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  1. U-turn accusation over Smith deal
  2. Man guilty of Isabelle Sanders murder
  3. Prosecutors set out social media law
  4. McCoist vows to stay after Cup loss

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Laura Cuthill

All times stated are UK

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Paul McLaren

BBC Scotland News

That's all from Scotland Live today. We're back tomorrow morning at 08:00. Hope you can join us then.

Pensioner hit by car dies

A pensioner badly injured after she was hit by a car in Aberdeenshire has died.

The 81-year-old woman was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following the incident on Eavern Place in Oldmeldrum on Tuesday morning.

The collision involved a grey Audi A4.

Police Scotland said a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

'Sex assault' on girl of 12

A man has appeared in court charged with sexual assault after an incident involving a 12-year-old girl in Aberdeen.

aberdeen sheriff court
Bill harrison

Monirul Islam, 34, of Dundee, made no plea at Aberdeen Sheriff Court when he appeared under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act.

The incident took place near the city's Princes Street at around 08:45 on Tuesday.

Mr Islam was remanded in custody.

Officers save crash man's life

Two police officers and two off-duty firefighters have been nominated for a meritorious award for saving the life of a driver in a crash in Edinburgh.

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A 70-year-old man was driving his Volvo on Friday when he suffered a heart attack, causing his car to leave Queensferry Road and hit a lamppost.

The firefighters gave the man CPR at the scene of the crash.

Two constables also stopped to help by using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrived.

Men face trial over 'Easdale abuse'

Two men have appeared in court charged with

threatening Rangers investors Sandy and James Easdale.

James (left) and Sandy Easdale

Barrie Donnelly, 37, from Uddingston, and Mark Sweeten, 41, from Glasgow, deny making abusive and threatening remarks on 8 November.

It is alleged they targeted the McGills Buses owners as they entered Ibrox Stadium at Edmiston Drive.

Both men entered not guilty pleas during an appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court and a trial was set for May 2015.

Girl attacked in street

Police are investigating after

a teenage girl was indecently assaulted in the street in Stirling.

The 19-year-old was walking between St Ninian's Toll and Mayfield Court at about 20:00 on Wednesday when she was attacked by a man.

He was white, about 6ft tall, aged between 25 and 40 and was wearing a woollen hat, jeans, a jacket and a zipped-up top and was carrying a white bag.

Officers have appealed for information.

Formula 1 Edinburgh

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be driven by a Formula 1 champ?

Watch here, as former world champion Mika Hakkinen takes BBC Scotland's Lisa Summers for a spin.

Screenshot from Mika Hakkinen driving in Edinburgh video

Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens was turned into a racetrack as some of the world's best-known Formula 1 stars clocked up breath-taking speeds.

Scientist's sex acts with girl, 13

A 31-year-old married

scientist has admitted having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl while he was aged 18.

Robert Valentine, from Warwick, admitted a charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the girl, whom he met online around 2001.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how, as a student Valentine, had travelled to the city on more than one occasion and had sexual contact with the girl in hotels.

He was caught after the girl, now in her 20s, reported the incidents.

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Dusk on the shore at Leith is captured by Miles Gray from Edinburgh.

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Police push drink-drive message

Police Scotland are pushing home the message that the new lower drink-drive limit begins tomorrow.

Owen Humphreys

The legal alcohol limit will be reduced from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

Senior offices say enforcement will begin immediately and are warning that the best advice is don't drink and drive at all.

The new limit means that the law will be different either side of the border with England.

Around 20 people die every year on Scotland's roads because of drink-driving related collisions and the Scottish government says the new law will save lives.

On the roads

BBC Scotland Travel


Fife - The accident on the A92 at Crossgates now clear, still slow eastbound coming off the M90 at J2a heading towards Cowdenbeath.

Ex-nurse in knife attack

A former

nurse who attacked her partner with a knife has been ordered to carry our 200 hours of unpaid work.

Sarah Chambers, 57, lashed out at Joseph Wilson with the knife during a row at her home in Maryhill, Glasgow, on 29 August last year.

She cut his face and Mr Wilson also suffered a cut to his hand when he tried to grab the knife.

