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  1. Government announce end to automatic early release from jails
  2. More Scots waiting longer in A&E
  3. Old Firm bottle attack boy speaks
  4. Aberdeen named most dismal town in Scotland
  5. Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven join Celtic

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By Graham Fraser, Louise Sayers and Paul McLaren

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for Tuesday. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

Funds gap at investment firm

Aberdeen Asset Management has reported a net outflow of funds, which accelerated during a tough December.

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In the final three months of 2014, £16bn of assets flowed out, while it attracted £11.3bn of new business.

Its figures were helped by foreign exchange movements and asset price performance.

That left it at the end of December with £323.3bn under management, down by £1.1bn on the end of September.

Man charged over indecent exposure

A man has been charged after an alleged indecent exposure incident in Aberdeen involving an eight-year-old girl.

The incident happened in the Flourmill Lane area of the city at about 08:40 on Monday 26 January.

Police Scotland said a 29-year-old man had been charged.

He is expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

BBC Scotland Weather


Overnight, it's cold with a widespread frost and temperatures sub zero, even in town. Around -2C or -3C for the bigger cities, with rural spots colder. Perhaps down to -8C to -10C in the coldest spots, where there's snow on the ground. Winds light for many with a brisk northerly in the east. A Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning is in force for eastern Scotland, from Caithness to the Borders, catering for the risk of ice - along with the chance of snow showers - until tomorrow morning.

Scotland hungry for success

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Captain Greig Laidlaw says

Scotland want to win the Six Nations and believes there is an expectation his side can do well in the championship.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw

The Scots won the final staging of the Five Nations in 1999 but have never won the Six Nations.

However, five wins from their last seven Tests have boosted confidence.

"Obviously we want to win as many games as we can and we want to win the championship, just like every other team," Laidlaw told BBC Scotland.

Brown: Evel is risk to UK

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Gordon Brown, ahead of his debate tomorrow in HoC, says Tory proposals on #evel "risk the very survival of the UK".

Gordon Brown

Brown: "Tomorrow I will propose an alternative to this dangerous and potentially ruinous course they have now embarked on."

Gang steal cash machine

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after three men stole a cash machine from a city newsagent.

The break-in happened at about 02:50 on Monday at Premier Stores on St Johns Road, Corstorphine.

Police are keen to trace the suspects who fled the scene in a blue hatchback car heading along Station Road.

All of the men were dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered.

Government support for foodbank

The Scottish government

has donated £5,000 to a Glasgow foodbank after money collected to help a girl injured in a hit-and-run incident was stolen.

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Nicola sturgeon

Greater Maryhill Foodbank had raised a four-figure sum to send 10-year-old Chelsea Sommerville and her family on holiday.

The cash was stolen along with items of clothing and supermarket vouchers.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted the break-in was an "awful thing to have happened".

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BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry evening across most of the country, however a feed of wintry showers will continue around the north and east coast of the mainland. They are likely to be fairly frequent at first this evening in the south east - from Fife, through the Lothians and Borders. Some for the capital at times too. On the coast, they will be sleet or rain, but falling as snow inland to all levels. However, they are showers so not everyone will see them.

Well scripted?

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: £3m found by @scotgov for Scottish film. Culture sec'y @FionaHyslop tomorrow faces MSP questions about lack of facilities. Coincidence?

CCTV study after shooting

Police want to trace a woman and a man who were spotted on CCTV

near the scene of a shooting in Greenock.

Detectives at scene of shooting

Officers were called to reports that a firearm had been discharged at a Vauxhall Insignia car in the town's Poplar Street at about 12:45 on Sunday.

The incident is being treated as attempted murder.

The car, carrying two people, left the scene before police arrived, as did the suspect, who was on foot.

He was described as white, 5ft 4in tall and of slim build. He was wearing dark-coloured clothing and had a scarf over his face.

Snow go zones

BBC Scotland Travel


The following Aberdeenshire roads closed because of snow. B974 Banchory-Fettercairn, B976 Crathie-Gairnshiel, B9002 Lumsden-Cabrach, A939 Ballater-Corgarff, A941 Dufftown-Rhynie.

Also B9001 blocked at Largue by an accident.

Woman's indecent images of children

A woman has admitted downloading dozens of indecent images of children - some of which were classed as being at the worst levels of depravity.

Cheryl Snaddon, 22, was caught with 47 images during a police raid at her home in Crosshouse, East Ayrshire.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard some of them showed children being forced to have sex and being sexually tortured.

Snaddon admitted downloading the images from February to July 2014. Sentence was deferred and her bail continued.

Armstrong 'didn't ask to leave'

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

New Celtic signing Stuart Armstrong says

suggestions that he and Gary Mackay-Steven had expressed a desire to exit Dundee United are untrue.

Celtic players Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven

United said in a statement they agreed to a £2m double deal because the players wanted to leave.

"It was up to the clubs, they agreed a fee and it provided an opportunity for us to come to speak to the people here," said the 22-year-old.

"It was too good an opportunity to turn down."

'Give fans right to buy'

The Green Party is proposing amendments to the Community Empowerment Bill to allow football fans to buy their clubs.

