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  1. Smith Commission talks 'constructive'
  2. 'Appalling' treatment of shot Scot
  3. Youth unemployment fall
  4. 'Hail of bullets' VC hero is honoured

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Laura Cuthill

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

It has been another busy day on the Scotland Live blog.

Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest from around Scotland.

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Man hit by train

British Transport Police have issued a statement after a person was hit by train at Carluke earlier this afternoon.

Their spokesman said: "At 4.15pm, officers received a report of a man being struck by a train at Cartland. A man was later confirmed dead.

"Officers are not treating the death as suspicious, and are working to identify the man and inform his family. A full report will be submitted to the local Procurator Fiscal."

Trains from Lanark to Milngavie and Dalmuir are still delayed although services are expected to return to normal by 19:00.

Video - Deila on Astra

Watch Celtic manager Ronny Deila give his thoughts ahead of his side's Europa League match with Astra Giurgiu tomorrow night.

Ronny Deila

Still got it

Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan are back on BBC One Scotland on Friday, 7 November at 9pm with Still Game Live.

Still Game

Rangers latest

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

Can confirm that Dave King and Sandy Easdale had discussions on Rangers future today. Remains to be seen if they bear fruit

War hero commemorated

Watch Suzanne Allan's report on the ceremony to commemorate a World War One soldier who braved a hail of bullets to save his comrades.

Pte Henry May was a reservist with The Cameronians when he risked his life to rescue a soldier and then his platoon commander at La Boutillerie, in France, on 22 October 1914.

Pte Henry May
BBC - council handout

A paving stone was also laid outside the People's Palace in memory of Pte May, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915.

Deila's sympathy for Zaluska

Celtic manager Ronny Deila revealed his sympathy for Lukasz Zaluska after the goalkeeper was attacked in the street in Glasgow.

The Norwegian confirmed the 32-year-old Pole will be in the squad for Thursday's Europa League meeting with Romania's Astra.

Lukasz Zaluska

Zaluska was injured after an incident in the early hours of Monday morning.

"I'm sorry for him because it can be quite scary, but in my opinion he hasn't done anything wrong," he said.

Orkney Ambulance delay

The Scottish Ambulance Service has admitted that a delay in getting help to an injured man in Orkney was caused by a control room mistake about the location of the casualty.

The elderly man, who had fallen on Great Western Road in Kirkwall, had to wait because an ambulance had been despatched to Great Western Road in Aberdeen - more than 200 miles away - by mistake.

Ambulance service badge

The call was routed through to the Scottish Ambulance Control Centre in Inverness, which has been dealing with emergency calls from Orkney for the past ten years

A spokesman for the ambulance service said that the error had resulted in a delay of around twenty minutes in getting the man to hospital and added that the incident was being reviewed.

Dundee search for new goalkeeper

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Dundee's Kyle Letheren has been ruled out through injury for up to eight weeks, leading manager

Paul Hartley to launch a search for a new goalkeeper.

Kyle Letheren

The 26-year-old Welshman picked up a knee injury in the warm-up before Saturday's 3-1 win away to Motherwell.

It is feared that Letheren may now need an operation and he will see a specialist on Monday.

BBC Scotland Weather


A cloudy end to the day for most with rain around parts of the NW and W/SW coast. A few showers inland. Winds easing.

'Constructive' meeting

The Smith Commission on more powers for the Scottish Parliament has held a "constructive" first meeting,

its chairman has said.

Lord Smith said representatives of Scotland's main political parties had "committed to work together to achieve a positive outcome".

Lord Smith's commission

The SNP, Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and the Scottish Green Party have all set out devolution proposals.

The commission is expected to reach an agreement by 30 November.

Youth unemployment fall

The number of jobless young people in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level for six years,

according to new data.

The Office for National Statistics reported that the youth unemployment rate stood at 16.7% between June and August - 5.6% lower than a year ago.

Youth employment

The UK rate fell by 5.1% over the same period and now stands at 17.2%.

There are now 72,000 unemployed young people in Scotland - a drop of 29,000 on the same period last year.

Referendum conspiracy theories

The Sunday Herald's Paul Hutcheon

Damning @Lawyersforyes piece on the embarrassing conspiracy theories put forward by some Yessers

Political powers

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Smith Commission members: talks outcome "not to be conditional on the conclusion of other political negotiations elsewhere in the UK".

Another referendum?

Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University has argued that another referendum should take place to ask the Scottish people if they want Holyrood to have more powers.

