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  1. War dead remembered across Scotland
  2. Murder accused admits sex with girls
  3. Child protection action plan set out
  4. Major concern over hospital hygiene

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By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers and Calum Watson

All times stated are UK

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We're back tomorrow from 08:00, hope you can join us then.

Madison trial

Toddler Madison Horn was "brutally attacked in her own home", a prosecutor has told jurors.

Kevin Park

Advocate depute Jennifer Bain said there was a compelling circumstantial case against the accused Kevin Park.

Miss Bain said: "Unless Kevin Park is an incredibly unlucky babysitter he caused these injuries."

But defence QC Mark Stewart said there had been a sub-standard forensic examination of the toddler's home and a lack of firm evidence.

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

Airport ups and downs

Passenger numbers at some of Scotland's major airports

were higher this October than they were in 2013.

Glasgow airport

Aberdeen airport saw an 8.8% rise compared to last year's figures, while Glasgow saw a 2.7% rise.

Both airports recently added new international flights to their schedules.

Edinburgh airport saw a slight fall of 0.2% compared to last October.

Rangers board inquiry call

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley
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A Rangers supporters group

has written to the Alternative Investment Market calling for an investigation into the club's board.

The Rangers Supporters Trust wants AIM to "determine if [the board's] actions favour one related party".

The letter follows the Ibrox board accepting Mike Ashley's loan offer when other funding proposals had been made.

"We believe our interests may be being overlooked in favour of one particular shareholder," wrote the RST.

Sierra Leone tribute

A Scottish soldier serving in Sierra Leone has laid a wreath at the grave of another Scottish serviceman who died during World War Two.

Sierra Leone commemoration

Lance Sergeant Frederick Robertson from Galashiels was killed while on attachment with the Kings African Rifles and is buried in Freetown.

A unit from the Royal Regiment of Scotland has been deployed to the country as part of Britain's response to the Ebola outbreak.

Corporal Kieran Haig, also from Galashiels, laid a wreath on his grave during an Armistice Day commemoration held by B Company of the Royal Scots Borderers.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


East Dunbartonshire: Kirkintilloch Road through Bishopbriggs town centre is closed following an accident.

World's End murder trial

Accused man Angus Sinclair has finished giving evidence for the day.

angus Sinclair


told his trial he had consensual sex with teenagers Helen Scott and Christine Eadie.

He said he and his late brother-in-law offered them a lift home in a caravanette after a night out at Edinburgh's World's End pub in October 1977.

He said they drove to Holyrood Park and the 17 year olds were alive when he left to go fishing.

Mr Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls. He is expected to give evidence again tomorrow.

Pie songs - Your Views

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tweets: Pastie Dutchie on the Left Hand Side - Musical Youth #scotlandlive

Granite City boost

The Press and Journal

tweets: New figures have confirmed people in Aberdeen are the second best paid in Britain - only workers in London earn more.

Read the full story here.

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Circus animal ban calls

The Scottish government says it will "look carefully" at how the law could be changed to ban circuses from using wild animals.

Campaigners have raised the issue after it emerged two lions and three tigers are spending the winter at a farm in Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said he was worried about "small cages".

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said ministers were studying the results of a public consultation on whether wild animals should be banned from circuses.

Have you seen this parrot?

The Scotsman

Search operation under way for 'delinquent' parrot that escaped Edinburgh home.

African grey parrot
The Scotsman

Special, an African Grey, flew out of the back door of owner David Campbell's Corstorphine home three weeks ago, after the bird's cage was opened.

Read the full story here.

Stanton supports Hibs fans' buyout campaign

Hibernian legend Pat Stanton

is to head a new group that hopes to unite fans behind a bid to buy the club.

BuyHibs is backed by the Erin Trust, Hibernian Supporters Association, the Formers Players Association and Hibernian Shareholders Association.

Pat Stanton

Stanton has called for a meeting with Tom Farmer and want Hibs' owner to name his price for the club.

"The BuyHibs campaign has the ultimate aim of buying our club," said the former Hibs player and team manager.

Fresh appeal over missing man

Police searching for a man missing in Aberdeenshire for 11 days have issued a fresh appeal for people to check their sheds and outbuildings.

More than 200 specialist search officers have now been involved in the search for

Shaun Ritchie disappeared while with friends in a remote woodland area near the village of Strichen.

Missing man Shaun Ritchie

Police confirmed on Friday that items of clothing belonging to the 20-year-old had been found close to where he was last seen.

Police Scotland say officers have been drafted in from across the country as the extensive search continues.

