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  1. Rangers shares delisted from AIM Stock Exchange; shareholders consider legal action
  2. General Election dominates FMQs
  3. Man admits murder and rapes
  4. 'We've halved the deficit' - Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson
  5. Hit-and-run theory over Scottish soldier's death in Florida
  6. Man jailed over bomb-making haul

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That's it from Scotland Live for today, and until after the Easter weekend. Join us again on Tuesday from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

'Community divided' over T in the Park

The community of

Strathallan has been "divided" over the proposal to host T in the Park there, residents say.

Strathallan sign

Perth and Kinross Council is to consider an application to host the annual music event on the grounds of Strathallan Castle from this summer.

Part-owners of the estate have said they will not allow wildlife or the natural environment to be harmed.

But some residents say the site's road network and abundant wildlife make it unsuitable to host such a major event.

Read more here.

Funding for domestic abuse victims

An under-threat advice service for domestic abuse victims will be the first to receive cash from a new £20m fund aimed at tackling violence against women, the first minister has announced.

Man striking woman
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Nicola Sturgeon said the Edinburgh Domestic Abuse Court Service (EDACS) would receive £147,000 additional funding next year on top of the £100,000 already allocated to the project.

The new fund will work over three years to improve support for those who have suffered violence and sexual assault.

Sounds familiar...

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

It will come as no surprise to followers of events at Ibrox that it's back to code SNAFU - that is, the situation is normal, in that it's all, er, fouled up.

Read Douglas Fraser's blog here.

Rangers FC

Romantic couple

Edinburgh and Orkney have been shortlisted as two of the most romantic destinations in the UK, as part of a series of special awards organised by publishers Mills & Boon.

Kirkwall harbour
Bob Jones/Geograph

The Romantic Awards 2015 cover everything from wedding venues, gifts and experiences, to destinations, entrepreneurs and real-life heroes and heroines.

On air...

Reporting Scotland is getting under way on BBC One Scotland.

You can watch it here.

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Aye cloud

BBC Scotland Weather


This evening will be dry for most, although increasingly cloudy. Rain will arrive across the west coast and Hebrides this evening and work its way north and eastwards across most of the country overnight, stopping short of the north Highlands, the northern Isles and northern Aberdeenshire.

Ther will be some sleet and light snow for a time, above about 400 metres, but it won't amount to much. Temperatures won't be as low as last night, dipping to 2C or 4C for most of us. Winds will freshen a touch from the Southeast.

Easdales consider legal action

The Rangers shareholders grouping headed by brothers Sandy and James Easdale is considering legal action

after the club's delisting from the Stock Exchange.

james and sandy easdale

Spokesman Jack Irvine said: "This cessation of listing is a blow to all serious shareholders and is in direct contradiction to the promises Mr Dave King made in the lead up to the EGM regarding appointment of a nomad.

"Today's statement from Rangers is a masterpiece in obfuscation, presumably with the intention of disguising the fact that the shares will trade at a massive discount."

Judy Murray on Andy's 500 milestone

After his 500th career win, Andy Murray has been reflecting on his amazing tennis career with his mum.

Judy Murray
SNS Group Bill Murray

On a schools coaching visit to Dumfries, Judy Murray tells BBC Scotland's Willie Johnston she spoke to her son on the phone last night after he had beaten South African Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open.

Watch it here.

Police probe 'hang Sturgeon' tweet

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Police Scotland say they are investigating a comment on social media suggesting that the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon should be hanged.

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A message sent on Twitter by a freelance sports journalist, Fraser Paterson, said Ms Sturgeon should be hanged from a tree in Charlotte Square gardens, outside the First Minister's official residence in Edinburgh.

Mr Paterson has since tweeted that he had crossed a line, his comment was unprofessional and he meant no harm to Ms Sturgeon.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said they had received a complaint about the tweet and were looking into it.

Railway safety concerns

Network Rail has issued West Coast Railways with a suspension notice as a result of "ongoing safety concerns".

West Coast Railways operates several steam train services around the UK including The Jacobite, from Fort William to Mallaig crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "This decision has not been taken lightly, however safety will always be our number one priority.

"We have set out a number of actions to address the safety concerns raised and will continue to work with WCR to ensure their services can run safely in future."

Swinney signs on

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

tweets: Delighted to sign the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill introduced in @ScotParl today

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Rangers legal action

BBC Sport


BBC Scotland has learned that, despite it still being possible to trade Rangers stock privately,

a number of shareholders are considering legal action as a result of the Stock Exchange delisting.

New interim chairman Paul Murray, director John Gilligan and shareholder Dave King

It is also understood that at least one complaint has been made to the Financial Conduct Authority, but that body has no jurisdiction over Rangers.

Abuse images man sentenced

An Aberdeen man caught with images of child abuse who claimed he was trying to find missing Madeleine McCann

has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

David Brinkman
Newsline Media

David Brinkman, 68, admitting trawling through hundreds of indecent images and videos of children.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court had previously heard that Brinkman was a "one man crusade".

