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  1. Murder charge mother 'was insane'
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Teenager fined over football smoke bombs

A teenage football fan who set off smoke bombs at a Scottish championship match has been fined £400 and banned from entering stadiums for a year.

Christopher Smith
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Christopher Smith admitted setting off smoke grenades in the Hibs supporters' section at Livingston football club's arena on 18 October 2014.

Smith, 18, admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner and committing a breach of the peace.

Sheriff Douglas Kinloch said it was "idiotic behaviour".

Caldwell named Wigan boss

Wigan Athletic have appointed club captain and former Scotland international Gary Caldwell as manager on a permanent contract.

Gary Caldwell

Caldwell also played for Celtic and Hibs in his career.

King clears court hurdle

Dave King has

taken a step closer to becoming the chairman of Rangers FC after the court of session cleared him to become a director of the club.

Dave King

The South Africa based businessman, who is also the largest single shareholder in Rangers, had to apply to the courts because of his boardroom involvement with the company before administration and liquidation in 2012.

He has still to satisfy the Scottish FA of his fit and proper status but he says he hopes they take guidance from today's ruling.

Man jailed over child abuse videos

A man who downloaded videos of child sexual abuse and bestiality has been

jailed for 18 months.

William Levy, 50, was caught with more than 9,000 "deeply distressing and disturbing" videos and photographs.

Levy admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, and making indecent photographs of children between 31 October 2012 and 25 March 2014.

He also admitted having pornographic images depicting bestiality between 28 March 2011 and 25 March 2014.

Italian Chapel restoration work

Restoration work is being carried out on Orkney's Italian Chapel.

Orkney's Italian Chapel

A professional art restorer from Rome has given up her time to work on the interior of the building.

A regular visitor to the islands, Antonella Papa said she was moved by the story of the chapel which was created by Italian PoWs who were held in Orkney during World War Two.

Skier Crawford retires

Skiing champion Dougie Crawford has announced he will retire after the Scottish championships.

His last race will be at the championships, which are being held on the Nevis Range on Thursday and Friday.

Crawford retires having never having made it to an Olympics.

Video - David Cameron in Scotland

With 30 days to go before the general election, Conservative leader David Cameron has made his first election campaign visit to Scotland as part of a tour of all four nations of the United Kingdom.

David Cameron

Speaking in Edinburgh, Mr Cameron said only his party was "standing up to the SNP and Labour, a party that wants to break-up Britain and a party that wants to bankrupt Britain".

Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats each say they offer an alternative to Tory austerity.

Watch the report by BBC Scotland's political correspondent Glenn Campbell.

Swimming pools reopen

Two swimming pools that were closed last week have reopened, the site's operator has said.

Inverness pool closures
Inverness Leisure

The pools at Inverness Leisure were shut after a potential risk was found with a window in the roof.

There were concerns the window over the leisure and competition pools could be "displaced during high winds".

Inverness Leisure, the organisation that runs the site, said the problem had been resolved.

Ospreys return to T in the Park site

Ospreys have returned to the proposed site of T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle.

Ospreys at T in the Park site

Festival organisers and RSPB Scotland have pledged to work together to safeguard the protected birds.

DF Concerts hopes the ospreys will settle at a new nest further away from the festival site, but accepted that the old nest was now "active".

A spokeswoman said the group was confident the event could still take place at Strathallan.

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Caravan park death trial

A man has gone on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving at an Aberdeenshire caravan park.

Nathaniel Cooper is alleged to have struck pensioner Andrew MacKay after losing control of the vehicle at the caravan park in Cumineston, near Turriff.

Mr Cooper, 30, denied the charge at the High Court in Aberdeen.

Sixty five-year-old Mr MacKay died of chest injuries following the incident, which happened on 21 July 2013.

Motherwell vs St Mirren

Tonight, Motherwell take on St Mirren in a crucial relegation battle in the Scottish Premiership.

Motherwell vs St Mirren

You can listen to all the build up and the match, which kicks off at 19:45, on Radio Scotland and follow the game with a live text commentary on BBC Sport.

In the meantime,

read what Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough and St Mirren manager Gary Teale have to say and discover who could play.

