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  1. Public inquiry to be held into historical sex abuse of children in care.
  2. Ally McCoist to remain Rangers manager despite handing in his resignation
  3. Court rules against midwives over abortion procedures
  4. Unemployment in Scotland falls by 11,000
  5. Council tax arrears 'highest in UK'
  6. SPFL withholds £250,000 due to Rangers
  7. Church moves closer to gay ministers

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By Thomas McGuigan, Louise Sayers and Calum Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's it from the Scotland Live team this evening. We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow, bringing you the latest updates on news, sport, travel and weather across Scotland.

  2. Elgin's flood defences boosted

    The final major piece of engineering has been put in place in Elgin as part of a huge flood defence scheme.

    The footbridge over the River Lossie is one of a series of improvements put in place after severe floods swamped local businesses and forced hundreds of residents from their homes.

    Bridge in Elgin
  3. Man tried to lead girl, 12, away

    A man who tried to lead a 12-year-old girl away while she was waiting outside a West Lothian school for her parents is being sought by police.

    The incident happened at 19:20 on Tuesday outside Deans High School in Livingston.

    Deans High School in Livingston

    The man made no attempt to force the girl away or follow her and police said he may simply have been drunk.

    However, they are urging carers to ensure children have good transport arrangements home from festive events.

  4. Post update

    Evening Express

    council homes

    Tweets: Rent for Aberdeen council homes to increase next year. Full story here.

  5. Top cop backs body cameras

    Scotland's Chief Constable has said officers wearing body cameras could help improve the quality of evidence when cases are brought to court.

    Sir Stephen House said that his personal view was that the police should be examining the potential for using body cameras.

    A body camera that is being worn by a Cheshire Police officer

    But he said the public would need to be consulted before any changes.

    Sir Stephen was speaking at the launch of a campaign to highlight the increase in domestic abuse at Christmas.

  6. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    • On the outskirts of Edinburgh the M8 is very slow westbound after an accident between J2 for the M9 and J3 Livingston.
    • In the north of Edinburgh there is heavier than usual traffic because Lindsay Road is only open westbound. That means it is busy on Queensferry Road and surrounding areas.
    • In Glasgow the A8 eastbound is returning to normal after an accident was cleared just before the Shawhead flyover.
    • In Fife the A92 is slow eastbound at Cowdenbeath after an accident at the A909 junction.
    • There are advanced warnings from Calmac of possible disruptions on the ferries tomorrow and Friday between Oban and Castlebay, Castlebay and Ochboisdale and between Lochboisdale and Oban. Expect delays and or cancellations at short notice.
    • And tonight at the Erskine Bridge the A898 off-slip to A82 Dunglass is closed from 20:00 to 06:00, the diversion is well sign posted.
  7. Peshawar massacre- First Minister's statement

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has commented on the news that two nephews of SNP Councillor Jahangir have both lost a son in yesterday's attack in Peshawar.

    She said: "I am deeply saddened by this devastating news. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Councillor Hanif and his family at what is a time of terrible sadness.

    "I have been in touch with the Hanif family to express my condolences and we understand Councillor Hanif is now on his way to Pakistan to be with his family.

    "It is now right that the family is given the space they need to grieve for the loss of their much loved children."

  8. Child abuse inquiry reaction

    A public inquiry is to be held to examine historic cases of child abuse in care, the Scottish government has announced.

    Scotland's Children's Commissioner Tam Baillie said: "The effects of abuse are long lasting and very much in the present for those who have suffered, no matter how long ago it took place.

    Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie

    "This inquiry must ensure we fully comprehend the extent of historic institutional abuse and that we work together to ensure that we never witness these systemic failings again."

    He added: "The inquiry's main priorities must be that the survivors of abuse are given the opportunity to speak and receive as much support as they need."

  9. Post update

    Edinburgh Evening News

    Tweets: Police are tonight searching for a missing 75-year-old woman who hasn't been seen since 10.30am. Full story here

  10. Cloudy but mild

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cloudy evening for many, with some showers in the far North and Northern Isles. Patches of rain or drizzle in the South West too.

    By the early hours, rain starts to pep up across the west and southwest and move north towards Inverness, but staying in the west of Scotland.

    A mild night, with lows of 6 to 8 degrees. A few pockets of frost in sheltered parts of the Northeast. A fresh westerly wind around North and West coasts, strong at times.

    Tomorrow fairly cloudy with some rain in the west, from Inverness to Dumfries. East of here, it's a drier start but cloudy.

  11. Child abuse inquiry - reaction

    The Scottish government has announced a statutory public inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care.

    Labour's Iain Gray welcomed the decision - but said it should have been taken sooner.

    Child on stairs

    He said: "It is 10 years since the former first minister Jack McConnell apologised on behalf of the Scottish people to the survivors of institutional child abuse.

    "For a moral imperative, this has proceeded and progressed too slowly. This next step has taken too long, but we are taking it today."

  12. Fresh move for traveller camp law

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    Aberdeen City Council is launching fresh moves to tackle illegal traveller encampments.

    A previous attempt to introduce a by-law was rejected by the Scottish government in October.

    Howes Road

    Now the council is to examine whether a camping by-law in operation in part of Loch Lomond might work in the city.

    However a spokeswoman for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority said their situation was very different.

