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Summary

  1. Boy and woman killed in lorry crash
  2. Schoolgirl murder file handed to CPS
  3. Fear water park tour could be 'scam'
  4. Bid to trap raccoon loose in Highlands
  5. Harvie: 'New 60p tax rate would work'

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By Jo Perry and Katherine Sutherland

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As it happened: 5 April 2016

Live updates have finished for today. Join us at 08:00 tomorrow for more news, travel, traffic and weather.

Queensferry Road has now re-opened to traffic after a bus hit a wall

Army colour sergeant denies murder but wanted to 'put the fear of God' into fellow soldier, court hears.

John Norwood, of 1st Battalion Scots Guards is charged with the attempted murder of Lance Sergeant James Warnock at barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Prosecutors claim Mr Norwood, a 38-year old from Priesthill Road, Pollok, Glasgow, attacked L/Sgt Warnock, almost slicing his arm off. 

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John Norwood denies attempted murder

He is also accused of attempting to wound another soldier, former Craftsman Nicholas Wood, whose room he went into by mistake and swung the machete on to the bed he was lying in, "shredding" the duvet. 

Jurors at Winchester Crown Court previously heard the prosecution describe how Mr Norwood "hunted" his victim for 90 minutes.

Severe traffic on A8 - Lane 1 blocked by broken down lorry in existing congestion

A 76-year old man has admitted punching his 68-year old friend in a row over money

William Sweeney admitted assaulting Edward Wotherspoon and trying to hit him with a knife in the Sir John Stirling Maxwell pub in Shawlands, Glasgow on 22 January.

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Sentence on Sweeney was deferred and he was remanded in custody. 

Reports of bus hitting a wall: Edinburgh's Queensferry road closed in both directions

Oil firm denies shutting down gas field because of leak caused by 'catastrophic' failure of pipework

Marathon Oil has denied that it is bringing forward plans to decommission the Brae field because of a serious gas leak.

Reports this morning suggested the incident on the Brae Alpha in December last year led to plans to dismantle the offshore installations and pipelines being accelerated.

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The HSE said failures exposed workers to an "unacceptable risk" of serious injury from fire and explosion and issued the firm with an improvement notice.

But a Marathon spokesman said the decommissioning had been planned for several years, and the timing of it was not linked to last year's incident.

Attacker who left victim in need of penis surgery admits possession of a knife whilst on bail

Zico Malavin, 20, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for attacking Robert Eadie at his home on Christmas day in 2014.

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BBC

While on bail for that offence, Malavin took a knife out of his Drumchapel home and got in a car with friends. 

He admitted the charge as Glasgow Sheriff Court and was told he faces a consecutive custodial sentence.

In pictures: Dogs in long tailback for free microchip service as island flights are cancelled

Hundreds of dog owners from across the Western Isles queued up in Stornoway, on Lewis, to take advantage of free microchipping of their pets.   

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One reason for the queue was that the flights which would have taken the Dogs Trust volunteers providing the free service to other parts of the islands were cancelled.

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Pet owners who do not have their dog chipped face a fine of up to £500.

Compulsory microchipping for all dogs in Scotland comes into force on Wednesday.  

The new law is set to be introduced in England and Wales at the same time.   

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BBC

Alleged Hibs fans abuse of disabled train passenger: Man reported for wasting police time

Police investigating the case said a 51-year-old man had been reported to the procurators.

British Transport Police had appealed for information after it was claimed a man who walks with the aid of two sticks was refused a seat meant for disabled passengers.

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He was then said to have been verbally abused by the football supporters after getting off the train at Glasgow Queen Street Station on 27 February. 

A spokesman said:  "A 51-year-old man is now the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal for allegedly wasting police time." 

Man robbed at knifepoint after withdrawing cash from the Post Office

The robbery happened shortly after 9.25 a.m. on Tuesday 5 April near to Woodburn Avenue in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Police said the 43-year-old victim took out a three-figure sum of cash at the Post Office before walking into a lane behind the shops.

