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  1. Better hospital food may become law
  2. Salmond to donate pension to charity
  3. Husband guilty of assaulting DJ
  4. Hooligan risk for Scotland v England
  5. Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: 'Everyone wants to play against England'

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

Evening Express

Car and lorry crash on busy road

Police issue description of rapist

Police investigating the rape of a woman in the Meadows area of Edinburgh have

issued a description of a man they believe attacked her.

The 19-year-old victim was returning home from a night out just before 07:00 on Saturday morning when she was assaulted.

The man is white, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 9in, and aged between 20 and 30. He is of medium build and was wearing a black beanie hat, black zip-up tracksuit top and dark trousers.

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Rangers latest

The liquidators of The Rangers Football Club plc have secured a £24m payment from lawyers

who acted for Craig Whyte when he bought the club in 2011.

In BDO's latest statement to creditors, they reveal that Collyer Bristow agreed to settle the matter out of court.

BDO also asked administrators Duff and Phelps for "detailed explanations regarding certain aspects of the strategy implemented by them".

They have also agreed to part fund the ongoing defence of Rangers use of EBTs.

England team selection v Scotland

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Roy Hodgson, pressed on team selection and in particular choice of GK, but won't reveal XI until told players at 7pm team meeting.

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Standing room only in the England press conference in Glasgow. Commentary on @BBC 5live

England media conference

Cameron congratulates Sturgeon

The Prime Minister has congratulated Nicola Sturgeon on becoming the leader of the SNP and the First Minister in waiting.

In response to a question from the SNP MP Angus Robertson during a Commons statement on the G20 summit in Australia, David Cameron said he was happy to congratulate Ms Sturgeon on her achievement.

David Cameron in the House of Commons

He went on to say that a number of world leaders at the summit told him they were happy the UK was remaining intact after Scots voted against independence two months ago.

Hospital food - Your Views

You've been discussing the issue of better hospital food becoming law in Scotland on our

Facebook page.

Lorna McLaren: Worried not only by the quality of the food but the neglectful way of serving e.g. placed out of reach of patients then taken away uneaten, frail people unable to open cartons, confused patients unaware that the meal is meant for them.

Alastair Knox: Fortunately, the medical profession takes more interest in what we eat now than it did in my mother's day. I'm diabetic and my food intake is fairly well prescribed.

Motherwell pause managerial search

Kenny Black will continue as caretaker manager of Motherwell while the club's board forms a shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Fir Park.

However, no permanent appointment will be made until ownership of the club is finally resolved, possibly this month.

Kenny Black

A statement on the club website says 55 candidates from 20 countries have applied to replace Stuart McCall.

"We have been extremely encouraged by the quality and calibre of applicants from across the world," it says.

Court appearance over alleged Rangers fraud

Four men have appeared in court

charged with fraudulent activity following a probe into the sale of Rangers in 2011.

David Grier, Paul Clark and David Whitehouse worked for Duff and Phelps, who were Rangers' administrators.

(Clockwise from top left) Gary Withey, David Grier, Paul Clark and David Whitehouse

Gary Withey worked for law firm Collier Bristow, which represented Craig Whyte before he bought Rangers from Sir David Murray for £1 in 2011.

All four made no plea or declaration at Glasgow Sheriff Court and were granted bail ahead of a future hearing.

Mr Grier, Mr Clark and Mr Whitehouse were also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Samond giving pension to charity

Alex Salmond plans to

donate the annual pension he will receive, after stepping down as Scottish first minister, to good causes.

Alex Salmond

The sum of £42,501 will go into a trust, where it will be distributed to charities in the north east of Scotland, with youth and community groups the main beneficiaries.

The former SNP leader said the arrangement would continue for as long as he continues to be an MSP.

Explaining the gesture, Mr Salmond said: "I have already made it clear that I am not retiring from politics and therefore this is the right thing to do."

He has already donated one of his parliamentary salaries into the Mary Salmond Trust - named after his late mother - which has so far been distributed more than £92,000 to 239 groups and young people.