    Aberdeen City Council was told earlier this year it had provided insufficient evidence that adequate action had been taken over the accommodation needs of travellers. They had identified Howes Road, between Northfield and Bucksburn, as the preferred location.

  13. Hearts bosses have funds for players

    BBC Sport


    Hearts owner Ann Budge says funds are available to strengthen the squad as the Edinburgh side attempt to stay top of the Scottish Championship.

    It all depends on who head coach Robbie Neilson and director of football Craig Levein are able to target.

    Hearts owner Ann Budge

    "If Craig and Robbie identify the right person to bring in that they believe can make a difference, at the right price, we will be as supportive as we possibly can," Budge said after the first Hearts annual meeting since her takeover.

    In recent days, Hearts became the first Scottish club to become an official living wage employer and have paid off debts owed to players by the previous administration.

  14. Teen jailed over dangerous driving

    Philip Sim

    Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland

    A teenager, who flipped his car and injured his three passengers just months after passing his driving test, has been jailed for nine months.

    Luke Clark admitted driving dangerously when he overturned his Vauxhall Corsa on the A809 road at Killearn in April.

    Stirling Sheriff Court

    The 19-year-old and his three passengers were all hurt in the crash.

    Sheriff Wyllie Robertson said it was his "painful" duty to jail Clark despite his lack of any previous convictions.

  15. Peshawar massacre - councillor travels to Pakistan

    A Glasgow city councillor is travelling to Pakistan after losing two relatives in the Peshawar school massacre.

    Candles lit for victims in Karachi, Pakistan. 16 Dec 2014

    More than a 140 people, mostly children were killed in yesterday's attack.

    Two grand nephews of the Southside central councillor Jahangir Hanif were among those to lose their lives.

  16. Plans to cut teachers delayed

    Highland Council has deferred by a year a plan to cut 15 secondary school teacher posts.

    The jobs were to go over two years starting next year.

    The local authority announced the delay at a briefing held ahead of a meeting of the full council on Thursday when a range of savings will be debated.

    Highland Council is trying to find savings of £55m over the next five years. Councillors will meet in Inverness to discuss planned cuts.

  17. Hill wind turbine plans approved

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    A wind farm in Upper Nithsdale has been approved despite opposition from council planning officers.

    They had recommended that councillors refuse Element Power's application to build nine turbines at Twentyshilling Hill, two miles south of Sanquhar.

    wind turbines

    Two local community councils had supported the scheme with the other offering no objection.

    Approval was given by Dumfries and Galloway Council's planning committee subject to conditions.

  18. Syria fighter

    Police Scotland are liaising with the Met Police and others regarding an ongoing investigation into reports of UK nationals engaging in combat abroad.

    Jamie Read, 24, originally from Cumbria, but living in Lanarkshire, has now returned to Britain.

    He had been in Syria fighting against the Islamic State, something he said he was compelled to do after the killing of aid worker Alan Henning.

    Police said Mr Read, who was questioned at Heathrow airport on his return, has been helping with their inquiries.

  19. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In Edinburgh, the A901 Lindsay Road in Granton is still closed both ways for accident investigation work - that's between Great Michael Rise and Craighall Road.
    • Traffic's heavier than normal on & around Ferry Road, Newhaven Road & Craighall Road
    • In Aberdeenshire, the B974 remains closed at the snow gates between Fettercairn & Banchory.
    • In the Highlands and Islands, there are high wind warnings on the Skye and Kessock Bridges.
    • There's disruption to East Coast and Cross Country rail services between Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley, after an incident on the line between Morpeth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. All lines are currently blocked and there could be disruption until around 19:00
    • Stagecoach reports delays on bus services between Kilmarnock and Ardrossan
    • Northlink Ferries - bad weather is affecting sailings between Aberdeen and Lerwick
  20. Bouncer cleared of Aberdeen murder

    A bouncer has been cleared of murdering a man in Aberdeen city centre last year.

    Jonas Marcius, 23, denied murdering Craig Grant, 26, of Inverurie, outside the Tonik bar at the Galleria shopping centre, in August 2013.

    Jonas Marcius

    Marcius was found guilty of assault after a trial at the High Court in Aberdeen.

    A witness told the trial Mr Grant was limp "like a teddy bear" after he was restrained by bouncers on the ground.

  21. Review of retailers' charges

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Citizens Advice Scotland has started a second review of online retailers' charges for deliveries to Scotland.

    The first of the studies was done two years ago.


    It suggested at least one million Scots faced surcharges, late delivery or were refused delivery altogether when buying goods online.

    Business minister Fergus Ewing has also renewed his call for firms to treat customers in remote and rural areas fairly.

  22. A glittery problem

    Huw Williams

    BBC Scotland reporter

    By the end of today, Royal Mail's mail centre at St Rollox in the east end of Glasgow will have processed 2.6 million items.

    That's pretty standard for this time of year.

    Vacuum cleaner

    But as well as the usual problems of incomplete addresses and missing post codes, the sorting machines are at risk because we love to send glittery cards.

    "When people don't seal down their envelopes, glitter falls out into the machines and it can clog up some of the filters and block some of the beams," mailman Scott Young explains.

    That's why Henry the vacuum cleaner is a vital member of the team.

  23. McCoist remains Rangers manager

    BBC Sport


    Ally McCoist has emerged from a meeting with Rangers board members still team manager despite having handed in his resignation on Thursday.

