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  1. Alex Salmond defends poll tax debt ban
  2. Disability benefits delay criticised
  3. Scottish borrowing costs assessed
  4. Andy Murray through to last four at China Open

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By Thomas McGuigan, Paul McLaren, Laura Cuthill and Louise Sayers

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back on Monday from 08:00 with a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather. Hope you can join us then, enjoy your weekend.

Tomorrow's weather

Gillian Smart

BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

It'll be a cloudy start for most, with rain still affecting much of the country during the morning, heavy at times.

Central and western parts will brighten up, with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

The showers will be heaviest and most frequent across the north west and south west, with the chance of some hail and thunder, and falling as snow over the mountains. Highs of 11-14C, so a cool-feeling day.

Longannet uncertainty

Scotland's largest power station may be forced to close due to the huge sums its operator must pay to connect to the national grid, the BBC has learned.

Scottish Power, which owns Longannet in Fife, said its location meant it was at a disadvantage when competing against English plants.

Longannet Power Station
Scottish Power

The company has decided not to enter the contest to supply energy generating capacity in 2018/19.

It said financial changes were needed to avert the threat of closure. Longannet is one of the biggest coal fired power stations in Europe.

RBS 'robbery': Five in court

Five men have appeared in court charged with assault and robbery after an alleged armed raid at a bank in Edinburgh.

Aaron Brannan, 23, Jason Britton, 22, Gordon McLay, 31, and Jason Yendall, 29, from Manchester, and Alistair Oliver, 30, from Midlothian, made no plea or declaration and the case was continued.

The alleged robbery took place at the Tollcross branch of Royal Bank of Scotland on Thursday afternoon.

Clegg's devolution 'guarantee'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has declared himself

the "guarantor" in government over delivering more powers for Scotland.

nick clegg

SNP ministers have warned of a "backlash" if they are not delivered.

Ahead of the UK Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Mr Clegg told BBC Scotland: "As the guarantor, if you like, in government, as the party which has the only Scottish people around the cabinet table, I can guarantee you that those powers will be delivered."

Knife killer loses appeal

A man who was jailed for life for a stabbing murder in Dunoon has failed in a bid to have his conviction quashed.

Paul Deeney, 35, wore latex gloves and a hood while carrying out the attack on 33-year-old Mark McGaughie in May 2012.

He was jailed in February 2013 and ordered to serve at least 20 years.

Deeney claimed the judge in his trial had misdirected the jury but appeal court judges ruled there had not been a miscarriage of justice.

Tonight's sporting action

Tonight's Scottish Premiership fixture will see Kilmarnock take on Dundee United.

Coverage from 18:10 on BBC Radio Scotland (MW) and


Ulster rugby match

And in rugby, Edinburgh will be at Ravenhill for their Pro-12 match against Ulster at 19:30.

Follow coverage on BBC Alba and

live updates on the BBC Sport website.

Riding the Ridge

BBC Sportsound

Coming to BBC1 Scotland on Friday 10 October at 7:30pm: Danny MacAskill -

Riding the Ridge

The Ridge

Today's weather

Gillian Smart

BBC Scotland Weather Presenter

It'll be dry for many this evening, but wet weather will continue to affect southern and eastern parts, spreading to most places during the course of the night.

The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in force for heavy rain across the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, the Lothians, Fife and Angus.

There'll be difficult conditions on the roads and potentially some localised flooding.

Your Views

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Steve, Edinburgh: Please let people know that the public can write to the Smith Commission on more powers for Scotland. The deadline is 31st October.

Stuart: Welcome to Scotland: the land of make believe. Thank goodness we were saved by the No vote!

Freedman leaves Bolton

Former Scotland international

Dougie Freedman has left the manager's job at Bolton Wanderers by mutual consent.

dougie freedman
Getty Images

The 40-year-old joined the Championship side from Crystal Palace in October 2012 and they missed out on the play-offs on goal difference in his first season.

Wanderers finished 14th last term, but have won just once in 10 league games so far and sit second bottom of the table.

Food banks: Your reaction


J Webster in Turriff: Why doesn't the SNP government, with its multi-billion pound budget, have any policies aimed at dealing with food banks? Why do some people and the press not challenge their negative performance? We are all the worse for it.

Donald, Fife: In reply to Joan Stevenston - the countries you mention are all right wing and care mostly about big business.

Only 82 days to go!


The Press and Journal

tweets: We may have only just entered October but one Christmas treat has already sold out!

Read the full story here.

Poll tax - Your Views

John Hasler: If it's not possible to collect a debt over 20-years-old then why does the Scottish Parliament feel the need to take action to stop the collection of outstanding poll tax debts?

