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  1. Patient care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary faces 'serious' impact
  2. Boy, 13, injured in hit-and-run
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  4. Duncan Campbell wins Turner Prize

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BBC Scotland news

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Navy sportsman of the year

A Royal Marine who won judo gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer has been given another sporting honour.

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31-year-old Chris Sherrington, from Broxburn in West Lothian, was named the Royal Navy's sportsman of the year at its 2014 sports awards.

The Herald


Calls for Scottish Government to set out how it will use new Air Passenger Duty powers.

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'A blonde moment'

A solicitor who used the term "a blonde moment" has been accused of sexism by a sheriff.

The exchange came as lawyer Frazer McCready, referring to a letter sent out by his office in a case of alleged drink driving, told a court in Stirling that he thought his secretary was "having a blonde moment".

Sheriff Kenneth Hogg said the remark was "hugely sexist".

Mr. McCready, who has very dark brown hair, responded that he had "blonde moments" himself. Sheriff Hogg said he had never noticed this happening.

The case was continued.

MSPs expenses

Tom Gordon of the Sunday Herald (@HTScotPol) tweets: Last orders at the trough postponed as MSPs given extra year (to May 2016) to stop employing family members on public payroll

Driver admits causing bus death

A driver

has admitted causing the death of a pensioner when his car struck a bus in East Lothian.

Colin Snell, 69, failed to stop at a give way sign at a junction on the A1087 road near Dunbar on 18 September 2013.

The bus embedded in the cottage

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how his car hit the bus and caused it to become embedded in a cottage. A bus passenger was thrown from his seat and later died.

Sentence on Snell was deferred until January.

Dutch courage

Daily Record

The Record reports: "A quiet pint down the pub got out of hand very quickly - after two students found themselves in Amsterdam.

"When boozed-up pair, named only as Nick and Ed, set off for a Saturday evening drink in Newcastle, they had no idea their night would finish in the Dutch capital.

"Things started to get out of hand when they played a drinking game- 'odds'."

Read all about it


BBC Scotland Travel


In Aberdeen on the A90, Anderson Drive is down to one lane southbound at Great Western Road because of a burst water main. Traffic is already very slow moving here.

In Doune, there's been an accident on the A820 Ardochbank at Old Military Road, causing delays in both directions.

In Edinburgh, we've seen tweets warning of delays on Old Dalkeith Road in both directions because of the roadworks at Craig Miller, Castle Road.

On the M8 westbound, there are citybound delays - from J15 Townhead through to the M77 at Kinning Park, and again between J26 Hillington and J27 Arkelston, with queues on the on and off slips here too.

The A83 Lochgilphead to Tarbert road is still partially blocked, and HGVs and buses are still being re-directed.

Farmer phone scams

Scotland's farmers

have been warned that they could be targeted in telephone banking scams.

NFU Scotland say they issued the warning because a leading bank had contacted them to raise fears that criminals may target farm accounts, due to the large sums of money involved in single farm payments.

The single farm payment is an agricultural subsidy paid to farmers in the EU. An estimated £328m in single farm payments is made to about 16,700 producers.

Road search followed soldiers' deaths

A bomb attack which killed three British soldiers in Afghanistan was followed by a large operation to check the road which had been targeted,

an inquest has heard.

Corporal William Savage, 30, from Midlothian, Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21, and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, both from Edinburgh, died in the blast.

Cpl William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Pte Robert Hetherington were on routine patrol in a Mastiff vehicle
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Cpl William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Pte Robert Hetherington were on routine patrol in a Mastiff vehicle

They were killed on Route 611 in the Nahr-e-Saraj district on 30 April 2013.

An inquest into the deaths is being held at Oxfordshire Coroners Court.

Man admits to throat-slashing

A man

has admitted cutting a 63-year-old woman's throat in Aberdeen.

Alif Miah, 33, carried out the attack on Alexandra Crawford in the city's Richmond Walk in September last year.

He admitted assaulting the victim to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life.

Patient safety

Scotland 2014

BBC Two Scotland

@BBCScot2014 tweets: After a scathing report into Aberdeen Royal Infirmary we'll be asking Scotland's Health Secretary if she can guarantee patient safety?