He was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and was placed on the sex offenders register.

MSPs' thoughts drift to Another Place

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

It was the final session of questions to the First Minister before the Easter recess. Did they feel demob happy? Was the comradely banter sparkling? Were they anticipating holidays and recreation? Friends, the answer is no, thrice.

Read Brian Taylor's blog here.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Rats claim shuts school kitchen

The kitchen at a primary school in Dingwall was shut as a precaution on Wednesday and Thursday

after parents said they saw rats outside the school building.

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Highland Council said pest control officers have found evidence of rodents in a store room at Ben Wyvis Primary but not in the kitchen.

Some packaging in the store had been chewed, but pest control said there was no evidence of an infestation.

Pupils were supplied with lunch by another school.

Glasgow on best sport city shortlist

Glasgow is on a shortlist of four cities from around the world in the running to be crowned

Sports City of the Year later this month.

The Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow last year
SNS Group Bill Murray

The inaugural SportAccord Awards recognise and honour excellence in the sporting world.

The winners of eight categories are set to be announced in Sochi on 23 April.

The Russian city is also in the running for the best city award along with Glasgow, Rio de Janerio in Brazil and Warsaw in Poland.

Glasgow's nomination for the 2015 SportAccord Awards comes after a year in which it hosted the Commonwealth Games and the IAAF Diamond League and Gymnastics World Cup.

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Eilidh McHale snapped her mum enjoying the view from a very windswept Lee Pen in Innerleithen.

Lee Pen in Innerleithen
Eilidh McHale

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Rennie defends coalition role

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has been defending the party's role in the coalition.

willie rennie

Willie Rennie said the last thing the country needed was to veer to the right with the vast cuts the Conservatives are proposing.

He also said he hoped tonight's leaders' debate would provide an opportunity for Nick Clegg to get his message out about the Lib Dems' achievements in government.

The wind's getting up

The Scottish government has given planning consent for a 23-turbine wind farm planned for a site near Inverness.


NBW Wind Energy Ltd said its Corriegarth Wind Farm will generate enough electricity for 33,000 homes.

The approval from Energy Minister Fergus Ewing replaces the existing planning permission granted by Highland Council.

The local authority gave consent to 20 turbines on the same site on Corriegarth Estate, near Gorthleck.

Coming up...

Newsdrive gets under way on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:00.

Today's stories include:

  • Man raped women as victim lay dead
  • General Election dominates FMQs
  • Man jailed over bomb-making haul
  • Shares in Rangers are delisted

Listen live to the programme


Three wards shut in norovirus outbreak

Three wards at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary will be closed over the Easter weekend following an outbreak of norovirus, the NHS says.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

A total of 30 patients have experienced sickness and diarrhoea and nine staff have also reported the symptoms.

Ward 12, for stroke patients, is the third ward to be shut to admissions and transfers and to be subject to visitor restrictions since Monday.

General medical wards nine and 10 are also closed to new patients.

Inverness pools to remain closed

Two swimming pools at an Inverness' sports complex are likely to remain shut next week amid safety concerns.

Survey of roof windows
Inverness Leisure

There are concerns a window in the roof over the leisure and competition pools at Inverness Leisure could be "displaced during high winds".

The pools were shut on Wednesday.

Inverness Leisure, the organisation that runs the site, said the temporary closure was likely to extend into next week.

A spokesman said it was "extremely apologetic" to customers who had hoped to use the pools during the Easter weekend and the school holidays.

Aitken seeks special Stranraer prize

BBC Sport


Stranraer manager Stevie Aitken aims to achieve a "special"

promotion to the Scottish Championship.

The Stair Park side have not been in Scotland's second tier since the 2005-06 season, but lead League One by a point with five games to go.

Stranraer players
Stranraer have won 17 of their 31 league games so far this season

"There's a lot of big, big clubs in there," Aitken told

BBC Scotland.

"If Rangers or Hibs are still there; and there's potential for St Mirren, Motherwell or Ross County to come down - but we've still got work to do."

Stranraer are on 58 points, with Morton and Forfar close behind on 57.

Drop in electoral roll entries

There has been a drop in the number of register entries in Scotland since the referendum, according to the Electoral Commission.

The figure has fallen by 1.8%, or by 76,592, since September.

The number excluded the 110,000 16 and 17-year-olds who were registered and eligible to vote in the referendum but who cannot turn out for the general election on 7 May.

Rangers shareholders consider legal action

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

BBC Scotland has learned that a significant number of shareholders in Rangers are considering legal action following news of the club's delisting from the stock exchange. The club announced it was delisting after failing to find a new nominated advisor.

Ibrox Stadium
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The move has led to anger amongst some large investors who are now unable to trade their stake on the AIM market. It's also understood at least one complaint has been made to the Financial Conduct Authority regarding to events leading up to the delisting.

