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Summary

  1. No charges brought over fatal Glasgow bin lorry crash, prosecutors say
  2. Thousands of hospital beds blocked
  3. 'No licence' trampoline park closed
  4. Probation for sleep crash driver
  5. Sheriff suspended over funds probe
  6. James Easdale resigns from Rangers board, citing pressure from fans

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Brian Ponsonby

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We're back tomorrow from 07:00.

Your evening forecast

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Tonight, it will be cloudy and wet as the rain turns heavy for a time - heavy and persistent across the north and west Highlands with 20-30mm of rainfall possible, but lighter and patchier in the east for a time.

Winds from the south will strengthen too.

However it will be mild, with temperatures in the west unusually increasing up to around 10C after dark. Mild enough for some snow melt too.

The rain clears overnight and cooler air follows on for Thursday.

Robber admits "I'm as guilty as sin"

An armed robber who admitted "I'm as guilty as sin" to police, has been jailed for four years.

Nan's Dairy on Shettleston Road
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John Sherlock admitted stealing £360 from Nan's Dairy in Glasgow, while armed with a knife in December last year.

At the High Court in Glasgow, the 40-year-old also pled guilty to pushing shop manager Denise Murray to the ground and struggling with her.

Sherlock's counsel said he "apologises to the shop workers for the ordeal".

Bar kitchen disappears overnight

The

contents of a kitchen have been taken during a break-in at a closed down bar in Paisley over the weekend.

The Wallace Bar
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Police say the vast majority of equipment, furniture, fixtures and fittings were stolen from The Wallace Bar on Causeyside Street.

It is thought that the robbery took place between 10:00 on Sunday evening and 07:30 on Monday morning.

A white transit van was seen parked in and near to the street behind the bar during the period in question.

Nude plays exempt from licensing law

Theatre productions containing nudity will be

exempt from new licensing laws covering sexual entertainment, the Justice Secretary has said.

Theatre curtain
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Michael Matheson was giving evidence to MSPs on the Local Government Committee on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

The proposals would allow local authorities to limit the number of sexual entertainment venues in an area.

But MSPs have been told it could have an inadvertent effect on risqué shows.

Rangers' Simonsen suspension appealed

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Scotland

Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen's two-match ban for betting on matches has been

appealed by the SFA compliance officer.

Simonsen was found guilty of betting on 55 matches
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He says the punishment handed down by an independent panel was too lenient.

Simonsen was banned for two matches - one suspended until the end of the season - after being found guilty of betting on a total of 55 games.

This is the first occasion a compliance officer has appealed the decision of an independent panel.

Concern over NHS register access

The Liberal Democrats have tabled a parliamentary motion calling for the Scottish government to abandon proposals to allow 120 different organisations access to the NHS register.

Party leader Willie Rennie said the plan would create a national identification database that would be at great risk of abuse.

He said he feared it could be the first step towards introducing ID cards by the back door.

The consultation on the changes closes today. Ministers have said no decision has been taken, but the idea is to make it easier to trace missing children and to identify Scottish taxpayers.

Kiltwalk bosses defend running costs

Organisers of the Kiltwalk have

defended the Scottish charity event's running costs after losing several partner groups.

Kiltwalk
The Kiltwalk

Four charities have withdrawn as official partners of the event in recent weeks. Two cited concerns about the amount of money reaching them.

The event's 2013 accounts show more was spent on costs than went to charity.

Kiltwalk bosses said costs had been inflated by a re-structuring of the organisation due to the event's growth.

SPFL to review fan misconduct rules

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Scotland

The Scottish Professional Football League board says it will

review its rules relating to spectator misconduct.

The SPFL
SNS

In a statement the board said it would review recent events at next month's meeting, with particular focus on sectarian chanting.

"An SPFL board meeting was convened by conference call to discuss recent supporter misconduct at matches."

"The strong view of the SPFL board is that such behaviour has no place in Scottish football," the statement read.

Listen to discussion on this issue on @BBCSportsound from 18:10 on 92-95FM/810MW/digital.

On the roads

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

There's a high wind warning on the Skye Bridge.

In Dundee traffic is very slow this evening on the A90 Kingsway eastbound at Strathmartine Road.

On the Forth Road Bridge there is a 15 minute delay on the M90 southbound approach. It is slow back to Pitreavie.

In Edinburgh, there is queuing on Telford Road due to a broken down lorry on the inside lane, westbound, just before Blackhall junction, heading toward Leith.

