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Highland concerns are raised at Westminster over


the future of Fort George as a working army barracks.


Donald Trump's polarised America in his bid to become President,


so how would Scots - who've met him - describe him?


Stamina, determination, grit to overcome what ever the obstacles


are. The most obnoxious man I have ever met in my life. So big headed,


full of himself, and all he talks about is Trump and money.


We look at the possible impact on Scotland of plans to reduce


After his win at the Shanghai Masters, Andy Murray's


within touching distance of becoming the world number one.


And do not adjust your set - the pale imitation of a woodland


creature that's come as a surprise to residents in Edinburgh.


Political leaders from the Highlands have been meeting a UK defence


minister to discuss the future of Fort George.


The 250-year-old barracks outside Inverness


is among a number of bases in Scotland at risk of closure


as part of an MoD review, which is expected to report


Here's our Westminster Correspondent, David Porter.


Fort George, the army's most northerly barracks in mainland UK,


and home to the Black Watch. For two and a half centuries the base has


been an integral part of the Highlands' landscape. But for how


much longer? Supporters insist its strategic military and economic


much longer? Supporters insist its importance means it must be


maintained. Anything else would be short-sighted, they say. This is


proven to be one of the most efficient army bases in the MOD's


portfolio. It has a great record of doing the kind of things we need in


modern defence, and it makes no sense that after investing ?30


million in Fort George, that they would look to close it on financial


grounds. Fort George's future will be decided here, at the Ministry of


Defence in London. Tonight, it had this to say. The MOD is one of the


biggest landowners in Scotland, with an estate more than eight times the


size of Glasgow. Every penny made from the sale of sites will be


invested back into defence on things like the new maritime harbour of


Lossiemouth. So many, that will not calm fears. We will be losing more


jobs there then we've lost in the downturn in the oil and gas industry


at the moment. So you put those two together, and you look at the


uncertainty of exit, and it really would be a blow to Highlands that we


can do without. We would be more than unhappy if the barracks and the


people left us, but we were left with the bombing ranges and the


nuclear submarines on our coast. This is part of a wider review of


MOD sites across the UK, and just one big defence decision that will


impact Scotland. The renewal of Trident, though controversial, would


mean more investment in Scotland. The manufacture of type 26 frigates


for the Navy would bring cash to the Clyde, but there are already


concerns that delays to that programme could put jobs at risk.


Proof that defence is important to Scotland, and also that Scotland is


important to defence as a whole. Police have said the family


of a missing mother are "desperate" 29-year-old Farrah Fadli -


who is also known as Farrah Gillespie -


has not been seen since Friday when she dropped her two children


off at a friend's house in Irvine. The family had initially gone


missing from their home The new chair of the troubled


Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry says she'll carry out her duties


independently and thoroughly. Lady Smith took over in July


after her predecessor resigned, Her message to abuse survivors comes


as the Home Secretary faced an urgent question at Westminster


on the child sex abuse inquiry Well, our reporter Steven Godden


has been following the story, This was her first update since


taking over, and given the trouble that's gone before, this was about


offering steady reassurance. It is a progress report. She says that the


enquiry continues, they are carrying out interviews in private and


gathering documents ahead of the public hearings. Lady Smith says she


is determined to find out what happened to children who were abused


in care in Scotland, and urges anyone with information to come


forward. Did Lady Smith say anything about the trouble that's gone


before? Not directly, but she did make a point of saying she would


carry out her duties independently and thoroughly, heading off a charge


made by her predecessor, Susan O'Brien QC, who resigned citing


Scottish Government interference, something ministers denied. They


said they accepted her resignation because of comments she'd made in a


training exercise, though she said she'd not said anything


unacceptable. And the Scottish enquiry isn't the only one having


problems. What about the parallel enquiry in England and Wales? This


is the independent enquiry into child sexual abuse, now onto its


fourth chairperson after the previous three resigned. Amber Rudd


faced an urgent question in the House of Commons today. She stressed


the independence of the new chair, Professor Alexis Jay, who has said


she will not look to reduce or restrict the scope of the enquiry,


and that she expects progress by the end of 2020. Thanks very much.


