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Summary

  1. Voting begins in EU referendum
  2. Man charged with murder of Darren Adie
  3. ScotRail strike disruption expected
  4. Drugs mule Melissa Reid back in Scotland

Live Reporting

By Katherine Sutherland

All times stated are UK

Live updates have finished for today.

Join us tomorrow at 08:00 for more breaking news, sport, travel and weather.

Hollywood star Meg Ryan in Edinburgh for film festival premiere

From arts correspondent Pauline McLean

Half of rural pubs suffer sales decline over the past year

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association's quarterly survey found the tightening of the drink-drive law is partly responsible and pub businesses are also facing the higher cost of the new minimum wage.

A customer hands over money for a pint of beer.
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The survey reported that pubs were investing in improved food options and seven out of ten stocked craft beer, which has seen sales growth.

There has also been a shift towards offering a better range of soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Traffic update: A720 moving slowly near Gilmerton

From Traffic Scotland

Scotrail strike: New proposals but weekend strikes still on

From Lisa Summers

In pictures: Prince Charles visits Dumfries House Estate

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, was at the launch of a partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the estate, in Cumnock.  

Prince Charles walks in gardens at Dumfries House.
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Prince Charles listens to music students at Dumfries House.
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Woman who murdered her friend sentenced to life imprisonment

Seka Ritchie (32) who is also known as Fitchie, was found guilty of stabbing father-of -two Alexander Duncan (60) at his flat on Thursday 16th April 2015. She was convicted of murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice at Edinburgh's High Court.

Custody photo of Seka Ritchie.
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Seka Ritchie

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean, who was the Senior Investigating Officer on the case, said: "Seka Ritchie betrayed his trust and friendship and, for reasons that she alone knows and has refused to divulged, she attacked and killed him."

They're bark: Your dogs are at polling stations

Traffic update: Congestion building towards Forth Road Bridge

Video: Football legend Pat Jennings gives Michael McGovern a surprise call

Hamilton Academical's McGovern, soon to be out of contract, impressed in the 1-0 loss to Germany at Euro 2016.

The 32-year old Northern Ireland goalkeeper's agent says Premier League clubs in England have expressed interest.

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Masked man who reportedly opened fire at cinema complex 'now dead'

German media are reporting that the man, who had fired at least one shot at the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim, near Frankfurt in Germany, was now dead but it is unclear how he died or if he took any hostages.

Armed police running in response to incident.
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At least 20 people are said have been injured - many apparently as the result of a release of tear gas in a confined space.

Heavily armed police surrounded the complex after the incident began.

A9 update from Traffic Scotland

Weather: Temperatures reach 23C in the Borders

Two charged over rabbit and bird attacks in Edinburgh

Police said two people were seen on CCTV in Edinburgh Park area on 15 June using catapults and ball bearings to kill birds and rabbits.

Two addresses and vehicles were searched in Bilston, Midlothian, on Tuesday in connection with the investigation.

Officers recovered catapults and a number of dead birds and small animals during the searches.

The two men, aged 26 and 31, will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Police appeal over vulnerable man missing from home in Johnstone

Officer said John Adams, 68, was last known to be at his home on Campbell Street at about 23:00 on Wednesday.

However, his relatives could not find him this morning and contacted the police.

He is described as a white man, with a medium to stocky build and about 5ft 5in high.

The police helicopter and dog unit is being used in the search for Mr Adams.

John Adams
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Teenagers charged over Aberdeenshire garden thefts

Police said two boys, aged 18 and 19, and an 18-year-old girl had been charged in connection with a series of alleged thefts in the Marykirk area.

Officers from the Laurencekirk Community Policing Team launched an investigation after ornaments, plants and solar lights were taken from properties.

