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Summary

  1. Warning of severe gales for Scotland
  2. Probe after man found dead in house
  3. Search for missing Ben Nevis walkers
  4. Andy Murray hails Davis Cup team effort
  5. Woman rescued after car goes into a river near Loch Ness

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By Paul McLaren, Rebecca Bailey and Thomas McGuigan

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BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team tonight. We're back tomorrow from 07:00 - hope you can join us then.

'Labour running out of time?'

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Scotland 2015: Tonight at 10.30 - is Labour running out of time in #GE2015? We have an exclusive interview with @campbellclaret. And THAT Guardian cartoon.

'People power'

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Tomorrow Louise asks: Does people power make any difference when it comes to town planning where you live? From 8.50am.

Morning Call
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Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One Scotland.

Tonight's programme includes:

  • Flooding and gales warning
  • Immigration
  • Commonwealth Day
BBC Scotland's Reporting Scotland
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Watch the programme

here.

Missing walkers found

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Mont Blanc: The climbing community are delighted to hear the news that all have been safely found. #benNevis #Search

French tourist robbed at knifepoint

A French tourist who had just arrived in Edinburgh

was robbed at knifepoint on Saturday in the New Town.

Location of the robbery
BBC

The 24-year-old man was grabbed from behind and attacked at about 20:00. His laptop, phone and wallet were stolen.

The tourist had been looking for accommodation when he was attacked.

The thieves, who made off in the direction of Broughton Market, are white, in their late 30s and one spoke with a Scottish accent.

Tune in...

Sportsound is getting under way on Radio Scotland 810 MW, presented by Kenny Macintyre. Plenty to talk about, including yesterday's controversial Scottish Cup tie at Tannadice...

BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound
BBC

Listen live to the programme

here.

Hibs 'on the cusp' - Stubbs

Alan Stubbs believes he is on the verge of bringing back the good times to Easter Road

after leading Hibernian to the last four of the Scottish Cup.

Sam Stanton celebrates scoring for Hibs
SNS Group Bill Murray

Before beating Berwick Rangers 4-0, Hibs had moved into second place in the Scottish Championship.

"We are on the cusp of something, but we haven't achieved anything," the Hibs boss told BBC Scotland.

"They have obviously experienced the bad times, but hopefully we can now let them experience some good times."

Tory poster/SNP - Your views

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Bert, Fife: Westminster never took "Scotland" seriously during the referendum campaign, irrespective of whether you voted Yes or No. Scotland now has a tremendous opportunity in the forthcoming General Election to put that right.

Gales warning

Severe gales have been forecast for parts of Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning and forecast winds gusting to 70 to 80mph in northern and western Scotland.

A swell charts showing swell of 40ft in the sea off the Western Isles later on Monday
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It has also warned of large waves developing around the coast, especially in the north and west.

  • All schools on Uist and Barra were closed and 23 of ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne's 26 services disrupted
  • Several Monday evening bus services, including Stornoway to Point, have been cancelled
  • Shawbost Swimming Pool in Shawbost on the west side of Lewis and Liniclate Sports Centre in Benbecula will also be closed
  • The Skye Bridge has been closed to high sided vehicles and high wind warning has been issued for the Dornoch Bridge.

Search for wartime pen pals

Correspondence between two young boys evacuated to the Scottish countryside during the World War Two has been found stuffed down the back of a radiator at a Perthshire castle.

Letter
BBC

Staff at Blair Castle are trying to track down the wartime pen pals

after discovering the 70-year-old letter.

Keepsakes including cigarette cards and dominoes were also found during the castle's annual winter clean-up.

The two boys, named Archie and Bill, could be aged in their 80s today.

Coming up...

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Kenny Macintyre

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BBC Sportsound 6.10pm .@MotherwellFC & .@celticfc fans: questions please for our studio guest Scott McDonald #celtic #motherwell

'Very windy'

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BBC Scotland Weather

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Hi, Gillian here. Very windy tonight with showers, eventually easing through the early hours. Highest recorded gust so far - 89mph at South Uist.

Met Office Yellow "be aware" wind warnings in force for many parts tonight. Details

here.

Tory poster 'will boost SNP support' - minister

A Conservative poster that depicts Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond's pocket shows Westminster has been "totally rocked" by the SNP,

a Scottish government minister says.

Humza Yousaf also predicted the poster would increase support for the Nationalists.

The Tories unveiled the poster after David Cameron called on Labour to rule out a deal with the SNP
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The Tories unveiled the poster after calling on Labour to explicitly rule out a post-election deal with the SNP.

Labour's Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says coalition with the SNP is "not part of our plans".

Your views

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Liz in Fife: Forth Bridge open to cars only yet I have just crossed along with numerous vans, several lorries and a tractor! Why no checks?

Greyhound kennels blaze 'suspicious'

Police

are treating a fire which destroyed a shed attached to greyhound kennels in the Borders as "suspicious".

