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  1. Stop and search data 'not accurate'
  2. Man who raped pregnant women jailed
  3. Call for child sex abuse inquiry to be extended to Scotland
  4. New image of planned Marischal Square development released
  5. Scotland make two changes ahead of Six Nations fixture against Wales

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

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Good night.

Fred Talbot

Following the conviction of Fred Talbot for indecently assaulting two teenage boys in the 1970s, it has emerged that Police Scotland has been investigating similar allegations involving offences said to have been committed by him in Scotland.

Fred Talbot

The Edinburgh born, former weather presenter was found guilty today at court in Manchester of two indecent assaults on boys from a grammar school where he was a teacher.

Lamont targets Six Nations glory

Phil Goodlad

BBC Scotland

Scotland must beat Wales on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of a first Six Nations title, says winger Sean Lamont.

Sean Lamont
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"It's our first home game and it's important to get back on track," said the veteran winger following last weekend's loss in France.

"If we want to win this tournament, we need to win every game from here on out.

"If we can win our three home games and steal that away win, then four out of five puts you in a damn good place."

Research data

Dundee University is to lead a major project to help scientists store and share research data.

Dundee University

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has announced £7.5m of funding for infrastructure to help scientists study large datasets.

New imaging techniques mean researchers have huge amounts of new information to work with, but datasets are so large they are difficult to share.

The university is to set up an advanced data storage and sharing facility.

Jay's goalden goal

An 11-year-old boy from Northern Ireland is in the running for the Scottish Football League's goal of the month award.

Jay Beatty

Jay Beatty, from Lurgan, hit the back of the net at half-time at Celtic's victory over Hamilton Academical last month.

Jay, who has Down's Syndrome, is challenging players like Mikael Lustig and David Goodwillie for the trophy.

The goal has gone viral on social media.

Cinema fire

Police are searching for a pair of teenagers after a fire forced the evacuation of a cinema in Dundee.

Mike Pennington

A bin was set alight in the toilets at the Cineworld complex at the Camperdown Retail Park at about 19:00 on Thursday.

The cinema was evacuated and fire crews called to extinguish the flames.

Police keen to trace two boys, thought to be aged about 13, one of whom was of a "chubby" build. Officers have appealed for information.

Durie and Craig on tonight's match

Read our preview of Rangers vs Hibs with team news and the thoughts of Gordon Durie and Liam Craig.

Hibs vs Rangers

Rangers vs Hibs build-up


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Scotland vs Wales

BBC Sport's Gareth Roberts has been looking at Sunday's big match - in numbers.

scotland vs wales
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Be in the audience

BBC Radio Scotland

Next week's Big Debate will be coming live from Paisley.

If you fancy being in the audience e-mail, saying which of the debates you are interested in.

Gordon Brewer

You will then be sent a questionnaire which should be filled in and returned. If your application is successful, you can expect to receive confirmation a few days before the programme.

Fifty Shades of Stay Away

The Press and Journal

Fifty Shades of Grey has sent temperatures soaring in the Western Isles - but for all the wrong reasons.

Following reports that the movie would be shown in the main town of Stornoway, the

Calvinist Free Church of Scotland urged cinema-goers to stay away.

Father Ted

The church tweeted: "#50ShadesofGrey - a hopeless view of sex; glorifies and glamorises sexual violence against women. A sad indictment of contemporary society!"

University 'sorry' for email clanger

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

St Andrews University has apologised to hundreds of prospective students for accidentally sending them an email which gave some the impression they were being offered a place there.

St Andrews University

The email began with the word "congratulations" and was meant for people who already knew they could get in.

But it was also sent by mistake to several hundred people who are still waiting for news.

The university says it quickly sent out another email of apology to them and is sorry for any disappointment.

Murder victim's injuries revealed

A woman who was murdered in a Glasgow park while walking her dog had suffered 11 broken ribs and a broken thigh bone, a judge has been told.

Jean Campbell

Forensic scientist Marjorie Turner told a hearing that many of Jean Campbell's injuries could have been caused by being assaulted with a dog lead.

Paul Ward, 21, denies killing Mrs Campbell by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park in December 2013.

He has been deemed unfit to stand trial because of mental health issues.

Tin openers used at nuclear plant

Household can openers costing less than £15 each are to be used in a £10m facility at the Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness.

can opener

The kitchen tool will be used to open soup tin-sized cans that have held radioactive material for more than 30 years.

It will take workers three years to process all the cans.

Dounreay is being decommissioned and the site cleaned up in a project costing £1.6bn.

