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  1. David Cameron apology over infected blood
  2. Patients were not adequately informed of the risks because of the 'paternalistic attitude' of doctors
  3. Cries of 'whitewash' from victims and relatives
  4. Ministers back child car smoking ban
  5. SNP 'could block Tory government'

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

Join us again bright and early tomorrow morning at 07:00 when we'll have all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

Hope to see you then.

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'No parallel Crown Estate'

The UK Treasury will still be entitled to profit from Scottish land after revenues from existing Crown property in Scotland are assigned to Holyrood, the Crown Estate's Scottish commissioner has confirmed.

Gareth Baird said he is not setting up "a parallel Crown Estate" in Scotland after the functions of the existing UK body are devolved.

But he confirmed the Crown Estate can still invest in Scottish commercial property after devolution with the revenues going to the UK Treasury.

The Crown Estate manages half of Scotland's coast and almost all of the seabed on behalf of the UK, but its functions are being transferred to Scotland under the post-Smith Commission settlement.

Paper losses

Johnston Press has reported a continued

fall in revenue last year, with statutory pre-tax loss falling to £24m.


Revenue at the publisher of The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post, dropped by 7% to £269m.

However, the underlying figures put the company into the black when one-off costs are excluded, with pre-tax underlying profit of £30m.

Coming up...

David Henderson

BBC Scotland News

We're just putting the final touches to tonight's Reporting Scotland.

As well as all the latest on the Penrose report into contaminated blood products, we'll be looking at the prominent role Alex Salmond played in today's PMQs - despite not being an MP.

And we'll be live from Hampden ahead of tonight's friendly between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tune-in on BBC One Scotland at 18:30 or on the

BBC iPlayer.

Warning over drug-laced teacakes

Teacakes containing the potentially harmful drug warfarin have been found on public grassland in Inverness.

Police have issued a safety warning after the discovery at Old School Place in the Merkinch area of the city.

Warfarin is a blood-thinning drug that can be harmful to those who do not require it.

Getaway driver jailed

A man has been found guilty of robbing an

Edinburgh jewellers of £1.35m worth of watches, rings and necklaces.

Michael Hood

Michael Hood, 32, from Royston Mains in the city was given an eight year jail sentence for being the getaway driver in the armed gang that raided Hamilton and Inches.

Slight rise in students from poorest areas

The number of people from deprived backgrounds going to university has increased slightly, new figures show.


Figures from the Scottish Funding Council show the proportion of undergraduates going to university from the 20% most deprived areas increased from 13.3% in 2012-13 to 14% in 2013-14.

Over the same period the proportion starting university from the 40% most deprived neighbourhoods increased from 29% to 30%.

University retention rates have also improved slightly from 90.2% to 91.3%, according to the figures.

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tweets: Snow forecast across higher ground tonight - #takecare if out

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Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

This '@scotgov battles to save #Longannet' approach has echoes of Diageo's bottling plant in Kilmarnock and Hall's of Broxburn closures.

Wishaw delays

BBC Scotland Travel


Wishaw - A721 Main St CLOSED btwn Caledonian Rd & Glasgow Rd following RTA. The road is likely to be closed for some time. Delays.

Boys infected with HIV at hospital

A total of 21 boys were infected with HIV as they received treatment for haemophilia at a children's hospital,

the Penrose Inquiry found.


The boys, eight of whom have since died, were getting treatment for the condition at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

In total 60 patients at Scotland's hospitals were infected with HIV after receiving contaminated products, the majority of whom have since died.

Swinney critical of Scotland Office

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has accused the UK government of "mucking about" with Scottish international trade missions.

Mr Swinney said he saw little value in Scotland Office involvement during trade missions organised by government agency Scottish Development International.

He accused the Scotland Office of hastily convening a trade mission to Brazil on the back of a Scottish government mission to "establish themselves" during the independence referendum campaign.

Labour MSP Lewis MacDonald suggested Mr Swinney was being "territorial" because he found the Scotland Office's good work on exports "irritating".

Accused 'gave lift to murdered man'

The Martin Toner murder trial has heard that

one of the accused gave him a lift to the area where his body was found on the day he went missing.

Martin Toner
Police handout

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.

Tonight's outlook

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening cloud will continue to increase in the west with outbreaks of rain spreading in. The rain will turn to snow over high ground, with some wet snow at lower levels.

