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Summary

  1. Alex Salmond takes part in final FMQs as leader
  2. Admiral raises doubts on Scottish warship work
  3. World's End trial evidence against accused 'overwhelming'
  4. Woman sexually assaulted in park
  5. Rep of Ireland's James McCarthy out of Euro 2016 game v Scotland

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By Graham Fraser and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That's all from the Scotland Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow, hope you can join us then.

Murray watch

BBC Tennis

tweets: 22 matches. 11 victories each. The symmetry must be broken. Murray v Federer, live on @BBC5LSX from 8. #bbctennis

Andy Murray and Roger Federer
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Travel update

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A8: Glasgow and Edinburgh Road - RTA westbound near Bargeddie - Glasgow-bound traffic now queuing back to J6 Newhouse.

Come on feel the Moyes...

David Moyes described La Liga as "better than the Premier League"

at his unveiling as Real Sociedad manager.

Moyes, 51, who was sacked by Manchester United in April, said he took charge of the Spanish side after turning down offers from clubs in England's Premier League.

David Moyes
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"Real Sociedad tugged at my heart strings," Moyes said.

"La Liga has the finest players and great coaches and I want to test myself against the best. I'm raring to go."

Alex Salmond - Your Views

You've been discussing the outgoing first minister and SNP leader on our

Facebook page.

Stephen Clinton: He has been an absolutely excellent FM and Scotland has a lot to thank him for.

Rachel Taylor: He threw his toys out of his pram when he lost the referendum. He should have stayed as leader of his party instead of walking away.

A90 crash

The emergency services are dealing with a serious crash on the A90 between Lonmay and Fraserburgh.

The two-car accident happened at about 15:20.

Police said the road was closed at the junction of the B9032 to Memsie and at the Tesco roundabout.

Two arrested over fraud

Two people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a £2m fraud in the south-west of England.

Pile of money
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A woman, 43, and a 23-year-old man were arrested in Glasgow on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money-laundering offences.

Police said around 300 people, who are mainly elderly, have been tricked out of money.

Man denies murdering partner

A 55-year-old man has gone on trial charged with the murder of his partner at their home in Renfrewshire.

Christopher Shone is alleged to have stabbed 43-year-old Mary Craig (pictured) following an argument at the home they shared in Lochwinnoch on 26 May.

Mary Craig
Other

The mother-of-four's body was found by the emergency services after they were called to the scene at about 22:45.

Mr Shone denies murdering his partner of eight years. The trial at the High Court in Glasgow continues.

Cat saved from sewage tank

A cat which fell 20 feet into a tank at a West Lothian sewage works has been rescued in an operation involving firefighters and animal rescue staff.

rescued cat
Scottish SPCA

Paul Lacki, a worker at the Armadale plant, raised the alarm after hearing the animal's cries on Wednesday.

Firefighters climbed down a ladder into the tank and coaxed the cat into a cage, which was then hoisted up.

Tom English Q&A

Tom English will take part in a Q&A on the

BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page tomorrow at noon about the Scotland vs Ireland match.

Get those questions ready.

Celtic ruling

More on that story about Celtic and Glasgow City Council.

The European Commission (EC) has dismissed claims that the Scottish champions broke EU rules in land deals involving the city council.

Officials in Brussels had asked the club and council for information after receiving complaints earlier this year.

The council has now confirmed that it has been informed by the EC that no action will be taken. The complaints were never taken as far as a formal investigation.

EC reject claims against Celtic

STV Sport reports the European Commission has thrown out claims Celtic Football Club were granted state aid by Glasgow City Council.

Read the full story.

Strachan's Celtic Park hopes

Gordon Strachan is confident the Tartan Army will turn Celtic Park into a real home from home for Scotland players as they host Republic of Ireland.

Celtic Park
SNS

Much has been made about Celtic connections within the visiting party and the resident club's Irish links ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier.

But Scotland manager Strachan said: "We will turn Celtic Park into the home of Scottish football."

No limits for rock climbers

When you think of rock climbing, you might have an image of climbers hanging from a precipice with their fingers, or balancing by their toes on a tiny ledge.

rock climbing
BBC

But what if you're a wheelchair user, or if you're missing an arm or a leg, or if you have cerebral palsy?

As this video demonstrates, Scotland's first Paraclimb competition at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena near Ratho proved there are few limits when it comes to rock climbing.

Horse therapy for veteran

A Gulf War veteran from Coldstream has become the

first ex-serviceman in Scotland to undergo "horse therapy".

Vince Davidson joined the Army when he was 23. Like his father and grandfather before him, he fought with the King's Own Scottish Borderers, serving in Northern Ireland and the Gulf.

Vince Davidson
BBC

After leaving the military, he developed severe post-traumatic stress disorder and became a recluse, living in his shed for 15 years.

Now he has found a new lease of life after becoming the first Scottish veteran to undergo the treatment.

