Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. 'Human error' caused wrong tablets death
  2. Men jailed for 13 years over rape
  3. Call for unhealthy to 'delay' pregnancy
  4. Famous 36-0 football win record 'safe'
  5. Boy, 7, applies football boss job
  6. Heat gun used to defrost fridge
  7. Judo star admitted to Bangkok hospital

Live Reporting

By Jo Perry and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's it for Scotland Live today.

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Death of 14-year-old girl at Lanarkshire school 'not suspicious', police confirm


The schoolgirl was airlifted to hospital after falling ill at Calderhead High School in Shotts at about 14:25 this afternoon. 

She died at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow shortly afterwards. 

Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow
Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow

A spokesman for Police Scotland said her death is being treated as unexplained but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances. 

"A post mortem will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal," he added. 

Schoolgirl, 14, dies after falling ill during sports lesson at Lanarkshire school

North Lanarkshire Council said the girl became unwell at Calderhead High School in Shotts this afternoon. 

Staff called the emergency services and she was taken to hospital in Glasgow where she died shortly afterwards. 


Head teacher John Robertson said: “Everyone within our school community is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of one of our S2 pupils.

“At this time all our thoughts and sympathy go out to her family and friends.

"We will provide our young people at Calderhead with our full support to help them this most difficult time.”

Play about life of Dumfriesshire minister who started world's first savings bank is premiered

Henry Duncan worked in a commercial bank before taking up the ministry in Ruthwell Parish at the turn of the 19th Century.

He started his "penny bank" to give parishioners access to savings and interest for the first time.

Henry Duncan

The model was soon adopted around the globe.

Henry Duncan, The Banker Who Cared - will be premiered tonight in Ruthwell church where Duncan preached for more than four decades.  

MSPs vote 106 to eight for the UK to stay in the European Union

From BBC Scotland reporter Philip Sim

Watch: MSPs argue for and against EU membership

The leaders of all five parties believe it is strongly in Scotland's interests to remain within the EU.

But that was countered by some Conservative and Labour backbenchers.

BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor reports from Holyrood

MSPs argue for and against EU membership

MSP son of Scottish Secretary David Mundell to back Leave campaign, ITV Border reports


Oliver Mundell was elected to represent Dumfriesshire for the Conservatives at Holyrood earlier this month. 

His decision to vote to leave the EU in the referendum puts him at odds with his father, the Scottish Secretary David Mundell - a prominent Remain campaigner. 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

RTS award for Aberdeen team behind Scotland's War at Sea programme

Repair work due to start at multi-million pound leisure centre - 600 days after it shut for repairs

It comes after an agreement was reached between the council that owns DG One and the construction firm which carried out the build. 

The site in Dumfries was closed in October 2014.

DG One

However, an ongoing legal wrangle between Dumfries and Galloway Council and Keir Construction meant work could not proceed. 

They have now reached a confidential settlement and a contractor for the repairs should be named in a fortnight.

Death of woman, 86, could have been avoided if chemist employee had followed standard procedures

Margaret Forrest, from Kingussie, was mistakenly given tablets intended for another woman at the town's Boots pharmacy.

She was found unconscious by her son Billy Forrest on 12 November 2013 and died two days later.

Margaret Forrest

A sheriff has determined that human error had caused the mistake.

It follows a fatal accident inquiry at Inverness Sheriff Court which heard Mrs Forrest was wrongly given a dispensing box intended for a woman named Florence Frost. 

Travel: 15 minute delays on the M74 at Daldowie

Rangers vow action against any supporters guilty of disorder at Scottish Cup final

BBC Sport Scotland

The club reiterated its belief that Hibernian fans were to blame for the chaotic scenes at Hampden Park on Saturday.

However, Rangers' managing director, Stewart Robertson, said on Thursday morning that the club did not condone any fan that went onto the pitch.

Thousands of fans went onto the pitch after Hibs won the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902
Getty Images

Speaking as he launched the Club 1872 supporters group, he added: "We don't condone violence and we will wait to see what comes out of the investigations. We will deal with any Rangers fans in the appropriate manner."

