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  1. Wind and rain prompt travel warning
  2. Gusts of up to 75mph expected to hit parts of Scotland
  3. Glasgow Cathedral considers charging visitors
  4. Edinburgh steps up bid to host Tour de France's Grand Depart

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Laura Cuthill

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McNamara seeks improvement

The Dundee United players should follow the example set by Paul Paton, John Rankin and Andy Robertson if they are to improve,

argues Jackie McNamara.

Dundee United players

Seven wins from 10 games has earned United second-top spot in the Scottish Premiership so far and have beaten derby rivals Dundee in the League Cup.

But manager McNamara is demanding more. "If they have the work rate and application that Paton and Rankin and Robertson have then they will make it to the very top," he told BBC Scotland.

Rugby Sevens

For more on the story of Scotland losing the IRB Sevens World Series,

read Alasdair Lamont's report.

Travellers' site plan shelved

Plans for a controversial permanent halting site for travellers in Aberdeen are set to be dropped,

BBC Scotland has learned.

The council had identified Howes Road, between Northfield and Bucksburn, as the preferred location.

The site is included as a travellers camp in the local development plan which will be discussed next week.

The ruling Labour-run administration amendment will go to the communities, housing and infrastructure committee.

Lookout for shooting stars

Edinburgh Evening News

Tweets: Watch the Skies! You might see a Halley's Comet meteor shower tonight.

Read the full story here.

Rugby sevens axed

Organisers of the IRB sevens and the Scottish Rugby Union have not commented on the news.

After next year's event, the IRB Sevens will not return to Scotland until 2019 at the earliest.

Scotland loses IRB Sevens

Scotland is to lose its role as a host nation of rugby's IRB international sevens tournament.

As of 2016, France is to be preferred as one of nine countries on the circuit.

scotland in action at the sevens

Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow has been host to the Scottish leg of the IRB Sevens World Series for the past three years, with Murrayfield hosting it the five years prior to that.

Body identified

A body found in the Highlands has been identified as that of a missing Wakefield man.

Mark Burgess, 58, was last seen on 15 October and Police Scotland had appealed for sightings as he was believed to have travelled north.

Mark Burgess
Not specified

A body was found in the Alness area on Monday.

Police said it had been identified as that of Mr Burgess, and that a report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

'Spiritual heart of community'

The minister of Glasgow Cathedral has said the attraction should remain free as "it belongs to all the people".

Historic Scotland, which looks after the medieval building, is considering charges from 1 April next year to help with maintenance.

Glasgow Cathedral

Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley, speaking on Radio Scotland's Newsdrive, said: "The city looks upon the cathedral as its 'mother kirk'. Indeed, containing the tomb of Saint Mungo, our patron saint, in many ways it is the spiritual heart of the whole community.

"We have always liked to feel it belongs to all the people - that it is theirs, their special possession. The idea that they would suddenly have to be charged £4.50 seems to us very unfortunate."

Man raped woman near her work

A Polish man who had only just moved to Scotland raped a woman just yards from her work.

Krzysztof Druzgala pounced on the 20-year-old after following her off a bus in Edinburgh in August this year.

A court heard how the victim's workmates heard a scream - but thought nothing of it and turned up the radio.

Druzgala pleaded guilty to rape at the High Court in Glasgow and will be sentenced in December.

Spooky Stirling

The Scotsman

Tweets: Stirling will host a paranormal festival over Halloween featuring ghost walks & special guests.

Read the full story here.

Johansen - Celtic 'adapting'

Celtic are improving because the players are adapting to Ronny Deila's system rather than the manager modifying it to suit his squad.

So says midfielder Stefan Johansen, who joined Celtic from Deila's previous side Stromsgodset in January.

Stefan Johansen

"I don't think he has changed much," he said when asked to compare the system at Celtic and their previous club.

"He believes in the way he wants to play, but what we are seeing now is the team starting to adapt to it."

BBC Scotland Weather


Today's top wind gusts (mph) Machrihanish 67, Islay 66, Wick 64, S.Uist 63, Salsburgh 63, Tiree 61, Edinburgh 60. Also, Cairngorm summit 108

Grant hope for bike centre

Plans to revamp a disused church into a mountain bike centre at the Cathkin Braes Commonwealth Games venue are on course.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given initial backing to the bid for a £1.05m grant to transform the B-listed former St Martin's Church in Castlemilk.

Cathkin Braes

The move includes a grant of £179,900 to further develop the proposal.

