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Summary

  1. Boy and woman killed in lorry crash
  2. Schoolgirl murder file handed to CPS
  3. Fear water park tour could be 'scam'
  4. Bid to trap raccoon loose in Highlands
  5. Harvie: 'New 60p tax rate would work'

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By Jo Perry and Katherine Sutherland

All times stated are UK

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  1. As it happened: 5 April 2016

    Live updates have finished for today. Join us at 08:00 tomorrow for more news, travel, traffic and weather.

  2. Army colour sergeant denies murder but wanted to 'put the fear of God' into fellow soldier, court hears.

    John Norwood, of 1st Battalion Scots Guards is charged with the attempted murder of Lance Sergeant James Warnock at barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.

    Prosecutors claim Mr Norwood, a 38-year old from Priesthill Road, Pollok, Glasgow, attacked L/Sgt Warnock, almost slicing his arm off. 

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    Image caption: John Norwood denies attempted murder

    He is also accused of attempting to wound another soldier, former Craftsman Nicholas Wood, whose room he went into by mistake and swung the machete on to the bed he was lying in, "shredding" the duvet. 

    Jurors at Winchester Crown Court previously heard the prosecution describe how Mr Norwood "hunted" his victim for 90 minutes.

  3. A 76-year old man has admitted punching his 68-year old friend in a row over money

    William Sweeney admitted assaulting Edward Wotherspoon and trying to hit him with a knife in the Sir John Stirling Maxwell pub in Shawlands, Glasgow on 22 January.

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    Sentence on Sweeney was deferred and he was remanded in custody. 

  4. Oil firm denies shutting down gas field because of leak caused by 'catastrophic' failure of pipework

    Marathon Oil has denied that it is bringing forward plans to decommission the Brae field because of a serious gas leak.

    Reports this morning suggested the incident on the Brae Alpha in December last year led to plans to dismantle the offshore installations and pipelines being accelerated.

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    The HSE said failures exposed workers to an "unacceptable risk" of serious injury from fire and explosion and issued the firm with an improvement notice.

    But a Marathon spokesman said the decommissioning had been planned for several years, and the timing of it was not linked to last year's incident.

  5. Attacker who left victim in need of penis surgery admits possession of a knife whilst on bail

    Zico Malavin, 20, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for attacking Robert Eadie at his home on Christmas day in 2014.

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    While on bail for that offence, Malavin took a knife out of his Drumchapel home and got in a car with friends. 

    He admitted the charge as Glasgow Sheriff Court and was told he faces a consecutive custodial sentence.

  6. In pictures: Dogs in long tailback for free microchip service as island flights are cancelled

    Hundreds of dog owners from across the Western Isles queued up in Stornoway, on Lewis, to take advantage of free microchipping of their pets.   

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    One reason for the queue was that the flights which would have taken the Dogs Trust volunteers providing the free service to other parts of the islands were cancelled.

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    Pet owners who do not have their dog chipped face a fine of up to £500.

    Compulsory microchipping for all dogs in Scotland comes into force on Wednesday.  

    The new law is set to be introduced in England and Wales at the same time.   

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  7. Alleged Hibs fans abuse of disabled train passenger: Man reported for wasting police time

    Police investigating the case said a 51-year-old man had been reported to the procurators.

    British Transport Police had appealed for information after it was claimed a man who walks with the aid of two sticks was refused a seat meant for disabled passengers.

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    He was then said to have been verbally abused by the football supporters after getting off the train at Glasgow Queen Street Station on 27 February. 

    A spokesman said:  "A 51-year-old man is now the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal for allegedly wasting police time." 

  8. Man robbed at knifepoint after withdrawing cash from the Post Office

    The robbery happened shortly after 9.25 a.m. on Tuesday 5 April near to Woodburn Avenue in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

    Police said the 43-year-old victim took out a three-figure sum of cash at the Post Office before walking into a lane behind the shops.

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    Two white men in their late teens or early twenties approached him and one threatened him with a knife, demanding his money.

    Potential witnesses are asked to contact Police Scotland.

  9. Falkirk call on SPFL to reverse decision to move all of final Scottish Championship fixtures

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    The Scottish Professional Football League announced on Monday that all five games would be moved from Saturday to a Sunday 12.30 BST kick-off time.

    Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson says there is time to reverse the decision
    Image caption: Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson says there is time to reverse the decision

    That came after BT Sport elected to show Rangers' trip to play St Mirren.

    But Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson said: "Clubs will lose out considerably at the gates and through the loss of hospitality."

    The SPFL moved all the final-day fixtures, which will now be 1 May, to ensure no teams have an advantage.

  10. Police say 'full investigation' under way into crash that killed eight-year-old boy and 36-year-old woman

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    The female driver of the Ford Focus, which was involved in a collision with an Iveco lorry, died at the Victoria Hospital this afternoon. Police said inquiries into the full circumstances surrounding the collision - on the A92 near Kircaldy - which has already claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy, are continuing.

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    They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.Inspector Brenda Sinclair said: “Tragically this collision has resulted in a second death and our thoughts are with the families of everyone involved.“A full investigation to determine what happened is ongoing and I would reiterate our appeal for witnesses.“If you saw this collision take place, or if you have information relevant to our inquiries then please contact police immediately.”

  11. Parents warned after boy, 15, charged with fire raising at abattoir

    Police said a 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with causing a deliberate fire at the Winston Road abattoir in Galashiels last month.

    The incident has promted police in the area to remind parents to "keep an eye on their children as the nights get lighter to ensure they are not involved in criminal behaviour".

    Martin Gibson of Galashiels Police Station said: “Fire-raising incidents have a significant impact on the community and from a life risk point of view can have serious consequences."

    He added: "As the nights get lighter and youngsters spend more time outdoors, I would ask parents to keep an eye on where their kids are congregating."

  12. Second person dies after crash involving lorry in Fife that killed eight-year-old boy

    The boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, involving a Ford Focus and a lorry, on the A92 near Kirkcaldy yesterday.

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    The driver of the car, a 36-year-old woman, was taken to the the town's Victoria infirmary where she died of her injuries.

    A nine-year-old boy remains in hospital suffering from facial injuries.

  13. Award-winning development sold to German investors by Edinburgh City Council

    Called Atria Edinburgh, and sited next to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the office development sold for £105m .

    It was designed by global architecture practice BDP and opened in 2013. 

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    It was put on the market in 2015 and Deka Immobilie,  a real estate investment company based in Germany, is the buyer.

    Atria is home to some leading names from business and finance including PwC, Brewin Dolphin, Aon, IBM, the UK Green Investment Bank, the Law Society of Scotland, Alliance Trust, Lothian Pension Fund and the EICC.

  14. Accident and emergency departments failed to meet key waiting-times target in February

    A total of 92.9% of all patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours last month, missing the Scottish government's interim target of 95%.

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    The monthly statistics for February revealed there were 127,713 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.

    Just over 1,085 patients spent more than eight hours in an A&E department while 269 patients spent more than 12 hours waiting.