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  1. Gordon Brown: 'State could own oil fields'
  2. Two pupils injured in incident outside Glasgow school
  3. Rangers chairman David Somers steps down ahead of EGM
  4. 'Despite personal attacks from various sources... I wish the club well'
  5. Images of Glasgow bus sex attacks suspect
  6. Armed jewellery thief 'hijacks taxi'

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By Thomas McGuigan, Marianne Taylor 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 again tomorrow morning at 07:00.

Tonight's forecast

BBC Scotland Weather


Cold westerly winds continue to strengthen, bringing further wintry showers this evening, particularly across western Scotland, where they will merge to give some longer spells of sleet and snow.

The showers will be wintry to all levels, but accumulations should be mainly confined to higher ground, above about 200m.

This will lead to difficult conditions on higher-level roads, particularly over the northwest Highlands.

Eastern Scotland will see fewer showers, though some heavy ones will reach the Lothians and Fife, funnelling through the central belt on those westerly winds.

Overnight the winds will be strong along the west coast and gusting to gale force over the Hebrides in the heavier showers.

Temperatures fall away allowing snow to settle even at low levels, especially over the northwest Highlands and Argyll, but through the M8 corridor too, so there is the potential for disruption if you are travelling this evening or early tomorrow.

There will be a widespread frost, despite the breeze, with temperatures dipping to freezing in the towns and cities; a couple of degrees below out in the countryside, and a widespread risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

A met office yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice is in force for most of the country overnight as a result.

Northern Irish upbeat for Scots tie

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Scotland will meet a Northern Ireland team buoyed by confidence when they meet later this month,

asserts former Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan.

Stephen Craigan helps to promote the Scotland-Northern Ireland friendly

Michael O'Neill's side visit Hampden to play a friendly on 25 March, a warm-up for both nations ahead of crucial European qualifiers four days later.

"There's a little bit of belief," said Craigan, whose national team have made a strong start in Group F qualifying.

"Normally we're scrapping for fifth place but we're second behind Romania."

UPDATE - Glasgow school stabbings

Two 14 year old boys have been stabbed in a disturbance outside a school in the south side of Glasgow.

Police at the scene

One boy was treated for his injuries at the nearby Victoria Infirmary following the incident close to Holyrood RC Secondary school at about 13:20.

The second teenager did not require hospital treatment.

It is understood a third pupil at the school was involved in the incident. Officers said they were following a positive line of inquiry.

Police said they were investigating the exact circumstances of the incident in Boyd Street, at the junction of Brereton Street, yards from the school.

Head teacher Laurie Byrne has written to the parents of all pupils saying "please be reassured that the safety of our young people is paramount".

Extradited OAP guilty of sex crimes

A 74-year-old man who was extradited from Australia has been convicted of sex offences against children.

John Donnelly used return trips to Scotland in the 1970s and 1980s to prey on the young girls after he emigrated.

He was found guilty of indecency offences involving four children at houses in Glasgow and Prestonpans, East Lothian, between 1978 and 1988.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, sentence on Donnelly was deferred and he remanded in custody.

The pensioner was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

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Get Inspired: Snowboarder's career peaks

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Scotland's best-known snowboarder

describes her experience of competing, coaching and keeping fit as a new mum.

Lesley McKenna

Triple Olympian Lesley McKenna is a programme manager for British Ski and Snowboard, and helped coach Jenny Jones to her Olympic bronze in Sochi 2014.

She lives near Aviemore with her partner and daughter.

Keen to try snowboarding? Take a look at our

Get Inspired snowboarding page for information on how to get involved.

Man attacked father and son at station


man who punched a father and head butted his son at an Edinburgh train station is being sought by police.

Haymarket Station

The attacks happened at Edinburgh Haymarket station on Saturday at 22:20.

A row broke out after the father, aged 60, bumped into another man on platform 4. His son, 21, tried to intervene but was head butted.

His father was then punched by the man, which resulted in a cut to the top of his head.

