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Summary

  1. Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey is no longer critically-ill with Ebola
  2. Gamekeeper found guilty of killing a rare bird
  3. Man arrested in India 17 years after Glasgow murder
  4. Rangers takeover bid abandoned
  5. Jim Clark rally to go ahead on private roads

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Steven Brocklehurst

BBC Scotland news website

That's all from the Scotland live page for today. It will return on Tuesday morning at 7am

On TV tonight

The Mountain is on BBC One Scotland at 19:30.

mountain
BBC

Cairngorm is at the heart of one of Scotland's greatest wilderness areas, and home to some very determined people.

This new six-part observational documentary series, The Mountain, follows a winter with Britain's leading ski resort, focussing on the lives of those that struggle to keep it open through gales and snowstorms, and the people of Aviemore, whose livelihoods depend on a great winter season.

More 'help to buy'

A £30m investment aimed at helping more Scots onto the housing ladder has been announced by the First Minister.

estate agent window
PA

During a visit to a housing development in Leven, Nicola Sturgeon said that the money, which is an extension of the Help To Buy scheme, would be ring-fenced for people buying homes from small and medium-sized house builders.

The new funding will be available from April for purchases up to £250,000 as part of a wider scheme that sees the Scottish government take an equity stake of up to 20% of the property's value.

Aberdeen public 'not misled'

The public has not been misled over the scale of the controversial Marischal Square development in Aberdeen, a councillor has said.

Marischal square plans images
BBC

BBC Scotland revealed 3D images on Friday which interpreted how the development could look, leading to debate on social media, and campaigners - under the banner 'Fight for the Site' - staged a protest at the location of the new project on Sunday to voice their opposition.

The footage was said to be based on the public record of plans and were not official images.

Finance convenor Willie Young said there had been "transparency".

Charlie Hebdo vigil

A vigil organised by the Muslim Council of Scotland has been held in Glasgow for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.

A small crowd gathered at the top of Buchanan Street at a rally for peace, respect and freedom.

vigil
BBC

Placards carried by those attending read: "Muslims for love not hate"; "Extremism has no religion" and "Pray for Peace".

Others said "No murder in the name of Allah" and "We are Scottish not ISIS".

Blown over

Fiona Watson sent us this picture of recent storm at Knockbain near Culbokie on the Black Isle damage.

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Fiona Watson

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This is pretty spectacular... Wind smashes shipping container into car!

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Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It will still be windy to end the day but the winds will ease back to westerly gales across the country this evening and become a bit lighter overnight. It will still be severe at times around exposed coasts, and for Moray and the Northern Isles.

There will be further sleet and snow showers which will be heaviest in the west of Scotland, but will even drop down to lower levels at times, with the risk of hail, thunder and lightning. This will make for difficult conditions on the A82 and A83.

It will be a cold night, especially so to the north of the Central Belt, with temperatures away from the west coast falling close to or below freezing. There'll be a risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

Remember - Met Office yellow 'be aware' warnings are in force for snow and ice for most of tonight until midday on Tuesday.

Wildlife crime

Following the

sentencing of George Mutch for killing a rare bird and setting traps illegally to capture others, Police Scotland released a statement.

Supt George MacDonald said: "Today's sentence highlights the ultimate consequences of Mutch's deplorable conduct.

"I do not believe his actions and behaviour reflect the vast majority involved in the various forms of countryside management, most of whom understand the clear lines that should not be crossed in terms of criminal persecution of wildlife.

"Wildlife Crime is a priority within a number of communities across Aberdeenshire and Moray."

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Oil & Gas UK new tax demand: end Supplementary Charge: would take tax on profit from 60-80% to 30%. And soon. (Brent crude -5% today to $47.60)

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Edinburgh, there's a breakdown on the A70 Lanark Road blocking one lane city-bound on the approach to Inglis Green Road.

Strong winds are affecting the Skye, Kessock and Dornoch Bridges which are closed to high-sided vehicles. The Forth Road Bridge is now fully open, but with a speed restriction, and short delays in both directions.

In Glasgow, the M8 is slow westbound between J16 Craighall and J22 Plantation.

And we're still seeing disruption to ferries which will continue into tomorrow, with strong winds causing delays and cancellations to several routes, so check before you set off.

Power still off

There are still 609 households without power in the north of Scotland after the severe weather conditions of the past few days.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) said power had been restored to 120,000 customers affected since Thursday.

They said the remote island of Coll - where a handful of customers are waiting to be reconnected - was proving extremely difficult to access as ferries, boats, aircraft and helicopters are all unable to travel there due to the severe weather.

Areas still without power this afternoon are:

  • Dingwall rural 300 customers
  • Western Isles 180 customers
  • Wick rural 129 customers

Police name ecstasy-link death man

Police

have released the name of a 24-year-old man who died after he and two others were suspected of taking ecstasy at a house in East Dunbartonshire.

Richard Carrigan
BBC - police handout

Richard Carrigan, from Kirkintilloch, died shortly after being admitted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Saturday.

