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  1. Man cleared of killing dog walker
  2. Sturgeon marks first 100 days in power
  3. Man who raped boy at nursery jailed
  4. Free school meals popular but still not taken up by a quarter of children
  5. Widow wants 'Jihadi John' taken alive
  6. Line-up announced for the Wickerman Festival

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We're back at 07:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Tonight's forecast

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This evening eastern Scotland will remain dry with some clear spells for the northeast at first. One or two showers will continue in the far north eventually dying away from Shetland.

Cloud will increase in the west, with rain gathering along the west coast. The rain will proceed to spread to all parts tonight, although light and patchy in the east.

Staying windy across northern Scotland, strong southwesterly winds here, with gales over Shetland and over the Outer Hebrides too.

The cloud and rain will all clear away eastwards by the end of the night, with colder showery conditions following on, the showers turning to snow over high ground by morning.

Strong westerly winds with gales over the far north. Overnight lows of 2C or 3C.

Deila excited by Celtic's progress

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Ronny Deila says his team's efforts in pushing Inter Milan to the limit in their Europa League tie demonstrates

how far the side have come this season.

Deila's team remain on course for a domestic treble
Deila's team remain on course for a domestic treble

The Scottish champions succumbed to a 4-3 aggregate defeat after Fredy Guarín's late strike consigned them to

a 1-0 second-leg loss in the San Siro.

"You ask me a lot of times about progress; we get the answers in Europe," the Celtic manager said.

"I think we showed we've really, really improved. This is just the start."

Bridge tribute artist fights back

An artist whose unofficial tribute to soldiers killed in action was removed from a Glasgow bridge by the council has

hit back with a new message.

Brian Carey has returned to the bridge with a new message

The city council said it removed hundreds of crosses commemorating dead soldiers from the Clyde Arc after complaints from local residents.

Artist Brian Carey claimed they had acted "insensitively" .

He has placed a new message on the bridge which accuses the council of treating his tribute like "garbage".

Arts complex plan for city offices

Empty council offices in the Grassmarket are to be

transformed into an arts complex and hotel.

Kings Stable Road
ALex Orr

The buildings on King's Stables Road in Edinburgh have lain empty since 2009 and were put on the market by the council last year.

Developers want to turn it into a hotel, flats, student accommodation, an arts cafe complex and workshops.

It is a joint venture between Peveril Securities and Campus Development Management.

Gallery donors remain anonymous

A councillor is confident money will be raised for the refurbishment of Aberdeen Art Gallery - but has said some

donors want to remain anonymous due to planning issues in the city.

Aberdeen Art Gallery plan
Not specified

The gallery will officially close its doors this weekend to allow work to start on a £30m refurbishment.

A third of the money has been granted by the Heritage Lottery fund, with the city council also committing £10m.

Marie Boulton said the project would be held in "great esteem".

Robbery suspects images released

Police have issued CCTV images of two suspects in the

robbery of a jewellers shop in Dundee.

Robbery suspects
Police Scotland

High-value items were taken from Stephen Henderson the Jewellers on the corner of Union Street and Nethergate at 15:55 on Friday, 6 February.

One of the suspects was wearing a distinctive fur-lined hat, and the pair, who are thought to be from Liverpool, ran off towards the city train station following the raid.

Rapist jailed for further attacks

A convicted rapist, already serving a life sentence, has been

jailed for an additional five years.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Gordon Burns, 52, was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl and sexually abusing a second girl between the age of five and 11.

The offences took place in various locations between 1986 and 1996.

They only came to light in 2012, more than 20 years later, after one victim contacted police.

Airport strike threat

Security staff working at Scotland's regional airports are to be balloted on

industrial action over their terms and conditions, including pay.

Inverness Airport
john Allan/Geograph

The union Prospect said staff at AMSL - now part of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) - received "inferior terms".

If workers vote to go on strike the action could take place during the Easter holidays, Prospect said. Hial said it hoped a strike could be averted. Hial said it hoped a strike could be averted.

Armed betting shop thief jailed

A serial

thief who targeted Edinburgh bookmakers in a string of armed raids has been jailed for five years.

Sean Orman was caught after his final robbery when a customer alerted police and gave them registration details of his getaway car.

Orman, of no fixed abode, earlier admitted carrying out three assault and robberies at betting shops between 24 September and 6 October 2014.

The 24-year-old is to be kept under supervision for a further two years.

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Celtic match not decisive - McInnes

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Aberdeen manager

Derek McInnes has dismissed Ronny Deila's suggestion that the Dons need to win or draw at Celtic on Sunday to remain in the title race.

Derek McInnes

The sides meet in Glasgow with Deila's league-leaders Celtic currently three points clear of the Pittodrie men.

