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in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers.
ScotRail are fined almost ?500,000 for failing to meet
performance targets, including on cleanliness.
The Independence Camp protestors outside the Scottish Parliament have
The parents of the missing French student Antoine Maury
appeal for his return, saying they're desperate.
All we want is for him to turn up, to show up and find him so we can go
ahead with our lives and he can be the happy young man that he is.
A new lease of life for this retired rescue helicopter -
providing glamorous camping accommodation.
Three men have now been arrested in connection with the attempted
murder of two police officers in Glasgow.
They're expected to appear in court on Monday.
The officers were struck by a car while they attended a call-out
in the north of the city on Sunday night.
On Sunday night at around 11:15pm, two officers were called to a
disturbance here in Knightswood and then deliberately hit higher car.
They were seriously injured after being run over by a blue Nissan, and
they were both taken to hospital. The 30-year-old woman officer was so
badly hurt she was treated in intensive care. And as the officers
had lain on the road, hurt, that balloonists and was driven away,
hitting parked cars, including the police car, as it went. Police have
today arrested three men in connection with the attempted murder
of the officers, a 28-year-old man this morning and a 24-year-old and
30-year-old man this afternoon. The 30-year-old is David Maclean, who
detectives issued a photo of earlier today and were very keen to trace.
The woman police officer, although out of intensive care, remains in
hospital. ScotRail has been fined almost
?500,000 for failing to meet required standards
for trains and stations. The inspection results follow
criticism of the franchise for delayed, cancelled
and overcrowded trains. What exactly are ScotRail
being fined for? This is another rap across the
knuckles for ScotRail. They have already been told by the Scottish
Government that they must improve on what are called their hard
performance targets, things like reducing the number of trains that
are late, reducing delays and cancellations on their services,
reducing the amount of overcrowding cancellations on their services,
on their trains. But they are also assessed on what are called soft
performance targets. Inspectors go onto the trains and walk around
stations and ask difficult questions. They look at things like,
do the ticket machines work, how clean on the train toilets, are the
announcements clear enough, what is customer service like? It would seem
that on those performance indicators, ScotRail is also
struggling. In July, August and September, ScotRail did not meet
targets in five out of 17 performance areas when it comes to
stations, and when it comes to trains, they failed on ten out of 17
measures. The end result is that ScotRail has been hit with an
enormous fine of almost half ?1 million, which will now be
reinvested in the rail network, but which will, of course, hit ScotRail
and their parent company's profits. Any response from the government?
Well, the Scottish Government says that these performance indicators
and performance targets are a key part of their effort to try to
improve the passenger experience. They say it is the toughest testing
regime of its kind in the UK and that changes will have to be made,
and that transport Scotland, their agency, will now approach ScotRail
to get answers, clear indications about how things are going to
improve. As far as ScotRail are concerned, they have said tonight
they will never stop striving to deliver. They point to long-term
spending of almost half ?1 billion to introduce new carriages,
refurbished carriages, and things like improved Wi-Fi on the trains.
But I think they now know that it is the day-to-day performance, the
day-to-day service that now has to improve.
Independence campaigners holding a vigil outside
the Scottish Parliament have lost their appeal against eviction.
The Court of Session upheld an earlier ruling
Steven Godden is at the Scottish Parliament.
Defiant, determined but almost out of options. The pledge from those
running the camp was that it would remain until Scotland was declared
independent. But today the Bell told, as judges threw out an appeal
over plans to evict them. Hello again. The handful of people at the
camp today did not want to be interviewed, but the sense here was
one of defiance, and as far as they are concerned, today's judgment has
not changed anything. Ever since it first appeared, Holyrood's corporate
body have wanted the camp removed, arguing it was unlicensed and a
threat to Parliament's neutrality. But when they were ordered to leave,
the campers took their case to the Court of Session, claiming their
human rights had been breached. Seven months of legal argument would
follow, social media projecting and often surreal courtroom to the wider
world. It is based on the declaration of Arbroath and the act
of union. There are spiritual arguments based on the idea that
Jesus has returned to Earth and is campaigning for Scottish
independence. But there is a serious issue of human rights at the basis
of the case and that was what the judgment was about. Today's ruling
gives the authorities the right to apply for a court order to clear the
camp. We will apply for the order and it will probably take several
days. As soon as we are in possession of that, we will seek to
remove the campers if they have not left voluntarily. Our preference is
that they respect the ruling and leave the site. The campers say that
fundamentally this has been about their right to protest. The Scottish
Parliament say they will discuss finding an alternative way to allow
that, but only once the camp has gone.