Chambers denied the attack but was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court. She will also be supervised for two years.

BBC Scotland Weather


A dry and cloudy start to the evening for many with an early dip in temperatures in the east and a frost.

Further west, a band of rain moves in form the Atlantic, spreading across the country overnight.

Behind it, clear spells develop leading to a widespread frost with a risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

There is a Met Office Yellow 'Be aware' warning for ice for all except the Northern Isles.

Man stripped drunk woman in pub

A 31-year-old man who kissed, touched and partially stripped a woman in a busy Glasgow pub while she was too drunk to consent has admitted a charge of sexual assault.

Andrew Smart, from the city's Yoker area, was captured on CCTV assaulting the 25-year-old woman in Coopers Bar on Great Western Road in February 2012.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he was caught after other people in the pub reported the incident to staff.

Sheriff John McCormick deferred sentence and remanded Smart in custody.

More on McCoist

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Rangers manager

Ally McCoist's position is not under immediate threat, BBC Scotland has learned.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
SNS Group

Discussions between senior figures at Ibrox have taken place concerning a run of one win in four games.

Rangers trail Hearts by nine points in the Championship and following Wednesday's 3-2 Petrofac Cup semi-final loss at Alloa, McCoist said he had no thoughts of resignation.

It is understood sacking McCoist and his assistants would cost around £1.4m.

Man admits Mikaeel slurs

A man has admitted posting offensive comments on Facebook about three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, who was killed by his mother.

Shaun Moth

Shaun Moth, 45, of Whitehills, Aberdeenshire, pleaded guilty to making comments aggravated by religious prejudice about the boy the day before his body was found in woodland in Kirkcaldy in January.

Sentence was deferred at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Moth was remanded in custody. But Sheriff William Summers warned it was almost unimaginable that he would deal with the case in any way other than custody.

Mikaeel's mother, Rosdeep Adekoya, admitted culpable homicide and was jailed for 11 years in August.

Poll tax amnesty - Your views

Maggie, Aberdeen: Is it just me who sees this as an act of bribery and corruption on the part of the SNP to 'pay debts' of SNP supporters who have stayed off the electoral radar for years? What is next? Amnesty for Income Tax/Parking Fines/Corporation Tax/Council Tax? Surely there should be a legal challenge to this?

Toddler death 'not suspicious'

There appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding

the death of a baby girl at an Edinburgh nursery, police have confirmed.

Careshare's Port Hamilton nursery in Morrison Street

An ambulance was called to the Careshare nursery in Morrison Street on 26 November when nursery staff discovered the girl was not breathing.

The 13-month-old girl was taken to the city's Royal Hospital for Sick Children but later died, police said.

The nursery was closed for an investigation but it has now reopened.

Police said inquiries are continuing into the death but there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

'Radical' oil tax plans

The UK government has announced plans which could

radically change the way the offshore oil and gas industry is taxed.

BP platform

It is moving away from a focus on maximising revenue for the Treasury.

The government has admitted that the new priority of maximising extraction will mean a lower tax burden.

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said ministers would consult on several new approaches to taxation.

These will be in addition to

tax concessions announced in the chancellor's Autumn Statement, which included an immediate cut in the supplementary charge element of offshore tax, from 32% to 30%.

Sneak-in thefts

A 34-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with

six sneak-in thefts across Inverness in recent weeks.

The opportunistic thefts - where entry did not have to be forced - happened at businesses and licensed premises in the city.

Police said the incidents highlighted the need for business owners and households to better protect their properties against break-ins.

Wheelchair death

An 80-year-old man has died after his electric wheelchair collided with a bin lorry in Stirlingshire.

The pensioner was injured in the crash at about 10:00 on Wednesday at Sheriffmuir, near Dunblane.

The Sheriffmuir road at Cauldhame, near Dunblane.
Duncan Kirkhope

Police and paramedics were called to the scene on Sheriffmuir Road, but the man later died.

Officers are examining the circumstances and have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Stirling Council is also investigating.

A9 upgrade

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Joint venture Atkins/Mouchel has secured the last of three design contracts in the project to upgrade the A9 to a dual carriageway.