Man stole two vehicles to get home

A man who stole a car and a van and got lost in snow while trying to get home to Barnsley from the Highlands has been jailed for 32 months.

Andrew Ridsdale got as far as Kingussie while on a trip north in January this year, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

He stole a car from nearby Kincraig but abandoned it after a puncture and then getting lost down a snowy track.

Ridsdale, 32, hitchhiked to Lochaline where he stole a van. Police found him in the vehicle near his home.

Concussed Patchell misses Glasgow tie

Cardiff Blues will again be without utility back Rhys Patchell for Friday's

Pro12 trip to Glasgow.

Patchell, 21, was concussed by an illegal blow from Ulster's Nick Williams on 27 March.

Nick Williams collides with Rhys Patchell

The Wales international missed the Blues' 25-21 European Challenge Cup defeat by Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend.

New Zealander Williams was sin-binned on the night and later banned for eight weeks at a citing hearing.

Meanwhile, Wales captain Sam Warburton is available for the trip to Glasgow.

Ice hockey brings economic boost

An international women's ice hockey competition held at the Ice Bowl in Dumfries has been hailed for bringing an economic boost to the local area.

Ice hockey at Dumfries
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The Division 2A women's world championships event was the fourth International Ice Hockey Federation tournament to be held in the town.

It had previously staged Under 18 events for both men and women and an Under 20 championship.

The latest event was believed to have generated about £150,000.

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Lennon named Alloa boss

Danny Lennon has been confirmed as the new manager of Alloa Athletic.

Danny Lennon

The news from the Scottish Championship club came a few hours after the Scottish FA announced that the 46-year-old's spell as interim national under-21 coach had ended after one match - and one victory - in charge.

Missing Bishopbriggs teenager found

A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for four days in East Dunbartonshire

has been found safe and well.

Police said Megan Fanning had last been seen in St Mary's Road, Bishopbriggs, at about 13:25 on Friday.

Megan Fanning was last seen in St Mary's Road, Bishopbriggs, on Friday

They said she had gone missing before but were concerned for her well-being given her age.

Police confirmed this afternoon that Megan had been found safe and well and thanked the public for their assistance during efforts to trace her.

Deila unhappy with Scottish pitches

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has criticised the state of Scotland's football pitches.

Stefan Johansen

Speaking about St Mirren's pitch

following his side's 2-0 win last Friday, Deila said: "I said it's one of the best in the league but it's not a good pitch.

"That says something about the state of the pitches in the league. If that's one of the best in the league that says something.

"Go to England and Europe it's like playing on artificial - this is the Premiership we are talking about."

Council's IT department criticised

Scottish Borders Council's information and communications technology (ICT) department has been

heavily criticised in a report.

Computer keyboard and headset

The document said councillors and staff have complained about issues including "poor service" and "lack of speed".

It also claimed that some council services have resorted to finding their own ICT solutions, rather than consult in-house experts.

Councillors have now agreed to a review of the department.

The criticisms emerged in a published summary of a private report to members of the local authority.

Golf equality 'causing mayhem'

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Veteran golf commentator Peter Alliss says

women golfers have suffered from a drive for equality in the game.

Peter Alliss
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Legislation in 2010 gave women more rights at golf clubs, while the Royal and Ancient in St Andrews and Royal St George's now permit female members.

"I'm told the Ladies Golf Union has lost 150,000 members since equality for women came in," said Alliss.

"Hundreds of women have left golf clubs because they've gone from paying half fare to full fare. It's caused mayhem."

Norovirus hits 44 hospital patients

More than 40 patients at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are suffering from norovirus, the NHS has confirmed.

Dumfries Infirmary
NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Four wards have been affected by the outbreak over the last eight days but two have now reopened.

Ward 14 and ward 10 are still closed to admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

A total of 44 patients currently have the bug and 11 members of staff have reported experiencing the sickness and diarrhoea symptoms.

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Pools reopen after safety fears

Two swimming pools that were closed last week are expected to

reopen later, the site's operator has said.

Survey of roof windows
Inverness Leisure

The pools at Inverness Leisure were shut after a potential risk was found with a window in the roof.

There were concerns the window over the leisure and competition pools could be "displaced during high winds".

