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  1. Drugs mule Melissa Reid released from Peru jail
  2. First ministers unite ahead of EU vote
  3. Nestle signs Scottish wind farm deal

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By Nichola Rutherford

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Watch: Aberdeen's shop-lifting seagull strikes again

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Aberdeen's crisp-stealing seagulls strike again.

Police hunt two men responsible for 'violent and sustained' attack in Edinburgh

A 57-year-old man suffered numerous serious - but not life-threatening - injuries in the attack in Sighthill Avenue at around 21:45 on Tuesday. 

Detectives said they were treating the assault as attempted murder and appealed for help in tracing those responsible. 

Police jacket

One man was about 40 years old, with grey curly hair, and a grey goatee or moustache. He wore a blue top with orange arms and he used a walking stick. 

The second suspect was aged between 30-35 and he had a gaunt complexion. He had dark hair and was wearing jeans a blue padded jacket. 

Police appeal after man indecently exposed himself to 11-year-old girl

The incident happened between 21:00 and 22:00 on 18 June in Cowdenbeath, Fife.

Police said the girl was walking on a footpath near a public park on Park Road when she encountered the man.

She immediately returned home and told her parents.


The man is described as in his 30s, about 5ft 9ins tall with a very thin build, bald, clean-shaven and walking with a black and white dog.

He was wearing a green jacket, a green top with flowers on it, dark blue skinny jeans, black shoes or trainers and may regularly walk in the area.

Friends of MP Jo Cox gather at Portobello beach to celebrate her life

It was one of a series of events taking place around the world to remember the MP who was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire on Thursday. 

At Portobello, her photo was placed on the sand next to 300 candles arranged into the words "More In Common". 

Crowd at Portobello beach

Kim Wallace, a friend and former colleague of Ms Cox and her husband, said: "Jo was fearless in standing up for her beliefs and was a force for good, bringing people together."

She added: "Today's event is about a show of love. I wanted people in Edinburgh to have a chance to voice that they believe in Jo's values, to show we care about what happened to her and that we care about each other."

Teenager arrested over the attempted murder of another boy in lane next to Glasgow school

The 16-year-old victim suffered serious injuries after being attacked close to Bannerman High School in Baillieston at about 22:30 on Friday.

Ballieston scene

Police said the boy had been stabbed following an altercation as he walked through the lane towards Glasgow Road.

They said a 17-year-old boy had been arrested and charged over the incident. He is expected in court on Thursday.

Two women injured in 'unprovoked' attack on train full of fans returning from Rod Stewart concert

The women were on a service running between Kilmarnock and Glasgow Central when they were assaulted at 12.30am on Saturday. 

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses. 

British Transport Police

Investigating officer DC John McPhilemy said: "The two passengers both sustained injuries to their face, fingers and ribs from an attack that appears to be entirely unprovoked. 

"The service was very busy with a number of returning passengers who had earlier attended the Rod Stewart concert in Kilmarnock."

Commuters urged to plan journeys ahead of second round of strike action on Scotland's railways

Members of the RMT union are expected to begin their second 24 hour walk out at 00:01 tomorrow in a dispute over driver-only trains. 

Today Transport Minister Humza Yousaf chaired a meeting of the Scottish government's resilience committee to discuss contingency plans for the strike. 

Driver in train

He urged union leaders and ScotRail to resume talks in a bid to prevent further disruption. 

"It is the travelling public that loses out in situations like this, so I once again urge both parties to reopen meaningful discussions to work towards an agreement that stops further strikes from going ahead.

“I commend travellers for their efforts during the first strike earlier this week and urge them to prepare for more disruption on the railways on Thursday."

Aberdeen's shoplifting seagulls return - swooping in to steal crisps from a late night shop

Zaman Iqbal filmed this one being chased out of his 24 Hour Sweet News on the city's Crown Street.


Last year the shopkeeper complained about having to chase a gull away as it targeted his crisps.

