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


Tonight on Reporting Scotland: The man who was driving the bin


lorry that crashed in Glasgow, killing six people,


admits reckless driving in a separate incident.


We speak to the mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie Mckeague


It is my son. I will do whatever it takes to get him home.


Also on the programme: Plans to use compulsory purchase


orders to reclaim homes in Glasgow's Govanhill


Nurdles, the tiny pieces of plastic causing big problems


And, from warriors to lions, hopes that Stuart Hogg and other


Glasgow players can be part of the British and Irish Lions team.


The driver of a bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow,


killing six people, in December 2014, has pleaded guilty to culpable


and reckless driving less than a year later.


Our reporter is outside Glasgow Sheriff Court.


Harry Clarke appeared here at Glasgow Sheriff


He pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly driving his car


near Baillieston in Glasgow on 20th September last year.


Nine months earlier he had lost consciousness while at the wheel of


the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow City centre.


That was after his licence had been revoked.


The Crown accepted his plea saying that he either knew or ought to have


known he was unfit to drive and that he was at risk


Harry Clarke leaves Glasgow Sheriff Court. Harry Clarke had his licence


revoked after he crashed the bin lorry he was driving on the 22nd of


December 20 14. George Square was full of Christmas showers when he


lost consciousness that the wheel. The lorry veered out of control.


Ticks people were killed, 15 others injured. -- six were killed. During


a fatal accident inquiry it emerged he had fainted while driving a bus


in 2010. It heard he had repeatedly lied about his fitness to dry. Nine


months after the bin lorry crash Harry Clark was seen by a neighbour


at the wheel of his Vauxhall Corsa. Police were called.


Today he admitted culpably and recklessly driving his car even


though he now he had suffered a lot of consciousness while driving on


two occasions and he should have known he was unfit to be behind the


wheel. He will be sentenced at the end of next month and could


potentially be jailed. at the forefront of a campaign


to find her missing son. 23-year old Corrie Mckeague,


an RAF serviceman from Dunfermline, disappeared during a night out


near his base in Bury St Edmunds. CCTV captured him leaving


a nightclub in the town, and he was last seen


going down an alley. His mobile was tracked and matched


the route of a bin lorry, which had picked up rubbish


from the town centre and was heading This weekend it's hoped a search


of that landfill site will begin, but tomorrow night a ?50,000 reward


offered by a local businessman Nicola Urquhart, a serving police


woman in Scotland, has been Knowing the police and about to


start searching the landfill, everybody knows how much we have


wanted that to be searched, there there's a good chance that Corrie


may be there. I do not believe that who put him there will come forward


but of somebody else knows, if they know somebody that is behaving


strangely or they have seen things, we are going to find Corrie if he is


there so come forward and tell us where he might be. Tell us why you


think he is going to be there so that whoever has put him there does


not get away with saying he has fallen in a bin and it is an


accident. Give us some more closure, not just finding Corrie but finding


out how he got there and what happened to him. We have seen you


over the past 21 weeks in front of the media using social media, even


physically searching. How have you found the strength to do that? That


is when I end up not having the strength. It is... It is my son. I


will do whatever it takes to get him home. If somebody is not doing their


job, if I think they could do something a little bit better, if I


can do it myself, I will. If not I will do what it takes to help them


do it properly and that is all I have ever wanted, a basic


investigation, and that has given me the strength to fight for something


to try to get Corrie home. Honestly, social media, coming from somebody


who is a police officer who does not go out there saying to use social


media to families when I am dealing with them, the press and social


media is what has got me through this. People do not understand how


much it means when you are reading nice comments that other people are


thinking about your child and wanting to do things to help. You


and your family have been brutally honest. Corrie was on a night out


and was drunk. He was asked to leave a nightclub. You blame no one. No.


But you think lessons can be learned. Absolutely. Lessons can be


learned when there were three tone pastors standing right at the door.


People who are specifically there to look after...? Yes. Hindsight is


wonderful. I am not criticising them. If you are putting somebody


out of the club because they are drunk perhaps there should be some


kind of legislation for all pubs, all doormen to make sure they have


some sort of after-care. What do you think has happened? I don't know if


I will ever find out. Somebody has done something to him. That we are


sure. I am not going to try to kid by hoping I could connect with


somebody who has done something to my son. If they can do it, listening


to me talking to them and begging them is going to make no difference


to them whatsoever. There are still far more decent people in this world


than awful people. If any of them know something, fallen. Letters now.


