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As Scotland prepares for the Christmas getaway,
it's also preparing for Storm Barbara.
Ferries to the Northern and Western Isles have been
cancelled - as have some train services tomorrow.
On the Clyde coast the ferry to Rothesay was working
normally this afternoon, much to the relief
My last chance of getting away to do my shopping today,
But it looks like tomorrow will be much more challenging.
Calmac say it is highly likely that there will be
cancellations on this route and other Clyde routes tomorrow.
Some services have been cancelled already, others will be
reviewed throughout the day, so their advice is keep
checking their website for the latest updates.
On the railways, teams will be standing by to clear storm debris
from the lines but some West Coast travellers hoping to head home
by train for Christmas will have an early start,
as ScotRail is suspending the most exposed routes from the morning.
On the Clyde Line and the Oban we are suspending services
We ask all customers to check the website carefully,
check what journeys you have and make alternative
We will reimburse tickets that have been bought and can't be used.
Here is Storm Barbara, bringing high winds and also
rain and snow on higher ground, so driving conditions especially
on roads like the A9 are currently testing.
Plan more time for your journey, let someone know when you are likely
to be at your destination, make sure you have a fully charged
mobile phone and some warm clothing with you so that you are safe
and prepared should you come into some difficulty.
They're certainly prepared in the food sense in Shetland,
nine massive containers of festive food arrived by ferry
today, with one more boat due before Christmas.
We planned ahead, got the stock in early, so we'll have more
than enough for everyone until Christmas Eve,
A reminder today from the Kirk to put comfort and safety
With the weather doing its worst, churches like this one in Falkirk
are streaming their services so you can join online
but you can get a sense of joining in not only with the worship
and the service but perhaps with your friends as well,
Not quite the same as being there but you still get that sense
Storm Barbara will bring travel problems so settling
in by the tree may be very welcoming when you finally
Aileen Clarke, Reporting Scotland.
The public spending watchdog says Police Scotland
and the organisation which oversees it - the Scottish Police Authority -
are facing a funding gap of almost ?190 million by 2020-21.
Audit Scotland says there's continuing concern
But the two organisations say they're working
Scotland's national police force and the authority that holds it
to account are two of the countries most high-profile bodies,
but now serious questions are being asked about how
they are managing their annual budget of ?1.1 billion.
This report published by the public spending watchdog says that
although Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority
have existed for three years they both suffer
The auditor general says that is not acceptable.
I think one concern has been that the focus of day-to-day
and keeping day-to-day policing going, but the focus of the reform
is making sure it is sustainable for the future given the financial
The report dominated Question Time at Holyrood.
Police Scotland is staring down the barrel of a ?190
million budget deficit, we've heard all before.
In response the First Minister indicated the UK Government's
refusal to accept Scotland from a VAT bill.
Ruth Davidson won't have any credibility talking about police
until she backs us in telling the Tory colleagues in Westminster
to do the right thing and stop taking money out of the pockets
Away from Holyrood the Scottish Police Authority said
We acknowledge fully our standard of book-keeping could have been
improved and we agree with the auditor on that point
and we are taking steps to address that matter,
Police Scotland declined our request for a broadcast interview
but in a statement it shared through the Scottish Police
Authority, David Page, the deputy chief officer said
the force was committed to ensuring that the financial management
of the police budget was of the highest standard
and would continue to work to ensure that the appropriate resources
were in place to improve capacity and capability and make sure
That is likely to go down well with the auditor general -
after three years of asking, she is now expecting results.
Andrew Black, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.
A man has been convicted of murdering his former partner
Heroin addict Steven Jackson dumped Kimberley MacKenzie's remains
at a number of locations in the Angus town of Montrose.
A woman has been found guilty of helping him
Kimberly MacKenzie was repeatedly battered and stabbed by her former
Afterwards, as she lay dying, he went to buy heroin
with Michelle Higgins, the pair captured on CCTV
There's an element of drug addiction to the crime, but let's be clear,
nothing would allow for that level of brutality that's been dished out
to Kimberly MacKenzie and caused her death.
The next day, Jackson cut up Kimberly's body in the bottom
of the flat and then he and Michelle Higgins dumped body
parts in bins around the town and in another house.
The murder, described by police as brutal and callous,
led to a complex investigation, parts of Montrose sealed off and bin
collection suspended while officers carried out detailed searches.
During the five-week trial the two accused blamed each other.
Jackson was convicted of the crime and Higgins found guilty
Kimberly was a mother and sister, her family have clearly been
affected by these events and having to listen to the dramatic story
-- traumatic story unfolding through the trial,
our thoughts are firmly with her family.
Police say the crime traumatised the community of Montrose.
That was underlined today by the judge, who told Jackson
and Higgins that what they had done was horrific and depraved.
They will be sentenced at the High Court in
The former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has pled not guilty to two charges,
including one of fraud, in relation to his purchase
Mr Whyte's lawyer entered the plea during a hearing at the High Court
A trial is scheduled to begin in Glasgow next April.
An extra ?18 million to deliver superfast broadband
to some rural parts of Scotland has been described as disappointing.
It represents only 4% of a ?440 million investment,
announced today by the UK Government for Britain.
Willie Johnston reports from one community where the broadband
A typical picturesque village and parish in rural Galloway.
Close to beaches and with a pub, school and community hall
there are many reasons to want to live in Borgue
but broadband connectivity is not one of them.
It depends what time of day you access it.
On a good day they get speeds of 4 megabits per second while some
neighbours struggle with 1 megabit, not enough, he says,
to thrive, even survive in 21st century Scotland,
Farmers, local businesses, individuals who want to continue
doing things in the local area, they increasingly find
that they need to have decent broadband and they can't do it.
I know of a number of examples of people who would like to be
working here, who have the IT skills but haven't got the infrastructure.
The UK Government says the cash, which comes from efficiency savings
and from money clawed back from the supplier BT, will connect
more Scottish homes and businesses by getting fibre connections
This is money being used to upgrade cabinets to make sure
we have the latest technology in them so that there is access
But the Hollywood Ministers say the amount earmarked
Very much on the low side, if the Barnett formula was applied
there would be a far higher share, would there not?
A concern shared in Galloway by one campaigner.
People often overlook this part of the world and I think
economically we are important and we should really
support local communities, so ?80 million doesn't seem
Glaswegian chef Gary Maclean has been named champion
He beat 47 other professional chefs over seven weeks of cooking
Gary Maclean's winning menu consisted
of a razor clams starter, a Highland roe deer main
course and a chocolate pistachio ganache pudding,
course and a chocolate pistachio ganache pudding.
But the amazing journey. This is the biggest competition that any chef
can go through. It was incredible. I've run out of words. I never
thought I'd would win. My wife and kids are going to
Let's get the all-important weather outlook for tonight
good evening. They can before the storm tonight with clear spells
across we can see that Storm Barbara is in the Atlantic and coming
towards us. It's bringing strong winds, especially for plenty of
warnings across DLO be of real weather this general warning will
extend to Northern the amber warning we should be most concerned about.
That is the north and icy stretches and defrost. By morning, giving full
spread through eight o'clock tomorrow morning and western areas
we will see heavy outputs the rainfall arrives later on in highs
of the rain and will be several be a line of very strong winds across the
gusts of as we head into you can see that the rain and wind will extend
all for all, temperatures will reach around double digits during the
course of the day. As we look blustery showers. It will be a
better day for travelling. The blustery showers. It will be a
showers will come with a risk of lightening, redbrick sovereign
across a deep area of low very windy again. Later in the
But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow and around