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  1. Plane comes off runway at Inverness Airport
  2. Temperatures plummet to as low as -11C
  3. Soldiers hurt in high street crash
  4. Huge sinkhole appears on golf course
  5. Andy Murray eases into second round at Australian Open
  6. Rangers confirm they could use Ibrox Stadium as security for loan

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    That's it from the Scotland Live team for today. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

  2. Sex attack on train

    A CCTV image has been released by police of a man they want to question about a sex attack on a train.

    Sex assault suspect

    British Transport Police said the man, who claimed to be an oil rig worker, attacked a 21-year-old woman while the train was travelling between Grantham and Newark in the East Midlands.

    The man was captured on CCTV leaving the train at Aberdeen on 11 December.

    The suspect "asked inappropriate sexual questions" and attacked the woman when she rejected his advances, police said.

    She left the train at Newark station in Nottinghamshire.

  3. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Tomorrow will dawn dry, frosty in eastern and northern Scotland, with some fine spells of winter sunshine developing. It will remain cloudy with some outbreaks of rain along the west coast, with sleet and snow continuing further inland. Higher routes such as the A9 and M74 are likely to see some snow during the morning. Brisk southeasterly winds will affect the west coast and over the Northern Isles. Another cold day, with highs of 2C to 3C, though struggling make it to freezing level where snow and frost persist.

  4. King confident of Rangers return

    Dave King has reaffirmed his belief that there is no impediment to him returning as a director of Rangers.

    Dave King wants to sit on the board at Ibrox again

    King has called a general meeting aimed at ousting the Ibrox board.

    The current board released a statement to the Stock Exchange on Monday casting doubts over King's suitability to be a director of a UK public company.

    But King, convicted of tax offences in South Africa, said: "There are no problems regarding the AIM regulations."

  5. SNP name Alexander challenger

    The SNP have chosen the leader of Highland Council as their candidate to stand against Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, in the general election.

    drew hendry and danny alexander

    Drew Hendry was one of four SNP candidates vying to contest the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency.

    At the last general election, Danny Alexander increased his 9,000 majority for the Lib Dems while Labour, who came second, saw their share of the vote fall sharply.

    The SNP made the biggest gains in the seat in 2010.

  6. Body found at railway station

    An investigation has begun after a woman's body was found at Stirling railway station.

    Stirling station scene

    The woman's death is currently being treated as "unexplained".

    Officers were called to the scene at about 14:15 this afternoon. British Transport Police and Police Scotland remain there this evening.

    Inquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the woman.

  7. Your pictures - Get involved


    Ally Clelland took this shot from the saddle and says: "My horse Dasc and I were out enjoying a walk in the snow, at home in Newbigging in Lanarkshire on Sunday - lovely crisp day!"


    Email us your pictures from around the country and we'll use the best.

  8. Aviva to cut 1,500 jobs

    The insurance giant Aviva says it expects to shed 1,500 jobs through its proposed £5.6bn merger with rival Friends Life.

    aviva logo

    Aviva employs 17,000 staff in the UK, with bases in Glasgow, York, Norwich and Sheffield.

    No specific locations have been identified as under threat by the merger.

    The proposed job losses were revealed in a prospectus issued to City investors ahead of votes on the deal at the end of March.

  9. Weir out of Six Nations

    BBC Sport


    Scotland will be without fly-half Duncan Weir for the Six Nations due to an arm injury.

    Scotland fly-half Duncan Weir

    The 23-year-old Glasgow Warrior has undergone surgery to repair his right biceps and will be out of action for up to four months.

    Weir started every Six Nations match last year, kicking an 80th-minute drop-goal to secure the solitary victory over Italy in Rome.

    He won the last of his 18 caps as a replacement against Tonga in November.

  10. Eight teenagers arrested

    Police arrested eight teenagers following what officers called a "disturbance" in Tillicoultry.

    The youths, aged between 13 and 17 and all from the Stirling area, were arrested on Friday evening.

    All are now subject to legal proceedings.

    Clackmannanshire area commander Ch Insp Stephen Sneddon said high-visibility patrols would be brought in as part of a "zero tolerance" approach to anti-social behaviour.

  11. Jobs go at oil services firm

    Up to 30 jobs are to go at oil services firm Wood Group PSN.

    The company says it has begun consultation with workers in its human resources department following a review aimed at increasing efficiency.

    A spokeswoman for the Aberdeen-based company says the move is not related to recent falls in the price of oil.

  12. Disabled man attacked in home

    A disabled man suffered serious injuries after being attacked in his home in Edinburgh.

    Meadowbank Terrace

    Two armed men wearing masks broke into the 44-year-old victim's house in Meadowbank Terrace at about 00:50.

    During the assault the men knocked the victim to the ground and hit him repeatedly with a blunt object before making off from the property.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Horses under the hammer

    An original line drawing by Kelpies creator Andy Scott is to be auctioned for charity.


