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Scotland: 5p plastic bag charge sees 80% drop in usage

The Scottish government introduced the 5p charge a year ago. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops dropped 80% in a year after the country introduced a 5p charge, new figures show.

The statistics, released by the government to mark a year since the law came into effect in Scotland, suggested at least 650 million fewer bags had been handed out annually compared to previous years.

fewer plastic bags handed out in a year as a result of the Scottish government's 5p charge

In 2011, Wales was the first UK nation to introduce the measure, with Northern Ireland following in 2013.

England became the last of the home nations to do so earlier this month.

As well as reducing plastic bag use, the Scottish government said the 5p charge had also raised nearly £7 million for good causes since its introduction in October last year.

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Referee 'made wrong call' in Scotland's defeat to Australia

Scottish players appeal to referee Craig Joubert. Credit: PA

Referee Craig Joubert should have awarded Australia a scrum rather than the penalty which cost Scotland their quarter-final, World Cup officials have said.

Scotland were leading 34-32 when Joubert controversially awarded a penalty to Australia for offside in the 78th minute.

On Monday, the World Rugby match official selection committee said the referee could not have refered the decision to the television match official but should have awarded a scrum.

It said in a statement: "In this case, Law 11.3(c) should have been applied, putting Welsh onside. The appropriate decision, therefore, should have been a scrum to Australia for the original knock-on."

World Rugby High Performance Match Official Manager Joël Jutge said: “Despite this experience, Craig has been and remains a world-class referee and an important member of our team.”

Nicola Sturgeon mocks 'pig-headed' Cameron

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attacked "pig-headed" David Cameron in her final speech at the SNP party conference.

Attacking the austerity measures put in place by the Government, she said:

"The Prime Minister's attitude to Scotland betrays the worst characteristics of his government.

"Arrogant, patrician, out of touch, pig-headed some might say."

There were pledges on childcare and new NHS treatment centres as she eyed a historic third term in power for the SNP.

ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edwardreports.


Investigation after man shot near primary school

Police at the scene following the shooting. Credit: STV

A man was shot during an incident near a primary school in East Dunbartonshire, police say.

A major police investigation is now underway after armed response teams were sent to the incident in Dornoch Place, Bishopbriggs at 3.10pm - around the time children left nearby St Helen's Primary School and Bishopbriggs Academy.

Police said no-one from either of the schools was involved in the incident.

Extra patrols are now being carried out in the area to reassure locals.

Parents and children 'took cover' during incident near school

An apparent eyewitness to the incident near a primary school in east Dunbartonshire has described hearing "what sounded like fireworks" as children left for the day.

STV reports that the parent heard the incident "outside St Helen's school as we were heading back to our cars", adding: "People were very concerned taking cover and police were called as it happened."

According to the broadcaster, an armed response unit are now at the scene.

East Dunbartonshire Council confirmed it had received reports of an incident alleged to have taken place in the Bishopbriggs area.

There have been no reports of any injuries, and ambulance services have not been called to the scene.

Armed police called after 'man with gun' reported near school

A man was reportedly sighted with a gun on Dornoch Place. Credit: Google Maps

Armed police have been called after reports of a man with a gun near a primary school in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

It is understood officers were called to the incident on Dornoch Place in Bishopbriggs, around the time children were leaving the nearby St Helen's Primary School.

A Police Scotland statement said: "Police officers responded to a report of man with a gun in Dornoch Place, Bishopbriggs around 3.10pm on Thursday.

"Extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances. Additional police patrols are in the area to provide public reassurance."

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