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By Marianne Taylor, Louise Sayers, Graham Fraser and Rebecca Bailey

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Attack accused is released

A 47-year-old man has been released from custody as investigations continue into a serious assault on a 24-year-old man in the Craigentinny area of Edinburgh.

Police had charged the man with attempted murder after the attack last month.

In a statement, the Crown Office said: "After full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the report, the accused was liberated from custody and did not appear in court.

"The case remains under consideration by the procurator fiscal".

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Heavy and persistent rain, accompanied by gale to severe gale force winds will continue across the north east and the Northern Isles, with the continued risk of disruption to public transport.

The rain will gradually move its way across to Skye and the Western Isles during the course of the day.

Further south, it will be mostly dry, with some brightness and sunshine and just a few showers for the south west coast.

Organised crime threat

Scotland's Serious Organised Crime Task Force has

set out plans to prevent businesses being targeted by criminals.

Police car

As part of its background work, the task force has identified the businesses most likely to be affected.

The most likely targets include licensed premises, taxi companies and the building trade.

Referendum prompts Parliament call

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader

Kirsty Williams has told the national party conference it is time Wales had a "proper parliament" following the Scottish referendum.

Kirsty Williams

She said the independence debate had shown that people across the UK wanted more of a say over their future.

Speaking in Glasgow, Ms Williams called for a federal system made up of four equal nations.

Fishermen rescued

Four fishermen trapped by rising waters on the River North Esk have been rescued.

They are believed to be uninjured.

One man was rescued by a small boat from the island at Marykirk where he had been fishing.

Another three were airlifted to safety nearly three miles downstream by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Flight fares could rise

Following the announcement that Virgin Atlantic are ditching their Little Red service, travel journalist Simon Calder predicts that fares to Edinburgh and Aberdeen could rise.

richard branson

Speaking on BBC Scotland's Newsdrive, the travel correspondent for the Independent said: "If the effects when BMI abandoned Glasgow are anything to go by, fares will rise.

"However as people know, over the last 20 years since Easyjet came onto the scene Anglo-Scottish flights have become much more numerous.

"With Ryanair stepping up flights from the central belt, and so much competition from easyJet and other airlines, there's a limit to how much BA can put up prices."

Man charged with attempted murder

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of the owner of a Chinese takeaway in Edinburgh.

Gary Reid made no plea or declaration at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

Jie Yu, 37, who owns the Peking Garden takeaway in West Pilton Park, was stabbed in an attack last Wednesday.

Your Views

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Dougie Harrison: Nicola Sturgeon can respect the referendum result insofar as she would cooperate in the ongoing negotiations. That does not mean she stops fighting for the principle of independence, and this will not damage any perceived or real healing process.

Alan Muirhead, Cumbria: Couldn't agree more that Ms Sturgeon needs to move on. There was a majority vote against going it alone. Democracy says that's it. Accept it.

Stewart Reed, Gourock: I think it is about time Carmichael realised what the SNP stand for. Their main manifesto promises are Scottish independence and the banishment of nuclear weapons from Scotland. Lib Dems have no manifesto promises as they are incapable of keeping any manifesto promises.

BBC Scotland Weather


During the late afternoon and early evening, rain will continue to push away from eastern coastal areas.

Drier, brighter weather will prevail in the west, with some sunny spells. However, heavy rain will continue to move into Orkney and Shetland and gradually spread into the north east.

Severe gales will affect the Northern Isles, with gusts up to 70mph. There is the potential for some travel disruption, localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions into tomorrow morning.

River Esk fishermen stranded

Emergency services have been called out to help four men stranded in a river.

One incident of a man trapped on a small island was reported at the River Esk at Marykirk at about 15:30.

Three fishermen were then reported cut off by rising water between St Cyrus and Montrose, about three miles downstream from the first incident.

A helicopter was scrambled to assist, and several fire crews were also called out.

Connolly's quips on chips

Comedian Billy Connolly, who is a Celtic supporter, poked fun at his team at today's Scottish Cup draw.

Billy Connolly

Connolly was on hand to draw the teams, and when asked by reporters about the banning of chips by Celtic at the club's Lennoxtown training ground, he joked: "He (Celtic manager Ronny Deila) seems to have banished goals as well."

Connolly added: "I think the guy deserves a break. He is from Norway isn't he? They are really big on the European scene."

Isle be needing help...

