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


on BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.


A radical extension of the use of electronic tags for offenders


Road accidents are the biggest killer of young


to warn teenagers to belt up and slow down.


Can we learn from how Swedish football clubs cut fan violence


and improved relations with the police?


Former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson talks to us


about boozegate and the shame that kept him away from Hampden.


was a disgrace, I was embarrassing. Because it ended my career.


Also on the programme: Not seeing the wood for the trees -


the 100-foot specimens in the Queen's back garden


The Scottish Government is planning a radical extension of the ways


electronic tags can be used on offenders.


Sobriety tags, GPS tracking and tagging will be used


as an alternative to remand for the first time north


Our political correspondent Lucy Adams has this report.


Technology to replace iron bars. I volunteer to try it out. It means


offenders can stay at home rather than behind bars. Electronic


monitoring has been used in Scotland for almost 15 years, mainly as a


form of house arrest. Now it is fitted, that's when we would


normally walk around the premises. In future, these could be used as an


alternative to remand and for those who offend under the influence of


alcohol, and for the first time in Scotland it could be used to monitor


the movements of offenders using GPS technology. This is a typical screen


we would see for a person that has been GPS tracked. There is more than


1000 people currently tagged in Scotland. GPS says in future the


numbers could be limitless. They warned there are still blackspots in


reception for GPS and tracking but said overall it is effective. It is


not a soft option, it is a restriction placed not only on


offenders but also the families. Sobriety tags will be able to pick


up on tiny traces of drink in people's sweat for those who


reoffend when drunk. We spoke to one offender who has been monitored


three times by staff in this centre. He says it was life changing. When I


was in prison, I was embarrassed and ashamed, I didn't want my children


to visit me in a place like that because every dad is Superman to


their children so they don't want to be exposed as having any weaknesses.


I was ashamed to be in prison and to have done that my family, so having


the opportunity to be out meant the world to me. It's all part of a


wider government review on penal policy. The objective is to be about


thinking about the outcome we are trying to achieve. If it is an


individual where we want to monitor and restrict where they are at


particular given times, GPS tagging could be the most effective way to


do that alongside other measures. We are interested in looking at how we


can use electronic monitoring more but we also have to be very careful.


We have seen the SNP get soft on issues of justice, and whilst there


is a role to play we have got to make sure victims don't feel


forgotten. For the Scottish Government now, the job will be


persuading judges monitoring is more effective than prison.


Police in Suffolk searching for a missing airman from Fife say


they still haven't found his phone after checking the contents


Detectives believed his handset may have been lost or discarded


Corrie McKeague, who's from Dunfermline, went missing ten


days ago after a night out in Bury St Edmonds.


There has already been huge publicity about the disappearance of


Corrie, who went out ten days ago on a Friday night, a few beers, into


the early hours of Saturday, last seen on CCTV, after that nothing.