    The artwork, entitled What Lies Beneath II, has been donated to the Scottish Society of Architect Artists.

    Proceeds from the auction will go to the Partick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities.

  14. Canning happy to juggle jobs

    BBC Sport


    Martin Canning insists he will have no trouble combining playing duties with coaching Hamilton Accies.

    Hamilton's interim player-coach Martin Canning

    The defender dropped himself to the bench for his debut in charge against Dundee United but started in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Celtic.

    "It can be strange," said the 33-year-old. "You probably see more of the game when you are playing

    "I watched the Celtic game back and my thoughts then were pretty similar to the thoughts I had while playing."

  15. Scots lose World bowls final

    Robert Paxton and Simon Skelton denied Paul Foster and Alex Marshall their fourth World Indoor Bowls title after a thrilling final in Great Yarmouth.

    Simon Skelton and Robert Paxton celebrate their pairs title
    Foster and Marshall

    The English pair defeated the Scots, appearing in their fourth final in five years, 5-12 15-5 2-1.

    It was the second year in a row that the Commonwealth Games gold medallists have lost in the World Indoor final.

    Paxton told the BBC: "It is the first final for myself and, to win at the first attempt, you can't get better."

  16. Police seize £470,000 drugs haul

    Drugs with a street value of £470,000 have been seized in a police raid on a house in Cumbernauld.

    Heroin and cocaine were found during the search of the property in Cairngorm Gardens last Tuesday.

    Police have described the find as "significant".

    They have appealed to anyone with information about the drugs haul or the property to contact them.

  17. Your pictures - Get involved


    This snowy scene in Carsphairn in the Galloway hills was captured by Kathryn Martin.


    Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we will use the best.

  18. Couple robbed in home

    Police are investigating after thieves robbed a couple in their Perthshire home.

    The victims, a 40-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman, were in their house on Drummond Street in Crieff when two men came to the door at about 17:40 on Sunday.

    The thieves, both aged about 60, demanded entry before making off with personal belongings, leaving the couple shaken but unhurt.

    One of the suspects was about 5ft 11in tall, with stubble on his face, and was wearing a dark blue jacket with a hooded top underneath and dark trousers.

    The second man was about 5ft 8in tall, and was also wearing dark clothing.

  19. Live bowls

    Defending World Indoor Bowls champion Darren Burnett, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist who is also a policeman in Arbroath, is in action right now at this year's World Indoor Bowls Championships.

    Watch the action live.

  20. Murphy's V&A plan

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has said ministers have to "get a grip on the spiralling cost" of the V&A Dundee Museum.

    V&A at Dundee lobby

    Mr Murphy outlined a five-point plan for securing economic and cultural success for Dundee during a visit to the city.

    He said the city needed to fully exploit the potential of the planned design museum, along with its £100m digital industry, and called for more affordable and accessible sports facilities, greater educational attainment and a focus on attracting oil industry decommissioning jobs.

    The cost of the V&A project had previously been estimated at £45m but has almost doubled to £80m.

  21. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A largely dry end to the afternoon, though remaining very cold. Temperatures will fall away under clear skies, leading to a widespread and locally severe frost. During the course of the night, cloud will begin to thicken up in the west, followed by the arrival of some patchy rain into western coastal areas by the end of the night. This will turn readily to snow as it moves inland, with a dusting of snow to lower levels possible too, in towards western parts of the Central belt. Temperatures widely falling to - 2C to -5C and as low as -10C in some colder pockets inland, most noteably the Braemar area.

  22. Man fined over Paris shootings slur

    A man who made offensive comments about Muslims in the wake of the Paris shootings has been fined and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

    At Dumfries Sheriff Court, John Wilkinson admitted posting the grossly offensive messages with derogatory and abusive comments on Facebook.

    The 36-year-old sawmill worker, of Johnstonebridge, was said to be angry about recent atrocities.

    He was fined £200 and made the subject of a community payback order with a condition he carry out 50 hours unpaid work.

  23. Coming up...

    Newsdrive gets under way on BBC Radio Scotland at 16:00, with two hours of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive

    Listen live to the programme here.

  24. Woman sentenced over indecent images

    An Aberdeen woman who posted indecent photos of a young girl online has been given a two-year custodial sentence.

    Shannon Main, 20, admitted taking and distributing the images, and also touching the girl.

    Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that Main carried out the crimes out of a desire to please others.

    Sheriff William Summers said: "You knew what you were doing was wrong and still you did it anyway."

    Main was sent to a young offenders institution for two years, and was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

  25. Deila apology over Mackay-Steven switch

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has apologised to Dundee United counterpart Jackie McNamara for his handling of Gary Mackay-Steven's transfer.

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    The winger has agreed a summer move to the champions, but the Tannadice boss was upset by the Norwegian discussing the possibility of signing the 24-year-old this month.

    "I just have to say sorry if I have offended him in any way," said Deila.

    "It's not a rule I have heard about before, so I have to learn from this."

