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  1. New women's prison scrapped
  2. A9 cameras 'have cut speeding'
  3. Body found in park is missing grandmother
  4. Two more botulism cases
  5. Lord Smith to lead Games legacy body

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BBC Scotland News

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Man charged with murdering partner

A 56-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his partner at a house in Bridge of Earn, near Perth.

Mohammed Ali Abboud is alleged to have repeatedly stabbed 27-year-old Agnieszka Szelfer last Friday.

He made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court.

The case was continued and he was remanded in custody.

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Cerny checks in at Easter Road

Hibernian have signed former Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old Czech spent five years with the Accies, leaving for CSKA Sofia in 2012.

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Last summer he signed a two-year contract with Greek Super League club Ergotelis but that has been cut short.

"This move was perfect for me for both personal and professional reasons," Cerny told the club website. "I want to help Hibs achieve promotion."

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A9 speed cameras - Your views

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Anon: I travel the road twice a week from Invergordon to Falkirk. Driving at 55 to 60mph behind chains of cars and lorries sends me to sleep. I am more alert when driving faster.

Anon: I've been travelling this road for 40 years and twice since the cameras became live. Think it is a great idea with the road as it is at the moment anyway and wasn't held up - traffic flowed easily and, if that makes it safer until the road is upgraded, then so be it.

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Missing man's body found

A body found by police in West Lothian is that of a missing 47-year-old man,

police have confirmed.

David Rogers was last seen at his home in Ladywell, Livingston on Thursday morning.

David Rogers's body was found in a wooded area

His body was found at about 19:30 GMT on Saturday in a wooded area between the Starlaw and Tailend roundabouts in Livingston.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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'You just get locked away'

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A9 speed cameras - Your views

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Cammy, Glasgow: What about off peak when it's so frustrating driving so slowly with so little other traffic on the road and 70mph would be more than safe. Longer journeys equals more tired drivers. What can be more dangerous than that?

John, Strathaven: One of the reasons for drivers being frustrated is that many don't expect to go at the speed limit. They expect to go much faster. Given the huge death toll in Scotland from cars every year, let's keep these speed cameras, even once the new road is built and introduce them on other roads.

Botulism cases

Health officials are investigating two new probable cases of Botulism in people who inject drugs. One of the new cases is from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area while the other is from the Lanarkshire area.

Both are receiving hospital treatment in Glasgow. This takes to four the total number of cases currently in Glasgow hospitals.

The source of these infections is said to be contaminated heroin. NHS Forth Valley is also treating a confirmed case in one of its hospitals.

BP pay freeze

BP says it will freeze pay across the company this year as it seeks to cut costs amid falling oil prices. It follows 300 job cuts in the North Sea announced by the company earlier this month.

BP says the freeze to base pay will apply across the board for 2015, with a few specific exceptions.

Murder probe over missing man

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man disappeared from his West Lothian home.

Alexander Cameron, 67, was last seen at the property in Newcraighall Road in Kirknewton on 19 January.

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He was reported missing three days later. Police are carrying out searches in the nearby area and have arrested a 58-year-old man in connection with the investigation.

Canvassing opinion


Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson tweets: Dropping temperatures just means walking faster between front doors. Out with Miles & his hardy canvass team in Ed S.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and campaign team
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Scotland braced for cold snap

Warnings of snow and ice have been issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

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The Met Office said snowfalls could hit parts of the UK from Wednesday morning until Thursday evening.

Driving could become difficult at times with blizzards over high ground and snowfalls of 3-10cm even at low levels.

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The yellow be aware warnings cover all of Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with the north of England, Yorkshire, Humber and East Midlands.

Body of missing woman found

Police searching for missing East Kilbride woman Anne Rooney say her body has been found in the Cranhill area of Glasgow.

Wilhelmina or Anne Rooney was reported missing last Monday
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The 71-year-old was reported missing last Monday. Police say they are not treating her death as suspicious.

HMP Inverclyde: Positive Prisons view

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Commenting on the scrapping of plans for a new women's jail in Inverclyde, Janey - a former prisoner - who is now with the organisation Positive Prisons, told

John Beattie prison is a horrific experience for many inmates, who are already vulnerable.

