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Summary

  1. RAF Kinloss rescue centre to close
  2. Travel disruption continues following storms
  3. Gamekeeper found guilty of killing goshawk
  4. 1,300 without power in Argyll, Western Isles and Orkney

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By Graham Fraser, Laura Cuthill and Calum Watson

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Scotland Live team this evening. We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow. Hope you can join us then.

BBC Scotland Weather

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This evening the showers ease for a time becoming confined to the north and west with a lot of dry weather elsewhere along with long clear spells.

Overnight lows of - 4C in rural parts and around the freezing mark in the towns and cities.

Holding up around 2C in coastal areas.

Ice will again be a major concern by the end of the night.

Winds ease for a time before veering into the north or northwest and strengthening at the same time with gales for northern and western coasts by morning.

BBC Scotland Travel

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Snow and ice still causing problems across much of the country.

The A9 Drumochter Pass is affected by snow - passable with car.

The A93 between Braemar and Glenshee, the A939 Cockbridge Tomintoul road and the B974 Banchory Fettercairn Road all remain closed.

South of Perth - very poor visibility on the M90 between Glenfarg and Kinross because of snow.

Police in Greenock warn of very icy conditions on Larkfield Road and Kilmacolm Road.

Borders - icy patches still affecting the A68 - especially bad in stretches between Pathhead and Carter Bar.

There is some disruption on the ferries.

Bear NW

tweets: Our #weatherbomb team just keep going, heading out from Inverness depot for another night on the #A9 #A82 and #A835

Bear teams head out to deal with weather
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tweets: GOAL: Dinamo #Zagreb 2 #Celtic 2. #UEL

Council funding: reaction

Labour says John Swinney's plan to negotiate an "educational outcomes-based approach" with councils is code for abandoning the SNP's pledge on teacher numbers.

The Finance Secretary said more money was being provided to introduce free school meals in early primary and for extra nursery provision

Man jailed for Galloway attack

A man who attacked Respect MP George Galloway while calling him an "anti-Semitic little man"

has been jailed.

George Galloway
Respect/Twitter

The pro-Palestine MP was left with cuts and bruises following the attack by drug addict Neil Masterson in Notting Hill, west London.

The 39-year-old from Kensington was jailed for 16 months for the attack.

He told Isleworth Crown Court he felt "morally justified" in attacking the MP because he was a "Nazi".

Kinloss rescue centre closure

Labour MP Gemma Doyle said the

closure of the search and rescue co-ordination centre at Kinloss is "the wrong choice".

RAF Kinloss
BBC news online
More than 900 soldiers and their families will move to the former RAF base at Kinloss

"There is a real risk of the expertise being lost to search and rescue services. It is also very disappointing for the individuals involved."

"However, hundreds of soldiers and their families are being transferred to Kinloss, turning it into one of the biggest army bases in Scotland. This will be a huge boost to the local and regional economy."

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Loch Lomond: #weatherbomb Rain, hail, blustery winds, sunshine, lightning, thunderstorms, snow...all seasons in one day! #Scotland

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Scotland

GOAL: Dinamo #Zagreb 1 #Celtic 0. Follow the match on #BBCSportsound or

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Kinloss rescue centre closure

Scotland's veterans secretary Keith Brown said the Scottish government was "extremely disappointed" by the

closure of the search and rescue co-ordination centre at Kinloss.

RAF helicopter
MoD/Crown

Earlier it was confirmed the role would be taken over by the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham.

"The rescue co-ordination centre at Kinloss has been in place since 1997 and, on average, assists more than 2,000 people across the UK every year," he said.

"That shows how important the facility is and underlines the need to make sure the public continue to be protected, and that Scotland's coastline continues to be properly covered for search-and-rescue operations."

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Dunira Strategy: #Snow on Arthur's Seat #Edinburgh #Scotland today. #Winter Wonderland!

Arthur's seat snow
Dunira Strategy

FSB calls for 'radical modernisation'

The Federation of Small Businesses is urging the Scottish government to plan for "a more radical modernisation programme".

Earlier, Deputy First Minister John Swinney delivered a parliamentary statement on local government finance.

Glasgow shoppers
Danny Lawson/PA Wire

He made a range of announcements about business rates in Scotland including:

  • Eligible businesses will be £3,140 better-off thanks to the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
  • Cosla has reached agreement on the Business Rates Incentivisation Scheme.
  • The Scottish government will continue to match English poundage rates 2015-16.

Andy Willox, the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Scottish policy convenor, said: "The small business bonus scheme continues to give Scottish firms a real advantage over counterparts elsewhere in the UK. However, the FSB is disappointed that a root-and-branch review of the non-domestic rates system hasn't yet been slated by the Scottish Government.

"Moves to tweak the appeals system and to match the English poundage have to be warmly welcomed, but we'd urge the Scottish government to recognise that there's an urgent need to plan for a more radical modernisation programme."

