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  1. SNP launches election manifesto
  2. Nicola Sturgeon says SNP offers 'real alternative' to austerity
  3. Five people hurt in M8 motorway crash
  4. Six men face trial over jewel raid
  5. Firefighters tackle blaze at Glasgow church

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By Thomas McGuigan and Sandy Murray

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Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

That's it from the Scotland Live team for today.

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BBC Scotland News.

Sun setting

Kenny Merrilees from Mallaig captured this image of the sun setting at Sleet Point and Rhum.

Sun setting

High pressure holds on

BBC Scotland Weather


A largely dry and settled end to the day across Scotland with thicker cloud across parts of the central lowlands and southern Highlands. Overnight, many areas will see clear spells and it will be chilly inland with lows around 1 to 4 celsius; a few mist patches and some areas of ground frost for prone locations.

Tomorrow, high pressure holds on and it'll be mostly dry and sunny for areas away from the far north and north west as well as the Isles. A few spots of drizzle at times in the thicker cloud. However, most of the population centres and south of the central belt, it'll be dry and sunny. A warm feel with light winds. Highs of 14 to 17 celsius.

In the post

Celtic have written to the

Scottish Football Association over the refereeing during the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Inverness CT.

Ball to hand

The Parkhead side were angered at referee Steven MacLean's failure to award a penalty for handball against Josh Meekings in the first half.

Celtic were leading 1-0 at the time.

Brian Taylor blogs

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

It would have been easy, so easy, for the SNP manifesto launch to

slide towards bombast. The elements were all there.

The polls suggest a substantial lead for the Nationalists. The venue was, literally, cavernous and crowded with eager supporters - who were ready to cheer volubly at any mention of independence, Scotland or indeed Nicola Sturgeon.

Sheffield, anyone? Not a chance.

News on tv

On #RepScot @ 18:30 -

• SNP manifesto

• #GE2015 latest

• Mental health funding plea

• Jazz festival


Food producer McIntosh of Strathmore has

won an £800,000 contract to supply all of Asda's Scottish stores with its new range of macaroni cheese pots.

Macaroni pots
McIntosh of Strathmore

Launching later this month, the 350g pots will be stocked exclusively by the supermarket chain for a limited period.

It forecasts the new range will boost annual production of macaroni ready meals to 4.4 million.

Norovirus outbreak at Highland hospital

Norovirus has

shut two wards at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Raigmore hospital

Five patients in ward 7C and 15 in ward 2C have been affected by diarrhoea and vomiting.

Train fault


tweets: Due to a train fault at #PollokshieldsEast, services on #CathcartCircle & between Glasgow Central/Newton may be delayed. More soon

Celtic seek handball explanation

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

Celtic write to SFA seeking 'an understanding' of what happened re handball incident

... @JaneLewisSport

tweets; #Celtic say they've been inundated by supporters on this & they are "duty bound to seek an understanding of why an obvious error was made"

University strike

Staff at Dundee University are to

go on strike over redundancy plans at the university.

Dundee University

Members of the University and College Union will take action on 28 April and 5 May as part of an ongoing dispute over proposals to cut jobs.

Your pictures


Brian Cairns from Coatbridge photographed Bass Rock from Canty Bay near North Berwick.

Bass Rock

Inverness street to reopen after fire

Pedestrians should be able to

access parts of a city centre street closed by a blaze since last Wednesday later this week, Highland Council has said.

Inverness street hit by fire
Kevin Mackenzie

Scaffolding has been erected at the property in Inverness' Academy Street badly damaged in the fire.

The local authority said businesses unaffected by the incident were open as usual.

Helmsdale A9 closure


tweets: A section of the A9 in Helmsdale will be closed to traffic for a short period tonight for an emergency Scottish Water repair on a cover

Castle rock

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

The view as we talk about SNP manifesto launch for #ge2015

Edinburgh Castle

SNP manifesto: Cameron, Carmichael and Dugdale react

At her party's election manifesto SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon promised to represent the interests of voters across the UK, if her party wins influence at Westminster.

Rivals react to SNP manifesto

But her promises were met with a

sceptical response from her political rivals.

Midfielder heads for Dundee

BBC Sport


Aberdeen midfielder Nicky Low has signed a

pre-contract with Dundee, agreeing a three-year deal.

Nicky Low

The 23-year-old had seen his first team opportunities limited at Pittodrie.

Hospital opens

The Evening Times


new super hospital will open its doors on Friday when £842m site will begin to treat its first patients.

With 1109 beds and around 10,000 staff, Scotland's largest health board has been planning the big move for months.

On time so far

The return of rail services to the Scottish Borders has come a step closer with the publication of the

timetable for services between Tweedbank and Edinburgh.

Borders Railway
Workers have laid 30 miles of track, from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, since October

ScotRail has published the document which allows passengers to plan journeys from 6 September.

Drivers clocked at 100 mph

Three motorists were recorded driving at more than 100mph on

Aberdeenshire roads during a police clampdown.

Speed check

Police Scotland said a man was recorded at 106mph in a 70mph limit on the A90 Aberdeen to Ellon road near Blackdog.

And two men were stopped in separate incidents on Saturday driving at 103mph and 101mph on a 60mph speed limit area of the A96 Inverurie to Huntly road.

Child abuse

First look inside new National Child Abuse Investigation Unit.


