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prisons. On BBC One we now join the BBC News

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teams where The world's anti-doping agency

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criticises Scottish football for failing to carry out any drug

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tests in the last Claims of discrimination

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against former oil and gas workers by employers in other industries

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Also on the programme, An increase in the illegal

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sport of hare coursing - farmers say it could be a sign

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of a bigger rural crime wave. We meet the former bad boy

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from Angus who's turned himself And "wood" you believe it -

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locals left wondering why a council gave this football pitch a root

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and branch transformation. There's not really much to do in

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this area. Everybody is saying, get your kids out. Do something active.

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All of a sudden, you've got trees. Not one player was drugs-tested

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in Scottish domestic football The Scottish Football Association

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says funding is in place to ensure tests take place for the rest

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of this season - but tonight the President of the World

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anti-doping agency criticised The fight to keep drugs out of sport

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has never been more intense or high-profile. From state sponsored

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doping in Russia, investigations into cycling and a lengthy ban for

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Maria Sharapova. A year ago, BBC Scotland published figures that said

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only eight drugs tests had been done in Scottish football in a nine-month

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period. Now it has emerged that in another nine-month period not a

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single test was carried out. The Scottish FA lost its funding

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from the UK anti-doping agency last April and finally agreed its own

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funding package in November. Alasdair what's the response

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been from the SFA? I know there was disappointment at

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the SFA when they lost funding, and the message that sent, but the SFA

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has agreed its own funding package. The statement says the association

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is in final negotiations about providing funding for the remainder

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of this season. Additionally, the security and integrity officer has

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completed a comprehensive anti-doping programme. He's been

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going round the senior clubs to talk about this. The funding now

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available should mean we will see figures improve for the next quarter

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at least. It is worth pointing out that a separate investigation in

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England revealed that 39% of players had not been tested. The fact those

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figures are not deemed noteworthy and yet no players were tested here

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at all underlines how grim the situation has become.

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There are calls for an investigation into claims of widespread

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discrimination against former oil and gas workers by employers

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BBC Scotland can reveal an MSP has passed documentary

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evidence of the practice to the UK employment minister.

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Some workers claim companies won't hire them in case they quit

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Colin McIntyre was made redundant from his job as a procurement

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manager in the oil and gas industry more than a year ago. He's applied

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for hundreds of jobs outside the sector and has been turned down. The

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reason shocked him. I was told they are not interested in people from

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the oil and gas industries because they will go back up to Aberdeen

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when the recovery starts. Tens of thousands of oil workers have been

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laid off as a result of the downturn. Some believe the

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experience could be the tip of the iceberg. I heard anecdotal evidence

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but a couple of weeks ago I saw actual documentary evidence. It was

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the first time I'd seen it written down from a recruitment company on

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behalf of a client and that worried me greatly. This is just one of the

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examples in which it has been made clear that they are quite explicit

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in not wanting people from the oil and gas industry. Four: is just

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about getting a level playing field. For people to see beyond that, they

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should see beyond the skill set. Give them an interview. Thousands

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more oil workers are expected to lose their jobs, swelling the

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numbers of those simply seeking a chance for a new future.

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That's the message from the Scottish Conservative leader

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in a speech in London tonight - as speculation grows

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about a second indepedence referendum because of Brexit.

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The Labour leader is making a similar call.

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Yesterday, the former First Minister suggested an eighteen month

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timetable for a fresh poll - and today the SNP said the ball

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Our political correspondent Andrew Kerr has more.

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Coming soon, very possibly, to a country near you. The former First

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Minister Alex Salmond said another Paul could be held in 18 months with

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the future of the UK in doubt because of Brexit. But two party

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leaders are in London arguing the case for the union. The people in

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Scotland do not want more uncertainty when we already have

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questions. They are asking the government give them a break and get

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back to the day job they are being paid for, to improve the health

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system and stop desperately trying to leveraged Brexit. Scottish Labour

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stands firmly against a second independence referendum but we are

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not in favour of the status quo. I would like to see a federal United

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Kingdom. Back north, for the SNP, the impression is it is not full

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steam ahead. They want to hear what is made of the plan to keep Scotland

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in the single market. There will only be a referendum if we cannot

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reach a compromise and we believe it could work very well for everyone.

