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Summary

  1. Two bodies found on Ben Nevis
  2. Paige detectives cordon off shop
  3. Viking pot lid lifted after 1,000 years
  4. Longannet switch-off ends coal power

Live Reporting

By Christopher Sleight and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Scotland Live today

    We'll be back on Tuesday 29 March with more live updates from around the country. 

    Have a good night. 

  2. Highland Council set for 'complete redesign'

    Councillors have unanimously agreed to begin a process to change the structure of Highland Council and how it delivers services.

    The local authority has said a "complete redesign" was needed to help it better cope with cuts to its budget and its workforce.

    Highland Council covers a large geographic area which includes Wester Ross

    Highland Council oversees an area of 10,225 sq miles (26,484 sq km) - which represents 11.4% of Great Britain.

    It covers large geographic areas such as Caithness, Wester Ross and Skye.

    Full story here.

  3. Fiona Hyslop cleared over T in the Park grant

    A public spending watchdog has cleared Scotland's culture secretary of any wrongdoing over a government grant to the organiser of T in the Park.

    Fiona Hyslop had been accused of "cronyism" after £150,000 of public funds were given to DF Concerts.

    The grant was made to help the festival move to its new home at Strathallan Castle

    It emerged that former SNP aide had set up a meeting between Ms Hyslop and the festival organisers.

    But Audit Scotland has now concluded there was a "clear rationale for the grant".

    Full story here

  4. Airthrey Kerse housing development rejected by councillors

    Plans for a major housing development at Airthrey Kerse in Bridge of Allan have been rejected by councillors.

    Airthrey Kerse in Bridge of Allan
    Image caption: The plans drew over 440 letters of objection

    Graham's The Family Dairy submitted the application which included plans for 600 homes and a new primary school.

    The application was rejected by 12 votes to six at a special meeting of Stirling Council on Wednesday.

  5. Families pay tribute to 'brave and generous' rescue teams who recovered missing climbers from Ben Nevis

    In a statement, relatives of Bradford couple Rachel Slater and Tim Newton thanks mountain rescue teams, the climbing community and police for finding the pair. 

    They also paid tribute to friends, family and the wider community for their support and kindness.  

    Climbers Rachel Slater and Tim Newtown
    Quote Message: These brave and generous men and women have worked incredibly hard to find Rachel and Tim in difficult and dangerous conditions... Although much anticipated, it still comes as a shock but we are thankful that we can now move forward with our lives in the knowledge that Rachel and Tim were doing what they loved to do. Climbing was their passion, they loved the mountains, wilderness and outdoor spaces. from Families of Rachel Slater and Tim Newton
    Families of Rachel Slater and Tim Newton
  6. Ferry officer admits failing to change ship's course to avoid fatal fishing boat collision

    Italian seaman Pasquale Miccio, 48, was on the bridge of the Scottish Viking from Rosyth to Zeebrugge in August 2010. 

    He failed to listen to crew warnings or use equipment to avoid hitting the Homeland off the Borders coast.

    Scottish Viking

    Two brothers were swept from the boat when it sank and deckhand Daniel McNeil, 16, from Tynemouth, died.

    At the High Court in Glasgow, Miccio, from Sorrento, admitted failing to change course or heed warnings from crew members about the proximity of the fishing boat. 

    Full story here

  7. Detention for girl who headbutted police officer in court

    A 16-year-old girl who attacked a police officer inside Dundee Sheriff Court after being ejected from the building has been sentenced to be detained for 12 months.

    The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Gwen Louden in the court's foyer in January.

    Dundee Sheriff Court

    The girl had been told to leave the court by PC Louden but returned and assaulted her.

    The court was told that the police officer was still off work.

  8. Easter holiday strike at Scotland's national museum is suspended

    The planned strike by staff at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is the latest in a long-running dispute over weekend pay.

    Following negotiations between the National Museums Scotland (NMS) and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, the action was called off on Thursday.

    About 90 people protested outside the museum on Boxing Day
    Image caption: About 90 people protested outside the museum on Boxing Day

    The museum will be open as normal over the Easter weekend.

    New talks are due to take place early next week at which a new offer from NMS is expected.

    Full story here

  9. Police launch investigation after woman sexually assaulted in Woodlands area of Glasgow

    The 19-year-old was approached by a man at the junction of West End Park Street and West Princes Street at about 23:20 on Tuesday. 

    Police officers

    After the assault, he shouted sexual remarks before leaving the scene. 

    Police said the man responsible was in his 30s, of heavy build and he was wearing black, thin-rimmed glasses at the time of the attack. 

  10. Men rescued from fishing boat in North Sea

    Two fishermen have been rescued after their fishing boat started taking on water in the North Sea.

    A Coastguard helicopter and Fraserburgh lifeboat were called out to assist the Fraserburgh-registered Welfare, about four miles out to sea.

    Welfare

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said other nearby vessels had also responded to the incident which was reported at about 10:10.

