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  1. Mother and eight-year-old son killed in crash named
  2. Dugdale quizzed about SNP work claims
  3. Scotland's economy grows by 0.2%
  4. Tenants being 'bullied' by landlords
  5. Irvine Welsh 'surprised' by Trainspotting sequel
  6. Rare Peter Pan sculpture being auctioned

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Bronze statue of Peter Pan sells for £60,000 at auction to a private collector

The rare bronze sculpture sold for more than double its estimated value.

 It is a smaller version of the famous work commissioned by JM Barrie, which stands in Kensington Gardens in London.    


 Auction house Lyon and Turnbull said it had sold to a private collector.   

Bomb disposal experts have exploded a WW2 torpedo found off the coast of Orkney

The torpedo is thought to be one of several fired by a German U-boat at the HMS Royal Oak in 1939, killing 883 people.

The battleship had been moored in Scapa Flow and the bomb was found in about 35 metres of water during a routine inspection of the sea bed.

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Royal navy divers carried out two controlled explosions, after which the explosive device floated to the surface.

It is hoped the rest of the torpedo will be recovered and put on display later this year.

Another 90 North Sea jobs lost and pay cuts feared at mechanical engineering group EnerMech

The company said it was making the cutbacks in the UK and Norway because of low oil and gas prices.

Other cost-cutting measures are thought to include pay cuts of up to 10%. 


EnerMech currently employs 900 staff in the UK and about 50 in Norway. It said many of the jobs affected were at management level.

EnerMech has cut a total of 260 jobs in the UK and Norway since oil prices peaked in mid-2014.

The company said it was bringing together its UK and Norwegian divisions under a single management structure in an effort to reduce its cost base.

On the campaign trail: The Scottish Green's Patrick Harvie continues the culinary theme

He and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party in England and Wales, were in a café in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency.   

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Couple killed climbing on Ben Nevis are buried close to its slopes

Rachel Slater and Tim Newton were buried side by side in Glen Nevis, in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain. 

Members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, who had spent hundreds of hours looking for them, were amongst those at the funeral.

Ben Nevis couple
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The bodies of Ms Slater, 24 and her boyfriend Tim Newton, 27 - both from Bradford - were found on March 23.

They were killed by an avalanche on the north face of Ben Nevis.

Inverness murder: Police arrest and charge 70-year old man with murder of Elizabeth MacKay

Elizabeth's body was discovered in her home in the Hilton area of the city last Thursday.

It is the same house where another murder was committed 10 years ago.

The man is due to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court tomorrow.

Revellers are being warned not to attend an 'illegal' rave in the Inverness area tonight

Police Scotland said officers had been in touch with the land owner of the site where it is potentially being held and would be putting resources in place to prevent access.

Chief Inspector Colin Gough said:  "Our main priority is to ensure public safety and to prevent crime.


"The organisers of the planned rave do not have permission from the land owners to use the site and have not sought the relevant licences from the local authority.

"We have been in contact with the land owner of the site where the rave is potentially being held and will have resources in the area to assist with preventing illegal access."

Report into police handling of death of missing pensioner Janet McKay handed to Crown Office

The investigation by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner followed the death of the 88-year-old, who had dementia, in September last year.

Janet McKay
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Her body has was found in Clydebank nine days after she was reported missing from her home in the Knightswood area of Glasgow.

However, it emerged that a possible sighting of her was not passed on to call-handling centres or the police inquiry team.

The report on the Commissioner's findings has been sent to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for their consideration.

Two 14-year-old boys arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm

Police said it followed an incident in Mansfield Haugh in Hawick on 28 February and that airguns had been confiscated.

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The boys have been reported to the Children’s Reporter.Community Inspector Carol Wood of Hawick Police Station said: “These arrests are the result of a targeted and proactive police investigation."

Man charged with murdering shopkeeper Asad Shah makes second court appearance

An east African plant could be used to help restore peat bog in Shetland

Shetland Amenity Trust has been pioneering the use of sisal, according to Scottish Natural Heritage. 

