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Summary

  1. Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85
  2. Scottish mosque figures linked to banned sectarian group
  3. Drugs arrest after teenager Dione Melville dies
  4. Dounreay nuclear waste deal to 'help in cancer fight'
  5. UKIP in Scotland rejects claim of vote 'stitch-up'
  6. RSPB says mild Scottish winter boosts bird numbers

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By Paul McLaren and Katherine Sutherland

All times stated are UK

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Nursery assistant 'threatened to drown child's cat'

Kelly Cameron is to face a disciplinary tribunal hearing of the Scottish Social Services Council in the next few weeks.

The Aberdeen nursery assistant is accused of threatening to drown a young child's family cat.

She is also accused of making derogatory comments towards children at Great Western Pre-Schools After School Club.

BP puts new Shetland gas plant scheme on hold

The oil giant had planned a £500m gas processing plant at Sullom Voe terminal.

It was set to be built over the next three years and would have employed about 300 workers in the construction phase.

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It would also have created around 30 full-time jobs.

BP confirmed it is now looking at using existing equipment on site and offshore to process gas from the west of Shetland. 

Police name A9 Dalwhinnie crash death woman

Amanda Harold, who was 44, died at the scene of the two-car crash, which happened on Wednesday at about 10:45.

She was from Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire.

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A man, woman and two young children in the other car suffered cuts and bruises.

The road was closed for about six hours and police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Accident on A941 means road now partially blocked

Union says dairy workers would be 'devastated' by Muller's proposed closures

Staff union Usdaw added that it was supporting the Germany-based dairy giant's workers at the Aberdeen and East Kilbride plants.

Spokesman Daniel Adams said: "We will now enter into a full consultation process to interrogate the business case and do all we can to save jobs. 

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"We are providing our members with the support, advice and representation that they require at this very difficult and worrying time", he confirmed.

Muller has announced plans to close the plants and is warning of 229 job losses.

Deputy First Minister DJs on the campaign trail

VIDEO: Police to investigate Scottish Muslim links to banned group

Police Scotland is to investigate alleged links between two prominent Muslim leaders in Scotland and a banned sectarian group.

A BBC investigation has found that Sabir Ali, head of religious events at Glasgow Central Mosque, was president of Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP)

Police probe mosque figures' links

Hafiz Abdul Hamid from the Polwarth Mosque in Edinburgh has also been linked to the organisation, which was banned in the UK in 2001.  

Dundee's Museum of Transport is given an £80,000 grant

The cash will fund a new museum director and consultancy post for two years.  

The museum hopes to raise £5m to develop its Maryfield tram depot into a fully-restored national visitor attraction. 

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Dundee's Lord Provost Bob Duncan and museum chairman Jimmy McDonell have welcomed the announcement.

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid has died aged 65.

The Iraqi-born architect's designs include the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and the London Olympic Aquatic Centre.

She won a string of awards during her career, and was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in recognition of her work this year.

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She died of a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.

Her designs were commissioned around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany and Azerbaijan.

A man convicted of 'repugnant' sex offences against two young girls is jailed for 13 years

John Myers, 52, from Glasgow, abused one girl when she was aged five and continued until she was almost 17.

He also targeted another girl when she was aged 11 or 12. Myers was caught after one victim told a friend, which led to a police investigation.

His name will be on the sex offenders' register for life and Myers will be supervised for three years on release.

Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Pentland told Myers: "The jury convicted you after trial of a series of extremely serious offences."

Pupil who made hoax calls to a teacher's home has been given community service

The 17-year old sent a fire engine, taxis and takeaway meals to a senior teacher's home between 10 January and 17 February last year.

One of the calls, made to a helpline, pretended to be the teacher saying he felt suicidal.  

The pupil was caught when a call to the fire service was listened to and his voice was recognised.

His sentence was reduced to 120 hours from 180 hours to reflect the guilty plea.

A video of the Egyptair plane hijack 'selfie' has appeared online

The footage, showing a remarkably relaxed looking cabin crew taking the photo, was taken by a Dutch fellow passenger.

Ben Innes, from Aberdeen, is seen grinning next to his captor for the snap, which has already gone viral. 

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Seif al-Din Mustafa, described by Cypriot officials as mentally disturbed, used a fake suicide belt to hijack the flight and forced it to fly to Larnaca on Tuesday.

He was arrested after a stand-off in Cyprus .

Robbie Neilson believes Hearts can beat Celtic and go on to finish second in the Premiership

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The Edinburgh side currently sit third, nine points behind Aberdeen, but have a game in hand over the Dons.

"We have still to play Aberdeen twice, so it's definitely something we're aiming for," head coach Neilson said  

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"We also have to be wary of St Johnstone who will still believe they can catch us."

Hearts have not beaten Celtic at Celtic Park since 2009, but the last encounter ended goal-less.

"We take confidence from that," said Neilson ahead of the Saturday lunchtime game. "We have a young squad, but they have played more games since then and have more experience.