    As it stands, the 52-year-old, whose side sit second in the Championship, will still be in charge of the team against Livingston on Saturday.

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist

    McCoist told the club of his intentions and the club confirmed on Monday that a 12-month notice period has begun.

    His annual salary has reverted to £750,000 after a spell when it was cut.

  24. Party crasher jailed for stabbing ex-partner

    Man jailed for stabbing his former partner after he turned up uninvited to her flat-warming party.

    John McIntyre, 51, attacked 39-year-old Alison Lyons when she found him standing in her bedroom at the flat in Greenock, Inverclyde, in August.

    He also stabbed Ms Lyons' work-mate, 20-year-old Matthew Power.

    McIntyre was jailed for five years and four months.

  25. Plans to convert landmark into hotel

    Developers have announced plans to transform one of Edinburgh's most distinctive landmarks into a top hotel.

    Duddingston House Properties (DHP) and the Urbanist Group are to launch a pre-planning application next month to convert the old Royal High School on Calton Hill.

    Old Royal High School

    Along with institutional investors, they have raised more than £55m for the project.

    The former boys' school opened in 1829 but has remained empty since 1968.

  26. McCoist still in charge

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Tweets: Meeting between #Rangers and Ally McCoist over. He remains in charge and is preparing for next game.

  27. Police appeal over Inverness stranger danger

    Police have appealed for information following a second incident in Inverness involving a child being approached by a stranger.

    In the first, a young child was approached by a man near the city's Drakies Primary School on 8 December.

    At 18:20 on Tuesday, a man sitting in a car parked on Union Road spoke to a child on a nearby footpath.

    Police said the man was with another man in a white, four-door car with red and white checkerboard livery.

    The men were described as having tanned complexions.

  28. Any travel trouble where you are?

    BBC Scotland Travel


    If you're out today and spot problems, we REALLY appreciate you getting in touch. Tweet us or call 08000 92 95 88.

  29. Coming up on Newsdrive

    BBC Radio Scotland

    • The announcement of a public inquiry into historic sex abuse of children in care
    • Chief Constable Sir Stephen House on domestic abuse over the Festive period
    • The animal rights activists who think shearing sheep is cruel
    • The etiquette of Christmas card writing
    Newdrive web page

    Listen in from 16:00 on 92-95FM, 810MW, on digital radio and online

  30. Dunfermline Athletic: Jefferies stood down 'to ease pressure'

    BBC Sport


    Jim Jefferies left role as Dunfermline Athletic manager early to take pressure off young squad.

    Dunfermline Atheltic

    After being knocked out of the Scottish Cup 3-1 by Stranraer, the Pars fans' criticism heightened when their promotion hopes suffered a blow, losing by the same score to Airdrieonians.

    "What was the main reason, was that the players wouldn't be able to give of their best playing in that sort of atmosphere," said Jefferies.

  31. Scottish government's historial abuse inquiry

    Education secretary Angela Constance said that abusers will "face the full force of the law" under statutory public inquiry into historical child sex abuse, where evidence of crimes are brought to light.

    Abuse survivors Frank McCue, Jim Buckley and Frank Docherty have fought for years for an inquiry
    Image caption: Abuse survivors Frank McCue, Jim Buckley and Frank Docherty have fought for years for an inquiry

    The move followed a number of scandals involving the abuse of children in care, including at institutions run by the Roman Catholic church.

    It is said that victims' organisations are already being consulted on the scope of the inquiry.

  32. Services affected after person hit by train

    BBC Scotland Travel


    There's disruption to East Coast and Cross Country rail services between Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley.

    We're told that's because a person has been hit by a train between Morpeth and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

    All lines are currently blocked and there's no estimate for when the line may reopen.

  33. Army Reserve applications surge

    Applications to join the Army Reserves in Scotland rose by 51% in the three months from September.

    Lord Kitchener poster

    Figures just released also show that applications to join the regular army also increased -- by 19%.

    It follows a new recruitment campaign in which careers officers have taken part in more than four hundred and fifty events.

  34. Historical abuse inquiry

    Reevel Alderson

    BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    The Scottish government has announced it will hold a public inquiry into historical allegations of the sexual abuse of children in care.

    The Education Secretary, Angela Constance, told MSPs it would be a statutory inquiry with the power to compel witnesses to attend.

    She said the inquiry would not compromise or interfere with ongoing criminal investigations.

    She told Holyrood that victims' organisations are already being consulted on the scope of the inquiry.

  35. Banking news

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Breaking: UK govt to sell up to 15% of Lloyds Bank Group by next July, depending on market conditions: would leave at least 10% in public hands

  36. Nine held in drugs raid

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    Nine people have been detained in an ongoing operation against "large scale" drug supply in Aberdeen.

    Police Scotland said the operation was in the Torry area of the city, and involved local officers alongside the national specialist crime division.

    Enquiries were said to be ongoing to trace other people.

    Det Insp Doug Norrie said: "Today's enforcement activity is part of an on-going operation targeting those involved in the supply of drugs."

  37. Christmas not cancelled

    Police Scotland

    Tweets: Our response to tweets about Santa...

    Police Santa statement
  38. Sir Malcolm blames Alex Salmond for NHS "crisis"

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    The MP for Gordon, Sir Malcolm Bruce, has blamed the former First Minister Alex Salmond for a "crisis" in the health service in the north east of Scotland.

