Welcome to the Daily Record’s Tuesday briefing.
The top stories you need to know today include new information about the Omicron variant in Scotland, jail time for the burka-clad armed gang that robbed a Dundee jewellery store, plus international travel advice.
Here are the latest headlines from Scotland and beyond today.
Nicola Sturgeon says all Omicron cases in Scotland linked to ‘single private event’
Nicola Sturgeon has revealed the nine cases of the Omicron Covid variant found in Scotland so far are all linked to a “single private event”.
The First Minister said the people identified are all self-isolating at home and have not required hospital treatment.
In a statement to MSPs today, the SNP leader announced she expected more cases of the variant linked to the event to be found soon.
Sturgeon did not share details of the nature of the event but did reveal those attending had not recently travelled overseas – which suggests there is some level of community transmission.
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Burka-clad gang armed with axe and hammer caged over terrifying raid at Scots jewellery store
Three members of an armed gang that donned burkas as disguises during a robbery at a jeweller’s shop were today jailed for more than 32 years.
Dean King, Anthony Wheeldon and Connor Willis were among the raiders who targeted Walker the Jeweller in Dundee’s Union Street.
A judge was earlier shown footage of King taking part in a ruse to keep the door to the premises open while accomplices – two of whom were dressed in Islamic style full length robes and face coverings – burst in.
Travel advice for 12 countries as borders start to tighten – Spain, France, Dubai, Switzerland, US
Countries abroad have taken swift action to tighten rules and restrictions this week to protect against the Omicron variant.
The new coronavirus strain was first detected in southern Africa and has been named a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Many popular holiday hotspots have moved to tighten their borders despite scientists warning that it is still not clear if the variant is more contagious.
Scots killer who stabbed partner to death torched home in bid to ‘burn old life’
A sex killer has admitted putting numerous lives in danger by torching her home in a bid to “burn her old life.”
Victoria Kydd piled paper and clothes in pans on her cooker and set a fire to them which was extinguished by heroic passers-by who spotted smoke and flames.
Kydd, 43 – who served five years for stabbing her lover to death when he refused to have sex with her – was warned she faces being sent back to jail.
Sam Heughan loses legal battle with German distillery over Sassenach whisky
Outlander star Sam Heughan has lost a legal battle with a German distillery over the name of his whisky brand.
The actor launched his own Scotch last year called The Sassenach – the nickname his character Jamie Fraser uses for his on-screen love interest Claire in the time travel drama.