"We go there absolutely looking to win."

CCTV operators in Glasgow to escalate strike action amid an ongoing dispute over pay

The staff at Community Safety Glasgow (CSG), an arms-length council body, want better pay for shift work.

Members of the union, Unison, have already staged two 48-hour stoppages.

The union said its members would begin strike action at 07:00 this Friday until Monday evening and go-ahead with similar stoppages every weekend until a settlement was reached.

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Cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy will step up his motorsport journey by racing at Le Mans

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The 40-year-old Scot, Britain's most successful Olympian with seven medals, will compete in the second tier at the prestigious 24-hour event in June.

Hoy and two team-mates will drive a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis at Le Mans' Circuit de la Sarthe.

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"I'm not thinking beyond Le Mans," said Hoy. "I'm just thinking about getting to the start of the race."

Following his retirement from cycling, Hoy raced in the British GT Championship in 2014 and took part in the European Le Mans Series last year, with his team winning the title.

Man caught with £240,000 cocaine haul in motorway raid is jailed

Eduard Duli was caught when police stopped a car on the A74(M) near Eaglesfield in Dumfries and Galloway last November.

The 26-year -old Albanian was given a three-and-a-half year prison sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh. 

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He admitted being involved in the supply of the drug and attempting to pervert the course of justice. 

Duli had entered the UK illegally just over a month before the offence, and was told that he was likely to be deported after his jail term.

VIDEO: Bodybuilder hopes to inspire anorexics to seek help

Recovering anorexic Aroosha Nekonam, from Aberdeen, became so underweight medics told her she faced life in a wheelchair. 

She is now charting her health and fitness journey through video and photos on social media.

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Traffic update: M9 lane restrictions

A man who died in a head-on crash on the A719 in South Ayrshire is named

Gordon Hill, 34, from Irvine, died at the scene of the crash, near Tarbolton, at about 09:50 on Tuesday.

A male passenger aged 44 was treated at the scene for minor injuries and a 21-year-old female passenger is in a stable condition in hospital.

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The driver of the other car, a 48-year-old man, was treated in hospital for a leg injury and later discharged.

Police said Mr Hill had been driving a silver Honda Jazz northbound when it was in a collision with a southbound black Ford Focus.

229 Scottish jobs at Müller at risk in 'strategic review'

Müller Milk & Ingredients has confirmed it is reviewing the structure of its Scottish dairy network, in a move which could cost jobs at its Aberdeen and East Kilbride dairies.

The company is proposing to invest £15m over the next three years at its Bellshill dairy instead.

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If the Aberdeen dairy is closed, the 43 farmers supplying the site will be asked to pay a 1.75 pence per litre transport fee for their products to be taken to Bellshill for processing if they want to continue their contracts.

Managing director Andrew McInnes said:"Our Scottish dairies are inefficient and costly which is putting a brake on the innovation and investment needed to stimulate new demand for dairy products."

SSE to close its 37 remaining Scottish Hydro Electric shops in Scotland with the loss of 119 jobs

The company has launched a consultation with staff affected by the planned closures.

The retail shops, which sell electrical and white goods, are predominantly sited across the north of Scotland.

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The outlets, along with Scottish Hydro Electric's online shop, are expected to close by 15 May.

SSE said it aimed to avoid redundancies "wherever possible".

SSE director of domestic retail Stephen Forbes said changing shopping habits and more customer choice meant the shops had been loss-making for a number of years.

Scottish Hydro Electric shop locations:

Aberdeen, Banchory, Banff, Blairgowrie, Bowmore, Brechin, Brodick, Buckie, Campbeltown, Crieff, Dingwall, Dunblane, Dundee Wellgate, Dunoon, Forfar, Grantown On Spey, Huntly, Inverurie, Kirkwall, Kyle, Lerwick, Lochboisdale, Lochgilphead, Nairn, Oban, Perth, Peterhead, Pitlochry, Portree, Rothesay, Stonehaven, Stornoway, Thurso, Tiree, Tobermory, Ullapool, Wick.

Scottish Labour calls for halt to Named Person scheme

The scheme will see a "named person" appointed to monitor the welfare of every child in Scotland from 31 August.

Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats all voted in favour of the proposals in 2014.

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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

But Labour has now claimed the policy is a mess and called for it to be "paused"  

The Conservatives, whose opposition to the scheme is a key focus of their Holyrood election campaign, accused Labour of a "screeching U-turn".

Electricity generated in Scotland from renewable energy increased by more than 15% last year

New figures from the Department of Energy said Scotland generated 26.4% of the UK's green electricity compared to 65% for England, 6.1% for Wales and 2.5% in Northern Ireland.

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Missing Dorset man found in the Tyndrum area

Police Scotland have said missing Andrew Edwards, 52, has now been found in the Tyndrum area.

