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  1. Hundreds of jobs go at building firm
  2. Chris Graham resigns as Rangers director
  3. Death driver sentence 'a mockery'
  4. Party leaders admit taking cannabis
  5. 'Benefits rethink needed', says poverty commission

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'Haq has a Scotland future'

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has backed bowler Majid Haq to return to the international side despite being sent home from the World Cup.

Majid Haq

Haq was banished from the squad after sending a controversial tweet in light of his omission from the team for the 148-run defeat by Sri Lanka in Hobart.

"I've no doubt he'll learn from it and he'll definitely be back.

"It's vital we keep hold of Maj, he still has a very important role to play for us in the future," said Mommsen.

Carling still thinks about 1990 loss

Former England captain Will Carling warns Stuart Lancaster's side "won't forget" a defeat by Scotland in Saturday's Calcutta Cup match.

Will Carling
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Carling won 73 caps and skippered England to three Grand Slams and a World Cup final in a nine-year Test career between 1988 and 1997.

The centre was also at the helm as Scotland defeated England in the Five Nations Championship decider of 1990.

"If they lose to Scotland, they won't forget it,"

Carling told the BBC.

Chris Graham statement

Chris Graham,

who has resigned as a Rangers director amid controversy over a tweet which showed a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed, has released a statement.

Chris Graham
SNS Group Paul Devlin

He said: "Freedom of speech is one of the foundations that our country is built upon. However, with that freedom comes a responsibility to be sensitive to the views of all our nation's communities. This tweet did not do that. For that I apologise unreservedly.

"I also tweeted my support for the Muslim community during exchanges that day but even so I accept that re-tweeting that cartoon was inappropriate.

"I am extremely proud to have played a part in helping Rangers to secure regime change but I have had to take this decision for my family and the club itself. I wish the current board the very best of luck going forward."

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Search for missing teen

Police are searching for a missing teenager who was last seen walking towards her home after getting off a bus in Fife.

Holly Sinclair

Officers said they were becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of Holly Sinclair, 15, as she had not disappeared in this way before.

She was last seen near Fife College's Halbeath Campus in Dunfermline at about 17:50 on Thursday.

Police were called when she did not arrive at her home in Pleasance Road.

Counterfeit DVDs seized

Thousands of counterfeit DVDs and CDs have been seized during a raid by police in Glasgow.

Officers, assisted by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), targeted two addresses in Glasgow and uncovered a large amount of counterfeit media and manufacturing equipment.

The addresses searched were a business premises in Maryhill Road and a residential premises in Kiniver Drive, Blairdardie.

Police said the material would be destroyed.

East Kilbride shooting

Police have confirmed a man has been taken to hospital after being found with gunshot wounds to his legs.

The 45-year-old was found on a grass verge near to the junction of Stewartfield Way and Stewartfield Crescent in East Kilbride at 12:10.

He was taken to the town's Hairmyres Hospital, where his condition was described as stable.

The area where he was found has been cordoned off as police investigate the shooting.

BBC Scotland Travel


In Aberdeen, traffic is very slow on Union Street at the junction with Marischal Street following an earlier accident. The road is now open so things should get moving soon.

In North Lanarkshire, on the M8, there are still queues on the eastbound off-slip at J6 Newhouse and that's because of roadworks on the nearby Newhouse roundabout.

In West Lothian, the contra flow and roadworks on the M8 between J3a Bathgate and 4 Whitburn could slow you down.

Drugs worth £200k seized in Edinburgh

Five people have been arrested and almost £200,000 of drugs seized in a series of raids.

Four properties in the Drylaw, Leith and Broomhouse areas of Edinburgh were searched yesterday by police and between them 16kg of cannabis, 11kg of amphetamine and 112 diazepam tablets were found.

Four men and woman were arrested and charged, and are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Police said the drugs have an estimated street value of around £198,000.

McCall's hopes

David Currie

Reporting Scotland presenter

The new boss of Rangers Stuart McCall says the club could challenge for a European place in the season after next - if they win promotion this season.

Stuart McCall

Aberdeen bus crash

A bus has collided with a building on Aberdeen's busy Union Street.

The First Bus vehicle hit the Atheneum building opposite the Town House. There are no reports of injuries.

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Three of Scotland's four main political party leaders admit to having

tried cannabis.

Roy Mcmillan

tweets: Hopefully on the back of this revelation can have sensible debate about decriminalisation.


tweets: yea like that's the biggest problem we have in the UK just now.......what a pathetic news item.

Helen Marie Cassidy:

tweets: Usual misleading headline. The most important point is that cannabis can provoke mental health probs.

Glasgow bike scheme extended


bike hire scheme is to be extended to 10 new locations across the city almost a year after its launch.

Ian Watson

The city council said 10 stands that were used near Commonwealth Games venues last year would now become permanent, bringing the city-wide total to 41.

