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Summary

  1. Huge fire after lorry crash closes A92
  2. Sturgeon makes personal plea to voters
  3. Mourners told to remember smiling Paige
  4. Deila to leave Celtic in summer
  5. ScottishPower warranty fraud 'claim'
  6. Study seeks diabetes breakthrough

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Police appeal to trace 53-year-old man missing from Inverness

Charles Jarret is from Dingwall but he was last seen in the Raigmore area of Inverness at about 10:30 today. 

Charles Jarret
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Police Scotland said they were "concerned for his welfare". 

He was last seen wearing a grey/blue rugby style top, camel brown jeans and brown lace-up shoes. 

Nine men on trial accused of international drug smuggling operation on boat stopped in North Sea

They are accused of sailing in the Hamal from Istanbul to Tenerife via Guyana, then to the North Sea, while concealing cocaine in 2015.

The trial at the High Court in Glasgow started on Wednesday.

The court heard the National Crime Agency and UK Border Force boarded the Hamal about 100 miles east of Aberdeen.

The trial, before judge Lord Kinclaven, is expected to last about three months

College lecturers approve national pay offer in ballot following months of dispute

Members of the EIS and FELA voted by 96% to 4% to accept the offer, which was negotiated through the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC).

College lecturers strike
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They had first voted for industrial action in December 2015 and about 4,000 lecturers went on strike in March.

Lecturers said pay varied by up to £10,000 a year at different colleges.

Full story here. 

Police in appeal to trace victim of an early morning assault in Aberdeen

He was attacked at about 12:15 on 9 April at West North Street, near Morrisons supermarket. He was slim, with brown hair, and he was wearing a red and white checked shirt. 

Officers believe he may have been attacked by a man responsible for another assault in the West North Street area that night. 

West North Street
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The attacker was wearing dark clothing and carrying a black rucksack. He was about 5ft8 tall, of slim build and he had short brown hair. 

PC Graham Crawford urged the victim to contact the police "as a matter of urgency". 

Man arrested after woman attacked in car stopped at traffic lights in Uphall

Police Scotland said an 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the assault.       

He is expected to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court tomorrow. 

Fellow Scottish players convinced Anthony McGill can 'go all the way' in snooker

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The 25-year-old Glaswegian has already caused a stir at the World Championship by knocking out last year's runner-up Shaun Murphy in the opening round at The Crucible.

Anthony McGill
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That followed his debut appearance at the tournament 12 months ago, when he beat Stephen Maguire and Mark Selby.

Alan McManus believes McGill has "the whole package" while Graeme Dott says he "is as good as anyone else".

McGill faces Hong Kong's Marco Fu in the second round in Sheffield starting on Thursday, 21 April at 1300 BST.

'Significant damage' to road surface following HGV fire on the A92 at Lochgelly

In a statement, Bear Scotland said the southbound carriageway needed to be repaired before it could reopen to traffic. 

HGV fire
Sarah Goodfellow

They expect the work to be carried out this evening and for the route to be reopened ahead of tomorrow morning's rush hour. 

One man was injured in the two-vehicle accident which led to the lorry fire this morning

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Police confirm identity of man found dead near sewage works in Haddington

The body of Andrew Gillies, who was known as Andy, was found by a member of the public on Monday morning. 

Mr Gillies, 33, was last seen in the Riverside area of Haddington on Saturday. 

Police car close to where the man's body was found
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Police said inquiries are continuing but his death does not appear to be suspicious. 

They appealed for information from anyone who may have seen Mr Gillies between 11:30 on Saturday and 06:00 on Monday.  

Woman, 28, in serious condition after being hit by a bus in Glasgow city centre

Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident, which happened on the Broomielaw, near its junction with Brown Street, at 12:30. 

The woman was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where hospital staff have described her condition as "serious". 

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Sgt William Graham said: “The Broomielaw will have been busy around the time of the incident with motorists driving by as well as people on their lunch breaks.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed what happened to contact officers at the Road Policing Department in Glasgow on 101.”

Man in his 90s conned out of four figure sum by group of bogus workmen

The men were described as being aged in their 20s and 30s, had Scottish accents and were using a large red van.

