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  1. Jean Campbell murder accused unfit for trial
  2. Political 'ignorance' on stop-search
  3. Tartan Army vote on Flower of Scotland
  4. Robert the Bruce campaign launched
  5. Grangemouth plant 'needs fracking'

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By Thomas McGuigan, Rebecca Bailey and Graham Fraser

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

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Your Views - Fracking


Rory: It would appear the Ineos' chairman has lost faith in the company's own "long term survival plan" despite a £300m investment and a £230m loan from the government, for the specific purpose of processing Ethane from the US. Is this incompetence or an empty threat? We too have a long term survival plan. Unlike Ineos we wont give up on it after a few months.

BBC Scotland Weather


Dry and cloudy for many tonight, lows 2/5C. Clear spells across Caithness, Grampian and Borders with a frost. Lows 0/-3C.

Weather watch

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

BBC forecaster saying NE Scotland warmest place in UK today and will see highest AND lowest UK temps in next 24 hours.

Hospital's performance 'not recovering'

On the government help for the Royal Alexandra Hospital (18:21), NHS Scotland Chief Executive Paul Gray said: "This has been a challenging winter for A&E departments across Scotland. I want to apologise to patients who have waited longer than they should to be seen and treated.

"I recognise that all staff have been working extremely hard in our NHS to ensure patients get the best possible care.

"However, I'm concerned that performance is not recovering as quickly as it should at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and it is clear to me, through our performance monitoring and management, that the board needs support to help them ensure patients are seen and treated in A&E within the appropriate timescale."

Police chief wants 'consensus'

The chief constable of Police Scotland has called for a "consensus" on the practice of stop-and-search.

Police Scotland

Sir Stephen House was responding to a letter from rank-and-file police officers, which defended stop-searches.

It said they were carried out "in an effort to combat crime and to keep the public safe".

Sir Stephen said Scotland needed to find the right balance between keeping people safe and the rights of the individual.

A&E help from government

The Scottish Government will provide a support team to work with the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to help improve performance in its Accident & Emergency.

Accident and Emergency

From today, unscheduled care managers from the Scottish Government will be working with the hospital to identify immediate measures and key actions to support improvements.

Reporting Scotland

Tonight, on Reporting Scotland at 18:30 on BBC One Scotland.

  • The controversy over stop and search - calls for a wholesale review of how Police Scotland is governed.
  • Claims that thousands of children across Scotland could be missing out on free nursery education.
  • We'll also be looking into the confusion over Scotland's diet. Are butter, cream and cheese really not bad for you?
  • And the "Home of Golf" announces the first women to become members of the Royal and Ancient.

Tune in

On Sportsound at 18:10 Kenny Macintyre is joined by Richard Wilson and Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan Stevenson.

Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW or digital.

Collapsed City Link boss on bonus

The former chief executive of City Link - which collapsed at Christmas with the loss of more than 2500 jobs around the UK - has said he understands why some people may feel that a bonus he received was not "value for money."


David Smith was giving evidence to the Scottish Affairs committee at Westminster. Mr Smith was asked about his income rising during 2013 from more than £370,000 to £640,000.

He said it was a bonus for the successful sale of City Link to equity firm better Capital - but added "It was the contractual terms on which I was employed but I can understand that people might not see that that was value for money, in their eyes."

He said "most" of that was invested in shares in City Link, much of which he said he lost when the firm collapsed.

Fisherman dies after fall

A fisherman has died after falling into the water 20 miles west of Shetland.

He was working on board the Banff registered 'Beryl' fishing boat.

The crew of a nearby offshore supply ship, Caledonian Victory managed to recover him from the water using their fast rescue craft.

He was then transferred by Coastguard helicopter to hospital in Lerwick. Police say his name won't be released until the next of kin are informed.

Money, money, money...

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

So the entire annual TV rights deal for Scottish Premiership is worth less than only two matches in England's Premier League #spfl

Cemfjord sinking

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch says it's now completed initial surveys of the wreck of the cargo ship Cemfjord.

Not specified

The vessel is believed to have overturned in storm force winds in the Pentland Firth in January, sinking around two days later.

No trace was found of the eight crew who were onboard. A side sonar scan and an ROV survey of the wreck have now been carried out.

A spokesman for the MAIB said that the information would form part of the ongoing investigation into the sinking.

Man deemed unfit to stand murder trial

The man accused of murdering Jean Campbell at a park in Glasgow has been deemed unfit to stand trial.

Jean Campbell
Police handout

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Matthews set an

examination of facts to take place.

Paul Ward, 21, who is accused of the murdering Mrs Campbell on 13 December 2013, at Cranhill Park, will be not be present at the hearing.

The hearing, which is not a trial, is expected to last two weeks and will take place without a jury.

