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  1. Coach rolls on A83 Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll
  2. Police say 51 people on board; five seriously injured
  3. Royal Navy helicopter transports seriously injured to hospitals in Glasgow
  4. Shell and Taqa to cut hundreds of North Sea jobs
  5. Baby attacker jailed for seven years

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Marianne Taylor and Graham Fraser

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    That is all for today's Scotland Live.

    Join us again from 07:00 tomorrow.

    Good night.

  2. Police control struggling to cope with calls

    Reevel Alderson

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Police Scotland has been urged to halt its programme of control room closures.

    police control room

    It followed reports of problems at Bilston Glen, which previously handled calls from the Lothians and Borders.

    Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the control room in Midlothian was struggling to cope following the closure of the Glenrothes control room in Fife on 17 March.

    He told Holyrood more than 1,000 calls were lost in one day, and non-emergency calls took 40 minutes to answer.

  3. 'Driver cooperating with police'

    Lochs and Glens, the bus company involved in the A83 crash earlier today, say the driver of the coach is cooperating with police.

    They said: "We are providing all necessary support for those passengers who were on board and the relatives of those who have been injured. The driver and the company are cooperating fully with the police investigation to establish the exact cause."

  4. Post update

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Rain in north east becomes confined to Shetland overnight.

    Elsewhere, largely dry with widespread frost and risk of ice.

  5. Dorothy Paul

    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    Good luck to Dorothy Paul who bows out tonight @GlasgowKings @GlasgowComedy a final song, a fish supper and back to granny duties!

  6. Revenge porn

    The Scottish Government's considering whether there should be a specific offence of Domestic abuse and if a new law is needed to deal with revenge porn.

    revenge porn

    The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a women's aid conference that she is committed to tackling all forms of violence against women.

    A public consultation to examine the possible benefits and pitfalls of legislation will run until the middle of June.

  7. A83 crash - Bus company statement

    A spokesperson for Lochs and Glens - the bus company involved in today's coach crash on the A83 - said: "We are liaising with the emergency services regarding the injured passengers and to establish the cause of the accident.

    "In the meantime, buses have been provided to transport the remaining passengers back to their hotel."

  8. 'Thoughts with passengers'

    Following the bus crash on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful, Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: "Scottish Ministers have been kept fully informed of this serious incident across the afternoon and our immediate thoughts are with the passengers who have been transported to hospital.

    A83 bus crash

    "The emergency services have been working closely with helicopters from both Prestwick and Lossiemouth as well as mountain rescue teams and a rest centre has been set up in 'Three Villages Hall' in Arrochar to help the walking wounded.

    "The A83, at The Rest and Be Thankful, remains closed to allow the investigation into what caused the accident to get under way."

  9. A83 police update

    Road Policing Inspector Adam McKenzie, from Police Scotland, spoke to BBC Radio Scotland about the bus crash on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful.

    He said: "A tour bus which was heading through Argyll was struck by a very strong gust of wind which unfortunately blew it on to the muddy verge, causing the bus to flip on its side and roll down the hill coming to a rest at the side of Loch Restil.

    "Fifty one persons were on board and thankfully we can account for every single person."

  10. Gold for Fachie

    Aberdeen's Neil Fachie has won a gold medal on the opening day of the Para-cycling Track World Championships in the Netherlands.

    Neil Fachie

    He, and tandem pilot Pete Mitchell, came home fastest in the men's B kilometre time trial.

  11. Woman raped in Lanarkshire

    Police are searching for a man who subjected a 20-year-old woman to a "horrendous" rape in South Lanarkshire.

    The woman was walking home from Uddingston train station when she was approached from behind by a man at about 22:15 on Tuesday.

    He raped her in a wooded area close to the town's Castle Gate.

    The suspect is described as white, aged between 30 and 50-years-old and about 5ft 9in tall. He was wearing dark clothing including a hood.

  12. Warriors 'can be like Barca'

    Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend speaks to BBC Scotland's David Currie about his recent visit to Barcelona on a fact-finding mission.

    Gregor Townsend
  13. Airdrie school fire

    Following a fire at St Dominic's Primary in Airdrie, a spokesperson from North Lanarkshire Council said: "Scottish Fire and Rescue are dealing with what we understand to be a significant fire at St Dominic's Primary School in Airdrie.

