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  1. Evacuation follows flooding fears
  2. Murder probe after 'horrific' attack
  3. Art school gets back-up roof for the winter
  4. Rally death safety guidance issued

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Stornoway fire

Three teenagers

have been reported to the procurator fiscal and children's reporter in connection with a fire in Stornoway on Lewis last week.

Police Scotland said two boys and a girl, who were all aged 13, had been reported.

The blaze in a building in Cromwell Street broke out at about 02:39 on 3 October. No-one was injured in the incident.

Welcome home

Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay, joined senior naval officers and 150 friends and family at Faslane to welcome home the submarine HMS Astute.

Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay

The submarine is completing her inaugural deployment at a special ceremony at HM Naval Base Clyde.

The Astute Class is described by the Royal Navy as their largest, most advanced and powerful attack submarine.

Murder victim named

Police have named the man murdered in East Lothian this morning as forty nine year old Colin Armstrong.

Evening Express

A rest centre has been set up at Mackie Academy evacuated residents and all those affected by the rising tides.

Find out more here.

Famous fish

A Shetland fish and chip shop has been named Scotland's best and

is now in the running for the UK title.

Employees hold up boxes of fish and chips

Frankie's Fish and Chips in Brae is one of 10 shops shortlisted for the top prize in the 2015 national awards organised by Seafish.

The overall UK winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 20 January 2015.

Morrissey accuses BBC of indyref bias

Morrissey has accused the BBC of bias in its coverage of the independence referendum.


In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, in which he also revealed he had had treatment for cancer, the singer claimed the broadcaster "did everything possible to tilt the vote toward no and never reported on the potential benefits of an independent Scotland".

"They speak in the name of democracy only when it suits them," he added.

Human rights plan 'dangerous'

Conservative plans to scrap human rights legislation are "dangerous" and would inflict "immense damage" on the UK's international reputation, legal affairs minister Roseanna Cunningham said.

She accused Prime Minister David Cameron and his colleagues of "running scared of Ukip".

Roseanna Cunningham

If they are elected in 2015, the Conservatives plan to replace the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in British law, with a British Bill of Rights.

To be implemented in Scotland the move would require the consent of the Scottish Parliament, as human rights legislation is a devolved issue. Ms Cunningham called on MSPs of all parties to make clear that consent would not be given.

More stormy weather...

Brian Doyle sent us this great picture of today's storm at Stonehaven harbour.

Stonehaven Harbour
Brian Doyle

The Scotsman

tweets: Paddy Ashdown compares @theSNP to @UKIP and the far right in France & Germany in an attack on Scottish nationalism

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Weather info

Don't forget, you can keep track of the latest weather warnings on the

Met Office website.

Up-to-date forecasts can be found on the

BBC Weather website.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa)

Floodline has the latest on flood warnings.

Scotland-wide travel information is available from

Traffic Scotland and
Traveline Scotland, while
National Rail has the latest on rail disruption.

Regular travel updates are provided on BBC Radio Scotland - on 92 to 95 FM and 810 MW - and on the

BBC Travel website.

Stonehaven homes evacuated

Some residents

have been evacuated from their seafront homes in the Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven due to flooding fears.

Heavy rain along with rough sea conditions flooded parts of the beach area.

Police said about nine people had moved from ground floor flats at the Turners Court sheltered housing complex.

Warnings were also issued for Finavon, Tannadice and Bridge of Dun in Angus, Helmsdale to Embo in Caithness and Sutherland, and at several points along the River Isla in Perthshire, including Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus.

River Esk rescue

A man has been rescued by helicopter after he got into difficulties in the River North Esk.

HM Coastguard

The man, thought to be a fisherman in his 70s, got into difficulty as water levels rose.

PC Billy Rattray, the Community Officer for Brechin,

tweeted that the man was safe and well after being rescued, and thanked all involved in the operation.

This is the third time in two days that fishermen have found themselves trapped by rising waters on the river. Yesterday four men were

rescued in two separate incidents.

Man jailed for strangling friend

A former support worker who killed a woman he previously cared for

has been jailed for five years and three months.

Christopher Kelly, 40, strangled his friend Dorothy Beattie, 51, at her home in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, on 22 May, after she allegedly made a jibe about his children.