Rally organisers confirm event plans

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have

confirmed plans for an event on private roads after it was ruled it could not be held on closed public roads.

Crash scene

Three people were killed while watching last year's event.

For the past 17 years the rally has been held over closed public roads in Berwickshire.

However, organisers said it would "return to its roots" this year with an event on 31 May on private Forestry Commission roads in Kielder Forest.

Pun shop names - your views

Simon McCrindle says this one is "surely the best in Scotland":

Ayr Guitar
Simon McCrindle

Taxi hijacked in £100,000 jewellers raid

An armed thief

hijacked a private hire taxi after robbing an Edinburgh jewellers at gunpoint.

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Huw Williams

The man entered Laing the jewellers in Frederick Street with a handgun at 09:30 and took Rolex watches worth £100,000.

Police said the thief tried to hijack a black taxi and a van, before getting into the front passenger seat of a private hire cab in Hanover Street.

There was a passenger inside. He forced the driver to take him to Pilton.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

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Sickness hits hospital and care home

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Cases of sickness and diarrhoea have

closed a care home in Thurso to new admissions and restricted visits to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

Belford Hospital
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The hospital was recently closed to new admissions because of norovirus.

NHS Highland has now restricted visits to patients after concerns the virus could be brought back on to the wards.

Sixteen staff and 14 residents at the NHS Highland's Bayview House Care Home in Thurso have been unwell. Two of the people have been affected by norovirus.

Gibraltar axe Bula before Scots game

Gibraltar have

sacked head coach Allen Bula ahead of their
European Championship qualifying visit to Scotland on 29 March.

Allen Bula
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The 50-year-old had been in charge for the first four games of Gibraltar's maiden campaign, losing them all.

The Gibraltar FA said the decision was a result of a "thorough and careful investigation into internal matters".

"The search for a new Gibraltar national team manager will begin immediately," added its statement.

Two in court after dog bites child

Philip Sim

Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

A couple have appeared in court after a young girl was bitten by a dog in Kirriemuir.

The two-year-old was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with facial injuries following the incident in the Glamis Road area of the Angus town on Friday.

John and Elaine Towns, aged 45 and 38, appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court accused of owning or being in charge of the Staffordshire bull terrier.

Both also face a charge of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Neither made any plea or declaration during the hearing, and their cases were continued for further examination.

John Towns was remanded in custody ahead of a further hearing, while Elaine Towns was released on bail.

Pun shop names - your views

Marlene Quattlebaum shared this picture of a shop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Thistle Do Nicely shop
Marlene Quattlebaum

Clutha bar to reopen by 1 May


Clutha bar will reopen on 1 May 2015, its owner Alan Crossan hopes.

The stage - rock the Clutha backdrop, dusty leaflets, a music stand, a list of future gigs
Andrew Milligan

The pub has been shut since a police helicopter crashed through its roof in November 2013.

Three people in the aircraft and seven in the bar died. Dozens more were injured.

Building work is now under way at the pub, which had remained almost untouched after the emergency services left.

McCall plays down link to Rangers

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Scotland coach Stuart McCall has

played down talk of a return to Rangers, for whom he played for seven years in the 1990s.

Gordon Strachan and Stuart McCall

McCall stepped down as Motherwell manager in November but is wary of taking up a position that would end his involvement with the national team.

He said: "It's got to be something that would really make me want to go and do it. Obviously, Rangers is a huge club.

"But a team have got to want you to be involved and then you look into it."

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#Newsdrive hears more about David Cameron's pledge to protect Britain from extremists like Islamic State, the latest on missing Bristol teen Becky Watts and the 125th anniversary of the Forth Rail Bridge

High note

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Mumford & Sons are to stage a two-day music and arts festival near Aviemore this summer.

Mumford and Sons

The Stopover Festival at Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms National Park will take place on 31 July and 1 August.

Primal Scream, The Maccabees, Lianne La Havas and Honeyblood will also be performing at the 25,000-ticket event.

