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  1. Football hate crimes rise by almost 50%
  2. Scottish church takes gay marriage step
  3. Man jailed for killing 15-week-old baby
  4. Search for light aircraft resumes
  5. Tiger maul death zoo fined for breaches
  6. Fresh appeal over sex assault on girl
  7. Man seriously injured in caravan fire

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Possibility of teachers' strike moves a step closer

Delegates at the EIS conference backed a motion calling for a ballot if their workload is not cut. 

The union is currently holding a ballot on action short of a strike which is due to close next Thursday.

teacher in classroom

It would be up to the union's ruling council to decide when to hold any subsequent strike ballot.

But a strike ballot is unlikely to be held before the autumn

Nine telephone boxes in Aberdeen targeted by thieves

Police said a small sum of money was stolen from the phone boxes between 22 May and 9 June. 

phone box

The incidents happened at streets including Denmore Road, Sclattie Park, Berryden Road, Provost Graham Avenue, Stronsay Drive, Queen's Road, Provost Fraser Drive, Deevale Gardens, Balnagask Road.

Det Con Mark Adam said: "Additional patrols are being carried out as a result but we would encourage residents to report any suspicious or unusual behaviour to us."

Law Society of Scotland calls for eight-year-olds not be held criminally responsible

The body, which represents solicitors, said at aged eight, Scotland had one of the lowest ages at which a child could be held criminally responsible in the world.

In 2010, the Scottish government changed the law to ensure that no-one under the age of 12 could face prosecution in the courts.

However, youngsters from the age of eight can still be referred to the Children's Reporter.

Child being searched by police

The current age of criminal responsibility is out of kilter with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. While the convention does not specify an age of criminal responsibility, which ranges from age seven or eight to 16 across different countries, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child made its position clear when it said that setting the age below 12 was ‘not to be internationally acceptable'

Ian CruickshankLaw Society of Scotland

Andy Murray will defend his Olympic gold medal after being selected for Team GB

BBC Sport Scotland

His brother, Jamie, has also been selected.

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson are the women selected for the team.   

Andy Murray
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Four years ago Andy Murray struck Olympic gold when he defeated Roger Federer at London 2012.

Nicola Sturgeon gets a hard time from the 'millenials' in EU Q&A

From BBC Scotland's political reporter

Boyfriend of zookeeper mauled by tiger urges other zoos to heed health and safety laws


I think it's reasonable to give, give out the impression not just to South Lakes but to zoos across the country they need to really be sure that they're not just giving lip service to health and safety but actually they are giving all of their employees the best chance to keep themselves safe and also doing everything they can to put proper systems in place which are safe.

David ShawBoyfriend of Sarah McClay

Mother of Scots zookeeper killed by Sumatran tiger welcomes court ruling


Sarah McClay, 24, died after the tiger escaped through an unlocked gate at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness, south Cumbria, in May 2013. 

The zoo was fined £297,000 at Preston Crown Court today after admitting health and safety breaches. 

Sarah's mother, Fiona McClay, said the family is still coming to terms with their loss.

Sarah McClay
Stephen McClay

We can't function yet with a member of our family missing, we've got to learn how to do that and we haven't got to that stage yet. I feel that the zoo pleading guilty, that went a long way to that process. The monetary fine today, that was fair of the judge today to say he doesn't want the zoo to close. He doesn't want people to lose their jobs. But it was the guilty plea that made the difference to us and that was the step for us to move forward knowing that someone else was responsible.

Fiona McClayMother of Sarah McClay

Mentally-ill Perth man sectioned after being convicted of stalking Lily Allen

Alex Gray, 31, broke into the pop star's bedroom, forcing her to leave the family home for good.

His criminal campaign of abuse also involved contacting the British singer on social media, handing her offensive letters and a "romantic CD", and accusing her of "stealing" lyrics he had written. 

Lily Allen
Alex Gray

At Harrow Crown Court he was handed an indeterminate hospital order and restraining order for burglary and stalking. 

A victim impact statement from Ms Allen was read out in court which said she was "left terrified for my and my children's safety", having been in the room when the defendant gained access to her flat.

Crews searching for signs of missing microlight aircraft that was bound for Scotland find debris


An extensive search has been ongoing since the aircraft was reported missing last night shortly after 20:30.

Coastguard helicopter

Two microlights had left the City of Derry Airport in Northern Ireland at about 11:46 BST on Thursday, bound for Scotland.

However, one never arrived.

