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  1. Robert Buczek convicted of murdering 85-year-old Eleanor Whitelaw
  2. Appeal against Shetland wind farm rejected by Supreme Court
  3. First Minister's new plan to improve education standards
  4. Bad weather 'hits economic output'
  5. Dundee United drawn to face Celtic in Scottish Cup

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By Rebecca Bailey, Sandy Murray and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team tonight. We're back at 07:00 tomorrow with news and sport from across the country. Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

High note


BBC Radio Scotland

Wow - what a lot of gear! @twinatlantic's crew setting up for tonight's @VicGalloway session.

BBC Scotland studio

Police defend stop-and-search policy

Rank and file police officers have accused politicians of "ignorance" over consensual stop-and-searches.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed last week that senior officers at Police Scotland are considering ending the controversial tactic.

Police Scotland is reviewing its use of consensual stop and search
Police Scotland

But the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has now written to MSPs insisting the searches increase public safety.

And it defended the right of officers to carry out consensual stop-searches on children.

Last June, Police Scotland told MSPs it would abolish consensual stop-searches for children under 12.

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Tomorrow, high pressure will continue to dominate.

Winds will be more south-westerly as the high pressure drifts east. This means the best of any sunshine will be in the north-east, from the Moray Firth to Peterhead. There will be highs of 12, perhaps 13C in the sunshine here.

Elsewhere, temperatures are more likely to be 9C.

Winds will be mostly light, with the exception of the far north, where it will remain breezy.

Scottish Cup - Your views

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Liz: Well done Raith Rovers and good luck in the next round. And good luck to Dundee United, we are all bored rigid with the Old Firm. Scottish football is doing fine and dandy without them, some excellent games of football this season.

Ronny Deila - Your views

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Keith, Moray: Has Ronny Deila actually said he's going to win the treble??? I think he's said as long as his team are still in every competition, they have a chance of winning it. Big difference from him saying he's going to win the treble. Typical media.

Anon: What a fuss over Rangers cup exit yesterday. Promotion was always the end game. Raith scored from a set piece, and a fortunate tap in, wow!!

Coming up...

That's snow business - tonight's Reporting Scotland will have more on ski resorts gearing up for one of the busiest times of the season.

Reporting Scotland

Watch BBC One Scotland and online here at 6:30 ►

Tune in

Sportsound is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, with the latest reaction to this afternoon's Scottish Cup quarter-final draw.

BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

You can listen live to the programme, presented by Kenny Macintyre,


Smoking woman dies from aerosol burns

A woman who burst into flames in an Edinburgh cafe after sniffing aerosols and smoking a cigarette has died.

The 33-year-old, who suffered 30% burns in Costa at South Bridge Street last Tuesday, was taken to St John's Hospital in Livingston for treatment.

The woman died at St John's Hospital in Livingston

Police have now confirmed the woman died in the hospital on Friday. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Sport on Reporting Scotland

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

It's me with the sport tonight on #RepScot from 6.30. Reaction to #ScottishCup draw & Scotland's rugby side have reasons to be optimistic.

Scots upbeat despite Six Nations loss

Scotland's most-capped player, Chris Paterson, insists there is a rising positivity around the

national team despite defeat by France in their Six Nations opener.

Chris Paterson

And he is backing the Scots to see off Wales in Edinburgh on Sunday - if they iron out the mistakes made in Paris.

"Disappointing result obviously, but don't underestimate how hard it is to play in Paris against a team like the French had on Saturday night - full of stars, full of power," Paterson said.

"With expectation comes pressure, but I thought the boys delivered despite the defeat. Stuart Hogg and Mark Bennett and Finn Russell carrying the ball in the midfield and Alex Dunbar, there was a lot of good, attacking rugby from Scotland."

Scotland players following the defeat in Paris
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Weather update


BBC Scotland Weather


Hi, Chris here. In the sun today we saw highs of 11C - almost spring like! Tonight, it's mostly dry/cloudy 5C. Clearer & cooler in E/NE 0/3C

Sturgeon's concern over Clutha probe

Scotland's first minister has raised concerns about the speed of progress in the Clutha helicopter crash investigation.

