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Summary

  1. Steel plants handed to new owner
  2. China deal work 'could begin this year'
  3. Monk jailed for abusing pupils
  4. Recruitment shows upturn in Scotland
  5. Hologram research could stem fake goods

Live Reporting

By Caroline Blair

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Thank you for joining us on the Scotland Live page today. 

    We will be back on Monday between 0800 and 1800, bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Scotland. 

    Until then, we will leave you with a selection of Your Pictures, taken since 1 April.

    Commando Memorial
    Image caption: Daniel Spino, from Lancashire, stopped at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge while on holiday in the Highlands
    Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye
    Image caption: Neil Hebden, from Newtonhill in Aberdeenshire, was at the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye at the end of March
    Steam train
    Image caption: lain Galbraith watched the steam train pass through Boat of Garten on Sunday
    Lairg
    Image caption: Sandy Forbat Monkman was in Lairg, Sutherland.
    Devil's Pulpit
    Image caption: Joe Mulgrew says it is worth the effort to see the Devil's Pulpit in Finnich Glen near Balloch
  2. Rugby Sevens returns to Melrose

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Rugby Sevens

    The game of Rugby Sevens will make its Olympic debut later this year at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    Known as the short game, where seven players instead of 15 take to the field, the idea came from a local butcher in the Borders in the 1880s..

    The game will return home at the weekend, as BBC Scotland's Cameron Buttle reports.

  3. Man, 24, arrested over sex assault in Queen's Park

    Police investigating the rape of a 37-year-old woman in a popular Glasgow park have arrested a man.

    Officers said the 24-year-old had been detained in police custody in connection with a serious sexual assault in Queen's Park on 30 March.

    Queen's Park at Pollokshaws Road
    Image caption: Queen's Park at Pollokshaws Road was sealed off while police investigated the crime

    The park, at Pollockshaws Road and Balvicar Street, was cordoned off while police investigated the incident.

    A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal, Police Scotland said.

  4. Leaders outline employment policies in Holyrood campaign

    Scotland's party leaders addressed the issue of employment while out on the Holyrood campaign trail.

    Politicians out at campaigning events across Scotland took the chance to talk about their policies to create and protect jobs in Scotland.

    Find out what they had to say, here.

    Leaders collage
    Image caption: Political leaders were out and about at campaign events across the country
  5. Dunfermline player Craig Reid accused of attacking girlfriend

    A Scottish footballer has appeared in court charged with assaulting his former partner days before Christmas.

    Dunfermline defender Craig Reid, 30, denies attacking Natasha Munro at his flat in Glasgow on 21 December 2014.

    Court papers claim that he did "struggle violently with her, strike her on the head, seize her by her hair, pull her hair, punch her on the body".

    At Glasgow Sheriff Court, a trial was set for August.

  6. Nato forces gather for Exercise Joint Warrior in Scotland

    One of Europe's largest Nato exercises begins in Scotland this weekend.

    Exercise Joint Warrior is held twice a year - in April and October - for thousands of army, navy and air force personnel.

    Eurofighter
    Image caption: Military activity around Scotland is set to increase

    The training will see increased military activity at Faslane on the Clyde, RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and ranges at Cape Wrath in Sutherland.

    The exercise runs until 23 April and will involve submarines, surface ships and aircraft including RAF Typhoons.

  7. Ex-teacher to go on trial over sex remarks at Castlebrae High School in Edinburgh

    A former Edinburgh teacher is to go on trial on charges of making sex remarks to a 13-year old girl, a 13-year old boy and to a female trainee teacher.

    Gavin Atkinson, 58, has denied four offences alleged to have been committed at Castlebrae High School between 1 August and 24 December 2013.

    Castlebrae High School
    Image caption: The offences are alleged to have been committed at Castlebrae High School

    It is alleged Mr Atkinson asked the girl to perform a lap dance and made comments of a sexual nature.

    The trial is due to start next week at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

  8. Man accused of being naked in Stirling University library

    A 27-year-old man will stand trial after being accused of walking naked around Stirling University's library.

    Neil Cox faces a charge of indecent exposure following the alleged incident in the university's library, near Bridge of Allan, in January.

    He is alleged to have "repeatedly sat naked on a chair" and walked unclothed in the library.

    It is alleged that in doing so, he knowingly exposed his private parts to a female borrower.

  9. Petrofac Training Cup final: Rangers and Peterhead eye history

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    While title celebrations on the blue side of Glasgow have been hogging the Scottish headlines this week, the Blue Toon 180 miles further north has been quietly engulfed in a football fever of its own.

    It is the backdrop to the final of a Cinderella cup final that has been thrust into unusual prominence - and moved from more humble venues normally chosen - because of the presence of a Rangers support that is expected to ensure a 52,000 sell-out at the national stadium.  

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    The Ibrox club are fresh from clinching the Championship title to complete a four-year journey to the top flight that began in Scotland's fourth tier following liquidation.

