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Summary

  1. Scotland lowers drink-drive limit
  2. Woman held after boy, 5, dies
  3. Murder inquiry after body found in Falkirk
  4. Tonev racism verdict 'within two weeks'
  5. PM plea over Scot jailed in Pakistan

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By Paul McLaren, Louise Sayers and Laura Cuthill

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Steven Brocklehurst

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That's all for BBC Scotland live for this week. We are back early on Monday.

Joy for Hoy

Olympic champion cyclist @chrishoy

tweets: Well @SarraHoy & I received an early Xmas present this week, wee Callum is finally home! Thanks so much for all the kind messages of support.

...and thanks to everyone in the Neonatal wards who helped him on his way. Still a long way to go but it's great to have him home!

He may only be tiny but in this pose I can't help but feel he looks like he's hatching a plot for world domination!

callum hoy
Chris Hoy

Yellow warning for Sunday

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Watch out on Sunday. It's going to be cold.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow 'be aware' Early Warning for snow across the Highlands, Inner Hebrides, Perthshire and Galloway Hills on Sunday.

Cold overnight

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will be a dry night with long clear spells with a widespread frost as temperatures fall to around freezing, a few degrees lower in some rural parts of eastern Scotland.

Saturday: A cold dry and bright start with a widespread frost in the east. Further west, cloud will continue to increase with rain spreading with some heavy bursts in the west too for Argyll and Lochaber.

Misty morning in Aberdeen

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Frazer Ramsay from Aberdeen has sent in this photograph he took while walking to work yesterday morning.

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Frazer Ramsay

He says it shows the cold morning air lingering within Seaton Park in the centre of Aberdeen with St. Machar Cathedral showing in the background.

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In the Borders, the A6105 is closed in both directions between Gavinton and Duns and traffic is very slow because of a serious accident. Police are directing traffic.

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The BBC's primetime dance programme is looking for fans of the show to appear on camera during the final.

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Ninewells ward closed

Ward five at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital has been closed to new admissions following several cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

The cases are thought to have been caused by norovirus, more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug.

Ninewells Hospital
Val Vannet

The ward has been closed to new patients as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus and all appropriate infection control measures have been put in place.

NHS Tayside ask people who may be feeling unwell or experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea not to visit their friends and family members who are in hospital for at least 48 hours after they are free of all symptoms.

Alva death

Lisa Summers

BBC Scotland

It is understood that the woman detained in connection with

death of a five-year-old boy in Alva is the child's mother.

Another child believed to be the boy's sister is said by the police to be safe and well.

Neighbours say the family had only recently moved into the area.

Tea cake drugs man jailed

A man who was caught with

£176,000 of heroin in a Tunnocks tea cake bag has been jailed for 40 months.

Paul Berry, 24,from Cumbernauld, was stopped in Glasgow after police received information he had drugs in his car.

The bag, which contained 10 knotted polythene bags with 2.5 kilos of the drug, was found in the boot of the car.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Berry admitted being concerned in the supply of the class A drug in March this year.

Contractor dies on Navy ship

A civilian working aboard a Royal Navy warship

has died 150 miles (241km) west of the Western Isles.

The man was understood to have taken unwell on HMS Somerset, a Type 23 frigate, late on Thursday night.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter was tasked just before midnight to airlift the man to hospital. The man died on the ship.

A Royal Navy spokesman confirmed that a civilian contractor had died and his family had been informed.

Lorry driver wins £1m in Euromillions

A lorry driver from Dundee has retired early after

winning more than £1m in the Euromillions lottery.

Raymond Storey, 61 , bought the winning ticket from a supermarket in the city on Friday 28 November

Raymond Storey
Graeme Hart

The 'Mega Friday' draw offers winners the chance to add a trip to Australia, Peru or Brazil to the £1m prize or a cash alternative.

Mr Storey chose to take the additional £50,000.

Tribute to crash great-gran

Tributes have been paid to

a great-grandmother who died after she was hit by a car in Aberdeenshire.

Helen Filson
Not specified

Helen Filson, 81, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following the incident on Eavern Place in Oldmeldrum on Tuesday morning, but died later.

Speaking on behalf of her family, daughter Sharon Munro said: "Mum was a feisty and energetic person who enjoyed living an independent and social life.

"She loved her family, who will all miss her dearly."

Police back football alcohol ban

Police will continue to

oppose the relaxation of Scottish football's alcohol ban unless a nationwide public consultation proves its benefits.

Football fans
SNS

The Scottish FA has held informal talks with Police Scotland about relaxing the restrictions imposed in 1980.

