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Summary

  1. New Queensferry Crossing delayed
  2. Three people arrested over man's death
  3. EU farm payments deadline extended
  4. Bank branch robbed twice in two months

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By Jo Perry and Christopher Sleight

All times stated are UK

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

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

Man accused of causing baby serious brain damage went 'totally blank' after being asked what happened, jury hears

A consultant paediatrician told the High Court in Livingston 25-year-old Damien Menzies was not overly concerned and had no explanation as to why the baby was so unwell.

The 25-day-old boy was admitted to Edinburgh's Sick Kids hospital in October 2014 suffering a ''non accidental brain injury''.

Mr Menzies denies attempting to murder the baby. The trial continues.

Climber dies after fall in Cairngorms

Update

The man was seriously injured after falling from a climb in Coire an Lochain at about 10:00.

He was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by Coastguard helicopter, but later died from his injuries.

Family pay tribute to teenage cyclist killed in crash on rural road

Iain Wightman, 18, died after being involved in a collision with a Land Rover Discovery between Dalmeny and Kitkliston near Edinburgh on Monday.

Iain was a wonderful, wonderful boy, much loved and missed by his brother Colin, sister Katie and Mum and Dad He wanted to train to be an Olympic cyclist and was a great rugby player. He is a great loss in our lives and will never be forgotten by those that knew him and we wish he was back with us.

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Iain Wightman
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Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Erraid Davies deemed ineligible for disability swimming after medical tests

BBC Sport Scotland

The 15-year-old Scot became the youngest ever Commonwealth medallist when she finished third in the SB9 100m breaststroke aged 13 in 2014.

However, she was told in April her impairment was now not serious enough for her to compete in Para-swimming.

A second panel, at the Berlin Open event, upheld the result on Wednesday.

Erraid Davies
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Pensioner who sent 'vile and gratuitously offensive' letters to SNP MP is fined £500

David Crozier, who is 68 and from Shetland, was ordered not to contact Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh for five years.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
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Crozier previously admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court to sending messages containing offensive and abusive comments aggravated by religious prejudice from his home in May last year.

The court heard that Ms Ahmed-Shikh was left fearful for her safety while attending public events after receiving the letters.

Named Person debate: School holiday dilemma

From BBC Scotland's politics reporter

From BBC Scotland Weather

A9 near Drumochter Pass closed in both directions following crash

Update

Police Scotland said the road had been closed about five miles south of Dalwhinnie.

The collision involving a car and a lorry happened at about 14:55.

Police, fire and ambulance services are at the scene, but it is not known if there are any injuries.

Police
BBC

Named Person debate: Parents can say 'no thanks'

From BBC Scotland's politics reporter

A9 is closed in both directions near Drumochter Pass after crash

From Traffic Scotland

Zoo where keeper was mauled to death by tiger admits health and safety breaches

Sarah McClay, who was 24 and from Glasgow, died at South Lakes Wild Animal Park - now known as South Lakes Safari Zoo - in south Cumbria in May 2013.

Sarah McClay
Stephen McClay

A Sumatran tiger, which got through an unlocked gate, left deep puncture wounds in her neck and body.

The zoo pleaded guilty to contravening the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and failing to ensure people who were not staff were not exposed to risk on the day in question.

Sentencing will take place at Preston Crown Court on Friday when the company is expected to receive a financial penalty.

Named Persons debate: Tories have 'utterly misrepresented' the scheme

From BBC Scotland's politics reporter

Emergency services responding to reports of serious accident on A9 near Dalwhinnie

From Traffic Scotland

Two men charged with evading £4m in duty after customs officers seize 1.5 tonnes of tobacco in Fife

More than £11,300 in cash and tobacco packaging were also confiscated following a raid on a house in Glenrothes.

HM Revenue and Customs said a 31-year-old man and a 27-year-old man had been charged.

Tobacco seized
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WATCH: David Cameron accused of scaremongering over implications of vote to leave the European Union

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David Cameron and Angus Robertson on the EU, peace and security.

European Commissioner to extend farm payments deadline for Scottish government from June to October

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan announced his intention to extend the cut-off point from 30 June to 15 October.