Balloch woman dropped baby head first

A woman who dropped a baby head first onto a pavement while she was drunk has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Rachel McIntyre, of Balloch, near Inverness, was looking after the four month old child in June last year when the incident occurred.

The former nurse had been holding the baby by its ankles over her shoulder.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the child, who suffered a fracture to its skull, has made a fully recovery.

Rearranged game

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland

Rearranged Scottish Premiership match @dundeeunitedfc v @ICTFC will take place on Tuesday 24th Feb with a 7:45 kick off

This evening's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening and tonight it will remain predominantly dry, although cloudy in the west and south.

Where we have had sunshine today in the north-east, temperatures will fall away under clearer skies. It will drop to -3 Celsius in the countryside with frost and perhaps some pockets of fog appearing.

Elsewhere, we'll see lows of around 2 or 3 Celsius, with 4 or 5 Celsius for the west and north coast and the Isles.

Winds from the west or south west will remain strong across the far north, and light elsewhere.

Warriors centre to Wasps

Wasps have signed centre James Downey on loan from Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season.

Jason Downey
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The former Munster and Northampton Saints back, 33, will provide cover at the Ricoh Arena for injured pair Chris Bell and Alapati Leiua.

"I can't wait, it's obviously exciting times here at Wasps and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting some game time," Downey told the Wasps website.

"I'm looking forward to playing in front of some of the big crowds."

Minister approves new Skye hospital

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Health Secretary Shona Robison

has approved NHS Highland's plan for a new hospital on Skye.

Broadford Hospital, which will be developed as a hub facility
Richard Dorrell/Geograph

The proposal also involves upgrading Portree Hospital to make it a smaller "spoke" hospital to the hub facility in Broadford.

The new set up will serve patients on the island and also Lochalsh on the mainland.

Islanders in the north of the Skye campaigned last year to have Portree developed as the main site.

McCulloch ban

Jane Lewis

BBC Scotland

Lee McCulloch offered 2 match ban by SFA (1 immediate 1 suspended until next Scottish Cup match) over stamp on Dale Carrick of Raith Rovers

Lee McCulloch

Scotland need 'better discipline'

Hooker Ross Ford

says Scotland must stop giving away penalties if they are to beat Wales in the Six Nations this weekend.

Ross Ford passing a ball

The Murrayfield men gave away 11 penalties in their 15-8 defeat in France on Saturday.

Ford believes it is an area of the game Scotland must improve on in the remainder of the championship.

"It's something that did let the French into the game and we need to be a lot sharper this weekend," Ford, 30, said.

BBC Scotland Travel


Roads: Inverclyde - Slaemuir Avenue in Port Glasgow is still closed following an accident.

Edinburgh - Slow traffic on Calder Road and Queensferry Road and on Maybury Road at the junction with the A8 Glasgow Road

Glasgow- M8, traffic is building up westbound between J16 Craighall and the Kingston Bridge

North Lanarkshire - Major roadworks on A73 Bellside Road

County 'good enough'

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre hopes rival sides write his team off as they enter what he feels is a "crucial" run of games.

Ross County

Bottom side County, who are six points adrift, host fellow strugglers Motherwell on Saturday.

"The signings we've made have strengthened us in the window, albeit a couple of them need a bit more fitness to get up to speed," McIntyre said.

"I firmly believe that we're good enough."

Your Views - Fracking


J.G Hetherington: Re Grangemouth - this is exactly why the SNP have not and will not ban fracking in Scotland. The SNP have given an undertaking that no new nuclear power stations will be built in Scotland. Before any future elections the SNP need to make a clear statement that there will be no fracking in Scotland, with an undertaking that once power is devolved legislation will be brought into place.

Funeral of Jak Trueman

The Scotsman

A picture of Jak Trueman; blue and white flowers spell out the name 'Jak' against a Rangers coffin
Scotsman (twitter)

Hundreds at funeral to celebrate life of 15-year-old Jak Trueman.

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Talbot banned for two games

Livingston captain Jason Talbot has accepted a two-match suspension for his challenge on Hearts winger Sam Nicholson.

Jason Talbot

Talbot caught the midfielder with a high boot, leaving Nicholson needing stitches in his head and face.

Referee Brian Colvin issued a yellow card at the time of the incident.

But the Scottish FA have now charged the Livingston skipper with "serious foul play" and he has accepted the retrospective punishment.

St Andrews welcomes Royal member

Peter Hunt

Royal correspondent, BBC News

Princess Anne has become one of seven honorary women members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Man charged over stadium car crash

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

A man

is to stand trial accused of crashing his car into a turnstile at Dundee United's football stadium.

Tannadice stadium, boarded up where the the car crashed

Bradley Forsyth is alleged to have smashed his Ford Fiesta into the wall of Tannadice Stadium on 6 April last year.

