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10:04 pm · Scotland

Holyrood backs introduction of licencing scheme for short-term lets

Lockbox.

Landlords in Scotland will be required to have licences for short-term property lets after MSPs backed a move to better regulate the sector. It is in response to concerns over the impact of Airbnb-style properties on local communities, including in...

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9:41 pm · Politics

Tory MPs ‘getting closer’ to confidence vote threshold, says Ross

Ross and Johnson

Douglas Ross has indicated that Conservative MPs are "getting closer" to the 54 letters required to trigger a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. A number of the party's MPs are believed to have submitted letters to the...

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6:52 pm · Entertainment

Venues welcome return of visitors as cancellation fund announced

The cultural sector has been one of the industries badly affected by Covid-19 restrictions.  However, as some coronavirus measures are set to ease on Monday, those working in the industry say they can finally see the light at the end...

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5:55 pm · Scotland

Soaring rate of inflation ‘is getting beyond a joke’

Rose Leckie, inflation story.

High rates of inflation are hitting people and businesses hard. Bill-payers are struggling to keep up while paying higher prices for food and services. Inflation hit 5.4% in the year up to December. The last time it was any higher,...

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5:41 pm · Glasgow & West

Teenager injured after being struck with metal pole in street attack

Stock image of police car with light/siren, Police Scotland.

A teenager has been left with a head injury after being struck with a metal pole in a broad daylight attack on a Glasgow street. The 19-year-old was on Quarrybrae Street, Parkhead, when he was attacked by another man who...

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5:30 pm · Football

O’Riley having Celtic medical ahead of £1.5m move from MK Dons

Matt O'Riley is undergoing a medical with Celtic and is set to complete a £1.5m move from MK Dons. The midfielder is expected to finalise a deal before this weekend's Scottish Cup tie to become manager Ange Postecoglou's fifth signing...

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5:22 pm · Scotland

New fire alarm rules will be introduced next month, says minister

Fire alarm.

There will be no further delay in introducing new rules on fire alarms in Scotland, MSPs have been told. The change will require all homes to have interlinked fire alarms in place, with a smoke alarm in every room, hallway,...

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5:14 pm · Football

Maloney: Hibs will give Cove Rangers the same respect as Celtic

Shaun Maloney says he will prepare his Hibs team to face Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup in the same way they approached their match against Celtic. Maloney saw his team beaten 2-0 at Celtic Park in the Premiership on...

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4:31 pm · Glasgow & West

Five more city libraries to re-open after closing down during pandemic

Whiteinch Library.

Campaigners have welcomed the announcement that five more libraries in Glasgow, shuttered during the pandemic, are set to re-open. Glasgow Life has confirmed that the Couper Institute Library, the GoMA Library, Maryhill Library and Whiteinch Library will all reopen on...

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4:30 pm · Edinburgh & East

Person dies after being struck by train near railway station

ScotRail train.

A person has died after being struck by a train in West Lothian. The incident happened near to Bathgate railway station at around 2.34pm on Wednesday afternoon. British Transport Police were alerted, but the casualty was pronounced dead at the...

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4:15 pm · UK & International

British Airways cancels US flights over 5G safety fears

British Airways is among the airlines cancelling US flights due to 5G safety concerns. The action is in response to fears that the activation of the C-band strand of the mobile phone service near US airports on Wednesday could disrupt...

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4:13 pm · Glasgow & West

Woman who died after being struck by car identified by police

A woman who died after being hit by a car in South Lanarkshire has been named by police. Angela Marshall, from the Rutherglen area, died in the crash in the town on January 13, police said on Wednesday. Emergency services...

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3:54 pm · Scotland

Face masks could be axed from schools ‘relatively soon’, says expert

Face covering rules could be removed from schools "relatively soon", a leading infections expert has said. Dr Christine Tait-Burkard said that she expects face covering rules to be removed from schools by February and for the general public “relatively soon...