Mumford & Sons, who will curate the weekend's entertainment, have previously performed at the Loopallu music festival in Ullpool in 2009.

They also played small shows in bars and cafes around the Highlands that same year before returning to the area during a tour in 2011.

'Juice can' robber jailed

An armed robber who was caught after leaving behind a can of juice with his DNA on it has been jailed for four years and four months.

Michael Bryden, 25, was armed with a knife when he raided the Premier Stores shop in Irvine, North Ayrshire, in September last year.

He escaped with £60 before being traced through the saliva on the can of juice he left at the shop.

Bryden was jailed after admitting a charge of assault and robbery.

Pupil injuries - police follow 'positive line of inquiry'

Police have issued a statement regarding the incident which saw two pupils injured outside Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow.

"Around 13:20 hours on Monday 2 March, 2015, police were called to a report of a disturbance in Boyd Street at Brereton Street in Govanhill," it read.

"Two 14-year-old males were injured as a result of the incident and enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances.

"One of the injured males was taken to Glasgow Victoria Infirmary, and the other did not require hospital treatment.

"Police are following a positive line of enquiry."

Your views - North Sea oil


Joseph Murray: Gordon Brown's great idea for state involvement in the oil industry is 50 years too late. In the 1970s Tony Benn and Lord Kearton wanted to take over all of BP's North Sea assets. Labour baulked at this. Harold Wilson overruled the proposals, leading to mismanagement on a colossal scale by successive UK governments.

Five rescued from tenement fire

Five people, including three children, were rescued from a fire in a Glasgow tenement last night.

Firefighters faced a "well-developed" blaze when they arrived at Ripon Drive, in Kelvindale, in the west of the city, about 23:00.

Three fire crews evacuated the building and used high pressure jets to tackle the flames.

Two women and three girls were given precautionary check-ups, but did not need further treatment.

Man found guilty of rape

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A man has been found guilty of repeatedly raping a 36-year-old woman in Inverness.

Vincent Spears, 51, attacked the woman at an address in the city in October 2013.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that he choked his victim and threatened to kill her during the assaults. Spears, of Inverness, had denied the charges.

Judge Lady Wolffe deferred sentence on Spears for reports. He will be sentenced on 27 March.

A jury found Spears guilty following a week-long trial.

Pupils injured at Glasgow school

Reevel Alderson

BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

Two pupils have been injured in an incident outside one of Scotland's largest schools. Police say there was an altercation during the lunch break at Holyrood Secondary School on Glasgow's southside.

One of the pupils has been taken to hospital; the other has minor injuries. The school has a campus police officer who was able to call the emergency services and organise the safety of other pupils.

Glasgow City Council say the head teacher is sending a letter to all parents reassuring them the safety of all children at the school is of paramount concern.

North Sea Oil - Your views

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John, Elgin: Stephen Baker, if that were true, if Scotland's oil was indeed in Scotland's hands and not Westminster's, then we could indeed put our own money into the industry. As it is however, the UK government fought tooth and nail to keep it - so time to stop such arrogance, the UK government wanted it so they need to deal with it. As for fracking, there are plenty of other options before allowing your silly presumption that it's the cure to this problem.

Borders Railway's bicycle-friendly concern

A Green MSP has raised concerns about the capacity for bicycles on the trains

which will run on the new Edinburgh to Borders railway.

The transport minister said bike storage at stations was part of Abellio's plans to cope with cycling demand

Alison Johnstone brought up the issue after being approached by local businesses.

She said a guarantee of just two bike spaces could "fail to match" demand for cycle trips to the Borders.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said plans had not been finalised but space allocation was always a challenge.

North Sea Oil - Your views


Stephen Baker: If anything, UK investment in the North Sea should be scaled back instead of pumping money down uneconomic wells. Investment should be made in land-based production, which is cheaper to extract. That may not suit the Scottish agenda but tough, that's life. If the Scottish government want to divert their own funds from other things they're responsible for, let them do that… after all, it is 'Scottish Oil.'

