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Summary

  1. Man dies after motorbike crash
  2. Scots referendum debated by leaders
  3. Parties clash over Trident renewal
  4. Election campaign hits town and country

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Caroline Henderson and Jo Perry

All times stated are UK

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Householders warned of rogue traders

Moray Council's trading standards team has issued a

warning to householders over unscrupulous doorstep traders.

Houses on a street
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Officers say every year they receive complaints about callers who post flyers offering services such as household repairs or garden clearance.

They warn that these traders often use misleading or intimidating practices to obtain large amounts of money.

Vulnerable consumers, particularly the elderly, are most often targeted.

Your views: Trident debate

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Angus, North Uist: A quick search online tells you the MOD themselves say only 520 civilian jobs directly dependent on trident. One expensive job creation program.

Brian, Fife: If Trident technology had been around in 1939 Hitler would have left us alone and this applies to all potential aggressor countries today.

Ex marine JT, Edinburgh: The nukes are not a deterrent. In my opinion they are a status symbol that makes us look tough on the world stage and gets an invite to the top tables.

Coming up: Trident discussion

BBC Radio Scotland

John Beattie will be joined by Professor Malcolm Chalmers who wrote a report on Trident in the run-up to the independence referendum in September and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at St Andrews University, William Walker.

Listen live.

Probe into woman killed in flat fire

A woman has died in a

flat fire in Fife.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at 01:51 in Kinninmonth Street, Kirkcaldy.

Kinninmonth Street, Kirkcaldy
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They said the flat was heavily smoke-logged when they arrived at the scene. At least 15 firefighters tackled the fire and it was extinguished at 02:17.

A fire investigation has now been launched. The woman died at the scene.

Alex Smart, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The loss of life through fire in the home is utterly devastating and the thoughts of everyone are with those in this tragedy."

Phone scam nets thousands

A pensioner has lost £18,000 in a

phone banking scam.

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The 70-year-old woman from Newton Stewart is the third person in the area in as many days to be conned out of a substantial sum.

On Monday, a 78-year-old man in Stranraer lost more than £15,000 when a cold caller convinced him to move money to a different account.

Two days earlier a woman aged 64 lost in excess of £12,000 in a similar scam.

The top stories at 11:30...

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Tories attack Labour over Trident: The Conservatives commit to four new nuclear submarines and say Labour could "barter away" the UK's nuclear deterrent with the SNP - something Labour flatly denies.

Man dies after motorbike crash: A man in his 50s dies following a crash involving a motorbike and a car in Aberdeenshire.

Campaign hits town and country: The rural economy, apprenticeships and opportunities for women will be among the issues on the Scottish election campaign trail.

Dundee 'desperate' for top six

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Scotland

Paul Hartley stressed his

Dundee players are "desperate" to secure a top-six finish in their first season back in the top flight.

Wednesday's 3-1 win against city rivals Dundee United - their first in 10 years - put them sixth in the Premiership.

Dundee celebrate James McPake's goal against Dundee United
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"Everybody thought we'd be struggling at the bottom but I've got great belief in my group of players," Hartley told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It's important for the players as they're desperate to get in there."

The Dark Blues trail United by two points and have two games to play before the league splits into top six and bottom six for an additional five matches.

Next up for Dundee is a trip to St Johnstone on Saturday.

Top lawyer to lead bin lorry inquiry

Scotland's second most senior law officer is to lead the

inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

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Solicitor General Lesley Thomson will lead Crown evidence at the fatal accident inquiry, which is due to start on 22 July at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Six people died and 10 others were injured when a council bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in Glasgow city centre on 22 December.

The Crown Office has already said that no-one will face criminal charges.

Murder bid on two men buying a car

An investigation has been launched into the

attempted murder of two men who had travelled to Edinburgh to buy a car.

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The incident happened on Wednesday at about 18:00 in Wardieburn Street West.

The men, aged 43 and 45, had travelled from Aberdeen. They were attacked in a stairwell by two men who are then thought to have left by the back of the block.

Both victims suffered serious injuries and the 43-year-old man is in a critical condition.

