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Sturgeon: Scotland should have new referendum if Brexit

A new Scottish independence vote should be held if the UK votes to leave the EU, Nicola Sturgeon said. Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister said that a new independence referendum should be held if the UK is taken out of the EU "against our will".

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said her party's manifesto before a local election next month would say there should be a referendum "if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people".

"Or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will," she added in a statement.


Two bodies found after fishing boat sinks

A coastguard helicopter that helped search for the missing crew

The four crew members of the fishing boat which sank off the Western Isles of Scotland made it to their life raft but only one survived, according to a senior fishermen's charity figure.

The bodies of two crew members were found but one fisherman is still missing.

Another crew member was airlifted to hospital and was said to have escaped serious injury.

The vessel went down near Mingulay on Saturday in relatively calm weather conditions.

Finlay Macleod, superintendent at the Fisherman's Mission in Stornoway, said all four of the men made it to the life raft.

He said: "They were all being supported by the life raft as the vessel sank but the water was too cold and two crew members reached the conclusion that if they had stayed with the life raft, as they are taught to do, then hypothermia would have set in.

"They saw the shore and they thought they could try for it. Sadly only one reached it. Everybody's really traumatised. It's an absolute tragedy."

Rangers promoted to Scottish Premiership

Kenny Miller celebrates. Credit: PA

Rangers will be playing top flight football next season after clinching the Ladbrokes Championship with a narrow 1-0 home win over Dumbarton.

After re-emerging at the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012 in the wake of their financial meltdown, the Govan club's trek to the Premiership ended with a second half goal from right-back James Tavernier in front of a packed Ibrox.


Man appears in court charged with teenager's murder

Paige Doherty's body was found on Monday. Credit: Police Scotland/PA Wire

A 31-year-old man has appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court charged with the murder of 15-year-old Paige Doherty.

John Leathem made no plea during the private hearing and was remanded in custody.

The teenager, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, disappeared on Saturday while on her way to her part-time job as a hairdresser.

Her body was found in bushes near a busy road in Clydebank on Monday.

Man arrested in Paige Doherty murder probe

Paige Doherty

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of 15-year-old Paige Doherty whose body was discovered near to a busy road in Clydebank on Monday, Police Scotland has said.

He is currently in police custody.

He is due to appear in private at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Saturday.

Detective Superintendent Duncan Sloan, Senior Investigating Officer, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contacted us with information. The response from the public has been outstanding."

Police cordon off shop as part of Paige murder probe

Police have cordoned off a shop in the area where murdered teenager Paige Doherty was last seen.

Paige Doherty's body was found in bushes at the side of a busy road in Cyldebank. Credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire/PA Images

Forensic officers were at the Delicious Deli in Fleming Avenue, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

Paige was last spotted at a shop in the street on Saturday morning.

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The 15-year-old schoolgirl was due to at her part-time hairdressing job but never arrived at the salon.

Her body was found two days later in bushes at the side of Great Western Road, a busy route connecting Clydebank and Glasgow.

Police said on Thursday that no arrests have been made in connection with her death and inquiries are continuing.

Paige's mother, Pamela Munro, said the family was "devastated" by her death.

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