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  2. Police Scotland face cost challenge
  3. Court witnesses 'to pre-record statements'
  4. House prices on the up
  5. Rangers appoint Llambias as chief executive

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By Paul McLaren, Laura Cuthill and Rebecca Bailey

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That's it from the Scotland Live team for this week. We'll be back from 07:00 on Monday, bringing you updates on the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Scotland. Hope to see you then,

C-diff cases: investigations continue

Investigations are continuing into the

cluster of Clostridium difficile cases at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

No new cases have been identified so the number of patients affected remains at 14.

Two of those people - who had underlying conditions - have died, and another two are said to be very unwell.

NHS Lothian said that samples are currently being tested to establish if any of the identified cases are linked, but that results are not expected until January.

Hundreds of illegal DVDs seized

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A 36 year old man

has been reported to the procurator fiscal following the seizure of more than 800 illegal DVDs, police have said.

Police working with Highland Council trading standards and the Federation Against Copyright Theft seized the DVDs from a property in Inverness.

The organisations have estimated the value of the discs at about £16,000.

The Courier


Woman who embezzled £28,000 from firm told to make £5,000 repayment 'gesture.'

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Sunday morning listening

Make sure you don't miss Crossfire's exclusive interview with Sir Harry Burns, former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, who's just been appointed to the Scottish Government's Council of Economic Advisers.

He'll be telling us what someone from a health background can offer an economic council tackling the issue of inequality.

Crossfire image

He's never been shy of

voicing his opinion - so make sure you tune in at 09:00 on Sunday.

You can listen online

here or on digital radio.

Junior training with Celtic

BBC Sport


Everton midfielder Francisco Junior

is training with Celtic ahead of the January transfer window.

Francisco Junior stretches

The 22-year-old former Benfica youth has only played once for the English Premier League club's first team since joining in February 2012.

He had a loan spell earlier this year under Celtic manager Ronny Deila when he was in charge of Stromsgodset.

Deila revealed on Friday he has yet to decide whether to extend Junior's trial period.

The Scotsman

tweets: Craig Ferguson signs off as host of the Late Late Show.

Craig Ferguson

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Lighting up the sky

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Activity on the Sun has heightened the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis on dark clear nights this weekend.

British Geological Survey (BGS) said displays of the Northern Lights could be visible in northern Scotland later on Friday.

The Northern lights as seen from a beach

It has forecast better chances of seeing the aurora on and around Sunday night.

This is because of what are known as an M Class X-ray flare and a coronal mass ejection.

The aurora happens when the Earth's magnetic field is battered by storms of charged particles from the Sun.

Some of the best places in the UK to see the "lights" are in Scotland and include the Northern and Western Isles, and Caithness and Sutherland.

Weekend weather

BBC Scotland Weather


On Saturday, the day will start off with showers; however, they will start to die away as a ridge of high pressure builds. This means a mainly dry afternoon with some sunshine.

Cloud will start to increase across the west during the afternoon with some patchy rain arriving during the evening.

Sunday will be a milder day, with wet and windy weather for most. The rain will be heavy in the west.

Remember there's still a Met Office Yellow "be aware" warning for snow showers and ice, affecting Highland and Grampian (away from the coast) as well as Highland Perthshire. Expect difficult conditions on high road routes. Icy stretches are likely to form by morning.

Deila: Tonev case stops here

BBC Sport


Ronny Deila has said that

Celtic will not take the Aleksandar Tonev case any further.

Ronny Deila watches training

On-loan Bulgarian winger Tonev this week lost his appeal against a seven-match ban for racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.

It was suggested Celtic might take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if Tonev's appeal failed, but Deila revealed that will not happen.

"I don't think there is any possibility to go further so it will stop here," the Celtic manager said.


BBC Scotland Travel


Many ferry routes are on amber alert or cancelled for later tonight and tomorrow, so it's best to check with the company before setting off.

