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  1. Severe flooding in Campbeltown
  2. Tram inquiry given increased powers
  3. Jim Clark Rally cancelled after deaths
  4. Sturgeon to make keynote speech
  5. Deila wants Celtic to be more ruthless

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That's it from Scotland Live for this week. Join us again from 08:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, traffic and travel as it happens.

World's End DNA analysis

A forensic scientist has told the World's End murder trial that samples from 1977 were preserved in a "very good condition" when he analysed them.

Andrew Davidson, 46, said he believed scenes-of-crime work following the discovery of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott's bodies had been "well-handled".

angus sinclair

Mr Davidson is the last witness to give evidence for the prosecution in the trial of 69-year-old Angus Sinclair.

Mr Sinclair denies raping and murdering the 17-year-olds in October 1977.

Fiddlers on the roof

Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of bogus workmen in the west of Edinburgh.

Four men approached various homes in Craiglockhart Loan, Redford Loan, Bonaly Avenue and Longstone Road between 11:00 and 14:00 on Wednesday.

They claimed the properties' roofs needed repairs carried out and tried to pressurise the owners into handing over cash.

Police say no payments were made but are urging homeowners to be vigilant.

On top of their game

A Dundee company has won the top prize at a video games industry awards show after a public vote.

Xbox version of Minecraft
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City firm 4J Studios scooped the Game of the Year award at The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) awards for their console version of Minecraft.

Almost 12,000 votes were cast in the public vote to decide the top prize.

4J Studios also took home the Best Arcade Game by a large studio prize, also for Minecraft.

Funder pressure

Falkirk Council is facing "extremely challenging"

funding gaps totalling more than £40m in its revenue budgets.

The authority has a projected gap of £7.8m next year, £17m for the 2016/17 financial year, and a further £15m in 2017/18.

A special meeting of the council has been called to discuss the issue.

Falkirk Council has had to identify savings of more than £70m over the last eight years, and has been drawing heavily on its reserves.

Missing man's clothes found

Clothing belonging to

a 20-year-old Aberdeenshire man missing for a week has been found.

Shaun Ritchie
Police handout

Shaun Ritchie was last seen with friends at a remote woodland area near Strichen sometime last Friday night into Saturday morning.

Inspector George Cordiner, of Police Scotland, said clothing identified as that of Mr Ritchie had been recovered.

He said the missing man may have been disorientated and seeking shelter, and it remained a missing person inquiry.

Out of the deep

An oceanic fish which normally lives up to 600m below the surface has been washed up on a beach near Deep Sea World in North Queensferry.

deep sea world

The sunfish was discovered by a member of the public at East Bay beach who contacted the nearby aquarium.

Aquarists retrieved the stranded fish, which was around a metre long, but it failed to survive.

Deep Sea World's Chris Smith said: "This is the first sunfish stranding I have seen in the local area."

Dundee care centre

A new community care centre to look after elderly people is to be built in Dundee with £20m of Scottish government funding.

The investment is part of a £409m health infrastructure package set to roll out across Scotland until 2020.

Other care services in Dundee will also be improved using the funds.

NHS Tayside is to hold a consultation to decide where in the city the centre should be located and what services it should offer.

Woman cleared after biker death

A woman has been found not guilty of causing the death of a biker on a road in Inverness last July.

Barbara Ardell, of Atlanta, Georgia, had been on holiday when she was involved in a crash with Paul Todd.

Mr Todd, 57, of Conon Bridge, was taken to the city's Raigmore Hospital following the collision on Culcabock Road but died a short time later.

On the road again

Sportsound On The Road returns this season with a special programme broadcast from Auchinleck Academy in Ayrshire.

Chick Young

Rival fans of Auckinleck Talbot and Cumnock will be brought together for the show to be broadcast on Tuesday 11 November at 18:10 GMT on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, on DAB digital radio and online.

If you fancy coming along, please email with your name and how many people you wish to bring along (a maximum of four please).

Sportsound regulars Kenny Macintyre, Derek Ferguson and Chick Young (pictured) will be joined by some special guests.

Glasgow's new chief

Scotland's largest council has appointed a new chief executive to take over from George Black who retires in December after 11 years in the job.

Annemarie O'Donnell
Glasgow City Council

Annemarie O'Donnell, 49, who has been Glasgow City Council's head of corporate services since 2011, will begin taking up the role immediately.

She was chosen by a panel of senior officers and councillors on Friday.

Rangers board decides fixture date

Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists it was a board decision to go ahead with next week's game at home to Alloa.

With three players - including Lewis Macleod (pictured) - on international duty, the Ibrox club could postpone the Championship fixture as they did with last month's trip to Cowdenbeath.