Mr Carrigan's family said "he was a loving son, brother, boyfriend and father" and would be "sadly missed".

Storm damage

Andrew Thomson

BBC Scotland

The extent of some of the damaged caused by this prolonged spell of stormy weather has been revealed by a housing association in the Western Isles.

The Hebridean Housing Partnership says about 500 of its homes are now in need of repair.

Of these, it says about 150 have experienced "very significant damage".

A roof that has been damaged by the recent storms in Scotland
BBC

The Housing partnership says it has a team of about 50 people out making repairs and the vast majority of damaged homes have now been made safe.

But they say the continuing windy weather is seriously affecting their ability to carry out roof repair work.

CCTV images

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to trace in connection with an investigation following a theft by housebreaking and wilful fireraising in Glasgow city centre in January.

The incident occurred on Tuesday 14 January at Rebel Rebel, a barbershop on Union Street, near Glasgow Central railway station.

cctv
Police Scotland

'Not a commodity product'

Farming leaders have used a major industry conference in Glasgow to warn that dairy farmers are "haemorrhaging money".

Vice-president of NFU Scotland, Allan Bowie, told the BBC farmers can't charge any less and it is the consumer and retailers which need to help.

Milk
BBC

Mr Bowie said: "We cannot come down to the lowest commodity. We're not a commodity product, We can't do cheap food.

"There has been a strong passion from the floor here that the retailers morally need to stand up and actually help those at the coal face, those that are getting up at 04:00 and trying to deliver what they want, they need to stand up and realise, actually we can help you."

TV debates

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says it is "imperative" that her party is included in the televised general election debates.

Ofcom is consulting on which political parties will be given major party status at the 2015 general election.

It has not included the SNP, the Greens or Plaid Cymru, which effectively excludes them from the debates.

In a joint blog on the Guardian website with the leaders of those parties, Ms Sturgeon says the political landscape has "changed utterly" since the independence referendum.

Scientist sentenced for sex acts

A 31-year-old married scientist who admitted having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl while he was aged 18

has been given a community sentence.

Robert Valentine, from Warwick, admitted a charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the girl, whom he met online around 2001.

He was caught after the girl, now in her 20s, reported the incidents.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Valentine was given a probation order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

@NetworkRail tweets: We have a track circuit issue at #Bellside on the #Shotts line. Team is onsite investigating but some delays can be expected

Weather warnings

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

There are three Met Office yellow 'be aware' warnings for parts of Scotland in the next few days.

  1. Warning of WIND across the Northern Isles and Western Isles until 21:00.
  2. Warning for SNOW and ICE valid from mainland Scotland from 18:00 today until 12:00 on Wednesday
  3. Early warning for WIND in Central and Southern Scotland from Wednesday at 15:00 until Thursday at 15:00

Travel update

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

In Aberdeenshire, the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee remains closed because of heavy snow and police say it won't re-open for some time

In Bonnybridge, the A8004 Larbert Road remains closed because of flooding

High-sided vehicles can now cross the Erskine and Forth Road Bridges but warnings remain in place here as well as on the Clackmannanhire, Tay, Dornoch and Friarton Bridges. The Skye Bridge is still closed to high-sided vehicles

Trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Shotts could be delayed because of a signalling problem

Drug approval

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers in Scotland are to be the first in the UK to get a new drug that can improve their quality of life on the NHS.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted Pledigry as a treatment for adults with the most common form of MS.

Some 85% of MS patients have the relapsing remitting form of the disease, where they have distinct attacks of symptoms which then fade away either partially or completely.

The new treatment was accepted by the SMC after MS groups argued Pledigry can offer patients a better quality of life as it requires them to have one injection every two weeks rather than weekly injections.

The drug was one of six medicines that the SMC approved for use in the NHS in Scotland, including cetuximab, which was approved as a first-line treatment for bowel cancer patients where the disease has spread to other parts of the body.

Ebola update

News that

Ebola victim Pauline Cafferkey is no longer critically ill suggests she has "turned a corner" and is likely to make a full recovery, according to Professor Hugh Pennington, one of Britain's leading microbiologists.

Prof Pennington described the update on Ms Cafferkey's condition as "excellent news", although it is impossible to say how long it will be before she is released from hospital.

Although there are no specific details on her condition, he said it was "reasonable to assume that she was very close to being in a state of shock".

"This can mean problems with blood pressure, difficulty breathing and organ failure," Prof Pennington said.

"All these sorts of things can be dealt with in an intensive care unit with artificial supports to keep someone going.

"When you're into that kind of situation, every minute of every day is critical."

He added: "Although we don't know the specifics of her case, it is reasonable that the interpretation of what they are saying is that she is no longer in need of any of these artificial supports."

Gamekeeper guilty

A gamekeeper found guilty of killing a rare bird and setting traps illegally on an Aberdeenshire estate has been jailed for four months.