The family of a missing French student say they can think of no
Police believe Antoine Maury may have become disorientated
after leaving friends on Monday evening.
They have been searching Holyrood Park after what they describe
as credible sightings of a topless man spotted there on Monday evening.
In our eyes, everything is OK, we just want him to come back. Laura
and Pascal flew into Edinburgh to assist police with their
investigation. It is four days since Antoine went missing. His parents
say he loved Scotland and wanted to live here. We spoke to him last week
on Thursday. He was extremely happy to be here. Every time I heard him
on the phone he was very happy to be here. He was succeeding in his
exams. He was very interested in what he was doing. This is where
Antoine studied. The Edinburgh college campuses about one mile from
Holyrood Park. He was with friends on Monday night who said he was in
good spirits before he suddenly left. There is no suggestion of any
acrimony, any arguments. He went along the road, along to the back of
the golf course, we think. We found clothing within the golf course area
again, which ties in with the sighting that we are looking into.
The focus of the police investigation this week has been
around the lock. Teams of divers have been out and search dogs have
been in the area and officers have carried out door-to-door enquiries.
Police have two sightings of a topless man seen in this area at
around 10:45pm on Monday evening. One is here, and the other is just a
little further along the road. This afternoon, his parents asked people
to check their sheds and Garrard shoes, in case their son has sought
shelter there. But they acknowledge it has been difficult to cope. My
son is missing. I have two children, one of my children is missing. How
can I feel? I am devastated. Tomorrow, the family say they will
organise a search of the area with family and college friends.
Farming leaders have been setting out their vision for how
the industry should be supported once the UK leaves
Most of Scotland's land is classified as "less favoured"
and farmers say without subsidies they just couldn't exist.
Life is not easy for Joyce Campbell on her remote sheep farm on the
north coast of Scotland. The quality of her meat is high. She is Scottish
sheep farmer of the year, but that standard can only be achieved, she
says, because her farm is subsidised. All of the Glens and
small crofting townships like this are really reliant, anybody
producing sheep and cattle, are reliant on the subsidies to keep
going. We spend money with a conscience, a social conscience, and
that money is spent in our local shops. Farming subsidies are
guaranteed until 2020, even after Brexit, but after that, everything
is up for grabs. It is not just farmers who have a stake in the
system. Much of the funding pays for schemes which enhance our natural
surroundings. And this man once the environment, rather than farming, to
be what drives future policy. We now understand that land produces so
much more than commodities. It produces a range of environmental
goods and services. Flood prevention is topical, but there is carbon
sequestration, biodiversity value, tourism and recreation, it host of
things. I think animals on hills is tourism and recreation, it host of
better than butterflies. But there is a balance between environment and
asked a every food. At its annual conference near Perth, the Scottish
Secretary David Mundell told farmers the next few years will be difficult
for rural communities as they adapt to life outside the EU. He urged
for rural communities as they adapt farmers to shout loudly for their
industry. I want to see a support system that supports agriculture in
Scotland and across the UK in an appropriate way. This is an
opportunity for us to fashion our own system. It will be a long time
before the UK agrees and agricultural policy for post-Brexit.
Today was about NFU Scotland and others setting out their stalls for
how it should look. The daily struggle on this hillside just got
harder, and not just for the farmers.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
Three men have been arrested in connection with the attempted
Brown is back - the Celtic captain has a change
of heart and comes out of international retirement.
A plane was diverted and escorted to land under military escort
The flight had lost contact with air traffic control,
which led to RAF Typhoon jets being scrambled.
People along the west coast heard sonic booms
as the jets went supersonic, breaking the sound barrier.
Graham Stewart is at Prestwick for us tonight.
Graham, those on board are safe but what caused this alert?
Well, you may be able to make out the tail-lights of the plane in
question behind me. This was a brand-new plane, operated by the
Mexican low-cost airline. It was on its way from its manufacturing base
in France to reactivate in Iceland. The alarm was raised this afternoon
when it lost contact with air traffic control and immediately RAF
Typhoon jets were dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth, and also from a
base in Lincolnshire. These jets are on stand-by 24 hours data guard
British skies against possible terrorist attack. As you say, they
are authorised to operate at supersonic speeds and people have
been getting in touch to say they heard the sonic boom across the
North of Scotland. Communication was re-established and the RAF jet from
Lossiemouth escorted the plane to Glasgow Prestwick airport where it
landed at a roundabout 4pm. A number of roads in the area were closed as
a precaution and have since been reopened. I can tell you tonight
that the airfield has been reopened and Basinger journeys are getting
back to normal. Thank you. -- passenger journeys are getting back
to normal. The governing body of youth football
in Scotland is "urgently" reviewing its guidelines on heading
the ball following new evidence A Stirling University study
suggested repeated heading could impair recall
for up to 24 hours. The Scottish Youth Football
Association says it would be "inadvisable" for a child to do
repetitive header drills - but also rejected suggestions
that football should be Plans have been submitted
for a redevelopment of military There has been a Ministry of Defence
tracking station on the remote island archipelago
for over 50 years. The new buildings will be designed
to blend into the landscape. If approved, they will take
two years to complete. It's a suitably strange and scary
story for Halloween. In 1954, police were called
to a disturbance in a Glasgow cemetery where they found
hundreds of children, many armed with home made weapons,
searching, they claimed More than 60 years later,
the Gorbals Vampire has become a stage play,
with a huge community cast. Our Arts Correspondent,
Pauline McLean, reports. It's the perfect tale for Halloween.
