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  1. Snow causing further disruption
  2. More than 80 schools closed in the Highlands & Moray
  3. Rangers lose appeal over £250,000 EBT fine
  4. Dunfermline's wiki edited in Whitehall
  5. Scottish climber dies in Canada fall
  6. Killer son jailed for nine years

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Sandy Murray

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

Scotland Live is winding down for the night.

Our live page returns at 07:00.

All the big stories until then will be on the BBC Scotland News


BBC Scotland Weather


Rain will sweep northeastwards tonight, heavy at times and preceded by a spell of snow even to low levels.

Tomorrow... A very windy start for Central and Southern Scotland. Severe gales, with gusts of 60 to 70mph, will affect much of the West Coast. Higher parts of the Central Belt will see 50-60mph gusts. The Firth of Clyde will see large waves, and possible overtopping of coastal defences during the morning.

For western, Central and Southwest Scotland, it'll be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain and sleet, and snow for the high ground. Across Eastern Scotland, it'll be a bright start, with a touch of frost, and a fine morning for most.

Inverness, Moray and Northern Aberdeenshire will hang on to the best of the brightness tomorrow. Across the Highlands, winds will ease for a time during the morning, but towards evening, they'll strengthen to gale or severe gale, with gusts of 70mph possible over the Western Isles.

BREAKING... crust

A bakery in Perth has been crowned World Scotch Pie Champion of 2015.

Scotch pies
Rebecca Siegel

Murrays Bakers came top in the competition which saw entries from a hundred pie makers.

Fifty expert judges tasted more than 550 products, such as bridies and sausage rolls, to come up with the winner.

@NetworkRailSCOT: NR Air Ops over flew #Crianlarich - #Tyndrum - #Oban - #Ardlui line proving today #snow

West Highland line

Higgins out

Two-time Masters champion

John Higgins was knocked out of the tournament after suffering a 6-4 defeat by Mark Allen in the first round at Alexandra Palace.

John Higgins
Getty Images

The match began with real quality as Higgins made two centuries and Allen one as the pair were locked at 3-3.

Allen went 5-3 up and although Higgins got a frame back with a break that ended with a missed yellow when on for a 147, the Northern Irishman held on.

@trafficscotland: Here is the #A83 @ RABT. Remember gentle manoeuvres when snow on road. Keep it calm & smooth #DriveSafe #winterinfo

Snow falling

BBC Scotland Travel


A8 Port Glasgow - snow causing severe congestion - with long delays too in both directions on the A761 and B788 Kilmacolm Road. T.T.

Restaurant boss guilty

The boss of an award-winning restaurant has been found guilty of

sexually assaulting four former waitresses.

Robert McAleese, 38, who runs Little Italy in Dumfries, was placed on the sex offenders' register following the verdict at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Brian Mohan said he accepted the credibility of the four waitresses who said his actions left them upset, frightened and confused.

McAleese, of Cairn Court, Dumfries, will be sentenced next month.

International cricket

Josh Davey made an unbeaten half century and took six wickets as

Scotland hammered Afghanistan by 150 runs in the Dubai Triangular Series.

Josh Davey
SNS Group

Scotland recovered from 75-5 to post 213-7 thanks to a 99-run partnership between Richie Berrington (62) and Davey (53 not out).

BBC Scotland Travel


The A85 Crianlarich to Lochearnhead road - HGV stuck in the snow near Killin at Lix Toll - queues in both directions. T.T.

Your pictures


Tina Jack sent in this photo of Boat of Garten at lunchtime.

Boat of Garten
Tina Jack

This was the scene in the morning:

Boat of Garten
Tina Jack

BBC Scotland Travel


#A761 Kilmacolm to Port Glasgow road - heavy snow causing severe congestion in both directions - just passable with care. T.T.

@kilcregganferry: Due to deteriorating weather conditions service has been cancelled for the remainder of the day

BBC Scotland Travel


A760 Largs - Kilbirnie road (Haylie Brae) is closed because of the snow. T.T.

