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  1. Man convicted of 'Gerbil' murder
  2. More powers Scotland Bill published
  3. Trident concerns 'not proven'
  4. School trip boy at safari park

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By Jo Perry, Louise Sayers and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is all for today's Scotland Live. Remember, you can listen to tonight's big match between Rangers and Motherwell on

BBC Radio Scotland.

Good night.

Rangers vs Motherwell

Rangers take on Motherwell in the first leg of the Scottish Premiership play-off final tonight.


The match, at Ibrox, kicks off at 19:45 with full commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW and a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Read our preview of the big match.

Can you match that bet?

Irish bookmaker Boylesports has reported that a punter in the Munster area of the country has bet €10,000 (£7141) on their side to beat Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 final on Saturday.

Warriors vs Munster

At odds of 7/10, if the Irish side win the bet will mean a profit of €7000 (£4998) for the gambler.

Gadzhalov to stay with Dundee

Dundee have retained the services of defender Kostadin Gadzhalov, who has signed a new deal to stay at Dens Park.

Kostadin Gadzhalov

The 25-year-old Bulgarian signed up with the dark blues last January, making six appearances for the club.

The club have not revealed the duration of his extended deal.

Meantime, Gary Irvine and Jim McAlister who are both out of contract this week are waiting for clarification of the club's plans for them.

Armed robber hunted in Edinburgh

A man pointed a handgun at a shop assistant during an armed robbery in Edinburgh.

The incident happened at 10:30 on Thursday morning in the city's Lasswade Road.

Police Scotland said the robber threatened the female assistant behind the counter at the Your Local Store and demanded money from the till.

The suspect is described as being between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build, and with short receding fair or ginger hair.

He is thought to be between 35 and 45 years old and was wearing a grey fleece jacket and blue jeans. He was last seen turning into Yewlands Gardens.

Detective Constable John McShane said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the member of staff and we are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that can help our investigation to come forward."

Government 'complacency' over Trident

The SNP have accused the government of "complacency" over nuclear safety in the wake of a statement from the Defence Secretary suggesting that claims made by a whistleblower about the Trident fleet were incorrect.

Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond, the MP for Gordon who secured his first adjournment debate since returning to Westminster, said 57 of Scotland's 59 MPs were against Trident renewal including Labour's Ian Murray.

He said it would be "fatal" for the Conservative government to go ahead with a new fleet. But the defence minister Penny Mordaunt said the government was committed to renewal and the base on the Clyde, and said inaccurate commentary about Trident was "regrettable."

Council 'steps up' cemetery inspections

Glasgow City Council has said it is "stepping up" its inspection of cemeteries across the city following the

death of eight-year-old Ciaran Williamson.

Ciaran Williamson
Police Scotland

The council added there was an ongoing investigation into the incident.

A spokeswoman said: "It is the responsibility of the owner of the lair. However, if a memorial is considered to pose an imminent risk we deal with it immediately.

"If not, we contact the lair owner. If it's an old lair and no contact is possible, we make it safe."

Murray wins at French Open

Andy Murray was given a stern test by Joao Sousa

before securing his place in the French Open third round.

Andy Murray

The Briton, seeded third, won 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1 to set up a match with Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

What will happen if Blatter is re-elected?

Mr Regan, who was speaking from the Fifa congress in Zurich ahead of the election, added: "In the event that President Blatter is re-elected tomorrow, then we will be meeting again with the Uefa associations in Berlin in a couple of weeks' time and we will discuss the matter once more.

Sepp Blatter with girlfriend Linda Barras at Fifa congress opening ceremony (28 May)
Mr Blatter, seen here at the opening of the Fifa congress with his girlfriend, is seeking re-election on Friday

"There are a number of options. One is an extraordinary congress, which would only require a simple majority rather than a 75% majority to try and create change. There could be a rival body, there could be threats of not participating in competitions."

