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  2. Kelpies site wins engineering award
  3. Dog walker sought over sex attack
  4. Youth arrested over Cumbernauld rape
  5. Celtic gear up for Europa League encounter

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's it for today from the Scotland Live team. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for the latest news, sport, travel and weather as it happens.

School's out...of bounds

Parents could be banned from parking near 11 schools in Edinburgh under new plans.

school sign

Traffic would be banned from streets outside or around school entrances during the school run.

A total of 31 schools asked to take part in the pilot and a list of 10 schemes covering 11 schools has been drawn up.

If approved by the transport and environment committee next week, they will go to consultation later in 2014.

Scottish Baftas

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Scotland announced its nominations for the British Academy Scotland Awards 2014 today.

The Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith leads the way with five nominations. The film of the Irvine Welsh novel Filth, starring James McAvoy, is up for three awards.

Mrs Brown's Boys

Previous winners Mrs Brown's Boys and Limmy's Show! Christmas Special! are also nominated, while Grand Theft Auto V features in the video games category.

This year's ceremony will be hosted by TV presenter Hazel Irvine and will take place in Glasgow on Sunday 16 November.

Celtic v Astra

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Sportsound presenter

Tweets: Sportsound at 6.10pm 810mw and on digital. Live Europa League commentary of Celtic v Astra.

Facing the music

The Scottish government has called on the Home Office to reconsider the case of

an American percussionist who is at risk of being deported from Scotland.

Steve Forman

Dr Steve Forman, who has played with David Bowie and Pink Floyd, could not extend his visa due to salary restrictions.

Dr Forman has taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow for four years.

He is currently appealing against the Home Office decision.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


Today's rain in the west will gradually fizzle out and it will turn dry across the country, bar the odd shower.

Clear spells will develop, especially for eastern areas. South west winds strengthen along western coasts, reaching gale force in the Western Isles by the end of the night.

Tomorrow will bring a mixture of sunshine and showers. The heaviest and most frequent of the showers will be found in the north west.

The driest conditions, with the best of the sunshine, will be found in the east.

Squirrel virus is a grey area

Research on the spread of squirrelpox has suggested that it may be possible to

confine it to southern Scotland.

red squirrel

The virus, thought to have been brought to the UK by grey squirrels, has had a devastating effect on the population of the native red squirrel.

But research commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has indicated that it could be kept out of areas dominated by reds.

These include the Highlands, Tayside, Argyll, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

Murray looks Fab

Andy Murray has moved into the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open with a

convincing 6-2 6-4 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini.

The win is a boost to Murray's bid to qualify for the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

Andy Murray
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Murray dispatched Fognini in 72 minutes, exacting revenge for a crucial defeat by the world number 19 in this year's Davis Cup quarter-final.

The Scot will next face South Africa's Kevin Anderson for a semi-final place.

Motorcycle death

A 53-year-old man has died following a road crash in Glasgow earlier today.

At around 05:50, police were called to a report of a crash involving a Honda motorcycle and a Ford Fiesta car on Polmadie Road, near its junction with Polmadie Street.

The 53-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary, but died later. The driver of the Ford Fiesta was uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Pylon on the pressure

The power firm SSE is urging the Secretary of State for Energy to consider moving to national pricing on supplier costs so that rural customers do not pay more for their electricity.

Electricity tower

It follows confirmation and criticism that people living in the Highlands and Islands pay a 2p surcharge per unit because of the higher cost of delivering power to homes in the north of Scotland.

In a letter to Ed Davey, SSE's chief executive Alistair Phillip-Davies has called for the transport costs to be flattened out to one standard charge throughout Great Britain.

Cash, bang, wallop

A woman is suing a music shop for £20,000 over claims she was left with tinnitus after the shop owner hit a large cymbal as she stood next to it.

Dorothy Brannigan had gone into the RWJ drum store in Perth to buy earplugs for her son.

RWJ drum store

She claims Kevin Smith twice forcefully struck a large cymbal, six feet from her.

Mr Smith is contesting the case and a full hearing will take place later at the Court of Session.

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Celtiv V Astra match

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Drop in Scots students

There has been a 9% drop in the number of Scots applying to study some specialised university courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary, according to new figures by Ucas.

Student working on a laptop

Only 1,930 applications have been submitted for the courses in Scotland and at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Scottish Conservative young people spokeswoman Liz Smith said: "We know that competition for places in these courses is particularly intense, evidenced by the Ucas statistics which show that the numbers of international applicants is rising.

"This, in turn, must put some additional pressure on the places which can be awarded to Scottish students and it may well be that some Scots have been put off applying to these courses as a result."