The £40m contract involves design work for the road between Tomatin and Moy and the Slochd Summit to Dalraddy.

The two other contracts were awarded earlier this year.

The Scottish government said the design work would create graduate, apprenticeship and students positions for almost 40 people.

It said further opportunities would be created during the overall project to upgrade the route between Inverness and Perth.

Engineering firm Atkins will work with infrastructure group Mouchel on designing dual carriageway for a Highland stretch of the route.

Rangers latest

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

tweets: BBC Sport learns talks have taken place at senior level re: the future of Rangers boss Ally McCoist - his job is not under immediate threat.

Ally McCoist

The final votes are in...

A converted caravan that has served as a polling place for 50 residents in Wester Ross will no longer be used, councillors have decided.

Caravan polling place at Coulags

Father and daughter George and Anne Mackay's converted static caravan has been used in council, Scottish and UK parliamentary elections.

The polling place at Coulags near Balmacara was used for September's Scottish independence referendum.

Highland councillors have agreed a hall in Lochcarron will be used from now on.

Scrum you win...

BBC Sport


Glasgow Warriors have secured forwards

Josh Strauss and Leone Nakarawa on extended deals, with Connor Braid moving to London Scottish.

Glasgow Warriors forwards Leone Nakarawa and Josh Strauss
SNS Group / SRU Craig Watson

South African number eight Strauss, 28, and Fiji lock Nakarawa, 26, have signed new two-year deals at Scotstoun.

Braid has agreed a deal with the English Championship side until the end of the season but will be loaned back to Warriors during the Six Nations.

Alexander backs oil tax changes

Danny Alexander says he is confident the UK Treasury's changes to North Sea oil taxes are happening quickly enough to deal with the falling price of crude.

danny alexander
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The chief secretary to the Treasury has been in Aberdeen to give industry leaders the results of a fiscal review of the sector.

They include a new investment allowance based on companies' costs to encourage investment, and support for seismic survey work to encourage drilling.

Mr Alexander told BBC Scotland: "It is absolutely essential that over the next few years we lower the tax burden on the North Sea.

"We started yesterday with a reduction in various taxes. We've announced today a system of tax breaks for investors to make investment more financially rewarding. That direction of travel will have to continue in the years to come.

"We've set out principles that will govern the way the tax regime for the North Sea changes in future."

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Mike Dailly took this picture of the Tay Road Bridge from the YoYo Games offices in Dundee.

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Attempted armed robbery

A 19-year-old man was threatened by a robber who brandished a knife at him at Pollokshields East railway station on Wednesday.

The victim was approached by a man in his 20s, who grabbed him and demanded he hand over valuables. The teenager from East Kilbride, who was uninjured, ran from the station shortly after 18:30 and contacted police.

The suspect, who fled empty-handed, is described as being about 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with dark skin and brown eyes. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, grey trousers and white training shoes. He had a black scarf covering his face.

CCTV from the station and the surrounding area will be reviewed as part of a British Transport Police inquiry.

New port of call for Lord Smith

Gillian Marles

BBC Scotland business reporter

Lord Smith of Kelvin has been named as

the new chairman of Forth Ports.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

He will succeed Michael Seymour who is to stand down at the end of the year.

Lord Smith is already chairman of both the Green Investment Bank and SSE although he plans to step down from the energy firm's board at the beginning of 2016.

A former BBC governor, the peer also chaired the Organising Committee of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Smith Commission.

Hit-and-run appeal

Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a hit-and-run crash on the A1.

The incident occurred on Wednesday at about 20:35 when an unidentified car travelling towards Edinburgh between Wallyford and Tranent struck the rear of a silver Ford Mondeo.

The shunt caused the car to spin and come to a stop on the embankment. The elderly couple in the Mondeo were left badly shaken as a result.

PS Andrew Gibb said: "While the people in the car were thankfully left uninjured, this could have potentially been much more serious.

"We are appealing for any witnesses who saw this accident to come forward."

Flood contract awarded

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Building firm RJ McLeod has been announced as the successful bidder for main construction works on

Selkirk's £31.4m flood protection scheme.

Flood works
Scottish Borders Council

Six companies were invited to tender in June after 16 registered an interest in delivering the project.