Child abuse action plan

Taxi drivers, hotel staff and other night workers will be urged to report suspicions of child sexual exploitation, Education Secretary Mike Russell has told MSPs.

Generic shot of a girl leaning against a wall
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The Scottish government is still considering whether to hold an inquiry into historical abuse in Scotland, he said.

It is expected to come to a decision before Christmas.

Barnardo's Scotland earlier warned that child sexual exploitation, including organised abuse, was widespread in Scotland, but not on the scale seen in Rotherham.

'James Bond-style' drugs plot

The Evening Times

Men in £16m cocaine smuggle plot involving James Bond-style underwater vehicle.

Four men have gone on trial in Leeds, charged with conspiracy to import illegal drugs into the UK, inside the rudder space of a ship that docked at Largs.

Read the

full story here.

In pictures: Armistice silence falls across Scotland

A two-minute silence has been observed across Scotland to mark the anniversary of the WW1 armistice.

A piper plays during commemorations at Edinburgh's Garden of Remembrance

Crowds fell silent in Edinburgh's Gardens of Remembrance in Princes Street as passers-by stopped to reflect on the sacrifice of those served in WWI.

Commemorations also took place in Dumfries, Dundee, Inverness and other locations as people stopped to pay tribute to the war dead.

In Glasgow

a plaque was unveiled in the city's Central Station for the thousands who left to go to serve in WW1 and WW11.

You can see pictures from commemorations services and events throughout Scotland


Donovan Catches The Wind With Beattie

BBC Radio Scotland

Singer-songwriter Donovan joined John Beattie in the studio for his show on BBC Radio Scotland.


Donovan played at the Duke of Edinburgh awards in Glasgow last night.

He said he felt increasingly drawn back to the city where he was born.

He played "Colours" on the Beattie show with Murdo Mitchell - a busker who Donovan had previously joined for an impromptu performance on Sauchiehall Street.

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Dave B: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Weigh a Pie)

Any Questions? in Dundee

MP Margaret Curran and Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, have been confirmed for the panel of BBC Radio 4's

Any Questions, to be broadcast live from Abertay University in Dundee on Friday 14 November.

Margaret Curran and Lord Forsyth of Drumlean

Ms Curran, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, and Lord Forsyth, a former Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland, will answer questions from a live audience. The other two panel members will be announced soon.

Tickets for the live broadcast at Abertay University are free and can be obtained by calling the University's main reception desk 01382 308061, or emailing

Doors open at 19:00 and the live broadcast starts immediately after the news at 20:00.

Scotland's Euro 2016 countdown...

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Hear the thoughts of Graeme Souness and Mick McCarthy across @BBCSport outlets this afternoon.

Mick McCarthy (left) and Graeme Souness

Guardian challenge


legal challenge against the Scottish government's plans to appoint named guardians for every child has begun at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Woman helping a child

The £50,000 legal case is being funded by public donations from those opposed to the plan. The No To Named Persons (NO2NP) campaign group claims MSPs have exceeded their powers.

The Scottish government has argued the proposals would help vulnerable children and families in need.

World's End murder trial

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Under cross examination by the Lord Advocate, Angus Sinclair accepts parts of his account of Oct 15/16 1977 appear ridiculous.

He says he drove Helen Scott and Christine Eadie to a dark park, despite their wanting to go home.

He also said, under cross examination, that he could not explain pathology reports suggesting injuries consistent with rape.

Follow updates from court on my twitter feed.

Rain and cloud

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening remains cloudy with outbreaks of rain, mainly in the north-east and south

Lows overnight around 7 or 8C in the north, closer to 9 or 10 in the south.

Wednesday will be cloudy again with rain at times. Persistent rain will hit Angus, Tayside, Perthshire and parts of Aberdeenshire.

Cystic fibrosis breakthrough

Scientists at Dundee University believe they may be on

their way to a breakthrough in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

x-ray of lungs

The inherited disease makes it difficult for sufferers to fight off infection from bacteria, particularly in the lungs

The Dundee scientists found a combination of two drugs reversed the key features of the disease in nine out of 10 patients who took part.

The team say the work is at an early stage and a large-scale trial is needed but it could be a "potential game-changer".

Woman arrested over referendum ballot theft claims

The Scotsman

Police have

arrested a woman after a Facebook video claimed referendum documents, including unused ballot papers had been found near a council bin.

Ballot papers
Jon Devlin

Council chiefs have rejected the claims and insisted the documents had been removed from a storage area.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland arrested a 28-year-old woman on Monday following the theft of referendum materials in East Lothian. Enquiries are ongoing at this stage and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

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Iain G: Pie-eyed and Legless

Peter: Pie Pie Baby

Craig: Lucy in the Pie with Diamonds

Barney: I'm the Pie'd Piper

Gangland killing

A man

charged with murdering gangland figure Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll has made his first public court appearance.