Celtic pay row

Celtic should overturn its objection to paying staff a "living wage", a Labour MSP has said.

celtic park

The Parkhead club, in

Europa League action tonight, has recommended voting down a resolution to pay all staff at least £7.65 an hour at the company's AGM next month.

But James Kelly, Labour MSP for nearby Rutherglen, said the club could be an example to other employers - and potentially improve its performance on the pitch.

Around 6,000 people have signed a petition calling on the club to pay the living wage, with a resolution to be presented at Celtic's AGM on 21 November.

Wheelchair plea

Evening Telegraph

A Dundee woman who had her wheelchair stolen has called for the thief to return it.

Sheila Clubb's wheelchair was stolen from behind a locked grill outside the bookshop where she works in the city's Albert Street.

Sheila Clubb and Allan Gourlay
DC Thomson

Sheila, who needs double hip surgery and uses two sticks to walk, told the Dundee Evening Telegraph: "I just want the thieving little toerag to give it back. I'm constantly looking for it when I'm travelling up the road."

Read the full story here.

Hospital criticised

An ombudsman has criticised Hairmyres Hospital, which claimed

a man with terminal cancer who could not speak had phoned them to cancel an examination.

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The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) also upheld complaints relating to delayed cancer diagnoses.

One woman's cancer grew inoperable in the delay between diagnosis and surgery.

A GP who withdrew continuous pain relief from a dying man was also criticised.

Blaze hotel demolished

A former hotel in Aberdeenshire badly damaged by fire is

set to be demolished.

About 70 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Highland Haven in Macduff's Shore Street on Saturday night.

Fire at Highland Haven Hotel, Macduff
Lisa Wood

They managed to stop the flames spreading to nearby buildings.

An investigation was launched into the cause.

Fish and cheeps

David Perrie sent us this picture which he took on holiday on a wild day at Port of Ness, on the isle of Lewis.

Birds on rock
David Perrie

He stumbled across these cormorants on the cliffs just above the village, waiting for the rough weather to abate before resuming their fishing.

Send your pictures to, and you might find them included in our
weekly gallery of pictures taken from around Scotland.

Attempted robbery search

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with an attempted robbery at a Shell petrol station in Dundee.

Investigators are keen to speak to the man and anyone who can help identify him.

CCTV image of man
Police Scotland

He is described as 5ft 7in tall, in his late 20s, wearing a blue baseball cap, a dark-coloured hooded jacket with grey-coloured sleeves, dark-coloured jeans, dark-coloured gloves and trainers. The man was also wearing a black and white scarf pulled up over his face.

Alexander relishes Edinburgh derby bow

Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander is looking forward to his first Edinburgh derby on Sunday.

The 36-year-old missed Hearts' 2-1 victory over Hibernian at Tynecastle in August through injury.

Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander

But he has played in the last seven matches, with Hearts now nine points clear at the top of the Championship.

"We're delighted with where we are and we believe in what we've got in the dressing-room," said Alexander.

"We're that scalp that everyone wants to take because we're playing well."

Hospital food - Your Views

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Joy: Food in hospital for many is an integral part of treatment, it can have an impact on physical as well as mental well-being. It costs no more to provide good food as bad.

Glittering cast

Daily Record

Tweets: Martin Compston & Paul Brannigan team up with Harry Enfield for movie being filmed in Scotland.

Read the full story here.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely cloudy afternoon ahead, with rain continuing across the central and southern Highlands.

There will be some breaks in the cloud at times, most notably across the north west corner, the Inverness area, the Moray coast and the east coast.

There could even be some brightness developing around the Glasgow area.

Rangers wrangling - Your Views

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F. Marshall, Closeburn: Sandy Easdale has a cheek wanting more details and information on who else is in King's plan when he'll not give any information on the people he holds voting rights for. So what's the difference, he's two faced.

Two in court over 2004 murder

Two men are to

stand trial for the murder of Martin Toner, whose body was found in a field in Renfrewshire 10 years ago.

Murdered man Martin Toner

Douglas Fleming, 48, and John McDonald, 56, are accused stabbing the 34-year-old and cutting his throat. His body was found by a farmer near Langbank in July 2004.

Both entered not guilty pleas at the High Court in Glasgow and will stand trial in March next year.

Just the job

Business management company

Geniac has announced plans to
create 385 new jobs in Glasgow over the next three years.

The firm will offer accounting, insurance, legal and HR services to start-ups and small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) from a new centre.

Geniac will collaborate with outsourcing business Webhelp UK and legal firm Harper Macleod.

A Scottish time zone?

Scotland should be given devolved powers to set its own time zone, former minister Sir Greg Knight has argued.


The East Yorkshire MP wants clocks to run two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time during the summer - known as double summertime - and one hour ahead during winter.