First Minister meets Australian family facing deportation at Holyrood

From BBC Scotland reporter Philip Sim

The Brain family, who moved from Australia to Scotland in 2011, have been told that they must leave their home in Dingwall if they cannot meet visa rules. 

View more on twitter

Traffic Scotland reports delays on the M74 at Daldowie

Man who raped nine-year-old girl over 16-month period is jailed

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Steven Hanlon carried out a number of attacks on the child over a 16-month period in the Rosyth and Kelty areas.

He was finally stopped after the abuse was reported in August last year.

Statue of David Hume outside high court in Edinburgh

Speaking after he was jailed for eight years, Det Insp June Peebles said: “Steven Hanlon subjected a young girl to horrific abuse over a prolonged period and as a result of the evidence gathered against him by Police Scotland he will now spend several years in prison.

"I would like to take this opportunity to praise his victim for her maturity in courage when assisting us with our investigation. This played a key role in ensuring a conviction against Hanlon."

Cows rescued from 45ft (15m) deep sinkhole in Midlothian

It is thought a mineshaft collapsed at a farm off Greenhall Road in Gorebridge just after 10:30 this morning. 


A dozen firefighters helped in the rescue which involved digging a huge trench using JCB tractors to get the cows out of the hole.  

Dundee coach operator disqualified for two years after breaching rules over driver fatigue

Kevin McDonald, trading as River Tay Executive Travel, had his operator's licence suspended by Scotland's Traffic Commissioner.

A public inquiry found that proper systems were not in place to ensure journeys were properly recorded.


The company's transport manager and four drivers were given warnings.

River Tay Executive Travel operated five coaches from its premises in Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate.

Arbroath FC world record 36-0 win is safe, Guinness World Record confirms

The record was thought to be in jeopardy after an Ecuadorian third division team notched up a 44-1 victory.

Pelileo Sporting Club beat Indi Native in front of just 200 supporters, with striker Ronny Medina scoring 18 goals.

Pelileo Sporting Club's victory was watched by just 200 supporters

But it will not be ratified as a Guinness World Record as it did not occur at a high enough sporting level.

Arbroath FC chairman John Christison said he was "absolutely delighted" his team's record 1885 defeat of Bon Accord still stood.

Travel update from Traffic Scotland

Glasgow set to host BBC TV debate on UK's future in Europe later

"How Should I Vote?" will feature an audience under the age of 30.

Victoria Derbyshire standing in front of Glasgow cityscape

They will put their questions to a panel of senior politicians who have been central to the campaigns to leave or remain in the EU.

The debate, hosted by Victoria Derbyshire, will be shown live on BBC One Scotland at 20:00.

Scots from disadvantaged areas four times less likely to go to university than wealthy peers

The Sutton Trust Access in Scotland report said youngsters from poorer backgrounds faced a "shocking access gap".


In England, children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods were 2.4 times less likely to attend university than people in the richest areas, while in Northern Ireland and Wales they are three times less likely to do so.

The report found 90% of growth in higher education places for disadvantaged students in Scotland in the past decade came from colleges, not universities.

The trust is calling for the urgent appointment of a new independent commissioner for fair access to tackle the problem.

Two buses taking children on school trip from Scotland to Alton Towers crash into each other

The coaches were heading from Ardrossan Academy in North Ayrshire when they crashed about 15 minutes from the Staffordshire theme park, shortly after 08:00.

Alton Towers theme park
Andrew Abbot

A total of 89 S1-S3 pupils and staff were on board. Five pupils were treated for "minor cuts" and following treatment all students travelled on to the theme park.

North Ayrshire Council described the crash as a "minor accident".

London Road in Glasgow closed as police deal with 'disturbance' at block of flats

Police are at the scene of what's described as a "disturbance" at a flat on London Road between Glasgow Green and the city's Gallowgate.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said there were no injuries.

