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  1. MoD signs warship deal
  2. Closing submissions in dog walker case
  3. First residents arrive at Glasgow's Athletes' Village
  4. Injury probe at trampoline park
  5. Flight diverted after emergency
  6. Davidson and Cameron speak to Tory conference

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BBC Scotland news

That's all from BBC Scotland Live for this week.

Join us on Monday at 07:00 when we'll be back with all the latest developments from around the country.

Until then, you can keep up to date on the

BBC News Scotland website.

Hotel fire

Fifty firefighters are

continuing to fight a serious blaze at a hotel in Ballater, Aberdeenshire.

John Armitage

Stokes trouble


Tom English

BBC Scotland

Anthony Stokes late back from Dublin? With Celtic's attacking options right now, that was a pretty dumb bout of indiscipline...

Pub sexism row

The Evening Times

A Glasgow bar has sparked a sexism row with a 50 Shades of Grey marketing ploy that jokes about domestic abuse.

Alfies Bar, in Yorkhill, has been slammed for an advertising board that offers "free gaffa tape" with every pint.

It adds: "That'll shut her up," and calls the deal a "50 Shades of Grey Special," referring to the best selling book and film.

Read the full story


Dead boy's mother in court

The mother of a two-year-old boy who was found dead in a flat in Inverness has been accused of child neglect.

Clyde Campbell died in February last year.

Amanda Hardie, 29, formerly of Inverness and now living in East Kilbride, appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court.

She made no plea or declaration, was committed for further examination and released on bail.


Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

#Chanel super-premium cashmere mill in the Borders needs skilled workers.

Watch here.

Whisky galore

The Scotsman

First cask of whisky produced by reborn Annandale distillery on market for £1m.

Read the full story


Appeal over starved dog

The discovery of an emaciated dead dog in Elgin woodland has sparked an appeal for information.

The Scottish SPCA said the small female German shepherd crossbreed was found wrapped in curtains in Mayne Wood on Tuesday.

The dog was wearing a pink collar.

Senior inspector Lesley Crockett said: "A post mortem examination revealed this poor dog died of malnutrition. She was very underweight."

Firefighters called to 'large scale' hotel blaze

Fire crews have been called to a serious blaze at a hotel in Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

The alarm at the Darroch Learg was raised at about 15:50.

Eight Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appliances were on their way to the hotel due to what was described as a "large scale" incident.

There were no reports of any injuries. Police said the A93 has been closed at Ballater as a result of the fire. Diversions have been put in place.


Pauline McLean

BBC Scotland

Spent afternoon watching cat videos for work. Honest! More on cat video festival @GlasgowGoMA @glasgowfilmfest on reporting scotland at 6.30

Woman dies after tractor crash

A 73-year-old woman has died in hospital after being seriously injured when a car collided with a tractor in Fife on Wednesday morning.

Katherine Armit was the front-seat passenger in the Ford Fiesta when the crash happened on the A92.

The crash took place at the junction with the Freuchie to Kettlebridge road.

Ms Armit died on Thursday evening. A 47-year-old woman, who was driving the car, sustained an injury to her wrist.

Tax at centre of campaign

Ms Davidson told delegates she will put tax cuts at the centre of her party's general election campaign.

A Conservative government will give "relief for the hardworking, overburdened, underappreciated taxpayer of Scotland", she said.

The party's Scottish leader proposed a tax break for small and medium sized companies that agree to pay the Living Wage.

"We won't use public money to prop up pay, but we will cut taxes for small businesses that boost the pay-packets of their workers," she said. "As Conservatives, we are the party of aspiration and of working people. We're the party that says - if you work hard you can get on in life through your own efforts."

Trampoline park investigated

Council health and

safety inspectors are investigating a new trampoline park following more than 100 incidents at the Midlothian centre in three weeks.

Ryze in Mayfield Industrial Estate in Dalkeith opened a 10,000 sq ft park on 23 January.

Since then there have been reports of accidents including a broken neck, back and other bones.

Trampoline fall
Laura Bruce-Wootton

Ryze said the accident figure was "better than the industry norm" and there had been seven serious injuries.


James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Interesting reading Conservative lines on #indyref. Cameron: "the question is settled." Davidson: "this isn't over and it hasn't gone away".


Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

@RuthDavidsonMSP says the @ScotTories will give it 'full throttle' in the election ahead telling #scc15 her party can stand on its record.

Davidson addresses Tory conference

Ruth Davidson is currently addressing the Scottish Conservative conference in Edinburgh.

Ruth Davidson

The party leader told delegates the prospect of a Labour-SNP coalition following May's general election was "terrifying".

She said: "The thought of Ed Miliband and Ed Balls back in the driving seat is bad enough I agree. What is utterly terrifying is the thought of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon as their back seat drivers. But it is now a prospect we have to contend with."

Scottish Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden

tweets: Tory delegates listening to Taylor Swift and 1D before @RuthDavidsonMSP speech at #scc15.

Closing submissions in dog walker case

A judge has heard

closing submissions in the case of a man accused of murdering Jean Campbell at Cranhill Park in Glasgow.

Jean Campbell

Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC urged Lord Matthews to find that the 53-year-old was killed by Paul Ward.

But defence QC Donald Findlay said there was "not a scrap of evidence" that Mr Ward had killed Mrs Campbell.

The 21-year-old is accused of murdering Mrs Campbell by repeatedly striking her on the head and body with a dog lead.


Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Competion authority gives Stagecoach/Virgin go-ahead to run East Coast rail w pledge to maintain competition on Edinburgh-Dundee-Aberdeen buses

Drugs charge not proven

The case against a man charged after the seizure of drugs with a street value of about £1m on the A74(M) motorway has been found not proven.

Andrew Edgson, 31, from Liverpool, denied the misuse of drugs charge.

It was alleged to have been committed on the motorway near Johnstonebridge in September 2013.

A jury at the High Court in Livingston found the case was not proven.

Edinburgh smash

Two men are in hospital following a crash involving two cars and a minibus on the Edinburgh city bypass.

One lane is blocked following the collision between a Land Rover, a Mercedes and a minibus at 12:27 at Old Craighall junction.

Police Scotland said one lane is open and "passable with care".

Fish farm ship runs aground

A ship used for carrying live farmed fish has got into difficulty in Badcall Bay north of Lochinver.

The 170ft (52m) Viktoria Lady ran aground at 10:50 but was later refloated. Stornoway Coastguard helicopter and Lochinver lifeboat were called to the scene.

Lochinver lifeboat

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said there was no evidence of pollution at this stage. Divers will have to be brought in to check the ship's hull.

The incident comes just days after the cargo ship Lysblink Seaways ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point. It refloated on Thursday night.

'Double standard' of alcohol ban

A loophole in legislation around the ban on alcohol at football matches allows clubs to serve drinks before the match - as long as fans are ejected and join the back of the queue at the turnstiles.

Hosting a summit of clubs and officials in Glasgow, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy called the situation a "remarkable double standard", highlighting corporate guests who are shown straight to their seats.

Jim Murphy

Mr Murphy wants to see the law changed, while First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is "far from convinced".

'Supertides' forecast for Scotland's coast

A phenomenon known as "supertides" is forecast

for Scotland's coast on Friday and Saturday.

Spring tides on both days could be up to 11" (30cm) higher than usual, scientists at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) say.

The gravitational effects of the Moon and the Sun play a part in creating tides

Supertides this weekend and again on 29-30 September come at a peak in an almost 20-year tidal cycle.

They are unlikely to cause problems unless combined with the effects of a storm surge.

Fire hostel unsafe

The owners of a backpackers' hostel destroyed by fire almost two years ago have appointed contractors to make the building safe.

Hostel fire

Highland Council served the owners Eastgate Hostel in Inverness city centre with a dangerous building enforcement notice earlier this month.

More than 50 people were evacuated from the hostel after the blaze broke out on 3 April 2013.

Work at the site is due to start on Monday.

Hair today, gone tomorrow?


John Beattie

BBC Scotland

My worst ever headphone hair! But watch

this and comment pls … for all fans @Scotlandteam #bbcsportxv

Conference special

BBC Two Scotland will show highlights of the Scottish Conservatives' conference in a special programme this afternoon.

Speeches by Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson will feature.

David Cameron

The two-hour programme starts at 15:00 and is also available on the

BBC iPlayer.

'Belief and pride'


Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

PM David Cameron says the Union will "be held together in people's hearts by belief and pride".

