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  1. Coulson 'told of hacking' trial hears
  2. Celtic player 'approached over guns'
  3. SNP MPs take oath 'Scottish style
  4. Strike to hit most Scottish trains
  5. Five appear over school abuse claims

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By Jo Perry, Rebecca Bailey and Louise Sayers

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Louise Sayers

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

Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for the news updates from around Scotland throughout the day.

In the meantime keep up to date with all the latest developments on the

BBC Scotland news website.

SNP MPs roles

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

SNP say spokesperson appointed to devolved areas, like health and education, to act as "liaisons" with Holyrood

Buzzard trapper sentenced

A gamekeeper on a Stirlingshire sporting estate caught a bird of prey

in a type of trap that has been illegal for decades, a court has heard.

James O'Reilly outside court
Central Scotland News Agency

James O'Reilly set the gin trap on the family-owned 5000-acre Cardross Estate.

The offence came to light on 22 March 2013 when a local man walking his dog found a buzzard caught by the leg.

O'Reilly, 50, was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work after having pleaded guilty to four charges under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Union strike ballot decision 'disappointing'

The body representing offshore contractors says it's "extremely disappointed" that unions have decided to go ahead with a strike ballot over changes to working conditions.

The Offshore Contractors Association says industrial action would only make the North Sea "less attractive and jeopardise the long-term future of the industry".

The GMB and Unite unions put a potential ballot on hold until today's talks as they considered fresh proposals from the OCA.

The unions are concerned about changes to rota patterns. BBC Scotland revealed earlier that oil company BP is

moving its staff to three weeks offshore instead of two, followed by three weeks of leave.

Wallace monument vandal escapes jail

A Yes campaigner

who painted a 12m blue rectangle on rocks beneath the Wallace Monument has been told by a sheriff he was lucky not to have been jailed.

Wallace monument

James Young, 48, daubed the Saltire-blue shape below the monument in Stirling in August, the month before last year's independence referendum.

Young, a van driver from Perth, was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and to pay £7,911 compensation.

Sheriff Peter Anderson said it was an act of "wilful destruction".

SNP MPs roles

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Lots of new SNP intake get jobs as spokespeople and shadowing govt my reckoning 18 from 50 new MPs didn't get a role.. yet

SNP source pointing out that the 18 missing from appointments list are "well placed" for record number of committee memberships.

Traffic held at Forth Road Bridge

BBC Scotland Travel


Forth Road Bridge: Road traffic accident southbound - traffic is being held for now.

Expect delays to your journey.

SNP announce MPs roles

Nick Eardley

BBC News

The SNP have unveiled the roles given to their 56 MPs in parliament.

You can see the list of SNP leadership and spokespeople in the House of Commons below:

Full list

Mild with patchy rain

BBC Scotland Weather


Evening, Gillian here. It'll turn cloudy tonight with patchy rain, mainly over the western highlands and Argyll. Mild, at 7C. Breezy in the north west.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain, most persistent over Argyll and the west highlands. Best of the brightness in the south. About 13-16C.

Brewers inquiry

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

Pub tenancies and relations with brewers to face a @scotgov inquiry, minister announces.

Men in court over Fife school historical abuse

Five men have appeared in court facing

allegations of abusing pupils at a school run by Christian Brothers in Fife during the 1970s and 80s.

The Courier

The men, aged between 61 and 77. are accused of physically and sexually abusing boys at the former St Ninian's School in Falkland.

All five pleaded not guilty to the charges at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 23-page indictment lists 131 charges involving more than 40 alleged victims.

Scottish tourism boost

Live on Radio Scotland Newsdrive

Julie Peacock

BBC News

There was a

big increase in the number of tourists coming to Scotland last year, thanks to events like the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

Glasgow 2014 and Ryder Cup

The latest figures show 15mn people came here on holiday in 2014, spending £4.7bn. The increase of 11% was more than double the increase recorded in England.

One of the most striking figures was the the biggest increase in visitors from the United States. This 28% increase may have been partly due to the Ryder cup and the spending of US visitors was up by 48%.

While Visit Scotland say they are very happy with the figures they say they still falls short of the £5.5bn target they have set for 2020.

