Queen of the South striker Derek Lyle denies pub threat charge

Fleshers Arms The Queen of the South striker denies committing the offence at the Dumfries pub

Queen of the South striker Derek Lyle has denied a charge of threatening violence towards staff in a Dumfries pub.

The 33-year-old, of Bishopbriggs, is alleged to have committed the offence in the Flesher's Arms last October.

He also denied making similar threats in the custody area at nearby Loreburn Street police station.

The case at Dumfries Sheriff Court was continued to a further intermediate calling in two weeks' time.

The forward has been back at the Scottish Championship side since 2012.

Prior to that he has had spells with a number of clubs including Hamilton, Morton and Dundee.

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    Aberdeen North Labour MP Frank Doran had asked UK government minister Patrick McLoughlin to reconsider his request.

    Four people died when a Super Puma crashed off Shetland in August last year.

    Mr Doran said those left behind deserved to have their say.

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    Rangers AGM latest Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland

    tweets: Chief executive Derek Llambias "honoured" to have been appointed. "Ready to roll up my sleeves and get on with hard work. Understand your frustrations. Must take difficult decisions but everything in interests of Rangers."

     
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    10:56: Megabus crashes into Aberdeen bridge Evening Express

    A bus carrying passengers crashed into a bridge on its way into Aberdeen city centre.

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    A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The bus crashed into the parapet of the bridge at the south end of College Street. There was no obvious damage and it was a minor scrape.

    "There was no one injured and the road was not closed."

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    10:52: Flood warnings

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    Scotland TransServ tweets: A76 closed in both directions at Bellfield Int/Bowhouse roundabout due to flooding from Cessnock water.

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    10:48: Coastguard joins missing man search

    The coastguard joined in the search for an Eyemouth man over the weekend.

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    John Young was last seen leaving The Fleet pub on Friday at about 18:30 - heading towards the harbour.

    Police, along with coastguard colleagues, spent the weekend searching for the 66-year-old.

    He is described as white, just over 6ft tall, of slim build, with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a hat, a dark grey jacket, fawn trousers and a blue T-shirt.

     
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    10:38: Rangers AGM latest Richard Wilson BBC Scotland

    tweets: Somers drowned out by booing and further shouts of "out, out"

     
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    10:29: Firefighters rescue 42 from flooded Asda

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    Text 80295 10:20: Ally McCoist - Your views

    Anon, Inverness: I do not follow football but are you saying that McCoist hands in his notice and his EMPLOYERS pay him wages in lieu of notice? I wish I had a job which I could give up AND get my employers to pay me for a year.

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    07:14: McCoist leaves Rangers

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    The 52-year-old handed in his resignation earlier this month and had started his 12-month notice period.

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    Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, said the health service must learn from past "mistakes and missed opportunities".

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    The Scottish government said it agreed that the way health and social care is delivered in Scotland must change.

     
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    07:01: Rise and shine Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Good morning, and welcome to today's Scotland Live blog. We will bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

     

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