Scottish Borders Council confirmed the civil engineers with their headquarters in Glasgow had been selected.

The contract will be formally awarded before Christmas with work due to start in January next year.

It is hoped the scheme can be completed by December 2016.

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tweets: On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1330: More reaction to last night's football, as Ally McCoist says he won't resign despite #Rangers' defeat

Brother's plea for justice

The brother of

murdered Isabelle Sanders has called for the "severe punishment" of her killer Paul McManus.

Paul McManus and Isabelle Sanders
Spindrift and police handout

James Dougall spoke after McManus, 20, was convicted of killing Ms Sanders and attempting to murder her partner Norman Busby in Crookston, Glasgow.

He said: "We would now respectfully request the Scottish judiciary, and in particular Lord Armstrong, support the Scottish government's justice policy and ensure public confidence remains in our justice system by imposing a severe sentence on the violent re-offender who has devastated our family.

"We would encourage everyone who agrees with this view to ensure their opinion is heard."

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

tweets: Sonic the hedgehog tries out Dance Central at the Games exhibition

Sonic the hedgehog throws some shapes on the dancefloor.

CCTV appeal over attack

Police investigating a serious assault in Edinburgh have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to.

Police have released this image of a man they wish to trace

A 48-year-old man was seriously injured during an attack on Wednesday 24 September close to Dickens Lounge Bar in Dalry Road.

That attacker made off in the direction of Gorgie Road.

A police spokesman said: "The man pictured is of interest to this investigation, and anyone who can help trace him is asked to come forward."

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel


tweets: #A90 Portlethan to Aberdeen road - delays heading to Aberdeen from Charleston flyover to Bridge of Dee - just volume of traffic.

Man jailed for rape and sex assaults

A man has been

jailed for 13 years for raping and sexually assaulting women and children in Edinburgh between 1982 and 1995.

Hugh McGrogan, 56, was found guilty of a total of 10 charges following an earlier trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He raped and assaulted two women and tried to rape a third at a primary school, the trial had heard.

McGrogan, formerly of Inverness, also raped a schoolgirl and sexually abused a boy.

Judge Lady Scott told McGrogan that he had shown no remorse and that his abuse of child victims had devastated their lives.

Rock star status

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A part of Scotland with some of the oldest rocks in Europe could become a magnet for tourists fascinated by ancient geology.

Smoo Cave
jim barton/geograph

The North West Highlands Geopark was the first in Scotland to win Unesco geopark status in 2004.

Its important features include Smoo Cave and the Moine Thrust, geology formed when two ancient continents collided about 430 million years ago.

The park's operators want to increase its appeal with a new "Geocentre".

To be sited in Scourie, it would be promoted as a centre of excellence for earth sciences and house the Shelley Collection of ancient Orcadian stone, minerals and fossils.

Crookston murder: Police reaction

The officer in charge of investigating

the murder of Isabelle Sanders in Glasgow has described it as a "horrendous attack".

Paul McManus, 20, was found guilty of murdering Ms Sanders, 51, and attempting to murder her 86-year-old partner Norman Busby at their home in Crookston.

Det Ch Insp Jim Smith said: "This was a horrendous attack on a vulnerable elderly man and his partner who were within their own home when McManus turned up at their door with violence and theft on his mind.

"Norman has been left shattered by the death of his partner Isabelle, who died a violent death in her own home at the hands of McManus who had no regard for the consequences of his actions.

"Understandably, it has been an incredibly difficult time for Isabelle and Norman's family, and I would like to pay tribute to them for their bravery and their courage throughout."

Paul McManus guilty of murder

Paul McManus

has been convicted of murdering Isabelle Sanders by stabbing her 37 times at her home in Glasgow.

Paul McManus and Isabelle Sanders
Spindrift and police handout

McManus killed 51-year-old Ms Sanders during a robbery at her house in the city's Crookston area on 9 April.

He was also convicted of attempting to murder her partner, Norman Busby, 86, who survived being stabbed by McManus.

The 20-year-old from Glasgow was also convicted at the city's high court of two other robbery-related stabbings. He now faces a mandatory life sentence.