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10:52 am   |   UK & INTERNATIONAL

Thousands across UK facing eighth day without power following Storm Arwen

Storm Arwen

Thousands of people across the UK are facing an eighth day without power following the damage caused by Storm Arwen. Figures from industry body Energy Networks Association (ENA) indicated that around 9200 homes were still without power as of Friday...

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10:35 am   |   FOOTBALL

Carl Starfelt enjoying life adapting to added pressure at Celtic

Carl Starfelt

Carl Starfelt feels he is adapting to the added pressure and demands of playing for Celtic. The Sweden defender earned a man-of-the-match award on his return from a hamstring injury as Celtic beat Hearts 1-0 on Thursday night. Starfelt struggled...

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10:01 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Family pay tribute to crash victim with the ‘biggest of hearts’

Robert McGhee

Tributes have been paid to a 24-year-old man who died in a crash, with his family describing him as having the "biggest of hearts". Robert McGhee was pronounced dead at the scene after his car, a black Audi S3, left...

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9:36 am   |   SCOTLAND

Senior police officer suspended following ‘criminal allegation’

Police.

A senior officer in Police Scotland has been suspended following a "criminal allegation". The officer is understood to be Police Scotland Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Pat Campbell. He is executive lead for organised crime, counter-terrorism and intelligence, which also covers...

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8:26 am   |   POLITICS

Government announces funding to support women involved in sex work

Sex worker.

More than £615,000 is being invested by the Scottish Government in a range of projects, including support for women involved in prostitution. Most of the money will go to the Glasgow-based Women's Support Project, a charity which aims to raise...

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8:23 am   |   POLITICS

Show where all Government spending goes, Scottish Labour demands

A full review of the Scottish Government’s spending should be carried out to identify unspent money, wasted spending and to increase transparency around the Budget, Scottish Labour has said. The party’s finance spokesman, Daniel Johnson, has called for a comprehensive...

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8:04 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Does this street have the best Christmas display in Scotland?

Lavender Drive in Newton Mearns must surely be Scotland's most festive street. After more than two months of planning, neighbours have switched on their street-long Christmas display. The idea to transform Lavender Drive into a winter wonderland came during the...

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8:03 am   |   SCOTLAND

Scotland’s woodlands saves NHS £26m each year, says study

The mental health and wellbeing boost people get from spending time in Scotland's woodlands saves the health service and employers around £26m each year, according to new research. The study, commissioned by Scottish Forestry, also estimated trees in cities and...

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8:00 am   |   POLITICS

Projects tackling childhood obesity to share more than £750,000

Projects working to tackle childhood obesity have been awarded more than £750,000 of cash from the Scottish Government. Public health minister Maree Todd said the cash, which is being split between eight initiatives, would help ensure youngsters can have “the...

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6:00 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Environmental groups call on UK Government to end Cambo project

Environmental groups have called on the UK Government to step in and end the proposed Cambo oil field off the coast of Shetland. Shell, who have a minority stake in the controversial project, announced on Thursday evening it would not...

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5:38 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Motherwell’s Sean Goss feels he is well place to kick on his career

Motherwell midfielder Sean Goss feels he is in the best place to finally kick on his career. The 26-year-old has played nine games since joining Motherwell in August and feels he is developing his game already. Goss started his career...

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5:38 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Amber Gibson’s brother in court charged with murder and sexual assault

The brother of a teenage girl found dead in woodland has appeared in court charged with murder and sexual assault. Amber Gibson was reported missing from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, after failing to return home last Friday night. The 16-year-old's body...

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5:13 pm   |   POLITICS

Wendy Chamberlain appointed deputy leader of Scottish Lib Dems

North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain.

North East Fife MP Wendy Chamberlain has been appointed deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. The former police officer was unveiled in the role at the party’s headquarters in Edinburgh on Friday. She is the party’s chief whip at...

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4:28 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Two men and woman back in court over Caroline Glachan’s murder

Caroline Glachan, Police Scotland picture.