Temperatures will fall to around freezing in the east, settling at 2C or 3C for most. South or southeasterly winds will strengthen along the west coast with gales over the Western Isles.

Tom's take

Tom English

BBC Scotland

My latest column has just been published on the

BBC Sport Scotland website.


Read my take on the John Guidetti affair, and the integrity of Scottish rugby,


Longannet closure

The Scottish government says it is determined to explore any option which may avert the premature closure of Longannet power station.

In a parliamentary statement the energy minister Fergus Ewing told MSPs he would "strain every sinew" to get the best possible outcome for the 270 staff at Longannet.


Mr Ewing, who will meet the unions for talks tomorrow, is also urging the UK government to consider a subsidy for so-called restoration coal, from open cast mines which are being cleared.

That could help reduce the Fife power station's running costs, making it more economically viable.

Opposition politicians are sceptical. Labour said it wasn't clear what the Scottish government's plans involved, the Liberal Democrats asked if there would be an impact on the Stirling - Alloa Kincardine railway line, while the Conservatives claimed the SNP's energy policy had failed.

Government to back child car smoking ban

The Scottish government says it will

support a bill to ban smoking in cars when a child under the age of 18 is present.

Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume launched the members' bill in December.

Motorist smoking with child in car

The government said it was "very supportive" of the principles of the bill, but changes could be needed to make it "workable".

Motorists could potentially be fined £100 for breaching the rule if it becomes law.

Ewe beauty!

A large lamb born on a farm in the Scottish Borders

could be the heaviest recorded north of the border.

Runciman with a normal sized lamb and a noticeably bigger lamb
Heather Runciman

The Texel cross ewe at Huntington Farm near Lauder tipped the scales at 22lb (nearly 10kg).

It was handed over to farmer Dougie Runciman at about 05:30 and is more than twice the size of an average lamb.

Earlier this month a lamb born in north Wales weighed in at about 24lb 2oz (11kg) and was thought to be the largest in Britain.

Power plant


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Longannet - @FergusEwingMSP looks for opposition support to avert power plant closure; doesn't get it.

Doctor sentenced over indecent images

A Glasgow doctor who was caught with indecent images of children on his laptop has been spared a jail term.

Glasgow sheriff court

Brian Morris, 29, admitted downloading and possessing almost 500 indecent images, including 23 videos, between November 2013 and March 2014.

The collection was discovered when police raided his flat in Glasgow.

At the city's Sheriff Court, Morris was told he would be supervised for two years and placed on the sex offenders' register during that time.

Penrose report: At-a-glance

The long-awaited report by Lord Penrose into patients being infected by contaminated blood supplies in the 1970s and 1980s has been published.

It has been described as the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

The Penrose report front cover

Here's an

at-a-glance guide to the report.

Marine litter scheme hits landmark

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead

has been visiting Eyemouth to mark 800 tonnes of rubbish being removed from Scotland's seas over the last 10 years.

It has been carried out through the Fishing for Litter project.

World War Two mine
Scottish government

The voluntary scheme allows boats to land marine litter they have caught in their nets.

It also "aims to change practices to prevent litter reaching the marine environment in the first place".

Poet Adam dies

An Edinburgh boy who wrote poetry by blinking after being paralysed as an infant

has died.

Adam Bojelian, from Edinburgh, who was blind and suffered from cerebral palsy, won a global audience for his poems published online.


Mother Zoe announced the 15-year-old had passed away by posting a photo on Twitter with the hashtag #braveadam.

Hundreds of people have posted tributes on Adam's Twitter page.

Boy arrested after girls stabbed

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after two girls were stabbed outside a secondary school in Glasgow.

Police said the girls, aged 13 and 15, were attacked close to the school, in the Barmulloch area, on Thursday 19 March.

The girls were treated in hospital for "lacerations" and later released.

The boy who was arrested was released on an undertaking that he would appear in court at a later date.

Walter Scott Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist has been revealed for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction to be awarded at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose in June.

Seven contenders remain from the original longlist of 15 for the event's sixth edition.

Walter Scott
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The Walter Scott Prize will be awarded in the Scottish Borders later this year

The shortlist for the £30,000 award was announced at 50 Albermarle Street in London, the home of Scott's original publisher John Murray.

