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Summary

  1. Police lost 20,000 stop-search records
  2. Scottish childcare 'not enough' for working parents
  3. Escaped prisoner arrested at pub
  4. Three escape Stirling First Bluebird bus blaze

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By Marianne Taylor

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BBC Scotland news

That's all from Scotland Live for today.

Join us at 07:00 tomorrow when we'll be back with all the latest developments from around Scotland.

Until then you can keep up with events at the

BBC News Scotland website.

Councils accept teacher funding

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

Two of Scotland's largest Labour councils have confirmed

they will accept money from the government to maintain the number of teachers.

Glasgow and South Lanarkshire councils took their decisions when they set their budget for the coming year.

The Scottish government is offering councils across the country money to maintain teacher numbers but says they will lose cash if the number drops.

This has led to a major row between many councils and the government.

@BBCRadioScot

BBC Radio Scotland

Tomorrow (8.50-10.30am) on #MorningCall, @kayeadams asks: Would you want T in the Park on your doorstep? 0500929500

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Thomas McGuigan

BBC Scotland News

.@celticfc How will Ronny Deila's side fare against Inter tonight? #EuropaLeague

Firm fined over roof fall

A Fraserburgh business has been fined £60,000 after a man died when he fell through a roof.

Latvian national Nikolajs Naumovs, 57, died in August 2009 while working at premises owned by local butchery company Bruce of the Broch.

Peterhead Sheriff Court heard that his nephew managed to grab onto something and was left hanging from a wall, but Mr Naumovs fell more than 5m (16ft).

The company admitted breaching health and safety guidelines.

@BBCDouglasF

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

BAE Systems: sales down, profit up: shipbuilding "robust": #indyref 'no' welcomed: 1400 working on new nuke subs.

Read the full story

here.

@BBCSportScot

BBC Sport

Scotland

Coming up on #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1830: Build-up to #Celtic's @EuropaLeague clash with @Inter, live from Celtic Park.

Visitor numbers up

Scotland's tourist attractions received a record number of visitors last year, according to new figures.

The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions said numbers were up 6.1% on 2013.

Edinburgh Castle
PA

The National Museum of Scotland topped the list for the fourth year in a row, with 1,639,509 visitors.

Edinburgh Castle was once again the most visited paid-for attraction, with 1,480,676 visits.

BAE reports rising profits

BAE Systems, the defence, aerospace and electronics giant,

has seen a rise in profits, even though its 2014 sales fell.

Carrier
BAE

It has faced a squeeze on defence spending from its two biggest customers, the US and UK governments.

But it is expanding into provision of cyber security for major corporations, including banks and telecoms.

Operating profit was up from £806m in 2013 to £1.3bn, while sales were down from £18.2bn to £16.6bn.

The Ministry of Defence plans to build its new generation of warships at BAE's Clyde shipyards, with a demonstration phase contract expected this year and a full manufacturing order next year.

Principal wants fees debate

A university principal has claimed that Scottish university leaders are

afraid to call for the introduction of tuition fees.

Prof Craig Mahoney of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) made the comments to Times Higher Education.

University of West of Scotland
UWS

But the students' association at his university claimed staff and students were losing confidence in Prof Mahoney.

The Scottish government sees free university tuition as a right and a point of principle.

Climbers airlifted from Cairngorms

Craig Anderson

BBC Scotland

Two climbers have been taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness after falling in the Cairngorms.

Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray went to the aid of the two men.

One of the climbers fell about 1,312ft (400m) in the Corrie an Lochan area.

The other man, who was injured while going trying to help his companion, was described as "walking wounded". A third man was able to walk from the scene.

MSPs back poll tax law

A new law to end the collection of historic poll tax debt has been

backed by MSPs at Holyrood.

The Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill has now completed its parliamentary hurdles.

Protests
BBC

The new law will effectively write off £425m of unpaid bills relating to the controversial household tax which was introduced by the 1989 Tory government.

The Scottish Conservatives were against the move but the Scottish government said it was the right thing to do.

Stirling bus blaze

Three people escaped injury after a bus

went on fire in Stirling this morning.

Bus on fire in Stirling
Yvonne Farquhar

The First Bluebird single-decker was at Stirling University Innovation Park when the fire broke out.

The driver and two passengers managed to escape without being injury.

Tonight's weather

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

Hi, Chris here. Showers in the west tonight; wintry on high ground. Drier further east with clear spells. Lows: 1/2C town, 0/-2C countryside

Glasgow to raise cost of school meals

Scotland's largest council is to increase the cost of school meals and tighten school transport provision.

