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The NSPCC calls for action from internet companies after a jump

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in offences for possession of indecent images of children.

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A hearing is told that a social worker assigned

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to murdered toddler Liam Fee failed to assess

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As the number of Syrian refugees to arrive

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in Scotland reaches 1000 we hear of the efforts

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We remember the man who was at the centre

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of the dramatic rise and fall of Gretna FC.

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SCREAMS My goodness, I feel like I'm...

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to the skies in a vintage plane over Ayrshire.

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More than 1900 offences of possessing indecent images

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of children have been recorded by Police Scotland

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The NSPCC, which obtained the figures, is calling on internet

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companies to do more to tackle the problem and for greater

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Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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These are the images of some of the paedophiles convicted recently of

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possessing indecent images of children. Ph.D. Student James Hudson

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was jailed last June for 18 months. Police IT worker Barry Rankin had

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more than 300,000 indecent images on his computer and is serving five

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years. Paedophile David Logan was placed on the six offenders register

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for ten years at Dumbarton Sheriff Court. In the past three years

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Police Scotland has recorded more than 1900 offences of possessing

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indecent child images, that's well over the total for the Metropolitan

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Police, the UK's largest force. Last year saw a 17% rise in offences in

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Scotland compared to 2014. Police Scotland

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says it's because they are taking a proactive approach to child pawn.

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For the past three years Police Scotland have been committed to

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keeping children safe and part of that key priority has been to tackle

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the emerging national threat that we now recognise as being the threat of

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online child sexual abuse. Because of that it is indicative of the

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increase. Children's charities are calling on the digital industry to

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commit significant expertise and resources to prevent the publication

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and distribution of these images. We know that a lot of grooming and

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sharing of images takes place via social media and we think there is a

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lot more the industry could do to tackle this kind of offending via

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their platforms. Boss of the harmful images children come across come via

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social media and it's quite unregulated so we want the industry

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to step up to do more to make sure they are protecting children as much

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as they can be. Earlier this year police seized computers in a major

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operation which led to 77 arrests and the recovery of 30 million

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indecent images. The NSPCC which obtained today's figures through

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freedom of information said they clearly show a growing problem of

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people viewing child abuse material. Reevel Alderson, Reporting Scotland.

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A conduct hearing has heard the social worker assigned

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failed to take necessary steps to assess the risk he faced.

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Child Protection team leader Karen Pedder has been giving

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evidence to the Scottish Social Services Council in Dundee.

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Karen Pedder was Lesley Bates's manager in the child protection team

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in Fife and she said they had an extremely high caseload but that

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Lesley Bates was no higher than anybody else. She acknowledged there

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were internal divisions within their team but says she encouraged her

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staff to act professionally and not be childish in how they dealt with

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things. Lesley Bates had been assigned as a social worker to Liam

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Fee. He was killed by his mother in March. Miss Bates faces several

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charges involving 13 children including Liam. During the trial

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Karen Pedder get us absurdly had dropped off the radar because his

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social worker had gone off sick. Today Karen Pedder told the conduct

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hearing at the Scottish social services council in Dundee she

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believed Lesley Bates had not assessed the harm Liam Fee faced.

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She said despite concerns she didn't have specific systems in place to

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monitor Lesley Bates' work. She said she tended to keep lots of

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information on her head speaking to staff at regular supervisory

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meetings. She was asked why it was with vulnerable children at risk

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nothing was being done to get them assessed. She said Bates was charged

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with doing that. Lesley has chosen not to appear at the hearing and

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faces being struck off the Joshua Wong register. The Serious Case

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Review is being carried out into the failings of social services in Fife

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to protect Liam Fee. -- social work register.

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A total of 1,000 Syrian refugees are now living in Scotland.

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It follows the arrival of 120 more refugees last week.

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John McManus reports from an Edinburgh community centre

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where some of the new arrivals are being taught English.