The new stands will be located mainly in the east and south of the city.

From its launch on 24 June 2014 until 1 March this year, there were 48,594 bike rentals with 6,522 registrations to use the scheme, which is run by Nextbike.

Taylor gets Montserrat call-up

Partick Thistle striker Lyle Taylor has been called up to the Montserrat international squad for their double header against Curacao later this month.

Lyle Taylor

This double header represents the first round of World Cup Qualifying in the CONCACAF region and will be the start of the journey that Montserrat hopes will end with qualification to Russia in 2018.

Taylor, who is on loan at Firhill from Scunthorpe United, qualifies to play for Montserrat through his grandparents' nationality.

A82 to remain closed

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A stretch of the A82 between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit is to remain shut over the weekend after two large rocks fell on the road.

rock fall on A82
Forestry Commission Scotland

An old oak tree falling into a boulder field was believed to have caused the rocks to slide down on to the trunk road on Thursday.

The authorities have advised motorists of a 120-mile (193km) diversion.

Forestry Commission Scotland said work would need to be done to make the area safe before police reopen the road.

Shopowner threatened by armed men

A 64-year-old woman was

threatened by two men with a knife as she closed her beauty salon in Edinburgh.

The robbery, described as a "frightening attack" by police, happened at the salon in Gorgie Road at about 20:00 on Thursday.

Police said the woman had received minor bruising following a struggle.

Her son was also threatened with the knife when he arrived at the shop but was not harmed. The two men stole cash and a laptop.

Chris Graham resignation

News that Chris Graham's resignation as director had been accepted by the Rangers board was announced at the stock exchange on Friday.

Chris Graham

The statement to the stock exchange said: "Chris Graham has tendered his resignation as a director of RIFC. This has been accepted by the board."

Man injured in suspected shooting

A man has been injured in a suspected shooting incident in East Kilbride.

It is understood he was found in the South Lanarkshire town's Stewartfield area, near James Hamilton Heritage Park, at about 12:15.

He was taken to hospital but details of his condition have not been released.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said officers were at the scene and inquiries were ongoing.

Hundreds of jobs lost at building firm

A Dundee building firm which went into administration is being wound down at the cost of hundreds of jobs.


Muirfield Contracts called in administrators earlier this week after sending staff home amid "unsustainable" cash flow issues.

Administrators Campbell Dallas LLP have made 258 staff redundant, and a further 110 previously engaged sub-contractors have also lost work.

A core staff of 25 is to be kept on to help wind down the firm's affairs.

Rangers director resigns

Chris Graham, the newly-appointed Rangers director

who is the subject of police inquiry over a tweet, has resigned.

Chris Graham
SNS Group Paul Devlin

Mr Graham apparently sent of a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed to a radical Islamist preacher in January.

The tweet was sent to Anjem Choudary on the day of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

Mr Graham, who is well known to fans through his work with the Rangers Supporters Trust, was appointed as a non-executive director of the Ibrox club earlier this week.

Six Nations: Scott 'devastated' for Dunbar

Scotland centre Matt Scott is "devastated" for stricken midfield colleague

Alex Dunbar, who sustained a serious knee injury on Thursday.

Matt Scott starts at inside centre for Scotland

Dunbar has been in sparkling form for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland, but a ruptured ligament has sidelined him for up to nine months.

"I'm absolutely devastated for him because it was such an innocuous injury in training," Scott told BBC Scotland. "I'm really gutted for him and he's been playing so well."

Edinburgh's Scott, another of the nation's exciting crop of young backs, replaces Dunbar at inside centre in Saturday's line-up against England, partnering Mark Bennett.

Sturgeon in equality call

Political parties must do more to encourage women into politics, the first minister has said.

Nicola Sturgeon pointed to her own 50:50 balanced cabinet, efforts to tackle domestic violence and expansion of childcare as progress on gender equality, but said more needed to be done.

Nicola Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon also repeated a challenge to organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to ensure 50% of their board members are female by 2020.

The First Minister was speaking at the Cosla annual conference in Perth.

Lady Boys find new home

One of the Fringe's bestselling and longest-running shows has found a new site after losing its prime spot on the Meadows.

Lady Boys of Bangkok

The Lady Boys of Bangkok will be moving to the Fountainbridge Brewery site, two acres of derelict land formerly used by the NoFit State circus.

It lost the Meadows location to promoters Underbelly after the council introduced a tendering process.

The Lady Boys of Bangkok can apply for the Meadows site again in two years.

Driver admits causing biker's death

A van driver has admitted causing the death of a young motorcyclist by driving carelessly on an Aberdeen road.

Alan George, 65, was at the wheel of a bakery van when 20-year-old Ellis Robb was killed in January last year.

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The crash happened in the city's Balgownie Road.

Sheriff Annella Cowan deferred sentence at Aberdeen Sheriff Court until next month and called for background reports.

