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  1. Rangers suspend Derek Llambias, Sandy Easdale & Barry Leach pending investigation
  2. Scottish force to police railways
  3. Dyslexic farmers' plight highlighted
  4. Scots 'want immigration cut' - poll
  5. MPs: Smith veto claims 'ludicrous'

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That is all from the Scotland Live team today. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the country.

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Devolution critics

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

There has been fierce criticism in the Lords over plans to devolve further powers to Scotland - with the Conservative Party's official historian accusing ministers of making "piecemeal" changes to devolution which would fail to provide an enduring settlement for the UK.

Lord Lexden was backed by the former tory Scottish Secretaries Lord Forsyth and Lord Lang - who argued that the plans for further powers were "not an enduring settlement but a springboard to separation.

The Lib Dem minister Lord Wallace argued that the proposals kept a promise made during the referendum by the pro union parties and would "strengthen devolution."

Man charged over Portobello betting shop raid

A 21-year-old man has been charged over an armed robbery at a betting shop in Edinburgh last week.


A four-figure sum of cash was stolen during the robbery at the Ladbrokes shop in Portobello on Monday 2 March.

Three men entered the bookmakers on Portobello High Street just before 20:00 before leaving in a getaway car with the cash.

A 21-year-old male member of staff was on duty at the time.

History of bagpipes

Bagpipes, the iconic national musical instrument of Scotland, may have

originated in India more than 3,000 years ago.


Dr Vivien Williams, a researcher from Glasgow University, has been tracing literary references to bagpipes throughout the ages to try to understand the cultural history of the instrument.

Respite centre shut during probe

A police investigation is underway after concerns were raised about services at NHS Highland's Beachview Lodge Respite care unit in Brora.

The health board has suspended services at the unit, which provides short term respite breaks for adults with learning disabilities.

NHS Highland says the investigation and staffing pressures had led to the temporary closure and the decision to suspend services "had not been taken lightly".

Fishy operation


Catriona Renton

BBC Scotland

tweets: Find out more about star the goldfish who had surgery for tumours on reporting scotland

Goldfish op
Faye Bethell

New turbines for Isle of Lewis wind project

Two new wind turbines will be added to a community renewables project on the Western Isles.

Wind turbines

The developer, co-operative Urras Energy, has raised £705,800 in community share investment in the scheme at Ballantrushal on Lewis.

Urras Energy had set a target of £600,000 to pay for the turbines to be constructed next to a turbine that was installed at the site in December 2013.

Together the three turbines will generate enough power for 1,400 homes.

Wood Mackenzie payouts

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

More than 200 staff at Edinburgh-based Wood Mackenzie are in line for a £500,000 average

payout when their energy consultancy is sold to a new American owner, BBC Scotland understands.

The company is being bought by New Jersey-based risk data specialist, Verisk Analytics, for £1.85bn.

The firm has more than 900 employees in 20 countries. Half of them work in Scotland and half the Scots are shareholders.

Clooney to visit Scots sandwich shop

An Edinburgh sandwich shop owner is to welcome George Clooney later this year after the Hollywood star accepted an invite to support the business.

George Clooney
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Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn said he approached A-list actor Clooney about visiting the chain and he agreed.

Social Bite is a social venture which helps the homeless community by allowing customers to pay for food and drink for the vulnerable.

Clooney will meet employees at the Edinburgh shop on 12 November and will then deliver the keynote address at the Scottish Business Awards, also founded by Mr Littlejohn.

Men charged over 'football disorder'

Four men are to stand trial accused of trying to incite violence with rival football fans on the day of a match between Dundee United and Aberdeen.

Cameron Healy, 18, Lemmy Milne, 17, Alexander Middleton, 41, and Grant Fender, 29, deny charges of "forming part of a disorderly crowd and repeatedly attempting to engage in violence with rival fans" in December.

The men will stand trial at Dundee Sheriff Court in July.

They have been banned from attending Dundee United matches while on bail.

Scots 'jihadi bride' faces prosecution

A Scottish woman who travelled to Syria to become a so-called "jihadi bride" will be prosecuted if she ever returns to the UK, MPs have been told.

Aqsa Mahmood
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Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, said work was "well advanced" in terms of prosecuting Aqsa Mahmood, 20, if she returned.

His comments came while giving evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Ms Mahmood is suspected of helping to recruit three London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria last month.

Woman hit by car in Arbroath

Police have closed a street in Arbroath after a woman was hit by a car.

The female pedestrian suffered a head injury following the collision on Ponderlaw Street at about 13:50.

Officers closed the road for investigations while the woman was treated by paramedics.

Forth Valley GP surgeries hit by shortage of doctors

A shortage of doctors has raised fears about GP provision at a number of Forth Valley medical practices.

Kersiebank Medical Practice

Surgeries in Grangemouth, Bannockburn, Falkirk and Drymen are all struggling with a shortage of GPs.

NHS Forth Valley has drawn up an action plan and is attempting to hire a team of salaried doctors to support local practices.

Health board bosses are also looking to share workloads with neighbouring practices and services.