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This is the reality of life in Syria, a country which has now been

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at war with itself for five years. GUNFIRE

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There is no sign the various factions will lay down their arms

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any time soon. For some of those who have escaped like these refugees

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taking English classes today in Edinburgh, Scotland's generosity has

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been a lifeline. Passing the 1000 person mark means

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that Scotland has taken about a third of the entire UK total of

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refugees from Syria in the last year. English lessons are just one

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of the classes that refugees are offered at the welcoming centre. It

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is a skill they will need to get their heads around to become

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is a skill they will need to get proficient in if they want to make a

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success of their time in Scotland. proficient in if they want to make a

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But one of those who has come from Syria says he may not stay forever.

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Maybe not now. When Syria will be good I will come back, yes. Because

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my family is in Syria now. My sisters and my brother are in Syria

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now. Syria is very nice, very good. He has worked in telecoms and sales,

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skills that Scotland can use. But does the government think the new

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arrivals will avoid a culture clash? It's important people from all

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different faiths, backgrounds and nationalities can coexist. We have a

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good record of that in Scotland. We can't be complacent. There is always

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more work to do and that's where the Scottish Government invests heavily

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in community and equality organisations.

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Angela Constance won't put an upper limit on the number of refugees who

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might arrive in the coming year. Syrians are now living in almost all

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of the country's local authority areas. As the spanking letter to the

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First Minister shows they are profoundly grateful for the safe

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haven they have been offered. Perhaps inevitably, though, the

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Scottish weather has left them puzzled. The weather is crazy. John

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McManus, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.

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Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed that a number of defence

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sites in Scotland are likely to be sold off

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as part of an MoD review of military bases.

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Campaigners are concerned for the future of historic

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Fort George near Inverness, currently home to the Black Watch.

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There are also fears in Moray that the Kinloss barracks could

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Our reporter Craig Anderson joins us now from Fort George.

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What's the background to all of this?

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Fort George is home to the Black Watch, the 3rd Battalion of the

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Royal Regiment of Scotland. It was built after the Jacobite uprising in

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1745. It's the oldest continuously used army base in the whole of the

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UK. But history aside the Ministry of Defence is currently on a review

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of the entire defence estate. Is looking to sell off land that it

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of the entire defence estate. Is doesn't need and use some of that

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money to increase the defence capability. It has already earmarked

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22 different sites for sale and foreclosure, and it says it's

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looking at all the other ones as well. -- for closure. In this letter

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to the local MP Drew Hendry the Secretary of State for Scotland

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David Mundell says the review is continuing, and he says that some

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sites in Scotland are likely to go too. Iain Moody is engaged in a

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widescale review of all of its premises across the United Kingdom.

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It's not going to make any statement about any individual premises until

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that review is complete. I don't think negative speculation is

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particularly helpful because it's always easy to suggest that a

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particular base is going to close, knowing that the MOD isn't going to

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be able to deny that until the review is complete. So what happens

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next? Well, one of the things the MOD says, or that David Mundell

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says, is the future of the Black Watch itself is not under threat

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because no cap badges are scheduled to go. It's merely the estate, the

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actual properties that the MOD has. It says the review will be over by

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the end of the year and we will know by then which bases are in and which

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are out. But clearly campaigners have already got the bit between

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their teeth. You may remember that just a few years ago RAF Kinloss was

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converted from an air force base into a barracks for a unit of the

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Royal Engineers with far fewer military personnel there are. And

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only today the local MP there, Angus Robertson, has written to the Prime

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Minister saying that must be retained and the promises made at

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the time must be upheld by this government. So the fight for these

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bases will go on. Craig, thank you.

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A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident

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in which a toddler fell from a flat window in South Lanarkshire.

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Emergency services were called to Kirkwood Street, in Rutherglen,

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The two-year-old boy was taken to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth

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University Hospital where he is still believed to be

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The Scottish Labour leader has launched her alternative

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programme for government - five days before the First Minister

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lays out her plans for the new parliamentary year.

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Kezia Dugdale says she's putting forward a "serious agenda

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for change" with 13 proposed bills, including an education bill

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to help close the attainment gap and a law to ban fracking.

