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  1. Trafficking strategy agreed at Edinburgh Summit
  2. Lord Smith defends commission timetable
  3. Students diagnosed with meningitis
  4. Asghar family meet UK government officials

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By Louise Sayers and Graham Fraser

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is it for today's Scotland Live.

We hope you enjoyed our mix of news, sport, weather and travel to keep you up-to-date with everything that is happening in Scotland.

We will be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Police return to gunshots scene

Police are returning to the scene where gunshots were fired at a property on Edinburgh's Drum Brae Terrace.

Officers will spend the evening making checks and speaking to members of the public in the Corstorphine area of the city.

Police search Drum Brae Terrace

No-one was injured when the shots were fired at about 23:30 on 10 October.

A man in a light-coloured top and black jogging bottoms was seen in the area at the time and police are appealing for witnesses.

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Former #Celtic manager Neil Lennon live on @BBCSportsound tonight. Programme starts at 1810

Retired Millar keen to 'enjoy' cycling

David Millar says he wants to "enjoy sport again" after ending his career as a professional cyclist.

The Scot revealed cycling had become a "job" and a "burden" at times.

David Millar
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"I'd like to get back into sport being something I go out and have fun doing rather than worrying about numbers and science," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Millar, 37, won stages in road cycling's three most prestigious stage races - the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Giro d'Italia.

Accies seek more fans

BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin speaks to Hamilton Academical fans, manager Alex Neil and vice chairman Ronnie MacDonald about how the side, who are sitting top of the Scottish Premiership, can attract more fans.

Hamilton Accies

BBC Scotland Travel


In Perthshire, there is some good news for drivers on the A9. The road has now re-opened between Ballinluig and Dunkeld after the accident there was cleared. However, further south it is still slow southbound in the roadworks near Auchterarder.

In Fife, one lane of the M90 is blocked southbound after an accident at Junction 2 Pitreavie, so congestion is back to Junction 3 Halbeath.

In Edinburgh, the A720 bypass continues to be very sluggish. Westbound, it's slow between Lasswade junction and Gilmerton junction. Meanwhile, traffic is crawling eastbound at Hermiston Gait.

ScotRail also tell us there will be several cancellations to local services in the Strathclyde area tonight. Check before travelling.

Crash cause remains unclear

A sheriff has found that a Livingston man killed in a crash near Ecclefechan died of neck and chest injuries.

David Reilly, 66, died in April last year after his pickup truck towing a caravan struck the central reservation and was then hit by a lorry.

David Dixon

He was travelling from Wales to West Lothian when the accident happened in the early hours of the morning.

A sheriff said he could reach no "firm conclusion" why his vehicle had left the third lane of the A74(M) motorway.

St Johnstone vs Kilmarnock preview

Adam Morgan is suspended for

St Johnstone's Scottish Premiership meeting with Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Midfielders Scott Brown and Chris Millar are back in training but remain doubts while Steven MacLean and Tam Scobbie are still out.

St Johnstone vs Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston may not risk Craig Samson after the goalkeeper recovered from a broken toe.

Chris Chantler and Rory McKenzie, meanwhile, could return to the team following minor injuries in Perth.

Vanishing bus stop mystery solved

Edinburgh council has discovered that three bus stops removed overnight were dismantled by the company previously responsible for maintaining them.

Clear Channel's contract to manage some of the city's bus stops ended on 3 August.

Two stops disappeared from outside the Western General Hospital and one was partially removed from Princes Street.

The two organisations are now said to be in a "productive dialogue".

Glasgow 2014 helped hotel rates

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Glasgow hotels enjoyed a big lift in room rates during July,

helped by the Commonwealth Games.

However, there are signs that summer tourism was slightly disrupted elsewhere, as occupancy rates fell.


Latest analysis of three and four-star hotels' performance showed Glasgow's "room yield" - the main industry measure - was up from £45.31 to £78.53.

Edinburgh remained more lucrative per room, at £81.86, though that was a decline of 1.5% on July 2013.

