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  1. Sturgeon outlines 'bold' education plan
  2. Electric shock dog collar used on boy
  3. Scotland now a 'nation of home drinkers'
  4. Man who died in digger crash named
  5. Coma judo star on flight to Thailand
  6. 'Hypocrisy' of overseas police training

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Nichola Rutherford

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MSPs vote to extend First Minister's Questions to 45 minutes

Nicola Sturgeon called for a longer session - as well as more chances for committees to quiz her - after she was re-elected as first minister. 

Members unanimously supported a motion to extend the session by 15 minutes for the next two weeks. 

Scottish Parliament chamber

The change will then be reviewed before a longer-term decision is taken. 

The first FMQs of the new Holyrood term will be held next Thursday.

Pensioner who superimposed his own face on to child sex abuse images is jailed

James Boyack, 70, will also be monitored in the community for two years following his release from prison.

Police officers raided his home following a tip-off and recovered child abuse and other images and videos.

James Boyack
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Boyack was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Specialist officers reviewing the material found pictures of children being abused where Boyack had added his own face over the top of the men seen in the images.

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Detectives searching for missing Scot Lisa Brown in Spain search yacht in Canary Islands

Detectives from the paramilitary Civil Guard boarded and searched the vessel, named Daydream, in Arricife in Lanzarote on Tuesday.

Lisa Brown

It follows the disappearance of the 32-year-old in November last year.

Her partner, Simon Corner was extradited to Spain after being arrested in Copenhagen in April in connection with Ms Brown's disappearance.

Man injured in "particularly nasty attack" by gang of nine

The incident happened outside the Hole I' the Wa' Inn in Dumfries at about 18:45 on Sunday. 

Police said a disturbance took place in the front bar before a number of people moved to the rear entrance of the pub. 

Hole I' the Wa' pub
Billy McCrorie

A 47-year-old man suffered a neck injury when he was attacked by up to nine men during the disturbance. 

Det Con Matt Williams said: "This was a particularly nasty attack by a group of men on an individual and has resulted in the victim receiving an injury to his neck.  

"We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the bar that day and who may have seen this disturbance."

Ruth Davidson accuses Nicola Sturgeon of 'repackaging' Tory education policies

Ms Davidson, who now represents the second biggest party at Holyrood, also attacked the SNP for continuing to "slap themselves on the back over free university education", while offering a "slap in the face" for colleges.

Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Conservative leader added that the Scottish government had "enough to be getting on with" without relaunching its campaign for Scottish independence.

She was responding to Nicola Sturgeon's plans and her programme for government.

Elderly woman in hospital after being knocked down by car in Edinburgh

The pedestrian was crossing Northfield Broadway when she was hit by a Mercedes Benz just before 14:30.

The road was reopened at 15:12. It was not thought that the woman had life-threatening injuries.

Northfield Broadway

Woman appears in court charged with murdering her 14-month-old daughter

Sadia Ahmed is accused of killing Inayah Ahmed at her home in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow on 17 April.

Inayah Ahmed
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The 26-year-old is accused of "restricting her breathing by means presently unknown" and murdering her.

Ms Ahmed appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court where she made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody by Sheriff Linda Ruxton.

Andy Murray pays tribute to his 'excellent' opponent following extraordinary second round match

Speaking in the post match interview at Roland Garros, the British number one said: "He [Mathias Bourgue] was excellent. 

"He was the one dictating a lot of the points, making me run a lot, fighting right to the end."

Andy Murray in action in French Open
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Murray added: "He's going to have a fantastic future, for sure. It's the first time we have played against each other but he was very good."

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Andy Murray wins nail-biting five-setter against Frenchman Mathias Bourgue

After a marathon three hours and 34 minutes, Murray gets through to the third round of the French Open. 

He won the match against the French wild card  6-2 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-3.

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Teenager in court accused of attacking Rangers players Lee Wallace and Jason Holt

Dale Pryde, from Edinburgh, is accused of running towards and attempting to punch Wallace on the head at Hampden Park after the Scottish Cup final, and attempting to punch Holt. 

