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Summary

  1. Rolls Royce to cut 218 Scots jobs
  2. A83 bus crash passengers recall incident
  3. Vow 'not crucial' in referendum vote
  4. Edinburgh pandas did not mate
  5. New hearing for Lockerbie appeal bid

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By Marianne Taylor and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is it for today's Scotland Live.

We will be back from 07:00 on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

BBC Scotland Weather

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Mainly dry at first tonight, but strengthening winds will bring heavy rain across the country through the early hours.

Tomorrow, it will be a very wet start. The heaviest rain will soon clear, but blustery showers will follow. Widespread gales and gusts of 55-65mph will be evident.

Social workers contempt conviction quashed

Two social workers who were found in contempt of court after stopping a mother's contact with her children have had the finding against them quashed.

The pair, who both work for Edinburgh council but were not named in court, were found guilty of contempt in 2013.

A sheriff ruled they were in contempt for failing to obey a court order for a mother to have weekly contact with her sons, who had been taken into care.

But a judgement from the Court of Session has overturned that decision.

RBS sell Coutts

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has sold Coutts International, the overseas arm of the private bank, to Switzerland's Union Bancaire Privee (UBP).

Coutts
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A spokesperson for Coutts International said both parties had agreed not to disclose the price of the deal.

The bank has been owned by RBS since 2000, managing assets of more than $30bn (£20.2bn).

The sale is part of RBS's policy of selling international assets to create a UK-focused bank.

Rolls Royce to cut 218 jobs

BBC Scotland has learned that Rolls Royce is to shed more than 200 aerospace jobs at two of its Scottish plants over the next two years.

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One hundred and eighty seven staff will be laid off at its Inchinnan plant in Renfrewshire.

Thirty one posts will be shed at the company's East Kilbride facility.

The cuts are the latest in a wave of redundancies at Rolls Royce plants in Scotland, as part of a company restructuring.

In November, Rolls Royce set out plans to shed more than 2500 staff worldwide.

Reporting Scotland

On Reporting Scotland:

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• A83 coach crash

• Look ahead to the General Election official campaign period

• CPR training

Watch on BBC One Scotland

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Trains disruption

There are currently some issues on the trains. Severe disruption has been highlighted on the:

  • Glasgow to Milngavie, Dalmuir, Balloch and Helensburgh line
  • Helensburgh, Balloch and Milngavie to Edinburgh line
  • Motherwell to Cumbernauld line

For all the latest details,

visit the ScotRail website.

Weather warning

BBC Scotland Weather

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Stormy weather on the way tomorrow - widespread gales, severe in places.

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For more details on the weather,

visit the Met Office website.

Swailes leaves Accies

Chris Swailes, the Assistant Manager of Hamilton Accies, has left the club.

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In a statement on the club's website, Hamilton say Swailes wants to find a coaching position nearer his home in the north east of England.

Tonight's Sportsound

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#BBCSportsound live from Dublin tonight for @leinsterrugby v @GlasgowWarriors plus all the football news at 6:30pm, 92-95FM/810MW/digital.

Possible disruption

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Warriors ready for Leinster

Pro12 leaders Glasgow Warriors welcome seven Scotland internationals back into their starting XV for away match tonight against defending champions Leinster.

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Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Finn Russell, Fraser Brown, Tim Swinson and Rob Harley all begin the game for Gregor Townsend's side.

Fellow internationals Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe are on the bench in Dublin.

Third-placed Leinster trail Glasgow by eight points in the league but have a game in hand over the Warriors.

The match kicks off at 19:35. You can watch it live on BBC Two Scotland, listen on BBC Radio Scotland (MW) and follow it on the BBC Sport website.

'I was looking at that water'

Another passenger of the A83 coach was Dave Russell from London.

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Stuart Herd

Mr Russell said it was fortunate the bus did not end up in the loch.

"When it flipped over, I was looking at that water. I thought we were going in and there was no way we would have got out if it had gone in," he said.

"It hit the embankment and luckily, after that, I managed to get our seatbelts undone.

"We got out the window and I dialled 999 and got the emergency services, luckily, because the minute I finished the phone call the connection went."

Bus passengers recall their terror

Passengers on a coach which left the road in high winds and rolled down an embankment have recalled their terror as the bus overturned towards water.

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The tour coach, which came off the A83 in Argyll at the Rest and Be Thankful at about 14:10 on Thursday, came to rest on its wheels beside Loch Restil.

Wendy Bysouth, from Kent, said she thought the coach was going to hit the water.

Ms Bysouth: "All of a sudden I just felt the coach just move and start to roll and as it was rolling people were going up in the air, the windows were breaking, the curtains were going and we were getting nearer and nearer the loch.

