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  1. Tories say Labour may put Trident at risk
  2. Man dies following motorbike and car crash
  3. Scots referendum debated by leaders
  4. Top lawyer to lead bin lorry inquiry

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan, Caroline Henderson and Jo Perry

All times stated are UK

Good night

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

That is all for today's Scotland Live.

Please join us again from 07:00 tomorrow.

Police hunt cable thieves

British Transport Police are attempting to trace two men who threatened rail staff with an axe after being disturbed while trying to steal railway cable.

The incident happened while three rail workers were carrying out checks near Cambuslang Road, South Lanarkshire, at about 17:45 on Wednesday.

After threatening the workers, the two men fled towards London Road along the footpath adjacent to the River Clyde.

British Transport Police said a small amount of cable was taken.

Pensioner denies plot to rape girl

A 73-year-old woman has denied plotting to rape a three-year-old girl.

Muriel Sim is alleged to have set up a plan with Michael Leith, 47, to abuse the child.

The pensioner and Mr Leith are charged with "conspiring to rape and sexually assault" the girl between July 2013 and July 2014 in Dunfermline.

The accusation includes a claim the pair exchanged text messages to attempt to "arrange a time or times" for them to "be alone" with the child.

General Election candidates

Following the close of nominations to stand as a candidate at the General Election, it has emerged the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in all 59 Scottish constituencies.

UKIP have 42 candidates, while the Scottish Greens have 31.

The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will have 10 candidates standing and seven people will stand from the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party. The Scottish Socialist Party have three candidates.

Britain First and the BNP aren't putting any candidates up in Scotland.

There is one candidate from the National Front, one from the Scottish Communist Party, one from Scottish Christian Party and ten candidates who describe themselves as Independent.

Sutherland wildfire

Pictures have emerged of a major wildfire in Sutherland in the Highlands.

Smoke visible above the trees
Chris Cogan

Firefighters in five appliances have been sent to an area near Dornoch treatment works where grass and gorse bushes were ablaze.

Crews have also been called to heath and grass fires near Shawbost on Lewis and Onich in Lochaber.

Smoke above trees
Chris Cogan

The incidents come after a warning of an increased threat of wildfires in parts of Scotland over the next few days.

Scotland to play Qatar

Scotland will prepare for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifying match against Republic of Ireland with a friendly against Qatar.

Easter Road

The Scots will take on the 2022 World Cup hosts on Friday, 5 June, at Easter Road in Edinburgh.

Scotland take on Republic of Ireland on 13 June.

VisitScotland targets Outlander fans

Tourism promotion agency VisitScotland is targeting American fans of the hit drama Outlander during Scotland Week celebrations in New York.

VisitScotland poster

A poster featuring a kilted man in front of an image of Glen Coe is being displayed on 50 large digital screens in the US city.

The VisitScotland poster reads: "Visit Scotland. The land that inspired Outlander".

It also urges New Yorkers to "Give in to your kilty pleasures".

Armed police drugs operation

Armed police have been involved in a drugs operation in Aberdeen for a second day.

armed police in Aberdeen

A high-rise flat was cordoned off in the Kincorth area in the south of the city on Thursday afternoon.

A man was later seen being led away by police.

On Wednesday, armed officers carried out searches in nearby Torry as part of what Police Scotland described as an intelligence-led operation.

Rolling pin attacker jailed

A man who battered his wife with a rolling pin in a "brutal and prolonged" attack has been jailed for three years.

Alan O'Donnell attacked Lorraine Lorimer during an incident at her home in Yoker, Glasgow, in February 2014.

The 46-year-old, from the city's Drumchapel area, was previously convicted of assault, having initially faced a charge of attempted murder.

Jailing him, judge Lady Rae told O'Donnell: "No remorse has been shown for what happened."

'Very popular and happy young man'

The family of a teenager who died after a car crash in the Borders have said they "cannot put into words the devastation we are all feeling".

Dale Whillans
Police collect

Dale Whillans, 18, was a passenger in a black Seat which left the road and landed in a field on Monday.

The amateur footballer from Hawick died at the Western General Hospital on Thursday.

In a statement, his family said: "It goes without saying that Dale was taken from us at far too young an age.

"Dale was a very popular and happy young man. He was such a big part of all of our lives and will never be forgotten.

"We are all deeply saddened by his death and would ask to be left to grieve in private at this sensitive time."

Police investigating the crash have asked anyone who saw the black Seat to get in touch with them.

Kriss Donald murderer jailed for appeal lies

One of the men jailed for life for murdering Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald has been given another jail term for lying in a bid to free an accomplice.

Daanish Zahid

Daanish Zahid, 31, gave evidence during Imran Shahid's 2011 appeal against his conviction for the racially-motivated murder of the 15-year-old in 2004.

Judges threw out Shahid's appeal after concluding Zahid had lied.

Zahid was jailed for another six years after he admitted attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Maitland to miss rest of season

Glasgow Warriors full-back Sean Maitland will miss the rest of the club season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Sean Maitland

But the 26-year-old is hopeful of being fit in time for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in September.