"He's entitled to his opinion but I find it a bit strange when there are still 33 points available for us after Sunday's game," McInnes said.

"Win, lose or draw the game, there's still a lot to play for."

New chief medical officer

Dr Catherine Calderwood has been appointed as the Scottish government's new chief medical officer.

Dr Catherine Calderwood

A graduate of Cambridge and Glasgow universities, she is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Dr Calderwood described her appointment as "a tremendous honour".

"The role provides huge opportunities to drive forward and improve the health of our nation," she said.

Ex Scout master jailed for sex abuse

An 86-year-old former Scout master has been

jailed for three years for historic sex abuse involving young boys, aged between nine and 13.

Jack Townsley, from Cumbernauld, had denied touching the boys at various Scottish campsites during the 1970s.

He said the allegations were "conspiracy", "collusion", and a "pack of lies".

But the jury found him guilty of three counts of using lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour towards the boys.

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Actor Nimoy 'Spock' dies at 83

US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in Star Trek, has

died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family says

Leonard Nimoy

Nimoy revealed last year that he was suffering from the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Warriors keep their man

Glasgow Warriors have extended

Connor Braid's loan spell from London Scottish until the end of the season.

Connor Braid

The 24-year-old was due to return to the English Championship club.

Sturgeon - your views

@MuirIain: Ms Sturgeon doing well as new leader and after wiping out Labour in next 2 elections can put her stamp on government.

Bryon Smith: In 2001 Nicola Sturgeon said "A party in its second term in office cannot avoid taking responsibility for it's own failings." Perhaps she should be reminded of this at FMQs, when she continually compares Labour's record against the SNP's present record.

Mother bids to halt transfer of son's killer

A mother from Peeblesshire has mounted an internet campaign to stop the

man who murdered her son in Iraq being transferred to Britain to serve out his sentence.

Corinne Boyd-Russell

Corinne Boyd-Russell said she was horrified at the thought of Paul McGuigan's killer being released from a Baghdad jail as part of a prisoner exchange arrangement.

She has launched an online petition in an effort to block the move - its has already attracted 1,000 signatures.

Danny Fitzsimons is serving 20 years behind bars for the murders of Mr MGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare in 2009.

Banned lawyer impersonated colleague

A lawyer who

pretended to be his colleague in order to breach an order banning him from working as a solicitor has been jailed for three months.

John O'Donnell had been banned for five years after being found guilty of professional misconduct.

But rather than carry out minor work that had been approved by the Law Society, he continued to work as a solicitor.

He pretended to be another lawyer called Colin Davidson.

Coming up on #Newsdrive

Squinty Bridge memorial art, school meals uptake and the #Wickerman Festival. On BBC Radio Scotland or online


Flight diverted 'because of debris'


flight from Belfast to Inverness has been diverted to Aberdeen.

Runway at Inverness Airport
John Allan/Geograph

It was understood there was debris on the runway, which has since been cleared.

A flight from Dublin to Inverness was also delayed and the airline Flybe said this was because of a "technical issue" with the runway.

The flight from Belfast City Airport was due to land at Inverness at midday. The passengers will be taken by bus from Aberdeen to Inverness.

The bus was expected to arrive in Inverness at 18:00.

Celtic react to Uefa flare charge

Celtic statement: "Over 3,000 fans travelled to Milan and once again supported the club brilliantly. Everyone at Celtic thanks these fans sincerely for the magnificent support they gave the team on another European occasion.

flare at san siro

"It is important to note that Inter Milan and the local Italian authorities have also applauded our fans for their excellent conduct and positive support.

"Unfortunately, one or two individuals have again damaged the club they claim to support, resulting in a further UEFA charge for the use of flares.

"Today we have been inundated with support from Celtic fans who want an end to this activity and, like the club, do not want those responsible associated with Celtic in any way.

"We would urge anyone with information on who these people are to get in touch with the club so that we can deal with this matter and get back to celebrating all that is great about our club."

Farm dog saved from burning kennel

Firefighters have prevented the total destruction of a farm building and

rescued two pet dogs in a blaze in southern Scotland.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Annan were sent to the incident in Kirtlebridge at 20:30 on Thursday.

They stopped the flames reaching a nearby house and gave oxygen to a man and a girl suffering smoke inhalation.

The casualties were taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups.

CCTV images of jewellery raid men

Police have issued

CCTV images of two suspects in the robbery of a jewellers shop in Dundee.

Jewellers CCTV
Police Scotland

High-value items were taken from Stephen Henderson the Jewellers on the corner of Union Street and Nethergate at 15:55 on Friday, 6 February.

One of the suspects was wearing a distinctive fur-lined hat, and the pair, who are thought to be from Liverpool, ran off towards the city train station following the raid.

Officers have appealed for information.