W Blain: Why are these people getting let off with paying the poll tax arrears? We had to pay any arrears when threatened with eviction by debt collection companies used by our local authority.

Poll tax - Your Views

Anon: Re. Poll Tax. The suggestion that the new electoral roll be used to find poll tax defaulters is the lowest of the low. Many of us paid the tax. But sometimes life presents us with exceptional circumstances. This is such a time. Where is the common sense not to say decency? The uptake for indy ref is the best thing to have happened for disenfranchised or disillusioned people for a long time in our country and I, for one, celebrate it. There were those who couldn't and those who wouldn't pay. Principled people. Good on them. I don't hold any grudges for paying. Wish I'd had the guts back then. New voters: don't let anyone crush your newfound spirit.

Human rights 'concern'


Scottish government has criticised Conservative plans to curb the power of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK.

The Tories have said they want to give UK courts and parliament the "final say" on human rights issues rather than Strasbourg.

Kenny MacAskill (left) and Alistair Carmichael
Getty Images

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he was "deeply concerned" by the proposal.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael stressed that the proposal to strip European judges of their power to enforce human rights in the UK "is the position of the Conservative Party, it is not government policy".

Crimewatch attacker jailed

A 47-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of robbing and sexually assaulting a woman at her home in North Lanarkshire.

Thomas Feeney had a fake gun and wore a mask when he entered the victim's home, near Salsburgh, in September 2013.

He tied up the 33-year-old before carrying out the sex attack.

The case featured on BBC's Crimewatch programme but Feeney was caught after his DNA was found on discarded items recovered at a quarry and on the victim's clothing.

The price is Spite

The sale of one of Scotland's most spectacular youth hostels has attracted potential buyers.

Carbisdale Castle, a former stately home dubbed Castle of Spite because of the part it played in a historic family feud, was shut three years ago.

Carbisdale Castle
Stuart logan/geograph

The Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) had to close it as a hostel because of rising repair costs.

The SYHA said the selling agents have received notes of interest in the castle, which overlooks the Kyle of Sutherland, and these were being considered.

Marcliffe closure postponed

Evening Express

tweets: Closure of five-star Aberdeen hotel delayed.

Read the full story here.

Possible sightings of Kelli

New possible sightings of an Aberdeen woman missing for more than three weeks have emerged.

Kelli Ferris, who is 40 and has a medical condition, has been missing since 10 September.

Kelli Ferris
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Police Scotland said a woman matching her description was seen getting into a taxi on Golf Road at around 20:30 that evening.

The woman was then seen getting out of the taxi on the Beach Esplanade near to Burger King at about 20:40.

Attempted murder

An attack on a man in Glasgow which left him in a critical condition is being treated as

attempted murder.

St George's Road

The victim was attacked by another man near Prego Fish Bar, on St George's Road, at 17:50 on Thursday.

At the time, the 27-year-old was with three male friends who later left the scene in a car. Police say there is nothing to suggest that they were involved.

Friday night fixture

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: Off to Kilmarnock v Dundee Utd for
@BBCSportsound shortly. This looks like it could be a cracker. Predictions folks?

Poll tax debts - Your Views

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Gordon, Montrose: Like Derek from Coatbridge I paid every penny of my poll tax. Maybe it's time to start legal proceedings to have it refunded in full on the basis that we all got the same services but only some of us paid for them. Will Tommy Sheridan and his cohorts be so vociferous in fighting that campaign?

Catherine, Aberdeen: Poll Tax, from the Bitter sweet Past. May sleeping dogs lie.

Zoo welfare charges

A former zoo owner has admitted to a string animal welfare charges.

Peter Lockhart was the co-owner of the Fife Animal Park, Cupar, which closed in February after it could not be sold.

Fife Animal Park

He admitted to failing to ensure the welfare of the animals in his park and trading in endangered species without a licence.

Shortly after its closure nine wallabies and an emu were adopted by the Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder.

Deco-rating work

One of Scotland's most significant surviving Art Deco buildings is to undergo emergency repair work ahead of a planned £8million renovation.

Rothesay Pavilion
Thomas Nugent

Argyll and Bute Council is to spend £335,000 stabilising the Grade-A listed Rothesay Pavilion.

Parts of the building were fenced off after stone facing became loose. The repairs are due to be completed by next year.

The 18-month renovation project will start in 2016, with completion scheduled for mid-2017.

Where time began

A Scottish astronomer and scientist is thought to have

laid the first meridian line, arguably making St Andrews "the place where time began".

James Gregory laid the line across his lab in 1673, nearly 200 years before the Greenwich meridian was established.

Gregory's meridian line in St Andrews
St Andrews Press Office

Greenwich became the Prime Meridian in 1884, mainly because many already depended on it.

A memorial has now been unveiled in St Andrews in recognition of Gregory's work.

