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  1. Election 2015: 10 days to go
  2. New hospital welcomes patients
  3. Paper firm collapse costs 325 jobs
  4. Several Scots still missing in Nepal earthquake

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By Rachel Grant, Caroline Henderson and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again, bright and breezy, from 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

Jobs 'under threat' at Wood Group

Oil services firm

Wood Group PSN has announced that up to 80 jobs at the company are under threat.

Wood Group PSN staff
Wood Group PSN

The Aberdeen-based firm said it was making the move following a review of its operations aimed at reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

It has launched a consultation with about 380 staff, 80 of whom are expected to lose their jobs.

The company has cut contractor rates by 20% in the last year, and also announced a pay freeze last December.

In a statement, Wood Group said: "We constantly respond to market challenges.

Frosty reception


BBC Weather

Frost may not be as widespread or as harsh tonight, but you still might not avoid one!

frosty scotland

Rapist given lifelong restriction

A 39-year-old man has been given a lifelong restriction order

for raping two women in Fife.

Mark Greer
Police handout

Mark Greer, from Ballingry, was last August found guilty of raping and assaulting one woman in Cowdenbeath and raping another woman in Lochgelly.

The offences were committed between 1999 and 2013.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Burns told Greer he could not apply for parole for at least six years and he was put on the sex offenders' register.

The court heard that medical experts had concluded that Greer was a psychopath.

Nine in court over North Sea cocaine

Nine men have appeared in court after cocaine was seized from a boat that was boarded in the North Sea.

NAtional Crime Agency

The Tanzanian-registered Hamal was intercepted by the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset and the Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of Aberdeen on Thursday.

Nine men from Turkey, aged between 26 and 63, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to face drugs charges. They made no plea and were remanded in custody.

A Scotland fan...and a Beckham fan

On a lighter note, Ms Sturgeon was asked who she would support if the England football team was playing Germany.

nicola sturgeon
Getty Images

She said she was not a "big football fan" but she would probably support England and she had "no issue" with the team doing well at football "or any sport".

She said: "I support Scotland at football.

"England or Wales? For me, and this is probably a bit of a woman thing, it probably depends on what players were playing and who I liked best on the playing field.

"I was always a big David Beckham fan and I am still a big David Beckham fan."

The full interview will be shown on BBC One at 19:30 and on the BBC's live election page.

Sturgeon's call to non-Scottish voters

Ms Sturgeon also had a message for non-Scottish voters.

Nicola Sturgeon and Evan Davis

She said: "People outside Scotland can't vote for my party but it is still important to me to say to people outside Scotland that if the SNP is given influence by the Scottish electorate in the House of Commons we would seek to exercise that influence positively and constructively.

"And do you know why? It matters to Scotland and to the people in Scotland, for as long as we are part of the Westminster system, that we get good decisions coming out of Westminster because those decisions that are taken at Westminster affect the lives of people in Scotland - just as they affect the lives of people in others part of the UK.

"I have held out and continue to hold out the hands of friendship."

Tory lock-out is key

In a half-hour leader's interview with BBC's Newsnight, Ms Sturgeon said that she would do all she could to "lock out a Tory government" from power at Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon and Evan Davis

But she also admitted that a formal coalition with Labour's Mr Miliband was "highly unlikely".

Ms Sturgeon went on to say that she had not ruled out a "confidence and supply" deal.

She said: "What I am saying is that a vote-by-vote arrangement is both more likely and probably the way in which a big team of SNP MPs can wield maximum influence for Scotland's benefit."

Sturgeon: 'Miliband bullied by Tories'

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said Labour leader

Ed Miliband was bullied by the Tories into ruling out a post-election deal with her party.

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon said Ed Miliband needed to be tougher and not be "kicked around by the Tories"

Ms Sturgeon made the comment in an interview with the BBC's Evan Davis.

She said an arrangement involving the SNP was still possible if Labour needed help to form the next government.

Mr Miliband reiterated at the weekend that there would be "no coalitions, no tie-ins and no deals" with the SNP.

Chill out

BBC Scotland Weather


Tonight, showers continue for most of the country away from the north east; drier here with clearing skies. A chilly night with lows around 0C to 2C for many, but some inland parts dipping as low as -3C. We can expect some icy patches overnight and once again the wintry showers will create some difficult road conditions on higher routes at times. A breezy night in the south and south west, with a strong to gale force westerly around exposed coasts.

Charge over theft of dead man's car

A man has appeared in court

charged with stealing a car belonging to a jeweller who was found dead.

Police are investigating the "suspicious" death of Balbeggie man Alan Gardner, and had appealed for help finding his blue Toyota Rav car.

After the car was recovered in Perth city centre, Bulgarian national Nikola Zhulev was charged with stealing it.

The 30-year-old is alleged to have taken the car on 20 April, the same day Mr Gardner was found dead by police.

Zhulev, of Perth, who was on bail at the time of the alleged offence, made no plea or declaration during a private hearing at Perth Sheriff Court and was remanded in custory.

Battle for Paisley


James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

tweets: At 6pm on BBC News we'll report on the Battle for Paisley. Could Labour's Douglas Alexander lose to the SNP?

