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  1. Ex-enterprise chiefs clash over currency
  2. Sharkey fire killers launch appeals
  3. Train fares in Scotland to rise by 2.5%
  4. Tim Vine wins funniest Fringe joke award

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor and Catherine Lyst

All times stated are UK

Catherine Lyst

BBC Scotland news website

That's it from Scotland Live today.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 to 18:00 with all the latest, news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with events on the

BBC News Scotland website.

Reporting Scotland

Coming up on Reporting Scotland at 18:30:

  • Political editor Brian Taylor examines the "Yes" campaign's persistence in highlighting their fears for the NHS, while the "No" campaign keep up the pressure on the pound and the currency union.
  • Lucy Adams looks at a new law aimed at cracking down on drivers who abuse disabled parking which has been agreed at Holyrood.
  • Two men jailed for murdering three members of a Helensburgh family by setting fire to their home have begun their appeal.

You can watch the programme live here.

The view from Cornwall

Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England? And what does the county - which is seeking more powers and views itself as Celtic - make of the forthcoming referendum in Scotland?

Padstow's Obby Oss Celebrations

The BBC's

Vanessa Barford explores the issue.

Abattoir fined over employee death

The owners of a Galashiels slaughterhouse have been fined £100,000 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court after being found guilty of two health and safety breaches following the death of an employee.

Their trial heard how 48-year-old David Barker from Selkirk died after loosening the fixings of a steel partition door which collapsed, trapping him by the neck.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of Mr Barker.

The company was also found guilty of failing to carry out a risk assessment for the task.

Players given bans

Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Hibs defender Lewis Stevenson are both facing two-game bans after a flare-up in Sunday's derby at Tynecastle.

Lewis Stevenson and Jamie Walker
SNS Group

Referee Willie Collum took no action when the pair clashed near the end of a 2-1 Hearts win.

However, the Scottish FA's compliance officer has served both men with a notice of complaint.

Walker is charged with "headbutting or attempting to headbutt", with Stevenson accused of "stamping".

Not such a Golden Boy

Work is due to start on the Golden Boy statue on the dome of Edinburgh's University's Old College.

Golden Boy statue

The sculpture, put in place in 1888, has fallen victim to wear and tear with its gilt paint beginning to crack and fade.

Dead woman named

A 24-year-old woman

whose body was found at Inverness' Ness Islands at the weekend has been named by police.

Police at the scene

Charlotte Hornby's death has been treated as "unexplained". Police said it was possible it had been the result of a tragic accident.

Her body was discovered from a burn at the Ness Islands near Island Bank Road at about 17:20 on Sunday.

Police Scotland has appealed for information from anyone who may have seen Ms Hornby earlier that day.

Weather outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


Showers will continue to die away this evening becoming confined to the far north and the Northern Isles. Lighter winds elsewhere overnight, with dry conditions. Temperatures in most areas fall to about 7C to 9C and down to 3C or 4C in some rural parts.

Looking to tomorrow, a cool or even cold start to the day tomorrow, however a mainly dry, bright start with some sunshine. There will be showers over the northwest later in the afternoon.

Temperatures will range from about 14C over the isles to 16C or 17C over the mainland.

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M8 J28 - J27 Airport - Arkleston - Accident, 1 lane closed Eastbound for up to 15 minutes #TSIncident

Investors needed urgently

New investors may need to found within days if the financially-stricken Ferguson Shipbuilder in Port Glasgow is to be saved, MSPs have been told.

Ferguson sign

Finance Secretary John Swinney said the yard would lose its "critical asset", its workforce, without progress.

About 70 staff were made redundant on Friday after the firm went bust due to a lack of orders and cash flow issues.

McGill's Buses owners, James and Sandy Easdale are in talks about a possible rescue package with the administrators.

Motorbike crash

A biker has been airlifted to hospital after being critically injured in a crash in Argyll and Bute.

The accident happened on the A83 Inverary to Cairndow road at about 13:00.

The motorbike rider was flown to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital. The car driver was uninjured.

Wind farm rejected

Highland councillors have

refused to grant planning permission to a 20-turbine wind farm south of Inverness.

RWE Innogy UK has proposed building the farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin.

Highland Council's south planning applications committee unanimously rejected the application.

Members of the committee said the development would have "a significant detrimental visual impact".

Sheriff hits out

A senior sheriff has hit out at the civil courts for allowing a personal injury case to continue for many years without conclusion.

Georgina Murdoch, from Newtonhill in Aberdeenshire, says she contracted Legionnaires' disease on holiday in Mallorca in 2000.

Ms Murdoch, who was 56 at the time, is suing Airtours, claiming the illness was caused by apartment conditions.