MSPs have been debating legislation to extend the community right to buy to allow local groups to purchase disused land and derelict properties.

The Green MSP for the Lothians, Alison Johnston, thinks the bill should tackle fan ownership too.

Morrissey meat ban

The Scotsman

tweets: Glasgow Hydro to go meat-free for Morrissey gig after singer pulls concert in veggie food row.

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Man charged with partner's murder

A 56-year-old man is to stand trial charged with murdering his partner at his Perthshire home.

Mohammed Ali Abboud is accused of killing Agnieska Szelfer in Bridge of Earn on 23 January.

He is alleged to have murdered the 27-year-old teacher by stabbing her repeatedly with a knife.

Abboud was remanded in custody and fully committed for trial following a closed-doors judicial examination at Perth Sheriff Court.

MP slams Carbuncle Award

Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, has hit out the decision to give the city this year's

Carbuncle Award for the most dismal town in Scotland.

Dame Anne Begg
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She said; "Fit a cheek. Aberdeen is beautiful, especially in the sun.

"I was once asked if the streets are paved with gold. I replied no they aren't, but the buildings sparkle with silver.

"I just wonder if anyone making this decision has ever visited our city."

Bones of 'Bronze Age bowman' found

Skeletal remains found in a village on the shores of Loch Ness have been identified as dating to the Early Bronze Age.

Bronze Age wrist guard
AOC Archaeology

A stone wrist guard for use with a bow and arrow and shards of pottery were also discovered with the remains at Drumnadrochit, near Inverness.

The artefacts were found in a burial cist uncovered during work to build Drumnadrochit's new health centre.

The wrist guard suggests the remains are those of man who lived in the area about 4,500 years ago.

OAP in pool of blood

A husband has told a murder trial how he found his 85-year-old wife lying on the floor covered in blood when he returned to their home in Edinburgh.

Morningside Pic: Brian Innes

Robert Whitelaw, 88, was giving evidence at the trial of 24-year-old Robert Buczek.

Mr Buczek denies murdering Eleanor Whitelaw at her home in Morningside Grove on 11 July last year.

He has been charged with striking her repeatedly on the neck and body with a pair of scissors.

The pensioner died in hospital 17 days later.

Rangers boy's teeth smashed by bottle

A young Rangers fan

has been speaking about getting hit in the face by a bottle on the way to the Old Firm game.

Keiran Duffy

Kieran Duffy, 10, said he saw the bottle come flying towards him from the corner of his eye. He swallowed one tooth on impact and another was removed.

His father Robert said one guy in the crowd on Sunday had "shamed everyone".

Kieran, who was going to his first game away from Ibrox, was also treated for a hairline fracture to his face.

He said: ""I was scared, I didn't know what had happened."

Kelpies delay

A planned visitor centre at the Kelpies attraction in Falkirk

has been delayed after councillors agreed to expand the project.

Visitor centre
Falkirk Council

Falkirk Council's executive committee agreed to add £160,000 from an existing budget for the centre at the Helix park.

The £1.8m facility will now open to the public in October rather than August.

The extra funding will allow expanded retail space, storage and staff facilities at the visitor centre.

Film industry funding boost

The Scottish government has announced £3m of extra funding for the film industry.

Nick Briggs

The additional cash is being offered after the arts body Creative Scotland told a Holyrood committee that Scotland had lost out to Wales and Northern Ireland because it couldn't offer additional financial incentives for producers to base their films here.

The money will go towards a tax credit loan fund and training and skills development.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is due to be quizzed by MSPs tomorrow.

Game on!

BBC Sport


Tonight's Scottish Championship game between Livingston and Alloa Athletic is ON following a pitch inspection.

Sheds heaven

Work is under way to establish

a Men's Shed organisation for the Skye and Lochalsh area.


The Men's Shed movement, which started in Australia, has about 200 groups in the UK. One set up in Westhill near Aberdeen was the first in Scotland.

"Shedders" meet at a designated place or workshop where they can share skills and work on community projects.

About 40 men have expressed an interest in setting up a "Shed" for the island and Lochalsh on the mainland.

Appeal after woman attacked

Police have made a new appeal for information after a woman was attacked in the male toilets of a pub in Inverness last month.

The incident happened at about 21:00 on 23 January in the upstairs toilets of the Caledonian Bar in the city's High Street.

In the new appeal, police said some people may know the pub by its former name, Smith & Jones.

A man was in custody following the incident but has been released.

Officers have asked people who were in the pub between 20:00 and 23:00 to contact them.

Your pictures - Get involved


Graham Wilson took this photo in Heaste on the Isle of Skye. He said: "My daughter Emily built this snowman and the rabbit decided to put the carrot to better use."

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Email us your pictures from around the country and we will use the best.

Carmichael: No veto on votes

The Scottish Secretary has denied that the blueprint for more powers to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament will be the subject of a Westminster veto.

alistair carmichael

Giving evidence to the Scottish affairs committee on the Smith Commission, Alistair Carmichael accused to Scottish government of ''naked politics'' in its assertion that Westminster would retain a veto over welfare.

He said there would be consultation between the UK and Scottish governments but said there would be no vetoes.

