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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so you it's goodbye from me,


Money given to councils to pay for free childcare has not been


spent on funding the programme, according to a Government report.


The trial of Ronnie Coulter - accused of the murder of waiter


Surjit Singh Chhokar - draws to a close.


Home at last - a sea cadet who was stranded on a boast


off Singapore for a month returns home to the Highlands.


Any romantic vision of going to sea has been well and truly done away


with. But as for putting me off, no I'm determined to complete my


Also on the programme: training.


The mystery of 1945 plans for another rail bridge


And, a six-goal thriller, as Celtic draw with English league


leaders Manchester City in the Champions League.


More than ?100 million given to councils to pay for free


childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.


That's according to a new Government report.


But the local authority umbrella body, Cosla, says the report


is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".


Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.


Increasing free child care is one of SNP's most high profile promises.


The policy should offer all three and four-year-old ands vulnerable


two-year-olds #6 00 three hours a year. But the first analysis of its


kind shows while the Scottish Government has given local


authorities ?329 million to spend on the policy, just ?189 million has


been spent on child care. So what has happened to the remaining money


and what impact has it had on families. You might have a place


between 9 o'clock and 12. You can't pay to have your child before or


after. For most working parents that is unusable. So it is frustrating to


hear there is funds available that haven't been spent and if we spent


those could we have made the system more accessible? The BBC has learned


that ministers will publish a child care blue print to propose new


models, including child accounts, under which funding follows the


child and not the institutions. They will use this report to help cost


the models. It has shown we have fully funded councils to deliver the


expansion and now it is for councils themselves to account for what they


have done in relation to additional spending. But it makes it clear


where additional spending was requested, we have provided that.


where additional spending was But COSLA said it is a crude


assessment which shouldn't detract from the success of them providing


600 free hours to children and said that the government's own report


said the gap will be an overestimate. The Scottish


Government has promised to almost double free child care hours. The


same amount of child children spend in school is expected to cost half a


billion pounds. The hope is by then all the authorities will have got


their sums right. Closing speeches have begun


in the trial of a man accused of the 1998 murder of Indian


restaurant worker Surjit Singh The prosecution has asked the jury


to convict Ronnie Coulter, Ronny Coulter, the man accused of


murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar arrives at court in Glasgow. The


prosecution said Surjit Singh Chhokar's death was a tragic tale


which happened after the theft of a giro cheque. The prosecution said in


1998 Surjit Singh Chhokar was on his way home from work, looking forward


to pleasant evening and he was confronted in the dark by three men,


he was attacked, stabbed, killed, murdered and left in the street. He


said the person responsible for that is Ronny Coulter. I ask you to


convict him of murder. The jury heard Mr Coulter was tried and


acquitted of murder in 1999. Mr Prentice said the outcome of that


trial in relation to this case was irrelevant. The defend QC started


his closing speech and said it was Mr Coulter position that he did not


stab Surjit Singh Chhokar and he told the jury that the trial had


heard from atrocious witnesses who told lies. And And he said race had


no place in the case. 48-year-old Mr Coulter denies murdering Surjit


Singh Chhokar and the trial continues.


The Scottish Government has apologised after it emerged that


payments to farmers have been hit by another error.


The snag relates to loan payments - which were only introduced


because IT problems undermined the main funding system.


Farmers leaders said it was deeply disappointing.


Our political editor Brian Taylor is at Holyrood tonight.


An embarrassing development in this long running saga Brian?


Embarrassing is right. Opposition leaders are furious and demanding a


full Parliamentary statement by ministers at the earliest possible


opportunities. But this is about the farmers. Bearing in mind what


happened, they were due payments and they had to be processed by the


Scottish Government and there were endless problems with the IT system,


the money wasn't getting through. In comes a new minister who says we


will sort this out and in the meantime bring in a loan system to


provide support to farmers and guess what, the loan system has gone wrong


and there have been miscalculations in railroad to payments due -- in


regard to payments due to be paid and hundreds are said to be


affected. This fall s into the department of you couldn't make it


up. The NFU said there have been move o's to ensure the payments.


