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  1. Goodbye

    That's it from the Scotland Live team for Wednesday. Join us again tomorrow, bright and breezy, from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the country as it happens.

  2. Trump in new turbine challenge

    Donald Trump has launched a fresh legal challenge to an offshore wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeenshire.

    Donald Trump

    The American billionaire wants a judicial review into his claim that Scottish ministers acted illegally by approving the 11 turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay.

    A previous application had been dismissed.

    Mr Trump halted all new work at the Menie estate claiming the wind farm would spoil the view.

    Judges at the Court of Session will give a decision on whether a fresh review can be held at a later date.

  3. First Group rules out fare cuts

    Bus passengers travelling on FirstGroup services will not see a reduction in fares despite the recent slump in oil prices.

    FirstGroup buses in depot

    The company said its hedging policy meant it was committed to buying fuel at higher prices until next year.

    A FirstGroup spokesman confirmed the firm would continue to raise bus fares in line with inflation.

    But the Aberdeen-based company said its bus pricing strategy had still seen 19 consecutive months of commercial bus passenger volume growth.

  4. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Tomorrow: Freezing fog will be slow to clear in places. It will be another largely dry day, with just a few showers for Shetland and the West Coast. The best of the sunshine will be in the North and East during the morning; by the afternoon, cloud will be steadily increasing from the West. It will bring rain into the Western Isles later in the afternoon, and into the West Coast around dusk.

    Southerly winds will freshen, becoming strong over Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles by the end of the afternoon. Temperatures will be a degree or so up on today, at 4C or 5C for most by the end of the afternoon, but still just 1C or 2C in inland parts of the North.

  5. Goodwillie signs new deal

    Aberdeen striker David Goodwillie has signed a new contract that will keep him at Pittodrie until the summer of 2016.

    David Goodwillie

    The 25-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Dundee United forward's deal was due to end in the summer.

    "It's a huge club, moving in the right direction under the manager," Goodwillie told the Aberdeen website.

    "I wanted to remain part of that as I feel something special can happen with this team."

  6. How do the property tax systems add up?

    The Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has revised his planned property tax changes, due to come into effect on 1 April.

    Property in Scotland

    His original scheme, announced in October last year, proposed new bands, plus a gradual tax, similar to income tax.

    Two months later, UK Chancellor George Osborne adopted the same gradual approach to stamp duty, but with different bands and rates.

    That move prompted a re-think by Mr Swinney who has now changed his proposal.

    Read here as we take some random purchase prices showing what the tax was under the old stamp duty system; the new UK property tax system; the draft Scottish system and the revised Scottish system.

  7. Coming up...

    Reporting Scotland is just about to get under way on BBC One and you can watch it here.

    reporting scotland
  8. Poison plant alert

    Animal owners are being urged to be on the alert for a deadly plant, washed up by the recent storms, which has already killed six dogs who ate it this year.

    Hemlock Water-Dropwort

    Hemlock Water-Dropwort grows on the edges of streams and at high tide marks on beaches.

    It has been found along the River Clyde and is believed to grow elsewhere in Scotland.

  9. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    It will stay largely dry and cloudy till end the day. A few scattered showers continue to affect the coasts this evening, especially Kintyre, Angus and Aberdeenshire, as well as the Northern and Western Isles. But we will also see some clear spells developing and a widespread, sharp frost and freezing fog patches with the risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

    The clearest skies will be in the North and East, and temperatures in inland Aberdeenshire and the East Highlands will dip as low as -7C. It will be minus 2 or 3C across much of Central and Southern Scotland, holding above freezing over the Isles.

  10. Police probe threats to Gers director

    Rangers director Sandy Easdale has said police are investigating threats made against him amid the ongoing and acrimonious battle for the Ibrox club.

    Sandy Easdale

    Officers are believed to be monitoring his home after internet posts allegedly urged fans to attack his house in a bid to remove him from the club.

    Mr Easdale, 47, said he had also received threats by email and letter.

    Last week, several hundred fans protested outside Ibrox stadium against the current Rangers board.

  11. Your pictures - Get involved


    Elaine Crossan reckons this is "the happiest snow picture ever" as her mum's Jack Russell plays in the white stuff.

    jack russell in snow

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

  12. Police taser discharge 'preventable'

    An independent police watchdog has found the discharge of a taser in Glenrothes police station was "preventable".


    No-one was injured in the incident last month but the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner said the device was stored loaded in the armoury, in contravention of police procedures.

    He said the force must ensure all divisions comply with the procedures and that all firearms are loaded and unloaded with a safety officer present.

  13. Monkey found in shoebox

    An adult marmoset monkey has been handed in to a vet's surgery in Fife a day after two of the animals were reported stolen from a house in Nairn.

    Common marmoset

    A member of the public claimed to have found the animal in a shoebox.

    The marmoset is now being kept at the Scottish SPCA's Edinburgh Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Balerno.

    Scottish SPCA Inspector Sarah Gregory said: "The person reported finding the animal in a lay-by on the road between Kincardine and High Valleyfield. Unfortunately we have been unable to speak with them ourselves and are appealing to this person to get in touch with us.

    "At this stage we can't confirm whether this is linked to the two monkeys who were reported stolen in the Inverness area. We are currently working alongside the police and are asking anyone with information to get in touch."

