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The NSPCC calls for action from internet companies after a jump
in offences for possession of indecent images of children.
A hearing is told that a social worker assigned
to murdered toddler Liam Fee failed to assess
As the number of Syrian refugees to arrive
in Scotland reaches 1000 we hear of the efforts
We remember the man who was at the centre
of the dramatic rise and fall of Gretna FC.
SCREAMS My goodness, I feel like I'm...
to the skies in a vintage plane over Ayrshire.
More than 1900 offences of possessing indecent images
of children have been recorded by Police Scotland
The NSPCC, which obtained the figures, is calling on internet
companies to do more to tackle the problem and for greater
Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.
These are the images of some of the paedophiles convicted recently of
possessing indecent images of children. Ph.D. Student James Hudson
was jailed last June for 18 months. Police IT worker Barry Rankin had
more than 300,000 indecent images on his computer and is serving five
years. Paedophile David Logan was placed on the six offenders register
for ten years at Dumbarton Sheriff Court. In the past three years
Police Scotland has recorded more than 1900 offences of possessing
indecent child images, that's well over the total for the Metropolitan
Police, the UK's largest force. Last year saw a 17% rise in offences in
Scotland compared to 2014. Police Scotland
says it's because they are taking a proactive approach to child pawn.
For the past three years Police Scotland have been committed to
keeping children safe and part of that key priority has been to tackle
the emerging national threat that we now recognise as being the threat of
online child sexual abuse. Because of that it is indicative of the
increase. Children's charities are calling on the digital industry to
commit significant expertise and resources to prevent the publication
and distribution of these images. We know that a lot of grooming and
sharing of images takes place via social media and we think there is a
lot more the industry could do to tackle this kind of offending via
their platforms. Boss of the harmful images children come across come via
social media and it's quite unregulated so we want the industry
to step up to do more to make sure they are protecting children as much
as they can be. Earlier this year police seized computers in a major
operation which led to 77 arrests and the recovery of 30 million
indecent images. The NSPCC which obtained today's figures through
freedom of information said they clearly show a growing problem of
people viewing child abuse material. Reevel Alderson, Reporting Scotland.
A conduct hearing has heard the social worker assigned
failed to take necessary steps to assess the risk he faced.
Child Protection team leader Karen Pedder has been giving
evidence to the Scottish Social Services Council in Dundee.
Karen Pedder was Lesley Bates's manager in the child protection team
in Fife and she said they had an extremely high caseload but that
Lesley Bates was no higher than anybody else. She acknowledged there
were internal divisions within their team but says she encouraged her
staff to act professionally and not be childish in how they dealt with
things. Lesley Bates had been assigned as a social worker to Liam
Fee. He was killed by his mother in March. Miss Bates faces several
charges involving 13 children including Liam. During the trial
Karen Pedder get us absurdly had dropped off the radar because his
social worker had gone off sick. Today Karen Pedder told the conduct
hearing at the Scottish social services council in Dundee she
believed Lesley Bates had not assessed the harm Liam Fee faced.
She said despite concerns she didn't have specific systems in place to
monitor Lesley Bates' work. She said she tended to keep lots of
information on her head speaking to staff at regular supervisory
meetings. She was asked why it was with vulnerable children at risk
nothing was being done to get them assessed. She said Bates was charged
with doing that. Lesley has chosen not to appear at the hearing and
faces being struck off the Joshua Wong register. The Serious Case
Review is being carried out into the failings of social services in Fife
to protect Liam Fee. -- social work register.
A total of 1,000 Syrian refugees are now living in Scotland.
It follows the arrival of 120 more refugees last week.
John McManus reports from an Edinburgh community centre
where some of the new arrivals are being taught English.
This is the reality of life in Syria, a country which has now been
at war with itself for five years. GUNFIRE
There is no sign the various factions will lay down their arms
any time soon. For some of those who have escaped like these refugees
taking English classes today in Edinburgh, Scotland's generosity has
been a lifeline. Passing the 1000 person mark means
that Scotland has taken about a third of the entire UK total of
refugees from Syria in the last year. English lessons are just one
of the classes that refugees are offered at the welcoming centre. It
is a skill they will need to get their heads around to become
is a skill they will need to get proficient in if they want to make a
success of their time in Scotland. proficient in if they want to make a
But one of those who has come from Syria says he may not stay forever.
Maybe not now. When Syria will be good I will come back, yes. Because
my family is in Syria now. My sisters and my brother are in Syria
now. Syria is very nice, very good. He has worked in telecoms and sales,
skills that Scotland can use. But does the government think the new
arrivals will avoid a culture clash? It's important people from all
different faiths, backgrounds and nationalities can coexist. We have a
good record of that in Scotland. We can't be complacent. There is always
more work to do and that's where the Scottish Government invests heavily
in community and equality organisations.
