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Summary

  1. Clegg & Balls campaign in Scotland
  2. Businessman Jim McColl backs fiscal autonomy
  3. Man killed by lorry on motorway
  4. Union warns against further police cuts
  5. Lib Dems needed at centre of new government - Willie Rennie

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

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BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all from the Scotland Live team for today.

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

Until then, you can keep up to date with developments on the

BBC News Scotland website.

Police Scotland to probe NI case

Police Scotland is to investigate the alleged destruction of evidence by members of the security service in Northern Ireland more than 30 years ago.

It is alleged that tapes produced during a surveillance operation at a hayshed in County Armagh where Michael Tighe was shot dead by members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1982 were concealed and destroyed.

Recordings appeared to show that no warnings were shouted by the officers before they opened fire.

Man killed on motorway

A man has died after being hit by a lorry on the M8 at Livingston in West Lothian.

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Police said the 61-year-old man had left his own vehicle when he was struck by the lorry shortly after 13:00. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The eastbound carriageway was closed at Junction 3 while emergency services attended, but has since reopened.

Police said they were attempting to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

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Thurs: A cold, frosty & sunny start. Through the day, cloud builds turning the sun hazy. Rain into the far W/SW coast by end of the day.

Former footballer stalked ex

A former footballer has admitted conducting a

two-year stalking campaign against his ex-girlfriend.

Martin Hardie, 38, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, targeted Kirsty MacLeod from September 2012 to November 2014.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard he climbed up a drainpipe to spy on her and repeatedly turned up at her work.

Sentence on Hardie, who played for St Johnstone, Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock, Dunfermline, Morton and Airdrie, was deferred and bail was granted.

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Coming up on reporting Scotland at 18:30:

  • The latest from the general election campaign
  • Would fiscal autonomy be good for Scotland?
  • Dutch rail operator takes over Scotrail

Watch live on BBC One Scotland or

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New tax system up and running

An online system set up to collect the first national taxes introduced by a Scottish Parliament in more than 300 years has successfully began processing transactions, the finance secretary has said.

A new levy on property sales, the land and buildings transaction tax - which replaces stamp duty in Scotland - came into force today at the same time as power over landfill tax was transferred to Holyrood.

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There were fears that the collection system, administered by the new tax authority Revenue Scotland, would not be ready on time.

John Swinney told MSPs that as of 1.45pm, 83 transactions had already been processed online.

Man 'assaulted boy at school'

A court has heard how a man hauled a schoolboy out of gym class and assaulted him because he owed his son £10.

Stuart Morrison, 44, admitted assaulting the 14-year-old, and threatening and abusive behaviour towards teachers who tried to intervene, at a secondary school in Aberdeen in November 2013.

Sentence at the city's sheriff court was deferred for social work reports.

Swimming complex closed

The largest swimming pool complex in the Highlands has been

closed until further notice for safety reasons.

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Inverness Leisure said a potential risk had been indentified with some windows in the roof above the Inverness site's two pools.

There are concerns a window could be "displaced during high winds", a spokesman said.

The decision to shut the pools temporarily was taken following an inspection by a structural engineer.

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#M8 Glasgow - one lane blocked citybound J6 Craighall because of an ongoing incident....traffic very slow on approach.

Man cleared of crash death

A man has been cleared of killing an 84-year-old woman in a two-car crash near Neilston in East Renfrewshire.

Martin Muir's Skoda Octavia collided with a Citroen C3 car, driven by Jean Forsyth's 94-year-old husband Robert, on Greenfield Road in August 2013.

The pensioner died at the scene from chest injuries.

Mr Muir, 27, was cleared of causing her death by careless driving after a jury heard his speed was not excessive and the other car was in the middle of the road.

Trampoline park to reopen

A trampoline park which has been closed for almost six weeks after it was found to be operating without a licence

is to reopen.

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Ryze in Dalkeith is due to open its doors again on Thursday at 10:00.

More than 100 incidents were reported at the 10,000 sq ft trampoline park in the three weeks after it was launched on 23 January.

Midlothian Council had served an improvement notice on its operators to address "public safety concerns".

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Hi, Chris here. Showers for a time this eve; rain in the SW. However, it all clears overnight leaving clear spells with a frost. Lows 0/-3C.

Drugs seized

Police in Glasgow have seized drugs with an estimated street value of £565,000.