    "We are not in a position at this early stage to assess the extent of the damage but we will work with the emergency services to do so when possible.

    "The school will be closed on Friday and we will post further updates for parents on our website at"

    The school roll is 178 and the nursery takes 40 children in the morning sessions and 40 in the afternoons.

  14. 'Great tragedy'

    Health Secretary Shona Robison has described infections caused by blood transfusions as "one of the greatest healthcare-related tragedies in this country".

    Penrose Inquiry

    Her statement followed publication of the Penrose Inquiry report.

    Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s.

    There had been an angry response to the report from some victims, who publicly burned copies.

  15. McGowan suspended

    The Dundee United full back Ryan McGowan won't be available for their home match against Ross County next Saturday after his red card appeal was rejected by a disciplinary panel.

    Ryan McGowan

    McGowan was sent off against Celtic in their Scottish Cup replay and will serve a two match suspension, one immediately and one to be served in the Scottish Cup.

  16. Primary school fire

    A primary school in North Lanarkshire has been badly damaged by fire.

    The blaze broke out at St Dominic's Primary, in Petersburn Road, Airdrie, shortly after lessons ended for the day on Thursday.

    A spokeswoman for North Lanarkshire Council said no pupils were in the school at the time.

    She said fire crews were still at the scene and the damage was thought to be extensive. It was unlikely, she said, that the school would open on Friday.

  17. A83 crash

    Reader Stuart Herd took this picture of the bus crash on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful.

    A83 bus crash

    Police say there were 32 people on board and five were seriously injured. A Royal Navy helicopter has transported the seriously injured to hospitals in Glasgow.

  18. Scotland u-21s win against Hungary

    Debutant Lawrence Shankland scored a late double as Scotland under-21s grabbed a 2-1 friendly win away to Hungary.

    Lawrence Shankland

    Szenes Bence had put the hosts ahead just after the hour-mark but Scotland fought back.

    Aberdeen striker Shankland struck twice in the final five minutes to turn the match in the Scots' favour.

    It was former St Mirren manager Danny Lennon's first game in charge after Billy Stark quit last November.

  19. Olympic BMX track for Glasgow

    Scotland's first Olympic-standard BMX track is to be built in Glasgow.


    Knightswood Park, in the city's north west, has been selected as the preferred location for the £2m track.

    The announcement came as Glasgow and Berlin were named co-hosts of the first European Sports Championships in 2018.

    The event, which includes the European Cycling Championships, will see more than 650 top cyclists compete in road, track, mountain bike and BMX championship events across Glasgow.

  20. Police statement on A83 coach crash

    Police Scotland, in a statement on the coach crash on the A83 Rest and Be Thankful, said: "Around 14:10 this afternoon, a coach with tourists overturned on the A83 Rest and Be Thankful."

    It added that 32 people were on board, of which five are believed to be seriously injured but not thought to be life-threatening.

    "They are being taken by ambulance/medivac to either the Southern or the RAH for treatment," the statement added.

    a83 rest and be thankful

    "Twenty five people are described as 'walking wounded'.

    "Emergency Services are at the scene. The A83 is closed with local diversions in place."

  21. A83 coach crash

    BBC presenter Euan Mcllwraith reports the coach came to a halt about six feet from the edge of a small body of water.

    He says the bus was a Lochs and Glens coach and emergency services cut the side of it away to help passengers inside.

    "Although there have been injuries, and serious injuries, these people are very, very lucky," he tells BBC News.

  22. A83 coach crash

    The Scottish Ambulance Service said it has "multiple resources" responding to the incident.

    "These include ambulance crews supported by officers, a Special Operations Team, an air ambulance helicopter and two emergency medical retrieval teams, working alongside the Police and Fire Service," a spokesman added.

  23. UPDATE - A83 coach crash

    Five casualties are being airlifted by Royal Navy helicopter to hospitals in Glasgow. Their condition is unknown.

    Royal Navy helicopter

    A second helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth remains at the scene of the crash with a mountain search and rescue team.

  24. Renewable electricity 'close to 50%'

    Nearly half of Scotland's energy consumption came from renewable sources last year, according to official data.

    renewable energy

    Figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed 49.6% of gross electricity consumption came from renewable sources last year.

