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  1. Drunk cargo ship captain jailed
  2. Moderator urges 'Yes-No' respect
  3. Missing Aberdeen OAP found 'safe and well'
  4. Murray braced for Djokovic test at US Open

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Bryan Quinn and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK


Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, travel and sport from across Scotland.

Don't forget you can get the latest news and reaction from tonight's televised independence debate from Aberdeen with a special referendum live page from 21:00.

Former soldier jailed over firearms stockpile

A former army sniper has been jailed for five years after being caught with a cache of firearms at his South Lanarkshire home.

Police found a British forces pistol, a Second World War rifle, and 3,500 bullets when they searched his Libberton home in August.

The 58-year-old claimed he kept the arsenal for self-protection.

Lawrie 'disappointed' over Ryder Cup snub

Paul Lawrie says he is "extremely disappointed" not to have been chosen as a vice captain for this month's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Paul Lawrie
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The Scot had been tipped for a role in captain Paul McGinley's backroom team but instead Padraig Harrington, Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez have been picked to join Sam Torrance and Des Smyth.

Arrest over egg-throwing incident

Police have arrested a 45-year-old man and charged him with assault after an incident where eggs were thrown at the MP Jim Murphy on Kirkcaldy High Street.

The man is due to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Gauld could play in Champions League

Ryan Gauld has been named in Sporting Lisbon's Champions League squad less than a month after being moved to the Portuguese side's B team.

The former Dundee United midfielder could face Chelsea after his manager Marco Silva included him in the club's 25-man pool.

Ryan Gauld

Gauld made his £3m move to Portugal this summer.

Uefa have confirmed he has been included in Sporting's Champions League squad.

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Thursday will mainly be bright with some sunny spells breaking through any cloud. In the late afternoon and evening, the central belt will see some light and patchy rain.

Light winds will keep the temperatures around 20C across most of the country.

Loch Morlich death

Police have issued CCTV footage in their attempts to identify a woman whose body was found in Loch Morlich near Aviemore on Monday.

The images show the woman, aged between forty and sixty, in a shop in Aviemore on Sunday evening.

Loch Morlich missing person
Police Scotland

Police are still working to ascertain her cause of death.

Rugby player guilty of rape

A rugby player has been convicted of

raping a woman just hours after playing in a sevens tournament.

Girvin Imrie, 25, grabbed his 20-year-old victim, who was drunk and incapable of giving consent, from behind and raped her.

The attack took place in a garden at the rear of Howe of Fife Rugby Club in Cupar in May last year.

He was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow and will be sentenced next month.

Referendum - Your views

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M. Mc Hugh: As a Scot living in England will I still be a British citizen in the event of a yes vote? If not and Scotland does not automatically become an EU member does this mean I would lose my EU rights as well e.g. EU health card etc.

Gail Jones: I am a 'YES' voter but would respect the decision of Scotland should a 'NO' vote be the result. However, if a 'NO' vote was successful and the government did not keep its promises re more devolution, etc., the basis of which would have won them the 'NO' vote, would the referendum result be declared null and void?

Get involved

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: A drunk who stopped trains after running onto a line cost Network Rail £79,000

Read the full story


BBC Scotland Travel


An accident on the A90 Queensferry Road in Edinburgh has closed a lane northbound of Cramond Brig Toll. Traffic is moving very slowly.

Roadworks on the A82 in Fort Augustus between Glendoe Road and the junction with the A87 at Invergarry are causing congestions for drivers.

In Glasgow, the breakdown on the M8 westbound at J24 Helen Street has now been cleared.

Parents of Isis-linked Glaswegian feel 'betrayed'

The family of a 20-year-old woman from Glasgow who has travelled to Syria and married an Islamic State (Isis) fighter have said that

she has betrayed them.

Khalida Mahmood and Muzaffar Mahmood said they were horrified to learn their daughter Aqsa had become radicalised.

Aqsa Mahmood
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They spoke after comments attributed to their daughter on Twitter called on people in Britain to repeat terrorist atrocities seen in Woolwich and the US.

Mr and Mrs Mahmood said they loved their daughter and wanted her home.

Clutha victims honoured

The names of three officers who were among those killed in the Clutha helicopter crash have been added to the Scottish Police memorial.