Police officer cleared of rape

A police officer has been cleared of raping a woman he said had seduced him.

Andrew Robertson, who is 49 and from Aboyne, went on trial at the High Court of Aberdeen earlier this week.

The jury of eight men and seven women took 45 minutes to find the case against him not proven by a majority verdict.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said a report would be prepared by the professional standards department.

Train disruption

National Rail

tweets: CLEARED: Trains are now running normally between Kilwinning and Glasgow Central #PaisleyTrains

New hospital

Work will begin in the next few weeks on a new children's hospital in Edinburgh which will combine mental health services for children, neurosciences and paediatric care.

The new £150m six-storey building will be joined to the Royal Infirmary in Little France. It is expected to open in Autumn, 2017.

Freedom of Information?

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

The stop-search data was finally received by BBC Scotland in mid-January 2014 - at which point no mention was made of any residual errors in the data. The accompanying note only had one caveat - to disregard any ages outwith 1-90.

Friday's meeting between Police Scotland and the force watchdog has raised some alarming issues.

Firstly, that the stop-search database is a "clunky" and error-ridden system. This revelation will cast a long shadow, putting into doubt any further stop-search statistics released by the force.

Secondly - and perhaps more disturbingly - Police Scotland said they would not have volunteered the data, but were only compelled to by the Information Commissioner.

This could raise concerns over what data Police Scotland will willingly release through freedom of information laws in the future.

Stop/search story - Background

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

The acquisition of the 2014 stop-search data by BBC Scotland took many months, and was only finally released after an intervention by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has now called the data "inaccurate" - data that should never have been released to the media.

In its defence, Police Scotland did acknowledge in mid-2014 that thousands of records had been corrupted.

In an October 2014 letter, the force stated that "the data assurance work is not due for completion until December 2014".

Police 'were not forced to reveal data'

Scotland's Information Commissioner has denied forcing Police Scotland to release the data on stop and searches to the BBC under freedom of information rules.

stop search

Sir Stephen House told a special meeting of the police watchdog on Friday that he was forced to release the data - which he described as "not fit for public consumption" - to the BBC under freedom of information rules.

Margaret Keyse, head of enforcement at the Scottish Information Commissioner's office, told BBC Scotland: "The Commissioner did not make a formal decision, so it is inaccurate to say Police Scotland was compelled to disclose the information to you: it did so voluntarily."

Knifepoint robbery

Police are appealing for information after two teenage boys were robbed at knifepoint in Airdrie.

The two 15 year olds were walking home along Victoria Place last Saturday, when they were approached by a man who presented a knife and demanded that they hand over their smart phones.

The suspect is described as mid 20s, 5'8", with a shaved head. He was wearing black clothing.

Hold the phone!

Daily Record

Britain's biggest directory enquiry service 118 118 have been shamed into refunding a pensioner

who was charged £81.12 for a single call.

Carol Sandford, 72, from Ballantrae in Ayrshire was stunned to see the sky-high charge for a single call she made, but thought she had no option but to cough up as the call is part of a bill from provider TalkTalk.

She said: "I couldn't believe it. It's listed as a 24-minute call but I was off the line as quickly as I could be."

Calls to 118 118 cost £1.88 per call plus £2.57 per minute (minimum 60 second charge) from most landlines, TalkTalk charges an astonishing £5.68 for the first minute and £3.28 thereafter.

Fixture change

The Hibs vs Livingston match that was due to take place on Saturday, 7 March, will now take place on Wednesday, 11 March at 19:45 due to Scottish Cup quarter final fixtures.

Talbot's alleged Scots offences

The former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been convicted of indecently assaulting two Cheshire schoolboys in the 1970s when he worked as their teacher.

Fred Talbot

Following the verdicts, it can now be reported that a number of similar complaints against Talbot about offences said to have been committed in Scotland have been passed by police to the Procurator Fiscal.

Talbot, who lives in Greater Manchester, was convicted of two counts of indecent assault in relation to two complainants and cleared of eight counts of indecent assault in relation to three other complainants.

Plain sailing

A new ferry built for the Stornoway to Ullapool route has

made its first passenger sailing.


The £42m MV Loch Seaforth had previously done berthing trials at the two harbours.

The ferry has capacity for 700 passengers, 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles.

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Flower of Scotland picked

The Tartan Army want Flower of Scotland to be officially recognised as the country's national anthem.

Tartan Army

Following a request by the Scottish Parliamentary Petition Committee, 35,000 football fans voted for their chosen anthem.

