Nicola Benedetti, the violin virtuoso, has admitted to be being "trolled...all the time" on social media about her views on Scottish independence.

In a newspaper interview, the 26-year-old Scot made clear she would not be drawn about her views on whether or not Scotland should remain part of the UK, saying: "I get trolled about it all the time. It barely makes its way to me anymore because they've learned that they are not going to make me say anything.

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"People have to respect your right to a private opinion. It was so emotional over J K Rowling. It's quite frightening."

She added: "If I lived in Scotland, I might feel a greater obligation to speak up. Maybe."