Even if you think it is a waste of time, it might not be. You do not


know what is important so please get in touch.


Tony Blair has said the context for the Scottish independence case


is "much more credible" after the Brexit vote.


During a speech the former Prime Minister said the vote


to leave the EU put what he called "the break-up of the UK"


Our political correspondent is at Westminster.


The heart of Tony Blair's speech was a rallying call for those who


support the EU to continue making their case. There was also a warning


about what he believes the dangers of Brexit will be, economic and


political. In the political sense Tony Blair was saying he is still a


unionist who believes Scotland should stay in the UK whatever


happens with Brexit. He has tweeted he thinks the case for remaining in


the UK is stronger than in 2014. He has been looking at the changing


political landscape and says the context of the post Brexit vote


could be good for independence supporters. There is the possibility


of the break-up of the UK. Narrowly avoided by the resultant Scottish


referendum, back on the table, this time with a context much more


credible for the independence case. What has been the reaction from


other parties? You will probably not be surprised to find it depends


where you stand on the independence question. The SNP I give and say


airfares to be another vote the context will be different -- I


believe. The Conservatives say there is no appetite for another


referendum and you do not solve the challenges of Brexit by leaving the


UK. What Brexit has shown is that within the UK Scotland's voices not


listen to and does not appear to count for much. The argument for


taking control of our own future and society and place in the world


becomes ever more strong. The case for Scottish independence was not


credible in 2014 when people rejected it and it is not credible


now. What Tony Blair might not now given that he has been out of front


line politics is that only about a quarter of people in Scotland want a


second referendum. The killer of a Clydebank schoolgirl


has had his sentence reduced John Leathem, who admitted stabbing


Paige Doherty more than 140 times, will now serve a minimum term of 23


years. It was in this shop,


now under new management, that John Leathem ran a


delicatessen and it was here Leathem was jailed at the High Court


in Glasgow for life, with The sentence was


imposed because of the brutality of the killing and also


because he had attempted to dispose At the Appeal Court,


his lawyers argued that he showed genuine remorse and had


never been in trouble before. They also said he had left her body


in a place where it could easily be It was contrasted to


another case in Glasgow. He had also been jailed


for a minimum of 27 years and said that that case was


different from that The judges agreed to reduce his


minimum term to 23 years, but there is no guarantee he will get


out after serving that length of That will be a matter


for the parole board, who will base their decision on how


safe the community will be once John Leathem


is released. Drivers on Scotland's busiest


motorway have been told to expect significant delays,


as a diversion comes into force From 8pm, traffic on the east


and westbound approaches to the Baillieston interchange


on the M8 will be diverted It will allow contractors


to connect a newly-built Heavy congestion is expected


on surrounding roads. Last autumn you may remember we told


you how residents in some parts of North Edinburgh


were being terrorised Despite the focus on the problem,


it appears to be getting worse. Today, local people


met with officials to try to bring the crime spree


to a halt. Wrong side of the road, heading


north. Tearing through the streets of north Edinburgh with a police


helicopter in court suit these teenagers are oblivious to the


danger they are putting themselves in and others and local residents


say the spate of joyriders and motor bike thieves is damaging the area.


The problem of motorbike crime and car crime and vandalism that goes


with it is residents say it comes in waves. They say authorities are not


doing enough to apply the breaks to the culprits. Some of those


residents met with police, Crown Office and city officials today to


place their concerns. Many of the offenders have been caught but


there's a feeling the punishments do not the crime. It seems like our


criminal justice system is a revolving door. Our communities say


you can go up to court and get a slap on the wrist. They come out and


two fingers that the police and the criminal justice system. This local


MSP has contacted the Crown Office over the sentences handed out but


thinks the bigger picture is important. Although a lot of the joy


reading happens here in north Edinburgh, it is an issue for the


whole city because the theft of motorbikes happened in the south of


the city. Some of the bike thefts are happening locally. In September


CCTV footage here revealed a thief making off with his partner's


motorbike. This is my girlfriend's bike. We keep it in the kitchen


because it has been stolen before. The bike is back safe indoors but


the anti-social behaviour outside his house continues. It is every


couple of nights he can hear them and see them coming down especially


during the school holidays and later nights. It has been worse because


the kids have been off. Authorities say the meetings were positive and


have deployed special evidence gathering officers to the area.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


The man who was driving the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow,


killing six people in 2014, admits reckless driving


And still to come: Why were these mysterious tunnels


We meet the scientists who are trying to find out.