Watch the


The Kelpies


tweets: To celebrate #TheKelpies 1 year anniversary, as well as The John Muir festival, The Kelpies will be illuminated in purple tomorrow night!

Coming up...


Newsdrive, which gets under way at 16:00 on BBC Radio Scotland, will focus on a number of today's stories, including:

  • National unit tackles child sex abuse
  • SNP election manifesto launch
  • M8 crash.

You can listen live to the programme


Election debates

BBC Scotland News

Want to be in the audience of BBC Scotland's regional radio #GE2015 debates? Apply


Regional Radio Debates

High note

Edinburgh has announced a line up of 40 musicians from across the world

for its annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

From Mexican jazz rock to Mississippi blues, Italian super brass to classic Dixieland, this year offers enthusiasts a chance to soak up some of the best music the genre has to offer.

Davina and the Vagabonds

Organisers said they expected to attract record audiences again as the festival reaches its 38th year.

The city will be in full swing from 17-26 July.

'Spells of sunshine'


BBC Scotland Weather


Hi, Chris here. A dry end to the day with some spells of sunshine. Cloudier through the central Lowlands and central Highlands; but breaking at times.

Perfect match


Andy Murray tweets: Big thanks to @beechy12 of @JTC_Tennis for all your help out in Barcelona. #bigswing

Andy Murray and Colin Beecher
Andy Murray

Your pictures


Neil Macmillan took this picture of Stu Dibben at Ardnamurchan Point.

Ardnamurchan Point

We always like to see your pictures from around Scotland. Send us your entries


'Issue for all our communities'

A national task force aimed at tackling child sex abuse in Scotland

has been formally launched.

The National Child Abuse Investigation unit was unveiled by Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House and Education Minister Angela Constance.

The unit, based in Livingston, will help local divisions investigate child sexual abuse.

It will investigate both current and historical allegations, as well as online child abuse.

Sir Stephen said: "Child abuse, including child sexual exploitation, is a complex, challenging area of policing and we owe it to all those affected, whether now or in the past, to thoroughly investigate each and every report we receive.

"To be clear, the abuse and neglect of children is an issue for all of our communities. This is unacceptable."

Killer sent back to jail 'couldn't cope with freedom'

A convicted killer has been sent back to prison after stealing from his girlfriend within weeks of his release.

Raymond McCourt
Pertshire Picture Agency

Raymond McCourt was jailed for life in 1993 for murdering a newsagent, but was deemed suitable for release on licence earlier this year.

However, he admitted stealing and selling off his partner's valuables within weeks of leaving prison.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that he was struggling to cope with freedom and wanted to go back behind bars.

Nick Robinson's blog


Nick Robinson

Political editor


truly extraordinary happened this morning.

A woman who is not even a candidate in this election; whose party is running in just one of the four nations and which, even if it does as spectacularly well as some polls suggest, would have just one in 13 MPs in Westminster pledged to build not just a "stronger Scotland" but a "better and more progressive politics for everyone" in the UK.

Video - M8 re-opens after crash

Glasgow #M8 re-opens after rush hour crash this morning. Watch the video


Video on BBC Scotland website

Election - Your views


David from Penicuik: As a Scottish taxpayer, why is Nicola Sturgeon spending a lot of her time in England? Surely someone else could be doing that job and she could be doing the job she is paid for. This is not good value for money.

Ready, teddy, go!

Police in the Highlands have issued an appeal asking people to help find a little girl's cherished teddy.

The bear was lost in Dingwall,

according to a tweet from the force.

Police tweet
Ross & Cromarty Police

Officers based in Ross and Cromarty asked if people in the town could keep a look out for the youngster's favourite bear.

The missing bear is brown and fluffy.

Hospital's cleanliness 'significantly improved'

One of Scotland's largest hospitals where patient equipment was found to be spattered with blood and body fluids has "significantly improved," inspectors say.

Concerns about the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow were escalated to management following a serious of inspection visits in October last year.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate said unannounced follow-up visits in February had resulted in a new "positive inspection" which meant there were "no requirements or recommendations" to be met.

Scotland learn Euro 2017 opponents

Scotland's women have been drawn against Iceland, Belarus, Slovenia and Macedonia in Euro 2017 qualifying.

Anna Signeul's side were second seeds, with Iceland the top-ranked side in Group 1.


The eight group winners and six best runners-up will qualify for the finals in the Netherlands.

The host nation are also included while the two other group runners-up meet in a play-off to determine the final place in the tournament.

Election poser


Nick Robinson

Political editor

Trying to resolve Q raised in my blog i.e. why do @SNP claim to have raised NHS spending when @IFS say they've cut it? Update soon

Hamsters in a box

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after several hamsters were abandoned inside a shoe box at a lay-by near Dunblane.


Scotland's animal welfare charity was alerted after the pets were discovered next to the A9 at about 08:30 on Friday.

Classics Unwrapped


BBC Radio Scotland

Listen back to a lovely session from @stevenosborne & @jjclarinet from Classics Unwrapped.

Steven Osborne and Jean Johnson

Argyll Arcade trial

Six men are to

stand trial later this year over a £229,000 jewellery raid at the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow.

Argyll Arcade
David McCourt

Alistair Oliver, 30, Gordon McLay, 31, Jason Yendall, 29, Aaron Brannan, 24, Jason Britton, 23 and Jack Turner, 21, are accused of stealing watches from Rox on 24 September last year.

They are also charged with assaulting a security guard.