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The SNP say Labour's actual programme for government

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was rejected by voters in May's election.

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But Ms Dugdale insists she's focussing on what matters to people.

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The SNP once again have announced they are going to have a campaign

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for independence and I actually think Nicola Sturgeon should go back

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to the Parliament next week and focusing on the bread-and-butter

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issues affecting Scottish people, the quality of schools, NHS, the

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care elderly people get, how to eradicate fuel policy Dunne poverty.

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Those are just three of the programmes we have on our bill put

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forward to the Parliament next week reflecting what Scottish people want

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and moving away from the constitutional question.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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Calls for action from internet companies after a big jump

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in offences for possession of indecent images of children.

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After Rio, Toyko is calling.

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The Scots brothers targeting places in the 2020 Olympics.

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It's more than two months since the European Union referendum.

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And the focus now is very much on how and when Brexit will happen.

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But the Electoral Reform Society has been looking back at the campaign

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and today released a highly critical report saying there were "glaring

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democratic deficiencies" with voters left ill-informed and disengaged.

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I'm joined from Holyrood by our political correspondent Andrew Kerr.

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It's a pretty damning critique of the Euro referendum, isn't it?

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Yes, that's right. The electoral reform Society examining the

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campaign up until June 23rd vote, they have been looking at the Leave

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camp and the Remain camp and they'd tear into them. They say their

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campaigns were ill informed, negative and dominated by big

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political beasts on each side. So they say reforms should be put in

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place in case there is another referendum, whenever that may be. To

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that end they suggest allowing 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to vote

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so people get engaged in the political process, as they did in

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Scotland in 2014. They want a six-month campaign running up into

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the referendum period. It was only four months for the EU referendum.

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And they want an independent body to adjudicate on the claims and

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counterclaims of each side, perhaps that might be a rather hard one to

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instate. They do praise the Scottish referendum by contrast and say

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Scotland became a hotbed of political spaces up-and-down the

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country. The SNP have welcomed that, criticising the UK Government. But

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speaking to Unionists today they say, hang on, don't get too carried

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away. They claim the independence referendum was negative and

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divisive, and they say they were glad to see the back of it. I

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suppose at the end of the day one has to be realistic, pragmatic about

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politics. It can be brutal and sometimes pretty miserable business.

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Indeed it is. Andrew, thank you. A look now at other stories

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from across the country. Scottish Borders Council is getting

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ready to start a major cash-cutting The authority's executive

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committee has been asked to approve the review,

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which would begin this year The council says it's having to take

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action to meet what it calls 600 runners have been told

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to keep off the Grassy Bank during the race up

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Ben Nevis this weekend. Scottish Natural Heritage

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is imposing a diversion half way up, Entrants will be permanently

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disqualified from the event Edinburgh Castle has

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recorded its busiest day ever. Scotland's top tourist attraction

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set a new record when it got more than 11,300 visitors

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on the 16th of July. The figures were released

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by Historic Environment Scotland, which said just under two million

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people visited historic Scottish Newly-released drone footage shows

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the scale of the project to upgrade The video, published

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by Transport Scotland, shows how a new section

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of the M8, between Shawhead It's due to be completed

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by Spring 2017 at a cost A revival of the iconic 1970s

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Scottish play "The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil"

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is beginning a national tour. The Dundee Rep production

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was critically acclaimed when it was The play was first performed

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by the 7:84 Theatre company and is an account of Scotland's

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history from the Highland Clearances It's going to really change wherever

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we go. In Aberdeen it's going to be very interesting and poignant in

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this current situation with the downturn in the price of oil.

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Inverness, we have people coming from all over the Highlands and

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Islands, that's the biggest we go to.

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A recurring theme in Scottish football since the turn

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of the century has been that of financial disaster.

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And in the second episode of the series "Scotland's Game"

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tonight, we'll be reflecting on the mismanagement

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which plunged some of our best-known clubs into crisis.

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Undoubtedly, the most high profile of these was Rangers.

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But the story of Gretna was perhaps the most bizarre.

