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  1. Much of Scotland covered in snow
  2. Over 100 schools forced to close
  3. Further weather warnings issued for the weekend
  4. Police submit Glasgow bin lorry crash report to prosecutors
  5. Ed Miliband promises more powers for Holyrood

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Russian planes

Fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray after Russian military planes flying near UK airspace caused "disruption to civil aviation" on Wednesday, the Foreign Office has said.

fighter jet

It said the Russian aircraft did not enter UK airspace, but the manoeuvres were "part of increasing pattern of out-of-area operations" by Russia.

The planes were "escorted" by RAF jets "throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest", officials added.

Erskine Bridge disruption


Congestion now starting to ease on #M8 after earlier breakdown on #ErskineBridge

Well expect Laing signing

Motherwell expect to complete the four-month loan signing of Nottingham Forest defender Louis Laing on Friday.

Louis Laing
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The 21-year-old centre-half has recently been on loan at Notts County.

Forest manager Stuart Pearce told BBC Sport: "The opportunity to get him some more first-team football will be of great benefit to us and him."

And the Steelmen have announced the loan signing of Grenada international Anthony Straker from York City, again until the end of the current campaign.

Exam appeals

Labour is claiming that changes to Scotland's school exam appeal system favour privately-educated youngsters over state school pupils. Are those at state schools losing out to save cash?

pupils in exams
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Thistle sign Finnie

Partick Thistle have signed defender Ryan Finnie on a deal until the end of the season.

Ryan Finnie

The 19-year-old was most recently with Rangers and operates primarily at right-back.

Finnie, a Scotland under-19 international, began his career at Hamilton Academical and also had a spell on loan at Dumbarton.

His arrival follows that of defender Callum Booth, who joined on loan from Hibernian until the end of the season.

Chilcot delays 'unjustifiable'

MSPs have been debating calls for the Chilcot report into the invasion of Iraq to be published before the general election.

The First Minister said the delays were unjustifiable.

However, the Conservative MSP Alex Fergusson told Parliament that it was important that so-called 'Maxwellisation', when people who are criticised in the report are warned in advance, is done properly.

Labour backed the motion, but the party's deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said it wasn't right to re-run the political arguments of a decade ago.

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United to go on the attack

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Jackie McNamara reckons Dundee United's attacking firepower gives them an edge over Aberdeen in Saturday's Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Jackie McNamara

The Tangerine's have scored 46 times in the Scottish Premiership this season - more than any other top flight side.

"We've got goals in the team," the United manager told BBC Scotland. "I think we've shown that.

"But defensively we need to be a lot better than we have been of late - we've conceded too many sloppy goals."

Advice for drivers


Important at this time of year to check your lights and tyres, don't get caught out #winterinfo #friendlyadvice

Future unclear for rugby stars

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

The international futures of Scotland forwards Ryan Wilson (pictured) and Ryan Grant remain unclear following Scottish rugby board meetings on Thursday.

Ryan Wilson

Wilson, 25, was found guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday of assaulting a fellow rugby player on a night out.

A similar charge against Grant, 29, was found not proven, but he has been left out of Scotland's Six Nations squad.

The Scottish Rugby Union told BBC Scotland: "When we have an update to share on this, it will be circulated."

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Tomorrow will be a cold, bright day, with fresh to strong northerly winds bringing further snow showers. The main focus of the showers will be the northern and western Isles, the northwest Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus.

By the end of the day, there'll be further significant accumulations over the high ground of the northwest.

Central and southern Scotland will be largely dry with plenty of crisp winter sunshine and just a few showers feeding in to the east and west coasts.

Temperatures will reach 4 or 5 Celsius, but it will feel much colder in those strong northerly winds.

Poll tax debt bill passed

Plans to end the collection of poll tax debts in Scotland have been approved in principle by parliament.

Poll tax statistics

The community charge debt bill was passed by 96 votes to 14, although it still faces two further stages of scrutiny before becoming law.

The controversial poll tax was brought in by the Thatcher government to Scotland in 1989, before the rest of the country, but was abolished after four years.

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Alistair Spence took this picture in the afternoon at Lochgelly, near Kirkcaldy, as the clouds start to roll in.

Windfarms on a hill; blue, white, green colours
Alistair Spence

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BBC Scotland Weather


Snow showers will continue this evening - mainly in the West Highlands, Argyll, the Inner Hebrides and Galloway at first, but affecting western parts of the central belt as the evening goes on.

