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That's all from Scotland live for today. We'll be back at 07:00 tomorrow.

The headlines this evening:

Time to speak at FMQs

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

As I recall, one of the finest contributions to Scottish Parliamentary discourse came from the former First Minister Jack, now Lord, McConnell.

Jack McConnell

Read the full story on Brian's blog


Family plea for missing tourist

Susan McLean
Police Scotland

The family of an American tourist who went missing in Perthshire on Sunday evening has

appealed for information to help trace her.

Susan McLean, 61, was last seen on CCTV outside the Moness Resort on Crieff Road in Aberfeldy at about 19:45.

Ms McLean was on a two-week tour of Scotland with her family.

Andy Murray to play Facundo Arguello

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

So it's lucky loser Facundo Arguello of Argentina for @andy_murray in the French Open first round. No further questions....

On Reporting Scotland tonight

BBC Scotland News

Coming up at 18:30 on

BBC One Scotland:

  • The former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael was responsible for making public the incorrect claim that Nicola Sturgeon had told the French ambassador that she wanted David Cameron to be prime minister.
  • Scottish Labour's deputy leader says she'll stand for the leader's job when Jim Murphy goes. Kezia Dugdale will also face a challenge from Ken MacIntosh.
  • The first minister and the Princess Royal have taken part in events to commemorate the UK's worst rail disaster 100 years ago today.

Bomb threat teenager caught making call

A teenager who made a

bomb scare threat against a shopping centre was caught after security guards realised the call was coming from inside the building.

Connor Begley called security from a public phone inside The Centre at Almondvale in Livingston, West Lothian.

Outside court Begley threatened to smash the photographer's camera
Vic Rodrick

A security officer saw the call was coming from inside the centre and arranged for a CCTV camera to be trained on the spot.

Begley, 18, who is from Livingston but has moved to Glasgow since the offence, appeared for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to making the bomb threat on 18 February. He was given a community payback order.

Coming up: Here's one for the sports fans


BBC Radio Scotland

On #BBCSportsound from 18:30, @GlasgowWarriors v @UlsterRugby plus all the football news including @SaintMirrenFC, tennis and golf.

For details, click


BBC Sport website

Dry, with a touch of frost in the Highlands


BBC Scotland Weather


Hi, Gillian here. Dry tonight with clear spells. Chillier than last night, 5-7C in town; 2 in Central Highland glens, touch of grass frost.

Tomorrow: Sunny morning. Cloud increasing from West, rain W Isles & W Coast late afternoon. Best of the sun in East, 18C. 13-15 in West.

Outlook for Sunday: A cool, breezy day with sunny spells and blustery showers, most of the showers NW. Temperatures 11-14C. Brightest in SE.

Sturgeon - voters have a right to feel aggrieved

In a BBC interview, Nicola Sturgeon has called on former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael to consider his position as an MP after he admitted being behind the leak of a memo ahead of the general election.

The first minister said she accepted his apology, but that voters in his constituency had a right to be aggrieved.

Watch the interview


SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

George Galloway Ebola scare

Former MP George Galloway

tweets: "I'm in Scotland but my staff in Bradford are quarantined in the office following delivery of a suspect package alleged to be Ebola infected"

Community to celebrate buying village pier

A Highland village will

celebrate one of Scotland's more unusual community buyouts in a ceremony on Saturday.

Residents of North Kessock, near Inverness, have purchased the village's former ferry slipway from Highland Council.

It fell into disuse following the opening of the Kessock Bridge in 1982.

A community gala day will be held on Saturday to officially mark the handover of the pier from the local authority.

North Kessock
MJ Richardson/Geograph

Traffic and travel this evening

BBC Scotland Travel


The A8 Glasgow Road by Edinburgh airport is closed westbound because of an accident at the roundabout.

There is a diversion in place so westbound traffic for the airport is to continue to the M9 J1 Newbridge roundabout and access the airport via the eastbound carriageway.

On the A9 northbound, one lane is closed and traffic is slow because of an accident at Millbank.

In Moray, the A96 Spey Bridge has slow moving traffic because of a broken down van and trailer. The van is on the bridge. This is affecting traffic between Keith and Nairn.

If you are travelling in or out of Edinburgh by train, do check before you travel as there are changes and cancellations.