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They did not finish the job they were paid to do in the Fairfield Road area of the city on Tuesday morning.

Det Insp Mark Czerniakiewicz said the group appeared to have taken advantage of a vulnerable man, who they charged a "vastly inflated price".

GB to face Novak Djokovic's Serbia team as they continue defence of Davis Cup title

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The quarter-final tie takes place on clay at the Tasmajdan Stadium in Belgrade from 15-17 July.

Andy Murray at Davis Cup
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"Now we know the surface and venue, our preparations can go to the next level," said GB captain Leon Smith.

Serbia, winners in 2010, beat a GB side containing Andy Murray the last time they met in 2006, with Djokovic winning both his singles rubbers in a 3-2 win.

Crofter's award-winning short film to be premiered in Inverness

Robin Haig, a founding member of the Scottish Crofting Federation's Young Crofters group, made Hula in her home village of Dornie in the Highlands.

Blythe Duff filming Hula
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Starring Taggart's Blythe Duff, it won Best Drama at the Bafta Scotland New Talent Awards last week.

Haig, who has studied and worked in filmmaking for several years, will see the short premiered at June's XpoNorth creative industries festival.

Italian sailor 'profoundly sorry' for causing death of 16-year-old fisherman, court hears

Pasquale Miccio, 48, was in charge of the Scottish Viking ferry when it collided with the prawn fishing boat Homeland off the Borders coast in 2010.

He previously pleaded guilty to failing to change the ship's course to avoid the collision which resulted in Daniel McNeil's death.

Pasquale Miccio
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On Wednesday, Miccio's lawyer asked that he be spared a jail term.

Miccio, of Sorrento in south west Italy, was originally charged with culpable homicide.

Read more here. 

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Weather forecast: Fine day ahead

A fine day ahead with longer clear spells allowing temperatures to fall to freezing overnight.  

On Thursday, light rain in the north will clear away leaving a clear bright day across the country.  

Orkney and Shetland MP: 'I am pleased this is now resolved'

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I am pleased that this is now resolved and will continue to focus on getting on with my job as MP for Orkney and Shetland

Alistair CarmichaelOrkney and Shetland MP
Alistair Carmichael
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Man approached woman's car at traffic lights and punched her in head and body

The woman was on her way to work and had stopped her car at a set of traffic lights on Station Road in Uphall, near the junction with the A89, on Tuesday afternoon.

Station Road
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Police said when she came to a stop she noticed the man approach her window, which was fully down. He then reached inside her car and began punching her.

Det Sgt Andrew McGhee said: “Fortunately the young woman had the presence of mind to drive away from the man as he carried out this unprovoked attack.

“Although she did not sustain serious injuries she was left very upset and badly shaken by the event."

The man responsible is described as being well-built and wore a light grey hooded top. He also wore grey sweatpants with a white logo near the right pocket, white trainers and black woollen gloves.

Parliamentary Standards Commissioner drops probe into former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael

In a report into the leaking of a Scottish Office memo aimed at damaging SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Kathryn Hudson said the matter was outside her remit.

It comes after a legal challenge to overturn the Liberal Democrat's election as Orkney and Shetland MP was refused by judges at the Court of Session over the issue.

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Body recovered from River Tay in Dundee was Taylor Frazer, police confirm

Officers pulled the body from the water at Riverside yesterday evening. 

The 27-year-old had been missing since Sunday.

Taylor Frazer
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Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances. 

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal. 

Glasgow comes fifth in world rankings of top sporting cities ahead of Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris

The city, which hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, was also named the number one city in the world in the legacy category at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards.

Piper in George Square during Commonwealth Games
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A further award saw it named best small city by population band, beating Amsterdam, Calgary, Doha and Vancouver in the process.

Taxi drivers in Stranraer offered drugs advice to avoid 'unwittingly' breaking the law

Police said it followed a number of incidents in the town.

They have now arranged an "informal meeting" with taxi and private hire drivers to discuss the issue.

Stranraer Police station
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They will be given advice on the "tell-tale signs" of substance abuse as well as other situations where they could offer vital help to police.  

Insp Stewart McColm said: "We thought it might be beneficial to arrange a quick chat with local drivers to raise some awareness and answer any questions people might have."  