Davidson calls for oil action

Ruth Davidson has said the chancellor "must go further" to support the North Sea oil industry.

The leader of the Scottish Tories called on party colleague George Osborne to changes the tax regime to ensure remaining oil reserves are exploited.

Ruth Davidson

The Scottish government and the industry and has been calling for urgent tax cuts as it braces itself for further job losses amid falling oil prices.

Ms Davidson said: "The chancellor acted in December to reduce some taxes on the industry. But given the emergency we are facing, he must go further. We need to send out a big signal that the North Sea is open for business."

On air now...#Newsdrive

Cranhill murder, Ben Nevis rescue and Nicola Sturgeon's first 100 days. On BBC Radio Scotland or online


Tom English

BBC Scotland

How hard can it be to identify the clown with the flare last night? Celtic sailing very close to the wind now with UEFA.

Celts face conduct charges

BBC Sport


#Celtic face two Uefa conduct charges after #UEL loss in Milan.

Read more here.


Subsea firm appoints administrators

An Aberdeen subsea company which employs about 70 people

has appointed administrators.

Subsea Specialist Services website
Not specified

Specialist Subsea Services (S3) was established in 2007.

Accounting firm KPMG has been appointed as the administrators, and a statement is expected.

The S3 website said the company specialises in areas including remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and offshore survey. No-one from the company has been available for comment.

Castle goes green

Scotland's top tourist attraction - Edinburgh Castle - is to be bathed in green light to mark St Patrick's Day.

Image of Edinburgh Castle
Scottish government

The move was announced this morning by External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop during a visit to Dublin.

She said it was in recognition of the "mutually important relationship" between Scotland and Ireland.

The castle joins other global landmarks celebrating St Patrick Day on 17 March, including the Colosseum in Rome and the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris.

Dundee in the red

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Loss of £820k posted @dundeefconline for financial year to May 31st, 2014. Annual accounts show that the club was just over £3.1m in red.

Footballing performance

The Scottish FA have announced that Brian McClair has been appointed their new

performance director.

Brian McClair
Getty Images

The 51-year-old, who earned 30 caps for Scotland, was recently the director of Manchester United's youth academy.

The dress - your views


Sam Taylor: definitely the black and blue one.

New oil and gas chief

The new chief executive of offshore industry body

Oil and Gas UK has been named.

Deirdre Michie
Not specified

Deirdre Michie will replace Malcolm Webb, who is retiring in May.

Sturgeon - your views


Neil McCaughan, Dunoon: "Proud of her achievements"? I'd like to know what achievements Ms Sturgeon was thinking of. Certainly not the state of the NHS in Scotland, with its deteriorating A&E performance, reported recently by the BBC. Perhaps she was thinking of the imposition of a 5p charge on carrier bags, perhaps the only concrete achievement of the SNP since it was elected in 2011.

Murder to be reinvestigated

Police are to

reinvestigate the unsolved murder of a scientist after more than 35 years.

Brenda Page
Not specified

Dr Brenda Page, a genetic scientist, worked at Aberdeen University and was found murdered at her home in the city on July 14, 1978.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland instructed Police Scotland to reinvestigate the killing during a visit to Aberdeen.

It follows a review of case papers and an assessment of forensic science "possibilities".

Cooking the books

Michel Roux Jr and Marco Pierre White are among the Michelin-starred names who have donated recipes to a charity cook book created by pupils in a tiny island primary school.

Lismore Primary in the Inner Hebrides also received recipes from Mary Berry, Delia Smith, Martin Wishart and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, making their book a who's who of British cookery.

Lismore primary

The school's 12 pupils wanted to raise cash so they could take part in an outdoor activity week and wrote to their favourite chefs and bakers for help.

Headteacher Catherine Davies said: "This has been a fantastic learning opportunity for the children to develop many skills for life and work including graphic design, letter-writing and computer research."

Art work removed

Hundreds of crosses commemorating soldiers

killed in action have been removed from Glasgow's Clyde Arc.

Clyde Arc

The small plastic crosses have been a permanent fixture on the crossing, better known as the Squinty Bridge, since January 2013.

Glasgow City Council confirmed it was responsible for taking them down, citing complaints from local residents about the fixtures.

Cool science

Gillian Sharpe

BBC Scotland

Nasa's chief scientist @EllenStofan on human travel to Mars and why being a scientist is cool. Sat GMS @BBCRadioScot

Scottish salmon firm sees sales leap

The Scottish Salmon Company has

reported a leap in sales last year, as it expanded exports into 23 countries.

Scottish salmon

The company, which has about 20% of Scottish output of farmed salmon, produced 30,200 tonnes during 2014, a rise of 40% on the year before.

More than two-fifths of output is exported, with six countries being added to its overseas markets in 2015.