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  1. Man guilty of raping boy at nursery
  2. More winter weather forecast
  3. Mortonhall ashes families offered compensation
  4. Report claims firefighter deaths were preventable
  5. Murray to face Djokovic in Australian Open final

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By Sandy Murray, Rachael Connors and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Scotland Live team for this week. Join us again from 07:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the country. Have a great weekend.

Man wanted over violent crimes

Police Scotland have released

an image of a man they want to trace in relation to a number of serious violent crimes.

Henry Hanratty Stephen
Police scotland

A spokesman said they wanted to trace 31-year-old Henry Hanratty Stephen urgently.

He is known to have links in Aberdeen and north Aberdeenshire.

He has been described as being white, 5ft 10in tall and of medium build. He has short, brown hair and often has dark stubble.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Motherwell FC & the 'Well Society announce that Les Hutchison has completed his takeover of the Club.

Tribute to crash victim

The family of a man who died after his van crashed in Aberdeenshire have paid a poignant tribute to him.

william paton
William paton

William Paton, 54, was driving his silver Citroen Berlingo when it crashed near Alford on Thursday. No other vehicle was involved.

The family of Mr Paton, from Westhill, said he was "adored by everyone".

They added: "He was a renowned practical joker with family and friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him including his wee dog Millie."

BBC Scotland Weather


Further wintry showers will affect the Northern and Western Isles, north west Highlands, Argyll, Moray and Aberdeenshire, turning heavier as the night goes on and increasingly falling as snow, with hail and thunder at times too.

Driving conditions will be hazardous, particularly over higher level roads. North or northwesterly winds will strengthen, reaching gale or severe gale force over the Northern Isles and around exposed northern and western coasts.

Central and southern Scotland will be largely dry overnight, with just a few showers clipping the Galloway and Berwickshire coasts. Temperatures for most will dip to freezing or a touch below, and as low as -4C across the snow fields in the north.

The Met Office has a yellow "be aware" warning in force, covering the whole of Scotland, for a risk of ice.

On air now...

Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One.

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Your pictures - Get involved


Amanda Hutchison, from Dornock, Dumfriesshire, took this picture of her two cockerels "and little Audrey posing on the end".

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Amanda hutchison

Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we will use the best.

McGinn moves to Dens

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: Stephen McGinn has joined @dundeefconline on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

Pizza shovel attack

A takeaway worker who admitted hitting a customer over the head with a pizza shovel has avoided punishment in court.

Dalgit Din "snapped" when the ranting female customer refused to leave Arbroath's Spice of Life last December.

The 64-year-old grabbed the kitchen implement - used to get pizzas in and out of the oven - and struck the woman.

Admonishing Din at Forfar Sheriff Court, Sheriff Gregor Murray said there had been "distinct provocation from a much younger, much bigger woman".

BBC Scotland Travel


A90 has now been reopened following a collision between a tractor and a car.

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: Michael Stewart has missed out on selection to stand for the SNP in Edinburgh West

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Evening news

School of fish

A new initiative will encourage school leavers in Aberdeenshire to consider taking up a job in the fishing industry.

fishing boat

The pilot scheme led by the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) offers young people an introductory and safety course in fishing at sea.

The three-week course will be held at the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead.

It will be followed by a two-month work placement on a fishing boat.

Mckay heads for Wigan

Wigan Athletic have signed Leeds defender Jason Pearce and

Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Billy Mckay.

Billy Mckay has scored 10 goals this season

Both have agreed "long-term" contracts with the Championship strugglers and have joined for undisclosed fees.

Passengers freed after bus crash

Firefighters had to free passengers after a crash between two buses in Stirling.

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Tim Bugler

The double-decker vehicles collided on Melville Terrace at about 12:30.

Emergency services including police, the fire service and ambulance crews were called to the scene, and the road was briefly closed due to a fuel spillage on the road.

No-one was seriously hurt in the crash, although several people were taken to hospital due to minor injuries.