In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron in December, Nicola Sturgeon said there had been a "dearth of information flow".

She urged him to ensure investigators complete their inquiry as soon as possible.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash

Ten people died when the Police Scotland helicopter crashed into the Clutha bar in November 2013.

An interim report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in April 2014 found that both engines in the craft had failed, but did not set out the cause.

In November, the agency said it still needed "several weeks" to complete its investigation.

Coming up...


BBC Scotland

Spud the piper learns to ski in tonight's

visit to The Mountain (7.30pm, BBC1 Scot)

The Mountain

Glasgow 2014 pair traced

Two Ugandan rugby players who disappeared after coming to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year are

playing for a small Cardiff team.

Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo
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Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo claimed asylum and were housed near St Peter's Rugby Club in Roath.

The club's chairman told

Wales Online they had signed the pair after "a bit of bureaucracy".

Uganda's rugby manager said transfer regulations had not been followed.

Welcome sunshine...


Traffic Scotland tweets: Low sun glare in the #East so before setting off get sunglasses on :) #HomeTime #ForthRailBridge #StaySafe

Forth Rail Bridge
Traffic Scotland

Full-blown debate...

The views on wind farms are still thundering in over on our

BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

Allen Steele: Expensive downtime.... Chemical / oil leakage........ Unable to cope with high winds....... Eyesore...... Storage of power issues.... Nuclear all the way for me

Marina Gray: I would rather look at a wind farm than a coal fired generator, or nuclear station...

Alistair McQuat: Surely there is more energy to be generated from tidal around the Shetland Islands than there is on shore in wind!

Climber 'critical'

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Ice climber critical but stable in hospital after falling 60m from east face of Aonach Mor in Lochaber.

Scottish Cup draw - Your views

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Ted: A wide open Scottish Cup this year. Anyone in it can win it.

Dundee cat found with chemical burns

Vets in Dundee are searching for the owner of a cat found with chemical burns after being doused in diesel.

The young black male cat was brought in to the city's Parkside Veterinary Surgery by the SSPCA on Thursday soaked in the fuel.

The cat was found soaked in diesel and suffering from chemical burns
Parkside Vets

He was bathed repeatedly to wash it off, but suffered chemical burns.

Vets think the cat may belong to someone living in the Loons Road area of the city and may have been missing for some time.

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Christopher Wright: @bbcscotlandnews #ScotlandLive I was working and missed most of the excitement but managed to catch this.

Christopher Wright

Sweet tooth?


Morning Call

BBC Radio Scotland

On Morning Call tomorrow with @kayeadams: We've just had Dry January - Will you be giving up chocolate for March?

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Man charged with abductions and rapes

A man has appeared in court charged with

abducting and raping a series of women in Dundee.

John David Hutton is accused of 29 crimes committed against four women over a seven-year period.

The 32-year-old is alleged to have raped three of the women, locked one in a cupboard and assaulted another by pushing her in front of a moving car.

Hutton, a prisoner at Perth, made no plea or declaration during a private hearing and was remanded in custody.

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David Alexander Elder: I'm calling this "Swan Loch" taken while out for a walk round the loch at sunset on Saturday night at the James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride.

The loch at sunset at James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride
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Send your pictures via email or @bbcscotlandnews and we'll use the best.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


It will remain mostly dry and cloudy this evening and tonight, with some drizzle along the west coast.

Clearer skies in the east will allow some pockets of frost and fog to develop. There will be lows of 2 to 3C here, with temperatures perhaps dropping to around freezing level for sheltered, rural spots.

In the cloudier west and north-west, temperatures will hold up at about 5C.

West to north-westerly winds will remain strong to gale-force across the Northern Isles, but will be lighter elsewhere.

Coming up...