Tubes made from the plant have been used to dam burns to waterlog areas of peat, improving the quality of the soil. 


The tubes, which are filled with loose peat, then biodegrade. 

Sisal is grown as a crop in East Africa and is traditionally used for making ropes for ships.

Final parts for new offshore platform in the Clair Ridge oilfield leave yard in South Korea

The drilling modules have been built by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the oil company BP. 


The parts, along with others already being transported by sea to the field, are due to arrive off Shetland in May. 

A floating crane will be used to lift the modules onto two new platforms already at the field.  

Watch: Weather forecast

A dreich day ahead with more showers, especially in the West. Less frequent in the east and winds reaching close to gale force for the Western Isles by early evening. 

A dreich day ahead with more showers, especially in the West.

Thursday will bring more showers, though less frequent, and a milder day with highs of 8 to 10C in the north and 10 to 12C in the south.

BP has ended its sponsorship of the Edinburgh International Festival after 34 years

The company has sparked protests from performers over the issue of climate pollution. 

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Among them was actor Simon McBurney, who starred in last year's sellout show The Encounter. 

The festival confirmed today that BP had not renewed its sponsorship.

CCTV released after 20-year-old man seriously assaulted in street attack

Police in Edinburgh said the victim was on a night out with friends when he was attacked on Princes Street and suffered a "significant injury".

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Police Scotland
CCTV image
Police Scotland

They have released images of a man they wish to trace in connection with the attack, which happened on 29 January shortly after midnight.

Police said he had a white Staffordshire bull terrier, with a brown or black spot on its tail, and was carrying a light grey rucksack over both shoulders.

Scots bought more than 46,000 new cars in March, according to the latest figures

More than half a million new cars were registered in the UK last month, however, sales growth in Scotland was just over half of that seen elsewhere.

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Scottish sales were up 2.7% to 46,000, with car registrations particularly important to the motor trade in March due to the change of registration plate.

Vauxhall stretched its market lead since March last year, while Ford and Volkswagen saw sales decline. Renault replaced Audi as the fourth biggest selling marque.

Watch: Kezia Dugdale on claims she asked the SNP for work experience

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says she has never supported the SNP after reports emerged that she asked them for work experience.

The Scottish Labour leader told BBC Scotland that she had applied for a number of placements while at university but did not confirm whether the nationalists were among those she had approached.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says she has never supported the SNP

Watch: Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh on what's next for Francis Begbie

The writer also tells us why the original Trainspotting story is still relevant.

BBC Scotland arts correspondent Pauline McLean caught up with him in Glasgow.

Author Irvine Welsh explains what happened next for Trainspotting's Begbie

Rowing champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to lead 51-strong British team at European Championships

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The pair, who are unbeaten since 2011, are joined by a further 15 Olympic medallists for the event in Germany.

Glover and Stanning retained their world title in France last year
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Six, including double Olympic men's four champions Pete Reed and Andrew T Hodge, will line up in the eight.

Alex Gregory is restored to the four with fellow world champions Mo Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis.

Mum pays tribute to second son after death

Declan Thomson, 18, fell ill at a house in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He died in Monklands Hospital later that day. A 17-year old woman has been arrested and two 15-year old males reported to prosecutors over alleged drugs offences following his death.


Mr Thomson's brother, Dean, died last year, aged 19. 

Posting on Facebook, their mother Linda Ann Thomson, wrote: "My heart has now been broken twice. 

"My heart goes out to my poor Anthony I love all my boys loads and will never ever B forgotten my 2 lovely angels xxxx."

Woman, 41, seriously injured after car mounts pavement in hit-and-run

The woman, who has not been named, was walking with her adult son when she was hit by a burgundy Vauxhall Astra that mounted the pavement and hit a road sign in Mossland Road in Hillington.

The four people inside the car then got out and ran off.

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The woman was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

Hospital staff have described her condition as stable. Her son was not injured.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident at about 17:35 yesterday to come forward.