Orkney Ferries have cancelled today's North Ronaldsay sailing - it's rescheduled for tomorrow, leaving Kirkwall at 9am.

Murderer faces life sentence

An intruder who fatally stabbed a man at a flat in Glasgow

is facing a life sentence for murder.

Kenneth McNeill
Kenneth McNeill

Paul Boyle, 38, repeatedly stabbed 52-year-old Kenneth McNeill at the flat in Yoker in May.

The victim was treated by paramedics but died from blood loss caused by a stab wound to his leg.

Boyle denied murder but was convicted following a five-day trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He will be sentenced in the new year.

Time capsule discovered

Builders have found

a 105-year-old time capsule buried under the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The time capsule - in the form of a snuff tin - is thought to have been buried in 1908, and contains newspapers, postcards and a list of names.

The contents of the time capsule
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The contents of the tin have been described as in 'surprisingly good' condition.

The College is being redeveloped in order to provide better public access to its museum.

Don't miss...

BBC Radio Scotland

Tomorrow on the Shereen programme, we'll be discussing The Interview - the Sony film pulled from cinemas after threats were made by hackers.

We'll be talking about whether Cuba are in from the cold, as they end more than 50 years of hostility with America.


And should overweight workers be treated in the same way as their disabled colleagues?

All this and more on the Shereen programme at 10:00 tomorrow - listen online

here or on digital radio.

Sextortion suspects traced

Two Filipino men suspected of blackmailing a UK teenager who took his own life

have been traced by the BBC.

Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, was 17 when he fell from the Forth Bridge in July 2013.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry died in a fall from the Forth Road Bridge in July 2013

He had been the victim of online sexual blackmail or "sextortion" by a group operating from the Philippines, after being duped into taking part in an explicit Skype chat.

When the BBC challenged the two suspects, both denied any involvement.

Man jailed after Ibrox assault

A man who

assaulted a security guard and fought with police while trying to get into Rangers' Ibrox Stadium has been jailed for eight months.

32-year-old Stuart Robertson, from Springburn, Glasgow, seized the guard and pushed him against a wall on 7 February.

When police intervened he struggled with them, shouted abuse and threats and made a sectarian remark.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Robertson was also banned from attending football matches for three years.

Money talks

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to consult on the administration's draft revenue budget proposals for the next five years.

It will include "significant investment" in eight priority areas, including improving children's achievements and attainments.

Management and administration will be streamlined to allow savings to be re-invested into front-line services.

The council will be asked to approve the budget in February.

The Press and Journal


VIDEO: Crazy Scots trawlermen re-create @MileyCyrus and @AvrilLavigne videos at sea.

A fisherman in boxers and wellies gives a thumbs up

Read the article and watch the video (if you dare)


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Helik van Rynswoud sent in this picture of the ice rink in George Square using a motion blur effect, taken from the Giant Wheel.

The ice rink in focus; stalls around it blurred
Helik van Rynswoud

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email us or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

New £3.5m nursing home approved

A proposed new

nursing care home for Grantown on Spey has been given planning permission by the Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA).

Care home

Parklands Group plans to build the £3.5m 40-bed building on a site at Seafield Avenue.

The firm said the single storey home would have four wings each with a day room, dining room and 10 en-suite bedrooms.

The facility will be modelled on its care homes in Tain and Muir of Ord.

The Scotsman


A £17m plan to modernise the 188-year-old tunnels of Glasgow's subway has been announced.

Read the full story


BBC Scotland Weather


It's a cold, windy afternoon with further blustery showers, most frequent across northern and western Scotland.

The showers will fall as snow over high ground and to lower levels in some of the heavier ones. They also bring a risk of thunder especially across the far north and north west.

It will feel bitterly cold in the strong westerly wind, with gales along western and northern coasts touching severe gale force at times.

There will be far fewer showers and more sunshine across the Borders, Angus and eastern Aberdeenshire.

Temperature highs of 6 or 7C.