On the M8 in West Lothian, there are 10 minute delays westbound through the roadworks from J3a Bathgate to the cones at J4 Whitburn.

And on the Glasgow-bound M8/A8, it is very slow moving from J6 Newhouse to the A8 at Eurocentral.

On the A73 Chapehall to Newhouse road there are delays southbound through the roadworks heading for the M8.

There are eastbound delays on the M8 from J27 Arkelston to J26 Hillington. It is also slow from J25 Cardonald through to J16 Craighall because of an earlier accident.

The A9 at Dunblane is very slow southbound heading for the Keir Roundabout.

The M80 at Falkirk is very slow southbound from J8 to J7 Haggs.

Finn Russell ban appeal rejected

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Scotland

Scotland fly-half

Finn Russell's bid to overturn a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle has been rejected by an independent appeal committee.

Russell will miss Scotland's crucial Six Nations match with Italy on Saturday
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The Glasgow Warrior received a

retrospective red card and suspension for a dangerous tackle on Dan Biggar during
Wales 26-23 win at Murrayfield.

The Scottish Rugby Union appealed, but saw their attempts to reverse the ban dismissed at Wednesday's hearing.

Russell, 22, will now miss Saturday's Six Nations match against Italy.

Talks encourage offshore leaders

Leaders from the offshore oil and gas industry said they were

''encouraged'' after meeting Chancellor George Osborne to discuss the sector's future.

north sea oil platform
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Mr Osborne said the significant fall in the oil price had been a challenge to the industry but a benefit to the British economy.

Oil and gas companies say tax cuts are needed to save jobs.

Malcolm Webb, of industry body Oil and Gas UK, said: "We did come away encouraged."

Doctor jailed for watching abuse

A doctor who paid a foreign woman to show him young girls' private parts over the internet has been jailed.

Kevin Titheridge
Newsline

Kevin Titheridge was also

caught with 366 indecent images of children at his Arbroath home and a flat in Aberdeen.

The 34-year-old was working as a trainee at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary when he made payments to a woman who had young children strip in front of a webcam for him.

Titheridge was jailed for three years and four months.

Virgil van Dijk, Rangers and Jim Clark

Tom English

BBC Scotland

Time for Celtic's Virgil van Dijk to cut out the errors. Rangers response to sectarian chanting "not good enough". "Fitting tribute" to motor racing legend Jim Clark.

Virgil van Dijk in action for Celtic
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Read the latest Tom English column.

Sales up for pro-independence paper

The Sunday Herald was the only Scottish-based newspaper to see a boost to its print sales last year,

in the run-up to the referendum.

Sunday Herald
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Its

print sales rose by 34% in July to December, compared with the end of 2013, reaching 32,200 average weekly sales.

The Glasgow-based newspaper pulled ahead of its rival, Scotland on Sunday.

The Edinburgh-based title reported print sales fall by 16% to 27,500.

Longannet faces uncertain future

David Henderson

BBC Scotland News

Longannet power station faces the threat of closure within a year, unless the cost of connecting it to the national grid is reduced.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused David Cameron of not doing enough to safeguard the future of the coal-fired plant.

Longannet was set to close at the end of the decade - but that may now happen much sooner than planned.

Longannet Power Station
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Talks between Scottish Power, which owns the plant, and National Grid have stalled - with the company warning that the £40m annual cost of connecting Longannet to the grid makes it uneconomic.

Ms Sturgeon had urged Mr Cameron to intervene. But today she said he had not offered enough, and unless that changes, a decision will have to be made next month on Longannet's future.

The BBC understands that would mean closure within a year.

UK Ministers have said there is no threat to Scotland's energy security, because if need be, Scotland could import electricity from the rest of Britain.

Drink and drugs teacher reprimanded

A Dumfries teacher convicted of drink driving and being in possession of ecstasy has been

reprimanded and allowed to return to the classroom.

Maxwelltown High School
BBC

Paul Webley, 62, was a behavioural support teacher at Maxwelltown High School when he was caught driving while four-times over the limit.

He was fined and banned from driving at Dumfries Sheriff Court in July 2013.

Now the General Teaching Council for Scotland has laid out conditions under which Mr Webley can continue to teach.

Historic town house to be wrapped

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

The front of

Historic Inverness Town House is to be wrapped in specialist material decorated with a full-size image of the building's frontage during repairs.