Representatives of Donald Trump claim there's been a surge


in investment at his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire.


They say it's now up to around ?150 million.


That compares with accounts filed with Companies House which showed


the Trump organisation had spent just ?18 million


As well as Turnberry, Donald Trump owns a golf


Our reporter Steven Duff has been to meet two people who have very


different opinions of the man who aims to be America's next


It's where my mother was born and raised, and it's a great place. Tell


me when. The presidential nominee no stranger to Scotland, the


acquisition of Turnberry golf courses. Trump International Golf


Links in Aberdeenshire, his love of the Western Isles, from where his


mother hails. Donald Trump is a real Marmite man and politician. Stamina,


determination, grit to overcome what ever the obstacles are. The most


obnoxious man I've ever met in my life. So big headed, full of self,


and all he talks about is Trump and money. As the owner of a successful


hotel chain, Charles Steen is an admirer of Donald Trump's business


acumen. He believes the American's golf course in Aberdeenshire has


been a masterstroke. We accommodate a lot of golfers coming to the


north-east of Scotland, and they all say the same thing, the course is


absolutely outstanding. This farmer is not a big fan. He defied Mr


Trump, who wanted to buy up his land. He cut off our water. We had


no water for five years. They built the road on top of it, they dug the


pipe away, and we were drinking water off the road for five years.


The Trump Organisation says that claim is untrue. The water supply


was restored within hours. Both men have had their brushes with Donald


Trump. Charles Steen bumped into him in New York. We had a chat for about


five minutes. He was very friendly. I went back, finished the mill,


called for the bill, and the waiter said, Donald has paid for it. I


said, if I'd known that, I would have ordered everything on the menu!


Have you met him? I have, yes. I nearly knocked him out. We will find


out soon whether Donald Trump will have more time for golf!


Scotland's Westminster constituencies could be re-drawn.


The Boundary Commission will soon announce its proposals.


The UK Government wants to cut the cost of politics


by reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600.


The total reduction could save ?12 million,


and aims to evenly distribute the number of voters


There's been a critical reaction from the opposition,


as some MPs could face a fight for survival.


Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr reports now


from Gretna Green, one of the southern-most boundaries.


In the olden days, the border between England and Scotland in this


part of the world was pretty fluid. It moved around a bit, but for the


past few centuries it's been set very firmly in stone. But there


could be changes to the political boundaries in this area and across


the rest of Scotland, as the number of MPs are being cut as Westminster


in a bid to save money. Beside the bridge, time for a late breakfast at


the nearby cafe. It is possible folk here could end up living in a


different constituency. Scotland's only Conservative MP represents the


people of Gretna, but if there are six fewer MPs, it affects the


biggest party. One expert Dick 's musical chairs for the SNP. We know


the SNP won 56 out of 59 seats, so we know that the lions share of


losses will be out of the SNP. The interest lies in the three MPs who


didn't come from the SNP. Those three were Alastair Carmichael, the


Lib Dem in Orkney and Shetland. We also have Labour's Iain Murray in


labour south, and Devon Mundell in the Clydesdale. It doesn't look


good, based on previous proposals. Both David Mundell and Iain Murray's


seats could be carved up into constituencies which are no longer


ones we would assume that Mr Mandel or Mr Murray would have won in 2015.


MPs don't like to comment on what would happen in their patch. The UK


Government says they are committed to ensuring fair and equal


representation for the voting public, as well as cutting the cost


of politics. I do regret that the Conservatives are pushing this


through on a register that is missing so many people. We should be


using the register of the right number of people. And they are


plugging all their cronies into the number of people. And they are


house of Lords. As for musical chairs in the SNP... we don't know


what the proposals will be as we have not seen the proposals yet. We


don't know what constituencies are at risk. I think we will have issues


with geography, and that will be our key concern, making sure everyone is


adequately represented. So back to where we started. It's not all water


under the bridge. MPs in the House of Commons will have the final say


on the proposals. It looks like Labour and the SNP will go against,


but it is possible that conservative rebels whose seats might be at risk


could end up thinking the entire plan.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


