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Students occupy building in protest against Edinburgh University fossil fuel investments

Students from Edinburgh University are occupying an administrative building in protest against the University's investment in fossil fuels.

 Approximately 20 students are involved in the occupation. 

A spokesman for the University said it did not "invest in companies involved in the highest carbon-emitting industries."

Roadworks affecting the M73 southound with traffic back to J2A Gartcosh

Bee hives containing bees stolen in Argyll

Cannabis worth £9000 seized by police in Camelon

About 34 of the plants were recovered after officers forced entry to a property in the village, which is in the Falkirk council area, on Friday night. 

Police later traced a 38-year-old man who will be reported to the procurator fiscal.

Daughter of taxi driver imprisoned in Saudi Arabia says Foreign Office 'not doing enough'

Kaulsom Uddin, 17, said not enough was being done to secure the release of her father Kausar Uddin who was imprisoned during a pilgrimage to Mecca in February. 

She now fears his case is in danger of being forgotten. 


Mr Uddin , a 47-year-old taxi driver from Sighthill in Edinburgh, has already served his 35 day sentence for assaulting a policeman.

His family claim he was only trying to steady himself when he lost his balance among a large crowd 

However, he remains in prison waiting for a Saudi Court to decide what happens next.

Family pay tribute to B9170 crash victim

Helen Thorley, 50, died in the traffic collision on the Inverurie to Oldmeldrum road on Sunday, April 3. 

The crash involved a silver Volkswagen Jetta and a blue Ford Fiesta.

A family statement read: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of our mum who was a much loved daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

"We will support each other as a family and ask that we are left alone to grieve."

Murdered Inverness woman 'wouldn't hurt a fly'

Police are continuing to investigate the suspicious death of 60-year old Elizabeth Mackay or Muir in the same Inverness bungalow where hairdresser Ilene O'connor was killed in 2006.

Det Ch Insp Hardie has appealed for other sightings of Elizabeth and also for help from the public in "building a picture" of her life. 

Both Elizabeth and haidresser Illene O'Connor were killed at 5 Kintail Crescent in Hilton, Inverness.

He said: "We know she was a bit of a loner, kept herself to herself. As far as we are aware she never had any enemies in the community or elsewhere. 

"She has been described by family and friends as a gentle person who wouldn't hurt a fly, making this horrible crime even harder to comprehend."

Traffic: Emergency services on their way to M77 southbound collision

Hearts - Inverness match cancelled due to 'contagious viral gastroenteritis'

Sport: Outbreak of illness may mean Inverness - Hearts match postponed

Hearts have submitted a request to have Tuesday's visit to Inverness postponed due to an outbreak of illness.

Up to 12 players have been suffering from gastroentiritis and Monday's under-20s match at Dundee was cancelled in order to provide cover.

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The SPFL are expected to rule on the matter before Hearts' squad arrive in the Highlands on early Monday evening.

Left-back Juwon Oshinawa is banned after being ordered off in Saturday's loss at Celtic.

CalMac targets younger customers with 'idiots' campaign

The ferry operator said it thought the social media campaign would attract the new generation of customers.

In Scots, eejits means idiots, and the campaign follows two young men lacking in common sense, according to CalMac.

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Rachel Keenan/CalMac

A spokesman said: "The objective of the Eejits was to create an edgy online presence that was creative and would attract 18-35 year olds."

The Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network includes routes linking the Highlands and Argyll to the Hebrides, including Coll, Tiree and Lewis, and also between the islands. 

Police say fire and subsequent explosion that destroyed a shop in East Renfrewshire was deliberate

Emergency services were called to Muscle Junction health supplements store in Glasgow Road, Barrhead, on Saturday night.


The entire shop front was blown off in the blast but no-one was injured.

Police have appealed for witnesses in a bid to trace who was responsible and establish why the shop was targeted.

Travel: M74 roadworks may cause delays

Holyrood is 'gayest parliament in the world', says Kezia Dugdale

The Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she has been "bowled over" with support since revealing she is gay.

Ms Dugdale, who is one of four gay party leaders in Scotland, said Holyrood is "now considered the gayest parliament in the world"


In her column for the Daily Record newspaper, Ms Dugdale said "the rainbow flag" was "flying higher than ever".

Tory leader Ruth Davidson, Green Patrick Harvie and UKIP Scotland leader David Coburn are all also gay

Scottish football and rugby are facing doping allegations

The allegations, by Commonwealth gold medallist Drew McMaster, follow a Sunday Times investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs among elite athletes  

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Teenager accused of sectarian offence banned from football matches.

The 17-year old, who cannot be named, is due to go on trial accused of singing a sectarian song.

He has denied committing the offence before Dundee United's game against Hearts in February. 


Prosecutors allege he engaged in behaviour that was likely to incite public disorder. 

The alleged offences took place in Dundee's Union Street.

A fire which was started deliberately could have been 'catastrophic', police have warned

The blaze was discovered in rubbish bags outside the front door of a flat in Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, at 02:00 on Sunday.

People who lived in the flat at Bluebell Court in the town used water to douse the flames before it was extinguished by firefighters. 

Officers have appealed for potential witnesses to come forward.

Travel: A76 blocked at Auldgirth after lorry crash

A woman found murdered in her Inverness home suffered a 'sustained assault', police say.


The body of 60-year-old Elizabeth Mackay, or Muir, was discovered at a house in the city's Hilton area on Thursday by two of her friends.

Ms Mackay was originally from Nairn and had been living in Inverness for eight years.

Police have appealed to the community in Hilton for help with their investigation into her death.

The house in Kintail Court is the same terraced bungalow where the body of hairdresser Ilene O'Connor, 39, was found in 2006.

