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  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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  1. Bye for now...

    Marianne Taylor

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Post update


    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

  5. 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.

  6. Post update


    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.

  7. Post update


    BBC Sport


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

  8. 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

    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.

  9. BAE reports rising profits

    BAE Systems, the defence, aerospace and electronics giant, has seen a rise in profits, even though its 2014 sales fell.


    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.

  10. 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

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.


    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.

  13. Stirling bus blaze

    Three people escaped injury after a bus went on fire in Stirling this morning.

    Bus on fire in Stirling

    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.

  14. Tonight's weather

    BBC Scotland Weather


    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

  15. 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

    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.

  16. 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

    Read my analysis here.

  17. Men admit homophobic attack

    Two men have admitted carrying out a vicious homophobic attack on a gay couple in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.


    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.

  18. Jedburgh flood scheme gets green light

    A flood protection scheme for Jedburgh town centre has been approved by councillors.

    Flood protection scheme map

    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.

  19. 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

    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.

  20. 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

    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.

  21. '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.


    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."

  22. Rugby return

    BBC Sport


    Scotland wingers Dougie Fife and Tim Visser return to domestic duty for Edinburgh on Friday against Ulster.

    Dougie Fife and Tim Visser

    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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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).


    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.

  25. 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

    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.

  26. 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

    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."

  27. Revamp for local STV stations

    STV is revamping its local television stations for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    STV Glasgow and Edinburgh teams
    Image caption: 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.

  28. Stop and search - Your views


    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.

  29. 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

    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.

  30. '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".

  31. Stop-search - Your views

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

  32. Grounded ship leaking oil

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

    Cargo ship

    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.

  33. 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.

  34. Record lost


    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.

  35. 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.

  36. 'I made a mistake...'


    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".

  37. '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

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

  38. '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".

  39. Stop-and-search


    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
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    Sunday Herald journalist Paul Hutcheon

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

  41. Funding to reduce re-offending

    Three organisations working to reduce reoffending - Apex Scotland, Sacro and Families Outside - are to share almost £1m of Scottish government funding.

    The voluntary organisations will use the money for specialist services for offenders and their families in 2015/16.

    Prisoner looking out of window

    The organisations work to address the issues which fuel crime, help people with employment and rehabilitation, and support families so that children of offenders do not take the same path.

    Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: "The three organisations we are helping with funding today are doing some fantastic work to break the cycle of offending through targeted intervention and I am pleased to announce this support for them."

  42. Police questions - Watch live

    You can watch live coverage of Police Scotland chief Sir Stephen being questioned by MSPs on the "sorry mess" of child stop and search at 13:00 over on Democracy Live.

    Holyrood's justice committee will also hear evidence from Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick, Calum Steele, general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation and Vic Emery, chair of the Scottish Police Authority.

    Yesterday it emerged that police had not been forced to release data, countering previous claims from Sir Stephen.

  43. All's not lost...

    Prosthetic limbs, a living room carpet and a box of maggots are among the 40,000 items left on Glasgow's buses each year.

    Lost property

    First Glasgow has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest items - which also includes a sewing machine and a rice cooker - all of which are scrutinised and sorted by lost property managers Jean Scott and Kirsty Ballantyne, pictured above.

    Have you ever left something valuable - or just plain strange - on public transport? Did you get it back? Email us here or tweet us @BBCScotlandNews.

  44. Childcare costs - Your views

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    Ryan, Glasgow: Our current childcare costs are a whopping £9,600 per year for two children in nursery care: three half days and one full day.

  45. What's the big idea?

    Big ideas are the focus of this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival, which kicks off next month.

    Edinburgh Science Festival

    The festival, which runs from 4 - 19 April at various venues, has this year rebranded itself The Ideas Factory and is inviting audiences to get their thinking caps on and contribute to as many debates as possible.

    Among those taking part are Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs, leading physicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell and star BMX rider Danny MacAskill.

    The full programme can be found here.

  46. Careful defence


    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    A careful defence of Police Scotland from @NicolaSturgeon there. @willie_rennie points out that she hasn't ventured her opinion. #fmqs

  47. Stop-and-search

    At FMQ's Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie raises concern about the conduct of senior police officers over the use of stop-and-search tactics.


    The first minister says police are now considering ending the use of stop-and-search.

    MSPs will take evidence on stop-and-search from Chief Constable Sir Stephen House from 13:00.

    Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson from Police Scotland, Calum Steele, from the Scottish Police Federation and Vic Emery and John Foley from the Scottish Police Authority will also give evidence.

  48. Driver witness appeal over crash

    Police investigating a serious crash on the outskirts of Aberdeen have appealed for a driver who may have information to come forward.

    Scene of the crash

    A 19-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were badly injured after the crash on the B979 South Deeside Road on Tuesday night.

    One of the cars burst into flames.

    Police Scotland want to speak to driver of a dark 4x4 with a personalised registration.

    Another driver police wanted to speak to has been traced.

  49. FMQs

    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says if there is an issue with childcare in Glasgow, the Labour-run city council should answer for it.

    • Scots Conservative leader @RuthDavidsonMSP asks about education: can St Joseph's Primary School near Glasgow be run as a trust? #fmqs
    • The first minister says she is happy to meet parents at Joseph's Primary in Milngavie
    • I make no apology for drawing a line in the sand over teacher numbers, says Ms Sturgeon.
  50. To fry your chips, or run your engine


    BBC Have Your Say

    BBC News

    What difference does #oil make to your life? We're seeking your pictures showing us how you use it.


    Tweet @BBC_HaveYourSay and let us know.

  51. Live: FMQs

    First Ministers Questions has just started at Holyrood.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is currently answering questions from Labour's Kezia Dugdale on gaps in childcare provision.

    You can watch live here.

  52. Never Miss A Beatt...


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    Today on @BBCRadioScot we discuss @ChelseaFC fans and their racist chanting in Paris. Whose problem is this?

    We also talk about childcare issues as the cost for many couples reaches £6k a year.

    Listen live here at 12:00.

  53. New debt rules go before MSPs

    New regulations could encourage people struggling with debts to save as part of their financial "rehabilitation", business minister Fergus Ewing says.

    Final notice

    The measures, which are going before MSPs today, would allow those with debts to keep a limited allowance from their income to put towards emergencies that may arise.

    Due to come into place from April, the proposals will form "an important next step towards the vision of a financial health service for Scotland", said Mr Ewing.

  54. Farage to speak to Scots supporters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is to speak at his party's Scottish general election campaign launch via video link.

    Nigel Farage

    The party will launch its campaign at Renfield St Stephens Church Centre in Glasgow on Saturday.

    UKIP MEP David Coburn - the party's only elected member in Scotland - and Scottish chairman Arthur Misty Thackeray will join speakers from around the UK.

  55. Dumfries and Galloway stay in Cosla

    Dumfries and Galloway Council has extended its membership of Cosla by 12 months.

    The authority gave notice that it intended to end its £110,000-a-year membership of the council umbrella group in January 2014.

    Dumfries and Galloway Council HQ

    The council has served notice of its intention to quit thereafter.

    Council leader Ronnie Nicholson said he wanted the best for the region which "tends to get neglected" by Cosla.

  56. Is your duck missing?

    The Scottish SPCA is looking for the owner of a Muscovy duck that landed in a garden in Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

    A member of the public spotted the bird in her garden, and the duck, nicknamed Ask, is now is being cared for at the Scottish SPCA's Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton.


    Animal Rescue Officer Stephanie McCrossan said, "Muscovy ducks aren't good fliers so we don't think Ash has travelled far from home.

    "These birds aren't native to Britain and Ask is very friendly and in good condition which suggests he's been kept as a pet, and escaped."

  57. Firefighters at castle

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Firefighters have been called to historic Dunvegan Castle on Skye after a member of the public reported seeing smoke coming from one of its rooms.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was a false alarm and crews were stood down.

    A faulty heating system was believed to have been the cause of the smoke seen by a passer-by.

    The castle near the village of Dunvegan has been the MacLeod clan seat for more than 800 years.

    It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

  58. McGregor to direct

    Scots film star Ewan McGregor has signed up to direct his first big movie.

    Ewan McGregor

    The Trainspotting actor will direct an adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral.

    McGregor, 43, will also star in the film alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, according to Variety magazine.

    He said working on the movie would be "a great privilege".

  59. Stop-and-search


    Marc Ellison

    Data journalist, BBC Scotland

    Good news: @BBCScotlandNews will now be streaming the justice committee meeting on police stop-searches (starts 1300)…

  60. 'Building a bridge to your heart'

    Drivers on the Forth Road Bridge are reportedly slowing down to check out the construction of the new Queensferry Crossing.

