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  1. Swinney given education role in reshuffle
  2. Tory calls for SNP MPs expenses probe
  3. Body found in search for missing man
  4. Scotland's jobless total rises again
  5. Ferry firm to tackle puppy farm dealers
  6. Tom Jones to play Kelvingrove Bandstand
  7. Osprey catching trout video goes viral

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Cannabis valued at £68,000 found after vehicle stopped by police

The vehicle was stopped on the A95 at Marypark in Moray on Tuesday, 17 May.

Two men aged 34 and 23 have been charged in connection with the find and are expected to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court tomorrow.

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Watch: Footage of osprey grapling trout viewed more than 13m times on Facebook

Cameraman Lindsay McCrae shot the film of the bird of prey hunting near Inverness for a BBC One documentary series. 

Filmed at 800 frames a second, these shots took a week to capture.

It was shown in the first episode of Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart, which is narrated by actor Ewan McGregor, and uploaded to the BBC's Facebook page.

The footage was filmed in slow motion at 800 frames per second.  

Youths spotted on roof of Aberdeenshire mansion undergoing major renovation

They were seen on the roof of Ury house shortly before bales of straw were found to have been set alight in a nearby field.

Police warned that the blaze could have spread to the house and other buildings, had it not been discovered and extinguished quickly. 

Ury House
Alan Thomson

PC Steven Inglis said the youths' activity on the roof of Ury house could have "led to a very serious accident".

Officers are linking the two incidents, which happened at around 21:00 on Monday. 

'Most successful' Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's Australian tour is viewed almost 2.5 million times

More than 1,200 performers took part in the five-night sell-out tour in February at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, including Australian military and police bands as well as musicians from the UK, Fiji, Tonga, Norway, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tatto

The event generated an estimated £30.3m boost for the city, attracting a TV audience of 1.2 million in addition to the 155,000 ticket sales, 1.1 million online streams and more than 15,000 DVD sales in its first week of release.

Brigadier David Allfrey, the event's chief executive and producer, said: "Australia has really taken the Tattoo to heart, helping make this our most successful international tour to date."

Watch: More heavy showers are on the way

Showers will spread south from Aberdeenshire on Wednesday afternoon. A relatively dry and mild night follows.  

Showers will spread south from Aberdeenshire on Wednesday afternoon

The wet weather resumes on Thursday with a band of rain moving in across the country by lunchtime and looks set to stay for the rest of the day.  

Motorist in hospital after a serious road accident in the Borders

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A697, between Carfraemill and Greenlaw, at about 12:35.

A Ford Fiesta travelling north was in collision with a Mercedes Sprinter van heading in the opposite direction.


Police said the van driver was unhurt but the man driving the car had required treatment at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. 

The scale of his injuries was not yet known but the road has been closed and a diversion put in place.

'No evidence of breach' of Westminster's expenses rules - Nicola Sturgeon


Two SNP MPs have been reported to a Westminster watchdog over allegations they claimed expenses for accommodation while carrying out extra-marital affairs.    

Tory Jackson Carlaw has reported Stewart Hosie and Angus MacNeil to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. 

The SNP said the expenses were approved by the Commons' authorities, in line with rules on MP's London accommodation. 

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Busy Glasgow south side road partially closed after multi-vehicle accident

Three people were taken to hospital following the collision on Pollockshaws Road, near its junction with Torrisdale Street, at about 15:00. 

Five people were in the three vehicles involved in the crash, and three were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital as a precaution.

Pollockshaws Road
Judith Madigan

Pollokshaws Road remains closed between Queen's Drive and Torrisdale Street.

No-one is believed to have been seriously injured in the crash.

Man in court charged with death by dangerous driving, following death of Edinburgh nurse

Dylan Jenkin, 18, was also charged with failing to stop when signalled to do so by police and other road traffic offences.

No plea or declaration was made and the case was continued for further inquiry.

Jill Pirrie
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Jill Pirrie, 33, was walking home from work at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary when she was killed on Thursday.

Jenkin, who appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, was remanded in custody.

Ms Pirrie was knocked down by a car in Kingston Avenue. Ms Pirrie was making her way home to Ravenscraig Avenue, Craigmillar, after her hospital shift.

Bookkeeper embezzled £60,000 from employer to spend on cars, foreign holidays and jewellery

Catherine Bryceland took the money from Raymond Gloag Painters and Decorators in Dundee over an 18-month period.

She admitted the charges on the third day of her trial before a jury at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Catherine Bryceland
Alan Richardson

The trial heard that company owner Raymond Gloag was left "hurt" when the fraud came to light. 

Read more here.