Inverness Leisure, the organisation that runs the site, said the problem had been resolved.

Murder accused died of heart disease

A man who died while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife was suffering from heart disease, a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) has heard.

HMP Low Moss
Scottish Prison Service

Neil Clark, 86, was arrested after the body of his wife, Francine, 70, was discovered at their house in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, on 11 June 2014.

He was remanded in custody and died in hospital after falling ill at Low Moss jail, in Bishopbriggs, on 15 July.

The inquiry found his death from heart failure was sudden but not unexpected.

Plane sparks emergency at airport

A full emergency was declared at Inverness Airport after a small business jet reported a problem.

Inverness Airport

The Citation aircraft, with two people on board, landed safely at about 13:15 on Tuesday.

Police and fire crews had been called to the airport as a precaution.

Inverness Airport said the jet had reported a technical fault as it approached. However, it landed safely and taxied to the stand as normal.

McIlroy urges caution on young Scot

World number one Rory McIlroy has urged

amateur champion Bradley Neil not to rush into turning professional.

The pair played a practice round ahead of the Scot's Masters debut this week.

Bradley Neil and Rory McIlroy during their practice round at Augusta
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Bradley Neil and Rory McIlroy shared a practice round at Augusta

"He said to me there's no rush," revealed 19-year-old Neil, who admits he may turn professional before September's Walker Cup.

"He said my game is good enough to come out here and do well, so there's no rush and just wait until I feel comfortable."

McIlroy and Neil had arranged the practice round after they met at last year's Ryder Cup.

Three injured in road accident

Three people have been injured in a

serious road accident in the Borders.

Two men were badly injured when a black Seat left the A68 Hawick to Kelso road near Timpenden, Jedburgh, and landed in a field at about 14:00 on Monday.

The men, who were both passengers in the vehicle, were treated at Borders General Hospital.

The male driver of the car suffered minor injuries in the accident, about a mile west of Cleikimin.

Man admits random knife attack

A newly-freed convict stabbed a woman in a random knife attack in Fife after telling a pub customer he was "just out, but not for long".

Robbie Lowther stabbed Morbheinn McTavish in the stomach leaving her with a liver injury.

Lowther, 23, from Tayport, admitted assaulting her to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life.

It happened on 2 January 2015 in Tayport's Craig Road.

A&E waiting times target missed

Monthly A&E waiting times in Scotland have improved slightly since January but have failed to meet government targets,

NHS statistics show.

In February, almost 87.9% of people were seen within time, up from 87.1% in January.


However, weekly waiting times, which cover major hospitals only, show a slight drop in performance.

The Scottish government said it had been challenging winter, but there were signs of improvement.

The latest figures show Scotland's main A&E units dealt with 26,465 patients between 23 and 29 March.

Alva woman charged over her son's death 'was insane'

An Alva woman charged with murdering her son was insane at the time of his death and will not stand trial,

prosecutors have announced.

Five-year-old Scott Chirashi was found dead at his home in December 2014, and his mother Farai Chirashi was subsequently charged with murder.

Scott Chirashi was found dead at his home in Alva on Friday
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The Crown Office has concluded that Mrs Chirashi, or Chiriseri, "was insane at the time of the incident".

She has been detained in a secure hospital.

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Edinburgh coach plots Euro progress

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Alan Solomons has urged his Edinburgh side to make the most of what he considers a great chance to reach the

European Challenge Cup final.

Sunday's win over London Irish handed Edinburgh a home semi-final against Pro12 rivals Newport Gwent Dragons.

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons
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"It is hugely exciting," head coach Solomons told BBC Scotland. "To get into a home semi-final in European competition is absolutely fantastic.

"We'll have another marvellous opportunity at Murrayfield."

Edinburgh had to overcome English Premiership side London Irish away from home to reach the last four, while Dragons continued their own impressive run by defeating Cardiff Blues.

SNP 'only alternative to austerity'

BBC Scotland's Simon Smith

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told an SNP event that she wants "modest" spending increases to help lift children out of poverty. She told a meeting in Livingston that the SNP was the only party going into the election offering an alternative to austerity.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Ms Sturgeon argued that "modest spending" would allow investment whilst tacking the deficit.