The road is closed to traffic between Green Street and Bain Street.

London road

Scotland's new education secretary pledges to reduce teacher workload

John Swinney made the pledge as part of moves by the Scottish government to reduce the attainment gap between schools.

children in background with colour pencils in foreground

Mr Swinney said improving attainment across the country would be the "driving purpose" of his tenure.

He has asked the chief inspector of education to write to schools with guidance about qualifications and assessment in a bid to cut out unnecessary work for teachers.

Two men charged after 'large scale disturbance' in Edinburgh bar

Officers were called to The Artful Dodger in Calder Road, Sighthill, after a fight broke out at around 20:00 on Saturday. 

Police Scotland said they have traced two men in connection with the incident. 


Det Sgt Robbie Wallace said: “It’s only through good fortune that more people were not seriously injured in this large-scale disturbance.

“Our investigation has now resulted in the arrests of two men, helping send a clear message that we take a zero tolerance approach towards public unrest."

Seven-year-old schoolboy applies for vacant Caley Thistle manager's post

Two coaches taking Scottish pupils to Alton Towers crash into each other

The pupils from Ardrossan Academy were about 15 minutes away from the theme park in Staffordshire when the collision took place.

North Ayrshire Council said it was a "minor accident", with five children treated for superficial cuts.

Alton towers
Andrew Abbott

The 89 pupils, from the first, second and third years, are all now at the park, the council said.

Paramedics were called to the incident shortly after 08:00 on Thursday.

Major route into Glasgow city centre is closed while police deal with 'disturbance' near Barras

No-one is reported to have been injured in the incident, at the property in London Road, between Glasgow Green and Gallowgate. 

Police tape

The section of London Road, which runs west towards Glasgow Cross and Trongate has been closed to traffic between Green Street and Bain Street. 

The incident is ongoing.

'No evidence' mother of toddler Liam Fee murdered him, jury told

Lisa Summers

BBC Scotland News

In his closing speech to the jury Rachel Fee's lawyer, Brian McConnachie QC, said " tragedy is an overused word in these courts but the death of Liam Fee is a real genuine tragedy". 

He said there was no evidence to Rachel Fee was even in the house when the fatal blow was inflicted on Liam - or that she ever assaulted her son. 

Rachel and Nyomi Fee

Mr McConnachie said Rachel Fee admitted she had failed to get him medical treatment when she knew or suspected he had a broken leg. 

That was "an unforgivable crime", but that does not make her a murderer, he said. 

Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi Fee both deny murder. The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.

Prices of oil goes above $50 a barrel for first time in 2016

It comes as supply disruptions and increased global demand continue to fuel a recovery.

oil platforms

Benchmark Brent crude hit $50.22 per barrel at one stage on Thursday, its highest level since early November.

Brent crude has now risen 80% since it hit 13-year lows of below $28 a barrel at the start of the year.

Read more here. 

Female first as women form majority of Scottish Natural Heritage board for first time

Environment Secretary Rosanna Cunningham announced the appointment of Dr Kate Broughton, Cath Denholm, Dr Jackie Hyland, Aoife Martin, and Susan Murray to the board.

Rosanna Cunningham
The appointments were made by Environment Secretary Rosanna Cunningham

They will serve for the next three years and bring the total number of women on the board to six.

Chairman Ian Ross said the women had been appointed purely on merit and brought a wealth of experience to the board.

He added: "To have increased our complement of women from one to six out of a total of 10 now on the board is a progressive step, and this achievement helps us in meeting the Scottish Government’s 50:50 by 2020 initiative."

'Wellies disinfectant' sparked chemical scare outside MoD building in Glasgow city centre


The alarm was raised after bottles of fluid were found outside Kentigern House, on Crimea Street, just before 11:00. 

Kentigern House

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service dispatched a scientific advisor and technical support team to the scene. 

BBC Scotland understands that the liquid has been identified as a disinfectant commonly used on farms to sanitize footwear.