Inverness Town House. Pic: Kenneth Allen/Geograph
Kenneth Allen/Geograph

Highland Council has asked for the wrapping to help hide scaffolding while work is carried out on the building.

Work starts this year on the three-phase, three-year maintenance project costing £4.2m.

The repairs had previously been estimated to run to more than £7m.

Reaction: Public information spending

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has condemned a campaign launched by the UK government to promote the powers expected to be devolved to Holyrood after May's general election as "blatant electioneering" and a "phoney public relations offensive".

The party's Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, said that spending £1.5m on a leafleting and online campaign to explain further devolution was "a disgrace" and electioneering by pro-union parties to try to stop the SNP from making gains.

Low 'can win many Scots caps'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter prop Moray Low will gain

"plenty more Scotland caps", according to the club's head coach Rob Baxter.

Moray Low
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Low, 30, has been named in Scotland's squad to face Italy this weekend, his first call-up since moving to Exeter.

Low has won 29 Scotland caps, but has not featured since coming on in the 55-6 loss in South Africa last June.

"He's very diligent in what he does, and has real ambition in the game, so I'm sure he'll gain plenty more Scotland caps," Baxter told BBC Sport.

Bin lorry crash: Key points from Crown Office

"Crown Counsel have concluded that the driver of the lorry should not be prosecuted in respect of this tragic incident.

"Despite its catastrophic consequences there is no evidence to suggest that the driver's conduct at the time amounted to a breach of the criminal law.

"There is no evidence to support a prosecution of Glasgow City Council in respect of any Health and Safety concerns breaches in Health and Safety law.

"Crown Counsel have decided that a Fatal Accident Inquiry should be held into the causes of this tragedy to ensure that there can be a full public hearing of the facts of the case."

Bin lorry crash: Glasgow City Council statement

A council spokesman said: "We will provide any assistance that the (fatal accident) inquiry needs."

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Reaction: Bin lorry crash ruling

Patrick McGuire, from Thompsons Solicitors, which is representing some people affected by the crash, says the

announcement from the Crown Office over no prosecutions was "very welcome".

"It begins the process of finding out what happened to cause this terrible accident which is of the greatest importance to the victims and their relatives," he said.

"My clients and I are particularly heartened that the Crown has moved so quickly towards convening a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI).

"It has often been the case that years can pass before a FAI is set up, if indeed one is set up at all. This leads to further anguish to victims and their families.

"Therefore, the Crown Office is to be commended for its swift action which reflects the huge public concern about this accident."

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No charges over bin lorry deaths

No charges are to be brought over the Glasgow bin lorry crash in which six people died, prosecutors have said.

The fatal crash in George Square, Glasgow
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The Crown Office said a fatal accident inquiry would be announced into the circumstances of the crash.

The announcement means the Glasgow City Council lorry driver will not face prosecution over the crash on 22 December.

Ten people were also hurt when the lorry careered along Queen Street before crashing in George Square.

Sectarian chanting

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Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

The SPFL say they're to discuss current regulations re: sectarian chanting at next board meeting in March.

Oil and gas industry chiefs meet Osborne

Leaders from the offshore oil and gas industry say they are ''encouraged'' after meeting Chancellor George Osborne to discuss the sector's future.

oil and gas
Archer

Mr Osborne says the huge fall in the oil price has been a benefit to the British economy but a challenge to the industry.

Oil and gas companies say tax cuts are needed to save jobs, and they also want regulatory change and measures to promote efficiency.

Speaking after the meeting, Malcolm Webb, of Oil and Gas UK, said: "Of course the chancellor did not tell us what measures he would announce on 18 March, but we did come away encouraged by his well-informed understanding of the situation."

Child molester jailed

A child molester who abused five girls between the ages of five and 11

has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

David Parr carried out the offences in the Renfrewshire area over a 19-year period between July 1990 and September 2009.

The 68-year-old from Linwood, Renfrewshire, was convicted of attempting to rape one girl and indecency offences towards four others.

Parr will also be placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

Longannet 'could close within a year'

Longannet Power Station could close within a year unless the cost of connecting it to the national grid is reduced.

Longannet Power Station
BBC

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene after talks between Scottish Power, which owns Longannet, and the National Grid stalled.

The plant is due to close by the end of the decade.

Probation for sleeping crash driver

A Fife motorist who fell asleep at the wheel seconds before his car crashed into another, killing the driver,

has been put on probation for two years.

Adam Docherty, 28, admitted causing death by careless driving on the A92 Glenrothes to Dundee road last month.