  14. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: home-buying tax revisions: @RICSnews surveyors welcome rise in starting threshold but "potential for upper end of market to stagnate"

  15. Swinney: New deal is fair

    John Swinney has confirmed that he will reduce proposed new tax rates on property purchases in Scotland in response to changes already announced by the chancellor George Osborne.

    John Swinney

    The finance secretary said helping first-time buyers and those already on the property ladder based on fairness and ability to pay remain the underlying principles of the tax as announced in October.

    Speaking in Holyrood, Mr Swinney outlined the new tax bands and rates to be applied to residential Land and Buildings Transaction Tax from 1 April 2015. Watch it here.

  16. Hammers offer £2m for Hendrie

    Jane Lewis

    BBC Scotland

    Hamilton full-back Stephen Hendrie has been the subject of an offer in excess of £2m from West Ham.

    Hamilton defender Stephen Hendrie

    However, the London club has not been back in touch to formalise their bid, with the Accies happy to proceed with the sale of the 20-year-old.

    Hendrie is out of contract at the end of the season.

    The Scotland Under-21 international has made more than 100 appearances for the Lanarkshire side since making the breakthrough in 2011.

  17. Man jailed over bullets and cannabis farm

    A 34-year-old man who was caught with 825 rounds of ammunition and a cannabis farm at his home has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

    Bodybuilder Parmdeep Singh's house in Langbank, Renfrewshire, was raided on 10 June 2012 by police investigating the theft of gym equipment in the north of England.

    Officers found a shotgun, bullets for Kalashnikov machine guns and a £1.5m-capacity cannabis farm.

    Sing admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition and producing illegal drugs at Paisley Sheriff Court.

  18. NHS row - Your views

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    Geoff, Aberdeen: So Jim Murphy says only way to protect the NHS is vote Labour. Protect it from what - only a few months ago he was telling whoever would listen to him, from his Irn Bru crates, that the NHS wasn't at risk. Nobody should trust this man.

  19. V&A inquiry plea rejected

    Audit Scotland has rejected calls to carry out an inquiry into the rising cost of Dundee's V&A museum.

    V&A at night

    A city councillor had written to the financial watchdog requesting an investigation after the price of the design museum rose to £80m.

    However, the body said it would not be appropriate for it to intervene while the council is still considering its position.

    Councillors will discuss a fixed-price contract for the project next week.

    The original cost of the project was set at £45m, but even after being scaled back to sit on land rather than out on the Tay, the cost of Kengo Kuma's design has risen to more than £80m.

  20. Man jailed over Red Bull hold-up

    A former soldier who robbed a woman using a can of energy drink has been jailed for almost four years.

    Red Bull can

    Allan Johnston held up Jennifer Pringle in broad daylight near Stirling city centre in August by pretending the can of Red Bull was a gun.

    The 40-year-old made off with her handbag but was quickly apprehended.

    He pleaded guilty to assault and robbery using an "imitation firearm", but said he would not have used a real gun because "guns kill people".

  21. Jessie J cancels show

    Daily Record

    Pop star Jessie J has cancelled her show in Glasgow tonight due to a throat infection.

    Jessie J

    The Bang Bang singer was due to play the O2 Academy to kick off her UK tour, but the show will now take place on February 1.

  22. Murphy: SNP are playing games

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy believes only Labour can protect the NHS and stop Tory budget cuts.

    Jim Murphy

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had earlier said SNP MPs were prepared to vote on English healthcare in Westminster to ensure that "Scotland's voice is heard".

    Mr Murphy told BBC political editor Nick Robinson: "The only way to save the NHS is to elect a Labour government and get rid of David Cameron from office, not these games that the SNP are playing.

    "This is serious business, it's a matter of the future of the NHS and the last thing we need is David Cameron back in power."

    Watch the interview here.

  23. Case notes problem halts operations

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    The BBC has learned that a hospital in Lanarkshire had to cancel some appointments and operations last week because of problems accessing new electronic case notes.

    Hairmyres Hospital

    A total of 21 outpatient operations were rescheduled at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, along with two operations.

    The fault recurred this week but back-up plans allowed medics to continue to work.

    NHS Lanarkshire said electronic case notes offered a wide range of benefits and that it was working with IT suppliers to investigate the fault.

  24. Property tax cuts

    The proposed new tax rates on Scottish property purchases have been cut - although people buying the most expensive homes will have to pay more.

    property sold sign

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney said nobody would pay tax on properties costing less than £145,000, after raising the threshold.

    He said a 12% marginal rate would now apply to people buying houses costing more than £750,000, rather than £1m.

    The new tax replaces stamp duty in Scotland from April.

    Mr Swinney told parliament the revised bands were proportionate and based on the ability to pay.

  25. Chhokar accused's court date

    A man has been formally indicted for the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.

    Surjit Singh Chhokar

    Ronnie Coulter, 46, from Wishaw, will appear at the High Court in Glasgow for a hearing on 24 February as the Crown case against him proceeds.

    Last year, judges gave prosecutors permission to retry Mr Coulter over the fatal stabbing of Mr Chhokar, 32.

    They ruled that two other men, Andrew Coulter, 33, and David Montgomery, 37, could not face trial for a second time.

    All three men were previously cleared of murdering Mr Chhokar in 1998.