Man knifed in murder bid

Police are treating an attack in which a 21-year-old man was stabbed in Glasgow as attempted murder.

The victim was assaulted by two men in Don Street, Riddrie, at about 17:15 on Thursday.

The attackers, both white and about 6ft tall, escaped in a black car after the attack, and were last seen heading towards Cumbernauld Road.

The victim was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where his condition was described as serious but stable.

Labour and SNP 'wedded together'

David Cameron says Nicola Sturgeon has "made it clear she is up for a coalition with Ed Miliband".

"As Ruth [Davidson] has put it, the SNP and Labour are halfway up the aisle together already," he adds. "She's right. They've picked out the wedding list.

"They've booked the honeymoon - probably to North Korea. They've set up a joint account - unlimited overdraft obviously."

'Unstable minority government'

David Cameron expresses relief that Scotland voted against independence in the referendum, as "300 years of history were hanging in the balance".

The prime minister praises Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for the part she played in ensuring the United Kingdom remained intact.

Prime Minister David Cameron
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Turning his attention to the upcoming general election, Mr Cameron adds: "So, let us be clear to the people of Scotland.

"A vote for anyone other than the Conservatives risks Ed Miliband becoming prime minister, leading an unstable minority government.

"A vote for the SNP is a vote for Labour in government."

Cameron at Scottish conference

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Prime Minister David Cameron is addressing the Scottish Conservative conference.

He says the referendum may be over, but Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are the new risk to Scotland's future.

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Sun setting over Ailsa Craig
Kerry Ward

Family 'devastated' by crash

The family of a 21-year-old man killed in a two-car crash in Fife on Thursday has said they are

"devastated" by his death.

Liam Graham

Liam Graham died after his Volkswagen Golf collided with a Toyota Hilux on Abernethy Road, near Newburgh, just before 07:00.

Two men in the other vehicle were taken to hospital.

Mr Graham's family said he lived in Newburgh with his fiancee and their daughter, who was one on Tuesday.

Clyde warships deal

The Ministry of Defence has signed an initial development deal for the next generation of Royal Navy warships to be built on the Clyde.

The deal - announced by Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the Scottish Conservative conference - will safeguard 600 jobs.

david cameron
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Th £800m contract is to develop the new Type 26 frigate - 13 of which will be built in Scotland in the years ahead.

Mr Cameron, who was visiting the Govan yard, described it as "a substantial investment".

Rapist 'real danger' to women

A rapist who carried out a series of brutal attacks on four women

has been jailed for 10 years.

Judge John Morris told James Gellately, 27, he was a "real and present danger" to the public, especially women.

He was found guilty of four rapes, an indecent assault and three assault offences.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the rapes took place over a seven-year period between 2006 and 2013.

Gow's a Saint for the season

St Mirren

have signed forward Alan Gow on a deal until the end of the season.

Alan Gow

The 32-year-old had been training with the Buddies and played in last week's friendly defeat by New York City.

The Scotland B cap played for several Scottish clubs, including Falkirk and Rangers, before spells in England and back in his homeland.

"Subject to international clearance, Alan will go into the squad for tomorrow's Premiership match away to Aberdeen," said the St Mirren website.

Increase in fake law firms

Scottish solicitors are increasingly being targeted by

fraudsters who use their details on fake law firm websites, according to a legal body.

generic solicitor

The Law Society of Scotland said the fake websites looked professional.

But they use the names of solicitors who do not work there in an attempt to lure in, and then scam, unsuspecting clients.

The Law Society urged people to check the credentials of solicitors before using them.

And it has asked its members to be vigilant and to take action if they find their own or colleagues' names being listed on the website of a firm they do not work for.

Consultation on climate change

The Scottish government is consulting on plans to make public sector bodies report climate change information.

Ministers are seeking views over the next 14 weeks on proposals to introduce the requirement.

About 150 public bodies including the local authorities, schools and universities and NHS boards would be affected.

Climate change minister Aileen McLeod said: "Climate change affects every single person on this planet. I would encourage all those with an interest in the proposals to respond by May 29."

Yarn bombs are 'litter'

Colourful knitting left on a cycle path was "littering" and

will be removed, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Dumfries was "yarn-bombed" on Tuesday night by a group known as the "Bollard and Chicane Protection Authority".

Yarn bombs