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  1. Alex Salmond bonfire effigy 'was blown up'
  2. Glasgow Games '£25m under budget'
  3. Woman rescued after quarry fall
  4. Gray brothers named in Scotland side to face Argentina
  5. Celtic boss Ronny Deila eyes 'biggest achievement'

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Bookmaker robbery attempt

Police are appealing for information after two men in white paper suits and black balaclavas tried to rob a bookmakers in Glasgow.

The incident happened at the Ladbrokes on Woodneuk Road in Nitshill at about 21:00 on Wednesday.

One man was in possession of what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from a staff member.

Telephone scam in central Scotland

Police have warned the public about telephone scams after a spate of fraudulent calls across Tayside and central Scotland.

Two Perthshire residents were scammed out of £25,000 each on the same day, while in the same week a Bridge of Allan man lost more than £50,000.

Officers have warned of the "vishing" fraud, where scammers pretend to be calling from the victim's bank.

Stenhousemuir assault

Police are investigating a serious assault after a 29-year-old man was attacked in a Stenhousemuir street.

Gladstone Road

The victim was walking on Gladstone Road, off Tryst Road, at about 23:10 on Wednesday night when he was assaulted.

He was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital with facial injuries.

World's End

The World's End trial has heard that the accused's version of events does not fit with forensic evidence.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies raping and murdering 17-year-olds Helen Scott and Christine Eadie in October 1977.

World's End

He is accused of carrying out the attacks along with his late brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton.

Scientist Andrew Davidson said Mr Sinclair's version of events did not fit the DNA evidence on Ms Scott's coat.

Celtic team

Celtic have announced the team that will play Astra tonight in very foggy conditions.

The men who will start for the Hoops are: Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Mulgrew; McGregor, Johansen, Wakaso; Scepovic.

On the bench will be Zaluska, Ambrose, Matthews, Kayal, Bitton, Griffiths and Tonev.

Starved dog dies

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog less than half its ideal weight was taken to an Edinburgh vet and later died.

Scotland's animal welfare charity was alerted when the severely emaciated female terrier crossbreed was taken in on 4 November.

The vet had no option but to put the dog, which was light brown, to sleep.

Wilson's US adventure

BBC Sport's Richard Wilson

speaks to former Rangers technical director and reserve team coach Tommy Wilson to learn about his new challenge in Philadelphia.

Tommy Wilson and Ally McCoist

Teenage voters

Should 16-17 year olds be allowed to vote in national elections? Over 100,000 registered to put their X in the box for the first time in September's independence referendum. But the law hasn't changed for future parliamentary elections and voters have to be 18 or over.

Teenage voters

Laura Bicker has been been talking to teenagers at Bellahouston Academy Glasgow about voting, six months to the day until the General Election.

See her report on Reporting Scotland tonight.

Toddler's injuries extensive

Two-year-old Madison Horn had a head fracture, extensive internal injuries, bruising to her face and some of her hair pulled out,

a court has heard.

Madison Horn

The youngster also had a potential bite on her leg and blood on her pyjamas.

Kevin Park, 27, denies murdering Madison at the family home in Kelty, Fife, on 20 April.

Aberdeenshire man missing

Relatives of missing Aberdeenshire man Shaun Ritchie have

described his disappearance as a "nightmare".

Missing man Shaun Ritchie
Not specified

The 20 year-old was last seen with friends at a remote woodland area near Strichen sometime on Friday night into Saturday morning. So far a major search has failed to find him.

He was wearing grey jeans, a white t-shirt and a grey hooded top when he was last seen.

The family said in a statement: "With every passing day we're becoming more and more worried about Shaun."

World's End trial

The World's End trial has heard that the accused's version of events does not fit with forensic evidence.

Forensic scientist Andrew Davidson says he considered potential time frames after he knew what Angus Sinclair said happened the night Christine Eadie and Helen Scott disappeared in October 1977.

Christine Eadie and her friend Helen Scott were killed in October 1977
Christine Eadie and her friend Helen Scott were killed in October 1977

He says Mr Sinclair's claim that he had consensual sex with the girls in his caravanette in Holyrood park in Edinburgh, and then drove to East Lothian where he left the girls alive and unharmed, did not tally with the DNA evidence matching Mr Sinclair that he saw on Helen's coat.