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Assuming that the UK Government is intransigent about that process then

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we will move onto the next stage. Politicians live by the polling and

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Professor John Curtice has been examining voting intentions since

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the EU referendum. On average they point to a 47% support for yes, 53%.

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Those figures are exactly the same as the months prior to the EU

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referendum so we are still in a situation where the SNP cannot be

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sure but equally, Theresa May cannot presume that Nicola Sturgeon would

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lose one. Maybe we should stand by for another political thriller.

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We've got the SNP conference next month. That is being seen as a key

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moment on the road to another independence referendum? Yes, that

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is right. It will be interesting to see exactly what Nicola Sturgeon

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does at that conference as she sets out her thinking. She will need to

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say something that will get the audience out of their seat, but it

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might be quite procedural. We have seen that before, we've seen the

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First Minister announce that she was publishing the independence

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referendum Bill. Perhaps next month she could seek Westminster's

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permission to hold the referendum, section 30 order. She needs to keep

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the pot boiling but does not want it to boil over. We've got local

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government elections. For the prounion party making their

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speeches, Ruth Davidson is saying the SNP must stop this talk of a

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second independence referendum, give the country a break and focus on the

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day job. She's saying the case needs to be made a fresh for the union.

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A former Catholic monk accused of child abuse at a Scottish school

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has appeared in court in Australia facing extradition.

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Father Denis Alexander was one of several monks accused

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of abusing boys at the former Fort Augustus Abbey boarding

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He has always denied the allegations.

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Denis Alexander appeared via video link from a remand centre here in

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Sydney. He was in a wheelchair. He did appear to be fragile but fully

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aware of the legal proceedings. His barrister said given his age and

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medical conditions, his client should be released from custody

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pending what could well be a lengthy extradition process. A lawyer for

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the UK Government argued against the application, saying he was a flight

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risk and may even be spirited away to a Benedictine monastery. Lawyer

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argued that the medical conditions would not be made worse in custody.

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The magistrate said it was a difficult application to consider

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and he rejected a bail application. This means he will remain in custody

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pending that full extradition hearing.

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Concerns are being raised about an upsurge in the illegal

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A total of six arrests have been made in the North and South

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Farmers fear the activity, which involves dogs chasing

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and killing hares, could form part of a bigger rural crime wave.

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A vote on the hunt for evidence of here coursing. Nice open fields.

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Long distances. They rely on site. This was filmed in England were the

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blood sport is more prevalent. Operated by small groups who bet on

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the outcome, it was banned in Scotland 14 years ago but that

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hasn't stopped our new surge in activity, with a number of arrests

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in the past few months. It has been banned since 2002, completely

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illegal. They're Heyer suffers a torturous death. Sometimes it is

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exhausted. At the end it is torn apart. It has been outlawed with

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good reason. Farmers are worried that the illegal activity of here

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coursing could lead to more rural and organised crimes. Rural

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communities are on high alert in a bid to protect livestock, property,

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and people from the allegedly intimidating individuals. They can

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be potentially violent people. There is a feeling that they might be

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involved in other crimes as well and this might be the tip of the

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iceberg. The public is being urged to help police stamp it out.

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The world anti-doping body says it's concerned that no drug tests

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were carried out in Scottish football for most of last year.

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And still to come, there's doubt over whether Scotland's rugby

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captain, Greig Laidlaw, will be available for the rest

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From growing up with a reputation as a bad boy in Angus

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to working as a bounty hunter on the Atlantic coast of America,

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Christian Matlock's story could come straight from a TV script.

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He left Scotland six years ago to escape a life heading

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Sally McNair has had a snapshot of the 28 year-old's new life.