The 23-year-old is accused of failing to stop and report the crash within 24 hours.

Forsyth, of Playfair Terrace, Dundee, denies the offence.

Celtic duo injured

Mikael Lustig is likely to miss Celtic's Europa League match against Inter Milan and Kris Commons is a doubt for the first leg of the last 32 tie.

Lustig and Commons celebrate together

Lustig is out for a month with an ankle injury, while forward Commons has a thigh problem and could be missing for two weeks.

Student had 50,000 indecent images

A university student who had about 50,000 indecent images of children on his computer

has been put on the sex offenders register.

They were found following a search of a property in Fountainhall, Selkirkshire, last May, by Police Scotland's cyber crime unit.

The images were discovered on a hard drive which was removed from the house.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Heriot-Watt student Christopher Murdanaigum, 25, admitted the offence.

Tasers call

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Exec of Scottish Police Fed to consider demand by rank and file officers in England& Wales yesterday for Tasers to be issued to all officers

Fan denies throwing flares on pitch

A Dundee United fan

has denied throwing flares on to the pitch ahead of his side's Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer.

Ryan Mulholland, 28, of Dundee, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court after being arrested during Sunday's fifth-round tie, which United won 3-0.

He was granted bail, with a condition banning him from attending football matches.

Five flares were thrown onto the pitch as the players ran out at Stair Park.

Dingwall man repeatedly stabbed girlfriend

A 21-year-old man

has pled guilty to attempting to murder his former girlfriend by repeatedly stabbing her in the neck, head and body.

Terry Newlands attacked Suzanne Matheson after a row at their home in Dingwall on 14 October last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that one wound narrowly missed Miss Matheson's jugular vein.

Judge Lord Burns deferred sentencing until 20 March.

Glasgow opera singer on track

An amateur opera singer has spoken of his surprise after a video of him singing on a train

became an internet hit.

Still from video of Mr Boyle singing

William Boyle, 24, was travelling home on Saturday night when he decided to treat fellow passengers to a rendition of opera favourite Nessun Dorma.

But unbeknownst to him, fellow passenger Scott Thomson recorded the performance.

The video, posted on Facebook, has now been viewed more than 25,000 times.

"I'll sing anywhere that'll have me really," he told Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme.

"I do sing in quite a lot of pubs.

"Nessun Dorma - which translates as 'none shall sleep' - is always the song that people that know me want me to sing when we go out to the likes out pubs and clubs."

Grangemouth 'needs fracking'

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant is unlikely to have a long-term future unless a UK shale gas industry can develop,

its owners warn.

Grangemouth as seen from the air

Chemicals giant Ineos wants to use shale gas as a raw material for its plants and has bought licences for gas exploration in central Scotland.

However, the Scottish government has imposed a moratorium on the "fracking" technique used to extract the gas.

Ineos has already invested in a project to import cheap shale gas from the USA.

Lost in translation

Climbers and hillwalkers unsure about how to pronounce Gaelic names of Scotland's hills and mountains

are being offered lessons.

Buachaille Etive Mor is among mountains with Gaelic names

The Fort William Mountain Festival and Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, have teamed up to offer the class.

Native Gaelic speaker and scholar Cailean Maclean will lead the two-hour session during the festival.

Gaelic is also used to identify other geographical landmarks.

Lochhead challenges supermarkets

Food retailers

are being urged to do some "soul searching" and look at whether they can do more to get Scottish produce on the shelves.

Lots of beef

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead laid down the challenge in an address to the National Farmers' Union (NFU) Scotland.

He also urged consumers to do their bit to ensure more Scots products are among the top sellers in stores by 2020.

New initiatives are being launched in a bid to boost local produce.

Police probe spate of purse thefts

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

Police are investigating after

three elderly women were targeted by thieves while shopping in Dundee city centre.

The women were not known to each other and were in separate stores, but each had their purse taken from their handbag within an hour of 11:40 on Saturday.

Falkirk's Houston wins award

Falkirk's Peter Houston

has been named the Scottish Professional Football League's Championship manager of the month for the second time in a row.

Peter Houston

Houston guided his side to an unbeaten January and they are now just one point off the promotion play-off spots.

The Bairns beat Alloa Athletic and Hearts in January and picked up draws against Hibernian, Queen of the South and Dumbarton.

Former Dundee United manager Houston took over at Falkirk in June 2014.

Funding boost for laser manufacturer

A Scottish laser manufacturer

is set to increase its export activities after securing new financial backing.

A scientist conducting an experiment
M Squared Lasers

M Squared Lasers said it had attracted a funding package worth more than £2.5m from Barclays and a further £750,000 from BGF (Business Growth Fund).

M Squared is based at the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow, and has offices in the US including San Jose in Silicon Valley, California.

The company develops and manufactures lasers and photonic instruments.