He says it was more likely to have been deposited closer to the time Helen's body was left in a field in East Lothian. The Lord Advocate also said that the court had previously heard evidence that Helen walked in the field.

Angus Sinclair denies murdering and raping Helen Scott and Christine Eadie. He blames his brother-in-law Gordon Hamilton for their deaths.

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Salmond effigy -Your Views

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Iain, Edinburgh: I think it's great that the good people of Lewes saw fit to burn an effigy of Alex Salmond. It's just a shame nobody up here thought of doing it too.

Catherine: Such a lot of fuss about something that is meant to be a bit of fun. The SNP have split this wonderful country of ours. So much bitterness. No sense of humour any more. Feel embarrassed to say I am Scottish.

Ferry problems

Highland Council could end its running of the Corran Ferry in Lochaber because it continues to run at a loss.

The local authority said under European State Aid rules it should not be subsidising the service.

Councillors have been asked to consider three options for the future of the crossing on Loch Linnhe.

The options are increasing fares to meet the running costs, retendering the service or transferring it to government agency Transport Scotland.

Council officers will publish a detailed report on the service in 2015.

Celtic game concern

The Scotsman

Astra v Celtic Europa fixture in doubt due to fog

Dog attacks boy

Police are investigating after a 23-month-old boy was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Kirriemuir.

The boy suffered facial injuries after being bitten by the black dog at Glamis Road at 13:00 on Wednesday.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for treatment.

Police are keen to trace a woman, understood to be in her 20s, with light brown or blonde hair, who was wearing a red top at the time of the incident.

Police name death crash pensioner

An 82-year-old man who died after being struck by a car in Aberdeenshire has been named.

James Lyall, of Inverbervie, was struck by a black Audi A3 on the A92 in the town at about 15:15 on Wednesday.

Pedestrian Mr Lyall was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary under police escort but later died.

The car was being driven by a 36-year-old woman who was uninjured. Police Scotland appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Borders railway

Track laying along the 30-mile route of the Borders to Edinburgh railway has crossed into the Scottish Borders.

Track laying
Peter Devlin

It marks the completion of the rail installation process in Midlothian.

Track is now in place over a number of landmark structures including the Lothianbridge Viaduct near Newtongrange and the new Hardengreen Bridge.

Salesman raped girl

A fruit and vegetable salesman from Renfrewshire has been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl and abusing five others over almost two decades.

George Anderson

George Anderson, 63, from Johnstone, committed the offences between May 1973 and August 1992 at various addresses in his home town and Howwood.

Police investigation for Barras

Police have said the Barras street market in Glasgow is the major location for the sale of fake and counterfeit goods.

Barras market, Glasgow

In a year-long operation launched in advance of the Commonwealth Games in the city, officers say they've seized goods worth more than £13m.

More than 50 people have been arrested. In the most recent operation,

£500,000 worth of CDs and DVDs were recovered last month.

Aberfeldy's war

A museum celebrating Aberfeldy's WW1 heritage is to be set up using funds from a local wind farm.

first world war
Breadalbane Heritage Society

The Breadalbane Heritage Society is developing its first exhibition telling the story of local people and the 6th Black Watch Battalion.

Guidetti nets award

Celtic striker John Guidetti has been named the Scottish Professional Football League Premiership player of the month for October.

John Guidetti

The Sweden international arrived at Celtic in the summer on loan from Manchester City and has scored six goals in four games during the month.

Rain on the way

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning of heavy rainfall affecting many parts of Scotland throughout Thursday and Friday.

weather for november 6
Met office

It was expected to be most persistent in south west Scotland and the southern Highlands from Argyll to Angus.

The alert also covers parts of Central, Tayside, Fife, Strathclyde and Grampian.

Apology over patient death

Scotland's largest health board has apologised and paid compensation to the family of an elderly man who choked to death in a Glasgow hospital.


Roddy MacDonald, 84, who had Parkinson's disease, was fed goulash instead of soft, mashed up food at Gartnavel Hospital (pictured) in 2011.

A significant incident review later identified major failings in his care.