Texting teacher 'unfit to practice'

A teacher who sent "inappropriate" texts and emails to two female pupils has been deemed unfit to practice.

Text message

Michael Hendry addressed a student at Glasgow's John Paul Academy as "sweetie" and signed off with kisses.

In other messages he asked what a girl was wearing on a night-out and told her "you're very beautiful".

Mr Hendry, who was employed by Glasgow City Council as an English teacher, was not present at the General Teaching Council for Scotland fitness to teach hearing.

Man attacked partner with sword

A man has been jailed for stabbing his partner with a samurai sword - after wrongly thinking she was having an affair with his brother.

Frederick Boyd, 51, attacked Caroline Ferrie at her son's home in Glasgow's Knightswood area on 16 October 2014.

He went to bed but awoke to hear Ms Ferrie talking to his brother, who was also there. Boyd assumed they were having an affair and attacked her.

He was jailed for four years and 11 months after admitting the attack.

Nature groups slam TITP plans

Two nature groups have hit out at

plans to move the T in the Park music festival to Strathallan Castle.

Strathallan Castle
William Starkey

The Woodland Trust Scotland warned of an "appalling" impact on wildlife, while RSPB Scotland said time was running out to relocate osprey nests.

However, neither group has submitted a formal objection to Perth and Kinross Council, which is to hold a second 28-day consultation on the plans.

Festival organiser DF Concerts said it would "robustly address" all concerns.

BBC Scotland Travel


Roads: East Lothian - A1 is closed for recovery of an overturned lorry between Innerwick and Torness.

Ayrshire - A736 is closed after an accident between Burnhouse and Lugton.

High winds on Dornoch, Kessock and Clackmannanshire bridges.

Trains: Delays between Edinburgh and Glasgow due to train fault.

Edinburgh Trams: A broken down bus is blocking the track city bound at the western end of Princes St.

Ferries: Amendments to Calmac timetables.

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Rangers latest

Rangers have appointed John Bennett and Chris Graham as non-executive directors of RIFC with immediate effect.

They join existing directors Paul Murray and John Gilligan, who were appointed subsequent to the General Meeting of the Company held on 6 March 2015 and Douglas Park, who was appointed subsequent to that meeting.

Tonight's forecast


BBC Scotland Weather


A dry night for most, with the last of the showers across Shetland dying away. Clear skies and an early widespread frost away from coastal areas, especially in the north. More in the way of high cloud building and freshening winds later in the night, stronger on the coasts, increasing to southerly gales for western coastal areas by morning; in particular the Hebrides and later the Northern Isles. Temperatures dipping to -3C locally early on, 2 to 3C for the coasts.

More gales on the way

The Met Office has warned of more severe gales for parts of Scotland after winds gusting to 90mph affected power supplies and travel overnight.

Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Coe
SAIS Glencoe

The yellow "be aware" warning has been issued for the Western Isles and north-west Highlands for 10:00-16:00 on Wednesday.

Engineers have restored power to most of the 14,000 properties that lost electricity supplies overnight.

The remaining 1,300 customers should have power later on Tuesday.

MacAskill's police offer

Glenn Campbell

Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

A letter released to the BBC by the Scottish government - under freedom of information - reveals that the former justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, offered to take over the British Transport Police in 2011.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill

He wrote to the then UK transport secretary, Philip Hammond, on the day that the creation of a single Scottish police force was announced.

In the letter, Mr MacAskill wrote: "I would like to explore the potential for the BTP in Scotland to become part of the new Scottish policing landscape."

Current justice secretary

Michael Matheson has announced Police Scotland will take over railway policing when the function is devolved.

GP surgeries hit by doctor shortage

A shortage of doctors has raised concerns about GP provision at a number of Forth Valley medical practices.

Kersiebank Medical Practice

Surgeries in Grangemouth, Bannockburn, Falkirk and Drymen are all struggling with a shortage of GPs.

NHS Forth Valley has drawn up an action plan and is attempting to hire a team of salaried doctors to support local practices,

Health board bosses are also looking to share workloads with neighbouring practices and services.

Scots 'could quit UK' after EU vote

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson says Scotland should declare independence

if the rest of the UK votes to leave the European Union against its wishes.

Gordon Wilson

Mr Wilson acknowledged that a "confirmatory" referendum may be "politically desirable".

But he said the Scottish government would have a mandate to retain membership of the EU by leaving the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised an "in/out" vote on the EU if the Conservative Party wins an overall majority at the general election on 7 May.

Wood Mackenzie sold for £1.85bn

Wood Mackenzie, an Edinburgh firm which provides data and analysis to the energy and mining industries,

is being sold for £1.85bn.

Gas flare

An American firm specialising in risk analysis, Verisk Analytics, is buying the company from a US private equity firm.

Hellman & Friedman bought Wood Mackenzie in 2012.

The company has more than 900 staff in its 20 offices around the world.

Martin challenges for Games position

Scotland's Louise Martin

will challenge for the presidency of the Commonwealth Games Federation at September's General Assembly in Auckland, New Zealand.

Louise Martin

Martin, who was vice chair of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, has been the honorary secretary of the CGF.