Wildfire warning

There is an increased risk of wildfires in parts of Scotland over the next few days,

according to organisations that monitor the threat.

Wildfire risk maps
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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) have issued the warning.

They said dry weather and large quantities of dead vegetation such as heather and pine needles had heightened the chance of the uncontrolled fires.

The warning of the increased risk is in place until 13 April.

Scotland on the rise

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Scotland

Scotland have risen 10 places to 29th in Fifa's

Shaun Maloney scored twice from the penalty spot in Scotland's 6-1 victory over Gibraltar
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Wales have reached their highest-ever position after climbing to 22nd in the standings.

Chris Coleman's side rise 15 places thanks to their unbeaten start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

England - the highest ranked of the home nations - are up three to 14th, with Northern Ireland up one to 42nd.

Germany, Argentina and Belgium hold the first, second and third spots respectively.

Debates: 'Democratically accountable'

During last night's

televised debate in Aberdeen, Nicola Sturgeon said SNP MPs would press for full Scottish fiscal autonomy, which prompted heated exchanges about how the Scottish Parliament would raise and spend its own money.

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie: "To have that our economy, largely dependent on the volatile falling resources of the North Sea, I think would've caused absolute chaos to our public services, to our pensions, to our teachers, to our hospitals."

Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Greens, said: "The phrase a moment ago was 'control over our own economy', but let's remember that so much control over our real economy - infrastructure, oil, energy - has been handed over to a tiny number of vast multinationals. That's the kind of control that we need to get back so that our economy itself is democratically accountable."

Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn: "If we had listened to Ms Sturgeon and her crew, quite frankly, we would be bankrupt, we would have nothing, the country would be finished."

Your views - Leaders' debate

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Anon: My main issue with last night's debate was the question put to Patrick Harvie: would he refuse to back any government following a capitalist model? The current neo-liberal model fuelling austerity and poverty is not the only form of capitalism. That question made no sense and was unfair to ask.

Anon: I think the best thing to do is put all the MPs and MSPs out on Taransay; no ferries or telecommunications and geez all peace.

Johansen better all the time - Deila

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Scotland

Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes

Stefan Johansen is getting better all the time following the midfielder's eye-catching display against Partick Thistle.

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Given the captaincy for the first time, the Norwegian capped a fine performance with the second goal in a 2-0 win at Celtic Park.

"He did a good job," said Deila. "He's always working hard for his team-mates and he deserved to be captain.

"He's had a good season all along but he's stepping up all the time."

Johansen was full of running and inventive play as the hosts dominated for long spells.

Six arrested after village incident

Six men were arrested following reports of a

disturbance in the small village of Avoch on the Black Isle on Wednesday night.

Police said officers were alerted to an incident on Bridge Street at about 22:00.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "As a result of this, police attended and six males were apprehended and are to appear at court on Thursday."

Televised leaders' debate

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says her party would only press for another independence referendum if "something material" changed.

She was pushed to clarify her position on the issue

during last night's BBC debate from Aberdeen.

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: "We were told by the end of the [referendum] campaign that it was 'once in a lifetime'. If she's coming back next year in her manifesto with this, and that's the question she didn't answer last night, I would like an answer to it this evening."

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon: "Something material would have to change in terms of the circumstances or public opinion before I think it would be appropriate to have proposals for a referendum. Perhaps if the Tories wanted to drag us out of the European Union against our will for example."

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy: "You don't get a mandate from an opinion poll. You get a mandate from a manifesto and you've gone from being the proud co-leader of the pro yes campaign to the head of the 'maybes aye maybes naw' campaign."

House prices 'up 0.4% in March'

UK house prices rose by 0.4% in March compared with the previous month but

the annual rate of property price growth slowed, the Halifax says.

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The lender, part of Lloyds Banking Group, said that property prices were 8.1% higher than a year ago.

This was slightly down on the 8.3% annual house price growth recorded by the Halifax in February.

It said that demand for property was being maintained by earnings growth and low mortgage rates.