Council services
BBC

The measures were outlined as

Glasgow City Council approved its budget for 2015/16, which included other moves to meet a savings target of £28.9m.

The authority said it would maintain teacher numbers, increase its living wage to £7.85 and keep its wage-subsidy apprenticeship programme.

It has again blamed the Scottish government for budget pressures.

How easy is it to delete files?

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

Earlier today, Police Scotland admitted losing 20,000 stop and search records because someone "pressed the wrong button".

But how in this modern world of back-up and back-up of back-up, can this really happen?

delete button
PA

Read my analysis

here.

Men admit homophobic attack

Two men have admitted carrying out a

vicious homophobic attack on a gay couple in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Attackers
Spindrift

Calvin McLelland, 20, and 16-year-old James Knots confronted Dillon Jeffreys, 25, his partner, Connor Sullivan, 19, in McNeil Street on 17 August 2013.

McLelland punched Mr Jeffreys to the ground. When Mr Sullivan intervened he was attacked by McLelland and Knots.

Both admitted assault aggravated by prejudice over sexual orientation. Sentence was deferred.

Jedburgh flood scheme gets green light

A flood protection scheme for Jedburgh town centre

has been approved by councillors.

Flood protection scheme map
Scottish Borders Council

The £313,000 project has been designed to protect properties from flooding by the Skiprunning Burn.

Dozens of homes, shops and businesses were flooded after a torrential thunderstorm in August 2012.

Deila upbeat

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says his team are focused on their own performance ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Inter Milan.

Ronny Deila
EPA

Deila told reporters he had done his homework - and his players won't be fazed.

"You have to take the small things into your play - their strengths and weaknesses," he said. "We have good analysis of them."

The match will be live on

BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound at 18:10.

Mone put out home fire

Lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone told on Twitter how she escaped unhurt after sunlight caused a fire in her home.

Michelle Mone
PA

The 43-year-old founder of the Ultimo underwear company, who comes from Glasgow, was in her home in Mayfair, London, when rays of the sun reflected off a mirrored table and set a bean bag on fire.

She tweeted: "OMG sun coming through the window, bean bag next to mirror table ... bean bag has just gone on fire. Incredible how a house fire can start."

Ms Mone put the fire out and emergency services did not attend yesterday's incident.

'Great atmosphere will help Inter'

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini believes the atmosphere generated by the Celtic fans in the Europa League first leg could inspire his own team.

Mancini
SNS

There will be about 60,000 supporters at Celtic Park for the last-32 tie.

"It will be a great atmosphere and Celtic is quite right to use that to their advantage," said Mancini.

"It will help our players. It will be a good experience for them. It is 11 versus 11 and it could be something that could work to Inter's advantage."

Rugby return

BBC Sport

Scotland

Scotland wingers Dougie Fife and Tim Visser

return to domestic duty for Edinburgh on Friday against Ulster.

Dougie Fife and Tim Visser
SNS

The reinstated pair are among five changes for the home game made by head coach Alan Solomons following his side's 26-14 victory over the Ospreys.

Ireland international Iain Henderson starts in the second row for Ulster.

Man faces jail over indecent images

A TV satellite technician was so

alarmed by images he saw on equipment in a house in the Scottish Borders that he contacted the police.

It led the arrest of Brendan Lennon, 27, after an investigation uncovered 26,328 indecent images of children.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court the laboratory technician, of Newtown St Boswells, admitted having the images and distributing them to others.

Sheriff Gordon Liddle warned him he faced a jail term.

Hedgehog plan

A

plan to remove all hedgehogs from the Uists in the Western Isles over a 10-year period has been proposed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Headgehog
PA

The mammals are not native to the islands and eat the eggs of ground nesting birds such as snipe, lapwing and ringed plover.

Since 2002, about 1,600 hedgehogs have been removed from the Uists.

The new effort could start in 2017 and cost £5m in total. SNH hopes to make a successful bid for EU funding.

Man denies killing dog walker

The man accused of murdering a dog walker in a Glasgow park told police:

"It wasn't me", a court has heard.

Paul Ward, 21, made the comments while being interviewed after his arrest over the death of 53-year-old Jean Campbell in Cranhill Park on 13 December 2013.

Jean Campbell
BBC

An examination of facts hearing at the High Court in Glasgow heard that Mr Ward said: "I never touched that woman. I never made contact with that woman."

Mr Ward has been deemed unfit to stand trial on mental health grounds.

Childcare clash

Scotland's leading politicians have clashed on childcare.

During heated exchanges at First Minister's Questions, Scottish Labour's deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said parents in Glasgow were frustrated because their youngsters could not get a funded place at the nursery of their choice or care at times that suited their family.

