07/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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So it's goodbye from me and the team on the BBC News at Six.


The blatant theft of a motorbike on a busy Edinburgh street.


It's on the increase and residents fear an innocent


Police release pictures of ten men they want to speak to in connection


with the disorder at last month's Old Firm game.


Pressure grows for the head of the Crofting Commission to resign


over the handling of a dispute with crofters in the Western Isles.


A selection headache for Gordon Strachan,


as Scotland's footballers prepare for tomorrow's World Cup


And a shop in Edinburgh is making a crunchy treat that's bugging cake


eaters on the streets of the capital.


It's not too bad. That's fine. Not great, but not horrendous. I would


rather a strawberry tart and a meringue.


Residents in North Edinburgh say they're living in fear,


after a rise in motorbike theft and violence by teenagers.


Police say they are cracking down, but locals say they want more


done before an innocent bystander is killed.


It comes as motorbike owners are calling on the Scottish


As darkness fell last night, the presence of the police was quickly


apparent. Two nights of heightened action. As a consequence, we had six


arrests and it has resulted in those individuals being put to court. As


it stands, one individual has received a term of imprisonment.


Despite this, the community does not feel safe. I have spoken to lots of


people about what is going on. Some have said they are afraid to go out


after dark. But when it comes to getting people to talk publicly on


camera, they say they are afraid they will become targets. One


resident asked to remain anonymous. Every day, walking down the street.


How sad is that? It's terrifying, terrifying. They like to ride the


bikes up. They are so noisy. It is the most frightening... I am trapped


in the house. Others have taken to social media. The posts about


attacks and intimidation are updated daily. On the other side of the


city, we met up with bikers who also say they have been threatened.


Members of my family have been threatened. Phone calls basically


saying that we are sitting outside your house, your bike is getting


stolen. Some of them are carrying screwdrivers now. Kids who are


stolen. Some of them are carrying inexperienced are jumping on these


bikes, flying down the streets, one footpath is. Putting lives in danger


and also themselves. There has been a 22% increase in vehicle theft


across the city this year. Tourists and locals have been targeted. This


theft took place in the city centre only a month ago. In June, a


14-year-old boy was killed driving a stolen bike but that has not stopped


the escalation in theft and violence. Despite nearly 30 arrests,


we have not seen many custodial sentences. It is a problem at the


judiciary. Police say this as a priority. They will meet with


community members next week as they continue efforts to crack down on


this crime. Police have released images of ten


people they want to speak to in connection with disorder


at last month's Old Firm game. Effigies of Rangers fans were hung


from the stands during the match at Parkhead, and toilets in the away


end of the ground were vandalised. Celtic Park on September ten. Both


teams take to the field but as the camera pans across the crowd, two


hanging effigies can be seen in the home stands. One is wearing a


Rangers scarf, the other draped in an orange sash. Four people have


appeared in court in connection with that incident. Police Scotland have


now released images of these ten people they want to speak to them


connection with the vandalism and disorder that marred the old firm


game. Mobile phone footage posted on disorder that marred the old firm


social media after the match shows fans destroying these toilets. Roof


tiles and cubicle doors were damaged in the away stand. This was the


state they were left in. Police would like anybody with information


about these ten people to contact them.


Pressure is mounting on the head of the Crofting Commission


to resign, after the First Minister warned that the government


would intervene if it didn't put its own house in order.


This follows a turbulent few months, during which the commission


was forced to apologise to crofters in the Western Isles and then passed


a vote of no confidence in its own convener.


It is viewed by many as an idyllic lifestyle, part-time farming on


small parcels of land with tiny rents. There are almost 20,000


crofts in Scotland, protected and regulated by the Crofting


Commission. But the body is imploding. It has suspended two


local grazing committees in Lewis earlier this year on grounds of


financial mismanagement but it was forced to do a U-turn when that was


ruled heavy-handed, if not illegal. It begins with the common grazing


committees having been put out of office. Two of them. It is how the


Crofting Commission have gone about that and the uproar it has caused.