Police trapped his mobile phone from Bury St Edmunds to this area about


12 miles away. They tracked by using massed in the area. The theory is it


could have been lost or discarded, mixed in with rubbish, and got into


the back of the bin lorry. Police seized that vehicle and found there


is no phone. It is a Nokia Lumea 345. They say they are going through


hours of fresh CCTV footage. They are hoping for a fresh glimpse of


Corrie, and maybe a fresh clue. An MSP is calling for a fatal


accident inquiry to be held into the death of the Dundee boxer


Mike Towell, who died on Friday, after being knocked out in a fight


the previous evening. The 25-year-old had been


in a bout with Dale Evans The Conservative MSP Brian Whittle


says it would be "silly" to ban boxing but there needs to be a full


investigation to establish if Mr Towell had a brain injury


before stepping into the ring. In this particular instance, my


concern would be around if the step has been missed because we


understand he was having headaches beforehand, and if that is the case,


why was that missed? The steps that should not be there. So it is


incumbent on this board to make sure every step has been taken, and


lessons have to be learned. BBC Scotland has obtained the first


exclusive pictures of an oil leak Around 95 tonnes of oil leaked


from the Clair field on Sunday, BP says three surveillance flights


flew over the slick today and it The company says it believes


the environmental impact of the spill is likely


to be minimal. A woman who suffered life-changing


injuries in a car crash when she was sixteen has been


warning teenagers about Laura Torrance has been a wheelchair


user since the accident in 1999. With traffic accidents the biggest


killer of young people in Scotland, she's hoping they'll learn


from her experience. friend passed his test on the


Monday, this was Thursday night, we went for a drive, had a laugh and


listened to music. We had a chance to show off. We came up to the


corner to quickly and rolled into the farmer's field and I don't


remember much after that. I was 16 and I didn't think this would happen


to me. Hopefully they will look at me and think this can happen to me,


it is real life, not the movies. One can have silly mistake and it can


lead to something devastating and life changing. Demonstrating safety


to those about to drive on our roads. Young drivers up to 25 make


up for 10% of drivers in Scotland and 20% of crashes, it is a


disproportionate amount so we need to do engagement with them to make


sure they are where they are vulnerable and need to work on their


experience. This has been designed to show what a crash might feel


like. That was a really nasty jolt and it was only six miles per hour.


I'm learning to drive so this makes me more aware of my situation and


make sure I'm safe. I don't think it will put off anyone from driving,


but I think it will make everyone more cautious about it. If you're


going faster, what would it be like? Because that was scary. One person


is killed every week on our roads, campaigners want people to belt up,


slow down, and not use mobile phones at the wheel.


Senior Tories have tonight turned their fire on the SNP,


accusing the First Minister and her party of using Brexit


as a lever to try and bring about independence.


The prospect of a second referendum has been described as a Sword


of Damocles hanging over the Scottish economy.


Here's our political correspondent, David Porter.


Separate but inextricably linked, since that vote in June Brexit and


Scottish independence, issues both vying for attention and causing


confusion. We will make breakfast... Brexit a success. From Scotland, no


such verbal pitfalls but strong rhetoric nevertheless on how Brexit


is being portrayed. Using it as an excuse to threaten a second


independence referendum, that's not what the people of Scotland want, it


is a sort of Damocles, the single biggest threat to Scotland's


economy. And a very direct message to the Government. We will negotiate


as United Kingdom, leave as the United Kingdom, and face the future


together as the United Kingdom. Elsewhere at the conference, time


for the Conservative leader to meet the party faithful. Most of the


stuff I got was, you are from who? They liked that, but again the issue


of Brexit, and criticism of the First Minister. It becomes the post


of First Minister, the way she has tried to exploit the vote to get


independence back on the table, I think even she has realised she went


too far. The First Minister will take issue with that and probably


this as well. Who would we like to see Ruth in Theresa May's cabinet?


Look at that, will you be disappointing these people? I have a


job to do in Holyrood. So she doesn't want to be in Theresa May's


cabinet but tomorrow Ruth Davidson will share a platform with the Prime


Minister. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. The Scottish Government is planning


a radical extension of the ways electronic tags can be


used on offenders. Not seeing the wood for the trees -


the 100-foot specimens in the Queen's back garden


which were thought to be extinct. Could a Swedish football


project help ease tensions between supporters and


the authorities in Scotland? the Scottish Cup final,


have led to calls for clubs to be There's also an ongoing debate over


the effectiveness of recent legislation covering


behaviour at matches. Alasdair Lamont's been


to Malmo to find out Malmo, one of the biggest and most


successful clubs in Sweden, but they have had issues with violence from


fans. The football authorities always had a view that you could


fans. The football authorities punish, and the same when you were


talking to the police for example, so there was a growing conflict


between big fan groups and the authorities. Four years ago, the


stand-up for football project began in Sweden, since then attendances


are up and football related crime and violence is down, so what


changes have been made to make the football experience better for the


Swedish supporters? Employing this month and others like him is partly


responsible for the change. My duty is to be a bridge for the supporters


to the club and the club to the supporters. If there is an issue


with the police and they want to talk to the supporters, the police


can talk to me and I can explain to them. We can understand each other


and maybe that lowers the risk for conflict. They deal with designated


full-time support the police, such direct lines of communication appear


to benefit the authorities too. Recently we have the problem is that


supporters from the stands are throwing bottles onto the pitch, and


for this game the supporters themselves had said that nobody can


do that. If somebody does this, we will take them out from the crowd so


do that. If somebody does this, we it is perfect. That is what we call


self policing and we hope for more and more. The issues at Swedish


football may be different from those in Scotland, and no one here


believes the approach is perfect, but the spirit of collaboration


appears to be having a positive effect.


Two Scottish-born scientists have won the 2016


Professor David Thouless - who was born in Bearsden -


shares it with another Scottish-American,


Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University.


Together with the third recipient, Duncan Haldane, they've been


recognised for their work in condensed matter physics.


