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  1. Drunk cargo ship captain jailed
  2. Moderator urges 'Yes-No' respect
  3. Missing Aberdeen OAP found 'safe and well'
  4. Murray braced for Djokovic test at US Open

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Bryan Quinn and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    Bryan Quinn

    BBC Scotland News

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, travel and sport from across Scotland.

    Don't forget you can get the latest news and reaction from tonight's televised independence debate from Aberdeen with a special referendum live page from 21:00.

  2. Former soldier jailed over firearms stockpile

    A former army sniper has been jailed for five years after being caught with a cache of firearms at his South Lanarkshire home.

    Police found a British forces pistol, a Second World War rifle, and 3,500 bullets when they searched his Libberton home in August.

    The 58-year-old claimed he kept the arsenal for self-protection.

  3. Arrest over egg-throwing incident

    Police have arrested a 45-year-old man and charged him with assault after an incident where eggs were thrown at the MP Jim Murphy on Kirkcaldy High Street.

    The man is due to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday.

  4. Gauld could play in Champions League

    Ryan Gauld has been named in Sporting Lisbon's Champions League squad less than a month after being moved to the Portuguese side's B team.

    The former Dundee United midfielder could face Chelsea after his manager Marco Silva included him in the club's 25-man pool.

    Ryan Gauld

    Gauld made his £3m move to Portugal this summer.

    Uefa have confirmed he has been included in Sporting's Champions League squad.

  5. Tomorrow's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Thursday will mainly be bright with some sunny spells breaking through any cloud. In the late afternoon and evening, the central belt will see some light and patchy rain.

    Light winds will keep the temperatures around 20C across most of the country.

  6. Loch Morlich death

    Police have issued CCTV footage in their attempts to identify a woman whose body was found in Loch Morlich near Aviemore on Monday.

    The images show the woman, aged between forty and sixty, in a shop in Aviemore on Sunday evening.

    Loch Morlich missing person

    Police are still working to ascertain her cause of death.

  7. Rugby player guilty of rape

    A rugby player has been convicted of raping a woman just hours after playing in a sevens tournament.

    Girvin Imrie, 25, grabbed his 20-year-old victim, who was drunk and incapable of giving consent, from behind and raped her.

    The attack took place in a garden at the rear of Howe of Fife Rugby Club in Cupar in May last year.

    He was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow and will be sentenced next month.

  8. Referendum - Your views

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    M. Mc Hugh: As a Scot living in England will I still be a British citizen in the event of a yes vote? If not and Scotland does not automatically become an EU member does this mean I would lose my EU rights as well e.g. EU health card etc.

    Gail Jones: I am a 'YES' voter but would respect the decision of Scotland should a 'NO' vote be the result. However, if a 'NO' vote was successful and the government did not keep its promises re more devolution, etc., the basis of which would have won them the 'NO' vote, would the referendum result be declared null and void?

  9. Get involved

    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: A drunk who stopped trains after running onto a line cost Network Rail £79,000

    Read the full story here.

  10. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    An accident on the A90 Queensferry Road in Edinburgh has closed a lane northbound of Cramond Brig Toll. Traffic is moving very slowly.

    Roadworks on the A82 in Fort Augustus between Glendoe Road and the junction with the A87 at Invergarry are causing congestions for drivers.

    In Glasgow, the breakdown on the M8 westbound at J24 Helen Street has now been cleared.

  11. Parents of Isis-linked Glaswegian feel 'betrayed'

    The family of a 20-year-old woman from Glasgow who has travelled to Syria and married an Islamic State (Isis) fighter have said that she has betrayed them.

    Khalida Mahmood and Muzaffar Mahmood said they were horrified to learn their daughter Aqsa had become radicalised.

    Aqsa Mahmood

    They spoke after comments attributed to their daughter on Twitter called on people in Britain to repeat terrorist atrocities seen in Woolwich and the US.

    Mr and Mrs Mahmood said they loved their daughter and wanted her home.

  12. Clutha victims honoured

    The names of three officers who were among those killed in the Clutha helicopter crash have been added to the Scottish Police memorial.

    Clutha helicopter crash

    Pilot David Traill and constables Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis died when their Eurocopter EC 1-3-5 crashed onto the bar's roof last November.

    The police memorial was established ten years ago to honour those who have died in the line of duty. It carries 255 names, some dating as far back as 1812.

  13. Your Photos - Get involved!

    Alan Pottinger sent in this beautiful picture of evening sun filtering through the trees at the Pentland hills near Edinburgh.