    Now they will be expecting another day of glory as they attempt to win the Petrofac Training Cup, the most recent incarnation of the Challenge Cup, for the first time in four attempts.

    Read more.

    Date: Sunday 10 April 

    Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow 

    Kick-off: 15:00 BST

    Coverage: Live on BBC Alba, BBC Radio Scotland MW and BBC Sport online  

  10. Laser holograms to keep forgers at bay

    Feature

    Kenneth Macdonald

    BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

    Scientists at Heriot-Watt university in Edinburgh have developed a new technique to fight counterfeiting. It uses high powered lasers to etch tiny 3D holograms directly onto metal objects to create security marks that can't be copied or peeled off. The researchers are sculpting the holograms using high powered laser pulses measured in billionths of a second.

    Scientist adjusting the laser technology

    I keep a Rolex in my sock drawer. Well it says Rolex on the face of the watch.

    But given that it doesn't tick like one - and I bought it in a street market in Kuala Lumpur for a fiver - it would be remarkable if it wasn't a fake.

    If only all counterfeiters were as unsophisticated. They're copying not just expensive watches, but electronics and even aircraft parts.

    The potential dangers don't bear thinking about. But Prof Duncan Hand has come up with a countermeasure.

    Read more.

  11. Drugs worth over £23,000 recovered in Alloa police raid

    Street drugs valued at more than £23,000 have been recovered following a police raid in Alloa.

    Officers said heroin, amphetamine and cannabis was discovered after a search warrant was executed at a house in Torridon Court.

    A local 36-year-old man and 33-year-old woman will appear at Alloa Sheriff Court in connection with the seizure.

  12. Man appears in court charged with causing explosion that injured people at block of flats in Glasgow

    Scott Peden, who is 30, is alleged to have ignited butane gas or similar in a bid to heat a substance that was suspected to contain drugs, in a pressure oven.

    Fairburn Street

    Several people were badly hurt in the incident, which also killed a cat and dog, in Fairburn Street on 21 March.

    At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Mr Peden made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

  13. Woman subjected to 'traumatic' sexual assault after getting into black transit van

    Police said the 38-year-old woman entered the van voluntarily before the attack happened on Wednesday at about 16:30 in Glasgow's Firpark Street.

    Following the serious sexual assault, the suspect, who is described as having short black spiky hair and aged in his thirties, let the woman leave the van before driving off.

    Firpark Street
    Image caption: The attack took place in a black transit van at Firpark Street

    Det Insp Graeme McLachlan said: “This was a very traumatic ordeal for the woman to endure and our inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident."

    He appealed for a man and woman, who walked past the van during the attack, to get in touch.

    He added: "The woman was wearing a beige-coloured raincoat and was pulling a suitcase. The man was wearing a dark suit and carrying a briefcase. It is vital that this man and woman contact police urgently."

  14. Human remains are missing PC Gordon Semple, says family

    Update

    Human remains found in a flat are those of a police officer reported missing a week ago, his family has said.

    Met PC Gordon Semple, 59, was last seen on 1 April after leaving a meeting in Southwark, south-east London.

    On Thursday police found the remains at a flat on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street. A man, 49, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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    Video caption: Met Police statement after a man was arrested over missing PC Gordon Semple
  15. Three men charged in connection with Dundee housebreakings

    Three men have been charged in connection with housebreakings in Dundee this week.

    Police said two men, aged 34 and 39, have been charged after a property in Stirling Street was broken into on Wednesday.

    They are expected to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on 11 April.

    Officers said a 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with a housebreaking in Broughty Ferry Road on Thursday.  

  16. Body discovered in River Tay beside the Friarton Bridge near Perth

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed the discovery at about 07:45 and said inquiries to establish the identity of the person were ongoing.

    Robert McLaren
    Image caption: The family of Robert McLaren have been informed of the find

    It is understood that the family of Perth pensioner Robert McLaren, who has been missing since 20 February, have been informed.

  17. Aberdeen Music Hall props and clothes put up for sale

    Aberdeen Music Hall is selling off props, clothing, mirrors and other furniture ahead of a £7m revamp of the 155-year-old building.

    A public sale of the items will be held at the venue on Saturday and Sunday.

    Costumes and props
    Signs to direct patrons

    Aberdeen Performing Arts, the organisation that manages the hall, held the last performances there earlier this month.

    The building is due to be fully closed to the public for 20-months of building work.

    A new performance studio and new creative learning space will be created.

  18. Drop in UK industrial output prompts fears over growth

    The UK's industrial output fell 0.5% in February from a year earlier, the biggest decline since August 2013.

    Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures also showed manufacturing output fell by 1.1% from January, and was down 1.8% from a year earlier.

    Containers at Felixstowe port

    The weaker-than-expected figures have raised fears that the UK economy slowed during the first quarter of the year.

    Separate figures from the ONS showed that the UK's trade deficit in February was also worse than expected.