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Tonight, on Reporting Scotland, it's confirmed that Mike Towell,
the Dundee boxer who died after a bout last week,
had complained of headaches during training.
Nine days after he went missing in Suffolk, the mother of an RAF
serviceman makes an appeal for help to find him.
We would like him to come home. We would like him to come home soon.
This is unlike him, he wouldn't do this out of choice.
Also on the programme, Scottish scientists find a potential
new treatment for eczema using the body's own natural defences.
They were two of the biggest names in Scottish football,
but what do they think of the national team's chances ahead
And we meet up with Emili Sande four years after she put her career
on hold after struggling to cope with life in the spotlight.
Mike Towell, the Dundee boxer who died after a bout last Friday,
complained about headaches in the run up to the fight.
It's been confirmed a training session had to be
The boxing community say the sport is still relatively safe,
but it's led to calls for greater checks, as Rhona McLeod reports.
This is the boxer Mike Towell, just one year ago. 11 fights unbeaten
commie he was working hard to make his way in the sport to support his
young family. But, in the build-up to this, his final fight, all was
not well. His girlfriend says he complained of headaches and the
owner of the gym, Alex Morrison says he stopped during a sparring
session, again because of headaches. Fight fans are looking forward to
the WBA title defence of Ricky Burns, but the boxing community is
still reeling after the death of one of their own. Cannot put it into
words. My heart goes out to his family. Obviously, it is the last
thing anybody wanted to happen. You have a fight coming up, you have a
medical, they are always checking you. It is a safe sport. Obviously
it is just now and again, a tragedy like this will happen. The former
world champion, Ricky Hatton, has started a fund for Mike Towell's
partner and son. He knows the sport is under scrutiny. The daggers have
come out, boxing should be banned. But the authorities have everything
in order to make the boxes as safe as they can. It is nobody's fault.
We all know what can happen. It is a tragedy. But there must be changes
in the sport, according to one veteran boxing journalist. There are
medical checks, perhaps they will be stepped up. But so much is also
dependent on the individual's honesty. Sports people will tell
lies so they don't miss a football match or a boxing match. A lot of it
is dependent on their honesty. You can never make this 100% safe, it
will never be the case. The very nature of the sport as well, means
it can never be 100%. An investigation into the death of Mike
Towell continues. His Welsh opponent says he is absolutely heartbroken
and a family tried to come to terms with their loss.
Nearly 100 tonnes of oil has leaked from a platform west of Shetland.
BP says it believes the best solution is to allow the oil
from the Clair platform to disperse naturally in the sea,
but admits other options are still on the table.
Our environment correspondent Kevin Keane is at BP headquarters
What more can you tell us about this, Kevin? This happened yesterday
morning and it happened at a point called the separator. What tends to
happen is oil, gas and water come onto the platform where they are
separate. The oil and gas are stored and the clean water is pumped back
out into the sea. What appeared to have happened yesterday, some of the
oil got mixed in with the water as it was being pumped back out to sea.
That went on for almost an hour, according to BP. 95 tonnes of it, as
you say, will eat. It is heading away from land at the moment so it
is not expected to cause any environmental impact, but it is
being monitored and surveillance flights have been going over it. How
much is 95 tonnes and how significant is this? Figures from
2014 show there are hundreds of much smaller leaks of oil across the UK
sector, the total amount of all those leaks in 2014 was just 20
tonnes. So this is five times the amount that was accidentally leaked
in 2014. Thank you very much. Police searching for an RAF
serviceman who disappeared in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk nine
days ago say there's nothing Corrie Mckeague, who's 23,
was last seen on CCTV walking alone eating fast food
in the early hours of Saturday, Police are now examining a bin
lorry, which is believed to have gone along the same route
as a signal detected My son has disappeared. Just four
words from his mother, Nicola, brutally honest about something the
family admits it's a rear. With his brothers by her side, it she
appealed for information. There seems to be no evidence to suggest
what has happened to Corrie. At 3:20am on Saturday morning he was
seen on CCTV, and so far there is no evidence to show where my son has
gone. This is where he was seen. Police have released images
identical to that of what he was wearing and searching have covered
hundreds of roads, river banks and fields. Today, the focus was at
Barton Mills by the day 11. Phone tracking picked up Corrie's phone on
the morning he disappeared. At the same time, had bin lorry travel
between the two locations. The vehicle has been seized and the
conference was told a search is underway. Where do you place but in
terms of its importance in this enquiry? Difficult to say, different