    The figure was up from a total of 44.4% in 2013.

    The Scottish government said Scotland had almost met its 50% renewable electricity target, a year ahead of schedule.

  25. 'Number of injuries' after A83 crash

    BBC presenter Euan Mcllwraith, who is at the scene of the coach crash on the A83, reports the bus appeared to have been full of pensioners.

    The coach came down an embankment close to the top of the Rest and Be Thankful.

    It is about 30 feet down the embankment and rescue services are at the scene.

    There are a number of injured, with about four or five people believed to have suffered spinal injuries.

  26. NHS workers jailed for selling equipment on eBay

    Two East Lothian NHS workers have each been jailed for nine months after they admitted stealing dental equipment worth £75,000.

    Darren Lawson, 41, from Dunbar, took the items from storerooms at NHS Lothian and Gianni Donofrio, 47, of Prestonpans, sold them on eBay.

    They stole from Duncan Street Dental Centre in Edinburgh and Edenhall Hospital in Musselburgh in 2013.

    They were sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

  27. Ferry fares to fall on Clyde and Hebrides services

    Fares on Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes, where road equivalent tariff (RET) will not apply, are to be cut.

    RET links ferry fares to the cost of travelling an equivalent distance on land

    The Scottish government said the price of a single passenger fare will fall by an average of 44% and car fares will be cut by an average of 55%.

    The reduced fares will be introduced in October when RET is applied to the first routes since Arran was added to the scheme last year.

    The new RET routes include Mallaig to Armadale and Oban to Craignure.

  28. A83 incident


    Argyll and Bute Council tweets: The A83 is closed around 200 metres north of the Rest and Be Thankful due to a road traffic incident. Emergency services are in attendance.

  29. BreakingCoach overturns on A83

    A coach, which is believed to have been carrying dozens of people, has overturned on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Lochgilphead, Arrochar and Inveraray were on the scene along with police and ambulance crews.

    It is understood the incident happened at 14:10.

    Two search and rescue helicopters from HMS Gannet at Prestwick have also been sent to the scene.

  30. 'Mother's Day' cocaine supplier jailed

    A man who claimed a gift-wrapped cocaine stash was a Mother's Day present has been jailed for two years.

    John McCallum was caught with more than £140,000 of the Class A drug in a car at Shandwick Square Shopping Centre in Easterhouse, Glasgow, on 29 March 2014.

    The High Court in Aberdeen heard that police had been monitoring the 34-year-old after receiving a tip-off that he was delivering drugs.

    McCallum admitted a charge of being involved in the supply of cocaine.

  31. Nature photography awards

    The winners of the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year have been announced.

    Beinn Eighe
    Image caption: Thrift on Beinn Eighe by Chris Stuart, of Inverness, took the Scottish landscape land category.

    Check out our gallery.

  32. United player accused on assaulting Celtic keeper

    Dundee United footballer Paul Paton is set to stand trial accused of assaulting Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

    The 27-year-old is alleged to have repeatedly hit Mr Zaluska on the head to his injury on 20 October last year.

    Papers at Glasgow Sheriff Court claim Mr Paton carried out the attack at Ashton Lane and Byres Road "whilst acting with another".

    Mr Paton was not in court, but pled not guilty by letter.

  33. Poles 'most economically active'

    Polish people are the most economically active ethnic group in Scotland, according to analysis of the last census.

    Polish identity card

    It also found that Indian people were the most likely to be highly-qualified and working in the top professions.

    Chinese and Arab people were most likely to be students.

    The findings featured in a report by Scotland's chief statistician, which looked at ethnicity, religion and disability, based on 2011 Census data.

  34. McIntyre wants momentum

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre has told BBC Scotland that his side has achieved nothing, despite winning five of their last six matches as they try to maintain their Premiership status for next season.

    Jim McIntyre

    County have earned 16 points out of the last 18 available to pull away from the relegation and play-off positions, but McIntyre refuses to write other sides off and expects St Mirren in bottom place to turn results around as the season finale approaches.

  35. Warriors welcome back internationalists

    Glasgow Warriors will welcome welcome back nine of their Scotland internationals who featured in the game with Ireland last weekend for tomorrow night's Pro12 match with Leinster.

