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Summary

  1. BAE workers in job cuts warning
  2. VAT fraudsters to lose £3m crime crash
  3. Two men killed in one-car accident
  4. Council probes corruption allegations
  5. North Sea tax receipts slump to £35m
  6. Walkers airlifted from 'dangerous ledge'

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By Jo Perry and Laura Pettigrew

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Scotland Live for this week. Join us on Monday from 10:00.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, views and photo-opportunities from the Holyrood campaign trail on our dedicated Holyrood Election Live page.

Have a good weekend.

Andy Murray says he will play in GB's Davis Cup quarter final against Serbia if fit

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The Scot, 28, led Britain to their first Davis Cup triumph for 79 years in 2015, and their title defence continues with a trip to Belgrade in July.

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However, the tie will be played on clay just five days after the Wimbledon final.

"The plan is to play but it is going to be difficult," Murray told BBC Sport.

Man charged after police probe into sheep worrying following deaths of lambs at farm in Bucksburn

Police Scotland said 12 lambs were killed and others injured at Holmhead Farm, Bucksburn, on 14 and 15 April.  

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Two lambs were killed and several others injured at an earlier incident at the farm.

Police said a man aged 21 had been charged, and urged dog owners to control their pets around livestock.

Boys rescued after getting stuck half way up Salisbury Crags cliff face in Edinburgh

Members of the public called 999 after seeing the young boys.

Boy stuck on Salisbury Crags
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The police said they received a call just before 16:00 about two boys being in "trouble on the cliff face". 

One has now been rescued. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are attempting to rescue the second boy.  

'I am sitting on a buffalo' - the latest from the Holyrood campaign trail

With less than two weeks to go until the Scottish Parliament election, politicians have been campaigning on health care and housing. 

Conservative leader Ruth Davidson rode a buffalo on while campaigning in Fife. See what the other party leaders have been up to today here.

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Wildfire warning for Southern Uplands and south west Scotland due to dry conditions

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning about an increased risk of wildfires across the Southern Uplands and the south west of Scotland over the next few days.

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On Thursday crews tackled a blaze involving a square mile of moorland near the village of Glespin in South Lanarkshire.

With very dry conditions forecast over the next few days, the fire service, along with the Scottish Wildfire Forum, has urged people to take extra care when out and about in the countryside. 

Deputy assistant chief officer Andy Coueslant said: “Wildfire conditions have the potential to change markedly from day-to-day depending on the humidity and wind direction and it’s all-the-more important people are vigilant and act responsibly while this period of high pressure affects the country."

BAE Systems workers 'deceived and betrayed' over contract delays to Royal Navy frigates

In a meeting at the Clyde shipyard, the 2,500 workers were told the Ministry of Defence intended to slowly release funding for eight Type 26 warships.

BAE System site on the CLyde
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That could see work on them beginning later than planned, at a slower pace and with fewer workers.

It comes after voters were warned a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum could jeopardise jobs at the site.

The GMS Union said the workforce had been "deceived and betrayed" over promises to invest in the site.

A BAE Systems spokesman said they were working with the Ministry of Defense to agree a revised timetable.

Edinbugh Schools Partnership says 'significant progress' made on structural surveys of closed buildings

It comes after the leader of the City of Edinburgh Council said he was frustrated that a deadline for receiving the surveys of 17 city schools closed on safety grounds had been missed. 

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The work was due to have been completed by the Edinburgh School Partnership by today but Andrews Burns said it would be next week at the earliest before parents could be told how long repairs will take. 

An ESP spokesman said: "While we are focused on getting this programme completed as quickly as possible, we also must ensure that our investigations across all 17 schools are thorough and robust for the safety of the pupils and staff.

"There has been significant progress with the structural surveys and we expect that most or all will have been provided to the Council by the end of next week."  

Man dies in forklift accident at pier in Invergordon Harbour

Health and safety inspectors are carrying out an investigation into the death of a workman in Invergordon.