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle raised questions about the delay.

The case has been back and forth between courts in Scotland and Spain.

A96 contract up for grabs

A contract worth at least £30m to come up with the detailed design work for the first section of an upgraded A96 has been advertised.

The stretch involved runs from Inverness to Nairn and includes a bypass for Nairn.

Details of the preferred option for the section's layout and route could be announced in October.

The A96 is to be upgraded to dual carriageway all the way from Inverness to Aberdeen by 2030.

Historic buildings grants

More than

£1.5m has been awarded to help repair seven historic buildings across Scotland.

The restoration work is being funded by Historic Scotland's Building Repairs Grants scheme.

Hospitalfield House
Donald MacLeod

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop made the announcement while visiting Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, above, which will receive £500,000.

Other buildings to receive funding include the 19th Century Aberdeen Music Hall and Campbeltown Town Hall.

Who's the band?

Police Scotland has been

tweeting safety advice ahead of a gig at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park - part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions.

Can you guess who's playing? The clues are in the tweets.

police tweets
Police Scotland

Yup it's The Killers!

Coming up

On BBC Radio's Newsdrive programme from 16:00:

Historian and TV presenter Neil Oliver will be talking about the link that has been forged between the shell shock of World War One and the sort of trauma suffered by veterans of later conflicts.

Oliver led the annual Combat Stress Summer Lecture at Edinburgh Napier University's Craiglockhart Campus, the site of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital.

You can hear the programme here.

Winger signed

St Mirren have signed winger Adam Drury from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2011 from hometown club Grimsby and spent time on loan with Burton Albion in the 2012/13 season.

He will be available for Saturday's Premiership match against Dundee subject to international clearance.

Manchester City defender Ellis Plummer has already signed up to spend the campaign in Paisley.

Hypothermia warning

Mountaineers and hillwalkers have been warned that

bad summer weather puts them at potential risk of hypothermia.

Woman in snow

Sleet has been forecast for some areas of Scotland as well as heavy rain and high winds, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has said.

The organisation has urged people to dress appropriately for the conditions and not to expect more usual summer weather.

The MCofS also said walkers should be checking weather forecasts.

Litter cost

Clearing litter from the Scottish coastline and other marine areas costs almost £17m a year, according to ministers.

New plans have been drawn up to tackle the problem which include better monitoring, encouraging businesses to reduce packaging on particular products and recycling more waste inland to prevent it reaching the coast.

A total of 80% of litter is thought to have been dropped on land and blown into the sea.

A study found that most of the litter was plastics which presents a significant risk to wildlife and the environment.

School evacuated

The Press and Journal

@pressjournal tweets: Aberdeen pupils evacuated following suspected gas leak.

Read the full story here.

Easdales at shipyard

Colletta Smith

BBC Scotland Economics Correspondent

Sandy and James Easdale of Rangers fame are now in Fergusons shipyard for a chat about buying the place.

Scotland Live

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BBC Scotland news

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Tian Tian doing well

Tian Tian the female giant panda believed to be pregnant is well and Edinburgh Zoo staff are "keeping their fingers crossed" that a cub will arrive at the end of the month.

Tian Tian

Experts have been monitoring her since she was artificially inseminated on 13 April and tests suggest she is pregnant.

Tian Tian was successfully inseminated last year but lost her cub at late term, something the zoo is wary of again.

A spokeswoman for the zoo said today that things are progressing as expected and they are "keeping their fingers crossed" for the arrival of a third panda.

Scotland 'must apply' to Nato

An independent

Scotland would have to apply to Nato as a new state, secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

Nato flag

In an interview published in The Times newspaper, Mr Rasmussen says Scotland's membership would have to be approved by other member states.

The Scottish government said membership was "in the strong interests of the rest of the alliance".

Pro-Union campaigners claimed the SNP's plan to join Nato "isn't credible" if it removes Trident nuclear weapons.

Jones signs for Warriors

Scotland winger Lee Jones has

agreed a one-year contract with Glasgow Warriors.

Lee Jones

As part of the agreement, the 26-year-old will also be available to play for Scotland 7s.

He said: "Playing for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland 7s is the best of both worlds for me."

Back on the horse

Fresh from his gold medal winning performance at the Commonwealth Games, Louis Smith was back in Glasgow today to announce his role as official ambassador for next year's World Gymnastics Championships.

Louis Smith
Glasgow Life

The prestigious event will take place at the SSE Hydro in October and November 2015.

"Glasgow put on such a good show for the Games this summer - I'm sure they will do the same for the championships next year," said Smith, who won a team gold and bronze on the pommel horse for England.