Man charged with murder over flat death

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after a man was found dead at a flat earlier this year.

The body of Christopher Gilruth, 52, was discovered in the property in Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, on 11 May.

Andrew Harvey, 34, from Edinburgh, was charged with murder when he appeared in private on petition at the city's sheriff court today, the Crown Office said.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Weather Pictures

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The Three Sisters: Brrrrr...... snow has arrived! It's officially the festive period!

Snowy Edinburgh
Three Sisters bar

Power cuts - update

Scottish and Southern Energy says about 1,300 customers are without power in the Western Isles, part of Argyll and Orkney this evening.

Engineers have worked on around 80 high voltage faults today after repairing around 120 faults yesterday.

"We have engineers at every fault and are working hard to ensure that supplies are restored tonight to as many customers as possible," the company said.

"Unfortunately more lightning and high winds are forecast for tomorrow and there is likely to be more disruption to the network as a result."

The Scottish Sun

Tweets: As Ewan McGregor tackles his role as Jesus we look at others who have taken on the part

Ewan McGregor as Jesus
Scottish Sun

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BBC Sport

Tweets: Stefan Scepovic starts up front for #Celtic here in Zagreb. Also a start for Kris Commons. @BBCSportsound from 17:30

Zagreb
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Met Office explainer

BBC Radio Scotland

Stuart Brooks from the Met Office in Aberdeen has told

Newsdrive for most of the UK thunder is "a summer phenomenon" however " the west and far north of Scotland gets more winter thunderstorms than during the summer.

stronsay lightning
Alan brown

That's due to the very warm seas providing a source of heat to these arctic air masses and these cause these thunder showers with sleet and snow."

Mr Brooks said: "For a westerly wind, although they are the winds most common to get thunder, this particular event has been unusually thundery.

"The air mass has been unusually cold coming from Greenland but also we've had very strong westerly winds and maximum heating time."

Gamekeeper guilty of killing goshawk

A gamekeeper has

been found guilty of killing a rare bird and setting traps illegally to capture two others on an Aberdeenshire estate.

George Mutch
Newsline Media

George Mutch was accused of recklessly killing or injuring a goshawk and illegally taking away another goshawk and a buzzard on the Kildrummy estate in 2012.

It's one of the first times in Scotland that hidden camera footage, obtained by the RSPB, has been used in a case of this kind.

Council funding settlement

The Scottish government has announced that local authorities will get funding of almost £10.85bn in the next year to run vital services.

John Swinney
PA

Finance Secretary John Swinney said, in return, they would have to freeze council tax for the eighth year in a row and provide places for all probationer teachers who needed one.

Mr Swinney told parliament the offer was "fair", given public finances were tight.

Snow and high winds

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

  • High wind warnings on many of the bridges - Forth Road Bridge closed to double deckers.
  • Snow affecting the A9 Drumochter Pass, A93 between Braemar and Glenshee, the A939 Cockbridge Tomintoul road and the B974 Banchory Fettercairn Road. All remain closed because of drifting snow.
  • A90 Forfar Dundee road - an accident at Petterden blocking one lane southbound
  • Garelochhead - the A817 Haul Road is closed because of the snow - you'll need to divert via Helensburgh
  • M80 southbound queues at J6a Castelcary and Jn 6 Old Inns.
  • Reports of an accident on the A749 East Kilbride Road - near to Whitlawburn
  • Snow affecting the M74 between 16 Johnstonebridge and 14 Crawford.
  • Borders - icy patches still affecting the A68 - especially bad in stretches between Pathhead and Cater Bar
  • Disruption to some ferry routes too - check before heading out.

Energy minister welcomes oil jobs

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing says the award of a BP contract to Wood Group is a "clear signal" that investment opportunities exist in the North Sea.

Oil on rig
BBC

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael also welcomed the jobs boost at a time when falling oil prices were creating challenges for the sector.

Sir Ian Wood, who chaired a review into the future of oil and gas extraction, has said thousands of jobs are at risk.

Borders drugs arrests

Drugs and money have been seized during a major police operation in the Borders.

Cannabis plants
Reuters

Two men have been arrested and charged and another is being sought in relation to a cannabis cultivation.

A total of £1,200 in cash was seized along with drugs with a street value of nearly £4,000.

Police said the action had "seriously disrupted the drug supply networks" in the region.

Surf's up

Some of the world's top surfers have been riding massive waves generated by the Atlantic storm that hit Scotland.

surfer
EPA

Many have headed for Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal, where Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record for the largest wave surfed in 2011.

The storm created huge swells in the sea off Scotland leading to warnings from the Coastguard and RNLI.

The swell off Nazare has been recorded at a maximum of 40ft (12m) but grew in size as it neared the beach.

Three years ago, Mr McNamara caught a 78ft (23m) wave to beat the previous 2008 record by more than a foot.

Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

tweets: First major celebration of the artist MC Escher in the UK @NatGalleriesSco from next June.