  26. Game, set and (love) match?

    Andy Murray is getting married later this year but his older brother says he hasn't, as yet, been asked to be best man.

    Wimbledon mixed doubles star Jamie Murray said he wouldn't mind if his brother chose someone else for the task.

    Andy was best man at older brother Jamie's wedding in Dunblane in 2010

    Jamie told the BBC: "If I don't get asked that's absolutely fine by me."

    Wimbledon singles champion Andy announced his engagement to girlfriend Kim Sears in November last year.

    In an interview with BBC Scotland Sport, Jamie said: "I haven't been asked yet so I'm still waiting on that one.

    "We'll see. If I get asked: great. If not, then it's not the end of the world.

    "I'm sure it'll be a good day."

    Andy was best man at older brother Jamie's wedding in Dunblane in 2010.

  27. Can he claim for it? Yes he clan

    A clan chief has been allowed to claim expenses in a legal dispute with a council about a gate allegedly blocking public access to a beauty spot.

    Path near Kingsteps

    Highland Council was found liable to Alexander Brodie of Brodie, the 27th Clan Chief of Brodie, for costs in the case at a hearing in Edinburgh.

    The dispute about Nairn's Kingsteps has been running for two years.

    Highland Council has sought to abandon its legal action against Mr Brodie, but may raise fresh proceedings.

  28. Women's rugby squad

    Scotland Women's head coach Jules Maxton has opted for a mix of youth and experience for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign.

    Worcester prop Tracy Balmer captains the team again in the front row beside 71-time capped Heather Lockhart.

    Maxton has brought three new players into the squad, with Wasps outside centre Nuala Deans, flanker Jude Telford of Murrayfield Wanderers and Melrose full-back Chloe Rollie hoping to make their debuts.

  29. Lothian Buses shake-up

    David Miller

    BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    Lothian Buses has revealed all four of its executive directors are to leave the company over the next two years. It follows a bitter boardroom feud between the men, who each earned between £200,000 and £270,000 in 2013.

    In a statement, the chairman of Lothian Buses, Ian Depledge, said recent months had been "bruising and damaging" for the council-owned company, and the move was necessary to restore confidence and stability.

    Lothian Buses is the biggest bus operator in the capital and has more than 2,000 staff.

  30. BreakingBreaking News

    Finance Secretary Swinney announces new proposals for new tax rates on Scottish property purchases.

    • From 1 April, no tax will be paid up to £145,000
    • For monies between £145,000 and £250,000, a rate of 2% will apply
    • Properties between £250,000 and £325,000 will pay 5%
    • Those between £325000 and £750,000 will pay 10%
    • More than £750,000, properties will be taxed at the 12%
  31. Property tax

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Revised Scots property transaction tax: starts at £145-250k: 2%. £250-325k: new 5% band. £325-£750k: 10%. Higher: 12%

  32. Budget speech

    Finance Secretary John Swinney starts his budget speech by highlighting positive aspects of economic recovery in Scotland.

    Follow our dedicated live text coverage here.

    Scottish Parliament live page
  33. Oil firms land Norwegian licences

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Scottish-based Faroe Petroleum and Cairn Energy have each been awarded a share in five oil and gas production licences in Norwegian waters.

    oil platform

    They are close to fields in which both companies already have interests.

    Meanwhile, Cairn Energy has sold off part of the Catcher field in the UK North Sea, to help reduce the scale of its development costs.

    The Norwegian licences do not require companies to start drilling.

    However, the new round of licences open up a new part of Norway's northern waters, which had previously been disputed with Russia.

  34. Man arrested over derby match assault

    Police investigating a pub assault after an Edinburgh derby match last year have arrested a man.

    The 44-year-old has been charged in connection with football-related disorder, police said.

    Two men were seriously injured in assaults at Scotts Bar after the match between Hibs and Hearts at Easter Road on 26 October, ending in a 1-1 draw.

    The man has been banned from entering licensed premises as he awaits his court appearance.

  35. Scots votes on English NHS laws

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    I have been speaking to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about how SNP MPs will vote after the next election.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    With the polls predicting a doubling in the party's support and, potentially, a huge increase in the number of their MPs this really matters.

    Specifically, Ms Sturgeon says that SNP MPs will vote on the English NHS. Given that the Scottish government has complete control of the Scottish NHS, this is likely to fuel calls for "English votes for English laws".

    She says the move is necessary to protect the Scottish NHS from the knock on effects of cuts and privatisation in England.

  36. Stewart aims high

    Kenny Crawford

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Greg Stewart's prolific form for Dundee means he is having to adjust his targets at the season's halfway stage.

    Greg Stewart

    The 24-year-old striker has netted 12 times in 24 outings, despite only aiming for 10 over the whole campaign.

    "I've got there quicker than I thought," Stewart told BBC Scotland.

    "You always want to try to get to at least double figures and I've played lots of games which I wasn't sure I was going to get. If I could get up to 20 that would be absolutely brilliant."

  37. Cold snapped

    Fiona Stalker

    BBC Scotland reporter

    tweets: Great day at the office #bbcwinterwatch #coldsnaps @BBCSpringwatch @MarLodgeNTS

  38. Post update

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Poundland sales growth of 10%, but analysts warn it's slowing. With 60 more UK outlets a year, are they eating into existing stores' market?

