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  1. MP Natalie McGarry apologises over holocaust tweet
  2. Temperature nearly double Scottish May average
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By Nichola Rutherford

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Thanks for joining us today - the hottest day of the year so far. Fingers crossed for more of the same tomorrow!

'First day at school feeling' as fifth session of Scottish Parliament gets underway

Thursday's election saw a major shifting of sands and change of scenery in the Scottish political landscape.

Along with upheavals in party pecking orders, more than 45 new MSPs turned up for work at Holyrood for the first time on Monday.  

Many tweeted their first day at Holyrood - including the SNP's new MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin. 

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Find out more about some of the latest crop of MSPs here. 

Watch: The day Rudolph Hess landed in Scotland

It was one of the strangest episodes of World War Two - a German plane crashed on farmland south of Glasgow on the evening of 10 May 1941.

The day Rudolph Hess landed in Scotland

The pilot, Hitler's deputy Rudolph Hess, had parachuted from the aircraft moments earlier. It is thought that he was on a secret mission.  

BBC Scotland's Willie Johnston has been to meet Lord James Douglas-Hamilton whose father, the Duke of Hamilton, spoke to Hess at the time.   

Mortgage arrears triple in Aberdeen following oil price collapse

The credit rating and research company, Moodys, has confirmed that that the city's housing market is under pressure. 

At just 1.5% in 2012, mortgage arrears have now jumped to 5.5%, as some homeowners struggle to cover their outgoings. 


The rate is double that of the rest of the UK, reflecting just how dependent Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are on the energy industry. 

The report says that arrears could rise even further, as volatility in the oil industry increases unemployment and dampens house sales.   

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Temperature reaches 26.7C in the Isle of Skye

Watch: New MSP Brian Whittle's 'quickest sock in history'

Tweet from BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim

Wildfire warning as forecasters predict very dry conditions.

The Scottish Wildfire Forum's warning came after fire crews tackled a mile-long blaze on heathland near Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday.  

Vice chairman Michael Bruce said: “At the start of spring there is often a lot of dead vegetation leftover from last year. 

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

"This fuel can dry out quickly when there are bright sunny days with high temperatures and low humidity levels. 

"We have a high pressure weather system dominating Scotland creating these conditions at the moment.”

He urged people to prevent wildfires by making sure they dispose of litter and smoking material carefully in rural areas. 

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths expects Aberdeen - not Rangers - to be biggest rivals next season

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland

Ronny Deila's team wrapped up a fifth title with victory over Aberdeen in Glasgow on Sunday and are currently 12 points clear of the second-top Dons.

Leigh Griffiths

Rangers will be in the Premiership next season after winning the Championship and beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

But Griffiths said: "Aberdeen will go away and strengthen and push us again."

View from space shows (almost) cloud-free Scotland

From astronaut Tim Peake

Watch: 'No embarrassing dad stuff'

A father and daughter MSP duo, who represent different political parties, say they "want no embarrassing dad stuff".

Father and daughter MSP duo 'want no embarrassing dad stuff'

John Finnie was elected for the Scottish Green Party in the Highlands and Islands while his daughter Ruth Maguire was elected for the SNP in Cunninghame South. 

Asked whether they might fall out, John said politics would be off limits at home while Ruth quipped that she had "asked him no to do any embarrassing dad stuff". 

The duo are the first family members to represent different parties in the Scottish Parliament.

The man who has photographed every train station in Great Britain

There are more than 2,500 train stations in Britain. 

From Penzance to Thurso, Abbey Wood to Ystrad Rhondda, David Brewer, from Chorley in Lancashire, has seen them all - and he has the photos to prove it

David Brewer
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The lifelong trainspotter - and a former ticket office clerk - set himself the challenge when retired in 2007.

But what does his wife, Shirley, make of it?

"I have asked her this," says David. "She's quite happy for me to be out of the house. She's not really interested in railways herself."

Rachel and Nyomi Fee 'knew they were in trouble' after death of toddler son, court hears

A friend of the couple, John Taylor, 27, said he had been with them in the days after Liam Fee was found dead in Glenrothes, Fife on 22 March 2014.

Liam Fee
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He said Rachel Fee had asked "do you think we'll get a cell together?" after he suggested they would be going to jail for neglect.