    Mr Salmond is bidding to win Sir Malcolm's seat in next year's general election.

    Sir Malcolm Bruce

    The Liberal Democrat MP is standing down, but in some pre-electioneering for his party at prime minister's questions, Sir Malcolm claimed that while NHS spending by the UK government had risen in real terms, health spending in Scotland had been cut by 1% under the Scottish government led until recently by Mr Salmond.

    The Prime Minister said Scotland had had extra money to spend, but claimed the "Scottish Government had not translated the full amount".

  39. Flats proposed for riverside site

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Construction firm Tulloch Homes has proposed building 60 flats on the site of a demolished swimming pool in Inverness.

    There were plans earlier this year for a hotel to be built on the ground at Glebe Street, overlooking the River Ness.


    However, Aberdeen-based Carlton Rock Ltd withdraw its planning application.

    Tulloch Homes has notified Highland Council of its intention to apply for planning permission at a later date.

  40. Midwife ruling reaction

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The Supreme Court has ruled that two Scottish Catholic midwives must carry out managerial duties which involve abortion.

    Gillian Smith, from the Royal College of Midwives, said the ruling would give clarity to women who decided to have a termination.

    "It also gives support to women who are having to make one of the hardest decisions of their life because generally the women were are dealing with are the women who are having a termination of pregnancy, not for social reasons, but for foetal abnormality," she told BBC Radio Scotland's Beattie programme.

    "For them it's really important having made that decision, that they know they have the support and will not be judged again."

  41. Waving witness to A7 crash sought

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    Police want to trace a woman seen waving her arms to try to stop a lorry driver involved in an accident in which a pensioner was seriously hurt.

    Marion Fair, 84, from Selkirk, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital as a result of the incident.


    She was struck by a lorry on the town's Market Place at about 15:15 on Monday.

    Police Scotland are particularly keen to trace a woman who they believe saw the A7 crash and tried to signal to the lorry driver to stop.

    Anyone who saw the incident or can help trace the passerby has been urged to contact them.

  42. Ice pancakes

    The Press and Journal

    tweets: Have you seen these on the River Dee? Amazing pictures of 'ice pancakes' forming in the water...

    Ice pancakes

    Find out more here.

  43. Santa update

    A man dressed in a Santa suit has been fined for climbing up Glasgow's cone-topped Wellington statue.

    Santa is taken down from the statue

    Police said the 51-year-old had been given a fixed-penalty ticket following the stunt at the iconic statue in Royal Exchange Square.

    A police spokeswoman was keen to stress the man who was fined was not the real Santa. The police did not name the man.

  44. Midwife ruling reaction

    Following the UK Supreme Court verdict that two midwifes, Mary Doogan and Connie Wood, do not have the right to abstain from supervising staff involved in abortions, leaders of the Catholic community in Scotland have voiced their disappointment.

    Glasgow's Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: "I am dismayed and disappointed at this decision of the Supreme Court which fundamentally impacts on the right of every citizen in this country to follow their conscience in the workplace.

    Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan

    "This was never a case about the rights and wrongs of abortion. Nor was it a case about religion. Rather it was a case which centred on the right of ordinary citizens to have their conscience respected in society and at work.

    "All of society is a poorer, less respectful and less tolerant place as a result of this decision."

  45. Rare life found in island lagoons

    One of the least understood habitats in Scotland has been explored by ecologists and specialists from the National Museum of Scotland.

    The condition of dozens of saline lagoons on the Uists in the Western Isles were tested in the study for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

    Loch nam Madadh

    Small woodlouse-like creatures called isopods and rare forms of algae were also recorded.

    The Western Isles have more than half of Scotland's 106 saline lagoons.

  46. Santa stalled

    A man dressed in a Santa suit has been taken away in a police van after fire crews had to help him down from Glasgow's iconic Wellington statue. The Santa climbed on top of the famous traffic cone-topped statue in Royal Exchange Square on Wednesday.

    He remained there, waving to passers by, until fire crews arrived with a ladder and took him down. The Santa was last seen entering a police van as the gathered crowd shouted: "Free Santa".

  47. Scots NHS staff 'feel more positive'

    NHS staff in Scotland are feeling more positive about the health service than they were a year ago, according to an annual survey.

    Health workers responded more positively to 26 of the 29 key questions in the NHS Scotland staff survey compared to last year.

    Hospital corridor

    But staffing levels and a lack of consultation from managers continued to be the biggest concerns.

    More than 55,000 of NHS Scotland's 157,000 staff took part.

  48. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Watch Sandy Easdale being heckled by a fan as he arrives at Ibrox for a meeting with Ally McCoist. Reporting Scotland 1330 #Rangers

  49. Police body cameras

    Reevel Alderson

    BBC Scotland's social affairs correspondent

    Scotland's chief constable says officers wearing body cameras could help improve the quality of evidence when cases are brought to court.

    Since the beginning of April Police Scotland has attended 42,000 incidents of domestic abuse.

    Police 'body cam'

    Launching the annual campaign to highlight the festive period as the peak time for domestic abuse, Sir Stephen House said children were particularly vulnerable.

    Young people were in the house during a third of incidents attended by police.

    He said his aim was "keeping people safe" and that included reducing levels of domestic abuse. But he admitted that might be easier if the use of body-worn cameras by officers was extended.

