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


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


The Forth Road Bridge remains closed tonight after strong


winds overturned a lorry and caused massive disruption.


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


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


giving reasonable grounds. The finance secretary is questioned


about his tax plans. An investigation finds a helicopter


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


we meet the University research are developing technology designed to


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


tonight after strong winds overturned a lorry


and caused massive disruption. It is due to reopen


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


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


the bridge each day. Our reporter Andrew Anderson


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


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


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


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


when the lorry was blown from the northbound carriageway to the


southbound carriageway it caused damage to a long stretch of the


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


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


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


this part of Scotland. The lorry had been travelling north


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


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


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


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


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


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


out there with three recovery vehicles waiting for an opportunity


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


Traffic disruption across eastern and central Scotland was significant


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


Kincardine Bridge were stuck in lengthy tailbacks. There has been


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


With every hour that passes, the costs rise.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


country because there is some bad weather on its way.


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


Craig Anderson is on the A9 south of Inverness.


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


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


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


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


1500 people were left without electricity this morning because of


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


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


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


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


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


snow overnight, flights could be disrupted again tomorrow. ScotRail


has already rearranged some of their services between Inverness and the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


with the high winds there will be difficult driving conditions on


those bridges and a lot more restrictions for larger vehicles as


And a reminder you can get the latest weather and traffic


updates on the BBC Scotland News website.


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


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


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


"consensual" stop searches from May this year.


Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


fairly and proportionately and justifiably. It needs to be applied


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


persuade that this new code will make a difference and build


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


more than this to rebuild trust with the public.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the scrutiny by politicians and journalists that figure has come


down dramatically and last year there were just 90 1000.


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


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


to the political crisis in Northern Ireland.


There, the power sharing government has collapsed.


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


Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports.


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


McGuinness resigned last week over a controversial government funded


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


In these circumstances will the Prime Minister postpone invoking


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


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


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


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


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


has never wavered from her commitment to trigger Article 50 by


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


properly consult a new Northern Ireland administration. The next


talks between the Prime Minister and devolved administrations are due


devolved administrations are due later this month.


At Holyrood, the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has faced


tough questions from MSPs over his tax plans.


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


I'm joined from Holyrood now by our political


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sharp exchange with the Green Party overtaxation. Patrick Harvie could


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it fits within our manifesto commitment. It commands the support


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


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


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


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


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


concessions on public spending rather than tax. The Liberal


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


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


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


the votes. You're watching BBC


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


The Forth Road Bridge remains closed until tomorrow after a lorry


was blown over by high winds, causing massive travel disruption


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


the university researcher developing new technology designed to help


people with paralysed faces. An investigation has found


a helicopter spun more than 180 degrees as it was landing


on a North Sea platform. The Air Accidents Investigation


branch has released initial findings of its inquiry


into the incident last month. All S92 aircraft were


grounded as a result. Rebecca Curran is at Aberdeen


airport for us tonight. How much detail has been published


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


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


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


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


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


in a severely distressed condition. When the helicopter came


into land on the platform, it spun 187 degrees before


coming to rest. No one was injured but it left


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


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


loss of control. There have been two other events


involving the same type of aircraft, which saw reduced control


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


yesterday while urgent safety It was expected there would be


a phased return to service today A number of flights did


however go last night. CHC, which operated the helicopter


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


to support ongoing investigation They say they're confident


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


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


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


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


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


took a coughing fit and ploughed into her house


in the village of Fairlie. The fatal accident inquiry heard


the driver had blacked out after a short burst of coughing


but had no history A refugee from war-torn Syria


is developing ground breaking technology to help people


with paralysed faces. Machmood Amir Alagha was given


a scholarship by Glasgow university. His work involves creating


a digital mask to capture the way partial paralysis


affects people's expressions. This from our science


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


get a representation of any phase. This brilliant young researcher


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


from Aleppo in Syria, halfway through studying for his Masters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


scholarship for one of four students. There could be global


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


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


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


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


global events and cutting edge technology could help people around


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


reason? The number of new distilleries


making gin in Scotland has increased Almost 20 began producing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


last year, ?391 million worth were exported.


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


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


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


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


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


internationally. And acclaimed by the public. People are very


enthusiasts it about them. Industry experts predict that gin will


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


are significant accumulations, but overnight we could see a few


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


best and feeling bitterly cold. Christ in


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


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


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


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


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


Thank you. I'll be back with the headlines


at eight - and the late bulletin Until then, from


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