Investigators examine crab boat that sunk off Mingulay with loss of three men

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The Stornoway-registered Louisa sank on 9 April as it lay at anchor in calm seas off Mingulay.

The bodies of two crew members were found. The skipper is still missing and presumed dead. A fourth man survived after swimming ashore.

The wreckage of the boat was brought to Clydebank by barge on Tuesday evening.

Travel: Traffic problems on M8 at J19 Anderston

Travel: A82 north of Urquhart Castle reopens after road accident

New cabinet brings 'new faces and huge amount of energy' - First minister


The ministerial line-up I have appointed today brings a number of new faces and a huge amount of energy to taking forward the Scottish Government’s programme.

Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister

Reshuffle: Scottish government's junior ministerial team is announced

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has completed her ministerial team, with a series of new appointments.  

  • Mark McDonald will become the new Minister for Childcare and Early Years
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville is Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
  • Paul Wheelhouse is made Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
  • Jamie Hepburn is Minister for Employability and Training, linking up education and the economy and reporting to both John Swinney and Keith Brown.
  • Humza Yousaf will be Minister for Transport and the Islands
  • Jeane Freeman will become the Scottish government’s first dedicated Minister for Social Security
  • Kevin Stewart has been appointed the Minister for Local Government and Housing
  • Alasdair Allan has been named Minister for International Development and Europe
  • Maureen Watt is the new Minister for Mental Health
  • Aileen Campbell will become Minister for Public Health and Sport
  • Anabelle Ewing will support the Cabinet Secretary for Justice as Minister for Community Safety
  • Joe Fitzpatrick will continue in his role as Minister for Parliamentary Business.

SNP call Queen's Speech 'a wasted opportunity for progressive action'


While Angus Robertson attacked the UK government's plans in the Commons, Nicola Sturgeon said she was prepared to work with them on some issues.

She added: “As I have made clear, the Scottish government is willing to work with the UK government on areas of common interest and where we can come up with constructive solutions to problems that we both face.

“However, there are evidently areas of fundamental disagreement between us – and the legislative programme set out in The Queen’s Speech today could not demonstrate more clearly the divergent priorities of the two governments."

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Two new Conservative MSPs join campaign for UK to leave EU

Ross Thomson and Graham Simpson filled in a giant ballot paper outside Holyrood to underline their support for the Vote Leave campaign.

Ross Thompson and Graham Simpson

Fellow Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell also backs Brexit, but party leader Ruth Davidson is in favour of remaining in.

Meanwhile, the Scottish remain campaign highlighted how much research funding universities receive from the EU.

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Travel: Slip road at Newbridge roundabout closed after vehicle sheds wood load

Dermot Desmond - Celtic may decide on new manager within next couple of days

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Desmond, the club's biggest individual shareholder, told the BBC the club has interviewed "in excess of six" candidates, with Brendan Rodgers, 43, known to be among them.

Celtic candidates 'all worthy of job'

And the former Liverpool boss was described as "a great manager" by the Irish businessman.

"All of the people that we've interviewed merit the job," he said.

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Golf: Decision on women members at Muirfield due tomorrow

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Patrons of the club that runs the East Lothian course will be informed on Wednesday evening, following a two-year consultation process.

Richard Webb

A two-thirds majority of the 750 members balloted is required for the change to take place.

Muirfield and Royal Troon are the two Open Championship hosts to still exclude women.

Full story here. 

Police searching for missing hillwalker in Glencoe find body

Edward Davies, 39, from Hampshire, was thought to have been planning a hike in the area of Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh last week.

Edward Davies

However, he was reported missing a week ago after he failed to get in touch with family and friends

Police in Lochaber said a man's body was found in the Glencoe area this afternoon.

The family of Mr Davies have been informed.

Rangers owner step up pressure on Sport Direct boss Mike Ashley to break joint venture

Rangers Retail has exclusive rights to sell club merchandise.

Mike Ashley

However, a statement from Ibrox said it was withdrawing the rights to use Rangers trademarks and would enter talks with its partners.

The announcement appears to make it impossible for Rangers Retail to continue selling branded goods, and could lead to a legal challenge.

The retail venture was set up under the previous management at Ibrox, when it needed a £5m loan from Mr Ashley, which has since been repaid.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh on location of sequel to hit movie

Welsh was on set in Edinburgh - as was Robert Carlyle, sporting the white socks and loafers favoured by his bad boy Begbie character in the first film.  

Irvine Welsh
Robert Carlyle and Ewen McGregor
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The original cast has been brought together for the film, along with award-winning director Danny Boyle.    

An online teaser earlier this week confirmed filming on T2 had started, with a release due for January 2017.