lines of enquiry and the phone is only one. CCTV is important, both in
terms of Bury St Edmunds but also Mildenhall and around there. The
phone is important, but so is a lot of other lines of enquiry. We have a
dedicated team who are focused this investigation. The search teams
admit their task is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but they
remain determined and methodical. We will use historic data
remain determined and methodical. We something like 50,000 historic
searches. That information has been collated by people and it gives us
best case scenarios. It gives as a starting point. As his mother I
could sit here and talk to you about my son and the man he is. But I
don't want this to be a story about Corrie and the person he is, it is
about finding him. The search teams were joined over the weekend by
member of his family. They wanted, they needed to walk by the side of
the volunteers. As much as anything, they wanted to say thank you for
their dedication. The former Rangers owner Craig Whyte
has appeared again at the High Court in connection with his takeover
of the Ibrox club in 2011. He's charged with obtaining
a controlling stake in Rangers by fraud and of breaching
the Companies Act. Mr Whyte entered no plea and is due
back in court for a hearing His trial has been provisionally set
for April next year in Glasgow The jury in the trial of a man
accused of murdering the waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar nearly 18 years
ago has spent its first day Ronnie Coulter is accused
of stabbing Mr Chhokar The jury here at the High Court in
Glasgow has been hearing evidence over the course of the last four
weeks. Lord Matt Hughes told the juror is, in order to convict Ronnie
Coulter, they must be convinced he is the knife and stabbed Mr Chhokar.
Before sending the jury out this morning, Lord Matthews told the ten
women and four men, they were entitled to return one of three
verdicts, guilty, not guilty or not proven. He also said the verdict
must be unanimous or by majority. The judge also told the jury there
was no time limit on its deliberations. He told them, it is
not a case where you want to rush to judgment and I'm sure you will not
do that. Ronnie Coulter denies murdering Mr Chhokar on the 14th of
November in 1988. He had a special defence blaming his nephew and
another man, David McGoldrick. defence blaming his nephew and
Ronnie Coulter is on trial for murdering Mr Chhokar for a second
time, having previously been acquitted of the alleged murder. The
jury will continue deliberating tomorrow.
Secondary schools are set to be hit by industrial action by members
More than 90% of members of the Scottish Secondary Teachers
Association who took part in a ballot said they'd support
action short of a strike over their workload.
Last week, the largest teachers union, the EIS,
called off a work to rule after the Government announced
The SSTA says the Government's move is a step in the right direction
The Education Secretary, John Swinney said there
was "no justification whatsoever" for the action.
The Scottish Secretary David Mundell has urged the Scottish and UK
governments to avoid confrontation in Brexit talks.
suggested the scottish parliament could refuse to back legal changes.
Nick Eardley is at Tory conference in Birmingham.
Nick this continues a war of words over the weekend.
Yes, the Prime Minister didn't mince her words yesterday when she said
there could be no opt out from Brexit. Theresa May thinks the whole
of the UK is leaving. She said she would fight what she calls divisive
nationalists. But the most immediate row that has broken out is over
plans to convert EU law into domestic law and then give the UK
Parliament the ability to choose what it wants to get rid of.
Normally when Westminster wants to legislate in an area covered by
devolution, in needs the permission of the Scottish parliament. Mike
Russell, the man in charge of Brexit talks for the Scottish Government,
things that will be the case in this situation also. He suggested that
because of the majority of MSPs oppose leaving the EU, it could be
hard to get it through. But the UK Government is convinced it needs
that consent as yet? Earlier I spoke to David Mundell.
Ultimately the Scottish parliament doesn't have a veto over the UK
leaving the EU. Of course they will have a say and important debates,
but they will not have a veto on the process. I want them to be engaged
and and that is why I'm going to appear before the Scottish
Parliament and why David Davis is going to do that as well. We want to
proceed on the basis of partnership and we are looking to work together,
not looking for confrontation or unnecessary arguments
But there are differences of opinion. The UK Government have said
the next priority is to bring down immigration. The Scottish Government
has said its main concern is retaining membership of the single
market. David Mundell says he wants a constructive relationship moving
forward. I think at least some of that will be down to both sides
giving and taking and some compromise.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
Confirmation that the boxer, Mike Towel, who died after a bout,
had complained of headaches during training.
And still to come - on the shortlist for Britain's most
prestigious annual architecture award, this college campus
is the only Scottish building in the running.
