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Summary

  1. Drivers warned over 'the big chill'
  2. Slower growth predicted for economy
  3. Assault charge following taxi driver death
  4. Wildlife crimes 'going unreported'

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By Paul McLaren, Rachael Connors and Rebecca Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Man charged with murder and two rapes

A man has appeared in court

charged with murdering a woman at a house in Falkirk in the early hours of Friday morning.

Steven Mathieson, 38, was also charged with abducting and raping two women.

He made no plea or declaration during a brief hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

The dead woman was found in a bedroom of a house in the town's Springfield Drive at 00:30.

Mr Mathieson is alleged to have carried out the crimes at his home.

Alcohol consumption falling - Your Views

On our

Facebook page, you've been discussing the
story about falling alcohol consumption in Scotland.

Steven Smith: Apart from the health benefits, how many pubs/clubs have shut with so few people going out even for a few drinks due to the price?

Festive cheer

Gillian Sharpe

BBC Scotland

With Christmas not too far away, this is the season of parties. Scotland's clubs and pubs are busy too.

Tickles the clown
Other

Business Scotland has been speaking to people involved in the entertainment industry - a magician, a party organiser, and a clown called Tickles - about how they make their living.

You can read the full story

here.

Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One Scotland.

Reporting Scotland
BBC

Stories on tonight's programme include:

  • The battle with booze
  • The rise of food banks
  • Motherwell latest

You can watch it live

here.

Assault charge following taxi death

A 22-year old man has been charged with assault following the death of a taxi driver in Dalkeith.

Ewan Wilson, from Gorebridge, made a brief appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.

Thomas Milligan
Police

Thomas Milligan, 55, is thought to have died of a heart attack following the incident in Dalkeith's Lauder Road at about 01:20 on Sunday.

Libraries - Your Views

Email us: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Jess Mitchell: Our libraries are a fantastic resource. My present local library is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people, comfortable and well stocked. I've been a library user since I could first read. Without libraries my life would have been a great deal poorer. They also provide help and opportunities for IT which are increasingly needed in the modern world. That's apart from all the other things they do like book groups, encouraging children to read and providing a real service to so many people.

Weather warning

Western Scotland could be battered by strong winds and "unusually high" waves during an Atlantic storm forecast to reach the UK on Wednesday.

The warning is contained in Met Office a yellow be aware warning for the UK for Wednesday and Thursday.

A chart showing swell of up to 40ft for Wednesday
Magicseaweed.com

Strong winds and frequent wintry showers have also been forecast.

The Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group has been flagging up the Met Office warning.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has warned of disruption to its services.

A spokesman said: "Severe weather warnings have been issued across Scotland, with strong gales and gusts of up to 80mph likely to bring disruption to services across the Calmac ferry network from Monday night through until Thursday.

Glasgow City sign Lauder

BBC Sport

Scotland

Glasgow City

have signed Scotland star Hayley Lauder from Swedish side Vittsjo GIK.

Hayley Lauder in a Scotalnd strip
SNS

The 24-year-old forward joins the domestic treble winners ahead of their Uefa women's Champions League last eight tie against Paris St-Germain.

"Once it became apparent that Hayley was interested in joining us, we very quickly moved to seal her signature," said Glasgow boss Eddie Wolecki Black.

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In North Lanarkshire on the M80, traffic's heavy southbound around J7 The Haggs. Meanwhile, one lane of the A8 Glasgow and Edinburgh Road is blocked by an accident, eastbound, between Uddingston and Shawhead. Traffic's queuing onto the M8 at J8 Baillieston.

In South Lanarkshire, traffic's queuing on the M74, northbound, between J4 Maryville and the Raith Interchange, where one lane is closed because of an accident. Emergency services are there.

In Edinburgh, the A902 Ferry Road remains closed between Newhaven Road and North and South Fort streets following a serious accident this morning. Recovery is expected to begin shortly.

There's slow traffic on the A720 Edinburgh City bypass Westbound between the A701 Burdiehouse Road/Lang Loan and Dreghorn Link.

Motherwell fans' takeover closer

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Retired businessman Les Hutchison

is close to concluding a deal to help fund a fans' takeover at Motherwell.

Les Hutchison
BQ Magazine

Supporters group The Well Society has been trying to raise money to buy former chairman John Boyle's 70% shareholding.

The organisation said in November that it had raised £500,000 and was targeting a further £1m in loans.

Motherwell refused to comment on any takeover developments, citing a confidentiality agreement.

Uni withdraws Lawrence poster

A university

has withdrawn a poster which appeared to ridicule Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence after her nude pictures were leaked on the internet.

The poster in question
Billy McCauley

In an effort to promote password security, Strathclyde University produced a poster saying: "Bet Jennifer Lawrence wishes she'd used a StR0nG_Pas5w0Rd%."