On the possibility of Uefa nations boycotting the World Cup, he said: "Clearly there is a lot of finance at stake. There are challenges with that, not least the fans around the world who look forward to the World Cup. But these are quite strange times we are in, and we need to think carefully about what plans we put in place."

Regan backs Blatter opponent

Stewart Regan, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association, has told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme that Prince Ali bin al-Hussein - the man who is standing against Sepp Blatter in the Fifa President elections - is the "only credible candidate".

Stewart Regan

He said: "In light of the events of the last 24 hours, all of the 54 associations gathered within the Uefa meeting this morning were of the mind that enough was enough. There has to be change. There has to be change now.

"Tomorrow we will be voting for Prince Ali as the only credible candidate standing in the election."

Drugs seized after car crash

Police have charged a 30-year-old man with drugs offences after he was involved in a car crash.

The man was driving a silver Audi A3 near to Musselburgh Golf Club in East Lothian when it collided with another vehicle.

Fifty-four diazepam tablets and seven vials of steroids were seized by police along with £1400 in cash.

A further 800 pills, suspected to be clenbuterol, were taken by officers the day after the crash.

Baby ashes memorial plans unveiled

A circular walled garden with a water feature is being proposed as a memorial to infants at the heart of the

Mortonhall baby ashes scandal.

walled garden
Edinburgh City Council

The garden, in the grounds of Mortonhall crematorium, is expected to be completed by November this year.

Parents were asked to choose between four different designs.

The walled garden design emerged as the favourite, although the pond originally proposed will be replaced with a stone water feature due to safety fears.

Cemetery safety 'needs to be improved'

Former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has called for safety to be improved at cemeteries following the death of an eight-year-old boy.

Ciaran Williamson
Police Scotland

Ciaran Williamson died after an incident involving a falling gravestone at Craigton Cemetery, in Cardonald, on Tuesday.

Ms Lamont, the MSP for Glasgow Pollok, told the BBC: "You can only imagine, as parents, what is must be like for a child to go out to play and then not come back.

"My sympathies are with them, and if I can help them as their local constituency member I want to do so.

"I do think we need to look at how we make sure places like graveyards are safe. I understand the Scottish Government is currently consulting to bring forward a Bill around burials, crematoriums and cemeteries and I think that is an opportunity to look at that.

"These are public spaces, and we need to make sure they are safe if the public are going to be in them."

BBC Scotland Travel


There are high wind warnings on many of the bridges this afternoon. The Tay Road Bridge is closed to double deckers, and the Forth Road Bridge has a ten minute delay on both the north and south approaches.

In Edinburgh, there are delays on Whitehouse Road through the roadworks southbound down to Queensferry Road and there are delays on Queensferry Road itself westbound.

On the M8 in Glasgow, there are citybound delays from 13 Provan to Charing Cross because of an earlier breakdown and accident.

'Scots MPs against nuclear submarines'

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Salmond says 57 of 59 MPs in Scotland against nuclear submarines.. as Labour's Ian Murray on record as opposing renewal

  • You can watch the debate on safety at the Faslane naval base

St Andrews principal to become Oxford head

The Principal of St Andrews University is set to be the first woman in charge of

Oxford University in its 800 year history.

Professor Louise Richardson

If formally adopted, Professor Louise Richardson will take up her new post as Vice-Chancellor at the start of next year.

She's led Scotland's oldest university for the past seven years.

Charity surprised over abuse inquiry appointment

Alan Draper, parliamentary liaison officer for the charity In Care Abuse Survivors, said the charity was "surprised" with

the appointment of Susan O'Brien as the chair of a public inquiry into historical abuse of children in care.

Susan O'Brien

He told Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme: "We had rather anticipated a judicial figure, but on the basis of what the cabinet secretary said today she seems to have some of the credentials we were asking for, in terms of independence of mind and experience in the field."

Surprise serenade

An Icelandic choir has

performed a surprise gig at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness where one of its members has been receiving treatment.