The incident happened at 19:00 on Sunday at a property on Hamilton Road in Hawick.

The shed and its contents were completely destroyed but the dogs escaped unharmed.

Police have urged anyone who can help with their investigation to come forward.

Death of man in street 'suspicious'

Police are treating the death of a 28-year-old man who was found seriously injured in the street as "suspicious".

Greenhill Road, Rutherglen
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The man was discovered in Greenhill Road, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, at 19:55 on Sunday.

He was taken to the nearby Victoria Infirmary where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said a post mortem examination would be held to establish how the man died.

'I was kicked in the head' - Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown has accused Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci of deliberately kicking him in the head during Sunday's Scottish Cup tie.

He also believes United forward Aidan Connolly dived to earn a penalty

in the 1-1 quarter-final draw.

Celtic captain Scott Brown speaks to Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci
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But Brown insists that his own challenge on Ciftci was a fair one.

"I was kicked in the head," he said. "You can blatantly see that. We will see what happens with that."

United have appealed against a red card shown to midfielder Paul Paton, while Celtic have challenged the sending off of defender Virgil van Dijk.

And the Scottish FA compliance officer has until Tuesday to decide whether to take further action against any other players involved.

Gales warning - Your views

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Katrina: Flippin 'eck, Gale-force winds in the Mearns right now and stronger to come... batten down the hatches.

Man killed OAP with single punch

A man

has admitted killing a pensioner, who had a three-year affair with his mother, in a South Lanarkshire pub.

Montgomerie Arms pub
BBC

Richard Brady, 33, accused Alistair Balfour, 68, of tampering with his car in a row in the Montgomerie Arms pub, in East Kilbride, on 8 June last year.

He hit the OAP with a single punch, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the floor. Mr Balfour died after suffering two skull fractures.

Brady admitted a charge of culpable homicide. Sentence was deferred.

'Traffic slower than usual'

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BBC Scotland Travel

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Strong winds on the Dornoch, Clackmannanshire and Kessock Bridges could slow you down. The Skye Bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles and the Forth road bridge has a speed limit of 40mph in force.

In Perth and Kinross, roadworks between Pitlochry and Ballinluig on the A9 mean traffic is slower than usual both ways.

In the Highlands, a landslip and temporary lights on the A8 between Bun Loyne and Auchtertyre means traffic is likely to be slower than usual.

Tune in...

Newsdrive, on air until 18:00, is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, focusing on today's headlines at home and abroad.

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive
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Ben Nevis walkers found

A group of walkers who sparked a search involving a mountain rescue team and Royal Navy helicopter

have been found.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a Royal Navy helicopter had been searching for them in conditions described as "stormy".

Police Scotland said the alarm was raised at 09:16 after one of the group became separated from the others after they slipped and fell.

The fallen walker was taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

A member of the public came across the missing group of three in Glen Nevis at 10:36.

Where do Scotland's immigrants come from?

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

As the election campaign heats up, opinion polls consistently show that voters are interested in immigration.

A temple in Glasgow
BBC

In the first of a series of reports, BBC Scotland's business and economy editor

Douglas Fraser examines what immigration has come to mean in Scotland and where our immigrant communities come from.

Woman rescued as car plunges into river

A woman was rescued from her car after it came off the A82 and went down an embankment into a river near Loch Ness.

A black car, submerged on its side
RNLI

The incident happened at about 20:00 on Sunday near Invermoriston.

Loch Ness lifeboat crew members, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the incident by the Coastguard.

Jeff Dymond, 56, who lives near the scene of the accident, went to the woman's aid. He threw a life ring to her and pulled her to shore.

UK aid target

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Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Michael Moore's International development bill enshrining UK aid target in law passes its final hurdle in the Lords.

United challenge Paton red card

Dundee United have confirmed that they have appealed to the Scottish FA against

the red card shown to midfielder Paul Paton against Celtic.

Dundee United's Paul Paton cannot believe he has been sent off
SNS Group Craig Williamson

But they will not be challenging Paul Dixon's sending off in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Tannadice.

It means that the defender will miss the replay between the teams on Wednesday 18 March.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk was also sent off in the same melee as Paton during the 1-1 draw.

Islanders mark air crash

Residents of Staffin on Skye

have marked 70 years since a crash that claimed the lives of nine US airmen.

A bit of the wreckage: a bit of a propeller, rusted
Terence Christian

The fliers' B-17G Flying Fortress clipped cliffs of Beinn Edra in bad weather and crashed near Staffin on 3 March 1945.

Fresh from training, the crew were flying the bomber from the US via Iceland to RAF Valley in Wales.

Eight were killed instantly and one was thrown clear and died of his injuries. Their bodies were later repatriated.

Full of bluster...

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

The band of rain continues to clear away eastwards. It will be an afternoon of frequent blustery showers, especially over the west and northwest, including north Argyll.

There will be fewer showers for the south and east, with some brightness developing too.

Temperatures will reach highs of 7 to 10C.

