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  2. Andy Coulson perjury trial begins
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  4. Death of woman in house 'suspicious'

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...signing off for the weekend.

That's it from the Scotland Live team for today but we'll be back between 07:00 and 19:00 on Monday 18 May, bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across Scotland.

Until then, you can keep up to date via the

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Thank you for joining us and we hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Brora dispelling rumours - Kirkwood

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Brora Rangers manager Davie Kirkwood insists his side have dispelled talk about them not wanting promotion with their

performances on the pitch.

Rangers defender Lee Wallace (right) is kept in check by Brora Rangers' Colin Maclean.

The Highland League outfit travel to Montrose holding a 1-0 first leg lead in their SPFL pyramid play-off final.

"These players are desperate to go up. These guys on Saturday will definitely give their all," said Kirkwood.

"When you're a manager you want to play in as high a league as possible and you want to take your players with you."

Councillors back 'grave re-use' plan

Plans to

re-use old graves have been backed by councillors in the Scottish Borders.


Corpses would be exhumed and reburied at a deeper depth, under proposals put forward by the Scottish government.

In a move which could ease pressure on cramped cemeteries, more bodies could then be added to the same grave.

Lairs which are partially full could be dug up after 25 years while those which are full could be re-used 75 years after the last burial was made.

Firearms and drugs seized in raid

Firearms and a quantity of cannabis have been

seized by police from a property in Ayr.


Police Scotland said their officers made the recovery after an "intelligence led" operation in the town on Thursday.

Three people - two men aged 17 and 50 and a 38-year-old woman - were arrested in connection with the seizure.

They were expected to appear at Ayr Sheriff Court on Monday.

Council cleared of Lothian Buses row

The City of Edinburgh Council has been

cleared of any wrongdoing in an independent report into its handling of a row between Lothian Buses directors.

Auditors at KPMG found the city's officials respected legislation governing public transport bodies, as well as shareholder rules.

The row started in August, when chief executive Ian Craig's three deputies lodged a grievance against him.

Lothian Buses said it was moving on from the incident.

Bursary boost for poorest students

University students from the poorest backgrounds are to be given

more financial support, Education Secretary Angela Constance has said.

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She said bursaries for students from a household with an income of up to £24,000 would increase by £125 a year.

Ms Constance added that the threshold for receiving the maximum bursary of £7,625 would be raised to £19,000 next year. It was previously £17,000.

She said widening access had long been a priority.

DNA evidence led at 'Gerbil' trial

A DNA profile matching the man accused of murdering Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll was

found on a carrier bag in which a gun was discovered, a court has heard.

Kevin Carroll

Scientist Marie Campbell told the High Court in Glasgow she analysed the bag found in Coatbridge on 26 January 2010.

She said the probability of the DNA being anyone other than William Paterson's was one in a billion.

Mr Paterson, 35, denies fatally shooting 29-year-old gangland figure Mr Carroll in Glasgow on 13 January 2010.

Mr Carroll was killed at the Asda car park in the city's Robroyston area.

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  • Sturgeon meets Cameron
  • Jim Murphy's future as leader of Scottish Labour to be decided
  • The Andy Coulson perjury trial begins
  • Claims of doping in Scottish Rugby
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Dope claims by former Scotland rugby ace

A former Scotland rugby union international has claimed that doping is still happening in Scottish Rugby.

Craig Chalmers,

whose son Sam was banned for two years after failing a doping test, has said that while the issue is not "rife", it is happening.

Craig Chalmers - 1999 - East London, South Africa.
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He has called on Scottish Rugby to "take more responsibility" over the issue and has claimed that drug testing is not as widespread as it should be at lower club level.

Scottish Rugby has responded to the claims by saying that the organisation is "fully committed to the fight against doping in sport in order to protect the integrity of the game".

A spokesperson said: "As a governing body, we continually endeavour to educate players at all levels of the game on the consequences and repercussions which come with taking banned substances, from both a health and a sporting perspective.

"Any intelligence received by the governing body is assiduously followed up and reported to UK Anti-Doping.

"We would urge anybody with information or suspicion on the use of doping in rugby to immediately report this to the Scottish Rugby Union."

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Biker dies in crash with campervan

A man has died after his motorcycle was

involved in a collision with a campervan in the Highlands.

The emergency services were alerted to the accident on the A832 Aultbea to Gairloch road at 12:55. An air ambulance has been sent to the scene.