  39. New £2m hospital scanner unveiled

    A £2m scanner allowing a more accurate diagnosis of patients has been unveiled at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

    The positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET-CT) scanner will allow clinicians to see highly-defined 3D pictures of inside the body.

    It is aimed at helping medical staff evaluate what treatments are best.

    Prof Alison Murray, Professor of Radiology, said: "Patients far beyond Aberdeen will benefit from discoveries made using these fabulous facilities."

  40. Ex-Marine cadet jailed for rape

    A former Royal Marine cadet who raped a 16-year-old girl and then confessed by text has been sentenced to 28 months detention.

    Mark Morham

    Mark Morham, 18, from Kelty, admitted raping the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at his home on 18 January 2014.

    Lord Turnbull told Morham that but for his guilty plea he would have sentenced him to three and a half years detention.

    Morham was placed on the sex offenders' register.

  41. Murphy on the NHS

    Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy has dismissed Nicola Sturgeon's comments on protecting the NHS, saying that the SNP were spending less on the NHS "than even David Cameron".

    jim murphy

    He added: "There is a way of getting a better health service, a way of getting more money for Scotland's health service, and that is by voting for the Labour Party."

  42. Your pictures - Get involved


    Hazeelin Hassan says: "I stopped at Loch Morlich when walking from Glenmore to Aviemore. Here I met this cute snowman."

    Glenmore to Aviemore

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

  43. North Sea gas leak probed

    A release of gas in the North Sea is being investigated.


    Shell said it appeared to have happened at a subsea infrastructure near its Curlew floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

    The incident happened about 130 miles off Aberdeen on Monday night.

    Specialist divers have been called in. Shell said all personnel were safe, and there were no plans to down-man the Curlew.

  44. SNP to vote on English health laws

    The leader of the SNP has told the BBC that her MPs will vote on English health matters if it helps to protect the Scottish NHS.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon's comments come the day before a bill on more tax and spend powers for Scotland is published.

    They also add to the heated debate about English votes for English laws.

    The Tories want English MPs to have sole say on English laws. Labour, which has 40 Scots MPs, rejects that view, while the Lib Dems back limited change.

    The SNP has six MPs in the House and Commons and in practice they do not vote on non-Scottish legislation.

    However, in an interview with BBC political editor Nick Robinson, Ms Sturgeon warned that if there were moves to "further privatise" the NHS in England, SNP MPs would vote to stop them.

    She explained: "On health, for example, we are signalling that we would be prepared to vote on matters of English health because that has a direct impact potential on Scotland's budget.

    "So, if there was a vote in the House of Commons to repeal the privatisation of the health service that has been seen in England, we would vote for that because that would help to protect Scotland's budget."

  45. Sturgeon's Iraq Inquiry 'frustration'

    Glenn Campbell

    Political correspondent, BBC Scotland

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is writing to the chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, Lord Chilcot, to express her frustration that his report will not be published until after the UK general election.

    British marines on patrol in southern Iraq in 2007

    Ms Sturgeon says she is "deeply disappointed" by the decision and is urging Lord Chilcott to "reconsider this matter".

    Lord Chilcot has said he could see "no realistic prospect" of publication before the 7 May poll.

    The Scottish government is to set aside time for a debate on the issue at Holyrood next week.

  46. Man admits bookmakers raid

    A man has admitted robbing a bookmakers shop in Inverclyde at knifepoint.

    Ladbrokes in Port Glasgow

    James Low escaped with more than £1,000 from Ladbrokes in Dubbs Road, Port Glasgow, on 1 March last year.

    The 30-year-old fled the scene in a taxi but was traced by police after his DNA was identified on a discarded mask he wore during the robbery.

    At the High Court in Glasgow, Low admitted a charge of assault and robbery and was remanded in custody pending sentence at a later date.

  47. Drink drive limits - Your views

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    Nathan, Forres: Folk are right, it is the idiot hell bent on getting behind the wheel drunk that remains the problem. My own concern is to travel on a Saturday to watch the rugby and travel back the next day - I simply cannot drink despite the fact I would very much not be under the influence but certainly could be labelled as such.

    Jim, Glasgow: During the festive period more than 300 who were over previous limit were caught and only 20 or so were between old and new limits. It has been an unnecessary change which had no data to back its introduction.

    Frank, Aberdeen: Some people think they should be able to drink regardless. Scotland has the same problem with drink as the US has with guns.

  48. Childbirth

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Right, men out there who were at the birth of their child, was it a good experience? If you're a woman, were you happy with him being there?

  49. Your Pictures

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  50. Crash OAP trapped under car

    Fire crews had to free a 79-year-old woman who was trapped under a car following a crash in Blairgowrie.

    The woman was involved in a collision with the car on Emma Street at about 09:40 on Monday and became trapped between the pavement and the vehicle.

    Firefighters used chocks and blocks to stabilise the car and free the casualty.

    Police and the ambulance service also attended and the woman was treated by paramedics for a leg injury.

  51. Icy roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Ice still affecting roads across the country especially on untreated routes, pavements treacherous in some parts! Take care.

  52. Man faces trial for father's murder

    A man is to stand trial charged with murdering his 65-year-old father.

    Peter McDermott is accused of attacking Bernard McDermott at a flat in Lynedoch Street, Greenock, on 23 April 2014.

