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2:21 pm   |   POLITICS

Opposition call for Holyrood statement on drug deaths

Holyrood, PA Ready.

Scotland’s two main opposition parties have called for an urgent statement on drug deaths in Holyrood. Figures released on Friday showed that 1,339 people died from drugs in 2020 – a new record high. The rate was three-and-a-half times higher...

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2:08 pm   |   POLITICS

Coronavirus: Three deaths and 1034 new cases reported

Coronavirus, vaccine.

A further three deaths and 1034 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland overnight, according to official figures. The daily test positivity rate is 5.4%, up from the 4.9% reported on Saturday. Of the new cases reported on...

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1:56 pm   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Woman raped in city lane in early morning sex attack

Broughton Street Lane

Police are investigating after a woman was raped in a city lane. The 29-year-old was attacked in Edinburgh in the early hours of Sunday morning. She was at the Union Street end of Broughton Street Lane when the serious sexual...

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1:18 pm   |   POLITICS

Former diplomat hands himself in to police ahead of sentence

Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray has handed himself in to police in Edinburgh as he is set to begin an eight-month prison sentence. Murray, who has become a blogger and pro-independence campaigner in recent years, was judged to...

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12:51 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Tall ship given warm welcome ahead of world expedition

Statsraad Lehmkuhl.

A 107-year-old tall ship was warmly welcomed to Shetland ahead of its upcoming expedition around the world. Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a Norwegian three-masted barque rigged training vessel, was met by a flotilla of small boats as it sailed into Lerwick Harbour...

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11:21 am   |   SCOTLAND

Olympic champion Duncan Scott ‘has always been special’

Duncan Scott, PA Ready.

The coach of Olympic hero Duncan Scott said he has “always been special” as he touted the swimmer as one of Scotland’s greatest-ever athletes. Alloa-born Scott won his fourth medal of the Tokyo Games in the early hours of Sunday,...

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11:09 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Man dead after being hit by car as A90 closed for ten hours

Police Scotland.

A man has died after being struck by a car on the A90 in Aberdeenshire. The fatal collision, involving a white Volkswagen Golf, happened near Boddam at around 12.05am on Saturday. Emergency services attended, however the 31-year-old pedestrian was pronounced...

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10:50 am   |   POLITICS

‘Government would not stand in way of indyref2 if settled will’

Michael Gove, PA Ready.

The UK Government would not stand in the way of another vote on Scottish independence if it is the “settled will” of voters, Michael Gove has said. Westminster has repeatedly rejected requests from the Scottish Government for the necessary powers...

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10:35 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Fire on 17th floor of multi-storey flats sparks evacuation

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Residents had to be evacuated from a multi-storey block of flats in Glasgow as firefighters tackled a blaze on the 17th floor. Emergency services were alerted to the fire in Lincoln Avenue shortly after 4am on Sunday. The Scottish Fire...

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9:50 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

Autistic teen praised for clearing dangerous overgrown path

Kai Kallus, LDRS.

A teenage cyclist has won praise for clearing a dangerously overgrown stretch of pavement in Falkirk. Kai Kallus, 13, decided to take action when he found overgrown trees and bushes were forcing pedestrians to step onto the road at a blind...

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8:59 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Care-at-home service under fire for lack of Covid-19 testing

Carer, care, elderly.

A care-at-home service that looks after more than 200 patients has been slapped with an improvement notice after inspectors discovered staff were not being regularly tested for Covid-19. It was just one of a variety of issues unearthed at Karma...

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8:13 am   |   SCOTLAND

Swimmer Duncan Scott makes history at Tokyo Olympics

Great Britain's (left-right) Luke Greenbank, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Adam Peaty after winning the silver medal in the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on the ninth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

Swimmer Duncan Scott is the first British athlete to win four medals at a single Olympics. While Scott made history, Adam Peaty and James Guy were unable to collect their third golds of Tokyo 2020 after the United States secured...

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7:55 am   |   SCOTLAND

Milk and healthy snack scheme for pre-school children launches

A scheme to provide milk and a healthy snack to pre-school children starts on Sunday. All pre-school children who spend two or more hours a day in a nursery or other eligible childcare setting registered with the scheme are entitled...

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7:52 am   |   POLITICS

Labour calls for action on crisis grants ‘postcode lottery’

Pam Duncan-Glancy

A Labour MSP has claimed Scots face a “postcode lottery” when applying for crisis grants. The grants are part of the Scottish Welfare Fund and are provided to people on low incomes to cover the costs of an emergency. Labour’s...

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7:49 am   |   POLITICS

First vaccines for vulnerable teens to be ‘completed in August’

Vaccine.

The Scottish Government is aiming to ensure first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are given to teenagers in certain groups by the end of August. Two weeks ago, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to vaccinate some 12-17 year olds,...