  26. Happy Monday?

    This morning [08:43], we asked for your views on today being Blue Monday - apparently the most depressing day of the year.

    You have been using the BBC Scotland Facebook page to leave your comments.

    John Stewart: It's only Blues Monday because the media tell us it is! Beautiful winters morning!

    Rob Willox: Pleased to say none of it applies and feel just fine today apart from it being a wee bit in the chilly side

    Miranda MacDonald: It's all in the mind. Of course, if you spent too much, drank too much and ate too much at Christmas you might be regretting it now. Therein lies your solution for next year! The weather was the same at Christmas so it isn't a factor.

  27. Man faces jail over stabbing

    A man has admitted stabbing a fellow party-goer nine times after taking offence over a comment made about him.

    Lee McIntosh, 20, attacked Kenny Drew outside a flat in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, in September last year.

    He followed Mr Drew outside after the victim made a remark about McIntosh walking about with paper over his face.

    McIntosh admitted assaulting Mr Drew to the danger of his life. At the High Court in Glasgow, he was remanded in custody after sentence was deferred.

  28. Deila wants more Scots

    At the Celtic press conference, manager Ronny Deila also discussed the club buying more Scottish players following a deal to sign Gary Mackay-Steven in the summer from Dundee United.

    Gary Mackay-Steven

    The Norwegian boss said: "We have to build up Scottish football. Celtic is a big club in Scotland and players should go through Celtic before going further, or put Celtic in the position we want to be in Europe.

    "They know the league and know what it's about to play for Celtic. These things matter when you sign them."

  29. Your pictures - Get involved


    Malcolm Smith captured this scene of the sun setting at the Dochart Falls in Killin.


    Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we will use the best.

  30. First Pagan same-sex wedding

    The UK's first Pagan same-sex wedding has taken place in Edinburgh.

    pagan wedding

    Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, are both Hedge Witches.

    The couple, who have been together for 12 years, were married in front of family and friends in the 16th century vaulted cellars of Marlin's Wynd.

    The ceremony encompassed ancient Pagan traditions including casting a circle, invoking the elements of earth, air, water, fire and spirit, exchanging rings, sharing a quaich of mead, binding the couple's hands and jumping the broom.

  31. Deila on Commons

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said the club wants Kris Commons to stay and the player wants to stay.

    Kris Commons

    In tweets from the club's official Twitter account, written at a pre-match press conference for the game against Motherwell, Deila said: "I spoke to him but not about throwing his boots in. I am sure he will have enough money to buy new ones.

    "Same situation, we are speaking together. We want him to stay here and he wants to stay, and it's just about getting things right."

    The Celtic boss also said he didn't think a deal for Shaun Maloney was going to happen.

  32. Crash victim was to be a dad

    A pedestrian killed when he was hit by a car driven by a learner driver was about to become a father, his widow has said.

    Chris Hutchon and wife Kirstine

    Chris Hutchon, 37, has been named as the victim of Sunday's accident at Bridge of Gairn near Ballater.

    Wife Kirstine, 36, said: "Chris had everything to live for and we are absolutely devastated by what has happened.

    "Chris was due to become a dad in the next few weeks."

    A grey Skoda Fabia driven by a supervised learner driver lost control and struck Mr Hutchon.

  33. Hotel sale price tops £59m

    A four-star hotel in Edinburgh has been sold for more than its asking price of £59m.

    Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh

    Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile has 238 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, conference and leisure facilities.

    It was sold to a German investor for an undisclosed price in the largest hotel transaction in Scotland since 2007.

    Manchester's Park Inn by Radisson, marketed for sale with the Radisson Blu Hotel earlier this year, was sold to UK investor The Ability Group.

  34. Where's the gun gone?

    Mons Meg, the world's most famous medieval gun, is to have an "MoT".

    mons meg

    The six-tonne cannon was transported from Edinburgh Castle this morning for specialist restoration and conservation work.

    The gun will be carefully examined by Historic Scotland's conservation team over the next six weeks.

    Richard Welander, head of collections for Historic Scotland, said: "Mons Meg undergoes regular 'health checks' each year and is lifted off its carriage every five years for a closer inspection.

    "This time it's getting a major service, which means it must leave the castle for the first time for 30 years."

  35. Woman caught in house blaze

    A woman was taken to hospital following a fire at a flat in Lanark.

    Crews were called to the flat in the town's Kildare Drive at about 23:00 on Sunday.

    They extinguished the small blaze and treated the woman at the scene before she was taken to Wishaw General Hospital as a precaution.

  36. Yer Granny

    Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher is gearing up to star in a 'gallus' new National Theatre of Scotland comedy entitled Yer Granny.

    Yer Granny

    Fisher will play a grandmother who is eating the Russo family out of house and home after their fish and chip shop closes. It is set in Scotland in 1977.

    The play is an adaptation of the celebrated Argentinean comedy La Nona.

