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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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The Forth Road Bridge remains closed tonight after strong

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winds overturned a lorry and caused massive disruption.

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People are late for work and they are taking silly risks. The new code

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that means police will only be able to use stop and search measures

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giving reasonable grounds. The finance secretary is questioned

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about his tax plans. An investigation finds a helicopter

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spun more than 180 degrees as it was landing on a North Sea platform. And

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we meet the University research are developing technology designed to

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help people with paralysed faces. The Forth Road Bridge remains closed

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tonight after strong winds overturned a lorry

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and caused massive disruption. It is due to reopen

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tomorrow first thing. A 54-year-old man has since been

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charged with dangerous driving. More than 70,000 vehicles use

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the bridge each day. Our reporter Andrew Anderson

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is there tonight. Jackie, the lorry at the centre of

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the chaos on the Forth Road Bridge today was finally towed away at

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about half past four this afternoon, some 14 and a half hours after the

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accident. But the bridge remains closed for the time being because

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when the lorry was blown from the northbound carriageway to the

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southbound carriageway it caused damage to a long stretch of the

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central reservation and that has to be put right and made safe before

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vehicles can use the crossing again. It has been a difficult day for team

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is working on the bridge and for motorists making their way around

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this part of Scotland. The lorry had been travelling north

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in the early hours of this morning. Winds of 74 miles an hour blew it

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off balance throwing it across the central barrier. The driver was not

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seriously injured, the bridge had been closed to high sided vehicles

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because of the gale. The way it toppled onto the middle, it became

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entangled in the steel rod itself and we had to lift it up and remove

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it out, which is not easy, so we have had an operational resources

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out there with three recovery vehicles waiting for an opportunity

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to take that. Instead of easing, the weather worsened during the day.

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Traffic disruption across eastern and central Scotland was significant

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throughout the day and this evening, many drivers diverting via the

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Kincardine Bridge were stuck in lengthy tailbacks. There has been

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not a lot of movement, there has been frustration and people are late

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for work and they are taking silly risks. They are cutting each other

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up. Observing the road network from the nearby operations the transport

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minister said the driver was lucky to be alive and the cost to the

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economy would be high. It has closed off the bridge for the morning

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traffic and it has had an impact financially to Scotland, but our

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main objective is to ensure that individuals are safe and secondly we

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had to reopen the bridge in the best possible way we can. After hours of

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work in difficult conditions, possible way we can. After hours of

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engineers managed to write the lorry. Others have been working on

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replacement to repair the damaged central barrier. This is the worst

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crash damage to the bridge in its 53 year history. The lorry has been

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taken off the bridge, but it remains closed and will do so until later

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With every hour that passes, the costs rise.

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So, Andrew, it's looking better for tomorrow?

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Hopefully. We are told the crews are working flat out to repair the

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damage to the bridge and the hope is it will open by six o'clock tomorrow

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morning in time for the rush hour. They have not been able to open it

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in time for tonight's rush hour and thousands of commuters will be

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in time for tonight's rush hour and facing a miserable journey to try

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and get home as they did this morning when they were trying to get

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to work. A better picture tomorrow morning hopefully, but it may be

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difficult for motorists and drivers and travellers in other parts of the

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country because there is some bad weather on its way.

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And it's not just the central belt and Fife being affected by the high

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Craig Anderson is on the A9 south of Inverness.

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Yes, Jackie. It is a wee bit inclement here, but we are on one of

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the highest road in Scotland. Looking at power supplies, the power

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companies tell me they will have engineers in place to make sure that

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any problems caused by the weather are rectified as soon as possible.

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1500 people were left without electricity this morning because of

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the weather. On the ferries the Clyde and Hebrides routes were badly

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affected, half of the services were cancelled and the rest disrupted.

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That is the same in the Northern Isles and ferry passengers can

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expect the same tomorrow and possibly over the next 48 hours.

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There has been some flights disruption and if there is ice and

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snow overnight, flights could be disrupted again tomorrow. ScotRail

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has already rearranged some of their services between Inverness and the

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central belt for tomorrow. On the roads, well, we are at one of the

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highest roots in Scotland. At lower levels the report has to be that

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there are a few centimetres of snow and up here between 10-20

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centimetres, with winds forecast up to gale force 65 miles an hour. That

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can cause blizzards and drifting snow and already the snow here is

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lying on the road as the showers come down. Drivers are being warned

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to be prepared for the conditions and for a longer journey times and

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with the high winds there will be difficult driving conditions on

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those bridges and a lot more restrictions for larger vehicles as

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And a reminder you can get the latest weather and traffic

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updates on the BBC Scotland News website.