Clutha helicopter crash

Pilot David Traill and constables Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis died when their Eurocopter EC 1-3-5 crashed onto the bar's roof last November.

The police memorial was established ten years ago to honour those who have died in the line of duty. It carries 255 names, some dating as far back as 1812.

Your Photos - Get involved!

Alan Pottinger sent in this beautiful picture of evening sun filtering through the trees at the Pentland hills near Edinburgh.

Pentland Hills
Alan Pottinger

You can send us your own photos

via email or twitter using
#ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best ones online.

Dog killer sentenced

A man who admitted causing the death of a dog with a quad bike in an Aberdeen park has "narrowly" been spared a custodial sentence.

Grant McKenzie, 26, was riding round Danestone Country Park when he hit a collie called Ruby last September.

The dog had to be put down after the impact dislocated her spine and punctured her lungs.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, McKenzie was

ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

Teenager assaulted in Edinburgh

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was seriously assaulted in his home.

Three men forced their way into the property in the Gilmerton area of the city before attacking him.

The victim suffered serious facial injuries and is being treated at St John's hospital.

Referendum - Your Views

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Anonymous: I would also like to know George - I moved to the UK 15 years ago and finally gained British citizenship after a long and lengthy process. It was a significant day for me and my family and we're proud to be British citizens. I don't consider myself Scottish as I wasn't born here and don't want to be anything other than a British citizen if Scotland votes to leave the Union.

Nathan, Forres: To Keith from Edinburgh: economically things change by the minute let alone 15 years ago. Let's take those comments on their true context from that time and not use them to blur the lines and suit your anti-Alex Salmond argument.

Tonight's debate

We're getting ready for tonight's independence referendum debate.

BBC independence referendum debate studio

Join James Cook on BBC One Scotland, live from Aberdeen, at 21:00.

The debate will also be streamed live online.

Referendum - Get Involved

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Keith, Edinburgh: In 1999, Alex Salmond said the pound was a millstone around Scotland's neck. Now he is demanding it. He will say anything to win.

Anonymous: Good luck George in Peebles finding out if you can remain British. I've asked the Home office, the Scottish office and the EC and no-one can tell me if I can remain a Brit living and working abroad. Surely it's illegal to strip me of my British citizenship?

Council scam warning

A council has issued a warning over scam emails sent out claiming to be from its ebilling department.

The emails sent to people in West Lothian and elsewhere relate to non-domestic rates.

A spokesman for the council said: "These emails have not been sent out by West Lothian council and we are currently investigating this.

"We would advise customers who have received these emails to delete them immediately without opening them."

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


A signalling problem is causing delays and cancellations to a number of trains leaving Edinburgh.

On the roads, a breakdown on the westbound M8 at Junction 24 at Helen Street has closed one lane.

V&A Dundee decision due

A contractor is set to be appointed to build Dundee's new branch of the V&A museum.

Councillors will meet next week to discuss the main contractor for the £45m project, with BAM Construction recommended by council officers.

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V & A

If approved, negotiations will take place between the authority and the building firm to refine their proposals and agree a fixed price tender.

The museum is the centrepiece of a £1bn redevelopment of Dundee's waterfront.

Man rescued from flat fire

A man has been rescued by firefighters after an early morning blaze in North Ayrshire.

Emergency services were called to a flat in Caledonia Road in Saltcoats shortly after 06:00 on Wednesday,

Firefighters led the man to safety before he and two women were checked by paramedics. One of the women was taken to hospital to be treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

The fire service said the blaze broke out near a fridge.

Organised crime investigation in Glasgow

Police Scotland have confirmed that officers are involved in two operations in the north of Glasgow into alleged serious and organised crime.

A spokeswoman for the force said inquiries were continuing at a property in Balmore Road, north of the city's Lambhill area.

A second operation is also ongoing at Lochfaul farm, near Balmore Road.

The police spokeswoman said there was nothing to suggest that this had any links to the first operation.

Hotel owners fined after child fall

The owners of an Aberdeenshire hotel where a child fell from an unsecured window

have been fined £10,000 for breaking health and safety laws.

The one-year-old girl fell from the first floor of converted stables at Oldmeldrum-based Meldrum House Hotel.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard the girl escaped serious injury.