The court heard that Adam Docherty fell asleep seconds before the fatal crash
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He has also been disqualified from driving for three years.

George Izatt, 54, from Methil, had been driving back from a fishing trip with friends at about 05:35 on 22 August 2010 when he was killed in the crash.

Inverness railway upgrade on track

Dutch rail operator Abellio has committed up to £3m to upgrade Inverness Railway Station.

Train at Inverness Station
AM Jervis/Geograph

The firm will run ScotRail services from April after securing the franchise in October last year.

It will take over from Aberdeen-based FirstGroup, which has run most Scottish rail services for the past 10 years.

Representatives from Abellio met members of Highlands and Islands transport body Hitrans in Inverness earlier.

Doctor jailed over indecent images

A doctor who paid a foreign woman to show him naked young girls over the internet

has been jailed.

Kevin Titheridge was also caught with 366 indecent images of children at his Arbroath home and a flat in Aberdeen.

The 34-year-old was working as a trainee at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary when he made payments to a woman who had young children strip in front of a webcam for him.

Titheridge was jailed for three years and four months.

The medic was caught after police were told he had sent payments via online money service PayPal to an email account in 2012.

Cargo ship

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A cargo ship that ran aground last week will be moved to a more sheltered position because of forecasts of gale-force winds.

The Lysblink Seaways, which was carrying paper from Belfast to Norway, got into difficulty near Ardnamurchan Point. It later refloated.

More than 150 tonnes of fuel oil has been removed from the ship.

A tug will take five hours to haul the vessel 17 miles (27km) from Mingary Bay to the more sheltered Scallastle Bay.

This Maritime and Coatguard Agency said the decision to move the Lysblink Seaways had "the full support" of the Scottish Environment Group and Marine Scotland.

Herakles, an emergency towing vessel, will monitor the cargo ship once it reaches Scallastle Bay.

Public information spending

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Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

UK gov/Scotland Office spending £1.5M on their new public info campaign on new devo powers (incl16/17 vote which isn't approved yet by HoL)

First 'whisky fuel' sample unveiled

A

Scottish company has unveiled the first sample of a biofuel made from Scotch whisky by-products.

Prof Martin Tangney with biobutanol
Celtic Renewables

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables spent the last year developing its process as part of a £1m UK government programme.

The firm says the bio fuel, called biobutanol, could provide an alternative to car and aviation fuel, as well as other technologies.

It hopes to build its first demonstration facility at Grangemouth petrochemical plant by 2018.

Glasgow's Nakarawa cited for butt

Glasgow Warriors second-row

Leone Nakarawa is the subject of a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday morning for an alleged head-butt.

Leone Nakarawa winks at the camera after Saturday's win
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The incident occurred in the second-half of

Warriors' 19-16 victory over the Ospreys on Saturday.

Forward Nakarawa, 26, is alleged to have struck opposing prop Marc Thomas after a collapsed scrum.

Referee George Clancy referred the incident to the TMO, but no sanction beyond a penalty was issued.

Scotland's transport habits revealed

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

Almost 80% of journeys on public transport in Scotland are made on a bus, a study has concluded.

Bus travel
BBC

Transport Scotland figures reveal 78% of trips were made on the vehicles, with other excursions made on railways (16%), by air (4%) or by a ferry (2%).

The same survey found car traffic is at a similar level to 2013, with journeys by ScotRail train (3.7%), planes (4.7%) and on a pedal bike (6.1%) all increasing in the past year.

Over the last five years, car traffic as well as bus and air passenger numbers have fallen, while there has been an increase in cycling and rail passenger numbers.

Meanwhile, the study said 172 people died in road accidents in Scotland in 2013 - the lowest since records began over 50 years ago.

Coming up...

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Gary Robertson

BBC Radio Scotland

On Politics Scotland; MSPs debate energy + bed blocking figures & politicians' second jobs. Analysis from Alf Young. BBC2 Scotland 14:35

Murray into Dubai quarter-finals

BBC Sport

Scotland

Andy Murray cruised into the Dubai Championships quarter-finals, taking just 57 minutes to beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-0 6-2.

Andy Murray in Dubai
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Sousa, who has never won a set in five matches against the world number three, made 38 unforced errors.

Murray took the first set in 21 minutes against his Portuguese opponent, who then dropped his opening service game in the second set and never recovered.

The Scot will play Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus or Croatia's Borna Coric next.