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Get involved - Leaders' debate

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Peter: Without further powers nothing is going to change, whatever the Westminster parties say.

Karen, Ayrshire: Jim Murphy is so patronising; his tone is a turn off. Nicola Sturgeon did best. No doubt about it.

Anon: It was the No voters that disappointed me and not the SNP.

MW, Stirling: Another referendum is NOT the wish of the Scottish people! The Scottish people have already clearly spoken. Give it a rest!

The #leadersdebate just got funny...

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Motorbike and car in collision

A section of the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road has been closed following a serious collision involving a motorbike and a car.

It happened at 07:45 this morning about five miles north of Turriff.

Emergency services are on scene and the road is expected to remain closed for some time.

Successful patterns

Luxury cashmere firm, Pringle will mark 200 years in business with an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Hawick-based knitwear company, which invented the twin-set, was founded by Robert Pringle in 1815 and started as a small hosiery firm.

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Its products achieved fame on the world stage, with 1950s screen stars like Grace Kelly and golfers such as Nick Faldo among those donning its clothing.

Speaking to BBC Scotland's

Good Morning Scotland programme, James Robinson, keeper of art and design at the National Museum of Scotland, said: "The company started at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. It's a long way back.

"From the beginning they've demonstrated great flare and innovation - it's a great story of technical achievement. They've produced quality goods from the beginning."

Coming up...

Louise White, sitting in for Kaye Adams, is seeking your views on how our politicians are faring ahead of the general election.

Louise asks: We've had three hours of TV debates in Scotland this week: who do you think came out best?

Also on today's programme:

  • La La, Po and friends are about to be rebooted as the kids TV show Teletubbies is set to return to our screens. How will the Teletubbies go down with today's youngsters?
  • Is Scotland punching above its weight in the global fashion industry?
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Listen live to the programme

here.

Your views - Leaders' debate

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Mo: Perhaps Brian Taylor will pick up on Jim Murphy's reversion to pure Tory rhetoric at the end of last night's debate, when he referred to those who "do the right thing" and work - rhetoric frequently used by David Cameron to manipulate public opinion against unemployed, sick and disabled people and justify vicious cuts! Jim Murphy's new-found concern for 'the vulnerable' was shown to be fake.

Jean: SNP rules OK. More time... SNP allowed to dominate as usual!

Anon: Any chance of a soundbite from the SNP for a change? Reporting is shocking.

Read all about it

The Herald leads with Nicola Sturgeon being criticised over her pledge that SNP MPs would use their influence at Westminster to give Holyrood control of all tax and spending decisions in Scotland.

The SNP leader also features on the front page of The Daily Record following last night's televised leaders' debate, but the paper's main story is a pharmacist who appeared on game show Deal or No Deal being accused of stealing controlled drugs.

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The National says Ms Sturgeon has "come out fighting" on the possibility of another Scottish independence referendum.

Read what else is making the headlines in our round-up

here.

'Very lucky escape' for tent family

A family has been treated in hospital after suffering

carbon monoxide poisoning during a camping holiday in Galloway.

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They became unwell overnight after taking a barbeque into their tent at a campsite in Parton, after it was extinguished.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the group was only woken when their dog started being sick.

Firefighters said the two adults and two children had a "very lucky escape".

Strategy must be spot on - Gallacher

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Scotland

Stephen Gallacher knows a polished

short game is vital to improve on his only previous Masters appearance.

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Stephen Gallacher

The world number 38

finished joint-34th in his debut at Augusta in 2014.

"If you get out of position in these greens you're going to struggle," Gallacher told BBC Sport.

"It's a very strategic course and you've got to plot your way round it. You can be aggressive at times and then there's times you don't and pars are good."

Read the full article

here.

Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. TV highlights of rounds one and two followed by BBC Two live coverage of Saturday and Sunday. Follow live updates of every round on the BBC Sport website from 9-12 April.

GP workload impacting care

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Nine out of 10 GPs believe their workload has a damaging effect on patient care, a survey finds.

Full story available

here.