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3:53 pm · Football

Sir Alex Ferguson to return to Pittodrie for statue unveiling

Sir Alex Ferguson is to return to Pittodrie in February as Aberdeen FC unveil a statue in his honour. The club has commissioned the statue to mark Sir Alex's achievements at the club and it will be installed outside the...

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3:45 pm · Glasgow & West

Search under way for girl who disappeared on her way to school

Sascha Hannigan

Concern is growing for the welfare of a missing teenager who disappeared while on her way to school in South Lanarkshire. Sascha Hannigan, from Lanark, was last seen in the town after leaving home at around 8am on Tuesday. However,...

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3:38 pm · Scotland

‘I lost my baby and a leg after contaminated blood transfusion’

Pamela Pennycook.

A woman impacted by the infected blood tragedy has said she "could have been a mum" if she had received treatment sooner. Pamela Pennycook, 52, contracted hepatitis C at the age of 11 following an operation for spinal fusion. However,...

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3:30 pm · Entertainment

Harry Styles announces Ibrox show as part of his Love on Tour

Harry Styles is set to perform a show at Ibrox stadium as part of his Love on Tour later this year. The former One Direction singer is returning to the UK for concerts in Glasgow, London and Manchester with special...

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2:26 pm · Sport

Townsend names five uncapped players in Scotland Six Nations squad

Gregor Townsend, Scotland head coach, March 2020

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named a 39-man squad for the upcoming Six Nations, including five uncapped players. Saracens back-rower Andy Christie and London Irish pair Ben White and Kyle Rowe are three of the new faces, with Glasgow...

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2:23 pm · Edinburgh & East

Man left homemade ‘bomb’ with note in Princes Street Gardens

Nikolaos Karvounakis.

A former Greek serviceman left a potentially explosive device in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.  Nikolaos Karvounakis claimed to be a member of the International Terrorist Mafia - a Mexican eco-terror group - after placing the homemade 'bomb' in the...

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2:21 pm · North East & Tayside

Man to stand trial accused of raping woman on Christmas Day

Court.

Reporting by Grant McCabe, Glasgow Courts A man is to stand trial charged with raping a woman on Christmas Day. Kevin Gilchrist faces a number of allegations which span between June 2018 and July 2020 at a number of locations...

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2:01 pm · North East & Tayside

Call for council to ban dogs from school grounds and play parks

Stock image of dog fouling and owner picking up mess in play park.

A north-east councillor has called for Aberdeenshire Council to consider banning dogs from school grounds and play parks in a bid to keep them free from fouling. East Garioch councillor Martin Ford raised the issue at a meeting of full...

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1:46 pm · Highlands & Islands

NC500 hotels to create more than 40 jobs following £4m loan boost

A hotel chain with properties along the North Coast 500 tourist route has received a £4.45m publicly backed loan to boost jobs and training for the local area. Highland Coast Hotels has secured the funding as a loan from the...

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1:40 pm · Highlands & Islands

Woman taped to chair and gagged in office loses £500k compensation bid

A Scottish Government agency employee pictured bound to a chair and gagged at work has lost a bid for more than £500,000 in compensation. DeeAnn Fitzpatrick worked at the Marine Scotland office in Scrabster, Caithness, where she claimed to be...

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1:31 pm · Politics

Blackford: Bid to save PM has become ‘Operation Dog’s Dinner’

Boris Johnson.

Efforts to save Boris Johnson's premiership dubbed "Operation: Save Big Dog" have quickly turned into "Operation Dog's Dinner", according to the SNP's Westminster leader. Ian Blackford's turn of phrase was in reference to reports that a concerted campaign has been...

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1:09 pm · Glasgow & West

Man attacked photographer for failing to send wedding footage

Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A man attacked a photographer who never sent him the footage of his wedding despite being paid £3000 to record that and two other events. Mohammed Rahman, 44, turned on Zamir Hanif in Glasgow’s Strathbungo on June 21, 2021. Rahman...

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1:01 pm · Edinburgh & East

Approval given for additional support school’s new £14m home

Beatlie School, artist's impression.