BBC Scotland Travel


In Perthshire, the A9 is still closed in both directions between Ballinluig and Dunkeld because of an accident. It's also very slow southbound in the roadworks near Auchterarder.

In Glasgow, the M8 is returning to normal eastbound after a broken down van was cleared between Junction 17, Great Western Road and Junction 16, Craighall. In Edinburgh, the A720 city bypass continues to be sluggish in both directions after an accident earlier. In West Dunbartonshire, there are delays of 30 minutes on A82 Stirling Road, that's northbound at Garshake Road in roadworks.

On the railways - delays between Glasgow and Carlisle, and between Edinburgh and Carlisle due to a signalling problem. ScotRail also tell us there will be a few cancellations to local services in the Glasgow and Strathclyde area tonight. Amongst those, the 17.23 Motherwell to Milngavie train will now terminate at Partick.

Ross County vs Celtic preview

Ross County are without injured trio Timothy Dreesen, Rocco Quinn and Uros Celcer

for the visit of Celtic.

The Staggies are waiting for international clearance to include new arrivals Jamie Reckord, Martin Woods and Terry Dunfield.

Celtic vs Ross County

Celtic welcome back Charlie Mulgrew, Mikael Lustig and Adam Matthews from injuries but James Forrest remains out.

Emilio Izaguirre, Efe Ambrose and Wakaso Mubarak will be assessed on arrival back from international duty.

Man charged with attempted rape

A 35-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the attempted rape of a woman in Edinburgh.

Cihan Ergisi made no plea or declaration during a brief appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was released on bail.

The charge follows an alleged attack on a 21-year-old woman near Smithies pub in Eyre Place.

The incident is said to have taken place at about 04:00 on Thursday 8 October.

Warriors make changes

Glasgow Warriors are without captain Josh Strauss for their opening European Champions Cup match against Bath.

Strauss will be replaced in the back row by Adam Ashe with scrum-half Henry Pyrgos skippering the team.

Stuart Hogg, Duncan Weir, Pat McArthur, Jonny Gray, and Adam Ashe

are among five changes for Warriors.

Gala Day bus trouble quelled by CS spray

A court has heard how CS spray had to be used by police to quell a disturbance on a bus at the end of Lockerbie's gala day celebrations.

Officers boarded the service for Gretna to try to deal with a group of rowdy youths on board.

Stuart Mitchell, 21, and Gary Rosado, 20, both from Gretna, have admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner. Lee Sproat, 18, of Kirkpatrick-Fleming, pled guilty to shouting and swearing at police.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard police boarded a bus it to "calm things down", but one man started shouting and swearing. When officers tried to arrest him two others tried to stop them, prompting the use of the CS spray.

Archibald wins gold

Milngavie cyclist Katie Archibald has won a gold medal

at the European Track Championships.

Katie Archibald (far left), Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott

In the women's team pursuit final Ms Archibald (far left), Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott defeated the Russian team by nearly seven seconds to ride to victory.

Aberdeen rapist jailed

A rapist who lured a vulnerable student to a flat before attacking her

has been jailed for six years.

Henry Thomson, 53, had found the woman alone and unwell in Aberdeen city centre after she had been on a night out with friends.

Constitution Street, Aberdeen

He offered to take her to his girlfriend's flat where he raped her.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Thomson had 48 previous convictions, including a number for assault and breach of the peace.

U-turn on Isle's free water tap

Residents on the Isle of Coll have

succeeded in their bid to have the island's free water tap turned back on.

The un-metered tap at Coll pier, which was used by tourists and households not connected to the mains supply, had been switched off following water shortages.

Isle of Coll
Bob Jones/Geograph

There were concerns it would leave some islanders without access to safe drinking water.

Now Argyll and Bute council has said it will be restored "as soon as practicable".

