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  1. Final day of campaigning in Scotland
  2. Rangers police visit Sports Direct
  3. Draft report on Clutha crash issued
  4. Plane diverts over 'drunk' passenger
  5. Glue spillage after lorry overturns

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By Jo Perry, Graham Fraser and Louise Sayers

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Louise Sayers

BBC Scotland news website

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

There will be no Scotland Live page from 07:00 - 19:00 tomorrow. Instead live online coverage of the general election will begin at 22:00 tomorrow.

Find out how you can follow BBC Scotland's extensive coverage of the election results across online, TV and radio


In the meantime you can keep up to date with all the latest news from around Scotland on the

BBC Scotland news website.

Cars damaged in mass vandalism spree

More than 65 vehicles have been

damaged in a spate of car vandalism in Angus and Perthshire.

File image of car

The damage to cars in Arbroath, Perth and Blairgowrie is estimated at tens of thousands of pounds.

More than 20 cars were targeted in the early hours of yesterday in Arbroath.

About 15 cars were scratched in Perth on 25 April, and 30 more were damaged in Blairgowrie between 17 and 18 April.

Counting down

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With just over 12 hours to go until the polling stations open have you made up your mind yet? #GE2015 #Scotland2015

Man who bit woman's lip jailed

A man who

bit off his ex-partner's lip after he saw her talking to another man in a bar has been jailed for 27 months.

David Booth, 54, attacked Catherine Byrne in the Storm Queen pub on Glasgow's Dumbarton Road on 2 January.

Booth, from Dunfermline, admitted biting Ms Byrne's lower lip to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

CCTV shows 'good Samaritan' attack in Nottingham

VIDEO: CCTV footage

has been released to help identify a man who attacked a "good Samaritan" outside a bar in Nottingham.

Michael Kane, who was visiting from Glasgow, suffered a fractured skull after he tried to help a woman who was in distress.

CCTV footage still

One punch left Mr Kane unconscious outside the Bamboo Bar, in Stoney Street, in March. Nottinghamshire Police have since been unable to find the attacker.

A second CCTV image shows the man, police are trying to trace, entering a bar.

Black Circles sold to Michelin for £50m

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Scottish entrepreneur Mike Welch has sold his tyre-fitting business t

o French company Michelin for £50m.

Tyres in a garage

Mike Welch, chief executive of, can expect to gain a third of that sale price, while staying with the company.

He started selling tyres aged 16 before joining Kwik-Fit.

Aged 21, he set up Black Circles, basing it in Peebles, where it employs 50 people.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


A windy night over northern Scotland along with rain and gales for the Norther Isles. Showers for the west coast.

Mainly dry and clear elsewhere. Lows of 3 Celsius.

Reporting Scotland

You can watch the programme live on BBC One and

online now.

Reporting Scotland

Norovirus shuts Inverness hospital

A ward at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has been

temporarily closed to new admissions because of norovirus.

Raigmore hospital

Four patients have been affected by the sickness and diarrhoea bug.

The ward was one of four at the hospital recently reopened to admissions following an outbreak of norovirus.

NHS Highland said people planning on visiting after coming into contact with the bug should not do so for at least 72 hours after last feeling unwell.

Banned teacher loses appeal

A teacher twice struck off for incompetence has

lost her latest appeal to win back her place in the classroom.

Janet Garner, 62, claimed the General Teaching Council for Scotland acted illegally when it banned her from teaching, accusing it of bias.

The body acted after hearing how the former Alva Academy and Alloa Academy teacher once saw her entire top-set maths class fail their exams.

Judges at the Court of Session backed the decision of the GTCS.A teacher twice struck off for incompetence has lost her latest appeal to win back her place in the classroom.

FAI: 'Medical episode' may have caused crash

A fatal road accident in the Borders was

probably caused by a "medical episode" experienced by a 75-year-old lorry driver, a fatal accident inquiry has heard.

Selkirk Sheriff Court
Kim Traynor
The inquiry is being held at Selkirk Sheriff Court

Witnesses saw the HGV driven by Ian Boyes plough into the back of a tractor pulling a trailer on the A7 near Galashiels.

Huw Jenkins, 54, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown through the rear window of the tractor.

The railway worker died on 1 May 2014.

Shouting the odds

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Drove in this morning, listening to "Anarchy in the UK". Splendid stuff - although not my absolute favourite from the Pistols. That rests with "Pretty Vacant". What was that? Take that person's name.

Anyway, back to Anarchy. Are we headed in the current election for a comparable destination, as some of the less temperate speculation would suggest? Or will the famously flexible UK constitution - unwritten and thus unfixed - find a way to cope with whatever the voters decide?

In today's


On tonight's Reporting Scotland

David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

I'll be looking at the long battle to save the home of one of Scotland's greatest engineers.