    The 41-year-old is alleged to have repeatedly stabbed his father on the head, neck and body.

    A trial was set for June at the High Court in Glasgow.

  53. First responder concern

    Andrew Thomson

    BBC Scotland

    A mobile phone network used by a first responder medical scheme has been out of action for "two weeks".

    Hugh MacPherson, of Acharacle Community Council, said the loss of service since 9 January was "unacceptable".

    Network provider Orange has not commented so far on the situation, but has apologised in correspondence to customers in Acharacle in Lochaber.

    First responders provide out-of-hours emergency medial care in remote parts of the north west Highlands.

    They include nurses, retained firefighters and volunteers.

  54. Game of Thrones 'put off Scotland'

    The producers behind Game of Thrones were put off filming the TV drama in Scotland by a lack of infrastructure, it has been claimed.

    Game of Thrones

    Drew McFarlane, from the Equity actors' union, said the fantasy series went to Northern Ireland because it was able to facilitate the production.

    Mr McFarlane's comments came during a Scottish Parliament inquiry into the creative industries.

    Game of Thrones has helped raise Northern Ireland's profile as a filming location.

    The series, made by American film company HBO, hit screens in 2011 and has won numerous awards and nominations.

  55. Never Miss A Beatt...

    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    The topics @BBCRadioScot from 12... why do more women than men believe in a God will form part of a discussion.

    John Beattie

    Listen live to the programme here.

  56. SSE faces competition probe

    Energy firm SSE is facing an investigation by the industry regulator Ofgem into whether the company acted uncompetitively in the electricity connections market.

    File photo dated 21/07/11 of an SSE training centre in Perth.

    Ofgem says it will look into the way housing developments and other sites, not yet connected to the grid, choose where they get their power from.

    This can include a local distribution company or an alternative provider.

  57. Two in court over tycoon family raid

    Two men are due in court in connection with a robbery at the home of Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag's daughter.

    It is understood Sarah Salins and her husband Sundeep were tied up by masked thieves who made off with jewellery and personal belongings worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on Monday evening.

    Police Scotland confirmed two men aged 40 and 57 had been arrested after the raid.

    They are expected to appear at Perth Sheriff Court on Thursday. Another man was arrested in Crieff last Sunday.

  58. Century-old robes replaced

    Ceremonial robes worn by every provost of Dumfries over the last 100 years could be replaced.

    Provost Joseph Johnstone Glover

    The gown, made from satin and ermine fur, is thought to have been commissioned by Provost Joseph Johnstone Glover in about 1900.

    However, the garment is slowly falling apart and frequently "moulting" fur and feathers.

    Provost Ted Thompson has applied to Dumfries Common Good Fund for £2,500 for a replacement.

  59. 'Help' for oil industry

    David Porter

    Westminster correspondent

    The UK energy secretary Ed Davey has dropped another heavy hint that there could be help for the North Sea oil industry in the forthcoming budget, as a result of falling prices.

    ed davey

    Giving evidence to the Energy and Climate Change select committee, Mr Davey said it was no secret that the oil industry wanted tax cuts and there could well be what he described as ''more reforms'' in the March budget.

    Mr Davey said the UK government also remained committed to structural reforms in the oil industry as outlined in the Wood Report.

  60. Police in £150,000 drugs raid

    Police have seized drugs with an estimated street value of £150,000 in Dumfriesshire.

    The haul was recovered from a car stopped on the northbound carriageway of the M74 near Ecclefechan on Tuesday morning.

    A 48-year-old from Liverpool is expected to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court in connection with the incident.

    Police said the substances will undergo chemical analysis before they are identified.

  61. Juwon to come to Celtic?

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Ashdod left-back Juwon Oshaniwa claims Celtic have contacted the Israeli club to enquire about his availability.

    Juwon Oshaniwa

    The 24-year-old has 11 caps for Nigeria and played in all four of their World Cup games in Brazil, against Argentina, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and France.

    "My club have told me that Celtic have contacted them about me and said they were interested in me," Oshaniwa told BBC Scotland.

    "A move to play for Celtic would be a dream come true for me."

  62. Thousands stolen from ATM

    Police are probing the theft of thousands of pounds from an ATM after serious damage was caused to an Aberdeenshire supermarket overnight.

    Morrisons crime scene

    Officers were called to Morrisons in North Deeside Road in Banchory and said a "five-figure sum" had been taken.

    Police Scotland said the ATM was targeted at about 03:00.

    Det Ch Insp Matt Mackay, appealing for witnesses, said: "It is believed two vehicles may have been used in the commission of this crime."

  63. Ebola lab handles eight samples

    Scotland's new Ebola testing facility in Edinburgh has handled eight blood samples since it began work in December.

    Ebola centre Pic: Brian Innes

    All have proved negative, except for that of nurse Pauline Cafferkey who remains in the Royal Free Hospital in London.

    She tested positive for Ebola on 29 December after returning from volunteering in Sierrra Leone.

    The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary lab provides a round the clock service, with the result of blood samples known within about six hours of testing.

  64. Scottish employment figures - Political reaction

    Roseanna Cunningham, Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, said: "Scotland is again outperforming the UK on employment, unemployment and inactivity rates and a 3% expansion in our economy over the year is a clear demonstration of our growing strength, not least in the construction sector."

