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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That was after his licence had been revoked.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.
I'll be back with the headlines at 8pm - and the late bulletin just
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