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


Cancer patients in our most deprived communities


are up to 98% more likely to die from some form of the illness


40% of us will have a cancer diagnosis in our lives and the


earlier that diagnosis happens, the more chance of treatment and now


We'll ask why some people aren't getting that early diagnosis.


Scientists say there could be reserves of oil


and gas in previous dismissed areas around Rockall.


We speak to the footballer fighting to save his career after betting


on his own team to lose games in which he played.


And, in rugby, struggling Edinburgh appoint a new head coach


A cancer survival gap is growing between people in the most wealthy


and deprived parts of Scotland depending on the type of cancer they


have. That's the warning from


Macmillan Cancer Support which says there needs to be better awareness


of screening in poorer In Govan this cafe for the local


community also doubles up as a drop-in centre for cancer patients.


Many people who come here do not have cancer, but for those who do it


provides support. This couple are both living with terminal cancer. If


you are feeling lost about what help is available, there are people who


are here who deal with every day. I didn't know what help there was. I


lost my job through cancer. That is where it became very important to


me. I knew there was somebody I could phone if I needed to. Local


informal services like this one seemed to be making a difference,


but across the country the analysis paints an alarming picture. McMillan


looked at cancer survival rates over a five-year period and found


startling variations for those living in poor communities compared


to those living in affluent communities. With prostate cancer


you are 98% more likely to die if you live in an area of deprivation


and with breast cancer that figure was 89%. I think they are shocking


and I am hoping the shock of it will help galvanise us do something and


proactive. These days lung cancer does not have to be a death


sentence. Adverts like this one are part of a targeted campaign. They


have been successful, but the government's National clinical


director says he is not surprised by the data. Late presentation is a


matter of life and death. Cancer will hit 40% of us. The earlier that


diagnosis happens, the more chance of treatment and now with modern


techniques, it is often curable. GPs say there can be complex reasons


that discourage people from poor area is seeking out help. Financial


resources, ability to make a GP appointment, communication issues,


education about what needs to be seen as important and perhaps even


the likelihood of pushing your GP for that appointment if you are told


there are none left. This cafe is a success story. 77% of its users come


from deprived areas, but the fundamental question is still not


answered. How to get people to seek help.


MPs are debating whether a state visit to the UK by Donald


More than 1.8 million people signed a petition arguing he wasn't wanted


but hundreds of thousands signed a counter petition arguing that


as America's president he's entitled to come.


I think it is difficult to know whether to be appalled at the


morality of this invitation or astonished at the stupidity of this


invitation. As an example of fawning subservience, the Prime Minister 's


holding hands across the ocean and visit would be difficult to match.


To do it in the name of shared values was stomach churning. We are


dealing with a president who is the first non-politician and the first


non-service man to be elected to the office. He is different. In an


exercise of pressing the right buttons to engage him, I think


dangling a state visit in front of a half Scottish president of the


United States whose mother had an attachment to the country was a very


successful use of the kind of soft power that the United Kingdom has.


Geologists say there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas


around Scotland's coast which have previously been dismissed.


A team has been studying rock formations around Rockall,


a tiny outcrop 300 miles off the Western Isles.


Our energy correspondent Kevin Keane has this exclusive report.


Go on, he is on the rock. It has been an attractive destination for


only the hardiest of adventurers and three years ago Nick Hancock broke


the record for the most time is spent on Rockall. But now the focus


is not so much on the rock above the water line, but on the ones below.


We hope author and Gas has been trapped. Geologist Nick Schofield


has been studying data from below the sea bed and has made a


surprising finding. Previous attempts to strike oil here have


almost all failed, but now he has concluded they are looking in the


wrong place. That is why you get one discovery of every four or five


wells that you drill. That led to the preconception of it not having


anything there, but we think the wells were not drilled in the right


place. His team has also been studying rock formations on sky


which are similar to the Rockall basin. With all the day-to-day now


conclude that volcanic activity may have pushed the odd away from the


rock itself, further away from where they previously drilled. We are


optimistic, but we are always very cautious and it is a very frontier


area and it is a challenging place to work and it is potentially in the


future going to be quite exciting, but I would not get too enthusiastic


just yet. The oil and Gas industry has long been looking for new


fields. Production has expanded into the harsh waters of the North


Atlantic, so there are challenges and opportunities. I am confident


there are companies looking at the information and there will not be a


Klondike rush, this is a very expensive area to play in, but with


the right companies, we will be looking hard at this. This is the


first significant discovery from a two-year seismic study. With two


years to go the geologists say there could be more surprises to come.