Angela Constance won't put an upper limit on the number of refugees who
might arrive in the coming year. Syrians are now living in almost all
of the country's local authority areas. As the spanking letter to the
First Minister shows they are profoundly grateful for the safe
haven they have been offered. Perhaps inevitably, though, the
Scottish weather has left them puzzled. The weather is crazy. John
McManus, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed that a number of defence
sites in Scotland are likely to be sold off
as part of an MoD review of military bases.
Campaigners are concerned for the future of historic
Fort George near Inverness, currently home to the Black Watch.
There are also fears in Moray that the Kinloss barracks could
Our reporter Craig Anderson joins us now from Fort George.
What's the background to all of this?
Fort George is home to the Black Watch, the 3rd Battalion of the
Royal Regiment of Scotland. It was built after the Jacobite uprising in
1745. It's the oldest continuously used army base in the whole of the
UK. But history aside the Ministry of Defence is currently on a review
of the entire defence estate. Is looking to sell off land that it
of the entire defence estate. Is doesn't need and use some of that
money to increase the defence capability. It has already earmarked
22 different sites for sale and foreclosure, and it says it's
looking at all the other ones as well. -- for closure. In this letter
to the local MP Drew Hendry the Secretary of State for Scotland
David Mundell says the review is continuing, and he says that some
sites in Scotland are likely to go too. Iain Moody is engaged in a
widescale review of all of its premises across the United Kingdom.
It's not going to make any statement about any individual premises until
that review is complete. I don't think negative speculation is
particularly helpful because it's always easy to suggest that a
particular base is going to close, knowing that the MOD isn't going to
be able to deny that until the review is complete. So what happens
next? Well, one of the things the MOD says, or that David Mundell
says, is the future of the Black Watch itself is not under threat
because no cap badges are scheduled to go. It's merely the estate, the
actual properties that the MOD has. It says the review will be over by
the end of the year and we will know by then which bases are in and which
are out. But clearly campaigners have already got the bit between
their teeth. You may remember that just a few years ago RAF Kinloss was
converted from an air force base into a barracks for a unit of the
Royal Engineers with far fewer military personnel there are. And
only today the local MP there, Angus Robertson, has written to the Prime
Minister saying that must be retained and the promises made at
the time must be upheld by this government. So the fight for these
bases will go on. Craig, thank you.
A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident
in which a toddler fell from a flat window in South Lanarkshire.
Emergency services were called to Kirkwood Street, in Rutherglen,
The two-year-old boy was taken to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth
University Hospital where he is still believed to be
The Scottish Labour leader has launched her alternative
programme for government - five days before the First Minister
lays out her plans for the new parliamentary year.
Kezia Dugdale says she's putting forward a "serious agenda
for change" with 13 proposed bills, including an education bill
to help close the attainment gap and a law to ban fracking.
The SNP say Labour's actual programme for government
was rejected by voters in May's election.
But Ms Dugdale insists she's focussing on what matters to people.
The SNP once again have announced they are going to have a campaign
for independence and I actually think Nicola Sturgeon should go back
to the Parliament next week and focusing on the bread-and-butter
issues affecting Scottish people, the quality of schools, NHS, the
care elderly people get, how to eradicate fuel policy Dunne poverty.
Those are just three of the programmes we have on our bill put
forward to the Parliament next week reflecting what Scottish people want
and moving away from the constitutional question.
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It's more than two months since the European Union referendum.
And the focus now is very much on how and when Brexit will happen.
But the Electoral Reform Society has been looking back at the campaign
and today released a highly critical report saying there were "glaring
democratic deficiencies" with voters left ill-informed and disengaged.
I'm joined from Holyrood by our political correspondent Andrew Kerr.
It's a pretty damning critique of the Euro referendum, isn't it?
Yes, that's right. The electoral reform Society examining the
campaign up until June 23rd vote, they have been looking at the Leave
camp and the Remain camp and they'd tear into them. They say their
campaigns were ill informed, negative and dominated by big
political beasts on each side. So they say reforms should be put in
place in case there is another referendum, whenever that may be. To
that end they suggest allowing 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to vote
so people get engaged in the political process, as they did in
Scotland in 2014. They want a six-month campaign running up into
the referendum period. It was only four months for the EU referendum.
And they want an independent body to adjudicate on the claims and
counterclaims of each side, perhaps that might be a rather hard one to
instate. They do praise the Scottish referendum by contrast and say
Scotland became a hotbed of political spaces up-and-down the
country. The SNP have welcomed that, criticising the UK Government. But
speaking to Unionists today they say, hang on, don't get too carried
away. They claim the independence referendum was negative and
divisive, and they say they were glad to see the back of it. I
suppose at the end of the day one has to be realistic, pragmatic about
politics. It can be brutal and sometimes pretty miserable business.