Forth Bridge set for world heritage status

The Forth Bridge

could become a World Heritage Site when Unesco delegates meet in Germany at the end of June.

Papers for the international meeting include a draft decision to inscribe the Forth Bridge as Scotland's sixth world heritage site.

The Forth Bridge

The rail bridge, which opened in 1890, would join St Kilda, the Antonine Wall, the old and new towns of Edinburgh and New Lanark on the prestigious list.

Alistair Carmichael talks to BBC Shetland


Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

Alistair Carmichael MP tells @bbcshetland memo leak "doesn't affect his work as a member of parliament."

More at 1730

Ball-hit golfer wins £10,000 damages

A golfer who was

hit on the head by another player's wayward tee shot has been awarded £10,000 damages.

Golf tee shot

John Ure, 46, was hit by a ball played by Stewart Muir at Bellshill Golf Club, North Lanarkshire, on 9 March 2013.

He raised a damages action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh after suffering a head injury, headaches and nausea.

Judge Lord Brailsford ruled it was "reasonably foreseeable" that the risk of a bad shot would endanger a player in Mr Ure's position on the fairway.

Sturgeon condemns Carmichael leak 'dirty tricks'

Nicola Sturgeon has

called on former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael to consider his position as an MP after he admitted being behind the leak of a memo ahead of the general election.

The leak suggested the Scottish first minister wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister.

Mr Carmichael said it was an error of judgement and he accepted "the details of the account are not correct".

Ms Sturgeon said it had been a "blatant election dirty trick".

Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael

Glasgow charity seeks owners of Lake District dog

A Scottish animal welfare charity has

launched an appeal to locate the owner of a dog found wandering on the top of the highest mountain in England.

The black and tan male collie cross was picked up at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District on Saturday by a couple of Scottish holidaymakers.

Concerned about its wellbeing, they took it home and handed it to the Scottish SPCA rescue centre in Glasgow.

The charity now wants to locate the owner of the dog, nicknamed Scafell.

Scottish SPCA

Sturgeon: Carmichael 'should consider position'

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon says Alistair Carmichael should consider his position as an MP after being caught failing to tell the truth.

One dead in Livingston flat fire

One person has

died in a fire at a flat in West Lothian on Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the two-storey flat in Tweed Drive, Livingston, at 14:52.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it searched the property and "one person was found deceased inside".

Sticky tape repair attempted on Scottish Cup

The replica of the Scottish Cup, which is awarded to match winners, has been

damaged during a photocall in Inverness.

The figure of a footballer on top of the trophy was accidentally broken off during the event and an effort was made to reattach it with sticky tape.

Broken Scottish Cup

The SFA said it was aware of the breakage and it would be repaired in time for next Saturday's Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.

The real Scottish Cup, the oldest national football trophy in the world, is kept at Hampden.

Scots raise £5.5m for Nepal appeal

Almost £5.5m has been raised in Scotland to help those caught up in the Nepal earthquake.

Nepalese earthquake survivors salvage belongings from their houses in devastated Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu

The 7.8-magnitude quake left more than 8,000 dead and affected millions of others when it struck on April 25.

A spokesman for the DEC earthquake appeal said they had been "very moved by the extraordinary generosity of people in Scotland".

Across the UK, £65m has been raised.

'Collusion' claim report published

A report into a collusion claim against Dumfries and Galloway Council which has remained under wraps for six years has

finally been made public.

It comes after police ruled the document contained no evidence of criminality by the local authority.

Former Highland Council chief executive Arthur McCourt compiled the report.

It was put together following a complaint against the council's planning department in connection with proposed data farm developments.

Coming up at 16:00


BBC Radio Scotland

Join Laura Maxwell for tonight's

Newsdrive when she'll be presenting breaking news from across Scotland, the UK and around the world, including;

  • More on the revelation that the former Scottish Secretary Alastair Carmichael was behind the leak of a controversial memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain in office.
  • Almost a million motorists were caught by fixed speed cameras last year - up 23% year on the year before.
  • Islamic State militants are continuing to make gains as they build on the momentum of capturing the Iraq city of Ramadi and the world heritage site of Palmyra in Syria.

Listen live


Leaked memo: Sturgeon responds


Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has tweeted to confirm she has received a letter of apology from Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, after he admitted being involved in a memo, which was leaked before the general election.