A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

EU referendum: More pictures from the polls

A man arrives to cast his vote at Maidens Bowling Club, in South Ayrshire
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A man arrives to cast his vote at Maidens Bowling Club, in South Ayrshire
Duke, an eight week old Labrador Collie sits in a basket with his owner"s EU referendum polling card
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Duke, an eight week old Labrador Collie, sits in a basket with his owner"s polling card in Glasgow
Jade Murphy stands outside the polling station at Notre Dame Primary School in Glasgow, Scotland
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Jade Murphy catches some sun outside the polling station at Notre Dame Primary School in Glasgow, Scotland

In pictures: The 176th Royal Highland show begins

About 200,000 visitors are expected to pass through the gates by Sunday.

Organisers say that the show, held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, is worth about £46.2m to the Scottish economy.

Highland Cow Alltruedh of Crannich gets a wash ahead of the Royal Highland Show.
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Caroline Cuthbertson from Jedderfield farm near Peebles washes Highland Cow Alltruedh of Crannich
Robert Davidson from Crieff walks his highland pony past some curious onlookers.
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Robert Davidson from Crieff walks his highland pony past some curious onlookers

Over 7,000 animals are expected to be paraded, primped, and admired on the 40-hectare (100-acre) site over the next few days.  

Laura Butters with her miniature Shetland Pony Little Roo of Catch Puddle.
Andrew Milligan/PA wire.
Laura Butters with her miniature Shetland Pony Little Roo of Catch Puddle
A young farmer waits to wash her cow ahead of the event
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A young farmer waits to wash her cow ahead of the event

Weather: A fine afternoon to come for most

Judge rules Sports Direct owner must pay legal costs to SFA and Dave King

Mike Ashley has abandoned his challenge to the SFA's decision to class Mr King as a "fit and proper person" prior to him taking the role of chairman.

He dropped the action in April after receiving information about how the SFA came to their decision, in May 2015. 

Mike Ashley.
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In a written judgement, Lord Bannatyne ruled: "On the primary issue argued before me regarding the awarding of expenses, I am clearly of the view that the petitioners' argument should be rejected.

"I am persuaded that there is no proper basis for not following the normal rule that expenses should follow success.

"Where a party seeks on the morning of a first hearing to have the action dismissed then that party in my opinion must be held to have been unsuccessful." 

Public warned not to approach absonded prisoner missing from Castle Huntly jail near Dundee

Police Scotland said 33-year-old prisoner Thomas Proctor has failed to return to the prison after a period of home leave.

He was reported missing at 15:00 on Wednesday and may have travelled to the Airdrie area.

Thomas Procter
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Members of the public were warned not to approach him if seen, but to contact police.

Procter is described as being 6ft tall, with short dark hair.

Royal Highland Show update from Traffic Scotland

Trial date set for police officer accused of stalking woman for five years

Simon Donaldson is accused of alleged offences  at addresses in Angus and Dundee, including the city's police headquarters.

Mr Donaldson is alleged to have "repeatedly and persistently" telephoned and texted the woman, and asked her whereabouts and movements.

Dundee Sheriff Court
BBC

The trial will take place at Dundee Sheriff Court on 5 August.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2010 and 2015.

Police release images of man they want to trace in connection with serious assault

The assault took place in St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, at about 23:45 on 18 January.

A 40-year-old man was left with serious facial injuries following the attack.

Detectives said they were keen to trace the man in the CCTV footage who was seen in the area at the time of the assault.

CCTV
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Your weather pictures: Sunny scenes in north east of Scotland

From BBC Scotland Weather

Acoustic 'fence' to stop seals attacking fish farms wins innovation award

Oban-based Otaq won a £100,000 prize for the seal deterrence system, called SealFENCE, from the Scottish Edge awards.

SealFENCE
Otaq
The seal deterrent system is installed at a site near Portree

The competition is aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming entrepreneurial talent.

Otaq designs and manufactures technology for the global fish farming industry.

It is estimated that seal and sea lion attacks cost the industry more than $1bn a year as the mammals attack salmon farms for food.

A84 update from Traffic Scotland

Inverness's first jazz festival, due to be held next month, is cancelled

The festival was the first of five events Highland Council announced would be taking place in the city this summer.