The crash happened about two miles (3km) south of Aultbea.

BLOG: Caution on both sides at first meeting

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

David Cameron has long since learned, like other prime ministers before him, to tread warily in dealing with the miasma of constitutional, electoral and strategic issues which comprise the body politic in Scotland.

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So it was again today when he met Nicola Sturgeon in Bute House. And yet there is caution too on the first minister's side.

Why so? Competing mandates - and sundry thoughts as to how those mandates are most effectively exercised.

Both leaders took pains to describe today's talks as constructive. Yet both leaders retain distinctly different visions as to the final constitutional construct which could emerge.

Read on.

Travel update - One for the commuters...

On the roads:

  • From @trafficscotland: Network is VERY busy, please check ahead to avoid delays: #FridayPeak #BeAware #StaySafe
  • From @trafficscotland: #A87 Skye Bridge - Caution High Winds #WindyBridges #StaySafe

On the water:

  • From @CalMacFerries: #Mallaig - #SmallIsles 16/5 Due to adverse weather sailings may be liable to disruption, delay or cancellation at short notice.

Woman gave man's baby to gay friend

A mother has been found guilty of

duping her former partner into thinking she had an abortion in order to give his child to her gay friend.

A jury at Perth Sheriff Court found the woman and her male friend guilty of an elaborate fraud.

Perth sheriff court
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The court heard the pair hatched a "cynical and calculated" plot to cover up who the child's real father was.

The woman, aged 29, and her 35-year-old male friend were warned they could face up to five years in prison.

Sheriff William Wood described the offence as "very serious" and paid tribute to the child's father for his efforts to obtain justice for himself and his daughter.

Troubled Arches club to close early

Glasgow Licensing Board has told The Arches nightclub it will have to

close early following complaints by police.

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The city council confirmed the board had "varied the licence", meaning the venue could no longer stay open until 03:00 and must close by midnight.

Last month police made a bid to have the club closed after a woman was found unconscious and officers recorded 26 drug and alcohol-related incidents.

It was rejected after a lawyer for The Arches argued this was inappropriate.

Company puts care homes up for sale

Care home operator HC-One has put two of its sites in Scotland up for sale following a

financial restructuring of the company.

The properties are Blar Buidhe in Stornoway on Lewis and The Birches in Crieff in Perthshire.

Blar Buidhe had to stop taking new admissions amid concerns about the care being offered, but the temporary restriction was lifted last month.

Residents of the two homes have been told of the sales.

Captain Kellock gives Warriors a boost

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Al Kellock returns for Glasgow Warriors for Saturday's Pro12 tie at Scotstoun, while Ulster make 12 changes to the side that drew with Munster.

Glasgow captain Al Kellock
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Kellock comes into the second row with fit-again Sean Lamont named on the wing for the sold-out clash.

Both teams are already assured of places in next week's semi-finals.

But Glasgow, who are currently sitting second, are looking to secure a home play-off tie and are presently level on points with Munster and leaders Ospreys going into the final round of games.

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Davidson on SNP - Who is 'pulling the strings?'

Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has called Nicola Sturgeon's SNP leadership into question, in the wake of the First Minister's meeting with David Cameron at Bute House today.

Ruth Davidson and David Cameron

Ms Davidson said: "The question facing the SNP is whether Nicola Sturgeon is really in charge, or is it the foreign office with Alex Salmond pulling the strings.

"In office, Mr Salmond said that last year's referendum was once in a lifetime - he needs to front up and tell us, on the record, whether that is something he still supports."

Meanwhile, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, criticised the SNP following today's meeting.

He said: "Only a week after the result the SNP have returned to business as usual, stoking up divisions in their drive for an unstable constitutional settlement."

Island estate buyout finalised

People living on the Pairc Estate in Lewis have finalised a

community buyout of the privately-owned estate.

Residents launched Scotland's first hostile buyout four years ago, before an agreement was reached with landowner Barry Lomas, late in 2013.

Last year, 166 residents voted for the buyout, with 77 against.

It has cost the trust £500,000 to purchase the 26,775 acres (10,835ha).

Scientists examine 'The Dress' craze

Three academic papers have been published after a

social media storm about the colour of a dress, which started in Scotland, went global.


Alana MacInnes, of Uist, and Caitlin McNeill, from Colonsay, asked people online whether they saw the colour as gold and white or blue and black.