Dorothy Beattie

Kelly, who was caught after confessing to a GP, was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Evening Express

tweets:Stonehaven residents evacuated as high winds batter seafront

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Waves crash into beach

Weather watch

Paul Barlow sent us this dramatic image of the two lighthouses at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour as they were pelted with wind and rain earlier today.

Aberdeen Harbour
PAul barlow

Has the weather been as bad in your area?

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Cameron rebukes Sturgeon

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

The Prime Minister has said all sides should respect the independence referendum outcome and work together to bring more powers to Holyrood.

Cameron at 2014 conference

In what will be seen by some as a public rebuke of Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, David Cameron said the outcome of last month's referendum should be accepted and honoured.

At the weekend Ms Sturgeon said it was ''not a case of if, but when'' independence came to Scotland.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Mr Cameron said the UK government's outline thoughts on further devolution to Scotland - known as a command paper - would be published in the coming days.

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Poppy appeal launched

Two art installations

symbolising the impact of war have gone on display at the Scottish Parliament to mark the launch of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

"France 1914" is a 6ft tall Italian marble sculpture representing the last tree on a World War One battlefield.

World War One installation at the Scottish Parliament

"Unknown" features an army of glass soldiers and civilians to highlight the impact of war on everyone.

Rally reaction

Politicians have been reacting to the first safety recommendations to be made following the crash at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders earlier this year in which three spectators were killed.

Sports Minister Shona Robison said: "Motor sport can never be completely safe. However, these initial findings set out clear improvements that can help to prevent tragic accidents."

South of Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume also welcomed the findings.

"It's vitally important that communities in the Borders and its visitors are able to enjoy the Jim Clark Rally safely," he said.

The team they tried to ban

Edinburgh Evening News

First Ladies of Football, a special exhibition, is running at Stockbridge Library, Hamilton Place, until the end of the month

Edinburgh Lady Dynamos team
Edinburgh News

Read here how the Edinburgh Lady Dynamos fought for their right to play the "beautiful game" when the SFA attempted to quash women's football by banning them from official grounds in the 1920s.

Earlier we reported how an artist from Glasgow has been described as the "Wilfred Owen of cartooning" following the rediscovery of his World War One work.

Book of cartoons by Archie Gilkison

Watch a report of the story here.

Scotland 'not Rotherham'

Sexual abuse of children on the scale exposed in Rotherham is "absolutely not" happening in Scotland, a senior police officer told MSPs.

Speaking at Holyrood's Justice Committee, assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham said there were a "really big number" of child rapes in Scotland last year and hundreds of convictions for child sexual exploitation, but no "large scale or extensive co-ordinating group" sexually abusing children on the scale seen in Rotherham.

He said about a quarter of the 1,590 reported rapes last year were against children.

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: Irvine Welsh gives away film rights to students

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Russell: 'Exam mistakes made'

The Scottish education secretary has said mistakes were made in introducing new school exams, but has stopped short of making an apology.

Boy doing exam paper

Mike Russell said the process of replacing standard grades with national qualifications had been difficult.

But he told the Scottish Parliament's education committee the new system "is succeeding and will succeed".

Opposition politicians said Mr Russell must say sorry to teachers, parents and pupils who struggled with the changes.

Knife-wielding robber hits shop

Police are hunting a

knife-wielding robber who targeted a corner shop in Dumfries.

Dumfries Toll Bar shop

The incident happened at about 18:50 on Monday at the Toll Bar premises on New Abbey Road.

A man entered the shop armed with a knife and demanded money from two assistants aged 45 and 13.

One of the staff went to get help and the robber fled on a mountain bike having taken a "small amount of cash".

Airport plans grounded

The Liberal Democrat conference has rejected a move by the party leadership to allow more airport expansion.

Members voted to keep the current policy, which opposes any expansion at the major London airports, or any overall increase in runways in the UK.

MSPs to hear child abuse response

MSPs are to question police and prosecutors on their response to the rise in child sexual exploitation in Scotland.

Computer keyboard

Holyrood's Justice Committee will hear from Asst Ch Con Malcolm Graham and Crown Office head of policy Catriona Dalrymple today.

Police and prosecutors are to join forces with councils and charities to form a new national child abuse investigation unit.

Devices such as camera-phones, improved download technologies and sophisticated software to conceal activity have led to a rise in child abuse, Mr Graham has already told the committee.