Plea over suspicious death

Police probing the death of a man in Aberdeen have

appealed for sightings of him on the day he died.

Wieslaw Koziolek

Polish national Wieslaw Koziolek, 49, was found dead in Balnagask Avenue on Monday in what have been described as "suspicious" circumstances.

Police want to hear about sightings of him in the city centre that morning before he returned to Torry.

There was a sighting of Mr Koziolek on Victoria Road, close to its junction with Grampian Road, at about 09:55.

Zagreb fans arrested at Celtic game

Police at Celtic's Europa League game

arrested 17 Dinamo Zagreb fans for alcohol and disorder offences and possession of CS spray, flares and smoke bombs.

Police with Croatia Zagreb fans in Duke Street
Mario Mulders

Four Croatian fans were held inside the stadium while the other arrests were made outside and in the city centre.

All 17 people are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

Celtic won Thursday night's match 1-0.

Head for heights

BBC Scotland News tweets: Ridge magnet: Stunt rider Danny Macaskill's venture on the Isle of Skye

is an internet hit.

Stunt rider Danny Macaskill
Cut Media

Man charged over West Pilton assault

Police have charged an 18-year-old man over the attempted murder of a Chinese restaurant worker in Edinburgh.

Police were treating the incident, which happened in West Pilton Park at 21:35 on Wednesday, as a hate crime.

The 37-year-old victim suffered multiple injuries, including stab wounds. He remained in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital.

The arrested man is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Kerr relishes historic bow

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Shelley Kerr will make Scottish Cup history on Sunday - but she is more concerned with making the second round.

Shelley Kerr

When Kerr's Stirling University side host Albion Rovers in first round action, she will become the first female to lead out a team in the competition's 141-year history.

"It should never be about gender, it should be about skill set and, thankfully for me, I've had nothing but positivity surrounding my career in football,"

she said.

"Long may that continue, although you know when results don't go in your favour that can change."

Parliament powers


commission responsible for agreeing new powers for the Scottish Parliament will hold its first full meeting later this month.

Representatives of Holyrood's five political parties will gather in Edinburgh on 14 October.


The commission, chaired by Lord Smith, aims to secure agreement on the way ahead by the end of November.

Draft legislation on new powers for Scotland is due to be unveiled by 25 January.

Prison attack sentence


Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: Two years for prisoner who slashed child killer Theresa Riggi.

Read the full story here.

Drink driver jailed

A speeding drink driver who killed a teenage friend in a crash after downing drinks at a wedding

has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Lee Hamilton, 23, who held a provisional licence, admitted losing control and crashing into a wall, killing 19-year-old Kristoffer Brister.

Lee Hamilton
Ciaran Donnelly

Hamilton was helped out of the damaged vehicle, but ran away when police arrived on the scene in Leven, Fife, on 30 November last year.

A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh described the case as "tragic" and said there was nothing he could do that would undo "the terrible consequences" of Hamilton's decision to drive.

Sir David Murray's empire

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

As Sir David Murray exits his HQ (h/t @heraldscotland):

my blog on his empire's demise.

Sir David Murray

Rape conviction quashed

A man who is serving a 10-year prison term for raping two women has had one of the convictions quashed on appeal.

Gavin Livingstone, 30, was jailed for raping the women between May 2006 and September 2012 in Ayrshire.

Appeal judges said that because jurors had deleted references of rape from one of the charges they convicted him of, there was reasonable doubt over whether they intended to convicted him of rape.

Livingstone's appeal against his sentence will be heard at a later date.

Oil or nothing?

Andrew Neil

Presenter, The Daily Politics

@afneil tweets: North Sea oil revenues so de minimis for Treasury. I understand it's considering devolving them to Scot Parl, as part of tax power transfer.

Safe pair of hands...

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Celtic manager Ronnie Deila believes goalkeeper Craig Gordon is back to his best. Deila was concerned whether Gordon could return to full fitness

after being sidelined for two years through injury.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon is congratulated by team-mate Jason Denayer

However, the Celtic manager says the Scotland international is now winning games for the club.

Poll tax debts - Your Views

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Derek, Coatbridge: I paid my poll tax. Can someone send me the link to get my rebate please?

Angry, Ibrox: In England, poll tax defaulters could not be pursued for their debt after 7 years. Ha ha; surprise, surprise, Scotland paid it first and last.

Sean, Inverness: Legislation on the hoof. Bitterness from SNP. Illogical to starve needy councils.

Man stabbed in 'hate crime'

A Chinese man was attacked and seriously injured in Edinburgh in

what police are describing as a "hate crime".

Police collect evidence

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.

He is in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital. The man's silver Volkwagen Polo was stolen from outside a business premises before the assault.