9am briefing: Man questioned after Whitburn seige

POLICE were today questioning a man after a five-hour stand-off with armed police in West Lothian.

• Police officers attend the scene at Glenmore in Whitburn

The 30-year-old was detained after officers surrounded a house in Whitburn after reports of a domestic disturbance.

More than 50 officers rushed to a house in Whitburn yesterday after reports of a suspected incident at the property.

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It is understood a woman and young child were held within the property during the siege, while neighbours said another man may also have been held.

No gun is believed to have been involved, despite initial reports.

Edinburgh Firm invests in avalanche protection

SCOTTISH Widows is said to be preparing to spend 600,000 on snow guards to prevent a repeat of the avalanche at its Edinburgh headquarters.

A YouTube clip shows staff running to escape a mass of snow which slid off the roof of the offices in Port Hamilton. One person was knocked off his feet and engulfed in snow.

CBI boss critical of Scottish Government

A senior business leader has criticised the Scottish Government for too many policies which he claimed are likely to hinder the economy.

Iain McMillan, director of CBI Scotland, used his new year message to call for "real leadership" ahead of the Scottish elections in May.

He said: "In this election year, there will be temptations on the part of our politicians to avoid tough decisions and court popularity.

"But real leadership is about doing the right things for Scotland at the right time and explaining why they are necessary".