Beatlie School in Livingston is to move from its 1960s home to a new purpose-built campus. The £14m new build has been agreed by West Lothian Council’s education executive and will also provide treatment space for NHS services. Beatlie provides...

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12:48 pm · Politics

Boris Johnson hit by defection of MP to Labour just before PMQs

Boris Johnson was hit by the defection of a Conservative MP to Labour just moments before he faced further calls to resign in the House of Commons. Bury South MP Christian Wakeford, one of the so-called Red Wall MPs, sat...

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12:26 pm · Football

SPFL confirm 2022/23 schedule with break for winter World Cup

The Scottish Professional Football League has announced its plans for next season, with a break at the end of the year when the World Cup takes place in Qatar. The Premiership season will be paused from mid-November until the week...

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12:24 pm · Glasgow & West

Council accused of ‘jumping the gun’ in bid to demolish high flats

Ayr high rise flats.

South Ayrshire Council has been accused of “jumping the gun” as it looks to rush through the £1.9m demolition of Ayr’s high flats, despite the fact that residents still remain in their homes. The Leadership Panel will be asked to...

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12:16 pm · Football

Glass: Aberdeen are in control of transfer exits and can keep stars

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has said the club are "in control" of any transfer outgoings and that he would be delighted if he kept his key players after the January window closed. Speculation has surrounded some of the players at...

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12:02 pm · Glasgow & West

Woman who sexually assaulted two-year-old girl has sentence reduced

Reporting by James Mulholland, Edinburgh Courts A woman who was jailed for sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl in a bid to make money from online paedophiles has succeeded in a bid to have her sentence reduced.  Abigail Kikke, 27, perpetrated...

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11:59 am · Highlands & Islands

Licensing committee votes for ‘no cap’ on sex entertainment venues

Stock image of stripper shoes and pole.

There will be no limit on the number of Sex Entertainment Venues (SEVs) that can apply for a licence in the Highlands, councillors agreed on Tuesday. In October, members of Highland Council’s licensing committee agreed to implement a licensing regime...

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11:36 am · North East & Tayside

Rural drivers ‘should not be forgotten’ in regeneration plans

Stock image of rural driving.

Parking must be retained for people living in rural areas if communities are to be regenerated and inclusive. That was the message from several councillors discussing proposals aimed at breathing new life into six Moray towns on Tuesday. Members of...

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11:18 am · Scotland

Scottish cricket racism review team appeal for further contributions

Cricket.

The team leading an independent review into racism within Scottish cricket are appealing for those affected to come forward and share their experiences to help improve the sport. It was announced last month an independent review would be carried out...

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11:09 am · Scotland

Scot to be extradited from Vietnam to face child sex abuse allegations

Stock image of Saigon, Vietnam.

A 77-year-old man is being extradited from Vietnam to Scotland to face historic child sex abuse allegations. The pensioner was arrested under an Interpol Red Notice on Tuesday and arrangements are now under way to transport him back to Scotland....

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10:38 am · Glasgow & West

Neighbours told to tear down fences that added land to their gardens

Stock image of a garden.

Two Glasgow neighbours accused of making common land part of their gardens by fencing it off have been ordered by the council to return the ground. The Calton residents claim the smelly land was strewn with rubbish and they had...

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10:12 am · Glasgow & West

Marks and Spencer closure blow in ‘collapse’ of city’s high street

A historic Marks and Spencer store in Glasgow is set to close in a blow to the city's Sauchiehall Street. The retailer said the plans were in response to "changing" shopping habits and would mean it could invest in its...

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10:06 am · Scotland

Do road users know about changes to the Highway Code?

A bicycle

Not enough is being done to publicise forthcoming changes to the Highway Code, road users have warned. A new 'hierarchy' will see motorists expected to give way to pedestrians and cyclists at junctions from January 29. Cyclists will also be...

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10:02 am · Scotland

‘Thinking Scotland is in final stages of pandemic is hope not reality’

Scotland’s national clinical director has urged caution over thinking the pandemic is in its final stages. Asked if we are in the “endgame”, Professor Jason Leitch said: “I think we’re in the endgame of Omicron. I’m afraid that’s not the...

