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  1. Methadone programme 'a black hole'
  2. Man dies trying to recover broken down vehicle in Glasgow
  3. UKIP candidate quits over Coburn remarks
  4. Man guilty of murdering joiner
  5. Funeral for Hearts and Scotland legend Dave Mackay

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is it for today's Scotland Live blog.

River Clyde at sunset

As you can see, it is a beautiful end to the day in Glasgow.

Join us again from 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest news and sport.

Scotland vs Northern Ireland

Tomorrow night, Scotland take on Northern Ireland in a friendly at Hampden ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar.

Gordon Strachan and Michael O'Neil

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Be in the audience

The Scottish Leaders debates will give you the chance to put your questions to the leaders of Scotland's political parties in the run-up to the General Election on 7 May.

The six leaders

Our audience will play a crucial role in holding our politicians to account, asking the questions you want asked.

The first debate will take place on Wednesday 8 April in Aberdeen, and will be chaired by James Cook.

If you want to be in the audience, you can apply


Reporting Scotland

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Reporting Scotland

Watch it online here.

Accused gave lift to murder victim

The Martin Toner murder trial has heard that one of the accused gave him a left to the area where his body was found on the day he went missing.

Martin Toner
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PC Fraser Spence said Douglas Fleming told him he dropped Mr Toner in Langbank on 29 June, 2004 and that his "version" had seemed "well-rehearsed".

The body of Mr Toner, 34, was found in a field near Langbank on 13 July, 2004

Mr Fleming, 50, and John McDonald, 57, both deny murdering him. The trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues.

'Nigel Farage should consider his position'

Mr Wilson, speaking about his reasons for quitting UKIP over comments made by David Coburn, told the BBC: "If Mr Farage can not realise that what he has said is wrong, and what was said is wrong, and that it is is not a joke - if he can't take this seriously, Mr Farage too needs to consider his position and go.

Tim Wilson

"I have no time at all for people who dismiss important things as a joke."

UKIP candidate quits over Coburn comments

A UKIP election candidate has quit the party in a row over racism.

David Coburn

Tim Wilson has decided not to stand in South Northamptonshire in the aftermath of the comments made by the party's only Scottish Euro MP about Scottish Government minister Humza Yousaf.

David Coburn (pictured) compared Mr Yousaf to the convicted terrorist Abu Hamza. The party leader Nigel Farage dismissed the remarks as a joke in poor taste.

But Mr Wilson says he's become so disillusioned with a party whose elected politicians make racist jibes that he's decided to stand down.

Playing to Salmond's tune?


James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Strikes me Alex Salmond is playing the media like a fiddle. Press seem excited about him saying exactly the same obvious thing in many ways.

Salmond rules out Tory deal

Alex Salmond has ruled out a deal with a minority Conservative government after the General Election.

David Cameron and Alex Salmond

Man guilty of murdering joiner

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old joiner who was on a night out in South Queensferry with his girlfriend.

Jordan MacKay

Jack Mallon, 47, from Winchburgh, stabbed Jordan MacKay (pictured), from Kirkliston, in the neck on 13 July 2013.

Mallon's former girlfriend, Charlene Wilson, 37, from Kirkliston, was convicted of killing the victim on a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Sentence was deferred until next month and they were remanded in custody.

RMT calls for strike on Good Friday

The RMT union has announced strike action on East Coast train services on Good Friday in support of a sacked worker.

The action was announced in a letter by Mick Cash, the General Secretary of the union.

Lennon on Sportsound


Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon joins @bbckennymac and the @BBCSportsound team from 6:30pm @BBCRadioScot @BBCSportScot

'Play yourself into the team'

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says players can play their way into Sunday's Euro qualifier against Gibraltar with good performances in tomorrow night's friendly against Northern Ireland.

Gordon Strachan

Strachan wouldn't be drawn, though, on who would wear the captain's armband with both Scott Brown and Darren Fletcher in contention for a starting place.

Wind farm approved

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A 14-turbine wind farm proposed for Skye has been unanimously approved by Highland councillors.

Crofters have been working with Perth-based Kilmac Construction on the Glen Ullinish Wind Farm.

The development involves installing turbines between Ose and Struan at Allt Dughaill on Skye and could generate enough power for 23,000 properties.

Members of the north planning committee approved the planning application at a meeting Dingwall.

Bell boosted by McCall

Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell says new manager Stuart McCall has brought a new enthusiasm to the squad.

Cammy Bell

McCall got his first win since taking over from Kenny McDowall on Sunday against Hibs, and Bell says it was vital for confidence in the season run-in.

He said: "Always when a new manager comes into a club, there are always fresh ideas and he has brought a lot of enthusiasm. As a player, I always remember him really enthusiastic and a hard player to play against.

"He is demanding and the players are living up to that at the moment. We are loving it. We can take some of his enthusiasm into training and into games, and look forward to what is going to happen in the future."

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Tomorrow will get off to a cold, frosty start but it will be bright with early morning sunshine and blue skies.