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Police will only be able to use stop and search powers where they have

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reasonable grounds to do so under a new code published today.

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If approved by parliament, the code will end so-called

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"consensual" stop searches from May this year.

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Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.

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The aim was to cut violent crime, but as the police use of stop and

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search search to more than 600,000 a year, questions were raised about

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who they were searching and wide. We are going to make a strong statement

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and I will say from here on in we should not be searching young

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children under the age of consent on a consensual basis. Months later,

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the BBC revealed hundreds of children under the age of 12 were

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still being consensually searched. That in part led to today's draft

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code. What is important is that when stop and search is being used when

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necessary and proportionate, and it is being done within the law, what

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the new code does is make sure that the piece are clear about the powers

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they have. All officers are being trained to ensure the code is

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followed. Stop and search is a valuable tactic when it is applied

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fairly and proportionately and justifiably. It needs to be applied

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to the right people in the right places and at the right times. But

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some say the damage has already been done to public trust. It is hard to

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measure it, but there is a strong impression it caused damage to

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people's views of police and community relations in certain areas

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where the so-called consensual stop and search happened the most fun.

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And also it was used on children and young people. It is groups of young

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people like these that police Scotland are now going to have to

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persuade that this new code will make a difference and build

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relations which might have been undermined in the past. Just coming

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back from swimming we were heading home and they asked if it was OK to

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look in our bags and we said, no problem. It is quite intimidating,

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it is also embarrassing being stopped and searched at the side of

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the road. The police need to go into schools and teach them about the

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searchers and the stop and search laws and what the piece can and

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cannot do. From this May, officers will have to record everything. And

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search and there are grounds for doing so. Those searched will be

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given a receipt, but it may take more than this to rebuild trust with

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more than this to rebuild trust with the public.

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Police can still stop and search you, can't they?

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It is a small change in the wording, but it is important. It is in a

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sense in that the majority of searches they used to do was

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consensual. It was a misnomer. It was a friendly, hello, how are you

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doing? Do you mind if I look in your bag. But it was done on a nonlegal

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process and this was without scrutiny. The idea of the code is

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that it ends altogether. In the past we saw a massive increase, in 2013,

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640,000 searches, and 70% were what they call consensual. No more. This

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was going on even more than the Metropolitan police had used them.

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Now they have to have reasonable grounds. You cannot say, you look

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suspicious, I do not like what you are wearing, I will search you. They

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have to have intelligence that suggests somebody has a knife. We

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will run through all the legalities, explain what we are doing and why we

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are doing it and record it and that will be scrutinised. Every person

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going through it will get a receipt so they can challenge it as well. In

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future they will not be able to do this without scrutiny. Because of

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the scrutiny by politicians and journalists that figure has come

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down dramatically and last year there were just 90 1000.

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The SNP believes the UK government will have to postpone the start

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of the formal process of leaving the EU if there's no solution

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to the political crisis in Northern Ireland.

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There, the power sharing government has collapsed.

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Theresa May has promised to trigger Article 50 by the end of March.

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports.

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Northern Ireland's former First Minister and her deputy. Martin

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McGuinness resigned last week over a controversial government funded

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heating scheme. Under power-sharing rules, the administration falls.

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Talks are ongoing, but ministers believe an election is likely and

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that can mean no new government for several weeks. I have said I will

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not trigger Article 50 until I think we have a UK approach and objectives

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for the negotiations. The Prime Minister wants to trigger Article 50

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in the next three months, but what if there is no administration in

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Northern Ireland? The SNP says that will make consultation impossible.

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In these circumstances will the Prime Minister postpone invoking

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Article 50? Would she postpone provoking Article 50 or will she

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just plough on regardless? Theresa May says she is hopeful a solution

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to the crisis can be found. It is still the case ministers are in

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place and obviously there are executives in place and we are still

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able to take the views of the Northern Ireland people. Theresa May

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has never wavered from her commitment to trigger Article 50 by

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the end of March, but her political opponents believe she has to

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properly consult a new Northern Ireland administration. The next

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talks between the Prime Minister and devolved administrations are due

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devolved administrations are due later this month.