Lewis Macleod
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"We considered calling it off, as we have done with previous fixtures," explained McCoist.

"The board haven't exactly told me why they have made that decision, but I totally respect it and we move on."

Telfer on Scotland

Ahead of the big match against Argentina, Jim Telfer reflects on

new Scotland rugby coach Vern Cotter.

Jim Telfer

Scottish Open secured

The future of the Scottish Open has been secured until 2020 thanks to extended commitments from the title sponsor and Scottish Government.

Scottish Open
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The government has pledged £1m per year, while Aberdeen Asset Management will continue to back the tournament.

Jean Campbell trial

A man is to stand trial charged with murdering a woman whose body was found by her husband in a park in Glasgow.

Jean Campbell

Paul Ward, 21, is accused of killing 53-year-old Jean Campbell in Cranhill Park on 13 December last year.

Bogarde applies for Motherwell

Former Netherlands defender Winston Bogarde has applied for the managerial vacancy at Motherwell.

Winston Bogarde
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The 44-year-old was part of the Ajax squad that won the Champions League in 1995 and went on to play for AC Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea.

Raids could be linked

Police believe two attempted armed raids at Ladbrokes shops in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire "may be connected".

The first incident happened at the bookmakers on Woodneuk Road, Nitshill, south Glasgow, at 21:00 on Wednesday.

The second failed robbery happened at the shop in Greenhills Square, East Kilbride, at about 20:30 on Thursday.

Boyack's leadership bid

The Labour MSP Sarah Boyack, a contender for the leadership of Scottish Labour, says she's a "unifying and listening" candidate and knows where she would take the party.

She said: "We've got to re-engage with communities, and not just in elections. We've got to be doing it from now on.

Sarah Boyack, Labour leadership candidate
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"And if I were leader I would face forward. I would get the party together . I would unify us and would focus on what really matters - representing people and making sure we're on their side."

Teen charged over Glenrothes fires

Police have charged a teenager in connection with a series of suspicious fires in Glenrothes.

The 18-year-old is due to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Monday.

One fire at a garage is estimated to have caused damage costing a £100,000.

Lambert doesn't fear the axe

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (left) says he does not fear the sack despite his side's poor form, and points to the success of Sam Allardyce (right) at West Ham as proof he can oversee a turnaround.

Paul Lambert
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Plan to replace remote school

Highland Council has set out plans to replace one of Scotland's most remote schools.

Strontian Primary, in Strontian, in the north west Highlands was built in the mid-1970s and takes pupils from the Ardnamurchan and Morvern peninsulas.

Strontian Primary
Richard Laybourne/Geograph

Councillors will be asked at a meeting next week to agree that the school be accommodated in new units at the village's Ardnamurchan High School.

The proposal would cost about £1.16m, council officers have said.

Woman embezzled £69k

An Aberdeenshire woman who embezzled £69,000 from an oil firm has been jailed.

Melanie Fraser, 37, from Ellon, worked in the accounts department of HRH Ltd's Aberdeen headquarters.

Fraser was caught after two years after another employee noticed accounting irregularities.

She admitted the offence at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and was jailed for 16 months.

Teacher struck off over thefts

A primary school teacher who broke into a house while using heroin has agreed to be formally struck off the professional register.

Vanessa Law, 32, admitted using the Class A drug while working at a school in Fife.

She also stole petrol from garages in Fife and Glasgow during 2012.

Law was officially taken off the teaching register at a "removal with consent" hearing on 5 November.

Tonev row

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes Celtic manager Ronny Deila and captain Scott Brown were wrong to say Aleksandar Tonev did not make a racist remark to defender Shay Logan.

Deila and Brown both have denied that Tonev made the remark, despite being found guilty by the Scottish FA.

Aleksandar Tonev

"For Scott and his manager to say that he didn't say it is wrong," said McInnes.

"It's clearly wrong - because they weren't in a position to know that."

Arctic convoy

Russia is honouring Scottish veterans of the World War Two Arctic Convoys at a ceremony in Glasgow.

The country's Consul General will present more than 40 Ushakov Medals to surviving veterans and representatives of those who have died.

arctic convoy

Other ceremonies for veterans are being held in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness before Remembrance Sunday.

From 1941 to 1945, Allied ships sailed from Scotland and Iceland to Russia to supply it with food and weapons.

Bite mark 'linked to accused'

A bite mark on the left thigh of toddler Madison Horn could have been caused by the man accused of murdering her, a dental expert has told a court.

Dr Douglas Sheasby examined two-year-old Madison's body after she died as well as a cast of Kevin Park's teeth.