Emergency services have been called to help a man who is stranded on a small island in the River Esk at Marykirk in Aberdeenshire.

A helicopter has been scrambled and fire crews from Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Dundee, Dyce and Altens are all in attendance after receiving a 999 call at about 15:30..

Carmichael on Newsdrive

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, speaking on Radio Scotland's Newsdrive, reaffirmed his message to Nicola Sturgeon on accepting the result of the referendum.

He said: "You (the SNP) have to do what you said you would do. It was part of the Edinburgh Agreement that the independence referendum would be fair, legal and decisive. I think on any objective analysis, we have ticked all three boxes.

"So it is important now that Nicola Sturgeon, as a new leader of the SNP and a new First Minister for Scotland - if that is what happens - is prepared to move on."

Ferry changes in Orkney

Some advance warning from Northlink:

Due to the adverse weather forecast and prevailing conditions, the 16:45 sailing from Stromness and the 19:00 sailing from Scrabster on Tuesday 7th October have been cancelled.

The 06:30 sailing from Stromness and the 08:45 sailing from Scrabster will operate as scheduled.

Sillars backs Brown

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars

has backed Keith Brown to replace Nicola Sturgeon in the role, ahead of November's election.

Jim Sillars

Mr Sillars was in the job between 1991 and 1992 and said Mr Brown was "clearly the best candidate".

Mr Brown, who is transport minister, is standing against Angela Constance MSP and Stewart Hosie MP for the position.

The winner will be announced at the SNP's annual conference and will be decided in a ballot of party members.

On air now - Newsdrive

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We'll be talking about the number of new cars on Scotland's roads, and reporter Ian Hamilton will be telling us all about new social enterprise scheme - Launch Me - that helps new enterprises get off to a flying start.

And our Westminster correspondent, David Porter, will be joining us from the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow.

This weeks's Big Debate

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The Big Debate this Friday 10 October 12pm-1pm.

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#Nith in #Dumfries has burst its banks and drivers being asked to move cars from #Whitesands immediately.

Nith bursts its banks

Carmichael attacks Sturgeon

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

Mr Carmichael has also issued a strong rebuke to the Scottish nationalists - and the likely next First Minister - following the referendum vote.

He called on Nicola Sturgeon to respect last month's result, stating that until there is a public acceptance of the outcome the necessary 'healing'' will not be able to take place. His intervention follows a report attributed to Ms Sturgeon that independence was ''not a case of if but when''.

Referring to the referendum vote, Mr Carmichael said that Ms Sturgeon "has to stop speaking for the forty five percent alone - she has to speak for the 100 percent".

No ifs, no buts: Clegg on devolution

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has reaffirmed his commitment to more devolution for Scotland.

Nick Clegg at the 2014 Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow

During a question and answer session at the party's autumn conference in Glasgow, Mr Clegg said ''no ifs, no buts'', he was determined to deliver home rule to Scotland.

Mr Clegg told delegates that he believed there would be further devolution throughout the UK as a result of last month's independence referendum in Scotland.

Carmichael: EU referendum 'not going to happen'

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has appeared to raise doubts about the Conservative's party's commitment to an in-out referendum on Europe in 2017.

Alistair Carmichael

Speaking at a conference fringe event in Glasgow, the Liberal Democrat minister said that David Cameron would need to get a majority in next year's general election for it to go ahead, adding: "I don't think it's going to happen. The situation will not arise. I don't see it happening."

School plans agreed

Proposals seeking full planning permission for a new £21.8m secondary school in the Scottish Borders have now been agreed.

Scottish Borders Council had been advised to approve the scheme for the Kelso school on land off Angraflat Road with conditions.

Kelso High School
Scottish Borders Council

The new school will replace the existing Kelso High School, which dates from the 1930s.

Lomond camping ban talks

A consultation is to be held over proposed measures to cut anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Loch Lomond tent cow
Loch Lomond park authority

The park authority has proposed measures including bylaws banning camping without a permit at some popular loch shores, alongside a £10m investment in campsites.

A meeting of the board warned parts of the park are being "severely damaged" by over-use and anti-social campers.

The consultation runs until 12 January.

Scottish Cup draw

Rangers will travel to Championship rivals Dumbarton in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Raith Rovers face a trip to Linlithgow Rose, Alloa are away to Ayr United, Cowdenbeath go to Forfar and Livingston are on the road to Annan.

Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City take on Highland League pace-setters Brora Rangers.