George Mutch was convicted using footage from a hidden camera which had been trained on traps on the Kildrummy estate where he worked.

The 48-year-old was accused of recklessly killing or injuring a goshawk and illegally taking away another, along with a buzzard, on the estate in 2012.

Last month he was was found guilty of four charges.

A still from the hidden footage that helped convict Mutch
RSPB Scotland

RSPB Scotland challenges windfarms

A Scottish wildlife charity

has lodged a legal challenge against the consent granted to four major offshore wind farm projects.

RSPB Scotland is challenging the developments in the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay.

An offshore windfarm
Thinkstock

Scottish ministers approved the Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects in October.

Industry body Scottish Renewables described the legal challenge as "really disappointing".

St Mirren bid off

An

English consortium that says it had lined up former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson as manager has withdrawn its interest in buying St Mirren.

David Thompson
Getty Images

Aspiration Holdings Ltd has blamed "the complete lack of communication and contact" from the Paisley club's board.

An Argentine consortium has also been in talks with the Scottish Premiership outfit over recent months.

India arrest

tracey wilde
BBC

This is Tracey Wylde, 21, who was found dead at her flat in the Glasgow's Barmulloch area in November 1997.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested in India in connection with her murder.

Rugby challenge

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend insists his side must adapt their game when

Montpellier visit Scotstoun.

Gregor Townsend
SNS

Warriors beat Scarlets 22-7 on Friday to maintain their 100% home record in the Pro12 and now turn their attention to the European Champions Cup match against Montpellier on Sunday.

Weather disrupts travel

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

Roads: In Aberdeenshire, the A93 between Braemar and Spittal of Glenshee and in Moray, the A939 Cockbridge to Tommintoul are closed because of heavy snow.

Outside Falkirk, the A883 between Bonnybridge and Denny is closed because of flooding. The Skye, Dornoch, Erskine and Forth Road Bridges are all closed to high-sided vehicles because of wind.

Ferries: Strong winds are continuing to affect services.

@acciesfc: 4 hours to kick off here at NDP

@OrkneyCouncil: Electrical issues at St Magnus Cathedral are now ticketyboo - it's open as usual for the rest of the day

Airport passengers

Passenger numbers at

Scotland's three biggest airports soared last year, according to new figures.

Airports
BBC

Edinburgh Airport saw 10.2 million people pass through its terminal last year - a 4% increase on 2013. Glasgow reported annual numbers of 7.7 million passengers, up 4.8% on the previous year.

And Aberdeen had the busiest year in its history, with more than 3.76 million passengers passing through the terminal.

Oil investment 'risk'

Industry consultants claim £2bn of investment planned for the UK's offshore oil sector could be at risk.

oil rig in North Sea
PA

Wood Mackenzie says while investment has boomed in recent years, 2015 could be challenging due to rising costs, poor exploration results and falling oil prices.

The price of Brent Crude has fallen again today, to a

six year low.

Top manager

Arbroath's excellent run of results in December has been acknowledged as Allan Moore won the Scottish Professional Football League

manager of the month award for League Two.

Allan Moore
SNS

The Red Lichties extended their lead at the top of the table across the month with four wins and a draw.

Crash barrier

Drivers on the M8 in Glasgow have faced delays after a car

mounted a central barrier and became lodged on the top.

M8 motorway
Scotland Transerv

The car crashed into the barriers close to Junction 15 Townhead, partially blocking the motorway and the slip ramp.

Police Scotland said the accident happened shortly after 10:00 and that no-one had been hurt.

@ScotRail: CLEARED: Disruption between #GlasgowCentral & #Largs #ArdrossanHarbour caused by earlier signal problems near #Kilwinning has ended.

Aberdeenshire crash man named

A man who died in a crash in Aberdeenshire has been named as 23-year-old engineer Lee McClure.

Lee McClure
Police Scotland

His silver Vauxhall Astra left the A950 near New Pitsligo road and was found on Saturday morning.

Relatives said in a statement: "Lee was well-loved by family and friends and we are devastated that he has been taken from us."

Arrest in India

A man has been arrested in India in connection with the

murder of a woman in Glasgow 17 years ago. Tracey Wylde was found dead in her home in the Barmulloch area in 1997.

A major investigation was launched into the death of the 21-year-old, who was said to have been involved in prostitution.

Police Scotland said a 37-year-old man was being held in custody in India after being arrested in Mumbai on Friday.

Fife Animal Park owner given ban

A man who owned a zoo in Fife has been banned from owning animals, after admitting keeping several species in squalid conditions.

Fife Animal Park
BBC

Peter Lockart, who ran the Fife Animal Park in Collessie, admitted nine offences at Dundee Sheriff court.

An investigation found an emu was being kept in a windowless room and tortoises in inappropriate surroundings. Lockart also displayed protected species without valid certificates.

Wind update

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Hi, Chris here. Winds ease a touch this afternoon - still strong to gale force though! Rain showers north/north west (snow hills). Drier in the central belt/south 5C