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Summary

  1. Missing schoolboy found
  2. Boat owners 'devastated' by crew loss
  3. Five on trial over school abuse claims
  4. Film's lost Nessie found in Loch Ness
  5. Kanye visit inspires #HipHopCops tweet

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Police investigate possible morphine overdose after woman, 87, dies in Stirlingshire care home

The pensioner passed away on Sunday at Caledonian Court Care Home on Victoria Road, Larbert.

It is understood that a morphine overdose is a potential line of inquiry being pursued by police officers investigating the death.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers in Forth Valley are currently investigating the death of an 87-year-old woman, who died at a nursing home on Victoria Road, Larbert.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing."

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Two businessmen jailed over plot to kidnap stockbroker in West Lothian

Steven Green, 43, from Kirkliston, and Alan D'Ambrosio, 51, from Edinburgh, were convicted of assault, robbery, abduction and attempted extortion at a farm at Philpstoun on 25 April 2014.

The 55-year-old victim was beaten up, trussed, hooded and forced into a van in a bid to force him to pay a debt.

The victim was targeted in an attempted extortion after he had negotiated to buy a company from former bank manager Green, but the money had not yet been paid.

Alan D'Ambrosio and Steven Green
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He told the High Court in Edinburgh he thought he was going to die.

Lord Uist told them it was a "deplorable" incident of criminality and lawlessness.

He said neither had shown shame or remorse and continued to deny their guilt in the face of compelling evidence.

Wildcat conservation plans 'at risk'

There has been a warning that last ditch efforts to save the Scottish wildcat from extinction are at risk, because of conflict between rival conservation groups.  

There has been a warning efforts to save the Scottish wildcat from extinction are at risk

Girl, 16, raped in Westerton Park, Bearsden in East Dubartonshire

Police said the girl was attacked at about 18:30 on Sunday. Officers say they are "following a positive line of inquiry".

A spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that officers are continuing inquiries after a 16-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted on Sunday within Westerton Park, Bearsden."

Westerton Park, Bearsden.
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Toddler Liam Fee injuries were like a 'car crash victim' after 'severe blunt force trauma'

Dr Paul French, 38, specialist paediatric pathologist, carried out a post mortem on the two and a half year-old, whose mother and her partner are accused of killing him.  

He told a jury the boy had suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe blunt force trauma normally associated with a car crash victim.

It emerged that he had double fractures of his thighbone and upper arm, the most recent just before his death and the others three to five days before. He also had more than 30 external injuries including bruising to his private parts and signs of internal bleeding at various sites throughout his torso.

Liam Fee
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Liam’s mother Rachel Trelfa, 29, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 32, deny murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a seven-year-old boy.

They also deny a catalogue of child neglect and cruelty charges involving Liam and two other boys in their care.

The trial, before Lord Burns at Livingston High Court, continues.

Missing 8-year-old Connor Beck has been found

The boy, from Lochmaben, has been found and has been reunited with his family.  

He had been missing since 9.30am this morning after failing to turn up for school.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong looking for second Rangers semi-final knock-out

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong is eager to make his mark in Sunday's Scottish Cup meeting with Rangers after missing out on last year's semi-final.

Midfielder Armstrong was ineligible for Celtic's 3-2 extra-time defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle last term.

However, he helped Dundee United overcome Rangers at the last-four stage the season before.

"If we could experience those sorts of emotions again this weekend it would be great," said Armstrong, 24.

More injury agony for Rangers as Harry Forrester ruled out of Old Firm clash

Forrester sustained a leg injury during Sunday’s Petrofac Training Cup Final, which Rangers won 4-0, and has been ruled out of this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

It had been hoped Harry would have recovered quickly but a scan on Tuesday afternoon has revealed a hairline fracture and he will be out of action for a number of weeks.

The club confirmed on Tuesday that the 25-year-old had signed a three-year dealundefinedwhich will keep him at Rangers at least until 2019.