The winner will be announced in the Borders this summer.

Community decisions pilot

A move to devolve more decision-making power to local communities in the Scottish Borders

is to be trialled.

The pilot project will take place in the Cheviot area which covers Jedburgh, Kelso and the surrounding communities.

Scottish Borders Council
Richard Webb

It will see the local area forum have a greater say over services.

New fire training facility at airport

A first of a number of new fire service training facilities

has been unveiled at Dundee Airport.

Fire training
The first of the new fire training facilities was unveiled at Dundee airport

The £400,000 compartment fire simulator is part of an expanded partnership between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.

Similar facilities will be installed in airports in Inverness, Stornoway and Kirkwall over the next two years.

Bosses said the scheme would improve access to training across the country.

Man in court over Chhokar death

A man

has appeared in court charged with the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.

Ronnie Coulter, 46, from Wishaw, is accused of killing the 32-year-old while acting with two other men.

Surjit Singh Chhokar
No-one has been convicted of Mr Chhokar's murder in 1998

His QC Donald Findlay said further time was needed "as to when - or indeed if - Mr Coulter will be fit to stand trial or whether we will proceed by an examination of facts hearing".

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Bannatyne continued the case.

Victims' anger over report

Sky News' James Matthews has

tweeted a picture of victims of tainted blood setting fire to the Penrose report.

Penrose report burning
James Matthews/Sky

Robison apologises for blood products

Health Secretary Shona Robison has apologised on behalf of the NHS and government in Scotland to patients and families affected by contaminated blood products in Scotland during the 1970s and 1980s.

Ms Robison said the Scottish government would implement the recommendations of the Penrose report, published his morning.

She added that other measures, such as reviewing and improving the financial support schemes on offer to victims, would also be put in place.

"While this was a UK - indeed international issue - I hope that today's report means that those affected in Scotland now have at least some of the answers they have long called for," she added.

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Politics Scotland; Penrose inquiry published, MSPs discuss Longannet's closure & are MPs demob happy? Also @davieclegg BBC2 Scotland @1430.

Support for car smoking ban

The Scottish government has said it will support plans to ban smoking in cars with children inside.

The proposals could see people fined £100 if caught smoking in a vehicle when under-18s are present.


Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume submitted the member's Bill at Holyrood.

Public health minister Maureen Watt said the government supported the bill in principle, adding that changes would be needed to ensure the legislation is workable.

CCTV appeal

Police investigating a break-in at an RS McColls shop in Aberdeen have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace.


The theft took place at the Byron Square store between 21:30 on Saturday 17 January and 06:40 on Sunday 18 January.

The man is believed to have connections to the Liverpool area.

He is pictured wearing a beanie hat, jacket with a fur collar, tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured trainers.

New archive given green light

A plan to build an archive to hold the records from civil nuclear sites around the UK

has been approved by Highland councillors.


The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has proposed building the centre near Wick.

Records from Dounreay near Thurso and Sellafield in Cumbria would be among those held at the archive. More than 70 years' worth of information and up to 30 million digital records would be stored.

It has also been proposed that the centre will hold historical documents from Caithness, including papers dating to the 15th and 16th centuries.

Spot the birdie...

House sparrows were the most commonly spotted bird in Scottish gardens, according to an RSPB survey.


More than 43,000 people across the country took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch in January.

Starlings came second on the most-spotted list, followed by chaffinches. Tree sparrows were ranked 16 - their highest position for 10 years.

Coal tits had the biggest fall in the rankings, going from number nine last year to 13 in 2015.

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Tonight's footie

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Live on #BBCSportsound tonight from 6:30pm - Scotland v Northern Ireland (7:45pm kick-off). Listen on 810MW/digital radio and online.

Boy sexually assaulted

Police in Dundee are appealing for information after a 13 year-old boy was indecently assaulted in Templeton Woods.

The boy was cycling on the green trail near the rangers station between 17:00 and 17:30 on Monday 23 March when he was approached by a man who indecently assaulted him.

The suspect is described as 5ft 2in tall, of medium to large build, with white/grey balding hair. He was wearing a mustard-coloured lightweight jacket with collar and pockets, blue jeans, a red jumper and brown dress shoes.

Officers are keen to trace a man in his thirties who was walking a bulldog-type dog in the area at that time.