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Summary

  1. 'Suspicious' death of baby investigated
  2. Bid to overturn Sheridan verdict
  3. Safety warning ahead of Flying Scotsman tour
  4. Man jailed over £1.5m cannabis farm

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By Christopher Sleight

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We'll bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country, as they happen. Bye for now.

Two men appear in court in connection with the theft of sporting memorabilia from Dumfries museum

The theft included the gold medal won by Scottish curler Rhona Martin at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Curling gold
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The pair were accused of breaking into the museum in April 2014 and stealing sporting medals, a chain of office and a casket containing an historical scroll.

They pled not guilty and trial was fixed for August at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

A third accused failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Final plans being made for families fleeing war in Syria to come to the Highlands

Highland Council says it expects four refugee families to arrive in the next few weeks. They will be settled in the Alness area of Ross-shire.

Syrian refugee
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This is the first resettlement of Syrian refugees in the Highlands.

Highland Council has agreed to take up to 30 families over the period of the national resettlement programme.

Jury in Liam Fee murder trial hears account from one of the accused of night the toddler died

In a police statement read to the jury, Nyomi Fee said she went to check on Liam and knew he was dead because he was so white.

Liam Fee
Police handout

Nyomi Fee and her partner Rachel Fee deny murdering Liam on 22 March 2014 and blame his death on another child.

Liam Fee was found dead in a house near Glenrothes, Fife.

Read the full story.

Scots urged to have say on future of intercity west coast rail line

Douglas Fraser

Scotland business & economy editor

The line links both Glasgow and Edinburgh with London, through Manchester and Birmingham.

West Coast mainline
GMan

The next franchise is due for renewal in two years and a consultation on the conditions to be placed on the franchise holder started today.

Whitehall's Department for Transport and Scotland Office are seeking views on what would improve passenger satisfaction, timetables, payment systems and services at the 49 stations at which West Coast trains stop.

M8 update from Traffic Scotland

Skye and Achnagart record highest temperatures today

From BBC Scotland Weather

A701 Update from Nithsdale Police

Scottish Professional Football League agrees three-year deal with bookmaker Betfred to sponsor new-style League Cup

BBC Sport Scotland

The deal is worth about £1m over three years.

This season's competition, won for the first time by Ross County, was sponsored by energy firm Utilita from the quarter-final stage onwards.

Next season, it will revert from a straight knock-out competition to a group-stage format in the first round.

Footballers
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Teenager charged with racially motivated hate crime and 11 separate counts of vandalism

Police said a 15-year-old boy had been referred to the Children's Reporter in connection with a spate of vandalism in Joppa and Coillesdene in Portobello in March.

It followed reports that a group of youths were seen throwing stones at properties, with one member of the group heard making a racist remark.

QC urges court to set aside verdict in Tommy Sheridan's successful 2006 defamation case

The former MSP was awarded £200,000 in compensation to be paid by the now-defunct News of the World's publishers News International.

Tommy Sheridan
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It followed allegations about the politician's private life, which included claims he visited a swingers club.

News International QC Alastair Duncan said the verdict was "unsafe" and that it was "essential to justice" that it be set aside.

Mr Sheridan, who is representing himself, is also expected to address the court during the hearing, which is expected to last three days.

From BBC Scotland Weather

Pupils at damaged high school to be relocated

Stirling Council said Balfron High pupils in S1-S3 would be allocated to different schools from this Friday.

The pupils will be relocated by house rather than year group, to give "full access" to pastoral support.

The school was partially closed last Friday after structural problems were found, resulting in 440 pupils not attending this week.

Balfron High School
BBC

However, exams for S4-S6 pupils have been taking place as planned.

On Friday, the council said pupils should arrive at Balfron High School as usual, where they will travel on by bus to their temporary host schools.

  • Endrick House pupils will go to St Modan’s High School
  • Campsie House pupils  will go to Stirling High
  • Lomond House pupils will go to Wallace High School

Hiroshima bomb survivor meets SNP and Green MSP in Edinburgh to warn against renewal of Trident

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Setsuko Thurlow, who is 84, was 13 when American forces dropped an atomic bomb on her home city in August 1945, towards the end of WWII.

The building she was in, a mile from the blast site, was destroyed and she fledto the hills outside the city.

Setsuko Thurlow meets MSPs in Edinburgh
BBC

On Tuesday, Ms Thurlow met SNP MSP Bill Kidd, the co-president of the international group Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and new Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell in Edinburgh.

She said the one "rather primitive or crude" nuclear weapon that was dropped on Hiroshima caused a "hell on earth".

"Today we have thousands of them and each one of them is a thousand times more destructive."

Role of Firth of Forth in one of WWI's largest naval conflicts to be remembered

More than 8,500 British and German seamen lost their lives in the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago.