Farmers will watch out and I have got to say I think given earlier


vents they will be sceptical. Oil prices rose across the world


today after plans for a cut in production was outlined


by the organisation of oil Our business and economy editor


Douglas Fraser is here now. What's going on internationally


to explain this Douglas? This is big international politics


behind this, OPEC can turn the taps on and off and if it reduces supply,


the price can give up. But it has been unwilling to give up the market


to the American drillers who have been using shale fracking. Some OPEC


members are desperate for a deal. Saudi Arabia has blocked that and


has not wanted to see a deal that gives up ground to Iran or the


Americans. Last night we got a statement from OPEC's president that


it intends to get to a deal that would cutback a bit on production,


the first such deal we have seen for eight years. So that sent prices up.


More caution today. There is more talking to do. And should they hope


get to a deal then. Yes and what does this mean for the industry


here? It has suffered because of the drop in the price of oil, as it has


around the world. The price comes down from $115 two years ago, to


below 50 now. That explains why we have seen a collapse to investment


in the North Sea and job losses. A higher price would be welcomed by


the industry. As long as it is sustained and comes with confidence


that it will be sustained. This is not a game-changer. Not yet any way.


It firms up prices to roughly the average price since May and remember


while the offshore industry would welcome a rise, most of us are


consumers of oil for transport and fuel. So drivers and hauliers won't


consumers of oil for transport and thank you for a rise in the price.


Even if it would help a large, important, but troubled parts of


Scottish economy. An SNP MP has been detained


and questioned by police in relation Chris Law won the Dundee West seat


for the Nationalists Police Scotland say


they detained a 46-year-old man, who was released pending


further enquiry. A source close to the MP says Mr Law


has agreed to provide the police with further information


and is confident the matter A search has been launched


for an RAF serviceman from Dunfermline who has been


missing since the early hours Corrie McKeague, who is based at RAF


Honington in Suffolk, was last seen in the town of Bury St


Edmunds following a night out. CCTV footage suggests


the 23-year-old briefly slept in a doorway in the early hours


of Saturday morning. He then got up and moved on,


possibly intending to walk A merchant navy cadet


who was stranded for weeks on a container ship in the waters


off Singapore has vowed to return to sea to complete


his officer training. Ruaridh Hanna and three fellow


students arrived back in Scotland today having been stuck


on the vessel whose His family was there to meet him


in an emotional homecoming. A warning that Craig Anderson's


reports contain's flashing images. He needed a hair cut. Well, you


can't please everyone. Back on home soil after a few weeks, Ruaridh


Hanna is greeted by family and friends. He said it was the


uncertainty of their situation rather than conditions that caused


them most concern. But he was taken aback by the welcome at Inverness


airport. I have to say I'm blown away by it. I can't believe so many


people took on board our story and felt a connection to it. It is quite


flattering and also a bit am bar razzing. He has another few months


training to go qualify as a deck I is iffer. -- officer. It made me


take a hard look at the industry and any romantic vision of going to sea


has been done away with. But as for putting me off, no I'm still


determined to complete my training and to become an officer. His mum,


who first highlighted the plight of cadets salutes his determine nation.


That is his choice and I would hope he would complete his training,


because otherwise it would have been you would say a waste of time.


Putting up with what he has put up with and coming through it. So I'm


proud that he has wanted to go back. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. Money given to councils to pay


for free childcare has not been spent on funding the programme,


according to a Government report. And still to come -


the long and winding road in the life and career of football's


Steve Paterson. The public's being urged to help


solve the mystery of plans for a second rail


bridge over the Forth. The drawings date back to 1945


but were only discovered recently. Historians are investigating a few


theories about why the plans were These are two drawings we found...


Plans from 1945 were found in a box under a December income Glasgow. --


under a December income Glasgow. We don't know what the plan is... They


want to know why the designs were made and then dropped. We have a lot


of drawings, but concentrating on the original construction of the


bridge we see today. So this is a real mystery and why they were


created, we just don't know. The second rail bridge would have been


built down stream of the existing bridge and close by. There are some


theories as to why. That is the time the V bomb were landing in London.


My theory is they were thinking of more rail travel. The existing


bridge was being heavily used and they were thinking ahead. Network


trail stress the original bridge remains in good health and there has


not been a need to put the plans for a bridge coming over here into


action. But it is keen to find out more about these alternative


designs. What do people make of the plans? It looks ugly from what I


have seen. I think it would be detrimental. It would be a great


idea. Because the forth estuary does split shadow and they need a lot of


joining. From all those years ago, 71 years ago. They knew what they


were doing. Sometimes more then than they do now. Historians are asking


for public help to solve the mystery of the plans.