The Scottish Government called on the commission and its convener to


apologise to the crofters involved. Last week, he stormed out of a


commissioner's meeting. They issued an apology and then passed a vote of


no confidence in Mr Kennedy. So who is running the show? The First


Minister was asked at Holyrood yesterday. Crofting commissioners


have called on the convener to resign. The Scottish Government has


requested further information from the convener in relation to last


week's events. While the government would not ordinarily intervene in


the internal operations of an independent statutory body, the


legislation gives Scottish ministers power to act if required. I


contacted Mr Kennedy at his home by phone earlier today and he told me


he had no plans to resign but would make no further comment. But the


implication of the intervention by Nicola Sturgeon is clear. Either he


jumps, or he will be pushed. There is no doubt there has been a fallout


amongst commissioners caused by the behaviour of the conditioner -- the


Commissioner of the Crofting Commission. It needs a new convener,


a reconstituted board and to get back to doing what it is meant to


do, working for crofters across Scotland. But does this matter to


those who live and work in crofting communities? People being removed


from office unfairly and unjustifiably has a huge effect on


small communities. Allegations made that have not been proven to be


correct, that split divided communities and cause lots of


problems. There is a saying that a croft is a piece of land surrounded


by legislation. It is an old joke, but never was a truer word spoken in


jest. Performers from Dundee, New Delhi,


South Uist and Chicago will take to the stage this weekend


for a festival to mark the tenth anniversary


of the National Theatre of Scotland. The festival, the first of its kind,


celebrates the outreach work the company has done in communities


across Scotland Our arts correspondent


Pauline McLean reports. Home means different things to


different people. For these Brazilian performers, it's about


life on the streets of Rio, protest and Samba. They are one of ten


community arts companies who brought their version of home to Glasgow to


mark the tenth anniversary of the National Theatre of Scotland. Inside


yourself, you assess this and let it come out loudly, I think. I think


that's very strong, that all the art has come from the communities and


their situation, because they just want to speak. They just want to let


people know who they are, what is their reality, what they think, what


is their sensibility. The same is true for the five Scottish


companies, including this one, which worked with a community in the


Highlands. They may seem 1 million miles from Rio or Chicago, but their


approach is the same. As a company, we work with people and look at


people. We attended quite a few local barbecues in the area,


actually. So there was a big coming together of communities. We went and


filmed portraits at those events and that was an honest way of connecting


with people. The National Theatre of Scotland, connecting with


communities to tell their stories has been as important in their first


decade as high-profile performances. Shetland, for example, was concerned


about car culture, so their show dealt with that. The Bangladesh


community in Glasgow, nobody really knows their story, about how they


fled in the same way as Syrian refugees, but back in 1971. That


story has never been told, but now it is a really urgent story. That


authentic voice lives here and that is why we have been successful. So,


for the next five days, companies from across the world will make


themselves at home here in Glasgow. And who knows, the stories they


share in coming days may make collaborations for the future.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


Residents in North Edinburgh say they're living in fear,


after a rise in motorbike theft and violence by teenagers.


The efforts being made to get Scotland's basketball team to the


Commonwealth Games in Australia. A replica Iron Age roundhouse


is being built in Whithorn to show how people lived in Galloway


in that period. Thanks to an amazing


archaeological find, Ancient history construct it. A


modern interpretation of an Iron Age roundhouse, but informed accurately


by a 2500 -year-old template. Last year, in nearby woodland,


archaeologists found an amazingly well preserved roundhouse under the


peak of a so-called lock village. The only one of its kind in


Scotland, occupied by a native tribe around 500 BC. The remarkable degree


of preservation has enabled the reconstruction to be as authentic as


possible. On the war and floors, Hazelwood. The basic structure is


all the. A rather grand oak doorway and on top, a thatched roof of water


reed. Traditional building methods are used where possible. When you


are working with read, you use one of these things. I have seen an


Egyptian hieroglyph of a Thatcher, a picture of a fellow up a ladder with


one of these in his hand. That is about 3000 years old. The methods


haven't changed very much as far as I know, nor have the tools.


Volunteers are shown how to do the work, period costume adding to the


authenticity for some. It is taking the craft and the real physical


thing and creating a space where people can walk back through time in


their imagination and learn about where we have come from. That is


what draws me to this particular project. This is where Saint Ninian


first brought Christianity to Scotland, and archaeological tourism


is already the town's lifeblood. It will be used by local schools and


students for studying prehistory and will be part of our visitor


attraction from Easter next year. And we hope for more unusual uses,


such as event higher performance, and perhaps for us in the summer to


run workshops and traditional crafts and that kind of thing. Iron Age,


new age. A look at other stories


from across the country. A 45-year-old man has been


arrested in connection with the death of a man in Airdrie


in North Lanarkshire last week. The body of 40-year-old


Malcolm McLaren was discovered at his flat in the town's


Clark Street last month. Police Scotland said a man had been


detained in custody and was expected to appear


at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday. Four passengers have been arrested