Police were called to the Cromarty Firth Port Authority at about 08:45 after the man died in an accident involving a forklift truck.

Invergordon Harbour
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The man hasn't been named yet as his family are being informed. 

A Health and Safety Executive spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the incident and are liaising with Police Scotland."

On the Holyrood campaign trail: Buffalo, bowling and building

Scotland's politicians have been out and about campaigning about health care and housing with less than two weeks to go until the Holyrood election.  

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Two men killed in A93 crash after their car hit a tree are identified by police

Update

Police said the families of Paul Grice, who was 24, and 32-year-old Grahame Ellis had been left devastated by their deaths.

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Grahame Ellis was a front seat passenger.

They were killed after their red Volkswagen Golf lost control near Aboyne Loch Caravan Park just before 22:00 last night.

Paul Grice
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Paul Grice was driving the car

Insp Jon Barron said: "We have already spoken to a number of witnesses, however I would urge anyone who may have seen the vehicle involved or who may have information that would assist our inquiries into the horrific circumstances to come forward."

Ex-boxer ordered to hand over diamonds, rolex watches and property worth estimated £3m

Ronnie Decker was accused of being behind a complex VAT scam using Glasgow firm Q-Tech Distribution Ltd, which stole £48.25m from the public purse.

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However, charges against him were dropped in favour of civil court action.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh has now granted the Crown Office permission to seize 77 assets from Decker, who is orginally from Sierra Leone but was educated in Scotland.

Funds raised from the sale of the assets will be handed to the Scottish government.

Watch: Weather forecast for the weekend

Sunny spells and scattered showers for the rest of Friday with a cold night ahead. Cool temperatures and further wintry showers on Saturday and Sunday.  

Watch: Weather forecast for the weekend

Saturday and Sunday will bring more cool temperatures and wintry showers.

Deaths of man and woman whose bodies were found at Paisley property treated as 'unexplained'

Officers were called to an address in the Renfrewshire town's Gordon Street just before 21:00.

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 A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said that a 40-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man were found dead inside.

She said post-mortem examinations had been carried out and inquiries were continuing into both deaths.

Boy, 15, suffers serious facial injury after 'unprovoked' gang attack in Wishaw

The teenager was walking along Laurel Drive with a friend when he was assaulted by a group of youths.

Police said the group consisted of about six males, who were described as white with local accents and aged between 15–17 years.

The incident happened at about 16:30 on 21 March but was only reported to officers earlier this week.

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Det Insp Kenny Dalrymple said: “It’s clear these youths were intent on causing trouble and unfortunately a young 15 year-old boy was their target."

YOUR PICTURES: Mountain climbing, kite-surfing and an inquisitive chicken feature in this week's gallery

Check out all the images sent in by readers from across Scotland here.

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Kite-surfer in Kentra Bay
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Hen enjoying sunshine in St Andrews.
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Two people arrested in connection with discovery of a man's body in Haddington

A member of the public raised the alarm after finding the body of 33-year-old Andrew Gillies on Monday morning near a sewage works.

Police car at scene
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Police Scotland said a 38-year-old woman had been charged with supplying drugs and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

A 50-year-old man has also been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Both are expected to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

Two men and two women in hospital after carbon monoxide leak at Highland hotel

Update

The four casualties were taken by ambulance to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness after the incident at the Carrbridge Hotel in the village of Carrbridge.

Carrbridge Hotel
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A total of 90 guests were evacuated from rooms after emergency services were alerted to a suspected gas leak shortly after 05:00 this morning.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews rescued two people from one of the rooms and two further people were rescued prior to arrival.

She added: "Their condition is not thought to be life threatening and no other resident needed medical assistance."

A full investigation into the cause of the leak has begun.

Edinburgh school closures: Council 'doing everything we can' ahead of taking decision on reopening

Seventeen schools remained closed after the Easter break due to safety concerns, with thousands of pupils now being taught in alternative classrooms.

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The chief executive of the City of Edinburgh Council said it did not expect to get details of when the buildings will reopen until the end of next week. 

