BRIAN Massey, 42, appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday accused of stabbing and murdering his wife, Jean, 38, at their home in Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, on Monday.

Solicitor James Cassels made no plea or declaration on behalf of Mr Massey, who was remanded in custody for further inquiries.

Councillor quits

INDEPENDENT Councillor Bill Kemp, 48, of Old Kilpatrick, is quitting the Labour-controlled West Dunbartonshire Council, because he is disenchanted with the way the shadow council is operating. The council takes over Dumbarton and Clydebank on April 1.

Centre award

AN #8m regeneration of Kilmarnock town centre has earned it a top planning award. The Ayrshire town is the only Scots winner in the 1995 Annual Awards for Planning Achievements.

Youth detained

A YOUTH was detained for two-and-a-half years after he admitted at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday that he attacked an insurance man with a sickle and stole his briefcase. Mark Harrison, 17, of Gilbertfield Street, Ruchazie, Glasgow, also admitted stealing two bikes and selling them.

Ashdown remand

A MAN was further remanded in custody by magistrates yesterday in connection with an alleged attack on Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown. Mr Christopher Mason, 51, of Yeovil, Somerset, was accused of possessing an offensive weapon and with threatening violence. He was refused bail.

Masonic first

A BBC Wales camera crew has become the first to gain official access to a Masonic Lodge. Footage of a ritual ceremony is to be included in a 40-minute film about life in Cardiff, by award winning Polish documentary film-maker Jacek Petrycki, on BBC Wales on 2 this Saturday during Capital Night, a special evening of programmes celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cardiff being granted capital city status.

Armed raid

DETECTIVES are investigating a robbery at the Spar shop in the Borders village of Coldingham in which a young man wearing a balaclava and brandishing a knife inflicted a hand wound on shop assistant Fran Evans before escaping with #150 from the till.

Group leader

A TEAM from the Edinburgh Telemedicine group at Edinburgh University has been chosen to lead a #2.5m European Commission-funded study which will evaluate the setting up of a worldwide telemedicine network.

Budget boost

ALL 29 new unitary councils, along with Strathclyde police and fire boards, have been allocated a total of #4.155m to spend on computer systems and accommodation needs.

Evans above!

THE Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, has agreed to a Christmas Day quizzing from risque Radio 1 DJ Chris Evans. He tops an all-star bill including Cher, Mick Hucknall, and Shirley Bassey.

Youth detained

A 19-year-old youth who attempted to rob a sub-post office in Berwick has been sent to a young offenders' institution for four years. Matthew Drummond, of Scremerston, near Berwick, admitted the offence when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.