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Ronnie Coulter murdered Surjit Singh Chhokar in 1998.


The judge says the killing was despicable and cowardly.


Health officials, the police and the council give the go-ahead


for so-called fix rooms in Glasgow, a safe place for drug


We're inside the transatlantic air traffic control centre in Prestwick,


as new technology comes in allowing more flights to take to the air.


Celtic fly out for their Champions League match in Germany


but they'll be missing several important players.


And as people gather in Edinburgh for a Remembrance service,


It wasn't until we arrived at the gates of Belsen concentration camp


that we understood why we will actually were there.


That's how a judge described the man found guilty of the 1998 murder


Ronnie Coulter was today jailed for almost 20 years.


His conviction is only the second time in Scottish legal history that


an accused has been tried twice for the same crime.


This is a David Chhokar family thought they might never. Finally,


18 years after Surjit Singh Chhokar's murder, his killer was


jailed. He inflicted three stab wounds on his body in a despicable


fashion. Thereafter he tried to cover his tracks, and in large


measure, he succeeded in doing so. Many years later, he is here to


answer for his crime. In November 1998, in Overton North Lanarkshire,


Ronnie and two others went to see 1998, in Overton North Lanarkshire,


Surjit Singh Chhokar at his house. A fight broke out over a stolen dry


road check and he was stabbed in the heart. Two enquiries made


allegations of institutional racism. The then Lord Advocate said the


Chalker family had been failed by the police and prosecution services.


Outside court today, there was relief. In the 18 years it has taken


to prove Ronnie Coulter's gilts, he has never shown any remorse. His


family had their lives devastated too. Today, justice has finally


given our family peace. This is the second time someone in Scotland has


been tried twice for the same crime. Ronnie Coulter was found not guilty


at a trial in 1999, but since then the law of double jeopardy has been


scrapped, and this time he was found guilty. That law meant cult could


not be tried again on the same or similar charges on the same case.


Today, the family spoke of their grief. There is no celebration for


us, because we have lost a member of the family. All we are looking for


is Justice. Today, that justice was delivered.


Controversial plans to allow drug users to inject under supervision


look set to go ahead in Glasgow, making it the first place in the UK


Health and council officials have agreed the proposals in principal


but have asked for details on how much it would cost


Our home affairs correspondent, Reeval Alderson, reports.


The detritus of job injectors in Glasgow city centre. Today, city


planners have discussed plans to cut the risks of disease spread by


needle sharing. I'm scared encase the kids get hurt with all the


needles and that. I have actually caught them jacking. I have chased


them. In Glasgow it is estimated up to 500 addicts regularly inject in


public places. Some would welcome the plan which has been tried


successfully around the world. Safe injecting would save a lot of lives,


it would lessen the risks that people already take taking drugs.


They come to places like this. It is not a safe place to be. It is in


areas like this, very close to Glasgow's shopping district, that


addicts are injecting in public. Judging by the amount of drugs


paraphernalia here, it is happening regularly, with a large number of


people. The idea of this proposal is for injecting still to continue, but


in clinics, under medical supervision, which would allow the


addicts to remain safe, and perhaps bring them into drug treatment


programmes. Most of Europe is providing addiction services. There


are safe consumption rules. Switzerland has a model where there


are heroin replacement treatments, that satisfies the needs of the


population. We need to find a solution that brings the solutions


elsewhere in the world to Glasgow. It is a controversial plan which


some observers say is an admission that previous attempts to cut drug


use and the rising tide of death have failed. We have a drug project


30 years in existence, and we are still talking about it. We are


throwing hundreds of millions of pounds that Albert treatment


services, and they are still failing. That is a scandal that our


politicians and public should be exercised about. The plan has been


approved in principle, and drug workers have approved the move. If


approved in principle, and drug we are serious in reducing the harms


associated with drug use, we need to use all evidence -based approach is


to try to reduce the harms caused by problem drug use. Before a clinic


can be established, details on cost, where it would be and how it would


operate need to be ironed out. Three men from Glasgow have appeared


in court charged with attempting to murder two police officers


in an alleged hit-and-run attack David McLean, Dayne McCue


and Ryan Gilmour are accused of carrying out the attack


in Knightswood earlier this month. They are also accused of attempting


to pervert the course of justice The men made no plea or declaration


and were remanded in custody. Almost every transatlantic flight


is guided by the huge air traffic control centre


at Prestwick, in Ayrshire. Now new technology is being brought


in to cope with rising traffic The system will even allow


some pilots to depart from their current flightpaths


and choose their own routes. Here's our science correspondent


Kenneth Macdonald. From this room in Prestwick,


hundreds of people control the largest area of airspace in the EU.


