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Summary

  1. Asad Shah death: Family hail 'brilliant man'
  2. Woman killed in multi-vehicle crash on A9
  3. Secret video 'shows fox hunt law breached'
  4. Edinburgh Airport 'worth almost £1bn to economy'
  5. Scottish cyclist killed by truck in Majorca

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Inverness driver on A9 spotted on wrong side of road

Cyclist awarded £100,000 damages due to hazardous state of Borders road

David Robinson, 52, broke his elbow and wrist in December 2013 when the front wheel of his bike became lodged in the grooves of a metal strip on a bridge near Broughton in Peeblesshire sending him over the handlebars.

He is one of three cyclists who've taken Scottish Borders Council to the Court of Session in Edinburgh following similar accidents on the bridge. Cycle Law Scotland argued the road surface presented a hazard to those using the bridge. 

The council contended the rider should have paid more attention after swerving out into the middle of the road to avoid some lying grit and then getting his wheel caught in the groove. They also claimed the metal strip didn't constitute a defect. 

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Cycle Law Scotland say Lady Wolffe's judgement is significant and describe it as a "wake-up call" to local authorities regarding keeping roads safe. A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council said the authority was taking advice on the judgement.  

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Man admits forcing taxi driver to carry out bank robbery with fake bomb threat

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Andrew Patrick pointed a gun at Alistair Rankine before giving him a bag said to have a bomb inside.

The 40-year-old then ordered the driver to steal cash from a Bank of Scotland branch in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Patrick will be sentenced next month after admitting assault and robbery at the High Court in Glasgow.

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The court heard Patrick was working as a gym instructor, earning up to £300 a week at the time, but prosecutor Allan Nicol said he was facing financial difficulties.

A man was found sleeping in a car at the side of a dual carriageway while six times over the legal alcohol limit

Graeme Smith, from Dundee, was slumped in his car on the A90 with the door open and an empty bottle of vodka sitting in the central console.

Smith, who has two previous drink driving convictions, was jailed for four months.

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His solicitor said the case had been a "wake-up call."

The 40-year-old offshore worker was also disqualified from driving for five years.

North of Scotland power link project boosted by £500m loan from the European Investment Bank

The project includes a 100 mile-long subsea cable between Spittal in Caithness and Blackhillock in Moray.

The new transmission link could add up to 1.2 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity to the grid.

It is being built by SSE subsidiary Scottish Hydro Electricity (SHE) Transmission.

The company is investing more than £1.1bn in the project, which is due for completion in 2018.

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According to the European Investment Bank, the new link is expected to have sufficient capacity to meet the needs of about two million Scottish residents.

Fines to double for Glasgow owners who do not clean up after their pets

The fines will rise £40 to £80 from Friday after it was shown in Glasgow’s annual household survey that the number of people stating that dog fouling is a problem in their local area has increased by 19% since 2008.

This was backed up by responses to a recent Scottish government consultation on responsible dog ownership with the majority saying they would support the fixed penalty being raised.

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A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: "One of the things that we regularly hear people complain about in their local area is dog fouling. It impacts on the standard of living in our communities and can pose a health risk, to children in particular.“We know that the majority of dog owners are respectful of other people and pick up after their pets but we want to clamp down on the inconsiderate people that leave the dogs’ dirt in communal areas, on the streets, in parks and in play areas."  

A man has admitted killing his father in his home by attacking him with a pair of scissors

Derek Main stabbed Andrew Main, 57, in the neck before telling a 999 operator that his father had "gone awol" and started hitting himself.

Main, 37, of Stenhousemuir, was originally charged with murder but prosecutors accepted his plea of culpable homicide on the basis of diminished responsibility.

He was returned to the State Hospital at Carstairs.

Psychiatrists agreed that his behaviour was substantially impaired because of "abnormality of mind" at the time of the killing.