Record sales for Burns festival

Organisers of the

Big Burns Supper festival in Dumfries say ticket sales have already doubled compared with last year's event.

Colin Hattersley

The fourth edition will draw to a close on Saturday with performances by the likes of The Vaselines and Hue and Cry.

Body of missing student found

Police have confirmed that the body of a man found on a beach in St Andrews yesterday afternoon is that of missing student Kieran McCann.

The 18-year-old St Andrews University student, originally from Los Angeles, had been missing since Tuesday night.

A post-mortem examination is still to take place, but there are believed to be no suspicious circumstances.

Shopping centre killer jailed for life

A man has been jailed for life

for murdering a stranger who tried to stop him hassling two women for a cigarette.

Springburn Shopping Centre

John Paul Bird, 30, stabbed 40-year-old John Bulloch at Glasgow's Springburn Shopping Centre on 3 May 2014.

He denied murder and claimed he could not control his actions at the time due to an "abnormality of mind".

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow, however, convicted him of murder. Bird was told he would serve a minimum of 18 years in jail.

Hendrie signs for Hammers

Hamilton Accies left-back

Stephen Hendrie has signed for West Ham but will stay at New Douglas Park until the end of the season.

Hamilton full-back Stephen Hendrie
SNS Group Alan Harvey

The Lanarkshire club say they have reached agreement on a fee for the 20-year-old, who was due to be out of contract in the summer.

Hendrie debuted for Accies aged 16 and has made 97 appearances for the club.

Last week, Accies vice-chairman Ronnie MacDonald said the move was off and was critical of West Ham's approach.

Organised crime gang jailed

Three men have been jailed

after admitting serious organised crime offences in Edinburgh.

Three men jailed for serious organised crime offences
Police Scotland
Darren Hendren, Edmond Reid and Jason Forbes were sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh

The Organised Crime Counter Terrorism Unit carried out surveillance activity in the Inch and Niddrie areas of the city as part of Operation Harvester between October 2012 and May 2013.

Almost £10,000 in forged notes was seized, along with a kilo of cannabis and more than half a kilo of heroin.

The men admitted drugs offences and possessing counterfeit money.

Jason Forbes was sentenced to 32 months in prison, Darren Hendren was given a 20-month sentence and Edmond Reid was jailed for 36 months.

Tractor and car crash shuts road

A crash involving a tractor and a car has shut a stretch of the A90.

Police Scotland said the accident, near the Cock and Bull restaurant at Balmedie, has closed both carriageways of the road.

The emergency services were alerted to the crash at 15:11. Police said the car involved was a Vauxhall Corsa.

Diversions have been put in place.

Tram break-in update

David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

Police Scotland say all of the computer equipment stolen from the offices of the Edinburgh Tram inquiry was "suitably encrypted".

edinburgh tram
Edinburgh council

Memories of Churchill funeral

Sir Winston Churchill was buried 50 years ago. Britain's wartime leader had died a week earlier at 90-years-old.

Harry Nunn

Prime ministers and presidents from around the world gathered in London for his state funeral.

Also there, and playing a crucial role, was Dundee man Harry Nunn, a groom at the Royal Mews.

BBC Scotland's Andrew Anderson has been to meet Mr Nunn to hear his memories of the day.

Watch it here.

Weather warnings

BBC Weather


Multiple warnings for #snow & #ice over next few days. See if your area is affected


Football clubs 'must involve fans'

Football clubs must do more to get fans involved in their running, according to an expert group set up to look at the issue.

The Scottish government working group has revealed proposals aimed at increasing supporter involvement in the sport, but stops short of proposing any changes to the law.

The group included representatives from the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), Supporters Direct Scotland and Sportscotland.

Members want an annual award set up to assess how well clubs are engaging with the community.

Ms Dynamite tops Eden Festival bill

The Eden Festival, held at Raehills near Moffat,

has unveiled its headline acts for this year's event in June.

Ms Dynamite

Australian band The Cat Empire, US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash and the UK's Ms Dynamite top the bill.

In total, more than 250 acts will perform across nine different stages between 11 and 14 June.