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Edinburgh pupils returning to school

Six of the 17 Edinburgh schools, closed because of safety fears, have partly reopened. Most of the older pupils affected, who have been preparing to sit exams, are either back in their own buildings or at temporary classrooms in other schools.

Back to school for some of the 7,000 Edinburgh pupils kept out by safety fears

Thousands of students are still off school as alternative arrangements are made for their return next week.  

Four youths charged in connection with motor theft in Aberdeen

Three male youths - all aged 17 - and a 16-year-old female have been arrested in Aberdeenshire and charged in connection with the theft of a black Zafira motor on Tuesday.

It is alleged the car was subsequently used in a series of crimes in the Aberdeen and Alford areas.

Watch: The goals from Hibernian's 2-2 draw with Falkirk

Jason Cummings scored twice, the second coming after Falkirk's Aaron Muirhead had been dismissed for two bookings.

David McCracken conceded the penalty that Cummings converted for Hibs' second but the Bairns defender scored to reduce the visitors' deficit before Bob McHugh levelled late on.

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Plane that declared an emergency after a suffering technical fault has landed at Aberdeen Airport

The Eastern Airways Jetstream - with 22 passengers on board - was on a flight from Norwich.

It reportedly suffered a technical problem, prompting an emergency to be declared.

Staff at Aberdeen said it had landed safely.

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Five men on trial accused of sexually and physically abusing boys at Fife school in the 1970s and 80s

In total the men face 121 charges of abusing 35 pupils aged between 11 and 16 at St Ninians School in Falkland, Fife.

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Most of the allegations concern 73-year-old John Farrell and 63-year-old Paul Kelly. 

As well as charges of a sexual nature, there are numerous allegations of boys being punched and beaten with belts, and shoes.

At the High Court in Glasgow John Farrell, 73, Paul Kelly, 63, Edward Egan, 78, Michael Murphy, 76, and William Don, 61, denied the charges.

Search launched for missing eight-year-old boy after he failed to turn up at primary school

Connor Beck was last seen in Lochmaben High Street in Dumfries and Galloway at about 09:30.

Connor Beck
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The Lochmaben Primary pupil has been described as white, 4ft tall, with short, ginger hair and freckles.

He was wearing a red school jumper and black trousers and carrying a dark rucksack when he left his home in the town's Glebe Crescent.

Morning dog attack leads to serious assault on 47-year-old dog walker

Police said the man was walking his dog at the Water of Leith walkway near Keddie Gardens when it was attacked by a brown Boxer at about 07:30 this morning.

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The man kicked at the dog to fend it off but its owner approached and hit him on the head and body with a stick.

Police said the attacker fled and the man was taken to the Royal Infirmary in the city suffering from a serious injury to his arm and minor injuries to his head.

They have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

More than a kilogram of ecstasy recovered from property in Denny, near Falkirk

In a joint operation with Border Force and the National Crime Agency, police in Forth Valley discovered a package containing 990g of ecstasy worth £29,700, which they say was delivered from the Netherlands.

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Ecstasy tablets worth £4,840 were also found at the property.

A 23-year-old man has been charged and has appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

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Ayr gets ready for invasion as punters ask who will win the Scottish Grand National

Geoff Webster

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Armies of equine raiders from England and Ireland are preparing to invade Ayr for the two-day meeting that reaches its climax with the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday.

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With more than £600,000 of prize money on offer, including a first prize of £120,000 for the big race, the cast list will be a 'Who's Who' of the National Hunt world.

Having won more than £1m at the Cheltenham Festival last month, Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins is on course to dethrone current British champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

Who will win the Scottish Grand National?

Andy Murray and Dominic Inglot through to quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters doubles

The pair lost the first five games against Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin but recovered to win 2-6 6-3 10-5.

Murray's brother Jamie also reached the last eight alongside Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.