Glasgow City Council say it will now begin to use compulsory purchase


powers to force rogue landlords out of the Govanhill area of the city.


?34 million will be spent in the next four years


in an attempt to address the issues of overcrowded, badly


When cleaning up the streets in Govanhill persistence and manpower


is key. Sorted out neglected housing stock is more complex. In the last


two years 124 flats have been bought. 60% by private landlords.


And done up for lead by the local housing association. The Scottish


Government and local council have pledged more than ?30 million to


keep the scheme going. ?34 million is a substantial investment. We need


to make sure that all of the powers of the enhanced enforcement area are


used in this area. This is the only enhanced enforcement area in


Scotland which means the council can demand access to private landlords'


property for rigorous inspections and they are about to introduce a


tough for measure. We will continue to target rogue landlords but if we


failed the scheme is not being as successful as we would like it to be


we will use compulsory purchase powers to make sure those


individuals are targeted and removed from the area. 87 flats taken over


by the housing association are currently being refurbished and it


is hoped the nature of the area will start to change when new tenants


move on. People will know who are and hopefully they will be


neighbours for considerably longer than just a few months at a time.


That will give stability to the community. For many people who live


or work here that cannot come quick enough. It is called the slums. In


one house there is about 20 people living in one bedroom flat. It has


downgraded this area. You have not seen any improvement? No. It is


better. You can see more people are living in the properties and there


should be. This pilot scheme has put in place the powers in the process


to tackle some landlords and the City Council is aware there is


plenty of them operating here will stop the challenge is to target the


most persistent and the worst of them throughout this area.


A search of hundreds of beaches around the UK has found


three-quarters of them are littered with nurdles.


They're lentil-sized pellets used as a raw material


to make plastic products - and they can cause significant


damage to wildlife, such as birds and fish which eat them.


Huw Williams reports from Gullane in East Lothian.


For the past five years on beaches from the south of England to


Shetland they have been looking for nurdles, they are not recognisable


chunks of plastic like this and they are not micro beads which cause


problems for fish. They are pellets like this. On this beach in East


Lothian there are literally tens of thousands of them. So what are they?


And how many are out there? They are little plastic pellets, about the


size of a lentil and they are used in plastics manufacturer to make


most of our plastic products. In terms of the numbers we find we know


there are millions of tonnes of these produced and processed each


year in the UK alone and potentially billions of these little pellets are


escaping into the environment every year just from accidental spillage.


And they end up on beaches like this and it's not just conservationists


like you who have noticed and are worried about them. I like to teach


my kids to pick things up, it's part of what we do, incorporate that into


the beach walk and it's tough to pick up thousands of these so we end


up taking some of the bigger items home but then we are left with the


idea that this is, this remains on the beach. So what should be done?


There are simple solutions to stopping this spillage, companies


can sign up to a scheme called operation clean sweep, a voluntary


scheme that allows companies to connect is evil pellet loss and


there are useful guidelines within that scheme. The problem is not many


people have signed up to that and there are no checks in place to make


sure companies who have signed up are doing what they promise. The


beach is looking absolutely stunning tonight. But the next time you're at


the seaside you might want to look a bit more closely at the sand to see


what else is there. The Glasgow Warriors head coach


hopes that several of his players will make a real impact


for the British and Irish Lions Gregor Townsend -


a former Lion himself - hopes they can push for places


in the test teams and not Three more years with the Warriors


for Peter Horne, committing his future to the Glasgow band of


brothers whose top stars are increasingly admired on the


international stage. One in particular has caught the eye is the


best players in Britain and Ireland try to impress the man who will pick


the Lions squad to tour New Zealand. Stuart Hogg scores in the corner!