The debate was picked up by fashion bloggers, Twitter, Buzzfeed and celebrities including Taylor Swift.

Neuroscientists are among the authors published by Current Biology.

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Newsdrive with Laura Maxwell:

  • Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron have been meeting to discuss more powers for Scotland
  • Labour Leadership hopeful Chuka Umunna has withdrawn his bid
  • Tributes from around the world have been paid to the blues legend, BB King, who has died, aged 89.
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Murray's budget plea to SNP

Shadow Scottish Secretary, Ian Murray, has urged the SNP not to accept a Conservative deal that "cuts Scotland's budget".

Ian Murray

It follows a meeting between the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at Bute House earlier today.

Mr Murray, said: "There is a real risk that what we get now is a Tory deal on fiscal autonomy, or some way towards it, that leaves Scotland worse off."

He added: "Labour stood on a platform of ensuring that the final say on benefits rests with the Scottish Parliament and promising a Home Rule Bill within 100 days, so we welcome attempts to deliver quickly on further devolution."

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Union calls for Murphy to quit

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called for Jim Murphy to resign as leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Jim Murphy

Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP in last week's general election, leaving just one MP representative at Westminster.

The CWU has described Labour's performance in the election as, "particularly disastrous in Scotland".

A spokesperson said: "It is clear that the Labour Party needs to rebuild in Scotland and CWU believes that will be done most effectively under new leadership."

It follows a

similar move by Unite union yesterday however, Mr Murphy has received backing from Usdaw, which represents shop workers, and Community union.

Woman killed in car crash fire

A woman has died after her

car caught fire in a road accident near Dumfries.

She was driving a red Daihatsu which was involved in a crash with a black Vauxhall Zafira at 18:00 on Thursday.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said the car caught fire and was burnt out as a result of the accident.

He said neither the driver nor the front seat passenger in the Zafira were injured in the accident on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at Holywood.

Three men guilty of school abuse

Three former care workers have been

convicted of historical indecent assaults against boys at a school for vulnerable children in Kent.

Colwyn Baker, 71, David Hennessy, 74, and Nigel Putman, 62, abused youngsters at the now closed Swaylands School, in Penshurst, between 1963 and 1979.

Swaylands School, which closed in 1993

Jurors at Maidstone Crown Court returned partial verdicts against them.

Baker, of Craighouse Avenue, Morningside, Edinburgh, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault, Hennessy of two and Putman of one.

Baker was cleared of one charge of sexual assault and one indecent assault.

The jury is still considering 38 other charges.

Baker had denied 24 indecent assault and three serious sexual assault charges.

Shooting probe questions 130 people

Police investigating a shooting and an unrelated attack in Glasgow have spoken to

more than 130 people and dozens of motorists a week on from the incidents.

Royston Road

Officers questioned people close to Gary's Barber Shop in Springburn, where a man, 29, was attacked on 7 May.

They also spoke to people in Royston Road where another man, also 29, was run over and then shot in a targeted attack later the same day.

More snow forecast for hilltops

Wintry conditions have been forecast for Scotland's hills and mountains.

Buachaille Etive Mor

The Met Office has warned of the "high risk" of southerly gales affecting peaks in the west Highlands on Friday.

Snow showers are expected on Saturday with the most frequent and heaviest likely over Skye and the north west Highlands, according to the Met Office.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has posted a picture of an avalanche in the Cairngorms to highlight the forecasted wintry weather.

UDA murder plot accused 'a fantasist'

One of four men

accused of plotting to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland was "a fantasist", a court has heard.

Edward McVeigh previously told the High Court in Glasgow that his ex-cellmate Anton Duffy hated Johnny Adair and Sam McCrory and spoke of killing them.

Johnny Adair

Under cross-examination he admitted telling police he thought Mr Duffy was "a fantasist off his head on tramadol".

Mr Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 36, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 58, deny a plot to kill Mr Adair and Mr McCrory.

The court has already heard that Mr Adair and his best friend Mr McCrory were both former members of prohibited Loyalist terror organisations the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and its paramilitary wing the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

Andy Coulson perjury trial begins

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has gone

on trial in Scotland accused of perjury.

Andy Coulson

The 47-year-old journalist is accused of lying at the trial of Scottish socialist politician Tommy Sheridan at the High Court in Glasgow in 2010.

Mr Coulson, from Kent, a former head of communications at Downing Street, has entered a plea of not guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh.