MC Escher
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Coming up on Newsdrive

BBC Radio Scotland

  • Thunderbolt and lightning - what's brought on the latest stormy weather?
  • The use of Prestwick airport for CIA rendition flights
  • Should the Edinburgh trams inquiry be beefed up?
  • Reaction to news that a rescue co-ordination centre at Kinloss is to close

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Keep one step ahead of the weather

With a Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning for ice and snow for most of Scotland for this evening and tomorrow morning, check the forecast where you are on the

BBC weather site.

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Mather takes trade body job

Former SNP minister Jim Mather is to become chairman of the housebuilders trade body Homes For Scotland.

Jim Mather
BBC

He'll take up the three-year appointment next May, as the organisation seeks to move housing issues up the political agenda.

Mr Mather, a former enterprise minister who stood down as an MSP in 2011, said Scotland suffered from a chronic lack of homes which must be tackled.

A90 crash

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

One lane of the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road has been closed near Tealing after a three-car crash.

Police and ambulances were called to the scene on the southbound carriageway at about 14:30.

The left-hand lane remains closed at Petterden amid snowy conditions.

Galbraith joins Gillingham

Gillingham have signed former Hibernian winger Danny Galbraith.

Danny Galbraith
SNS

The 24-year-old Scot, who was a free agent, has been given a deal until the end of the season after a fortnight training with the League One club.

He joined Manchester United from Hearts as a youngster, but later returned to Edinburgh, signing for Hibs in 2009.

Crews tackle Paisley fire

About 30 firefighters were deployed overnight to tackle a large blaze at industrial units in Renfrewshire.

Crews were called to the units in Kilncroft Lane, Paisley, shortly after 20:20.

Fire crews at the scene
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Police oversaw the evacuation of nearby flats as firefighters worked to stop the blaze from spreading.

Residents were allowed home in the early hours of the morning.

Neilson wins Manager award

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has won the Scottish Championship's manager of the month award for November.

Robbie Neilson
SNS

Neilson guided the Tynecastle outfit to three league wins in the month, leaving them nine points clear at the top of the table.

Morton boss Jim Duffy won the League One award after his side collected three league wins from three games in November.

And Darren Young was named League Two manager of the month.

V&A Dundee tour

Exhibits from the new V&A Dundee museum of design are to tour around Scotland in 2015.

V&A bus
V&A Dundee

A "travelling gallery" will visit 78 venues across the country including schools, museums and libraries before a final stop at the original Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The tour will highlight local design heritage at every stop as well as showcasing leading designers.

Construction of the V&A Dundee is expected to get under way next year.

'Big ask' for Jackie and Derek

Jackie McNamara admits it will be

tough for Dundee United and Aberdeen to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season.

But the Tannadice manager, whose charges entertain the Dons on Saturday, remains hopeful that a team can run Ronny Deila's side close.

Jackie McNamara
SNS

"Everybody wants to see a potential challenge to Celtic, which is a big ask with the finances and all the resources," McNamara said.

"But both teams would love to do that."

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening, the showers ease for a time becoming confined to the north and west with a lot of dry weather elsewhere and long clear spells.

Overnight lows of -3C or -4C will hit rural parts, with towns and cities around the freezing mark.

Ice will again be a major concern by the end of the night and winds will ease for a time before veering into the north or northwest and strengthening with gales for northern and western coasts by morning.

There is still a Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning for ice and snow for the whole country, except the Northern & Western Isles and coastal areas which is valid until 10:00 tomorrow.

Murder charge over flat death

A man has been charged over the murder of a 52-year-old man who was found dead in his Edinburgh flat earlier this year.

Roseburn Terrace
BBC/Brian Innes

The body of Christopher Gilruth was found in the property at Roseburn Terrace on 11 May.

Police said a 34-year-old man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in connection with Mr Gilruth's death.

Teenager jailed for murder

A teenager who was

found guilty of murdering his best friend's brother at a party has been jailed for life.

Stuart McCulloch, 18, from Saltcoats, stabbed 22-year-old Samuel Johnston at a flat in the North Ayrshire town's Parkend Gardens on 26 October 2013.

Stuart McCulloch
Spindrift

He was told he must serve at least 13 years and five months in jail.

Co-accused Allan Carey, 19, from Ardrossan, was cleared of murder, but convicted of culpable homicide. He was jailed for three years.

Forth Road Bridge reopens

Police Scotland is advising motorists that the Forth Road Bridge has now been reopened.

Officers had been asked to divert traffic at around 13:35 following reports that ice was falling from the top of the bridge.

The route was reopened at approximately 14:30, but there are large queues on the north and south approach roads as a result of the closure.

Get Inspired

It's day two of the

BBC Get Inspired Active Academy in Glasgow.

Get Inspired
BBC

Hundreds of pupils aged 16+ have been taking part in taster sessions as well as a Q&A with Euan Burton and the Renicks sisters. Wrestler Grado is also on hand.