Eczema affects around 8 million people in the UK.
The intense itching and burning skin can be hugely distressing
Scientists at Edinburgh University have been testing ways
in which the body's own natural defences might be used to create
There are only so many photographic filters you can use to cover the red
marks up on your face. I will do it around my eyes and my cheeks. As you
can see from the creams I had to apply them regularly, to hopefully
cover up the marks. Liam has lived with eczema all his life, but the
symptoms are not just physical. Growing up as a teenager, going
through a lot of change as it is. If you are faced with problems with
your skin on top of that, it is another problem you have to deal
with. When skin is damage, people usually produce a compound to heal
the broken cells. It doesn't seem to happen with eczema. At Edinburgh
University, scientists have been working on a natural defence. It is
a culture broth that allows these artificial skin systems to grow in
the lab. Bay have instructed the cells to produce this substance
lacking in people with eczema. They have been able to show this
defensive thing not only kills bacteria, but strengthens the skin
barrier that fights of other infections. For many people it is a
lifelong treatment and that is a mixture of moisturisers and steroid
creams. Steroid creams can become less effective as you get older, but
also cause with repeated use. This can give us an insight into how you
approach and treat it. It. It could be trying to instruct the eczema
skin to try and make this defensive thing. Or it could be making the
defensive to make a cream or ointment. The challenge is to get it
out of the lab but that could be ten to 15 years away. But the sufferers
lightly on, it would been freedom from this distressing condition.
North Lanarkshire Council has suspended three members of staff
amid an ongoing investigation into corruption claims.
The investigation began in April after an anonymous letter made
There are calls for a reform to the system that allows council
chief executives to receive extra payouts for acting as returning
These have amounted to ?1 million in the past two years.
The existing arrangements are to be scrutinised by a commitee of MSPs.
The Electoral Reform Society will be giving evidence.
We are very pleased the committee is looking at this, because the formula
has changed since it was last set up, it is time it was like that.
A memorial service for families affected by the baby ashes scandal
at Aberdeen's Hazlehead Crematorium is to be held next month.
Baby and adult ashes were mixed together and given back
to relatives of the adult, while the parents of infants
The non-denominational service will take place
The RSPB is trying to raise almost ?300,000 in a month to buy land
to expand an important bird reserve on the Solway Firth.
Mersehead is the winter home of more than 10,000 barnacle geese.
Land has become available adjacent to the existing reserve
but the charity has only until the end of the the month
That will join us up, creating a lovely wildlife corridor for the
benefit of not just the geese but other species we manage four,
breeding waders like lapwing, and other non-avian species, the
natterjack toad as well. On Saturday, Scotland play Lithuania
in their second qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup
finals in Russia. Despite winning their opening
match against Malta 5-1, the former Scotland player
Kenny Dalglish says he'd be happy if the team win this weekend's game
by a fluke or an own goal. They were the heroes of EST in a
Scotland jersey, now they display the name of the new sponsors of the
main stand at Hampden park. They are just as keen to see Scotland succeed
at the weekend against Lithuania. just as keen to see Scotland succeed
They have been here a couple of times in recent years, they are
strong, well-organised, maybe a little bit more defensive than what
you would like, but we will try to break them down. At the end of the
year, be patient, if we get a fluke, and own goal that gets us through,
fine, well done. After beating Malta in the first round of games,
Scotland are top of the group but there are another nine matches in
the qualifying campaign. England are the favourites to qualify
automatically. Archie Gemmill scored one of the greatest goals ever seen
in the World Cup finals in 1978 against Holland. And despite
England's change of manager following the departure of Sam
Allardyce and a cloud of corruption allegations, he says it might not be
to their detriment. I think personally it will make England
stronger, but I think Scotland should look at it as a group minus
England. The two games against England are going to be absolutely
massive, so if they can win that group minus England, they are going
to be in a play-off for the World Cup. The Hampden Park facade debates
the Scotland greats of the past, but if the present team enjoy success,
it may be their faces on view in the future.
Aberdeenshire singer-songwriter Emeli Sande
is back in the limelight after a break of almost four years.
The pop star is playing a series of intimate gigs
ahead of her second album being released.
The 29-year-old says she's determined to take things
a little easier after her meteoric rise took its toll.