    Men outside a Job Centre

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said: "Today's employment figures show a record number of Scots in work, more women in employment than ever before and jobseeker's allowance claimants at its lowest level since 2008.

    "The UK government has stuck to its long-term economic plan, creating the right conditions to rebuild and rebalance our economy.

    "As a result, over the past four and a half years, employment rose by 167,000 and unemployment has fallen by 61,000."

  65. Silencing court

    Peebles Sheriff Court is to sit for the final time with all of its business being transferred to Selkirk.

    Peebles Sheriff Court

    Local justice has been administered in the Borders town for the past 150 years.

    There are 10 cases assigned for the final sitting which will be presided over by Sheriff Kevin Drummond.

    The final scheduled sitting of Duns Sheriff Court is next Wednesday with business being transferred to Jedburgh, 30 miles away.

    The two courts are among a number around the country being closed in an effort to save money.

  66. Rangers latest

    Tom English

    BBC Scotland

    Rangers fans need to be clear-headed when assessing Dave King returning, says BBC Scotland's Tom English. Read more here.

    Dave King
  67. Armed robbery at bookmakers

    Police are attempting to trace a man who robbed a William Hill bookmakers in North Lanarkshire after threatening a member of staff with a weapon.

    The man escaped with a three-figure sum of cash after raiding the shop in East Muiryhall Street, Coatbridge, at 21:20 on Tuesday.

    The staff member, whose daughter was in the shop at the time, was uninjured but both were left "extremely distressed".

    Police have urged anyone with information to contact them.

  68. Economic growth slows

    Scotland's economy grew by 0.6% in the third quarter of 2014, according to official statistics.

    House construction

    That was a slower rate of growth than in the previous three months, although on an annual basis GDP grew by 3%.

    The services sector, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of the economy, expanded by 0.6% in the latest period.

    Figures released by Scottish government statisticians also showed that the production sector grew by 0.3%, while construction output increased by 3.2%.

    Theses latest figures cover the period between July and September when Scotland played host to two major sporting events - the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

  69. Drink drive limits - Your Views


    Ian Robertson: This new limit is another instance of state control. Now you can't even have a pint of beer after a day at your favourite sport. I hear that golf club bars, for example, are suffering because golfers are not able to have a beer after a round of golf. It's not these people who cause the problems. We are all now suffering because of the idiots who tank up and drive, no matter what the limit is.

  70. Video - Air crash relatives

    BBC Scotland's Eòrpa has travelled to the Netherlands to meet the family of some of those who died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, and to help passengers' families meet some of those affected by an earlier tragedy - the Lockerbie disaster.

    Lisa Mosey meets Silene
  71. Rangers latest

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    The Rangers Supporters Trust has secured more than £500,000 funding for their legal fight to prevent Ibrox being used for loan security.

    Ibrox Stadium

    The group has received the backing of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, which was set up when Rangers Football Club plc entered administration in 2012.

    The fund, which was established by donations, still holds more than £500,000, and that money will be made available to the RST.

  72. Drink drive limits - Your Views

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    Mark, Glasgow: People in rural areas are severely penalised by this. So many people live several miles away from a pub and their only social interaction is a pint and a chat on the way home. One-pint drivers are not the ones causing the accidents - it is the four, five, six-pint drivers that cause them and the previous limit was perfectly effective for catching them.

    Melvyn, Monifieth: Could pubs not install industry-standard breathalysers to help customers check levels?

    Liz: If the public are confused about the new drink drive laws they shouldn't be behind the wheel: the law is straightforward. And pubs are closing because people no longer want stinky beer swilling howfs; they want good food and entertainment, that's why restaurants and coffee chains are so popular.

    Allan Mcintosh, Aberdeen: Why do we need to differ from the rest of the UK on the limit or how is it legal in one side of the border and not the other?

  73. Cannabis farm in home

    A court has heard how a police inquiry at a house in Gretna led to the discovery of a small cannabis farm with 329 plants worth up to £130,000.


    The plants were found in a wardrobe, built-in cupboards and loft areas of the house at Loanwath Road.

    Scott Marshall, 50, admitted producing cannabis at his home in June last year and also being concerned in the supplying of the drug.

    Sentence was deferred for a month at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

  74. Jobless total up by 7,000

    Scotland's jobless total rose by 7,000 between September and November to 158,000, figures show.


    The Scottish unemployment rate is now 5.7%, marginally lower than the overall UK rate of 5.8%.

    The labour market statistics also show employment in Scotland rose slightly by 1,000 over the same period.

    Meanwhile, Scotland's economy grew by 0.6% during the third quarter of 2014, and by 3% over the year.

  75. Unemployment figures

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Scottish unemployment down 20k on Sept-Nov 2013, from 6.5% to 5.7%. Employment +50k in the year.

  76. Police investigate supermarket 'theft'

    Police are probing a "theft" incident after damage was caused to an Aberdeenshire supermarket overnight.

    Officers were called to Morrisons in Banchory.

    Morrisons supermarket in Banchory

    Police Scotland appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious between 02:00 and 06:00 to get in touch.

    A spokeswoman said enquiries were at an early stage.

  77. Democracy Live

    Today, on Democracy Live, the Economy Committee will continue to take evidence on the economic impact of the creative industries, focusing on TV and film.

    In the afternoon, portfolio questions will focus firstly on infrastructure, investment and cities and then the culture, Europe and external affairs portfolios.