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Fire in Brechin primary school

A primary school in Brechin has been evacuated after a fire broke out in a changing room.

Andover Primary School

Staff and pupils were rushed from Andover Primary after the alarm was raised at about 13:20.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze but remained on site to ventilate smoke from the building.

Angus Council confirmed the school would close for the rest of the day and asked parents to come and collect children from the playground.

Strachan's selection dilemma

Gordon Strachan is likely to

resist making too many changes to his Scotland team for the friendly against England on Tuesday.

At the

media conference ahead of the game at Celtic Park, the Scotland boss admitted he must juggle a desire to beat England with satisfying his squad's hopes of featuring in the game.

James Morrison could return to the Scotland midfield for the game against England on Tuesday

James Morrison joined Scotland training on Monday but Darren Fletcher missed out.

Southampton keeper Fraser Forster hopes to start for England, with Joe Hart allowed to return to Manchester City.

Melrose pub owner denies sex assault charges

A pub owner from the Scottish Borders has been accused of

sexually assaulting five women.

Keith McDonald, 48, is alleged to have committed the offences over a 12-year period at the Ship Inn in Melrose.

He is also accused of making sexual remarks towards staff and exposing himself on various occasions between August 2001 and May 2011.

Mr McDonald, of Melrose, denied the charges at Selkirk Sheriff Court. A trial date was set for 16 December.

NHS food: Your views

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Liz: I work in hospital catering department in Glasgow and I can say the food is good I have tried all the dishes we work on a 3 week menu.

Eddie: Disgusting. Was in a Paisley RAH and they had even forgot about me as I was in a single room. Also they also had very little choice as people in first room were getting 2nd and 3rd servings before I got my first. Ended up buying take away or having food brought to me by friends and family. It's a total disgrace.

Neil: It's pretty good at mine. Probably because it's been kept in-house and not outsourced.

Ann: Was in hospital recently. Soup was edible. Main meal mush. Pudding fattening. Coffee was undrinkable

Escort service driver ordered to hand over £6,500

Margaret Paterson, Ian Goalen and Robert Munro

A man who drove prostitutes in Edinburgh to their dates with customers has been

ordered to hand over £6,500 to prosecutors.

Ian Goalen, 60, from East Lothian, was ordered to hand the cash over following a proceeds of crime hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He worked for Margaret Paterson, 61, and her business partner Robert Munro, also 61.

The pair ran a £1.2m escorts business in Edinburgh's West End.

Midwife under investigation

A midwife who was at the centre of an investigation into her care of mothers and babies in Aberdeen

faces allegations that she administered drugs which led to the lowering of unborn babies' heartbeats.

Kirsteen Stewart's conduct at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital led to her suspension in 2010 - and a police investigation. The charges cover a period between 2007 and 2010.

She now faces a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing next month into whether she can practise again.

Man cared for vulnerable kids despite links to indecent images

Daily Record

A Kilmarnock man found with almost 160 indecent images of young boys was allowed to care for vulnerable children. Now the children's mother wants answers.

Mother holding a teddy bear
Daily Record

The man - who cannot be named for legal reasons - never faced court proceedings over the images after the Crown failed to make their case within legal time constraints.

But now he has been stripped of caring for the children, who have been moved to a care home.

Read the full story here.

Prison murder trial

A prisoner has

gone on trial accused of murdering his cellmate in Glasgow's Barlinnie jail.

John Clark, 22, is accused of murdering Colin Penrose, also 22, by binding his hands with rope and strangling him.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mr Clark allegedly told a warder: "I strangled him because he was a beast."

Mr Clark denies murdering Mr Penrose between 19 and 20 March this year.

The trial before judge Michael O'Grady QC continues.

BBC Scotland Travel


In Edinburgh, traffic's still slow on the A70 Slateford Road following an accident near the railway station. Recovery is underway. But, until the road is fully clear, be prepared for delays in both directions.