She said: "On the SNP's watch things are getting worse for families trying to juggle family life."

Kezia Dugdale
BBC

However First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 98.5% of three and four-years-olds had registered for free nursery care, which was extended by the Scottish government last year.

She added: "If Kezia Dugdale has got issues with the delivery of the childcare policy in the city of Glasgow, I suggest she should make an appointment and speak to her Labour colleagues who run Glasgow City Council."

Revamp for local STV stations

STV is

revamping its local television stations for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

STV Glasgow and Edinburgh teams
STV
STV Glasgow and Edinburgh teams

The stations' broadcasting hours are being extended significantly but many programmes will be shown at the same time on both stations.

The duration of their flagship local magazine shows will be cut but there will be extended local news coverage.

Stop and search - Your views

Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

Bob in Stirling: Confidence in Police Scotland may be "ebbing fast", but to ebb fast there must have been some degree of confidence in the police in the first place. That's more than can be said for the members of the organisation levelling the criticism at police - a group who could not control the budget for their own building and its palatial surroundings.

Scots fugitive 'robbed Belfast shop'

Police have said a Scottish prisoner who escaped from custody in the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday

robbed a Belfast shop at knifepoint shortly before he was arrested.

CCTV from pharmacy
RTE

Derek Brockwell, aged 53 and from Glasgow, escaped from police custody at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday.

He was arrested at a bar on Bedford Street in Belfast on Wednesday night.

Police said a Taser was used when he stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife when officers approached.

'Something has gone wrong'

Chair of the SPA Vic Emery says "clearly something has gone wrong in this case and we will be picking it up".

Stop-search - Your views

Text using 80295

DC: We are sleep-walking into a police state!

Grounded ship leaking oil

Diesel oil is leaking from the cargo vessel grounded near Ardnamurchan Point in the west Highlands.

Cargo ship
PA

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it has put an absorbent boom in place to mop up the leak from the starboard side of the vessel.

The agency said weather conditions had improved slightly, making it easier to use the equipment.

Experts are currently assessing the damage, and a temporary exclusion zone of 100 metres has been established around the ship.

Police Scotland chief admits stop-search error

Scotland's chief constable has apologised for giving incorrect information to the police watchdog over stop and search statistics.

Sir Stephen House made the apology when he appeared before a committee of MSPs at Holyrood.

He was being questioned over comments he made at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority last week.

Sir Stephen told Holyrood's justice sub-committee that he had "made a mistake in the language that I used".

But he denied claims that trust in the police had been eroded over the issue.

Record lost

@BBCJamesCook

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

Police Scotland assistant chief constable Wayne Mawson says the force lost 20,086 stop-search records because the wrong button was pressed.

Analysis

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

Alison McInnes wasted no time in addressing Police Scotland's 'broken promise' to end consensual searches on children. "Trust in the police is ebbing fast," she said.

An initially calm Sir Stephen House takes the significant step of admitting he made a mistake in Friday's meeting with the SPA when he apportioned blame to releasing "inaccurate" on command of info commissioner.

But upon repeated grilling from McInnes, the police chief said: "I made a mistake. If I was hiding things we wouldn't be attending SPA meetings."

This so far has been quite a different - a more unflinching and microscopic - examination than senior officers undertook at the hands of the SPA.

'I made a mistake...'

@marceellison

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

Sir Stephen House: stop-search has made Scotland a safer place. An increasingly testy House says: "I made a mistake...if I was hiding things we wouldn't be attending SPA meetings".

'Complicated situation'

Sir Stephen House says he takes "very seriously" his duty to account to the SPA and the parliament, which is why he met with the authority last Friday and why he is answering questions and explaining a "complicated situation".

Sir Stephen House
BBC

Sir Stephen says he does not accept Ms McInnes's premise that confidence and trust in Police Scotland is ebbing fast.

'Should've been more explicit'

Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes says a very public commitment was made and then repeated to the Scottish Police Authority and asks for an explanation to the failure to meet that commitment.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson, from Police Scotland, says that the information given to the BBC was given with a caveat, but in hindsight "we should have been more explicit".

Stop-and-search

@marceellison

Marc Ellison

Data journalist, BBC Scotland

Alison McInnes kicks things off by talking about "a broken promise" made by police on under-12 consensual stop-searches.

ACC Mawson - who made that promise - says many of the searches id'ed by @BBCScotlandNews in police data were entered in error.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson from Police Scotland
BBC

Sunday Herald journalist Paul Hutcheon

tweets: ACC Wayne Mawson: some consensual stop and searches for under 12s entered "in error"