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  1. Scottish government plans to block poll tax collection
  2. 'It's time the poll tax was finally dead and buried in Scotland' - Alex Salmond
  3. UK government rejects Sturgeon's universal credit delay plea
  4. Peter Pan house lands funding boost
  5. Andy Murray through to last eight at China Open

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Tonight's weather

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Much of the country will remain dry, with some spells of brightness and sunshine to end the day.

Temperatures will fall away for a time under clear skies for the first part of the evening.

Southerly winds will continue to strengthen, reaching gale to severe gale-force from Tiree into the north west corner. The Met Office have issued a yellow 'Beware' weather warning for the Western Isles and the Highlands this evening and overnight.

Buzzard deaths

The death of six buzzards in Aberdeenshire is being investigated by police.

The birds were found in a field north of Fordoun yesterday afternoon.

Buzzard in flight

Police Scotland said an investigation was under way into the cause of the deaths. The field was off an unclassified road leading from Fordoun to Auchenblae.

Europa League action

Richard Gordon

Sportsound presenter

tweets: Sportsound at 6.10pm on 810mw, online and on digital. Live commentary from 8.05pm of Celtic v Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.

Poll tax pledge 'a mess'

Local government body COSLA has described plans to stop Scotland's councils from pursuing people for unpaid poll tax as "bizarre".

Poll Tax protest

First Minister Alex Salmond has

promised a new law preventing local authorities from taking further action on what he called "ancient" debts.

Others who have criticised the policy pledge include Professor Richard Kerley, of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy.

He told Radio Scotland's

Newsdrive programme the proposal struck him as "a complete mess".

Clegg: UK help for Ashgar

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the UK government is doing everything it can for Scot Mohammad Ashgar.

Mohammad Asghar

Mr Ashgar, who has paranoid schizophrenia, was

shot by a prison guard in Pakistan.

The 70 year-old is on death row for blasphemy.

Representatives say he is at risk of further attack and his health is rapidly deteriorating.

Drug-runner jailed

Daily Record

tweets: Scots drug-runner jailed for almost seven years for plotting to flood Scotland with cocaine.

Read the full story here.

Newcastle owner ups Rangers stake

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been

confirmed as the buyer of 4.26m shares in Rangers, more than doubling his stake.

Mike Ashley
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The shares were sold by Hargreave Hale on Tuesday to French bank BNP Paribas, but an announcement to the Stock Exchange revealed the transaction was completed on Ashley's behalf.

The Newcastle owner now holds an 8.92% stake in the club, but is limited to owning no more than 10% by an agreement with the Scottish FA.

'Turn for the Orwellian'

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Read my latest blog where I consider whether Scottish politics is

taking a turn for the Orwellian.

Velux factory closure

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: The window slams shut on joinery jobs and factory in Fife.

Read the full story here.

Fife factory jobs blow

A factory in Fife is to close with the loss of about 180 jobs under proposals announced by its Danish owners.

The Velux Group said its Fife Joinery Manufacturing facility in Glenrothes would shut by next autumn.

Fife Joinery Manufacturing

The site makes energy-efficient roof windows and skylights.

Velux, which also has its UK headquarters in Glenrothes, said the plans would see about 30 sales and marketing roles created in the town.

Poll tax pledge - Your views

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Gordon, Falkirk: I disagreed with poll tax but had to pay it, so, can SNP legislate to give me a refund please?

David: The cost v benefit gain is not the point. The service has been used and many people, whether they agreed with it or not, paid it. It is the principle.

Tories object to poll tax pledge

Alex Salmond has said the Scottish government will bring in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.

Salmond at First Ministers Questions

But Conservatives argue this will encourage the non-payment of current taxes by raising the expectation that any arrears would eventually be forgotten.

Tory MSP Alex Johnstone claims the government is creating a "tax dodgers' charter".

The first minister discussed the move earlier today, following the announcement

earlier this week that local authorities were using the electoral register to chase outstanding bills.

Tune in

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland. Among the stories being covered between now and 18:00 on the programme include the Scottish government's plans for new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.

You can listen live


Massacre threat teenager sentenced

A teenager angry with his teachers threatened to carry out a massacre at a high school in Falkirk.

