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Summary

  1. Jewellery raid gang jailed for 47 years
  2. Ward inspectors 'forced to intervene'
  3. Holyrood to debate full fracking ban
  4. Liam whistleblower had 'gut' feeling
  5. MP faces second police investigation
  6. Council and union reach equal pay deal

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By Jo Perry and Paul McLaren

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That's all from Scotland Live for today. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow

Tonight's weather update from the BBC Scotland weather team

Cloud will thicken across the north and east and will spread inland.

The cloud will be thick enough during the early hours to produce some light and patchy rain through Shetland and eventually Orkney.

Some mist and fog patches will form in the east.

The clearest skies tonight will be in the west. For some sheltered rural parts, temperatures will fall to around 2C to 4C. Otherwise, around 6C to 9C. 

Motorists face paying to park in Edinburgh city centre on Sundays for the first time

Options include bringing in full restrictions across central roads between 08:30 and 18:30, or limiting charges to the afternoon.

Another alternative sees restrictions between 13:00 and 18:30 on all streets except main roads, where charges would also operate in the morning.

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Councillors have agreed in principle to extend parking controls to Sundays.

They will work out exactly how the change will be implemented on Tuesday.

Canada prop Djustice Sears-Duru will remain with Glasgow next season

The 22-year-old loose-head has signed a one-year deal, even though he is yet to play a competitive game for Warriors after arriving on a short-term deal in March.

Sears-Duru played in the World Cup last year, and is in the Canada squad for this month's International Summer Series against Japan, Russia and Italy.

Djustice Sears-Duru
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"I've really enjoyed the last few months in Glasgow and I'm very happy to be staying next season," he said.

"There's a great atmosphere at the club and I've been made to feel very welcome.

"I spent a week out in Italy with the squad back in April which was a great 

WATCH: National Museum of Scotland recreated in Lego

The National Museum of Scotland has been recreated as a 3.5m-long Lego model to mark the 150th anniversary of the building.

Warren Elsmore and his team used 90,000 bricks and took 350 hours to build it.

The model will be on display at the museum until the end of the year.

Edinburgh landmark recreated in Lego

Two teenagers have been detained over a fire that caused serious damage to a Boots store

Declan Steele, 18, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ignited waste paper outside the store in Kilmarnock in July 2015.

Both denied the charge but were found guilty of wilful fire-raising.

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At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Steele was told he would be detained for two years and the 17-year-old was ordered to be held for two-and-a-half years.

The court previously heard that the teenagers were seen on CCTV wandering the streets before targeting the store.

They climbed onto the roof from the rear of the building then dropped down into a loading bay and set fire to waste paper.

Former Hibs manager Alan Stubbs confirmed as new boss of Rotherham United

ScottishPower fined £1.75m after a worker was badly scalded at Longannet Power Station in Fife

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard a plant controller suffered serious burns to his chest and legs when steam was released from a faulty valve.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found ScottishPower Generation Ltd knew of the defect.

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However, it did not ensure appropriate steps were taken either to repair or remove the valve from use.

The incident happened on 12 October 2013.

A woman has died after falling about 20 metres (65ft) off Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

Emergency services had been called in this afternoon to try to rescue the woman in the area near Dunsapie Loch.

A police spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to Arthur’s Seat around 2.40pm on Wednesday following a report that a woman had fallen 20m down a cliff face. “A multi-agency rescue operation was launched but the woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this. “Motorists and members of the public are advised to avoid the area as emergency services are still in attendance.”

Arthur's Seat
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MSPs unanimously approve the appointment of Scotland's top legal officers

Senior lawyer James Wolffe QC, current dean of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland, was recommended for the post of Lord Advocate by Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister also put forward Alison Di Rollo, a senior advocate depute and head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit, as the new Solicitor General.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament chamber, Ms Sturgeon paid tribute to former Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC and former Solicitor General Lesley Thomson as "truly outstanding public servants".

James Wolffe
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How Andy Murray found his form to beat Richard Gasquet and reach the semi-finals of the French Open

Murray lost the first set from 5-2 up and let a similar lead slip in the second before taking the tie-break, and going on to win 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 6-2.

The Scot, seeded second, will face holder Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the last four on Friday.

Third seed Wawrinka beat Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9-7).

Murray has now won his last 10 matches, having won the Italian Open last month, and is through to his fourth French Open and 19th Grand Slam semi-final.

Andy Murray
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Pregnant woman jailed for 'brutal' stabbing of a mother-of-two

Ashley McLaughlin, 25, attacked Lynda Christie, also 25, at the victim's flat in Glasgow's Castlemilk area.

Following the attack, in May last year, Ms Christie suffered a punctured lung and required more than 20 stitches. At the High Court in Glasgow, McLaughlin was jailed after she pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Ms Christie to the danger of her life.

The court heard that the incident took place after Ms Christie had allegedly "bad-mouthed" one of McLaughlin's friends a week earlier.

Andy Murray completes thrilling French Open victory

From BBC Scotland's tennis correspondent

Andy Murray closing in on French Open victory over Richard Gasquet

From BBC Scotland's tennis correspondent

Fun in the sun: Afternoon weather update

BBC Scotland Weather

A dry, sunny and warm end to the afternoon across the bulk of Scotland.