Andrew Kerr said: "I know that parents, teachers and pupils will share my frustration at this delay. The safety of our children is our number one priority and we all want our schools to reopen safely, as soon as possible.

"We are doing everything we can so ESP can provide the council with the information which will allow us to make a decision regarding the next steps."

Man arrested over alleged Stanley knife threats to bus passengers

Police said a 30-year-old had been arrested over the alleged incident, which took place on a bus at McArthur Glen Shopping Centre in Livingston at about 18:15 yesterday evening.

The man is expected to appear at Livingstone Sheriff Court later.

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Liam Fee murder trial: Boy tells of falling unconscious after being beaten by accused

Latest update from Lisa Summers at the High Court in Livingston

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering two-year-old Liam at a house in Glenrothes in 2014, and harming two other boys.

The jury has been watching an interview filmed with a young boy the women blamed for killing the toddler. 

Liam Fee
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The boy said he was told to lie on the floor by Nyomi Fee and she put her foot on his neck. He said he was chocking and couldn't breath.

He said on another occasion both the accused joined in describing it as "extra sore". 

The boy also said he tried to escape three times. He said he was tied up in a cot in a room with rats and snakes.

The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.  

UPDATE: Four taken to hospital from Carrbridge hotel suffering from suspected Carbon Monoxide poisoning

A total of 90 guests were evacuated from rooms at the Carrbridge Hotel in the village of Carrbridge.

Police and fire engine at scene
BBC

Emergency services were called shortly after 05:00 to reports of a possible gas leak.

A Police Scotland spokesman said the four people who were to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness were "suffering from the effects of exposure to suspected Carbon Monoxide". 

A full investigation is underway into the circumstances

Outgoing chairman says Kilmarnock Football Club "must do better" after reporting loss of £724,406

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Outgoing chairman Jim Mann says Kilmarnock Football Club "must do better" after reporting a loss of £724,406 for the year to 30 May 2015.

Jim Mann
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Jim Mann, who will step down at the club's annual meeting later this month, also stated the board's desire for new investors in the club.

"Losses on this scale are unsustainable in the longer term," he said.

"And urgent action is being taken to stem them and to increase income via season ticket and match-day pricing."

The figures for the year to 30 May 2015 are the first set of accounts since the Scottish Premiership club reorganised their finances in a deal that eliminated its debt in March 2014.

Andy Murray to host annual tennis event in Glasgow to raise money for charity

The first "Andy Murray Live" will be staged at the SSE Hydro on Wednesday 21 September with all profits split between Unicef and Glasgow charity Young People's Futures.

Andy Murray
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The event will see the 2013 Wimbledon champion take on French player Gael Monfils, before he teams up with brother Jamie to play a doubles match against Monfils and former British number one Tim Henman.

The set-up is said to be Murray's idea.

PICTURE UPDATE: Royal Regiment of Scotland parades in Edinburgh to mark 10th anniversary

Soldiers marched down the Royal Mile.

A new exhibition was also opened at Edinburgh Castle looking at the first decade of the regiment's operations. 

Royal Regiment of Scotland on parade
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Royal Regiment of Scotland on parade
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Major General James Cowan, the regiment's senior officer, said: "Since the Regiment was formed in 2006 our soldiers have deployed almost continuously on operations around the world, so the Regiment is now building its own proud history as we head into the future.

Sex offender who carried out 'appalling course of conduct against children' jailed for seven years

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Michael Grieve, 66, from Kirkcaldy in Fife preyed on underage girls for more than a decade.

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He began having sex with one victim when she was aged 12 and told her to keep it a secret. 

He targeted another victim from the age of eight and committed further indecency offences against two 12-year-old girls. 

Lord Bannatyne said: "The offences before me are of the most serious nature. The charges extend over a considerable period of time and involve no less than four victims." 

WATCH: Dramatic rescue of four hillwalkers airlifted to safety on Isle of Skye

The walkers were descending Bla Bheinn when they got into difficulty due to fading light at about 20:40 last night.