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Ardenglen Housing Association have two years to submit final plans.

Spate of crimes linked

Police believe a spate of housebreakings at commercial and residential properties in

Bridge of Allan are linked.

Two hairdressers, an off-license and a flat were broken into and property taken between 15 and 20 October.

Bridge of Allan

Officers believe a man seen taking alcohol from WoodWinters Wines and Whiskies on Henderson Street could be behind all four crimes.

Police also think the thefts of a quad bike and a trailer could be linked.

BBC Scotland Travel


The A83 Rest and Be Thankful is closed. All the main bridges have warnings on them. The Skye Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles and police have urged people to not walk across the bridge.

The Tay Road Bridge is closed to double deckers with a 30mph speed limit, while there is a 40mph restriction on the Forth Road Bridge. It's closed to high sided vehicles and motorbikes and the Erskine Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles.

There are also major problems on the ferries. CalMac has 22 alerts on at the moment, with no sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool.

Tune in

Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland.


Listen live to the programme


No 'backroom deal'

Scotland's political parties must reach an agreement on more powers that will "stand the test of time",

a former first minister says.

Ahead of the first talks on more powers, Lord McConnell warned the parties involved against "looking for a backroom deal".

Jack McConnell

He called for tax powers beyond those proposed by the pro-Union parties.

However, he said the pro-independence parties' proposals did not "meet the desired will of the Scottish people".

Power restored

Scottish Hydro say some customers in the Fort William area have had their power restored. However, more than 100 residents in Lewis are still without supplies.

About 35 homes in Dunoon in Argyll should have power restored soon. Scottish Hydro apologised for the inconvenience, adding that their infrastructure was coping well with the high winds.

Katie Morag Bafta nominations

CBeebies drama Katie Morag is

leading this year's British Academy Children's Awards with three nominations.

The show is based on the books by Mairi Hedderwick and charts the adventures of a feisty and independent girl who lives on a Scottish island with her family.

Katie Morag

Wolfblood, Old Jack's Boat, The Amazing World of Gumball, 4 O'Clock Club and Roy each have two nominations.

The awards, which recognise the best in children's media, will be hosted by Doc Brown on 23 November in London.

Inverness squash star wins in US

Greg Lobban surprised top seed Julian Illingworth

to win the Indian Summer PSA Securian Open at the Commodore Squash Club in St Paul, Minnesota.

Greg Lobban
Getty Images

The 22-year-old from Inverness won the final of the PSA Challenger 5 event 11-1, 11-5, 12-10 to clinch the fourth PSA World Tour title of his career.

Inverness brewery plan falls flat

Highland Councillors have rejected plans for a brewery in the centre of Inverness.

The scheme was unanimously rejected following a visit to the site this morning.

The owners of the Glen Mhor Hotel on the city's riverside wanted to demolish a bar to incorporate the multi-million pound development as part of the existing Victorian building.

Councillors were concerned about the proposed scale of the development, as well as other issues including parking and the location.

On this day...

In 1983 Her Majesty The Queen opened the Burrell Collection in Pollok Park.

The gallery contains more than 8,000 works of art that were collected by the Glasgow shipping magnate Sir William Burrell.

Degas, The Rehersal, 1874
Glasgow Museums

In 1947 he left his collection to the people of Glasgow with the stipulation that it would be housed in a rural location.

Click through a picture gallery of highlights from the Burrell.

Blipfoto - Ten years on

On 21 October 2004, Joe Tree took a photo on his way to work.

He decided to tell his story through one snapshot every day. Fast-forward 10 years, and what started as a pet project has become a global online community:

the Edinburgh-based Blipfoto.

Joe Tree

Video - Cathedral charge

Historic Scotland has announced a plan to charge £4.50 for visitors to Glasgow Cathedral to help pay for its maintenance.

If implemented, the Cathedral would be one of the few historic attractions in the city which charge a fee for entry.

Glasgow Cathedral

Watch the minister of the cathedral, Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, outline why he thinks it is a bad idea.

World's End Murder Trial

An expert examiner of knots has told the World's End murder trial that it was likely that the ligatures of the two victims had been tied by two different people.

Forensic scientist Roger Ide examined the ligatures used to bind the wrists of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott and also those tied around their neck to strangle them.

Helen Scott and Christine Eadie
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He said two of the knots tied around Christine Eadie's body were more skilful and had been tied by someone who knew a little bit more about what they were doing. Dr Ide said that was his opinion but that he can't be sure.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies murdering and raping Christine Eadie and Helen Scott. The trial continues.