    Queensferry Crossing
    Image caption: Drivers have been watching the crossing's various stages of development

    David Climie, of the Forth Replacement Crossing Team, told MSPs he had "no doubt" the massive building project was proving a distraction for commuters.

    The speed limit on the existing bridge will be dropping from 50mph to 40mph in the spring.

  61. Childcare - Your views


    Graham: Why are people moaning about getting a contribution towards childcare? There is no such thing as free childcare as taxpayers have to pick up the tab. Some people are greedy; help the poor not the rich. Childcare should be means-tested.

    Keith: If both parents work, that's tax to the economy - more than if one parent stayed at home. Providing childcare is a must.

  62. Further meeting sought over Marischal Square

    The SNP group at Aberdeen City Council has requested a special meeting to debate the future of the controversial Marischal Square project.

    Marischal Square project

    The call came after Lord Provost George Adam ruled the issue would not come before councillors at the next full meeting of the local authority.

    SNP councillors tabled an emergency motion to get the plans for the retail and office complex back on the agenda - but the Lord Provost ruled the motion incompetent.

  63. MSPs to vote on poll tax debt

    Legislation to end the collection of outstanding poll tax debt is expected to be backed by MSPs today.

    The Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill will write off £425m of the controversial tax, which was introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government in Scotland in 1989 - a year before the rest of the UK.

    Poll tax demonstration

    Former first minister Alex Salmond brought forward the proposals last year after some councils said they would use details of people who registered to vote in the independence referendum to chase up outstanding debt.

    The community charge was replaced by the council tax in 1993.

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  65. Escaped prisoner back in custody

    A prisoner who escaped from custody in the Republic of Ireland has been arrested by police in Belfast.

    Police said a Taser was used during his arrest, after he produced a knife and stabbed himself.


    Derek Brockwell, from Glasgow, attacked two prison officers escorting him to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin from Portlaoise Prison on Tuesday.

    He escaped on a motorbike driven by an accomplice.

    A day later, he was arrested at a bar on Bedford Street in Belfast city centre at about 19:30 GMT.

  66. Lost Carnegie playing fields

    The public are being asked to help find the so-called "lost" Carnegie playing fields.

    Andrew Carnegie

    A UK-wide campaign's under way to identify more than 900 football pitches, tennis courts and playing grounds which were originally protected by Scottish-born Andrew Carnegie charitable trust almost a century ago.

    The philanthropist's was well known for donating to libraries and medical research, but a less well known fact is that he was also responsible for funding more than 900 playing fields.

    Although the grounds were protected from development by the trust, exactly where they were was never centrally recorded.

  67. Fatal crash in Fife

    A man has died and two others have been taken to hospital following a two-car crash in Fife.

    Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident on Abernethy Road near Newburgh shortly before 07:00.

    The driver of a Volkswagen car was seriously injured and later died.

    Two men in a Toyota Hilux have been taken to Perth Royal Infirmary. The road is currently closed and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  68. Clyde contract


    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    BAE Systems upbeat about Type 26 frigates, to be Clyde-built. 700 working on it, contract due 2016: - 1,400 working on new Trident subs.

  69. Stamp of approval for bionic hand

    A pioneering invention by a Dumfries-born engineer is featured on a new set of Royal Mail stamps celebrating Inventive Britain.

    The i-limb artificial hand developed by David Gow is one of eight great innovations from the last century selected for the special collection.

    Mr Gow and Livingston MP Graeme Morrice said they were delighted with the stamp recognition

    Mr Gow grew up near Annan and went to Annan Academy and Edinburgh University to study mechanical engineering.

    He began to specialise in artificial limbs, initially within the NHS.

    Later he set up Touch Bionics in Livingston and launched the revolutionary i-limb in 2007.

  70. 'Get Inter Them...'

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

    The last-32 tie will be watched by about 60,000 supporters inside Celtic Park.

    Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini

    "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."

    The status of the match has been enhanced by the memories of 1967, when Jock Stein guided Celtic to a 2-1 win over Inter in Lisbon to become the first British club to win the European Cup.

  71. Childcare costs - Get involved

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    Kath: There is no easy answer to childcare as it all comes down to money. If we want to have the same standard of childcare as the Scandinavian countries we will have to pay the same tax as they do. There's no such thing as something for nothing.