Reporting Scotland

Coming up on

Reporting Scotland tonight:

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- Snow continues to disrupt commuters around Scotland.

- More on the Scottish Government's plan to set up energy jobs taskforce.

Tune in at 18:30, on BBC1, online or on your mobile.

@ScotTranserv: 11 loaded gritters just left our depot to treat SW Scotland's roads. A further 7 will be out on patrol & treating o'night. #winterinfo

Hamilton Accies

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

I've been talking to @mcgov12 - he talks about life after Alec Neil, who'd he like as new manager, & meeting Celtic.

Watch it


Riordan denies assault

Footballer Derek Riordan

has appeared in court charged with assault and breach of the peace in Edinburgh.

The Black Bull pub in The Grassmarket

The ex-Scotland player pleaded not guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to assaulting a man in the Black Bull pub in The Grassmarket on 6 December 2014.

His defence solicitor, Kathleen More, said he also denied gesticulating in a threatening manner and struggling with Stewart Sugden, a member of staff.

@BordersRailway: Work to lay rail through Bowshank Tunnel has been underway - these images capture #tracklaying on Tuesday

Railway tunnel

Collision avoidance system

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The UK's military aviation watchdog has said a collision avoidance system must be fitted to the RAF's fleet of Typhoons "with full haste".

The Military Aviation Authority also warned that a collision between a Typhoon and a commercial jet, however improbable, would be "catastrophic".

The MAA's advice follows a critical report issued last year into a mid-air collision between two RAF Tornados. The Ministry of Defence said programmes had started for the fitting of systems.

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Dundee Utd will not let Gary Mackay Steven leave in the transfer window for any less than two hundred and fifty thousand pounds I'm told

Calls for lap dance club restrictions

National restrictions should be imposed on Scotland's strip clubs to prevent new brothels being opened,

an expert has advised MSPs.

A silhouette of stiletto-clad legs

Sex work expert Prof Phil Hubbard said there was an inconsistent approach in England and Wales leading to appeals over the refusal of licences.

But the strip clubs' trade association warned against imposing a "draconian regime" on local authorities.

The comment came as parliament was considering new licensing legislation.

Hibs fan ownership

Hibernian intend to launch a scheme next month that would give fans up to 51% ownership.

Kenny MacAskill MSP
SNS Group

Chair of the newly-created Hibernian Supporters Limited (HSL), Kenny MacAskill MSP (pictured left) believes it is "a watershed" moment for the club.

HSL will acquire shares with money from supporters of the Edinburgh team.

"It's about equality while providing collectivity, so we can ultimately obtain ownership of the club," MacAskill told BBC Scotland.

@Scotambservice: After the festive period & current bad weather blood stocks are low. Please follow @givebloodscot for info on how to #GiveBlood & updates

Highland snow


ScotRail sent us this picture of snow at Dalwhinnie station.

Dalwhinnie station

@bbcshetland: Sadly, due to major technical problems (probably caused by lightening damage) there will be no Good Evening Shetland

Rangers latest

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Rangers statement: "Further to the announcement on 17 December 2014, Rangers Football Club Limited (the "club") lost the appeal with the Judicial Panel of the Scottish FA on 13 January 2015 in respect of the EBT Commission fine of £250,000 levied on RFC 2012 PLC (previously The Rangers Football Club plc) (in liquidation). The club will now take the matter to arbitration."

Ibrox Stadium

In video: Winter weather

Snowfall has caused travel disruption across the country and led to dozens of schools being closed.

BBC Scotland's

Craig Anderson reports.

Highland cow

BBC Scotland Travel


Calmac's Fionnphort - Iona ferry is cancelled for the rest of the day - with the last sailing on the Lochaline - Fishnish ferry 4.30 today.

School closures

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Councillors have recommended that Highland Council closes four schools on Skye and replace them with a new building on one of the sites.