Acting on intelligence, officers carried out an operation in Wester Common Road, Maryhill, on Tuesday, recovering drugs believed to be heroin and amphetamine.

Enquiries are continuing and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Detective Inspector Alasdair Anderson said "This significant recovery clearly demonstrates our determination to crack down on drugs in our communities, and it will certainly have an impact on those involved in the further distribution of these drugs."

Clegg: Coalition was right thing for country

UK Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been campaigning for votes in East Dunbartonshire.

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He pledged to raise paternity leave from two weeks to six weeks, saying it was "a good thing" for fathers to take more time off to spend with newborn children.

Mr Clegg also accepted that his party's coalition with the Conservatives had cost his party "short-term political popularity".

He said it was "the right thing for the country".

Man due in court over police injury

A man is due to appear in court after a police officer was injured in a supermarket in the Borders.

Police said the male officer sustained a leg injury during an incident at the Tesco store in Paton Street, Galashiels.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

A police spokesman said a 42-year-old man has been charged with theft by shoplifting, resisting arrest and possession of a knife.

He is expected to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

'Momentous' day for children in care

New measures providing extra support and more rights for children and young people in care came into force today.

All teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will now be entitled to remain in care until they reach 21 under the new legislation.

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The Scottish government has pledged to provide support for care leavers until they reach the age of 26 to help them move successfully to independent living.

The changes were introduced by the Children and Young People Act, passed by Parliament in February last year.

Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of Who Cares? Scotland, said it was a "momentous" day, adding that Scotland's care system had changed forever.

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Highlands #A87 closed at Glenmoriston cut off by RTA. Also affecting #A887 - police diverting traffic but adding around 60 miles.

Balls on 'SNP and Tory consensus'

Labour's Treasury spokesman Ed Balls was in Glasgow today campaigning with Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy ahead of May's general election.

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Mr Balls said his party would spend an extra £800m in Scotland on the NHS, education and job creation.

He added: "The inconvenient truth for the SNP is that there is no consensus at Westminster on austerity.

"The only consensus now on offer to voters in Scotland is the consensus between the SNP and the Conservatives - that no new investment is required here in Scotland to end austerity in the coming year."

Police officer hurt in shoplifting incident

A police officer has been injured while apprehending an alleged shoplifter in a supermarket in the Borders.

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The male officer sustained a leg injury in the incident at the Tesco store in Paton Street, Galashiels.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said officers went to the store at 09:45 on Wednesday after receiving reports of a shoplifter on the premises.

He said the suspect "struggled violently" with officers, resulting in one of them being injured.

Police search for cyclist

Police are searching for a Bonnybridge man who has not been seen since he went out for a bike ride on Sunday.

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Bernard Burall, 49, was last seen cycling in Drum Wood, between South Drum Farm and Craigieburn, at about 13:00 on 29 March.

He has not been in contact with friends or family since, and officers said his disappearance was out of character.

Mr Burall is about 5ft 7in tall, of Afro-Caribbean appearance, with brown eyes and short black hair.

M8 Closed - Latest

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With the M8 closed eastbound at Junction 3 Livingston following a road traffic accident, there is now an eight-mile queue with drivers suffering delays of an hour.

The incident is also affecting traffic around Edinburgh Airport.

Scotland 'ready for next step'

Head coach Anna Signeul says Scotland are ready to make the step up to the next level as she bids to lead them to their first major tournament.

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Glasgow City recently made history by becoming the first Scottish side to make the quarter-finals of the Womens Champions League.

And Signeul hopes by employing a new system the national side can emulate City and break new ground.

"We have some great new players coming up," Signeul told BBC Scotland.

Rape investigation

Police investigating the "horrendous" rape of a woman in Uddingston have said an operation at the scene of the attack one week on was "worthwhile".

The 20-year-old was raped at about 22:15 on 24 March in a wooded area close to Castle Gate near the South Lanarkshire town's railway station.

Police interviewed people in the area between 21:00 and 23:00 on Tuesday in an attempt to gain further information.

Officers said they identified possible new witnesses.

Where is Andy Murray's Scottish legacy?

Andy Murray's legacy, Tiger at Augusta and the Newcastle Five.

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Read Tom English's latest column.

Tram death

A man has died after taking ill on board an Edinburgh tram this lunchtime.

Police say the 74-year-old became ill and later died on board a tram at Haymarket.