"If there's a difficulty in someone's life and a woman's offending, that woman is going to be separated from her children, there's going to be housing issues," she said.

"There's addiction issues, mental health issues and a short period on remand isn't go to address that and a sentence isn't going to address that either."

Honour for man 40 years after death

A youth leader could be

honoured in his home town of Dumfries, more than 40 years after he died.

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John "Stoney" Smith ran clubs for young people from the 1940s until his death in 1973.

Hundreds of girls and boys went to the Bordereaux Health and Strength clubs to learn gymnastics, athletics and boxing.

Now plans are under way to put up a plaque in memory of the legendary local figure.

Appeal over petrol station armed robbery

CCTV images have been released of a man suspected of

carrying out an armed robbery at an Edinburgh petrol station.

The robber threatened the lone member of staff with a handgun at the petrol station on Ferry Road at 22:00 on Sunday 18 January.

He then escaped on foot with a three-figure sum of cash. He was last seen heading towards Ferry Road.

Suspect on CCTV footage

It is not known what direction he travelled along Ferry Road. The member of staff was not injured.

The suspect was described as being white and aged between 35 and 45-years-old. He had a slim build and a ginger/greying goatee and moustache.

He was wearing a black-hooded top, blue jeans, a brown three-quarter-length jacket and tab ankle boots.

Travel update

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Roads: Edinburgh, There is a Police incident on A71 Gorgie Road near the junction with Stenhouse Road.

Falkirk, M876 has one lane closed between the Bowtrees Roundabout and J7 Kinnaird House.

Strong winds continue to affect the Kessock and Dornoch Bridges.

Ferries: Several services are on amber alert because of high winds.

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Council's text error

Falkirk Council has apologised after a text message was sent out in error, telling parents and staff that schools in the area would be closed from midday. The text was sent at 12:38 and a correction followed 15 minutes later. The council is investigating the mistake.

Breeze before the freeze...

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A breezy end to this afternoon across the country with fresh to strong west or north-westerly winds. Scattered showers will continue to affect the Northern Isles, the north west Highlands and western Aberdeenshire, wintry on high ground, with hail and the odd rumble of thunder in the heaviest ones.

There will still be a few showers around this evening, although clear spells in the east will allow a touch of frost.

Cloud will steadily thicken from the west overnight, bringing rain into western parts, most persistent over the Western Isles and west Highlands, and getting into the Northern Isles too.

Temperatures will dip close to freezing for a time in the east, then recover to 4C by morning.

Weather-hit mobile network returns

A mobile phone network

used by a first responder medical scheme has been fixed after bad weather put it out of action for two weeks.

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Network provider EE said Acharacle and the surrounding area had been experiencing "signal issues".

The Lochaber village's community council had criticised the time it was taking to resolve the problem.

First responders provide out-of-hours emergency medial care in remote parts of the north west Highlands.

They include nurses, retained firefighters and volunteers.

'Rangers will be fired up for it'

Rangers will need to rely on older heads to have a chance of upsetting Celtic in the League Cup semi-final, according to former Ibrox boss Alex McLeish.

"I think we have to be realistic and say that, at this moment, Celtic have more quality,"

McLeish told BBC Scotland ahead of Sunday's game.

Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish

"Normally, they should win it, but it's a cup tie and the Rangers players will be fired up for it.

"I'd like to think the experienced guys can do something special."

HMP Inverclyde: Lib Dem view

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Alison McInnes MSP said: "The proposed replacement prison was too big and in the wrong place.

Architect's drawing of proposed HMP Inverclyde
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"It ignored the recommendations of the Commission on Women Offenders which called for a small specialist prison for the most dangerous and serious offenders, coupled with community justice centres around the country and small local prison units."

She said she now had misgivings about the possible delayed closure of Cornton Vale, adding: "The prison is not fit for purpose, it impedes rehabilitation and isn't capable of addressing the challenging and complex needs of many women prisoners."

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HMP Inverclyde: Green view

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone is welcoming the Scottish government's decision not to proceed with plans to build a 350-bed women's prison at Inverclyde to replace Cornton Vale.