We provide air traffic control services to all aircraft in the


northern UK and across the Atlantic. Our role is to make sure aircraft


pass through that space safely and efficiently, and we control about 1


million aircraft a year. The traffic is expected to increase by 40% over


the next 15 years. The system has been designed to allow more aircraft


to fly safely. The system can conflict detect, and tell our


controllers which conflicts will happen ahead of time, and feed into


the system the airspace that has become available, weather data, and


all the information to the controllers that they would have had


to manually go through previously. So it saves a lot of time. There's


16 jets engaged in an area. This system is to support humans, not


replace them. The conflict detection is done by the machine now. It will


give me an alert if there is a conflict, but it is up to me to


resolve the conflict and come up with a plan. For decades, air


traffic control has been based on airwaves, most are ways in --


motorways in the sky. But they are not always the most efficient


routes. The system will allow pilots to go their own way. It will allow


more efficient paths, which will reduce fuel burn. The new system has


already been phased in, so smoothly it's unlikely many passengers have


noticed. In the years to come, the system will also cover the southern


half of the UK, and link up with compatible systems across Europe.


Down here on the ground there may be Brexit, but above our heads, there


will be a single European sky. Dundee's V museum should be


completed by the end of next year. The ?80 million project


on the city's waterfront will showcase contemporary


Scottish design. Andrew Anderson has been to see how


work is progressing. It is about six months since we were


last on site here at DVLA in Dundee, and we are back to see the progress


made in that time. The area I am standing will be a space for


visiting exhibitions, the biggest place in Scotland for temporary


exhibitions. It also forms the connection between the two buildings


that make up the V here in Dundee. The workers on site and making good


progress. Work is going on. The walls are at full height, and over


the winter and in the New Year we will look forward to the steel beams


going on at roof level, and then the fitting out of the museum on the


inside can begin. I'm looking at things from the outside now. This is


inside can begin. I'm looking at a complicated piece of construction,


designed in concrete. The building is swayed in scaffolding and


supports at the moment, but it is just possible to make out how it


will look when it is completed. The V is seen as a jewel to attract


investors to the waterfront, ?1 billion investment over several


years. A new railway system is also being built. This is how it will


years. A new railway system is also look in just over 12 months' time.


The V in Dundee should be welcoming its first visitors by the


summer of 2018. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. Ronnie Coulter has been jailed for


20 years for the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in 1998. Still to


come, one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's early designs is given


a new lease of life. For most of us, the appearance


of poppies are an annual reminder to think of those


affected by conflict. But what if you've experienced man's


inhumanity to man firsthand? What does Remembrance


Sunday mean to you then? Our reporter, Lisa Summers,


went to meet one such man. In the autumn sunshine, veterans and


their families gathered. The opening of this garden of remembrance in the


lead up to Armistice Day focuses the mind. Poppies bring bright colour


into desolate places. The Reeves in memory of those who had fallen, but


for those who have lived through conflict, the memories never fade. I


have a picture in my mind, and it was like a moonscape. The smell of


death was everywhere. Ian Forsyth is 92. He served with the 15th to 19th


King's Royal Hussars in the Royal armoured Corps. He lost three tanks


and many colleagues during the war. If you get out and you are watching


the attack, you are praying that the people on the other side of the gun,


the turret, ah well. That's a rotten feeling. The memory is all too


vivid. When you start, you think you are going to change everything. And


then you forget what you are doing, and instead of fighting for the


freedom of other people, you are fighting to survive. And it wasn't


until we arrived at the gates of Belsen concentration camp that we


understood why we actually were there. There were bodies everywhere.


We were told, don't feed them. Don't let them out. But that was too much


for some of them. And food was thrown over the fence. Which was the


wrong thing to do, because the folk at the back trampled over the folk


at the front. That's something that haunts me yet.


Ian has volunteered for Poppy Scotland for more than 40 years. He


says it helps to talk about his experiences. It is the time for


generations to reflect, to remember those who lost their lives serving


their country. I think when we joined the Army, boys of my age, we


all thought we were going to change the world. And we didn't.