Meldrum House Estates admitted being at fault over ensuring windows were either fixed in a closed position or fitted with an appropriate device.

Sterlingisation 'would threaten EU membership'

Continuing to use the pound without a formal currency union could prevent an independent Scotland from joining the EU,

it has been claimed.

Former EU economics chief Olli Rehn said it would "simply not be possible" to combine a policy of sterlingisation with EU membership.

Olli Rehn

Mr Rehn gave his opinion in response to a letter from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

But First Minister Alex Salmond said Mr Rehn's claim was wrong.

Impressive goal-scoring form...

Goals Soccer Centres are

pressing ahead with expansions plans after reporting a rise in profits.

The firm's latest figures showed a pre-profits rise of 9% to £4.4m in the first half of this year.

The East Kilbride-based business runs 44 five-a-side football centres in the UK and one in Los Angeles.

Referendum - Your Views

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Graham, Aberdeenshire: Think we should be looking into facts of EU membership and how it affects the referendum decision.

Norman, Borders: Just nationalise oil to make a resource for whole country, not only based on maximum profit for few multinational companies.

Internet firm in liquidation

Glasgow-based internet firm WeeWorld has

gone into liquidation with the loss of 19 jobs.


The firm produces a social network site geared towards teenagers and children,

Provisional liquidators firm FRP Advisory said the company had encountered cash flow problems.

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Tory Edward Leigh encourages PM to "drop everything" and fight for the Union because of "catastrophic" result if Yes vote.

No new leads in Pilley case

Police searching for the body of an murdered Edinburgh woman say they have exhausted all potential leads resulting from a television appeal.

Suzanne Pilley

The case of Suzanne Pilley was highlighted on the BBC programme Crimewatch in June, four years after she went missing.

However, officers say they will still investigate any new information which could lead to her body being found.

Referendum - Your Views

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From a No, Yes, Maybe, Don't Know British Scot: I think the whole issue surrounding independence is that people up, down & across the union (outwith London) want & need change irrespective of being independent or united. It's a great pity that the union can't vote for London to become independent as it's London that's so far removed from the the rest of the union in terms of finance & elitism. It's London's super rich & super elite who pull the strings of government in accordance to suit their position & pocket.

George, Peebles: Will I be allowed to remain British within an independent Scotland or must I give up my UK passport?

Get Involved


Evening Express

tweets: Top hotel fined £10,000 after baby falls out window

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Things Can Only Get Berra

Christophe Berra has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for their Euro 2016 opening qualifier against Germany on Sunday.

The Ipswich defender has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (left) with defender Christophe Berra

Earlier this week, manager Gordon Strachan

drafted in Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds to bolster his defensive options ahead of the clash in Dortmund.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


The Central belt and Borders will see the best of the afternoon's weather with some cloud covering the west coast which could also bring some light showers.

Light winds will vary temperatures from 16 to 20C.

You can watch a full forecast


Pensioner safe

An Aberdeen woman - whose disappearance sparked a police search - has been traced safe and well in the Inverness area.

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A search was launched for 78-year-old Mary Ryan after she was last seen at the city's bus station on Monday lunchtime.

Man assaulted on train

Police have appealed for information after a man was seriously assaulted after boarding a train in Edinburgh.

The 58-year-old was assaulted after an argument with another passenger on the 20:18 service to Inverkeithing at Haymarket station on Monday.

Police are currently reviewing footage from the station's CCTV cameras as part of their investigation.

Referendum - Your Views

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Mary, Edinburgh: Where's this divided nation that's being discussed? I've been out on the streets and haven't witnessed it, but let's keep the rumour going and it'll be accepted as truth. A bit like the No campaign.

Ryan in Falkirk: It's good that people are getting involved in the debate and taking an interest in the matter, but there's no need for harassment, assault or abuse. These stupid acts take away from the serious matter of the referendum and: is this the correct choice for Scotland and its people?

Drunken cargo ship captain jailed

A drunken sea captain caught sailing a cargo ship up the River Tay while almost four times the legal alcohol limit

has been jailed.

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Andrejs Borodins was in charge of the 1,300 tonne cargo ship Frifjord when a pilot from Dundee harbour found him staggering and incoherent.