At the announcement in Stockholm, a member of the Nobel Prize


organisation attempted to explain the phenomenon by tearing a hole


The jury in the trial of a man accused of the murder of a waiter


in Lanarkshire nearly 18 years ago has been sent home


after considering its verdict for a second day.


48-year-old Ronnie Coulter denies killing Surjit Singh Chhokar


The jury will resume its deliberations tomorrow.


Scotland's Finance Secretary has been accused by the opposition of


Derek Mackay is involved in a row about how much information MSPs can


receive ahead of the Scottish Government's draft budget.


Well, our political correspondent, Andrew Kerr, has been


following the story and joins me now from Holyrood.


Andrew, opposition MSPs feel they're being kept in the dark about


Yes, they feel they are not allowed to scrutinise the


Government's plans adequately. This issue may not be the talk over the


dinner table in many homes tonight but they want to keep track of where


every pound and Penny is going. All the opposition MSPs backed a motion


from Patrick Harvie, calling for more information saying it was


unacceptable the level of information they had. It's not just


the opposition, the finance committee convener also wrote to the


finance secretary, saying the information they had was


unacceptable. The Chancellor has his Autumn Statement on the 23rd of


November, the finance secretary will publish his budget on the 15th of


December. Crucial statement with lots of Brexit economic information


there so the finance secretary does not want to give bad information I


suppose. But Derek Mackay came to Parliament today with a con session.


What Parliament asked for was high-level scenario planning. I will


provide that within the time scale. I'm happen where you to write to the


Finance Committee and he will take a great interest in that. I've


repeatedly said I won't publish a draft budget. He could offer


concessions, offer to meet parliament and the Finance Committee


halfway or try to brazen it out. I regret very much he decided to take


the latter part. The opposition Jackie not hugely impressed with


what he was offering. They say he's being coy about what might, what


information he might be offering. They will keep an eye on him.


Looking at this problem in the future a budget review group has


been set up to try to ensure there is perhaps a new timetable to see


that MSPs have adequate time to look at the budget. Jackie. Thank you


very much, Andrew. A look at other stories


from across the country... An ECG examination couldn't


be done on an inmate suffering chest pains,


in Dumfries prison because there wasn't any paper


in the machine to send a fax A Fatal Accident Inquiry found that


spare paper was locked in a cupboard The prisoner, Andrew Hamilton,


died later that day although he had an appeal for information


after a nineteen year old woman was attacked


in the city early on Sunday. She fought off her attacker


after the indecent assault Six foot told, haefy build, wearing


a dark coloured kilt and wearing brown dark coloured thigh length


boots. More than 200 young people,


many from Oban High School, registered as stem cell donors


through the Anthony Nolan The action followed an awareness


campaign at Oban fire station arranged by teenager,


Lauren Campbell. She was diagnosed with leukaemia


for the third time since childhood. The age perimeters are between the


ages of 16-30 that's because people The age perimeters are between the


in the younger age band have more stem cells that can be release into


their bloodstream that allows better stem cells that can be release into


opportunity to fight infection. A protest meeting's to be held


in Inverness tonight over fears that a road link between the A9 and A96


will result in 17 mature oak Community leaders and politicians


have joined the fight Transport Scotland insists there's


no final decision on the new route. We go from a small nice, rural road,


to an enlarged road with the trees gone, basically. They have been here


for 150 years. The Scotland assistant manager,


Mark McGhee, says he'd back Fifa proposals aimed at expanding


the World Cup from 32 teams to 48. As the squad prepares to face


Lithuania this weekend in the latest World Cup qualifier,


he says the success of nations like Wales and Iceland at this


year's European Championships proves Not just the players, the supporters


of these teams made it a spectacle. Really fantastic. I know the Tartan


Army would anyway. I think there is a place for countries like that. I


think if there is a route to make it more manageable to get there, then,


yeah, I'm all for it. The former Scotland captain,


Barry Ferguson, says he believes Scotland can qualify


from this current campaign. His international career ended


after the notorious Boozegate He has told BBC Scotland,


that since then, he has been too embarrassed to return to Hampden


to watch the national team in action, saying his


behaviour was a disgrace. The now infamous pictures in the


aftermath of Boozegate. Rangers team-mates were dropped to the bench


for Scotland v Iceland. Just three days before they had been drinking


until the early hours after Scotland's loss in the World Cup


qualifier against Holland. Already in disgrace they made matters worse


with V signs in deviance. I was a disgrace. That was embarrassing what


I'd done. It was embarrassing because it ended my career. To do


what I did and not think about the consequence it is would have on


family and even my team-mates at Scotland. You know what I mean? It


was a sir suss. -- circus. Ferguson was banned from the Scotland team.