This weather lasts for most of the day, with temperatures climbing to around 8 to 10 Celsius by mid afternoon, and a light south-easterly breeze.

The west coast and Hebrides will see the sun turn a little hazy as cloud builds after lunch. For most, it will be a pleasant spring day.

Hillwalker spends night on Ben Nevis

A hillwalker has been taken to hospital after spending the night on Ben Nevis.

Ben Nevis

The alarm was raised on Monday evening when the man, who is believed to be in his 40s, failed to return from a walk up Britain's highest peak.

A search was started and later stood down before it was resumed on Tuesday morning.

Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams and an RAF Lossiemouth search and rescue helicopter were involved in the search. The man was found at 09:50.

He was taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William.

Still to come on Newsdrive

Still to come on Newsdrive:

  • The latest on the Airbus A320 crash in France
  • The race for the sun, as installers work dawn to dusk to get huge new solar farms plugged into the grid before subsidies for solar power are reduced at the end of the month
  • And is the methadone programme in Scotland "out of control"?
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This evening's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


Showers will be on hold on this evening across the north, north east and east coast of Scotland. Some will be wintry on the hills and high road routes.

Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh will likely see the showers coming and going until mid-evening. It will then be mostly dry overnight with clear spells.

Expect a widespread frost and a cold night with a few icy patches where the ground is wet.

Temperatures will dip to around 0 to -2 Celsius in towns and cities, with some rural parts of the Highlands dipping as low as -5 or -6 Celsius.

Winds will be light, with some mist patches forming in the east, from Grampian to the Borders.

Laser company teams up with university

A Glasgow-based laser manufacturer

has teamed up with university researchers in a bid to find new ways of fighting life-threatening health conditions.

M Squared Lasers plans to develop new technologies under an agreement with the University of St Andrews.

M Squared Lasers staff member working on device
M Squared Lasers

The agreement covers more than 100 patents, which researchers will use to develop commercial applications for the health sector.

The patents cover areas such as imaging and Raman spectroscopic analysis.

In Pictures - Dave Mackay funeral

Dave Mackay's coffin was driven past Tynecastle, the home of Hearts FC, where he became a hero
Dave Mackay's coffin was driven past Tynecastle, the home of Hearts FC, where he became a hero
Dave Mackay funeral
Tottenham and Arsenal legend Pat Jennings (second left) was amongst the mourners at Dave Mackay's funeral
Tottenham and Arsenal legend Pat Jennings (second left) was amongst the mourners at Dave Mackay's funeral

Ex-police officer has jail sentence reduced

A former police officer convicted of sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults

has had his 12-year jail term reduced on appeal.

Kevin Storey
Ciaran Donnelly

Judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh ruled the prison term given to Kevin Storey, 48, formerly of Quarrydene, Melrose, was "excessive".

They imposed a nine-year sentence for his convictions for rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and assault.

They also held that a further three-year supervision period be scrapped.

Trio sought over house raid


are investigating after three men broke into a Dundee house and demanded money from the occupants.

The trio entered the house on Finmore Place at about 03:15 on Sunday, waking up the two men who lived there.

Finmore Place
The break-in took place at a house on Dundee's Finmore Place

The raiders demanded money, but left empty-handed. It is thought they headed towards Finlow Place in a car.

Local debates

BBC Scotland will also feature:

  • Extended Reporting Scotland from 27 April
  • Good Morning Scotland on the road for the campaign
  • Six local debates on Radio Scotland in Orkney, Shetland, the Highlands, the North East, the Borders and South West
  • Gordon Brewer to host six Big Election Debates on radio during the campaign
  • BBC Scotland's Election 2015 website to feature statistics and constituency profiles as well as a comprehensive results service on election night from across Scotland and throughout the rest of the UK
  • Group of 200 voters, aged 18-24, selected from across the UK for Generation 2015 to bring their views and questions to the fore across the BBC's programming in the run-up to polling day.

BBC General Election plans

BBC Scotland, as part of its election coverage, have also announced:

  • Broadcasting live for the first time in its history from all the count centres that will declare the 59 constituency results in Scotland
  • A second leaders' debate in front of an audience in Edinburgh on Sunday, 3 May. Hosted by Glenn Campbell, it will feature the leaders in Scotland of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, and the Scottish National Party
  • Election night specials from BBC Scotland's centre in Glasgow presented by Glenn Campbell, Brian Taylor and Jackie Bird on BBC One Scotland and Isabel Fraser and Bill Whiteford on BBC Radio Scotland
  • Sarah Smith will feature prominently for the BBC One network results programme from Scotland
  • There will be a UK-wide exit poll commissioned with ITV and Sky and the headlines from that poll and also the General Election results will be projected on to the exterior of BBC Scotland's studios at Pacific Quay
  • Further debates on the major topics of the campaign will feature on Sunday Politics with Gordon Brewer and Scotland 2015 with Sarah Smith.