Battle cruiser HMS Lion during Battle of Jutland
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More than 8,500 seamen lost their lives in the Battle of Jutland

Commemorative events are scheduled to take place at sites across Scotland to mark the upcoming centenary, including in South Queensferry and Rosyth.

Rosyth was where the Battlecruiser force was based in 1916, and on 28 May Rosyth Parish Church will host a wreath-laying service to remember those who sacrificed their lives.

A further memorial will take place in South Queensferry, at the town's Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, where 40 casualties from the battle are commemorated or buried.

Confirmation that Jacobite stream train will run between Fort William and Mallaig this summer

The route is described by one guide book as "possibly the greatest railway journey in the world."

Jacobite train
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There have been safety concerns elsewhere in the UK about the company operating the service - West Coast Railways.

But the Fort William service will run from now until October after receiving a clean bill of health.

A737 update from Traffic Scotland

Hamilton full-back Ziggy Gordon to move on in the summer

BBC Sport Scotland

Ziggy Gordon will leave Hamilton at the end of the season with the gratitude and good wishes of Martin Canning.

The 23-year-old full-back informed his manager that he intends to find a new club now that the Accies are assured of their top flight place for next season.

Ziggy Gordon
SNS

"I think he has a couple of options that he wants to go and explore," said player-boss Canning.

"I will be the first to shake his hand and thank him for everything he has done for the club."

Gordon made his first team debut in February 2011 and has been a regular fixture in the side since season 2012-13.

Police link separate 'distressing' indecent exposure incidents in Aberdeen

It follows two incidents in the Dee Street and Quarry Road areas of Aberdeen on Monday and Wednesday last week.

Dee Street
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Dee Street

Witnesses reported a man in a dark coloured Volkswagen Passat, thought to be a 2001-2005 model, exposed himself at Dee Street on 2 May at about 12.20.

Two days later, at about 15:30 on Quarry Road a man in a similar car was also spotted.

Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.

Temperature reaches 24C in Aultbea, in the north-west Highlands

From BBC Scotland Weather

More than 95% accident and emergency patients seen within four-hour waiting time target

The 95.4% figure for the week ending 3 May is 1.9 percentage points higher than the same week of 2015 when 93.5% of patients were seen within four hours, and 0.4 percentage points above the previous week when performance was at 95.0%.

A&E sign
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A Scottish government spokeswoman said: "NHS staff have been working extremely hard to improve the experience for patients and the figures published today are testament to this.

"However, we know performance can fluctuate which is why health boards are continuing to work on improving and maintaining performance."

Man who grew £1.5m of cannabis in disused Borders pub jailed

Bartosz Gloskowski, from Edinburgh, was caught because a passer-by recognised the smell coming from the building.

The 23-year-old admitted producing cannabis at the Queens Head Inn in Selkirk in 2014, and also admitted that the offence was aggravated by a connection to serious organised crime.

He was jailed for almost six years.

Queen's Head Inn
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Inquiry into closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh over safety fears expected to begin in August

Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council Andrew Kerr is leading the search for someone to chair the inquiry and determine its remit.

Edinburgh school scaffolding
BBC

He has said he wants an industry figure with experience of Private Finance building contracts in place by the summer.

The council said all schools affected by the construction fears remained on track to be open in time for the new term in August, at which point the inquiry would begin.

It is expected to conclude before the end of the year.

Andy Murray: 'Definitely possible' new coach could be ex-player

From BBC Sport's Thomas McGuigan

Vandals cover newly restored historic chapel in graffiti using spray paint

Police said Donibristle Chapel, in Dalgety Bay in Fife, was targeted sometime between 30 April and 3 May.

Donibristle Chapel
Simon Johnston/Geograph

They said a local resident was passing the area and noticed the building, which was built in 1731 as a private mortuary chapel to the earls of Moray, had been covered in graffiti.

Sgt Kate Blackwell said: "The chapel had previously been derelict until a major renovation in 2015, at a considerable expense.“It is therefore extremely disappointing that anyone would look to subject this beautiful building to such unnecessary and extensive damage."

They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

From BBC Scotland's business editor

Hearing to overturn 2006 defamation verdict in Tommy Sheridan versus News of the World case

The former MSP was awarded £200,000 in compensation to be paid by the News of the World's publishers News International.

Gail and Tommy Sheridan
PA

The now defunct tabloid printed allegations about Tommy Sheridan's private life, which included claims he visited a swingers club.

The three-day hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh has been brought by News International in the hope of overturning the verdict against them.

Tommy Sheridan has always denied the allegations.

Picture: New crop of 31 Conservative MSPs gather at Holyrood for photo op

Man and two teenagers arrested over multiple cash machine robberies

The trio - aged 28, 18 and 17 - were arrested in connection with five incidents in Glasgow, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Inverclyde on 21 and 22 April.