Two men and a woman have reappeared in court over the murder of a schoolgirl 25 years ago. The body of 14-year-old Caroline Glachan was discovered on the banks of the River Leven, near Place of Bonhill in Renton, West...

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4:25 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Van Bronckhorst: Rangers and Goldson are continuing contract talks

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is not resigned to losing key defender Connor Goldson, saying the club are still holding talks over a new contract. Goldson's current Ibrox deal expires at the end of the season, with the centre-back free...

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3:20 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Detectives launch investigation after injured man dies on road

A man found fatally injured on an Edinburgh road died on the street on Thursday night. Emergency services were called to Acamdemy Park at around 8.50pm after the man was discovered with serious injuries. But Scottish Ambulance Service staff pronounced...

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3:01 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Starfelt thrilled to win first man-of-the-match on Celtic comeback

Carl Starfelt was delighted to get the first man-of-the-match award of his career on his Celtic return. Starfelt came back from a hamstring injury to make his first appearance since October 30 as Celtic beat Hearts 1-0 in the cinch...

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2:59 pm   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Kevin Bridges announces two more Hydro dates in tour

Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges has announced two more Hydro shows in his 2022 tour, taking his total number of Glasgow dates to 15. The comedian will perform at the venue between September 2 and September 25 as part of his new show,...

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2:48 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Music teacher led campaign of rape, abuse and grooming against girls

Glasgow's High Court.

A music teacher who classed female pupils as "fair game" is behind bars for an 11-year campaign of rape, abuse and grooming against six girls. Matthew Birch was described by prosecutors as a sexual "predator" whose "prey conformed to a...

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2:45 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Killer murdered friend then set him on fire underneath motorbike

A killer murdered his friend then set fire to his body after a row about a minor bike accident. Jordan Dickson left Craig Sneddon, 41, with at least 18 wounds after a brutal knife attack on January 17 this year....

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2:29 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Six cases of Omicron linked to Steps concert at Glasgow’s Hydro

Six cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been linked to a Steps concert that took place at Glasgow's Hydro on November 22. The Scottish Government said on Friday that Omicron cases have more than doubled in Scotland and...

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2:24 pm   |   UK & INTERNATIONAL

‘Wicked’ stepmother and father jailed for killing six-year-old Arthur

Emma Tustin and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

A “wicked” stepmother has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years for cruelly abusing, poisoning and murdering her partner’s six-year-old son. Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was left with an unsurvivable brain injury while in the sole care of...

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1:54 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Adorable Amur tiger cubs captured playfighting at wildlife park

Amur tiger cubs at Highland Wildlife Park.

Three Amur tiger cubs have been captured playfighting at Highland Wildlife Park. The trio – Nishka, Layla and Aleksander – were born in May to mum Dominika and dad Botzman at the much-loved RZSS visitor attraction. Keepers said the cubs...

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1:46 pm   |   SCOTLAND

NHS may never recover to pre-Covid days, senior medic warns

Single Use.

The NHS may never be restored to pre-Covid levels of care, a leading doctor has warned. Dr Andrew Buist, of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland, warned it is going to take “many years” for the health service to...

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1:41 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Power restored to 900 homes following Storm Arwen as army deployed

Storm Arwen

Power has been restored to 900 homes that were disconnected following the impact of Storm Arwen. Of the remaining 1600 homes still off supply, engineers hope to have 1100 reconnected on Friday and the rest on Saturday. The army has...

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12:56 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Man arrested after Hearts player hit with bottle at Celtic game

A man has been arrested after items were thrown onto the pitch at Celtic's game against Hearts in Glasgow on Thursday. The 24-year-old was arrested in connection with the incident that took place at Celtic Park during the home side's...

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12:51 pm   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Justice League and The Flash star to perform in Scotland with band

Oddkin.

An actor known for roles in Hollywood movies including Justice League and The Flash is coming to Scotland to perform two gigs with his band next week. Ezra Miller, who also starred in We Need To Talk About Kevin and...

