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  1. 'Weather bomb' raises risk of severe gales for Scotland
  2. Homicides at lowest recorded level
  3. Scottish Labour urges vote for 16 and 17-year-olds
  4. St Mirren look for new manager after Tommy Craig parts company with club
  5. Edinburgh Playhouse sends porn DVDs to children

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By Thomas McGuigan, Rachael Connors, Rebecca Bailey and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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Good Night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is it for today's Scotland Live blog.

We will be back tomorrow from 07:00 with all the latest on the weather.

You can also listen to Good Morning Scotland on Radio Scotland from 06:00 for news of any disruption.

Good night.

Scotland 2014

Scotland 2014

tweets: Have you been caught up in the wet and windy weather today? We'll get the latest about the so-called "weather bomb" due to hit the UK.

Watch tonight's show from 22:30 on BBC Two Scotland.

Robertson reacts to submarine sighting

SNP Defence Spokesperson Angus Robertson MP, whose constituency contains RAF Lossiemouth, has reacted to news that Britain had to call in help from allies following a reported sighting of a submarine periscope off the west coast of Scotland.

"This is hugely embarrassing for the UK which is totally exposed without such critical maritime patrol assets," he said.

"It is not the first time they have had to depend on the goodwill of allies to fill this massive capability gap.

Angus Robertson

"It is absurd that Scotland as a maritime nation doesn't have a single Maritime Patrol Aircraft. All of our surrounding neighbours have them.

"It is utter madness that the MoD are going to renew Trident at a cost of £100bn but not on essential conventional kit like these aircraft."

Alcohol theft

Police are hunting for thieves who stole "a large quantity of alcohol" from an Italian restaurant in Bridge of Allan.

The culprits made off with cash and drinks including champagne and spirits in the break-in at Vecchia Bologna overnight on Friday, 5 December.

It is thought more than one person was involved in the raid given the quantity of alcohol taken.

Officers have warned the alcohol may be offered for sale in the Stirling area.

M74 latest

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M74 J4 between slips (Jct with M73) - Accident, 2 lanes closed Southbound for up to 30 minutes has been cleared.

Schools closed

Highland Council has said that 23 schools have been closed today due to the weather conditions and nearly 1300 pupils have been sent home.

The secondary and primary schools are mainly in Skye and Lochalsh. Schools in Gairloch were also closed.

Motorway delays

Traffic Scotland

tweets: M74 J4 between slips (Jct with M73) - Accident, 2 lanes closed Southbound for up to 30 minutes

Man to stand trial over explosives

A man

is to stand trial next year charged with having a large number of explosive substances at flats in Edinburgh.

Faris Al-Khori, 62, was arrested after searches in the city's Muirhouse and Leith areas earlier this year.

He faces a charge under the Explosive Substances Act which runs from December 2007 until April 2014.

Al-Khori appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

Problems on the trains


tweets: UPDATE: Trains btwn Barrhead/Kilmarnock disruption expected till 20:00 due to blockage on line. Bus replacement btwn Kilmarnock/Barrhead.

Thompson wants Saints job

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Steven Thompson tells @BBCSport he'd be interested in taking the St Mirren job. Says he'd find it very difficult to turn down.

Subway disruption

Glasgow Subway

tweets: Outer Circle back up and running. Thank you for your patience. Please RT

Ferries and trains update

BBC Scotland Travel


Many ferries, including Ardrossan to Brodick and Mallaig to Armadale, have been cancelled. Other routes are on amber alert for today and tomorrow so check before setting off.

Finally, trains between Barrhead and Kilmarnock are disrupted because of a blockage on the line.

Latest from the roads

BBC Scotland Travel


Poor weather means many routes are slower than usual tonight.

There are wind warnings on the Tay, Erskine, Kessock, Skye, Dornoch and Forth Road Bridges so make sure you slow down and take care. The Tay and Skye Bridges are closed to high-sided vehicles, and the Forth Road Bridge is open only to cars.