BBC Scotland Travel


In Perthshire, the A9 is closed in both directions between Ballinluig and Dunkeld, with quite a tailback in both directions. It's also very slow southbound in the roadworks near Auchterarder so expect it to take longer than usual.

Lord Smith defends commission timetable

Lord Smith of Kelvin has defended the timescale for reaching agreement on enhanced devolution, arguing that the timetable isn't unrealistic.

Academics and MPs had previously warned a House of Commons committee that the commission was

potentially heading for a "botch job".

Lord Smith of Kelvin

Speaking following a seminar at Stirling University, one of a series of events aimed at getting the views of Civic Scotland and wider Scottish society, Lord Smith today pledged that his Commission will deliver a robust set of proposals.


Commission's website has received around 6000 emails from members of the public with their views on which powers should be granted to Holyrood.

Asghar family meet government officials

The daughter of a man from Edinburgh who is on death row in Pakistan has met

UK government officials to plead for intervention.

Jasmine Rana presented a petition signed by 70,000 people calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to secure her father's return to the UK.

Mohammed Asghar
Aamer Anwar

Mohammed Asghar's family and solicitor met with a Foreign Office minister.

Mr Asghar, who is said to be mentally ill, is in hospital after he was shot by a prison guard last month.

BBC Scotland Travel


On the A90 Forth Road Bridge, still a delay for those travelling north from Edinburgh to Fife after an accident on the bridge was cleared. A breakdown earlier, near the Echline roundabout, is adding to the congestion.

In Perthshire, an accident on the A9 near Dalguise means a lengthy tailback in both directions. It's also very slow southbound in the roadworks near Auchterarder so expect it to take longer than usual. It is also slow both ways on the A720.

On the railways - delays of up to 30 minutes between Glasgow Central and Carlisle, and between Edinburgh Waverley and Carlisle due to a signalling problem.

On the ferries, Cal Mac has cancelled Oban - Colonsay sailings today because of high winds. The Sconser to Raasay service is also suspended due to technical problems.

Exclusive: David Moyes interview

David Moyes says he is ready to revive his managerial career after his ill-fated tenure at Manchester United.

David Moyes

In his first broadcast interview since he lost his job in April, the former Everton boss, 51, told the BBC: "I am ready to return."

Injured dog rescued by lifeboat

A dog was rescued by a lifeboat after being injured in a 30ft fall onto a rocky beach at Loch Ness.

English bull terrier Stan sustained a broken leg in the fall on Wednesday morning.

Life boat crew save dog

Owner Ricky Simpson went to Stan's aid while his partner called the coastguard.

The Drumnadrochit-based Loch Ness RNLI crew took the pair to Foyers pier by lifeboat. Stan then received treatment from a vet in Inverness.

Costa's coffee cure

Scottish SPCA officers used warm water and sugar from a nearby coffee shop

to revive a love bird found "on the brink of death" in Dumfries.

It had been spotted by a member of the public on the town's Birchfield Place on Wednesday.

Scottish SPCA

Animal rescue officer Tracy Cannon said the bird was "stunned and looked like he had no life left in him".

However, the coffee shop "cure" revived the bird - who they have named Costa - and they are now seeking its owner.

BBC Scotland Travel


Accident in Perthshire on the A9, near Dalguise. We're told there are tailbacks Northbound.

What's are your burning questions?

BBC Sport


Former Celtic manager Davie Hay will be speaking to us tomorrow, what would you like to ask him? Send us your questions! #Celtic


@BBCSportScot, or post your questions on our
facebook page.

Man who attacked football fan with bottle jailed

A man who permanently disfigured a football fan with a broken bottle has been jailed for attempted murder.

Paul McCann, 28, admitted attacking Caolan Fullerton, 18, as he made his way back to his hotel in Glasgow city centre after watching Celtic play AC Milan.

Mr Fullerton had travelled from Northern Ireland to watch the Champions League match when he was assaulted in the Gallowgate last year.

McCann was jailed for five years and three months.