    Brian Pettifer, Barbara Rafferty and Jonathan Watson are amongst the cast for the show, which will tour Scotland and Ireland from May.

  37. Military personnel hit by car

    Military personnel are among the four pedestrians hurt in a collision involving a car on Ardersier High Street in the Highlands.

    Ardersier High Street

    One of the pedestrians has been airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by an air ambulance.

    Emergency services were called to the incident at about 09:20.

    Police Scotland have described the incident as an accident and said it was not connected to the current UK terrorist threat level.

    Ardersier is near Fort George, an 18th Century artillery fortification that continues to operate as a barracks

  38. Coming up...

    BBC Sport


    On #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1330: @BBCKheredine reports from Melbourne, as @andy_murray makes a winning start at the @AustralianOpen.

  39. Commons to remain at Celtic?

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    Celtic captain Scott Brown has played down the significance of Kris Commons throwing his boots to the crowd on Saturday, joking that they were astroturf boots he wouldn't need again this season.

    Commons's gesture was interpreted by some to be a farewell, with contract negotiations having stalled and his current deal due to expire in the summer.

    Kris Commons

    However, Brown is hopeful Commons will stay and also that Gary Mackay-Steven, who has signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic, might still join this month.

  40. Woman hurt in sledge accident

    A woman has been seriously injured after apparently falling off a sledge in a busy Glasgow park.

    Paramedics were called to the incident in Kelvingrove Park, near Kelvin Way, in the city's west end, at 15:30 on Sunday.

    The Scottish Ambulance Service said the woman was taken to the Western Infirmary and later transferred to the Southern General Hospital, which specialises in treating head injuries.

    Her condition is not known.

  41. Voter app launched

    Scotland's first voter registration mobile app has been launched in Dundee.

    Dundee app

    The pilot project aims to encouraging young and first-time voters to join the electoral roll.

    The app for Android mobile devices was developed by Modern Democracy in partnership with Dundee City Council.

    Roger Mennie, Dundee City Council's electoral registration officer, said the move was designed to tap in to increased engagement in politics following the independence referendum.

  42. Cool cat


    Neil & Marielle Mackenzie, Glasgow: We made this igloo for our cat and even though he looks a bit depressed in the picture he actually loved it! He licked all the walls inside.


    Email us your pictures for our photo gallery and we'll use the best.

  43. Ireland-Scotland match abandoned

    BBC Sport


    Ireland have won the tri-series in Dubai after their final game against Scotland on Monday was washed out without a ball being bowled.

    Scotland and Ireland will now prepare for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
    Image caption: Scotland and Ireland will now prepare for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand

    Persistent rain in the United Arab Emirates left the Irish a point clear of Afghanistan with the Scots a further point back in third.

    It is the first time there has been a no result in an ODI in the UAE.

    The tournament was used as preparation for the World Cup, starting next month in Australia and New Zealand.

  44. Your pictures- Get Involved


    Ann Pettigrew captured this picture of the Campsies on the road from Kippen over to Fintry.


    Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we will use the best.

  45. Man hurt in flat fire

    A man has been injured after fire broke out at a flat in North Ayrshire.

    Emergency services were called to the property in Dickson Drive, Irvine, at about 21:45 on Sunday.

    Firefighters provided oxygen treatment to a man who was suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

    He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for further treatment. Crews extinguished the blaze which originated in a bedroom. No one else was injured.

  46. Burns appeal dropped

    An objection has been dropped to the public entertainment licence for a key venue in the Big Burns Supper festival due to start this week.

    Big Country
    Image caption: Big Country were one of the headline acts as the Big Burns Supper drew to a close on Sunday night

    A licensing panel was to decide whether to grant permission for the Spiegeltent site in the Loreburn Hall car park.

    Gemma Lou, who lives with two young children nearby, had lodged an objection to the licence.

    However, it was dropped before the licensing panel met in Dumfries to decide its fate.

  47. Racial assaults 'doubled'

    The Evening Times

    The number of racially motivated assaults in Glasgow schools has more than doubled since the beginning of the decade.

    The city council recorded 18 attacks in 2010 but that figure rose to 46 last year, an increase of 155%.

    The figures were obtained by the Evening Times following a freedom of information request to Glasgow City Council.

  48. Never Miss A Beatt...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    In your opinion: whose job is it to clear the ice and snow off the pavement in front of your flat/house?

    The John Beattie Show

    Listen live to the programme here.

  49. Gas prices cut

    British Gas - the UK's biggest domestic energy supplier - is to cut gas prices by 5% on 27 February.

    British Gas

    The supplier, part of the Centrica group, said the cut would reduce the typical household's annual energy bill by £37.

    The move comes after E.On reduced its standard gas prices by 3.5% last week.

    British Gas said the price cut reflected the recent fall in wholesale gas prices, which suppliers have been under pressure to pass on.

  50. Ishiguro's capital date

    Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival have announced the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will come to Scotland to discuss his new novel The Buried Giant.