A Scottish graveyard in the shadow of a steelworks, and the possibility
of a vampire with iron teeth. 200 kids decided to descend upon the
necropolis because they hear that there is a vampire that is called
two of their classmates. ASBO in the graveyard, they start to see a hand
appear behind the tombstone. -- as they are in the graveyard.
What makes the story even stranger is that it true. Police were called
to the Southern Necropolis in Glasgow in 1954 to disperse the
crowds. Tommy Smith was among them, just seven years old he had tagged
along with his aunt will stop once we got -- tagged along with his
aunt. Once we got to the graveyard, there were sticks, pots, pans.
Anything. There were flames going up into the night sky. There were
shadows over the trees in the graveyard, they were all moving
about. Politician that the time blamed
American comics and brought in tough new laws to ban them. For more than
half a century later, the story of the Gorbals Vampire lives on. This
comic made by local schoolchildren is part of a huge project. The thing
comic made by local schoolchildren I love is the idea of a vampire in
your community and Glasgow's reaction to that is that they're not
going to hide under houses, they're going to go and get it.
I'm so excited. It was six years ago and I feel excited as I did that
today. Maybe more! The Scotland football team has
a better chance of beating England next month if Celtic's captain,
Scott Brown, is involved. That's according to Scotland's
assistant manager. Brown had retired from
international football, but two months later he's
had a change of heart, COMMENTATOR: Brown, 1-0! Since Scott
Brown's international retirement 70 days ago, his club form has
blossomed. Just yesterday he will that a return to the Scotland fold
for the game against England. -- he pulled out a return.
Here's hoping Scotland do really well. I wish God and all the best.
But not only can Gordon Strachan rely on Brown calves support, he can
also call on his considerable international experience. That began
exactly almost 11 years ago as he made his debut as a substitute under
Walter Smith. He went on to amass 50 caps, scoring four goals in the
process. His recent absence has been keenly felt.
I was disappointed when he announced his retirement. Arguably he is the
best player in Scotland. He's certainly the best Scottish play at
the moment, think. I think if we have our absolute best players
available it can only help us. Arguably, in the last campaign he
was our most significant player. But that campaign ended in failure.
Sidibe Scottish public believe bringing Brownback is the right
call? I think some players have been poor recently but Brown is
definitely a good one. I don't think we'll win, but I think it is a good
choice. I think we would definitely push them on. He's got a lot of
experience, a lot of national experience. It's whether it's
enough. Scott Brown may well improve the Scotland team. But doing so
sufficiently to beat England is a different matter altogether.
Rugby league is not a sport greatly known in Scotland.
However, our national team has a massive challenge ahead.
It's taking on the top three teams in the world -
New Zealand, Australia and England - to contest the Four Nations trophy.
Three giant in the rugby league world. And Scotland. The Scots are
making their debut in the competition after winning the 2014
European Cup. So how did they view the task in hand? It's a daunting
task. Playing the three best teams in the world. We just want a
challenge and to try and give our all give 110% for Scotland. Scotland
begin their campaign tonight against world number two sides Australia.
