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Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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The Forth Road Bridge has reopened after strong winds overturned

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a lorry and caused massive disruption throughout the day.

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A 54-year-old man has since been charged with dangerous driving.

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The bridge reopened late this evening after repair

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work to the damaged centre reserve barrier.

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More than 70,000 vehicles use the bridge each day.

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Our reporter Morag Kinniburgh has been following the day's events.

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The lorry had been travelling north in the early hours of this morning.

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Winds of 74 miles an hour Blewett off balance growing at across the

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central barrier. The driver wasn't seriously injured but he has been

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charged with dangerous driving. The bridge had been close to high sided

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vehicles because of the gale. The lorry had become entangled in the

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steel so what we had to do is try to lift it up, tilt it and manoeuvre it

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out which is not an easy operation so we have had an operational

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resource out there with three recovery vehicles waiting for an

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opportunity to take that. Instead of easing, the weather worsened during

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the day. Traffic disruption across eastern central Scotland was

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significant throughout the day and this evening and many drivers

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diverted, being stuck in lengthy tailbacks. There hasn't been a lot

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of movement. There's been frustration because of that. There

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has been people late for work, and they are taking silly risks, cutting

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each other up. Observing the roads network from the nearby operations

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each other up. Observing the roads room, the Transport Minister says

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the driver's lucky to be alive and the cost to the economy will be

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high. An incident like this that has closed off traffic will have had an

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impact financially for Scotland but our main objective is to ensure the

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individual is safe. Secondly, to reopen the bridge to the best

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possible way that we can. After hours of work in difficult

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conditions, engineers righted the lorry. Others had been working on

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replacement metal work to repair the damaged central barrier. This is the

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worst crash damage to the bridge in its 53 year history.

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Police will only be able to use stop search powers where they have

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reasonable grounds to do so, under a new code published today.

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If approved by parliament, the code will end so-called

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"consensual" stop searches from May this year.

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Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.

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The aim was to cut violent crime but as the police use of stop search

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search to more than 600,000 a year, questions were raised about who they

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were searching and whiny. I'm going to make a strong statement and I'm

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going to say here on in we should not be searching young children

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under the age of consent on a consensual basis. Months later, the

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BBC revealed that hundreds of children under the age of 12 were

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still being consensually searched. That, in part, led to today's draft

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code. It is extremely important that when stop and searches being used,

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it is being used when it's necessary, proportionate and in a

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way within the law and what the new code does is make sure the police

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are clear about the powers they have. All officers are now being

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trained to ensure the code is followed. Stop and search is a very

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valuable tactic. When it is applied fairly and proportionately and

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justifiably. It needs to be applied to the right people in the right

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places and in the right times. But some say the damage has already been

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done to public trust. It is hard to measure it but there is a strong

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impression that it has caused damage to people's views of the police and

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to community relations in certain areas where the so-called consensual

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stop and search happened most often and also it was used in particular

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on children and young people. It's groups of young people like these

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that Police Scotland are now going to have to persuade that this new

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code is going to make a difference. And build relations which might have

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been undermined in the past. We were heading home from swimming. The

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police says let's see your bags. It's quite intimidating. It is also

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embarrassing being stopped and searched. They need to come into the

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schools, go and teach them about stop and search laws. And what they

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can and can't do. From this May, officers will have to record every

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single stop and search on the grounds for doing so. The searcher

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will be given the receipt but it will take more than this to rebuild

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trust with the public. The finance secretary Derek Mackay

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has faced tough questions Mr Mackay needs support

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from at least one other party to get Earlier our political

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editor Brian Taylor The standard rate of tax as it is,

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it doesn't want to give such big tax giveaway to high earners as proposed

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by the Chancellor. There one other number that matters which is the

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Parliamentary majority. Derek Mackay needs a charm, at least to tolerate

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his budget going through. A key point is there is a separate vote on

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tax as well as the budget. There is a separate vote on tax. The Tories

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and the Labour Party, Derek Mackay has given up on them. They are

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standing firm against the SNP position. So he's looking to the Lib

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Dems and the Greens. When he was defending his budget, there was very

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sharp exchanges with the Greens overtaxation. Patrick Harvie

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couldn't see why they had to be any giveaway whatsoever for those on

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higher earnings. What we're doing is in line with inflation. We will take

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tax -- decisions year-to-year. That is the figure in line with

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tax -- decisions year-to-year. That inflation, that feels like the right

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thing to do. It feels like the right thing? Why does it feel like?

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Patrick Harvie has a different view on the structure of income tax. We

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say that fits within our manifesto commitment. It commands the support

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of the people, it is fair, and it gives certainty at this time. The

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Greens are pushing very hard on tax and Derek Mackay doesn't want to

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concede on tax as he regards it as and Derek Mackay doesn't want to

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being a carefully balanced package. He points out the SNP won the

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majority and they won more votes than the other parties. He wants to

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make concessions on public spending rather than tax. The Lib Dems have

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their concerns about the tax package. They might possibly be

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persuaded on elements if public spending could be enhanced on a key

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issue on them, which is the provision of mental health. Right

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now, Derek Mackay hasn't got the votes. Winter is now making its

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presence felt. Now with the weather outlook

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for tonight and tomorrow. It has been a windy day for many of

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us. Those winds are still with us but our attention turns to snow.

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Strong to gale force north and north-west rive English hours in

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affecting the higher parts of these roads. Not only these roads and

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these higher parts. Many of us at sea level will have snow on the

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ground. It is a cold night, icy in places. Tomorrow, windy, some snow

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showers. There will be rain coming into parts of England and Wales. We

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could get some snow. For us, a windy morning with those frequent snow

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showers pushing their way across the country. They are showers are some

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of you will wake up tomorrow and have no snow at all. Some of you,

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several centimetres. Potentially difficult conditions on the roads,

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icy in places. Driest towards the East. Further west, the showers more

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likely and they will be heavy at times, perhaps with some Halen

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thunder in the mix too. As we head through the course of the day, that

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rain we saw in the south, that is going to open up the gradient. That

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means for us the winds will ease but the showers hold on. And they will

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be wintry in nature. The best of the sunshine likely in the east. There's

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the rain edging northwards. Tricky mix. Potentially some snow on the

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flank. Northern England and Scotland, it is cold and windy and

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wintry. Those showers continue. Look at those temperatures mid-afternoon.

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It is a bit afield. The winds are northerly and come Thursday evening

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still some snow showers in the West End than a band of rain moving in.

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As it meets the cold air, perhaps a significant spell of snow. Friday,

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most of it will have gone and it is a crisp, dry and cold day. It

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sprinkling of snow showers at times but quieter and calmer than the

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weather we are likely to see tomorrow. That's the weather

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forecast. And that is Reporting Scotland. Our next update is during

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breakfast at 6:25am. But, from everyone

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on the late team, goodnight.

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