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  1. Egged MP suspends campaign tour
  2. Salmond: Euro sceptics 'damaging' to Scotland
  3. Fresh appeal over Edinburgh murder
  4. Ardbeg 'space whisky' set for return to Earth

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Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all from the Scotland Live team for this week. Join us again at 08:00 on Monday when we'll have all the latest news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

Meantime, you can keep up to date with developments on the

BBC News Scotland website.

The Scotsman

2.5 million PPI complaints to be reopened after unfair rejections and incomplete compensation packages by firms.

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Your views - independence

Kyle Robertson: Personally I don't think either side of the indy referendum has made a good enough job of providing us with the right level of information to make a fully informed choice. On the back of information vacuum, there are a lot of people stating their opinion as fact, on both the Yes and No side.

Stefan Paetow: I have to agree with Tom Kelly here. If the vote is Yes, the politics of it will turn nasty between Westminster and Holyrood. I live in Oxford, so I will have an opinion on the aftermath if it turns Westminster into a bigger petty and childish circus than it is already.

Man guilty of Salmond Twitter abuse

A man has been convicted of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards First Minister Alex Salmond on Twitter.

Christopher Stevenson, 26, posted: "I think I might assassinate Alex Salmond" while watching a television programme about him.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court heard he was reported to police by an American tourist who had seen the post online.

Stevenson, from Glasgow, claimed it had been a joke. Sentence was deferred for a year for good behaviour.

Carly's warm-up

Watch a

video of Scottish golfer Carly Booth demonstrating her unusual warm-up routine involving a series of tumbles and spins.

Carly Booth
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The 22-year-old has promised to repeat the routine at the 18th hole at Archerfield Links if she wins the Ladies Scottish Open this month.

Edinburgh fires linked

Police are investigating

three suspicious fires in Edinburgh which appear to be linked.

PC Joanne Robertson said: "We are linking these three suspicious fires and are looking to trace the suspect who we have a more detailed description of during the incident on Crewe Road West on Monday evening."

Weather update

Christopher Blanchett

BBC Weather presenter

A cloudy end to the day for most with outbreaks of showery rain continuing well into this evening.

Areas in the north west that escaped largely dry today will also see some wet weather. Overnight, the rain slowly eases and winds veer north-westerly.

It will be a mild night with lows of around 12C across the country.

You can watch a full forecast


Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


The A9 at Ardullie, north of Dingwall, is partially blocked in both directions following an accident. The road had been closed but traffic is now able to pass

In Aberdeen, Rosemount Place is still is closed due to a fire earlier.

The M8 in Glasgow is slow westbound between Junction 13 Provan and Junction 19 Anderston.

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Sue Anstis: If the result mirrors what the polls are telling us, the result is going to be so close that whichever way the vote goes, almost half the population of Scotland is going to be disappointed. How are we going to build on that and go forward?

Alastair B Milne in reply to Scott MacDonald on Scotland Live: Are you really suggesting that the Commonwealth Games are a reason to vote yes? Ask wee Eck about Iceland! He told us we should be like them! A country without a Central Bank? Its called a Banana Republic!

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Highlands, the A9 at Ardullie is closed in both directions

The Press and Journal

Potential £5m bill for free school meals in Highland

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Following our story about Ardbeg's "space whisky" returning to Earth

@EmilyLHuillier tweets: Science AND whisky?! Sounds like a match made in heaven... or my senior year of college.

@slwlygoingcrzy tweets: It's good to know that when we have to colonize somewhere in space, hopefully we will still have whiskey!

Your views - independence


Peter from Devon: As the debate gets more fractious and the old divides become more apparent it would seem that a Yes vote will create two neighbours who will get increasingly belligerent towards each other. The English are as proud as the Scots and equally stubborn, so please don't expect everything to carry on as before if you leave the Union. Some of the comments coming from north of the border are very offensive to many English, and will not be forgotten. It should not be necessary to point out that we do not all live in Westminster and we are not all Tories.

Keith Grant: If political unions are so great, why are so many in England determined to get us out of Europe? The reality is, they have not readjusted properly from the age of empire even now. I am voting yes for this reason alone - the interests and priorities and needs of the average Scot are radically different to the average chap in south east England. Yet it's they who make all the decisions, because that's where the power lies demographically. A smaller country can be more responsive to the aspirations of us all. University fees. Elderly care. Our priorities. Our Democracy.

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Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

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Avalanche increase

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service recorded a total of 350 avalanches last year.

The figure was one of the highest totals in recent years.

Despite the numbers there were no avalanche-related fatalities, whereas avalanches caused the deaths of eight people during the 2012-13 season - the highest figure in years.

SAIS Glencoe

The figures were released as it was confirmed that

Aviemore in the Cairngorms will host the UK and Ireland Mountain Rescue Conference next month.

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Scott MacDonald in reply Fiona (nee Fraser): C'mon Fiona the whole world saw how friendly we Glaswegians and Scots could be during the recent Commonwealth Games, although I am sure that even the great Robert Burns himself would have come across some uncouth types in his time. I would be even more interested to find out what he would make of the Tory toffs in Westminster today? To quote Nelson Mandela "May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears". So, let us focus on the positive eh?

Catriona Renton

BBC Scotland

Game on for Ross v Brian. Who will win? Watch Reporting Scotland tonight at 18:30.

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Catriona Renton

Catriona Renton

BBC Scotland

A five-year-old Dumbarton boy who wrote to Commonwealth Gold medal winner Ross Murdoch has met his sporting hero face to face today.

Brian Fitzpatrick wrote to the swimmer saying he was his biggest fan, but omitted to mention how or where Ross could contact him.

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A twitter appeal by Ross, retweeted more than 1,300 times,

was spotted by the boy's father - and led to today's meeting.

