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The Forth Road Bridge will be closed until New Year. Picture: Forth Road Bridge
The Forth Road Bridge will be closed until New Year. Picture: Forth Road Bridge
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TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including the Forth Road Bridge, Lenny Henry and Alex Salmond

Forth Road Bridge to remain closed until the New Year

The Forth Road Bridge is to remain shut until the new year after faults were discovered in its steel work, Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay announced today.

The decision to close the bridge was taken by the Scottish Government after inspections carried out by specialist engineers and following advice and assessment of the fault by independent experts.

Bridge officials said the fault had been caused by an “unprecedented set of circumstances” in an exceptionally hard-to-access section of the structure.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/forth-road-bridge-will-close-until-the-new-year-1-3966296

Salmond faces Benn family fury over ‘offensive’ remarks

Alex Salmond was embroiled in a furious row over Syrian airstrikes after he made “deeply offensive” remarks about Labour’s shadow ­foreign secretary.

As RAF jets began bombing Islamic State (IS), Mr Salmond launched his own attack on Hilary Benn for supporting military action.

The SNP’s foreign affairs spokesman said Mr Benn’s late father Tony would be “birling in his grave” following the Labour frontbencher’s impassioned speech in support of using force against the terrorist organisation.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/salmond-faces-benn-family-fury-over-offensive-remarks-1-3965855

ITV News mistakes Ainsley Harriott for Lenny Henry during broadcast

ITV News was forced to apologise after they used footage of celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott segment about Lenny Henry receiving a knighthood.

Footage of the chef dancing was shown between an interview with the comedian and a clip of him in one of his roles.

The footage of the celebrity chef dancing was shown between an interview with the comedian and a clip of him in one of his roles.

Pictures of other famous celebrities who could be mistaken for Lenny Henry, including Vanilla Ice, Malcolm X and Morgan Freeman, were posted on Twitter in light of the mix up.

Adele tickets sell out in two minutes

Tickets for Adele’s two dates at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro sold out within two minutes, according to promoters.

The record-breaking singer announced the tour last week with tickets going on general release today at 9am.

After selling out, tickets are selling online for hundreds of pounds each.

No `political interference’ in Michelle Thomson probe

A legal probe into property deals involving the former SNP MP Michelle Thomson was not subject of any “political interference” to keep it under wraps, the Law Society of Scotland has found.

But the society says “improvements” have been identified in the way it co-operates with other bodies amid claims it was too slow to pass the case of former lawyer Christopher Hales on to the Crown Office.

Mr Hales was struck off as a lawyer four years ago over his involvement in a series of property deals involving Ms Thomson’s firm. The row led to the MP withdrawing from the SNP whip and being suspended from the party earlier this year. An ongoing police investigation has since been launched.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/no-political-interference-in-michelle-thomson-probe-1-3966032