Picture from twitter

Tune into

Reporting Scotland at 18:30 to watch the report.

Plane wreckage removed by helicopter

The wreckage of a light aircraft

has been removed from the Perthshire hillside where it crashed at the weekend.

Wreckage of plane removed from scene

Two men - Andrew Thompson, 37, and 53-year-old John MacKinnon - died when the plane came down near the village of Abernyte on Sunday.

It had left Inverness airport and had been due at Dundee airport but lost contact about four miles away.

Police Scotland confirmed that the wreckage had been lifted by helicopter.

Norovirus outbreak in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Two wards at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary have been

closed following a norovirus outbreak.

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

A total of 19 patients and three members of staff have been affected by the sickness and diarrhoea bug since 1 May.

The NHS board has shut wards 12 and 18 at the Dumfries hospital to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting.

An earlier outbreak led to the closure of four wards in March and April.

Glue spillage after lorry overturns

A section of the A76 in Ayrshire has been closed after a lorry overturned, spilling glue over the carriageway.

Traffic Scotland said the Skerrington roundabout in Cumnock was closed after the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

It is not yet known if anyone has been injured.

A local diversion has been put in place through Cumnock.

Election results online

The BBC's news website will be the one-stop place to go on results night.

Online coverage of election

Get estimated times for when each constituency result is likely to be announced, as well of details of our overnight TV and radio programmes


Agency sets out position on lynx

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has set out its position on the

possible reintroduction of lynx to Scotland.

Eurasian lynx

The big cats became extinct in the UK 1,300 years ago.

Lynx UK Trust, a charity,

wants to reintroduce the animals to selected locations in the UK and has requested a meeting with SNH.

In a statement, SNH said reintroductions were "complex" and needed "considerable planning" to meet UK and international guidelines.

Election inspires monumental display

An election-themed display is to be projected on to the National Monument on Edinburgh's Calton Hill tonight in a bid to encourage people to vote.

General election art projected onto National Monument

The National Monument, seen as Scotland's answer to the Greek Parthenon, was chosen for its link to the birthplace of democracy.

The designed was created by a group of Edinburgh street artists and mclcreate manager Ross Blair.

He said: "Democracy is increasingly going digital. We've seen throughout this election how ordinary people are using social media and the internet to make their views heard."

Dessert firm jobs saved


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

  • One hundred and fifty jobs have been saved at Johnstone's Just Desserts in East Kilbride, as Finsbury Food Group offers to buy it out of administration.
  • The offer for Johnstone's "signals the escalation of Finsbury's entry into the foodservice cake channel and the national coffee shop segment".

Glasgow passenger flight diverted

A passenger flight from Glasgow to Turkey has been

diverted after concerns about a passenger's behaviour.

The man was taken off the plane at Gatwick Airport.

The Thomas Cook flight was diverted to Gatwick Airport in London.

Police said they had arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft. He was taken into custody.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said the incident took place at about 11:45 on Wednesday.

Islanders volunteer for ferry advert

Islanders volunteered to

promote their isles in a new TV advert for Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry network.

Chip shop workers in new ferry advert

The 30-second commercial featuring residents of Mull, Iona and Tiree will be shown for the first time on 11 May.

The advert's soundtrack is a cover of Supergrass hit Alright by Celtic band Macanta, with some lines of the song sung by the islanders.

CalMac's head of marketing Peter Griffiths said there was "no need to cajole anyone" to take part.

Temperatures dipping

BBC Scotland Weather


There'll be some late sunshine to end the day across central and southern Scotland, and a largely dry night.

Winds will remain strong to gale force over the Northern Isles, strong for the Western Isles and northern coasts of the mainland.

Rain will continue over the far north and northwest, with snow for the hills and some sleet for the highest roads.

It'll be chilly, with temperatures dipping to around 3 Celsius.

Man secretly filmed woman

A man has admitted

secretly filming a female friend and uploading naked pictures of her to the internet.

Stanley Gibbs

Stanley Gibbs, who's 35 and from Erskine, covertly set up recording devices in the woman's Glasgow home and published them online under the username "Psycho Stan".

He was caught after a friend of the woman saw them and told her. Police later recovered 60,000 moving images on devices owned by Gibbs.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence was deferred and Gibbs' bail continued.

Army sergeant guilty of sex attacks

An Army sergeant has been found guilty of 13 sex attacks on seven female recruits.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court convicted 46-year-old Edwin Mee from Glasgow of 10 sexual assaults, two rapes and one count of assault.

Edwin Mee

He was cleared of three charges. Jurors are still considering four counts of sexual assault and one of rape.

Mee worked at Mitcham Barracks Army Careers and Information Office in Croydon as a recruitment sergeant,

The court heard he abused his power to "

bully and groom" young female cadets aged from 16 to their early 20s.

The attacks took place in 2010 and 2011.

Who are the non voters?