Ms Johnstone said: "Creating a single, massive jail would have gone completely against all the evidence. Instead we have an opportunity to look at more appropriate community-based solutions.

Cornton Vale

She continued: "We must remember the terrible impact that imprisonment of women has on families, and a more dispersed approach gives a better chance of striking the right balance between reducing reoffending and providing public protection.

"I hope today's announcement signals a broader determination to reduce the worrying size of the female prison population in Scotland. And given that most women in prison have complex needs, often due to abuse and health problems, that must be the focus as we move forward."

Flood of interest

A life-size model of

an embankment planned to protect part of Dumfries from flooding has gone on display.


The five-metre mound has been built at the Whitesands, which is regularly inundated by the River Nith.

Officials behind the £15m river defence and regeneration programme hope it will demonstrate the scale of their plans.

Critics of the flood prevention scheme claim there are cheaper and less intrusive alternatives.

They have raised fears that it will result in a loss of car parking spaces but Dumfries and Galloway Council has pledged to create more on-street parking.

Armed robbery CCTV images released

Police have released pictures of a man they want to identify in connection with an armed robbery in Edinburgh.

Armed robbery cctv pics
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The incident happened at a BP petrol station at the Leith end of Ferry Road on 18 January.

The man pictured is described as white and aged between 35 and 45-years-old. He is of slim build with a ginger/greying goatee and moustache.

A9 speed cameras - Your views

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Isabel, Keith: We travel the A9 fairly often and the journey is much less stressful with fewer idiots rushing up behind you trying to make you go faster and then overtaking in a dangerous place. The speed limit is 60 on single carriageway roads so stick to the law and stop whingeing.

Gordon, Longniddry: Well done Transport Scotland. A9 cameras are a triumph for all road users. Thank you.

Historic venue sold

A historic venue in Glasgow

has changed hands in a multi-million pound deal.

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Merchant Square and four other bar and restaurant units on nearby Candleriggs were sold by Merchant City Properties for a combined price of £9.5m.

They were bought by Clydebuilt Fund, which is owned by the Glasgow City Council-administered Strathclyde Pension Fund.

Merchant Square is housed in part of Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket.

Student tells of childhood abuse

A 19-year-old student has told a jury at the High Court in Glasgow that

she was sexually abused by a man when she was 12-years-old.

The woman told the trial of 30-year-old Mark Maclennan, who lives in Bath, that he touched her on numerous occasions over a period of almost three years.

She said she told her mother about this when she was 16.

Mr Maclennan denies all charges of child sexual abuse against him, including raping a two-year-old boy.

He has been accused of raping the boy at a nursery in Inverness-shire between 1 August 2012 and 23 May 2013.

Mr Maclennan has also denied sexually abusing a young girl and boy at the nursery.

No penalty to scrap Square deal

Aberdeen City Council has said there would be no financial penalty associated with cancelling the Marischal Square development.

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Finance convenor Councillor Willie Young had said there would be a cancellation fee of about £100m if the project was scrapped.

The council now says there would be a risk of legal action if it was halted - but no immediate penalty fee.

A spokesman said Mr Young had used the "wrong terminology".

At the weekend,

several hundred protesters formed a human chain around the site of the proposed £107m office, retail and hotel project.

Death crash case deserted

The case against an 81-year-old woman

accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by driving carelessly has been deserted.

Roberta Kirk, of Thornhill, had previously denied the charge at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Her car hit a motorbike driven by Michael Blair, 41, of Auchinleck, on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road near Drumlanrig Castle in July 2013.

He later died of his injuries in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

Kirk had pleaded not guilty to turning right on to the A76 from a minor road without making proper observations for oncoming traffic.

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Beattie bolsters Scotland squad

Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to the injury-hit Scotland squad ahead of next month's Six Nations.

Backs Alex Dunbar and Sean Maitland suffered knocks in Glasgow Warriors' European Cup defeat by Bath.

Johnnie Beattie

Edinburgh's Dave Denton, Ben Toolis, Dougie Fife, Greig Tonks and Matt Scott were injured during their Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

Glasgow's Rob Harley and Perpignan's Alasdair Strokosch are also injured.