A look at other stories from across the country.


It is claimed the new Borders railway service is beset by


cancellations, delays and unreliable trains. Rail campaigners compiled


the reports using data from Network Rail, and says it shows serious


underperformance of the line. ScotRail says it is determined to


find a solution to the challenges. Items from Glasgow's universities


and museum are going on display. It will give a flavour of the vast


collection, starting with the architecture and design of Charles


Rennie Mackintosh. The veterans Minister says the


Ministry of Defence is showing a complete lack of respect to Scotland


over a review of its military bases. There are fears for four George near


Inverness and Kinloss barracks near Murray. Mr Brown says the MoD has


failed to meet the Scottish Government to discuss the proposals.


Campaigners say losing either of the sites would cost the economy tens of


millions of pounds a year. A veteran flyer has become the


millionth passenger on Orkney's interisland services. The man has


been travelling on the tiny eight seater plane for over 12 years. The


lifeline service has been running for more than 50 years, and includes


the world's shortest scheduled flight. Not that long ago, I've done


over 10,000 flights. I've been doing this for eight years, and flown with


all the pilots on the job for all that time, and they have all been


excellent. One of the Highland wildlife park's polar bears could be


pregnant. She mated with one of the male bears earlier this year. The


Royal zoological Society of Scotland say she has been taken off show at


the moment, and if she does raise Cubs, they could be born in December


or January. And in football: Celtic will be


without several important players for tomorrow night's Champions


league match against If they lose this match,


they'll be out of the competition. It is not the full squad Celtic


hoped for,, Tory is injured, Leigh Griffiths is sick. But this is a


highly pressured journey. Beaten 2-0 at Celtic Park, can they beat the


Germans away from home? They are a very good team. We saw that at


Celtic Park. Expansive, open, good with the ball, they play quickly,


the speed of their game and they are defensively organised. We have


analysed that first game and we have a plan to take the Germany now and


hopefully execute the plan and get the result. Logan. It is clever! It


is great! At home, Celtic off only top of the Premiership. Another win


at the weekend, beating Aberdeen by 1-0. Brendan Rodgers's man on nine


points clear in a 13 game domestic run, but put them in a Champions


League arena and they hold a very different status. The Group C table


is dominated by Barcelona, playing different status. The Group C table


three and winning three and the maximum nine points. Manchester City


and Borussia Monchengladbach battle it out in the middle ground on four


and three points. Celtic sit bottom on a solitary point from the much


celebrated draw against city. So it is impossible. To improve. The


Champions League is a step up, no question, from what they play in the


National League, no disrespect to the other teams but it is a big step


up and they are in a very tough group. But to get a result against


the Germans away would be lovely for them and give them a real


confidence. If they don't make Europe into the New Year, it is


something to build on for next year. A Halloween journey into the


frightening unknown, perhaps. At a 7-0 defeat in Barcelona, Celtic is


keen to avoid more nightmare travels.


This week, 21 Scottish golfers head to Spain to take the next step


towards what they hope will be a lucrative career in the sport.


They're heading to the second stage of golf's European Tour School,


where they'll try to qualify for next year's Tour.


Brian McLauchlin's been speaking to one of the players


He already has a successful career as an amateur in the bag, now this


East Lothian golfer wants to make it on the golf's main stage as a


professional. A decision he has taken some time to reach. It wasn't


really until the last couple of years where I thought I want to


really give this a go and make it living out of this. It is extremely


competitive, but it is the same with any sport and business, you just


have to work harder and work as hard as you can and just have that belief


you are going to get there. Grant is one of 21 Scottish golfers trying to


make it through to the Tour score finals next month in Spain and this


make it through to the Tour score has been a pathway for some of the


best golfers in the world. Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Ian Poulter


two well-known graduates of the Tour score, along with our Open champions


Paul Lawrie and Sandy Lyle. But the fairways are littered with failures


and in reality, only if you make it through to earn the riches of


professional success. The dream of becoming a professional was always


something that came from the heart, I felt. It is what young people with


ambition want to do. The reality of making a living as a professional


golfer is very much a challenge for the head and the reality today is I


think that the gulf between head and heart has never been greater. It is


extremely testing nowadays to make a living as a young professional


golfer. For this 23-year-old, the immediate goal is fairly


straightforward. The plan is to walk away with a European Tour card in


two weeks, that is the goal. That is the plan. Over 1,000 golfers began


two weeks, that is the goal. That is the long hard road towards a


two weeks, that is the goal. That is European Tour back in August, but


only 25, that is under 3%, will realise their dream.