Plan for big jump in bus charges

A "departure charge" levied on buses using the new

Galashiels transport interchange could increase five-fold.

Rail interchange

Operators using the old Stirling Street bus station were charged 35p per vehicle before its closure in 2013.

Councillors in the Borders had been asked to approve plans to increase the charge to use the £5.2m transport hub to £1.75 per vehicle.

However, a report outlining the proposals was withdrawn at a meeting of the full council on Thursday and will now be discussed at a later date.

Man in court over Tesco police assault

A man has appeared in court charged with carrying a knife and assaulting a police officer during a disturbance at a supermarket in the Borders.

Krzysztof Lyszko, 42, was also accused of theft by shoplifting and obstructing police at the Tesco store in Paton Street, Galashiels, on Wednesday.

He appeared in private at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Lyszko, from Kelso, made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.

Electoral roll figures down

The number of entries on the electoral roll has fallen since the independence referendum.

polling station

The Electoral Commission says the number of register entries for those aged 18 and over dropped by 1.8% since September.

Excluded from the figures are the 110,000 16 and 17-year-olds who were registered and eligible to vote in the referendum but cannot vote in the general election on 7 May.

Rangers looking at options

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Tweet: #Rangers trying to join another, minor stock market to ensure shareholders can trade. Delisting not seen as a block on new fundraising

Wildcat breeding plan criticised

An animal welfare group has

criticised a proposed Scottish wildcat captive breeding programme.

Scottish wildcat
Steve Piper

Captive Animals' Protection Society (Caps) said trapping wildcats to breed them in zoos harmed the species' chances of survival.

Captive breeding forms part of the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan unveiled in September 2013.

Scottish Natural Heritage and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland said it was necessary to conserve the cats.

SNH and RZSS are among 30 organisations backing the action plan.

Rangers blame former directors

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Tweet: #Rangers directors blame predecessors for failure to get a NomAd required to remain market listed. Dave King "was passed as fit and proper"

Subsea firm trebles profits to £3.4m

An Aberdeenshire subsea engineering specialist has more than trebled profits to £3.4m.

Ecosse equipment
Not specified

Banchory-based Ecosse Subsea Systems saw profits rise from just over £1m on revenue which jumped 88% to £15.6m, in the year to March last year.

The company attributed the growth to a diversification from its traditional oil and gas market into areas such as renewables.

Ecosse employs 70 people offshore and at its headquarters.

Rangers 'too toxic'


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Tweet: #Rangers kicked off AIM junior market of London Stock Exchange. It's reputation's too toxic: more complaints in a year than any other firm

Shares in Rangers are delisted

BBC Sport


Shares in

have been delisted from the AIM Stock Exchange.


Trading in the company's shares had already been suspended on 4 March following the resignation of its nominated advisor, WH Ireland.

That followed the removal of the previous board by a group of shareholders led by Dave King.

But the new board has been unable to appoint a new nomad before the deadline for remaining listed on AIM.

Lower cost airlines

Heathrow airport managers have announced plans to cut the cost to airlines of each passenger flying to Scotland and other UK destinations by one third.


The fee, paid by the airline, would fall by £10 to £19.59. Of the London airport's total income, this would reduce it by 7%, while it increases charges on long haul flights by the same amount to create incentives for quieter planes with lower emissions.

Heathrow signalled its plans last month, but is today publishing details. If agreed with customers and the industry regulator, the lower charges would be introduced at the start of next year.

Rangers fail in Nomad bid


Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Tweet: #Rangers delisted from AIM stock exchange after failing to find a nominated advisor.

Soldier killed in 'hit-and-run'

Police are investigating the possibility that

a Scots soldier who died in Florida was involved in a hit-and-run incident, his family have said.

Shaun Cole

Pte Shaun Cole, 22, from Edinburgh, had been attending the Ultra Music festival in Miami with two friends when he died.

It was reported that his body was found on a pavement on Sunday and that he died as a result of a head injury.

He was serving with the Royal Scots Borderers. Miami Police are still investigating Pte Cole's death.

Pte Cole's family said: "We would like to inform everyone that Miami Police are now following a line of inquiry that would suggest that Shaun was involved in a hit-and-run incident."

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Joe Higney, from Kilsyth, captured this image of one of the Kelpies on a visit to The Helix in Falkirk.

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Man admits murder and rapes

A man has admitted

murdering a 23-year-old woman in his Falkirk home before raping two others.

Steven Mathieson and the crime scene in Springfield Drive

Steven Mathieson stabbed escort Luciana Maurer a total of 44 times on 5 December while his partner was on a night out, while his four-year-old son slept in the next room.

The 38-year-old then detained and raped two other escorts called to the house.

Mathieson pleaded guilty to rape and murder charges at the High Court and will be sentenced at a later date.