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  1. Scotland hit by 100mph winds
  2. Edinburgh city council to axe 1,200 jobs
  3. Police witness appeal after two-car fatal crash
  4. Alex Neil leaves Hamilton for Norwich City

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By Graham Fraser, Rachael Connors and Sandy Murray

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Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it from Scotland Live for this week.

Stay up to date with major stories over the weekend at the BBC Scotland News


Scotland Live returns at 07:00 on Monday.

Time for walkies

This west Highland terrier went for a winter walk on a beach in Ardrossan, despite the stormy winds.

Despite the wind, this west Highland terrier enjoyed a walk on the beach in Ardrossan.
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Walking in Memphis

An Elvis fan is planning his dream trip to Graceland after becoming

a lottery millionaire on the King of Rock and Roll's birthday.

Lottery winners

David Hendry, 45, and his wife Donna, 44, won more than £4m on Wednesday.

The Edinburgh couple said they will move house and take a few family holidays with their 12-year-old son.

@NetworkRailSCOT: #scotstorm So far we've found over 400 trees, other garden debris & five trampolines! We've cleared most & will work overnight to clear more

Three more botulism cases

Three more people in the west of Scotland are thought to have botulism.

The NHS and police are investigating the cases.

All three people are thought to have been injecting heroin. They're receiving treatment in hospital and are said to be in a serious condition.

It takes the total number of probable cases in the west of Scotland to five in just over a week.

Storm damage

Simon chase shared with us this image of tree damage at Blackhillock Kennels near Forres.

Tree fallen

@SPEnergyNetwork: Keep warm during a #POWERCUT by adding extra layers, having a warm blanket handy and keeping active where possible.

Funeral feud

Police had to step in at the

funeral of a Black Watch soldier after a family feud boiled over at the graveside.

Mark Connolly

Pte Mark Connolly's body was left lying in a morgue in London for three years while his wife Stacey and mother Linda McComiskie fought a legal battle over where to bury him.

The funeral was held in Forfar after a sheriff sided with Mrs Connolly.


Scotrail say trains will remain cancelled in the north and west Highlands for the rest of today, as dozens of trees have blocked lines. Over 50 trees have been removed between Inverness and Dingwall alone.

Between Glasgow, Fort William, Oban and Mallaig, chainsaw gangs have removed over 20 trees so far.

Meanwhile, services between Inverness and Aberdeen are expected to resume from 18:30.

Network Rail Scot


#scotstorm Demonstrating why line proving loco needs to check network as it is halted by downed trees #Dingwall

A fallen tree blocks a train line; aerial shot
Network Rail Scot

BBC Scotland Travel


On the roads, the Skye Bridge has been closed again to high-sided vehicles.

In Perth and Kinross, the A9 is still partially blocked by a broken-down lorry between Birnam and Dunkeld - traffic's slow both ways.

In Edinburgh, the traffic lights are out on Lauriston Place at the junction with Chalmers Street.

In Orkney, the Churchill Barriers remain closed.

The weather also means several ferry routes have been disrupted. Both Northlink and Calmac have cancelled ferries today and tomorrow, so check before you travel.

@kilcregganferry: Service cancelled for the remainder of the day. Poor weather anticipated tomorrow.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

"@guardian: Have you experienced travel disruption in Scotland due to the weather?" No, but thanks for asking.

Saturday listening - Shereen

BBC Radio Scotland

We'll have reaction and analysis on the horrific murders at the Parisian satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, and discuss the ongoing saga of Ched Evans now Oldham Athletic have withdrawn a proposed deal to sign the former footballer.

Shereen show poster

On a lighter note, we'll also be treating you to tips on the hot favourites to pick up a gong, as the nominations for the National Television and Bafta awards were announced this week.

You can listen on digital radio or online

here - don't miss it.

Storm damage

Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre

Jane McLennan

tweets: There used to be a building there! It got ripped to bits with last night's wind. Gutting for owner. #ScotStorm

Storm damage
Jane McLennan

Botulism cases

The Evening Times

Three new probable

cases of Botulism in drug injecting heroin users are being investigated by NHS Boards and Police Scotland.

Two of the new patients are from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area whilst one is from the NHS Ayrshire & Arran area. All three are receiving treatment in hospital and are in a serious condition.

NHS Grampian: More operations cancelled

Twenty-four more operations have been cancelled today by NHS Grampian.

Aberdeen A&E

This takes the total number of operations cancelled this week to 104.

The health authority says it is experiencing a peak in demand due to seasonal rises in the number of people falling ill.

New at Easter Road

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is

excited by the arrivals of forwards Martin Boyle and Franck Dja Djedje.

SNS Group

Dundee forward Boyle, 21, was involved in a loan swap for Alex Harris, while Dja Djedje, 28, arrived at Easter Road after a spell with Dinamo Minsk.

Batten down the hatches...

The Isle of Lewis has taken a bit of a battering as strong winds sweep across Scotland.

A caravan overturned by the side of the road in Lewis

Gusts of 113mph were recorded in Stornoway, equalling the previous record for 12 February 1962.

A roof smashed in on the Isle of Lewis

There could be more misery on the way as the Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning for strong winds and wintry showers at the weekend.

Power on

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution says it has restored supplies to more than 52,000 customers following hurricane winds and heavy rains that have been lashing much of northern and western Scotland.

Wind records

BBC Scotland Weather


New record max gust for Loch Glascarnoch 96 knots (110 mph). Last highest was 84 knots (97 mph) on 9th November 1998.

