Scotland is set to be battered with severe windy weather and rain this week as the chances of a white Christmas continue to look increasingly less likely.
Skimming devices which enable thieves to steal money from bank cards have been found on two cash machines in Lochaber.
Police in Lochaber are warning householders to be on their guard following reports of a bogus tradesman calling at homes in the area.
One of Scotland's most senior firefighters is urging the public to take care not to start wildfires after a huge blaze in the Highlands this week.
Police are urging motorists to be aware of motorcyclists as summer approaches
Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for areas of the north-east and central Scotland, with persistent and heavy snow expected.
Police Scotland are advising north-east residents to be cautious when using ATM cash-point machines following a number reports of card-skimming in Aberdeen over the last few days.
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has issued warnings for all mountain areas in the Highlands.
Snow and ice will grip the north-east over the course of Wednesday and Thursday.
The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning of heavy and persistent rain for parts of the Highlands from midday today until 11pm this evening.
Motorists in the north are being warned to expect localised flooding this morning with surface water and spray expected on the roads.
Motorists are being warned that snow and ice could lead to hazardous driving conditions in the north and north east, starting this evening.
People who live in the countryside are being asked to be extra-vigilant of deer poaching.
A severe weather warning has been issued by forecasters for snow across the north of Scotland at the weekend.
The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning of rain for Grampian for tonight and tomorrow morning.
A Highland mountain rescue team is warning of the dangers of using powerful laser beams after two of its members were "lasered" during a rescue on Ben Nevis.
Police are urging householders in Aberdeenshire to be wary of cold-callers offering to do work.
Aberdonians celebrating the end of trades' fortnight have been warned by police not to let their partying get out of hand.
Two men are to appear in court at Fort William tomorrow following thefts from cars and homes in the Lochaber town in the early hours of this morning.
Police are urging youngsters in Aberdeen not to endanger their lives by climbing on school roofs during the summer holidays.
Two north-east academics have warned families and pensioners could face the "very real" possibility of power cuts.
Police in Fort William are warning householders and businesses to secure their premises after an outbuilding was broken into and power tools were stolen.
A spate of motorcycle accidents across the north-east that left one person dead and six seriously injured has prompted safety warnings from police.