Work has started to move the oil rig which ran aground


on the Western Isles on to a massive vessel for transport to Turkey


The Transocean Winner became stranded last month


but was refloated and is now in Broad Bay on the Isle of Lewis.


Today it started having its eight anchors raised in preparation.


It will take about 24 hours to get it on board the transport ship


and an exclusion zone will be put in place


The decision earlier on just after 8am, I gave approval for the


operation to start. It is looking favourable over the next few days.


This might be the best opportunity we are going to have for a while.


I'm hopeful, I think this is the best it has been for a long time.


There were some small windows last week, but not sufficient time to do


the entire operation. So this is certainly the fact that we are


having two and a half days that are favourable should give us enough


time to do it. Other stories from around the


country now: A GP from Aberdeenshire who punched


a patient he was treating has Martin Thom was called to deal


with an intoxicated man who'd collapsed in the street


in Fraserburgh in May last year, because the town's


ambulance was not available. A tribunal heard that the assault


was out of character. Dr Thom was said to be "under


significant pressure He was suspended from practice


for two months. Western Isles Councillors have


expressed concern that the islands will suffer due to uncertainty


surrounding European Union's leader development scheme,


through which millions of pound The UK Government has pledged


to continue some European subsidy funds up to 2020 following Brexit,


but the leader scheme is not Now we are not sure, we have to


advise, we have to consult. There is sun certainty. We are seeking


clarification from the Scottish Government and obviously they're


seeking clarification from the Government in Westminster. So, at


the moment, there is more uncertainty on the previous level of


uncertainty with the Brexit vote. The EU paid nearly ?3 million


pounds in farm grants to an Aberdeenshire farmer last


year, according to BBC research. Frank Smart, who farms


near Banchory, tops the UK list of those who got the most from the


Common Agricultural Policy in 2015. Concern's been expressed at ongoing


recruitment difficulties facing the Fire and Rescue Service


in parts of Sutherland. The village of Lochinver


and surrounding area's been without any volunteer fire fighters


for more than a year The fire station at Bettyhill


is also struggling to recruit. Leaders of the main political


parties got together to show their commitment


to tackling climate change. The event coincided a gathering


organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition,


which brought nearly 100 people to Holyrood to meet their MSPs


and call for action to protect Councillors in the Borders have


delayed a final decision on a possible site to house


the Great Tapestry of Two possible locations,


at Tweedbank and in Galashiels town A report to today's meeting


of Scottish Borders Council had recommended that Galashiels should


be the preferred option, But councillors decided they needed


further information on funding Less than 24 hours after drawing


with Manchester City in the Champions League,


Brendan Rodgers says his Celtic side may well have English


clubs running scared. The former Liverpool boss


was responding to a question about how his side would fare


if they ever made the switch Here's our Senior Football reporter


Chris McLaughlin. For the fist time in three years,


Celtic fans raised the roof in Glasgow, Champions' League-style.


Believe it or not, it would get even louder. And here's why. Three


minutes in, Mousa Dembele. 1-0. It was a Glasgow Celtic night.


Attacking football. And a noise in the stadium which was remarkable.


But City's multi-million pound stars were likely to shine always. Delight


on the face of Fernandinho. But instead of the tide turning, Celtic


struck ones more. Teenager, Kieran terny with the shot. Oh how they


celebrated, geb. But step forward, Sterling. Another leveller just


before the break. After it, Dembele combined acrobatics and accuracy to


give the home side a tleed number three. Hands up who enjoyed that


one. The equaliser was less enjoyable but


it failed it take the shine off the achievement and here is one of the


reasons Y prize money forked winning the top league in Scotland less than


?3 million. In England, just short of ?160 million If Celtic were in


England, Celtic are one of the four-six clubs there. So, can you


imagine then the resources, playing at that level, what that would


produce T would be a frightening prospect, and an exciting prospect,


if it ever happened but I think for others, looking through, I think it


would be very, very difficult to accept.