Sturgeon and Murphy in Peshawar tribute

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy have signed a book of condolence for the victims of the Pakistan school massacre.

ncola sturgeon
Nicola sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon posted a picture with the

tweet: Sad visit to Pakistan Consulate with @jimmurphymp earlier to sign the book of condolence. #Peshawar

Warriors missing Scots caps

Glasgow Warriors

are without Scotland caps Stuart Hogg, Alex Dunbar, Sean Maitland and Pat MacArthur through injury as they host Munster.

Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland stretch

Coach Gregor Townsend's side shows 10 changes from the one defeated 12-9 by Toulouse in the European Champions Cup.

Counterpart Anthony Foley has made eight changes after his side's 26-19 defeat by Clermont.

As the Pro12 leaders rotate their squad, there are five changes to the pack against third-placed Warriors.

Hotels 'set for best year'

Scotland's hotel sector is well on the way to enjoying

its best year since before the recession, according to a new report.

Hotel room

Business advisers BDO found conferences and festivals helped boost revenues at city hotels in September.

Rooms yield rose by 35.1% in Glasgow to £73.19 and by 27.2% to £98.47 in Edinburgh.

Inverness experienced an 11.2% rise to £56.91, although Aberdeen saw a fall of 5.9% to £80.95.

Occupancy rates also rose across Scotland, with Edinburgh leading the way at 93%, followed by Glasgow (90.9%).

Union convener Webster retires

The union convenor who led the campaign to save the Govan shipyard from closure in 1999 has retired.

Jamie Webster outside the shipyards

Jamie Webster, who's been a GMB union rep for more than 30 years, played a key role in the fight to keep the yard open when the then owners, Kvaener, pulled out. The yard has been run by Bae Systems ever since.

A welder, Mr Webster, began as an apprentice at the Scotstoun yard in 1966.

He was awarded an MBE in 2004 for his union work.

Hail's bells


as big as pickled onions have fallen over Ness in the north of Lewis.

Hailstones that fell over Ness on Lewis
Heather Campbell

Local resident Heather Campbell said the hail fell during a thunderstorm at about 23:00 on Thursday.

The hailstones were the same size as a pickled onion, or a £1 coin. Last week,

hail as big as a 5p fell over Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.

Intense thunderstorms and hail have also been experienced in Ardnamurchan in the Highlands.

McCoist to see out notice

Rangers manager Ally McCoist

has revealed he plans to see out the full 12 months of his notice period.

McCoist in training

The Ibrox club announced on Monday that McCoist had decided to quit after three-and-a-half years in charge.

The manager refused to reveal the reasons behind his decision to resign from the Championship outfit.

But when asked if he planned to see out the full 12-month notice period set down in his one-year rolling contract, he said: "Yes. Absolutely."

Water fiasco

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

A company supplying water and drainage to commercial premises has been asked to apologise to a couple from the Lothians for charging them almost £1700, even though their premises had no water connection.

The couple, who have not been identified, operate a business from premises in their garden, which has neither water nor drainage supplied.

However, two years ago they received the bill from the company, Business Stream, which is part of Scottish Water.

It insisted the premises should pay water charges - even though it had already admitted no drainage charges were due.

The public services ombudsman, Jim Martin, said Business Stream had levied the bill based on information it had not checked.

Scottish Water has already apologised and cancelled charges and Business Stream has been told to do the same.

'Cover up' police officer sentenced

A police officer who covered up threats to firebomb a pub and kneecap the landlord

has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Colin Rae
Campbell Thomas

While off-duty, PC Colin Rae, 31, helped a friend fit decking at the Kings Arms Hotel in Fenwick, East Ayrshire.

The owner was later threatened after the bill was not paid. Rae asked to take the case but did not make a crime report.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, he pleaded guilty to neglect of duty and breaches of data protection in May 2012.

Thief attacks mother pushing pram

A thief who shoved a mother to the ground

while she was pushing her toddler in a pram is being sought by police.