Choir in action
NHS Highland

Selkorinn Choir sang in wind and rain outside a window of the ward where Groa Petursdottir is a patient.

She missed four of the group's performances in Scotland after falling ill.

Staff at the hospital kept the arrangements of the hospital gig a secret from her.

Dounreay nuclear shipment completed

The transfer of 11 tonnes of nuclear material from Scotland to England for reprocessing

has been completed.

Dounreay, an experimental nuclear power complex in Caithness

Work to move the irradiated uranium, a material used in the making of fuel for nuclear power stations, from Dounreay to Sellafield started in December 2012.

Dounreay, an experimental nuclear power complex in Caithness, is being demolished and the site cleaned up.

Scotland Bill: Divided opinions

What are the two sides - the Conservatives and the SNP - saying about the Scotland Bill?

David Mundell and Nicola Sturgeon

Watch the report from BBC Scotland's political correspondent David Porter here.

Cyclist fatality warning over trams

David Miller

BBC Scotland transport correspondent

Lawyers representing cyclists injured on Edinburgh's tram tracks have warned the city council must take action to prevent a fatality.

Cyclists on trams

They say compensation claims are now running into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

City of Edinburgh Council has defended its safety record but critics argue the authority must introduce measures to cut the number of cyclists falling when they cross the tracks.

Watch my report


Speaker admires SNP 'solidarity'

Speaker John Bercow has praised SNP MPs for their "solidarity" as dozens of the group pour into the Commons for each maiden speech.

John Bercow

With 50 new MPs, the greatly enlarged party grouping includes many rookie politicians making their debut in the chamber.

Every time one of them is due to speak, the SNP wing of the chamber quickly becomes packed.

Mr Bercow praised the practice in the wake of Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard's first remarks to the Commons.

Sunshine and showers

BBC Scotland Weather


Hi, Chris here, Sunshine & showers continue this evening.

Overnight, there's drier spells in the east, but chilly.

5/6C in town, 2/3C rural.

Short school week 'problems' raised

A move to four-and-a-half day weeks at schools in the Scottish Borders has

left some rural children disadvantaged, it has been claimed.


Primary and secondary schools in the region have closed at lunch time on Fridays since August.

The move has allowed many children to take part in extra-curricular sporting activities on Friday afternoons.

However one councillor has claimed pupils dependent on school transport are missing out.

She also claimed there was less sport on offer to children than there was before the move to "asymmetric" weeks.

Newsdrive at 16:00

BBC Radio Scotland

What can you expect to hear on Newsdrive today?

  • FIFA arrests aftermath
  • Chair of historical child care abuse inquiry announced
  • News eye test app developed in Glasgow

Listen live to the programme


In the Commons


Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

SNP Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard uses his maiden speech to argue Tory welfare cuts will make poverty and alienation much worse in his constituency.

Tommy Shepherd

Sheppard tells Speaker that the SNP take the ticking off they got for applause yesterday "with good grace".

Rail strikes planned for June

Rail workers in the RMT union to

hold 24-hour and 48-hour strikes next month, after rejecting a Network Rail pay offer.

They will hold a 24-hour strike from 17:00 on 4 June and a 48-hour strike from 17:00 on 9 June.

BreakingHarrison to be extradited to Spain

Scott Harrison, the former WBO featherweight boxing champion, has been ordered to be extradited to Spain.

Scott Harrison

The order was made by Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC at Edinburgh Sheriff Court following a European Arrest Warrant from the Spanish authorities.

The warrant stated that 37-year old Harrison of Mount Florida in Glasgow, had been sentenced to four years imprisonment for an assault in the Costa Del Sol in October 2012.

Harrison has fought the extradition request over several months at the Extradition Court in Edinburgh. His defence advocate, Niall NcCluskey, has seven days to consider an appeal.

'Gerbil' murderer jailed for 22 years

A 35-year-old man has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years for murdering Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll.