Tour de Edinburgh?

Edinburgh could be one step nearer to hosting a stage of the Tour de France.

Councillors have approved funding for other cycling events worth £225,000.


The city lost out to Yorkshire which hosted the Tour de France stage earlier this year.

Watch the report of BBC Scotland's Lisa Summers.

Bad driving - Your Views

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Bryan, Inverurie: Warnings are a pragmatic and sensible approach from Police Scotland, which can be measured by results. This is not a place for dogma. A traffic offence gives someone a criminal record, and once they have one there is less incentive to avoid another offence. We should welcome the official application of common sense to traffic policing.

Man jailed for 'brutal' murder

A man who beat and strangled his wife and later boasted about it in a pub

has been jailed for life for murder.

Alan Humphrey, 56, attacked 49-year-old Angela Humphrey at her home in Quarrywood Avenue, in the Barmulloch area of Glasgow, on 21 February.

Angela Humphrey
Angela Humphrey's body was found at her Glasgow home

Her body was found in the flat days later after relatives called police.

Following his conviction at the High Court in Glasgow, Humphrey was told he must serve a minimum of 19 years in prison before he can apply for parole.

Aberdeen airport incident

Evening Express

Tweets: Breaking news: Firefighters tackling chemical spill at Aberdeen Airport.

Read the full story here.

A9 speed limit

Legislation raising the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway stretches of the A9 between Perth and Inverness has been signed.

The new 50mph speed limit will come into force alongside average speed camera systems on 28 October.

The move is aimed at improving safety and reducing driver frustration on the trunk road.

The Scottish government has committed to converting the full length of the A9 to a dual carriageway.

Kidney specialist suspended

A kidney specialist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been suspended for three months.

It was ruled he had developed an improper emotional relationship with a female patient.

Dr Colin Millar admitted making repeated visits to the 19-year-old in hospital, which were clinically unnecessary.

Gonzalo affects

The remains of

Hurricane Gonzalo is causing strong winds over much of Scotland.

The west coast is expected to be worst affected, with heavy rain also forecast throughout the day.

These pictures are of Ballantrae on the South Ayrshire coast.

Waves at Ballantrae
Ballantrae Harbour

Cathedral considers charge

Plans to charge visitors to Glasgow Cathedral have attracted criticism from the church's minister and sparked an online petition against the move.

Historic Scotland, which looks after the medieval building, is considering charges of up to £5 from 1 April next year to help with maintenance.

Glasgow Cathedral

Minister of the cathedral, Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, said he was concerned this would deter visitors.

Hundreds of people have also signed an online petition against the proposal.

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Your Pictures

Ian McIntyre sends in this picture, adding: "Elizabeth G broke her moorings in Oban harbour during hurricane Gonzalo's pass over and beached herself at the Corran Esplanade."

Elizabeth G
Ian McIntyre

Flynn could go pro

Commonwealth gold medallist Charlie Flynn has told Radio Scotland he will decide if he will turn professional within a fortnight.

"I will need to wait and see," commented the Motherwell mail worker.

Charlie Flynn

"Everyone is making different offers. Over the next two weeks, I would say everything will be getting cleared up and there will be an announcement."

Asked how he would keep training during the Christmas post rush, he added: "That shouldn't be a problem. A wee bit of ducking and driving in the mail, couple of early nights, get the training done. That's it, you're jammin'!"

Labour in crisis?

Two former Labour first ministers of Scotland have suggested the Scottish Labour Party is in need of an overhaul.

The remarks by Lord Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish were reported in newspapers at the weekend following the loss of some traditional Labour voters to the Yes campaign in last month's referendum.

Henry McLeish

Watch former First Minister Henry McLeish tell BBC Scotland's political correspondent Lucy Adams how the party has lost sight of voters: "This is the point that Labour just can't get.

Tributes to Glenn Gibbons

The Scotsman

Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes for the Scotsman's former Chief Football Writer Glenn Gibbons, who has passed away at the age of 69.

Read the full story.

Ex-Milkman jailed for sex attacks

A former milkman who sexually assaulted three girls nearly 40 years ago

has been jailed for eight years.

William Mailer was found guilty of six charges of serious sexual assault, including three charges of rape.

William Mailer

The 71-year-old, from Falkirk, was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh of attacking three girls aged between 11 and 13 in the 1970s and 80s.

Lord Glennie told Mailer, who was also an HGV driver, that his victims "show the scars even today".