The Scots are ranked ninth, but still holds some concern for the
Aussies. Scotland, the danger is the unknown about them. We know a few of
the guys in their team who play out in Australia, but I don't think
there will be too many people who think they can beat us this weekend,
which is a danger for our team. If we go into that much complacent,
there's a chance they could knock us over. It's telling that no team
about this poor's big three have ever won a game in four editions of
the Four Nations. A challenge not lost on the Scotland coach Doc Green
I think it's probably one of the biggest challenges. As always, the
key for us is making sure we get the best for our squad. We went get any
one from the -- we won't get anyone from the Scotland squad giving
predictions but we are quietly confident. The first problem is to
solve tonight in holed. The Australians are already focused on
business and of the competition. Our expectation is to make the final and
be successful. I don't think it's -- I think it's going to be an exciting
tournament. The Kiwis are number one. The English, coached by
Bennett, where striving to win the competition and get back to the
number one spot. The Scottish side deserved to be here we Scots plan is
that as they take on the board's top three. If it works, more than
high-fives to follow. Glamping, or glamorous camping,
has taken off in a big way in recent years,
with holiday-makers swapping draughty tents for more luxurious
field-based accommodation. It's unlikely that any of them have
ever boarded this new addition to the scene, though -
a genuine Sea King helicopter. John McManus has been to its new
home in Thornhill, Stirlingshire. Autumn in sterling. Amongst the
rolling hills and farmland, this unusual sight. A Sea King
helicopter. There is no emergency, though. It is what militant duties
for CB street. Retired from the Royal Navy it's now been conscripted
to serve as one of Scotland's most unusual glamping pods. These are the
kings make their final fly-past over Scotland earlier this year. -- bees
seekings made their final fly-past. Martin was one watching. He went on
to bid for a retired helicopter. When we went for the helicopter, we
brought the rotors first. Because they went first in the auction. We
were not auction, then we panicked thinking, what rotors without a
helicopter? Then anybody bid against us so we got them both. No longer
out to seek and destroy enemy Subs, it's now less about the Cold War and
more about the fight to keep warm and snug. But its original features
did provide some inspiration. We had a good idea where the bathroom would
go. This was a submarine Sea King helicopters that it had a hole in
the floor where equipment used to be lowered down on a big meal into the
sea. We knew that area had to be the bathroom where we could put the
plumbing. The Sea King attracts a lot of attention. Time for its
closest neighbours, Thornhill primary pupils, to conduct their own
reconnaissance. This project is now cleared for
take-off with hopes the wider community will also benefit from the
increase in trade. The weather might be changeable, but
the view is always stunning. The one thing you need to make this
experience completed your own glass of in-flight is. Cheers! --
in-flight fizz. And the weather now
with Christopher. Good evening. Largely dry and cloudy
conditions across the country this evening.
Down for some as well as we have an approaching warm front moving up the
western side of the country bringing patria outbreaks of rain through
Ayrshire in towards Argyll and up through the north-west. Elsewhere,
largely dry. Sinclair conditions early on across the north-east
allowing conditions here to fall away. Elsewhere you will notice it
was reasonably mild around 7-9 Celsius stop to the weekend and high
pressure is in charge, mostly. You will also see we have in the
Atlantic this weather fronts trying to edge rain into western parts of
the country with the cloud. The best parts of any sunshine are likely
across the north-east. Let's take a look at Saturday in detail and you
see we get off to a drizzly start with the mist and murk around. But
the rain and low cloud lifting in towards the hills by the afternoon.
Largely dry, but fairly cloudy. The best of any brightness across the
north-east, as they say. Winds generally light, too. By
mid-afternoon, a few spots of rain. generally light, too. By
But that should be over the hills are many and it should be generally
dry, cloudy and mild. Where the sunshine does come through across
the north-east through Aberdeenshire, perhaps in towards
Murray, perhaps even 15 Celsius here. In the north-west, fairly
cloudy with drizzly spots of rain for a time. And drizzly conditions
for Shetland tomorrow. If you are walking or climbing across western
Rangers, that is where we will have thicker cloud and write and patchy
outbreaks of rain. -- light and patchy. Fairly expansive hill fog.
In the east, we are more likely to see something dry with the best of
any brighter conditions across the north-east. Steady wind speeds there
but across the Cairngorms we could see winds of around 40 mph. For
those thinking of diving on Saturday night, largely dry. Perhaps the odd
spot of rain at times. On Sunday, a night, largely dry. Perhaps the odd
fairly cloudy and damp start. A central southern and eastern areas,
any morning maintains to clear away but it will hold on to areas north
and west of the great Glen. Into Monday, a weather front moving in
from the north-west will edge its way ever so slowly across the
country, reaching down towards the south-east by evening. This weekend,
don't forget the clocks go back overnight on Saturday and Sunday.
That's by one hour. Now, a reminder of
tonight's main news. Three men have now been arrested
in connection with the attempted murder of two police
officers in Glasgow. They're expected to appear
in court on Monday. The police officers were struck
by a car while they attended a call-out in the north
of the city on Sunday night. Drivers who work for the cab service
Uber are entitled to holiday pay, the minimum wage and other
employment rights, according to a landmark ruling
from a tribunal today. The company says it will appeal
against the decision. I'll be back with the headlines
at 8, and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone
on the team right across the country -
have a very good evening.