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  1. 'No threat to energy supply' - Cable
  2. Self-harm among children on the rise
  3. Patients harmed at dental school
  4. Esso makes M74 'contamination' claim
  5. Rangers announce new London venue for EGM

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By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers and Rachael Connors

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BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team today. We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with a comprehensive round up of news, sport, travel and weather from across the country.

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Vince Cable interview


Business Affairs Correspondent David Henderson's interview with Business Secretary Vince Cable features on tonight's

Scotland 2015.

David Henderson 2015

He tells BBC Scotland there is

no threat to the security of Scotland's electricity supply.

Tune in at 22:30 on BBC2 Scotland for more on the stories behind today's headlines.

Escaped prisoner has Scottish connections

A prisoner who escaped from custody in the UK before being arrested in Ireland has escaped again.

Convicted armed robber, Derek Brockwell, who is described as dangerous, is said to have connections in Scotland and Ireland.

He was serving a seven year sentence at Portlaoise prison in the Irish midlands and absconded while being treated at a hospital in Dublin. Two prison officers have been injured.

Brockwell is described as 6ft 3ins tall with brown hair and a broad build.

Dot Scot

The Scottish government has moved to a new web address using the dot scot domain.

It's now using the address but will still work.

More than 8,000 dot scot domains have been sold to individuals and groups since they went on sale last September.

Reporting Scotland

Coming up on Reporting Scotland:

  • After concerns about waiting times, the Scottish government says it will now publish performance figures every week.
  • Problems at Aberdeen's dental school as an inspection finds that some patients teeth were damaged by students.
  • We hear one woman's experience of self harm as the number of young people treated for hurting themselves doubles in parts of Scotland.

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Schoolgirl takes on PM

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

A Moffat schoolgirl is taking on the UK Government

in a bid to protect her favourite apps.

Ailsa Paton
D&G Standard

Ailsa Paton, 16, has launched an online petition calling for a halt to PM David Cameron's proposed shake-up of internet privacy laws.

Harvie satisfied with Assisted Suicide Bill

The politician championing the

Assisted Suicide Scotland bill said it is fit for purpose and
he did not intend to make any "radical changes".

Green MSP Patrick Harvie

But, during the final day of evidence, Green MSP Patrick Harvie told Holyrood's health committee changes could be made to strengthen the bill.

Supporters said the plan had widespread public backing, but critics have argued a change in the law would be unethical.

The Scottish government does not support a change in the law.

Man jailed over cannabis crop

A man who admitted growing £130,000 worth of cannabis plants in his home has been jailed.

Scott Marshall, 50, also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, the Gretna man was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

Freight firm to run Scots sleeper services

Rail sleeper services between Scotland and London are to be handled by a freight specialist firm as part of the new franchise.

Caledonian sleeper train
Ed Webster

GB Freight has been signed up by Serco to provide locomotives and drivers when it takes over the Caledonian Sleeper service from April.

The trains run between London Euston and five Scottish destinations.

The contract, to run in both directions six nights a week, is worth around £100m spread over 15 years.

Dundee delays


Tay Road Bridge: This afternoon's emergency roadworks have just been removed but there are still 15 minute delays northbound heading into Dundee.

Diving boat boss guilty

A Fife boatman has been found guilty of safety failings that led to the death of a diver in the Firth of Forth.

Guthrie Melville
Helen Peck

James Irvine, 42, from Glenrothes, Fife, died in March 2011 while fishing for razor clams off the support vessel Solstice, based at Methil Docks.

He was found by a police diver lying face up on the seabed with neither of his air supply regulators in his mouth.

Owner of the Solstice, Guthrie Melville, 60, has been found to be responsible for safety failings. He was found guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court.

Rangers EGM


Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

@BBCSport understands the #Rangers EGM will now take place at Ibrox

Sandwich chain offers homeless advice

An Edinburgh sandwich shop which raised enough money to offer 36,000 plates of food to homeless people is now offering advice alongside food and drink.

Josh Littlejohn
John Littlejohn

Sandwich chain Social Bite has partnered with housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

Now anyone receiving a free meal will be pointed in the direction of Shelter Scotland's free national helpline and support services.

Murphy urged to say sorry over stats

Health Secretary Shona Robison has

demanded an apology from Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, claiming he misrepresented NHS figures.

Jim Murphy

The MP said the rate of operations cancelled in the Glasgow area was significantly higher than in England.

But Ms Robison insisted Mr Murphy had "vastly inflated" the number of procedures that had not gone ahead.

Scottish Labour said it was forced to use Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to obtain its figures.

It believed the real issue was about a lack of "transparency".