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening, high pressure is in charge, keeping us fine and settled, but it'll also set those temperatures tumbling. We'll see a frost readily returning after dusk, particularly to central, southern and eastern Scotland.

We'll still have a bit more cloud over the Northern and Western Isles and the west coast, along with a few light showers and quite a brisk breeze. These areas should stay frost-free, but you don't have to come far inland before you see clear skies and light winds.

Temperatures across most of the mainland will be between plus 1 and minus 3 Celsius. Mist and fog will form, especially across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, possibly freezing fog in places.

Health worker death verdict

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A health worker's death might have been prevented if her employer had warned her not to travel, a sheriff has said.

Lorna MacDonald, 26, from Stornoway, died after her car left the road and ended up in a loch on the Isle of Harris in bad weather in November 2011.

In his determination, Sheriff David Sutherland said an approved staff safety policy had not been implemented.

He said it did not contribute to Ms MacDonald's death but might have prevented it.

The speech therapist was driving to Stornoway on Lewis following an appointment with a child patient in Leverburgh on Harris.

Her car came off the road and ended upside down in Loch nan Uidhean about half a mile from Horsacleit during gale force winds.

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@brechindunc tweets: New Gurdwara taking shape, Claremont Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Aberdeen murder trial

Three men

have gone on trial charged with murdering a 26-year-old in Aberdeen.

Craig Grant
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Craig Grant died after the incident last year

Kiel Hauley, 33, Jonas Marcius, 23, and Adrian Morley, 33, are accused of assaulting and murdering Craig Grant, of Inverurie, outside the Galleria shopping centre in August last year.

They are alleged to have seized him by the neck and forced him to the ground, restricting his breathing, asphyxiating him and murdering him.

The men went on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen and the case is expected to last up to three weeks. The trial continues tomorrow.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


The A83 Lochgilphead to Tarbert road is partially blocked by an accident. There are delays in both directions and the road is open to cars only - HGVs and buses are being re-directed.

On the A82 Tyndrum - Crianlarich road, roadworks just outside Tyndrum are on everyday this week until 19:00.

In Barrhead, watch for the temporary lights (for local building works) on the A736 Loch Libo Road, in both directions at Neilston Road.

Finally, there are delays and cancellations to trains in and out of Glasgow Queen Street because of overrunning engineering works at Croy. The 16.23 Stirling to Queen Street service has been cancelled.

EU land move

Companies would not be allowed to own land in Scotland unless they are registered within the European Union, under government proposals.

Rural cottage

Scottish ministers are also considering extending such a restriction to trusts and partnerships, as part of proposed "radical" land reforms.

The government is planning legislation to ensure Scotland's land benefits "the many, not the few".

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Man guilty of killing friend

A man is facing a prison term after

being convicted of killing his friend during a street fight.

Jamie Wishart
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Jamie Wishart

Jamie Wishart, 22, was found guilty of culpable homicide after stabbing Connor Cleave, 17, in Methilhill, Fife, in April.

They had known each other since childhood but had fallen out days before the attack.

Wishart was originally accused of murdering Mr Cleave but a jury found there was no evidence to convict him.

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New man in the dugout?

Motherwell have

intensified their search for a new manager.

Fir Park

"We continue to work to secure new investment and, in the meantime, the board has recommenced the process of seeking a new first-team manager," said the Premiership club.

The Fir Park outfit have been without a boss since Stuart McCall quit in November - with his assistant Kenny Black acting in a caretaker role.

The club delayed an appointment while the issue of new ownership is resolved.

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Last collection

A postbox has been

removed from its mounting and stolen from a Fife village.

Post box

The small letterbox was on top of a pole at the corner of Sir George Bruce Road and Erskine Wynd in Oakley.

It was removed from its mountings between 18:30 on Tuesday 25 November and 09:30 on Wednesday 26 November.

Coldstream farm theft

Farm thieves

have made off with a tractor and hedge cutter worth £45,000 in total from a Borders steading.

The incident happened some time between 17:00 on Friday and 08:15 on Monday at a site near Coldstream.

A John Deere tractor with the registration number R42 KKS along with a Bomford Buzzard hedge cutter were taken.

Murray coach keeps French role

Amelie Mauresmo will continue to combine her roles as coach to Andy Murray and captain of France's Fed Cup team after the French Tennis Federation

extended her contract by two years.