The image attracted criticism on social media, with the Glasgow-based university accused of "victim blaming".

The university said the poster had been removed and should not have been made.

Curran supports Labour leadership hopeful

Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran has

publicly backed Jim Murphy to be the next Scottish Labour leader.

Ms Curran, who has until now declined to say who she was supporting, said he had the drive to take Scotland forward.

The leadership contest result is being announced this weekend, with MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack also standing.

Margaret Curran and Jim Murphy
Getty Images

"I am delighted to have Margaret Curran's support for Scottish Labour leader," Mr Murphy said.

"Having served in both the Scottish and UK parliaments, and as a Scottish government minister, she knows what Scottish Labour needs to succeed."

The winner will replace Johann Lamont, who stood down accusing Westminster colleagues of treating Labour in Scotland like a "branch office".

Your Pictures

Email us: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Craig sent in this photo of his two-year-old son on a walk up in the Ochil hills above the Wallace Monument.

A child in the Ochil hills.
Craig Chalmers

Send us your pictures and we'll publish the best.

Power line worker death probe

A fatal accident inquiry

has opened into the death of a digger driver who was killed while working on the Beauly to Denny power line project.

David McClorey suffered fatal injuries while working near Kinbuck in Stirlingshire on 11 April 2012.

The first day of the inquiry heard that the 31-year-old, from Stranraer, became "somehow trapped" between his digger and a giant roller.

An air ambulance was called in, but Mr McClorey died at the scene.

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Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Aberdeen, Pitfodels Station Road in Garthdee is partially blocked by an accident and fuel spillage, near the Norwood House Hotel.

In Edinburgh, the A902 Ferry Road is still closed in both directions between Newhaven Road and North and South Fort Street.

Pepper spray attacker jailed

A man who discharged pepper spray in a woman's face after she spurned his advances in a Glasgow night club

has been jailed for six years and two months.

Simon Stuart attacked 19-year-old Jodie McKenna outside a McDonald's restaurant in the Maryhill area in April.

Simon Stuart
Spindrift

At the city's high court, the 30-year-old admitted a string of charges, including assault and offences under the Firearms Act.

Judge Lord Turnbull told Stuart he was a "dangerous individual" that the public needed protecting from.

Stuart's lawyer Sean Templeton said his client was sorry and told the court that Stuart claimed he had found the pepper spray before the assault.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

tweets: Don't forget - we have a yellow 'be aware' warning in force for strong winds on Wednesday across #Scotland. Likely to turn very unsettled.

Tune in...

Newsdrive is under way on BBC Radio Scotland.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive
BBC

Listen live to the programme

here.

New cancer drug approved

A new blood cancer drug which could extend the lives of patients with the most common type of adult leukaemia has been approved for use in Scotland.

Cancerous white blood cells
SPL

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has given the green light for NHS boards to use Gazyvaro while treating chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Drug makers Roche said trials at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital had shown that Gazyvaro, combined with chemotherapy, could reduce the risk of death by 59% and keep patients in remission for more than 15 months longer than those receiving chemotherapy alone.

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A chilly afternoon across much of Scotland with some snow cover remaining in place on high ground across the Highlands and the north east in particular.

Bright spells across the country, but plenty of heavy showers - some of these wintry on high ground. Top temperatures fairly disappointing, only managing to reach around 6C with a chilly breeze.

Man crushed by lorry after fight

A man

has been killed after being crushed under a lorry in Edinburgh.

Ferry Road
BBC

It is understood the 36-year-old was attempting to throw a punch during an argument on Ferry Road at 09:00 when he missed and toppled over into the road.

He was hit by a truck and died while being taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance.

The road was closed for several hours while emergency services worked at the scene. Police said his death was not suspicious.

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

The A76 south of Mennock, Thornhill, in Dumfries and Galloway has reopened after the earlier fatal road crash today.

Oldest post office gets new owner

A new postmaster has been found to run

the world's oldest post office.

Sanquhar Post Office
bbc

Dr Manzoor Alam will become only the 16th person to run Sanquhar Post Office in Dumfries and Galloway.

His appointment secures the future of the historic facility, which has been in continuous service since 1712.

The keen stamp collector and postal historian, who is expected to take up the position in the New Year, said he was proud to be preserving its heritage.

Salmond comeback - Your views

Text 80295

Lorna: Delighted that Alex is standing. The panic in unionist press and media shows that he will fight our corner and ensure that we get the promised devo max.

Barney, Neilston: I can't understand how people are taken in by politicians like Alex Salmond! Twice he has 'Jumped Ship' in his career and left his successor to take the flak from his ludicrous claims. He is the epitome of a self-serving, blowhard politician who offers the world, DELIVERS NOTHING, then moves on to his next profile enhancing project. He has damaged Scotland terminally.

