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prisons. On BBC One we now join the BBC News
teams where The world's anti-doping agency
criticises Scottish football for failing to carry out any drug
tests in the last Claims of discrimination
against former oil and gas workers by employers in other industries
Also on the programme, An increase in the illegal
sport of hare coursing - farmers say it could be a sign
of a bigger rural crime wave. We meet the former bad boy
from Angus who's turned himself And "wood" you believe it -
locals left wondering why a council gave this football pitch a root
and branch transformation. There's not really much to do in
this area. Everybody is saying, get your kids out. Do something active.
All of a sudden, you've got trees. Not one player was drugs-tested
in Scottish domestic football The Scottish Football Association
says funding is in place to ensure tests take place for the rest
of this season - but tonight the President of the World
anti-doping agency criticised The fight to keep drugs out of sport
has never been more intense or high-profile. From state sponsored
doping in Russia, investigations into cycling and a lengthy ban for
Maria Sharapova. A year ago, BBC Scotland published figures that said
only eight drugs tests had been done in Scottish football in a nine-month
period. Now it has emerged that in another nine-month period not a
single test was carried out. The Scottish FA lost its funding
from the UK anti-doping agency last April and finally agreed its own
funding package in November. Alasdair what's the response
been from the SFA? I know there was disappointment at
the SFA when they lost funding, and the message that sent, but the SFA
has agreed its own funding package. The statement says the association
is in final negotiations about providing funding for the remainder
of this season. Additionally, the security and integrity officer has
completed a comprehensive anti-doping programme. He's been
going round the senior clubs to talk about this. The funding now
available should mean we will see figures improve for the next quarter
at least. It is worth pointing out that a separate investigation in
England revealed that 39% of players had not been tested. The fact those
figures are not deemed noteworthy and yet no players were tested here
at all underlines how grim the situation has become.
There are calls for an investigation into claims of widespread
discrimination against former oil and gas workers by employers
BBC Scotland can reveal an MSP has passed documentary
evidence of the practice to the UK employment minister.
Some workers claim companies won't hire them in case they quit
Colin McIntyre was made redundant from his job as a procurement
manager in the oil and gas industry more than a year ago. He's applied
for hundreds of jobs outside the sector and has been turned down. The
reason shocked him. I was told they are not interested in people from
the oil and gas industries because they will go back up to Aberdeen
when the recovery starts. Tens of thousands of oil workers have been
laid off as a result of the downturn. Some believe the
experience could be the tip of the iceberg. I heard anecdotal evidence
but a couple of weeks ago I saw actual documentary evidence. It was
the first time I'd seen it written down from a recruitment company on
behalf of a client and that worried me greatly. This is just one of the
examples in which it has been made clear that they are quite explicit
in not wanting people from the oil and gas industry. Four: is just
about getting a level playing field. For people to see beyond that, they
should see beyond the skill set. Give them an interview. Thousands
more oil workers are expected to lose their jobs, swelling the
numbers of those simply seeking a chance for a new future.
That's the message from the Scottish Conservative leader
in a speech in London tonight - as speculation grows
about a second indepedence referendum because of Brexit.
The Labour leader is making a similar call.
Yesterday, the former First Minister suggested an eighteen month
timetable for a fresh poll - and today the SNP said the ball
Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has more.
Coming soon, very possibly, to a country near you. The former First
Minister Alex Salmond said another Paul could be held in 18 months with
the future of the UK in doubt because of Brexit. But two party
leaders are in London arguing the case for the union. The people in
Scotland do not want more uncertainty when we already have
questions. They are asking the government give them a break and get
back to the day job they are being paid for, to improve the health
system and stop desperately trying to leveraged Brexit. Scottish Labour
stands firmly against a second independence referendum but we are
not in favour of the status quo. I would like to see a federal United
Kingdom. Back north, for the SNP, the impression is it is not full
steam ahead. They want to hear what is made of the plan to keep Scotland
in the single market. There will only be a referendum if we cannot
reach a compromise and we believe it could work very well for everyone.
Assuming that the UK Government is intransigent about that process then
we will move onto the next stage. Politicians live by the polling and
Professor John Curtice has been examining voting intentions since
the EU referendum. On average they point to a 47% support for yes, 53%.
Those figures are exactly the same as the months prior to the EU
referendum so we are still in a situation where the SNP cannot be
sure but equally, Theresa May cannot presume that Nicola Sturgeon would
lose one. Maybe we should stand by for another political thriller.
We've got the SNP conference next month. That is being seen as a key
moment on the road to another independence referendum? Yes, that
is right. It will be interesting to see exactly what Nicola Sturgeon
does at that conference as she sets out her thinking. She will need to
say something that will get the audience out of their seat, but it
might be quite procedural. We have seen that before, we've seen the
First Minister announce that she was publishing the independence
referendum Bill. Perhaps next month she could seek Westminster's
permission to hold the referendum, section 30 order. She needs to keep
the pot boiling but does not want it to boil over. We've got local
government elections. For the prounion party making their
speeches, Ruth Davidson is saying the SNP must stop this talk of a
second independence referendum, give the country a break and focus on the
day job. She's saying the case needs to be made a fresh for the union.