In Perth and Kinross, a broken down HGV had been partially blocking the northbound M90 between J9 Muirmont and 10 Craigend, but we're being told the road is now clear.

And strong winds on the Dornoch Bridge could slow you down.

Scotland v England: Hooligan warning

English football hooligans are

planning to travel to Glasgow for the friendly international against Scotland, according to police intelligence.

Celtic Park
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Senior officers said they had been working with the UK's national football policing unit to prevent any trouble.

About 5,000 England supporters are due to attend the match at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said anyone intent on causing violence would be dealt with by the police.

NHS Food: Your views

Alex: I am in just now and have been for 5 weeks the food is reasonable but I don't expect restaurant standards, however the complaints from the other patients are ridiculously over the top. I have never met a bunch of such fussy eaters in my life. If they had acted like that in my mothers company their ears would be louping.

Lorna: worried not only by the quality of the food but the neglectful way of serving e.g. placed out of reach of patients then taken away uneaten, frail people unable to open cartons, confused patients unaware that the meal is meant for them.

Colin: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, admitted that it spent an average of just over £4 a day per patient. I wonder how much is spent a day per prisioner ?? £4 there would be a riot.

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Scotland v England

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

tweets: Gordon Strachan: Would like to give all the players the experience of facing England but need to balance with this the desire to win.

Gordon Strachan

East west split

BBC Scotland Weather


A continuing east west split. Improving in the east though staying cloudy with light patchy rain. Some flood warnings are still in force in Tayside where the ground is saturated.

Drier for the west coast and south west with the cloud breaking to allow some brighter spells. Highs around 10 to 12C , maybe 8 or 9C along the east coast.

Tonight staying cloudy in eastern areas, especially for Aberdeenshire, Caithness and into the Northern Isles. Some breaks and clear spells developing further south and west and through the central belt too.

Stirling freight trains

An independent report

has raised "significant" concerns over noise levels from trains in Stirling.

A freight train passes the Wallace monument

Stirling Council commissioned a detailed study after complaints from residents along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine line, which reopened in May 2008.

A report from Sandy Brown Associates, consultants in acoustics and vibration, concluded that night-time freight trains were causing a noise nuisance.

Continuous noise levels measured in the study area were in excess of World Health Organisation guidelines.

The council is taking legal advice on what action could be taken.

Salmond's vision on-track

First Minister Alex Salmond

says one million passengers a year could be using the Borders to Edinburgh railway within five years of it reopening.

Rail services are scheduled to return in September 2015, as track laying along the 30-mile route continues.

Speaking at Abbotsford House, near Melrose, Mr Salmond said that ambition was necessary to achieve the line's full potential.

He said he believed one million passengers a year by 2020 was an achievable goal.

Track laying on the Edinburgh - Borders railway line
Borders Railway

Dangerous driving.

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

Police probing a video showing a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre on the A90 between Aberdeen and Peterhead are following a positive line of inquiry.

The video - which was was posted on social media - was said to have been filmed on 11 November.

It showed a car swerving past a truck and another vehicle which was already in the process of overtaking.

Police said inquiries were ongoing.

Carmichael: Sturgeon must accept referendum result

The Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, has challenged the first minister in waiting, Nicola Sturgeon, to accept that the majority of people in Scotland voted No in the referendum.

Mr Carmichael urged Ms Sturgeon to commit to respecting the outcome in her formal acceptance speech this week.

Alistair Carmichael on the BBC

He said any refusal to accept the result would be damaging to the democratic process in Scotland and would fuel unnecessary division between the opposing sides.

Last week, the Scottish Secretary said he wanted to "hit the reset button" on the relationship between the UK and Scottish governments.

Appeal over Inverness attack

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Police have appealed for information after a woman was attacked by a man in Inverness on Saturday.

The assault happened between midnight and 01:00 in the area of the city's Waterloo Place.