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At Holyrood, the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has faced

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tough questions from MSPs over his tax plans.

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Mr Mackay needs support from at least one other party to get

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I'm joined from Holyrood now by our political

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Let's talk some numbers. The Scottish government wants to

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maintain the standard rate of tax as it is. It does not want to give a

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big tax giveaway to higher earners as propose, but for the Chancellor

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there is one other number that matters and the fact that they do

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not have a majority and Derek Mackay needs a charm to tolerate his budget

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going through. There is a separate vote on tax as well as the budget.

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The Tories and the Labour Party, Derek Mackay has given up on them.

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They are standing very firmly against the SNP position. He is

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looking at the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. There was a very

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sharp exchange with the Green Party overtaxation. Patrick Harvie could

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not see why there had to be a giveaway to the higher earners. Why

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are you doing the maximum of what you set out as something worth

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considering in the manifesto? What we are doing is in line with

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inflation. We will take tax decisions year to year and that is

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the position we have put across at the moment. That is the figure in

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line with inflation and that feels like the right thing to do. Why? It

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is our judgment of what is fair and balanced. You have a different view

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is our judgment of what is fair and on the structure of income tax and

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it fits within our manifesto commitment. It commands the support

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of the people and is fair and gives certainty at this time. So the Green

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Party is not happy. What about the Liberal Democrats? They will take

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some persuading as well. Derek Mackay does not want to concede on

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tax. He regards it as a carefully calibrated, balanced package. The

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SNP won rather more votes than the other parties, so he wants to make

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concessions on public spending rather than tax. The Liberal

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Democrats have their concerns about the tax package and they might be

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persuaded on elements like public spending and on a key issue to them,

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the provision of mental health. But right now Derek Mackay has not got

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the votes. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. A reminder of tonight's top story:

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The Forth Road Bridge remains closed until tomorrow after a lorry

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was blown over by high winds, causing massive travel disruption

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and leaving drivers frustrated. And still to come: We meet

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the university researcher developing new technology designed to help

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people with paralysed faces. An investigation has found

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a helicopter spun more than 180 degrees as it was landing

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on a North Sea platform. The Air Accidents Investigation

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branch has released initial findings of its inquiry

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into the incident last month. All S92 aircraft were

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grounded as a result. Rebecca Curran is at Aberdeen

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airport for us tonight. How much detail has been published

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in this report, Rebecca? This is the first official account

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we've had from the AAIB about the incident on the West Franklin

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platform on the 28th of December. The investigation focused on the

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tail rotor of the S92 aircraft. A part of the rotor,

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which you can see in this picture, was found to be

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in a severely distressed condition. When the helicopter came

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into land on the platform, it spun 187 degrees before

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coming to rest. No one was injured but it left

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significant gouge marks on the deck. Investigators say there had been

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a failure in a bearing in the rotor, which led to complete

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loss of control. There have been two other events

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involving the same type of aircraft, which saw reduced control

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of the rotor, but Sikorsky can't yet S92s around the world were grounded

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yesterday while urgent safety It was expected there would be

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a phased return to service today A number of flights did

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however go last night. CHC, which operated the helicopter

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involved, say they welcome today's report and they'll continue

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to support ongoing investigation They say they're confident

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the industry has acted swiftly to return the S92 to service as soon

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as it was safe to do so. A sheriff has concluded

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that the death of a woman who died after a lorry crashed into her home

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in Ayrshire, could not 55-year-old Catherine Bonner

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was watching TV when the truck driver, 57-year-old George Marshall,

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took a coughing fit and ploughed into her house

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in the village of Fairlie. The fatal accident inquiry heard

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the driver had blacked out after a short burst of coughing

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but had no history A refugee from war-torn Syria

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is developing ground breaking technology to help people

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with paralysed faces. Machmood Amir Alagha was given

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a scholarship by Glasgow university. His work involves creating

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a digital mask to capture the way partial paralysis

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affects people's expressions. This from our science

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correspondent Kenneth Macdonald. I am starting right now... One, two,

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three... Relax. Very good. Can you pull a face like this? Too many

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people can't. Injury or a condition like els palsy can cause visual

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paralysis, this technology is looking at what is wrong in four

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dimensions. Over time you get a video of the movement which is the

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fourth dimension. This is like a Halloween mask, composed of

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thousands of points. You get the mask and can form it to the face. To

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get a representation of any phase. This brilliant young researcher