Child abduction: Man in court

A man has appeared in court charged with abducting a young boy in Stirlingshire.

Derek Hornall is alleged to have abducted the boy, aged three and a half, in Woodburn Crescent, Bonnybridge, at about 20:50 on Saturday evening.

The 39-year-old appeared on petition at Falkirk Sheriff Court and made neither plea nor declaration.

He was remanded in custody, with the case continued until next week for further examination.

Second man on murder bid charge

A second man has appeared in court in Edinburgh charged with attempted murder following an attack on two men from Aberdeen.

Wardieburn Street West Pic: Aileen Clarke

Ryan Ellis, 30, made no plea and was remanded in custody.

It followed an incident in which two brothers from Aberdeen were said to have been stabbed in Wardieburn Street West in the Pilton area of the capital on 8 April.

The men told police they had travelled from Aberdeen to buy a car.

Bradley Frail, 16, made no plea last week in connection with the same case. He was also charged with attempted murder.

Pascali promises Killie improvement

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali has guaranteed that

the club's players will redeem themselves against Hamilton.

Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali

The Italian felt Saturday's 4-1 defeat at St Mirren was "not good enough" as Killie seek to avoid the threat of relegation from the Premiership.

"We'll see how many players have got the character to show up because now there's a bit of pressure," he said.

"But if you want to be a player and compete at the highest level, you have to deal with that."

Man in court over police stabbing

A man has appeared in court in Glasgow charged with

attempting to murder a police officer.

Paul Patterson allegedly stabbed PC Kevin Taylor on the leg with a knife during an incident in the Govan area of the city on Sunday.

The 38-year-old appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court. He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

A second court hearing was scheduled for next week.

Road reopens after A709 accident

The A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road has reopened after a crash at Lochmaben.

Emergency services were sent to the scene of the incident and police said people were trapped in the two vehicles involved.

The crash happened at about 14:30, near Lochmaben hospital, and involved a Suzuki Swift and Ford Ranger pick-up.

Diversions were put in place while the road was closed.

Man charged with murder bid

A Hawick man has made a private court appearance charged with attempted murder.

Lee Adam Nichol made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination during a brief hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

The 28-year-old was remanded in custody by Sheriff Valerie Johnston.

He is due to make his next appearance at Jedburgh Sheriff Court next week.

Man dies after house fire

A man has died following a house fire on the west side of Shetland.

Scene of fire

Three fire appliances were called to the scene at Clousta in the early hours of Monday.

The name of the man has not yet been released.

Almost 20 firefighters from three different stations attended the incident. Crews had to pump water from the sea and wear breathing equipment to fight the flames. A joint fire and police investigation is under way.

Sex attack church 'Prophet' guilty

A church leader

who called himself "The Prophet" has been convicted of molesting members of his own flock.

Walter Masocha
Central Scotland News

Walter Masocha, founder and Archbishop of the Stirling-based Agape for All Nations Church, was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial.

The 51-year-old was convicted of putting his hand down a schoolgirl's trousers, claiming he was driving away demons, and groping a deaconess while praying for her stomach complaint.

He will be sentenced on 19 May.

People trapped after A709 accident

A crash has closed the A709 Dumfries to Lockerbie road at Lochmaben.

Emergency services have been sent to the scene of the incident and police said there were

people trapped in the two vehicles involved.

The crash happened at about 14:30, close to Lochmaben hospital, and involved a Suzuki Swift and Ford Ranger pick-up.

Diversions have been put in place, however delays are likely in the meantime.

Missing woman traced

A woman who was thought to be missing has been located after a search involving a Coastguard helicopter in Inverness.

Helicopter over centre of Inverness

Ann Mairi Clegg, 55, was reported missing after being last seen in the city at about 08:00.

Police said Ms Clegg had been traced and thanked the public for their assistance.

What makes a good company chair?

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Lord Smith of Kelvin is one of Scotland's most

experienced boardroom bosses, holding the chair of several major companies including SSE, Forth Ports and the Green Investment Bank, as well as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games organising committee.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser asked Lord Smith about the role of chair of the board.

For the full Q&A click


Memorial to war opponents unveiled

A memorial to those who campaigned against the Great War more than a century ago has been

unveiled in Glasgow.

Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: "They are a part of our history."


The commemorative black granite stone has been placed near the People's Palace.

Scottish Cup final ticket prices out

BBC Sport


Scottish Cup final tickets

will be £5 for a significant number of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk fans.

St Johnstone won the Scottish Cup in 2014

That concession is available to under-16s, students and senior citizens for the showpiece at Hampden on 30 May.

Adult ticket prices will range from £15 to £30 and a family of four will be able to attend the match from £60.

"I'd like to thank both clubs for their positive contributions to the plans," said Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan.

Drive Safe


Traffic Scotland

Traffic Scotland tweets: "#M80 at Auchenkilns - Visibility is poor with heavy snow fall in the area. Please #DriveSafe"

M80 at Auchenkilns
Traffic Scotland

Newsnight at Pacific Quay


Ian Katz

Editor, BBC Newsnight

Nicola Sturgeon has just arrived for her interview with @EvanHD, last of our series of Leader Interviews 19.30 BBC1

Nicola Sturgeon and Evan Davis

Your pictures - Get involved


Daniel Mahon shows off his "karate kid persona" while climbing to the top of Ben Lomond via the Ptarmigan route.