Brian Grant, 50, was jailed in 2007 for beating Ms O'Connor to death and burying her body in the garden.

Police appeal to community in Inverness for help in investigation of woman's murder

The body of 60-year-old Elizabeth Mackay, who also used the surname Muir, was discovered at a house in the city's Hilton area on Thursday.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie said the local community would have been "shaken" by the murder.

But he added that it was "best placed" to have noticed anything suspicious or out of the ordinary at the time.

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Prison employment scheme sees '100% success'

Eleven people at HMP Low Moss near Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, took part in the programme, aimed at cutting re-offending.

Prisoners were given CV writing help and interview skills 12 weeks before their release. 

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The charity also arranged for suitable employers to visit the prison to interview inmates for jobs.

Shaw Trust Scotland said six of the 11 participants were now employed and the other five had secured jobs ahead of their release. 

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Tidal power company to invest almost £500m in Scottish projects over next two years

Tidal power company Atlantis has said it will invest almost £500m in Scottish projects in the next two years. 

Atlantis has entered into a partnership with investment firm Equitix.


The energy company said the new partnership will "advance Atlantis's portfolio of tidal power projects in Scotland". 

The Atlantis investment includes £51m already committed to construction on the first phase of its iMeyGen project in the Pentland Firth, which is scheduled to produce power this year.

More radioactive particles are to be cleaned up at Dounreay

Additional sampling has also been recommended of beaches near the nuclear power site in Caithness.

Sand-sized fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel were first found washed up on Dounreay's foreshore, nine miles west of Thurso, in the 1980s.

The particles were released into the sea from Dounreay in the 1960s and 1970s.

The continuation of cleaning them up, with additional sampling, has been recommended in a new report by Sepa. 

On 31 March, UK prime minister David Cameron announced plans to transport nuclear waste from Dounreay to America.

Headliners announced for country music event Southern Fried festival in Perth

Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Low and Mary Chapin Carpenter are among those topping the bill this year.

Imelda May and Gretchen Peters will also play, organisers have announced.

Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe and Andy Fairweather Low will close this year's festival

Tickets for the roots music festival will go on sale later this week. 

There will also be smaller shows and a new daytime acoustic stage.  

In pictures: politicians hit the campaign trail

Scotland's political leaders have taken part in photo opportunities across the country.

Willie Rennie of the Scottish Liberal Democrats flew over the trees on a zipwire near Peebles, while the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon took a selfie with a pony in Shetland.

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The Conservative's Ruth Davidson was photographed in a forklift truck in Glasgow, while Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale made chapatis in Edinburgh.

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Kezia Dugdale made chapatis in Leith.

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Motherwell boss Mark McGhee wins Scottish Premiership manager of the month award for March

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The Fir Park side won all three of their league games last month.

They beat Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton Academical by a single goal and followed that with 2-1 home wins over Dundee United and Aberdeen.

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McGhee's men, who also beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday, are on course to clinch a top-six finish and face leaders Celtic on Saturday.

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Trading standards issues warning after pensioner's e-cigarette explodes while charging

The device broke apart and caused charring to a plug point, wall and carpet, in the pensioner's sheltered housing flat in Troon.

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The e-cigarette was bought overseas on holiday and had only been charging for five minutes when it exploded.

Trading standards officials warned people to only buy from trusted sources and follow safety guidelines.

Sporting estates and gamekeepers launch heather burning campaign

The Heather on FireOK! Scheme seeks to demonstrate that the practice, known as muirburn, is necessary to protect habitat and bird species.

A spokesman said the controlled fires, which are used each spring in Scotland, kept heather-clad hills purple, provided the best habitat for different bird species and prevented the spread of wildfires

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Steve Rennie

But Duncan Orr-Ewing, RSPB Scotland's head of species and land management, said the native scrub affected by the burning was beneficial to many species.

He added: "Actually Scotland has very low native woodland and scrub cover compared to other countries, largely because of the amount of burning that goes on."

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Woman who sparked police appeal after picking up large sum of money in Perth returns cash

The woman was seen on CCTV picking the bundle of notes off the ground in Murray Terrace, Perth, at about 15:10 on Friday.

The woman will not face criminal charges as there was "no intent to deprive the owner of the money".

A police spokeswoman confirmed the cash had been returned.

Injuries reported in M80 southbound accident

Update from Traffic Scotland

Three men arrested after rooftop 'seige' in Glasgow


Officers were called to a disturbance in Scaraway Street, in the Milton area of the city, at about 22:10 on Sunday.

After they arrested a 28-year-old man, a group of other men climbed on to the roof of a nearby building.

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Specialist negotiators were sent to the scene along with the police helicopter.  

Following negotiations, two other men, aged 28 and 35, were arrested at 04:30. Police remain at the scene.

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The M80 southbound is down to one lane due to an accident

The northbound lanes are still open.

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Unpublished Scottish authors sought for £2,000 new writers grant

The Scottish Book Trust has now opened applications for the New Writers Awards 2017.

The scheme gives £2,000 each to ten unpublished authors who live in Scotland.  


Writers will also get mentoring from industry professionals and the opportunity to present their work to publishers and agents.  

Police investigate series of thefts from vans in Galashiels

An estimated £6,000 worth of tools were stolen from four different vans between the evening of Tuesday 29 March and the early hours of Wednesday 30 March.

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Three Ford Transit vans parked on Bristol Terrace, Balnakiel Terrace and Paterson Street, and a Ford Tipper parked in Easter Langlee Industrial Estate, were broken into.

Police want to speak to two men seen in a small silver car, thought to be a Ford Ka, in the area in the early hours of Wednesday morning.