by Spanish police, after a disturbance on board a Ryanair


flight from Edinburgh to Alicante. Ryanair said the four were detained,


after they became "disruptive" during the three-hour journey,


which left Edinburgh The airline said that the men had


been removed and then detained by officers on arrival


at the Spanish airport. A ban on certain types of Super Puma


helicopters flying in the UK The Civil Aviation Authority says it


won't allow the 225 and L2 fleet to take to the air again,


until an investigation into a crash 13 people, including


Iain Stuart from Aberdeenshire, were killed in the


crash near Bergen. Counter-pollution measures


were taken after a leakage of hydraulic or gear oil was spotted


from the Transocean Winner rig. The coastguard said it believed


a maximum of 50 litres The 17,000-tonne structure ran


aground on the Western Isles It's now out of the water


on the deck of a semi-submersible Police have issued an appeal


for information about why a chicken was seen crossing


the road in Dundee. Officers were called


to East Marketgait, after reports of the bird "giving passing


motorists cause for concern". The chicken was traced by officers


and taken to a police station, with the SSPCA brought


in to care for it. The force is working


to trace the bird's owner. Gordon Strachan says he's not


setting his Scotland players any targets for the World Cup double


header against Lithuania Lithuania are first up


at Hampden tomorrow night, Here's our senior football


reporter, Chris McLaughlin. Here at the National Stadium,


exactly a year ago tomorrow, Scotland's Euro 2016 hopes died when


these players drew 2-2 with Poland. Now, they're hoping a win tomorrow


can pro pel them towards World Cup qualification. I don't think the


hurt ever goes, I think it strives you on, especially older ones, it


makes you more determined. It makes you try and get everyone else more


determined and focused. Really focussing and make sure this time


it's going to be our Some say if time. This is to be Scotland's time


then this is a must win game. So what is the target for the


double-header? I've never head any targets in nigh life for anything I


do. I just get on and do it and just live in the present. Some managers


do that, but if you don't achieve what you're after, you can


disappoint yourself and everybody. You can disappoint everybody. We go


on and see where we go. Scotland are the clear favourites on paper. They


sit-in 44th place. As for tomorrow's opponents they are a full 73 places


below them. COMMENTATOR: In on the goalkeeper.


He's wrapped it up for Hearts. Their manager knows the Scottish game from


his time at Hearts. He had has Lithuania playing attacking


football. The rankings may not tell the full story. It's like the lowest


ranking in Lithuania's history, but since he took over the national team


our results and our play of the game is kind of different. 35,000


supporters are expected here tomorrow and the fans have been


asked to pick a new tune for when Scotland score. The winner... Not a


favourite for everyone. If this is playering out here at the National


Stadium tomorrow, there won't be many complaints.


Scotland's world boxing champion, Ricky Burns,


defends his super-lightweight title tonight in Glasgow.


The bout is taking place less than a week after the death


Burns says he'll have to put the tragedy to the back of his mind


when he steps into the ring, as David Currie reports.


For Ricky Burns, like many others when it comes to he with aing up the


dangers of boxing with their passion with the sport, it's no contest.


While mourning the death of one of their own. A week ago Mike Towell


stepped into the ring for what would have been his final fight. I can't


manage how his family are feeling. Every fighter knows they are risking


when they put their gloves on and climb through the ropes. I have been


boxing for so many years and I have been trying to put that at the back


of my mind. I haven't being paid that much attention. In this game,


anything can happen. The 33-year-old faces an opponent with a formidable


reputation. He's a nasty type of fighter. Which is what you need in


the boxing. I was a nice guy. He will need to be nastier. It's hard


to convince a fellow with 19 knockouts rather than 21 you will


not only be able to bash this guy. For the duration of this fight,


Ricky Burns and Kiryl Relikh will focus on getting the better of one


another. Some of the money from ticket sales will go towards the


family of Mike Towell. Fighters are special people. We need to make sure


that Mike Towell's family are comfortable and have the right


support, financially and emotionally, because everybody is


touched by the passing of Mike Towell.


We aren't exactly known as a basketballing nation,


Efforts are being made to ensure that Scotland get


to the Commonwealth Games in Australia in two years' time,


You might not recognise this man, but he's the poster boy for Scottish


and British basketball and having missed out on the home event, he is


determined to get his country to the Gold Coast in 2018 an inspired a new


generation along the way. There is a lot of volunteer work, going to


schools and talk about sport, being active. A lot of kids are talking


about 2014 and the Commonwealth Games. Everyone was feeding off


that. The hype was there. The buzz was there. Basketball, we never got


to be there. I think it would be a huge difference. 2018 can be a


starting point to rebuild and make sure kids are getting behind and


inspired to play the sport. Work has begun to get there. Sport Scotland


invested ?280,000 and athletes will play under the watchful eye of the


newly appointed national coaches. By having key players and young players


here playing in the BBL and around the national league we have that


platform to continue on our improvement, which we have not had


in years past and there has been a little bit of a disconnect. Right


now we feel we're in a great spot to lead this qualification process. The


men aren't the only ones trying to get here. Scotland has its first


professional women's team in the British league, which they hope will


be invaluable. We have all this funding that has been pushed into


our club. We are now training full-time athletes. It's fantastic.