Ben Lomond
Linsey Macdonald

This picture was taken by Daniel's girlfriend Linsey Macdonald.

Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we will use the best.

Helicopter in missing woman search

A Coastguard helicopter has been making low sweeps over the River Ness and Caledonian Canal in Inverness in a

search for a missing woman.

Coastguard helicopter over Caledonian Canal
Kevin Mackenzie

Police Scotland said Ann Mairi Clegg, 55, was last seen in the city at about 08:00.

She was described as 5ft 6in tall with grey, shoulder length hair.

She was believed to have been wearing a green jumper or cardigan, black trousers or jeans and black shoes.

Gritters out!


Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Gritters will be out across Scotland tonight. It's been snowing in Glasgow and lots of snowy pics from the Highlands. Oh the joys of spring!

Now we know why yer granny told you to 'Ne'er cast a clout tae May is oot' #aprilsnowshowers

Proclaimers announce album and tour

It is nearly 30 years since they had their first hit, but The Proclaimers are still going strong.

Their music has been described as passionate, honest, and political. Now Charlie and Craig Reid are back with a new album and tour.

The twins

appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about life on the road and their new single "You Built Me Up".

Charlie and Craig Reid

Labour lays out differences with SNP

Labour's Ed Balls has claimed there is a

stark choice between a road to a second referendum with the SNP or to a fairer economy with his party in power.

Ed Balls and Jim Murphy

But SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon insisted her party could be trusted and the general election was not a mandate for another independence referendum.

Lib Dem Charles Kennedy said he did not see the necessity of a Labour-SNP deal.

And Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said voters needed to know what deals might be done.

Missing person search in Inverness


BBC Highlands

#Coastguard helicopter believed to be involved in missing person search in #Inverness

Helicopter search

Smith calls the Shots

BBC Sport


Aldershot Town have appointed

former Dundee and Alloa Athletic boss Barry Smith as their new manager on a one-year rolling contract.

Barry Smith

The 41-year-old has been out of work since leaving Alloa in March.

Chris Barker, who has been in caretaker charge since Andy Scott was sacked in January, will remain with the Shots as player-assistant manager.

"Barry is ambitious and has great experience of developing young players," said chairman Shahid Azeem.

Papermaker 'not viable'


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Tullis Russell Papermakers CEO: volumes -14% in 7yrs, margins tighter: 72 potential buyers contacted, but all concluded it's not viable.

From an ostrich chase to a Challenge Cup run

Jamie Lyall

For BBC Scotland

If and when Anton Bresler should decide he's had his fill after 20 years

devoted to rugby, a bountiful career in the storytelling business will surely beckon.

Edinburgh's towering Durbanite is a charismatic speaker, regaling his audience with tales of boyhood shenanigans in the South African bushveld, and adventures on the rugby pitch.

Ben Toolis and Anton Bresler pack down for Edinburgh

No yarn is more captivating or wacky than teenage Bresler and company's encounter with a fleet-footed ostrich.

"Young boys that we were, we started chucking stones at it," he recalls, shaking his head.

"It just slowly took a walk behind this big bush. We kept chucking, chucking at the bush. Thirty seconds later we see this ostrich already at full pace coming around the bush. This thing was on its way at full tilt, you could see the aggression. Oh man, I was scared."

To find out what happened next and to read Bresler's thoughts on his club's Challenge Cup run, click


Loch Lomond camping ban approved

A ban on camping without a permit in areas of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has been approved unanimously by its board.

Loch Lomond tent and cow
Loch Lomond park authority

A number of measures are to be brought in to protect the park environment from anti-social behaviour.

The plans brought criticism from hillwalkers during a consultation, which drew more than 300 responses.

Having won approval from the park board, the plans will now go before Scottish government ministers.

Hats and gloves at the ready...


BBC Weather

More #UKsnow in some of the showers (moving north-eastwards) across Scotland at present.

BBC weather graphic showing snow showers moving north eastwards

Oil price hovers at four-month high

The price of oil is hovering at a

four-and-a-half month high amid concerns over disruption to supplies from the Middle East.

Brent crude oil is at $65.37 per barrel and has gained around $9 since March.

A slowdown in US shale oil production and the conflict in Yemen have been cited as the main reasons for the rise in the oil price in recent weeks.

SNP candidate sorry for Rangers slur

An SNP candidate has admitted referring to Rangers supporters as "Huns" and apologised for any offence he caused.

The Rangers Supporters Trust have called on Brendan O'Hara to resign or be removed by the SNP from standing for election in the Argyll and Bute constituency.

A newspaper report pointed towards Mr O'Hara using the term on an internet forum for Celtic supporters on two occasions, most recently in 2008.

An SNP spokesperson said the 51-year-old "acknowledges that in the past he used a derogatory term commonly used about Rangers supporters" but that "it's not a term he would use any longer as thankfully football culture in Scotland has moved on from those days".