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The Forth Road Bridge has reopened after strong winds overturned
a lorry and caused massive disruption throughout the day.
A 54-year-old man has since been charged with dangerous driving.
The bridge reopened late this evening after repair
work to the damaged centre reserve barrier.
More than 70,000 vehicles use the bridge each day.
Our reporter Morag Kinniburgh has been following the day's events.
The lorry had been travelling north in the early hours of this morning.
Winds of 74 miles an hour Blewett off balance growing at across the
central barrier. The driver wasn't seriously injured but he has been
charged with dangerous driving. The bridge had been close to high sided
vehicles because of the gale. The lorry had become entangled in the
steel so what we had to do is try to lift it up, tilt it and manoeuvre it
out which is not an easy operation so we have had an operational
resource out there with three recovery vehicles waiting for an
opportunity to take that. Instead of easing, the weather worsened during
the day. Traffic disruption across eastern central Scotland was
significant throughout the day and this evening and many drivers
diverted, being stuck in lengthy tailbacks. There hasn't been a lot
of movement. There's been frustration because of that. There
has been people late for work, and they are taking silly risks, cutting
each other up. Observing the roads network from the nearby operations
each other up. Observing the roads room, the Transport Minister says
the driver's lucky to be alive and the cost to the economy will be
high. An incident like this that has closed off traffic will have had an
impact financially for Scotland but our main objective is to ensure the
individual is safe. Secondly, to reopen the bridge to the best
possible way that we can. After hours of work in difficult
conditions, engineers righted the lorry. Others had been working on
replacement metal work to repair the damaged central barrier. This is the
worst crash damage to the bridge in its 53 year history.
Police will only be able to use stop search powers where they have
reasonable grounds to do so, under a new code published today.
If approved by parliament, the code will end so-called
"consensual" stop searches from May this year.
Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.
The aim was to cut violent crime but as the police use of stop search
search to more than 600,000 a year, questions were raised about who they
were searching and whiny. I'm going to make a strong statement and I'm
going to say here on in we should not be searching young children
under the age of consent on a consensual basis. Months later, the
BBC revealed that hundreds of children under the age of 12 were
still being consensually searched. That, in part, led to today's draft
code. It is extremely important that when stop and searches being used,
it is being used when it's necessary, proportionate and in a
way within the law and what the new code does is make sure the police
are clear about the powers they have. All officers are now being
trained to ensure the code is followed. Stop and search is a very
valuable tactic. When it is applied fairly and proportionately and
justifiably. It needs to be applied to the right people in the right
places and in the right times. But some say the damage has already been
done to public trust. It is hard to measure it but there is a strong
impression that it has caused damage to people's views of the police and
to community relations in certain areas where the so-called consensual
stop and search happened most often and also it was used in particular
on children and young people. It's groups of young people like these
that Police Scotland are now going to have to persuade that this new
code is going to make a difference. And build relations which might have
been undermined in the past. We were heading home from swimming. The
police says let's see your bags. It's quite intimidating. It is also
embarrassing being stopped and searched. They need to come into the
schools, go and teach them about stop and search laws. And what they
can and can't do. From this May, officers will have to record every
single stop and search on the grounds for doing so. The searcher
will be given the receipt but it will take more than this to rebuild
trust with the public. The finance secretary Derek Mackay
has faced tough questions Mr Mackay needs support
from at least one other party to get Earlier our political
editor Brian Taylor The standard rate of tax as it is,
it doesn't want to give such big tax giveaway to high earners as proposed
by the Chancellor. There one other number that matters which is the
Parliamentary majority. Derek Mackay needs a charm, at least to tolerate
his budget going through. A key point is there is a separate vote on
tax as well as the budget. There is a separate vote on tax. The Tories
and the Labour Party, Derek Mackay has given up on them. They are
standing firm against the SNP position. So he's looking to the Lib
Dems and the Greens. When he was defending his budget, there was very
sharp exchanges with the Greens overtaxation. Patrick Harvie
couldn't see why they had to be any giveaway whatsoever for those on
higher earnings. What we're doing is in line with inflation. We will take
tax -- decisions year-to-year. That is the figure in line with
tax -- decisions year-to-year. That inflation, that feels like the right
thing to do. It feels like the right thing? Why does it feel like?
Patrick Harvie has a different view on the structure of income tax. We
say that fits within our manifesto commitment. It commands the support
of the people, it is fair, and it gives certainty at this time. The
Greens are pushing very hard on tax and Derek Mackay doesn't want to
concede on tax as he regards it as and Derek Mackay doesn't want to
being a carefully balanced package. He points out the SNP won the
majority and they won more votes than the other parties. He wants to
make concessions on public spending rather than tax. The Lib Dems have
their concerns about the tax package. They might possibly be
persuaded on elements if public spending could be enhanced on a key
issue on them, which is the provision of mental health. Right
now, Derek Mackay hasn't got the votes. Winter is now making its
presence felt. Now with the weather outlook
for tonight and tomorrow. It has been a windy day for many of
us. Those winds are still with us but our attention turns to snow.
Strong to gale force north and north-west rive English hours in
affecting the higher parts of these roads. Not only these roads and
these higher parts. Many of us at sea level will have snow on the
ground. It is a cold night, icy in places. Tomorrow, windy, some snow
showers. There will be rain coming into parts of England and Wales. We
could get some snow. For us, a windy morning with those frequent snow
showers pushing their way across the country. They are showers are some
of you will wake up tomorrow and have no snow at all. Some of you,
several centimetres. Potentially difficult conditions on the roads,
icy in places. Driest towards the East. Further west, the showers more
likely and they will be heavy at times, perhaps with some Halen
thunder in the mix too. As we head through the course of the day, that
rain we saw in the south, that is going to open up the gradient. That
means for us the winds will ease but the showers hold on. And they will
be wintry in nature. The best of the sunshine likely in the east. There's
the rain edging northwards. Tricky mix. Potentially some snow on the
flank. Northern England and Scotland, it is cold and windy and
wintry. Those showers continue. Look at those temperatures mid-afternoon.
It is a bit afield. The winds are northerly and come Thursday evening
still some snow showers in the West End than a band of rain moving in.
As it meets the cold air, perhaps a significant spell of snow. Friday,
most of it will have gone and it is a crisp, dry and cold day. It
sprinkling of snow showers at times but quieter and calmer than the
weather we are likely to see tomorrow. That's the weather
forecast. And that is Reporting Scotland. Our next update is during
breakfast at 6:25am. But, from everyone
on the late team, goodnight.