It means that Maitland has played his last game for Glasgow as he is joining London Irish next season.

Maitland picked up the injury during Warriors' 20-15 European Champions Cup defeat by Bath in January.

Dens Park talks begin

Dundee FC have began negotiations to bring Dens Park back into club ownership.

Dens Park

Talks between Dundee chairman Bill Colvin and Dens owner John Bennett are under way for the sale of the ground.

Mr Bennett, who is also a director at Dundee Utd, told BBC Scotland that he is amenable to the sale.

He said: "I told Dundee at the time I bought the ground that I would sell it back if it was going into the hands of Dundee supporters and I'll stand by that promise"

Fatal crash victim named

A man who died after a crash involving his motorbike and a car in Aberdeenshire has been named as 54-year-old John Ogston from the Banff area.

Emergency services attended the scene at 07:45 on Thursday on the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road at Plaidy.

Sevens squad could be under threat

Rhona McLeod

BBC Scotland

Glasgow losing a leg of the Sevens World Series to Paris next year could threaten the existence of Scotland's full-time squad.

Scotland's rugby sevens

The warning comes from Scottish Rugby, which says it is "absolutely baffled" by the decision yet to be formally announced by competition organisers.

The SRU learned of the decision by World Rugby in October.

And an SRU spokesman told BBC Scotland that it is already assessing how this will affect the future of its squad.

Scotland 2015

As part of a series of interviews by Scotland 2015 featuring party leaders, UKIP's David Coburn will be on the programme tonight.

Do you have a question for him?

Tweet it to the show.

David Coburn
Graham Fraser

Watch the programme tonight from 22:30.

Clegg warns of SNP 'paralysis'

Nick Clegg has claimed that the SNP could have a paralysing effect on the UK economy because of the party's refusal to rule out another independence referendum.

Nick Clegg

The Liberal Democrat leader issued the warning following comments from Nicola Sturgeon during

last night's televised leaders debate.

Ms Sturgeon said there would be need to be "material changes" for another vote on independence to take place.

Mr Clegg said that the SNP "just don't seem to be able to accept the answer they received at the ballot box."

Woman dies in flat fire

A woman has died in a flat fire in Fife.

Kinninmonth Street, Kirkcaldy

Teresa MacTavish, 67, died in the blaze in Kinninmonth Street, Kirkcaldy. Emergency services were called to the fire at 01:51.

They said the flat was heavily smoke-logged when they arrived at the scene. At least 15 firefighters tackled the blaze, which was extinguished at 02:17.

Inquiries into the fire are continuing, but there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

Tribute paid to car death teen

Tributes have been paid to a teenage amateur footballer from Hawick who died from injuries following a car crash near Jedburgh.

Dale Whillans, 18, was a passenger in a black Seat car, which left the A698 road and ended up in a field at Timpendean shortly before 14:00 on Easter Monday.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital and later transferred by helicopter to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he died this morning.

A statement on the Hawick Legion Facebook page said that everyone at the club was devastated to hear of Dale's passing.

Warning over Aberdeen phone scammer

Aberdeen residents have been warned about a

scammer who phoned members of the public claiming to be from the city council.

Phone conversation (posed)

Residents alerted the council's trading standards team after becoming suspicious of the calls, which were made from a mobile phone.

They were asked for personal information under the guise of taking part in a survey.

The mobile number from which the calls were made is no longer operational.

Cathedral to undergo laser scanning

An iconic cathedral in Orkney is to undergo a laser scan in an effort to preserve the 12th century building.

St Magnus Cathedral interior

The project, to record every last detail of Orkney's St Magnus Cathedral, is to begin later this year.

Orkney Islands Council is currently looking for experts to carry out detailed scans of the internal and external structure of the cathedral.

A 3D record of the building can then be compared with future scans to detect any changes in the Cathedral's fabric.

Coming up...

BBC Radio Scotland

Today on

Newsdrive with Mhairi Stuart and Bill Whiteford:

- Different facets of the economy have taken centre stage in the day's election campaigning.

- NATO troops have begun a massive military exercise close to Russia

- It seems ten thousand dogs are poisoned by accident each year in our homes.

- And a new design of electricity pylon has been unveiled.

Talks urged in airport staff dispute

The Scottish government has again urged airports management and union leaders to hold talks on resolving a

workers pay dispute.


Industrial action by security staff at Scotland's 11 regional airports came to an end at midday without a resolution.

More than 120 members of the Prospect union began the 48-hour strike on Tuesday. They are now working to rule.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) and Prospect are in dispute over an increase in wages for workers.

Hial is owned by the Scottish government.

Glasgow Warriors v Blues (Fri)

BBC Sport


Fly-half Finn Russell makes his first Glasgow Warriors appearance since January, replacing Mark Bennett, as the Pro12 leaders host Cardiff Blues.

Glasgow Warriors fly-half Finn Russell
SNS Group / SRU Craig Watson

Peter Murchie replaces Stuart Hogg at full-back as coach Gregor Townsend continues his squad rotation policy.

Prop Adam Jones returns to the Blues starting line up after starting on the bench in the 25-21 European Challenge Cup defeat by the Dragons.