William Paterson
Police Scotland

William Paterson had denied shooting the 29-year-old gangland figure in an Asda car park in Glasgow's Robroyston area on 13 January, 2010.

He had claimed he was elsewhere at the time and incriminated six other people.

But he was convicted of murder following a two-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow and has been jailed for 22 years.

French Open: Murray v Sousa

Roland Garros

BBC Sport


Andy Murray v Joao Sousa at Roland Garros is about to begin.

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BreakingMan found guilty of 'Gerbil' murder

William Paterson has been found guilty of murdering Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll in Asda Robroyston's car park on 13 January 2010.

'Kamikaze' crash driver jailed

A man who caused a "kamikaze-like" crash which killed his friend and badly injured five others has been jailed for six years.

Ian Milligan

Ian Milligan, who's 52 and from Dumfries, caused the crash after driving onto the wrong side of the A702, near Abington, South Lanarkshire, in July 2013.

His friend and passenger, 56-year-old Alistair Wells, later died in hospital.

Five people in the other car were injured. Milligan was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Why were SNP MPs rebuked for clapping?

Why did Commons' speaker John Bercow appear so annoyed after a burst of applause in the House?

Yesterday, he told Scottish National Party MPs to stop clapping after they applauded on at least three separate occasions during the response to the Queen's Speech by their leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson.

Angus Robertson

Mr Bercow told the MPs to "show some respect" for the traditions of parliament.

Highlands constituencies

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Ian Blackford, SNP MP for Ross, Skye Lochaber, rejecting idea of bigger constituencies in Highlands-in his maiden speech.

Mr Blackford says it's a "disgrace" that those in the HIghlands pay the highest electric prices in the whole of UK.

'Faults in almost every way'

Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the Scotland bill which had its first reading at Westminster today, saying it falls short in almost every way.

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

The UK government insists the legislation will implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission by making Holyrood responsible for raising 40% of taxes.

But the first minister told MSPs during question time that the bill doesn't contain the welfare powers that were promised.

SNP 'outraged' by Dunlop peerage

The SNP have described the peerage bestowed on Andrew Dunlop as a "scandal and an outrage".

Andrew Dunlop pictured with Mr Cameron
The peerage enables Mr Dunlop (pictured to the left of David Cameron) to become a minister

The newly appointed junior Scotland Office minister has been introduced to the House of Lords as Lord Dunlop of Helensburgh.

Lord Dunlop's appointment is being seen as a reward for his advice to the Prime Minister during the independence referendum.

O'Hara signing 'coup' for Killie

BBC Sport


Versatile Mark O'Hara has signed a

two-year contract extension with Kilmarnock, which manager Gary Locke has described it as "a coup" for the Ayrshire club.

Kilmarnock teenager Mark O'Hara
SNS Group Craig Foy

O'Hara, who made his debut in 2012 at the age of 16 and who plays in midfield or defence, made 18 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side this season.

Locke told the club website: "I am really pleased to be keeping our best young talent at the club.

"He is only 19 and has a big future ahead of him."

Striking porters stage parliament protest

Striking hospital staff from Dundee have staged a protest outside the Scottish Parliament.

Porter strike

The porters from Ninewells Hospital and the Royal Victoria are taking industrial action over claims they've been wrongly graded and are owed millions of pounds in back pay.

They're lobbying MSPs over the need for a mechanism to help resolve NHS disputes.

Best goals of the Scottish Cup

Watch BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland round up some of the best goals so far in this season's Scottish Cup ahead of Saturday's final between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk.

Scottish Cup trophy

Extreme weather affecting ferries

Extreme weather has been increasingly disrupting ferry sailings on Scotland's west coast, according to ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne.

CalMac said the masters of its ships have experienced bad weather of greater severity and lasting for longer than previously seen.


The company's comments have been made in response to criticism from residents of Barra about ferry services.

Islanders have complained of the late arrival and departure of boats.