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12:33 pm   |   POLITICS

‘Majority support tougher action on firework and pyrotechnic misuse’

Stock image of fireworks.

More than three-quarters of people have backed the creation of new offences to tackle the misuse of fireworks and pyrotechnics, a consultation has found. A large majority of respondents (84%) also agreed that a fireworks licensing system should be introduced...

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11:49 am   |   FOOTBALL

McPake delighted to see Dundee fans show team ‘great appreciation’

James McPake believes his hungry Dundee side are forging a strong connection with their supporters. The manager has been thrilled with the response his players have had from their fans after impressive back-to-back wins over Motherwell and St Johnstone. McPake...

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11:42 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Appeal after car overturns in collision and crashes into garden

Ravelston Dykes at its junction with Murrayfield Road, Edinburgh.

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a car overturned during a collision and crashed into a garden. The incident, involving a beige Volkswagen Golf and white Citroen C3, happened on Ravelston Dykes at its junction...

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11:18 am   |   UK & INTERNATIONAL

Mortgage lender Nationwide poaches first female boss from TSB

Single Use.

One of the UK’s biggest mortgage lenders will be led by a woman for the first time in its nearly 140-year history after Nationwide stole TSB’s boss for its top job. Debbie Crosbie will join the bank next year as...

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11:16 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Flood risk projects in Fife ‘face the chop due to soaring costs’

Flooding in Cardenden, Fife, in August 2020. Credit George Zielinski.

A number of projects to manage flood risk in Fife may have to be paused or cancelled due to soaring costs, councillors have heard. Council co-leader David Alexander admitted there was now a “worrying likelihood” that many uncommitted schemes may...

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11:15 am   |   FOOTBALL

Postecoglou expects tough challenge when Celtic face Dundee United

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is anticipating another tough game when his side face Dundee United on Sunday, having draw with Tam Courts' side earlier in the season. The Glasgow side kept pace with Premiership leaders Rangers in midweek with a...

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11:14 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Scottish SPCA issues appeal to track down owner of diabetic cat

A cat found in Glasgow is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA.

The Scottish SPCA has issued an appeal to track down the owner of a diabetic cat. The animal was found by a member of the public in the Finnieston area of Glasgow last Friday, November 26, and was handed in...

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10:56 am   |   FOOTBALL

Davidson searching for solution to end St Johnstone’s winless run

Callum Davidson's thoughts have been going at "100 miles an hour" as he looks for a way to get St Johnstone back on track against Ross County on Saturday. The Saints boss was less than impressed with the efforts of...

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10:43 am   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Council committee backs proposals to keep maximum taxi fares the same

Stock image of a taxi.

Orkney Islands Council’s licensing committee has backed proposals for maximum taxi fares to remain the same after May 1 next year. The committee met on Thursday and agreed that the proposed fare scales for mainland Orkney and the county’s linked...

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10:33 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

School cleaners urge ‘pay up for key workers’ in George Square rally

GMB protest

Secondary school cleaners and janitors are calling on Glasgow City Council to support them in their fight for pay parity with directly employed local government workers. The workers, who held a rally at the city's George Square on Friday, are...

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10:27 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Social care in meltdown: ‘I want to be treated like everyone else’

Kate Walsh doesn't want to be looked after by her mother but has little choice after her care package was axed overnight due to a lack of staff. The 29-year-old has cerebral palsy and wants to live a normal life....

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10:18 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Council halts contentious survey on pupils’ sexual experiences

Stock image of an empty classroom.

Fife has become the latest local authority to raise question marks over a new Scottish Government questionnaire which asks school pupils about their sexual experiences. Fife Council has agreed to postpone its participation in the Scottish Government’s Health and Wellbeing...

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9:42 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

‘Third of violent crime in Clacks committed by drunk offenders’

LDRS police picture. Single use only.

More than a third of people who committed violent crime in Clackmannanshire last year were under the influence of alcohol, a new report has revealed. Four out of five disorder offences were also committed by someone who was described as...