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    The event, featuring the Booker prize winner, will take place on Thursday 5 March at the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

  51. Murder arrest

    A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 27-year-old man in Paisley.

    Graeme Kay

    Graeme Kay was found seriously injured at a flat in the town's Kilnside Road at about 04:30 on Sunday. He later died at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

    Police originally said the death of Mr Kay, from Paisley, was suspicious but have now confirmed it was murder.

    The 27-year-old man who was arrested will be the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal.

  52. Pedestrians injured in collision

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Five pedestrians have been hurt in a collision involving a car on Ardersier High Street.

    One of the five, who were all adults, was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by an air ambulance.

    Emergency services were called to the incident at about 09:20.

    In another incident, firefighters used cutting gear to free a driver from the wreckage of their car following a crash involving a bus on the A95.

    The accident happened at 07:20, about mile west of Drumuillie, near Boat of Garten.

  53. Gunman holds up petrol station

    A thief who held up an Edinburgh petrol station armed with a handgun is being sought by police.

    Petrol station on Ferry Road

    The armed robbery happened at 22:00 on Sunday when the thief threatened the lone member of staff at the petrol station on Ferry Road.

    The man left on foot, with a three-figure sum of cash. The member of staff was not injured in the incident.

  54. Student politics

    Levels of political engagement among young people after the Scottish independence referendum are to be studied after a £30,000 award to an Aberdeen university.

    Young voter

    Robert Gordon University has received the grant from Communities and Culture Network+ to map post-referendum social media activity.

    Voters, who were aged 16 to 19 at the time, will be assessed. It will look at any resulting broader engagement with politics.

  55. Plane comes off runway

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    An aircraft with 47 passengers and two crew onboard has come off the runway at Inverness Airport.


    No-one was injured in the incident which was believed to have happened after the plane had landed.

    The passengers and crew have been able to leave the aircraft.

  56. LGBT schools - Your Views

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    Colin: If the purpose of these schools is to protect students against bullying then the bullies have already won. Anyway, bullying will still take place in those schools, perhaps to do with body size etc. Bullying is the issue, not sexuality. It's a sad reflection on society if the solution is to segregate anyone who is "different".

    Stephanie, East Kilbride: Separate schools is not the answer. It's discipline in the home and education and less segregation schools. Kids get their views from their peers and family and that's where the problems lie.

    Anon: If we aren't making all of our schools safe and inclusive, then we're doing something very wrong! Creating 'separate but equal' schools is just a cop-out.

  57. Home tax review

    Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney says reviewing the planned new tax rates for property sales was "the right thing to do".


    The stamp duty system in Scotland is due to change on 1 April.

    However, Mr Swinney has been reappraising those changes in light of an overhaul of the UK property duty system brought in by Chancellor George Osborne.

    The Scottish Tories believe the Holyrood government should replicate the UK Treasury's move.

  58. Man charged over face bite

    A man has been charged by police over an Edinburgh street attack where a man was punched and bitten in the face.

    Easter Road, Edinburgh

    The 57-year-old victim was walking his dog on Easter Road when a man punched him in the face at about 11:00 on Thursday.

    A minibus driver helped the man by driving him away from the area, Police Scotland said.

    A 23-year-old man is due to appear in Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

  59. Housing contract challenged

    A petition has been launched urging the Scottish Parliament to investigate a multi-million pound contract awarded to a Dumfries firm which later went bust.


    R&D Construction entered administration two years after winning the £77m contract for Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership in 2009.

    More than 200 workers lost their jobs.

    Dumfries Trades Union Council wants an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the awarding of the contract.

  60. Dementia linked to life in north

    People living in northern countries could be more likely to develop dementia, research suggests.

    dementia sufferer

    The Edinburgh University study says that environmental factors, such as lack of sunlight and vitamin D, could increase the population's risk of developing the illness.

    Scientists mapped the disease in Scotland and in Sweden, where they found the further north people lived, the more likely they were to suffer from dementia.

  61. Broken back skier going for gold

    One of the UK's top female skiers, who suffered a broken back while training in Sweden last month, has been selected for the British team at the World Championships.

    Charlie Guest

    Charlie Guest, who is originally from Perth, will join the squad for the FIS Alpine World Skiing Championships next month in Colorado.

    The 20-year-old suffered a potentially career-ending injury when she fell and hit a boulder during training. Thankfully, she was wearing a back protector.

    "This is what I was working towards before the accident, so to still be selected has given me such a boost," she said. "It's only a few weeks away, but I'm more determined than ever to be there and competing. There's no way I'm ruling it out yet."

  62. Winds of change

    Plans for a wind farm development in Tweedsmuir have been submitted to the Scottish government.

    wind farm

    The application includes a new bridge crossing the Tweed at Carlowse.

    Greenock-based 2020 Renewables initially looked at erecting a total of 27 turbines on land south of Tweedsmuir at Whitelaw Brae.