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Two white men in their late teens or early twenties approached him and one threatened him with a knife, demanding his money.

Potential witnesses are asked to contact Police Scotland.

Falkirk call on SPFL to reverse decision to move all of final Scottish Championship fixtures

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The Scottish Professional Football League announced on Monday that all five games would be moved from Saturday to a Sunday 12.30 BST kick-off time.

Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson says there is time to reverse the decision
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Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson says there is time to reverse the decision

That came after BT Sport elected to show Rangers' trip to play St Mirren.

But Falkirk chairman Doug Henderson said: "Clubs will lose out considerably at the gates and through the loss of hospitality."

The SPFL moved all the final-day fixtures, which will now be 1 May, to ensure no teams have an advantage.

Police say 'full investigation' under way into crash that killed eight-year-old boy and 36-year-old woman

Update

The female driver of the Ford Focus, which was involved in a collision with an Iveco lorry, died at the Victoria Hospital this afternoon. Police said inquiries into the full circumstances surrounding the collision - on the A92 near Kircaldy - which has already claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy, are continuing.

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They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.Inspector Brenda Sinclair said: “Tragically this collision has resulted in a second death and our thoughts are with the families of everyone involved.“A full investigation to determine what happened is ongoing and I would reiterate our appeal for witnesses.“If you saw this collision take place, or if you have information relevant to our inquiries then please contact police immediately.”

Parents warned after boy, 15, charged with fire raising at abattoir

Police said a 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with causing a deliberate fire at the Winston Road abattoir in Galashiels last month.

The incident has promted police in the area to remind parents to "keep an eye on their children as the nights get lighter to ensure they are not involved in criminal behaviour".

Martin Gibson of Galashiels Police Station said: “Fire-raising incidents have a significant impact on the community and from a life risk point of view can have serious consequences."

He added: "As the nights get lighter and youngsters spend more time outdoors, I would ask parents to keep an eye on where their kids are congregating."

Second person dies after crash involving lorry in Fife that killed eight-year-old boy

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, involving a Ford Focus and a lorry, on the A92 near Kirkcaldy yesterday.

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The driver of the car, a 36-year-old woman, was taken to the the town's Victoria infirmary where she died of her injuries.

A nine-year-old boy remains in hospital suffering from facial injuries.

From the Falkirk Herald - Linlithgow Road closure

On the campaign trail: Labour receive gigantic letter from the council

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Award-winning development sold to German investors by Edinburgh City Council

Called Atria Edinburgh, and sited next to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the office development sold for £105m .

It was designed by global architecture practice BDP and opened in 2013. 

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Atria

It was put on the market in 2015 and Deka Immobilie,  a real estate investment company based in Germany, is the buyer.

Atria is home to some leading names from business and finance including PwC, Brewin Dolphin, Aon, IBM, the UK Green Investment Bank, the Law Society of Scotland, Alliance Trust, Lothian Pension Fund and the EICC.

Accident and emergency departments failed to meet key waiting-times target in February

A total of 92.9% of all patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours last month, missing the Scottish government's interim target of 95%.

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The monthly statistics for February revealed there were 127,713 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.

Just over 1,085 patients spent more than eight hours in an A&E department while 269 patients spent more than 12 hours waiting.

Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale campaigns in Glasgow, saying she will scrap council tax

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Claire Diamond
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Claire Diamond

The Scottish labour leader opened a giant council tax bill next to the River Clyde, near the city centre, for the photocall. 

'Scam' fears raised over plans for series of temporary water parks across Scotland

Thousands had signed up to a Facebook page that promised to bring flumes and a mini-beach to Scottish cities. 

But it is feared the promotion is a "data mining" scam, selling on user's personal information.

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A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said was "extremely unlikely" the tour would take place. 

And Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh councils told BBC Scotland they were not notified of the events.