The woman was attacked as she crossed a car park and walked onto a cycle path going towards Birniehill in Bathgate, West Lothian.

The incident happened at about 18:00 on Thursday as the 21-year-old walked from Morrison's supermarket.

The attacker took her handbag and fled along the cycle path back in the direction of Morrison's.

Work starts on third hybrid ferry

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has marked the start of construction of

Scotland's third hybrid ferry.

Ms Sturgeon cut the first steel during a visit to Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) on the River Clyde.

The Hallaig

The £12.3m contract to build the new vessel, known as Hull 727,


It is Ferguson's first major contract since it was rescued from closure by Clyde Blowers Capital earlier this year.

Bute snub National Division

BBC Sport


Shinty's National Division has been dealt a major blow with

Bute refusing to take their place in the league for the forthcoming season.

Shinty action

A second league reconstruction plan in as many years was agreed at the recent Camanachd Association annual meeting.

Bute had initially opposed the original changes last season but did take their place in the National Division.

They finished bottom, however, and are unwilling to take their place next term due to the demands of the schedule.

BBC Radio Shetland


A charity installs defibrillators on Whalsay's pelagic fleet. We've more on Good Evening Shetland at five thirty.

Fishermen with defibrillators in front of boats

Read more about the defibrillators


Riding the jet stream rollercoaster

Judith Ralston

BBC Weather presenter

One minute we are seeing wet, windy and mild conditions the next thing it feels like winter is here to stay.

This pattern of constantly alternating weather looks set to remain with us in the run up to Christmas.

So what's causing it?

Judith Ralston at the weather map

Over the last month we have been subject to a weather pattern which has been oscillating between drier, brighter, colder weather and milder, cloudy and wet conditions.

To the south west of the British isles we have an area of high pressure which has been there, or thereabouts, for a while and to the north of Scotland we have seen several areas of low pressure, or weather systems, passing by at regular intervals.

Keep up to date with

the weather where you are.

Bogus workmen dupe OAP

Bogus workmen who stole jewellery and money from a 85-year-old man in Edinburgh are being sought by police.

The man was in his Westfield Road flat at 16:30 on Thursday when a man called at his door claiming to have been carrying out work in the common stair.

The man asked for access to the property to check water pressure and was allowed entry by the occupant.

After asking the elderly man to go into the kitchen to check his taps, the bogus workman left the flat.

A short time later the man realised that various items of jewellery and a three-figure sum of cash had been taken from the bedroom.

Officers believe two men were involved in the theft.

Hospital death complaint upheld

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

The Scottish public services ombudsman has upheld a complaint from a family whose daughter died after waiting on a trolley in an accident and emergency department in the run up to Christmas two years ago.

crosshouse hospital
Tom morrison/geograph

The woman was admitted to Crosshouse Hospital on 15 December 2012 and died three days later from a blood infection.

She was not given pain relief while she waited four hours on a trolley and her vital signs were not properly monitored.

The Ombudsman said NHS Ayrshire and Arran failed to provide proper nursing care.

The Scotsman


Aberdeen church left without pews at Christmas as order delayed.

Read the full story


Bug hits second hospital

Annan Community Hospital has been closed to new admissions while a ward remains shut at Dumfries Infirmary

due to a suspected winter sickness bug.

Annan Community Hospital

Outbreak control measures remain in force at the Dumfries site to prevent the illness spreading.

Ward 16 is closed and seven patients and three staff have now reported symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea.

At Annan Community Hospital, five patients have been struck down with a similar illness.

Peterhead loses power auction

Peterhead power station has lost out on

a capacity auction designed to avoid blackouts in future years.

Peterhead Power Station at night
Iain Smith

The government's first capacity market auction saw power firms secure more than 49GW of electricity generation capacity.

SSE won agreements to provide a total of 4,409MW of capacity for 2018-19.

But several SSE plants, including Peterhead, failed to win contracts. The company said existing operations at Peterhead will not be affected.