Your views - independence

Ian Duncan in Stirling: I find it surprising that some people think that we can pick and choose what assets we will have if we default on the debt. The first minister has already picked out a couple of frigates and a squadron of Typhoon fighters but these are all assets that we would not get in the event of a default. Perhaps we should have Calmac standing by as our navy, Logan Air as the airforce and we always have the good old Salvation Army...

David Francis: The voices of the No supporters are getting shriller and shriller. Everything is doom, gloom, "can't", "won't", "not possible", "disaster", "off a cliff". There have been, and will continue to be, negotiated settlements to all types of political change all around the globe - most of which are nowhere near as peaceful and democratic in nature as Scottish independence. As just about every neutral international commentator has clearly stated, the future for an independent Scotland is very bright indeed. Time to ignore the naysayers and start believing in our own people and their ability to overcome whatever challenges lie ahead.

Your photos

Stuart Miller's image from a climb on Liathach in today's

Your pictures gallery.

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Stuart Miller

Chhokar retrial date

A date has been set for a hearing in which the Crown will apply for a

fresh trial of three men over the murder of an Asian man in Lanarkshire in 1998.

Surjit Singh Chhokar

David Montgomery, Ronnie Coulter and Andrew Coulter were all cleared of murdering 32-year-old Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown.

Prosecutors want to use changes in the law of double jeopardy which opens the way for a possible re-trial. Lord Carloway will begin a five-day hearing of the case for a re-trial on 10 November.

Scottish Fire - North tweets: Crews bring large fire in Rosemount Place, Aberdeen under control.

On TV this weekend

A unique amateur film provides the centrepiece of a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of

one of Scotland's great landmarks, the Forth Road Bridge.

The documentary traces the memories of the people who built the bridge, the biggest of its kind in Europe at the time, as well as those who ran the Forth ferries that stopped running when it opened in 1964.

The programme is on Sunday at 19:00 on BBC One Scotland.

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forth road bridge

Darling heckled

Reevel Alderson

Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

Alistair Darling has been heckled by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator at Glasgow's Central Mosque.

The man, who was emerging from Friday prayers, called on other worshippers not to shake the hands of the former Chancellor, which he said were "covered in blood".

Mr Darling was at the mosque to try to persuade Muslims to vote No in next month's referendum. Other worshippers attempted to argue with the man.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


In the Borders, the A6088 in Kirkton is closed between Main Road and School Road following an accident. Police are directing traffic.

In Aberdeenshire, accident investigations and emergency repairs to the A92 at Inverbervie are ongoing. The road, and the offslip to it from the A90 remain closed.

Edinburgh Evening News

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Traffic Scotland tweets: A720 Straiton Jct - Lasswade Jct - Accident, All lanes restricted Eastbound for more than an hour

Fiona Stalker

BBC Scotland reporter

Residents and shop owners evacuated from buildings on Rosemount Place say fire appears to have started in dry cleaners.

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Scottish Fire - North tweets: Eight pumps & height vehicle now dealing with fire in Rosemount Place, Aberdeen. Fire affecting dry cleaners, flats and neighbouring shop.

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Scotfire north

Traffic Scotland tweets: M9 J6 (Earlsgate) - J5 (Beancross) - Accident, All lanes restricted Eastbound for more than an hour

Bank robbery

Police have cordoned off part of a road in Glasgow

following reports of a bank robbery.

Officers received a call about a suspected incident at the Bank of Scotland branch on Clarkston Road, Muirend, at about 12:45.

Evening Express

Aberdeen woman receives letter saying she had died

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Lawwell backs Deila

Celtic chief executive

Peter Lawwell has backed manager Ronny Deila to be a success despite a difficult start to the Norwegian's Parkhead reign.

Peter Lawwell

The Scottish champions crashed out of the Champion's League qualifiers this week following a 1-0 home defeat to Maribor.

However, Lawwell says the new manager will be given time to build his own team.

He said: "You need time in a period of transition and you've got to make allowances for a new manager. Nothing prepares you for the Celtic job."

Aberdeen fire

Emergency services have been called to a fire at Wallfield Place in Aberdeen.

Fire, police and ambulance crews were all called to the scene shortly before 14:00.

Wallfred Place Aberdeen
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Your views - independence


Keith Grant in reply to Lee Wootton on Scotland Live: Lee, the bases are on our turf, and we built them with our taxes. The assets that we are really talking about are the gold and currency reserves of the Bank of England etc. If they want us to pay the debt, we need to have our share. That's really simple. I'm a Labour voter, but the SNP have my complete support. Anyone with a brain knows that rUK will be begging us to join a currency union if we vote yes. They'd lose 6% of the value of their currency overnight just with the oil removed from GDP. Do you really believe they could deal with that?

Richard Davies: I would be ashamed to call Scotland my home if we were not to pay our fair share of debt. If we do not, imagine what rUK would rightly demand as a result. Public buildings, hospitals, pension funds of public sector workers etc. It would also concrete the cliché of Scots being miserly for the world and would be morally wrong.

Coach jailed over child images

A kids' karate instructor caught with nearly 3,000 images of child abuse

has been jailed for two years and four months.

David McAusland, 50, of Dundee, will also be supervised for four years after his release.

He had pleaded guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court to distributing the pictures to other paedophiles using special file-sharing software.

Images and videos found at McAusland's home featured children as young as six being abused.


Fiona (nee Fraser): Smiling wryly at the post assuring all tourists to Scotland a warm embrace and welcome. So many occasions in the past, whilst visiting close family in Scotland and during a two-year spell working in Glasgow, I have been greeted confrontationally with "You English?" and have felt the only welcome I might get would be a Glasgow Kiss, not the fond kiss of Mr Burns.