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9:36 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Historic landmark to be used as holiday let after £400,000 facelift

Historic 18th century landmark Old Observatory House has been given a £400,000 facelift - and will used as a holiday let. Sitting on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, it was once home to prominent astronomers and is one of the best surviving...

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9:21 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Planning permission sought to build countryside holiday chalets

Nicolson McShane Architects' impression of holiday lodge.

Plans for a development of countryside holiday lodges between Greenock and Inverkip have been lodged with Inverclyde Council. The owners of the disused Cornalees Farm have applied to build 12 chalet-type properties between the original farm buildings and the adjacent...

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9:19 am   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Ambitious vision to turn Old Man of Storr into world-class experience

View Over Old Man Of Storr, Isle Of Skye, Scotland.

It’s an iconic feature on the Skye landscape and the backdrop to many a movie set. Now, the Old Man of Storr looks set to play a starring role in the future of Skye tourism. Members of the Skye and...

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9:01 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Council withheld hundreds of thousands of pounds from business fund

Stock business image.

Trust has been "damaged" after Dundee City Council withheld hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money. A Perth and Kinross councillor called the conduct “morally reprehensible”. Over the course of three years £150,000 was annually kept back by Dundee...

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8:58 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Call for New York-style ‘High Line’ alongside Glasgow’s River Kelvin

Stock image of High Line, New York.

Glasgow should take inspiration from New York and develop a ‘High Line’ route alongside the River Kelvin, a city MSP has said. Labour’s Paul Sweeney believes there is an “amazing opportunity” to develop a “continuous cycle and pedestrian route from...

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8:23 am   |   UK & INTERNATIONAL

Couple due in court over death of 15-month-old boy

Stock image of police light.

A mother has been charged with causing or allowing the death of her 15-month-old child, and her boyfriend has been charged with the toddler’s murder. Louise Lennon and Jake Drummond will appear in court on Friday over the death of...

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7:43 am   |   UK & INTERNATIONAL

‘Wicked’ stepmother and ‘pitiless’ father to be sentenced over killing

The “wicked” stepmother and “pitiless” father who killed six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes will be sentenced at Coventry Crown Court on Friday. Emma Tustin, 32, was convicted on Thursday of murdering the defenceless boy who had been subjected to a campaign of...

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7:27 am   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

UK’s largest offshore wind tower factory to be built in the Highlands

The UK’s largest offshore wind tower factory will create more than 400 manufacturing jobs when it opens in Scotland in 2023, a spokesperson for lead partner Global Energy Group said. The Port of Nigg factory, to be known as Nigg...

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7:10 am   |   SCOTLAND

More than one in ten say best Christmas tradition is watching Die Hard

More than one in ten Scots say their favourite Christmas tradition is watching Die Hard, featuring Bruce Willis as John McClane, according to a survey. But for 67% of Scots, Christmas dinner is the favourite tradition, the charity poll found....

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6:59 am   |   SCOTLAND

Social media used as a ‘conveyor belt for child abuse images’

Social media is being used as a “conveyor belt” to produce and share child abuse images on an “industrial scale”, the NSPCC has said as it revealed more than 3000 images had been recorded by Police Scotland in the last...

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6:48 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Booster vaccine ‘may offer good protection against Omicron’

Vaccine.

Booster vaccines may well offer good protection in the face of the Omicron variant, experts behind a major new study have suggested. A team studying the effects of third doses said the body’s T cell immune response after a booster...

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6:41 am   |   SCOTLAND

Retailers hoping for Budget boost amid ‘languishing’ footfall

Retail chiefs are calling on the Scottish Government to use next week’s Budget to help the struggling sector after new figures showed the number of shoppers visiting stores was down by almost a fifth. Footfall was 19.8% lower in November...

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6:38 am   |   FOOTBALL

Football was ‘quite unsuitable’ for women… or so they said

Football was deemed "quite unsuitable for females" after the First World War, but Rutherglen Ladies simply were not having that. The all-conquering team defied a ban on the women's game by touring the UK and Ireland and playing in front...

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