    However, following an Environmental Impact Assessment, it submitted a revised application for a reduced number of 14 turbines.

  63. Man and woman die in smash

    A man and woman have died following a two-car crash in South Ayrshire.

    Police said a grey Rover car collided with a silver Citroen Despatch on the A70, near to Roodlea Golf Course, Coylton, at about 01:10 on Sunday.

    The 21-year-old woman who was driving the Rover and her 29-year-old male passenger died at the scene.

    The driver and passenger of the Citroen are in a stable condition at Ayr Hospital. Police Scotland have appealed for witnesses.

  64. LGBT schools - Your views

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    John, Inverness: School is to prepare you when you are a child for living in the real world as an adult. The real world is not segregated. Deal with the bullies not the victims.

    Liz: What's next? A separate school for people with ginger hair? Or ugly people? Or fat? Lots of people are bullied. How about a school for bullies?

    Darren, Perth: Separating people from mainstream schools because of their sexual orientation will just promote more homophobia and make straight kids see them as being different. LGBT community don't want to be seen as outside the mainstream, so why have a different school? The answer is education through the schools, and dealing with the bullying.

    H, Edinburgh: I am outraged. Children are at school to learn. Sex should be left to when they leave school. Mary Whitehouse must be turning in her grave. Maybe old fashioned but we really have to protect children against this unstable world.

  65. Clydesdale Bank's new CEO

    David Duffy has been confirmed as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Clydesdale Bank.

    David Duffy, Clydesdale Bank CEO

    The appointment follows David Thorburn's decision to stand down after almost four years in the role.

    Mr Duffy, 53, joins from Allied Irish Banks where he has been chief executive since December 2011.

  66. Sinkhole story - Your Views

    Tweet #ScotlandLive

    PoliticoPhilf: Golfing etiquette: "Please replace all divots".

    Steve: It's a helluva bunker!

    Sinkhole on Traigh Golf Course
  67. Fish factory fire probe

    Fire investigators aim to establish the cause of a blaze which destroyed a Peterhead fish factory.

    Peterhead fire

    The fire, which burned for more than 10 hours at the Northbay Pelagic site, was brought under control overnight into Sunday.

    Nearby flats were evacuated but no-one was believed to have been in the factory at the time.

  68. 'I wasn't in any danger'

    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    Andy Murray described his straight sets win over India's Yuki Bhambri in the first round of the Australian Open as "a good start", saying he was particularly happy with the way he served.

    "For the most part, it was good," said the Scot. "I wasn't in any danger for the first couple of sets. The third set he started to play better and I needed to up my intensity a bit, which I managed to do. The most positive aspect was the way I served."

    Murray expects stern tests as he aims to progress in Melbourne.

    "You've got to try to enjoy every match. Every win is nice. Nothing comes easy in this sport," he added.

    Andy Murray

    "Everyone's very competitive. I'm going to have to improve each round, but in each round you just have to beat one person, just be good enough to beat the guy on the other side of the net, and that's what I'm going to try to do."

    On Wednesday's showdown with Marinko Matosevic of Australia in the second round, Murray said: "He won a pretty close one today [Matosevic won in five sets against the Russian, Kudryavtsev].

    "I know Markino pretty well. There's a good chance we'll play on centre court - I'll need to play well to beat him. He's a big guy, a big hitter, and will get great backing from the crowd. It should be a great match."

  69. Your pictures - Get Involved

    Karen Cheyne sent us this picture of Harvey the fox terrier making a new friend at a snowy park in Jordanhill, Glasgow.

    jordanhill dog

    Email us your pictures from around Scotland for our photo gallery and we'll use the best.

  70. Winter brakes

    Cyclists have taken on mud, snow and freezing temperatures on the 10th annual Strathpuffer cycle challenge near Strathpeffer.

    Cyclist taking part in the Strathpuffer
    Cyclist taking part in the Strathpuffer
    Cyclist taking part in the Strathpuffer

    The event was held on forest tracks near the Highland village at the weekend.

    Most of the mountain bike endurance event is held in darkness.

  71. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    #Gorbals. Queues at the A730 southbound, between Bedford Lane/Cleland Street and Cumberland Street/Pollokshaws Road.

  72. Motorist cut from crash wreck

    Firefighters have used cutting gear to free one person from wreckage following a two-vehicle crash in the Highlands.

    The accident has shut the A95 about a mile west of Drumuillie, near Boat of Garten.

    Police put diversions in place.

    Three fire crews responded to the crash, which happened at about 07:20.

  73. Weekend action

    Missed your team's match at the weekend?

    St Mirren's Marc McAusland celebrates at the full-time whistle

    Watch highlights of the top games on the BBC Sport Scotland website.

  74. Ayrshire train delays


    The rail operator tweets: Update: Following earlier broken down train at #Saltcoats, services between #Largs & #GlasgowCentral may be disrupted until 1000.