A former Catholic monk accused of child abuse at a Scottish school
has appeared in court in Australia facing extradition.
Father Denis Alexander was one of several monks accused
of abusing boys at the former Fort Augustus Abbey boarding
He has always denied the allegations.
Denis Alexander appeared via video link from a remand centre here in
Sydney. He was in a wheelchair. He did appear to be fragile but fully
aware of the legal proceedings. His barrister said given his age and
medical conditions, his client should be released from custody
pending what could well be a lengthy extradition process. A lawyer for
the UK Government argued against the application, saying he was a flight
risk and may even be spirited away to a Benedictine monastery. Lawyer
argued that the medical conditions would not be made worse in custody.
The magistrate said it was a difficult application to consider
and he rejected a bail application. This means he will remain in custody
pending that full extradition hearing.
Concerns are being raised about an upsurge in the illegal
A total of six arrests have been made in the North and South
Farmers fear the activity, which involves dogs chasing
and killing hares, could form part of a bigger rural crime wave.
A vote on the hunt for evidence of here coursing. Nice open fields.
Long distances. They rely on site. This was filmed in England were the
blood sport is more prevalent. Operated by small groups who bet on
the outcome, it was banned in Scotland 14 years ago but that
hasn't stopped our new surge in activity, with a number of arrests
in the past few months. It has been banned since 2002, completely
illegal. They're Heyer suffers a torturous death. Sometimes it is
exhausted. At the end it is torn apart. It has been outlawed with
good reason. Farmers are worried that the illegal activity of here
coursing could lead to more rural and organised crimes. Rural
communities are on high alert in a bid to protect livestock, property,
and people from the allegedly intimidating individuals. They can
be potentially violent people. There is a feeling that they might be
involved in other crimes as well and this might be the tip of the
iceberg. The public is being urged to help police stamp it out.
The world anti-doping body says it's concerned that no drug tests
were carried out in Scottish football for most of last year.
And still to come, there's doubt over whether Scotland's rugby
captain, Greig Laidlaw, will be available for the rest
From growing up with a reputation as a bad boy in Angus
to working as a bounty hunter on the Atlantic coast of America,
Christian Matlock's story could come straight from a TV script.
He left Scotland six years ago to escape a life heading
Sally McNair has had a snapshot of the 28 year-old's new life.
This is Christian Matlock, bail enforcement agent. This is Christian
Matlock's life now, he has never been busier. Days and nights spent
tracking down and apprehending fugitives who have skipped bail,
drug addicts and criminals, people down on their luck. I'm about ten
minutes away from you. I will be with you soon. He's no stranger to
their troubled lives, and at 21 he was into drinking, ecstasy, without
a job, in trouble with the police. He decided to try his luck in the
USA. Bounty hunting is a full-time, forlorn job. On a recent trip home
to Scotland, old friends treat him like a hero. He's actually something
with his life. Probably the only one of us who has turned his life
around. His mother is happy with the life he has made far away. We
noticed when he was young there is no potential here for young people,
nowhere for them to go of an evening and do things. It was just walk the
streets and that's what you did with your mate. He fled to escape one
dangerous life, now he says he would like to quit the criminal chasing
dangerous life, now he says he would but he's addicted.
And you can see a documentary on Christian Matlock's life later
The Scottish Bounty Hunter is broadcast at 10.40.
A look at other stories from across the country...
There's been an improvement in the punctuality
The latest ScotRail figures show last month more than nine out of ten
arrived at stations within five minutes of their scheduled time -
an almost two percent increase on the previous four weeks.
However, a key yearly punctuality target is still being missed.
It's now 90.1%, short of the 91.3% required in Scotrail's franchise
contract with the Scottish Government.
The former chairman of Ukip in Scotland has avoided jail
after admitting making a series of sexual phone calls
Arthur Misty Thackeray pled guilty last month.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court he was placed on the sex offenders
register for three years, and told to complete 270 hours
of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.
A car overturned in a busy street in the West End of Glasgow.
A man in his 80s was freed from the vehicle by firefighters.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
However there are no details about his condition.
The sister of a kayaker who was found dead days
after going missing has welcomed what she called the "phenomenal"
response to the family's plans to set up a charity
The campaign in memory of Dominic Jackson has raised more
Mr Jackson was reported missing last Sunday after he failed to return
from a sea kayaking trip off Portsoy, on the north
The film, advertising and broadcasting industry generated
over ?16 million for Glasgow's economy last year, according
to figures gathered by a special unit to promote the city
The Glasgow Film Office says the figure has gone up significantly
from ?ten million generated two years ago.
Major productions, which have used Glasgow locations, include
The Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw's availability
for the rest of the Six Nations is in doubt tonight.
Laidlaw has left the national squad to have his injured ankle assessed
Yesterday's defeat in France also left several
Rhona McLeod supplies the Monday medical report.
The return of the walking wounded from France. The Scotland rugby
squad arrived in Edinburgh mentally and physically battered and bruised.