Madison Horn

He told the High Court in Glasgow the mark "was consistent with mild force having been applied".

Mr Park, 27, denies murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife.

Campbeltown flooding -Before and After

John Street in Campbeltown was closed overnight as flooding built up and reached nearby houses.

John Street from Google streetmap
John Street as it normally looks
Flooding in Campbeltown
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The Street after last night's flooding

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Sex attacks by policeman

A police officer from the Borders who carried out sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults has been warned he faces a lengthy jail term.

Kevin Storey

Kevin Storey, 48, of Melrose, had denied the charges but was convicted of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and assault.

Harbour plans criticised

Plans for a private harbour on a Highland firth threaten access to the area, a port authority has said.


The Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) has criticised Global Energy Group's proposal to create its own port on the shores of the firth.

Trams inquiry

The official inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco has been given increased powers, after some of those involved with the project refused to co-operate.

It has been given "statutory" status by the government in the wake of concerns raised by chairman, Lord Hardie.


The government and the inquiry has not named those who would not co-operate.

Edinburgh's tram service began running in May but only after six years of disruption and a bitter dispute between the city council and its contractor.

University elections

Scottish university chairs face elections to get their jobs, under plans to make them more accountable.

Glasgow University
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Government ministers said standards must be kept up, but university leaders questioned the need for government reform, after bringing in their own changes.

Football fans warning

Evening Express

tweets: Fans warned about smoke bombs, flares and offensive banners at Dons v Celtic clash.

Celtic v Aberdeen
Evening Express

Read the full story here.

Scotland vs Argentina

Tomorrow, Scotland will take on Argentina at Murrayfield. It will be Vern Cotter's first match at the national rugby stadium.

Scotland rugby
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Read our preview of the big game.

Teenage voters

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

The 16 and 17 year-olds who were given a voice in the debate to decide Scotland's constitutional future were widely regarded as the winners of the referendum.

Saffron Dickson was a vocal pro-Yes supporter during the referendum
Saffron Dickson was a vocal pro-Yes supporter during the referendum

The voting age was lowered for the independence referendum. But in six months, many in this generation will have to stand on the sidelines as the UK heads to the polls in a General Election.

How do the students of Bellahouston Academy feel about not being able to vote in May?

Read my piece to find out.

Jim Clark Rally cancelled

The annual Jim Clark Rally won't be run in the Borders next May.

Scottish Borders Council say it won't be possible to hold the event because investigations into

this year's tragic accident, which saw three people killed, might not be completed until well into next year.

The scene of this years crash
The event was called off immediately after a fatal collision at Little Swinton, near Coldstream on 1 June

The council and Police Scotland say the result of the investigations are seen as a vital input to the planning process for any future event.

The rally could still be staged later in the year, and Scottish Borders Council say they're committed to the long-term future of the rally which is estimated to boost the Borders economy by around £3.5m each year.

Neil wins manager accolade

Hamilton Accies manager Alex Neil has been named the Scottish Professional Football League Premiership manager of the month for October.

Alex Neil

The Lanarkshire side topped the Premiership during October and recorded a 1-0 win against Celtic.

Edwyn Collins film screening

Songwriter Edwyn Collins is to

attend a screening of his new film The Possibilities Are Endless in Helmsdale, Sutherland, as a "thank you" to the people of the village and surrounding area.

Film poster for The Possibilities Are Endless

Generations of Collins' family have had a home in Helmsdale and the musician spent childhood holidays there. His wife whispered the name of the village to him when he was in a coma after suffering a stroke and two hemorrhages in 2005.


free screening will be held at the Timespan Museum on 11 November, with a second screening planned for December.

Edinburgh-born Collins is known for his work with the band Orange Juice and his 1995 hit A Girl Like You.

Serious flooding in Campbeltown

Andrew Anderson

BBC Scotland News

A senior fire officer said the flooding in the Argyll and Bute town was some of the

worst he's seen in thirty years.

The downpour coincided with high tide and meant the floodwater would not drain away.

Some streets in Campbeltown were up to three feet deep in water. It was reaching as high as car bonnets. Some properties had water coming up through their drains.

Firefighters used pumps in an effort to clear the floodwater. Police, coastguard and council workers distributed sandbags to protect other homes and businesses. Firefighters left at breakfast time once the flood waters had receded.

Firework launched at fire-fighter

Evening Express

A firework was set off in the direction of an Aberdeen fire-fighter as crews dealt with an emergency call out on Bonfire Night.

Evening Express

Fire-fighters were responding to a call involving burning rubbish in Balnagask Circle, Torry, at the time.

Read the full story here.

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