    Stuart Hogg

    Stuart Hogg (pictured), Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Finn Russell, Fraser Brown, Tim Swinson and Rob Harley have been named in the starting fifteen, while Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe are both included on the bench.

    The game kicks off at 19:35 and is live on BBC Two Scotland.

  36. Police debate

    Reevel Alderson

    Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    MSPs have been debating the accountability of Police Scotland following rows over its controversial policies of stop and search and arming officers on routine duties.

    stop and search

    Opening the debate, Labour MSP Hugh Henry said the single police force was established two years ago but experience of that period had given "grave concern."

    He said he was not criticising individual officers or non-uniformed staff.

    But he criticised the force's watchdog body, the Scottish Police Authority, which he characterised as a "toothless tiger."

    Mr Henry told Holyrood: "It is largely ineffective and comes to the game after the event rather than setting out its policies and expectations in advance."

  37. Neilson staying at Hearts

    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has no intention of leaving the Scottish Championship title winners yet.

    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson

    The Tynecastle club's owner, Ann Budge, feared Hearts could lose him to another club after securing promotion with seven games still to play.

    "I'll be here next season," said Neilson. "I'm not ready to make a step yet. I'm really happy where I am.

    "I'm only in the job nine or 10 months, so I've still got a long way to go; a long way to take this team."

  38. Police investigate Uddingston rape

    Police in South Lanarkshire are investigating the rape of a woman in Uddingston on Tuesday night. The woman was walking home from the train station at 22:15 when she was forced onto a wooded area close to Castle Gate.

    The man as described as being white, aged 30 to 50, with red hair and facial hair and about 5ft 9in tall.

    Detectives are carrying out door to door enquiries and analysing CCTV footage.

  39. School leaver data online

    Jamie McIvor

    BBC Scotland education correspondent

    People in Scotland can discover more about how well their local school is doing following a decision to put a bigger range of information online.

    School pupils

    Education Scotland's website now hosts previously unpublished data like where a pupil goes after leaving school.

    The Scottish Parent Teacher Council welcomed the one-stop resource, but warned it could be difficult to understand.

    The data can be found on the official Parentzone Scotland website.

  40. Tune in

    Coming up on Reporting Scotland on BBC One Scotland:

    • Oil firms to cut hundreds of jobs
    • Poverty mostly hits the young in Scotland
    • Edinburgh Zoo panda artificially inseminated
    Reporting Scotland

    Watch the programme live here.

  41. Full stream ahead for Borders firm

    A Borders-based cable manufacturer has won a multi-million pound contract with BT Openreach.


    Emtelle Group, which has plants in Hawick and Jedburgh, makes plastic piping which encases underground fibre cables.

    After working with BT for more than 30 years, it has secured a four-year contract extension.

    Emtelle said the move would allow it to invest £10m in its sites in the Borders, which support about 300 jobs.

  42. Police delete Clarkson tweet

    Edinburgh police have deleted a job advert tweet which included a picture of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

    Police tweet

    The post, which also also included an image of pop star Zayn Malik, said: "Looking for a new job? Police Scotland are recruiting now."

    It was posted the day after Malik left One Direction and it was announced that Clarkson's contract with the BBC would not be renewed.

    However, the use of Clarkson's image angered some Twitter users.

  43. Perth shop knife robbery man jailed

    A salesman who carried out an armed robbery at a shop in Perth has been jailed for five years.

    Bruce Roseweir was caught when he was filmed on CCTV filling up his company car at the city's Broxden service station shortly before the raid.

    The 36-year-old admitted taking £410 from the Co-Op on Oakbank Road after displaying a knife to an employee.

    Lord Bannatyne told the heroin addict he had committed a "serious and nasty offence".

  44. Jeremy Clarkson - Your views

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    Davy in Banff: Seems to me the BBC had no realistic alternative after this all went public. No-one wins in this situation.

  45. Mackerel exports rise

    UK exports of mackerel rose by 44% between August and December, despite fears over the impact of a Russian trade ban.


    It imposed the embargo on food imports from the EU and US in response to sanctions over Ukraine last August.

    The move particularly affected mackerel fishermen.

