about her wardrobe after #jacketgate jibe

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been quick to shut down comments on her wardrobe on Twitter this morning.

    Sky News Ireland Correspondent David Blevins highlighted the similar tastes of Ms Sturgeon, Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and UTV Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee.

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    In what's been dubbed #jacketgate - Ms Sturgeon pointed out to Mr Blevins that his sartorial styling was far from unique.

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    The politician in question was Irish minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - who seemed unfazed by his involvement in the online fashion critique.

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  17. MSPs slam management of NHS 24 for £41.6m overspend of new IT system

    MSPs have slammed the management of NHS 24 while investigating a £41.6m overspend in its new IT system.

    NHS sign

    The system, which is yet to be completed, was budgeted at £75m, but is currently forecast to cost £117m.

    Public Audit Committee members said managers should be "ashamed" of the "failings" and "serious incompetence" which had led to "a complete mess".

    There is still no launch date for the system. Interim boss Ian Crichton said it could end up costing up to £125m.

  18. Ross County wait to see if Paul Quinn will return to the club this month

    Defender Quinn is keen on a move back to the Highlands following his switch to Aberdeen last summer where his family has reportedly failed to settle. 

    The Pittodrie side are reluctant to let Quinn go in the short-term with vice-skipper Mark Reynolds suspended for Friday's home game against Dundee after his red card in Dingwall last weekend.

    Paul Quinn

    The 30-year-old has only started 12 games for the Dons having helped inspire County to safety from relegation last season. He also scored the Aberdeen winner against champions Celtic in September.

  19. M74 closed as man is seriously injured in motorway crash

    A section of the northbound M74 in South Lanarkshire has been closed following a one-vehicle crash which has left a man injured.

    Police accident sign

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman described the crash near Larkhall, at 11:15 this morning, as "very serious".

    Following the crash, the northbound carriageway was closed between J10 Lesmahagow and J8 Canderside.

    Traffic is being diverted on to the nearby B7078.