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  1. Government announce end to automatic early release from jails
  2. More Scots waiting longer in A&E
  3. Old Firm bottle attack boy speaks
  4. Aberdeen named most dismal town in Scotland
  5. Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven join Celtic

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By Graham Fraser, Louise Sayers and Paul McLaren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from the Scotland Live team for Tuesday. Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country.

  2. Funds gap at investment firm

    Aberdeen Asset Management has reported a net outflow of funds, which accelerated during a tough December.

    Man at trading desk

    In the final three months of 2014, £16bn of assets flowed out, while it attracted £11.3bn of new business.

    Its figures were helped by foreign exchange movements and asset price performance.

    That left it at the end of December with £323.3bn under management, down by £1.1bn on the end of September.

  3. Man charged over indecent exposure

    A man has been charged after an alleged indecent exposure incident in Aberdeen involving an eight-year-old girl.

    The incident happened in the Flourmill Lane area of the city at about 08:40 on Monday 26 January.

    Police Scotland said a 29-year-old man had been charged.

    He is expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

  4. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Overnight, it's cold with a widespread frost and temperatures sub zero, even in town. Around -2C or -3C for the bigger cities, with rural spots colder. Perhaps down to -8C to -10C in the coldest spots, where there's snow on the ground. Winds light for many with a brisk northerly in the east. A Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning is in force for eastern Scotland, from Caithness to the Borders, catering for the risk of ice - along with the chance of snow showers - until tomorrow morning.

  5. Scotland hungry for success

    Phil Goodlad

    BBC Scotland

    Captain Greig Laidlaw says Scotland want to win the Six Nations and believes there is an expectation his side can do well in the championship.

    Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw

    The Scots won the final staging of the Five Nations in 1999 but have never won the Six Nations.

    However, five wins from their last seven Tests have boosted confidence.

    "Obviously we want to win as many games as we can and we want to win the championship, just like every other team," Laidlaw told BBC Scotland.

  6. Brown: Evel is risk to UK

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Gordon Brown, ahead of his debate tomorrow in HoC, says Tory proposals on #evel "risk the very survival of the UK".

    Gordon Brown

    Brown: "Tomorrow I will propose an alternative to this dangerous and potentially ruinous course they have now embarked on."

  7. Gang steal cash machine

    Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after three men stole a cash machine from a city newsagent.

    The break-in happened at about 02:50 on Monday at Premier Stores on St Johns Road, Corstorphine.

    Police are keen to trace the suspects who fled the scene in a blue hatchback car heading along Station Road.

    All of the men were dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered.

  8. Government support for foodbank

    The Scottish government has donated £5,000 to a Glasgow foodbank after money collected to help a girl injured in a hit-and-run incident was stolen.

    sturgeon tweet

    Greater Maryhill Foodbank had raised a four-figure sum to send 10-year-old Chelsea Sommerville and her family on holiday.

    The cash was stolen along with items of clothing and supermarket vouchers.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted the break-in was an "awful thing to have happened".

  9. Coming up...

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

    reporting scotland
  10. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A largely dry evening across most of the country, however a feed of wintry showers will continue around the north and east coast of the mainland. They are likely to be fairly frequent at first this evening in the south east - from Fife, through the Lothians and Borders. Some for the capital at times too. On the coast, they will be sleet or rain, but falling as snow inland to all levels. However, they are showers so not everyone will see them.

  11. Well scripted?

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: £3m found by @scotgov for Scottish film. Culture sec'y @FionaHyslop tomorrow faces MSP questions about lack of facilities. Coincidence?

  12. CCTV study after shooting

    Police want to trace a woman and a man who were spotted on CCTV near the scene of a shooting in Greenock.

    Detectives at scene of shooting

    Officers were called to reports that a firearm had been discharged at a Vauxhall Insignia car in the town's Poplar Street at about 12:45 on Sunday.

    The incident is being treated as attempted murder.

    The car, carrying two people, left the scene before police arrived, as did the suspect, who was on foot.

    He was described as white, 5ft 4in tall and of slim build. He was wearing dark-coloured clothing and had a scarf over his face.

  13. Snow go zones

    BBC Scotland Travel


    The following Aberdeenshire roads closed because of snow. B974 Banchory-Fettercairn, B976 Crathie-Gairnshiel, B9002 Lumsden-Cabrach, A939 Ballater-Corgarff, A941 Dufftown-Rhynie.

    Also B9001 blocked at Largue by an accident.

  14. Woman's indecent images of children

    A woman has admitted downloading dozens of indecent images of children - some of which were classed as being at the worst levels of depravity.

    Cheryl Snaddon, 22, was caught with 47 images during a police raid at her home in Crosshouse, East Ayrshire.

    Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard some of them showed children being forced to have sex and being sexually tortured.

    Snaddon admitted downloading the images from February to July 2014. Sentence was deferred and her bail continued.

  15. Armstrong 'didn't ask to leave'

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland

    New Celtic signing Stuart Armstrong says suggestions that he and Gary Mackay-Steven had expressed a desire to exit Dundee United are untrue.

    Celtic players Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven

    United said in a statement they agreed to a £2m double deal because the players wanted to leave.

    "It was up to the clubs, they agreed a fee and it provided an opportunity for us to come to speak to the people here," said the 22-year-old.

    "It was too good an opportunity to turn down."

  16. 'Give fans right to buy'

    The Green Party is proposing amendments to the Community Empowerment Bill to allow football fans to buy their clubs.

    MSPs have been debating legislation to extend the community right to buy to allow local groups to purchase disused land and derelict properties.

    The Green MSP for the Lothians, Alison Johnston, thinks the bill should tackle fan ownership too.

  17. Morrissey meat ban

    The Scotsman

    tweets: Glasgow Hydro to go meat-free for Morrissey gig after singer pulls concert in veggie food row.

  18. Man charged with partner's murder

    A 56-year-old man is to stand trial charged with murdering his partner at his Perthshire home.

    Mohammed Ali Abboud is accused of killing Agnieska Szelfer in Bridge of Earn on 23 January.

    He is alleged to have murdered the 27-year-old teacher by stabbing her repeatedly with a knife.

    Abboud was remanded in custody and fully committed for trial following a closed-doors judicial examination at Perth Sheriff Court.