Amelie Mauresmo watches as Andy Murray trains
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Mauresmo, a former world number one, began working with Murray in June and was retained when the Briton made changes to his set-up last month.

She has been French Fed Cup captain since replacing Nicolas Escude in 2012.

Conference cash boost

The Scottish government

is investing £1m to help attract major international conferences to Scotland.

A conference

The money will be made available in 2015/16 through the Conference Bid Fund, and will provide financial assistance to Scottish destinations bidding to host eligible conferences.

The government said that since its introduction in 2012, the fund had helped to secure more than 70 conferences over the next seven years.

It estimates that the conferences will bring in 84,000 global delegates and generate £143m for Scotland's economy, in return for just £1.4m of spending commitments.

BBC Scotland Travel


Delays and cancellations to trains in and out of Glasgow Queen Street because of over running engineering works at Croy.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Christine Matthews

@NicolaSturgeon aims to harness London's energy as well as challenge it. A leader for English regions too?

Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, gives his take on Nicola Sturgeon's early days in office. You can read his full blog


Lesley Riddoch

@LesleyRiddoch tweets: Met No voting Rory Bremner at Holyrood 2 i/vu Nicola Sturgeon. He says "Scotland voted against divorce & got engaged." Sorta true

Bone graft firm secures investors

Synthetic bone graft technology firm Sirakoss

has secured more than £3m in funding from a syndicate of investors.

Surgeons operating

The medical device company said the money would enable it to complete development of its products, and would be used to push forward the firms' expansion plans in Europe and the USA.

Synthetic bone grafts are used in trauma, spinal and dental surgery to fuse bones together to correct congenital or degenerative conditions. They can also be used in cases of a traumatic injury where the bone fails to heal.

Sirakoss is based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and was spun out from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.

Sanders murder: court hears from accused

At the High Court in Glasgow,

a jury has heard from the man accused of murdering a woman in her home in Crookston and attempting to murder her partner.

Isabelle Sanders
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At the start of the defence case, 22-year-old Paul McManus said he went to the house in Raeswood Drive with two friends, intending to threaten people with knives and steal a car.

Mr McManus said he stabbed Norman Busby as he struggled with him and went upstairs, and when he came down Isabelle Sanders had been stabbed. He said he didn't know which of the two friends did it, but it wasn't him.

Paul McManus denies murdering Isabelle Sanders and the trial continues.

Major farm fire

A barn containing 1,000 bales of hay has been destroyed in a major fire near Eyemouth.

Firefighters spent several hours at

Cairncross Farm after the alarm was raised at about 02:15.

'Radical' land reform consultation

David Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

The minister for land reform, Aileen McLeod, has set out proposals for "radical" reform of the system of land ownership in Scotland.

Mountains in Skye

Her proposals will make it easier for communities to trace landowners, by restricting ownership to companies, trusts and partnerships registered in the European Union.

The Scottish Government has launched a ten week consultation on the plans.

The owners of large sporting estates have already criticised the government's proposals.

Street attack arrest

Police have made an arrest after a man

was injured in a street attack in front of his children in Falkirk.

The 39-year-old victim suffered injuries to his head and body following the incident on Glebe Street on 16 November.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged and is due to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Officers are following a positive line of inquiry to trace a second man believed to have been involved.

Homeless over Christmas

More than 4,000 children will be homeless in Scotland over Christmas,

according to a housing charity.

Backlit children walking with adult

Shelter Scotland said a "chronic" shortage of affordable social housing was the root cause of the problem.

It urged the Scottish government to build at least 10,000 new social homes each year to tackle the problem and begin to reduce long council house waiting lists.

Last month, Shelter released analysis of official figures which, it claimed, showed the number of children living in temporary accommodation across the UK had reached a three-year high.

Missing ex-prisoner

The search for a missing ex-prisoner in Scotland, who is unlawfully at large,

has been widened to England and Dublin.

Artist's impression of Johnathan Kelly

Johnathan Kelly, who's 33 and from the Drumchapel area of Glasgow, was freed from Low Moss Prison in August. His licence was revoked when he failed to comply with conditions.

Police said all attempts to trace him had proved unsuccessful and there had been no confirmed sightings.

They have issued an artist's drawing of how he may now look and said Kelly may have travelled to England or Ireland.

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