    They're used in the north east, but Sir Stephen said the public would need to be consulted before their use could be extended.

  50. War veteran wins Edinburgh Award

    A 94-year-old war veteran who has raised thousands of pounds for charity is to receive the 2014 Edinburgh Award.

    Thomas Gilzean can regularly be seen with his collecting tin on the Royal Mile, wearing his trademark tartan trousers.

    Thomas Gillzean

    Mr Gilzean follows in the footsteps of previous winners including JK Rowling and Sir Chris Hoy.

    Members of the public voted for him from a shortlist of 25 nominees. He will receive the title next year.

  51. Merry Christmas Tian Tian

    James Shaw

    BBC Radio 5 live Scotland correspondent

    tweets: Tian Tian checks out her "Christmas cake"

    Tian Tian the panda
  52. Tax body 'on track'

    The head of Scotland's new tax collection agency says it is "on track" to be fully up-and-running, despite concerns from auditors.

    Eleanor Emberson's comments came after spending watchdog Audit Scotland warned of "increased risk" of Revenue Scotland being unable to do its job properly.

    Eleanor Emberson

    Ms Emberson previously told parliament there was "nothing negative" to report on the set up of the agency.

    She told MSPs on Wednesday that risk was being effectively managed.

  53. Ho-ho-hold on a minute...

    Stevie Miller

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The Duke of Wellington statute in Glasgow - sporting the ubiquitous traffic cone - has a little festive helper... in the form of Santa.

    Santa on Duke of Wellington statue
  54. Rapist jailed for seven years

    Ken Banks

    BBC Scotland North East reporter

    An Aberdeen man who abused children and raped a woman has been jailed.

    Robert Douglas, 57, was found guilty of offences dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

    High Court in Edinburgh

    He was jailed for seven years at the High Court in Edinburgh, where judge Edward Bowen QC told him: "The fact of the matter is justice has now caught up with you."

    As Douglas was led away, a woman sitting in the public benches said: "I hope you rot in hell."

    Defence counsel Neil Murray QC had told the court: "He is under no illusions about the gravity of the offences."

    Douglas was placed on the sex offenders' register.

  55. Joint recycling bid

    Two local authorities have launched a drive to tie up their waste and recycling needs for the next 20 years.

    Dundee City and Angus councils have issued tenders looking for bidders to treat and dispose of up to 90,000 tonnes of rubbish a year from 2016.


    Waste from the two areas is currently disposed of at a waste to energy incinerator at Baldovie in Dundee.

    The new deal would see more than half of household waste from the area recycled at a fixed price.

  56. Loch Ness lighthouse renovated

    A small historic lighthouse at Loch Ness near Inverness has been renovated at a cost of £497,000.

    Scottish Canals and national heritage company Vivat Trust raised the funds needed to conserve Bona Lighthouse.

    Bona Lighthouse

    It was designed in 1815 by a superintendent of engineer Thomas Telford and was at one time the smallest manned lighthouse in Britain.

    The building, which helped to guide boats using the Caledonian Canal, has been converted into holiday cottages.

  57. Christmas dinner for the homeless

    Thousands of Christmas meals have been bought for homeless people in Edinburgh and Glasgow after a sandwich shop made a plea for donations.

    Social Bite, the chain of shops that gives 100% of its profits to charity and recruits people from homeless backgrounds, is to open at Christmas.

    The chain has teamed up with daily deals website,

    Josh Littlejohn (L) and Alice Thompson (second L) founded Social Bite two years ago

    A donation of £5 will pre-pay for a meal at Christmas and a free coffee from Social Bite in the new year.

    Co-founder Josh Littlejohn, 28, from Edinburgh, told the BBC Scotland news website he had hoped to sell 800 vouchers and could not believe he had sold about 7,000 in the first 10 hours of the promotion.

  58. Two people hit by taxi

    Two people have been hurt after being hit by a taxi in Greenock.

    The man and woman were injured after being struck by the taxi in the town's Nelson Street at about 08:30 this morning.

    Police accident sign

    Both were taken to nearby Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Their conditions are not thought to be life-threatening.

    Nelson Street was closed for a short time but has since re-opened.

  59. Festive warning

    Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

    Tweets: On the 5th day of Christmas: never overload electrical sockets. Be careful with Christmas lights.

    burning plug
  60. Midwives statement

    Midwives Mary Doogan and Connie Wood have made a statement following the ruling by the Supreme Court in London that they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures.

    Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan

    They said: "We are both saddened and extremely disappointed with today's verdict from the Supreme Court and can only imagine the subsequent detrimental consequences that will result from today's decision on staff of conscience throughout the UK.

    "Despite it having been recognised that the number of abortions on the labour ward at our hospital is in fact a tiny percentage of the workload, which in turn could allow the accommodation of conscientious objection with minimal effort, this judgment, with its constraints and narrow interpretation, has resulted in the provision of a conscience clause which now in practice is meaningless for senior midwives on a labour ward."

  61. Goodbye Ally?

    BBC Sport


    Tweets: Ally McCoist's future could be decided at meeting with club's board this afternoon. Full story here

    Ally McCoist
  62. Wood Group pay cut

    A major oil services company has announced a wage cut for contractors for the second time this year.

    Wood Group PSN says the decision's been taken reluctantly, due to the falling oil price as well as high operating costs.