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WATCH: Holiday home in Sea King helicopter

BBC Radio Scotland

Good Morning Scotland's David Allison visited farmer and caravan park owner Martyn Steedman who plans to transform a disused helicopter into an unusual bolthole. 

Martyn Steedman has bought a Royal navy Sea King to turn into a holiday home

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BBC Scotland’s nightly political programme Scotland 2016 will be hosting a Housing debate on Tuesday 26 April.

We would like to invite members of the public to apply to be part of the audience and put their questions to the panellists.

Details of how to apply can be found here.

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From Traffic Scotland - A92 westbound open

Council won't dredge gravel from Hawick's rivers despite residents' pleas to tackle flooding

A report to Scottish Borders Council described the move as "ineffective, uneconomic and unsustainable".

Council leader David Parker said he was aware of the calls for dredging but said scientific advice was against it.

Flood in Hawick
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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer disputed that view and said many residents would also disagree.

The report outlined the cost of repairing the damage caused by recent severe winter weather in the Borders which has already reached £1.6m.

Full story here. 

Sixty-year-old man arrested after police discover cannabis plants with street value of £55,000

The plants were found after officers entered a property in Chryston, North Lanarkshire, yesterday morning.

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A quantity of cash was also discovered, the force said. 

A 60-year-old man has been arrested and is now in police custody.

Pedestrian injured after being hit by a bus in the centre of Glasgow

The incident happened on Broomielaw, near Brown Street, just after 12:30. 

The extent of their injuries is not known. 

Photos of the aftermath of the accident show a bus with a smashed windscreen. 

Bus accident Glasgow
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Bus accident Glasgow
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Police launch probe following reports family's pet dogs died after being fed poisoned chickens

Three Staffordshire bull terriers are thought to have eaten antifreeze laced meat between 7 and 14 April in Springburn, Glasgow.

The dogs, called Diesel, Crystal and Buddha, were in the garden of their owner's house at the time.

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An online fundraising page has been set up to help pay the vet bills.

Read full story here. 

A92 likely to be closed for 'some considerable time' following lorry blaze, fire service warns

One man was hurt in the accident on the A92 at the Lochgelly interchange, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). 

Lorry fire
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They said he was treated on the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. 

The SFRS said crews from Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Dunfermline used water jets to put out the fire. 

Pedestrian injured after being struck by vehicle in Glasgow city centre

Police Scotland said the incident was reported on Broomielaw, near Brown Street, next to the River Clyde, just after 12:30. 

Emergency services are at the scene and the pedestrian is expected to be taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 

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The extent of their injuries is not yet known. 

Diversions are in place while paramedics deal with the incident.  

Taxi driver fined over road rage incident filmed on cyclist's helmet-cam

The driver attacked the cyclist after waiting for him in the middle of the road with his fists raised. 

Video footage shows Brian Allen, 69, a City Cab driver, having a row with the cyclist on Princes Street in Edinburgh and then waiting for the rider on Regent Street. 

Taxi driver Brian Allen
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The Justice of the Peace Court heard the incident happened on 28 August.

Allen pleaded guilty to careless driving and assault.

Broomielaw in Glasgow closed westbound amid reports of an accident

Police are diverting traffic in the area.

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Swan shot with arrow is released on the River Tay after 'cruel and mindless attack'

The bird was discovered with an arrow through its wing at Wemyss Estate in Kirkcaldy on 19 March.

After undergoing emergency surgery, it was taken to the Scottish SPCA's national wildlife rescue centre at Fishcross before being released at a protected site on the River Tay on 13 April. 

Swan released
Scottish SPCA

Inspector Sarah Gregory, who rescued the swan and is leading the investigation into the attack, said: "Despite our public appeal following the cruel and mindless attack on the female swan, we have not yet traced the perpetrator and we would still urge anyone with information to come forward."

Angus Robertson calls for faith leaders to stand up to extremism following killing of Asad Shah

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The SNP politician called for all communities and faith leaders to stand together, as he highlighted the killing of the Glasgow shopkeeper.

Mr Cameron agreed and said we had to get behind "moderate Muslims" and be careful not to blame the religion as a whole and take the "wrong path".

Angus Robertson
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