Kevin Carroll

William Paterson, 35, is accused of repeatedly shooting Mr Carroll (pictured) outside the Asda store in Glasgow's Robroyston area in January 2010.

He is also accused of fleeing to Spain 10 days after the shooting.

His lawyer entered a plea of not guilty and a further hearing was set for next month.

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Susan Lowther: Pie Me To The Moon

Rep of Ireland relish Scots tilt

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

The Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says his side will go to Celtic Park in search of victory, but concedes a draw against Scotland would suit them better than it would the Scots.

O'Neill is relishing a return to the stadium where he achieved great success as the Celtic manager, but stresses his focus is entirely on the match and not the hype surrounding his return. He says he's unconcerned about the possibility of a hostile reception for the Scots-born pair of Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy, who didn't train on Tuesday because of a hamstring problem.

Rep of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
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O'Neill believes both players will take any flak in their strides. Shay Given, meanwhile, reckons some of the comments regarding McGeady and McCarthy have been "out of order" and believes Ireland and the two players in particular can use that to their benefit.

Both Given and O'Neill acknowledged the improvement in Scotland under Gordon Strachan, with Given noting the greater attacking threat the Scots now pose.

Pavement panic

An elderly motorist who

sent Perth pedestrians scattering "didn't realise" he was driving on the pavement.

George Cunningham, 82, hit a parked car in June, before careering along the pavement on South Street, busy with shoppers.

The pensioner, from Blairgowrie, was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £420.

Pie song - Your Views

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Dave Galloway

tweets: One Day I'll Pie Away.

BBC Scotland's Douglas McNeil: Live And Let Pie.

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Stewart Kerr Brown

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Jim Clark Rally aim

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Promoters of the Jim Clark Rally have announced they plan to stage an event in May next year after Scottish Borders Council said it could not be held.

Three people were killed while watching this year's event.

The local authority said the rally could not be held in May 2015 as detailed planning could not begin with investigations still ongoing.

However, a statement from rally promoters said they planned to stage an event on the weekend of 30 and 31 May.

Property market 'turning point'

Properties in Scotland are typically selling for £8,000 more than their asking price,

according to a report.

Website S1 Homes found that there was no longer a "reality gap" in most areas of Scotland.

Scottish flats

The reality gap is the difference between what sellers hope to sell their properties for and the price they actually achieve.

S1 said the latest figures marked "a turning point" in the property market and its latest quarterly house price report found flats were typically selling for £27,000 more than their asking price.

Music poser

John Beattie

BBC Scotland

Right, fun time, am on air @BBCRadioScot going to discuss Scotch pie of the year - what pop songs are there with the word pie in them?

Don McLean's American Pie? Lucy In The Pie With Diamonds by The Beatles? Charles & Eddie's Would I Pie To You?

Tory leader responds to abuse

The openly gay leader of the Scottish Conservatives has hit out at homophobic abuse directed at her online.

Ruth Davidson said the language used had been unacceptable, and urged people to join her in challenging such abuse when they see it.

Ruth Davidson
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She spoke out after secondary teachers said homophobic bullying was still rife in schools.

"I don't want young LGBT people reading my timeline and thinking that sort of language is OK. I don't want them believing that the only response is to just sit passively and take it," Ms Davidson

wrote in the Daily Record newspaper.

"We can help young people by calling out this abuse when we see it. We'd never let casual racism go unchallenged, so why is casual homophobia given a free pass?"

Arts funding cuts - Your Views

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David McKay, Portknockie: Why is it that the arts sector gets any funding at all? At a time when government and local councils are looking to makes cuts to essential services funding the arts seems to me to be an extraordinary waste of public money. If artists are producing things that the public want, they will be funded by selling their work or putting bums on seats. If they can't do that the public interest argument for supporting them goes out the window.

World's End latest

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Angus Sinclair yawned while he was giving evidence in his murder trial. His lawyer said he was on medication which made him drowsy.

World's End murder trial

The accused man Angus Sinclair has been giving evidence for the first time.

angus sinclair

He told the High Court in Livingston he had consensual sex with teenagers Helen Scott and Christine Eadie after meeting them in Edinburgh's World's End pub.

He said he left the 17-year-olds in a caravenette with his late brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton and only learned of their murders from a newspaper three days later.

Mr Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering the girls in October 1977. The trial continues.