9am Briefing: Police probe suspicious death of woman

POLICE are investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Livingston.

The body of a woman in her 20s was found at a house in the Dedridge area last night and police are treating the death as suspicious.

Her body was discovered by officers at a house on Nigel Rise at around 10pm following a 999 call. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Is it not yet clear how she died or what her injuries were.

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A man has been detained in connection with the incident and police inquiries are ongoing.

• UP to 80 jobs are to be axed in Scotland by banking giant Lloyds, with the bulk of the redundancies in Edinburgh.

A total of 360 jobs will be lost and a further 140 transferred to another company. Between 60 and 80 of the posts will be cut in Scotland.

Lloyds has announced 27,500 job losses since the integration between Lloyds TSB and HBOS started in January 2009.

The 360 job losses will affect staff in the company's group functions, wholesale, retail and insurance divisions as part of its "ongoing integration programme", while 140 workers will transfer to State Street under a new investment accounting outsourcing arrangement.

Although no definite decision has been made on the future of the jobs, the cutbacks could be made by the end of the year.

• AN influential MP has insisted Britons have a "right to know" the reasons for the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Tory head of the Treasury Select Committee, Andrew Tyrie, criticised city regulators the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for sitting on a report into the bank's demise. In an unprecedented move, Mr Tyrie is sending in two experts who will determine if the FSA is guilty of a whitewash.

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Taxpayers had to bail out the bank after it was taken to the brink by former boss Sir Fred Goodwin, who used an injunction to hide his affair with a colleague.

Last week a court relaxed an order preventing media from reporting that Goodwin had a "sexual relationship".

• SOME of the top names in contemporary art are to be part of this year's Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF), which has unveiled its eighth programme.

Sculptors Anish Kapoor and David Mach will be joined by Robert Rauschenberg and Tony Cragg, and many others, for the festival which runs from August 4 to September 4.

The festival will also see the opening of Martin Creed's revamped Scotsman Steps and a new temporary pavilion in St Andrews Square.