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It comes after farmers were affected by major issues with a £178m IT system set up in Scotland to administer the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments.

Mr Hogan said it was an “exceptional measure” and an “unprecedented level of flexibility” for member states, including Scotland, that struggled to process the vital payments on time.

The decision means ministers will avoid fines of up to £125m that could have been imposed if 95% of farm payments were not made by 30 June.

The Scottish government has been let off the hook by this decision, which thankfully will mean that taxpayers will not have to foot the bill for the failure to process these vital payments on time.

Peter ChapmanScottish Conservative Rural Affairs spokesman

Hundreds of North Sea workers to be balloted on strike action in a pay dispute

Unite, in conjunction with the GMB and RMT unions, will ballot more than 200 Wood Group workers on eight of Shell's North Sea oil and gas platforms.

Oil industry contractor
BBC

Unite said its members were facing a pay cut of up to 22% from the Wood Group, rising to 30% once allowances were added.

The ballot, on options including strike action and industrial action short of a strike, will open on Wednesday 15 June and close on 13 July.

From BBC Scotland Weather - afternoon forecast with Kawser

Three friends who raised almost £5,000 in a cycle challenge have bikes stolen after finish

Ryan Webster, of Aberdeen, James Mackie, of Inverness, and Scott Hunter, of Bathgate, took up road cycling and signed up to do 150 miles for the Men United prostate cancer event.

Their padlocked bikes were stolen the day after the event, outside King's Cross St Pancras station in London.

They have now launched an appeal to raise £2,500 to buy replacements.

Read the full story.

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Ryan Webster

Scotland U-20s rugby team face 'huge' match against England on Saturday, team coach says

BBC Sport Scotland

The Scots, who beat England for the first time in this year's Six Nations, meet their rivals in Manchester.

Tries from Zander Fagerson and Darcy Graham, plus a penalty and conversion from Adam Hastings, secured a a historic victory over a 14-man Australia on 7 June.

Scotland celebrate Darcy Graham's (right) winning try against Australia
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"This is a really special result," said Scotland coach John Dalziel.

"I'm really pleased for the boys as they've put in so much work and it's great to get it under the belt at this stage of the tournament.

"We've now got a huge four-day turnaround and a lot of work to do before the England game. But we'll have two or three guys who are fresh and others who were replacements tonight."

Read the full story.

Armed raids on Helensburgh bank 'could be linked'

Update

Police say they believe two robberies at the same bank branch in Helensburgh, Argyll, in the last two months are linked.

Two men escaped with a cash box after threatening G4S staff with weapons inside Santander on West Princes Street at 00:35.

It follows a similar early morning raid on 6 April when two men escaped with a five-figure sum of cash.

Bank
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Prime Minister David Cameron moves to assuage fears about future of Navy shipbuilding on Clyde

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, he said ministers would ''shortly be commisioning'' the new Type 26 programme.

The frigates will be built at the Govan and Scotstoun yards.

Welder at Govan
PA

Mr Cameron was speaking after a former head of the Navy accused UK ministers of delaying the project because of a shortage of money.

He made the comments in an exchange with the SNP MP for Stirling Steven Paterson.

Climber seriously injured after falling in the Cairngorms

Police Scotland said he fell while climbing in Coire an Lochain at about 10:00 and has "potentially serious injuries".

He was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by a Coastguard helicopter.

Coastguard helicopter
Bristow Helicopters

M8 westbound has been closed because of a lorry fire

From Traffic Scotland

PMQs: Indyref2 and Clyde shipbuilding work

From BBC Scotland's politics reporter

Thieves target G4S employees during midnight cash transfer at Helensburgh bank for second time

Police said two G4S employees were inside the Santander bank on West Princes Street at 00:35 when two men entered and threatened them with weapons.

The men then made off in an unknown direction with a cash box.

Santander bank in Helensburgh
Google

It follows a similar incident at the bank on 6 April when a five-figure sum was taken.

Det Insp Douglas Wilson said: "Two men entered the premises of the bank, by means of the window, threatened the men with weapons and then made off with the cash box in an unknown direction – possibly using a dark coloured 4x4 vehicle in their escape.

“Officers remain at the scene on West Princes Street and local door to door inquiries are underway. 