Cumming: Abuse writing 'cathartic'

Actor Alan Cumming has written a memoir called "Not My Father's Son".

In this interview, he talks about how exploring his family history has been a cathartic experience.

Actor Alan Cumming attends the Alan Cumming Book Launch for "Not My Father"s Son" on October 6, 2014 in New York City.
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While in Malaysia, uncovering the mystery of his grandfather's death for BBC genealogy programme "Who Do You Think You Are?", Alan's own father - who had physically abused him as a child - then claimed Alan was not his son.

Speaking about his experience, he said: "Writing this book has been a great thing to, not just to make peace with myself and with my father, but also to realise that this is such a huge part of me and its always going to be."

100mph race against stranger

A driver hit 100mph while racing against a complete stranger with a toddler in the back of his car.

Nathan Myles took on Ryan Ross on the A92 between Carnoustie and Dundee, unaware they were being tailed by an unmarked police car.

A92
Google

When Myles, 23, was stopped, officers discovered his sister and three-year-old child were with him in the Audi A3.

Both men were banned from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

County release three defenders

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre has released three defenders who were signed in the summer, but he expects to bolster his squad during the January transfer window.

Jim McIntyre
SNS

The former Queen of the South boss, who took charge in September, has made room for new faces with Uros Celcer, Jordi Balk and Timothy Dreesen released.

Culture Club Hydro gig off

Culture Club have

cancelled their forthcoming US and UK tour - including their Glasgow tour date - because singer Boy George has developed a throat condition and may need surgery.

Boy George
PA

The reunited 1980s pop idols were due to embark on their first tour for 12 years on Saturday in California, and had been due to play at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 1 December.

Staff at Hydro made the announcement this afternoon, saying that tickets will be refunded from the original point of purchase.

In a statement Boy George said: "I'm devastated but I want to be able to perform to the best of my ability and the specialist has told me that right now that will be impossible. I will focus on getting better and see all my fans soon."

Federer expects rejuvenated Murray

Roger Federer expects Andy Murray to be boosted by his recent form when they meet in the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Thursday.

Andy Murray
Reuters

Both men will be vying for a place in the semi-finals at the O2 Arena in the late match at 20:00.

Dumfries drugs seized

Police say they have seized a "sizeable" quantity of drugs from two addresses in Dumfries.

The first incident saw heroin with a street value of £38,000 recovered from a house in Cairn Avenue on Monday.

In the second search on Tuesday, cannabis worth more than £12,000 was found in a property in Queen Street.

Sea trials for new ferry

A ferry built for Caledonian MacBrayne's Stornoway-Ullapool route is undergoing sea trials in Scotland.

Loch Seaforth
David Kirkwood

Built in Germany, the £41.8m MV Loch Seaforth was at Ullapool and on the Clyde earlier this week.

Once in service, it will be able to take 700 passengers, 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles.

Navy contracts: Salmond to write to PM

The First Minister is to write to the Prime Minister after reports that the head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, had

suggested that warships could be built abroad.

The MOD is insisting it has no plans to change the policy of only building warships in the UK.

But Alex Salmond told MSPs during his final

First Minsters Questions at Holyrood that it would be a total betrayal if the contract for type 26 frigates did not come to the Clyde shipyards.

Elgin link road rejected

Plans for a multi million pound Elgin link road have been

narrowly rejected by Moray councillors.

Elgin link road map
The Moray Council

They voted against the plan by seven votes to six.

It followed more than a day of evidence and deliberations.

The plan was for a link between the A96 and Elgin's Edgar Road retail park.

Man held over train attack

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a woman on a train.

The 25-year-old woman was attacked in the toilet of the stationary train, at Ayr station, between 22:20 and 23:00 on 31 October.

The train was the service for Glasgow Central due to leave Ayr at 23:00.

British Transport Police said the 18-year-old man was presently in custody and would appear at Ayr Sheriff Court in due course.

Baby escapes fire

Daily Record

A dad has saved his daughter from an inferno by throwing her out a first floor window into stranger's arms.

Child thrown from window into strangers arms
Daily Record

Liam Crocket's quick thinking saved both their lives after the fire tore through the block of flats in East Kilbride, after he and one-year-old Lilly were trapped after a bin store at their block of flats was set alight.

The 21-year-old factory worker took action as black smoke engulfed the stairwell, trapping them inside the flat in East Kilbride.

After throwing Lilly to safety, Liam jumped from a kitchen window.

Read the full story here.

Wolecki Black reacts to City win

Glasgow City manager Eddie Wolecki Black insists he never lost faith that his side would overcome Zurich in the women's Champions League.

Eddie Wolecki-Black
SNS

Two late goals on Wednesday night in Airdrie sealed City's 5-4 aggregate win and a spot in the last eight.

Armed gang steal shop till

Four armed men escaped with a till containing a three-figure sum of cash

after robbing an Edinburgh shop.

