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The mystery of a woman from London found dead on an Edinburgh golf
course. Her brother makes an appeal for witnesses. We're going round in
circles trying to think of what happened and just not knowing. It
has also emerged that five Metropolitan Police officers are
facing misconduct. Also on the programme,
The SNP's plan to keep the UK pound after independence may
have been a mistake - Liam Fee's social worker is accused
of failing to involve child protection workers in his case,
after he was found badly bruised. The seemingly glamorous lives
of many footballers may mask mental And, the amateur orchestra
from Stirling hoping to strike the right
note on television. Five Metropolitan police officers
are facing misconduct investigations over a missing woman
whose body was found The remains of Saima Ahmed
who was from London were found Our reporter,
John McManus is there Five Metropolitan Police officers
now facing questions over how they handled the initial reports that
Saima Ahmed had disappeared from her home a year ago today. Her remains
were found here in January. Three questions the police want answered,
why did she leave her home, how did she die, why were her remains found
here? Gorka Byrne of course in January. It is here that the remains
of Saima Ahmed were discovered and identified. So far that is all that
Police Scotland know about the circumstances surrounding the death.
She left her home near Wembley Stadium a year ago today. Police
believe she took the train to Edinburgh. They don't understand how
her remains came to be at the golf Edinburgh. They don't understand how
course. Her brother came to the golf course with the police to try to jog
memories. He said the family were devastated by news of her death. My
mother was at home and she found out and she was hysterical and upset,
before that you kind of had hope that maybe she is OK in some way,
she is fine. Her family said the Metropolitan Police ignored pleas to
update the missing persons enquiry, meaning it was too late to acquire
potentially crucial CCTV footage of her movements. From the time of her
going missing to the remains being discovered, that has been the
biggest significant challenge, the period of time between her going
missing and her body being found and it significantly hampered us piecing
together her journey from London. This morning, the IPCC announced
that five Metropolitan Police officers were being investigated for
misconduct and gross misconduct. Meanwhile, Police Scotland say they
hope highlighting the anniversary of her disappearance will lead to fresh
leads. The family are desperate for any leads as to what happened to her
sister. He hopes that somebody's memory will be job and someone will
remember a crucial piece of information.
One of the Scottish government's key economic advisers says the SNP's
plan to keep the pound after independence may
Later this week it's expected Nicola Sturgeon will relaunch
the party's independence campaign, but Nobel prize-winning economist
Joseph Stiglitz has urged Scotland to consider its own currency.
Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports.
Which currency would shoppers like these ones in Glasgow use if
Scotland were to go it alone? That is a question the SNP will be
exploring as it looks again at its argument for independence. It is a
question that matters, not just because of the type of money that
comes out of machines like this. The currency country uses affect trade
and it affects how the cash in your bank account works. What is best is
keeping the pound. In 2014 the Scottish Government argued for a
currency union, sharing the pound we had with the rest of the UK. Now
this man, a key adviser to Nicola Sturgeon, says that might have been
wrong. They wanted as smooth transition as possible. Keeping the
currency and keeping other forms of institutions. I think in hindsight,
that may have been a mistake. What else could be on offer if there is
another vote on independence? Keeping the UK pound is an option.
So is joining the euro. The SNP and Joseph Stiglitz do not like that.
Might Scotland have to revisit if it wants into the EU as an independent
country? Then there is a new currency, the Scottish pound, Joseph
Stiglitz reckons that could help boost the economy. What they would
have needed to do is resurrect the Scottish pound, let it float. Small
countries can have their own currency. The political debate is
important. The Conservatives and Labour say that Joseph Stiglitz's
comments show a fundamental problem with independence. Stay in the UK
and keep the UK pound. The SNP says there will need to be proper debate
before it changes that possession, but the Greens support an
independent Scotland having its own currency. First Minister still
believes another referendum is highly likely. So too, future
analysis of further options on the cash in your pocket.
A hearing into the conduct of a social worker who dealt
with the murdered Fife toddler Liam Fee has been told she decided
child protection workers should not intervene
A conduct hearing is examining charges against Lesley Bate
involving a total of sixteen children.
Andrew Anderson, who's in Dundee, can tell us more.