Struan Primary school
Richard Dorrell/Geograph

The local authority's education committee has backed the proposed closures of Edinbane, Dunvegan, Knockbreck and Struan (pictured) primaries.

A new school would be built at Dunvegan.

The proposal will be put to a full meeting of Highland Council in March.

Shallow grave

A man who

killed his mother before burying her dismembered body in a shallow grave in Edinburgh has been jailed for nine years.

Police Scotland

James Dunleavy, 41, killed 66-year-old Philomena Dunleavy, following a row at his flat in Edinburgh in spring 2013.

Dunleavy was convicted of culpable homicide due to diminished responsibility at the High Court in Edinburgh in January 2014.

Video - Snow disruption

Snowfall has caused travel disruption across the country and led to dozens of schools being closed.

Snowfall in Scotland

There have been numerous minor accidents on Scotland's roads and traffic was tailed back for miles on the A9 after heavy lorries had problems negotiating a steep hill.

Police Scotland have urged motorists to consider whether their journey is necessary and to ensure they are adequately prepared for the road conditions.

Watch Craig Anderson's report.

Ross Rennie retires

Ross Rennie has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect because of injury.

Ross Rennie
John White Media

The 28-year-old Scotland international has not played since October and had been seeking specialist advice about a neurological problem.

He moved to Bristol from Edinburgh in January 2014 and made 13 appearances, scoring seven times.

"I feel very privileged to have been a professional rugby player," said Rennie, who has earned 20 caps.

Universities challenge

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

Plans to reform the way

universities are governed need to go further, according to an education union.

University library

The University and College Union called for governing bodies to have a more representative mix of people.

It backed plans to elect university chairmen and chairwomen but said candidates should not be vetted and all staff and students should get a vote.

The Scottish government's consultation on university governance is due to run until the end of the month. A bill is expected to follow later.

Heart-warming tale

Jordan McGhee has signed a new contract with Hearts.

Jordan McGhee

The 18-year-old, who was out of contract with the club in the summer, has featured regularly for the Championship leaders this season.

His deal will see him remain at Tynecastle until the summer of 2017.

Doonhamers post profit

Willie Johnston

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South made a profit of £55,000 last year in their first season back in the Championship.

Palmerston Park

The Doonhamers finished fourth in the league and reached the promotion play-offs.

The figure will be reported to the club's annual general meeting next month.

The 2013/14 season was the second in a row in which the Palmerston Park club operated in the black after major restructuring.

Probe after woman sets herself on fire

Prosecutors have ordered an independent investigation after a 58-year-old woman apparently set herself on fire at a police station in West Dunbartonshire.

Clydebank Police Station

The woman suffered serious burns in the incident in the reception area of Clydebank police station, in the town's Montrose Street, on 7 January.

She is still being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner will examine the incident.

Bouncer sentenced after death

A bouncer who was cleared of murdering a father outside a bar has been given a community payback order for assaulting him.

Jonas Marcius

A jury cleared Jonas Marcius in December of murdering Craig Grant outside the Tonik bar in Aberdeen, but found him guilty of assault.

He was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Co-accused Kiel Hauley was told he must carry out 90 hours unpaid work under a community payback order.

Poll tax concern

Council body Cosla has voiced worries that plans to end the collection of

historic poll tax debt could encourage non-payment of outstanding council tax.


Spokesman Kevin Keenan told MSPs that people who are struggling financially may think they can "walk away" from paying into the current system.

The controversial tax was abolished in 1993 leaving £425m in debts.

Meadowbank upgrade

Edinburgh councillors will be asked to commit to a multi-million pound upgrade for Meadowbank sports complex or potentially see it close in five years.

Meadowbank Stadium

Built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, the council's proposal for a replacement depends on filling a funding gap of up to £20m.

Last year more than 500,000 people used the sports complex.

Edinburgh city council leaders believe a replacement could extend its life by another half century.