    However, UK government figures showed that exports to Nigeria rose by almost £17m on the same period in 2013. Exports to China were up by nearly £5m.

  46. Egg-cellent idea or poor yoke?

    The Foston's Fine Meats butcher in Duns has unveiled their Scotch Egg creme egg - a sweet chilli pork sausage with a creme egg in the middle.

    Foston's Fine Meats butcher in Duns

    What do you think? Would you to eat it? Or should the Easter creation by binned until the end of time?

    Let us know what you think by emailing us or texting 80295. Now, what shall we have for lunch today...

  47. 'Scotch Egg Creme Egg'

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland

    A butcher has created a 'Scotch Egg Crème Egg' in time for Easter.

    Greig Foston and Benj Webb, from Foston's Fine Meats in Duns, have unveiled the treat.

    Scotch Egg Creme Egg

    Benj told the BBC: "We are always discussing new flavours and combinations and wanted to come up with some way of combining chocolate eggs into one of our products.

    "We did some experimenting with a plain pork sausage meat with the creme egg in the middle which we found was very tasty but needed something else so we decided upon sweet chilli pork sausage meat around the egg and found it complimented the chocolate perfectly.

    "The eggs are best eaten warmed up so the egg is melted in the middle."

    Benj said they are trying to perfect a pork sausage with whole mini eggs inside. If you are on a diet, it is probably a good idea to give it a miss.

  48. Man jailed for baby attack

    A man who admitted assaulting a five-week old baby boy, leaving him blind and brain damaged, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

    Stephen Sweeney, 27, is believed to have shaken and squeezed the infant at Hunters Quay caravan park in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, on 3 September 2013.

    Stephen Sweeney

    When later asked by a relative of the child if he "had lost it", Sweeney replied: "I don't know, I was tired."

    The High Court in Glasgow heard the child has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

  49. Jeremy Clarkson - Your views

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    David: Top Gear new presenters: I'd vote for Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise they were enthusiastic; charming, funny and very watchable as guests; not to mention passionate about cars.

  50. Arrests at Scotland game

    Eleven people were arrested for minor offences last night ahead of Scotland's friendly against Northern Ireland at Hampden.

    Scotland vs Northern Ireland

    Two were arrested inside the stadium in Glasgow, the others outside it, before kick-off.

    Police said all the arrests were for "low level disorder".

  51. FMQs

    First Minister's Questions is under way at Holyrood.

    First Minister's Questions

    Watch it here.

  52. Tune in


    John Beattie

    BBC Scotland

    We are going on air at 12 with more on the French Alps plane crash.

    John Beattie

    Listen live to the programme here.

  53. It's that time of year again


    James Cook

    Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Edinburgh Zoo pandas Tian Tian (pictured) and Yang Guang to be introduced today in an attempt to mate.

    Tian Tian

    Artificial insemination took place on Tian Tian early this morning. The real thing could happen later today.

  54. Bridges for Top Gear?


    Comedian Kevin Bridges has been having a little fun on Twitter, putting himself forward for the job of presenter for Top Gear.

    He tweets: Look no further boays! @BBC_TopGear

    Kevin Bridges
  55. Joyce's regret


    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    His last day and MP Eric Joyce says he'd have kept out of trouble if he'd become a minister and regrets being "carried out feet first by the cops".

    Eric Joyce
  56. Poisoned cakes left in parkland

    Cakes laced with a drug used to control rats and mice have been found in public parkland in the Merkinch area of Inverness.


    A number of snowballs containing the blood thinning agent Warfarin were found at a grassy area on Old School Place on Monday.

    Police said the drug could be extremely harmful to people and pets.

    Ch Insp Jenny MacDonald said police were "keeping an open mind" about why Warfarin was put in the cakes.

  57. Suspected shooting

    A man is being treated in hospital after being injured in a suspected shooting incident in north Glasgow.

    Police Scotland said officers were called to reports that a man was found injured in the Parkhouse area of the city at about 19:10 on Wednesday.

    It is understood that police sealed off Haywood Street following the incident.

    A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said inquiries were ongoing to establish how the man came to be injured.

  58. Who will be captain?

    Darren Fletcher says there is no issue between him and Scott Brown over who will captain Scotland for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Gibraltar.