    Pentland Hills

    You can send us your own photos via email or twitter using #ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best ones online.

  14. Dog killer sentenced

    A man who admitted causing the death of a dog with a quad bike in an Aberdeen park has "narrowly" been spared a custodial sentence.

    Grant McKenzie, 26, was riding round Danestone Country Park when he hit a collie called Ruby last September.

    The dog had to be put down after the impact dislocated her spine and punctured her lungs.

    At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, McKenzie was ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

  15. Teenager assaulted in Edinburgh

    Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was seriously assaulted in his home.

    Three men forced their way into the property in the Gilmerton area of the city before attacking him.

    The victim suffered serious facial injuries and is being treated at St John's hospital.

  16. Referendum - Your Views

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    Anonymous: I would also like to know George - I moved to the UK 15 years ago and finally gained British citizenship after a long and lengthy process. It was a significant day for me and my family and we're proud to be British citizens. I don't consider myself Scottish as I wasn't born here and don't want to be anything other than a British citizen if Scotland votes to leave the Union.

    Nathan, Forres: To Keith from Edinburgh: economically things change by the minute let alone 15 years ago. Let's take those comments on their true context from that time and not use them to blur the lines and suit your anti-Alex Salmond argument.

  17. Tonight's debate

    We're getting ready for tonight's independence referendum debate.

    BBC independence referendum debate studio

    Join James Cook on BBC One Scotland, live from Aberdeen, at 21:00.

    The debate will also be streamed live online.

  18. Referendum - Get Involved

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    Keith, Edinburgh: In 1999, Alex Salmond said the pound was a millstone around Scotland's neck. Now he is demanding it. He will say anything to win.

    Anonymous: Good luck George in Peebles finding out if you can remain British. I've asked the Home office, the Scottish office and the EC and no-one can tell me if I can remain a Brit living and working abroad. Surely it's illegal to strip me of my British citizenship?

  19. Council scam warning

    A council has issued a warning over scam emails sent out claiming to be from its ebilling department.

    The emails sent to people in West Lothian and elsewhere relate to non-domestic rates.

    A spokesman for the council said: "These emails have not been sent out by West Lothian council and we are currently investigating this.

    "We would advise customers who have received these emails to delete them immediately without opening them."

  20. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    A signalling problem is causing delays and cancellations to a number of trains leaving Edinburgh.

    On the roads, a breakdown on the westbound M8 at Junction 24 at Helen Street has closed one lane.

  21. V&A Dundee decision due

    A contractor is set to be appointed to build Dundee's new branch of the V&A museum.

    Councillors will meet next week to discuss the main contractor for the £45m project, with BAM Construction recommended by council officers.

    Proposed V&A museum

    If approved, negotiations will take place between the authority and the building firm to refine their proposals and agree a fixed price tender.

    The museum is the centrepiece of a £1bn redevelopment of Dundee's waterfront.

  22. Man rescued from flat fire

    A man has been rescued by firefighters after an early morning blaze in North Ayrshire.

    Emergency services were called to a flat in Caledonia Road in Saltcoats shortly after 06:00 on Wednesday,

    Firefighters led the man to safety before he and two women were checked by paramedics. One of the women was taken to hospital to be treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

    The fire service said the blaze broke out near a fridge.

  23. Organised crime investigation in Glasgow

    Police Scotland have confirmed that officers are involved in two operations in the north of Glasgow into alleged serious and organised crime.

    A spokeswoman for the force said inquiries were continuing at a property in Balmore Road, north of the city's Lambhill area.

    A second operation is also ongoing at Lochfaul farm, near Balmore Road.

    The police spokeswoman said there was nothing to suggest that this had any links to the first operation.

  24. Hotel owners fined after child fall

    The owners of an Aberdeenshire hotel where a child fell from an unsecured window have been fined £10,000 for breaking health and safety laws.

    The one-year-old girl fell from the first floor of converted stables at Oldmeldrum-based Meldrum House Hotel.

    Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard the girl escaped serious injury.

    Meldrum House Estates admitted being at fault over ensuring windows were either fixed in a closed position or fitted with an appropriate device.

  25. Sterlingisation 'would threaten EU membership'

    Continuing to use the pound without a formal currency union could prevent an independent Scotland from joining the EU, it has been claimed.

    Former EU economics chief Olli Rehn said it would "simply not be possible" to combine a policy of sterlingisation with EU membership.

    Olli Rehn

    Mr Rehn gave his opinion in response to a letter from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

    But First Minister Alex Salmond said Mr Rehn's claim was wrong.