The fourth seeds beat Canada's Daniel Nester and Czech Radek Stepanek 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (11-9) 14-12.

Jamie Murray and Soares, the world's number one doubles pair, won the Australian Open in January.

Second seed Andy Murray continues his singles campaign on Thursday with a third-round match against France's Benoit Paire.

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Clydesdale Bank announces branch closures as well as plans to extend Saturday opening

Clydesdale Bank is to shutter nine Scottish branches between July and September, with 17 more closing under its Yorkshire Bank brand.

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A review of customer services by the Glasgow-based lender will lead to longer Saturday opening hours being available at more branches.

The company also said that it was introducing a new software app for mobile phones and tablets.

The bank recently became independent, having been split from its former Australian parent company.

Rangers v Celtic: Mark Warburton's fiercest test against embattled Ronny Deila

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

The respective managers have experienced different reactions to their season’s work. Perspective explains why Ronny Deila has at times been embattled while Mark Warburton has mostly encountered only praise. 

Celtic finished the last campaign strongly, but areas of the team have since regressed, in particular the defence. There remains the sense that Deila has not delivered enough progress – regardless of the trophies he might win – to remain in place for next season.

Jorg Albertz (left) and Paul Lambert in the 1998 Scottish Cup semi-final
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Warburton’s team plays to a set gameplan, and there have been defensive frailties this season.  There is not enough evidence yet to fully assess how his tactical approach fares against higher quality sides than those in the Championship.

There is much to play for this weekend, individually as well as collectively.

'Increasing concern' for 44-year-old man missing in Mallaig since early hours of Saturday

David Chamberlain, 44, was last seen at about 01:00 on 9 April leaving the Marine Bar.

David Chamberlain
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Officers said they were carrying out searches of residential and business properties, including disused buildings and outhouses in an effort to find him.

A police dive team will also spend Wednesday around the harbour area of the town, where Mr Chamberlain was last seen.

Ch Insp Brian Mackay said: “As time passes we’re becoming increasingly concerned for David’s welfare. I’d urge local residents to check all sheds and outbuildings in case he’s taken shelter."

Convicted murderer covered himself in baby oil in bid to stop officers transferring him

Adam Gallagher stripped to his boxer shorts and doused himself with oil so he was too slippery for security staff to get hold of as he tried to stop them moving him from Perth Prison, a court heard. 

Gallagher told a court he had not wanted to be moved to HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow.

One of the G4S security team moving him was so frightened he fainted.

Gallagher also later damaged the G4S security van as he lashed out during the journey from Perth to Glasgow. Gallagher, 28, is currently serving a life sentence for stabbing a 21-year-old Marek Smrz to death in Arbroath in 2006.

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Gallagher was jailed for a further eight months for the incident.

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Owners of fishing boat that sank with loss of three crew says they are 'totally devastated'

The Louisa sank off Mingulay in the Western Isles at the weekend.

The bodies of 27-year-old Chris Morrison and 29-year-old Martin Johnstone were found by rescuers.

Louisa
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Skipper Paul Alliston remains missing. A fourth crewman Lachlann Armstrong survived by swimming to the shore.

Duncan and Murdo Kennedy said their thoughts, sympathy and prayers were with the men's families.

They also said they were engaging fully with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Police Scotland and the vessel's insurers to determine what happened.

Edinburgh council says more pupils can return to school tomorrow following closures over safety fears

Update

All S1, S2 and S3 pupils can return to Drummond High in the morning. The City of Edinburgh Council said third year pupils at Royal High could also return to lessons tomorrow.

Watch: Back to school for some of the 7,000 Edinburgh pupils kept out by safety fears

Priority had been given to secondary pupils in fourth, fifth and sixth year returning to lessons as they are just three weeks away from sitting key exams.

All primary pupils are due to return by next week but uncertainty still remains for some pupils.

It follows the closure of 17 schools across Edinburgh after safety concerns.