It's only now, seven years later, he thinks he is face and support the


team he once captained. I was sceptical in the past to watch


Scotland. I think that is now put to bed and I'd like to go back as a


fan. I was pan, at the end of the day. To be honest with you, it does


hurt me when people say that I didn't care. Ferguson says he cares


for the fate of the current crop and believes in Strachan and this World


Cup campaign. Do you know what, I believe we have the players to do


Cup campaign. Do you know what, I it. The first three games are


critical. We need to get seven points out of the first three games.


We haven't got world-class players. But we have got good players. We've


got good players that I think can do a job and get us to a major


championship. The man who once rebelled now looking for


redemptions. In the grounds of the Palace


of Holyrood, they stand 100 feet tall and are passed by hundreds


of thousands of visitors each year. So how did two trees turn out to be


a variety thought to be The Wentworth Elms were only


discovered when scientists at the Royal Botanical Gardens went


to carry out a survey. We have been looking at elm trees


for over 20 years. It's a large tree and a weeping habit. We are standing


underneath the canopy. It reaches quite close to the ground. If it was


left untrimmed by the gardens here it would reach the ground and sweep


the floor. The Palace gardens are land scaped with two trees over 100


years old, beautiful features, attracting many an admirer. It's


lovely. Beautiful. The other feature about this tree that helps us to


know it's a Wentworth Elm it has large leaves. They are nearly as big


as my hand. That is unusual for elm trees. It begs the question - why it


took so long to spot that these trees were a rare breed? Colleagues


had been to collect samples of the elm trees with the few of propgating


them. They took cuttings. They couldn't identify the trees. I was


asked to come along and figure out what the identity of the various


trees was. There was a theory they survived Dutch elm disease while a


third succumbed. Subsequent records in our archive refer to a single


tree. We haven't the proof. It's tempting to think maybe these two


trees in Holyrood are two donated to tempting to think maybe these two


the Palace by the royal botanical garden Edinburgh. It might be time


to get the cuttings to the potting shed and secure a new building for


the Wentworth Elm. It's nice to see them with space to breathe and to


kind of frame the landscape. It would be a great pity if we didn't


plant elms for the future. Now, here's Laura McIver


with details of Scotland 2016. We will have today's news from the


Conservative Party conference in Birmingham and the latest pro


general elections on the global economy. And we report from the


headquarters of Scottish ballet who have been live streaming


performances. Time to look at what the weather has


in store, over to Kawser. Good evening. Many of us have ended


the day on a lovely note. Lots of sunshine today and, let's cast our


mind back to earlier this morning, this the sunrise. I couldn't resist


showing you weather watcher pictures from early this morning. This is


from Voxpopbob in the highlands and in the Western Isles glorious


colours. As we head through to the evening it looks to be largely dry


and rather breezy, especially for coastal areas. There is more in the


way of cloud across Aberdeenshire for Angus, eastern borders and the


risk of one or wo showers. For most it will be dry with clear spells


developing. For the north-west temperatures could dip to four or


five Celsius. For most holding up to nine to 11 shell suss. Coastal areas


will be breezy. Tomorrow we will stay with the fairly strong


south-easterly winds especially for t northern isles. There will be more


cloud around tomorrow than there has been today. The best of the sunshine


once again across the north-west of the country. Further towards the


north-east more cloud. It looks as if most of us will stay largely dry.


Temperatures 14 to maybe 16 degrees. A shade cooler than today. Today we


reached 17 and 18 Celsius for many of us across the north-west of the


country. This area of high pressure across Scandinavia keeping weather


systems at bay in the Atlantic. For most of us across the UK it's fine,


dry and settled and will remain that way all the way into the weekend and


maybe even the start of next week as well. It does mean it's breezy. The


winds are still breezy for Thursday, too. They will tend to ease as we


look ahead to the end of the week. Up over the hills and the summit we


have strong gusts, especially for tomorrow, 60-70mph. They will ease


by Thursday. Temperatures 13 to 14 degrees. That's your forecast for


now. Even a nice skyline behind me this evening. Hope it's nice where


you are. We are back with the late bulletin, 10.25pm. Good evening.


expected. Any cloud will be broken up by the breeze with good spells


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