His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Edinburgh's tram service is back in operation after being suspended because of the medical emergency.

Pedestrian knocked down on M8

A pedestrian has been knocked down on the M8 in West Lothian.

The incident happened at about 13:00 at Livingston.

There are closures in place at Junction 3 eastbound carriageway while emergency services are at the scene.

'A lot more to come' from Murray

Former British number one Andrew Castle has told BBC Scotland that he feels there's ''a lot more to come'' from Andy Murray, believing the Dunblane star could go on playing at the top level for another five or six years if he wants to.

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Murray won his 500th career match after his fourth round win at the Miami Open, when he defeated South African Kevin Anderson.

Celtic 'talking about' Wilson

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Ronny Deila says that Celtic will be using the next two months to assess signing targets as he looks to strengthen his squad for next season.

Danny Wilson
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The club's scouting department has identified a number of potential players, and the process of watching and evaluating them has begun.

Deila also admitted that he is aware of the Hearts captain Danny Wilson and that central defence is an area he is looking to fill, with Jason Denayer returning to his parent club Manchester City in the summer.

"We are working all the time, and April and May is for looking at players," Deila said. "[Wilson] is one many names we're talking about - nothing serious - he's a good player though."

Man dies on tram

Edinburgh's trams service has been suspended after a man became unwell and subsequently died.

Police say the 74-year-old became ill on board a tram at Haymarket.

His death is being treated as unexplained.

Hearts secure charity partnership

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BBC Sport

Hearts will carry the name of a national charity on their shirts next season.

The Edinburgh club says the partnership announced today at Tynecastle with Save the Children, and funded through philanthropy, is worth a seven-figure sum over a three-year period.

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The donation will fund work on and off the pitch, with key infrastructure being repaired and the academy programme strengthened, according to the club.

A separate donation from the benefactors will enable Save the Children to deliver support to children and families throughout Edinburgh.

Hearts owner Ann Budge said: "The benefactors are wholly supportive of the way in which the club is being rebuilt and of the values that underpin its activities.

"As the team is restored to its rightful place in the SPFL, we can use the magic formula of football to enhance the lives of children and families in the community. It's a perfect match."

Coming up...

On today's lunchtime edition of Reporting Scotland:

  • Union warns against more police cuts
  • Businessman urges full fiscal autonomy for Scotland
  • Andy Murray reaches landmark win
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Watch the programme live, from 13:30,

here.

Accident closes M8

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The M8 is closed eastbound at Junction 3 Livingston because of an accident. Police are diverting traffic off at Junction 3 on to the A89. There are delays on the approach and on the diversion route.

Menage a trois?

A new

female osprey has set up nest at the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve at Loch of the Lowes.

Osprey
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Staff at the reserve near Dunkeld had been awaiting the return of "Lady", the female that has nested at the site for 24 consecutive years.

However, a younger bird has moved in and mated with the resident male, known as "Laddie".

Rangers at the reserve said Lady may yet return, but would face a competition for her nest and mate.

Tram disruption

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Edinburgh trams currently running between the Airport and Murrayfield only. Tickets will be valid on Lothian Buses instead.

Rail operator 'to deliver smart cards and information revamp'

The new operator of the ScotRail franchise has promised "immediate" improvements in passenger information by issuing thousands of smartphones and tablets to front-line staff.

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The technology will allow faster communication with customers, while a national smart-card system is to be brought in to simplify ticketing.

Dutch firm Abellio has taken over the franchise from FirstGroup.

It aims to increase passenger numbers to 110 million within 10 years.

Union warns against more police cuts

The union representing Scotland's police officers has warned that the force can take no more operational cuts.

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The chairman of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) made the warning at the body's annual conference.

It comes after the chief constable of Police Scotland said cuts of £10.8m were needed over the next 12 months.

Scottish leaders from the four main political parties will be speaking at the event which marks the second anniversary of the single force.

Full fiscal autonomy - Your views

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Fraudster jailed for five years

A man who defrauded a terminally ill friend out of almost £500,000 has been jailed for five years.

Keith Cameron, 54, persuaded Jonathan Speirs, whom he had known since his schooldays, to hand over £476,864, saying he would use the money to fund a telecoms start-up.

Instead, Cameron, from Edinburgh, spent the money on his £1.2m mortgage, private education for his children and luxury holidays.

Mr Speirs' widow only found out about the fraud after her husband had died.

Cameron was sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.