She will challenge incumbent, Prince Imran of Malaysia, for the presidency.

"I've always had the ambition to become President at some stage, and now is the time for me to stand," Martin said.

Who pays for dinner? - Your views

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Helen Hoban: If a man invites me out to dinner I would expect him to pay. If I invite a man out to dinner then I would pay. When my friends and I go out for dinner we split the bill equally between us, regardless of who had what etc. I hate to see people quibble over who had more or less than someone.

Net profit

Goals Soccer Centres has reported

rising sales and a growth in underlying profits for 2014.

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The firm, based in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, said sales were up 3% to £34.7m and underlying profits rose by 10% despite an investment programme.

The programme included a mobile app to allow its football pitches to be booked more easily online.

Goals runs 44 five-a-side UK football venues. It opened its first American centre in Los Angeles in 2010.

Drone firm to expand

A Scottish firm which uses unmanned drones to inspect oil rigs and industrial sites

is to expand its operations overseas.


Livingston-based Cyberhawk Innovations plans to appoint staff to grow its business in the Middle East and South-east Asia.

It is the next stage of expansion which has seen the firm take on more than 40 staff over the last year.

Scots retain World Cup belief

Josh Davey retains belief that Scotland's cricketers can claim a World Cup victory

despite facing Sri Lanka and hosts Australia in their final two games.

Josh Davey takes a World Cup wicket for Scotland
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Scotland have never won a World Cup game and sit bottom of Pool A after four straight defeats.

Sri Lanka, who they play tomorrow, and Australia have already qualified, but all-rounder Davey believes they still have a chance, even against the hosts.

"They are the best team in the world, but they are only human," he said

Police plan criticised

Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Alex Johnstone has accused the SNP of "yet more centralising"

over plans for Police Scotland to take over railway policing.

British Transport Police jacket

He said: "People will look at this move and think the SNP is again using Police Scotland to make a political point.

"The British Transport Police are hugely respected and valued by passengers. One of their key duties is policing cross-border services, but now they will have to get off the train before Scotland and be replaced by officers from the single force."

Heroin hidden in grandfather's home

A man who hid £48,000 of heroin in his grandfather's home in South Lanarkshire has been jailed for 50 months.

Jay Boyd kept the drugs in a safe at the 73-year-old's house. Police were tipped off and raided the address in Carluke in June last year.

The key to the safe was found at Boyd's house in Wishaw, North Lanarskhire.

The 32-year-old was jailed at the High Court in Glasgow after admitting drugs offences. His jail term will begin once he finishes a 27-month sentence for another offence.

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Website to 'aid red squirrel survival'

A website has been set up to help people
record their sightings of red squirrels in Scotland.

Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels said the site would help its work to conserve the mammals.

Scotland has about 120,000 red squirrels
Stephen willis

People have been asked to upload sightings using mobile phones because the GPS function on the devices gives an accurate location of the squirrel.

Since 1952, some 95% of red squirrels have been wiped out in England and Wales. Scotland has 75% of the UK's reds.

It has been estimated that Scotland has about 120,000 red squirrels.

Teachers marked absent

A renewed plea for supply cover has been made

after pupils had to be sent home due to teacher absences at a Dumfries school.


Primary 5 children were unable to be taught at St Ninian's Primary.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said it was due to an "unfortunate combination of staff absences" and would be resolved by Wednesday.

However, it added that it had an "ongoing need" to recruit supply teachers in the region.

Animators are drawn to Skye

A Bafta award-winning animation company wants to write, animate and produce

a new television series on the Isle of Skye.

Mama Mirabelle Films
BBC/King Rollo

King Rollo Films has produced children's TV series Spot, Maisy, Mama Mirabelle, Humf and Poppy Cat.

It has started work on developing six new projects and has proposed that one could be made on Skye.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is helping the company to find writers and artists to work on it.

Who pays for dinner? - Your views

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Anon: Aged 53 (female) I went on a first date recently. I offered to split the bill but my date (male) insisted that as he invited me it was his privilege. Nice to know there are some gentlemen about still!

Mike: The man should always pay; always. Would you expect your wife to pay for an evening out? If you expect your date to pay or part pay you should not ask the date out in the first place.

Woman due in court after school closure

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

A woman is set to appear in court this week following an investigation into a private Aberdeen school which closed down,

the BBC Scotland news website has learned.

The Hamilton School closed last year after inspectors expressed concerns.

The Hamilton School was investigated

Two women, aged 25 and 65, were reported to the procurator fiscal.

Hannah Jamieson, 25, is now expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Thursday.

OAP attacked in street

Police are investigating after

a 67-year-old man was assaulted while out with his wife in Stirlingshire.

Bonnybridge High Street

The victim was sitting on a wall on Bonnybridge High Street at about 21:00 on Sunday when another man shouted across the road, asking for a cigarette.

The stranger then began to shout abuse at the couple and assaulted the man, leaving him with cuts on his head.

He was helped into a taxi home by a passer-by, but was later taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital by ambulance.

The assault took place near the Kismet Tandoori Restaurant.

The attacker was described as being white, about 6ft tall, with short brown hair, and of a muscular build.