Election 2015

Emma Ailes

BBC News

In the 2010 general election, 35% of registered voters did not cast a ballot.


Who are the "unheard third" who did not vote - and what could their role be in the coming election?

Read the full article


Wolff feels 'far away' from race seat

BBC Sport


Susie Wolff admits she feels "very far away" from becoming

the first woman to race in Formula 1 for 40 years.

Susie Wolff
Getty Images

The Scot will drive for Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix first practice on Friday but realises she may never race.

"I have shown I am capable, I'm in a very competitive team, I drive a car which is capable of podium positions," Wolff said.

But she admitted that Williams's decision to sign Adrian Sutil as their reserve driver this season was a blow.

Hines joins Scotland coaching staff

BBC Sport


Nathan Hines has joined the Scotland coaching staff, following his decision to retire midway through a two-year deal with Sale Sharks.

Nathan Hines in action for Sale Sharks
Getty Images

The 38-year-old former Scotland and British and Irish Lions lock will work as a 'resource coach'.

He will add expertise in the area of line-out play, while supporting the development of younger forwards.

Meanwhile, scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta has left for personal reasons after almost six years with Scotland.

Plane wreckage removed by helicopter

The wreckage of a plane which crashed on a hillside in Perthshire, killing two men,

has been airlifted from the scene.

Investigations are continuing at the crash scene

A helicopter was brought in to recover the remains of the light aircraft, which came down near the village of Abernyte on Sunday.

Investigations at the remote crash scene had been hampered by poor weather, but police confirmed that the wreckage has now been recovered.

Andrew Thompson, 37, and John Mackinnon, 53, died when the plane crashed while en route from Inverness to Dundee.

Top anti-terror policeman set for assault trial

The operations chief of Police Scotland's counter-terrorism unit is to

stand trial accused of assaulting three people, including a fellow policeman.

Bonnybridge Social Club

Det Ch Insp Hugh Bleakley faces five charges, including three of assault, one of resisting police and one of threatening and abusive behaviour.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at Bonnybridge Social Club on the night of 21 February.

The 51-year-old, from East Kilbride, denies all the charges against him.



BBC Radio Scotland

Don't forget that due to #GE2015 - for one week only - FMQ's is this afternoon. Coverage from Holyrood on BBC2 Scotland from 3pm.

Man arrested after search operation

A man has been arrested following a major search operation in the Langholm area.

Police confirmed that the 42-year-old from Kelso was detained shortly before 08:00.

Dog handlers and a helicopter were deployed overnight to conduct a search around the River Esk.

It followed earlier reports of an incident at a house in the Meikleholm Side area of Langholm.

Man in Inverness hospital after incident

A man has been

taken to hospital with multiple injuries following an incident in Easter Ross, police have said.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance in a flat in Invergordon High Street on Tuesday evening.

The man, who is in his 40s, is in a serious but stable condition in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Head teacher struck off over cocaine

A head teacher who lost his job after he was caught with cocaine has been struck off.

Dumfries High School

Mark Turner, the head of Dumfries High School, was found in possession of the Class A drug in a pub in Carlisle last June.

He was cautioned for the offence and never returned to his post.

At a meeting of

the General Teaching Council for Scotland's (GTCS) fitness to teach panel, he was removed from their professional register.

Offshore action talks held

Talks aimed at preventing potential industrial action by offshore workers

are taking place in Aberdeen.

North sea oil

Two unions - Unite and the GMB - claim there has not been enough consultation on moves by members of the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) to change rota patterns in a bid to cut costs.

The OCA said its members needed to make changes in the face of lower oil prices.

Draft report into Clutha helicopter crash


draft report from crash investigators into the Clutha helicopter tragedy in Glasgow has been issued.

Clutha helicopter crash

The confidential document, prepared by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), has been circulated to lawyers acting for the victims' families and other "interested parties".

The final public document is expected to be published in the next few months.

The Police Scotland helicopter crashed onto the busy Clutha bar on 29 November 2013, killing 10 people.

Tennis on Harris for Murray?

Tennis star Andy Murray and an islands council have exchanged tweets about what is

dubbed as Scotland's most remote tennis court.

Murray tweets and reponse

Responding to a tweet from a fan about Bunabhainneadar tennis court on Harris, Murray asked if the place was real.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar messaged the former Wimbledon champion to say that it was an actual place and that he should ask his mother Judy.

She played tennis on the privately owned court last year.

Banana-based outfit to hit catwalk

An outfit made of a

fabric produced from bananas and waste plastic is to feature at Heriot-Watt University's graduate fashion show.

Banana outfit
Heriot Watt University

It is part of a collection of "sustainable garments" which will be showcased at the event.

Students at the School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels have produced a wide range of items.

The fashion show is at Abbotsford House, the Borders home of Sir Walter Scott, on 5 June.