Planet could be named after Munro

One of Scotland's best known mountains

has been suggested as the name for a planet known as an exo-world.

Ayrshire Astronomical Society is among UK groups competing in the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) NameExoWorlds contest.

Exo planets illustration
Exo-planets orbit distant stars

AAS is believed to be the only one from Scotland to have registered.

Names it has entered for a star and three planets include Schiehallion, a Munro in Perthshire.

Accident on A710

BBC Scotland Travel


Dumfries and Galloway #A710 blocked between Dalbeattie and Kipford by road traffic accident. There's no obvious diversion here - avoid this stretch for now.

Ciftic and Souttar offered new deals

BBC Sport


Dundee United have offered contract extensions to top scorer

Nadir Ciftci and Scotland Under-19 defender John Souttar.

Nadir Ciftci and John Souttar (centre) celebrate a Dundee United goal
SNS Group Sammy Turner

Both have a year remaining on their existing deals and United say they are keen to retain their services.

Media speculation has linked both with Celtic in recent weeks.

"Both players have proved their worth to the team and the club as a whole and merit the extension offer," said a United spokesman.

Shaughnessy leaving Aberdeen

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Joe Shaughnessy will leave @AberdeenFC after agreeing a two year deal to join @St_Johnstone_FC

News Jet2 routes from Edinburgh

Airline and package holiday specialist Jet2 has announced it is adding 12 new routes at Edinburgh airport.

Jet2 plane in flight

The 12 new routes starting in 2016 are Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes and Zante in Greece, Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus, Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey and Vienna in Austria. and Jet2holidays said the expansion would create 150 new jobs, directly with them and within the supporting industries.

The airline said the new routes would bring an extra 150,000 passengers to the airport, with 26 routes on offer from next year.

Origin of boat fire found

A fire on board a boat which forced the evacuation of 84 crew members is said to have started in the supply generator room below deck.

Fugro SymphonY
Newsline Photos

Fire crews were called to the scene in Peterhead Harbour at around 03:00 this morning, but no-one was injured in the incident.

At its height, 35 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze on offshore supply vessel Fugro Symphony.

Three firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and a member of the ship's firefighting team traced the fire to the supply generator room.

Lane blocked on A90

BBC Scotland Travel


Edinburgh - #A90 Queensferry Rd RTA westbound at Clermiston Road North blocking one lane - delays toward Forth Road Bridge.

More on RBS fines


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

RBS chair Hampton: forex rigging exposed "serious shortcomings: we strongly condemn actions of those responsible + regret control failings"

Anti-terror strategy 'not working'

Live on Radio Scotland Newsdrive

Fiona Walker

Reporter, BBC Scotland Investigates

Representatives of minority ethnic communities say the UK government's anti-terrorism strategy Prevent does not appear to be working in Scotland.

The charity Roshni says the authorities need to work closely with the communities to prevent young people being radicalised.

In a ground-breaking event tonight, young people are talking to the police and policy makers about their experiences, instead of radicalisation being dealt with from the top down.

The charity has organised around 300 people to attend, but it's not expected to be any easy ride for them [the politicians and police].

When I asked the charity how well they thought the authorities were working with the communities to prevent radicalisation, the first thing they mentioned was the Prevent strategy.

They said no one could tell them what the Prevent strategy was actually achieving. Anela Anwar from Roshni said that if the communities themselves can't get answers then how is the strategy supposed to be working?

Rail strike will have 'severe impact'

David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

The message from rail bosses today? This strike will have a severe impact and it's time for passengers to begin planning ahead.

There'll be no ScotRail services at all outside of the central belt on Monday or Tuesday.

The services listed below are likely to run on a reduced basis and will operate largely between 07:15 and 17:45 on the days listed.


  • Glasgow Central - Paisley Gilmour Street
  • Glasgow Central - Neilston via Queens Park
  • Glasgow Central - Newton via Maxwell Park


  • Edinburgh - Glasgow via Falkirk High
  • Edinburgh - Kirkcaldy - Glenrothes
  • Edinburgh - Cowdenbeath - Glenrothes
  • Glasgow Central - East Kilbride
  • Glasgow Queen St (High Level) - Anniesland
  • Glasgow Queen St (Low Level) - Cumbernauld

All other services will be cancelled all day Monday and Tuesday.