    Finance Secretary John Swinney will then lead a debate on his budget proposals and reveal revisions to the planned new tax rates for property sales.

    Follow all the action on the Democracy Live page.

  78. Your Pictures


    Emil McMahon emails: Tuesday morning's sky was spectacular over the rooftops of Corstorphine in Edinburgh. The colours were stunning and the vista seems endless. A wide lens camera would have created an incredible image of it, but I'm still happy with this shot. Hope you like it.

    Sky over rooftops in Edinburgh
  79. School campus

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Highland councillors have been asked to green light plans for a new £44m school campus in Tain in Easter Ross.

    Children aged from three to 18 would receive nursery and school education in new buildings proposed for the site of the current Tain Royal Academy.

    Once completed Knockbreck Primary, Craighill Primary and St Duthus special school would be closed.

    Some responses to public consultation on the plans raised concerns about having pupils of all ages on one site.

    Council officers said the project would deliver considerable educational benefits for pupils, including access to a Gaelic medium education unit.

    Councillors will discuss the project at a meeting on 11 February.

  80. Drink drive limit - Your views

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    Graeme, Elgin: If people are worried about residual amounts the 'morning after' on a school night, then they are clearly drinking to excess.

    Em, Stirling: Reconsider to zero limit! Pubs may be suffering but taxi businesses are benefiting. Good move!

    Morning Call

    Andrew, Hamilton: Need my car for work. Now terrified to have even a bottle of beer the night before. It is definitely impacting alcohol sales.

    Malcolm, Inverclyde: Unbelievable! Scots are drinking and smoking less, and we're looking for a negative in this wonderful situation. A world where people are healthier is a better world for us all.

  81. Chilcot delay 'extraordinarily disappointing'

    Stewart Hosie MP, the Deputy Leader of the SNP, has said he is "deeply frustrated and incredibly disappointed" after it emerged the official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not publish its long-awaited report before the general election.

    Iraq War

    The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot was expected to confirm in a letter to David Cameron that it would be delayed until after the election on 7 May.

    Speaking earlier on Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland, Mr Hosie said: "The Chilcot inquiry was supposed to provide the answers to the public - the millions who protested against the war, those politicians who consider this as an illegal war, and to provide the answers to the families of those who served and who served themselves, as to what this was about. Who knew what, and when.

    "To have this interminable delay and then this bombshell is extraordinarily disappointing."

  82. Tune in

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Live now on Morning Call - Pub bosses have urged the Scottish government to reconsider the new drink drive limit. Do you agree?

    Morning Call

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  83. Celtic target

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    FC Ashod left back Juwon Oshaniwa tells me Celtic have contacted his club about him. He played in all four World Cup games in Brazil for Nigeria...

  84. BBC news app

    If you enjoy Scotland Live via the BBC News app, things are about to change.

    The app has been given a major overhaul with the goal of offering a more "personalised" service.

    BBC News app

    In addition to pre-existing sections - including Top Stories, UK and Politics - users will be able to add specialised feeds of their choice, for example: Apps, Taylor Swift, Genetics, and Oban.

    The revamp is part of a wider shake-up, which will also involve major changes to the look of the BBC's news website.

    The app is being rolled out to Android and iOS devices in the UK this week. An app for Amazon devices is set for release within three weeks and global editions will follow.

  85. New heart attack test for women

    Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women by using a more sensitive blood test, according to a study.

    human heart

    The test looks for minute traces of a protein that signals that the heart muscle may have been damaged.

    Standard tests still used by much of the NHS only detect higher levels of this protein, called troponin.

    Research from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh shows the standard test misses many cases of heart attack in women with symptoms like chest pain.

  86. What the papers say

    The Herald leads with the £100m promised by the Scottish government to tackle the pressures faced by hospitals as they struggle to provide elderly care.

    A shortage of women consultants is damaging the NHS - according to the president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, reports The Times.

    Wednesday morning's papers

    The paper's front page also carries a picture of Maryam Najafian, the primary school teacher killed in a sledging accident in Glasgow.

    Another twist to the Rangers saga features on the front pages of The Daily Record and the Scottish Sun.

    The club's former chief executive Charles Green is pictured in hospital - where he is recovering from knee surgery - sharing his opinions and defending his reign at Ibrox in an interview with TV pundit Jim White.

    Read our newspaper review here.

  87. On the back pages

    Shaun Maloney, Kenny McDowall, Scott Brown, Charles Green and Fernando Ricksen.

    Shaun Maloney

    It is another packed day on the back pages of today's newspapers.

  88. 'Drive safely'


    Traffic Scotland tweets: M77 slow N/B towards #Glasgow from J3 Nitshill Rd. Elsewhere moving well but looking snowy in places #DriveSafe

    Scotland's roads
  89. It's Yersel!

    He's back. Scottish wrestler Grado will be on our screens tonight along with his Insane Championship Wrestling chums in Insane Fight Club 2.


    Follow the boys as they take their own brand of wrestling on tour to England.

    The programme is on BBC One Scotland from 22:35, but you can get a wee taste now with this blog by the programme's director Stephen Bennett and some clips.

  90. Train delays


    The rail operator tweets: UPDATE: Services between #WeymssBay & #GlasgowCentral likely to be disrupted until 08:45 following earlier broken down train on this route.