One of the leading charities representing survivors of child sex


abuse has been told it hasn't been granted official representation


at the inquiry set up by the Scottish Government.


Wellbeing Scotland says it's concerned more than 1,000 victims


which it has helped will now be deterred


Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson joins me.


Reevel, what does this mean for abuse victims?


Well be in Scotland formerly operated as an open secret and it


said it is not being granted core participation status in this. It has


appealed against it, but it allows an organisation and its members to


receive financial and legal assistance and to cross-examine


witnesses in the inquiry. The charity says it is the largest


organisation in Scotland dealing with historical allegations of child


sex abuse and has helped 1058 people. It says it was concerned new


guidelines which meant any perpetrator named in the inquiry


would then be told that had happened, they feel that could deter


many survivors from coming forward and therefore it was imperative that


it is a charity should be able to take part fully in the inquiry. It


pointed out another organisation has got core participation status.


Well-being Scotland says it has been left wondering whether the size of


the organisation meant that it would cost a lot more and perhaps elongate


the inquiry which is due to report in late 2019. The inquiry itself


said that well-being Scotland had not met the stringent criteria for


organisations to play a significant role, but that was being reviewed.


to play a significant role, but that was being reviewed.


Floral tributes and messages of sympathy have followed the death


of a two-year-old boy, whose body was recovered


from the River Ericht at Bridge of Cally ,


The child was reported missing yesterday morning from a property


He was found just over an hour later by a fire and rescue crew


Police have been searching the roadside near an Aberdeenshire


village as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder


The 67-year-old was found beaten to death with a "heavy


weapon" in his home in Rothienorman on the 12th of March last year.


Police say the search is not in response to new information.


A footballer says he's fighting to save his career, after admitting


betting on his own team to lose games in which he played.


Dean Brett is currently suspended by Cowdenbeath and is to be charged


by the Scottish Football Association for placing thousands of bets.


The player - who's come through recent personal tragedies -


Dean Brett at home with his dog Maisie. It has been a rough couple


of years in the Brett has sold with the death firstly of a baby daughter


and just a few months later Dean's partner died of cancer. It has just


been tough moments and when you see something that reminds you of it, it


is really tough. Anniversaries, birthdays, events that happen in


other people's lives that can relate to you. You get upset about that and


it is tough. Even before those tragedies Brett had made no secret


of betting on football despite knowing it was against SFA rules.


The social media posts eventually came to the authorities' attention.


He had to answer charges that he plays 2000 bets on a total of 6369


matches. Cowdenbeath say most concerning for them either figures


of 65 of their matches, eight of which were Dean Brett played in five


of those games. Since I went home on Thursday I was just thinking what


happens here? I do not want to leave Cowdenbeath. I have had the


opportunity before, but I have always wanted to stay with them. Now


that I have let them down, for them to release me I will not accept it.


What I have done is not acceptable, and if that is the way they go, fair


enough. Of the other players who have fallen foul of the SFA rules on


gambling, only Ian Black had bet against his own team. He served a


three match ban and was fined ?7,500. None have bet on as many


games as Brett who faces a disciplinary tomorrow. None have


faced the personal drama Brett has, not an excuse, but a poignant twist


to a tale of human frailty. A reminder of tonight's top story:


Cancer patients in our most deprived communities are up to 98% more


likely to die from some forms of the illness than those


from affluent areas. And still to come: The research


into the cells in our bodies that could transform the treatment


of diseases like diabetes. Campaigners for disability rights


continue to raise concerns about the way the Department


for Work and Pensions has tried Some claimants of Disability Living


Allowance say they're losing out But the DWP says more people are now


receiving the higher rate of support than before the changes


were brought in. The Scottish Government


is about to take control of social security and, as Ian Hamilton


reports, it says it will take Maureen has been on disability


benefits for 25 years. I cannot walk too far, it restricts me for a lot


of things I can do in the house, like showering and basically getting


about. She is currently being reassessed by the Department of Work


about. She is currently being and Pensions as she is transferred


from disability living allowance to personal independence payments. The


transition has been tough. You had your letter for the PIP, what has


been happening since then? I went to the assessment, I have waited eight


weeks to be told that I had been dropped from 12 points down to ten


on the mobility side which takes my cart away. On the care side for


getting help I got six points instead of eight, so I did not


qualify for anything. The Department of Work and Pensions told me that


under PIP over a quarter of climbers are now receiving the highest rate


of support. Anyone who disagrees has the right to appeal. The Scottish


social security minister says they want to have a fairer system when


they take over. What is clear just now is that that whole procedure the


people need to go through with a lengthy application form that you


can only access digitally, which makes it very difficult for many,


the medical assessments conducted in assessment centres, which are


costly, all of that I think is unnecessary in the system that we


can design which will still be evidence -based in terms of medical


evidence and social care evidence. Disability campaigners welcomed the


Scottish government proposals, but they are concerned about the


timescale. We would like cross-party agreement to implement a moratorium


on assessment in Scotland until such time as we have power. Secondly, to


put into place a system whereby if a disabled person can demonstrate


through medical evidence that they're in him and has not improved


or has remained the same, the government should step in and


mitigate those cuts. In a few years the Scottish government will be


looking to control this, what would you like them to do differently?


They can treat everybody a wee bit more compassionate, speak to people


and try to understand what is going on and what is wrong with them. Take


a bit more time. The Scottish government have been criticised for


not introducing welfare reform sooner. They say they want to get it


right and that takes time. Exports of single malt Scotch


whisky topped ?1 billion The United States remained


the biggest market by value, while France was the


biggest by volume. And there was a significant increase


in the amount bought by India. Police Scotland say plans to double


the penalty for driving while using a mobile phone or tablet


will come into force The Department for Transport


announced last year that it was planning to increase


the points from three to six, and the fine from ?100


to ?200 across the UK. A look at other stories


from across the country. Edinburgh is set to benefit


from a jobs boost from It's creating 5,000 full-time


jobs throughout the UK, and an undisclosed


number will be in the capital. A 25-year-old man has appeared


in court accused of causing Dean Yeats from Forfar is alleged


to have started the blaze at a water He made no plea or declaration


and was released on bail. Fishing access should not be traded


away during the Brexit talks. That's the message industry leaders


in Shetland delivered to Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary,


Fergus Ewing, as he announced public funding for the sector


on a visit to the islands. The signs are that the UK Government


seems to be ready to trade away permanent access, to trade away that


sea of opportunity, as part of a wider Brexit negotiation, and that


they seem to be ready to sacrifice the European market which is so


important. 80% of the fish processed here go to Europe.


There's concern school children on Mull could face lengthy journeys


for dental treatment when an island dentist retires


NHS Highland has re-advertised for a dentist to take over


from Chris Price, who also drives the island's mobile surgery.


But it's feared that when he leaves there'll no longer be


Sumburgh Airport in Shetland has been refurbished at a cost


Transport Minister Humza Yousaf unveiled a specially-commissioned


Improvements include larger security screening areas and upgrades


For the last two and a half or three years, we have invested a little


over ?23 million into the facility, and it is very important for the


island, the community and for the oil industry that we support.


A project combining biophysics and mathematics is challenging


existing theories about some of the most important


Researchers at Heriot-Watt University believe it could have


implications for future treatment of diseases like diabetes.


This from our science correspondent, Kenneth Macdonald.


If you are well, this is going on inside you right now. It is a cell


of the kind that creates the hormone insulin. The moving dots are bubbles


that carry those substances to where they are needed. Until now, there


was something wrong with the picture. Most of biology knows that


these things move on railroads. You can see them moving around inside


the cell. When they get to the cell surface, we found we could not find


these railroads any more, so it seemed there was something missing.


This is setting of 100 different particles... What the researchers


found was that on the cell's surface, these were avoiding


molecules. It needed a lot of advanced maths. We have shown that


these vesicles move between these other molecules, and they will do so


with some randomness. It took seven years of treating the cells, looking


through some of the world's most powerful microscopes, and using an


enormous amount of data. Maths and data had to speak the same language.