    Darren Fletcher

    Fletcher was given the armband in the 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland, with Brown rested for the game.

    Brown has captained the team for the majority of the current campaign, and manager Gordon Strachan admitted: "I've got a decision to make; a good one."

    Fletcher said: "Me and Broony get on great, there is no rivalry."

  59. Shell announces North Sea job cuts

    Shell has announced it is to cut 250 jobs in its North Sea operations and change offshore shift patterns.

    The cuts - outlined to staff this morning - are in addition to 250 redundancies announced by the company last August. Shell added that it is in a period of consultation with staff.

    The move comes after another oil firm Taqa revealed plans to cut 100 onshore jobs in the UK.

  60. Jeremy Clarkson - Your views

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    H, Edinburgh: For Top Gear, how about David Cameron Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband? They're good for a laugh and it'd be a good way to get them out of politics.

    Doug, Motherwell: New Top Gear presenter: Bruno from Strictly. Can you imagine him eulogising over say a new Alfa Romeo?

  61. Penrose Inquiry statement

    Health Secretary Shona Robison is set to make a ministerial statement on the contaminated blood scandal.

    Penrose Inquiry

    It follows publication of the Penrose Inquiry report, which concluded little could have been done differently.

    Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s.

    There was an angry response to the report from some victims and relatives, who publicly burned a copy of the report.

  62. No sign of missing botanist

    The mother of a missing botanist says she is "very disheartened" that her son has not been found.

    Jamie Taggart, from Argyll and Bute, failed to return from an expedition in northern Vietnam 17 months ago.

    Jamie Taggart

    Jill Mary travelled to the country to join local people and police in fresh searches this week but they found no sign of Mr Taggart.

    His mother said: "The search is over. We have no good result. We are very disheartened."

  63. Jeremy Clarkson - Your views

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    Anon: Of course the BBC did the right thing. If Clarkson was at all remorseful he would have made a public apology to his victim and appealed to those sending disgusting tweets to his victim to stop.

    Jeremy Clarkson

    M, Linlithgow: It's the BBC's fault; they create the J Clarksons, Jonathan Ross's etc. Why? There are others just as suitable for the job.

    Stuart, Elgin: Kaye Adams would be an ideal candidate to replace Clarkson.

  64. 'Respect for Scotland'

    Christophe Berra believes Scotland's encouraging form in the Euro 2016 qualifiers will mean teams play more defensively against them.

    Christophe Berra

    Centre-back Berra was the late match-winner for the Scots in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland.

    "Because we've been doing so well this campaign, teams might start to respect us a little bit more," he said.

    "They might watch this game and sit in against us to make it difficult and try and get us on the counter-attack."

  65. Jeremy Clarkson - Your views

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    Heather Grier: I've worked as an HR consultant and have dealt with disciplinary matters. The BBC was correct in carrying out a full investigation before deciding a sanction. I think in their case it has been generous in not firing JC for 'gross misconduct'. It's not his first 'offence' either.

    Mike: Completely wrong decision from BBC. They showed no consideration to the views of the people who pay the hated stealth tax i.e. TV licence. The BBC have become a bunch of lentil-munching luvvies, with no respect for their viewers as they are guaranteed their gross salaries. Clarkson and Top Gear were highly respected worldwide. What a loss.

  66. 'Colossal harm caused by secrecy'

    Following the Penrose Inquiry - the Scottish report into contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 80s - long-standing campaigner Bruce Norval, who was infected with Hepatitis C, cited a lack of support for victims' families.

    The Penrose Inquiry

    "Yes, the politicians should certainly deal with it and there's no reason for them to compound a bad report by bad political decisions," he told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme.

    "But at the same point, if Penrose was to remain credible to victims, there should've been at least some acknowledgement of the colossal harm that's been caused by the secrecy around people's HIV and by the lack of anybody to talk to for families who are isolated, dying of diseases over periods of decades."

  67. Concern over service cuts

    Half of Scots are concerned about cuts to their local services, a new report has found.

    Libraries, road repairs and street cleaning are the areas of greatest concern, the PwC report on local authorities said.

    Street cleaner

    The survey also reveals that while they may be worried about the impact, Scots are a little more understanding of the financial pressures faced by councils, with 36% accepting there may be a need to reduce or close services, up from 32% the previous year.