Previous birds - one nicknamed Sam - have been after tortilla chips but the latest raiders are said to be keen on barbecue flavour snacks.

Teenager killed in weekend road accident will leave 'huge hole', say his family

Jordan Gibbins died in the one-vehicle accident on the A90 south of Fraserburgh early on Sunday morning. 

In a statement, his family said the 17-year-old from Lonmay, could not wait to leave school and join his father in the family business. 

Jordan Gibbins
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"He was at his happiest driving a digger or up to his elbows in grease fixing lorries and diggers," they said. 

He was a keen fisherman, a member of Strichen Young Farmers' Club, and part of a "huge" close circle of friends, they added.

"Jordan will leave a huge hole in so many people's lives, and will be missed by everyone who knew him," they said. 

Police 'increasingly concerned' for welfare of man missing from Dalkeith

Stephen Pilat was last seen at Lloyds Chemist in Mayfied Road shortly after 17:00 on Tuesday, but he has not been in touch with family or friends since then. 

Insp Kevin Clark said: "Stephen has been missing for some time and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Stephan Pilat
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“I would urge anyone who has seen Stephen or who may have spoken to him to please get in touch with police immediately."

He is between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall, with long dark hair tied back in a pony tail and a grey beard. He was carrying a dark rucksack when he disappeared.

Travel update: Drivers advised to use alternative route after crash on A82 at Dochgarroch

Drugs mule Melissa Reid could arrive back in Scotland this evening, it is understood


The 22-year-old, from Lenzie near Glasgow, was arrested at Lima airport in 2013 after being caught with 4lb (11kg) of cocaine.

Reid was ordered to be expelled from Peru last month under an early release scheme.

She was released from prison late on Tuesday night.

Melissa Reid

A82 closed in both directions at Drumnadrochit after crash

Almost 300 people caught over the limit during drink driving crackdown

Police Scotland said they had stopped and breathalysed about 8.300 drivers during the campaign from 3 to 17 June.

Officers found 299 were over the limit, which equates to 1 in 27 drivers being caught with alcohol in their system.


Ch Supt Andy Edmonston, head of road policing, said: "These figures demonstrate that Police Scotland is committed to catching those drivers who continue to choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

"Throughout the duration of the campaign our activity and visibility increased, with the aim of providing reassurance to the public that drink/drug driving is unacceptable."

Scotland goalkeeper Matt Gilks in Glasgow for signing talks with Rangers

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He is a free agent after leaving Blackpool at the end of last season and has already held initial talks with the Ibrox club. 

Gilks was a target for Hearts and was also attracting interest from League One clubs in England. 

Matt Gilks

The 34-year-old would replace Cammy Bell in the Rangers squad, after the goalkeeper joined Dundee United on a free transfer.

Gilks, who spent two seasons at Blackpool, last played for Scotland in 2013, but worked alongside the current Rangers goalkeeper coach Jim Stewart while on international duty. 

Just three responses - two negative - to consultation on promoting Gaelic in south-west Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Council's consultation took place over six weeks, with copies of the draft Gaelic plan put on display in libraries and other public buildings, as well as on their website. 

Of the three people who responded only one made a positive comment which focused on the historical context of the language within the region. 

Dumfries and Galloway Council HQ
Andy Farrington

As a public body, Dumfries and Galloway Council has a duty to produce an action plan to help sustain the language.     

A report to go before the full council highlights that a similar consultation in Aberdeen attracted only five responses.

Young woman injured after 'brazen' daylight attack on Edinburgh cycle path

The 22-year-old sustained facial injuries in the attack on the path between Craigleith and Davidson's Mains at about 14:30 on Tuesday. 

The attacker approached the woman from behind, struck her in the face, knocked her to the ground and grabbed her purse. 


Police said the man escaped on a bike, north towards Ferry Road, with the purse which contained a three-figure sum and personal effects.

Det Sgt Robbie Wallace said: “This was a brazen attack that left the young woman with painful injuries.