Bypass breakdown


BBC Scotland Travel


High wind warning on the Kessock Bridge and a 40mph speed limit on the Forth Road Bridge

Delays northbound on the Forth Road Bridge of 25 minutes following an accident earlier.

Edinburgh- A90 Queensferry Road - closed eastbound for emergency repairs between Queensferry Terrace and Drumsheugh Gardens.

A720 Edinburgh city bypass - a breakdown eastbound is blocking one lane between Gilermton and Sheriffhall.

Knifeman terrifies pensioner in home

Police are attempting to trace a knife-wielding robber who put an 81-year-old man through a "terrifying ordeal" at his home in Prestwick, South Ayrshire.

Gardiner Street

The victim awoke to find the man in his bedroom in his home in Gardiner Street at about 03:00 on Monday morning.

The man was holding the victim's bank card and said another man would harm him if he did not disclose the PIN.

The suspect eventually left with the card and a sum of cash after the victim said he could not remember the PIN.

Find a 'free-er' cash point

The Evening Times

A cheeky punter has

drawn a map to free cash machine withdrawals on a chargeable ATM in Glasgow city centre.

Cash machine picture from twitter
Evening Times

Scottish DJ Stephen Kirkwood posted a snap of the ATM on Twitter, and joked, "Absolute genius. #peoplemakeglasgow."

The scrawled map suggests to customers that they can find the nearest free cash machine at Tesco which is a five minute walk, or the Londis Garage on Elmbank Street, a two minute walk from the ATM appears to be in the Charing Cross area and charges for each withdrawal.

Shetland ferry strike called off

A planned ferry strike in Shetland on Wednesday has been called off after talks.

The six-hour stoppage was suspended after Shetland Islands Council and the Unite union agreed to appoint an independent assessor to review a job evaluation scheme.

A&E stats to be reported weekly

Waiting time figures for the Accident and Emergency departments of Scotland's hospitals are to be published weekly, the Scottish government

has announced.


The move follows criticism that Scotland's quarterly reporting of A&E waiting times did not allow action to be taken to quickly address problems.

The Scottish government had previously announced it would move to monthly reporting. It has now said it would publish weekly statistics from 3 March.

A7 reopens


BBC Scotland Travel


#A7 Galashiels to Stow is now reopen following an accident. The road has been closed since this morning's rush hour.

Inquiry told of social work failings

A man whose wife was killed by their foster child has

told a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) that social work failures should be investigated "quite deeply".

Dawn McKenzie

Bryan McKenzie, 40, outlined concerns about the support the couple were given by Glasgow City Council staff.

His wife Dawn, 34, was fatally stabbed by the 13-year-old boy in their care in June 2011. He was detained for seven years after admitting culpable homicide due to diminished responsibility.

Tune in...

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland. NHS A&E statistics, the future of Longannet power station and Rangers' EGM are among the stories being covered.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

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Mild evening ahead


BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and cloudy start to the evening across most of the mainland.

However, the north-west and the Hebrides will see further rain and winds gusting to gale force from the south-west. Gales, too, for the Northern Isles.

Overnight, the rain will edge inland to around the spine of the country leaving an east/west split, while it will stay drier in the east.

Lows of 5 to 7C, so quite mild.

A&E waiting times stats

Waiting time figures for the Accident and Emergency departments of Scotland's hospitals are to be published weekly,

the Scottish government has announced.

Alexandra Hospital

The move follows criticism that Scotland's quarterly reporting of A&E waiting times did not allow action to be taken to address problems.

The Scottish government had previously announced it would move to monthly reporting.

It says it will publish weekly statistics from 3 March.

Post office boss accused of embezzling £150,000


post office manager is to stand trial accused of embezzling £150,000 from her work, an elderly woman and a charity.

Image of post office

Carol Oswald is alleged to have taken more than £139,000 while manager of the Letham Post Office on Perth's Rannoch Road, over a period of five years.

She is also accused of stealing £8,000 from an 81-year-old woman and £10,500 from community environment charity project Letham Climate Challenge.

Strictly Come Dancing: Dumfries man targets people's title

Retired Dumfries businessman Michael Pattie is among the contenders hoping to

take the title in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief.

Michael Pattie and Aliona

He is dancing with professional partner Aliona Vilani. Six competitors have been selected for their "tireless and selfless work" to change "so many lives for the better".

Mr Pattie, 57, has raised more than £300,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation since losing his 13-year-old son David to the disease in 1999.

Coal mining company slashes output

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

The company that runs most of Scotland's remaining opencast coal mines

is to half its output next year.

Hargreaves Services said it was losing money on some Scottish operations due to falling prices and "exceptionally challenging" market conditions.

coal mines

But it said it remained committed to Scotland and expected that the market should recover.