"That's all I can remember, thinking, one more roll and we're in the loch, and it was so, so frightening."

Man jailed for meat cleaver attack

A man who threatened to behead a stranger with a meat cleaver in Edinburgh has been jailed for five years and three months.

Liam Howard, 24, told his victim Matthew Fyfe: "Sit down or I will take your head off."

He then hit Mr Fyfe across the face, leaving him scarred for life.

Howard admitted assaulting Mr Fyfe with the cleaver to his permanent disfigurement in the attack at a flat in Beaverbank Place in May last year.

By-election results

The SNP's Sarah King is a new councillor for Armadale and Blackridge in West Lothian after winning a by-election there.

Ms King won with 1620 votes, with Andrew McGuire of Labour finishing second on 1009 votes, representing a hold on the seat for the SNP.

Meanwhile, in Beinnna Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Independent Andrew Walker won the election on to Western Isles Council.

It is a gain from Labour, who did not contest the seat.

Sexual assault police appeal

Police have issued a further appeal over a sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy in Dundee's Templeton Woods.

Templeton Woods
Douglas Nelson

The boy was cycling in the woods on Monday at about 17:00 when he was attacked by a man.

Officers are keen to trace the drivers of a blue car, a red car and a small white van which were parked at the woods visitor centre near the time.

They have also appealed to find a dog walker believed to be a witness and anyone else who was in the area.

Man faces jail term after church fire

A man is facing a jail term for starting a fire which caused £85,000 of damage to a Glasgow church and garage.

Marc Gray and another man set the blaze at the garage beside Holy Cross Parish Church, Govanhill, in November 2013.

The fire destroyed the garage and two cars inside belonging to priests. It also caused damage to the church building.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Gray admitted setting the fire and was remanded in custody. Sentence was deferred.

Could you save a life?

The Scottish government has claimed 1,000 lives could be saved over the next five years by improving the population's lifesaving skills.

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It has launched an action plan to train 500,000 people to help cardiac arrest victims.

Research by the British Heart Foundation indicated 61% of respondents would not feel confident performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Ministers want to increase heart attack survival rates by 10% by 2020.

Dounreay dome future

Work to demolish the landmark Dounreay Fast Reactor dome could start in seven years' time.

Dounreay Fast Reactor
DSRL

The structure, also known as the sphere and the golf ball, has been a feature of the north Caithness coast for almost 60 years.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has recommended that the DFR be decontaminated by 2022 so it can then be demolished.

There were previous plans to retain the dome.

Locke 'strong contender' for Killie job

New Kilmarnock chairman Jim Mann says Gary Locke's credentials for the role of permanent manager of the club are very strong, as he seeks to make an appointment before the Premiership split next month.

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Mann says Locke has proved his man-management and tactical nous are particular strengths in his time in charge as interim boss at Rugby Park.

The new chairman also wants a permanent successor to Allan Johnston to be able to instil an ethos from youth level upwards, admitting that had stalled since Kenny Shiels' departure from the club.

And though they have received several applications for the job, Mann told BBC Scotland: "We want to sit down and have a proper discussion with Gary Locke before looking at those options."

No panda love

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Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Pandas were never in the same room - screen between them. Yang Guang showed no interest as it seems Tian Tian is no longer in season.

Pandas fail to mate

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Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Edinburgh Zoo pandas did not have sex. Tian Tian's hormone levels dropped quickly which meant Yang Guang knew she wasn't interested.

Edinburgh pandas
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Aberdeen hotels 'highest revenue outside London'

Aberdeen had the highest hotel revenue outside London last year as Scotland's hospitality sector outperformed the rest of the UK, according to a report.

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Accountants BDO found average rooms yield in the Granite City was £70.88 over the course of the year.

Edinburgh was fourth highest in the UK at £63.04. Second and third were Oxford at £64.54 and Windsor at £63.69.

Glasgow saw the most improved revenue increase, rising 26.6% to £53.88 on the back of the Commonwealth Games.

Lockerbie appeal

Reevel Alderson

Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

A judge has called for a further hearing to decide if a new appeal can be heard in the Lockerbie bombing case.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi
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Relatives of some of the victims of the atrocity want to pursue the appeal on behalf of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (pictured), the only man convicted of it. He died in 2012.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) asked the appeal court to rule on whether it could continue investigating.

It wants a ruling on whether the relatives have "a legitimate interest".

Strike planned at airports

Security staff at Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

Inverness Airport
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The Prospect union says they are planning to walk out on noon on Tuesday, 7 April for a 48-hour period because of a dispute over pay and conditions.

The strike will affect eleven airports including Inverness, Dundee, Stornoway, Kirkwall and Sumburgh.