The search is being co-ordinated by Belfast Coastguard, who say debri has been discovered off the coast of County Antrim.

WATCH: Police renew appeal over indecent assault on seven-year-old girl

The child was attacked as she played on a cycle track behind South Queensferry bowling club last Friday afternoon. 

Her attacker was a boy of high school age who carried a black and blue rucksack. He had a temporary tattoo on one of his hands. 

Police renew an appeal over a South Queensferry assault

Debri found in search for missing microlight aircraft off the Coast of County Antrim

The aircraft went missing after leaving City of Derry Airport on Thursday.

It was bound for Scotland.

The search has been co-ordinated by Belfast Coastguard.

Nicola Sturgeon tells Buzzfeed audience 'Scotland in the UK is not same as UK in Europe'

From BBC Scotland political reporter

Historians identify fresh suspect in hunt for answer to 264-year-old murder case

Historians who re-examined Argyll's Appin murder of 1752 dispute a traditional theory that it was a Jacobite conspiracy.

hangman's noose

James Stewart was hanged after being convicted of shooting and killing government officer Colin Campbell.

Some believe the killer was Stewart's son Donald or his foster son Ailean Breac.

However, Prof Allan MacInnes believes Campbell's nephew - and the murder's only witness - pulled the trigger.

Read the full story here.

Farm in Edinburgh raises more than £100,000 in less than six weeks to avoid closure

Gorgie City Farm, which has been in the city for 38 years, had been threatened with closure due to rising costs and a large reduction in external funding.

Gorgie City Farm

It has now secured the funding through contributions from the local community and businesses.

The farm said it had been "overwhelmed and amazed" at the support.

Hundreds of police officers will be on Scotland's roads in major crackdown on drink and drug drivers

They will join colleagues from the road policing division to staff checkpoints throughout the country and increase the number of mobile patrols. 

The one-day boost comes during Police Scotland's two-week summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers which started last weekend. 

Police officers in patrol car

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston said: "You are as likely to be stopped in a rural environment as well as in all of our town and cities to check that you are driving in a safe and legal way, and are not under the influence of drink or drugs. 

""Our increased visibility and activity throughout the country aims to reassure the public that drink/drug driving is unacceptable. If you choose to drink and drive or drive whilst unfit due to the effects of drugs, there is a high likelihood that you will be caught."  

Ashley loses legal bid to overturn Scottish Football Association dual ownership fine

Mike Ashley has lost a legal challenge to the SFA over a fine relating to a breach of rules on dual ownership of clubs.

Mike Ashley
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The Sports Direct owner has shares in Rangers and also wholly owns Newcastle United. The SFA fined him £1,000 over this dual interest.

Mr Ashley launched a judicial review in a bid to have the fine overturned.

However, judge Lord Brodie told a hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh that the SFA was correct to fine him.

Leader of Scotland's largest teaching union calls on members to give 'overwhelming support' to industrial action

The EIS is balloting its members over what is says is excessive workloads caused by new National Qualifications.

General secretary Larry Flanagan urged delegates at the union's conference to "send a strong message" to the Scottish government and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Jetta productions

Education Secretary John Swinney will address the conference on Saturday.

The EIS has argued that the timeline around the introduction of the new qualifications has been rushed, giving schools insufficient time to absorb and plan for the changes.

Scots pine martens raise young in Wales for the first time in six-year conservation project

Twenty pine martens were captured and released into the Welsh countryside last year.

The animals, one of Britain's rarest carnivores, were caught by the Inverness, Ross and Skye team at Forestry Enterprise Scotland (FES).

pine marten
Dave Pullan

At least three of the 10 females captured recently gave birth to kits.

The capture and release of the Scottish martens forms part of the Welsh Pine Marten Recovery Project.

Read more here. 

Two men and 15-year-old boy charged after police find cocaine worth £24,000 in West Lothian

Police said 500g of the class A drug was found inside a commercial property, near a school, in the Livingston area. 


Two men, aged 34 and 23, are expected to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on Monday. 

A 15-year-old boy will be reported to the procurator fiscal and the children's reporter.

From BBC Scotland Weather - Afternoon update with Judith

Zoo fined £297,000 after Scottish keeper killed by Sumatran tiger

Sarah McClay, 24, died at South Lakes Wild Animal Park - now known as South Lakes Safari Zoo - in Dalton-in-Furness, south Cumbria, in May 2013.

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

Sarah McClay
Stephen McClay

At Preston Crown Court the zoo was fined after admitting a number of health and safety breaches. It will also have to pay £150,000 costs. 