Canongate Story
Google

The men entered the Canongate Store where a 21-year-old man was working alone on Wednesday at about 18:40 and brandished knives.

Two of the thieves then seized the till.

A plastic container containing a two-figure sum was also stolen before the men made off into Bull's Close, where they disappeared.

100mph speeder banned

Evening Telegraph

tweets: Arbroath man banned after racing another driver at over 100mph with child in car.

Nathan Myles sped along the A92 dual carriageway between Carnoustie and Dundee racing Ryan Ross.

The pair - who had never met before - tailgated each other and other motorists completely unaware that they were being followed by an unmarked police car.

Read the full story here.

Woman jailed for battering OAP

A woman who launched

a drunken attack on an 80-year-old man in his home after saying, "you're my step-dad", has been jailed for 17 months.

Lyndsay Stirling
Spindrift

Former carer Lyndsay Stirling, 28, battered Daniel Martin at his home in Easterhouse in the early hours of 1 January this year.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how she smashed the pensioner in the face with her elbow before continuing to batter him as he lay on the ground.

X marks the pot

A hospital X-ray has helped to reveal the contents of a

9th Century bronze pot found in Dumfriesshire by an amateur with a metal detector.

Pot
Borders General Hospital

The sealed vessel was part of a major Viking hoard found at an undisclosed location earlier this year.

It was considered too delicate to open so Historic Scotland teamed up with Borders General Hospital.

The £485,000 unit, normally used on patients, revealed brooches, ingots and beads inside.

World's End closing statements

The prosecution in

the World's End murder trial has told the jury there is considerable, powerful and overwhelming evidence to return a guilty verdict.

angus Sinclair
Other

In his closing submission, The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said justice was what the case was about.

He said it was 37 years since the crime but Christine Eadie and Helen Scott's families still wanted justice.

Angus Sinclair, 69, denies murdering and raping the girls after meeting them in the World's End pub in Edinburgh.

Appy cycling

Cyclists in Glasgow are being urged to share their routes via a

new mobile phone app in a bid to improve the city's bike network.

Cycling lane
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The

Glasgow Cycling app allows cyclists to submit routes, distances travelled, times taken and average speeds.

The anonymous information will be available for free on Future City Glasgow's open data website.

It is hoped the data will inform future investment decisions and improvements to the city's cycling network.

Sex attack in park

An investigation has been launched following a report of

a sex attack in an Edinburgh park.

Police officers taped off an area of Leith Links after a woman said she was assaulted there at about 01:00.

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Book prize

Ali Smith has won the Goldsmiths Prize for original fiction for her novel How to be Both.

Ali Smith
Sarah Wood

The Inverness-born author's book, which borrows from the techniques of fresco painting, won for its innovations in form and its inventive publication.

Farmers Union

Three candidates are seeking election to the post of

president of the National Farmers Union Scotland.

Borders farmer Nigel Miller (pictured) has reached the end of his term having served in the position for four years.

Nigel Miller
SRUC

Current vice presidents Allan Bowie, from St Andrews, and Rob Livesey, from Melrose, have confirmed they will stand for election on 10 February.

They will be joined by combinable crops committee chairman Andrew Moir, from near Laurencekirk.

Labour leadership hustings

Labour has announced a series of hustings for the candidates seeking to replace Johann Lamont as leader of the party in Scotland.

Labour leadership candidates
PA

There will be seven events for party members in Dundee, Glasgow, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Cumbernauld.

The candidates - MSPs

Sarah Boyack and
Neil Findlay and the MP
Jim Murphy - are also expected to appear together at conferences for Labour women, young people and councillors.

World's End murder trial latest

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Frank Mulholland says part of Angus Sinclair's version of events is "preposterous, incredible and just defies common sense."

Mr Mulholland: "There's more chance of Livingston Football Club winning the Champions League" than part of Mr Sinclair's story being true.

Angus Sinclair denies raping and murdering Helen Scott and Christine Eadie. His lawyer will summarise the defence case this afternoon.

Scotland team to face All Blacks

Scottish rugby head coach Vern Cotter has named an unchanged starting line-up to take on New Zealand on Saturday.

Cotter has stuck by the men who started the 41-31 victory over Argentina.

Greig Laidlaw
SNS Group

The team to play New Zealand is:

15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 1 Alasdair Dickinson, 2 Ross Ford, 3 Euan Murray, 4 Richie Gray, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Rob Harley, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Adam Ashe

Replacements - Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Geoff Cross, Tim Swinson, Johnnie Beattie, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Weir and Sean Lamont

McCarthy out of Ireland match

Republic of Ireland midfielders James McCarthy and Glenn Whelan have both

been ruled out of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Scotland.

James McCarthy
Inpho

Everton's McCarthy (pictured left), who was born in Scotland, is to return to his club for treatment on a hamstring injury after undergoing a scan on Wednesday evening.