Today's Scottish Parliament 2016 campaign photocalls - cake, coffee, and steak

Online sports merchant Sportswise (Borders) Ltd has expanded its Peebles base

The company has secured a new distribution deal with major retailer Intersport.

Under the deal Sportswise, which trades as, will create a new website and exclusively host Intersport's online offering.

The firm will hold and distribute Intersport products throughout the UK.

It will also boost its product range to include football, swimming, running and fitness on behalf of Intersport. 

A woman has been charged in connection with thefts of purses from two female pensioners

Police said the 34-year-old was traced after two women were targeted in separate incidents on Tuesday.

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Officers said a 75-year-old woman had her purse taken in Methven Street in Lochee and a 76-year-old's purse was stolen in Orleans Place.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.

In pictures: Baby woodpigeons 'homeless' after their nest was destroyed, says animal charity

The two chicks are being rehabilitated at the Scottish SPCA's rescue centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire. 

They were found next to the remains of their nest in Bathgate, West Lothian on Saturday.

Scottish SPCA
Scottish SPCA

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Unfortunately the member of the public had not seen the nest before he began clearing the garden and as there was not another tree nearby to put the nest in their mother would have been unable to find them.

Scottish SPCA
Scottish SPCA

“These youngsters were very lucky to have survived and should eventually be able to be returned to the wild but many more birds may not be as fortunate.

“We are appealing to the public to be aware whilst carrying out garden work that birds are nesting and other wildlife may also be breeding."

New festival will see hundreds of people create a cardboard arch and then trample it the next day

Ignite 2016, a month-long festival of visual art, design and performances, will take place in Dundee in May.

Artist Olivier Grossetete will work with the public to recreate the city's Royal Arch from cardboard over the weekend of 28 and 29 May. 

Alan Richardson
Alan Richardson
Artists and designers will display their work during the month-long Ignite festival

A series of events celebrating design and construction will take place alongside evening projections before the tower is destroyed.

The original Royal Arch was built between 1849 and 1853.  

Voters switching their support in the regional vote 'to ensure a viable opposition to the SNP'

A new poll shows support for the SNP is down by eight percentage points in the regional vote, with all other parties except Labour benefiting. 

It puts backing for the SNP at 47% (-8) while the Scottish Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Greens are all up two points, to 15%, 6% and 8% respectively.


Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland which undertook the poll, said: "As it looks increasingly likely that the SNP will form the next Scottish government, voters may be starting to think about supporting another party in the regional vote without worrying that this will jeopardise an SNP victory.

"It is also possible that some voters want to ensure there is a viable opposition in the Scottish Parliament which is capable of holding the SNP government (possibly majority government) to account." 

Armed robbers have stolen a five-figure sum of money in a bank raid

The thieves targeted security guards during a cash transfer at a bank in Argyll and Bute. 

Two men threatened G4S security staff with weapons inside Santander on West Princes Street, Helensburgh, at 00:30. 


They then made off with a cash box. 

The suspects are described as being of medium height, medium build and were wearing blue overalls and masks at the time of the incident.

Golfer Colin Montgomerie divorcing second wife Gaynor Knowles after eight years of marriage

The 52-year-old is reported to have moved out of their family home in Dunning, Perthshire.

The father-of-three said: "I can confirm that I raised proceedings some time ago seeking divorce from Gaynor.

Colin Montgomerie

"We are separated and in the process of divorcing. There are no third parties involved."

Montgomerie, known affectionately as "Monty", has been a professional golfer since 1987 and captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2010.

He and Ms Knowles, a Scottish millionaire and widow of furniture tycoon George Knowles, married at the Loch Lomond Golf Club in 2008.

Hollywood actor Alan Cumming will perform at this year's Edinburgh International Festival

Mr Cumming, who has starred in films and TV shows including The Good Wife, will take up residence at the Hub over three weeks and 20 performances.

His show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs!, promises "very personal reinterpretations of the songs he loves to sing".

