29/12/2016 Reporting Scotland


29/12/2016

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we are back with the late news at 11pm, now on BBC One it's time

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The organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party have warned

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people not to travel to the capital unless they have a ticket.

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With 75,000 people expected, Police Scotland insist

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they have a "proportionate" security plan in place.

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At the top of the mound, a stage is taking shape, but high up on the

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ramparts of the castle, a fireworks display is being carefully prepared,

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sure signs that Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are approaching.

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The buses and restaurants and bars are a fool. There is a huge

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build-up, ?42 million being brought to the city for the local economy.

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It is great for Edinburgh's reputation as the capital of

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Scotland that we can put on a fantastic event like this.

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It is an event that has grown into a three-day festival, with tickets for

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the headline act Paolo Nutini disappearing within three hours. For

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those thinking about going to the street party, there was a gentle

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warning. We encourage people to buy their

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tickets now and not travel unless they have bought a ticket because

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the event will sell out beforehand we do not want people to turn up

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disappointed. And other consideration is security.

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New Year's Eve, this place will be filled up with tens of thousands of

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partygoers, and the recent attacks in Berlin are focusing the mind of

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those policing the event. I'm confident we have the

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proportionate and appropriate plan in place to keep people safe. In

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terms of the overall threat level within the UK, that remains at

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severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. We ask members of the public

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to be alert but not alarmed. As the preparations continue,

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there is the one thing that organisers can't control,

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and that is the weather. In the past, it has not always been

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a friend of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, but this year's forecast doesn't

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contain anything too dramatic. Some rain and windy conditions,

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so the advice is to wrap up warm. Police say a robust plans are in

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place to ensure public safety for the Hogmanay football match between

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Rangers and Celtic. About 50,000 people are expected

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at Ibrox on Saturday lunchtime. Large crowds are also expected

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in the city centre for shopping My focus is about delivering a safe

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event but not only the football match, we want people to enjoy a

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safe environment in the city centre to do their shopping and enjoy the

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New Year celebrations. I would say to people, make sure you act

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responsibly. If you are having a drink, drink responsibly and make

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sure you plan your transport to and from home.

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Hundreds of people, who were given infected NHS blood in Scotland

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in the 1970s and '80s, have now received extra

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financial support, according to the Scottish Government.

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They include more than 300 people infected with hepatitis C,

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who received lump sums totalling tens of thousands of pounds.

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The news has been broadly welcomed by campaigners but they also called

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for urgent action to address payments to widows.

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From the 1st of April next year with this Scottish scheme, we have the

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opportunity to support Windows and widowers who have been left behind.

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Work has been ongoing to make sure those widows and widowers get

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support, because we know for many of them they are struggling

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financially. Is important to acknowledge that

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Scotland has done a much better job than south of the border in

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recognising the payments that have been necessary to make people who

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have suffered in many cases. Mark Bunn in terms of the losers, and I

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am afraid the widows, there is a lot of work to be done.

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A year ago parts of southern Scotland experienced their worst

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As Willie Johnston reports, Storm Frank brought around half

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a month's worth of rain in 24 hours and heralded New Year

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This is what people here will cover two on December 30 last year,

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festive cheer destroyed by reigning horror. -- it was rain.

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The water and walls started to go dark and the water came up. It is

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not a nice feeling and you see it all the time on the news, flooding,

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you do not understand the impact. That is until it happens to you. You

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cannot explain how it feels. On the same day, another river burst

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its banks, the count's worst flood in half a century. The First

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Minister came to meet those affected, including one man who had

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two shops flooded in Cumbria. He says English authorities

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responded better. Can more be done from Dumfries and

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Galloway Council? Is there a bigger plan for flood defences for the

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area, basically? In the past few weeks, the council

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has repaired the river bank and removed an old bridge which

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effectively became a damp. More prominent flood prevention measures

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here are years away still. I am always looking at the websites

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but we are not really any further forward. We have built our own flood

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defences... Hopefully to try to forward. We have built our own flood

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mitigate some risk. The river wall has been rebuilt

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here, and rainfall so far this winter has meant that this river has

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remained down, but some people are looking anxiously at the weather

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forecast. In the run-up to the Old Firm match

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on Hogmanay, the Rangers manager Mark Warburton says he shouldn't be

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judged on results against Celtic. But at Celtic, Brendan Rodgers says

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the pressure's on the Ibrox side. Just ahead of him, he goes for a

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goal. While Celtic were doing this...

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Finding the net... Rangers were doing this.

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Saved, but it comes out to Mackay. There is Maclean interested in that

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one and he gets there first. He keeps his goal to equalise for St

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Johnstone. Last night's results widen the

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points gap between the clubs at the top of the Premiership to 16 points.

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In terms of where Rangers are at in relation to the points, and with

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Aberdeen closing in behind them... They will want to win the game as

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much as we want to win. Whatever way the result goes for us... We have

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had a brilliant opening time to season.

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The league champions were better than Rangers in their Premiership

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match at Celtic Park, and in the League Cup semifinal at Hampden

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earlier this season. Rangers managed to have their manager believe he

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should not be judged on games against the archrivals. He says he

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spoke... Brendan Rodgers says Celtic's

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average this season of three goals per away game gives them confidence

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for their trip to Ibrox but this is either proof that even red-hot

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strikers like Leigh Griffiths can misfire or it is proof of his

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accuracy. David Currie, Reporting Scotland.

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Let's see what we can expect from the weather.

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Good evening. Mild but breezy conditions across the country

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tonight, and whilst we will be dry foremost, some of rain in the far

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north-west. You can see it they are, the weather front moving into worst

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part of the north-west Highlands. Elsewhere is fairly cloudy and

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reasonably mild. Temperatures in towns and cities perhaps no more

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than nine or 10 Celsius in the West and north-west coast, wind gusting

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to kill force for a time. Tomorrow, I pressure in the near continent but

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stepping away to allow this weather front pushing into the north-west.

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Tightly packed isobars means a breezy day so wet across the far

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north. Heaviest rain north of Inverness to Stornoway and Orkney

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and Shetland. South of here is cloudy with a spot of light rain or

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drizzle but mainly over of high ground... Double digits mostly, but

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Bradley Moray Coast and Aberdeenshire, 13 or 14 Celsius is

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possible. Wet weather in the North moves upwards as we head to the

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weekend. On Saturday there will be a wet day across the Highlands and

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Islands. Yellow be aware warning from the Met Office because of

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Islands. Yellow be aware warning difficult conditions on roads.

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Elsewhere, after a Tri-Star, wind edging its way southwards and once

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fairly breezy. For the celebrations, Hogmanay, that rain still with us,

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but it is clearing away so a wet evening but by the time we reach the

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bells, hopefully it should have cleared away towards the south.

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Behind it turning much colder with a few wintry showers to come. That is

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the forecast. The next bulletin

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is at 11.12 tonight. If you're still up,

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I'll see you then.

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