Festival director Meredith Langley Vine said: "Every year we go bigger and bolder and this time round it's no different."

She added: "The line-up this year includes a lot of ne

McPake stays with Dundee


James McPake has agreed a two-year contract extension with Dundee.

James McPake

The 30-year-old had been linked with a move to English football but has signed until the end of the 2016/17 season.

McPake joined Dundee in the summer after leaving Hibernian following the Edinburgh side's relegation.

CalMac Service Info


UPDATE #Mallaig - #SmallIsles service has been cancelled tomorrow (31/01) due to high winds & heavy swell conditions.

Fletcher has medical at West Ham

Manchester United midfielder

Darren Fletcher is undergoing a medical at Premier League rivals West Ham as he edges closer to a move to Upton Park.

Darren Fletcher
Getty Images

United boss Louis van Gaal had already revealed the Scottish international, 31, was in talks with the Hammers.

"He is now in West Ham, so we have to wait and see," said Van Gaal on Friday. "He is my third captain so he is an important guy in the dressing room.

"I like him as a human being and a player, so we will miss him."

Fletcher has made only five starts under Van Gaal this season.

Aircraft in emergency landing

A Ryanair plane has been forced to make an

emergency landing at Edinburgh airport.

Airport sign

CalMac Service Info


UPDATE #WemyssBay - #Rothesay is on amber for today & tomorrow (31/01) and may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.

Scotland sprinkled with magic

A selection of

winter images from around the country.

Snowy street
Stuart Maxwell

Man dies as his van crashes

A man has died following a one-vehicle crash on the unclassified road between Keig and Montgarrie near Alford on Thursday 29 January.

The man who died was the driver of a Citroen Berlingo van.

Officers have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle in the lead up to it to contact them on 101.

David Law


BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane: 'Novak, do you still have problems with Andy's accent?

Novak: 'Excuse me?'


Break-in at tram inquiry offices

An investigation is under way following a break-in at the offices of the public inquiry into the construction of the Edinburgh tram project.

Edinburgh tram

The robbery took place between yesterday evening and this morning. It is believed that laptop computers were stolen, along with other items.

A spokesman for the inquiry team confirmed a break-in had taken place but said it would be inappropriate to comment further while police inquiries were continuing.

Traffic Scotland

*Yellow Weather Alert* live from 4pm today until 11am tomo (Sat 31st Jan) for #ice.

Weather warnings

Police hunt serial flasher

Police are searching for a serial flasher who repeatedly indecently exposed himself in parks in Crieff.

MacRosty Park
Martin Addison

Three incidents were reported in MacRosty Park and Taylor Park in the Perthshire town between 20 and 27 January.

The man is described as being in his late teens, with dark hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark trousers, black pointed shoes and was carrying a blue rucksack.

Officers have appealed for information.

Amey SE Trunk Roads


Temperatures set to drop again tonight with some #snow predicted on higher levels. All our Frontline and Patrols will be out overnight

Worker death probe

A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is to be held after a worker fell to his death at the Hunterston coal terminal in North Ayrshire.

Colin Sutherland, 38, from Largs, died in the industrial accident at the Peel Ports facility in November 2013.

The Crown Office has announced that the FAI will be held at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in July.

A preliminary hearing, ahead of the start of the inquiry, has been scheduled for 9 March.

Armed police - Your views


Dave, Dunnon: I think it is time to look at arming the police. If terrorists attack here as they did in France, do you think they will run away at the sight of a pepper spray? It's not fair to expect the police to fight armed terrorists with sticks.

Wind's getting up

Plans to build

a third wind farm near the village of Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders have been unveiled.

Drone Hill
Walter Baxter

Livos Energy wants to locate eight turbines on land at Howpark Farm - about two miles away.

The site is adjacent to the already operating Drone Hill wind farm and sits to the south of Penmanshiel, which has consent for a new wind farm.

Livos Energy has submitted a scoping request to Scottish Borders Council for the site between the A1 and A1107.