Today's the last day of the Mackintosh Festival,


the annual celebration of the work of the architect Charles


It's also, however, the beginning of a brand-new chapter for one


of his earliest designs, created as part of a group


Our arts correspondent, Pauline McLean, reports.


If you look closely, you will spot the clues to the early work of a


world-famous architect. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed this in


1893 when he was just 25 years old. A games room for the local


Conservative Association which has now been restored and reopened to


the public. It has been lying empty since the 1970s and it is definitely


the unknown gem in Helensburgh, the Macintosh gem. Since we have got the


keys and opened it up to the public in June, the enthusiasm has


overwhelmed us. But this is about more than Macintosh. It is about the


Four, the Group E formed with his soon-to-be wife Margaret, Sister


France and her husband Herbert. Her influence can be seen throughout the


room and while there might be more acclaimed Macintosh landmarks


nearby, the restoration has thrilled fans of his work. It is the scene


from which the Hill house came and to have two buildings like this in a


small town, not that Helensburgh thinks it is small, is really a gem


for me particularly! I can't believe my luck! Macintosh is able to get


light, penetrating light... Route is an architect -- Bruce, the


architect, and Nicola, plan to transform the space into a gallery


dedicated to the Four and they hope to have it ready for the anniversary


of Macintosh's birth. Some of the ideas or dormant but that is the


beauty, Macintosh talked about seed that can lie dormant and can grow


back again into beautiful powers -- flowers, plants and trees and that


is what this is about. The and ideas that can burst into life and inspire


new generations of Scottish artists and architects. This long-lost gem


is back in the Spotlight with a celebration to mark the end of the


Mackintosh Festival and a start of a new chapter for one of his earliest


buildings. Now here's Laura Macivor,


with details of Scotland 2016. Former drug users and experts will


offer a range of opinions on so-called fix rooms, we will update


you on the new living wage and we will hear from a US election veteran


on the latest scandal in an already colourful campaign. Join me on BBC


Two Scotland at 10:30 p.m.. Thank you and happy Halloween. The


night, look at this pumpkin! Witches and ghosts and the bogeyman! When


crossing the country tonight because of this weather front, and once that


clears, cold assets is up for the next few days along with high


pressure close by. Tonight, we have rain straddling the country North of


the Central belt which continues to journey South through the night,


clearing away to join the overnight period. Dry, clear weather sets in


the night and it turns a lot chillier. Typically 5-6dC although


in all parts, down to close to touch of frost. A brisk


wind in the North, bringing showers. Tomorrow morning, dry, sunny, chilly


first thing with brisk winds keeping showers across Northern Scotland.


Beautiful blue skies in this wind direction and we do see blue skies


here. During the day, showers keep going and during those showers, we


could see winds touching gales forced a crush land and Orkney, and


they will be blustery. Fewer towards the Western Isles, focus towards


Caithness. Look at those temperatures, yesterday, we saw 17


Celsius in Braemar, tomorrow, 8-9d, so a big drop in temperatures with


clear air and plenty of dry and sunny weather. A beautiful autumn


day to set us up for November. Into the evening, we hold the dry, clear


skies. A chilly night, showers in the North, a widespread frost


forming overnight. The first of the season. Those showers keep coming


and they will be wintry over higher ground. Temperatures around freezing


mark. On Wednesday, we do it all again. Brisk are crucially --


initially across the North East and during the day, showers become fewer


as high pressure builds. Sunshine gets going across Northern parts as


well. It feels cool and winds eased in the North. That is your forecast.


Now a reminder of tonight's main news.


Ronnie Coulter's been jailed for almost 20 years for the murder


His conviction is only the second time in Scottish legal history that


an accused has been tried twice for the same crime.


The Westminster Government has been accused of


after the Home Secretary ruled out an inquiry into one of the most


brutal clashes between the police and striking miners in 1984.


It became known as the Battle of Orgreave.


I'll be back with the late bulletin just after the Ten o'clock News.


Until then, from everyone on the team, have a very good evening.


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