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7:46 am   |   FOOTBALL

In pictures: Rangers in the Champions League group stage

Rangers begin their bid to reach the Champions League group stage this week when they take on Swedish title winners Malmo. It's been 11 years since the Ibrox side last competed at that level, having been knocked out in the...

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7:44 am   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Peter Kay at the Edinburgh Fringe before he was famous

Fans were sent into a frenzy last week when Peter Kay announced his return to the stage – but back in 1998 the comedy legend was just getting started. Rarely seen footage from the STV archive shows the funnyman promoting...

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Yesterday

10:54 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Souttar’s late header sends Celtic to defeat against Hearts

Hearts defender John Souttar headed an 89th-minute winner as Ange Postecoglou's difficult start to his Celtic reign continued into the cinch Premiership season. Souttar rose to head home Michael Smith's free-kick and earn the hosts a 2-1 victory in front...

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8:57 pm   |   POLITICS

Elderly ‘could fall into poverty’ after TV licence grace period ends

Elderly people risk falling into poverty as a result of a grace period on TV licence payment for the over-75s coming to an end, a campaign group has warned. The universal right to a free TV licence has ended for...

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7:28 pm   |   FOOTBALL

New Celtic signing Furuhashi in squad for Hearts game

Kyogo Furuhashi

New Celtic signing Kyogo Furuhashi is in Ange Postecoglou's squad to play Hearts in their Premiership opener. The Japan international signed from J1-League club Vissel Kobe earlier this month but has had to wait to join to squad due to quarantine...

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7:04 pm   |   SPORT

Alex Scott ‘proud’ of accent after former minister’s criticism

Olympics presenter Alex Scott has said she is “proud of my accent” after former Labour minister and ex-House of Lords member Digby Jones criticised her pronunciation. Lord Jones, who was educated at private Bromsgrove School, tweeted on Friday that “Alex...

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6:27 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Search for missing man last seen on Friday morning

Alan Kyle

A search is underway for a missing man in North Lanarkshire. Alan Kyle was last seen in the town's Cambusnethan Street at around 9.30am on Friday. The 34-year-old has had no contact with any friends or family since then and...

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5:12 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Police investigate ‘wilful’ city centre house fire

Police are investigating a house fire in Glasgow which they believe was set on purpose. The emergency services were alerted to the blaze at the home on Parnie Street in the city centre on Friday evening. The building was evacuated...

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4:49 pm   |   FOOTBALL

Fans ‘excited’ to get into Ibrox as Rangers win Premiership opener

Rangers, Ibrox.

Rangers have kickstarted their Scottish Premiership title defence with a 3-0 victory over Livingston. Ianis Hagi scored the opener from an eighth-minute free-kick into the box. However, the Romanian departed before half-time after being injured in a foul by Adam...

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4:15 pm   |   POLITICS

PM and wife expecting second child after ‘heartbreaking’ miscarriage

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds arrive at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster to vote on May 06, 2021 in London, England. The London mayoral election takes place today a year after the emergency Coronavirus Act 2020 postponed elections across England. Labour incumbent, Sadiq Khan, is seeking a second term in office and is challenged by Conservative hopeful Shaun Bailey. This year sees a record-breaking 20 candidates standing and six million Londoners are registered to vote. Voters are required to wear face coverings inside the polling station and socially distance whilst waiting outside. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson's wife Carrie has announced that the couple are expecting another child. The 33-year-old revealed the news on an Instagram post on Saturday. In a caption beside a toy pram she said she feels “incredibly blessed to be pregnant...

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2:27 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Campaigners march in Glasgow calling for venues to reopen

Glasgow Life protest

Campaigners have taken to the streets of Glasgow to urge the reopening of 'vital' public services in the city. Hundreds attended a march, organised by activist group Communities Unite Against Closures, in the city centre on Saturday afternoon. They are...

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2:12 pm   |   POLITICS

Coronavirus: Nine more deaths and 1018 fresh cases reported

Coronavirus.

A further nine deaths and 1018 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland overnight, according to official figures. The daily test positivity rate is 4.9%, down from the 6.2% reported on Friday. Of the new cases reported on...

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1:09 pm   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Three injured as car flips and catches fire on A93

A teenager has been left with “life-changing injuries” after a car flipped and caught fire near Aberdeen. The 18-year-old man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following the incident on the A93 on the outskirts of Aberdeen. A 27-year-old man...

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1:05 pm   |   HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Cyclist suffers ‘life-threatening injuries’ in collision with car

Police Scotland, PA Ready.

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after suffering “life-threatening injuries” in the Highlands. The incident involved an 18-year-old cyclist and a red Peugeot 307, which collided on the A95 Avielochan, near Aviemore. Police are appealing for witnesses to the...

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12:13 pm   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Admin assistant ‘has spent £500,000’ embezzled from college

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 07: A general view of City of Glasgow College during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on May 07, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

A shamed college admin assistant who embezzled £500,000 has told a court that she has spent all the money. Afsha Rana, 34, purchased electronic devices using City of Glasgow College bank accounts before selling them on for personal profit. Rana...