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using technology, that's only half the story. Machmood Amir Alagha is

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from Aleppo in Syria, halfway through studying for his Masters

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degree in Glasgow, he became a refugee. By the end of the first

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year, the situation became mad. At some points, I had to apply for

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asylum in the UK. The asylum process was... It was harsh. His colleague

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supported his application to stay. If it was rejected, he would have

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been deported immediately. That, again, would have been very

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dangerous for him, and undermining immediately what he has achieved in

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the first year and destroy him as a human being. And, as a potential

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scientific researcher. Very good, one more time... Instead, he was

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given leave to remain and Glasgow University waived his fees. And a

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scholarship for one of four students. There could be global

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implications, since the 1970s, this has been the global scale for

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assessing patient consciousness, and he hopes to do the same for facial

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movement. You can compare facial speed and before and after, and that

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can really benefit patients. What it means is that a combination of

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global events and cutting edge technology could help people around

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the world and give them a lot of reasons to smile. Is this another

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reason? The number of new distilleries

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making gin in Scotland has increased Almost 20 began producing

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or selling 'Mother's Ruin' for the first time in 2016,

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as thirst for the drink continues This is where we put in the

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botanical elements... Move over whiskey, a new drink is in

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town! Gin has been experiencing a renaissance. Last year almost 20 new

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distilleries began to produce or sell gin in Scotland for the first

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time, like McQueen gym here. -- gin. Some products have broken away from

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golf club gin and tonic, and introduced to a younger market. It's

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the new whiskey! 70% of British gin comes from Scotland. New

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distilleries have been popping up all over the country. It takes only

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days to produce, offering good cash flow for gin producers. Gin sales

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are up 60% across the UK, compared with 3% in spirits generally. Growth

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in Scotland has not been heard for a long it seems it will be the same

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for 2017. Many distillers will launch products this year, it is an

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exciting time to be a gin fan! It is not just the home market that gin

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distillers are targeting. Exports are up, between January and October

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last year, ?391 million worth were exported.

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Up 11% on the previous year. When you buy gin from Scotland, you know

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that you are buying it from people who have been distilling for a

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couple of hundred years, they want to know the stories and who the

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people are in Scotland that, over the course of only three years, have

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come from a very low base and produced brands that are selling

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internationally. And acclaimed by the public. People are very

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enthusiasts it about them. Industry experts predict that gin will

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outsell blended Scotch whiskey in three years' time but for now, the

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cash and gin continues to flow. And here's Chris with

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the latest forecast. Good evening. It has been very windy

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today that attention now turns to the snow, as it turns increasingly

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wintry. These are the latest snow and rain radars, it's already

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falling on high ground but tonight it will fall to increasingly lower

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levels. There are further yellow warning is for the risk of snow and

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strength of wind. Showers are driven across the country and they will be

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wintry. But only on the hills and high ground. On higher parts, there

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are significant accumulations, but overnight we could see a few

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centimetres at sea level. Around the coast, there is more likely to be

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rain and sleet than inland, wintry at times, a cold night, ice in

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places. Dry in the north-east but showers are frequent. Tomorrow, we

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hold onto windy and wintry conditions, South, rain edges in,

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which meets colder air. Some snow potentially here. This opens up the

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gradient, meaning that winds eased down. It begins very windy again and

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wintry. Snow showers are frequent. Tomorrow, for the commute, it could

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be tricky on the ropes. Treacherous in places. -- tricky on the roads.

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Some could wake up with several centimetres of snow, it might be

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good to give extra time and extra space with the car in front. Not

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exclusively dry here but further west, most shower activity will be

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here. Wintry to sea level. It will be a cold start of the day, a cold

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day in general. On Thursday, winds tend to use down, turning to a more

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northerly. Showers keep on coming, particularly in Central and western

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parts of the country. Sunshine at times, the heaviest with hail and

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thunder in the mix. A cold afternoon despite sunshine, four degrees at

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best and feeling bitterly cold. Christ in

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-- it is chilly in the east, anywhere from the eastern borders. A

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spell of rain in the far north. Aberdeenshire and further south,

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some significant snow here, that could drift into the central belt

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overnight. On Friday, generally dry, cold and crisp. Snow underfoot, a

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sprinkling of snow showers in the West and on the north coasts.

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Thank you. I'll be back with the headlines

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at eight - and the late bulletin Until then, from

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everyone on the team -

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