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As well as the customary fireworks concert, there will also be a free public event on the opening Sunday when animated artwork, with soundtrack by Mogwai, will be projected onto Edinburgh Castle. 

Festival director Fergus Linehan has promised: "an unparalleled celebration of creativity, virtuosity and originality."

Buying a home cheaper than renting in many parts of Scotland, says Zoopla

Buying a house is more cost-effective than renting in 48% of British cities, according to the property website.

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It said recent analysis of asking prices and rents for two-bedroom homes found buying worked out cheaper than renting in many parts of Scotland, northern England and the West Midlands.

Glasgow, Coventry, Birmingham and Bradford were the top cities where buying was most cost-effective.

From BBC Scotland's business and economy editor - GDP update

Mother and eight-year-old son killed in A92 lorry crash named by police

The victims of the crash, which happened on Monday, were eight-year-old Bartek Plachta, from Poland, and 36-year-old Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie from Durham. 

Bartek Plachta and Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie

The car collided with a lorry just north of the Redhouse roundabout, Kirkcaldy on the A92 at about 14:55 on Monday.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Bartek’s family said: “Bartek was a much loved and treasured son and brother.

"He was a very popular boy who touched the hearts of many and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and cared for him."

Monika’s family added: “Monika was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter who was much loved and will be sadly missed by all who knew and cared for her."

Scotland's economy grew by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015, the latest figures show

That figure from October to December represents half the growth rate seen in the UK as a whole.

It means Gross Domestic Product in Scotland has now grown for 13 quarters in a row.

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Over the course of the year, GDP grew by 0.9%.

Preview: Edinburgh International Festival line-up to be announced at 10:30

The festival, which runs from 5-29 August, plans to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and will feature works from modern US playwrights.  

Mogwai have already been unveiled and will play the score of Mark Cousin's film Atomic and folk musician Martin Green is set to collaborate with Portishead.


Tickets go on sale on Saturday 16th April.

Festival director Fergus Linehan told Good Morning Scotland: "Everything is technically in place. We're ready to go."

He added: "With the international festival that line of excellence is absolutely crucial. It really does try to focus on people who are really on the top of their game."

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday insists Championship winners can challenge for the Premiership title next season

Celebrating last night's title win, Rangers manager Mark Warburton said the Ibrox revolution was just beginning. "This is just the first step", he said.

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Hearts players have been banned from their Riccarton training ground for two days as the club bid to eradicate the virus that led to the postponement of Tuesday's visit to Inverness CT. (Daily Record)  

See what else is making the back pages here.

New Oil and Gas UK co-chairman says driving down costs is industry top priority

Neil McCulloch said progress had been made by companies in the past 18 months to tackle costs and make efficiencies on a scale not seen before.

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He added that his priority was to help drive investment in the UK sector.

Mr McCulloch from EnQuest and Terry Savage - a director at Global Energy Group - are taking up the role of co-chairmen at Oil and Gas UK, which represents operators and contractors in the sector.  

It comes at a time of low oil prices combined with a record low in the number of wells being drilled.

Are you celebrating Rangers return to top flight football?

Radio Scotland phone-in

BBC Radio Scotland

Glasgow Rangers Football Club have finally booked their return to top flight football after a four-year journey back up the leagues. Do you welcome their return? Join Louise White for this morning's phone-in with your views.

Louise White

Also on the programme; Are we too quick to dismiss going gluten-free as a fad? Louise hears from a gastroenterologist who says he used to be sceptical but now believes that gluten may be making many more people ill than we thought.

Listen to the programme live here.

Rare bronze sculpture of Peter Pan being auctioned in Edinburgh expected to fetch £30,000

The figure is a smaller version of the statue that appeared one night in London's Kensington Gardens in 1912.

Peter Pan sculpture by George James Frampton
Lyon and Turnbull

J M Barrie himself commissioned the statue by sculptor Sir George Frampton.

The bronze replica - which was cast in 1920 - will be sold at Lyon and Turnbull later today.