It was a catalogue of injuries and started with the sight no Scots fan
wanted to see, their number nine bottling in pain. The captain and
highest points scorer, playmaker and inspiring team member rolling to the
ground and taking off. His future in the championship requires further
assessment. Calling the shots from the sideline was never in the game
plan. To help recovery now, sometimes when they get sent back it
means they will -- be out for a number of weeks. It is a great loss
because he has proved himself over the couple of seasons as a leader
and a fantastic player. There were positive moments for Scotland... But
a whole lot of negative too, after Greig Laidlaw went off his
replacement John Barclay went off. After Barkley was sidelined, his
positional replacement John Hardy also succumbed to a head injury, and
finally the Hawker Fraser Brown. Another head knock and another
player taken off not to return to action. They were all subject to
continued head injury assessment. The game is so brutal you can
understand if you get one or two had knocks but to get four in a game and
those players to be crucial players to Scotland, it shows you how brutal
and physical the game is becoming. Questions will be asked about this
bungled conversion attempt. Would the calm head of Greig Laidlaw have
fared better under the pressure of being told to rush and take it? The
squad have until week on Saturday to recover when the next wave of attack
will come, this time from Wales. Football now.
Rangers' search for a new manager continues this evening.
Mark Warburton left the position amid controversy on Friday,
and a weekend of speculation has followed.
Our senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin
Chris, it's now nearly three days since Mark Warburton's departure -
No specific update as yet. Rangers' next match is against Dundee on
Sunday. The under 20s coach remains in charge now, but the favourite to
take over is Alex McLeish. He has been a manager here before, a pretty
successful spell between 2001 and 2006, he led them to a domestic
trouble and the Champions League, but would he take it on a temporary
basis? Because the chairman Dave King released a statement today and
said because of the time constraints the club may have to consider an
interim solution. The Saint Johnstone manager has also been
linked with the job and said it is pure speculation, but still plenty
of fall out from the departure of Mark Waugh on Friday. The club say
he resigned, the man himself said he did not. It is currently with his
lawyers and this is another mess this club and its fans could well do
without. Aberdeenshire Council has apologised
for planting dozens of trees The trees appeared on the playing
field at Logie Durno over the weekend, sparking
confusion among residents. We sent our reporter
Rebecca Curran to investigate. Tree up an unusual formation in
football nowadays but not this pitch, dozens of trees have been
planted here and residents are not happy. There's not really much to do
in this area, get the kids out and do something active. There is a goal
in this place and all of a sudden we have trees. The council say the plan
was to turn over parts of the area for biodiversity as anecdotally it
was rarely used. Whenever we play football we always play here, not on
the full-sized pitch but I don't know why the council put them there.
But they are good for dribbling round because it gives you good
practice. Aberdeenshire Council couldn't confirm how much it cost to
plant the trees or how much it could be to remove them. The trees will
stay where they are until an agreement is reached with residents.
I am not just for the occasion and these are definitely not football
boots, but it is just a ball and some trees... How hard can it be?
COMMENTATOR: It is picked up by Eddie Gray, chipping a lovely ball
across goal... ! It could be a new national sport.
Now time for the weather. It has been mainly cloudy start of the
evening but earlier there were some spoils of sunshine. You can see from
the satellite image most of the cloud across central and eastern
areas but in the west and north-west we have lovely spells of sunshine.
In the east temperatures only reached three Celsius today, but in
the west 11 degrees. This evening will be mainly cloudy and quite
breezy too. South-easterly winds which become quite strong across the
south-west, maybe even touching gale force. As we had through the night,
quite a bit of cloud further to the east but clear spells towards the
west and temperatures could dipped below freezing for west highland for
example. In towns and cities, temperatures holding up to three or
four Celsius. Tomorrow cloud towards the east but during the day good
four Celsius. Tomorrow cloud towards spells of sunshine developing across
many central and western areas. Around three o'clock still further
cloud across Shetland and in the east but good spells of sunshine
elsewhere with temperatures reaching up to nine Celsius. Across the
central belt decent spells of sunshine and looking at around eight
Celsius here as well. The wind is strong to start the day but easing
through the afternoon. It is during the evening we will see thicker
cloud rushing in from the south-west bringing patchy outbreaks of rain.
We start to see a change as we go from midweek onwards, low-pressure
to the west, high pressure to the east and the wind direction is a
southerly drawing in mild air but unsettled conditions too. On
Wednesday a reversal of fortunes, that she rain to the west of the
country and to the east the best of that she rain to the west of the
the drier weather. Similar conditions on Thursday too. For all
of us it is feeling much milder than of late.
Thank goodness for that, it has been bitter!
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news...
Investigations reveal widespread drug abuse and security failings
An undercover reporter worked as a prison officer
for two months and filmed inmates threatening staff.
The world's anti-doping agency criticises Scottish football
for failing to carry out any drug tests in the last
And there are calls for an investigation into claims
of widespread discrimination against former oil and gas workers
Until then, from everyone on the team - have a good evening.
Join Jackie Bird for the latest news headlines, and Glenn Campbell for a special debate with voters quizzing both sides on what the EU referendum means for Scotland.