  26. Referendum - Your Views

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    Graham, Aberdeenshire: Think we should be looking into facts of EU membership and how it affects the referendum decision.

    Norman, Borders: Just nationalise oil to make a resource for whole country, not only based on maximum profit for few multinational companies.

  27. Internet firm in liquidation

    Glasgow-based internet firm WeeWorld has gone into liquidation with the loss of 19 jobs.


    The firm produces a social network site geared towards teenagers and children,

    Provisional liquidators firm FRP Advisory said the company had encountered cash flow problems.

  28. Post update

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    Tory Edward Leigh encourages PM to "drop everything" and fight for the Union because of "catastrophic" result if Yes vote.

  29. No new leads in Pilley case

    Police searching for the body of an murdered Edinburgh woman say they have exhausted all potential leads resulting from a television appeal.

    Suzanne Pilley

    The case of Suzanne Pilley was highlighted on the BBC programme Crimewatch in June, four years after she went missing.

    However, officers say they will still investigate any new information which could lead to her body being found.

  30. Referendum - Your Views

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    From a No, Yes, Maybe, Don't Know British Scot: I think the whole issue surrounding independence is that people up, down & across the union (outwith London) want & need change irrespective of being independent or united. It's a great pity that the union can't vote for London to become independent as it's London that's so far removed from the the rest of the union in terms of finance & elitism. It's London's super rich & super elite who pull the strings of government in accordance to suit their position & pocket.

    George, Peebles: Will I be allowed to remain British within an independent Scotland or must I give up my UK passport?

  31. Get Involved


    Evening Express

    tweets: Top hotel fined £10,000 after baby falls out window

    Read the full story here.

  32. Things Can Only Get Berra

    Christophe Berra has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for their Euro 2016 opening qualifier against Germany on Sunday.

    The Ipswich defender has been ruled out with a knee injury.

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (left) with defender Christophe Berra

    Earlier this week, manager Gordon Strachan drafted in Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds to bolster his defensive options ahead of the clash in Dortmund.

  33. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    The Central belt and Borders will see the best of the afternoon's weather with some cloud covering the west coast which could also bring some light showers.

    Light winds will vary temperatures from 16 to 20C.

    You can watch a full forecast here.

  34. Pensioner safe

    An Aberdeen woman - whose disappearance sparked a police search - has been traced safe and well in the Inverness area.

    Mary Ryan

    A search was launched for 78-year-old Mary Ryan after she was last seen at the city's bus station on Monday lunchtime.

  35. Man assaulted on train

    Police have appealed for information after a man was seriously assaulted after boarding a train in Edinburgh.

    The 58-year-old was assaulted after an argument with another passenger on the 20:18 service to Inverkeithing at Haymarket station on Monday.

    Police are currently reviewing footage from the station's CCTV cameras as part of their investigation.

  36. Referendum - Your Views

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    Mary, Edinburgh: Where's this divided nation that's being discussed? I've been out on the streets and haven't witnessed it, but let's keep the rumour going and it'll be accepted as truth. A bit like the No campaign.

    Ryan in Falkirk: It's good that people are getting involved in the debate and taking an interest in the matter, but there's no need for harassment, assault or abuse. These stupid acts take away from the serious matter of the referendum and: is this the correct choice for Scotland and its people?

  37. Drunken cargo ship captain jailed

    A drunken sea captain caught sailing a cargo ship up the River Tay while almost four times the legal alcohol limit has been jailed.

    Andrejs Borodins

    Andrejs Borodins was in charge of the 1,300 tonne cargo ship Frifjord when a pilot from Dundee harbour found him staggering and incoherent.

  38. Never Miss A Beatt

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    At 1.15 we discuss how much oil is actually in Scotland's reserves with @OilAndGasPeople and Professor Alex Kemp.

    You can listen live to the John Beattie Show here.

  39. Arrest over pensioner robbery

    A 31-year-old man from Stranraer has been arrested in connection with the robbery of a pensioner in his own home in the town.

    A police statement said inquiries were ongoing but thanked the public for its "valuable assistance".

  40. Nato 'would welcome independent Scotland'

    Nato would welcome an independent Scotland even if the country removed Trident, the former UK ambassador to the military alliance has said.

    Dame Mariot Leslie was responding to a warning by Sir Richard Shirreff, a former Nato deputy supreme commander.


    She revealed she would will be voting "Yes" in the independence referendum.

    The Better Together campaign said expelling the UK's nuclear deterrent would be seen as a "block" to Scotland's membership of Nato.

  41. Mackintosh restoration

    Architectural experts are to gather in Italy and Scotland to discuss the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh library.