Rachel and Nyomi Fee deny murdering two-year-old Liam and blaming his death on a child.

The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues. Full story here

Watch: Mercury transits the sun

Mercury has begun to cross the sun for the first time in 10 years. It will not make another transit until 2019.

Mercury begins transit of the sun

Viewable until about 18:00 GMT, the only land masses to miss out on the spectacle are Australasia, far eastern Asia and Antarctica.

Would-be stargazers are warned not to look directly at the sun as this will damage eyesight.

These pictures were filmed in Glasgow using a special camera.

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In pictures: New MSPs mark first day of new session at Scottish Parliament

New MSPs with outgoing Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick
The new MSPs with outgoing Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick
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Six Scottish Green Party MSPs were elected to the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Labour MSPs
Scottish Labour's new MSPs also arrived at Holyrood on the first day back after the elections

Moray whisky distillery evacuated following a chemical spill

Police and Fire crews were called to the Longmorn distillery near Elgin at around 12:45 this afternoon. 

Police have confirmed there are no injuries, but some nearby homes have been evacuated as a precaution. 

Emergency services are still dealing with the incident.   

Photographer captures transit of mercury

Alan Tough said he took the photograph from his garden in Elgin, Moray, through a filtered telescope.

Mercury is the small dot that can be seen on the left hand edge of the sun.

Alan Tough

Skywatchers across the globe are observing the planet transit the Sun - Mercury's third such pass of 14 it will make this century.

The pass lasts from 11:12 until 18:42 GMT. It will not make another transit until 2019 and then 2032.

Celtic assistant boss John Collins to leave club with manager Ronny Deila at end of season

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland

The Norwegian announced on 20 April he would depart, before a fifth straight Scottish title was secured on Sunday.

"I came with Ronny, so it's only right I leave with him," said the former Scotland midfielder, who played for Celtic from 1990 to 1996.

John Collins and Ronny Deila

"A new manager will come in and bring his own staff with him."

Collins said he would "go on some summer holidays and get some sunshine" before contemplating his next move, having helped Deila steer the club to successive titles in his two years back at Parkhead.  

Full story here. 

Man seriously injured after falling from railway bridge at Perth Station

British Transport Police (BTP) said the man suffered serious injuries to his back, legs, face and body after falling from the bridge on Thursday at about 14:50.

The 36-year-old man was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee after the incident, where he is still detained.

His condition is described as stable.

A BTP spokesman said the man had no recollection of his fall and the force is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Leaving the EU could put £1bn Scotch whisky exports at risk - industry chiefs

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said the European single market was "central to the success of Scotch".

Scotch whisky association

It warned against the UK voting to leave the EU in the June referendum.

But Brexit campaigners Vote Leave said leading exports and industries had prospered "because of hard work at home, not because of EU membership".

Police appeal after man seriously injured in Edinburgh assault

The man suffered a serious head injury in the attack in Rossie Place, Leith, at 01:40 on Sunday. 

Police said they were alerted to the incident by members of the public who witnessed the assault. 

Rossie Place, Leith

They want to trace a man and a woman who got into a Range Rover shortly after the attack. 

Det Con Iain Wallace said: "This appears to be a random assault, which has left the victim with no recollection of what happened and as such, we are keen to speak to anyone who can help us establish the full circumstances."

Skye experiences warmest May day on record

From BBC Scotland Weather

Family of Sheku Bayoh call for prosecution of Police Scotland on health and safety grounds to be considered

They have also asked for a public inquiry to be launched into the wider issue of deaths in custody.

Mr Bayoh, 31, died after being restrained by officers in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on May 3, 2015.

His death is currently being investigated by the Police Investigations Review Commissioner.

Sheku Bayou
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After the family met Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland this morning, their lawyer Aamer Anwar said: "Ultimately this case is a test of whether our system of justice is capable of holding the most powerful institution in our country, Police Scotland, to account. 

"For Sheku's family there can be no compromise on this."

CCTV image issued by police investigating armed robbery of Helensburgh computer shop

A masked man armed with a knife threatened staff at the Bit N PC's store in Sinclair Street on 5 April. 

He escaped with a two-figure sum of money and some electrical equipment following the raid at about 16:50. 