  11. Two bodies found on Ben Nevis those of Rachel Slater and Tim Newton

    Two bodies found on Ben Nevis have been confirmed as those of missing Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, from Bradford.

    Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team believes the experienced climbers were caught in an avalanche before they started a climb on the mountain's North Face.

    Rachel Slater and Tom Newton

    The pair disappeared last month and their bodies were found under snow a short distance apart on Wednesday.

    The discoveries were made in Observatory Gully.

    Ms Slater and Mr Newton were reported missing on 15 February.

  12. Deal done to sell two Tata Steel mills in Scotland

    International metals firm Liberty House has signed a deal to buy two mothballed steel plants in Lanarkshire.

    The agreement involves the Scottish Government buying the Clydebridge and Dalzell plants from Tata Steel, and immediately selling them on to Liberty.

    TATA steel
    Image caption: Liberty House will take over the running of the plants in Lanarkshire

    The sale will be made under the same terms with no cost to the taxpayer.

    Liberty will take responsibility for reopening, operating and investing in the two sites as its attempts to build a sustainable UK steel business.

  13. Stuart Hogg named player of the Six Nations

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has won the Six Nations player of the championship award.

    Hogg received 30% of the public votes, with England's Billy Vunipola coming second after helping his team to the Grand Slam.

    Stuart Hogg

    The Glasgow Warrior helped Scotland to two wins in five matches.

  14. Leaders of Scotland's six largest political parties to go head-to-head in first televised debate of the election

    The BBC Scotland debate will feature SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale and Ruth Davidson of the Scottish Conservatives.

    Lib Dem Willie Rennie, Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens and UKIP's David Coburn will also take part.

    Six political leaders

    The debate will be broadcast at 21:00 on BBC One Scotland on the first official day of campaigning ahead of the election on 5 May.

    A second debate will be held on 1 May with the leaders of the five political parties that are represented at Holyrood, but not UKIP. 

  15. Driver jumps clear of Lockerbie lorry fire

    A driver of a lorry which burst into flames on a motorway managed to jump to safety after spotting the blaze.

    The man was driving on the northbound carriageway of the A74(M) near Lockerbie when he noticed the fire.

    Lorry on fire

    Police said he managed to "jump clear" onto the hard shoulder and escaped injury.

    Officers closed the road in both directions between junctions 16 and 17 for a time and drivers were warned to expect delays.

  16. Infection control failings at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley

    Health officials have been told to improve infection control procedures at the Royal Alexandra Hospital after failings were found by inspectors.

    A team from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate carried out an unannounced inspection on 13 and 14 January.

    Royal Alexandra Hospital
    Image caption: Inspectors visited the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley in January

    It found general cleanliness was "very good" but action was needed to address some damaged and dirty equipment.

    Inspectors made three requirements for improvement. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been asked for comment.

  17. Animal welfare charity cares for baby tarantula discovered at petrol station in Bellshill

    The Scottish SPCA was alerted when a woman noticed school children playing with the spider and rescued it. 

    Animal rescue officer Emma Sergeant said: “The lady who rescued the tarantula had heard the children were planning to dump it in the bin. Although she has a fear of spiders, she managed to contain it until I arrived."

    spider

    She added: “It’s possible the tarantula belongs to someone who lives nearby and we’d really like to return it home if it has gone missing.

    “If no-one comes forward we'll find it a new owner who understands its needs.”

  18. World's End murderer appeal rejected

    The World's End murderer Angus Sinclair has had an appeal over his jail sentence rejected. 

    In 2014 the 70 year old was convicted of raping and murdering teenagers Helen Scott and Christine Eadie in 1977. 

    Christine Eadie and- Helen Scott
    Image caption: Christine Eadie and her friend Helen Scott were killed in October 1977

    He was ordered to serve life in prison with a minimum term of 37 years - the longest sentence ever imposed by a Scottish Court in a murder case. 

    Sinclair argued the sentence was excessive but appeal court judges today upheld the decision describing Sinclair as somebody with an "immeasurable capacity for evil, depravity and sadism".

  19. Scottish Prison Service reveals early plans for new prison in suburb of Inverness

    The SPS has notified Highland Council of its plan to potentially submit a formal planning application for HMP Highland.

    The proposed site in Milton of Leys is next to homes built for Scotland's Housing Expo, which was held in 2010.  

    Inverness prison

    HMP Highland would replace 112-year-old Inverness Prison, also known as Porterfield, near the city centre.

    The 103-prisoner-capacity Victorian-era building has had problems with overcrowding and the SPS said there was no room to expand the site.  

  20. 'Heavy weapon' used in Rothienorman murder

    A "heavy weapon" was used in the murder of a 67-year-old man at his Aberdeenshire home, police have said.

    Brian McKandie, 67, was found at Fairview Cottages in Badenscoth, Rothienorman, on Saturday 12 March.

    Brian McKandie

    Two men were reportedly seen speaking to him the Friday before.

    Police Scotland officers are carrying out searches for the murder weapon, and have also asked for dashcam footage from drivers.