But Assistant Chief Constable Bernhard Higgins said: "I made it very clear that, before we entered into formal discussions, a wide-ranging public consultation should be undertaken."

He said this had yet to be carried out.

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening any showers will become isolated and confined to the west coast with the winds falling light.

A dry night with long clear spells. A widespread frost as temperatures fall to freezing and down to -3C or -4C in rural parts.

Saturday sees a cold, dry and bright start with a widespread frost in the east.

Further west, cloud will continue to increase with rain spreading. Wet by afternoon in Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness, mostly dry in other big cities. A milder day with highs of 8C.

Lib Dems on comeback trail

Several former Liberal Democrat MSPs, including Mike Rumbles and Jamie Stone, are looking to make a comeback to the Scottish parliament.

They have been given top billing on the party's regional list rankings for the 2016 election.

The last Holyrood poll saw the Lib Dems cut to just five MSPs, partly after voters decided to punish the party for going into coalition with the Conservatives at Westminster.

Game creator pleads with parents

Edinburgh Evening News

One of the creators of Grand Theft Auto has revealed that

he pleads with parents in game shops not to buy the ultraviolent title for their children.

Games guru Brian Baglow said he recently begged a woman not hand over a copy of GTA 5 to a seven-year-old.

Man looking at games
Getty Images

Videos from the latest version of GTA 5, made by Edinburgh-based Rockstar North, have appeared on YouTube showing a hatchet massacre and a shotgun shooting spree.

One psychologist yesterday described the photorealistic carnage as "jaw-dropping".

'James Bond' drugs plotters jailed

Two Dutch men have been jailed for

trying to smuggle more than £16m of cocaine into the UK on board a vessel off the North Ayrshire coast.

Police discovered 108kg of the drug in the rudder area of Cape Maria, moored 2.8 miles from Largs, on 9 May.

Cape Maria
Alfvan Beem

Leeds Crown Court heard that a planned recovery operation involved a "James Bond" type underwater vehicle.

Henri Van Doesburg, 68, was jailed for 20 years for his part in the plot. Co-accused Arnold Van Milt, 49, received 16 years.

Warriors 'can rule Europe'

David Currie

Reporting Scotland presenter

tweets:
@GlasgowWarriors Josh Strauss says game v Toulouse is biggest of the season also believes Warriors can win European Cup.

Josh Strauss
David Currie

First drink-drive arrests

Five people were arrested throughout Scotland in the first morning

under the new drink-driving laws.

Police Scotland said four of the arrests were made before 06:00.

breath test
PA

The change reduces the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

Health board denies morale is low

The interim chief executive of NHS Grampian has

denied claims that morale at the organisation is at rock bottom.

Malcolm Wright
BBC

Three official reports on Tuesday included concerns about patient care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

At a meeting of the health board, Malcolm Wright discussed improvement plans.

He dismissed claims by a fellow board member that morale was low, and said he plans to address staffing levels, as well as work culture.

Woman held after boy, 5, dies

A woman has been detained

after a five-year-old boy died in a Clackmannanshire town.

Carnaughton scene
BBC

Police were called to an address on Carnaughton Place in Alva at 08:50 amid concerns for the child's welfare.

He was found with a "significant" injury to his body and was pronounced dead by the Scottish Ambulance Service at the scene.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed that a woman had been detained in connection with the incident.

Inquiries at the scene are continuing, but police said they were not looking for anyone else.

Boughs of Hollyrood

The Queen's official Scottish residence has been given a festive makeover.

holyroodhouse
david dixon

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh has been decorated for visitors to enjoy until 6 January, with a five-metre tree the star attraction.

The tree stands in the Great Gallery, the largest room in the Palace and the site of a ball hosted by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

The Great Stairs leading to the State Apartments have been draped with garlands and blue and red velvet, and the table in the Royal Dining Room has been laid with a special silver service given to George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their silver jubilee.

The courtyards and fountains have also been decorated to celebrate the festive season.

Moore's aid bill passed

A Private Member's Bill that enshrines in law the government's commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid has passed its Commons stages.

The bill, tabled by former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, has the backing of the government.

michael moore
PA

It was voted through at Third Reading 146 to 5.

There had been fears Conservative MPs opposed to the law would "talk out" the legislation.

The bill now goes to the Lords for further consideration.

Drink-drive limit - Your views

newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Stuart Brown: Why has Scottish government waited almost 3 yrs before deciding to pass this legislation? Evidence shows that using hand held mobile phones whilst driving is more dangerous than low levels of blood alcohol, yet it is poorly enforced. Is it not the case that the SNP government lost the referendum but is determined for Scotland to be different from rest of UK. It's more a political gimmick than a road safety measure.