Want to run your own festival? Here is a step by step guide

If you've ever had a hankering to run your own festival, Dumfries and Galloway might be the place to do it.

It has been trying for some time to develop a reputation as an "event-friendly" region.

Now the council has produced a "toolkit" with a step-by-step guide on how to stage your own festivities.

So what is the key advice to people who have great idea and hope to make it a reality?

How to run your own festival.

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A man who was critically injured in a street attack in North Lanarkshire has died in hospital

Kevin Holmes, from Wishaw, was attacked in a common close of flats, near to the Bank of Scotland in the town's Main Street, at about 20:15 on 22 March.

Police Scotland said Mr Holmes died at Wishaw General Hospital on Friday 25 March.

A 44-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Friday in connection with an alleged assault on Mr Holmes.

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A complaint against SNP MP Phil Boswell for failing to register a company shareholding is upheld

But the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards accepted Mr Boswell had made a "genuine mistake".

 And she did not think it was an attempt to conceal his financial interests  

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The Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill MP apologised for failing to register an interest in Boswell and Johnston Ltd.

He told the commissioner he had misunderstood the rules on MPs' financial interests.

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Former police officer jailed after admitting 'willfully neglecting and violating his duty'

A former police officer who failed to act on reports that a mother and daughter had been sexually abused has been jailed for eight months. 

Det Con Stuart Galloway, from Kilmarnock, falsely told the women their alleged abuser had been arrested and was going on trial. 

The 43-year-old was caught when one alleged victim contacted another officer. Galloway resigned from Police Scotland in 2014.

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon aims to hold on to Scotland position

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Craig Gordon wants to retain the goalkeeper's jersey after making only his second Scotland start in six years in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Denmark.

Gordon's appearances have been limited by serious injury combined with the good form of Allan McGregor and more recently David Marshall.

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But the 33-year-old produced a series of good saves at Hampden, underlining the strength in depth in that position.

"I don't think I could have done much more," said the Celtic keeper.

"I've kept a clean sheet, made a few saves - but it's probably the hardest position at the moment for competition."

A 15-year-old girl whose death in East Lothian is being treated as unexplained has been named by police

Dione Melville died and two other girls were taken to hospital after an ambulance was called to an address in East Calder just before 10:00 on Sunday.

Investigations are continuing but it is understood that police are looking into whether drugs were involved. 

Consultation closes on plans to cut many Dumfries and Galloway Sunday and evening bus services

The move is being considered in a bid to save more than £300,000.

The South West of Scotland Transport Partnership (SWestrans) deferred a decision on the issue to allow the public to submit their views.

The consultation process ended at noon on Wednesday with the findings to be considered by the transport group when it meets on Friday.

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The potential cuts to subsidised bus services are being considered in a bid to absorb a reduction in local authority funding.

Included in the savings plan are the proposed axing of Sunday journeys as well services after 18:00.

A total of 28 routes have been included in the proposals.

Council drops link road plans over money concerns

Moray councillors have voted to scrap controversial plans for a new Western Link road in Elgin after hearing that the local authority's capital spending plans were unsustainable.

Supporters of the road link described the decision as "folly beyond measure" while opponents say it will allow money to be spent on more wanted and needed projects. 

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Two men have been jailed for sexually abusing four-year-old twins

Cameron Skead, 44, and Billy Brown, 27, carried out the attacks at a house in Edinburgh between 2002 and 2004.

The trial was told that Skead would babysit the children and Brown came over to the house on occasion.

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The pair denied a series of indecency offences but were found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Skead was jailed for six years and Brown was given a lesser sentence of three and a half years.

Listen: A look back at Scotland's 1-0 friendly win over Denmark

Scotland beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly on Tuesday. Listen back to the BBC Scotland Sportsound podcast and hear from manager Gordon Strachan and reaction from the Sportsound team at Hampden Park. 