  68. Oil firm to cut 100 jobs

    Oil company Taqa has announced plans to cut about North Sea 100 jobs.

    The firm said said was consulting with its workforce on the cuts, which will affect mostly contractors and consultants working in onshore positions.

    Oil rig

    This is the latest in a series of redundancy announcements by North Sea oil and gas operators, with BP, Shell and Chevron already confirming they will cut jobs.

  69. Poverty concern

    Young adults in Scotland are the population group most likely to experience poverty, according to a report.

    Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) says a generation of people currently in their 20s could be trapped in poverty because of a lack of high-quality work and a shortage of affordable homes.

    Doctor Peter Kenway, Director of the New Policy Institute and author of the report, says that contrasts with an improving picture for other age groups.

    "Child poverty is down by a third," he told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme.

    "Pensioner poverty is down by two thirds and the consequence is that poverty now is much more concentrated among working-age adults and, in particular, young working-age adults under 30 who are the only group in that 10-year period to actually see an increase in the number in poverty."

  70. Homecoming for Paolo

    Paolo Nutini will headline one of this year's Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park.

    Paolo Nutini

    The award-winning Paisley-born singer will play to a home crowd of more than 35,000 people at the city music festival on 29 August.

    Fellow Scot Calvin Harris, supported by Ellie Goulding, will perform on the 30 August.

  71. Death of young poet


    Lisa Summers

    BBC Scotland

    Sorry to hear the sad news about young poet Adam Bojelian @Adsthepoet . Inspirational and incredibly funny. #BraveAdam

  72. Women in sport

    Susan Egelstaff: In 5 minutes I'll be on @BBCRadioScot talking about women in sport and why it's a good thing for girls to be physically active.

    Listen live here.

  73. What's on the back pages?

    Scotland's lack of cutting edge is a concern for manager Gordon Strachan with striker Steven Fletcher without a goal for the national side for six years, reports The Herald.

    Scotland striker Steven Fletcher

    Former Hearts defender Berra dedicated his late winner against Northern Ireland to the late Dave Mackay, after the Tynecastle legend was laid to rest on Monday.

    Sir Alex Ferguson has described Hearts owner Ann Budge as a "guardian angel" for galvanising the club following administration.

    Read what else is making the sporting headlines here.

  74. Coming up...


    BBC Radio Scotland

    On this morning's Kaye Adams Programme at 09:00:

    Following the Jeremy Clarkson "fracas", how would this have been dealt with in your workplace? Will you miss him?

    Call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295, email or go to the programme's Facebook page.

  75. What the papers say

    The publication of the Penrose Inquiry into contaminated blood dominates the front pages of Scotland's newspapers, with two papers showing a photo of the report being burned.

    The Scotsman says victims of the contaminated blood scandal reacted angrily to the findings of the long-awaited inquiry, branding the report a "waste of time and money".

    Thursday morning's papers

    The Herald says the inquiry has been condemned as a "whitewash" by angry victims and their families across the UK.

    The National writes that after six years of waiting for the report into NHS blood transfusions which infected patients with HIV and hepatitis, furious victims delivered their verdict - "whitewash".

    Read what else is making the headlines here.

  76. Borders region 'needs more help'

    Holyrood and Westminster have been urged to work together more in the Scottish Borders, as the area has not had a "fair deal" from either administration, a committee of MPs has claimed.

    Members of the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee stressed the need for more "collaboration and co-operation" to tackle problems in the area.


    In a new report on the Borderlands area, the committee said there had been "negative consequences" for the region as a result of the "instinct of the Scottish government to centralise power and functions in Edinburgh".

    The report also said following devolution it had been "too easy" for Whitehall departments "not give adequate attention and priority to administering their reserved functions north of the border".

  77. Paunchy pets

    A 10-stone Labrador that is more than 100% overweight is among the Scottish contenders in a vet charity's fitness challenge.

    The PDSA today launches its annual Pet Fit Club competition as vets across the UK warn of a rise in pet obesity.

    Four out of five of vets have seen an increase in pet obesity cases in the last two years, according to the latest PDSA figures.

    The same number of vets and vet nurses believe there will be more overweight pets than healthy pets in five years.