Much of central and eastern Scotland will be dry for the first part of the night with clear spells.

A band of persistent rain, sleet and snow will push into Shetland this evening, spreading across Orkney, the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire during the course of the night, and finally getting into southern Scotland towards morning. This will bring a sleety mix to the coasts, but snow inland.

There will be a risk of ice across the country. Temperatures will dip to between 0 and -2 celsius for most.

Winter wonder


Photographer Chris Marr took this picture at Glasgow Airport at around midnight last night.

Glasgow Airport
Chris Marr

What does it take to win an Old Firm match?

BBC Sport


tweets: Don't miss 'Managing the Old Firm,' on #BBCSportsound from 1930, as Chick Young speaks to former #Rangers and #Celtic managers.

Body found in St Andrews

Police searching for a student who has gone missing in St Andrews have found a body on a beach in the town.

Kieran McCann hasn't been seen since Tuesday evening.

Fellow students have called off a mass search for the 18-year-old from Los Angeles.

Police probe chip shop fire


are investigating a deliberate fire at a chip shop in Falkirk.

Fire crews were called to the shop on Callendar Road at about 02:30, and managed to extinguish the flames before they could spread to neighbouring properties.

The blaze caused "extensive" damage to the shop's interior.

Police believe the fire was started deliberately and have launched a joint investigation with the fire service. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Bookie thwarts armed robbery

An Edinburgh bookie has become a local hero after thwarting an armed robbery.

Peter Morris was working at ScotBet on Ferry Road on Tuesday night when the thief strolled up to the counter, produced a gun and handed over a note demanding money.

Mr Morris said he threw the note back to him, saying 'nae chance.'

The thief threatened to shoot Mr Morris in the face, but Mr Morris said he tried to bluff him, telling him that if he did so he wouldn't get the money.

Your pictures - Snow in Scotland


Stevie McKenna emails: Coyle, my brother's Springer Spaniel, had fun trying to find his ball in the snow in East Kilbride.

Dog playing with tennis ball
Stevie McKenna

Jim McKinstry emails:My daughters Katie and Emma McKinstry, from Bearsden with Olaf the snowman.

Katie and Emma McKinstry, from Bearsden with Olaf the snowman
Jim McKinstry

Sarwar 'not sacked'

The family of the former Glasgow Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar have insisted that his resignation as the governor of Punjab province was not linked to criticism he made of the federal government two days ago.

Mohammed Sarwar

In a news conference in Lahore, Mr Sarwar condemned corruption in Pakistan and insisted he had not been sacked.

Earlier this week, he criticised the government there over its failure to agree new ties with the US.

Your pictures


Linda Wilbraham emailed this picture taken near Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire.

Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire
Linda Wilbraham

Donald Urquhart took this picture of snow dusting the trees at Mill Green in Dumfries.

Mill Green, Dumfries.
Donald Urquhart

Graeme Conlan from Alva sent in this shot of his dogs Lucy and Pansy enjoying the snow in Callander.

Dogs in Callander
Graeme Conlan

Video: Andy Murray highlights


highlights as Andy Murray fights back after a poor start to beat Tomas Berdych and reach his fourth Australian Open final.

Andy Murray beats Tomas Berdych to reach final
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The British number one lost a tense first set but recovered to win 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5. He will play the winner of Friday's semi-final between Serb Novak Djokovic and Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka.

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Roy Henderson from Falkirk visited the Kelpies this morning and took this photo of them surrounded with snow.

Kelpies in snow
Roy Henderson

Armed police 'misunderstanding'

Police Scotland has been criticised for the way it brought in its controversial policy allowing some

armed officers to carry out routine duties.

Armed police
Police Scotland

The Scottish Police Authority said the absence of "proactive communications" contributed to public misunderstanding, which continues today.

However, the SPA also said there was some public support for the policy.

Police finish bin lorry crash probe

Police investigating a bin lorry crash that killed six people in Glasgow city centre

have submitted their initial report to prosecutors.

The bin lorry crashed into the side of a hotel

The Crown Office said it would issue an update by the end of February on timescales for any criminal proceedings or a fatal accident inquiry.

The inquiry has been looking at the circumstances of the 22 December crash.