She is not attending the hearing but today we heard more about her time
as a social worker with the child protection team in Glen Lee Roth --
in Glenrothes. That came from a colleague who investigated her
conduct. She was asked to investigate concerns over the
welfare of Liam Fee. She'd been worried about bruises on the toddler
including a massive bruise on his forehead and was concerned he may
have been knocked unconscious. Lesley Bate visited the family home
and she accepted his mother's explanation and recommended no
further involvement. However, the childminder raised further concerns
about a neck injury and she was told to speak to the childminder again so
a decision could be made on whether to refer his case to the department.
However, Lesley Bate failed to follow up on the case and there were
no note about it on computer systems. She described these as
unacceptable feelings and said allegations of child abuse should
have been followed up in a robust manner. Lesley -- Liam Fee died and
was murdered by his mother and her partner. The case is being heard by
the Scottish social services Council and is due to conclude on Friday.
Liam Fee has ruined graced her registration but does not accept any
of the charges against her. The continuing plight of migrants has
been highlighted after 6500 people were rescued from the Mediterranean
in one day. Agencies view the continuing influx could overwhelm
the camps set up to oppose them across Europe. In his special
report, a reporter has been to see how aid from Scotland is attempting
to help. A group of Serbian nurses came to
help, and they are still revered here. That's tradition continues
today as more refugees and migrants become trapped the border with
Hungary. Supplies are tightly rationed. A small cup of noodles
each. When this camp was set up it was meant to be a one-stop centre
for people travelling on their way to northern Europe. Because of the
changes in border crossings, people are getting stranded here. There are
500 people in this one plays alone. They stop here, every four months.
That is an enormous strain on the local aid workers. The problems we
are facing is our capacity is overstretched, people who are
volunteers doing this for 12 months, 24 hours a day. A few miles
volunteers doing this for 12 months, this warehouse was full of aid sent
from Scotland but is emptying fast. The capacity is maxing out and they
need replenishing with resources such as clothing, food, food stocks,
cooking items, Serbia can deal with the problem but they need help. Back
in Glasgow, they are sorting through the next load. Trucks will be
heading there soon but they say it is not enough. The reality is the
scale, the number of people travelling to get to places like
Glasgow, Germany, Sweden, etc, we can only provide a small amount of
what they need. In Serbia, agencies are predicting a second wave of
refugees but even now they say they are having to deal with it every day
and think for the best. This hospital was set up by Doctor
Catherine MacPhail from Glasgow. It closed many years ago but out of
sight a small family of refugees live here. Perhaps she would have
approved. Still to come on tonight's
Reporting Scotland... The escalating war of words
following the deaths of birds of prey is to stop and the last Scot
hoping to get in the Ryder Cup team misses out.
People who suffer child abuse have met the Deputy First Minister to
find out what has happened in the enquiry. There have been accusations
that the remit was to -- was narrow. What did they learn? Separate
meetings at St Andrews house, the building behind me, for survivors
and victims of abuse. They heard from John Swinney exactly what has
changed since he saw them in July. That earlier meeting was prompted by
the resignation of the enquiry chair and another panel member. There had
been hopes that would provide an opportunity to reboot the enquiry
process, to look at the remit, should it consider accusations of
children in residential care and open the question of compensation
for survivors of abuse. For those who met the Deputy First Minister, a
strong declaration that their search for justice goes on. I said they did
it with the quarry is, people came forward, spoke about experience, I
report was written up and that is probably in the long grass. You
cannot keep doing that to survivors because what you are doing is
abusing them again. I want to find out if it is a cover-up or
ineptitude or if they are not grasping the scale of the problem
but we need to get this right and people have been denied justice for
decades. John Swinney issued a statement in the last 30 minutes
saying he'd had a constructive and positive meeting, they had discussed
ongoing issues with the public enquiry and the roll-out of a
national support network and he said it was important that ministers
carried on liaising with and listening to survivors of abuse.
Problems with mental health are not always associated
But a survey of Scottish footballers has found that of 600 players
questioned two thirds either had a mental health issue or knew a team
The other sporting stars of Scotland's most popular game. New
research shows that many are struggling with their mental health.
We surveyed SPFL players, we got a return of over 600. 64% of them
either themselves or someone they knew closely, he made a friend, had
mental health issues in the recent past. The perception is that food
mental health issues in the recent bowls have enviable, desirable
lifestyles. Why are so many of them affected with mental health issues?