Concerns are raised at Westminster over the future of Fort George


And still to come - after his win at the Shanghai Masters,


Andy Murray could be within touching distance of becoming


Although suicide rates have dropped in Scotland


over the last decade, hundreds of people still end


their own lives every year - leaving their family


At particular risk are men - and now in an effort


to reach out to them, Motherwell Football Club


is spearheading a new drive to encourage people


This is how we are used to sing Motherwell in action. Today the


first team took on a challenge in a different arena, highlighting


Scotland's suicide problem. At a special workshop players were


encouraged to talk about a subject many shy away from. The training


particularly emphasised nobody should be nervous about asking


friends if they might be feeling suicidal. That struck a chord. I


have friends and family who have a lot of different experiences. One


recently was very public and it's torn the family apart. The person


who did it wishes they could have come to speak to them, to talk and


get the help he didn't know was come to speak to them, to talk and


there. The workshop today wasn't just about those who are feeling


suicidal, it was also about helping those around them to spot potential


fines. This subject is very personal for Motherwell FC. One of their own


players took his own life in 2009. The reasons why people like Paul


kill themselves are so varied and ultimately only known to themselves.


There were 632 suicides in Scotland last year, and the rate for men is


two and a half times the rate of women. -- 672. That is why this


expert is using football to try to reach them. It is fantastic we had a


of young football players today, so they can be role models, so the fans


will feel it's located talk about suicide, if the players are. First


the footballers, then the fans, so hopes the local council. After this


we have an event in November were all the fans are welcome to come


along and learn more about suicide prevention and the things you can do


in the community, to help your friends or family, or yourself. It


is that kind of support that can make all the difference.


A look now at other stories from across the country.


An NHS health board has been fined ?8,000 for failing to ensure the


health and safety of a dementia patient who died after escaping from


a hospital ward. 69-year-old Alexander Gerard left Bonnybridge


Hospital in May 2011 and was found a week later in a canal. The NHS board


apologised to his family and pleaded guilty to failing to assess the


risks to the pensioner after he made an earlier escape attempt.


213-year-old boys have been charged an earlier escape attempt.


after a huge fire at Banchory's hospital. The grade a listed


building which had been a marked for demolition to make way for flats was


almost completely destroyed. Lyc e almost completely destroyed. Lycee


the two teenagers will be reported to the youth justice management


unit. Four people have been rescued after getting into difficulties in


the Grampians. They were walked to safety by members of the Braemar


Mountain rescue team in the early hours of this morning. A helicopter


sent to the scene was unable to lift the group because of poor weather


conditions. Staff working for Orkney's council could be taking


industrial action over cost proposals. Members have been


balloted on the plans which include some pay rates. No decisions have


yet been made. A ferry summit has been held on


Isla after disruption in July. Members of the local community met


with ferry bosses to discuss the need for fallback plan when ferries


to the island go out of service. A 77-year-old man died in a crash on


Moray Road. He was the driver of one of two cars that crashed on the road


on Sunday. A woman and the driver of the other car remain in hospital


with non-life-threatening injuries. Andy Murray is catching up on Novak


Djokovic in the world tennis rankings. He is now less than 2500


points behind the Serbian as he aims to gain the hot spot for the first


time in his career. He claimed his sixth title of the year after


beating Roberto Baptie tug at in the Shanghai Masters. A victory in


Shanghai for Andy Murray. Valuable ranking points in the battle to be


the world's number one. How can he reach the world's top spot by the


end of the year? He will play three events, here, Paris and the season


ending ATP world tour finals in London. Djokovic will only play two.


Andy Murray could win the 500 points in Vienna while Djokovic rests.


Djokovic one Paris and the world finals last year so he has 2300


points to defend or lose if he doesn't win the titles this year.