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A UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway found them huddled on a dangerous ledge about 2,000ft up the mountain.

The Coastguard said: "Winch operator Robert Glendinning and winchman Peter Wood had to use all their skills to rescue the four - the winchman even climbing the cliff at one point – to reach them."

The walkers were uninjured.

Liam Fee murder trial: Boy tells of being beaten unconscious by one of the accused

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering two-year-old Liam at a house near Glenrothes in March 2014. 

They also deny harming two other boys.   

Liam Fee
BBC

In interviews played to the jury at the High Court in Edinburgh, the young boy said Nyomi Fee put her foot on his neck after making him lie on the floor. 

He said he fell unconscious and when he woke up, Nyomi was punching him in the back. 

The child said on another occasion Nyomi made Rachel join in and it was "extra sore". 

The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.    

Forty-five-year-old man arrested after £115,000 of Class A drugs recovered from house in Cumbernauld

Police said the discovery of cocaine, heroin and cannabis was made yesterday at a house in Lime Crescent.

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A 45-year-old man has been arrested and detained in police custody.

He is due to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday.

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Scotland coach Steve McCormack comfortable with decision to stage team's games in England

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The Bravehearts will make their Four Nations Series debut against Australia in Hull before facing England in Coventry and New Zealand in Workington.

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Tentative plans to take at least one of their games to Scotland were shelved.

"We were fully aware there were no guarantees and we're delighted what they've come up with," said McCormack.

BreakingCorruption investigation under way at North Lanarkshire Council after allegations made in anonymous letter

Scotland's second largest council has announced it is looking into serious allegations of corruption.

The claims were made anonymously in a letter to council leader Jim Logue.

The local authority's internal audit team is leading the inquiry and Police Scotland has been informed.

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The allegations relate to procurement processes and were described as "detailed" and "extremely serious".

Cllr Logue said: “ Although these are currently unsubstantiated, anonymous allegations I believe that it is right to carry out a full investigation and share any evidence which comes to light with the police."

Thirty-one-year-old man charged after alleged assault left man with arm and head injuries

Police said a 47-year-old man sustained a serious injury to his arm and minor injuries to his head.

The alleged attack happened near South fort Street
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He was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment following the alleged attack near Keddie Gardens, in the Leith area of Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

Edinburgh school closures: No details on reopening until end of next week

Latest update

The City of Edinburgh Council said it was not expecting to get details of when schools closed due to structural faults would reopen for pupils until the end of next week.

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Seventeen schools in the city failed to reopen after the Easter holidays, affecting more than 7,000 primary and secondary pupils. 

The council's chief executive Andrew Kerr said he was disappointed by the lack of survey results from the Edinburgh Schools Partnership, who operate and manage the schools on behalf of the council.

Watch: Scientists crack the brain's code

Scientists at Glasgow University have established a world first - by cracking the communication code of our brains. 

How your brain decides what it sees

The pioneers in the world of cognitive neuroimaging have examined how brains process what we see. 

With a little help from Voltaire and Salvador Dali, as BBC Scotland science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald reports.    

Scottish Water warn of road closure in central Glasgow to repair collapsed sewer

The company said there would be a full road closure at the junction of Waterloo Street and West Campbell Street from Sunday night that would last about four weeks.

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Traffic management measures will be put in place while the work is carried out.

Scottish Water said: "Contractors working for Scottish Water will do everything possible to minimise disruption to road users and complete the repair work and lift the road traffic management as quickly as possible."

Man in court charged over wild bird traps on a Glenisla country estate

Craig Graham, 51, is alleged to have set a "fenn type trap", baited with a pheasant carcass on a tree stump, between Bridge of Brewlands and Kirkton of Glenisla.   

Forfar Sheriff Court
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The case was heard at Forfar Sheriff Court

Prosecutors say he repeatedly set the trap, which was likely to "cause bodily injury to any wild birds coming into contact with it". 

The case will call again next month.