His trial, before judge Lord Burns, is expected to last four weeks.

Dunfermline release 18 players

Cost-cutting Dunfermline Athletic have released 18 players after their failure to win promotion from Scotland's League One this season.

Andrew Barrowman

Among those exiting the Fife club are 35-year-old former Dundee United, Motherwell and Plymouth Argyle left-back Jim Paterson, who signed in January.

Also leaving are 30-year-old striker Andrew Barrowman (pictured), who was in his second spell at East End Park, 22-year-old former Rangers defender Kyle McAusland and Gregor Buchanan, the 25-year-old centre-half who arrived from Airdrieonians last summer.

Other players exiting East End Park are goalkeepers Ryan Goodfellow and Jamie Wilson, defenders Scott Mercer, Ross Millen, Declan O'Kane Jonathan Page, Stuart Urquhart and Alex Whittle, midfielders Paul George, Finn Graham, Gavin McMillan, Andy Stirling and Ryan Thomson, plus forward Allan Smith.

McCall will have to apply for Gers job

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Rangers manager Stuart McCall says he will have to formally apply for his own job, even if he secures promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Stuart McCall

And he insists that he has no problem with the Glasgow club speaking to other candidates.

McCall agreed a contract until the end of the season when Kenny McDowall stood down in March.

But the Ibrox outfit have since been taken over by a consortium led by shareholder Dave King.

Football club launches fire appeal

Spartans Football Club has launched

an appeal to raise money for one of its supporters who lost his home and pets in an Edinburgh fire.

Garry Betts, also known as Grim O'Grady, lost his family dog Buster and his cats in the fire in Crewe Terrace on Thursday.

Garry Betts with his dog, Buster

Mr Betts runs three disabled football teams at the club.

Craig Graham, Spartans chairman, said: "Grim is a fantastic volunteer around the club so we want to help him."

He added: "This is dreadful news."

Four detained over 'disturbances'

Four men have been detained in connection with a series of "related disturbances" in Aberdeen.

Police Scotland said the incidents happened in the Springhill Crescent and Nigg Way areas of the city on Thursday night.

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Men aged 23, 24, 44 and 49 were detained.

Vehicles involved were said to be a blue Toyota Corolla, a dark Ford Focus and a green car, described as a people carrier.

A closed section of Nigg Way has re-opened.

Man jailed for rape bid on teenager

A man who admitted

assaulting and attempting to rape a teenager in a wooded area in Irvine has been jailed for six years.

Ryan Douglas, 25, dragged his 17-year-old victim from the North Ayrshire town's Bank Street on 7 August 2014.

He ran off after her screams alerted passers-by who came to her aid, and was later traced to a house in the town.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Douglas was told he would be placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Dundee release Davidson and Reid

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Dundee have

released midfielders Iain Davidson and Jamie Reid.

Davidson helped the Dens Park side win last season's Scottish Championship title, but the 31-year-old has made only 14 appearances this term.

Dundee midfielder Iain Davidson
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21-year-old Reid spent this season on loan with Stenhousemuir in League One and Elgin City in League Two.

Meanwhile, out-of-contract goalkeeper Kyle Letheran has advertised his availability on PFA Scotland's list of players who are looking for new clubs.

The 27-year-old, previously of Swansea City, Barnsley and Plymouth Argyle, joined Dundee in 2013 after leaving Kilmarnock.

Man arrested over suspicious death

Police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the death of a 33-year-old woman in Renfrewshire.

Officers were called to a house where a body was found in Linwood near Paisley, at about 14:30 on Thursday.

The man remains in custody and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Cost of new gallery to soar to £3m

The cost of transforming

Kirkcudbright Town Hall into a "gallery of national significance" is expected to cost £3.17m, according to a new report.

Kirkcudbright Town Hall

The plan is part of the Kirkcudbright Charter, which aims to make the best use of the town's public buildings.

Council papers have revealed that the design team behind the project will ask Dumfries and Galloway Council for funding of £1.68m.

It exceeds the authority's budget for the entire charter by £195,000.

Drunken driver killed pedestrian

A motorist has admitted knocking down and

killing a man in Shetland after a day of drinking.

Accident scene

John Pottinger, 21, admitted causing the death of 39-year-old George Armour by dangerous driving when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.

The collision happened on the B9074 at Hamnavoe in June last year. The victim was thrown up and over the bonnet of the car.

Sentence was deferred on Pottinger until next month.