Oil regulator chief named

The man who will head the government's new Aberdeen-based oil and gas industry regulator has been named.

Andy Samuel
Not specified

Andy Samuel is managing director of BG Group's exploration and production in Europe.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said Mr Samuel would help shape the future not just of the industry, but of the entire UK economy.

'Help us pay for Hogmanay'

Police Scotland want the organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations to help pay towards the cost of policing the event for the first time.


The move to start charging follows the introduction of a new national policy on policing commercial events.

The cost has still to be worked out but Police Scotland deny claims it will be as much as £250,000.

Edinburgh City Council wants the charges delayed until after 2015.

Salmond effigy - Get Involved

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Gavin from Scone: Burning effigies of living people can never be appropriate. Regardless of what you think of him, this man has a wife and family and they should not have to watch images of him being burned while people cheer. I'm in no way ultra PC, in fact quite the opposite, but this is just simply bad taste.

Maggie: For goodness sake lighten up everyone! Loads of satirical folk have been 'burned'- it's so typical the Yes lot are offended - why? It's a JOKE !!!

Salmond effigy - Your Views

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Stuart in Kilmarnock: I find it frightening that you have people who are supposedly seriously outraged at the burning of an effigy. Just goes to show that times are changing and that satire is well and truly dead.

Salmond effigy was blown up...

An effigy of Alex Salmond was blown up during bonfire celebrations in Lewes despite assurances that it would not be burned,

it has emerged.

The effigy was one of two which were due to have been burned at the annual celebrations in the East Sussex town.

Fireworks were placed inside the effigy and then set off

They were said by police to have been withdrawn after protests on social media.

But photographs have emerged which shows one of them being blown up in a firework display.

Games success

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was delivered £25m under budget,

organisers say.

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Games organiser Glasgow 2014, said that was the amount of "previously committed public funds" that was not required.

The final budget position will not be finalised until the closing accounts of the organising committee are published early next year.

The total Games budget was £575.6m.

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Paul Brown, Glasgow: Burning Alex Salmond in effigy wasn't the problem. Politicians are public figures and fair game for even off-colour 'satire'. But adding Yes and 45 badges to the piece meant they were planning to symbolically burn everyone who voted for independence as well - which *is* appalling. Not the best way to heal rifts so soon after the referendum, I'm sure you'll agree.

Jim: Goodness me what a palaver over nothing. Since when did we Scots develop so thin a skin and unable to take a bit of fun poking? Billy Connolly, David Cameron, Oprah Winfrey among others have previously been 'burnt'.

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tweets: The effigy burning sensitivity isn't about Salmond, they were also burning the 45% of Scots who dared to vote for independence #ScotlandLive

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Mark, Fife: Massive over sensitivity to this issue. Have we forgotten the irreverent public humiliation dished out weekly on Spitting Image in the 80's and 90's? Would Roy Hattersley's dribbling puppet, or the miniature David Steel survive the tidal wave of social media driven fake outrage? Do we have such a terrible reputation for moaning about everything our southern neighbours just won't bother even poking fun any more?

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Having a whale of a time

A humpback whale has been photographed breaching from the sea off Skye.

Brian Wells took a series of images on Wednesday afternoon while working on a fishing boat near Portree.

Humpback whale breaching
Brian Wells

Mr Wells said the whale had been in the area for about two weeks and had previously been seen coming up out of the water on Monday.

The humpback is a species known for spectacular breaching, according to the marine wildlife charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Cotter eager for Scotland clash

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter says his side are looking forward to "putting in a good performance" against Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"There is a genuine desire for this squad and those selected for the Test to play well for the jersey," he added.

Gray brothers given chance to shine

Second-row brothers Richie and Jonny Gray will feature for the first time together after being named in the Scotland side to face Argentina.

Richie (left) and Jonny Gray

The brothers will feature against the Pumas at Murrayfield on Saturday in the first autumn Test.

Jonny Gray, 20, will make his sixth appearance for his country alongside his 25-year-old brother, who has been capped 39 times.

In November 2013, Jonny made his debut for Scotland against South Africa, replacing Richie just after the hour mark.

Glasgow Warriors Mark Bennett and Adam Ashe will make their first and second appearances at outside-centre and number 8, respectively.