They are young, active meals, a group that engages less well with
health professionals. Whilst we do have some footballers that earn a
lot of money, the vast majority will be part-time, have two jobs, family
issues, employment issues, the same worries that everybody else has.
Great goal! He was a hero to Aberdeen fans in the 90s but even
when that reveals two suicide attempts amidst severe depression.
Yellow mac I can remember waking up on the kitchen floor with tablets
and vomit over me. Neil Lennon struggled in his playing career. I
would be in a room full of people and feel like the loneliest guy in
the world. The only thing I wanted to do was lie in bed or shot myself
away. Eventually, when I was taking the antidepressants, and they
started to kick in, I slowly started seeing the light again. There is
almost a fear of coming out and the stigma attached to mental health.
Footballers can say it is all right it is not OK, then we can encourage
young men, who engaged badly and have a high suicide risk, to come
out and accept help. A new programme will be offered to players and clubs
throughout Scottish football. Investigations are continuing
into the disappearance of several birds of prey around grouse shooting
estates in the Highlands. Earlier this month, the RSPB said
a rare hen harrier had been lost in the same area that a number
of golden eagles have gone missing. But gamekeepers are now hitting back
- one claiming that the incidents These are special chicks. Scotland
is home to just 500 breeding pairs of hen harriers. The population's
been declining. So, when a satellite tagged bird simply disappeared off
the radar, those monitoring its progress voiced their suspicions as
hen harriers do predate on grouse. These transmitters are exceptionally
reliable pieces of kit. They cost ?3,000 a time. They've been tagged
on other species all over the world and are very reliable. It strongly
suggests of human interference. The hen harriers went missing in an area
in which eight golden eagles have gone missing in the past five years.
One gamekeeper who knows these Hipswell believes there's a
conspiracy afoot to deliberately target people who manage grouse
moors. I believe there's no evidence been produced. I don't know if its
as a police matter. If they've been informed. Normally, if a crime's
been committed, you should call in the police and the cull rids should
be put in front of a court of law. This is a kangaroo court going on
here at the moment. I just can't agree with that. The Scottish
Government has warned land managers it's considering a licensing scheme
for shooting estates to ensure they behave ethically. That's what the
RSPB wants. Other pressure groups have called for grouse shooting to
be outlawed altogether. The suspicion within many people within
the shooting lobby is this whole controversy over the disappearance
and deaths of birds of prey has been whipped up by conservationists with
one aim in mind, that is the shutting down of grouse shooting
altogether. Make no mistake, there is a battle taking place over these
tranquil hill sides. The casualties appear to be the birds of prey.
A look at other stories from across the country.
It's emerged that about 40 pieces broke off the Transocean Winner
oil rig when it hit rocks at Dalmore Bay on the west side of Lewis.
Dive teams have been examining the damaged installation now it has
been refloated and towed to a safe anchorage on the other side
Councillors in Edinburgh have agreed to proceed with an ambitious cycle
path that will link east to west Edinburgh.
However, they have agreed to set up a working group
Some local businesses have opposed the route because they fear it
will have an negative impact on trade.
While supporters say it will boost fitness and improve air quality.
Four conservation charities have joined forces to oppose plans
for a new championship links golf course near Dornoch in Sutherland.
They claim the project would destroy one of Scotland's last remaining
undeveloped coastal dune habitats if it gets the go ahead.
What's said to be the world's most powerful tidal energy turbine
is about to enter its final stage of testing
at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
It's estimated that the device is capable of generating two megawatts
of electricity - enough to power around 1,000 homes per year.
The sectors convergend on initially looks like an underwater turbine at
the bottom of the seabed. We've approached the challenge in a
different way. We've mounted the turbines on a floating platform.
Members of Edinburgh's transport committee have voted to push ahead
with proposals to put Lothian Buses under the direct management
of the arms-length company Transport for Edinburgh
The decision came despite protests outside the City Chambers by workers
who fear that profits from one of the last remaining municipal bus
companies in the UK will be used to pay for the extension
A stray rhea that had been on the loose for a month
in South Lanarkshire has been captured -
but its fellow escapee is still on the run.
The flightless birds, which are related to ostriches
and emus, broke out from a smallholding in Wilsontown,
There will be no Scots in this year's European Ryder Cup team
failed to make Darren Clarke's final selection.
that the country hasn't had a representative.