    Grant: Why should I pay towards childcare for someone who is better off than me? People want to see the money spent of helping the very needy. People who earn big bucks should pay their own childcare. Yes, help the unemployed get back to work, but don't help people buy new cars with the money they save.

  72. Potatoes - Your views

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    Mary, Aberdeen: Nothing better or healthier than a baked tattie. Mmmm.

    Miles: Potatoes are also very high in carbohydrate the cause of obesity.

  73. Police response 'incoherent'

    Police Scotland must give an "honest explanation" for the "sorry mess" over its handling of data on stop-and-search, an MSP says.

    Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnnes is a member of the Scottish Parliament Justice sub-committee on policing that will quiz senior officers later.


    She said the facts on stop-and-search did not match the claims of Chief Constable Sir Stephen House.

    "Frankly, the police's response over the last week has become increasingly incoherent," she told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland.

    "We need to get to the bottom of this today."

  74. Childcare - Your views

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    Joe in Fife: Money for childcare is sinking into the black hole that is local authorities who need it to pay the salaries and pensions for their semi-employed staff. More than 18,000 of them here in Fife - doing precious little. They need your childcare money to preserve their essential public services lifestyles.

    Colin, East Lothian: In my experience no primary school nursery allows care enabling full-time work. Councils restrict paid sessions at private nursery to same as school sessions. Rubbish. Needs total rethink.

  75. Coming up...


    BBC Radio Scotland

    How hard is it to get affordable childcare in Scotland? That's what Louise will be asking on Morning Call from 08:50.

  76. Grado's 'Like a Prayer' plea

    He's one of the biggest personalities in Scottish wrestling and that's in no small part down to his entrance tune - Madonna's Like a Prayer.

    Grado in the ring

    But Grado, whose real name is Graeme Stevely, has been denied permission to use the track in a US broadcast of one of his matches.

    The wrestler from North Ayrshire has launched a social media campaign to try to persuade Madonna to change her mind.

    Since he posted his plea online, #SayYesMadonna has become a top UK Twitter trend, while his Facebook post has attracted 1,400 shares.

  77. Fishing boat towed to safety

    A fishing boat is being towed to safety after it began taking on water.

    The crew of the Stornoway-registered Prevail raised the alarm at about 03:00 when the vessel was about 31 miles east of Montrose.

    Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted after the boat's emergency beacon was activated.

    A helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was initially called out and the Montrose lifeboat is now towing the boat back to the town.

  78. Read all about it

    The Herald reports that one of Scotland's biggest law firms is being sued after the collapse of a £400m hedge fund at the centre of a police fraud probe.

    The Daily Record focuses on its poll which suggests that the SNP is set to pick up dozens of seats in May's General Election.

    Thursday's papers

    The Scotsman leads with figures which show that the number of people out of work in Scotland fell by 15,000 in the final three months of last year - its lowest level since the last recession.

    The National, meanwhile, says Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has been caught deleting his off-message comments.

    Read our paper review here.

  79. North Sea investment cut

    Gillian Marles

    BBC Scotland business reporter

    The energy firm, Centrica, is cutting capital investment in the North Sea by about 40%. The company announced its annual profits for last year were down by a third. Centrica, which has major interests in the North Sea, mainly producing gas, says it is paring down its operating costs.

  80. Childcare concern for working parents

    Lucy Adams

    BBC Scotland

    Fewer than one in six councils in Scotland have enough childcare capacity to meet the needs of working parents, research shows.

    The study by the Family and Childcare Trust said 15% of local authorities in Scotland had enough childcare for parents who worked full-time.

    That was down from 23% when the survey was carried out in 2013.

    Scottish councils have a statutory duty to provide 600 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds.

  81. To get to work on time


    BBC Scotland Travel


    • In Glasgow, the traffic lights are out on Barrhead Road at Crookston Road - this is a busy junction take care
    • In Aberdeen, the A90 Ellon Road the emergency repairs near the Exhibition Centre are complete - all lanes open again
    • A90 Dundee to Forfar Road: reports of a broken down HGV at the Glamis cut off causing long northbound delays
    • 8.28 Dunblane to Edinburgh train is cancelled.
  82. What's on the back pages?

    Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini believes the atmosphere generated by Celtic fans in tonight's Europa League clash in Glasgow can inspire his players.