"Specialist officers are analysing available CCTV. A dedicated incident room has been established at Helensburgh Police office."

Picture: Police in Dumbarton issue road warning after escaped cows wander onto A813

From Road Policing Scotland

Scotland's five ski resorts report more than 207,000 'skier days' for latest winter season

Figures from Ski Scotland suggest that skiers and snowboarders generated almost £21m for the Scottish and UK economies.

An estimated £16.8m was spent on local businesses, with a further £4.1m going to the resorts themselves.

Cairngorm Mountain
PA

The report also shows a drop in the number of skier days from the 2014/2015 season.

Heather Negus, chairwoman of Ski Scotland said: "Although they are lower than last season, they are much better than anticipated, given the late start to the season.

"This year, the season did not start until mid-January, as opposed to last winter, when our first ski areas were open by mid-December."

World famous Willow Tea Room to move to department store ahead of major renovation

The move follows the announcement that the original building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Kate Cranston in 1901, will close on 22 June for a two-year refurbishment.

Anne Mulhern in Willow Tea Room
BBC

The tearoom, at 217 Sauchiehall Street, will be recreated at the Watt Brothers department store at number 119.  

Owner Anne Mulhern said: "When we found out that the repairs to our existing building meant that we would have to close for two years, we were devastated.

"We still have the Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street but were keen to open near Sauchiehall Street and secure the jobs of our fantastic staff."

M74 update from Traffic Scotland

Police appeal after 'unprovoked' attack in Edinburgh leaves man seriously injured

The 36-year-old victim was assaulted in the Sighthill area at about 05:40 on Tuesday as he was walking on Forrester Park Loan.

Police said two men approached him and began talking to him before launching an "unprovoked and cowardly attack".

Police
BBC

They then ran off towards Broomhall Road. The man was left with serious leg injuries and was taken to hospital.

The first suspect was white, in his early 20s, about 6ft tall with cropped dark hair and smelt strongly of alcohol.

The second suspect was also white and in his 20s, with a medium build and about 5ft 10ins tall.

Officers have appealed for witnesses to get in touch.

Muslim leaders invite Donald Trump to visit mosques during Scottish trip to open new golf course

Herald Scotland

The presumptive Republican nominee attracted widespread criticism when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

Donald Trump
PA

The billionaire is due to fly into Scotland later this month to relaunch his Turnberry golf course and hotel in South Ayrshire after a £200m revamp.

A statement reported in the Herald newspaper from Hafiz Ghafoor, of Annandale Mosque, and Munawar Hussain, secretary of Roxburgh Street Mosque and Islamic Centre, both in Edinburgh, invited Mr Trump to learn more about Muslims during his visit.

Helicopter operator CHC says it will no longer fly Super Puma H225s from its Aberdeen base

Helicopter operator CHC has said it will no longer fly Super Puma H225s from its Aberdeen base.

Super Pruma
Mihai Crisan

The announcement came six days after European aviation safety officials extended the grounding of Super Pumas amid concerns about its gearbox.

Signs of metal fatigue were found in components after a crash off Norway that killed 13 people in April.

BreakingScottish government admits the new bridge across the Forth will not be open on time

From BBC Scotland political reporter

The Queensferry Crossing was scheduled to be completed by December this year but that deadline will not be met.

A statement to Parliament is expected later.

Queensferry Crossing
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Scottish rower Katherine Grainger fails to win place in Great Britain's women's eight for Olympics

BBC Sport Scotland

London 2012 gold medallist  Grainger and her former double scull partner Vicky Thornley dissolved their double scull campaign in May to focus on earning spots in the larger boat.

Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley
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The 40-year-old could now miss the Games unless selectors decide to reform her and Thornley's partnership.

The squad is to be announced on Thursday.

Read the full story.

Two men and a woman arrested over death of 60-year-old man in Paisley

Police said William Brittle, who lived at Broomlands Street, died in hospital yesterday following an altercation at a property in the street on Monday.

Broomlands Street
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They were called to a report of a 60-year-old man injured at about 14:35 on Monday.

Two men, aged 26 years and 45 years and a 41-year-old woman have been arrested and are in police custody.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place to establish the exact cause of death.