The Outlander effect

Scotland's tourist industry is already benefiting from US TV series Outlander - despite the fact it hasn't been screened here yet.

Nick Briggs

Time-travelling caper Outlander, which was based on Diana Gabaldon's best-selling novels, was filmed across Glasgow, Perthshire, Fife, Edinburgh and West Lothian, and was well received since premiering in the US last year.

Tourism chiefs in Fife say fans are already flocking to see locations such as Culross, Falkland and Aberdour.

The series, which is also hugely popular in Europe, gets its UK release on 26 March on Amazon.

Party leaders admit taking cannabis

Three of Scotland's four main party leaders have admitted taking cannabis.

During a debate on drugs at the University of Glasgow's Queen Margaret Union, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Tory leader Ruth Davidson and the Lib Dems' Willie Rennie all said they had tried the drug in their youth.

Scottish party leaders

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said glue sniffing was "the thing" when he was growing up in the south side of Glasgow, adding that he could not remember if he had tried it.

Mr Murphy later clarified that he had never taken drugs or sniffed glue.

Kiltwalk chief resigns

The founder and chief executive of the Kiltwalk charity event has left the organisation.

The Kiltwalk

It comes after a number of charities withdrew as official partners amid concerns about the amount of money they had received.

Carey McEvoy will leave his post as part of a restructure, with other jobs at the charity also under threat.

He said he was "hugely disappointed" but wanted to "fully restore confidence" in the Kiltwalk event.

Wind farm plan rejected

The result of a postal vote on the Black Isle in the Highlands has rejected plans for a community wind farm.

Black Isle Community Energy, the group behind the plans, wanted to put up three turbines in Millbuie Forest near Mount Eagle.

The company said money raised from the project could help pay for the building of a swimming pool in Fortrose.

Opponents said the farm would be a blight on the landscape.

Cable firm takes on 50 workers

More than 50 workers have been taken on by a Borders cable firm to cope with increased demand.

Emtelle is investing in new equipment at its factories in Hawick and Jedburgh.

The firm manufactures cable duct, the plastic piping which encases underground fibre-optic cables, and exports to more than 60 countries.

It has just completed the fibre optic ducting network for the new Borders Railway Project.

War games


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

No 10 says 12,000 personnel from 12 countries will take part in joint NATO warrior exercise off Scotland later this year.

Firm fined after worker crushed

A Forfar metalwork firm has been fined £7,000 after a worker was crushed under a half-tonne A-frame.

Forfar galvanisers

Robert Ramsay suffered serious injuries after the construction slipped off a forklift truck and landed on his legs.

The 19-year-old agency worker, from Dundee, had been at Forfar Galvanisers Ltd for four months at the time of the incident on 20 November 2013.

The firm was fined £7,000 at Forfar Sheriff Court after admitting breaching health and safety regulations.

Mr Ramsay has since made a full recovery.

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Crash closes A9

A two-vehicle crash has shut the A9 near Alness in Ross-shire.

Police Scotland said the accident happened at about midday near Rosskeen Church.

The A9 has been closed at the scene of the accident.

Death driver sentence 'a mockery'

A Russian man has described a community sentence given to a lorry driver who caused the death of his son in Glasgow as "a mockery of justice".

Andrew Wilson

Anton Dementyev, 19, died after Andrew Wilson's lorry went through a red light and hit a taxi in Argyle Street.

Wilson (pictured), 55, from Ripon in Yorkshire, admitted causing his death by careless driving on 8 May 2013. He was told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Dementyev's father Vladimir

said the sentence was "not justice".

No comment on Brown pics

Celtic are making no comment over a newspaper report that appears to show captain Scott Brown apparently drunk in Edinburgh days before a cup final.

Scott Brown

The newspaper published pictures of the Scotland captain slumped on the pavement on Wednesday night.

Brown, 29, had the day off on Thursday and was back training on Friday morning.

Celtic play Dundee United in Sunday's Scottish League Cup final at Hampden.

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Scot needs record throw to compete at Olympics

Hammer thrower Mark Dry said he knows he must breach 76m if he is to compete at the World Championships in Beijing.

Mark Dry
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The Commonwealth bronze medallist claimed a Scottish Championship best with his last competitive throw of 74.63m in August last year.

He will represent Great Britain at the European Winter Throws event in Leiria, Portugal this weekend.

"The qualifying distance for Beijing is 76m; that's big. It requires a Scottish record," said Dry.

'United can win without Ciftci'

Former Dundee United striker Kevin Gallacher believes Jackie McNamara's side are good enough to win Sunday's League Cup final without Nadir Ciftci.

Nadir Ciftci

Ciftci scored late in the semi-final win over Aberdeen , however he is suspended for the Hampden showpiece after also picking up two yellow cards.

"He will be a bit of a miss," Gallacher told BBC Scotland.

"But, they've missed two key players from January and their form's picked up."