Asked why Scottish ministers had made such claims, Mr Carmichael said: "If you throw enough mud some of it will stick."

Old Firm arrests

A total of 56 people have been reported to the Crown Office for football-related offences following Sunday's Old Firm match, the Justice Secretary has confirmed.

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Michael Matheson said nine of those were for offences covered by the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act , brought in to stamp out religious sectarian abuse at football matches.

There was a heightened police presence in and around Hampden Park when Celtic and Rangers met for the first time in nearly three years for the Scottish League Cup semi-final. Celtic won the match 2-0.

Man's ribs broken in attack

Police are investigating after

a man suffered broken ribs in a "serious assault" on an Edinburgh street.

The 29-year-old victim was attacked by two men on Gilmerton Road, near Glenallan Drive, between 06:00 and 07:00 on Saturday.

One of the suspects was about 5ft 11in (1.8m) tall, aged between 20 and 25 with ginger hair. He was wearing a light blue hoodie with navy blue bottoms, and spoke with a local accent.

Officers have appealed for information.

Referendum spending

The Electoral Commission has published further details of spending by campaigners officially registered during the Scottish independence referendum.

Saltire and Union Flag

Of those who spent less than £250,000, Yes Scotland supporters spent £399,000 to the Better Together campaigners' £1m.

The Commission says five groups or individuals who registered failed to complete spending returns.

These included the Wings Over Scotland website and Labour for Independence.

Quo of the South

Rock band Status Quo will perform at Palmerston Park in Dumfries this summer.

Status Quo

It will be the first time the home ground of Queen of the South Football Club has hosted a live concert.

Status Quo have had 64 British hit singles, more than any other band in UK chart history.

Club chairman Billy Hewitson said: "We are delighted to have a band of Status Quo's stature for our first concert, but we hope it's the first of many."

Trouble on the roads

BBC Scotland Travel


South Lanarkshire, A702 closed between A73 junction Roberton and Birthwood Road junction Coulter. Burst water main - diversions in place.

Aberdeenshire A939 closed by snow Ballater to A944 Corgarff, as is B974 Banchory to Fettercairn.

In the Highlands, B9007 Ferness-Carrbridge closed because of snow. Snow too on A838 at Kinloch but gritters make it passable with care.

'Scotland's worst'

Daily Record

Edinburgh Airport's terminal extension has been voted Scotland's worst building.

The recent renovation, which cost an estimated £25m, was handed a Zit accolade in the annual Carbuncle Awards which celebrate the worst architectural designs.

Edinburgh Airport
Daily Record

The Scots capital airport beat the Scottish Parliament extension and The Observatory in Glasgow to take the trophy from previous winner Airdrie Health Centre.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh City Council were handed the Pock Mark Award for worst planning decision after it demolished the B-listed Scottish Provident building in St Andrew Square last year.

Female numbers up in legal profession


two-thirds of entrants into the Scottish legal profession are women, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

It has published figures on traineeships, suggesting an improvement on some lean years for the industry.

In 2013-14, the professional body found there were 530 contracts offered, up from fewer than 500 in the previous three years.

The rate at which trainees were moving into full employment was up from 88% last year to 93%.

Taken over the past five years, 63% of those who began traineeships were women.

110mph driver's road ban

A man has been banned from the road after hitting 110mph on a Tayside motorway.


Allan Maxwell said he clocked up the speed on the M90 between Perth and Inverkeithing by accident, claiming he was distracted because he was chatting to his girlfriend.

Perth Sheriff Court heard the 30-year-old's BMW car was "very easy to speed in" due to its 3.4 litre engine.

Maxwell was banned from driving for six months and fined £400.

Church elder fined for flashing

A church elder

deliberately exposed himself to a beauty therapist during a massage in a luxury hotel.

Retired businessman Charles Fraser, 66, admitted exposing himself in a sexual manner at the Black Barony Hotel in Eddleston, Peebleshire.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard that when the female therapist turned round after getting more massage oil, Fraser had removed his towel and was lying on his back with his hands above his head.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

Darling: 'I'd share a platform with Salmond on EU'

Alistair Darling has said he would be willing

to share an EU referendum platform with Alex Salmond.

He was talking on BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme, looking at the prospects for an EU referendum - something David Cameron has said will happen in 2017 if the Conservatives win the coming election.

Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond
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Asked if he would be willing to share a stage with his former enemy, Mr Darling replied: "Look, this would be a UK campaign and obviously we want to win votes in every corner of the kingdom.

"But my view has been very clear, that if I agree with another politician of a different party on an issue, whether it's the independence referendum on Scotland or whether it's on Europe then of course I'll share a platform."

He added: "It doesn't stop me saying bad things about them on things I disagree with."

Pitch inspection

Livingston's Scottish Championship match against Alloa Athletic on Tuesday evening will be subject to an afternoon pitch inspection.

Livingston FC

The ground's surface will be assessed at 16:00 GMT.

The second tier game is the only Scottish senior fixture scheduled for Tuesday.

Alloa and Livi occupy the bottom two places in the Championship, with the Wasps three points ahead of their hosts.