Andrew Ferguson posted messages online saying he would "run into St Mungo's with a blade" and also made threats against teachers and their families.

A sheriff told the 17-year-old his Twitter messages, posted in June 2013, would have provoked "panic, distress and anxiety".

He was sentenced to 240 hours of unpaid work and a year's supervision.

Poll tax pledge: Your views

Grant from Edinburgh: Yet again Alex Salmond does something to appease his voters without thinking that those who dodge paying their share make others have to pay more. At what point is the Scottish Government going to focus on growing the economy and attracting outside investment and creating prospects for the young? Typical Salmond bluff and bluster.

Inquest adjourned

The inquest into the death of security guard Paul McGuigan has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Paul McGuigan, 37, originally from Peebles, and Australian Darren Hoare were shot dead by former paratrooper Danny Fitzsimons in 2009.

Paul McGuigan

All three men had been working for British security firm ArmorGroup, part of G4S, based in the Iraqi capital's fortified Green Zone.

Since the killings, the Fitzsimons family have questioned whether their son was well enough to be employed by the security firm as he claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Fitzsimons, from Rochdale, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Baghdad.

Poll tax pledge: Your reaction

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Margaret Hood: So, all those who came out of hiding are going to be exempt from their debts? How about the rest of us get a refund then? Why on earth should Alex Salmond protect these people? The law-abiding citizens are being punished yet again, we have to pay for all the tax dodgers!

K Morrison: Why, when everyone else has paid, should the bad debtors not pay? We struggled but found a way to keep our bills paid. It's nothing more than stealing from the public purse.

Tom McInally: I find it incredible that the first minister is planning to scrap the collection of non-payment by certain individuals. Surely this is against everything he stands for? Where is the fairness in the democracy when individuals decide they don't want to pay their share and have no retribution against them?

Ashley increases Rangers shareholding

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Mike Ashley has almost doubled his shareholding in Rangers to a 9% stake in the Scottish Championship club.

The Newcastle owner already has the naming rights over Ibrox stadium and his retail company, Sports Direct, has a deal in place to sell the club's shirts.

Ashley is now the second largest shareholder at Rangers, behind investment firm Laxey Partners who have a 16% stake.

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The Scottish FA has rules in place which forbid any individual having more than a 10% stake in any two British clubs at the same time - and some fans' groups have already threatened to boycott Ashley's stores, should he take control.

BBC Sport also understands that Ashley could now call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to force a shake-up of the Ibrox club's board.

European test


Europa League fixture sees Celtic take on Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb.


Kick-off is 20:05 at Celtic Park.

Tune into BBC Radio Scotland

online, 810MW, DAB digital radio, or follow live text commentary on
BBC Sport website.

Leaflets issued in search for Kelli

Police searching for a missing Aberdeen woman have been distributing leaflets to homes on bus routes she may have taken.

Kelli Ferris
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Kelli Ferris, 40, who has a medical condition, was last seen on Castle Street, near the sheriff court, on the evening of Wednesday 10 September.

It is thought she may have got a number 13 or 15 bus on Union Street.

Suspicious death man named

A man whose death in Aberdeen is being treated as suspicious has been named by police.

Wieslaw Koziolek

Wieslaw Koziolek, 49, was a Polish national who had been living in the Torry area of the city.

Officers were called to a flat in the Balnagask Avenue area of Torry shortly after 14:00 on Monday.

Camping restrictions for Loch Lomond

Camping could be severely restricted in parts of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park under new proposals from the park's board.

Seasonal bylaws banning unauthorised camping and alcohol were introduced to parts of east Loch Lomond in 2011.

The park's board now want to bring in bylaws at two more areas in response to littering and anti-social behaviour.

Loch Lomond camping
Mick Garrett

The proposals will be put before the park's board next week ahead of a public consultation.

The bylaws, which would make it an offence to camp outside authorised sites without a permit or to cause damage to the area or wildlife, would be accompanied by investment in new facilities

Hear more from Christopher Sleight here.

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: City artist will change his surname by deed poll to a company brand in return for sponsorship.

Read the full story here.

Armed robbery at Edinburgh RBS

Police in Edinburgh have cordoned off an area around the Royal Bank of Scotland in Tolcross after an

armed robbery.