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9:43 am · Glasgow & West

Scotsman among most wanted fugitives thought to be hiding in Spain

Single Use.

One of Scotland’s most wanted men has been named in a new appeal to trace 12 UK fugitives believed to be hiding in Spain. The offenders are wanted for crimes including murder, large-scale drugs trafficking and supplying firearms and ammunition....

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9:31 am · Football

Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard moves to HJK Helsinki on loan

Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard has signed for Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a year-long loan deal. The Northern Irishman finds himself behind Joe Hart and Scott Bain in the pecking order at Celtic and has moved to gain more first...

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9:22 am · Glasgow & West

American schoolgirl who disappeared during city centre visit found

An urgent search was launched for an American schoolgirl who disappeared from her parents' view on Glasgow's Buchanan Street. Anekah Wissinger, 14, was in Scotland visiting family in the Inverclyde area when she went missing on Tuesday. Shortly before 10am...

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9:11 am · Football

Murray working on closing down matches quicker at Australian Open

Andy Murray relishes the sort of five-set epic that carried him into the second round of the Australian Open but he would happily take a boring three-setter against Taro Daniel on Thursday. Murray marked his return to Melbourne Park in...

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7:34 am · UK & International

UK’s cost of living rise fastest in 30 years as inflation hits 5.4%

The UK's cost of living surged by 5.4% in the 12 months to December, the biggest jump for 30 years. The inflation surge, measured by the Consumer Prices Index, is the highest in the Office for National Statistics' data series...

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6:48 am · Politics

MSPs urged to improve care for those with muscle-wasting conditions

Muscular dystrophy

A mother whose 12-year-old daughter has a life-limiting muscle-wasting condition will on Wednesday call for better care for sufferers as Scotland moves into the post-Covid era. Muscular Dystrophy UK will later present its recommendations to a cross-party group of MSPs...

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6:43 am · Politics

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson over Number 10 party allegations

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson will face Prime Minister's Questions in the midst of fresh allegations over what he knew about parties held at Downing Street during the coronavirus lockdown. It comes as a growing number of Conservative MPs make their move to...

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6:40 am · UK & International

Aldi named cheapest supermarket of the year amid price rises

Aldi

Aldi has narrowly beaten its rival Lidl to be named the cheapest supermarket of the year, as grocery prices rose by up to 9% over the past 12 months, according to an annual survey. Aldi was the cheapest supermarket for...

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6:40 am · Scotland

Retail sales well down compared to pre-pandemic levels, figures show

Supermarket

Food stores were the winners at Christmas as grocery spend increased, but the state of the Scottish high street is still grim – with sales well down compared to pre-pandemic levels. Total food sales in December climbed by almost five...

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6:39 am · Politics

Scottish Conservatives seek guarantee that exams will go ahead

Exam.

Nicola Sturgeon should be "ashamed" of her record on education, the Scottish Conservatives have said, as they called for a guarantee that exams will go ahead this year. The call was made after the exam diet was cancelled in 2020...

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6:37 am · Edinburgh & East

Early footage of Nazareth drummer found during loft clear-out

Old footage shedding light on the early days of one of Scotland’s best-known rock bands has been found during a clear out. The cine film of Nazareth’s original drummer Darrell Sweet was discovered in a loft in Burntisland, Fife, and...

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6:37 am · Politics

Former PM Gordon Brown calls for provosts to be directly elected

Polling station.

Devolution 'cannot stop in Edinburgh', Gordon Brown has said, as he called for provosts across Scotland to be directly elected. The suggestion was raised by the former prime minister as a new poll indicates that three quarters (75%) of Scots...

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12:04 am · Football

McPake hits out at Dundee’s senior players after Livingston defeat

James McPake accused his Dundee side of "criminal" defending following their 2-0 defeat by Livingston. After a goalless first 45 minutes in the first cinch Premiership fixture after the rescheduled winter break, Livi striker Bruce Anderson struck twice from close...

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