Prof John Curtice

Prof Curtice told BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive: "Given that Scottish public opinion at the moment doesn't appear to be entirely consistent on the issue of exactly how much more devolution it wants... it seems we do need to go through the process of debate and argument in order to get a clear idea - so the public can get a clear idea - about exactly what they want.

"A crucial reason that we need a referendum is we need to have a process whereby at the end we can say look, this is something that a majority of people in Scotland have backed."

Person struck by train

Rail services from Lanark to Milngavie and Dalmuir have been delayed after a person was hit by a train at Carluke.

Train operator ScotRail flagged up the incident on its Twitter feed shortly after 16:00.

It has since said that services were returning to normal but "there may be some disruption up until 18:00".

Smith Commission

Smith Commission

The Smith Commission on further powers for the Scottish Parliament has issued a statement following a first day of talks.

Another fine mess...

Edinburgh City Council is calling on tougher laws to help crack down on the issue of dog fouling in the city.

They have suggested that the Scottish Government raises the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) currently handed out to dog fouling offenders, as well as an increased maximum fine for dog owners taken to court.

A stencil on the pavement asking you to clean up after your dog

A report going before councillors also recommends better monitoring of perpetrators in order to clamp down on reoffending.

In the last year, 231 fixed penalty notices have been handed out to dog owners across the city, with 82 people reported to the Procurator Fiscal for dog fouling offences.

Woman allowed pets back

A pensioner convicted of mistreating dozens of animals has had

12 of them returned to her.

Ann Wynd was convicted on 29 counts of keeping dogs, sheep and ponies in "deplorable conditions" at her home near Falkirk.

Dogs in cages

The 75-year-old was earlier banned from keeping animals for three years, except for four dogs and four sheep.

A sheriff placed a supervision order on Wynd for three years, but allowed her to have four more animals back.

Tune in...

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland.


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On this day...

In 1989,

Ewan MacColl - the socialist, singer-songwriter and playwright - passed away.

His most famous work was the song

The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, made famous by Roberta Flack.

In 1947, the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw said: "Apart from myself, MacColl is the only man of genius writing for the theatre in England today."

Pitching an idea

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Dundee United to spend £300,000 on new synthetic pitch at Gussie Park for youth teams. Starting Nov to be completed next Feb. Fans have put in £50,000.

Cameron and MacNeil on more powers

During Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron was asked about standing by pre-referendum pledges on more powers for the Scottish government.

The SNP's Angus MacNeil said they would lead to more jobs and a "more just society".

Angus MacNeil

David Cameron, in reply, asked about nationalists sticking to a promise about the referendum ending the independence question "for a generation, possibly a lifetime".

Watch the exchange from the House of Commons.

Mark Wotte hits back

Departing Scottish FA performance director Mark Wotte

has hit back at those he insists were resistant to the changes he implemented.

The Dutchman is angry by criticism he received by some coaches and others in the media after deciding to stand down this week.

Mark Wotte

Wotte broke his media silence to tell BBC Scotland: "Some people in Scotland are reluctant to change.

"I have things to say but will take my time to think about my response."

Who are Astra Giurgiu?

BBC Sport's Kenny Crawford

takes a look at Celtic's Europa League opponents.

Astra Giurgiu
Getty Images

Allan Grogan to join SSP

The Scotsman

tweets: The founder of the Labour group that backed an #indyref Yes vote has left the party to join the Scottish Socialists.

Read the full story here.

Scotland lose in final tour match

Kyle Coetzer's score of 128 was in vain as Scotland lost to Otago by 67 runs in the final match of their World Cup warm-up tour at Lincoln, New Zealand.

Otago were bowled out for 361 in 48.1 of their allotted 50 overs after Scotland had won the toss.

Kyle Coetzer
Getty Images

In reply, Coetzer (pictured) helped Scotland start well but they struggled to maintain the momentum and were eventually dismissed for 294 with 6.2 overs to spare.

It meant Scotland ended their tour down under with two wins and five defeats.

Backing for Hosie

The majority of SNP MPs at Westminster have publically backed their colleague Stewart Hosie in his bid to become the new deputy leader of the party.

Angus MacNeil, Eilidh Whiteford, Mike Weir and Angus Robertson, who is the SNP leader at Westminster, all voiced their support.

Stewart Hosie MP for Dundee East

Keith Brown, who is transport minister, the youth employment secretary Angela Constance and the Westminster and SNP treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie are all in the running for the job.