"The championships attract the top gymnasts from across the world and as a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games every athlete will be on their top form."

Damsel in distress

Keith Proven from Cupar send us this stunning shot of a damselfly, taken at the Clatto Reservoir nature reserve in Fife. Keith said: "It was a bit breezy on Sunday morning and this Emerald Damselfly was struggling to cling on to the reeds!"

An Emerald Damselfly clings to a reed
Keith Proven

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Blogger in 'No' video

A blogger accused of expressing "unacceptable" views on Twitter has appeared in a

Better Together campaign video.

Yvonne Hama

Yvonne Hama was featured in a referendum broadcast for the pro-Union campaign screened on 18 August.

Social media users claimed she had retweeted former BNP leader Nick Griffin and compared the SNP to Nazis.

Better Together removed a blog post by Ms Hama from its website and called the views on Twitter "unacceptable".

Murder appeal begins

Two men

jailed for murdering three members of a Helensburgh family by setting fire to their home have begun their appeal.

Sharkey family

Scott Snowden and Robert Jennings are appealing against their conviction and sentence for killing Thomas Sharkey and his two children in July 2011.

Their sentences, of at least 33 and 29 years respectively, are among the longest ever passed in Scotland.

Defence QC Donald Findlay told appeal judges that the original trial judge unintentionally failed to give fair balance to the defence evidence as well as that led by the Crown during his address to the jury.

Reporting Scotland

Coming up on Reporting Scotland at 13:30:

  • The latest clash over currency in the indyref debate
  • Two men jailed for murdering three members of a Helensburgh family begin their appeal
  • Peak time rail fares in Scotland are set to rise by 2.5% in the new year

You can watch the programme live here.

BoS unfairly billed customers

Bank of Scotland has been unfairly double billing customers who fell behind on their mortgages, a High Court judge in Belfast has ruled.

In a scathing verdict, Master Ellison said the bank's behaviour had been "unconscionable".

He said it had caused borrowers to be "plunged into depression".

The findings could have implications for thousands of Bank of Scotland mortgage holders across the United Kingdom.

Names for hospitals

Names have been revealed for the adult and children's facilities at a massive £842m new hospital complex in Glasgow.

South Glasgow Hospitals Campus

The Southern General campus will replace the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries, Mansionhouse Unit and Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

It will feature a 1,109-bed South Glasgow University Hospital for adults.

The 256-bed facility for children will retain the Royal Hospital for Sick Children name.

Both new hospitals are due to open in 2015.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


This afternoon, showers are expected to develop across the south east, through the Lothians and Borders area.

Looking ahead to tonight, showers across southern Scotland will fade to leave most of the mainland dry. However, there will be some showers along the north coast and into the Grampian area, more frequent for Orkney and Shetland.

Temperatures will drop to 7C to 9C in towns and cities with some rural parts of the mainland down as low as 3C or 4C.

Robbery outside bank

A man has been assaulted and robbed of a four-figure sum of cash outside a bank in central Glasgow.


The 36-year-old victim was attacked while making his way into the Royal Bank of Scotland, in Clifton Place, off Sauchiehall Street, at 14:20 on Monday.

The suspect assaulted him, knocked him to the ground and grabbed a bag containing the cash before running off.

The victim was treated in hospital for head and face injuries. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

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Theatre to re-open

The Byre Theatre in St Andrews is to re-open under the management of the University of St Andrews.

Byre Theatre
Jim Bain

The university has signed a 25-year lease with Fife Council - which owns the building - as part of a rescue package.

The theatre - which was founded in a cowshed in the 1930s - closed in January last year with the lost of a number of jobs.

Vehicles seized

More than

150 people in Scotland had their vehicles seized for drink driving between April 2013 and March 2014.

The vehicles were forfeited by repeat offenders, first offenders with a high alcohol reading and some drivers who refused to give a breath sample.

Driver taking breath test

Those of any value were sold at auction and others were scrapped. All proceeds went into public funds.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said there were "tough consequences" to drink and drug driving.

£1.5m for sports projects

A Glasgow-based charity which delivers educational sport projects has been awarded £1.5m in funding.


Scottish Sports Futures will use the cash to help young people from areas which suffer from youth disorder and anti-social behaviour.

The charity uses basketball to engage young people while offering guidance on issues such as drugs, alcohol and diet.

The Scottish government grant is from the Cashback for Communities fund which uses assets seized from criminals.

Missing man found

A man who was reported missing from the Borders General Hospital on Sunday afternoon has been found safe and well.

Police Scotland said Thomas Johnstone, 64, was traced in the centre of London at about 09.15am.