  75. Sinkable putt?

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    A large sinkhole has appeared near a green on the UK mainland's most westerly golf course.

    The 9ft (3m) deep, 22ft (7m) long hole was caused by heavy rain washing away a drain running under part of Traigh Golf Course, near Mallaig.


    The club is now having to find money to help it pay the estimated £16,000 cost of the repairs needed.

    The sinkhole has been fenced off and the nine-hole course remains open to members.

  76. On the back pages

    Rangers boardroom latest, Old Firm fears and heroes, and Kris Commons. It's just another day in the world of Scottish football.

    Kris Commons

    Read all the latest gossip.

  77. Get Involved - Blue Monday

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Today is Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year, apparently. It is thought we all feel a little low today with the perfect storm of post-Christmas blues, terrible weather, credit card bills and the failure of New Year's resolutions.

    Blue Monday

    The Daily Telegraph have decided to mark the occasion with a live web cam of a beautiful beach in Thailand called Crystal Bay. It is certainly relaxing.

    We're keen to hear what you are doing to keep yourself and your loved ones positive today? Or are you sceptical about the importance attached to it?

    Email us on or tweet using the #ScotlandLive

  78. Cold snap - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    James, Motherwell: -6C in Motherwell right now! #not #be #long #getting #frostbite

  79. Tensions for travellers

    Scotland's travelling community has been warned it is likely to face continued hostility unless there is action to provide it with proper sites.

    Travellers site

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said there were positive examples but also tensions and confusion over funding and planning.

    Lack of provision was blamed for stoking hostility to Gypsy Travellers "pulling in" at some locations.

    In 2014 there were 59 named sites in 18 local authority areas in Scotland.

  80. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Aberdeen (Dyce) Airport, slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on #A96 both ways at Dyce Drive, congestion to B979.

  81. Serving up a win

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    Andy Murray: "I went back to serving how I used to and that's really helped." #bbctennis #AusOpen

    Andy Murray being interviewed by the BBC
  82. Train cancellations

    A signalling problem at Thurso means trains cannot run to or from this station, say Network Rail. There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 10:00.

    Alternative transport will operate between Thurso and Wick.

  83. Rangers update

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    The Rangers board hope to avoid a general meeting called by shareholder Dave King on Friday. In a statement to the Stock Exchange this morning, they say they intend to seek to have the notice withdrawn, adding that AIM (the Stock Exchange on which they are listed) rules require that all individuals appointed to the board are suitable. This is a clear reference to King's criminal record for tax evasion in South Africa.

    shareholder Dave King
    Image caption: Shareholder Dave King has called for a general meeting

    In a separate statement, the board acknowledge that Ibrox may be used as security for funding, but it will not "unfairly advantage the party with whom it was agreed".

    Last week, the board lodged an Advanced Notice for a charge over Ibrox in favour of shareholder Mike Ashley's company Sports Direct.

    Ashley and a consortium including Douglas Park and George Letham are in separate talks with the board over providing funding to Rangers.

  84. Festival site in doubt

    A key venue of the Big Burns Supper festival, due to start this week in Dumfries, is facing opposition to its public entertainment licence.

    Big Burns Supper festival

    A licensing panel will decide whether to grant permission for the Spiegeltent site in the Loreburn Hall car park.

    Gemma Lou, who lives with two young children nearby, has lodged an objection to the licence.

    She said last year her family was kept awake until the early hours by "loud and continuous music".

  85. Grin and bear it


    The travel monitor tweets: What kind of camera was used to take this photo??! A POLAR-oid! :) Take Care this morning...very icy on the roads!

    polar bear on ice
  86. Rangers latest

    Rangers have confirmed that they could use Ibrox Stadium as security against a loan in a bid to help the financially stricken Scottish Championship club.

    Ibrox Stadium

    The news came in a morning statement from Rangers International Football Club to the London Stock Exchange.

    It says it notes the "concern" over such a move but that the "decision wouldn't be taken lightly".

    Shareholder Mike Ashley has secured advance notices of security against Ibrox and Rangers' training ground.

    That commitment to the stadium and Murray Park is for a 35-day period.

  87. It was a cauld, cauld night...

    BBC Weather


    It was -12C at Loch Glascarnoch (Highland) overnight. A #cold commute elsewhere at 7am

    Temperatures on January 19
  88. Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Morning Call with @LWhitemedia: The Equalities and Human Rights commission want more gypsy traveller sites, do you?

    Morning Call
    • Tune in to the show from 08:50.
  89. Cold snap - Your Views

    Text using 80295

    Alan, going nowhere, somewhere near Kingswells: The roads in and around the west side of Aberdeen are an absolute disgrace this morning.

    Anon: Warning - traffic extremely slow from Pitcaple towards Inverurie on A96.

    Anon: -0.5°C in South Queensferry at 6am this morning without a hint of frost, and 0.0°C in central Edinburgh now.