Police hunt pharmacy thief

Edinburgh Evening News

Police have

released CCTV images of a masked man who stole medicines from a Livingston pharmacy on two separate occasions.

CCTV footage of robbery
Police scotland

The incidents occurred at the Ladywell Pharmacy in Fernbank, at around 16.40 on 7 September 2013 and at around 10.10 on 14 June this year.

Police are asking anyone who can help identify him to come forward.

He is described as white, 5ft 7in, medium to heavy build, with short dark coloured hair and a Scottish accent.

Shotguns at record high

The number of shotguns held in Scotland has

reached a record high.

Official figures show more than 140,000 shotguns were owned in Scotland in March 2014 - a 10% increase over the last decade.

Man hunting with a shotgun

The statistics also reveal an increase in related activities, with the level of arms dealing in Scotland having grown by almost a third over the last 10 years.

The last year has seen over 7,500 new items added to firearm certificates which takes into account a wide range of guns and rifles, as well as air guns and rifles.

Four injured in A8 collision

Four people have been injured after five cars collided in fog on the A8 in North Lanarkshire this morning.

Emergency services were called to the eastbound carriageway at Shawhead, Coatbridge, at about 08:45

Two men and a woman were treated at the scene by paramedics before another woman was cut free from her car by fire crews.

All four were taken to Monklands General Hospital for treatment. The accident has now been cleared and traffic is running normally.


Kenneth Macdonald

BBC Scotland Special Correspondent

I'm standing in for John Beattie today on Radio Scotland. We're going to be discussing cats, and their relationship with humans through history.

Barney from Neilston texted: Ken, I can't understand people who like cats. Cats over the centuries have never been fully domesticated. We feed them, but they still hunt and kill! If a dog's owner dies, the dog will remain with the body, bark a warning and pine - a cat will eat the body when hungry.

Is Barney being unfair to felines? Tweet us using

email us here or text 80295.

Kilmarnock prison makes 'good progress'

Prison inspectors have praised

HMP Kilmarnock for making "good progress" in meeting recommendations for improvements.

HMP Kilmarnock

Inspectors made 10 recommendations after a visit to in 2011.

At a follow-up inspection in July they found that seven of these had been achieved and two partially achieved while one was no longer applicable.

The inspection team made an additional 11 recommendations, including a request that all prisoners should have access to one hour in the open air every day.

Rally recommendations

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

An expert group set up to improve safety at motor sport events has published its first set of recommendations today.

The review group was established following a tragedy at the Jim Clark rally in the Borders

in which three spectators were killed.

Jim Clark rally tragedy

The guidance includes having an independent safety delegate for each rally, better training for marshals, and improved safety messages for spectators.

These recommendations will be implemented at the Isle of Mull rally, which takes place this weekend.

Sexual assault in Perth

Police are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted by a man outside a shop in Perth.

The attack happened outside the Poundstretchers store on Scott Street at about 00:40 on Sunday 28 September.

It is believed the victim then made her way to the taxi rank in Mill Street. She was visibly distressed and was offered assistance by several members of the public.

Remembering Mikaeel

Youngsters are to benefit from money raised by an Edinburgh community after the death of Mikaeel Kular.

Mikaeel Kular

Residents who were left devastated by the toddler's death raised more than £3,000 to be used for a memorial.

My Adventure, run by Muirhouse Youth Development Group, will put the funds towards renovating an outdoor centre in the Borders.

Ken Macdonald

BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

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Art gallery lands £10m grant

The redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery has

won a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of just under £10m.

Aberdeen art gallery and museum

The £30m scheme to improve the Schoolhill building as well as Cowdray Hall and Memorial Court secured council approval last year.

The local authority has committed £10m towards the overall cost.

Warning over Lib Dem airport policy

Aberdeen's oil rich economy would be undermined by the Liberal Democrats' current policy on airport expansion, according to Christine Jardine, below, the party's prospective candidate for Gordon.

Christine Jardine

The party's leadership is seeking to persuade activists at the conference in Glasgow to amend their position, which imposes a blanket ban on new runways in the south east of England in favour of a stance which would allow airport expansion across the UK in future.

Speaking in favour of expansion, Ms Jardine told the conference the position and was "short sighted".