The memo claimed Ms Sturgeon had said she would prefer for David Cameron to remain as Prime Minister, over Ed Miliband.

Ms Sturgeon included an image of the letter in her

Tweet, which read, "I have received letter from
@acarmichaelmp apologising for leak and accepting that contents of memo not correct."

Alistair Carmichael's letter of apology to Nicola Sturgeon

For the full story, click


Carmichael admits Sturgeon memo leak

BBC Scotland News

Alastair Carmichael has said he will not accept the ministerial severance payment, which is normally due to ministers when they leave office, after it emerged he was

behind a leak that suggested Nicola Sturgeon preferred the idea of David Cameron remaining in Downing Street over the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

Mr Carmichael said it was an "error of judgement".

Alastair Carmichael on BBC News Channel

He told the BBC: "I accept full responsibility for what's happened here. This happened in my department while I was Secretary of State. It involved my special advisor. It was something that I could have stopped and very much should have stopped."

Mr Carmichael said he deeply regretted his actions and added: "For the consequences of that error of judgement I've apologised to the first minister and to the French ambassador.

"If I were still a cabinet minister at this point I would tender my resignation.

"Obviously the Liberal Democrats are no longer in government so I am not, but I have said to the cabinet secretary that I will not accept the ministerial severance payment.

"I've said in the past I don't think that would be appropriate in other cases and I'm not going to do it myself."

Scots £1m lotto ticket unclaimed

A £1m

lotto prize has gone unclaimed after the person who bought the ticket in East Ayrshire did not come forward.

National Lottery operator Camelot said the ticket won the raffle prize draw on 22 November last year.

Lotto raffle ticket

After the 180-day deadline for claiming passed at midnight on Thursday, the £1m prize, plus interest, was given to lottery-funded projects across the UK.

A National Lottery spokesman said the ticketholder had "sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money".

The spokesman added: "We tried very hard to find the ticketholder and it's a real shame that they have missed out, but there is still one winner - the nation."

Bank of Scotland to shut 13 branches

Bank of Scotland has announced plans to

close more than a dozen branches in Scotland this year.

Bank of Scotland sign

The bank said that a total of 13 branches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paisley and Aberdeen would shut by 18 September.

The move follows a strategic review of the business which was announced in October last year.

The bank said there would be no redundancies as a result of the decision.

BreakingCarmichael forced to admit leak

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

The former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has been forced to admit that he was

behind a leak that suggested Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister.

Scotland Office Secretary Alastair Carmichael

His former special adviser Euan Roddin disclosed the confidential memo to the Daily Telegraph during the general election campaign - but had Mr Carmichael's permission to do so.

Mr Carmichael says it was an "error of judgement" and if he'd still been a cabinet minister today he would have resigned.

Ms Sturgeon said at the time that she rejected the claim "100%".

Mr Carmichael has written to Nicola Sturgeon to apologise - describing it as a "breach of protocol."

Coulson trial: DC Martin Hall

Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh


DC Martin Gall is called as the next witness in the Andy Coulson perjury trial.

  • DC Gall confirms content of the News of the World (NOTW) emails are held by police.
  • The court is being shown emails between Mr Coulson and Rebekah Wade from November 2011, discussing case.
  • One email, from the day Mr Goodman pleaded guilty to phone hacking, references things as having gone "well".
  • In another email, News International lawyer Tom Crone tells Mr Coulson that Mr Goodman could "stray off the preferred line".
  • Later in the exchange, Mr Coulson says he trusts Mr Goodman will be told the "probation service have a clear anti-NOTW agenda".
  • In an email from January 2007, Mr Crone tells Mr Coulson that the "who knew" subject "simply didn't arise" in Mr Goodman's probation meeting to which Mr Coulson replies: "Obviously keen to know what 'proof' Mulcaire claims to have around his allegations re relationship with NOTW."

After a very brief cross examination, proceedings end for the day.

The Advocate Depute says that progress has been "good" and he expects to close the Crown case "well before the end of next week".

Man hit by car dies in hospital

A 40-year-old man has died in hospital a week after being seriously injured by a car in South Lanarkshire.