In pictures: First wolverine kits ever born in Scotland emerge at Highland Wildlife Park

It is also only the third time the species has been born and reared in the UK.

The kits are thought to have born to Tina, the park's resident female wolverine, two months ago but have only just started to come out from their den.

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Alex Riddell

There are currently only about 2,300 wolverines left in the wild in Europe and just 130 in captivity.

Vickie Larkin, Carnivore Head Keeper at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, said: “Tina is fiercely protective  and they never stray far from her. 

"The kits have not yet been sexed, but as soon as they are keepers will start to think of names for them."

Two men arrested over stabbing of 23-year-old man in alleged street attack

The men , who are both aged 22, are due to appear at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, in connection with the incident last week.

The man was stabbed during a disturbance in Busbiehill Place
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The man was stabbed during a disturbance in Busbiehill Place

The victim was allegedly attacked during a disturbance in Busbiehill Place, in the Bonnyton area, at about 17:50 on Thursday.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

Royal Bank of Scotland-owned bank named on list of lenders according to Panama Papers probe

Major international banks have denied claims they are helping clients avoid tax by using complex offshore structures.

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Panama is one of a number of popular tax havens in the Caribbean

RBS-owned Coutts Trustees appears on a list of lenders - along with HSBC and Credit Suisse - that have helped set up structures to make it difficult for tax officials to pinpoint the flow of money, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Its findings are based on more than 11 million documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which have exposed a series of schemes used by wealthy individuals. 

The Panama Papers leak has revealed that more than 500 banks, including their subsidiaries and branches, registered nearly 15,600 shell companies with Mossack Fonseca, according to the ICIJ.

A spokesman for Coutts Trustees said the bank was committed to the highest standards when complying with regulation.

Latest season of Scottish avalanche information reporting due to come to end later this month

The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) said the last forecast was scheduled to be issued on 17 April.

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However, weekend reporting may continue after that date if wintry conditions return.

SAIS assesses avalanche hazard in six areas - Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms , Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.

In pictures: Party leaders take to the campaign trail a month ahead of the Holyrood election

The Scottish Conservative's Ruth Davidson got behind the wheel again, this time at Knockhill racing circuit, the day after her photocall at an HGV training centre.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is in Orkney where she tried her hand at jewellery making with the Sheila Fleet workshop.

WIllie Rennie, who heads the Scottish Liberal Democrats, was speaking at a debt advice charity.

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Second raccoon sighting in Highlands reported days after cameras filmed one in Wester Ross

The Scottish SPCA said it had unsuccessfully been trying to catch the creature, which was reported at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, for the past three weeks. 

It follows another sighting of the non-native animal at Garve.

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A Scottish SPCA spokesman said: "It isn't completely out of the question that the raccoon seen at Alladale is the same as the one seen in Garve but it is a huge distance for it to have travelled."

Hearts head coach relieved team's match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle is postponed after virus outbreak

Robbie Neilson says the outbreak "has completely wiped out the majority of the squad", according to The Scotsman.

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton has rejected claims made by Neilson that he will need to treble his budget to about £24m to match Celtic next season. The Englishman believes buying wisely is more important that the size of a club's budget.

See what else is making the back pages here.

Watch: Study finds singing for an hour each day can significantly reduce stress hormones

Study suggests choirs can help with ‪‎cancer

'Violent incident' leaves 17-year-old bus passenger with fractured jaw

The teenager was attacked after getting off the number three Lothian Buses service in Dalkeith from Edinburgh.

He suffered a double fracture which required surgery. 

The assault happened at about 17:45 last Wednesday at Bogwood Road in Mayfield.   

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DC William Dickson of Police Scotland said: "This was a particularly violent incident.

"I am keen to speak to any passengers who saw what happened."

New commuter parking to be added after runaway popularity of new Borders railway line

The large car park at the terminus of the new line at Tweedbank is said to be constantly full as commuters use the line to travel up to Edinburgh.