    A Wood Group PSN production technician working on an offshore platform in the North Sea

    Contractors operating onshore and offshore in the UK will see a 10% wage reduction from January following an earlier 10% cut which was announced in May.

    Staff at the company are to have their salaries frozen.

    The news comes in the week that BP announced a similar move to cut contractors pay.

  63. Firm fined over apprentice injury

    An Aberdeenshire firm has been fined £10,000 after a young apprentice was injured when he was struck on the back by a pressurised hose.

    The incident took place in July 2012 when the teenager was working for Alfred Cheyne Engineering Ltd, trading as ACE Winches, in Turriff.

    HSE logo

    Banff Sheriff Court heard the company was pressure-testing hose assemblies when the apprentice, then 16, was hit.

    He was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises but made a full recovery.

  64. Cloudy with showers

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Quite a cloudy afternoon, with the best of any breaks in the cloud and brightness in the North and East.

    A few light showers for the Northern Isles and north-west and some patchy outbreaks of rain or drizzle on Skye southwards, towards the western central belt and Dumfries-shire. Elsewhere largely dry.

    Much milder than of late; 10-11 Celsius in the south, and 7-9 in the north. A westerly breeze, freshening over the Northern Isles and strong at times around western coasts and hills.

  65. Never miss a Beatt

    Coming up on John Beattie

    John Beattie
    • The latest on the Supreme Court ruling that two Catholic midwives cannot refuse to supervise other nurses involved in abortion procedures.
    • Should there be a time limit on unpaid internships?
    • How to beat the thieves this Christmas
    • And would you be a fisherman?

    Listen from 12:00 on 92-95FM, 810MW, on digital radio or online

  66. Sheep shearing row - Your views

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    George: These people have no clue on the suffering sheep have during extreme hot weather before they are shorn. Sheep become healthier after the wool is removed.

  67. How would you spend £1m?

    via Facebook

    Jane Park was just 17 when she won £1m with her first ever lottery ticket. On Facebook we've been asking: What would you do with a million pounds?

    Millionaire winner

    Susan Thomas writes that she would use the windfall to help all her family.

    But Gordon Wilson writes "It's about freedom, freedom from worry, bills, etc. you can learn to do anything and fulfil your potential, be the best you can possibly be. That's the real prize."

  68. Payout over 'dirty money'

    An Aberdeen company has paid more than £170,000 under Proceeds of Crime legislation after admitting bribery and corruption in Kazakhstan, the Crown Office has said.

    The Civil Recovery Unit secured £172,200 after a International Tubular Services (iTS) accepted that it had benefited from unlawful conduct.

    The company supports activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction.

    It admitted benefitting from corrupt payments made by a former employee.

  69. Christmas debt - Your Views

    Text us using 80295

    Laura: We were brought up to make sure you go into the New Year without debt! All bills were paid by Hogmanay! The phrase cutting your cloth accordingly comes to mind. Far too much emphasis on material possessions! More emphasis should be on spending time together as a family! Christmas is what you make it!

    Anon: I recently managed to pay off my Debt Management Plan, which I had paid for seven years, and still had to hand over over £6,000 from my pension lump sum. Still managed to rack up over £1,000 on my credit card so far.

    Catriona, Ayr: Getting into debt at Christmas is just stupid. Children are better off in a loving happy household than in one stressed by debt. I also think people who struggle to pay off fancy sofas and new furniture are crazy, we made do with second hand stuff until we could buy our fist nice sofa, same with other furniture. Also I've always known that Santa doesn't like greedy children and it's worth telling kids that.

  70. 'Black Eye Friday' warning

    Police in Dumfries and Galloway have urged the public not to turn the night when many people start their Christmas holidays into "Black Eye Friday".

    Black eye

    They have issued a list of advice in an effort to "keep people safe" over the party season.

    It also highlights the consequences of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.

    Supt Mike Leslie said: "This year, let the last Friday before Christmas, traditionally when people break up for the holidays, be remembered as Festive Friday, and not Black Eye Friday, as people go out to celebrate at office and works parties."

  71. Scots jobless total down 11,000

    Scotland's jobless total fell by 11,000 between August and October to stand at 156,000, according to official figures.


    The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.6%, which is below the overall UK rate of 6%.

    Female employment increased by 21,000 over the quarter to reach 1,288,000 - the highest level on record.

    However, figures from the Office for National Statistics also showed that employment in Scotland fell slightly. It now stands at 2,605,000.

  72. Your Pictures

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    John Dyer sent in this night-time view looking along the River Clyde in Glasgow.

    Clyde Bridge, Glasgow
  73. Wool row

    Animal rights activists are urging consumers to boycott wool products.

    Peta is demonstrating in central Edinburgh this morning claiming sheep endure immense suffering when they are shorn.

    Wool Protestors

    The British Wool Marketing Board says sheep suffer more if they are not shorn and whilst there are occasional cuts during shearing it's similar to when people cut themselves whilst shaving.

    Sheep farmer Hugh Blyth insists every effort is made to make shearing safe and stress free for the animals.

  74. BreakingMidwives ruling

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Two catholic midwives have been told they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures.

    The UK's highest court - the Supreme Court in London - has ruled that Mary Doogan and Connie Wood should have to support staff who are caring for patients having terminations.

    Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan took their case to the Court of Session

    The two senior midwives previously won their case at the Court of Session but their employer, Greater Glasgow Health Board, appealed to the Supreme Court because it said that the women only had a right to abstain from medical treatment which directly ended a pregnancy.

