Scottish independence: Better Together 'bomb threat' probed

Police are investigating claims that a man threatened to firebomb an office of the Better Together campaign.

The man was said to have made the threat after walking into the office in Cumbernauld Shopping Centre.

Better Together is the official campaign against Scottish independence ahead of September's referendum.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed officers were investigating reports the man had threatened staff.

The incident was said to have happened at 10:45 on Wednesday morning.

A Better Together spokesman said: "We only hope this person is found quickly and dealt with by the authorities. It is completely unacceptable."

'Very serious matter'

Jamie Hepburn, the SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, also condemned the alleged threat.

"Clearly, this is a very serious matter and I am in contact with the police regarding it," he said.

"At this stage, we do not know who this individual is, but obviously I hope that he is apprehended as soon as possible.

"I believe that this campaign is a positive experience for the people of Scotland.

"The issues we are debating are incredibly important and we are all responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect.

"This is a democratic debate and both sides must be free to make their case in a peaceful manner."

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  25.  
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    Vapour trail Saltire in the sky

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    McVey will now be supervised after being given a two-year community payback order.

     
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    13:14: Gone to pot

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  52.  
    10:10: 127mph driver banned

    A former racing driver has been fined £2,000 and banned from driving for 15 months after admitting to speeding at 127mph on the A96 in the Highlands.

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    The incident happened at 00:45 on 10 July.

    Mildenhall has since lost his job as a motoring journalist, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

     
  53.  
    10:02: The National 'is here to stay'

    Scotland's new pro-independence newspaper The National, which began a five-day trial on Monday, is to become a permanent fixture.

    the national

    Publisher Newsquest, which owns the Herald and the Sunday Herald, says the new tabloid's sales were "beyond the wildest dreams".

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    It said 60,000 copies were sold on its first day and about 11,000 people have signed up for a digital subscription.

     
  54.  
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    Kara: The people acting like animals just because of 'black friday' at silverburn are disgusting! Get a grip

    Gregor Burny: As funny as that video is of Tesco Silverburn last night it's pretty sad that folk get so raging over a TV tha'ts no really reduced that much.

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  55.  
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    The Meal Makers scheme matches a volunteer cook with an elderly person through a website and, after checks are carried out, the cook prepares an extra portion of food once a week to take to the "diner" they have been paired with.

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    The Food Train charity, which runs the scheme, hopes it will then extend across Scotland over the next two years.

     
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  57.  
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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila looks on

    With the Austrians winning Group D, Celtic progress as runners-up after Dinamo Zagreb's loss at Astra.

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    Deila said: "I think in the second half we showed a lot of what we can do as well.

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  58.  
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    The drop takes the price of a barrel to a four-year low of less than $73.

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    David Ridland, of CastleBay Investment Partners, told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that oil rich countries such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait met in Vienna yesterday and decided not to cut production.

    "They've got a production cap of 30 million barrels a day. In truth, the underlying demand is 29 so there is a greater supply than demand at the moment and that's led to the falling of prices," he said.

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  59.  
    09:26: Today's papers

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    'Blueprint for a stronger and better Scotland' is the headline in the Scotsman, while The Herald focuses on the "furious clashes" that erupted after Nicola Sturgeon described the report at "disappointing".

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    The Times says the SNP has vowed to fight for more powers, and the Scottish Daily Mail accuses the "bitter" SNP of raining on its own parade.

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  60.  
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    Shoppers at Black Friday sales in Tesco Silverburn, Pollok, Glasgow

    Police were called to stores across the country after reports of scuffles among bargain-hunters.

    Fiona Murray was at the 24-hour Tesco at the Silverburn shopping centre in Pollok and said larger items like televisions had been placed in the foyer on pallets with a ribbon acting as a barrier.

    Staff were going to cut the ribbon at 00:01 but didn't get a chance.

    Ms Murray said: "I was at the back of the store and I was first in our little queue and it was a lovely atmosphere. All of a sudden you just heard one person trying to get in to see what was underneath the wrapped pallets.

    "That then caused someone else to try and grab it and they started to take the items before the staff were able to go in and allow it to happen, but there wasn't enough staff."

    She added: "It was really quite frightening to hear the people running to that area, and you were thinking someone is going to get squashed in a minute.

    "It was horrible. I could have gone back this morning but I've chosen not to."

     
  61.  
    09:08: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    There will be a few mist or fog patches initially, although hill fog will be extensive over eastern Scotland.

    Outbreaks of light, patchy rain will continue to affect parts of the east with the odd spot trying to feed through the Central Lowlands at times.

    There will be more in the way of brightness towards the Glasgow area, with sunshine for the west coast and the north-west corner. Mild with highs of 10 or 11C.

    A fresh south-easterly wind will affect the east coast, strong to gale force over the Northern Isles.

     
  62.  
    09:01: Scotland's top book character is...

    The public has voted Francis Crawford of Lymond the most popular character from a Scottish book.