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Scottish Borders Council is planning to extend the park and ride facility in the next few months, while 40 extra spaces will also be added at Galashiels when the former bus station is demolished next month.

The line has exceeded expected passenger numbers since it's opening last September, attracting more than 500,000 passengers.

Green co-convener says he's confident 60p top rate of income tax plans would raise additional revenue

Good Morning Scotland

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Patrick Harvie told the Good Morning Scotland programme that his party's "progressive" tax plans were aimed at closing the gap between the richest and poorest in Scottish society and would leave most people better off.

He also hit out at the perception that those earning £43,000 were on a middle income, when the average salary in Scotland stood at about £27,000.

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Tax has become a key issue in the run up to next month's Holyrood election, with the Scottish Parliament getting powers over income tax rates and bands from April 2017 on wards.

Asked about the possible effect of the 60p plan, Mr Harvie said: "I think HMRC have been working to try and reduce the risk that people artificially relocate where their tax affairs are located.

"A great many of the people who are in that highest tax band in Scotland I believe would remain in Scotland."

He also told the programme: "We're proposing £43,000, as the income at which you start paying a higher rate of taxation. But there is no justification for saying that - when the average is £27,000 - somebody on $43,000 is on a middle income. That is a high income."

New file of evidence against child killer Robert Black presented to prosecutors

Black, who was originally from Grangemouth, died in prison in January aged 68.

He killed four young girls and was believed to have murdered 13-year-old Genette Tate in Devon in 1978.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the file runs to "scores of pages".

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A senior Devon and Cornwall Police source told the BBC: "We would like a clear statement that it [Crown Prosecution Service] would have charged Black with Genette's murder. "

In January, police said they were devastated that Black was not charged with the murder before his death.

Great grandmother from Dundee attributes spicy Indian food for helping her achieve 103rd birthday

Margaret Phillips, dubbed the "nan who loves naan", puts her good health and long life down to her favourite cuisine.

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She developed a love for curry during two spells living in India as a young woman and would regularly hold curry suppers for friends and family.

The centenarian will celebrate taking the title of Curry Lover of the Year at this year's Scottish Curry Awards by sharing her favourite dish - prawn madras - with fellow residents at Bupa's Balcarres Care Home. 

From BBC Scotland Weather - forecast with Christopher

Eight-year-old boy killed in car crash involving lorry on A92

The fatal crash, involving a Ford Focus and an Iveco lorry, happened at about 14:55 on Monday, north of the Redhouse Roundabout in Kirkcaldy.

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Police said the eight-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 36-year-old female driver of the car is currently in a critical condition at the Victoria Hospital.

A nine-year-old boy, who was also a passenger in the Focus, sustained serious injuries to his face and is also in hospital.

The driver of the lorry and a 36-year-old male passenger from the car were uninjured.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Signalling fault causes severe train delays across central Scotland

The problem has hit routes serving Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and several other stations - with cancellations and delays of more than an hour. 

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Tunnel works at Glasgow Queen Street are already affecting services through Glasgow. 

Check your rail journey on the ScotRail website.

Do you have a question or a point you want to put to Willie Rennie?

Radio Scotland phone-in

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The election campaign for the Scottish Parliament is now in full swing and today it's your opportunity to put your question to the Scottish Liberal Democrats leader as he joins Louise White for the phone-in hour.

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Also on the programme; Could Bailey Gwynne’s death have been avoided if a policeman was based in Cults Academy?

Louise finds out about the “campus cops” operating in some parts of Scotland.

Listen to the programme live here.

Singing in a choir could help boost the health of cancer patients, study finds

Researchers at Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music said just one hour of singing could help put patients in the best possible condition to receive treatment and even to stay in remission. 

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It is thought that singing can boost the proteins which reduce stress and improve mood.  

Good Morning Scotland's David Allison went along to a rehearsal of Glasgow's Full Voice Choir to learn more.