In Glasgow, there are westbound queues on the M8 at the moment, from J12 Cumbernauld Road across the Kingston Bridge to J22 Plantation.

In West Dunbartonshire, the A82 Dumbarton road is closed northbound because of a fallen tree between the Bowling Roundabout and Barnhill Road. A local diversion is in place.

In Edinburgh, the A90 Queensferry Road has queues westbound because of an earlier accident at Drum Brae North.

Be Prepared

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tweets: For handy tips about how to ensure you are best prepared in the event of a Powercut, please
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Trains update

Trains now travelling direct between Glasgow and Kilmarnock after earlier disruption at Dunlop, which was caused by a garden shed blowing on the line.

Computer scam

An elderly woman in the Scottish Borders has had thousands of pounds stolen from her in a computer scam.

Police have urged people to be vigilant after the 75-year-old from Galashiels was targeted by fraudsters.

She was called on 2 December by a man asking to be paid for work he claimed was carried out on her computer.

He persuaded her to allow him to access her computer remotely and removed "several thousand pounds" from her bank account.

CalMac update

Ferry operator CalMac

tweets: UPDATE There will be no further departures from #Rothesay. The next departure from #Gourock will be at 1830 which will be the final sailing.

Charlie Telfer latest

Following the outcome of the

Charlie Telfer compensation case between Rangers and Dundee United, BBC Sport's Jim Spence
tweets: Rangers website says Utd introduced argument that club in current form only 2 years old. Utd say they didn't. Time to make hearings open?

Football fan accused of sectarian remarks

A man has appeared in court charged with making sectarian remarks during a football match between Aberdeen and Celtic on Remembrance Sunday.

Celtic vs Aberdeen

Daniel Fraser, 24, denies behaving in a way likely to incite public disorder at Pittodrie Stadium on 9 November.

Mr Fraser, of Aberdeen, faces a charge under the Offensive Behaviour Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 at the city's sheriff court.

He is due to stand trial next year.

Man to stand trial over explosives

A man

is to stand trial next year charged with having a large number of explosive substances at flats in Edinburgh.

Faris Al-Khori, 62, was arrested after searches in the city's Muirhouse and Leith areas earlier this year.

He faces a charge under the Explosive Substances Act which runs from December 2007 until April 2014.

Al-Khori appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

Train disruption

Trains between Glasgow and Kilmarnock are suspended after a garden shed blew on to the line at Dunlop.

Norovirus cases increase

The number of patients affected by outbreaks of norovirus at two Highland hospitals has now reached 17.

There are 12 cases at the Royal Northern Infirmary in Inverness and five at the County Hospital in Nairn.

Science Photo Library

Also known as the winter vomiting bug, the virus leads to sickness and diarrhoea and has been confirmed in the majority of the patients.

Two affected wards have been closed to new admissions and the public are being discouraged from visiting those affected.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather


The wintry showers will become more widespread.

Westerly winds will continue to strengthen, reaching storm force by the end of the night across the north west coast, the Western and Northern Isles.

Lows tonight of around one to two Celsius.

Subway disruption

Glasgow Subway

tweets: Update: Outer circle remains suspended, however increased service on the Inner circle.

Indyref's Facebook record

The Scottish independence referendum was the most talked-about topic on Facebook in the UK this year.

Bosses at the social media website said there were 3.3 million comments, posts and likes on polling day alone, with 1.9 million of those in Scotland.

Facebook open on a computer

Facebook also recorded 10 million referendum-related interactions in the five weeks leading up to voting day, on 18 September.

Funeral of teenage farmer

The funeral of a teenage farmer who died in crash

has been held, with tractors playing a large part in the ceremony.

William Sangster, who was 19 and from Auchnagatt, was a passenger in a car which crashed near Mintlaw last month.

William Sangster's coffin is pulled by a tractor
Newsline Media

Friends were told that they could wear boiler suits and boots if they wished due to the teenager's love of farming.

The coffin was carried behind a tractor, and followed by tractors, in Crimond.

Coyle moves to MLS

Former Wigan manager Owen Coyle has taken over at Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo on a three-year deal.