It is simplifying its management structure and cutting fixed costs in the face of "extreme volatility".

PC told John Campbell of wife's death

A policeman had told a court how he broke the news to a man that his wife had died

after she was found fatally injured in a Glasgow park.

Jean Campbell's body was found in Cranhill Park by her husband John

PC Stewart Taylor told an examination of facts hearing at the High Court in Glasgow that John Campbell replied that he "thought that was the case".

Paul Ward denies killing Jean Campbell, 53, by striking her with a dog lead in Cranhill Park on 13 December 2013.

Mr Ward, 21, has been deemed unfit to stand trial on mental health grounds.

No laughing matter

A man who

admitted stealing 20 cylinders of nitrous oxide from Dumfries Infirmary has been jailed for 12 months.

Dumfries Sheriff Court

Stewart Pettigrew, 31, pleaded guilty to the theft of so-called "laughing gas" from a compound at the hospital in January.

Dumfries Sheriff Court was told that the containers, which are worth £3,000 have not been recovered.

Travel update


BBC Scotland Travel


Roads: High wind warning on the Kessock Bridge and a 40mph speed limit on the Forth Road Bridge.

A94 Coupar Angus to Perth road is partially blocked at Balbeggie by an accident.

Edinburgh- A90 Queensferry Road - closed eastbound.

Doune - delays on the A84 in both directions south of Doune through the roadworks.

A7 Galashiels to Stow remains closed following an accident about four miles North of Galashiels - a diversion is in place.

Reward offered after footage shows bid to kill goshawks

Men suspected of trying to kill protected goshawks in Aberdeenshire are being sought after
being captured by a special video camera.

RSPB Scotland deployed the camera on Forestry Commission Scotland land to monitor a nest at Glenochty, Strathdon.

Police said the men seemed to be attempting to kill the birds
Police Scotland

Footage shows a group of men repeatedly visiting the area. Police said they seemed to be attempting to kill the birds and destroy the nest.

RSPB Scotland is offering £1,000 for information leading to a conviction.

Rangers latest


Grange Hotels are considering their position in the light of recent information. #EGM #RangersEGM

Sculpture commemorates factory's war effort

A new sculpture has been unveiled to commemorate an Edinburgh factory

which saved thousands of soldiers from trench foot during World War One.

The North British Rubber Company, which stood for decades beside the Union Canal in Fountainbridge, made rubber boots for the British Army from 1914.

Artists Svetlana Kondakova and Maja Quille's work is titled 'Imprint'
The North British Rubber Company

The boots helped to prevent trench foot.

Now two city artists have created a special sculpture on the site of the former manufacturing plant.

Artists Svetlana Kondakova and Maja Quille's work is titled 'Imprint'.

Scotland's Plague Years


BBC Radio Scotland

Could #Scotland be hit by another plague? @louisewelsh00 explores

#historic plague outbreaks.


Swan trapped in wire dies

Fishermen at a West Lothian loch are being urged to dispose of used equipment responsibly

following the death of a swan that died after being trapped in fishing wire.

Injured swan
Scottish SCPA

The Scottish SPCA was alerted when the female adult swan collapsed at the side of Linlithgow Loch on Wednesday 11 February.

The swan died at the Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh.

Fishing line was found wrapped around the swan's neck.

Cancelled operations

Health Secretary Shona Robison says she "regrets" that 1,000 operations have had to be cancelled in Scottish hospitals since the start of the year.

Ms Robison said it had been a difficult winter which had put additional pressure on beds, adding that 500,000 operations are carried out in Scottish hospitals each year and so the vast majority will go ahead as planned.

Hens stamped on and crushed to death

The Scottish SPCA is investigating after 14 hens were

found dead in a dustbin in a layby.

The birds were found in the bin off the B818 Denny to Fintry road near the Carron Valley Reservoir on Thursday 12 February.

Six of the birds appeared to have been stamped on and crushed to death, while the others had had their necks broken.

The charity has appealed for information, saying the birds must have "suffered immensely".

Your views


Bob Mackay: Dave, in Aberdeen, I echo your sentiments exactly. Keep the sectarianism, booze culture and anti-Semitism in the Glasgow area; we don't have it in Aberdeen and don't want to be tarred with the same brush.

Capital gain for star attraction

An Edinburgh tourist attraction in an underground street is to expand after receiving a £500,000 funding boost.

The Real Mary King's Close
The Real Mary King's Close

The Real Mary King's Close, which dates back to the 1600s, will benefit from a new entrance on the Royal Mile, along with a new cafe and exhibition area.

The attraction, which opened in 2003, is run by Continuum Attractions which won the tender from The City of Edinburgh Council to run the site.

More than two million people have visited the five-star attraction.