Supporters claim double summertime could add millions to Britain's earnings from tourism. But opponents say the darker mornings would make life more difficult for groups including early-rising farmers and children walking to school.

All aboard

The Courier

Tweets: Routemaster buses returning to Tayside's roads.

Read the full story here.

Fake snake fright

An animal welfare officer who was dispatched to a call about a stray snake in Glasgow found the

cause of the alarm was a rubber toy.

A woman called the SSPCA on 10 October after placing a cardboard box over what she thought was a 2ft snake in the city's Claremont Street.

Fake snake
Scottish SPCA

When senior inspector Billy Linton arrived, he was amused to find a rubber reptile lurking under the box.

He said the toy was lifelike and he could understand why it caused a scare.

Fire at Aviemore hotel

Hundreds of guests had to be evacuated from a hotel near Aviemore in the early hours of this morning after a suspected fire in the kitchens - eventually traced to a wooden baton smouldering inside an oven.

Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel, Aviemore
Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel

Fire crews were called to the Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel by staff just after 03:00 when an alarm and light smoke detected on three floors alerted them to the fire.

More than 420 residents were moved to an unaffected part of the hotel, but it was more than six hours before the source of the smoke was found.

SSPCA hits out at decision

The SSPCA has said that it is "extremely disappointed" by the decision to

return 12 dogs and sheep to a pensioner convicted of mistreating dozens of animals.

Ann Wynd was found guilty of 29 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at her home near Falkirk.

Dog in cage

Despite being banned from keeping animals for three years, the 75-year-old has been permitted to take eight sheep and four dogs home.

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chief superintendent Mike Flynn said Wynd should have been banned from keeping animals for life.

Man jailed for murder

A man has been jailed for life after being convicted of murdering his brother at their mother's home in Glasgow.

Peter Moore, 28, from Bonhill in West Dunbartonshire, fatally stabbed 25-year-old Derek Moore at a flat in Govan on 3 January, inflicting four stab wounds and a total of 75 injuries to his body.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Moore was told that he must serve a minimum of 18-and-a-half years before he can apply for parole.

Flight of fancy

A rare bird has ended up on the

wrong side of the Atlantic after migrating to the Outer Hebrides at the height of the recent storms.

The sighting of the Hermit Thrush at Balranald nature reserve on North Uist is only the 13th recorded in the United Kingdom.

hermit thrush

World's End murder trial

The jury in the World's End murder trial has travelled to East Lothian for a site visit so that they could see a number of the places associated with the murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie.

The bodies of the 17-year-olds were found in two separate locations - less than five miles apart - in East Lothian the day after they were last seen in the World's End pub on Edinburgh's High Street.

Christine Eadie and Helen Scott

The Judge Lord Matthews told the jury before they left that they were not going there to do their own investigations.

The whole court including the accused, Angus Sinclair is attending. Mr Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls in October 1977.

Dundee United duo unavailable

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has confirmed that Paul Paton and Mark Wilson are the players at the centre of a club investigation.

And neither man will be available for Saturday's trip to Inverness CT.

"It's out of my hands, the club is investigating and everything will come out in due course," said McNamara.

The manager refused to comment when asked if the probe concerned an incident involving Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

However, defender Wilson has said he was present at the time of an assault on Zaluska in Glasgow, in the early hours of Monday.

Never Miss A Beat

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Lots of news today @BBCRadioScot will be talking to management at Grangemouth, discuss Tesco drop in profits and @EamonnONeill S Cosgrove in.

Listen live to the programme


Disappearing post box

Police have begun an investigation after the

disappearance of a village post box.

The box was removed from the site of a former post office in Parton, near Castle Douglas, but Royal Mail insist it was not involved.

The furious residents say posting letters now involves a three-mile journey to Crossmichael.

Police seek dog walker

Police are trying to trace a man who

sexually assaulted a woman in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire.

The man, who was walking a black Labrador, spoke to the 29-year-old victim before attacking her in Bull Road, near Church Road.

Bull Road, Clarkston

Police said the sexual assault happened between 22:30 and 23:00 on Saturday.

The suspect was described as white, aged 40 to 60, short in height, approximately 5ft 2in to 5ft 3in tall, with short dark hair.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


Disruption to ScotRail services between Aberdeen/Inverurie, signalling problem between Dyce/ Inverurie. Some trains have been cancelled.

Hospital food - Your Views

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Hawth: I've spent a couple of nights in hospital recently in Bradford. I didn't enjoy my meals but I was given a choice each time. I wasn't in hospital to enjoy the food. If this is all the NHS in Scotland is criticised for then be thankful. They don't advertise a 5-star dinner service, they will just try to save your life.