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11:50 am   |   NORTH EAST & TAYSIDE

Hunt for robber who grabbed woman from behind and stole handbag

Invercraig Place and Balgarthno Road, Dundee.

A manhunt has been launched after a woman was grabbed from behind and robbed of her handbag in Dundee. The incident happened in the Charleston area of the city between 4.10pm and 5pm on Thursday. The 57-year-old victim was walking...

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11:19 am   |   SCOTLAND

Seonaid McIntosh ‘heartbroken’ after leaving Tokyo without a medal

Great Britain's Seonaid McIntosh in the 50m Rifle Women's Qualification at Asaka Shooting Range on the eighth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Saturday July 31, 2021.

Seonaid McIntosh was left “heartbroken” after the world number one missed out on a place in the women’s 50m rifle three position to leave the Tokyo Olympics empty-handed. McIntosh, 25, arrived in Japan as one of the favourites in her...

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11:05 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Street locked down after man found seriously injured

Paisley’s Shuttle Street / George Place.

Police have launched an investigation after a man was found seriously injured in a Renfrewshire street. Emergency services were alerted to the incident in Paisley’s Shuttle Street late on Friday night. A 37-year-old man was taken to the town’s Royal...

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10:35 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Petrol station manager stole cash to pay child expenses

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 25: The Sheriff Court amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on March 25, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

The manager of a petrol station has admitted embezzling cash to pay back his ex-partner for child expenses. Stephen Ward stole £520 from the Glasgow Fort branch in the city's Easterhouse on January 10, 2019. The 30-year-old used a scheme...

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10:21 am   |   GLASGOW & WEST

Woman caught with scissors in jacket pocket jailed

Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A convicted attempted murderer was caught in a busy city centre street with scissors in her jacket pocket. Danielle Fowler was snared by police in Glasgow’s Hope Street at 4.30pm on October 14, 2020. The 36-year-old had passed out and...

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10:02 am   |   ENTERTAINMENT

Millie and Liam on the rocks following Love Island recoupling

Millie and Liam, Love Island.

Millie Court and Liam Reardon are on the rocks in Love Island following a dramatic recoupling. Friday’s episode showed Liam returning single from Casa Amor, where he had shared a kiss with new arrival Lillie Haynes. After Liam returned to...

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9:52 am   |   ENTERTAINMENT

The Crown’s Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen for first time

The Crown, Netflix.

Netflix has released the first image showing Imelda Staunton in character as the Queen in The Crown. Filming of the lavish drama is reported to have started in the UK earlier this month with a new cast making their debuts...

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8:47 am   |   SCOTLAND

Scot Kathleen Dawson helps Team GB win gold medal at Olympics

Great Britain's Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin with their gold medals for the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on the eighth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Saturday July 31, 2021.

Scotland’s Kathleen Dawson has helped Team GB secure gold in the 4x100m mixed relay at the Olympic Games. Adam Peaty later revealed Great Britain’s resurgence in the pool is down to tireless commitment behind the scenes after the team equalled...

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8:21 am   |   POLITICS

Bus operators receive more cash to help cut emissions

Buses.

The Scottish Government is providing almost £6m of cash to help bus and coach operators go green. The money is being made available to help transport operators meet the standards that will be in place in low emission zones (LEZs)...

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8:17 am   |   SCOTLAND

Quarter of elderly ‘unable to walk as far’ since pandemic began

Elderly woman.

Around a quarter of older people were unable to walk as far or were living in more physical pain earlier this year compared to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, research suggests. People reported being less steady on their feet,...

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8:11 am   |   POLITICS

Call for Westminster elections to ‘catch up’ with Scottish voting

A polling station.

Campaigners have called for “outdated” Westminster elections to “catch up” with a “fairer” system similar to those used by Scottish and Welsh voters. Analysis of polling results by Electoral Reform Society (ERS) found that Scottish Westminster results are four times...

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8:09 am   |   SCOTLAND

Motorway speed limits ‘should be slower when it rains’

Most drivers want a lower motorway speed limit in wet weather, a new survey suggests. The RAC poll of 2100 motorists indicated that 72% would like the standard 70mph limit cut in wet conditions to boost safety and encourage better...

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8:06 am   |   EDINBURGH & EAST

In pictures: Giant colourful hares on the loose

Ten giant colourful hares are on the loose in East Lothian - but there's no need to call for help. They're all part of an art sculpture trail dotted through North Berwick to raise money for the charity Leuchie House,...

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7:59 am   |   FOOTBALL FEATURE

What to expect from the 12 Premiership clubs this season

The friendlies have finished, the League Cup is on the back burner and the European competitions can be forgotten this weekend - the Premiership is back. After the strangest season in history, fans are looking for a return to normality,...

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