Managers at HIAL say they are hoping that industrial action can still be averted.

However, they say they will work hard to keep any disruption to a minimum and ensure that a near normal service can be provided.

Teen accused of throwing fridge at police

A teenager has appeared in court charged with attacking police officers with a fridge and a kitchen sink.

Kieran Phillips appeared at Perth Sheriff Court after an incident which saw armed police called to a hostel in Perth city centre on Thursday.

The 19-year-old is charged with assaulting seven named officers by throwing items including a fridge and a sink out of a window at them.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Weekend travel

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David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

Forth Road Bridge: Disruption likely on Saturday due to very strong winds; expected to close to all vehicles except cars in afternoon.

El Alagui to return for Hibs

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs will include striker Farid El Alagui in his squad for the first time since August as they aim to tighten their grip on second place in the Championship table at Raith Rovers.

Farid El Alagui
SNS

El Alagui scored four goals in his first six games before injuring his Achilles and Stubbs says it's a boost to have him back available.

Man jailed after knife attack

A man who held an Aberdeen City Council worker at knifepoint has been jailed for three years.

Witold Jozefowicz, 35, attacked the 25-year-old woman at the council's Marischal College headquarters in July last year.

The court heard he believed he was being chased by the Russian mafia.

Jozefowicz, of Fraserburgh, admitted assault and abduction at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He will be supervised for a year after his release.

Greer - 'No pressure on scoreline'

Scotland defender Gordon Greer has said the squad doesn't feel any extra pressure to score lots of goals against Gibraltar in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier at Hampden.

Gordon Greer
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Group D rivals Germany and the Republic of Ireland both beat Gibraltar 7-0 in previous matches but Greer says Scotland's opponents will be "no mugs", and believes Gibraltar will be difficult to break down.

The Brighton defender also says the Scotland squad are hoping for a draw between the Republic of Ireland and Poland in Dublin.

Three in hospital after crash

Three people have been taken to hospital after a two-car crash near a reservoir in West Lothian.

One of the casualties, a 22-year-old man, is in a serious condition following the collision on Thursday morning.

The incident happened on the A70 near Harperrig reservoir, south of Kirknewton.

A Seat Ibiza travelling west and an eastbound Skoda Octavia were involved in the collision.

McCall in the dark over future

Rangers boss Stuart McCall says he has not yet been asked to make any preparations for next season.

Stuart McCall
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McCall admitted it was unusual not to have any plans in place for pre-season at the end of March.

He also said he hopes to still be at the club but has not yet been given an indication if this would be the case.

Man killed in lorry crash named

A 47-year-old man who died after his car was involved in a collision with a lorry in Dumfries has been named.

Police said William Hanlin, from Dalbeattie, died at the scene of the crash on the A75 bypass.

The lorry driver was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident but later released.

Officers said Mr Hanlin's Vauxhall Astra was travelling eastbound when it collided with the HGV at Cuckoo Bridge at 19:45 on Thursday.

Fees 'prevent challenge from workers'

The introduction of fees for employment tribunals has

stopped thousands of Scots from challenging rogue employers, according to a charity.

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The Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland said fees had "altered the balance of power" between workers and employers since they were introduced in 2013.

People face fees of up to £1,200 for their claims to be heard by a tribunal.

The UK Ministry of Justice said fee waivers were available for those who could not afford to pay.

Curtain up?

Plans to fully redevelop Ayr's Gaiety Theatre are a

step further to being realised after the project was awarded £590,000.

Ayr
BBC

The cash - a £500,000 loan and a grant of £90,000 - means the planned refurbishment is only about £300,000 short of its £2.4m funding target.

Originally built in 1902, the B-listed theatre closed in 2009 but reopened in 2012 after a campaign.

The Ayr Gaiety Partnership is leading efforts to make the theatre a cultural and educational hub for Ayrshire.

Vettriano under the hammer

Artist Jack Vettriano has viewed a collection of his paintings ahead of a major sale.

Jack
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The 12 works belonging to an anonymous collector will go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh on 31 March 31, with an estimated value of between £800,000 and £1.2m.

Bonhams' head of Scottish art Chris Brickley said it was the most important collection of Vettriano's work to appear at auction for the last decade.

One of his most famous paintings, The Singing Butler, sold for £744,000 in 2004 and became one of the best-selling posters in Britain.

Sleep education

Pupils at an Edinburgh school are taking part in a master class on sleep education as part of their preparation for exams.

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About 200 S5 students from George Watson's College will take part in a workshop to encourage them to think about their sleeping habits.

Sound Sleep is a programme run by Sleep Scotland to teach the importance of sleep for memory retention.

Experts said teenagers should be averaging nine hours sleep a night.