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists winning the Europa League this season is a realistic target for his side.

    From left to right: Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, Fredy Guarin and Gary Medel capture the moment at Celtic Park

    Meanwhile, Rangers chief executive Derek Llambias has emailed the secretary of the Rangers Fans Board to inform him that he is disbanding it, just four months after it was set up by his predecessor, Graham Wallace.

    Read what else is making the headlines in Scottish sport here.

  83. Too many tatties?

    There's a glut of Potatoes in Britain, according to experts.

    The Potato Council, which supports the industry, says 5.7m tonnes were grown last year, up 3% on 2013, but the amount we consume is falling.


    Alistair Melrose, a potato farmer and potato merchant in Brechin, thinks the fall may be because of a perception that potatoes are inconvenient and difficult to use, as well the vegetables exclusion from our 'five-a-day'.

    What do you think? Text 80295,email us here or tweet using @bbcscotlandnews with your pearls of wisdom on yon spud.

  84. Attempt to take school out of council control

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Parents at a St Joseph's Catholic primary school in Milngavie near Glasgow are hoping to take it out of council control, to become the first community-led school in Scotland.

    The huge challenge faced by the parent council in pursing this option is that there is simply no mechanism in Scotland for a school to leave council control, and receive funding from the government.

    Experts I've spoken to say they see no way that this could happen without legislation, and it's hard to see how you could make one school a special case.

  85. What happens if we run out of oil?

    Douglas Fraser

    Business and economy editor, Scotland

    It took hundreds of millions of years to create the world's oil reserves. And it was little more than a century before fears were raised that we would run out.

    Oil platform

    Fifty years further on, it's less clear than ever how much is left.

    Following the third episode of BBC series Planet Oil, I've been looking at the impact of new techniques and innovation on the industry.

  86. Parents seek opt-out for school

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    A group of parents fighting to save a Catholic primary school have launched an audacious effort to keep it open.

    St Joseph's Primary School in Milngavie near Glasgow is to be amalgamated with another primary in nearby Bearsden.

    St Joseph's Primary School in Milngavie near Glasgow

    A group of parents want to try to remove the school from council control so it would be funded directly by the Scottish government.

    But the Scottish government and the local council have both poured cold water on this suggestion.

    Meanwhile the largest teachers' union the EIS was unimpressed.

    The parents say they want St Joseph's to become the first community-led school in Scotland.

  87. Fishing vessel rescue under way

    A rescue operation is under way after a fishing boat began taking on water about 30 miles east of Montrose.

    Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted after the vessel's emergency beacon was activated.

    A helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth established that the Stornoway-registered "Prevail" was taking on water and had communication problems.

    The four-man crew has been pumping out water. Montrose lifeboat has been called out.

  88. Travel update


    The A90: Dundee to Forfar road - reports of a broken down HGV at the Glamis cut off causing long northbound delays.

    Glasgow: the traffic lights are out on Barrhead Road at Crookston Road - this is a busy junction, take care.

  89. Tune in...

    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    BREAKING: Profits at British Gas owner Centrica fell 35% to 1.75 billion pounds last year. More #bbcgms 0710

    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

  90. Bright, but showery


    BBC Scotland Weather


    A brighter day today with sunny spells and frequent showers, but a return to much colder conditions.

    Showers are most likely in the north and west, with the risk of hail and thunder for the Northwest and the Northern Isles.

    Wintry on the highest hills and mountains, with a dusting of snow possible across the higher parts of the M74 and M68 later in the day.

    The best of the sunshine and fewer showers across the Northeast - Caithness, Aberdeenshire, Moray down to the Borders along the east coast.

    Highs back to average of 7 to 9C.

  91. Police chiefs must explain 'sorry mess'

    Police Scotland must provide an "honest explanation" for the "sorry mess" over its handling of data on stop-and-search, an MSP says.

    Sir Stephen House

    Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnnes is a member of the Scottish Parliament Justice sub-committee on policing that will quiz senior officers later.

    She said the facts on stop-and-search did not match the claims of Chief Constable Sir Stephen House.

    Labour's Hugh Henry said Sir Stephen had "some serious questions to answer".

  92. Ready for takeoff...

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC Scotland News

    Strapped in? Excellent! Let's taxi down the runway and take to the skies for Thursday's edition of Scotland Live...