Lewis, the far north coast, the north east coast and the far south east will hold on to fairly cloudy and chilly conditions.

Glasgow ranked second in UK for number of asylum seekers per head of population

The Press Association used Home Office data to rank council areas with the highest and lowest figures.

UK Border control at Edinburgh Airport
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Middlesbrough came top with one asylum seeker per 167 people, slightly ahead of Glasgow with one per 189 people.

Fife, West Lothian and Falkirk were all placed in the top 10 UK council areas for the lowest number of asylum seekers per head of population.

CairnGorm Mountain snowsports centre near Aviemore to offer increased summer activities

Among these is creating areas for mountain bikers.

The ski centre in the Cairngorms National Park is owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

In summer, the site generates business from its funicular railway and guided walks.

Cairngorm Mountain
Natural Retreats

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson issues an ultimatum to the SFA over crowd disorder

Mr Matheson condemned the "appalling" scenes when fans fought on the pitch following the Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Hibs.

And he warned the SFA that the Scottish government could step in to tackle the problem.

Michael Matheson
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Speaking at the Scottish Football Association AGM in Glasgow, he called for a form of "strict liability" to crack down on "unacceptable conduct".

The SFA has set up an independent investigation into the final disorder.

Family tribute to 'much-loved son, brother and father' found dying on street in Kirkcaldy

The family of Darren Adie said the 42-year-old would be "sorely missed" and that they were trying to come to terms with their loss.

He was found fatally injured and unconscious on Tweed Avenue, close to its junction with Lawson Street, at about 18:45 on Saturday.

Darren Adie
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In a statement, issued through Police Scotland, his family said: "Darren was a much-loved son, brother and father who will be sorely missed."

Police said there were three people in Tweed Avenue and other streets in the Gallatown area at about the same time.

Det Ch Insp Raymond Brown said: “Darren was well known in the Gallatown area and I’m keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him on Saturday in the hours before he died.

“I would also ask anyone who was in the Gallatown area on Saturday and who may have seen something unusual or anyone acting suspiciously to please get in touch with us."

Ribbons tied to church railings in tribute to murdered Liam Fee

The community of Thornton in Fife has been remembering the youngster after his mother and her partner were convicted of his murder.

Local people have tied ribbons to church railings in tribute to the two-year-old.

On Tuesday, Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee were convicted of assaulting and killing Liam, as well as a catalogue of abuse against two other children.

Liam Fee tributes
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Thornton church
BBC

Neither David Cameron nor Nicola Sturgeon have plans to meet Donald Trump during Turnberry visit

Downing Street said no plans had been made to use the occasion for a first meeting between the billionaire tycoon and the prime minister.

Donald Trump
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Relations between the pair have been frosty after Mr Cameron called the Republican presidential nominee's call for a ban on Muslims entering the US "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Nicola Sturgeon revoked his status as a business ambassador and he was stripped of an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

'Civic society would completely collapse without the Church of Scotland', says Scottish Conservative leader

Ruth Davidson said "there would be a massive absence in the public life of Scotland if the Church wasn't there".

Ruth Davidson
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The Tory leader met the Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, former moderator of the General Assembly, outside the Scottish Parliament as part of the Church's "Take a Pew" series of conversations about the place of faith in contemporary Scotland.

Ms Davidson added: "I think the Church of Scotland still has a huge role to play in the public life of Scotland, civic life of Scotland, and in challenging politicians like myself."

Petition calling on Scottish government to ban bee-killing pesticides handed to Holyrood

Campaigners are also demanding the new Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham keeps Scotland free from fracking and makes land laws fairer.

Rosanna Cunningham
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The petition and a welcome card, asks the new minister to do all she can to protect Scotland's wildlife and scenery.

Follow the debate here.

From BBC Scotland Weather - latest update from Anne

A sunny evening precedes patchy rain over Orkney and Shetland. The West will see the most sunshine on Thursday with outbreaks of rain over the Northern Isles.

A day of slightly colder sunshine looms on Thursday

Temperatures are expected to average 18 or 19C with highs of around 22C.   

WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon on 'lessons' from Liam Fee case

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has defended the controversial Named Person legislation, amid claims that a similar scheme proved ineffective in preventing the abuse suffered by Liam Fee.

The boy's mother and her civil partner were convicted of abusing and killing him in Fife, where the council was operating a similar scheme.BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports.

Scottish companies head to Myanmar to tap into opportunities in the country's oil and gas sector

The visit comes after Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, opened up to international trade and investment following decades of military rule.

The delegation includes temporary power company Aggreko and oil and gas firms Wood Group, Asco and Bibby Offshore.

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Meanwhile, Scottish Secretary David Mundell is in Texas to try to boost support for the North Sea oil sector.

The UK government minister said he was flying to the US to build links with the country's oil industry.

Fifty-seven-year-old man killed in accident at haulage firm is named by police

Graham Forsyth, who was from the Stonehaven area, died following an incident at Colin Lawson Transport in Hareness Park, in Aberdeen on Monday

Police said they were liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and that inquiries innto the death were continuing.