NHS chief on Grampian concerns

The chief executive of NHS Scotland has insisted that patients coming to Accident and Emergency at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (pictured) are safe,

amid concerns over staff shortages.

Paul Gray met with emergency care consultants at NHS Grampian after the board's chairman resigned.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Bill Howatson warned of "significant challenges" as he stepped down.

However, Mr Gray said the board "performs well" and there was a "strong commitment" to maintaining that.

Trafficking 'the slavery of our times'

The UK and Ireland's top prosecutors have pledged to

work together to tackle human trafficking, described by Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland as "the slavery of our times".

Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland

The heads of prosecution services in Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh,

amid a rise in reported cases.

Advocate General For Scotland Lord Wallace represented the UK government at the summit, which was also attended by Scotland's solicitor general, Lesley Thomson.

BBC Scotland Travel


Police tell us Forth Road Bridge now re-opened Northbound. See lots of traffic backed up so it will take a while for normality to resume.

Missing pensioner found safe

A 75-year-old man who went missing while on holiday on Skye has been traced after a police helicopter search.

Jim Tough from Cumbernauld was visiting the island with his family when he was reported missing from the Portree area.

He had not been seen since 10:00 on Thursday, when he went out walking with his dog.

Mr Tough was found safe and well and taken to Broadford Hospital for a check-up.

Man suffers serious facial injuries in assault

A 31-year-old man has suffered serious facial injuries in an assault on a "quiet residential" street in Glasgow.

The incident happened at about 21:00 on Wednesday on South Scott Street in Baillieston.

South Scott Street in Baillieston

The victim was walking alone when he was attacked by a man who then ran off towards Main Street.

Police are particularly keen to speak to a member of the public who attempted to help the victim following the attack.

BBC Scotland Travel


The outside lane of the Edinburgh city bypass was closed briefly this lunchtime, for emergency services to recover wreckage from a three vehicle collision.

It involved a motorbike and two cars, on the east bound carriageway of the A720 at Babberton.

But police say there were no serious injuries.

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry afternoon for most with bright spells through the central belt, the North West and around the Moray Firth.

Mild, with highs of 15 to 18 Celsius in the sunniest spots.

This evening, the rain spreads in to reach all parts but will be heaviest through Argyll and the West highlands.

Strong to gale force southerly winds will affect the west coast from the North Channel right up to the north Minch. Elsewhere breezy, cloudy and wet.

A battle of sheer grit

The Scottish government has won a £3.2m legal battle against a gritting business which had accused it of a breach of EU competition laws.

A worker spreads grit, during freezing, cold weather in the UK
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Nationwide Gritting Services Ltd (NGS) had claimed that ministers gave the contracts to supply salt to de-ice roads to rivals, without giving NGS a chance to bid on them.

However the Scottish government cited the "extreme urgency" exception in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, arguing that the conditions were "exceptional", and meant they were legally permitted to strike a deal without having to hold competitive tendering exercises.

Scotland lose in New Zealand

Scotland suffered a four-wicket defeat to Canterbury in New Zealand in the latest match in their World Cup warm-up tour.

Scotland's cricket team

A half-century from Preston Mommsen (55) and a strong innings from Kyle Coetzer (83) saw Scotland post a total of 270 for seven after they elected to bat first at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

But the home side finished off their task in style as they reached 274 runs with 18 balls to spare.

Taser use "proportionate and necessary".

A police officer was

justified in using a Taser against a violent and drunk man in North Ayrshire, an independent investigation has ruled.


The man threatened police and members of the public with a knife and other weapons before the Taser was used.

Missing bus shelters

Edinburgh Evening News

Commuters were left in the cold and police called in after city centre bus shelters began vanishing.

The missing Princes Street bus shelter
Edinburgh Evening News

City officials discovered that three shelters had vanished overnight from Princes Street and outside the Western General, during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Clear Channel, which owns more than a third of Edinburgh's bus shelters, said it had ripped them out after its contract expired on August 3 and it heard nothing from the council.

Read the full story here.