Passengers are being advised to check their train company's website for the latest information. ScotRail has launched a

dedicated web page where it will be posting timetables for the routes that will be running during the strike.

Seat wars continued


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Labour source: "Sadly, their [the SNP's] true priorities in their first week after being elected has been where they sit in the chamber."

'Plotter' approached Celtic player

One of four men accused of plotting to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland allegedly asked a Celtic player about getting guns,

a court has heard.

Brazen Head

In a police recording, Anton Duffy said he asked Anthony Stokes in Glasgow's Brazen Head pub to get his father to speak to someone about guns.

The High Court in Glasgow heard pub regulars reacted furiously to this.

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

RBS fines


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

RBS fines in US for rigging foreign exchange market: total $669m: added cost from settling civil action: 3 sacked, 2 suspended.

Coming up at 16:00


BBC Radio Scotland

Join Laura Maxwell for all the latest headlines.

On tonight's programme;

  • A trial hears Andy Coulson not only knew phone hacking took place at the News of the World - but he paid for it.
  • Employees at the footwear retailer Schuh share in a £25m windfall.
  • BBC Scotland's transport correspondent David Millar on next week's planned strike action and how it will hit the" majority of ScotRail services".

Listen to the programme


Edith Bowman to present Quay Sessions

Edith Bowman has been named as the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's new weekly music show The Quay Sessions.

Edith Bowman

The Fife-born DJ will kick off the live music programme on 4 June as part of BBC Scotland's pop-up music festival, BBC Music at the Quay.

Scots super group Texas will be her first guests.

Coulson trial: Clive Goodman


Philip Sim

Reporting from inside the High Court, Edinburgh

Mr Goodman is now being questioned over his arrest. He confirms his mobile phone was take by police.

  • Court is shown list of text messages, apparently exchanged between Mr Goodman and Mr Coulson, and Mr Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire.
  • Text messages from April-June 2006 include phone PINs, and notes when they are "live".
  • Mr Goodman says mention was "often" made in NOTW conferences of things "around" phone hacking.
  • Mr Goodman claims Ian Edmondson mentioned in one NOTW conference trying to find someone by "triangulating his mobile phone".
  • Mr Goodman says Mr Coulson "didn't ask questions"; says "presumably he knew" what the references to hacking in conference meant.
  • Mr Goodman telling court of his arrest; police arrived at his house at 6am. Taken to News International offices, then police station.
  • Mr Goodman says he realised after arrest in August 2006 that he was in "real trouble".

That's all from the Coulson trial today - the jury is now being sent home until tomorrow and the court will discuss legal matters for remaining period.

Mr Goodman will be back tomorrow; for now, you can read the latest full update on the trial


Seat wars


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

So #seatwars - the latest; Labour accuses SNP of "bizarre" antics - focusing on seating arrangements not taking on the Tories.

Jack signs new deal at Aberdeen

BBC Sport


Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack

has extended his Pittodrie contract until the end of the 2016/2017 season.

The 23-year-old had a year remaining on his previous terms.

Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack
SNS Group

Dons manager Derek McInnes told the club website: "It shows real intent from Ryan to play his part in a successful Aberdeen team.

"It also demonstrates the club can hold on to its good players as well and hopefully Ryan can continue to impress in an Aberdeen shirt next season."

Coulson trial: Clive Goodman


Philip Sim

Reporting from inside the High Court, Edinburgh

The court is being shown more emails, as questioning of the former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman continues.

  • One email, defending the weekly payment, contains a list of royal stories from paper; Goodman confirms each in turn was sourced via phone-hacking.
  • The email reply to this story list appears to be Mr Coulson replying: "I'm sorry but it has to go".
  • In the next email, from Goodman to Stuart Kuttner, NOTW managing editor, there are references to "Alexander research" and end of weekly payments.
  • Mr Goodman says Alexander project stories continued to be used, sometimes discussed at NOTW conferences, sometimes not.
  • Another Goodman-Coulson email contains story copy which quotes Prince William verbatim; Goodman tells court it came from voicemail.
  • Mr Goodman tells court Mr Coulson never asked him how he got Prince William's exact words for that story.