Pryde is also accused of breaching the peace by running on to the pitch towards Rangers supporters and brandishing a chair. 

At Glasgow Sheriff Court he made no plea or declaration and was released on bail by sheriff Linda Ruxton. He is expected to appear again at a later date.

'Boiling hot' water pipe burst above two classrooms at new school

Noss Primary in Wick is closed until 30 May following what Highland Council described as a "significant failure" at the £15.4m building on Tuesday.

Gail Ross, who is the local MSP and a councillor, said it was "a saving grace" that pupils were having their lunch and not in the rooms at the time.

Noss Primary School
Highland Council

The new school only opened to pupils last month.

It was built as a replacement for Wick's North and Hillhead primary schools.

Full story here. 

Nicola Sturgeon to publish plan to improve Scottish education ahead of summer break

The first minister set out her government's priorities in a statement to Parliament.

Nicola Sturgeon

She confirmed that ministers would bring forward a plan to improve Scottish schools before the summer.

She also said that there would be a review of the economic development and skills agencies and that within a year every child born in Scotland will receive a baby box of essential items.  

Ms Sturgeon said she believed her aim of a fairer Scotland was shared across the chamber.

Murray levels second round match against French wild card - two sets all

Man who ran at Rangers goalkeeper pleads guilty to charge under Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

Appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Greg Binnie admitted running towards Wesley Foderingham and gesticulating in an offensive manner towards him.

It followed widespread disorder by a number of fans at Saturday's Cup Final against Hibs at Hampden.

Sentence was deferred until June for a background report. The Crown has requested a football banning order also be considered.

Police at Hampden

Russell Knox 'very optimistic' about his chance of making Ryder Cup debut for Europe

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The US-based 30-year-old is currently 17th on the world points list and 32nd on the European points list after rising to a career-best ranking of 23.

"I feel like if I keep playing the way I am, I should make it," Inverness-born Knox said.

Russell Knox and Rory McIlroy
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"It is the best of the best that make the team, so you really have to deserve it and earn it. Hopefully I can."

Knox finished joint-second to Rory McIlroy at last week's Irish Open, having also finished runner-up at the OHL Classic in mid-November and the RBC Heritage last month on the PGA Tour in America.

Full story here. 

French wild card Mathias Bourgue has 2-1 lead over Andy Murray

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Police name 60-year-old man killed in Rutherglen digger crash

Francis Mooney died when his car was hit by a heavy agricultural vehicle that was towing a digger.

Digger crash in Rutherglen

The crash happened on Fernhill Road yesterday shortly after 11:05.

Police said the 25-year-old male driver of the agricultural vehicle was in a stable condition at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Five cars and a bus were also involved in the incident, however no-one else was seriously injured.

Police have forwarded a report on the incident to the procurator fiscal's office. They have urged anyone with information about the crash to come forward.

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John Edward for Scots Stronger In Europe is answering questions from the Scottish Affairs Select Committee on the EU referendum.

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Almost one in five UK couples argue regularly or consider separating, study finds

The report, carried out by charity Relate and based on a survey of 20,980 people in relationships from 2013-15, suggested 2.87 million people were in "distressed" relationships.

Dr David Marjoribanks, from Relate, said constant bickering could have a "far-reaching" impact on children.

Child on floor with shattered crockery

On average, they do worse in school and can even fall into crime, he said.

"It is not just the actual breakdown of the relationship itself, it's specifically the conflict that surrounds that," Dr Marjoribanks said.  

Full story here. 

WATCH: Angus Robertson raises case of Australian family facing deportation from Scotland in Commons

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The SNP challenged Chancellor George Osborne on the case of the Brain family, who are due to be deported in the coming days, and said the Highlands faced an emigration problem not an immigration one.

Mr Osborne said the home secretary would write to Mr Robertson on the issue.

SNP Westminster leader raises case of Australian family facing deportation from Scotland.