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

Listen live to the programme, from 16:00 until 18:00,


Ancient child grave found


have been excavating the site of a child's grave on an Orkney island.

A browned child's skeleton emerges from the sand as an archaeologist takes notes
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The grave, which it is believed could be up to 4,000-years-old, was uncovered on Sanday's shoreline following winter storms and high tides.

It is thought the skeleton could be that of a child aged between 10 and 12.

Ski centres gear up for half term

Scotland's ski resorts are gearing up for one of the busiest times of the season.

Many hope that they already have enough snow to last beyond the half-term holidays.

A snow blower in the morning light

Watch BBC Scotland's Jackie O'Brien as she

joins the early shift at Cairngorm Mountain, to find out how operators are forever at the mercy of the changeable conditions.

Targeted attack: Teenager shot in Liverpool

Merseyside Police have said that they believe the shooting of a Scottish teenager in Liverpool was a "targeted attack."

17-year-old Kevin Wilson was shot in the Wavertree area of the city on Saturday. A post mortem has confirmed the teenager died from a single gun shot wound to his back.

Supt Jenny Simms, from Merseyside Police, said that incidents of this nature were very rare.

"We're not prepared to allow the close work we've developed with the community to be disrupted," she said. "We've worked so hard with partner agencies and with the community to eradicate firearms from Merseyside, and we have seen a significant reduction in the last few years."

Edinburgh Evening News

tweets: Woman who caught fire in Costa coffee toilet after sniffing aerosol gas and smoking dies in hospital.

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Statue charge

A man is to appear in court charged with

decapitating a statue of the Duke of Wellington.

Central Scotland News Agency

Liam McEwan is alleged to have "maliciously seized and pulled off the head" of the monument on Falkirk's Newmarket Street on 5 July 2014.

The 26-year-old was not present when his case called at Falkirk Sheriff Court. It was continued until 9 March.

BBC Scotland Travel


In Fife, a breakdown is blocking one lane of the A92 eastbound in Kingseat.

In Aberdeenshire, the A98 between Pitsligo and MacDuff is now open.

However, also in Aberdeenshire, the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn Road is closed for the next fortnight.

In Perth and Kinross, the M90 Friarton Bridge means there are alternate lane closures southbound.

In West Lothian, be prepared for slow traffic on the A71 in Kirknewton, where roadworks and temporary lights are causing delays.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

tweets: North Sea oil find by Statoil "very substantial for mature area", Norway sector 150km off Bergen: "Growth opportunities still exist in NS"

Cup draw

BBC Sport


Read our full round-up of the

Scottish Cup draw, including Celtic's trip to Tannadice.


Canvassing results

Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale

tweets: Enthusiastic response for @scottishlabour on the doors this afternoon


Lomond landing?

Daily Record

UFO enthusiasts have taken to the web to discuss a "mysterious" bright object which appeared to hover above Loch Lomond.

The video, which was uploaded on to YouTube last week by Tom Hall, shows a bright white light moving very slowly above the treeline and hills for around 15 minutes.

Decide for yourself at the Record's

weird news page.

The Courier

tweets: RT @C_RRooney: UPDATE: Police find body in search for missing footballer Jack Syme.

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Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

OPEC Jan production drops 90k barrels pd, below 30m, due to Libya + Iraq. Others raised output incl Saudi, Angola, Nigeria, UAE: @PlattsOil

Frosty reception

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

What's described as the first ski-inspired Instameet in the UK has been held at Nevis Range near Fort William.

A skier stoops down to take a picture in the snow with a smartphone

Instameets involve members of the online photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram.

A group of Scottish Instagrammers gathered at the snowsports centre at the weekend to ski, snowboard and share photographs.

The images shared on the network included scenes at Nevis Range and from the members' journeys to Nevis Range.

Your views - Glasgow rail project

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Davidin Glasgow: Re: Jim Murphy's rail idea - Classic Labour: spend spend spend - look where that got us last time. The key to Labour is to make sure all their ideas remain ideas otherwise we all suffer.

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