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The big man keeping an eye on #bbcgms outside broadcast from Dundee this morning:

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Listen to BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland

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Potential oil discovery 'significant'

There could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil onshore

beneath the South of England, says exploration firm UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG).

The North Sea has produced about 45 billion barrels in 40 years.

Horse Hill drill site
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Last year, the firm drilled a well at Horse Hill, near Gatwick Airport, and analysis of that well suggests the local area could hold 158 million barrels of oil per square mile.

But only a fraction of the 100 billion total would be recovered, UKOG admits.

Ferguson hangs up boots

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson

has retired from playing because of injury.

The 37-year-old has featured only once as a player since taking over at Clyde last summer.

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The former Scotland captain moved into management with the Scottish League Two side after playing spells north and south of the border.

"I've had an unbelievable career and I don't want to risk any long-term damage by playing first-team football again," he told the Clyde website.

Ferguson started his career at Rangers in the late 1990s and returned to Ibrox in 2005 after 18 months with Blackburn Rovers.

Campaign hits town and country

The rural economy, apprenticeships and opportunities for women will be among the

issues on the Scottish election campaign trail.

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Both the Scottish Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats will set out how they will help rural businesses.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will meet young apprentices in Cumbernauld.

And in Midlothian, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will explain how the party will boost opportunities for women.

Dundee secure derby spoils

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Dundee recorded their

first derby win against Dundee United in over 10 years and are now two points behind the Tangerines in the Scottish Premiership.

James McPake (right) heads Dundee into a 2-1 lead
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United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak's awful mistake allowed Greg Stewart's shot to squirm through his legs.

Nadir Ciftci levelled from the spot after Chris Erskine's effort struck Kevin Thomson's arm.

But Stewart twice delivered perfectly for James McPake and Paul Heffernan to net and put Dundee back in the top six.

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Blantyre - #A724 Glasgow Rd partially blocked in both directions by an RTA at Bardykes Road near the West End Bar. Police directing traffic.

Dons strengthen grip on second place

Ash Taylor's fourth goal of the season gave second-place Aberdeen

victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who slip 11 points behind the Dons.

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Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney went close for Aberdeen in a largely uneventful first half at Pittodrie.

Taylor headed in Barry Robson's corner to give the home side the advantage just after the interval.

McGinn later fired against a post before Caley Thistle's Marley Watkins saw his effort strike the crossbar.

Parties clash over Trident

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

Perhaps, no surprise, that the Conservatives are committing themselves to build four new nuclear missile submarines.

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[Defence Secretary] Michael Fallon will confirm this in a speech today. But what he is doing, and the language of this is quite stark, is accusing Labour of using the nuclear deterrent as a bargaining chip; with the SNP, of course, wanting to scrap Trident altogether.

Coming up...

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Focus on the success story surrounding the games industry in Dundee. #bbcgms 07:45

Listen to BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland

here.

Plane made 'uncontrollable slide'

An aircraft from Manchester with 48 passengers and four crew on board made an

"uncontrollable slide" after landing at Inverness, according to a report.

Plane
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No-one was injured on 19 January when the Flybe Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 slid off a runway on to grass.

The aircraft's commander said the surface was "slippery", an Air Accident Investigation Branch report said.

Inverness Airport told investigators that de-icing had been done and there were no icy patches.

Your views - Election campaign

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

David Munro, Edinburgh: It's astonishing to see a political party press for full fiscal autonomy when it will have a negative impact on the people - due to less money for public services. Goes to show the SNP will chip away at every element of the constitution and political dynamics to achieve independence at all costs! The very people misguided by the SNP will be the very people to be impacted by a reduction in the public purse! Worrying times to see everyday people support such a political party.

Celtic march on

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Celtic maintained their lead at the top of the Premiership with a

one-sided win at home to 10-man Partick Thistle.

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Kris Commons converted a penalty just before the interval after James Craigen had been dismissed for a foul on Stuart Armstrong.

Stefan Johansen added a fine finish, running onto a John Guidetti flick.

The hosts spurned several opportunities to add to their lead but will be satisfied to remain seven points clear of nearest challengers Aberdeen.