The attacker has been described as being about 30 years old, 6ft, medium build, collar length hair and was wearing a thick checked shirt.

Another man was believed to have intervened during the incident. Police have appealed to him to get in touch.

Food for thought

Sausage roll and potato

Over on our BBC Scotland News Facebook page

we're asking for your experiences of NHS food.

The question is on the table after plans were announced to oblige hospitals to serve healthier meals.

Inverness castle

Inverness Castle's North Tower and its look-out could be opened to the public in an effort to create a new tourist attraction.

Built in stages in the 1800s at the location of previous historic castles, the sprawling site was first used as a county hall and later a jail.

Inverness castle
Highland Council

In recent times it has served as Inverness Sheriff Court.

Highland Council owns the North Tower and is leading a study into how it could be made available to tourists.

The local authority joined the Scottish government in setting up a working group earlier this year in a broader project looking at the castle's future tourism potential.

But because the tower is owned by the council it could be opened to visitors sooner than other parts of the site.

Hooligan fear over Scotland fixture

Police say they have intelligence that known English football hooligans are planning to travel to Glasgow tomorrow for the friendly at Celtic Park.

Senior officers have been working with the UK's national football policing unit to prevent any trouble.

Scotland v England

Five thousand England fans are expected at the game.

The Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he believes most fans intended to enjoy the match, but anyone causing trouble would be dealt with by the police.

The best advice is none

The Scottish government has warned drivers "the best advice is none" as it

rolls out a campaign to highlight changes to the drink-drive limit.

Television and radio adverts will carry the message that the best approach is not to drink at all if you are driving.

A man is breathalysed in a police car

The high-profile initiative aims to ensure drivers in Scotland are aware before the proposals come into effect on 5 December. The proposals will lower the alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

MSPs in Holyrood will vote on the order on Tuesday.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the initiative would save lives.

DJ's husband guilty of assault

The estranged husband of former DJ Suzie McGuire is facing jail

after being convicted of assaulting her.

Derek Mitchell, 35, was found guilty of attacking the former Radio Clyde DJ during 2011 following a three-week trial at Paisley Sheriff Court.

DJ Suzie McGuire

The jury heard how the 45-year-old had tried to take her own life in a bid to escape a "life of terror" at the hands of Mitchell.

Sentence on Mitchell was deferred until a later date.

Daily Record

tweets: BREAKING NEWS: Suzie McGuire trial - Derek Mitchell has been found guilty. More to follow.

Worker injured in shop incident

Police are at the scene of a Spar store in South Ayrshire following reports that a female member of staff was injured during an incident at the shop.

Spar, St Quivox Road in Prestwick

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said officers had been called to the store on St Quivox Road in Prestwick on Monday morning.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.

No further details are available on the condition of the female shop worker.

Dressed to chill

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A dressmakers, a silver ironing board cover and a duvet are playing a part in a £1.6bn project to demolish and clean up of a Scottish nuclear power plant.

The decommissioning of Dounreay includes the dismantling of the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR).

a silver ironing board cover and a duvet are playing a part in a £1.6bn project to demolish and clean up of a Scottish nuclear power plant.

A robotic camera built to explore pipes inside the reactor has to operate in high temperatures.

The DFR team turned to Elizabeth's Fabrics in nearby Thurso to create a hood from the cover and 7.0 tog duvet.

The hood insulates and protects the camera and will allow staff at Dounreay to look for radioactive liquid metal coolant known as NaK inside the DFR.

Gail Russell, of Elizabeth's Fabrics, said the order from the nuclear plant had posed an interesting challenge.

Arrests follow crowd trouble

Almondvale Stadium, Livingston

Fourteen men

have been arrested in connection with disorder at a Livingston v Rangers football match last month.

The incident happened during the game at the Energy Assets Arena on Saturday 4 October.

Stewards tried to eject a drunk man from the South Stand, but other spectators attempted to prevent him being removed.

The police's violence reduction unit later arrested 14 males from Glasgow.

Most of those arrested were under 18.