    Francis Crawford of Lymond

    The central character of Dorothy Dunnet's Lymond Chronicles was joined in the list by Ian Rankin's Rebus, Sherlock Holmes and Oor Wullie.

    Francis Begbie from Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting came second by one vote.

    The poll attracted more than 3,150 votes from 28 countries including Argentina, Singapore and Qatar.

    Edinburgh-based JK Rowling earned two places in the list for Hermione Granger (sixth) and Harry Potter (joint ninth).

     
  63.  
    08:53: Incinerator plans

    There are plans to build a multi-million pound plant in East Lothian, which will burn rubbish to create energy.

    The company Viridor says the new system at its site near Dunbar will incinerate around 300,000 tonnes of waste a year, preventing it from being dumped in land-fill sites. But environmental groups claim the emissions are toxic.

    Rubbish in a refuse lorry

    Martin Gray, from Viridor, told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that the concerns are unfounded.

    He said: "In terms of the energy recovery facilities themselves, it is literally the material that can't be recycled that goes in the front end.

    "People can be reassured in terms of this established proven and safe technology operating across Europe. And it rigidly complies with stringent national and international standards."

     
  64.  
    08:44: Today's Morning Call BBC Radio Scotland

    Yesterday's Smith commission report recommended the Scottish parliament be given new powers over some taxes and welfare payments.

    But do the proposals go far enough? Kaye Adams is joined by Stephen Gethins, former special adviser to Alex Salmond and political commentator, and former Labour advisor Simon Pia.

    And it's Black Friday - so we want to know if you queued all night and did you get yourself a bargain?

    Get in touch and let us know: Text 80295 with your views.

     
  65.  
    08:37: Aberdeen bypass 'ahead of schedule'

    The Aberdeen bypass will be completed ahead of schedule, the Scottish government has announced.

    Bypass sign

    It was originally estimated that the £745m project would be finished by the spring of 2018.

    But Infrastructure Minister Keith Brown will today confirm, on a visit to the North-East, that the completion date has been brought forward to the winter of 2017.

    The new deadline also applies to work to dual a section of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty.

    Mr Brown said the committed investment of nearly £1bn by the Scottish government in transport infrastructure in the North-East underlines its determination to deliver for the area.

     
  66.  
    08:31: Celtic lose...but qualify

    Celtic qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League despite falling to defeat at home to Salzburg.

    Stefan Johansen pulled one back for Celtic against Salzburg.

    Salzburg's win secured the Austrians' top spot in Group D, with Alan scoring twice in the first-half and Naby Keita adding another late on.

    Celtic's riposte came from Stefan Johansen and they played more assuredly after the break, but they were undone by Salzburg's initial zeal.

    Astra defeated Dynamo Zagreb in Romania to ensure Celtic finished second.

     
  67.  
    08:24: On the roads BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A92 Fife - Road traffic collision where B946 comes onto A92, (near Williamson bus depot, not far from the Five Roads Roundabout). Affecting the road both ways.

    M90 Friarton Bridge Southbound - Road traffic collision involving a lorry and car - blocking lane 1 of 2 - at the north end of the bridge. Traffic busy on approach.

    A9 Southbound - Reports that one lane is blocked by an accident southbound between A822 (Greenloaning) and B8033 (Ashfield).

    Crianlarich- Traffic light failure on A82 Westbound between A85 and Inverarnan means slow traffic. Problem with the temporary traffic lights on a bad bend. Police are en route.

     
  68.  
    08:16: Black Friday frenzy

    Police were called to a Tesco supermarket in Glasgow at about midnight after reports of scuffles among bargain-hunters at the start of so-called Black Friday.

    tesco at silverburn glasgow

    The 24 hour-store at the Silverburn shopping centre in Pollok was closed for a short time.

    Police were also called to a Tesco store on the Kingsway in Dundee after hundreds of shoppers packed the car park and queued for cut price goods.

    There were no arrests in either incident .

     
  69.  
    08:10: Craig Whyte to appear in court

    Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte will appear in court in Glasgow later after being detained as he arrived in the UK from Mexico.

    Craig Whyte

    The 43-year-old was held at Heathrow Airport on Thursday before being brought to Scotland.

    He was held on an arrest warrant in relation to an investigation into his takeover of Rangers in 2011.

    Extradition proceedings were not required.

     
  70.  
    08:02: Clutha benefit gig

    A benefit gig will be held later in memory of the victims of the Clutha tragedy.

    Clutha crash scene

    A police helicopter crashed through the roof of the pub on Friday 29 November last year, killing ten people and injuring dozens more.

    Tonight a charity show will be held at the Barrowlands to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

    Meanwhile, the families of the victims are still waiting for the conclusion of a report by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch into why the crash happened.

     
  71.  
    08:00: Paul McLaren BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to another instalment of Scotland Live as we offer you a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather from across the country between now and 18:00.

     

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