He's done it again! Stuart Hogg has played right hasn't he? Missed a few


tackles last week so he will probably be looking at improving


some of his defence of stuff but in attack he's been pretty good. This


guy was pretty good as well as a scoring Lions full-back and thinks


his fellow Scots can easily wear his old Jersey. Stuart Hogg has been


playing extremely well, he has been the player of the first two rounds


for many of the four home nations the player of the first two rounds


and if he keeps his form up and keeps playing well then he would


certainly be in with a good chance of starting at 15. Three of his


Glasgow team-mates have also been tipped by Vern Cotter for possible


selection. So is Scotstoun home of the Warriors


the breeding ground for the next Scottish star in the British and I


wish Lions? Well since the head coach here at Glasgow played in the


tour of South Africa years ago only one other Scot, Tom Smith, has


started a Lions Test match. It's tough because you are training and


competing against the best players in Britain and Ireland. But at least


once you are out there you have the opportunity to get that test place.


If you look at the Scotland team you're probably looking at three,


test 23, not just to list but probably three getting in the match


day squad if you're picking the test squad now. Josh Strauss unlikely to


be one of them, like a Greig Laidlaw the forward will miss the rest of


the Six Nations effectively ending the forward will miss the rest of


any hopes he had of impressing the selectors.


New light is being shed on a mysterious network


of tunnels and caves, hand-carved out of rock


Scientists, using radar imaging equipment, have discovered


that the ancient passageways at Gilmerton Cove extend much


More chambers have also been uncovered.


As Fiona Stalker reports, it's hoped the underground site may


OK, some surface noise coming in here I think, it might be a cable or


something. The latest ground penetrating radar equipment, new


technology to unlock ancient secrets. The waves bounce off


cavities or tunnels carved into the secrets. The waves bounce off


rock below. This is where we have been looking at. When we were out


there on the road we were the other side of this wall. And where this


blocked up tunnel leads is just one of the questions unanswered for


hundreds of years. Strange places, very few things inside these which


tell us about the people who used it and what they were doing and why


they built it in the first place. So perhaps the work we are doing, if we


get a bigger picture we are mapping in a more extensive way the


footprint of it, then what we are hoping his battle tell us something


about the use. This is what is referred to in an early guidebook as


the chapel. There are several theories about what these chambers


and tunnels were used for. We have theories of secret religious work


it, a deep cut bowl, we have stories of it being a punchbowl so I secret


drinking den. Local legends that one of the tunnels leads to Craigmillar


Castle a good mile from here and we have stories of May the Queen of


Scots having used this place. This subterranean network card from the


sandstone is now known to be at least double the size originally


thought. That new information will be crucial in piecing the past


together. Whether a secret drinking den, a place of worship or something


more sinister the hope is that this work will finally solve the mystery.


Fascinating. Let's see what we can expect


from the weekend weather. Some lovely blue skies around for


some of us today particularly in the east and north-east but for many


rather grey. But lovely weather watcher pictures, thanks. Cloudy and


breezy tonight and increasingly damp as weather starts to arrive off the


Atlantic, showery outbreaks of rain. The further east in the wet weather


fairly sporadic but all these factors combined, the rain and the


breeze and the cloud mean it will be a mild night with temperatures for


most around 6-9 C. But the breeze will be of note around the west


Coast coming strong from the South West. To start the weekend, Saturday


gets off to a soggy start with wet weather in the West, edging its way


east, fizzling out. From around lunchtime many central southern and


eastern parts will see an improvement, dryer and indeed


brighter. By mid-afternoon generally driver central and southern


Scotland, through Kintyre up towards the Highlands and Islands further


outbreaks of rain, further east into parts of dried, perhaps 13 degrees,


the rain spreading through, Shetland largely drive. If you are hell


walking or climbing in the West it will be wet and windy. Temperatures


falling through the course of the day. Eastern ranges more drive it


still windy. Temperatures holding fast at five or six, they will not


drop as far as they will as the West. Into the night and the wet


weather edging its way south and east getting wet through the central


belt on Saturday night and Sunday. For a Sunday, the second half of the


weekend, not too bad, whether France in the north-west bringing quite


windy from the West. Early Sunshine for central and eastern Scotland but


through the course of the day the sunshine becoming increasingly


confined to Eastern coasts, in the sunshine 13 degrees. Further west


rain come in. Subtropical air coming in, that could well lead to a high


of 15 or 16 degrees, it will not be sunny, it will be cloudy and indeed


windy. That's the forecast. Thanks. Now, a reminder of tonight's main


news: Harry Clarke - the man who was driving the bin


lorry that crashed in Glasgow, killing six people -


admits reckless driving And Tony Blair has said the context


for the Scottish independence case is "much more credible"


after the Brexit vote. He said the vote to leave the EU put


what he called the break up of the UK back on the table.


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