In a night that rocked and rolled, Champions' League football was back


in Glasgow and back with a bang. European football's governing body,


UEFA, has fined Celtic 10,000 Palestine flags were flown


in the crowd at a Champions League qualifier against Israeli team


Hapoel Beer-Sheva. The UEFA rule forbids the display


of anything that is of a political, ideological, religious,


offensive or provocative nature. Exactly 40 years ago a talented


18-year old footballer from Moray made his debut


for Manchester United. Later, as a manager,


Steve Paterson led Inverness Celtic when 'Super Caley went


ballistic' before he went But along the way, he lost


more than ?1 million on gambling and had a drink


problem that saw his life, and career in football,


spiral out of control. Now he's emerged to become a social


worker and manager of From signing to Manchester United as


a youngster, to managing Inverness to this famous win over Celtic 16


years ago, Steve Paterson has seen many highs T all crumbled publicly


when Aberdeen manager in 200013. I was ill because I was consuming too


much alcohol at an inappropriate time. I he set a terrible example.


He missed a match after drinking too much the previous night. I ruined T


it finished my career. I really didn't care about anything. I was


very much into gambling. Very much into drinking and I pulled off the


football, you can function inside your own turmoil. Paterson admit he


has blown over ?1 million on gambling along. The issue began when


he signed for Manchester United and was unexpectedly handed ?10,000 in


cash. The club would have, should have really put it into a trust, to


get at the end of your contract and all of that. It is a long time ago,


you know. And it would have been I will Lille. I was obviously -


illegal. Obviously, even back then it was going on, the top, talented


schoolboys were getting, you know, bunged. The money thing doesn't


really bother me. I think it is more what it does to you as a person and


how it affects the people around you. You damage them. He has emerged


from darker areas of his life and shares his experience as a social


worker, but remains in football as manager of Duffton FC. People think


they know Steve the man but they don't. What he enjoys is he has had


lots of bitter sweet experiences in football as well as good


experiences, so coming here, for Steve, the guys are here playing for


the enjoyment. He has learned many lessons through this journey.


Seeking help being perhaps the most important. I was too wrapped up in


my own little world, bubble. I wouldn't really have engaged. But I


have engaged the last while and, you know, I can just say, for me, the


world of good and there is help for everybody that needs it.


And you can hear the full interview with Steve Paterson


on Sportsound tonight at 7.00pm on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.


The Glasgow-based artist who designed the Partick Thistle


mascot, Kingsley, has had another work chosen to stand on the plinth


David Shrigley's giant thumbs up is a seven metre sculpture


After it was unveiled this morning, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,


said he hoped the gesture it portrayed would convey a positive


Now here's Laura Maciver with details of Scotland 2016.


The UK trade minute ste, Liam Fox says Brexit could represent a


goldenp opportunity for new trade links. We'll hear from the Scottish


Whiskey Association and the institute of directors on whether


that could be the case and childcare has been the subject of a Holyrood


debate. We'll if the ambitions for early years care can be achieved.


Scotland 2016, BBC Two. 10.30. early years care can be achieved.


In the meantime let's get the weather from Christopher.


Good evening. Well, no escaping the fact we are well and truly into


autumn. Some really windy conditions overnight. You can see there,


approaching storm force across the far north and Northern Isles,


creating big seas, as captured by one of our weather watchers. Tonight


the winds easing down. The showers remain. Most clamping around west


central Scotland. For the north and south on the mainland generally dry


but a number of showers across the Northern Isles where the winds


remain strong. Temperatures overnight around 7-9 in town. A


touch cooler in the countryside across north-east with clear skies


and, you could well see the northern lights, this picture taken last


night by one of our weather watchers. Look to the north, you


never know your look. Tomorrow we start with the cloudy weather across


the central lowlands. North and south, dry, sunny morning and by the


afternoon, bright with a few showers almost anywhere, really. But fairly


light and well-scattered. Nothing like the blustery showers we had


today with the winds that bitted lighter. Temperatures, 13, 14 for


many. A touch mild ever across the north-east through Aberdeenshire,


Moray answer Angus. Elsewhere, showers, sunshine and winds easing


down. The rest of the afternoon and into the evening and we hold on thoo


showery regime but for the weekend we are watching this approaching


weather sweeping through Ireland and Wales come Saturday. It'll miss us


but a few showers and cloud through southern Scotland. Further west and


north-west you are, drier driest and brightest. Light winds from the


north-east. Sprounld the pick of the two day, dry and bright and sunny


for most. - Sundayy probably the pick of the two days.


For those of you taking part, in the great Scottish run, Sunday is the


best day. A quick reminder of the main news:


More than a ?100 million given to councils to pay for free


childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.


That's according to a Government report.


But the local authority umbrella body, COSLA, says the report


is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".


I'll be back with the headlines at 8.


Until then, from everyone on the team - right


across the country - have a very good evening.


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