  19. MP slams Carbuncle Award

    Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, has hit out the decision to give the city this year's Carbuncle Award for the most dismal town in Scotland.

    Dame Anne Begg

    She said; "Fit a cheek. Aberdeen is beautiful, especially in the sun.

    "I was once asked if the streets are paved with gold. I replied no they aren't, but the buildings sparkle with silver.

    "I just wonder if anyone making this decision has ever visited our city."

  20. Bones of 'Bronze Age bowman' found

    Skeletal remains found in a village on the shores of Loch Ness have been identified as dating to the Early Bronze Age.

    Bronze Age wrist guard

    A stone wrist guard for use with a bow and arrow and shards of pottery were also discovered with the remains at Drumnadrochit, near Inverness.

    The artefacts were found in a burial cist uncovered during work to build Drumnadrochit's new health centre.

    The wrist guard suggests the remains are those of man who lived in the area about 4,500 years ago.

  21. OAP in pool of blood

    A husband has told a murder trial how he found his 85-year-old wife lying on the floor covered in blood when he returned to their home in Edinburgh.

    Morningside Pic: Brian Innes

    Robert Whitelaw, 88, was giving evidence at the trial of 24-year-old Robert Buczek.

    Mr Buczek denies murdering Eleanor Whitelaw at her home in Morningside Grove on 11 July last year.

    He has been charged with striking her repeatedly on the neck and body with a pair of scissors.

    The pensioner died in hospital 17 days later.

  22. Rangers boy's teeth smashed by bottle

    A young Rangers fan has been speaking about getting hit in the face by a bottle on the way to the Old Firm game.

    Keiran Duffy

    Kieran Duffy, 10, said he saw the bottle come flying towards him from the corner of his eye. He swallowed one tooth on impact and another was removed.

    His father Robert said one guy in the crowd on Sunday had "shamed everyone".

    Kieran, who was going to his first game away from Ibrox, was also treated for a hairline fracture to his face.

    He said: ""I was scared, I didn't know what had happened."

  23. Kelpies delay

    A planned visitor centre at the Kelpies attraction in Falkirk has been delayed after councillors agreed to expand the project.

    Visitor centre

    Falkirk Council's executive committee agreed to add £160,000 from an existing budget for the centre at the Helix park.

    The £1.8m facility will now open to the public in October rather than August.

    The extra funding will allow expanded retail space, storage and staff facilities at the visitor centre.

  24. Film industry funding boost

    The Scottish government has announced £3m of extra funding for the film industry.


    The additional cash is being offered after the arts body Creative Scotland told a Holyrood committee that Scotland had lost out to Wales and Northern Ireland because it couldn't offer additional financial incentives for producers to base their films here.

    The money will go towards a tax credit loan fund and training and skills development.

    Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is due to be quizzed by MSPs tomorrow.

  25. Game on!

    BBC Sport


    Tonight's Scottish Championship game between Livingston and Alloa Athletic is ON following a pitch inspection.

  26. Sheds heaven

    Work is under way to establish a Men's Shed organisation for the Skye and Lochalsh area.


    The Men's Shed movement, which started in Australia, has about 200 groups in the UK. One set up in Westhill near Aberdeen was the first in Scotland.

    "Shedders" meet at a designated place or workshop where they can share skills and work on community projects.

    About 40 men have expressed an interest in setting up a "Shed" for the island and Lochalsh on the mainland.

  27. Appeal after woman attacked

    Police have made a new appeal for information after a woman was attacked in the male toilets of a pub in Inverness last month.

    The incident happened at about 21:00 on 23 January in the upstairs toilets of the Caledonian Bar in the city's High Street.

    In the new appeal, police said some people may know the pub by its former name, Smith & Jones.

    A man was in custody following the incident but has been released.

    Officers have asked people who were in the pub between 20:00 and 23:00 to contact them.

  28. Your pictures - Get involved


    Graham Wilson took this photo in Heaste on the Isle of Skye. He said: "My daughter Emily built this snowman and the rabbit decided to put the carrot to better use."

    graham wilson snowman

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

  29. Carmichael: No veto on votes

    The Scottish Secretary has denied that the blueprint for more powers to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament will be the subject of a Westminster veto.

    alistair carmichael

    Giving evidence to the Scottish affairs committee on the Smith Commission, Alistair Carmichael accused to Scottish government of ''naked politics'' in its assertion that Westminster would retain a veto over welfare.

    He said there would be consultation between the UK and Scottish governments but said there would be no vetoes.

    Asked why Scottish ministers had made such claims, Mr Carmichael said: "If you throw enough mud some of it will stick."

  30. Old Firm arrests

    A total of 56 people have been reported to the Crown Office for football-related offences following Sunday's Old Firm match, the Justice Secretary has confirmed.

    police at old firm game

    Michael Matheson said nine of those were for offences covered by the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act , brought in to stamp out religious sectarian abuse at football matches.

    There was a heightened police presence in and around Hampden Park when Celtic and Rangers met for the first time in nearly three years for the Scottish League Cup semi-final. Celtic won the match 2-0.

  31. Man's ribs broken in attack

    Police are investigating after a man suffered broken ribs in a "serious assault" on an Edinburgh street.

    The 29-year-old victim was attacked by two men on Gilmerton Road, near Glenallan Drive, between 06:00 and 07:00 on Saturday.

    One of the suspects was about 5ft 11in (1.8m) tall, aged between 20 and 25 with ginger hair. He was wearing a light blue hoodie with navy blue bottoms, and spoke with a local accent.

    Officers have appealed for information.

  32. Referendum spending

    The Electoral Commission has published further details of spending by campaigners officially registered during the Scottish independence referendum.

    Saltire and Union Flag

    Of those who spent less than £250,000, Yes Scotland supporters spent £399,000 to the Better Together campaigners' £1m.

    The Commission says five groups or individuals who registered failed to complete spending returns.

    These included the Wings Over Scotland website and Labour for Independence.

  33. Quo of the South

    Rock band Status Quo will perform at Palmerston Park in Dumfries this summer.

    Status Quo

    It will be the first time the home ground of Queen of the South Football Club has hosted a live concert.

    Status Quo have had 64 British hit singles, more than any other band in UK chart history.

    Club chairman Billy Hewitson said: "We are delighted to have a band of Status Quo's stature for our first concert, but we hope it's the first of many."