CCTV image
Police Scotland

Detectives investigating the case want to trace a man seen walking east on East Clyde Street after the robbery. 

He was wearing a balaclava, a high visibility vest and he was carrying a blue carrier bag. 

BBC Scotland secures live TV rights to show Scotland's rugby matches against Japan in June

Vern Cotter's side will face the Asian champions on Saturday 18 at Toyota Stadium, Toyota City, and the following Saturday at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

Japan v Scotland

Both matches, at venues that will host games at the next Rugby World Cup, have a kick-off time of 11.20 BST.

Scotland defeated Japan 45-10 at last year's finals in England on their way to qualifying for the quarter-finals.

BBC Scotland weather: Today is Skye's warmest May day on record

Motorist subjected to 'brutal assault' by up to 10 teenagers in Dumbarton

The 33-year-old man was attacked when he stopped his car in the Bellsmyre area of the town to ask a group of youths to stop smashing bottles at the roadside. 

One of the youngsters threw an advertising display board at the car. Others threw bricks and other objects at the vehicle, broke its windows and jumped on its bonnet. 


When the man got out of his red Volkswagon, the youths, who were aged between 16 and 18, continued to assault him in the street. 

He was treated in hospital for injuries to his arms, hands and head.

Det Con Russell Paton appealed for information from any witnesses to the attack. 

Man jailed for life for murdering flatmate who refused to have sex with him

Gary Stevenson, 27, stabbed 25-year-old Katy Rourke at the flat they shared in Govan, Glasgow, after they had been drinking on 29 December 2015.

Katy Rourke

He later gave himself up to police and admitted murdering Ms Rourke, who was originally from Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Stevenson was told he must serve a minimum of 17 years before he can apply for parole.

WATCH: Andy Murray has 'a few more good years left'

Andy Murray has 'a few good years left'

Police investigating assault of train conductor release CCTV image

The conductor was attacked on a train travelling between Dingwall and Conon Bridge at about 20:20 on Friday, 1 April. 

Man who got off train at Conon Bridge
Police Scotland

British Transport Police believe the man in the photograph may have information about the incident. 

He was aged 25-30, of slim build, with short light brown hair. He was about 5ft 8in and spoke with a local accent. He got off the train at Conon Bridge. 

Andy Murray splits with coach Amelie Mauresmo after two years

The partnership has seen Murray regain the world number two slot, along with his first clay court titles.

Mauresmo said that dedicating enough time for the travel has been a challenge, however she wished Murray and the team well. 

Andy Murray and his former coach
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The Scot praised the French coach: "I've learned a lot from Amelie over the last two years, both on and off the court. 

"She's been a calming influence in the team and we will all miss having her around." 

Murray said he will now take some time to consider the next steps and how to progress from here.

Rollermania to hit T in the Park as Bay City Rollers join line-up

Organisers DF Concerts have confirmed that the band, famous for hits including Shang-a-land, have been booked to perform at the festival. 

Bay City Rollers

They join a line-up which includes The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chill Peppers.

Man arrested in connection with a death 38 years ago in Aberdeen

The body of Kazi Ahmad was found in his flat in Rosemount Viaduct in October 1978.

He managed the Raj Dulal restaurant in Dee Street.

Police Scotland confirmed a 62-year-old man had been arrested in the Birmingham area. 

He is expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Scotland basks in summer sun as temperatures soar into the mid-20s

The Met Office has said temperatures in the west and south west of Scotland are set to hit nearly double the monthly average.

It said it was "most likely" that Monday would be the warmest day of a "warm period" and see up to 25C (77F).

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Police appeal for witnesses after 41-year-old man seriously assaulted in Ayr

The man was attacked in Main Street just after midnight on Sunday.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with a serious head injury.

Det Sgt Jane Hogg said: "We are in the process of trying to piece together his [the victim's] movements and establish exactly what has happened to him.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or heard any sort of disturbance in the area to contact us."

Convicted murderer declared bankrupt after being sued by victim's family

William Kean is serving a life sentence after being found guilty of killing 80-year-old Jenny Methven in February 2012.

William Kean

Kean was declared bankrupt at Perth Sheriff Court after withdrawing his defence against the claim for compensation by Mrs Methven's son.

Kean has now been ordered to pay £86,000 in damages to David Methven.

Full story here.