  75. Generous Scots

    Scots are expected to shell out an average £415 on Christmas presents this year, with the country among the highest spenders in the UK.

    That's according to the "Way We Shop Report" from retailer Argos.


    The average UK Christmas present spending is £365, whether that be on the high street, at retail parks or online.

    People in the north east of England are estimated to spend the most on Christmas presents, while those in Yorkshire are the most frugal.

  76. Seeking work

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Scots seeking work Aug-Oct: -11k to 156k. 5.6% of workforce (UK 6%). Scots in work -3k. JSA claimants in Nov -2100 to 87,300

  77. After the morning rush

    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In Edinburgh there has been an accident at Cannongate at New Street.
    • Reports that traffic lights have failed Clydebank on A8014 Kilbowie Road at A82 Great Western Road- Kilbowie Roundabout.
    • Glasgow M8 - Slow traffic westbound between J11 B765 (Queenslie/Stepps Road) and J19 A804 / A814 (Anderston Cross).
    • Annan- A75 partly blocked by an accident between B6357 (Annan) and B721 (Gretna). Police directing traffic.
    • Accident near the Eastriggs turn-off
    • A9 Dornoch Bridge closed to high sided vehicles.
    • Aberdeenshire - snow has closed the B974 between Banchory and Fettercairn but the A93 Glenshee road has re-opened following the overnight closure between Spital of Glenshee and the Aberdeenshire boundary
    • Trains running well, ferries mostly fine but Northlink warning of possible disruption between Stromness and Scrabster due to the weather.
  78. Tune in...

    Morning Call live now - Do you welcome an increase in driving convictions and will it make Scotland's roads safer?

    Morning Call
  79. Love NAT-ually

    The Scottish Sun

    Scotland's First Minister has delivered her Christmas message to the country - by cloning a scene from festive favourite Love Actually.

    Nicola Sturgeon's Christmas message in Young Scot video

    The video, produced with Young Scot, sees Nicola Sturgeon answer the door to a group of teens who convey a joyful message on a series of placards.

  80. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    BBC Scotland has learned Rangers directors approached the SPFL board in the past few months to discuss payment terms relating to their £250,000 EBT fine.

    Ibrox Stadium

    The league will insist Rangers newco took on the liability as part of the five-way agreement. The club say they are appealing the fine following the news that the league will withhold the cash from its club distribution revenue.

  81. Money, money, money...

    Following on from the Jane Park scoops £1m in the lottery story, we're asking: what would you spend such an eye-watering windfall on?

    A worldwide cruise? Pay off the mortgage and buy a huge country pile? Invest in a recording studio and pen an award-winning album? Invest a modest sum and give the rest to charity?

    Jane Park

    Share your thoughts via text to 80295, email, tweet using #ScotlandLive or visit our Facebook page.

  82. Morning Call

    92-95 FM, 810 MW

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Criminal proceedings and convictions for driving are up for the first time in seven years - with a police crackdown on motorists being linked to the increase.

    Driving convictions increase

    Do you welcome an increase in driving convictions and will it make Scotland's roads safer?

    And, with Scotland's insolvency body reporting that more than 1,000 people are being taken to court every day over personal debts, we ask: is Christmas worth falling into debt for?

    Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295 to let us know what you think. Listen to the programme live here.

  83. Return to sender?

    BBC Scotland's Hugh Williams

    Dealing with dubious deliveries on @RoyalMail 's busiest day of the year. Live on GMS with @BBCGaryR before 9am

    Dubious deliveries
  84. Appeal over black grouse numbers

    A report has urged "greater and more sustained co-operative action" to help save threatened black grouse populations in the south of Scotland.

    Scottish Natural Heritage said the birds faced "continued pressures" across the area.

    Black grouse

    The report confirms black grouse numbers in the southern part of the country are in long-term decline.

    Scientists predict that drop is likely to continue unless "strategic action" is taken to address the situation.

  85. Aleksandar Tonev reaction

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    Bulgarian FA re Tonev: The BFU was very disappointed to hear that Aleksandar Tonev's ban was confirmed...

    Aleksandar Tonev
  86. Rangers appeal

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) is withholding £250,000 of broadcasting money due to Rangers in a bid to recoup a fine imposed for the club's use of a controversial tax scheme.

    Ibrox Stadium

    Lord Nimmo Smith imposed the fine last year after finding Rangers broke league rules in their use of an Employee Benefit Trust scheme.

    Rangers are to appeal the decision on the grounds that the company in breach of the rules has since been liquidated.

  87. On Good Morning Scotland

    BBC Radio Scotland: 92-95 FM, 810 MW

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A report says that E-cigarettes 'help smokers quit or cut down'.

    E-cigarettes appear to help smokers cut down but some say they are creating a new generation of addicts

    We'll be discussing the finding with the report's author Jamie Hartmann-Boyce on Good Morning Scotland at 07:55 #bbcgms

  88. Rangers latest

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport

    Rangers say SPFL withholding 250k payment due to their liability to pay EBT commission fine. Club to appeal.

  89. 'Good deal' on fishing

    Scottish government ministers have welcomed a new EU deal on fishing quotas and industry rules, hailing its "main wins" as a freeze on proposed cuts to the days when fishermen can go to sea.