  34. Trouble on the roads

    BBC Scotland Travel


    South Lanarkshire, A702 closed between A73 junction Roberton and Birthwood Road junction Coulter. Burst water main - diversions in place.

    Aberdeenshire A939 closed by snow Ballater to A944 Corgarff, as is B974 Banchory to Fettercairn.

    In the Highlands, B9007 Ferness-Carrbridge closed because of snow. Snow too on A838 at Kinloch but gritters make it passable with care.

  35. 'Scotland's worst'

    Daily Record

    Edinburgh Airport's terminal extension has been voted Scotland's worst building.

    The recent renovation, which cost an estimated £25m, was handed a Zit accolade in the annual Carbuncle Awards which celebrate the worst architectural designs.

    Edinburgh Airport

    The Scots capital airport beat the Scottish Parliament extension and The Observatory in Glasgow to take the trophy from previous winner Airdrie Health Centre.

    Meanwhile, Edinburgh City Council were handed the Pock Mark Award for worst planning decision after it demolished the B-listed Scottish Provident building in St Andrew Square last year.

  36. Female numbers up in legal profession

    Almost two-thirds of entrants into the Scottish legal profession are women, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

    It has published figures on traineeships, suggesting an improvement on some lean years for the industry.

    In 2013-14, the professional body found there were 530 contracts offered, up from fewer than 500 in the previous three years.

    The rate at which trainees were moving into full employment was up from 88% last year to 93%.

    Taken over the past five years, 63% of those who began traineeships were women.

  37. 110mph driver's road ban

    A man has been banned from the road after hitting 110mph on a Tayside motorway.


    Allan Maxwell said he clocked up the speed on the M90 between Perth and Inverkeithing by accident, claiming he was distracted because he was chatting to his girlfriend.

    Perth Sheriff Court heard the 30-year-old's BMW car was "very easy to speed in" due to its 3.4 litre engine.

    Maxwell was banned from driving for six months and fined £400.

  38. Church elder fined for flashing

    A church elder deliberately exposed himself to a beauty therapist during a massage in a luxury hotel.

    Retired businessman Charles Fraser, 66, admitted exposing himself in a sexual manner at the Black Barony Hotel in Eddleston, Peebleshire.

    Selkirk Sheriff Court heard that when the female therapist turned round after getting more massage oil, Fraser had removed his towel and was lying on his back with his hands above his head.

    He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

  39. Darling: 'I'd share a platform with Salmond on EU'

    Alistair Darling has said he would be willing to share an EU referendum platform with Alex Salmond.

    He was talking on BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme, looking at the prospects for an EU referendum - something David Cameron has said will happen in 2017 if the Conservatives win the coming election.

    Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond

    Asked if he would be willing to share a stage with his former enemy, Mr Darling replied: "Look, this would be a UK campaign and obviously we want to win votes in every corner of the kingdom.

    "But my view has been very clear, that if I agree with another politician of a different party on an issue, whether it's the independence referendum on Scotland or whether it's on Europe then of course I'll share a platform."

    He added: "It doesn't stop me saying bad things about them on things I disagree with."

  40. Pitch inspection

    Livingston's Scottish Championship match against Alloa Athletic on Tuesday evening will be subject to an afternoon pitch inspection.

    Livingston FC

    The ground's surface will be assessed at 16:00 GMT.

    The second tier game is the only Scottish senior fixture scheduled for Tuesday.

    Alloa and Livi occupy the bottom two places in the Championship, with the Wasps three points ahead of their hosts.

  41. McNamara: 'We can win cup'

    Manager Jackie McNamara retains his belief that Dundee United can win the Scottish League Cup, despite losing three key players before the final.

    Jackie McNamara and Dundee United players

    Midfield duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven joined final opponents Celtic on transfer deadline day in a combined deal worth more than £2m.

    And Nadir Ciftci, who scored the semi-final winner against Aberdeen, is suspended for the showpiece.

    "I still think we're strong enough to win it," said McNamara.

  42. Teale looks for bargains

    St Mirren manager Gary Teale still hopes to add to his squad despite the closure of the transfer window.

    Gary Teale

    The Buddies boss, who has been placed in charge until the end of the season, is keen to sign up free agents.

    The Paisley club lost top scorer Kenny McLean on transfer deadline day, with the midfielder sold to Aberdeen.

    "We still have a couple of players in mind who have left their clubs," Teale told the St Mirren website.

  43. Hole in the roof

    Huw Williams

    BBC Scotland reporter

    tweets: Fixing a hole in the roof where the thieves came in - at Greater Maryhill Foodbank in Glasgow.

    Hole in the roof at foodbank
    Maryhill foodbank
  44. 'Beautiful' Aberdeen

    Anne Begg MP tweets: Fit a Cheek! Aberdeen is not 'Dismal', it's a beautiful city! The Buildings sparkle!

  45. Rangers fan hit by bottle

    Andrew Kerr

    BBC News

    I've been meeting Kieran Duffy, the 10-year old boy who was hit by a bottle before Sunday's Old Firm game.

    Kieran Duffy

    It was Kieran's first game away from Ibrox. His dad Robert says he was knocked for six and nearly fainting after his son was hit.

    Kieran says he saw the bottle coming out the corner of his eye. His Dad says it was one guy in a crowd who has shamed everyone.

  46. Lifelong restriction for rapist

    A convicted rapist who carried out a failed sex attack on a teenager in East Dunbartonshire has been given a lifelong restriction order.

    Keith Pollock, 50, admitted assaulting the 16-year-old girl, with intent to rape, in Milton of Campsie in the early hours of 26 January last year.

    He ran off after her screams alerted a passing driver. She later identified him through his "deep voice".

    As part of the order, Pollock will serve a minimum of two years in jail.

  47. Death crash charge

    A woman has gone on trial accused of causing the death of a pedestrian by driving dangerously while using a mobile phone in Aberdeen.

    Crash diversion signs

    Rachel Forsyth, 21, allegedly failed to pay proper attention to the road ahead when her car collided with 79-year-old Lillian Morrison.

    She denies the charge at the High Court in Aberdeen.

    The collision happened on Queen's Road on 27 December 2012.