Indeed it is. Andrew, thank you. A look now at other stories
from across the country. Scottish Borders Council is getting
ready to start a major cash-cutting The authority's executive
committee has been asked to approve the review,
which would begin this year The council says it's having to take
action to meet what it calls 600 runners have been told
to keep off the Grassy Bank during the race up
Ben Nevis this weekend. Scottish Natural Heritage
is imposing a diversion half way up, Entrants will be permanently
disqualified from the event Edinburgh Castle has
recorded its busiest day ever. Scotland's top tourist attraction
set a new record when it got more than 11,300 visitors
on the 16th of July. The figures were released
by Historic Environment Scotland, which said just under two million
people visited historic Scottish Newly-released drone footage shows
the scale of the project to upgrade The video, published
by Transport Scotland, shows how a new section
of the M8, between Shawhead It's due to be completed
by Spring 2017 at a cost A revival of the iconic 1970s
Scottish play "The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil"
is beginning a national tour. The Dundee Rep production
was critically acclaimed when it was The play was first performed
by the 7:84 Theatre company and is an account of Scotland's
history from the Highland Clearances It's going to really change wherever
we go. In Aberdeen it's going to be very interesting and poignant in
this current situation with the downturn in the price of oil.
Inverness, we have people coming from all over the Highlands and
Islands, that's the biggest we go to.
A recurring theme in Scottish football since the turn
of the century has been that of financial disaster.
And in the second episode of the series "Scotland's Game"
tonight, we'll be reflecting on the mismanagement
which plunged some of our best-known clubs into crisis.
Undoubtedly, the most high profile of these was Rangers.
But the story of Gretna was perhaps the most bizarre.
Giving Gretna fans good reason to bang the drum was a swift shift from
non-league football to the senior ranks of the Scottish game in 2002.
Thanks to money from a self-made millionaire. I will put in
investment that's required here to meet our requirements and our
ambition. COMMENTATOR: This is the title it's
there! They've won the league. Three promotions in three years brought
Gretna a season no Scotland' top flight. In between, they were a
couple of kicks of the ball away from lifting the Scottish Cup.
COMMENTATOR: Skelton steps up. Hearts have won the Scottish Cup
2006. Gretna were in demise. A situation caused in part by the
owner's and subsequent death. It fell away so quickly. When Brookes
took unwell, he couldn't communicate. His wife said unless my
husband tells me a write a cheque for anything, it's stopping. It was
that quick. From that day, no other money came into the club. Following
a board meeting on Friday the club's being placed into administration.
The Gretna fairytale had become a nightmare. It was an ego-driven
fantasy that pointed forward to worse to come of people spending too
much money on football that they cannot afford to pay. Financial
mismanagement at Gretna is one thing. But later, it would happen at
much bigger clubs with far greater rapifications for Scottish football.
And the second episode of Scotland's Game will expand
on the financial turmoil at some of the country's biggest clubs
And wry Murray -- Andy Murray is playing in the US. Open, he's up
against Granollers. He's 4-2 up in the first set. He lost the four game
of the set. The second seed has reasserted control since. It is the
best of five sets. Derek Hawkins believes his brother
and fellow marathon runner Callum The pair both competed in Rio,
with Callum finishing ninth. The brothers are now targeting
a place at next year's World Championships
in London. But Tokyo 2020 is already in their
thoughts. The Hawkins' brothers made up two
thirds of the British Olympic marathon team. But they were to have
very different Rio experiences. Injury meant Derek was happy just to
take part. Younger brother Callum did rather better.
COMMENTATOR: Ninth position he crossed the line there. He can be
very proud of that. He has a lot of his career het left ahead of him. He
will finish higher than that. How much higher? Tough to say, the
marathon's unpredictable. I want to finish even higher than I did in
Rio, in Tokyo. That's my goals. Derek's goals are to get back to
full fitness and use next year's London Marathon to qualify for the
World Championships in the same city next August.
COMMENTATOR: He finished so strongly. Well done to him. His
hopes for Callum are even greater. Assuming he stays healthy and
injury-free, he can improve on his ninth place. John Brown finished
fourth in two Olympics, British guy. His personal best was 2: 9. Callum's
is 2: 10. I think he can get into that ballpark. If things went right
on the day, there's an outside chance of a medal.
COMMENTATOR: Callum Hawkins of Great Britain in the front of the men's
Olympic marathon. Callum Hawkins's rice to prominence has been swift.
