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Your most-read Scottish stories of 2011

The BBC Scotland news website has looked back at our most-read stories of 2011.

Here is the top 10, with the ranking based on the number of page views:

1. Storm blackout hitting thousands

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Media captionThe BBC's Andrew Anderson reported on the problems facing commuters in Scotland caused by the stormy weather

Severe storms affected thousands in Scotland on 8 December.

Police told people not to travel, as winds of up to 165mph affected the country, leaving more than 50,000 people without power.

The Met Office issued its highest warning, a red alert, and hundreds of schools were closed.

2. Celtic manager Neil Lennon attack suspect in court

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Media captionRadio 5 live commentators Roddy Forsyth and Andy Gillies described the incident

A man appeared in court in connection with an alleged attack on Celtic manager Neil Lennon during his team's match against Hearts in May.

John Clark Wilson, 26, was charged with breach of the peace and assault, both aggravated by religious prejudice.

The Celtic football club manager was attacked on the touchline after his club's second goal at Tynecastle.

Wilson was eventually cleared of assaulting Lennon when a jury at Edinburgh Sheriff Court found the case against him not proven after a trial.

However, he was jailed for eight months for breach of the peace.

3. Nick Helm's password joke is Edinburgh Fringe funniest

Image caption Nick Helm said he "knew" his joke was funniest on the Fringe

A line by comedian Nick Helm was voted best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The joke was: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

A panel from TV channel Dave put a selection of their favourites to public vote.

Paul Daniels was said to have had the worst joke of the festival.

4. Row over photo in shopping centre

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Media captionA family day out ended with Chris White claiming he was quizzed by police under anti-terror laws after taking a photo of his daughter

A family day out ended up with a dad claiming he was quizzed by police under anti-terror laws.

Chris White took a photograph of his four-year-old daughter in a shopping centre.

Braehead Shopping Centre said it had a ban on all photography on the premises.

Staff called security after seeing a man taking photographs near their counter.

5. Zara Phillips wedding: Ceremony at Edinburgh Church

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Media captionIt was Scotland's first royal wedding in almost 20 years.

Hundreds of people turned out on the streets of Edinburgh to witness Scotland's first royal wedding in almost 20 years.

The Queen's grand-daughter Zara Phillips married England rugby player Mike Tindall on 30 July.

Senior members of the Royal Family including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended the ceremony in Canongate Kirk.

6. Wayne Rooney's father arrested in police betting probe

Image caption Wayne Rooney Sr

Wayne Rooney's father was arrested with eight men in a probe into betting irregularities.

Wayne Rooney Sr and seven of the men were released on bail.

Police said the men had been arrested for conspiracy to defraud.

The probe related to alleged betting irregularities surrounding a game between Motherwell and Hearts on 14 December 2010.

7. Scottish election: SNP wins contest

The SNP won a clear majority in the Holyrood election in May.

The outcome means that the party has enough votes to hold an independence referendum.

SNP leader Alex Salmond said his party's election victory was "a victory for a society and a nation".

8. Pair in hospital after Kismot 'killer' curry contest

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Media captionAn Indian restaurant in Edinburgh was criticised after its 'world's hottest chilli' competition left two people in hospital

Two people were taken to hospital after the "world's hottest chilli" competition at an Edinburgh restaurant.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said the restaurant needed to rethink its annual curry king event after several competitors became ill.

Curie Kim, who finished second in the contest, was one of those taken to hospital. She said: "It was very painful and felt like being chainsawed in the stomach with hot sauce on the chainsaw."

The Kismot restaurant has said next year's event will be about "eating rather than endurance".

9. Tesco mistake leads to beer rush

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Media captionAn error which slashed the price of beer led to a stampede at a number of Tesco supermarkets across Scotland

An error which slashed the price of beer led to a stampede at a number of Tesco supermarkets across Scotland.

A deal which offered three packs of beer for £20 went through the till for £11.

Police were called to a store in Greenock after traffic around the shop caused traffic congestion.

10. Free show after Oban fireworks fiasco

A technical hitch at the annual Oban bonfire night display set off thousands of pounds worth of fireworks within a minute.

The show, organised by Oban and Lorn Lions, was expected to last about half an hour and was to be accompanied by music.

After the unexpectedly short display, an announcement was made to inform the crowds that the fireworks were over.