It gives us, not just us, but also the younger generation, especially


younger girls playing any sport, it gives them a sense of hope and


inspiration that they can go somewhere with their sporting


career. You don't have to wait two years. The Glasgow Rocks their Donna


Pride Ical there is plenty of talent to impress right here on our


doorstep. A patisserie in Edinburgh has


brought out a range of cakes for Halloween designed


to pack a crunch. Aileen Clarke has been


out on the streets of All set for Hallowe'en? You have the


pumpkin decorations, plastic spiders and the fake cobwebs, how about some


truly beastly treats. This patisserie in Edinburgh is putting


creepy crawlies into cakes to get into the spirit of it this year.


It's a chance to promote what they argue is a nutritions and


environmentally friendly alternative to more popular sources of protein,


like beef. What is that? This is a meal worm, a cricket. All the


insects we have in our shop today crickets, meal worms are all edible


ones. A little crunch to them and fantastic taste. This will be a very


hard sell in Scotland when we don't even eat as much Brockley as we


should? Of course. People in Scotland are, from my opinion as a


French person, are very tolerant and open minded. I'm sure there is no


doubt they will be tempted at least to try them. Normally, at this


stage, your report would taste the goods. You know what, I've got a


much better idea. What we have here sir is chocolate brownees garnished


with meal worms and the odd scorpion. I will try one. Good man.


Taking my life in my hands here! Go on. I feel I'm on a jungle celebrity


challenge. It's not too bad. Do you want another bit? No, that's fine.


Not great. It's not horrendous. I would rather have a straw berry tart


and a meringue. Thanks anyway. That is your first ever scorpion? Yeah.


Would you recommend it? Yes. The flavour is delicious. There is


chocolate and everything coming through. The only thing that is


missing is a glass of wine. Ah, would that be red or white with the


meal worms, madame? Kirstie was saying how she would to try them.


That would be right. It put me off my dinner. Thank you very much. Good


evening. High pressure has dominated proceedings over the last couple of


days so the weather has been settled and largely dry. Over the weekend it


goes nowhere. For this evening and tonight we hold on to largely dry


conditions. A fair amount of cloud around southern areas. The north


will have long clear spells. A contrast in temperatures. Where we


hold on to the cloud, 8-1 0 degrees the north could be down to freezing.


Fist and fog in the highland glens. Brisk winds to the coasts and the


isles, too. Tomorrow, another dry day for the vast majority with


sunshine around. Eastern areas will see cloud rolling in from the North


Sea as we go through the day. There will be one or two showers around.


More especially across the south-west tomorrow afternoon,


perhaps one or two showers to the north-east, too. Otherwise it is


looking dry with bright and sunny spells. 13 and 14 Celsius for most


of us. The north-west will see the lion's share of the sunshine,


temperatures rising to 16 high pressure 17 Celsius. It will feel


pleasant with light winds. For hill walking and climbing tomorrow the


more north-western ranges will be cloud-free. More in the way of cloud


to the Angus Hills with light showers. The winds will be moderate


to fresh. Temperatures around five or six Celsius on the tops. For the


central and southern ranges, again a fair amount of cloud here, one or


two showers across the bofrder hills with some sunshine for the Gallowyay


Hills. Temperatures around five or six Celsius. Tomorrow evening we


will hold on to dry conditions. A few showers to the east gradually


spreading their way further west. Tomorrow evening, if you are heading


to ham den, to the football, it's looking dry. There will be variable


amounts of cloud. Temperatures of around 12 Celsius and mostly light


winds. Into Sunday, we still have this huge area of high pressure


dominating proceedings. Again, it is looking fine and dry for most of us.


Plenty of sunshine around. Just a few showers in the east. Temperature


wise around 12 to 14 Celsius with mostly light winds. That's the


forecast. Sally. Thank you very much.


Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.


Local officials in Haiti now say the number of dead in the wake


of Hurricane Matthew has risen to more than 800.


It's left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, also hitting


Cuba and the Dominican Republic and now the southern


Residents in north Edinburgh say they're living in "fear"


after a rise in motorbike theft and violence by teenagers.


Police say they are cracking down, but locals say they want more


done before an innocent bystander is killed.


I'll be back with the headlines at 8.00pm and the late bulletin just


Until then, from everyone on the team - right


across the country - have a very good evening.


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