A73 at Thankerton

The man was struck by a southbound Ford Kuga while crossing the A73 at Sherifflats Road, Thankerton, at about 11:10 on Thursday 14 May.

He was taken by air ambulance to South Glasgow University Hospital where he died on Thursday.

The 71-year-old car driver was not injured in the crash. Police have appealed for witnesses.

SQA denies 'impossible' maths exam

Scotland's exams body has sought to calm fears that pupils sitting this year's Higher maths paper will be disadvantaged because it is "impossible".

Some pupils were said to have been

reduced to tears by questions in Wednesday's exam.

Pupil sitting an exam

More than 14,000 people have signed two online petitions about the paper.

An SQA spokesman said this year's pass mark would not be set until the marking of all papers was complete.

#Ouch - Lord McConnell falls down drain

Lord McConnell has

fallen down a drain while walking in the dark in Malawi.

The former first minister was in the African country to discuss the importance of electricity at the time.

lord mcconnell
Getty Images


tweeted: "Spent the evening discussing the importance of better electricity for #Malawi. Walked out to the dark street and fell down a drain. #Ouch."

McKinnon to take charge of Raith

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

Ray McKinnon will be named as the new Raith Rovers manager tomorrow.

The Brechin City manager who was also interviewed for the St Mirren job, will leave Glebe Park to take over at Starks Park.

Ray McKinnon has been manager of Brechin City since 2012

The former Dundee United and Aberdeen player recently signed a new deal at Brechin City, where he has been boss since 2012.

The 44-year-old is a former Scottish FA technical director and previously managed at junior club Lochee United.

Brechin finished fourth in League One, losing out to Alloa 2-1 on aggregate in their play-off semi-final.

Coulson trial: Clive Goodman

Cross examination continues

Philip Sim, Reporting from the High Court in Edinburgh


Proceedings resume in the Andy Coulson perjury trial. Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman is being asked about emails detailing "matey" contact.

  • Court being shown email from Mr Goodman to Mr Coulson about the costs of "matey"; "increasingly productive" contact.
  • Advocate depute highlights passage: "there are costs for matey in setting it up and maintaining it." Highlights repeated mentions of "it".
  • Mr Goodman says the "it" is the Alexander project, which he confirms is phone hacking.
  • Mr Goodman says "organised procedure of phone hacking" was his "new way" of getting "into the family".
  • Mr Goodman again reiterates that the "it" referred to in email is phone hacking.
  • Court going back over emails where Mr Goodman and Mr Coulson discussed royal stories, which Goodman says were sourced from phone hacks.

That concludes Clive Goodman's evidence after three days of testimony.

£1m lotto ticket goes unclaimed

The winnings from a £1m lotto raffle ticket that was bought in East Ayrshire have been donated to good causes after they went unclaimed.

National lottery generic

Camelot said the ticket was bought on 22 November last year and that its 180-day deadline for the winner to get in touch had passed at midnight on Thursday.

The company said the money, plus the interest it earned, has now gone to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

Historic station to be rebuilt after fire

Aberdeenshire Council is pledging to rebuild a historic railway station in Royal Deeside that was destroyed by fire.

Fire at Old Royal Station
Leelah Hutcheon

The authority is meeting with Historic Scotland to determine what can be salvaged from the B-listed Old Royal Station in Ballater.

Old Royal Station

The council said that rebuilding work was likely to take two years.

The old station was the final stopping point for the royal train when the Queen visited Balmoral before the line was closed in 1966.

Kezia Dugdale: 'education and aspiration'

The World at One BBC Radio 4

Kezia Dugdale, who confirmed

she will be running to become leader of Scottish Labour, tells Mark Mardell on BBC Radio Four's World at One: "For me, Labour stands for education and aspiration."

kezia dugdale

She said the Labour Party has been the vehicle for social change in the UK and would be again in the future.

You can listen to the full interview


Cold War football scandal is remembered


controversial football match between Highland villagers and fishermen from the USSR during the Cold War has been recalled in a new exhibition.

Football match in Ullapool in 1980s
Noel Hawkins

The fishermen had come ashore at Ullapool from "klondykers", factory ships that would anchor in Loch Broom to process mackerel.

The kick-about caused controversy because it came at a time of heightened hostilities between East and West.

Ullapool Museum's new exhibition on the klondykers commemorates the match.