  48. Aberdeen's carbuncle - Your views

    Text: 80295

    Susan: Let's hope this award is the wake up call Aberdeen city planners need. If the government can stop a prison development, they can stop this 'brutal' destruction of the beautiful vista of Marischal College and the surrounding historic buildings. Give the city residents an area to enjoy and be proud of.

  49. Warning over Advanced Highers

    Schools could drop Advanced Higher courses if there is no option to delay bringing in new qualifications, a teaching union has warned.

    Exam room

    Holyrood's Education Committee was questioning unions and teaching bodies.

    Figures released by the Scottish Qualifications Authority showed almost half of pupils taking Highers will sit the old exam this year.

    The ongoing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence reforms has led to concerns for teachers.

  50. Festival will be a classic

    Nicola Benedetti, James MacMillan, Donald Runnicles and Colin Currie are among the classical musicians who will appear at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

    nicola benedetti

    All of Scotland's national orchestras and Scottish Opera will be involved, along with San Francisco Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic and Budapest Festival Orchestra.

    New director Fergus Linehan announced the classical music strand this morning - a month ahead of the full programme.

    He said he wanted Edinburgh to retain its competitive edge against other music festivals who announce earlier. Tickets won't go on sale until the whole programme is announced in March.

  51. £10,000 of mountain bikes stolen

    Four mountain bikes worth a total of £10,000 have been stolen from a shop in the Scottish Borders.


    Each was a Whyte branded cycle and they were taken from Alpine Bikes at Glentress, near Peebles, at around 22:45 on Monday.

    One of the bikes was bright orange, one was blue and two were grey.

    Police Scotland are appealing for information from anyone who saw anything suspicious or who finds the bikes advertised for sale.

  52. BAE recruitment drive

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: BAE Systems ups its Glasgow shipyard recruitment this year to 121 apprentices and 34 graduates

  53. Recognise these?

    Edinburgh Police Division posts on Facebook: Our officers from our Community Investigation Unit have found the following property which they believe is stolen.

    They were found during a house raid in the north of the city and we are keen to reunite the items with their rightful owners.

    Stolen items

    If you recognise any of the items and you know the owner then please contact 101 or email our Community Investigation Unit at

  54. Woman and child caught in flat fire

    A woman and child have been taken to hospital following a fire at flats in North Ayrshire.

    The blaze broke in a kitchen of a lower property of four-in-a-block flats in Sinclair Street, Stevenston, at about 17:30 on Monday.

    Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire after all residents were accounted for.

    A woman and small child were taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for a check-up.

  55. Hospital parking

    The Herald

    A parking crisis at Scotland's newest hospital forced health bosses to seek out car park spaces at a nearby shopping mall to cover the shortfall.

    South Glasgow University Hospital.

    Intu Properties, the owners of Braehead shopping centre in the south side of Glasgow, were approached by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ask whether they would be willing to hire out part of their commercial car park to the health board amid fears over a shortage of staff parking facilities at the new South Glasgow University Hospital.

    The Braehead car park has capacity for 6,500 vehicles.

    The deal never transpired, however, and the health board has since confirmed that a planning application to increase parking capacity at the New South Glasgow Hospitals site by 500 temporary places has been submitted to the council.

  56. Be in the audience

    Gordon Brewer

    BBC Scotland News

    This Friday's Big Debate is in Pitlochry. You can still apply for tickets here, but hurry!

  57. Vaccine fridge fault

    More than 50 babies and young children are being offered booster vaccines after the fridge their original dose was kept in was found to be faulty.


    It is believed the fridge could have been malfunctioning from October until December last year.

    NHS Grampian is apologising to those affected at the Denburn Medical Practice in Aberdeen.

    It says while it doesn't foresee any health problems arising from the situation, it is possible that the affected vaccines - for illnesses including polio, tetanus and whooping cough - may not be as effective as they should be.

  58. Aberdeen's carbuncle - Your views


    Richard Taylor: Aberdeen isn't perfect, it has problems like everywhere else. But I think the current issues in the oil industry & this 'award' is giving certain people with a jealousy or hatred of the place a good excuse to give it a kicking. There are FAR WORSE places than Aberdeen, but yes - there are issues. Like everywhere else.

  59. Celtic fan launches fund for injured Rangers supporter

    Daily Record

    A disgusted Celtic fan has launched a fund to collect cash for a young Rangers supporter who was seriously hurt as he attended his first Old Firm game .

    The game between the Glasgow football rivals was heavily policed

    The 10-year-old fan was hit in the face with a bottle and lost three teeth after the minibus he was travelling on with his father was targeted by yobs.

    Now Hoops fan Rod Lee has set up a collection on the website Go Fund Me and hit out at the thugs who maimed the youngster.

    The collection has already seen gifts of more than £300 handed over since its launch.

  60. North Sea oil industry

    Kamal Ahmed

    BBC Business editor

    tweets: Bob Dudley says he has been told "anecdotally" a third of all North Sea oil fields could be operating at a loss.

  61. The Open moves to Sky

    The R&A have confirmed live coverage of The Open will move from BBC Sport to Sky Sports from 2017.

    Rory Mcilroy
  62. Celtic sign the law man

    Jim Spence

    BBC Sport

    Big day ahead for @StuArmstrong16 tomorrow. He's got an employment law essay to hand in. Not your average footballer.

    Stuart Armstrong with a Celtic scarf
  63. Your pictures - Get involved


    Valerie Pegler, from Livingston, snapped this view from the hills above Luss and Loch Lomond.


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

  64. School book money

    The Scottish government is to consider giving schools extra cash to buy textbooks for the new Highers.

    Textbooks being held

    The idea was put to the education secretary Angela Constance at Holyrood's education committee following a suggestion by the EIS union that an extra £1m was needed.

    Ms Constance said she could not give any commitments but said she would look closely at what she described as a pragmatic suggestion.

  65. End of early prison release - Your views

    Tweet: @bbcscotlandnews

    Marktweets: Anyone suffering a miscarriage [of justice] & maintains innocence will not get early release...only the guilty or those who lie.

    Robert Feal-Martineztweets: Good for them [the Scottish government], let's hope rest of the UK do it.

  66. Education cuts probe

    Scotland's children's commissioner has been asked to investigate proposed education cuts in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Schoolchildren in class

    MSP Joan McAlpine has written to Tam Baillie, the commissioner for children and young people, to alert him to plans to scrap 52 learning support posts.