Back on home turf and back in the spotlight, the last few years have
been an emotional roller-coaster for the multi-million selling artist. A
new single is a nod to that. It just feels like a big emotional
explosion, it felt like the first time I wasn't trying to like censor
anything, I just let it all out, this is how I am feeling. This
intimate stage is a long way from the global one that she dominated
four years ago. And the winner is... Emeli Sande! Awards galore,
bestselling debut album, and performing for President Obama. A
little bit overwhelmed, to be honest, especially when it was going
on, I wasn't taking in every moment and really reflecting on the days.
When I had time off and looked back at old photos, you know, I felt
proud of not just myself but the whole team around me, because we
were really on a journey together from performing here 15 years ago to
performing for Obama. The fame came at a price. There were definitely
points where I did feel very tired, and things were going to fast. This
time around, I want to make sure I have put aside personal time and do
not... Like take it seriously, you know? This time it is important for
me, if I have a day off, don't go into the studio, just enjoy that
peace and time to reflect. But tonight is a homecoming for Emeli
Sande, with family, friends and fans, a fresh beginning, a new
version of events. Six buildings are in the running
for Britain's most prestigious annual architecture award -
the Riba Stirling Prize. This year, an art gallery,
a library, a housing estate, have made the shortlist
for the prize. The only building in Scotland
on the shortlist is the Riverside campus
of the City of Glasgow College. The overarching brief
was to create a new community, a super campus, drawing together
three different colleges Our brief was to create
a new single campus, It was very important
that the architects understood how to work from a classroom level right
through to a specialist workshop, right through to the inspiring
open spaces in the grand atrium. There are very few buildings that
properly engage with the Clyde. This location for the maritime
college and school of engineering was a gift to the project,
where we could really engage the building with the Clyde
and through that with the city. There's an amazing series
of classrooms, some general, to study shipping-chart work,
some specialist, where they can actually get hands-on
experience in tying knots Some are high-technology classrooms,
that probably are five They can actually have a simulation
of the bridge of a supertanker It is an almost identical layout,
instruments and screens to what the ship's captain
and engineer would see. The facilities link up,
so you can have us on the simulator as well as having
the engine room workshop, being able to call down
as if on a ship. Some six floors beneath,
are actually a large ship's working engine,
which we bought from the industry The engineers are trained,
not only to plan issues but to repair and maintain
the working ship's engine. We wanted to create a building
with a civic presence, we have an embossed white concrete
base, on the riverside walkway, and a very simple curtain
walling facade above. These modular facades
were specifically redolant of 19th century Victorian facades in
a lot of buildings in Glasgow. The staff team can be truly proud
of a cohesive project. It proves that with a brilliant
client, brilliant architect, you can achieve a unique,
iconic and world-class building. You can see all our films
of the shortlisted buildings now and you can also vote
for your favourite one there. Let's take a look at what the
weather has in store. I am bringing you news, it has been
a beautiful day across the country, there is a Weather Watchers's
picture of the sky, very settled for the week ahead, and we can take a
look at the pressure charts to see why. We have an expansive area of
high pressure that looks like staying with us through the week,
pushing any weather systems further out into the Atlantic, so good news
for us and for autumn. A dry evening and night, some clear spells
initially, more cloud towards the far West, cloud tending to drifting
across eastern coastal areas tonight as well. Occasionally strong winds
in the West, like inland, temperatures were covering to about
nine Celsius. A fine start to the day tomorrow, cloudier initially
across eastern areas, the cloud thinning and breaking, so we're
looking at a beautiful autumn day once again. No mist and fog like
today, am glad to say. Temperatures rising to a respectable 15-16dC, the
best sunshine in the West, 17 degrees are towards Glasgow, the
West Highlands, over the Western Isles looking pretty good,
brightening up here, cloud coming and going over Shetland, a strong
south-westerly wind, strong winds in coastal areas throughout the day.
That bit of cloud coming and going towards eastern coastal areas,
towards the Angus coast, the East Lothian coast, still pretty
pleasant, right sunshine, turning hazy. More of the same into the
evening, and it stays dry into the overnight period as well. Actually,
that things are looking for Wednesday too, and other dry day,
cloud initially, thinning and breaking through the day, the best
sunshine in the West, quite a breezy day, on Thursday we will see
brighter skies in the East, but similar to tomorrow.
A reminder of the main news, the British economy is in for a
roller-coaster ride as the UK and negotiate its exit from the European
Union according to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, speaking to the
Conservative Party conference. That is Reporting Scotland, I am
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