Views sought on Glasgow memorial to potato famine that blighted Ireland and Scottish Highlands

Ideas drawn up by experienced artists with help from pupils at four city schools have gone on public display.

These can bee seen at Govanhill Library, Partick Burgh Hall, The Bridge in Easterhouse and the City Chambers.

Comments on these concepts will used to help shape the final design.

The finished memorial will likely be sited at Glasgow Green and be funded by public subscription.

Irish potato famine sculpture in Dublin
Getty Images

Police issue CCTV image after 21-year-old man ends up in hospital following serious assault

A 21-year-old man needed hospital treatment after he was attacked near West Regent Lane and Renfield Street in Glasgow at about 03:00 on 13 February. 

CCTV image
Police Scotland

Police believe the white man in his mid-to-late 20s in the CCTV image may be able to help them with their inquiries into the incident. 

Det Con Tony Brady said: "This type of activity within Glasgow city centre cannot be tolerated and we seek the assistance of the public in tracking down those responsible." 

Language study hints at secret to baby's preference for 'choo-choo' over train

Babies find it easier to learn words with repetitive syllables rather than mixed sounds, a study suggests.

Child playing with toy train

Assessments of language learning in 18-month-olds suggest that children are better at grasping the names of objects with repeated syllables, over words with non-identical syllables.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say the study may help explain why some words or phrases, such as ‘train’ and ‘good night’, have given rise to versions with repeated syllables, such as choo-choo and night-night.

Fire crews in attendance after 'bottles of fluid' left outside MoD building in Glasgow

Firefighters were called to Kentigern House in the city's Crimea Street at about 10:45.

The area was promptly cordoned off by police, who said the liquid found was being analysed as a "precautionary measure".

Kentigern House

In a statement, the fire service said: "We are in attendance at Crimea Street following a report of bottles of fluid having been found outside Kentigern House.

"The call came shortly after 10:45am and firefighters and police officers have since cordoned off the area as a precautionary measure while a scientific adviser and our technical support team analyse the liquid.

"There are currently five fire engines at the scene, including the specialist Environmental Protection Unit from Hamilton. No injuries have been reported."

Fire that almost destroyed block of flats started by man using heat gun to defrost fridge

The blaze broke out a at block of flats in Bishop's Gate in the Thorntonhall area of South Lanarkshire.

Fire fighters

It started after an elderly man used a paint-stripping device to defrost a freezer.

About 20 residents had to be evacuated from three-storey building last month.

Arbroath FC's record 36-0 win under threat after Ecuadorian third division team recorded 44-1 victory

Pelileo Sporting Club beat Indi Native in front of just 200 supporters, with striker Ronny Medina scoring 18 goals.

Pelileo Sporting ClubImage copyrightSUPPLIED Image caption Pelileo Sporting Club's historic victory was watched by just 200 supporters

Arbroath FC chairman John Christison said he was "a wee bit worried" his team's record 1885 defeat of Bon Accord could now be susperseded.

He said the club faced a nervous wait to see if Pelileo's result was ratified by Guinness World Records.

New galleries to showcase Ancient Egypt treasures a step closer at National Museum of Scotland

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Edinburgh museum a grant of £950,000 towards the ambitious £3m project. 

It will be used to create two new galleries needed to display internationally important Ancient Egypt and East Asian collections. 

Necklace from the Qurna burial
National Museum of Scotland
Necklace from the Qurna burial

They are expected to show the Qurna burial - the only intact royal burial group outside Egypt - and a statue dedicated King Snefru, who built the first true pyramid. 

The project is the final phase of a 15 year masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland. 

North Sea tax receipts slump to lowest level since records began nearly 50 years ago

HM Revenue and Customs says oil and gas production generated negative receipts in the past year of minus £24m.

Gas processing and CO2 removal platform

Just five years ago the industry was contributing £10.9bn to the Treasury. 

Low oil prices and continuing high levels of investment and increasing amounts of decommissioning expenditure have resulted in the decline.