“She was, understandably, left shaken by this incident and we are determined to trace this man as quickly as possible."

Scottish Secretary David Mundell visits open air swimming pool in Ayrshire

Gordon Strachan believes his Scotland squad are better than some teams at Euro 2016

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Strachan's side missed out on a place in France and the national side last competed at a finals at France 98.

"We were a unit that Poland couldn't beat, we were a unit that the Republic couldn't beat," he told BBC Scotland.

Gordon Strachan

"We beat Croatia twice over the last couple of years. Things went against us, but we need to sort that out for the next campaign."

The Scots finished fourth in Group D in Euro 2016 qualification, missing out on third spot and a play-off spot.

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Brexit could offer opportunity to revamp immigration system, says Scottish Tory MSP

Ross Thomson was speaking while he was on the campaign trail for Leave in Castlemilk in Glasgow.  

The very key thing in this whole debate is actually taking control back of our borders so that we can ensure that in areas where we have got skills gaps and vacancies, we can match that up. So we get people from other parts of the world who have got the skills we need, such as doctors, such as teachers, and get them into our schools, get them into our surgeries and actually enable Scotland to prosper

Ross ThomsonScottish Conservative MSP and Leave campaigner

Operators of wildlife park in Highlands ordered to shut following probe into animal welfare

Highland Council said it has issued a zoo closure direction to the management of the Black Isle Wildlife Park at Drumsmittal in North Kessock.

Councillors agreed to the move following an inspection and a report by a Scottish government-appointed vet.

Black Isle Wildlife Park

The operators of the park have 28 days to appeal the instruction.

Highland Council said it would work with the park to re-home its animals, which include pets such as rabbits but also exotic species.

In a statement, it said: "Findings of the special inspection and the specialist vet's report indicated that the zoo was found to be seriously below the standards required for operators to be in possession of a zoo licence, and was non-compliant with a large number of standard conditions of zoo practice."

Hundreds of Scots airport workers to be balloted on strike action in row over pensions

The Unite union said around 480 of its members at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports will vote before 13 July on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

Glasgow airport

Unite said members had rejected proposed changes to the pension schemes operated by airport owners AGS, who say they are "committed" to further talks.

Staff involved include security, airfield operations and firefighters.

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Travel: Roads in Broughty Ferry reopen after earlier incident

Investigation after four men rescued when boat caught fire off Galloway coast

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will carry out the probe following the incident in Luce Bay late on Saturday night.

Luce Bay
Andy Farrington

Four men, in their late 20s and early 30s, had to abandon their vessel and tread water for more than an hour before being rescued.

The MCA said it was aware of the incident and would investigate but could not comment further.

Maradona magic eclipsed 'hand of God', says commentator Archie Macpherson

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Controversy over Maradona's "Hand of God" moment against England in 1986 would have raged stronger had he not followed it up with one of the greatest-ever goals.

So says Scottish football commentator Archie Macpherson on the 30th anniversary of England's 2-1 defeat.

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1986 World Cup: 20 years since Maradona bamboozled England

Macpherson was an eye witness at the Mexico World Cup quarter-final.

"Had he not been able to demonstrate the unique skills that he had, the controversy would have carried on even more ferociously," he said.

"That seemed to obliterate it."

Strike ballot called at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports over pensions

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Work disrupted at Troon construction site after wagtails nest in forklift truck

Builders brought work to a temporary halt at the Braemore Wood development after they discovered the nest, containing several hatchling and two very watchful parents, inside the site's only forklift. 

Jamie McLean, contracts manager at builders Mactaggart and Mickel Group, said when he was told of the find, he initially doubted the workers' reasons for suspending work.

wagtail at building site
bird at building site

"I have to admit that when they first told me I thought 'bunch of chancers!'," he said. "I went out to personally investigate and when I looked up into the machine I could see the hatchlings in their nest as clear as day.