    Art School restoration

    Meetings will be held in Venice in October and Glasgow early next year to discuss the best way to rebuild the iconic building.

    Efforts are still ongoing to help raise £20m in order to restore it after it was badly damaged by a fire on 23 May.

  42. Horse vaulting

    Yes, you read that correctly. Horse vaulting - gymnastics on horseback. Have you ever seen it? Well, Scots are rather good at it.

    horse vaulting

    Watch dentist Joanne Eccles, the defending world champion, and her sister Hannah compete in the sport in the World Equestrian Games in France.

  43. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    The A984 in Dunkeld remains closed due to a landslip. This is causing heavier than usual traffic through Blairgowie on the A93 Perth Road and A923 Dunkeld Road.

    In Glasgow, roadworks on Govan Road are causing congestion at Elderpark

    The A699 in the Borders is closed in both directions between the A68 and Rutherford exit to allow resurfacing to take place.

  44. New athletics boss

    scottishathletics have announced Rodger Harkins as their new Director of Coaching.

    The 54-year-old Scot, who built his reputation as a coach to triple Olympian Lee McConnell, will start his new post early in October.

  45. Alcohol 'key' in crime figures

    More than a quarter of crimes committed in Orkney over the past year featured alcohol as a factor.

    Man drinking

    Police figures showed that more than half of assaults featured alcohol too. A community alcohol action plan is being put together to combat the problem.

  46. Protection pledge for UK hostage

    The UK will look at "every possible option" to protect a British hostage being held by Islamic State, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

    It comes after a Cobra meeting about the group's threat to kill the hostage in a video showing the beheading of a second US journalist, Stephen Sotloff.

    Phillip Hammond

    Islamic State said the Briton, who has family in Scotland, would be killed unless US air strikes stopped.

  47. Freezer death 'not suspicious'

    Police have ruled out foul play in the case of a man found dead in a freezer in Clackmannanshire.

    Architect Colin Machin, 50, was found dead in the walk-in deep-freeze in the garage of his home in Alva in June.

    After an investigation, officers have concluded that there was no suspicious circumstances in the death.

  48. 'Sheepdog Olympics' in Scotland

    Scotland is hosting the World Sheepdog Trials for the first time.

    The competition, which runs until Saturday, is being held at Tain in Easter Ross.


    The event is described as the "sheepdog Olympics" and involves 240 competitors from 25 nations, including Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa and USA.

  49. Get involved

    Jo Marr from Whitley Bay snapped this picture of some cheeky Highland cows on a recent family holiday to Gairloch.

    Jo Marr Highland cows

    You can send us your own photos via email or Twitter by using #ScotlandLive and we'll feature the best ones online.

  50. Suzanne Pilley

    Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: Police hit dead end in Suzanne Pilley body hunt

    Read the full story here.

  51. Healthy hearts

    New research shows that a fifth of people who have a heart bypass or a stent fitted after a heart attack do not need it.

    Researchers from Glasgow University using a new measurement found stents and surgery could be avoided in more than 20% of cases.

    Heart X-ray

    It is hoped that the data could help provide more accurate treatment for people with heart complaints in the future.

  52. Twin Atlantic's high note

    Twin Atlantic have been announced as a headliner for Ullapool's sold out Loopallu music festival on 26-27 September.

    Twin Atlantic

    Barry McKenna, of the band, said: "We've had a pretty special relationship with the Highlands since the very start of our band and over the years have enjoyed some of our most momentous and defining gigs there.

    "So we're over the moon to say we will be continuing this tradition by playing Loopallu this year."

  53. Missing pensioner

    Police have launched an appeal in Aberdeen after a 78-year-old woman was reported missing.

    Mary Ryan was last seen at the Guild Street bus station at 12.30 on Monday and may have boarded a bus to Inverness.

    Mary Ryan

    She is described as 5ft 4in tall with long white hair which is usually tied back.

  54. On the radar

    A statue is to be unveiled in Brechin dedicated to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the pioneer of radar.

    Robert Watson-Watt

    The Princess Royal is to unveil the statue to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two.

    The local society dedicated to the work of the pioneer has spent eight years fundraising for the construction of the tribute.

  55. Scepovic, Pukki, Commons & the Germans

    Today's football gossip focuses on Celtic with a player happy he is here, a player happy he has left, and a player still to make his mind up.

    Celtic's Stefan Scepovic

    There is also the small matter of those World Cup-winning Germans...

  56. Arrest over robbery

    A 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Glasgow.