Armed robbery Tollcross

The area around Home Street has been closed off. Officers are in attendance.

Match ban for Celtic fans

Two men who were among 13 people held by police during a march by the

Green Brigade group of Celtic fans have been given one year football banning orders.


Nicholas Diplacito, from Lanark, and Mark Glancy, from Glasgow, were arrested during the unofficial march in the Gallowgate area in March last year.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard they behaved in a threatening manner and struggled with police officers.

Diplacito must also carry out 135 hours of unpaid work. Glancy was fined £630. Almost 200 officers were deployed to the march which took place before Celtic played Aberdeen.

Making waves...

HMS Edinburgh has been put on sale after Edinburgh City Council decided that preserving it as a tourist attraction would be too expensive.

A report commissioned by the council found that

the financial costs of the attraction were too great.

The ship has been listed for sale, along with HMS York and HMS Gloucester, on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) website.

A campaign to save the vessel was unsuccessful.

Poll tax - Your views

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Davey Wands. Methil: The poll tax was unfair in 1990, and it's still unfair in 2014. I paid it, but I think it's very unfair and reeks of Toryism to chase a 25-year-old debt.

Anon: I want a rebate too. Why should those who don't pay always get off with it?

Your pictures

Michael Duignan: A Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the sunshine in Paisley today.

A Red Admiral butterfly
Michael Duignan

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Andrew, Aberdeen: Good decision. Councils should move on instead of pursuing ancient debt on a tax that was abolished due to being unfair. Resources better spent pursuing more recent debt and on current priorities.

Angus, Caithness: If u can afford to pay your way, but don't, u should lose voting privileges the same as other criminals.

Craig, Cumbernauld: If everyone stuck together when Margaret Thatcher was forcing the poll tax upon us then no one would have had to pay it. Well done the people who fought the poll tax, we need to stop lying down to these Tory punishments. Scotland the Brave, what a joke.

Poll tax - Your views

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Ken, Kirkcaldy: If the debtor has been located then add the poll tax arrears to their current council tax bill. Recovery and fair.

Edinburgh 'hate crime' attack

An attack which left a Chinese man seriously injured in Edinburgh is being treated as a "hate crime," police say.

The 37-year-old restaurant worker suffered multiple injuries including stab wounds when he was assaulted by three men in the West Pilton area on Wednesday.

The man was assaulted in the West Pilton area

The man is in a "serious" condition in hospital.

One man was detained in connection with the attack and police are following a positive line of inquiry in relation to the other suspects.

Sheeran & Grande strike right chord

Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande are the first performers to be announced

for the MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.

Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande
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The music awards will be hosted in the city's SSE Hydro on 9 November.

Your views

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Michael: Is it just me or does Andy Murray play better when his mum is away? (Doing Strictly).

Poll tax - Your views

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Moe McCann: Good for Alex Salmond. It may not be cost effective to try to recover ancient debt. It was unfair then and much more so now.

Bill Docherty, Peterculter: Well done Alex for applying common sense on poll tax. Tories on the right wing backlash against the Scots already. You can't take blood out of a stone and, like any potential long-term debt, once it's gone it's gone.

Poll tax debts

The Scottish government will being in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced the move after it emerged local authorities were using the electoral register to chase outstanding bills.

The poll tax, or community charge, was introduced to Scotland in April 1989 and replaced by council tax in 1993.

Mr Salmond told MSPs it was misguided for councils to use current records to chase debts from decades ago.

Universal credit response 'undermines vow'


Nicola Sturgeon's letter, First Minister Alex Salmond says the roll=out of universal credit "undermines unionist powers vow to devolve further welfare powers".

Poll tax

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

FM announced at FM questions at Holyrood that poll tax debts are to be scrapped by Scottish government.

Murray serves notice...

Sixth seed Andy Murray has breezed past Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2 6-2, in an hour and 19 minutes, to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open.

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NHS funding

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson asks what the Scottish government will do to protect NHS funding in Scotland?

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson

The first minister repeats that health funding will continue to rise, and alleges that the Conservatives's "lack of care towards the health service staff" in England has led to the prospect of a strike.