    He has legal powers to investigate the move if the council's actions are suspected of harming the wellbeing of children and young people.

    But the local authority insists the changes will improve the service.

  67. Snow and ice warning

    Met Office tweets: Severe weather warnings for #UKsnow and ice have been issued.

    met office warning
  68. 100 new jobs at debt firm

    A firm specialising in debt collection and consolidation is to create up to 100 new jobs at its office in Glasgow.


    Capquest, which describes itself as a leading "credit solutions provider", will hire the extra staff at its Broomielaw office over the next year.

    Once the recruitment is complete, the office will employ more than 200 staff.

    Capquest is also recruiting staff at its UK headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire. The company currently employs 370 people.

  69. Hosie on English Votes for English Laws

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    SNP's Stewart Hosie on Tory #evel plans: "I have no problem with English votes for English laws if the tax is 100% devolved.

    "But I'm not prepared to countenance it when only modest bits of a tax is devolved."

  70. Hague: Scots MPs will lose power

    MPs for Scottish seats would be stripped of the power to "impose" income tax rate changes on England under Conservative plans.


    MPs for English seats would have a veto on tax, and issues like schools and health, which only affect England.

    The plan falls short of the English Parliament demanded by some Tory MPs.

    But Commons leader William Hague said it was a "fair solution". Labour is calling for a cross-party investigation into the matter.

  71. Ski centre upgrades

    Scottish ski centres are to invest £5.5m to upgrade their facilities.


    Glenshee and Glencoe will replace their chair lifts, costing £2.47m and £1.89m respectively. The Nevis Range and Lecht will spend £707,000 and £456,000 on upgrades to tow lifts.

    Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise are providing 75% per cent of the funding, with the rest coming from the ski centres.

    Cairngorm Mountain Ltd has already upgraded its infrastructure.

  72. Your photos - Get involved


    Sylvia Beaumont took this picture of two Exmoor ponies at North Berwick Law. She said they "looked as though they were deep in conversation!!"

    exmoor ponies

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

  73. Perth psychiatric hospital criticised

    The Courier

    Health chiefs have been slammed after it emerged there were 22 instances of patients absconding from a Perth psychiatric hospital last year.

    While the majority of disappearances from Murray Royal involved patients from the general psychiatry wards, seven were from the more secure Rohallion unit.

    They included killer Paul Brownlie, a schizophrenic who knifed a man to death in a drug-fuelled attack in East Lothian 16 years ago.

  74. Pro-wind farm demo

    A demonstration has been held to show support for a controversial wind farm application.

    Wind farm demonstration

    More than 25 people turned out at Strathy Hall to back SSE's proposed 47-turbine Strathy South project.

    They gathered outside a meeting held by a Scottish government-appointed official to explain the process of a public local inquiry on the scheme.

    Last year, more 30 people held a protest in Inverness opposing the planning application.

  75. Aberdeen's carbuncle - Your views


    Douglas Edwards, Isle of Islay: I spent the first 40 years of my life in Aberdeen. I have always been proud of my home town, the Granite City. However, each time I return I become more depressed at what has been done to the city centre. Clearly the planning has lacked any vision of what Aberdeen was famed for in respect of the granite and architecture. As for the latest Marischal College proposals, guarantees repeat carbuncle awards just like when we used to win Britain in Bloom every year.

    Mike Shepherd, Aberdeen: Aberdeen is the granite city and nowhere in the world looks like it. Every granite building knocked down and replaced by bland glass box buildings erodes the sense of place and increasingly makes it look like everywhere else.

  76. Super news on superfast

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    tweets: Kirkwall, Campbeltown, Stornoway and Tomintoul among those getting superfast broadband within six months. 54k homes and businesses: 216k already.

  77. Scots facing a dementia crisis

    Scottish Daily Express

    The number of Scots hit by dementia is set to double to 176,000 within 20 years.

    Old person's hand

    Increased life expectancy is behind the rise, placing a huge strain on families across the ­country.

    The Alzheimer's time bomb is already stretching the NHS and social services, charities have warned.

    Experts fear sufferers face inadequate care because doctors do not recognise dementia as a terminal illness.

  78. House prices on the up

    House prices in Scotland have continued to rise, according to official figures published this morning.

    houses for sale

    In the last quarter of 2014, the average home in Scotland rose in price by 3.4% compared to the same time the previous year.

    It takes the selling price for a typical home to just over £165,000. The total value of property sales also rose.

    East Renfrewshire now has the most expensive average property prices in Scotland.

  79. Aberdeen's carbuncle - Your views

    Tweet: @bbcscotlandnews

    Mairi MacLeod Gray tweets: Is Aberdeen that bad? Not at all! But projects like Marischal Square are appalling, why can't we have interesting/engaging designs, it's not hard.

    David Majsterek tweets: Is Aberdeen that bad? Yes it is, lived in Edinburgh and near Inverness and Aberdeen wins hands down compared to these 2. Very dismal!

  80. Why are dog breeders turning to AI?

    Pedigree dog breeders are turning in increasing numbers to artificial insemination.

    Boxer puppy

    But what is driving the trade in dog semen - and what effect does it have on the animals?

    Alicia Queiro has been looking into the issue.

  81. Highland health problems

    NHS Highland has told MSPs it could have been forced to cancel operations and cut services if the Scottish government had not given it £2.5m.

    Raigmore Hospital

    The health board secured the funding in a deal last year.

    Its senior management met with the Scottish Parliament's public audit committee on Monday to update MSPs on NHS Highland's finances.

    The bosses said the health board expects to break even by the end of the financial year.

  82. Fears over Open golf deal

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Ex Scot LD ldr Tavish Scott says BBC losing Open golf rights would be "retrograde step" which could one day see R&A leaving St Andrews

  83. On the back pages

    It was a very busy day and night yesterday, with the transfer window closing. But which deals did not go through?

    Scott Allan

    Check out the latest football gossip.

  84. End of automatic early release

    The Scottish government has announced it is ending automatic early release for prisoners jailed for more than four years.


    Prisoners are currently eligible to apply for parole after serving half of their sentence.

    They are released automatically after two-thirds of their jail term.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the provisions will be tightened and in future no-one will get automatic release.