Geoff, Edinburgh: Of course Mr Salmond should stand for election. The present Liberal MP has supported the Tories in introducing policies and cuts that have been a disaster for Scotland and the UK. We need Mr Salmond in Westminster more than ever.

Charlie, Edinburgh: Salmond's #1 priority is independence, folk should remember that and not let him con them. He has done enough of that already.

Crash victim named

A woman who was killed when a car and an ambulance crashed on the A76 has been named as 24-year-old Zoe Clark.

Accident
BBC

Ms Clark, from Carronbridge, Thornhill, was the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa.

The accident happened at about 08:40 approximately five miles south of Mennock in icy conditions.

Two ambulance crew members and two casualties were also injured.

The ambulance was leaving the scene of an earlier accident.

The crash has blocked the main road between Dumfries and Kilmarnock.

'Black Wednesday'

Western Scotland could be

battered by strong winds and "unusually high" waves during an Atlantic storm forecast to reach the UK on Wednesday.

Swell chart
Magicseaweed.com
Swell chart for Wednesday shows a large black area indicating swells of up to 40ft (12m)

The warning is contained in a Met Office yellow "be aware" warning for Wednesday and Thursday.

Strong winds and frequent wintry showers have been forecast.

The RNLI said some of those involved in maritime activities have dubbed Wednesday "Black Wednesday" because of the severity of the conditions forecast.

Butcher discusses Motherwell return

BBC Sport

Scotland

Terry Butcher

is in the frame for a return as Motherwell manager, eight years after leaving Fir Park.

Terry Butcher
SNS Group

The 55-year-old, sacked by Hibernian in June, has been interviewed as the Lanarkshire club seek a replacement for Stuart McCall.

Former England captain Butcher was in charge of Motherwell for four years before leaving for Sydney FC.

Hospital virus warning

Health officials have asked people

not to make hospital visits if they have had sickness and diarrhoea in the previous 48 hours.

Norovirus particles
Science Photo Library

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) said people ignoring the advice could end up passing on symptoms to patients.

The appeal is part of wider attempts to minimise the effects of norovirus in hospitals across the area.

Visitors are also being reminded about the "importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving" hospitals.

Alcohol sales drop

Alcohol consumption in Scotland

fell by the equivalent of 38 million pints of beer a year in the past five years.

Empty bottles
BBC

An

NHS Health Scotland report said much of this could be attributed to the economy crashing and the scrapping of multi-buy deals.

There were also a third fewer alcohol-related deaths than a decade ago and a drop in related hospital admissions of a quarter since 2007/08.

However, alcohol sales remain 17% higher than in England and Wales.

Glasgow need fan power

BBC Sport

Scotland

Rob Harley hopes a vocal home crowd can help Glasgow beat Toulouse

in the European Champions Cup at the weekend.

Glasgow lock Rob Harley
SNS

Warriors lost 19-11 to the four-times European champions on Sunday in France, but could exact revenge on Saturday.

"When you look at the energy Toulouse played with, they were feeding off the crowd and that can help get you those 50/50 calls," Harley said.

"When you've got the crowd behind you, you get little boosts so hopefully we can pack the place out at Scotstoun."

Rapist jailed for life

A sex offender who repeatedly raped a woman after forcing her off the street

has been jailed for life.

Daniel Welsh
Police Scotland

Daniel Welsh, 22, attacked a 25-year-old stranger as she walked to meet a friend for dinner in Aberdeen in February 2014.

Welsh pleaded guilty to abduction and rape charges at the High Court in Glasgow in June.

Sentencing him, Judge Lady Rae described Welsh's attack as "prolonged, vile and depraved."

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Tweets: And the slide goes on: Brent crude -3% today to $67.
BP plan to shed jobs (it's got a lot in Aberdeen)

Man hit by truck

Emergency services have been called to a serious collision in Edinburgh involving a pedestrian and a truck.

Ferry Road has been temporarily closed while the police, fire and ambulance services deal with the incident.

A 36-year-old man has been injured but his condition is not yet known.

Edinburgh Evening News

Video: CCTV released after post office robbery.

Still from CCTV image
Other

Watch the video

here.

Politicians in autism row

A senior Labour politician has refused to apologise after accusing an SNP MSP of using his autistic son as a "political tool" on Twitter.

Mark McDonald and Willie Young
Other

Labour's Willie Young - finance convenor on Aberdeen City Council - was defending his position on school spending when he accused Mark McDonald of "going on about autism".

In an interview with the BBC, Councillor Young said he stood by his remarks and urged Mr McDonald to discuss concerns about provision for autistic children with him and his colleagues.

Mr McDonald has described the remarks as "offensive", and urged Scottish Labour to respond.

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "The content of twitter messages from Councillor Young are his responsibility and a matter for him to comment on."