Full forecast with Sarah Cruickshank

Showers will spread south from Aberdeenshire on Wednesday afternoon

Police searching for missing man Jason Cowie find body in Kirkcaldy

Police said the body was found in the grounds of a property in The Path in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday.

Jason Cowie

Formal identification is yet to take place, however Mr Cowie’s family have been informed of the discovery.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the case to come forward.

Queen's Speech includes support for UK spaceport with four Scottish locations in the running

The speech set out the UK government's plans for the next 12 months and pledged to work with the devolved government in Edinburgh to implement new powers.

Rocket pulling away from Earth's atmosphere
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David Cameron called it a one nation speech, although the SNP said it was a missed opportunity and that more could have been done for Scotland.

The speech also said the UK government was aiming to have an operational spaceport by 2018, which could be used to launch tourists into space as well as commercial satellites.

In March last year six possible locations were announced including Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute, Glasgow Prestwick in South Ayrshire and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis as well as RAF Leuchars in Fife.

Police confirm death of pensioner in Dunfermline is 'non-suspicious'

The body of the 67-year-old was discovered inside the property in Cleish Place on Saturday evening. 

Cleish Place, Dunfermline

 His death was initially treated as unexplained, pending the outcome of a post-mortem.  

In full: Jackson Carlaw's letter to parliamentary standards commissioner regarding SNP MP's expenses

From BBC Scotland's Westminster correspondent

Watch: Sturgeon sworn in as first minister

Nicola Sturgeon has been formally sworn in as first minister of the Scottish Parliament.The ceremony took place at the Court of Session, in Edinburgh, on Wednesday morning.  

Nicola Sturgeon is formally sworn in as first minister of the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Sturgeon had the support of her 63 SNP MSPs during a vote in Holyrood, on Tuesday, which saw her comfortably beat rival contender Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Woman accused of Liam Fee murder denies assaulting the toddler

Nyomi Fee said another boy had injured Liam in the days leading up to his death.

However, Nyomi Fee accepted at the High Court in Livingston that she had not sought medical help for Liam when she knew he had a leg injury.

Nyomi and Rachel Fee

Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee deny killing the two-year-old at a house near Glenrothes in Fife in March 2014.

The pair also deny allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, while in their care over a two-year period.

The trial continues

First minister: 'John Swinney's appointment demonstrates how important education is to my government'

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said ensuring Scotland's education system was world class would be the "central focus" of the Scottish government. 

We have set out ambitious plans to close the attainment gap and widen access to higher and further education and I am absolutely delighted to confirm that John Swinney will take this programme forward as the new Cabinet Secretary for Education. John’s record is exemplary, overseeing a succession of balanced budgets as well as delivering the recent fiscal framework deal that will underpin the new powers being devolved to the Scottish parliament. His appointment to this crucial role demonstrates how important education is to my government.

Nicola SturgeonFirst minister
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Reshuffle: Ewing named rural economy secretary, Constance is communities secretary

Other members of the cabinet are: 

  • Shona Robison will remain as the health secretary, with Michael Matheson keeping his justice brief.
  • Angela Constance - who had been Education Secretary - has been appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.
  • Fiona Hyslop continues as the Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary.
  • Roseanna Cunningham becomes Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
  • Fergus Ewing becomes the Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary.

Read more here. 

Reshuffle: Finance and economy jobs split between Derek Mackay and Keith Brown

Former Transport Secretary Derek Mackay has been promoted to Finance Secretary, with Keith Brown the Economy Secretary.

Both roles had previously been filled by John Swinney, but have now been separated into two.

Mr Mackay will have responsibility for the Scottish budget and the raft of new tax and welfare powers that are being devolved to the Scottish Parliament, in a role that has been described as similar to the UK Chancellor.

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Reshuffle: John Swinney a 'safe pair of hands' for education?

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has been named Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly said that education will be a top priority for the Scottish government. 

Mr Swinney's former job has been split between Keith Brown (Economy, Jobs and Fair Work) and Derek Mackay (Finance and Constitution). 

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Reshuffle: The new cabinet pose for photographs outside Bute House

From BBC Scotland correspondent Glenn Campbell

Ferry operator to crack down on illegal puppy dealers using its Belfast to Cairnryan service

News of the move by Stena Line follows a BBC investigation which highlighted how the route was being used to traffic puppy-farmed dogs into Scotland.

Britain's Puppy Dealers Exposed covertly-filmed handovers of puppies to a group of Scottish dog dealers.


The animals had been sourced from a puppy farm in Northern Ireland.

Stena Line is working alongside Scottish SPCA investigators at the Cairnryan port as part of a multi-agency approach to target the dealers.  

Full story here