Ten people were also injured when the lorry careered out of control in Queen Street and crashed in George Square.

Missing Edinburgh man

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing from Edinburgh's Old Town.

James Farmer, 51, was last seen in the Grassmarket area at around 10:30 on Thursday, 22 January.

James Farmer

He is described as being around 5ft 7in tall, of average build with a fair complexion.

He was wearing a black 'Everlast' jacket and sports trousers with a white stripe, and a hat.

Sick baby airlifted to hospital

A baby has been airlifted to hospital by a Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopter after being taken ill while stranded in a snow-bound house near Langholm.

HMS Gannet SAR 177 based at Prestwick
Royal Navy

The one-year-old, who was described as 'unresponsive' at the scene, has been taken to hospital in Carlisle.

While a local GP came to the family's aid, a local ambulance had been unable to access the remote farmhouse near Whisgills in the Scottish Borders due to the wintry road conditions en route.

Glasgow's Air Ambulance helicopter was also unable to reach the child, having been denied permission to fly in the snow showers.

St Mirren boss stays


Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Gary Teale to remain in charge of St Mirren until end of the season. @BBCSportScot

Body found on Glencaple beach

A man's body has been recovered from the beach near Glencaple in Dumfries and Galloway.

Police say the body has not been identified, but the family of missing teenager Macauley McQueen has been informed of the discovery.

The 19-year-old has not been seen since he entered the River Nith in Dumfries three days before Christmas.

Large-scale searches involving lifeboats, the coastguard, mountain rescue teams, the fire service and police were conducted following his disappearance.

Dugdale questions SNP's education aspirations

Scottish Labour has questioned the SNP's aspiration for education for all.

They outlined new figures showing the number of state school exam appeals in Scotland has fallen by 75% in the past year since a new fees system was introduced.

School classroom

Deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said: "The SNP's record on education inequality is clear for all to see.

"Teacher numbers down by more than 4,000, appeals for state pupils plummeting by 55,000, kids from the poorest backgrounds being left behind."

But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university under the SNP.

George Square crash

Police Scotland has submitted its initial report on the investigation into the bin lorry crash in Glasgow last month to the Crown Office.

Six people were killed and several injured following the crash on 22 December, close to George Square.

The Crown say they will now consider the report. They say they will give further information regarding the timescale of further investigations required for any criminal proceedings or Fatal Accident Inquiry by the end of February.

League Cup hopes

Manager Derek McInnes hopes the experience of winning the

Scottish League Cup last season will help his Aberdeen players retain it.

Derek McInnes

The Dons beat Inverness last March to lift their first trophy since 1995 and that could aid the Reds in Saturday's semi-final against Dundee United.

VIDEO: The 'Loch Ness monster' effect

Global icon Nessie is poised to take centre stage in a new £2m advertising campaign aimed at promoting all Scotland has to offer to foreign visitors.

Nessie teddies for sales

Watch Craig Anderson's report here.

Your pictures - snow in Scotland


Peter Hall (@peter__hall) in Stirling took this picture of The Bannockburn.

The Bannockburn with snowy banks
Peter Hall

Stephen (@StivMcLellan) took this shot in Inverclyde.



Stuart Stevenson (@StevensonStuart) was keen to get outside and capture the scene in Lanark this morning.

Snow laden path in Lanark
Stuart Stevenson

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Peterhead fish factory jobs safe

None of the workers at Peterhead fish factory,

partially destroyed by fire, are to lose their jobs.

Burned fish factory
Newsline Media

Alternative employment will found for around 120 full time and 100 temporary staff at Northbay Pelagic until the factory is rebuilt, with some redeployed to other processors in the town.

Armstrong bid rejected


Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Celtic bid of around 1.5 million pounds for @StuArmstrong16 rejected by @dundeeunitedfc. Burnley bid even lower.

Payback order set at £1

A former

Aberdeen bank worker who stole £120,000 pounds from a client has been ordered to pay back just £1 because she has no assets.

Bank branch

Satnam Kaur, 31, was working as a customer advisor at the Royal Bank of Scotland Albyn Place branch when she took the money. She transferred large sums of money home to India.

Kaur was jailed for a year at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last year after being found guilty.

Traffic Scotland


#M9 S/B J1A Kirkliston a lorry has shed it's load of cables reels on road. Lorry sitting on chevrons please #SlowDown

Shed load