Full story here. 

Hillwalkers warned against relying on GPS devices - use map and compass instead

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland said the technology can accurately compute direct routes from one point to another but not the terrain in between.

It has also warned that walkers in certain areas next month may even find their GPS has been jammed.

hillwalkers using map

Services are to be denied in and around the Hebrides during military training.

Communications watchdog Ofcom has issued a notification about GPS jamming planned between 1-29 July while aircraft crews train over a military range on Benbecula.

Steven Fletcher to leave Sunderland

BBC Sport Scotland

The English Premier League club has confirmed the departure of the Scottish striker. 

Steven Fletcher
Rex Features

They left him off their official retained list for next season's campaign.

Fletcher spent the second half of last season at French club Marseille.

Court shown CCTV footage of man grappling with worshippers during 'bizarre' rampage through mosque

Donald Skene also headbutted prayers posted on the walls of the Taj Madina Mosque in Victoria Road, Dundee, last December.


Dundee Sheriff Court was told Skene shouted: "I'm white but I'm one of you, brothers", to the Muslim congregation after being arrested.

The 38-year-old, who is from Dundee, admitted charges of breach of the peace and resisting arrest. He will be sentenced in July.

Full story here. 

Warning after 28 people caught with drugs on first day of Eden Festival

Around 8,000 people are expected at the sell-out festival at Raehills in Dumfries and Galloway this weekend. 

Ch Supt Gary Ritchie said he was "disappointed" the some people were ignoring the organisers' "stringent anti-drugs policy". 

Eden Festival
Colin Hattersley

The divisional commander for Police Scotland said: "The organisers' have stated clearly that there will be a zero tolerance approach when people are found in possession of controlled drugs yet on the first day of the festival we have charged 28 people with possession of drugs.  

"Over the weekend we will continue to police the event fully in line with the festival’s policy and anyone foolish enough to attempt to come onto the site with illegal drugs will be dealt with accordingly.  The message is quite clear: do not bring drugs to the Eden Festival.”

WATCH: Scots poet Liam McCormick on the home nations' chances at Euro 2016

BBC Newsbeat

As England, Northern Ireland and Wales prepare for the start of the European Championships tonight, Newsbeat asked Glasgow poet Liam McCormick to give his take on the chances of his country's neighbours. 

Euro 2016: A Scottish poet's thoughts

Actress turned director Meg Ryan taking feature to this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival

Ryan will walk the red carpet to promote Ithaca, a coming of age story featuring a cameo by her Sleepless In Seattle co-star Tom Hanks.

Meg Ryan

The When Harry Met Sally and French Kiss actress is the latest star to be added to the line up for the 70th edition of the festival, which runs from 15-26 June.

Clerks and Mallrats director Kevin Smith and Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall will also appear at the annual celebration of film.

Sickness rates among Scotland's health boards 'clearly a problem', say Tories

Figures released by the NHS in Scotland showed absence levels reached a nine-year high from March 2015 until March this year at 5.16%.

Sickness levels in the Scottish Ambulance Service hit 7.57%.

Health workers in busy hospital

The Scottish Conservative health spokesman Donald Cameron said: “There’s clearly been a problem for some time in relation to absence levels in Scotland’s NHS."

He added: “Of course NHS workers perform challenging and demanding roles, but the sickness absence rate is significantly above that of the private sector."

Man who killed 15-week-old baby is jailed for seven and a half years

Paul Burgess, 25, shook Zaiidyn Burke in a fit of anger, causing fatal brain injuries, at a house in Dumfries in October 2012. 

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Burgess was suffering from a hangover, after spending the previous night drinking "significant" amounts of alcohol and smoking cannabis. 

Paul Burgess
Ian Mclellan/Spindrift

Zaiidyn died two days after the assault, after his parents agreed to take him off a life support system, as he had unsurvivable injuries. 

Burgess, who admitted culpable homicide at an earlier hearing, was told by judge Lord Boyd that he had led "an unproductive and selfish life marked by use of cannabis and alcohol."

Weather hampering search for two people on board missing microlight aircraft

Two microlights left the City of Derry Airport in Northern Ireland at about 11:46 BST on Thursday, bound for Scotland.

The alarm was raised at about 20:30 last night when one the aircraft was reported overdue.

Rescue helicopter

An extensive search was launched and involved a coastguard helicopter from Prestwick and lifeboats from south west Scotland. It had to be called off due to heavy fog.

