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Top stories in Scotland this week
BBC Scotland's news website looks back at the stories making the headlines over the last week.


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An investigation was launched into the source of the outbreak

An outbreak of three cases of the potentially fatal E.coli O157 infection were confirmed in the South Lanarkshire village of Law.

A West Lothian cemetery was closed to the public after vandals knocked over 200 gravestones.

A senior Scottish Socialist Party official who was jailed for refusing to hand over documents to the Court of Session was freed from prison.


Fingerprint officers at the centre of the Shirley McKie case told MSPs they still believed a print found at a murder scene nine years ago was hers.

A schoolboy who claims his dream of pursuing a career as a footballer was ended by an exploding beaker in a chemistry class raised a 200,000 action at the Court of Session.

NHS Lanarkshire apologised to the family of a 71-year-old man for the hospital care he received after he was often found lying in bed, soaked in urine and sweat or covered in just an incontinence pad.


Ben Elton
Elton said doing nothing about drugs was not an option

Comedian Ben Elton described UK drugs law as the "number one sponsor of organised crime" in a speech to MSPs after he was invited to the Scottish Parliament.

A fast food restaurant manager was caught with enough heroin to supply Glasgow's 15,000 addicts with drugs for five fixes each.

Taxi firms in Edinburgh defended the cost of their fares following an investigation which found catching a cab there was more expensive than in Paris, Tokyo and New York.

The research found a three-mile taxi journey on a Friday evening in the capital costs 7 on average.


Matthew George and John Muldoon
Matthew George and John Muldoon were jailed for abusing children

The family of a 51-year-old man who was killed in Kilmarnock reacted angrily after a murder suspect was allowed to go on holiday with his family while on bail.

A review was launched into the decision to allow the 16-year-old, who is accused with three others of punching and kicking Bryan Drummond to death, to go on holiday to Bulgaria.

Two men found guilty of physically and sexually abusing troubled children in their care at Kerelaw school in Ayrshire were jailed for 12-and-a-half-years.

A plan to cut into the wreck of a fishing boat which sank with the loss of the seven crew was condemned by relatives of the men.


The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) in Scotland warned that the World Cup must not become an excuse for anti-English sentiment.

A parent described as "political correctness gone mad" a school's decision to change the names of its primary one classes after complaints that they left some children feeling inferior.

One of Scotland's best loved paintings was to be returned to its "spiritual home".

Salvador Dali's Christ Of St John Of The Cross will be re-hung at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery more than 50 years after it was first unveiled.

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