  91. Average rents fall

    The average rent in Scotland fell last month contributing to slower annual growth, a report says.

    Average price of rents in Scotland

    Lettings agents, Your Move, said rents fell by 0.4% taking the average cost of renting to £536 per month.

    The pace of annual rent growth in Scotland dropped by two-thirds over the course of 2014 with average monthly rents now 1.2% (£6) higher than a year ago.

    Over the Christmas period more than 7% of rents were late.

  92. Inverness march on

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle eased to a comfortable win over St Johnstone at the Caledonian Stadium last night.

    Inverness beat St Johnstone

    Goals from Billy McKay and Marley Watkins secured maximum points for John Hughes' troops to lift them above Dundee United and into third place in the Premiership.

    "We played some wonderful football and maybe on another night we might have scored another couple of goals - but I'll settle for keeping a clean sheet and scoring two," " said Hughes.

  93. Traffic building...

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Queuing traffic for five miles on the #A720 Edinburgh City by-pass westbound between A772 Gilmerton Road and Dreghorn Link (Dreghorn Junction).

  94. Child protection delays 'concern'

    The author of a report into Scotland's child protection system has expressed "disappointment" with the Scottish government's "lack of progress" in implementing its recommendations.

    child protection

    The Brock Report was published in November 2014.

    The then education and lifelong learning secretary, Mike Russell, accepted the recommendations in full.

    However, author Jackie Brock said, other than plans for a summit in February, "little or no activity" was under way.

  95. A90

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Looking busy now approaching southbound #A90 #ForthRoadBridge, the same on the M9 Newbridge south.

  96. Creative license

    If you roar at the TV when a drama gets the finer details of your job wrong, rest assured - you're not alone.

    Scene from the movie Ghost

    The BBC News Magazine examined how TV dramas rile people when key information concerning their occupations is inaccurate.

    Readers have offered their very specific, and often amusing, complaints about the way their own professions are portrayed.

  97. Competition law


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    SSE under investigation by Ofgem for possible breaches of competition law in its handling of rivals in new customer connections.

  98. Air crash relatives meet

    The families of two air tragedies have been brought together in Scotland, in a "deeply moving" experience.

    Air crash relatives meet

    Some relatives of victims of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines crash met families of those who died in the Lockerbie bombing.

    The meeting was arranged for a BBC Alba Eòrpa programme being broadcast tonight.

    The Lockerbie relatives were able to explain how they had coped with their loss.

  99. Festive sales fall

    The value of retail sales in Scotland's shops declined by 1.8% in December, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) and KPMG.

    Retail sales

    Food sales fell by 1.9% compared with the same period last year, with non-food down by 1.8%.

    When shop price deflation is taken into account, sales fell just 0.2%.

    However, David McCorquodale of KPMG said there were "some positives amongst the sea of negative sales figures in December".

  100. "I love Aussies..."

    Kheredine Idessane

    BBC Scotland

    "I love Aussies" says @andy_murray after win over Matosevic. No wonder: played 10, won 10 against rivals from Down Under. Good show today.

    Andy Murray
  101. Travel update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    Cold/frost risk of ice on untreated surfaces. Patchy sleet/snow along the west coast, Dumfries/Galloway/Borders at first.

  102. Taxing times

    Finance Secretary John Swinney is expected to confirm later that he is to reduce proposed new tax rates on Scottish property purchases.

    Since he announced his tax plans, UK Chancellor George Osborne introduced a new system for the rest of the UK.

    Properties on display

    It resulted in properties at the higher end of the market attracting a lower rate of tax than the proposed Scottish system.

    The changes in Scotland are due to come into effect in April.

    Mr Swinney's initial plans raised the threshold for paying tax on a home from £125,000 under stamp duty to £135,000, with rates ranging from 2% up to 12% on the portion of any price above £1m.

  103. 'Snow soon clearing'

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Morning, Gillian here. Patchy sleet/snow soon clearing, then mainly dry & bright, best of sunshine in the north east. Showers expected in Shetland, Western Isles & the west coast - temperature 2C.

    Risk of ice on untreated surfaces this morning, Met Office yellow warning issued. Latest temps: -5C Edinburgh; -2 Glasgow; 0 Aberdeen; 1 Inverness.

  104. Coming up...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    BBC News - Iraq war report 'delayed until after UK election' Former Attorney General - Dominic Grieve #bbcgms 0710

    Good Morning Scotland

    You can listen live to the programme here.

  105. Murray 'pumped' to progress

    Andy Murray made short work of local hope Marinko Matosevic on the hottest day so far at this year's Australian Open.

    The sixth seed won their second-round contest 6-1 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes as the scorching temperature broke 30C.

    Andy Murray

    The Scot, 27, took his record against Australians to 10-0 and will play Portugal's Joao Sousa in the last 32.

    "I'm pumped to be into the third round. Thankfully it was quite quick because it was warm out there," he said.

    "I started the match very well," added Murray.

    "Marinko was slow at the beginning and improved as the match went on. There were tight games in the second and third sets and they could have gone either way.

    "But they went my way and it was a good match."

  106. Welcome

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    It's colder here than the sizzling temperatures Andy Murray's enjoying Down Under, but we'll plough on regardless...

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as January continues to fizz by us like a Murray forehand down the line.