It will remain very windy for all, with widespread gales and a Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning in force until 9am tomorrow. The wind will become severe for a time in the northwest Highlands and the Western Isles later this afternoon, and later for the Northern Isles as well.

Dog survives ravine plunge

Firefighters were called in to rescue

a dog which fell 40m (130ft) down an embankment into a ravine in Clackmannanshire.

Dog rescue
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Maxwell the Labrador fell into the ravine near Rhodders Farm, Alva, while out for a walk on Saturday afternoon.

The technical rope rescue team from Falkirk fire station was called in, and used lines and a harness to climb down the steep embankment to the dog.

After being lifted clear, the uninjured dog was reunited with his owners.

Man attacked in unprovoked assault

A 43-year-old man

has been robbed and assaulted in an unprovoked attack in the Lochend area of Edinburgh.

The area where the attack took place
BBC

The assault happened at about 04:00 on Sunday as he was walking along Lochend Road near Burns Street.

Six white men aged between 17 and 18 punched the victim in the face and took his satchel. They then made off in a northerly direction on Lochend Road.

The victim was treated in hospital for facial injuries. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Woman 'crushed to death by cow'

A woman died on a Shetland farm after apparently being crushed by a cow while trying to help in a calving.

The 62-year-old woman, named locally as Pat Wishart, was involved in the incident on Friday evening on a farm in Bixter.

Police Scotland said the accident happened at about 17:10.

A joint investigation has been launched with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

McDowall wants McCoist return

Caretaker-manager

Kenny McDowall would like to team up again with Ally McCoist and Ian Durrant, but does not know what Rangers' new board is planning.

Ian Durrant, Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall
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Manager McCoist was put on gardening leave and coach Durrant relegated to the youth set-up by the old regime.

"I was working with Ally, so obviously that would appeal to me," said McDowall about a possible McCoist return.

"But it's a difficult one to answer because the board will obviously have their own ideas."

New Waverley Square images unveiled

An artist's impression has revealed more detail of how

a new £6.5m public square in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town will look.

Waverley development
Artisan Real Estate Investors

The images were released as work on the capital's £150m New Waverley development enters a new phase.

Developers believe the project, which links Waverley Station and the Royal Mile, will create a vibrant new hub in that part of the historic Old Town.

It is set to be completed by the middle of next year.

Death crash man named

Police have named an 81-year-old man who died after a three-vehicle collision in Aberdeenshire on Saturday afternoon.

Great grandfather Patrick Pirie, who was from the Dufftown area, was fatally injured in the crash on the A920 Dufftown to Huntly road.

The Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at about 15:55.

Mr Pirie was taken to hospital in Elgin, where he died of his injuries.

A 22-year-old Renault Twingo driver was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

A 26-year-old man, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf, suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene

Positively flying

Marcus Fraser believes a positive mindset in training is

helping to propel Ross County away from the Scottish Premiership relegation zone.

Ross County defender Marcus Fraser
SNS Group Alan Harvey

Saturday's 1-0 victory over Partick Thistle was County's fourth in a row and it left St Mirren three points behind in bottom spot.

"We are flying in training throughout the week," said defender Fraser.

"And everyone looks forward to the games on Saturday. We are showing that on the pitch."

Immigration arrests in restaurants

Twelve restaurant workers

have been arrested in a series of immigration raids in Dumfries and Galloway.

Eight restaurants in Annan, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Dumfries were targeted in the operation.

Home Office immigration enforcement officers and Police Scotland questioned staff between 26 February and 5 March.

Eight were detained pending their removal from the country while four were released on the condition they report to the Home Office regularly.

The lynx effect

A UK project to reintroduce wild lynx

could see them sited in Aberdeenshire.

A lynx glares at the camera
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An area near Huntly has been chosen as a Scottish option by Lynx UK Trust for trials alongside two in England.

A public consultation has been launched ahead of formal licence applications to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx.

Dr Paul O'Donoghue, chief scientific advisor for Lynx UK Trust, said: "As a very dedicated forest animal, lynx will rarely come across agricultural animals."

Mindset questioned amid Six Nations slump

Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor has questioned the attitude of the players

after their defeat by Italy in the Six Nations.

Scotland players react to the defeat by Italy at Murrayfield
Reuters

"Our attitude was really good in the first two games," he said. "It wasn't when we were representing our country against Italy. The intensity, the desire... the edge wasn't there."

Taylor revealed that this morning's team meeting wasn't for the faint-hearted as they watched a re-run of the Italy game, describing it as "brutal".

Scotland wing Sean Lamont has been ruled out of Saturday's Calcutta Cup meeting with England, while Peter Horne and Ross Ford are injury doubts.

Animal testing figures

More experiments are carried out on animals at Edinburgh University than any other British university, figures show.

Mouse
BBC

An average of 660 animals each day are used in scientific experiments at the university.

The figures were obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.

An Edinburgh University spokesman said animals are used for research only when their use is justified, adding that they are working to cut down on the practice.