Gareth Davies is at fly-half in the absence of the concussed Rhys Patchell.

Body may be missing man

Police believe a

body found in South Lanarkshire may be that of a missing man, not seen for almost three years.

Dale Avenue

The remains were found in Dale Avenue in Cambuslang on Tuesday.

David Baird, 54, from Blantyre, was last seen in June 2014.

Police said the death was currently being treated as unexplained.

Cannabis farm at kid's play centre

Police in Edinburgh have recovered more than

£64,000 worth of cannabis plants from a building which also houses a play centre for young children.

Cannabis plant

Officers conducted a search at Tiki Tots in Nile Grove and found the class B drug growing in the building's loft space.

Police said parents had been completely unaware of the cannabis.

The cannabis was recovered by police on Tuesday. Officers said they were pursuing a positive line of inquiry.

Firefighters tackling major wildfire

Firefighters have been dealing with a major wildfire in Sutherland in the Highlands.

Officials said grass and gorse bushes were ablaze near Dornoch treatment works.

Wildfire risk maps
Michael Bruce

The incident comes after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) issued a warning of an increased threat of wildfires in parts of Scotland over the next few days.

They said dry weather and large quantities of dead vegetation, such as heather and pine needles, had heightened the chance of the uncontrolled fires.

Discussion: Pet diet


BBC Radio Scotland

Could you inadvertently be poisoning your family #pet? Which products are harmful?


Listen again



Trident: The facts and figures


Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

"£100bn" to replace #Trident nukes, yet a mere £4bn to build a sub? How do the numbers add up? #GE2015


here for the full article.

The sports headlines at 14:30...

BBC Sport


: Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister gives his support to a new independent football supporters' organisation.

Scotland up 10 places in rankings: Gordon Strachan's Scots are up 10 places in the latest Fifa world ranking as all four home nations get a boost.

: Stephen Gallacher knows a polished short game is vital to improve on his only previous Masters appearance.

BBC Scotland Sport website

Gas cylinder theft at Elgin hospital

Medical gas cylinders have been stolen from an Elgin hospital.

Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin

It is thought the nitrous oxide cylinders were taken from Dr Gray's Hospital at about 22:20 on Friday.

Police want to speak to two men aged about 25 with local accents and a woman believed to be about 18-years-old, in connection with the incident.

They were seen driving away from Pluscarden Road in a white car with the boot open.

McAllister launches new fans group

BBC Sport


Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister has given his backing to a

new independent football supporters' organisation.

Gary McAllister launches the new organisation
SNS Group Paul Devlin

McAllister, capped 57 times for Scotland, was named as the The Scottish Football Supporters Association's first ambassador.

Until now, Scotland had been the only football nation in Europe not to have an independent fans' body.

"Supporters have always been at the heart of the game," said McAllister.

"Having an independent voice that offers a valuable contribution to the game in Scotland is something that I am delighted to support."

Scot's incomes 'up by £400'

Household incomes in Scotland are more than £400 higher than they were before the economic downturn,

a new study says.

Notes and coins

The Resolution Foundation think-tank found average incomes in 2014 were 1.9% up on those in 2007-08.

But while pensioners saw their budget rise by an average of 9.4% in the period, working-age households saw theirs drop 4.6%.

Resolution said the average household income in 2014 across Scotland was £23,000, a rise of £424 from 2007-08.

Concern over vulnerable missing man

Concern is growing for the wellbeing of a 72-year-old

vulnerable missing man from North Lanarkshire.

Michael Jennings
BBC - police handout

Michael Jennings was last seen leaving his home in Moodiesburn at 05:30 on Wednesday in his silver Suzuki Vitara car, registration SD13 MEU.

His family has had no contact since and is extremely concerned for him.

Mr Jennings is described as white, about 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build with blue eyes and short grey hair. He also has tattoos on both his forearms.

The top stories at 14:00...

BBC Scotland News

Tories attack Labour over Trident: The Conservatives commit to four new nuclear submarines and say Labour could "barter away" the UK's nuclear deterrent with the SNP - something Labour flatly denies.

Man dies after motorbike crash: A man in his 50s dies following a crash involving a motorbike and a car in Aberdeenshire.

: An investigation is launched into the attempted murder of two men who had travelled to Edinburgh to buy a car.

BBC Scotland News homepage

How should child poverty be tackled?

Douglas Fraser

Business/economy editor, Scotland

The SNP has said it wants to tackle child poverty. It cites a forecast by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) that

there will be more than a million more children living in poverty by the end of this decade.

Trainers with holes in them

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader and first minister, claimed this means 100,000 more Scottish children - if current government policies are continued.

The SNP has set out policies to reduce child poverty, including a higher minimum wage, an end to the coalition government's freeze on child benefit and tax credit, and more childcare.

Read the full article


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BBC News

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Air security staff strike ends

A 48-hour

strike over pay by security staff at Scotland's 11 regional airports has ended.

Airport security

More than 120 members of the Prospect union have now begun working to rule at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

Ten of the airports remained open during the strike, although Dundee was temporarily shut.