He said they sought advice from RSPB Scotland and he added: “They’ve now become a part of the team with the workers naming the parents ‘Mac & Mic’ and regularly feeding them. Checking up on them is the first and last thing they do during the day."

Aberdeen University researchers find drugs used to treat diabetes may be effective against Alzheimer's

Scientists have found that the two conditions are strongly linked, raising the possibility of shared drug responses.

Medicines currently used to control glucose levels in diabetes may also alleviate the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer's, the team claims. 

Elderly person
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The study showed for the first time that dementia-related effects in the brain can lead to changes in the body's handling of glucose, and ultimately to diabetes. 

Lead scientist Prof Bettina Platt said: "Our research teams are particularly interested in the impact of lifestyle related factors in dementia and by collaborating with experts in diabetes and metabolism, we have been able to investigate the nature of the link in great detail. 

"Until now, we always assumed that obese people get type 2 diabetes and then are more likely to get dementia. We now show that actually it also works the other way around."

Council issues zoo closure direction to operators of Black Isle Wildlife Park

CCTV images released by police investigating 'violent and unprovoked' assault

Two men, who were both aged 24, were targeted in the incident on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. 

One of them needed hospital treatment following the serious assault, which happened at around 03:30 on Friday 19 February.

CCTV image
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CCTV image
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Detectives said they were keen to trace two men captured on camera in connection with the attack. 

DC Gordon Walker said: "A violent and unprovoked assault like this within Glasgow city centre cannot be tolerated and we seek the assistance of the public in tracking down those responsible."

Person has died after being hit by a train at Broughty Ferry

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Offshore oil and gas company announces up to 430 job losses from its UK workforce

Subsea 7 expects most of them to be from its Aberdeen operations.

It plans to axe 1,200 roles worldwide to take staffing down to 8,000.

Oil platform

The company is cutting more than £200m from its costs and taking some ships out of its fleet.

A statement by the company, headquartered in London, says it has begun consultation about redundancies with staff in the UK and Norway.

Road closures in Broughty Ferry after police 'incident'

Duchess of Cornwall poses for selfies with staff at Edinburgh sandwich shop

Camilla followed in the footsteps of George Clooney as she posed for photographs for staff at Social Bite in Edinburgh this morning. 

The sandwich shop helps the local homeless community and about a quarter of its employees have had experience of homelessness. 

The Duchess also "paid it forward" - by buying a few meals for homeless people in Scotland's capital. 

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Melissa Reid will not have UK criminal record as result of Peru conviction, BBC understands

The 22-year-old, from Lenzie near Glasgow, was arrested at Lima airport in 2013 after being caught with 4lb (11kg) of cocaine.

She has now been released from prison and is flying back to the UK.

Melissa Reid

Andy Murray is seeded second behind Novak Djokovic for Wimbledon

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It means the British number one cannot play the defending champion until the final, should they both progress that far. 

Meanwhile doubles player Jamie Murray, who reached the finals with John Peers last year, has been seeded third with current partner Bruno Soares. 

Andy Murray with Wimbledon trophy
Murray won the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 2013

In the women's draw, the defending champion Serena Williams is the top seed, ahead of the French Open champion and last year's beaten finalist, Garbine Muguruza of Spain. 

Britain's Johanna Konta is seeded 17th. The championships gets underway on Monday. 

Camilla to follow in George Clooney's footsteps with visit to Edinburgh sandwich shop

The Duchess of Cornwall will hear about the work of Social Bite on a trip to the Edinburgh business which feeds, trains and employs members of the homeless community. 

The Rose Street shop hosted Clooney, who praised its work, in November and staff are expected to welcome fellow actor and campaigner Leonardo DiCapriolater this year

Duchess of Cornwall

Later today, Prince Charles will open The Prince's Trust's youth employment and enterprise hub in Glasgow before being joined by his wife at Dumfries House near Cumnock in East Ayrshire. 

The couple will attend a sewing bee challenge and open a new maze before watching pets go through their paces in the annual Dumfries House dog show.