Archbishop of Canterbury's visit to Church of Scotland's General Assembly to 'build bridges'


Morag Kinniburgh

BBC Scotland

There's been no formal agreement between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland for some 500 years.

Previous leaders of the Church of England have visited the Kirk's General Assembly before - what was different this morning was that the Archbishop of Canterbury wasn't just an observer; he took part in the debate. 

Justin Welby at the General Assembly

It's a symbolic building of bridges and Justin Welby has said that while there are differences, such as same sex marriage, there is more that unites the two churches. 

There are sensitives about this agreement though in the Scopttish Episcopal Church which likened it to a man whose sister takes an interest in his best friend. But a diplomatic agreement has been reached which it also supports.

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Scotland's chief constable cricitised for letting officers train in countries with 'appalling' human rights records

Labour's David Winnick told Phil Gormley that Police Scotland's work in places like Sri Lanka was "hypocrisy".

But Mr Gormley said the force was under "significant budgetary pressure" and needed to seek additional income.

Police in Sri Lanka

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Scottish government had "full knowledge" of the contracts, he added.

Mr Gormley was speaking at a Westminster home affairs committee on Tuesday.

Woman who gave toddler electric shocks using dog training collar remanded in custody awaiting sentencing

The High Court in Glasgow heard that 34-year-old former soldier Lanna Monaghan, formerly of Fort Augustus, admitted five charges of assaulting the boy, who does not live with her, at addresses in the Highlands in 2014 and last year.

High Court Glasgow

She also admitting kicking, biting and hitting the child.

Her counsel's request that Monaghan's bail be continued because she was pregnant was rejected by judge Lady Rae, who described her cruelty as "appalling".

Cult director Kevin Smith and actress Kim Cattrall appear on Edinburgh Film Festival bill

Smith, director of comedies including Clerks and Mallrats, will appear alongside his daughter Harley Quinn Smith, who stars in his latest comedy Yoga Hosers, in one of the festival's In Person audience events.

Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall

Cattrall, who played Samantha in the popular Sex and the City show, will discuss her career, spanning more than 80 productions stretching back to 1975.

Festival artistic director Mark Adams has unveiled the programme for this year's event, which runs from June 15-26.

Now in its 70th edition, the festival will showcase 161 features from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.

Weather update: A dry afternoon ahead

Compensation of more than £2.5m for survivors of North Sea helicopter crash


Four people died when the Super Puma helicopter plunged into the sea off Shetland in Augsut 2013. 

Both pilots and 12 remaining passengers escaped and now nine of the survivors have won compensation. It is understood the total of the claim is more than £2.5m

Shetland helicopter crash wreckage

Our clients were a group of people who were just going to work when their lives were changed in some of the worst ways imaginable. The cases were about providing them with access to legal recourse and fair compensation. All of those involved in the incident will have to live with its effects and repercussions for the rest of their lives. The most important outcome is that the settlements will hopefully allow those affected by the events of that night and their families to move on with dignity."

Lisa GregoryHead solicitor, Digby Brown

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Fifteen people arrested or reported following Scottish Cup final disorder - Police Scotland

An inquiry team at Govan is reviewing CCTV footage and other video and pictures of the pitch invasion that followed Hibs 3-2 defeat of Rangers on Saturday. 

Officers are trying to identify people involved in the disorder and other criminal behaviour at Hampden Park. 

Broken goalposts at Hampden

Det Supt Kenny Graham, who is leading the investigation, said: "I am sure that there are people who witnessed or have captured incidents on their mobiles and it's vital that we speak to them so we can view any material that could help us."

He asked witnesses to send footage or images to

He added: "I understand that people may be reluctant to come forward but I want to reassure you that my focus is tracking down those involved in criminal behaviour."​

Scottish judo star Stephanie Inglis flown to hospital in Bangkok, after Vietnam motorbike accident

The Commonwealth Games silver medallist, who is from Daviot near Inverness, remains in a coma after suffering head injuries the accident earlier this month. 

She has since developed pneumonia and a decision was made to fly her to Bangkok where there is a hospital equipped to deal with the infection and the coma. 