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This is Christian Matlock, bail enforcement agent. This is Christian

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Matlock's life now, he has never been busier. Days and nights spent

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tracking down and apprehending fugitives who have skipped bail,

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drug addicts and criminals, people down on their luck. I'm about ten

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minutes away from you. I will be with you soon. He's no stranger to

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their troubled lives, and at 21 he was into drinking, ecstasy, without

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a job, in trouble with the police. He decided to try his luck in the

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USA. Bounty hunting is a full-time, forlorn job. On a recent trip home

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to Scotland, old friends treat him like a hero. He's actually something

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with his life. Probably the only one of us who has turned his life

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around. His mother is happy with the life he has made far away. We

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noticed when he was young there is no potential here for young people,

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nowhere for them to go of an evening and do things. It was just walk the

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streets and that's what you did with your mate. He fled to escape one

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dangerous life, now he says he would like to quit the criminal chasing

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dangerous life, now he says he would but he's addicted.

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And you can see a documentary on Christian Matlock's life later

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The Scottish Bounty Hunter is broadcast at 10.40.

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A look at other stories from across the country...

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There's been an improvement in the punctuality

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The latest ScotRail figures show last month more than nine out of ten

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arrived at stations within five minutes of their scheduled time -

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an almost two percent increase on the previous four weeks.

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However, a key yearly punctuality target is still being missed.

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It's now 90.1%, short of the 91.3% required in Scotrail's franchise

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contract with the Scottish Government.

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The former chairman of Ukip in Scotland has avoided jail

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after admitting making a series of sexual phone calls

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Arthur Misty Thackeray pled guilty last month.

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At Glasgow Sheriff Court he was placed on the sex offenders

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register for three years, and told to complete 270 hours

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of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.

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A car overturned in a busy street in the West End of Glasgow.

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A man in his 80s was freed from the vehicle by firefighters.

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He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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However there are no details about his condition.

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The sister of a kayaker who was found dead days

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after going missing has welcomed what she called the "phenomenal"

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response to the family's plans to set up a charity

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The campaign in memory of Dominic Jackson has raised more

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Mr Jackson was reported missing last Sunday after he failed to return

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from a sea kayaking trip off Portsoy, on the north

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The film, advertising and broadcasting industry generated

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over ?16 million for Glasgow's economy last year, according

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to figures gathered by a special unit to promote the city

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The Glasgow Film Office says the figure has gone up significantly

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from ?ten million generated two years ago.

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Major productions, which have used Glasgow locations, include

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The Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw's availability

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for the rest of the Six Nations is in doubt tonight.

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Laidlaw has left the national squad to have his injured ankle assessed

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Yesterday's defeat in France also left several

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Rhona McLeod supplies the Monday medical report.

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The return of the walking wounded from France. The Scotland rugby

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squad arrived in Edinburgh mentally and physically battered and bruised.

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It was a catalogue of injuries and started with the sight no Scots fan

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wanted to see, their number nine bottling in pain. The captain and

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highest points scorer, playmaker and inspiring team member rolling to the

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ground and taking off. His future in the championship requires further

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assessment. Calling the shots from the sideline was never in the game

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plan. To help recovery now, sometimes when they get sent back it

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means they will -- be out for a number of weeks. It is a great loss

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because he has proved himself over the couple of seasons as a leader

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and a fantastic player. There were positive moments for Scotland... But

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a whole lot of negative too, after Greig Laidlaw went off his

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replacement John Barclay went off. After Barkley was sidelined, his

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positional replacement John Hardy also succumbed to a head injury, and

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finally the Hawker Fraser Brown. Another head knock and another

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player taken off not to return to action. They were all subject to

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continued head injury assessment. The game is so brutal you can

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understand if you get one or two had knocks but to get four in a game and

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those players to be crucial players to Scotland, it shows you how brutal

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and physical the game is becoming. Questions will be asked about this

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bungled conversion attempt. Would the calm head of Greig Laidlaw have

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fared better under the pressure of being told to rush and take it? The

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squad have until week on Saturday to recover when the next wave of attack

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will come, this time from Wales. Football now.