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Giving Gretna fans good reason to bang the drum was a swift shift from

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non-league football to the senior ranks of the Scottish game in 2002.

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Thanks to money from a self-made millionaire. I will put in

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investment that's required here to meet our requirements and our

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ambition. COMMENTATOR: This is the title it's

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there! They've won the league. Three promotions in three years brought

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Gretna a season no Scotland' top flight. In between, they were a

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couple of kicks of the ball away from lifting the Scottish Cup.

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COMMENTATOR: Skelton steps up. Hearts have won the Scottish Cup

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2006. Gretna were in demise. A situation caused in part by the

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owner's and subsequent death. It fell away so quickly. When Brookes

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took unwell, he couldn't communicate. His wife said unless my

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husband tells me a write a cheque for anything, it's stopping. It was

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that quick. From that day, no other money came into the club. Following

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a board meeting on Friday the club's being placed into administration.

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The Gretna fairytale had become a nightmare. It was an ego-driven

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fantasy that pointed forward to worse to come of people spending too

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much money on football that they cannot afford to pay. Financial

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mismanagement at Gretna is one thing. But later, it would happen at

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much bigger clubs with far greater rapifications for Scottish football.

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And the second episode of Scotland's Game will expand

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on the financial turmoil at some of the country's biggest clubs

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And wry Murray -- Andy Murray is playing in the US. Open, he's up

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against Granollers. He's 4-2 up in the first set. He lost the four game

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of the set. The second seed has reasserted control since. It is the

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best of five sets. Derek Hawkins believes his brother

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and fellow marathon runner Callum The pair both competed in Rio,

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with Callum finishing ninth. The brothers are now targeting

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a place at next year's World Championships

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in London. But Tokyo 2020 is already in their

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thoughts. The Hawkins' brothers made up two

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thirds of the British Olympic marathon team. But they were to have

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very different Rio experiences. Injury meant Derek was happy just to

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take part. Younger brother Callum did rather better.

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COMMENTATOR: Ninth position he crossed the line there. He can be

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very proud of that. He has a lot of his career het left ahead of him. He

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will finish higher than that. How much higher? Tough to say, the

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marathon's unpredictable. I want to finish even higher than I did in

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Rio, in Tokyo. That's my goals. Derek's goals are to get back to

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full fitness and use next year's London Marathon to qualify for the

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World Championships in the same city next August.

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COMMENTATOR: He finished so strongly. Well done to him. His

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hopes for Callum are even greater. Assuming he stays healthy and

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injury-free, he can improve on his ninth place. John Brown finished

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fourth in two Olympics, British guy. His personal best was 2: 9. Callum's

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is 2: 10. I think he can get into that ballpark. If things went right

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on the day, there's an outside chance of a medal.

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COMMENTATOR: Callum Hawkins of Great Britain in the front of the men's

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Olympic marathon. Callum Hawkins's rice to prominence has been swift.

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From his first marathon less than a year ago to a top ten in Rio. If

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that progress continues, he could yet be the first Brit to win a

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marathon medal since 1994. The quota of international players

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in the British Elite Ice Hockey league has risen again

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for the new season. Scotland's four teams have all met

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the full import numbers. But it means Scottish players

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are being squeezed out. Preparations are well underway for

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the new season. That means the arrival of signings from overseas.

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The import player numbers are up again this year to 14. That may

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raise the bar for sport here in the UK, it's not all good news for

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will make the cut at the top level. will make the cut at the top level.

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. And for Fife Fliers in Kirkcaldy, it's no different. Giving kids hope

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to play in this league is becoming a difficult thing for them to believe

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or buy into. They're not seeing the chances. They're not getting the ice

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time and games which they need to develop. When I put a British kid on

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the ice or a Scottish local kid out on the ice, they get louder and

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they're rooting for 'em. But that's a lot farther in between. Fife

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aren't the only up withes facing this dilemma. Not all are happy

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about the number creeping up once more. I'm disappointed we keep

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increasing the import levels. I've calm through the junior development

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system in the UK. Made it to the top level of the game. Our ethos as a

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clip, you want to see more kids come through development system. What

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about the young players' themselves? Not only do they have to earn a

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player in the side but they have to keep it. I managed to do it. Not

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smoothly but it was still a big jump. Some of these guys coming

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across, it's prettyity scary playing with these guys. I watch them,

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especially the defenders. Pick bits of their games up, try to copy them.