See the full draw here.

Stokes assault trial

Celtic and Republic of Ireland international footballer Anthony Stokes

will face trial next year in relation to an alleged assault on an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Anthony Stokes

CCTV appeal over shop raid

Police investigating an assault and attempted robbery at a shop in West Dunbartonshire have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

Images of suspect
BBC - police handout

The incident took place at McDermid's newsagent, on High Street, Dumbarton, at about 06:35 on 17 May this year.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 18 and 23, about 5ft 2in tall and of thin build with a local accent.

At the time of the raid he was wearing a dark grey waterproof jacket which had the hood up.

Youths charged over Aberdeen fire

Three boys aged 13 have been charged after a major fire at a derelict building in Aberdeen.

Dozens of firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze on Friday night.

Police Scotland said three people under 16 had been charged, but that inquiries are ongoing.

Bowel cancer screening appeal

The Scottish Government is urging people aged between 50 and 74 to take part in a national bowel cancer screening programme.

They want as many people as possible to participate in the scheme, as the cancer can often be cured if detected early using home screening kits.

Bowel cancer cell

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, especially when it's caught early, and taking the test helps us to do exactly that."

For more information, contact the Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 0121 833 or visit

Man jailed for attacking brother

A man who launched a drink-fuelled attack on his brother with a piece of broken glass has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Nelson Morton, 47, attacked James Morton at his home in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, on 30 July last year.

More devolution - your views


Bill: When are the No side going to accept that they did not win, in fact nobody won. The No question on the ballot paper was for the status quo that means no change - there will be big changes so how does that constitute a win?

Steven Taggart in Lincoln: Peter Riddell - of the aptly named Privy Council - is right. There will be tensions between the Westminster mob and the Scottish government due to the granting of tax raising powers to Scotland- it was always going to be a trap for the pro-independence Scots.

Virgin scraps services

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to scrap its domestic short haul service Little Red, including services to Scotland.

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Getty Images

The airline, jointly owned by Richard Branson and Delta Air Lines, said in a statement that Little Red had "not been able to make a positive contribution" to the company.

Little Red's service from London Heathrow to Manchester will end in March next year, while its flights from Heathrow to Edinburgh and Aberdeen will end in September 2015.

CCTV footage released

Police investigating an assault and attempted robbery at a shop in West Dunbartonshire

have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

The incident took place at McDermid's newsagent, on High Street, Dumbarton, at about 06:35 on 17 May this year.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 18 and 23, about 5ft 2in tall and of thin build with a local accent.

CCTV images of man robbing shop

Flourishing Hearts

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford explores how Hearts are flourishing under the quiet authority of head coach Robbie Neilson.

Robbie Neilson

Inspection for Glasgow's elderly care

Inspectors will be looking into the standard of Glasgow's elderly care and support services over the coming weeks.

Care for the elderly

Officers from the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland will carry out joint inspection to assess how well social and healthcare services are working together to support the elderly.

They will interview local authority and health board chiefs, and speak to older people and their support workers to ensure no one is at risk of "falling between the gap".

Plea to reverse student bursary cuts

The Herald

Academics, student leaders and politicians have urged the SNP to use this week's Scottish Budget to reverse cuts to bursaries which have left the poorest university students facing more debt.

The Student Loan Company published figures in July which showed student debt rose more sharply in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK in 2013/14.

In 2012 Michael Russell, the Education Secretary, reduced grants for thousands of students as part of an expansion of loans to cover living costs.

Petrov returns

Daily Record

Former Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov, who battled leukaemia, is back playing football.

The Bulgarian international is starring for Sunday league side Wychall Wanderers in the English midlands.

Stan Petrov

Read the full story.

Dumfries leisure centre closed

A flagship leisure centre in Dumfries has begun a lengthy closure

to allow major repairs to be carried out.

Dumfries DG One leisure centre

The DG One facility opened in May 2008 after a string of delays.

However, it has been plagued by building faults and the council-run facility is now set to undergo repairs and maintenance costing nearly £4m.

It will shut completely for four months with its swimming pool facilities closed for a further 13 months after that.

New school for the Borders

Proposals seeking full planning permission for a

new £21.8m secondary school for Kelso have been submitted.

Scottish Borders Council is being advised to approve the scheme on land off Angraflat Road with conditions.

The new school would replace the existing Kelso High School, which dates from the 1930s.