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5.35pm: A grieving family have paid tribute to a “kind and loving” grandmother after Grampian Police confirmed that a 55-year-old man had been arrested in connection with her “suspicious” death. The body of 41-year-old Kim Campbell was found at her home in High School View in the New Elgin area of Moray’s main town in the early hours of Thursday morning.
5.25pm: The head of arts quango Creative Scotland has been forced to apologise for the all-male jury which will judge its flagship awards. Andrew Dixon, who has faced mounting criticism over the running of the troubled agency, has admitted it was wrong to have excluded women from the panel - but insisted it was not deliberate.
5.10pm: An Army officer will only be fined after his health and safety failures led to the death of a young cadet on a training exercise in the Outer Hebrides. Major George McCallum, 52, admitted contravening the Health and Safety.
4.50pm: Babies in Scotland are to be vaccinated against a common highly infectious bug - a move which could cut infant hospital stays by up to 70 per cent. It has been revealed that from September next year, babies aged between two and four months will be immunised against rotavirus.
4.45pm: The chemical alert at the Fife cemetery has been stood down this afternoon after a sealed container of sodium cyanide, discovered in a car in which the man’s body was found, was safely removed by decontamination specialists. The three people who were taken to Ninewells Hospital as a precautionary measure have been discharged.
4.15pm: A Scots construction boss hopes to save 15 jobs to continue refurbishing the historic Lews Castle in the Western Isles after the main contractor went into administration. Neil MacKay has written off £400,000 which his firm has already spent on the project in Stornoway and fears jobs are in jeopardy.
4.10pm: Lorry speed limits will not be increased in Scotland despite plans to raise them south of the Border, prompting criticism from Scottish business leaders. The UK Government’s Department for Transport today announced proposals to lift the 40mph limit on single carriageway roads to 45mph or 50mph in an attempt to boost economic growth.
3.20pm: UK aid to India will end in 2015, Justine Greening has announced, in a move which will save millions but has been criticised by charities. The international development secretary also revealed the UK will save £200 million between now and then through reduced packages.
2.55pm: A man needed emergency surgery after being struck on the neck with a broken bottle as he tried to protect his wife’s car from vandals. Kenneth Quinn, 46, of Glenrothes, Fife, was told by his son that two men were at the car and he rushed outside to confront them.
2.50pm: A retired senior officer with Grampian Police is being investigated by detectives from his former force in relation to allegations of indecent assault. Former Chief Superintendent Ian Paterson, 61, who served at one stage as the force’s acting Assistant Chief Constable, was the longest-serving officer in Grampian Police when he retired in August, 2008, after more than 40 years service.
2.25pm: A thug who threatened a householder with a knife was caught after police traced him from the mobile phone that he dropped in his victim’s house. Scott Smith, 21, dropped his phone whilst trying to rob terrified Jordan Bennett in his home in Edinburgh’s Kings Road.
2.24pm: Two pensioners have been taken to hospital with burns to their faces and eyes after apparently using a UV tanning lamp to heat their home. An ambulance crew discovered the pair, both in their 70s, after being called to a tenement in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh at around 7.30am today.
1.55pm: Around 9,000 refugees have fled Syria for Turkey in last 24 hours, according to the United Nations. Turkish state media also says 26 defecting Syrian army officers have arrived in the country.
1.45pm: Former Chancellor Alistair Darling will use a keynote speech tonight to claim that independence would mean the loss of all British culture to Scotland and would lead to relatives of Scots in other parts of the UK becoming foreigners.
1.44pm: Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt‘s bodyguard has been shot and injured at PM’s residence. Reinfeldt wasn’t there at the time, local media reports.
1.40pm: Celtic have announced that Donegal GAA Football manager Jim McGuinness is joining the club as a performance consultant. The 39-year-old, who led the Irish club to the All-Ireland title this year, will be based at Lennoxtown and will help in the development of the club’s young players.
1.20pm: Bill Tarmey, the actor who played Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street, has died, it was announced today.
1.15pm: New York has imposed petrol rationing, meaning motorists can only fill their cars every other day. Recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy have been hampered in New York and New Jersey today, with hundreds of thousands of new people left in darkness after a blanket of snow snapped storm-weakened trees and downed power lines.
12.46pm: A rural cemetery in Fife is at the centre of a chemical alert following the discovery of man’s body in the graveyard. A specialist decontamination unit from Fife Fire and Rescue Service and experts from the Scottish Decontamination Service have been called to the Vicarsford Cemetery on the outskirts of Tayport where the body of a 50-year-old local man was found in the grounds in the early hours of the morning.
12.40pm: The cost of student digs in Scotland has almost doubled over the past decade, the National Union of Students today said. The average weekly rent is now £115 in university owned accommodation, with students now finding cheaper deals with private landlords in some areas.
12.35pm: Diageo, Scotland largest distiller, has agreed a £1.3 billion deal to take a majority stake in United Spirits, the Indian drinks giant that owns Whyte & Mackay. Vijay Mallya, who will continue as chairman of United Spirits following the deal, will sell a 27.4 per cent stake for £660 million, with the purchase triggering a mandatory tender offer for a further 26 per cent stake from other shareholders.
12.30pm: The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, will be the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Downing Street confirmed today.
The former oil industry executive becomes the 105th holder of the post, replacing Rowan Williams.
12.30pm: Civil Servants in Scotland who gave their lives during the First World War are to be remembered in a new book dedicated to their sacrifice. ‘The Scottish Office: Those Who Fell In The Great War’ has been compiled by Scottish Government employee Neil MacLennan.
12.20pm: Barcelona striker Lionel Messi claimed that Celtic were “lucky” to beat Barcelona in their Champions League game on Wednesday.
The Argentina international also cited his side’s defeat to the size of Celtic’s players after Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at Parkhead.
11.06am: The principal teacher of science at Wick High School has been voted Highland Council’s employee of the year.
Valerie May was asked to step up as head of the faculty after Kevin Costello, a popular principal teacher of science and physics at the school, was killed in a car accident. Chemistry teacher Liz Wheeler was also badly hurt.
11.05am: An elderly pensioner has died in hospital, a month after being struck by a vehicle on a main street in Elgin.
Robert Burns, 78, suffered “minor injuries” in the accident on 11 October, on Academy Street, Elgin.
10.57am: Two youths have been given life sentences for the “brutal and merciless” murder of a man making his way home after a night out.
Asif Rehman, 20, and Adel Ishaq, 20, both of Pollokshields, Glasgow, knocked William McKeeney, 57, unconscious and repeatedly stamped on his head and body as he lay defenceless, just yards from his home.
10.40am: A hearing into the use of Employee Benefit Trusts by Rangers is likely to be deferred until next week.
Rod McKenzie, the Harper McLeod lawyer appointed to gather evidence against the Ibrox club by the independent commission established by the SPL, was involved in a car accident last week and has not yet recovered from his injuries.
10.35am: Scottish Tory peer Lord McAlpine said today that allegations linking him to alleged child abuse were “wholly false and seriously defamatory”.
9.25am: Five people have been rescued by firefighters following a blaze at a block of flats in Perth.
One female resident in the block of flats in the city’s Alexandra Street was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for treatment after being rescued in the late night fire.