Fifty six per cent were in favour of the government officially recognising the song, written by Roy Williamson of The Corries, with 44% opposed to the formalisation.

BBC to show big match

BBC Scotland will broadcast live television coverage of Queen of the South v Falkirk in the Scottish Cup.

Queen of the South v Falkirk

The quarter-final will take place on Friday 6 March, with a 19:35 GMT kick-off, and be broadcast on BBC Two Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

There will also be highlights of the match and the other last-eight ties on the BBC over the weekend.

Queens beat holders St Johnstone to progress to the quarters, while the Bairns overcame Brechin City.

Child porn accused 'trying to find Madeleine'

An Aberdeen man caught with images of child abuse

claimed he was trying to find missing Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine McCann
Everton FC

David Brinkman, 68, admitting trawling through hundreds of indecent images and videos of children.

Defence lawyer Mike Monro told Aberdeen Sheriff Court that Brinkman was a "one man crusade".

Madeleine was three when she disappeared in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007 while on holiday with her parents Kate and Gerry.

Jewellery robbery link?

Police are investigating reports that

two men who robbed a Dundee jewellery shop targeted stores in Aberdeen on the same day.

Stephen Henderson jewellers

The pair made off with "high-value items" from Stephen Henderson Jewellers in Dundee city centre on 6 February.

Two men of a similar description visited shops in Aberdeen with intent to steal earlier the same day.

Police have said it is possible the events were linked, and issued a fresh appeal for witnesses and information.

Mike Blair column

As Scotland's rugby team make final preparations for the Six Nations match against Wales,

former scrum half Mike Blair analyses what Vern Cotter's men need to do to overcome the Welsh.

Finn Russell against France
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Rail update


tweets: UPDATE: Disruption on services between #GlasgowCentral & #Ayr #ArdrossanHarbour #Largs expected to till 1700. We appreciate your patience.

Murray beaten


Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

Game, set, match Simon: 6-4, 6-2 v @andy_murray. Berdych in semis for Frenchman next.

Travel disruption

BBC Scotland Travel


An accident on the westbound M8 at J3a Bathgate is blocking the inside lane and causing long delays.

And there are no trains between Johnstone and Glasgow Central following an incident. Trains in and out of Central to Ayr, Largs and Ardrossan Harbour are affected.

Murray joins Bristol

Scotland midfielder Christie Murray has become the fifth new signing for Bristol Academy's 2015 campaign.

Christie Murray

The 24-year-old, who has 29 caps for her country, spent last season with Women's Super League rivals Arsenal.

"Christie is a great signing, very much in the mould of what we are trying to develop at the club," said Vixens manager Dave Edmondson.

Shark didn't go far...

A shark that was tagged more than 10 years ago has been

recaptured just 12 miles from its original location.

Man pictured with tagged shark

The tope was caught in Luce Bay, Dumfries and Galloway, as part of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme.

It was at liberty for 3,716 days - a new record for the project run by the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network.

Experts believe it may have swum more than 30,000 miles during that time.

Flight mix-up...

Cameron Buttle

BBC Scotland

BBC Wales rugby director bumped into two Welsh fans fresh off the flight from Cardiff.

The fans were telling him how much they always look forward to coming to Edinburgh and Murrayfield but were surprised how cheap their flights were this year.

It was then pointed out that their return flight was three hours before kickoff on Sunday - they hadn't checked their tickets properly and just presumed that it was a Saturday kick off. They headed off to the pub.

Alcohol stats - analysis

Eleanor Bradford

BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

Alcohol consumption has been declining for some years and these latest statistics for 2013 suggest that trend has continued - though it has been most marked amongst young adults.

Overall, 21% of Scottish adults said they were teetotal - a higher number than in many parts of England.

Les young people are drinking

Across the UK, the number of 16-24 year olds who say they don't drink has increased by 40% since 2005, and only one in 50 young adults said they drank frequently.

Scots who do drink are still more likely to binge drink than anywhere else in the UK other than the North of England. However, this is also falling - again as a result of changing habits of the young.

Mother in court over baby murder

A 35-year-old woman has made her second appearance in court in connection with the death of 10-month-old baby girl, Chloe Sutherland.

Chloe Sutherland
Chloe Sutherland died earlier this month

Erin Sutherland made a brief appearance in private before Sheriff Michael O'Grady at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with murder.

She was fully committed for trial and remanded in custody.

The baby died in the city's Royal Hospital for Sick Children just before midnight on Tuesday 3 February.