Owen Coyle

The Paisley-born 48-year-old has been out of work since leaving the DW Stadium last December.

Coyle has also managed Falkirk, St Johnstone, Bolton and Burnley.

Your Pictures


Joey Durkin says it looks like he'll be spending longer than planned on Lewis.

A signpost reads: Ferry Cancelled
Joey Durkin

If you're like him and were meant to travel today,

make sure you check your service is still running before you travel.

And keep the pictures coming - tweet them using #weatherbomb or #ScotlandLive, or

email them to us.

Rapist proposed to victim to avoid trial

A man who proposed to a woman he raped, after mistakenly believing she could not then give evidence against him, has been convicted of attacking her.

Alain Climent, 50, originally of Paris, raped the 52-year-old woman in Lanarkshire in November 2013.

He then raped her again at her home in Lanarkshire in March 2014, before sexually assaulting her a month later.

Climent will be sentenced later after being convicted of rape, sexual assault and assault charges.

Not for family viewing

The Playhouse Theatre in Edinburgh has apologised after sending pornographic DVDs to children and parents by mistake.

The Playhouse exterior

It had meant to send recordings of the theatre's summer schools for children.

The theatre has demanded that the production company who made the DVDs carries out an investigation into how the error happened.

Submarine sighting

Jonathan Beale

Defence correspondent, BBC News

Britain had to call in the help of aircraft from the US, France and Canada following a reported sighting of a submarine periscope off the west coast of Scotland.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) will not confirm they were looking for a foreign submarine, but in a statement the MOD said it "requested assistance from allied forces for basing maritime patrol aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth for a limited period". Britain no longer has any maritime patrol aircraft of its own.

The sighting was reported late November and the search continued until the first week of this month.

At the height of the hunt, two US Navy P-3 Orions, a Royal Canadian Airforce Aurora and a French Dassault Atlantique were involved in the search.

Power cut alert

Scottish and Southern Energy say they have gone on yellow alert which means they are anticipating power cuts.

They say they have been monitoring the weather front and have put contingency plans in place to minimise any disruption to electricity supplies.

They have increased their staffing levels and have extra vehicles ready for any damage the weather may cause.

United to pay £170k for Telfer

Dundee United have been told they must pay Rangers £170,000 for midfielder Charlie Telfer.

Charlie Telfer

It follows a tribunal at Hampden that settled a compensation figure.

The 19-year-old moved to Tannadice from Ibrox at the beginning of June under freedom of contract.

Weather: Message from the coastguard

Ardrossan Coastguard

tweets: The team remain #alwaysoncall to respond to coastal emergencies regardless of the weather conditions or the time of day/night #weatherbomb

Weather: Forth Road Bridge

The Forth Road Bridge

is expected to be closed to all vehicles except cars tomorrow.

forth road bridge

Gilmour on Sportsound

On Sportsound tonight on Radio Scotland, listen to an exclusive interview with St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour

following the departure of Tommy Craig as manager.

Tommy Craig

Gilmour said Craig was one of the "best coaches I've ever seen working at St Mirren".

Listen to the programme from 18:10pm on 810MW or


Weather: Flood warnings


Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), says there are currently three flood warnings in place:

  • Corpach and Caol (Argyll and Bute)
  • Fort William (Argyll and Bute)
  • Glen Lyon (Tayside)

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology, said: "The greatest risk of coastal flooding is expected to impact on north and west coastlines, especially Caithness, Sutherland, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Isles. Impacts are also likely to affect Argyll and Bute, Firth of Clyde, Clyde estuary and Dumfries and Galloway.

"The potential for strong to gale force winds, very large waves and tidal surges could result in localised flooding to roads, coastal pathways, causeways and individual properties from spray and wave overtopping."

Your Pictures


Russ Cheshire

tweets: Bit bouncy off south #Arran today; more to come tomorrow! #weatherbomb #ScotlandLive

Russ Cheshire

School closures

All schools and nurseries in the Western Isles will be closed tomorrow because of the weather.