Mr Robertson said that Mr Hosie was the best choice for the job and he was supporting him, "because of his strong record and experience."

Murray defeats Melzer

Andy Murray battled through to win his first round match against Jurgen Melzer in the

Valencia Open on Wednesday.

Andy Murray
Getty Images

Britain's number one won 6-3 6-3 after taking a wild card into the event as he bids to qualify for the end-of-season World Tour Finals.

Astra duo arrive late

Astra Giurgiu's Kehinde Fatai and Seidu Yahaya have arrived in Scotland for their Europa League tie at Celtic after visa problems delayed their departure.

The Romanian champions' flight to Glasgow arrived three hours late on Tuesday amid reports of problems over the payment for their flight.

Seidu Yahaya
Getty Images

But paperwork problems over Nigerian striker Fatai and Ghanaian midfielder Yahaya (pictured), both 24, were resolved.

The pair arrived later on a separate flight to Scotland.

Runnicles' new role

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

Donald Runnicles to step down as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He will become the Conductor Emeritus from 2016.

Donald Runnicles

Death of Polish man probed

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 30-year-old man found unconscious in a house in Gretna.

Polish national Sebastian Masiewicz was found at a house on Loanwath Road in the town on Sunday morning.

Sebastian Masiewicz
Police Scotland

He was later pronounced dead at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Police are keen to trace his movements over the period leading up to his death, and have appealed in particular to anyone who saw him on Saturday to come forward.

Bankruptcy at six-year low

The number of Scots going bankrupt is at its

lowest level for more than six years.

Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) found personal insolvencies, which include both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs), fell year-on-year by 12.5% in the last quarter.


A total of 2,991 personal insolvencies were recorded during the period.

There were 1,654 notes of bankruptcy, which was down by 5.8% on the previous quarter.

Armed robbery

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a petrol station in Denny.

Officers were called to the Gulf petrol station on Glasgow Road in the town at 21:40 on Tuesday.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace the culprit, and the Police Scotland helicopter was deployed as part of the search.

Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

PM vows Asghar action

The Prime Minister has stepped into the row over an Edinburgh father sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy.

Mohammad Asghar - who is 70 and has paranoid schizophrenia - remains in hospital after being shot by a policeman last month.

Mohammad Asghar
Aamer Anwar

At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron said Mr Asghar's treatment was ''appalling'' and said contact was being made at the highest level to try to resolve the situation.

Mr Asghar's daughter has

previously met UK government officials to plead for intervention.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


Cloud continues to thicken with outbreaks of heavy rain spreading north-eastwards with a strengthening SW wind. Mild at 11-14C. The rain today heaviest for Argyll, Lochaber, Fort William and Skye. 40-60mm of rain could fall in 12 hours with risk of some localised flooding.

Dundee employment falls by 11%

The number of people in work in Dundee

has dropped more than 11% in two years.

A report to the city council stated that 58,100 people of working age were in employment through the 2013/14 year, a fall of 7,400 compared to the 65,500 recorded in 2011/12.


The authority has targeted having a further 10,000 people in work by 2017.

Chief executive David Dorward, who is to retire next month, said a "new economic development strategy" would be deployed to target employment growth.

Road deaths fall

The number of people killed and injured on Scotland's roads fell by 10% last year,

according to official statistics.

With 11,498 road casualties reported to police in 2013, this was the lowest level since records began.

Scotland roads

The figures released by Transport Scotland showed an increase in recorded fatalities for car drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists.

However the number of fatalities across all modes of transport fell by 3% to 172.

Scotland's Powers - Get Inolved

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Gordon from Dundee: Acting as an agent for the 3 UK parties, Gordon Brown promised Home Rule, as near to federalism as could be, where one party comprises 85% of the population. Anything less is a betrayal.

Brian McPherson, Wemyss Bay: Why do all the No voters want extra power for Scotland when they voted to say Scotland couldn't survive without Westminster? If they didn't believe in Scotland on September 18th why do they believe now that we are capable of running our own affairs without Westminster? You voted No so you have to live with what Westminster decided and remember you No voters chose it.

Scotland's Powers - Your Views

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Graeme in Argyll: The SNP are the majority party in the Scottish Parliament so should have the most say in the smith commission. They also form the Scottish government voted in democratically and therefore represent the people of Scotland.

John, Aberdeen: I eventually voted after being a Yes all the way through. My No doesn't mean no, it means yes to Devo Max and Home Rule. It also means yes to all the vows promised by the three leaders.