  85. Duffy completes Celtic move

    Derry City winger Michael Duffy has completed his move to Celtic after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Scottish champions.

    Michael Duffy

    The clubs had already agreed an undisclosed fee for the 20-year-old.

    Derry said on their website: "Michael will be joining the development squad at Celtic Park under manager Stevie Frail with a hope of making the step to the senior team as soon as possible."

    Duffy had impressed during two trial periods at Celtic Park.

  86. Post update

    BBC Scotland Travel


    M74 - N/B partially blocked, very slow traffic due to accident, four cars involved at J5 A725 Raith Interchange.

  87. 100 new jobs

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    One hundred new recruits for Glasgow office of Capquest, "credit solutions provider" (consolidating personal debt). This doubles its Scots workforce.

  88. Firefighter hurt in flat blaze

    A firefighter has been slightly injured and two people taken to hospital after a blaze in a flat in Edinburgh.

    A cat also died in the fire which broke out in a top-floor property in Portland Street at about 22:00 on Monday.

    Two fire crews were called to the incident and six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to search the flat.

    A man and a woman were led to safety. A firefighter suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

    The man and woman were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital for further checks.

  89. McNamara backed United deals

    Dundee United have insisted that manager Jackie McNamara was fully behind the decision to sell Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong to Celtic.

    Dundee United midfielders Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong

    In a statement, the Tannadice club said: "On-field we are still challenging on three fronts and have no intention of being diverted from our short term aims for this season.

    "We can say that safe in the knowledge that the Manager himself is happy with the result of this transfer window and fully supported the Board's actions."

    The club added: "We have some of the best players in the country and we have the best management team for attracting the best young talent. We trust in the Manager, his coaching staff and the players as an entire squad."

  90. Your Views - Aberdeen's Carbuncle


    James Martin: Aberdeen is only ever in the news for scandals. I've lived there for years and the place, let's be honest, is dated, lifeless and there's no vision or path from the council to take us out of the bleakness. The council seems to pick fights with the Scottish government and Aberdeen residents for political reasons, rather than taking the city forward. Genuinely sorry to be so blunt, but I'm glad I left.

    Tom Weir: Aberdeen fully deserves this award. The council are not socially aware and despite the oil years the city has gone backward. No bypass, traffic grid lock, a traffic light filter to access the airport (the oil capital of Europe), turning down £50m from Sir Ian, the struggle with Trump, etc, etc,. There is no vision for the future, the council should visit Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh to see what other councils have achieved.

  91. McGinn joins brother at Dundee

    Dundee have signed midfielder Stephen McGinn on loan from Sheffield United for the remainder of the season.

    Stephen McGinn

    The 26-year-old former St Mirren and Watford player will join his brother Paul at Dens Park.

    McGinn moved to Sheffield United in the summer of 2013 after three years with the Hornets and was a regular last season.

    However, the former Scotland U21 international has only featured in four cup games for the Blades this term.

  92. A&E treatment times

    Scotland's Accident and Emergency departments treated 91% of patients within four hours between October and December, new figures suggest.

    A&E sign

    This compares to 94% in the previous quarter, and is slightly worse than England's performance, where 93% of patients were treated within this time frame.

    There was a slight increase in attendances compared to previous years.

  93. Norwich sign Andreu

    Norwich City have signed Hamilton Academical midfielder Tony Andreu for an undisclosed fee.

    Tony Andreu

    Frenchman Andreu, 26, follows former Accies boss Alex Neil to Carrow Road, where he has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

  94. Highlands back Heathrow

    Business organisations across the Highlands are backing the expansion of Heathrow as the UK's hub airport.

    heathrow terminal 5

    The Airports Commission consultation - which has been gathering views on various plans to increase capacity in south east England - closes today.

    The Highlands and Islands airport operator HIAL has written to the commission supporting Heathrow's expansion, but says it is conditional on it providing guaranteed access to regions such as the Highlands.

  95. Saints sign Sonupe

    St Mirren manager Gary Teale moved to compensate for the loss of Kenny McLean to Aberdeen in yesterday's deadline day dealings by signing Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Sonupe on loan until the end of the season.

    Emmanuel Sonupe

    The 18-year-old attacking midfielder came through Spurs' academy.

  96. Lens lights up museum

    A spectacular lens from a historic Galloway lighthouse has finally gone on full view, more than 10 years after it was gifted to a local museum.


    For more than a century, the lens was a beacon for seafarers in the Solway Firth.

    It spent much of the last decade in darkness however, when it was removed from the Little Ross lighthouse, near Kirkcudbright.

    But now it is lighting up the Stewartry Museum in a new display.

  97. Lennon signs up Twardzik

    Bolton Wanderers have also signed Celtic midfielder Filip Twardzik for an undisclosed fee.

    Filip Twardzik

    Czech youth international Twardzik, 21, who joined Celtic alongside twin brother Patrik in 2009, has agreed a deal until 2017.

    He played for the Hoops under Trotters boss Neil Lennon.

  98. 'Absolutely devastating'

    Money raised to help a 10-year-old girl injured in a hit-and-run incident has been stolen in a raid on a foodbank.

    Greater Maryhill Foodbank had raised a four-figure sum of cash to send Chelsea Sommerville and her family on holiday.

    The money was taken, along with supermarket vouchers and clothing, from the foodbank at the weekend.

    Julie Webster

    Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, Julie Webster from the foodbank said she was struggling to comprehend the "vulgar behaviour" of whoever carried out the theft.

    "It's devastating, absolutely devastating," she said.

    "There was a lot of mess. Babies nappies and children's clothing that had been donated just scattered all over the floor with no respect for what we do.

    "They did their best to get into the safe, which thankfully was secured, but unfortunately the tins with other money for this separate thing were smashed to a pulp in a kind of desperation to get what was in them."

  99. Bannan to Bolton

    Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has joined Bolton on loan for the rest of the season.

    Barry Bannan

    Scotland international Bannan joined Palace from Aston Villa in September 2013, and previously had loan spells at Blackpool, Derby and Leeds.

    Bannan's loan move was part of a transfer deal that saw Lee Chung-yong move from Bolton to Palace on a permanent deal.

  100. Assisted suicide

    Today the Scottish Parliament's health and sport committee will hear that 78% of Scots think that controversial assisted dying proposals should become law.