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Chernobyl: 30 years in the exclusion zone

Almost 30 years on, Eòrpa reporter Anne Lundon travelled to Chernobyl to find out about the continued impact the disaster has on the country.

Chernobyl 30 years on

American environmental activist Erin Brokovich adds her voice to concern about water quality in Aviemore

People have complained to Scottish Water that supplies have smelled and tasted unpleasant since a new treatment plant opened four years ago.

Scottish Water says the water is safe to drink, but it recognises some customers find chlorine levels are not to their taste.

It is now working with customers in the Aviemore area to improve the treatment process of water supplies.  

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Missing Dorset man may have been walking in Highlands

The Western Daily Press reports Andrew Edwards, 52,  had texted a friend and a family member to say he was in a mountainous area on Monday evening.

They have not heard from him since.

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He was reportedly last seen by a member of staff at a Fort William hotel 10.15am on Monday morning.  

Man shone laser pen at police helicopter the day before Clutha crash

Colin Lochrie, 31, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for targeting the aircraft on 28 November 2013 and causing the pilot to take evasive action.

He was caught after officers were alerted and traced him to his home in the city's west end.  

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Colin Lochrie "gave lectures in Zen Buddhism"

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the aircraft had been piloted by Captain David Traill and the incident happened the day before he died in the Clutha crash.

The court was told Lochrie bought the pen from an online retailer and used it when he gave lectures to friends in relation to Zen Buddhism.

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko says the ferocity of Liam Bridcutt's Hampden tackle was typically Scottish

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The challenge from the midfielder in Scotland's 1-0 win was criticised by Denmark coach Age Hareide.

"I am still standing," said Sviatchenko. "I am okay. My knee is still there.

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"That's Scottish football, I am getting used to it. I am all right, but it was a harsh tackle."

Sviatchenko arrived in Scotland in January when Celtic signed him from Danish club Midtjylland.

How The Two Ronnies met and went on to become comedy legends

Scottish-born Ronnie Corbett, who died today aged 85, started his career on David Frost's satirical comedy the Frost Report in 1960.

It was here he first met Ronnie Barker and formed the duo whose TV sketch show The TwoRonnies became a British TV classic, regularly cited by the public as one of their enduring favourites and by other comics as a big influence on their careers.

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The Two Ronnies ran from 1971 to 1987 and saw the comedians take part in musical performances and sketches.

Speaking to The Telegraph about how well they got on in 2013 he said of Barker: "We were a real couple with matching tastes and styles.

"Of course we were quite different but somehow we fitted so well together. I think it's a more pleasant and palatable thing to see people being funny together because you're touching areas of truth. Dinner parties or falling out with people - it's the naturalness of it."

Political leaders say Scots entertainer Ronnie Corbett will be missed by millions

Ronnie Corbett had been suffering from ill-health for some time

He was in hospital in 2014 with gall bladder problems and previously collapsed at dinner in his honour in 2012.

Following comedy partner Ronnie Barker's death in 1985, Corbett continued to be regular fixture on UK TV and is perhaps best-known for his armchair "shaggy dog" sketches.

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His most memorable solo projects include the sitcom Sorry! and the game show Small Talk. He most recently starred in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom When the Dog Dies.

Corbett is survived by his wife, Anne Hart, with whom he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary last year, and the couple's two daughters, actresses Emma and Sophie Corbett.

Ronnie Corbett 'was one of the nation's best-loved entertainers'

UPDATE

Ronnie Corbett's publicist said: "Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.

"They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time."

Corbett was one of the UK's best-loved comedians and along with Ronnie Barker, their double act was one of the most successful of the 1970s and '80s.

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Entertainer Ronnie Corbett died today aged 85 surrounded by his family, his publicist has said

Corbett was one of the UK's best-loved comedians and along with Ronnie Barker, their double act was one of the most successful of the 1970s and '80s.

More to follow.

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UPDATE: Two Muslim leaders investigated by police over links to a proscribed sectarian group in Pakistan

A BBC investigation has found that Sabir Ali, head of religious events at Glasgow Central Mosque, was president of Sipah e Sahaba, a political party now banned by the Home Office.

Links to the group have also been made to Hafiz Abdul Hamid from the Polworth Mosque in Edinburgh.

Glasgow Central Mosque says it won't remove Mr Ali from his role until the links are proven. But it said it condemned terrorism of any kind.

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Police probe Scottish mosque figure's links to banned sectarian group

The investigation will be carried out by officers from the Scottish Crime Campus.

BBC Scotland revealed that figures at two Scottish mosques have held office in a proscribed organisation.

Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) has previously committed massacres in Pakistan.

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Head of religious events at Glasgow Central Mosque Sabir Ali and the leader of Polwarth Mosque in Edinburgh Hafiz Abdul Hamid have both occupied senior positions in its UK branch. Glasgow Central Mosque said it condemned terrorism of any kind.

Mr Hamid declined to comment.