One of the biggest challenges of my Ph.D.. Learning a different language


to speak with mathematicians! Ph.D.. Learning a different language


findings of implications for medicine are more. If you have


certain conditions, like diabetes, something has probably gone wrong


with the movement of these vesicles inside yourselves. We don't know


what. This new work gives us a strong starting point to try to


investigate. This approach is going to be used not just for this model,


not just for this biology. It is going to be used in finance, in


astronomy, all over the place. The research shows that mathematics


underpins all of the rest of science. It is helping us look at


things that even the most powerful microscopes cannot see.


Edinburgh Rugby have appointed a new head coach.


He's the former England international and Leicester


coach, Richard Cockerill, and will start his


Interim coach Duncan Hodge stays on, returning to the backroom staff,


as the capital club try to improve their fortunes.


This has been a familiar scene for Edinburgh fans. Defeat to Leinster


at the weekend leaving them ninth in the league. Despite a European


quarterfinal tie ahead, this season, like many others in recent times,


has failed to ignite. They are hoping this man can change that.


Richard Cockerill played 27 times for England. He enjoyed great


success as coach of Leicester, leading them to European Cup final.


He left their earlier this season and is now a consultant at the


French giants Toulon. The powers that be here at Murrayfield were


keen to install a coach of proven quality, and they believe that


Richard Cockerill is a major coup for Scottish rugby. This is a big


statement of our intent and our ambition. We recognise where we want


the club to go, and we wanted to be a successful club, and emulate and


surpass where Glasgow have been in the past years. An exciting


appointment for Edinburgh. We have an underperforming group of players.


We need somebody who can put a rocket under them and make them


perform better. Duncan Hodge has been inconsistent, but he will


remain at the club to work with the new man in charge. It is great that


Richard Cockerill has been brought in. He is an experienced coach, and


has won at the highest level. Both him and Hodge will be a good mix. So


I think it is a good thing. An appointment to excite the Edinburgh


fans, but a big challenge for Cockerill to get the club back on


track. Let's get the weather


forecast from Kawser. Thank you. It was a blustery day,


but also quite mild, especially during the course of the morning. By


the afternoon, it was colder for all during the course of the morning. By


of us. By the end of the day, some lovely spells of sunshine. As we


head into the evening, there will be some clear spells, especially for


eastern areas, but showers continuing. These are from the


north-west, and can be quite wintry on the hills. Elsewhere, clear and


dry. Temperatures dipping to around five or six Celsius, so cold


compared to last night. For some rural areas in the sheltered East,


dipping close to freezing. Tomorrow morning, a lot of dry weather to


start across central and eastern areas, but across the north-west,


thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain, and across the west coast as well,


and strengthening south-westerly winds. If you are heading out in the


afternoon, it will be quite wet. Some persistent, heavy bursts here.


Further to the east, it will be drier, but cloudy in the afternoon,


temperatures around 10 Celsius. Lower than today. Tomorrow evening,


a wet evening in store, as that rain band moves further east, and the


winds start to strengthen, perhaps reaching gale force winds.


Wednesday, quite a blustery start to the day. Some of those showers could


be blustery. Some fleet conditions, and temperatures on the cooler side,


back to average for the time of year. On Thursday, there is a lot of


uncertainty. A deep area of low pressure will head towards us,


bringing the prospect of some snow for southern Scotland and northern


England. But a lot of uncertainty about this. The wind coming in from


the north, so cold for most of us. We will keep you updated.


Thank you. Now, a reminder of


tonight's main news. Cancer patients from the most


deprived communities in Scotland are up to 98% more


likely to die from the illness than those from affluent areas,


depending on the type That's the warning from


Macmillan Cancer Support, which says there needs to be better awareness


of screening in poorer The House of Lords has begun


debating the bill which will pave The legislation passed


the Commons with no amendments, but the government doesn't


have a majority in the Lords. Opposition and crossbench peers


are seeking guarantees about the rights of citizens


from other EU countries Two senior officials have resigned


from Ukip in Merseyside, saying that senior party figures have shown


crass insensitivity about the Hillsborough disaster. Paul Nuttall


has admitted that claims he had lost close personal friends in the


disaster were inaccurate. I'll be back with the late bulletin


just after the Ten o'Clock News. Until then, from everyone on the


team, right across the country,


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