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These guys know what they're doing. Fancy doing a loop-the-loop

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in a vintage fighter plane? We've sent our reporter

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Laura Maxwell to Ayrshire, where final preparations for

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the Scottish International Airshow are underway, to take a spin in one

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of the display aircraft. It's not every day I need a harness,

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parachute and full safety briefing when I go to the office. But then

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it's not every day I deb flying in one of these. It's a 1966 Nanchang.

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Built by the Chinese people's Liberation Army. It is Lawrence's

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plane. He is one of the pilots who will put on a display at the

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airshow. It's a wonderful pleasure to fly. A wonderful thing to be able

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to share with other people. Let them see the aeroplanes we have the

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pleasure to fly. Let them enjoy it. I hope they do enjoy the aeroplanes.

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When I went up, I wasn't just quite so sure! Argh! Oh, my goodness, I

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feel like I'm going at 100m ph! No, you're going about 200m ph. There

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were trips to Prestwick to see the airshow as a boy which sparked

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Lawrence's love of all things aviation. I didn't know any pilots

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where I was brought up. Being at Prestwick, seeing the pilots,

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talking to them, watching the aeroplanes, it gave me a treatment,

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really. I was fortunate to eventually get there after many

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years of pursuing the dream. It's hoped the display he and others put

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on this weekend will help to inspire the next generation. We want to

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leave a legacy at Prestwick airport. We're running a week of stem,

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science, technology and mast. To launch the Lawrence's of the future.

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It's certain theless unusual ride in an aeroplane I've ever had!

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Maintainer her composure, just about! Not great weather for flying

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though, is it? Up and down and same over the next few days. Autumn

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started on a decent note with brightness and some sunshine too.

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During the day, it's been a going downhill type of day with most of us

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seeing some cloud and outbreaks of rain. Certainly that theme continues

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this evening. Heavy pulses of rain through Dumfries and the borders for

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a time. During tonight, that rain clears into the North Sea. Behind

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it, largely dry conditions with some clears into the North Sea. Behind

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clear spells. Just a few showers across the north-west primarily

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being pushed in on south-westerly winds. Not a cold night to come.

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Temperatures generally around 12-14 Celsius. Something just that bit

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chillier for some shellered rural areas. Tomorrow, a mixture of

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sunshine and showers. The showers primarily across the north and

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north-west. Fairly frequent and, at times, heavy showers here. Fewer

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showers to come over central, southern and eastern areas with more

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in the way of sunshine here. Indeed, in the sunshine tomorrow afternoon

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here, temperatures will peak around 18 or 19 Celsius. Not feeling too

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bad at all. Across much of the north however, we'll continue to see

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shower tomorrow afternoon. Perhaps the odd rumble of thunder and a

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fairly fresh feel again with highs of 16 or 17 Celsius. Towards

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evening, that sunshine and showers theme continues. The showers again

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heavy and fairly frequent across the north and north-west. Especially.

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Into Saturday. Open to a degree of doubt at this stage. We've various

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frontal systems sitting in the western Atlantic. Tropical air in

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the mix too. Some heavy rain expected at this stage it looks like

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that rain will primarily affect end land and Wales. In Scotland, another

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day of bright spells, some sunshine and also some showers and highs of

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18 or 19 Celsius. We may just see a longer spell of rain pushing into

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the south later. For Sunday, again, low pressure in charge. Sunshine and

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some showers. That's the forecast. Graham.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news:

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More than 1,900 offences of possessing indecent images

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of children have been recorded by Police Scotland

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I'll be back with the headlines at 8pm and the late bulletin just

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Until then, from everyone on the team, right across the country,

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