  90. Loneliness inquiry

    People who suffer problems as a result of being lonely will be the subject of a new Scottish Parliament inquiry.


    MSPs said they wanted to tackle an issue which has been linked to a rise in mental and physical illness.

    The move by Holyrood's equal opportunities committee came as research has suggested more people have nobody to turn to in a crisis.

    MSPs aim to make a series of recommendations in the summer to help tackle the problem.

  91. Major ice risk

    BBC Scotland Weather


    There is a major ice risk in the east of the country, with a Met Office "be aware" warning here.

    Anywhere here is at risk this morning on untreated surfaces.

  92. These boots were made for walking...

    The current cold snap didn't deter climbers and walkers from enjoying the wintry delights of Glencoe over the weekend.

    A man makes his way through deep snow near Buachaille Etive Mountain in Glencoe on Sunday
    Image caption: A man makes his way through deep snow near Buachaille Etive Mountain
    Two climbers near Rannoch Moor in Glencoe
    Image caption: Two climbers on the move near Rannoch Moor in Glencoe
    A man makes his way through deep snow near Buachaille Etive Mountain in Glencoe
    Image caption: A man walking near Buachaille Etive as the sun threatens to put in an appearance

    Send us your pictures of the current cold snap via Twitter using #ScotlandLive or email

  93. On the front pages

    The Daily Record describes how heroes dressed at Robin and the Joker kicked down doors to help save families from a burning block of flats.


    A soldier who became the Army's only transgender officer says: "I was living an act", writes the Scottish Sun.

    Meanwhile, The Scotsman reports that the CBI and Federation of Small Businesses have called for an end to the continuing battle over Scotland's constitutional future in order to prevent uncertainty in investment.

  94. 'Rock star' Burns

    In 1787, at the height of his new-found fame, Robert Burns embarked on a series of tours around Scotland, keeping company with some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the land.

    Robert Burns

    Prof Nigel Leask, regius chair of English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow, outlines how the "celebrity" Burns was keen to meet those with the power to promote his work and reveals some of the stories of his time on the road.

  95. On the road to recovery

    Scotland's economic recovery is set to continue in 2015, according to the Bank of Scotland's chief economist.

    Office workers working

    Donald MacRae's comments came as the bank's latest Report on Jobs found Scotland's job market was in "relatively rude health".

    The final report for 2014 said permanent placements rose sharply, and there was a rise in starting salaries.

    In November, Scotland's job growth slowed to is lowest rate since April falling behind the rest of the UK. However, it bounced back last month.

  96. Museum funding boost

    The Scottish government has pledged an extra £10m towards the construction of the V&A Dundee Museum.

    It emerged on Friday that the cost of the project had almost doubled to £80m.

    It emerged last week that the cost of the new V&A Museum had risen

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the additional funding, which increases the government's capital contribution to £25m, reinforced its commitment to the "iconic" development.

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy urged ministers to "get a grip on the spiralling cost" of the project.

  97. A93 update

    Traffic Scotland tweets: The A93 is closed between Braemar and Spittal of Glenshee is closed due to snow. The #A939 is also closed between Tomintoul and Cockbridge.

  98. 'Scrape your cars'

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A very cold start to the day, with -11C Loch Glascarnoch & Dalwhinnie. -10 Tulloch Bridge, widely -4/-5. Very frosty too you'll have to scrape your cars!

  99. Murray marches on

    Andy Murray made a solid start to his Australian Open campaign with a straight-sets win over India's Yuki Bhambri in Melbourne.

    The Scot, seeded sixth, won 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in two hours 12 minutes on the Margaret Court Arena.

    Andy Murray

    Murray, 27, had to recover from 4-1 down in the third set but controlled the tie-break to seal victory.

    He will play Australia's Marinko Matosevic in the second round on Wednesday.

    "I thought it was a good start," the Scot told BBC Sport. "I thought he played well; he was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match

    "That made it difficult because it didn't give me much rhythm or a lot of time."

  100. Coming up...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    BBC News - V&A Dundee: Swinney pledges extra £10m of funding. Ken Guild @DundeeCouncil #bbcgms 0715

    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

  101. Winter snap

    @bbcbreakfast: It's been the coldest night of the winter so far! Still very chilly out there, @carolkirkwood tells us #bbcbreakfast

    BBC Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood with graphic showing lowest temperatures
  102. Coldest night

    Temperatures in the Highlands have fallen to as low as -11C during what forecasters say has been the coldest night of the winter so far.

    Snowy scene of a driver

    Met Office yellow "be aware" warnings of snow and icy conditions are in place for large swathes of Scotland.

    BBC Weather said it could dip to -12C in rural parts of the north and across Scotland it could go down to -10C.

    By 05:00, temperatures had fallen to -11C in Loch Glascarnoch and it was below zero across many parts of the UK.

  103. Rise & shine

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Welcome to Monday's frozen edition of Scotland Live. Hopefully, we'll thaw out between now and 19:00...