Murray only won 800 in the last year so he has many to gain. Andy Murray


is in the better form. In fact, he admits when there was a turning


point that led to his current career's best form. Winning


Wimbledon was a big boost my confidence after I'd had quite a few


tough losses in a Slam in the last few years. Since the French Open,


it's been the best three months of tennis in my career. It's a huge


achievement to be world number one in any sport, not a feat achieved by


many Scots. Takes a lot of hard work and determination and love for the


sport you play. I don't think Andy will have any problems if he


continues playing like he is now. Scotland's football team is 44th in


the world. The rugby team fares better at eight. Russell Knox is the


highest ranked golfer at 20th. In boxing, historically, we have


punched above our weight with Ricky Burns the latest to be crowned


number one. So we'll Andy Murray add to that list? He's certainly burning


a path in his mission to succeed. Grey squirrels are one of the most


common woodland animals. Their cousins, the red squirrel


are much rarer. But have you ever seen a squirrel


that's completely white? Well a family of them


has moved into a garden in a suburb of Edinburgh,


and our reporter Cameron Buttle has There are thought to be more than


2.5 million scribbles in the UK. Cute, cuddly, fun to watch and


mostly grey. It's incredibly rare to see one like this. So the chances of


seeing this, too white squirrels are even rarer. This is a family of at


least four that have made a corner of Edinburgh their home. The guys


working here said that there were white squirrels but we were


reluctant to believe them until we saw them. My friends wouldn't


believe it either until they saw them. This is one of the white


squirrels. There are three. Around the corner for nature lover Ronnie


Stevenson, it's a dream come true. Really happy. We've become so used


to them that we take it for granted. At the end of the day, about 8:30am


in the morning they come. Then they flipped back and forward. Ronnie had


travelled around the North Scotland in search of a white squirrel but


never saw one. I'm a nature lover. Suddenly to see a white screw, --


squirrel. But we never saw them and now we see them every day.


Conservationists say it is very rare to see even one white squirrel. One


reason is, they don't blend in. That makes them easy targets for


predators. But the Edinburgh white squirrels seem to be surviving fine.


With neighbours looking out for them, hopefully, there's more to


come. Amazing. Now here's Graham Stewart,


with details of Scotland 2016. Nicola Sturgeon fought back tears at


the SNP conference when she spoke about the experience of children in


care. As the First Minister launches a root and branch review of the


system, we ask why it is failing so many children.


Time now for the weather forecast - with Kawser.


It's already dark out there but a reminder of the weather we have been


seeing. Some heavy showers in the West. Those drifting towards the


East but by the end of the day, the cloud thinning and breaking to allow


some hours of sunshine. We had a lovely picture setting. This in


parts of Aberdeenshire. Some beautiful rainbow spotted as well.


This in Argyll and Bute. As we had through the night, we will see a


band of organised rain spreading from West to East and it will turn


cold and breezy, especially for western areas. Then, gradually


spreading eastwards. Some strengthening westerly winds falling


as wet snow over the highest hills and mountains. Behind it, clear


spells and turning quite cold. In the countryside, some sheltered


glens could go down to freezing. On the highest roads, there may be some


patches of ice around. Tomorrow morning, a cold start. Showers


mainly in the West. The wind is more of a north-easterly, gusting along


the West Coast and for the aisles. Tomorrow afternoon, some sunshine


for Shetland, some scattered showers elsewhere. Still quite breezy for


coastal areas in the West, temperatures 11-12d, around average


for the time of year. The showers will still be with us. More in the


way of clear and dry weather because high pressure is starting to build


from midweek onwards. For a few days, some decent sunny spells,


settled conditions and lighter winds. Wednesday looks as though


there will be a few showers. For the bulk of the country, sunny spells,


temperatures 12-13 sorties. Feeling less cold. Thursday, the showers


more likely in the East this time but temperatures not too bad.


Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.


Political leaders from the Highlands have been meeting a UK defence


minister, to discuss the future of Fort George.


The 250-year-old barracks, outside Inverness


is among a number of bases in Scotland at risk of closure


as part of an MOD review - which is expected to report


I'll be back with the late bulletin, just after the ten o'clock news.


Until then, from everyone on the team -


right across the country - have a very good evening.


Join Jackie Bird for the latest news headlines, and Glenn Campbell for a special debate with voters quizzing both sides on what the EU referendum means for Scotland.

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