Freight train derails

A freight train has derailed near Whifflet in North Lanarkshire.

Scotrail said no one was injured in the incident.

The train was making its way to the freight terminal at Mossend when one set of its wheels came off the track.

The incident is affecting services between Glasgow Central, Cumbernauld and Motherwell.

Your Pictures


Mark Hodgson from Edinburgh took this great picture of his dog Skip having fun in the rapeseed fields at Dalmeny, near South Queensferry.

A dog in mid leap down a path; framed by yellow rapeseed flowers
Mark Hodgson

Think you have a better picture, or a cuter dog?

Email us with your photographs, or tweet using #ScotlandLive. We'll publish the best.

First female permanent secretary

The new permanent secretary in the Scottish government is to be a woman, for the first time.

Leslie Evans

Leslie Evans will take over from Sir Peter Housden as the Scottish government's most senior civil servant in July.

Ms Evans has worked for the government for 15 years, and spent 20 years in local authorities before that.

Coulson trial: Clive Goodman


Philip Sim

Reporting from inside the High Court, Edinburgh

The Andy Coulson trial is back under way, with questioning of former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman continuing.

  • The court is now being shown more emails. Mr Goodman confirms that "matey" [referred to in emails] is "Mr Alexander", who is Glenn Mulcaire.
  • Discussion returns to NOTW story (sourced from hacking) alleging that Prince Harry had asked an aide for help with Sandhurst exams.
  • Mr Goodman says the stories sourced from phone-hacking, which could not be "stood up" elsewhere, generally were not published.
  • More emails are being shown. With regard to the Prince Harry story, Mr Goodman emailed Mr Coulson saying "as we know it is 100% fact". He testifies this is because Mr Coulson had seen the transcript.
  • In email, Mr Goodman says some detail about the story could be "too precise", which he testifies could "raise suspicion".
  • The Prince Harry allegations were printed "in a much reduced form" in the paper, Mr Goodman tells the court.
  • Further emails are shown. In one, Mr Goodman suggests story to Mr Coulson about Prince William allegedly sneaking out of Sandhurst to go beagling.
  • Mr Goodman says he cannot remember if the lead on that story came from hacking.
  • In another email, Mr Goodman tells Mr Coulson that "matey" could be a "goldmine", and argues against cancelling his weekly payment.

Rescue boat named after drowned teen

Money raised in memory of a teenager who drowned in a Dumfries river

has helped to buy a new rescue boat for the crew who searched for him.

Macauley McQueen, 18, was swept away after falling into the River Nith three days before Christmas last year.


A major search operation was launched by Nith Inshore Rescue but his body was only recovered five weeks later, near Glencaple.

Mr McQueen's friends and family raised £11,000 for the rescue team.

Bonus handshake


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Bonus for Bardell? A 2nd handshake with the Speaker after her 2nd oath of allegiance - not many new members can claim that

Further job losses at paper firm

Administrators have announced further job losses at a Fife-based paper maker after failing to attract a buyer.

Tullis Russell paper mill, Markinch
James Allan

A total of 325 staff lost their jobs last month after Tullis Russell Papermakers collapsed.

Administrators at KPMG said they had contacted about 200 parties in a bid to sell the business, but no offers were received by this week's deadline.

A further 21 employees have now been made redundant, leaving 128 staff at the plant in Markinch.

Sweat pads aid athletes' performance

Researchers at Strathclyde University have

created a tiny wearable sensor to test athletes' sweat.

Sweat patches video screengrab

It delivers real-time information to a smartphone to help sportsmen and women achieve optimum performance.

The tiny sensor analyses the electrolytes in sweat and transmits the data to a smartphone.

Researchers in the university's biomedical engineering department said it could let competitors and coaches know when and how best to rehydrate.

Illegally trapped red kite put down

A red kite that was

illegally trapped on moorland west of Stirling had to be put down because its injuries were so severe, police have said.

red kite

The bird of prey was discovered in distress and seriously injured on Wednesday 13 May.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "This was clearly an intentional act with the sole purpose of trapping this type of bird of prey.

"It was a very specific act for a very specific purpose."