A new search has begun, but James Instance, duty controller with the UK Coastguard said: "The weather has caused problems for the search operation.

"However, we have drawn up an extensive search and rescue plan which will be put into action today."

Anglicans in Scotland take first step in allowing same sex marriage in churches


Members of the Scottish Episcopal Church's general synod voted in favour of altering its legal definition of marriage - removing the reference to a man and a woman.

Couple trying on wedding rings

The plan will be sent back to the Church's seven dioceses for discussion, before a final vote of the synod next year.

If it's approved the first same sex marriages in Anglican churches in the UK are likely to take place in Scotland next summer.

Serial rapist jailed after abusing three women in "most vile and disgusting fashion'

Gerard Porteous, 56, denied a string of offences against the women between 1994 and 2013 in Airdrie and Paisley.

Following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, a jury unanimously found him guilty of four charges of rape.

Gerard Porteous
CIaran Donnelly

He was also convicted of assault with intent to rape and further charges of indecent assault, assault and behaviour causing fear and alarm.

He was jailed for 12 years.

Full story here. 

Police launch fresh appeal week after indecent assault of seven-year-old girl

High visibility police patrols have been carried out in South Queensferry since the girl was attacked on a cycle path behind the local bowling club last Friday afternoon

Detectives say they have been "encouraged" by the response they have received from local residents, dog walkers and members of the public they have spoken to. 

The girl's attacker was white and of high-school age. He carried a black and blue rucksack. 


As we expected, the South Queensferry community has come together to help us identify the young girl's attacker and bring him to justice. We will continue to maintain a visible presence within the area to speak with local residents and gather any information that may be relevant to this investigation. I remain confident that someone within the community knows the suspect or can help us find him. If this is the case, then please contact police immediately."

Ch Insp James JonesLocal area commander for north west Edinburgh, Police Scotland

Edinburgh Airport experiences busiest May on record, according to the latest figures

The airport had 1,111,377 passengers in May, a rise of 8.5% year on year.

Terminal building
Edinburgh Airport

A 15.7% jump in international travellers drove the overall increase, with 662,562 people heading overseas last month compared to 572,859 in May 2015.

Despite the rise, the number of domestic passengers dropped 0.5% year on year to 448,815.

Lecturers to stage fresh wave of strikes in long-running row over pay

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will take action on separate days next week at the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and West of Scotland.

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The union is finalising plans for further walkouts at other universities in the UK throughout the summer as part of a campaign of protest against a 1.1% pay offer.

Mary Senior, from UCU Scotland said: "These three strike days are the first in a series of strikes by local branches that will hit universities across Scotland throughout the summer."

Firefighters praised for tackling major blaze at Aberdeen hotel

Staff and residents were evacuated from the 252-room Britannia Hotel in Bucksburn when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon

Crews from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire were called to the incident as the blaze quickly spread to the roof space. 

Deputy assistant chief officer Ross Haggart said the fire was not suspicious but an investigation would be set up to establish a cause. 

Britannia hotel fire aftermath

The actions of all personnel involved are to be commended. The ferocity of the blaze and the speed with which it took hold cannot be understated. The initial officer in charge made the correct decision to request further assistance and to focus on establishing an evacuation whilst establishing crews firefighting.

Ross HaggartDeputy assistant chief officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Amateur footage of Aberdeen hotel blaze

Teenage motorist involved in crash that critically injured passenger hours after passing driving test

Three teenagers were injured after the female driver's car collided with a tree in Dundee's Camperdown Park on Wednesday evening.

Camperdown park, Dundee

Family and friends on social media had congratulated the 17-year-old on passing her driving test that morning.  

Full story here. 

Minister claims 49% rise in crimes associated with Offensive Behaviour at Football Act show policy is working


The act was introduced four years ago to clamp down on sectarianism, but football fans complain it's eroded trust in the police.

Opposition parties at Holyrood are currently seeking to have the act repealed.

Speaking as the latest annual figures were revealed, the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act was an "important tool".

Michael Matheson

The recent appalling scenes at the Scottish Cup Final demonstrated that the unacceptable behaviour of a minority of football fans continues to be a problem. An increase in the number of charges under the Offensive Behaviour Act shows that the legislation continues to be an important tool in tackling all forms of offensive behaviour, including sectarianism, and sends a clear message that such behaviour has no place in a modern, open and inclusive society. I have asked Scottish football to take further steps to address this long-standing issue and I expect to see progress on this imminently

Michael MathesonJustice Secretary