    The committee is currently examining the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, and they will once again be taking oral evidence from interest groups and individuals on both sides of the debate.

    Old woman in hospital bed

    Supporters of the bill, the campaign group My Life, My Death, My Choice, carried out the poll.

    But Dr Gordon Macdonald of the Christian charity Care who will be giving evidence to the committee today, argues that it is "totally unnecessary" to legalise assisted suicide.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland earlier, he said: "What most people want is care at the end of life to ensure that they are not in pain, that they are not suffering, and that is available through the hospice movement, through palliative care."

  101. Fyvie signs deal with Hibs

    Hibernian have signed Fraser Fyvie until the end of the season after he was released from his Wigan contract.

    Fraser Fyvie

    The 21-year-old moved to Wigan from Aberdeen in 2012 but featured rarely for the Latics and had loan spells at Yeovil and Shrewsbury last season.

    Fyvie made over 60 appearances after making his Dons debut in 2009 and has been capped for Scotland up to Under-21 level.

  102. Today's papers

    BP spending cuts, the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry, the "vow plus", and a robbery at a Glasgow food bank are all making today's front pages.

    Newspapers composite
  103. Taylor returns to Thistle

    Lyle Taylor has returned to Partick Thistle on loan from Scunthorpe until the end of the current season.

    Lyle Taylor

    The 24-year-old striker was a popular figure last season at Firhill, where he spent the second half of the campaign on loan from Sheffield United.

    His seven goals in 20 appearances helped the Jags stay in the Premiership.

  104. Lhanbryde fire

    Firefighters are tackling a blaze at house at Lhanbryde near Elgin.

    They were called to a property on Robertson Road just before 07:30.

    A fire service spokeswoman said there was one casualty, but couldn't give any further details.

  105. Dundee sign Heffernan

    Striker Paul Heffernan has joined Dundee, his third Scottish club after spells at Kilmarnock and Hibernian.

    Paul Heffernan

    The 33-year-old Irishman scored five goals in 30 league matches for the Easter Road side after joining them from Kilmarnock in August 2013.

    Dundee manager Paul Hartley has also brought in defender Ben Priest from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

  106. What do BP's figures mean?

    BP is to cut spending on exploration this year because of a fall in the company's profits. But how will these difficulties impact on the North Sea, where BP is the second biggest player?

    Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of Robert Gordon University's Oil and Gas Institute, told Good Morning Scotland he believed today's announcement would have further implications for jobs in the North Sea.

    North Sea oil

    He said: "We have seen a steady decline in the number of exploration wells being drilled in the North Sea, which is a real concern.

    "In the last couple of years we drilled less than 15 wells and that is simply not enough. We should really drill somewhere around 80 to 100 wells a year if we want to keep the infrastructure up and running for many years to come.

    "And the cut back we certainly see happening by a number of companies including BP and Shell is actually a real worry.

    "That's why as an industry we need to work very closely with government and other key stakeholders to make sure we actually increase the number of exploration wells, so we actually have production coming from the North Sea for decades to come."

  107. Swanson for Saints

    St Johnstone have signed Danny Swanson on loan from Coventry City, subject to international clearance.

    Danny Swanson

    The former Dundee United midfielder, 28, will be at McDiarmid Park for the rest of the season.

  108. Homelessness perceptions

    Research from the Salvation Army suggests a third of Scots believe the main cause of homelessness is alcohol or drug addiction.

    The survey, carried out by Ipsos MORI, also found that only 3% believe relationship breakdown is the main cause of homelessness.


    However, the church and charity says there is a gulf between the public's perception of homelessness and the reality.

    Major Russell Wyles, divisional commander for the West of Scotland, told Good Morning Scotland: "Fundamentally the issue from our service users is that relationship breakdown is the root cause.

    "That is not to say that those other things don't play a part in some of their lives. But the relationships that people have are a great support system, so when they start to fall away the basics of life fall away as well and that leads into homelessness."

  109. Motherwell sign four

    Motherwell have signed goalkeeper George Long (pictured), midfielder Conor Grant, winger Marvin Johnson and forward Nathan Thomas on transfer deadline day.

    George Long

    Long, 21, and Grant, 19, join on loan for the rest of the season from Sheffield United and Everton, respectively.

    Johnson, 24 has moved from Kidderminster for an undisclosed fee.

    Thomas moves north from Plymouth on a deal until the end of the season with the option of a further year.

  110. Get Involved - Carbuncle award

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    Aberdeen has won the unwanted title of the most dismal town in Scotland. But what do you think? Does the Granite City deserve the dubious accolade?

    Readers have already been getting in touch on the BBC Scotland News Facebook page.

    Andrew Reid: Haha so Methil, Kirkcaldy and Coatbridge are better? Haha good one whoever judged this and btw Aberdeen is the third biggest city in Scotland, not a town

    Audrey Geddes: It was a super city when I lived there

    Johanna Gordon: In some places yes. The concrete and glass boxes that are due to go up at Triple Kirks and "Marischal Square"

    Send us your thoughts.

  111. Muirhead to United

    Robbie Muirhead has left Kilmarnock to join fellow Scottish Premiership side Dundee United on a three-and-a-half year deal.

    Robbie Muirhead

    A fee of around £150,000 plus add-ons has been agreed for the Scotland Under-19 forward, who is currently 18.

    And Huddersfield Town defender Paul Dixon has re-joined his former club United.

  112. Sky to take the Open?

    There are reports that Sky TV is on the brink of paying £10m a year to take exclusive coverage of the Open Championship away from the BBC from 2016.

    The R&A wouldn't confirm the situation yesterday, and the BBC Press Office said that they are not able to comment on rights negotiations.

    Golf Open

    BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss says it does matter which channel shows The Open.

    He said: "By removing the BBC they're taking away the opportunity for people who do not have Sky to watch golf.

    "Golf from a tournament level is getting less and less in the UK. We used to have 12, 14 tournaments a year here, now there are only two or three.

    "So its very easy to pontificate about how wonderful it will all be, but golf clubs pay about £400-£500 a year to have Sky in the clubhouse so only the wealthy clubs are going to do that."

  113. BP final year figures

    Laura Maciver, Business Presenter

    Full year underlying cost profit was £12.1bn compared to £13.4bn over 2013, and for the final quarter of last year underlying profit was £2.2bn compared to £2.8bn for the same period of 2013.