My first wild-card is... Time tor the big Ryder Cup reveal. The
captain about to announce his wild-card picks. Lee Westwood. My
second wild-card is Martin Kaymer. My third wild-card is Thomas peters.
No place to Scots contender Russell Knox. He narrowly missed out on one
of nine performance-based automatic qualification spots. Now, he's
missed out on a captain's discragsry pick. There was a lot of competition
for those picks. We should be disappointed. I'm sure Russell Knox
will be disappointed and angry. Everyone picked is lower in the
world rankings than he is. Knox has lost out to Lee Westwood, the world
number 46. Martin Kye mother, ranked at 50 and rookie Thomas Pieters
ranked 41st. I phoned Russell yesterday to give him the
information is one of the toughest yesterday to give him the
phone calls I've had to make. Some people say he deserved the position.
I put them side by side. I've always been a Thomas Pieters fan. From the
roaring 20s to the 21st Century, Scots golfers have played prominent
roles in Ryder Cup teams. Not this year though.
An amateur orchestra based in central Scotland is hoping
Stirling Orchestra is the only Scottish finalist in a BBC
It's meant months of intense rehearsal for the musicians,
Isn't this exciting? Exciting and perhaps just a little terrifying.
Stirling orchestra takes to the stage. Nerves drawn as tight as the
strings. One, two, three... It's round one to find the UK's top
amateur orchestra. Stirling are flying the flag for Scotland. The
conductor is confident. We have a huge range of abilities within the
orchestra. You can still achieve a really successful concert if you
look for everyone to play together well. Back in stern, it's practice
night for the players. And their well. Back in stern, it's practice
followers. The piece is demanding. But the effort brings rewards.
Coming to orchestra once a week forces you into that routine of
getting the instrument out of the case on a regular basis. That
improves your playing over a longer case on a regular basis. That
peered of time. It's enjoyable as well. -- over a longer period of
time. 250 orchestras from across the UK tried out for this classical
battle of the bands. Stirling made it to the final five. The judges
want some fine tuning. You're good but you don't do what's in the
parts! There were just eight weeks between the first rehearsal and the
first knockout round. It's meant a lot of Hart work. They're hoping to
inspire others. I really hope those people who've vile lips under the
bed and trumpets in the cupboard will be inspired to dust them down
and come along and be welcomed as I was all those years ago. For this
orchestra, music is more a passion than a profession. And they're going
all out to show they're the best in Britain.
And you can see how Stirling get on tonight at nine o'clock on BBC Four
in "All Together Now - The Great Orchestra Challenge".
We've had a fine day with decent spells of sunshine. Temperatures
responded quite nicely in the sunshine. 20-22 Celsius in the with
a high of 25 Celsius in Fife. Not bad for the end of August. Not
everywhere has seen sunshine. Rain feeding into the Western Isles
during this afternoon. This evening and tonight that continues to spill
in through much of the north-west. Some fairly heavy pulses of rain for
a time. Gradually tracking its way eastwards during the night.
Generally becoming lighter and patchier as it does so. The rain
will be acaptainied by a fairly brisk south-westerly winds. Perhaps
touching grail force for a time across the Western Isles and nor
north-western coastal areas. A mild night to come for all of us.
Temperatures no lower than 11 or 12 Celsius are. Tomorrow morning, we
see rain clearing fairly quickly to the east. Behind that, we have
fairly brisk west to south-westerly winds. They will drive in a number
of showers especially through western and northern areas. Taking a
closer look tomorrow afternoon, around 4.00, showers to come across
the south-west, central areas. Towards the Western Isles and
north-west highlands. There will be some bright or sunny spells in
between the showers. The best of the sunshine tomorrow is likely further
east you are. Fewer showers here. For all of us, a fresher feel
tomorrow with those brisk winds. Temperatures generally around 15-20
Celsius. For the evening period, we continue along the theme of sunshine
and showers. However, during Wednesday night, a ridge of high
pressure will build in resulting in some dry and fairly settled
conditions as we head into Thursday. Though this rain will tend to arrive
later. Thursday in the morning, just a few showers across the north-west.
Otherwise dry and bright. We will see some rain arriving from the west
later. That's the forecast. Our next main bulletin is just
after the ten o'clock news. Until then, from everyone
on the team, good evening.