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Traffic update: Accident blocks lane on the A9 near Crieff Rd Junction

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All secondary schools Falkirk Council area to have a police officer based on site

Bo'ness Academy, St Mungo's RC High School and Graeme High School are the final three schools in the council's campus-based police officers initiative.

The authority said the scheme aimed to reduce anti-social behaviour, bullying and exclusions.

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The initiative began in 2007.

The first schools to take part were Larbert and Denny High Schools, with community officers moving into Braes, Falkirk and Grangemouth High Schools four years later.

Ben Lomond hill path closed to walkers

Hillwalkers are being warned that the Ben Lomond hill path will be closed today to allow a helicopter to drop bags of stones on to the hillside.

The move is part of preparations for work to improve the popular path which is due to start in May. To ensure public safety, there will be personnel onsite during the work to prevent access. 

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Ground staff worker at Aberdeen Airport is taken to hospital after suffering leg injuries in an accident

The incident, at about 07:30, happened 'airside' but not on the runway and involved the man's own vehicle.

An airport spokesman said there was no impact on operations, and an investigation would be carried out.

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Man arrested over ATM robbery in Musselburgh

Police in East Lothian have arrested a 32-year-old man and charged him in connection with a robbery at the ATM outside the Clydesdale Bank on Musselburgh High Street on Monday. He will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later today.

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WATCH: Scotland captain Scott Brown happy in elder statesman role

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One person has died following a crash on the A9 at Dalwhinnie in the Highlands

The female was involved a multiple-vehicle accident in which at least one other person was injured.

The route has been closed in both directions and diversions have been put in place.

Motorists are being told to expect delays.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, attended the accident which was reported at about 10:50.

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out second independence referendum in next five years

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Asked if her re-election as first minister would give her a mandate for a second referendum, she said the question would only be re-visited if there was public demand for that. 

On last night's TV debate, Ms Sturgeon predicted there would be another referendum, without specifying the timing, and that Scotland would vote 'yes' next time.  

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The SNP's critics say the party is not respecting the outcome of the September 2014 vote or honouring promises of a "once in a generation' decision". 

Ms Sturgeon was speaking on a visit to the University Cafe in Glasgow, where she sampled ice cream and set out plans to ensure 50,000 new homes are built over the next five years.

Two men sentenced for abusing police at protest against Republican march

Alan Williams, 38, and William Wilson, 52, were part of a 100-strong mob which attempted to break through a police cordon in Castlemilk, Glasgow, in September 2014.

They opposed the march which passed the house of a soldier who was killed in Northern Ireland.

Both were convicted of breaching the peace with racial aggravation and told to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Williams and Wilson chanted "IRA sympathisers" and "IRA scum" at police on the cordon and sang the Famine Song.

A Scottish tourist has died in Majorca after being knocked off his bicycle

Spanish officials said Graeme Robert McGilvray, 49, died after he was hit by a truck on a busy road between Port d'Alcudia and Alcudia at about 16:10 on Tuesday. 

Mr McGilvray, who was born in Glasgow, is thought to have been staying at a hotel in the tourist resort of Puerto Pollensa

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WATCH: Jamie Murray on being the new world number one in doubles tennis

More than £225m to be invested in Fife council homes over next three years

The investment is set to provide new new bathrooms and kitchens, replace windows and doors, and install new central heating systems

Maintenance work has been carried out to roofs and door entry systems, roughcast, heating and electrical systems. Energy efficiency works have also been completed.

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“We invested over £70m last year to make this happen," said executive spokeswoman for housing and building services councillor Judy Hamilton.

"Over £76m will be spent on wider investment works next year including major improvements to Retirement Housing in Cardenden and Lochgelly."

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Woman taken to hospital after a car crashes through a bus stop in Aberdeen

The black Audi TT also knocked over a post box.

The accident happened on Countesswells Road just after 16:00 on Tuesday, and caused delays as the vehicle was removed.

There were no serious injuries. A woman - believed to be the driver and aged about 60 - was taken to hospital.

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