From his first marathon less than a year ago to a top ten in Rio. If
that progress continues, he could yet be the first Brit to win a
marathon medal since 1994. The quota of international players
in the British Elite Ice Hockey league has risen again
for the new season. Scotland's four teams have all met
the full import numbers. But it means Scottish players
are being squeezed out. Preparations are well underway for
the new season. That means the arrival of signings from overseas.
The import player numbers are up again this year to 14. That may
raise the bar for sport here in the UK, it's not all good news for
will make the cut at the top level. will make the cut at the top level.
. And for Fife Fliers in Kirkcaldy, it's no different. Giving kids hope
to play in this league is becoming a difficult thing for them to believe
or buy into. They're not seeing the chances. They're not getting the ice
time and games which they need to develop. When I put a British kid on
the ice or a Scottish local kid out on the ice, they get louder and
they're rooting for 'em. But that's a lot farther in between. Fife
aren't the only up withes facing this dilemma. Not all are happy
about the number creeping up once more. I'm disappointed we keep
increasing the import levels. I've calm through the junior development
system in the UK. Made it to the top level of the game. Our ethos as a
clip, you want to see more kids come through development system. What
about the young players' themselves? Not only do they have to earn a
player in the side but they have to keep it. I managed to do it. Not
smoothly but it was still a big jump. Some of these guys coming
across, it's prettyity scary playing with these guys. I watch them,
especially the defenders. Pick bits of their games up, try to copy them.
These guys know what they're doing. Fancy doing a loop-the-loop
in a vintage fighter plane? We've sent our reporter
Laura Maxwell to Ayrshire, where final preparations for
the Scottish International Airshow are underway, to take a spin in one
of the display aircraft. It's not every day I need a harness,
parachute and full safety briefing when I go to the office. But then
it's not every day I deb flying in one of these. It's a 1966 Nanchang.
Built by the Chinese people's Liberation Army. It is Lawrence's
plane. He is one of the pilots who will put on a display at the
airshow. It's a wonderful pleasure to fly. A wonderful thing to be able
to share with other people. Let them see the aeroplanes we have the
pleasure to fly. Let them enjoy it. I hope they do enjoy the aeroplanes.
When I went up, I wasn't just quite so sure! Argh! Oh, my goodness, I
feel like I'm going at 100m ph! No, you're going about 200m ph. There
were trips to Prestwick to see the airshow as a boy which sparked
Lawrence's love of all things aviation. I didn't know any pilots
where I was brought up. Being at Prestwick, seeing the pilots,
talking to them, watching the aeroplanes, it gave me a treatment,
really. I was fortunate to eventually get there after many
years of pursuing the dream. It's hoped the display he and others put
on this weekend will help to inspire the next generation. We want to
leave a legacy at Prestwick airport. We're running a week of stem,
science, technology and mast. To launch the Lawrence's of the future.
It's certain theless unusual ride in an aeroplane I've ever had!
Maintainer her composure, just about! Not great weather for flying
though, is it? Up and down and same over the next few days. Autumn
started on a decent note with brightness and some sunshine too.
During the day, it's been a going downhill type of day with most of us
seeing some cloud and outbreaks of rain. Certainly that theme continues
this evening. Heavy pulses of rain through Dumfries and the borders for
a time. During tonight, that rain clears into the North Sea. Behind
it, largely dry conditions with some clears into the North Sea. Behind
clear spells. Just a few showers across the north-west primarily
being pushed in on south-westerly winds. Not a cold night to come.
Temperatures generally around 12-14 Celsius. Something just that bit
chillier for some shellered rural areas. Tomorrow, a mixture of
sunshine and showers. The showers primarily across the north and
north-west. Fairly frequent and, at times, heavy showers here. Fewer
showers to come over central, southern and eastern areas with more
in the way of sunshine here. Indeed, in the sunshine tomorrow afternoon
here, temperatures will peak around 18 or 19 Celsius. Not feeling too
bad at all. Across much of the north however, we'll continue to see
shower tomorrow afternoon. Perhaps the odd rumble of thunder and a
fairly fresh feel again with highs of 16 or 17 Celsius. Towards
evening, that sunshine and showers theme continues. The showers again
heavy and fairly frequent across the north and north-west. Especially.
Into Saturday. Open to a degree of doubt at this stage. We've various
frontal systems sitting in the western Atlantic. Tropical air in
the mix too. Some heavy rain expected at this stage it looks like
that rain will primarily affect end land and Wales. In Scotland, another
day of bright spells, some sunshine and also some showers and highs of
18 or 19 Celsius. We may just see a longer spell of rain pushing into
the south later. For Sunday, again, low pressure in charge. Sunshine and
some showers. That's the forecast. Graham.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news:
More than 1,900 offences of possessing indecent images
of children have been recorded by Police Scotland
I'll be back with the headlines at 8pm and the late bulletin just
Until then, from everyone on the team, right across the country,