    There were also gains in key quotas of North Sea monkfish and prawns and West Coast haddock, although some key stocks such as saithe and whiting are being cut.

    Fish that have been caught

    Bertie Armstrong, from the Scottish Fisherman's Federation, says it's the best deal in the circumstances.

    "It's important to secure the best catching opportunities for next year that we can manage in the face of the discard ban," he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme.

    "There's a lot of work to be done to get ready for that, but certainly with regard to the December council where our raw materials for business next year is set, this was a good one."

  90. Celtic target Scotland winger

    Celtic are lining up a January move for Scotland winger Ikechi Anya, with manager Ronny Deila a huge fan of the Watford star, reports the Scottish Sun.

    Scotland and Watford winger Ikechi Anya

    And who is being tipped to succeed Rangers manager Ally McCoist?

    Read what else is making back-page headlines here.

  91. 'Cannabis' may help children with epilepsy

    Children with severe epilepsy could be helped by a new treatment derived from the cannabis plant.

    The medicine does not contain the ingredient that produces the high associated with recreational cannabis.

    The treatment, called Epidiolex, is based on one of the non-psychoactive components of the cannabis plant, CBD.

    Early studies in the US have shown treatment with CBD may reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy.

    The new trial marks the first time the treatment has been tested in the UK.

  92. UK & Scots hail fishing deal

    Ministers have welcomed a new deal on fishing quotas and industry rules reached after negotiations in Brussels.

    The Scottish government hailed its "main wins" as a freeze on proposed cuts to the days when fishermen can go to sea, and gains in key quotas.

    The UK government also said it had secured "the best possible deal".


    The Brussels agreement resulted in increases for North Sea monkfish (20%) and prawns (15%), and West Coast haddock (14%) and monkfish (20%).

    Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "It is good news for the fleet."

    He added: "It gives much-needed economic stability not just to them, but to our onshore sector and the coastal communities who depend on the jobs the sector provides."

  93. What the papers say

    Our first look at this morning's #scotpapers

    Front pages, composite

    The National leads on the attack on a school in Pakistan by Islamist militants, which the the Daily Record describes as "beyond barbaric".

    The Scotsman also leads with news on the Catholic Church revealing the number of complaints it has received concerning allegations of abuse.

    Read a full paper review here.

  94. Who wants to be a millionaire?

    How does winning a million pounds change your outlook on life when being "skint" is all you've ever known?

    Seventeen-year-old Jane Park scooped £1m in her first ever lucky dip.

    Teenage millionaire Jane Park

    In this clip she talks about coming to terms with her win and what she bought with the money.

    BBC documentary Teenage Millionaire: The Year I Won the Lottery will be broadcast tonight at 22:35 on BBC One Scotland.

  95. Church to appoint gay ministers?

    The Church of Scotland has moved another step closer to allowing congregations to appoint gay ministers.

    A majority of the Kirk's presbyteries have now voted in favour of change.

    Commissioners of the Church of Scotland sit in the chamber during the debate on the issue of gay ministers in May 2013

    The final decision will be taken at next year's General Assembly.

    The issue has been a consistently controversial one for the church, prompting what Kirk leaders insist is a relatively small number of ministers to quit.

    Earlier this year, the General Assembly asked its 46 presbyteries to consider whether congregations should be allowed to opt out of the traditional stance and appoint a minister who is in a civil partnership.

  96. Travel update - Dornoch Bridge

    Traffic Scotland tweets: A9 Dornoch Bridge is closed to High Sided Vehicles, wind speeds have exceeded 50mph.

    Please #DriveSensible

    Traffic Scotland twitter post

    Keep an eye on the latest travel advice via the BBC Scotland Travel site.

  97. Scots council tax arrears 'highest in UK'

    Scots have the highest level of council tax arrears and payday loan debts in the UK, according to a report.

    Council tax bill

    Debt charity StepChange found that 39% of Scots who approached it for help in the first six months of this year were in arrears on their council tax bills.

    On average, those who had fallen behind owed £1,534 - almost double the UK figure of £798.

    StepChange's Scotland in the Red report also indicated payday loan debts were still a problem north of the border.

    The average debt in the six months to June was £1,438 - the largest of the UK nations, and £129 more than the UK client average.

  98. How's the weather looking?

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Hi, Kawser here. Cloudy & mild, but cold start in north-eastern Scotland with an ice risk. Patchy rain in the south-west, few blustery showers in the north-west. Otherwise, mostly dry.

  99. Tune into Good Morning Scotland

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    tweets: Inquiry considering allegations human rights of a number of Iraqi nationals were abused by British troops due to report today. #bbcgms

    GMS Screenshot

    You can listen to the programme here.

  100. Emergency over Glasgow plane engine fire

    An emergency was declared at Belfast International Airport on Tuesday after an engine of a plane caught fire.

    The Flybe flight had been travelling from Glasgow to George Best Belfast City Airport but was diverted.

    The plan caught fire

    The ambulance service said all 76 passengers and four crew were taken off the plane safely. One person was taken to hospital as a precaution.

    Flybe confirmed the flight was diverted due to a small engine fire "which was extinguished before landing".

    An inspection of the plane is under way.

    Passengers described fear and panic - watch a video on this story here.

  101. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team. Forget the Christmas shopping for the moment - it can wait - and join us for a round-up of news and sport across the country from now until 19:00.