Give us a wave...

Several parties have expressed an interest in collapsed wave power firm Pelamis, according to administrators.

Pelamis wave generation device
Other

The firm went into administration last month after failing to secure enough funding to develop its technology.

Administrators at KPMG said they had been encouraged by the amount of initial interest shown in the Edinburgh-based firm.

They have set a deadline of Tuesday morning for parties to table offers for the business and its assets.

McCoist: Board and fans back me

BBC Sport

Scotland

Under-fire Ally McCoist

believes he still has the confidence of the Rangers board - and the club's supporters.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
SNS

The Rangers manager faced more angry chants from fans after Wednesday's Petrofac Training Cup semi-final defeat by part-timers Alloa Athletic.

Asked if he still had the backing of the board, the club's record goalscorer said: "Absolutely, yeah.

"Have I lost the confidence of the fans? No, no. But you always get a reaction from poorer results."

Pensioner in street attack

A pensioner suffered a broken shoulder when he was pushed to the ground in a street attack.

The 71-year-old was walking with his wife on the Eastgate in Peebles when he was approached by his attacker at about 18:00 on Thursday.

Following a confrontation, he was pushed and knocked to the ground.

Police said the suspect is white, 6ft tall, in his 50s, with short grey hair and a grey beard.

A coffee 'date'

Daily Record

A woman looking for love has had her face put on coffee cups in bid to find dream man.

Picture of Lynne Adams face on a coffee cup.
Daily Record

Single Lynne Adams is brewing up a storm at Byres Road's Cup by having her online dating profile immortalised on 1,000 coffee cups and her face re-created as a stencil for frothy cappuccinos.

The 37-year-old finance worker has recruited the shop's baristas to question eligible menfolk to determine whether they're worthy of a special Lynne-branded cup or stencil.

It's all part of Lynne's plans to boost her match.com profile after she took the plunge into the world of online dating.

Read the full story here.

Man convicted of murdering partner

A man who denied fatally stabbing the partner he claimed he "loved to bits" has been convicted of her murder.

Senga Closs
Other

Steven McCall killed 47-year-old Senga Closs at their home in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, in April.

During his trial at the High Court in Glasgow, McCall denied killing his partner of seven years and blamed his best friend or someone unknown. The 43-year-old was convicted after his sister told how he confessed to her.

McCall faces a life term when he is sentenced next month.

'Sharp fall' in business start-ups

The number of

business start-ups in Scotland has fallen sharply, according to figures released by Scottish banks.

Office desk
Thinkstock

The Committee of Scottish Bankers (CSCB) said 2,728 new businesses were recorded between July and September.

The figure was 14.2% down on the previous quarter and 11.9% lower than the same period last year.

The figures were based on new businesses that opened accounts with CSCB members Bank of Scotland, TSB Bank, RBS and Clydesdale Bank.

Newspaper sales

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Sunday Post sales -11% in Nov to 192,000. Most titles fell a bit, but Sunday Mail, Daily Mail, Sunday Times and Observer edged up.

Missing Stirling woman

Police in the Forth Valley are appealing for information to help trace a woman reported missing in Stirling.

Christine Henley was last seen in the St Ninians area on Wednesday 26 November.

Christine Henley
Police Scotland

The 49-year-old has not made contact with family or friends since that time and concern is now growing for her welfare.

Christine previously lived in Alness.

She is described as white, 5ft 6in tall with shoulder length blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket, black leggings and long black boots.

No plans to bring back booze

The Press and Journal

tweets: Justice secretary has "no plans" to reintroduce booze to football stadiums.

Pittodrie
Press & Journal

Read the full story here.

Your pictures of the week

Lots of festive snaps feature in this week's

picture gallery. Take a look and let us know what your favourites are.

Fieldmouse
Benjy Boyle
This fieldmouse was spotted peeping out at the entrance of Benjy Boyle's home at Balloch.

If you fancy having your pictures included in next week's gallery, email them to

newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk. Remember to let us know your name and where you captured the picture-perfect moment.

Pelamis Wave latest

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: Pelamis wave power: administrators set Tue deadline for offers for assets: "encouraged by initial interest, desire is there to continue work"

Police incident in Alva

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

A woman has been detained following an incident in a Clackmannanshire town.

Police were called to an address on Carnaughton Place in Alva at 08:50.

A number of streets have been cordoned off and inquiries into the full circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed that a woman had been detained in connection with the investigation.

Parkgate Road
BBC