    BP sign

    The BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley has released a statement saying that the company has now entered a new and challenging phase of low oil prices through the near and medium term.

    He said: "Our focus must now be on resetting BP, managing and rebalancing our capital programme and cost base for the new reality of lower prices, while maintaining safe, reliable and efficient operations."

    Of course its not just the low oil price that BP have been up against. It's exposure to Russia, it holds a 20% stake in the largely state owned Rosneft oil company - that's also taken its toll - and of course its still suffering from the ongoing fallout from the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

  114. Mod generates £3.5m

    Last year's Royal National Mod in Inverness generated £3.5m for the local economy, according to a study commissioned by its organisers.


    An Comunn Gaidhealach said the figure was £1m more than it had expected.

    The annual event celebrates Gaelic language and culture. Inverness was hosting it for the first time in 17 years.

    More than 3,000 entrants competed in 200 competitions in Highland dancing, music, song, literature and drama.

  115. Rangers sign five from Newcastle

    Former England Under-20 midfielder Gael Bigirimana (pictured) is among five loan signings Rangers have secured from Newcastle.

    Gael Bigirimana

    The 21-year-old has made 28 appearances for Newcastle since arriving from Coventry City in summer 2012 for £1m.

    But the Burundi-born player has not played for the Magpies' first team since August 2013.

    Midfielder Haris Vuckic, Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu, English defender Remie Streete and Northern Ireland cap Shane Ferguson are also moving to Rangers.

  116. Get Involved - Transfer deadline day

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    So football fans, are you happy this morning? Did your club do well in the winter transfer window, or is it going to be a dark few months ahead?

    Let us know what you think of transfer deadline day by emailing or tweeting us at #ScotlandLive

  117. A&E stats

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Statistics on the performance of accident and emergency departments in Scotland over the busy winter period are due to be published.

    A&E department

    They will show how many people went to casualty between October and December and the length of time they waited.

    More than 200 operations were cancelled over the festive period as some A&Es struggled to cope.

    Interim stats previously showed one in 10 people waited longer than four hours between 22 December and 4 January.

  118. Fletcher to West Brom

    West Brom have signed Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from Manchester United.

    Darren Fletcher

    The 31-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at The Hawthorns with a 12-month option.

    West Ham were also interested in signing Fletcher, but a move to Upton Park broke down last weekend.

    Fletcher made 342 appearances for United but started only five times for the club after Louis van Gaal took over as manager in the summer.

  119. Celtic get their men

    Midfielder Stuart Armstrong and winger Gary Mackay-Steven have joined Celtic from Dundee United after the clubs agreed deals on transfer deadline day.

    Gary Mackay-Steven

    Celtic had offered United £250,000 to take winger Mackay-Steven, 24, now rather than wait until the summer, a move that had already been agreed.

    And the Glasgow club agreed a deal for both players of £2m plus add-ons.

    Armstrong, who has signed until 2018, and Mackay-Steven, whose deal runs until 2019, will be ineligible for Celtic's Scottish Cup meeting with Dundee on Saturday and next month's League Cup final meeting with their former club.

  120. Brent decommissioning plan unveiled

    Kevin Keane

    BBC Scotland reporter

    Royal Dutch Shell is to begin consulting on its plan to remove the first of the iconic Brent platforms in what will be the biggest North Sea decommissioning project to date.

    Brent oil platform

    Phase one of the operation - which it hopes to carry out next year - involves using a giant double-hulled ship to remove everything apart from the legs in a single lift.

    A consultation will begin later this month before it submits plans to the Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.

    The product of the oilfield, Brent Crude, is used as a benchmark for setting oil prices in the North Sea sector.

  121. Transfer deadline day

    It was a busy day for Scottish football clubs on the final day of the winter transfer window.

    Kenny McLean

    There were big moves involving Celtic, Dundee United, St Mirren, Aberdeen and Hamilton.

  122. Shetland schools closed

    Shetland Islands Council have said all schools have been closed for the day due to the winter weather.

  123. Revamp for Rothesay Pavilion

    Rothesay's Art Deco pavilion is to be transformed into a cultural centre with the help of a £3.3 million lottery grant.

    Rothesay Pavilion

    Argyll and Bute Council and the Prince's Regeneration Trust have been leading efforts to restore the Grade-A listed Rothesay Pavilion on the Isle of Bute.

    A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3m means the project can now go ahead, with project leaders reached their funding target of £8m.

    As part of the transformation, the main auditorium will be upgraded and a second performance venue created. A bistro, bars, a shop and a box office are also part of the design, along with a new multi-purpose rooftop space.

  124. Foodbank raid

    Money which had been raised to help a 10-year-old girl who was injured in a hit-and-run incident has been stolen in a raid on a foodbank.

    Julie Webster

    Greater Maryhill Foodbank had raised a four-figure sum of money to send Chelsea Sommerville and her family on holiday.

    The cash was among about £5,000 stolen from the foodbank at the weekend.

    Chelsea broke her leg after being hit by a car on Sandbank Street in Glasgow last year.

  125. Work to be done in Aberdeen

    Ken Gibson

    BBC Scotland reporter

    The architecture magazine Urban Realm says planning rows over Marischal Square and Union Terrace Gardens have been compounded by the loss of shops from Union Street, which it says has sucked the life out of Aberdeen city centre.

    It says the city has a rich granite heritage but little has been built in the modern era to do justice to that legacy.

    Aberdeen city council says progress is under way on a new masterplan which will pave the way for improvements.

    The trophy - whose previous winners include John O'Groats, Coatbridge and Glenrothes - will be handed over this morning.

  126. Carbuncle award

    Aberdeen has won the unwanted title of the most dismal town in Scotland.


    Urban Realm magazine said Aberdeen had become the "poor relation" of Scotland's cities as it awarded the annual Plook on the Plinth Carbuncle award to the Granite City.

    Aberdeen City Council acknowledged that there was work to do to improve the heart of the city, but said progress was "well under way".

    Cumbernauld, East Kilbride and Leven had been among the other contenders.

  127. Good morning

    Louise Sayers

    BBC Scotland

    Hello, and welcome to today's edition of Scotland Live.

    We'll be bringing you all the latest news, analysis, sport, weather and travel from around Scotland throughout the day.