Celtic trio enhance Scotland chances - McCall

BBC Sport


Celtic's European displays will boost Craig Gordon, Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven's Scotland prospects,

according to Stuart McCall.

Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong celebrate with Celtic

McCall, part of Scotland managers Gordon Strachan's coaching staff, was speaking ahead of the

friendly against Northern Ireland later this month.

"When we get the likes of Armstrong and Mackay-Steven playing for Celtic in Europe, it benefits them as well," he said of

the club's January signings.

"Not only playing in it but playing well and standing out in those games."

Challenge over childcare reforms

The UK Minister for Women and Equalities has accused the Scottish government of dragging its feet over childcare reforms.

Jo Swinson has urged the SNP administration to match the changes the Liberal Democrats have introduced to England as part of the coalition government.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised, that if re-elected in 2016, the SNP will go beyond what is provided down south.

Pun shop names - Your views


Eddie Bremner: I like the chip shop just off St Enoch Square - Glasgow's Miles Batter.

Caol: I have one which isn't a shop, but a courier company in Glasgow called "Fox's Pacier Sprints". Its motto is: "Delivering your goods in mint condition". Now that is genius!

Glasgow to host Irish Dancing Championships

Glasgow has won right to host the World Irish Dancing Championships in 2018.

Irish dancers
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

The city saw off competition from Belfast, Dublin and Killarney, to secure the event, which will be held in March 2018 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

More than 14,500 dancers and supporters are expected to travel to the city for the championships, boosting the local economy by an estimated £14m.

The World Irish Dancing Championships has run for more than 40 years and the 2018 event will be its fifth visit to Glasgow,

The event will be held at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Glasgow was the first city to stage the Worlds outside Ireland in 2002 before hosting it again in 2007 and 2010 and the city will host the coveted Championships again in 2016.

Over 4,500 competitors, aged from eight to 30, will come to Glasgow for the championships from across the world, including Scotland, Ireland, France, Russia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA. A further 10,000 spectators, comprising teachers, family and supporters are expected to make the trip.

Police probe pet shop armed robbery

A man escaped with money after an

armed robbery at a Fraserburgh pet shop.

The culprit made off with a "high two-figure sum" after the incident at Pets Palace in Hanover Street on Sunday.

Police Scotland said the owner was left "uninjured but distressed".

The suspect was described as wearing blue jeans and a black jacket with distinctive white logos on the chest and shoulders.

Get involved - shop names

Ian Woodrow, Houston: My favourite is this one in Glasgow Road, Paisley:

Barber shop

Appeal after historic carving dug up

A carving thought to depict the Declaration of Arbroath has been uncovered in an Angus village.

Easthaven carving

The carving, which could be hundreds of years old, was found by Alasdair Murray close to the site of an old post road used by pilgrims in East Haven.

It appears to show Robert the Bruce and some monks consulting a document, thought to be the 1320 declaration of independence signed at nearby Arbroath.

Mr Murray and his wife Wendy have appealed for information.

Weather outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


Met office warnings issued for snow and ice tonight, risk of travel disruption.

Submarine test area 'expanded'

The Ministry of Defence has been accused of almost doubling the size of a submarine test site in Scotland without any prior consultation.

HMS Astute

The British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) is in the Inner Sound between the Isle of Raasay and Applecross on the mainland.

Fishing is banned in the BUTEC which was six miles (10km) long, three miles (6km) wide and up to 656ft (200m) deep.

MSP Dave Thompson said fishermen should have been asked about expanding it.

Murray falls in tennis rankings

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

As he prepares for the big Davis Cup tie against America in Glasgow at the end of this week, Andy Murray has dropped out of the top 4 in the world tennis rankings.

The Scot has been overtaken by Rafa Nadal and Kei Nishikori, so is now in fifth place in the world order: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Nadal is the familiar looking 1-2-3.

Andy Murray
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