In all the incidents, hundreds of pounds was stolen from people using cash machines, with some allegedly being distracted mid-transaction and others being pushed out the way.

HSBC
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The ATMs targeted included the HSBC machine on Buchanan Street Glasgow, the machine at the Morrisons supermarket in Kilwinning Road, Stevenson, and one in the Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns.

All three arrested are the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal.

Police investigating death of baby girl

The child, believed to be 14-month-old Inayah Ahmed, died in hospital in Glasgow three weeks ago.

Inayah Ahmed
BBC

She was reported to have become unwell at her home in Drumchapel on Sunday 17 April, and was taken by ambulance to the city's Sick Children's hospital where she died three days later.

Police are treating her death as suspicious.

Scottish votes could have 'potentially decisive impact' in EU referendum, according to campaigners

Scotland Stronger in Europe said high levels of support north of the border for remaining part of the European Union could swing the vote nationwide on 23 June.

Union Jack and EU flag
Reuters

The campaign held a briefing event at the University of Edinburgh as a Survation poll for the Daily Record put support for remaining in the EU at 76% among Scottish voters.

John Edward, senior campaign spokesman, said: "We are taking nothing for granted, the argument must be won in Scotland as elsewhere in the UK.

"But the potentially decisive impact of Scottish votes is one factor that we believe will mobilise people to back our positive campaign and vote Remain on 23 June."

His comments come after former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars called for nationalists to vote against the EU.

Coming up on Radio Scotland: Are we treating our children like 'little gods'?

Kaye Adams programme

Countess of Wessex taking on 450-mile palace to palace cycle ride from Edinburgh to London

Sophie will pedal from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to celebrate the scheme's 60th anniversary.

Sophie Wessex
PA

The Countess will complete the mammoth bike ride over seven days in September.

Sophie is making the 445-mile journey for her DofE Diamond Challenge - an initiative which asks people to tackle something new to raise awareness and money for the award scheme.

Charity shop staff 'in shock' after designer dresses worth in excess of £21,000 donated

Shelter Scotland said about 60 dresses and ballgowns - worth up to £295 each - were given to the Dundee shop in Perth Road.

Balma Martinez, Alice Greenhill, Caroline McConnachie, Monica Krumina
Shelter Scotland

The gowns, which still contain their original price tags, are now on sale for £30 each.

They were gifted to the charity shop by the Prego Boutique in Broughty Ferry.

Karen Kelbie, who has managed the charity shop for two decades, said she was taken aback by the gesture.

In my 20 years of managing the shop, I’ve never seen anything like it. We’re all still in shock

Karen KelbieShelter Scotland

The Gossip: David Moyes is Celtic's number one choice to replace Ronnie Deila

BBC Sport Scotland

The Daily Mail reports that the former Manchester United boss is the favourite to take over when the champions' manager steps down on Sunday.

Scottish Gossip
BBC

Aberdeen are chasing 22-year-old Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley, who has been out on loan at Exeter and Portsmouth this season, says TheSun.

See what else is making the back pages here.

Temperatures reach 20C in Oban by 09:00

From BBC Weather

Sport of futsal could help develop better technical players, Scottish FA says.

BBC Sport Scotland

Futsal is played with a smaller, heavier ball on a court similar to a basketball court.  

Scottish Football Association performance director Brian McClair said he believed futsal could aid emerging talent.

"It'll help players develop their individual skills, their tactical knowledge. Overall, it's got a lot of things going for it," he said.

Futsal
SNS

The five-a-side game is played widely in South America and across mainland Europe and many of the world's best players - Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo among them - learned their intricate ball skills on a futsal pitch.

Read the full story.

Leaving the EU could have an impact on Scotland's financial sector, economic expert warns

Good Morning Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland

Dr Angus Armstrong, a research fellow at the Economic and Social Research Council, said services were a key issue in Scotland because of its strong financial sector - particularly in insurance and pensions.

He told Good Morning Scotland: "In order to trade in services, you have to have the same set of rules - a level playing field with your partners.

"If we leave the rest of the EU then presumably the idea would be to have our own rules which would be a divergence and that’s where you’d see the gaps beginning to appear."

EU
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Dr Armstrong said the impact on education would also be important for people in Scotland when making up their minds how they should vote in next month's referendum.

"Scotland has more universities per head than anywhere else in Europe and Scotland gains a lot from European students," he added.

Brexit campaigners say that EU membership inhibits the economic performance of the UK.

Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has called on nationalists in Scotland to vote against the EU.  

Writing for Common Space, Mr Sillars described EU membership as "a barrier to our aspirations rather than a facilitator of them".