Driver, 36, taken to hospital with serious injuries following crash on A97

A man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the crash between Huntly and Banff at Bridge of Marnoch. The road was closed for eight hours while police investigated the scene.

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Sgt Malcolm Kinross said: "I am appealing to anyone who either witnessed the incident or was aware of the white Peugeot prior to the incident to contact us on 101. 

"In addition I would also ask anyone who was travelling on the A97 near Bridge of Marnock at about 6pm to get touch."

Glasgow Warriors 'have belief' they can retain Pro 12 title ahead of Scarlets clash

Assistant coach Kenny Murray says there is a growing belief at Glasgow Warriors that they can retain the Pro12 title after seven straight wins lifted the Warriors into third place in the table.

Glasgow beat Scarlets 43-6 at Scotstoun in December
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"We've put ourselves in a good position and the players are confident they can finish off well over the next three games," Murray told BBC Scotland.

"There is a great desire and passion among the guys to do well again this year. I'm confident that we can do it and go to another Pro12 final."

Glasgow beat Scarlets 43-6 at Scotstoun in December.

Two businessmen who plotted to kidnap former stockbroker in West Lothian are jailed

Steven Green, from Kirkliston and Alan D'Ambrosio, from Edinburgh, were convicted by a jury of assault, robbery, abduction and attempted extortion, which took place at a farm steading at Philpstoun in April 2014.

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The 55-year-old victim, who was beaten up, trussed, hooded and forced into a van, told the court that he thought he was going to die.

Green and D'Ambrosio were each jailed for seven years at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Ten-man Falkirk come from behind with two goals in the final three minutes to stun Hibernian

Third-top of the Scottish Championship Hibs looked on their way to victory with Jason Cummings goals early in the first half and then again, from a penalty, with nine minutes remaining.

The visitors already had Aaron Muirhead red-carded with 16 minutes left.

The second-top Bairns' comeback was stunning, starting with David McCracken's header and completed by another header from sub Bob McHugh.

Against all odds, Peter Houston's team remain six points clear of Hibs, albeit having played two more games than Alan Stubbs' side.

Bob McHugh (left) scored Falkirk's equaliser
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Elsewhere in Scotland last night, Hibs' Edinburgh rivals Hearts sealed Europa League qualification but failed to reduce the gap on Aberdeen to six points after a 0-0 draw with Inverness CT, while Dumbarton beat Queen of the South 4-2.

Watch: Sherlock's 'Nessie' found by Loch Ness sonar

A high tech sonar sweep of Loch Ness locates a Nessie-shaped Sherlock Holmes film prop almost 50 years after it sank.

A high tech sonar sweep of Loch Ness locates a Nessie-shaped Sherlock Holmes film prop

High tech sonar imaging equipment is being used in the survey footage which shows a sweep of the loch and focus on the lost 'monster'.

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Family of murdered Brian McKandie make fresh appeal after memorial service to remember 67-year-old

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Following the private service at Auchterless Church to mark the life of Mr McKandie, his brother William paid tribute to his "private, gentle" brother.

He added: "We cannot understand why this would have happened to him.

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"He was a genial man and was well liked in the local community.

"He had lived at his home in Badenscoth most of his life and was known for his passion which was fixing cars. He helped a great deal of folk and his death has come as a shock to us all."

Brian McKandie was found beaten to death with a "heavy weapon" in his home in Rothienorman on 12 March.

William McKandie urged anyone with information that could help police to come forward.

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Remains of lost Loch Ness Monster found following new underwater sonar-imaging investigation

A 30ft (9m) model of the Loch Ness Monster built for a Sherlock Holmes movie has been found almost 50 years after it sank in the loch.

The Loch Ness Monster prop
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The beast was created for the Billy Wilder-directed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, starring Sir Robert Stephens and Sir Christopher Lee.

It has been seen for the first time in images captured by an underwater robot.

Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine said the shape, measurements and location pointed to the object being the prop.