Stephanie Inglis

Stephanie was living in Vietnam teaching English to local children when she came off a motorbike on the 10 May. 

She was not covered by travel insurance but the public have donated over £230,000 towards her medical costs. 

'This will be an anxious time for employees at Shell' - Scottish energy minister


Paul Wheelhouse said the Scottish government "stands ready" to help those affect by the news that Shell will cut 475 jobs from its North Sea operations. 

Paul Wheelhouse

I will be visiting the north east as an urgent early priority to meet with the sector, those affected by the downturn and to underline our ongoing commitment and support for the oil and gas industry and the economy and communities of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Paul WheelhouseEnergy Minister

Case of Australian family due to be deported from Scotland raised at PMQs

From BBC Scotland's Westminster correspondent Nick Eardley

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George Osborne says UK government to bring forward vote on renewal of Trident

From BBC Scotland's Westminster correpsondent

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New Statesman's political editor tweets that Labour MPs will get a free vote on Trident renewal.

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Greater risk of cancer and high blood pressure even among light drinkers - Alcohol Focus Scotland

The risks of alcohol consumption were raised during The Kaye Adams Programme by Alison Douglas of Alcohol Focus Scotland. 

It came after a new report revealed that the amount of alcohol being drunk by adults in Scotland has increased for the second year in a row

Pint of beer

Even a low levels of drinking, we're exposing ourselves to greater risk of cancer, of high blood pressure, and it does affect our relationships and our ability to work effectively. A study came out a couple of weeks ago showing that a third of us have turned up to work with a hangover so it's not just at the extreme end of people who are addicted and drinking at very, very high levels.

Ailson DouglasChief executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland

Shell job cuts: UK government will do 'all it can' for workers and industry, says Scottish secretary

David Mundell said the announcement of 475 job cuts by Shell marked a difficult time for the workforce and their families in the north-east of Scotland.  

David Mundell

“It is vital that we take action now, which will help in the short, medium and long terms – building a bridge to the future of the North Sea and helping the UK’s oil and gas industry to export its world-class expertise around the globe. Next week I will travel to the US oil and gas centre of Texas to promote the skills, expertise and innovation of North Sea oil and gas to investors and stakeholders. I am determined to do all I can to promote the north east of Scotland and Scotland’s oil and gas sector – and that includes using our world-class network of embassies and high commissions to bang the drum for the industry on a global stage.

David MundellSecretary of State for Scotland

Church of Scotland and Church of England agree 500-year first

Update from Church of Scotland General Assembly from BBC Scotland reporter

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The Church of England and Church of Scotland have agreed to form a stronger relationship

A historic visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who took part in a debate at the Kirk's General Assembly for the first time, was designed to build bridges between the two churches.

It marks the first such formal alliance in the past 500 years.

Justin Welby said that while there were differences such as same sex marriage, "what unites us is more than divides us".

Shell expects oil price to remain 'lower for longer' as it slashes jobs in Scotland

The decision to cut 475 jobs in its North Sea operations comes after the company merged with BG Group in February. 

Paul Goodfellow, Shell's vice president for the UK and Ireland, said it had taken the steps because the current market conditions remained "challenging". 

Our integration with BG provides an opportunity to accelerate our performance in this 'lower for longer' environment. We need to reduce our cost base, improve production efficiency and have an organisation that best fits our combined portfolio and business plans. As a result, we will reduce the size of the organisation supporting our UK and Ireland upstream business by around 475 people. We will look to implement the majority of this change during 2016. Following these changes, Shell will still remain a key employer in the north east of Scotland with around 1,700 employees."

Paul GoodfellowVP UK and Ireland, Shell

Shell to cut 475 jobs in the North Sea - most at its headquarters in Aberdeen

Some posts offshore and at the energy company's plant at Mossmorran in Fife will also be affected.

Shell HQ in Aberdeen

Globally, Shell has announced 2,200 new redundancies, saying it expects the oil price to remain "lower for longer".

By the end of this year 12,500 posts will have gone at the company across the world.