Joint highest max gust for Stornoway 98 knots (113 mph), equal 12th February 1962.

@GlasgowWarriors: Considering the amount of rain we've had over the last 24 hrs the pitch is looking good ahead of tonight's game

Rugby pitch

@bbcbigdebate: We're in Bathgate next Friday 16th January 12pm - 1pm. To apply to join the audience

Gordon Brewer

Tennis latest

Andy Murray and Heather Watson won their final matches but Great Britain were knocked out of the

Hopman Cup.

Andy Murray and Heather Watson
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The pair beat Casey Dellacqua and Marinko Matosevic 7-5 6-1 to seal a 3-0 win over home side Australia.

Murray, 27, earlier beat Matosevic 6-3 6-2 while Watson, 22, overcame Dellacqua 6-3 6-4 in Perth.

@NetworkRailSCOT: Work ongoing at #Kirkhill to repair overhead line damage caused by #scotstorm

Rail repairs

Social network safety

The NSPCC has launched a campaign highlighting the risks of social networking, aimed at young people and their parents.

NSPCC's social networking awareness campaign

Two animations will be shown on prime time TV and digital spaces, as part of the

NSPCC's Share Aware campaign.

"I Saw Your Willy" and "Lucy And The Boy" follow the stories of two children who share too much about themselves online.

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Good stuff from @andy_murray and @HeatherWatson92 today, beating Aus 3-0 in Hopman Cup. Murray 6-3 6-2 over Matosevic in singles

New manager

Martin Canning has been named caretaker

player-manager of Hamilton Academical, after Alex Neil was confirmed as Norwich City boss.

Martin Canning

Frankie McAvoy, who has been Neil's assistant, will assist Canning before also moving to Carrow Road at the end of January.

World Cup cricket

Scotland have announced a familiar final

squad for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.

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Of the 16 players in Dubai for a warm-up triangular series with Afghanistan and Ireland, uncapped Durham teenager Gavin Main is the one to miss out.

All of the squad travelled to Australia and New Zealand on an acclimatisation tour in September and October.

Unexplained death

Police are treating the death of a man whose body was found in the water near Ardrossan harbour as unexplained.

Emergency services were called to the North Ayrshire town just after 12:00.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said the man's body was recovered by the coastguard at about 13:30.

Asbestos claims consultation begins

A consultation on new legislation, which would allow the medical costs for treating the victims of asbestos-related diseases to be reclaimed, has begun.

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Campaigners said NHS Scotland spends more than £20m a year diagnosing and treating people from the effects of exposure to asbestos.

A proposed bill, brought forward by SNP MSP Stuart McMillan, would allow the NHS to claw back those costs from companies who exposed their workers.

Ayrshire crash death

A 30-year-old man has died following a crash in Beith, North Ayrshire.

The man's southbound Volkswagen Golf hit a northbound Volkswagen Polo, on the A737, near Manrahead roundabout, at about 16:35 yesterday.

The passenger of the Polo is in a serious but stable condition.

Rail repairs

Network Rail employees are pictured repairing overhead power lines near Kirkhill Station.

Network Rail employees are pictured repairing overhead power lines near Kirkhill Station.

Ferries update

BBC Scotland Travel


CalMac reports that due to high winds forecast, all sailings between Mallaig and Lochboisdale have been cancelled tomorrow.

More operations cancelled

Twenty-four more operations have been cancelled today by NHS Grampian, making it 104 so far this week.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The health authority is experiencing a peak in demand, which it says is down to seasonal rises in the number of people falling ill.

Storm pictures

BEAR Scotland issued this picture after a lorry overturned in snow on the A9 in Drumochter in the Scottish Highlands.

A9 in Drumochter in the Scottish Highlands
Bear Scotland

A fallen tree in Darnley Road, Glasgow.

A fallen tree in Darnley Road in Glasgow

Workers inspect damage caused by high winds to a building on Mariscat Road in Glasgow.

Workers inspect damage caused by high winds to a building on Mariscat Road in Glasgow.

Canning named Hamilton boss

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Martin Canning named Hamilton Accies interim Player/Coach. Frankie McAvoy continues as Assistant, but is expected to move to #Norwich soon.

It's all about the banter

Edinburgh Rugby and former Glasgow Warriors star Ruaridh Jackson enjoyed some banter on Twitter this afternoon.

Ruaridh, in reference to Edinburgh signing his

Wasps teammate Will Helu,
tweeted: Oh @willhelu after everything I said about @EdinburghRugby you still signed!! Jokes, congrats on the move, great city, no doubt you'll carve.

Edinburgh Rugby responded with a picture of the 1872 Cup, the trophy Edinburgh recently won after victory over Glasgow,

with the message: Hi Ruaridh, hope you're well.

1872 Cup
Edinburgh Rugby


joked: @EdinburghRugby @willhelu ha enjoy that, I enjoyed having it the past 5 years with the @GlasgowWarriors boys

Man cleared over drugs factory

A man has been cleared of having any involvement with a multi-million pound illegal drug factory in Glasgow.

David Connelly was the tenant of a flat where drugs and mixing agents with a potential street value of up to £4m were seized on 25 October, 2013.

The 37-year-old denied being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

Following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Connelly was acquitted after a jury found the charge against him not proven.

Edinburgh attack appeal

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the north of the city on Monday.

The 39-year-old victim sustained serious face injuries in the attack on Muirhouse Grove.

Detectives say the man may have been in an altercation with three other men around 03:00.

What has caused this weather?

BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes explains what's behind the recent stormy weather in the UK.

Chris Fawkes