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Rangers' search for a new manager continues this evening.

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Mark Warburton left the position amid controversy on Friday,

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and a weekend of speculation has followed.

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Our senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin

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Chris, it's now nearly three days since Mark Warburton's departure -

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No specific update as yet. Rangers' next match is against Dundee on

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Sunday. The under 20s coach remains in charge now, but the favourite to

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take over is Alex McLeish. He has been a manager here before, a pretty

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successful spell between 2001 and 2006, he led them to a domestic

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trouble and the Champions League, but would he take it on a temporary

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basis? Because the chairman Dave King released a statement today and

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said because of the time constraints the club may have to consider an

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interim solution. The Saint Johnstone manager has also been

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linked with the job and said it is pure speculation, but still plenty

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of fall out from the departure of Mark Waugh on Friday. The club say

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he resigned, the man himself said he did not. It is currently with his

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lawyers and this is another mess this club and its fans could well do

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without. Aberdeenshire Council has apologised

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for planting dozens of trees The trees appeared on the playing

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field at Logie Durno over the weekend, sparking

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confusion among residents. We sent our reporter

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Rebecca Curran to investigate. Tree up an unusual formation in

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football nowadays but not this pitch, dozens of trees have been

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planted here and residents are not happy. There's not really much to do

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in this area, get the kids out and do something active. There is a goal

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in this place and all of a sudden we have trees. The council say the plan

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was to turn over parts of the area for biodiversity as anecdotally it

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was rarely used. Whenever we play football we always play here, not on

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the full-sized pitch but I don't know why the council put them there.

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But they are good for dribbling round because it gives you good

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practice. Aberdeenshire Council couldn't confirm how much it cost to

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plant the trees or how much it could be to remove them. The trees will

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stay where they are until an agreement is reached with residents.

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I am not just for the occasion and these are definitely not football

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boots, but it is just a ball and some trees... How hard can it be?

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COMMENTATOR: It is picked up by Eddie Gray, chipping a lovely ball

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across goal... ! It could be a new national sport.

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Now time for the weather. It has been mainly cloudy start of the

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evening but earlier there were some spoils of sunshine. You can see from

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the satellite image most of the cloud across central and eastern

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areas but in the west and north-west we have lovely spells of sunshine.

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In the east temperatures only reached three Celsius today, but in

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the west 11 degrees. This evening will be mainly cloudy and quite

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breezy too. South-easterly winds which become quite strong across the

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south-west, maybe even touching gale force. As we had through the night,

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quite a bit of cloud further to the east but clear spells towards the

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west and temperatures could dipped below freezing for west highland for

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example. In towns and cities, temperatures holding up to three or

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four Celsius. Tomorrow cloud towards the east but during the day good

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four Celsius. Tomorrow cloud towards spells of sunshine developing across

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many central and western areas. Around three o'clock still further

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cloud across Shetland and in the east but good spells of sunshine

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elsewhere with temperatures reaching up to nine Celsius. Across the

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central belt decent spells of sunshine and looking at around eight

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Celsius here as well. The wind is strong to start the day but easing

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through the afternoon. It is during the evening we will see thicker

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cloud rushing in from the south-west bringing patchy outbreaks of rain.

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We start to see a change as we go from midweek onwards, low-pressure

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to the west, high pressure to the east and the wind direction is a

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southerly drawing in mild air but unsettled conditions too. On

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Wednesday a reversal of fortunes, that she rain to the west of the

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country and to the east the best of that she rain to the west of the

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the drier weather. Similar conditions on Thursday too. For all

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of us it is feeling much milder than of late.

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Thank goodness for that, it has been bitter!

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news...

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Investigations reveal widespread drug abuse and security failings

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An undercover reporter worked as a prison officer

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for two months and filmed inmates threatening staff.

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The world's anti-doping agency criticises Scottish football

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for failing to carry out any drug tests in the last

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And there are calls for an investigation into claims

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of widespread discrimination against former oil and gas workers

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

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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.


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