    Police were called to the Bank of Scotland branch in Clarkston Road, Muirend, at about 12:45 on 29 August.

    The robber was said to have made off with a four-figure sum of money.

  57. Enough time to cross the road? - Your Views

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    Postman Pat (the driving instructor) Pat: The rule is to wait until the pedestrian has reached and is clearly on the kerb. If that rule is adhered to, no need to change the time given. Fine the drivers who disobey the rule.

    Stuart: Three extra seconds is crucial, particularly if I'm using my phone while crossing the road... I need to cut this short... some angry motorist is beeping at me and I'm only half way over Princes Street!

    Listen live to the debate on Morning Call here.

  58. Weather update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Some late sunshine this evening, then variable cloud with clear spells for some. Patchy mist. Lows of 11-12C, cooler under clearer skies.

  59. Morning Call

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    On today's Morning Call, following a second US beheading by Islamic State, and the threat of a third, believed to involve a British hostage, we're asking what should the UK do?

    Also, we want to know if you feel that you're being given enough time to cross the road?

    Morning Call

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or via email. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

  60. Referendum - Get Involved

    David Munro: Alan Glendenning forgets that we are geographically different, as we share an island 800 miles long! Also, ask Zimbabwe if they are happy not to be able to feed themselves after feeding Africa when they were Rhodesia! Also, ask the Irish if they are happy being run by Brussels! My wife if from Dublin and has been here in Edinburgh for 21 years. She is voting No!

  61. Today's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will be a fairly cloudy start to the day with some patchy mist and fog. This will clear to leave a bright day with some sunny spells, although there may be some drizzle across the west coast.

    Temperatures will range from between 16 to 20C

    You can watch a full forecast here.

  62. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    In Glasgow, an accident on the M74 has partially blocked the southbound onslip at Junction 2A Fullerton Road.

    The A935 Brechin Road is closed for roadworks until the 19th of September. Drivers are being diverted across the A934 in both directions.

    Elsewhere, roadworks at Dundee's Riverside Drive is causing congestion in both directions.

  63. What the papers say

    Reports that Islamic State militants have threatened to behead a British hostage, after a second American journalist was murdered by the group, dominate the front pages.

    Scottish newspapers 3 Sept

    The Herald reports First Minister Alex Salmond's claims that Scottish independence is closer than ever, while the Scottish Daily Mail says uncertainty over the future of the UK has devalued the pound.

    You can read more in our daily review.

  64. Referendum - Your Views

    @bbcscotlandnews using #ScotlandLive

    CodsyBear tweets: It's going to take some time to recover from the divided nation the referendum has created #scotlandlive

  65. Referendum - Get Involved

    Alan Glendinning: I have been following the debate on holiday in Malta, a small island which has been enjoying independence from Britain for the last 50 years. For those undecided voters, reliable information is out there in favour of a Yes vote. Remember, no other nation has tried to reverse an independence vote and ask yourself, if we were already independent, would you vote to become part of the UK?

    Ian Gardner: If Scotland votes Yes how will the licence fee be split? Will they only watch programmes funded by the money raised in Scotland? Will there still be a BBC? Will Scotland only be able to fund services from tax raised from its own population and not money from England? Why can't the English have a vote to decide if we want England to go it alone? Will the national lottery stop funding good causes in Scotland? Or will it be proportional to ticket sales?

    Join the debate via text to 80295, tweet using #ScotlandLive or email.

  66. Heart attack treatment

    A fifth of people who have a heart bypass or a stent fitted after a heart attack do not need it, research in Glasgow shows.

    Current methods of measuring blood flow are not totally accurate and can be interpreted differently.

    Researchers using a new measurement found stents and surgery could be avoided in more than 20% of cases.

  67. Murray Watch

    Andy Murray believes he is close to playing his best tennis after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the US Open quarter-finals.

    The Scot's straight sets victory secured a mouth-watering clash against world number one Novak Djokovic later.

    Andy Murray

    Murray, 27, will go into that match on the back his first win over a top-10 player in 14 months.

    "I don't feel like I'm that far away from playing my best tennis," he said.

    "I may be five, six days away from potentially winning another Grand Slam."

  68. Referendum Plea

    The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged both sides in the referendum debate to treat each other with respect.

    The Rt Reverend John Chalmers said he was "disturbed" by increased aggression as the 18 September vote approached.

    Mr Chalmers will chairs a debate between Finance Secretary John Swinney and Advocate General Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC in Glasgow later.

  69. Here We Go...

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team to our rolling live text service on the latest news, sport, weather and travel between now and 6pm.