It would have been the first jazz festival in the area since the long-running Nairn International Jazz Festival came to an end in 2009.

Organisers have had to cancel because of poor ticket sales.

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Two men arrested and charged in Scottish Borders after drugs raids

Police said they had searched two homes in Galashiels on Wednesday and found "dealer quantities" of diamorphine with an estimated street value of £4,900.

The men, aged 50 and 51, are expected to appear before Selkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Ch Insp Andy McLean said it was a "significant drugs recovery".

M9 update from Traffic Scotland

Keith Lasley signs new one-year deal with Motherwell

BBC Sport Scotland

The 36-year-old midfielder was asked to take a pay cut and has now followed Stephen McManus and Craig Samson in pledging his future to the club.

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EU referendum: Voting underway in Scotland

The ballot is making headlines around the world, with Indonesian newspaper Kompas using a photograph of a ballot box awaiting the Gigha island ferry in Argyll and Bute on its front page.

An Indonesian newspaper vendor holds up the front page of Kompas.
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The distinctive blue boxes were last night collected from storage for delivery to polling stations across the country.

Ballot boxes being collected from storage in New Parliament House for delivery to polling stations in Edinburgh
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And Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was photographed after she cast her vote, at Broomhouse Community Centre in Glasgow.  

Nicola Sturgeon and husband Peter Murrell outside the polling station.
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Pair of red kites in Angus glen 'steal' pants to line their nest

The underwear was discovered by RSPB officials who went up to the nest to ring the chicks in the nest on the Gannochy estate.

It is the second year in a row that red kites on the estate have been found with underwear and socks in their nest - suspected to have been taken from a local wild swimming spot.

Red kites
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But gamekeeper Dave Clement said the raptors had become more "discerning" this year, choosing top brands to line their nest.

"The licensed ringer who went up the tree to the nest said there were Armani pants and another brand as well as socks, which they must have pinched off the swimmers at the local gorge," he said.

Police launch investigation after teenager attacked in west end of Glasgow

The 19-year-old woman was assaulted on Kelvin walkway, which runs along the River Kelvin, at about 05:35.

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A spokesman for Police Scotland said inquiries were at an early stage and officers were working to establish the circumstances surrounding the attack.

Police are at the scene and have sealed off part of the walkway.

Whale and dolphin watcher photographs attack by bottlenose dolphin on porpoise

Walter Innes and fellow Shorewatch volunteer Monika Carrie were about to head home after an eventful day "staring at an empty sea" off Aberdeen on Tuesday.

Dolphin attack
Walter Innes

They then spotted what looked like a dolphin feeding frenzy and Mr Innes took a picture, believing it to be of a dolphin taking a large salmon.

But closer examination of the picture has shown it to be a small porpoise.

Read the full story.

Henry Pyrgos to captain Scotland against Japan

BBC Sport Scotland

Henry Pyrgos will captain Scotland in the second and final Test against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday, taking over from Greig Laidlaw.

Henry Pyrgos
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Pyrgos, who captained Scotland for the first time against USA at the World Cup, has endured an injury-hit 2016 and did not feature in this year's Six Nations campaign.

Read more about the full line-up here.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was approached by FA about possibility of taking over from England boss Roy Hodgson, Sun reports

BBC Sport Scotland

Several newspapers report that Rangers boss Mark Warburton says the enthusiasm and desire of signing target Niko Kranjcar shone through when he met the Croatian midfielder in New York last month.

In the Daily Record, new Ibrox midfielder Joey Barton responds to jibes from Scott Brown by posting a social media picture of the Celtic captain in a Rangers kit as a youth.

Read all today's Scottish Gossip.

Scottish Gossip
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From the Scottish Parliament

Scottish Water urges South Uist residents to use water wisely amid fears of drought on the island

Just 72mm of rain has fallen on South Uist since April.

Scottish Water is to install a temporary overland pipe to take additional water supplies from Benbecula to the island.

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