  78. Snow at Easter


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Did you know that statistically, snow is more likely at Easter than at Christmas? Right on cue, seven days from Easter, it's snowing... for some.

  79. Health of the high street

    Ayr and Perth are among the towns with the "healthiest" high streets in the UK, according to a study.

    The Royal Society for Public Health has published research looking at how shops on the high street affect public health.

    High street

    High concentrations of outlets such as bookies, pawn shops and fast food shops have a negative impact on the health of people, it found.

    Pharmacies, leisure centres and health services have the most positive impact.

  80. It's snow joke...

    Andrew McCall: Didn't expect to see the white stuff this morning #gourock

  81. Wintry scene


    BBC Scotland Weather


    A snowy scene on the A9 at Drumochter this morning. Pic via @trafficscotland.

  82. M9 delays


    BBC Scotland Travel


    M9 - Accident between junction 7 Kincardine & junction 6 Earlsgate is causing delays, even though all lanes are open. Travel time is 15 minutes.

  83. Literary cycle

    Sir Chris Hoy is to co-author a series of children's books about the adventures of a budding young cyclist.

    Chris Hoy

    Britain's most successful Olympian will work alongside award-winning author Joanna Nadin to produce six books, according to publisher Hot Key Books.

    The series, called Flying Fergus, will be aimed at children aged five to eight.

    The first two books will be published in March next year.

  84. Things can only get Berra...

    Gordon Strachan thinks the 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland will keep spirits high ahead of Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Gibraltar.

    Scotland defender Christophe Berra celebrates his winner with Johnny Russell

    Substitute Christophe Berra settled the match at Hampden last night with an 85th-minute header.

    "I thought it was important to win, really important," Strachan said. "Just to make us feel good about ourselves.

    "The performance at times was good as well, comfortable, brave on the ball, patient at times, getting used to the new pitch as well. It's a bit slick."

  85. Final curtain call


    Pauline McLean

    BBC Scotland

    Dorothy Paul plays the last dates of final tour @GlasgowKings @GlasgowComedy. More @BBCGaryR on GMS shortly

    Dorothy Paul on stage
  86. Welcome to Glasgow...and Berlin

    Scotland is to co-host the first European Sports Championships in 2018 along with Germany.

    About 2,900 athletes will come to Glasgow to take part in the 10-12 day event, including cyclists and swimmers, with Berlin staging athletics.


    Organisers also hope to include golf at the 2014 Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles.

    Scottish Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn said the event "will be another chance for Scotland to prove it's the perfect stage for top class events".

  87. Your views


    Andy McCulloch: Beautiful looking day yesterday then snow today, Scotland's weathers awesome #unpredictable. Sun shades to sledges.

  88. Robison to make blood statement

    Health Secretary Shona Robison will make a statement to Holyrood today following the publication of the results of the Penrose inquiry into contaminated blood products.


    The report yesterday recommended that everyone who had a blood transfusion before 1991 should be tested for Hepatitis C.

    It concludes more should have been done to screen blood and donors in the early 1980s.

    Some victims branded the report a whitewash.

  89. Met Office warning


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Met Office Yellow 'be aware' warning for snow until 10am. This covers higher level road routes, above 200m.

  90. Coming up...


    Gary Robertson

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The latest on:

    • the fatal plane crash in the French Alps
    • poverty report in Scotland
    • Scotland to host Euro sports event.
    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

  91. 'Cold, wet & wintry'


    BBC Scotland Weather


    Morning, Chris here. A cold, wet & wintry start with rain or sleet to low levels and snow on higher road routes. Improving by mid-morning.

  92. Poverty mostly hits the young in Scotland - report

    Young adults in Scotland are the population group most likely to experience poverty, a report says.

    Child playing football

    Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that one in four of those under the age of 30 is at risk of financial hardship.

    Its report said the poverty faced by young adults contrasts with an improving picture for other age groups.

    For those over the age of 65, poverty rates were found to have fallen by almost half.

  93. Hang onto your hats...

    Thomas McGuigan

    BBC News

    And, we're off! Good morning and a warm welcome to Thursday's edition of Scotland Live.

    News, sport, travel and weather, with a sprinkling of your views on the burning issues of the day between now and 19:00.