Colin Lawson yard
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Andy Murray loses first set to Richard Gasquet in French Open despite two-break lead

From BBC Scotland's tennis correspondent

Justice secretary delivers ultimatum to Scottish football demanding action over violence and disorder

Michael Matheson was speaking at the Scottish FA AGM in Glasgow, where the violence and disorder at the cup final last month was at the top of the agenda.

Scottish Cup final
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Mr Matheson suggested "strict liability" be introduced, where clubs can be punished for the conduct of fans, regardless of whether the club itself is to blame.

He said if the clubs did not tackle disorder then the Scottish government would step in.

WATCH: Rangers legend Eric Caldow tackles new way of challenging Alzheimer's

Eric Caldow was at the height of his fame 50 years ago as captain of Rangers and Scotland.

Since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, Eric has found a way to relive some of his greatest footballing triumphs.

Reliving happy memories helps dementia

As part of Scottish Dementia Awareness Week, the BBC has been looking at how new approaches can help those who are living with the condition.

BBC Scotland's Suzanne Allan has been to meet Eric during one of his Football Memories sessions.

Aurora-watchers at university switch from Lancaster to Aberdeen kit after missed sighting

The colourful phenomenon was visible in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but was also spotted as far south as Anglesey and Oxfordshire.

But Lancaster University's AuroraWatch UK missed sending out an alert advising the public of potential sightings.

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To improve accuracy, it is now using kit in Aberdeen rather than Lancaster.

The Scottish city's potential for seeing the aurora, also known as the Northern Lights, is celebrated in the traditional Scottish song, The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen.

Scottish Parliament to discuss fracking ban as part of an environment and land reform debate

New Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham is to lead a debate calling for a "sustainable low-carbon economy".

Scottish Labour has tabled an amendment calling for a full ban on fracking, while the Greens have another speaking against it.

Fracking
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The Scottish government currently has a moratorium on the controversial method of gas extraction.

The SNP's manifesto for the Holyrood election committed to there being no fracking in Scotland "unless it can be proven beyond doubt that there is no risk to health, communities or the environment".

Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens favour an immediate and outright ban, while Nicola Sturgeon has said she is "highly sceptical" about the technique.

Tune in as Andy Murray goes for victory in the French Open

Donald Trump confirms he will attend official opening of newly renovated Turnberry resort

The American Republican presidential hopeful will attend the ceremonial ribbon cutting of Trump Turnberry on 24 June.

A look around the new Trump Turnberry

He said: "Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive £200m investment.

"I own it and I am very proud of it. I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on June 24th.”

Trump, whose mother was born on Stornoway, purchased the resort in 2014.

Teenager accused of offences after the Scottish Cup final between Hibs and Rangers

Brandon Jones is facing two assault charges and running onto the Hampden pitch towards opposition supporters in an aggressive and threatening manner.

The 18-year-old from Edinburgh, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court to deny the charges. He has been released on bail. 

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Leigh Griffiths ready to prove himself to new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

John Barnes

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The striker scored 40 goals for the Scottish champions last season.

"Different managers have different opinions", said Griffiths as he picked up his third player of the year award; this time from SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes.

Leigh Griffiths
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"The new manager will have his own philosophy and bring in new players but hopefully I'm in there."

"If not I'll keep working behind the scenes and when I get the chance I'll try and take it!"

A possum has been rescued after it jumped into a woman's pocket in Edinburgh

The Scottish SPCA was alerted after the sugar glider leapt into the cardigan pocket of a woman, in Leith Walk, on Monday.

The animal then hid there for 40 minutes before the rescue charity arrived.

Possums belong to the marsupial family and are native to Australia, but can be kept in the UK without a licence.

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possum
Scottish SPCA

Animal rescue officer Steph Grant appealed for the possum's owner to get in touch, and said: “This sugar glider is in very good condition although it’s still rather skittish and very shy.

“We are appealing to the owner to get in touch with us as we think someone may be missing their pet.

“If no-one comes forward we will be looking for someone with the knowledge and experience to care for this sugar glider.”

Man stabbed partygoer while dressed as a scarecrow and slashed two others in separate attacks

Graham McKinlay admitted attempting to murder 28-year-old Thomas Brennan in Union Street in Glasgow in June last year.

High Court Glasgow
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The 32-year-old also admitted slashing two other men in the city in December 2014.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on McKinlay was deferred and he was remanded in custody.

Andy Murray due on court at 13:00 to face Richard Gasquet in French Open quarter finals

From BBC Scotland's tennis correspondent

CalMac set to reverse decision to change the ferry operating on its Mallaig to Armadale service

The ferry MV Coruisk was used for the route before being redeployed to CalMac's Oban-Mull route.

People on Skye have complained that the two smaller replacement ferries have been prone to disruption.

CalMac ferry
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Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said MV Coruisk's return would be welcomed.

A CalMac spokesperson could not confirm the redeployment, but said the company was looking at all options to improve reliability on the Mallaig to Armadale route.