Dave Mackay funeral

Crowds have lined the streets in Edinburgh at the funeral of Hearts and Scotland legend Dave Mackay.

Crowds line the streets as the Hearse carrying the coffin of Dave Mackay leaves Tyncastle Stadium for his funeral at the Mansfield Traquair Centre
Crowds look on as the hearse carrying the coffin of Dave Mackay leaves Tyncastle Stadium for his funeral at the Mansfield Traquair Centre
An order of service is held at the funeral of Dave Mackay at the Mansfield Traquair Centre in Edinburgh
An order of service at the funeral
Notes on flowers in the hearse as the crowds line the streets as the Hearse carrying the coffin of Dave Mackay
Tottenham Hotspur's tribute read: 'A legend and a gentleman'

Man jailed over child sexual abuse

A 61-year-old man who used sweets and toys to lure a six-year-old girl into sexual activity

has been jailed for 45 months.

Ian Berridge, of Stonehouse Cottage, Crocketford, was also placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

He admitted sexually assaulting the girl over a 30-month period to May last year.

Berridge also admitted filming another girl in a bathroom and possessing indecent images of children.

Aberdeen firm confirms Norwegian exploration plans

Faroe Petroleum says it is committed to its exploration programme off Norway this year, despite the fall in oil prices.

Faroe said its exploration programme would benefit from Norway's 78% exploration tax rebate

The Aberdeen-based firm said it was proceeding with drilling at four wells.

It added that its programme would benefit from Norway's 78% exploration tax rebate.

The commitment was made in Faroe's annual results statement for the year to the end of December.

BBC leaders' debate

BBC Scotland will host a leaders' debate with the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP and UKIP as part of our General Election coverage.

The debate, on Wednesday 8 April, will be filmed in front of an audience in Aberdeen.

It will be hosted by James Cook.

U21s boast healthy Hearts contingent

Billy King's late call up for Thursday's friendly in Hungary

takes the number of Hearts players in the Scotland Under-21 squad up to five.

Gary Caldwell and Scotland's U21s
Former Scotland defender Gary Caldwell has been helping with the Under-21s training

Kilmarnock's Mark O'Hara and Aberdeen's Cammy Smith have also been drafted in by caretaker manager Danny Lennon.

The trio replace Killie's Craig Slater, Jason Cummings of Hibernian and Ross County's Marcus Fraser, who have withdrawn through injury.

Sticky situation


The Herald

tweets: SNP candidate: vandals who superglued my campaign office locks were attempting to silence us.

Read the full story


Natalie McGarry and Alex Salmond under a yellow SNP umbrella
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'More people are being parked on methadone'

Scottish Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw

has criticised the "shocking figures" illustrating the prevalence of methadone in Scotland.

Jackson Carlaw

"The Scottish government vowed to take action on this, reassuring users and their families that better outcomes could be achieved," he added.

"But this hasn't happened and it seems more people are being parked on methadone than before.

"It still has a place in the range of treatments required, nobody is calling for methadone to be binned altogether.

"But the fact is it presents far too many people with little or no hope of beating drug addiction."

Land crab

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A new crab processing factory has been proposed for Scrabster on the north Caithness coast.

Scrabster Seafoods exports white fish such as cod and haddock to mainland Europe and the Far East.


It has now identified an opportunity to diversify and process some of the 2,000 tonnes of crab landed at Scrabster Harbour every year.

Supported by £119,832 funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the factory could create 25 new jobs.

Scrabster Seafoods, a family-owned business, was established in 1968 and has about 25 people working for it.

Crabs landed at Scrabster at the moment are put on lorries and transported to markets in Spain and Portugal.

Longannet - Your views

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David, Glasgow: Something funny going on with the closure of Longannet? We are all equal in Britain? Then why are our power station/s having to pay £40m more than English power stations to gain access to the grid? This doesn't seem very equal to me. Are Scottish interests being deliberately done away with to make us dependent on our southern neighbours? Why have we in Scotland allowed this state of affairs to continue?

High note


BBC Scottish Symphony: Beethoven's Fifth on bagpipes? Heard it here first on our Lochgilphead Take Over Day. #TENPIECES

Lochgilphead Take Over Day

Allez les Bleus!

With international football about to make a triumphant return,

BBC Sport examines the chances of Scotland - and the other British and Irish nations - as qualification for Euro 2016 continues.

Gordon Strachan
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Dave Mackay funeral

Denis Law, Frank McLintock and Sir Alex Ferguson have arrived for Dave Mackay's funeral service in Edinburgh.

Dave Mackay

SNP 'effective'


Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Senior English Tory MP Rory Stewart on @theSNP "They are very, very effective. They have a track record of getting what they want." #GE2015

Coming up...

Reporting Scotland is about to get under way on BBC One Scotland.

This afternoon's programme, on air from 13:30, includes:

  • Councils obliged to improve performance of school pupils from deprived communities
  • Scottish economy 'slowing'
  • Fatal crash in Glasgow
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