27/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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And now on BBC One, it's time for news where you are.


After former Celtic captain Billy McNeill's dementia diagnosis,


ex-players' families demand a study into football and dementia.


You have Mark Watson who died. Frank Beattie. My dad is now suffering


from dementia. Coincidence? Definitely not.


Does doctor know best or should patients get more involved


in the police force - and spend more on front


Wales, the Scotland rugby team move up to fifth in the world rankings -


And David Tennant on the red carpet as a very different doctor -


playing the controversial Scots psychiatrist RD Laing.


A former head of the SFA says footballers may in future have


to sign disclaimers to prevent them suing over dementia


It follows the news that the former Celtic player and manager,


And tonight Alzheimer Scotland announced it's to hold a summit


on the possible links between football and dementia.


COMMENTATOR: McClane. A goal that set Kilmarnock on the weight of


their one and only league title. I think he got in trouble because he


their one and only league title. I should not have been in the box.


Success secured legendary status for David Sneddon and team-mates. In


recent years, David's Sun said another shared experience has


emerged. Mark Watson died from Alzheimer's. Frank Beattie had


Parkinson's and dementia. Big Jackie had Alzheimer's. Jim had Parkinson's


and my dad, who is now suffering from dementia. Coincidencenot.


David's suspicion centres on a particular skill. In training,


beheading drills, these were everyday, heading drills. You can


argue that heading the heavy ball may have had a form of influence on


the disease he has got. Billy McNeill's family have similar


questions having revealed the former Celtic captain is suffering from


dementia, they are calling for more research. Scientists at Stirling


University analysed heading drills and found small but significant


short-term changes in brain function but that, they say, is just a first


step. We cannot make decisions on the guidelines. What are the safe


limits? It is not the time we can address that. More science is


needed, a better understanding of what happens to the brain when


heading a ball. They football and dementia summit aimed at developing


a research strategy will be held this spring. An issue some believe


could have profound consequences for the game. We'll want to play


football. I would still have wanted to play the game regardless of


problems even if I was told it was a problem. They might have to have a


situation in order that people cannot be suit at a later date, once


you know that it can cause damage, they might have to sign a disclaimer


to not sue in the future and it is everyone's choice to continue as a


player or not. As he approaches his 81st birthday, David Sneddon's


family say it is not about changing the game they all love. Today's life


is about informed choices. If you have the information you can choose


to play football, or do you not. With the amount of money in


football, I would reckon most players would say, I will take the


chance. Scotland's Chief Medical Officer


wants doctors to spend more time listening to patients,


in a bid to avoid prescribing Catherine Calderwood has dubbed


the concept "realistic medicine" and argues that quality,


rather than quantity of life can be Here's our health


correspondent, Lisa Summers. Alistair does not know how much


time he has got left. But he is determined


to make the most of it. There's nothing worse than getting


towards the end of your life and realising you have wasted


day after day. As the sun comes up I'm looking


for something interesting He is already having treatment


for a series of long-term conditions but after a conversation


with his consultant he decided not I did not fancy spending three days


a week in the infirmary when I could be out and doing things


with my family. I want quality of life,


not length of life, particularly. The sum dialysis is the right course


of treatment. And this is what realistic medicine is about. The


Chief Medical Officer is asking the best treatment for patients. I think


we have overestimated the benefits of some treatments and maybe


underestimated the risks and perhaps under estimated the burden of health


care is so visits to hospital and the GP surgery, blood tests,


monitoring, and now we are having the GP surgery, blood tests,


open and honest conversations. At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, they are


open and honest with patiently Mac. Dialysis is there for those hit


benefits and they support those for whom it will not. We are making


ageing medical, and death. There are doctors who believe you can solve


everything, you start believing you can solve everything and then


realise you can't and what we need to do is help patiently Mac. It is


too brutal to say, you have however many weeks and months left. We do


not know the answer to that. But we have to be honest about where you


can make a difference and where you might not. There will be


challengers. Doctor struggle for time with patiently Mac and the


Chief Medical Officer said it is not about saving money but involving


patiently Mac and families in decisions about their care.


Downing Street has reiterated that there should not be a second


It follows renewed reports that the UK Government is concerned


Brexit could bring about a second vote in Scotland.


And tonight that was echoed by the former Prime Minister,


Sir John Major, in a speech on the impact of Brexit.


In Scotland, I believe a hard Brexit will encourage a second referendum


on independence. This may seem improbable at this moment, but it


would be reckless to ignore the risks. As we saw last June, the


emotion and national pride can overcome economic self-interest. If


Scotland were to become independent, both Scotland and the whole of the


United Kingdom would be diminished. That cannot be ignored as Brexit


evolves. Our political correspondent,


David Porter, is in So, could events over the next few


weeks make things clearer, David? That could very well be the case.


The people of the building behind me are aware that the clock is ticking


on Brexit and it could have huge implications for Scotland and the


possibility of a second independence referendum. In principle the


Scottish Government is against Brexit. They say the people of


Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain within the United Kingdom and


therefore that Scotland should not be forced out of the EU. Downing


Street are equally clear. They say as far as they are concerned in 2014


the people of Scotland voted to remain within the UK and should


therefore not be a second independence referendum. They say


the issue was settled for a generation. How could what is


happening with Brexit in the next few weeks affects the implications


and the general demeanour of what is going to happen in the wider


Scottish constitutional debate? Today and later this week the House


of Lords is discussing Brexit legislation and if they are happy


with it, it could become law as soon as next week. If not then maybe


Parliamentary wrangling that could delay things and it means in the


week beginning the 13th of March, Theresa May may decide to trigger


Article 50, which formally begins the Brexit negotiations.


Coincidentally, towards the end of that week, the SNP meets in Aberdeen


for it's spring conference. If, as you would expect, the First Minister


Nicola Sturgeon is unhappy with what has happened, she will come under


immense pressure to spell out what she is going to do and whether she


is going to go ahead with a second independence referendum. Over the


next couple of weeks some very important decisions have got to be


taken. Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon have very big calls to make


and what they decide could affect us all. Many thanks.


A 42-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder


Julie McCash and David Sorrie died following an incident in the city's


It's alleged Robert Stratton struck them both with knives.


He's also charged with the attempted murder of a third person.


He made no plea at Dundee Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.


Police officers are continuing to search for a teenager


believed to have fallen from cliffs at Arbroath.


18-year-old Ralph Smith has been missing since


A coastguard helicopter, four coastguard rescue teams and two


lifeboats were involved in searches over the weekend.


Further safety checks have been ordered on a fleet


of helicopters following a fatal accident last year.


The European Aviation Safety Authority has asked operators


of the Super Puma EC225 and L2 aircraft to carry out one-off


The 225 was grounded following a crash in Norway last April.


13 people died, including Iain Stuart from Aberdeenshire.


The number of officers policing Scotland is likely to be


It's one of the proposals contained in a strategy for the force


But despite the financial pressures the national force is facing,


it insists the number of operational officers will increase,


as those currently doing administrative tasks are redeployed.


Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports


on the changing face of policing in Scotland.


Officers at Stuart Street police station received their briefing at


the start of the ship. Once on the street it is clear policing is


anything but traditional. Increasingly they deal with bun


rubble people rather than crime. Keeping in touch with businesses and


residents, these officers are part of the problem solving team, a new


approach. The idea is to engage with people and tackle them as best you


can. We have always had that with community policing but we are not


responding to calls as much as we were previously and the idea behind


that is so we can focus on communities we are working in. Crime


is at a 40 year low and the nature of crime is changing. One if I've


calls to Police Scotland results in a crime being recorded. It deals


with 57,000 mental health incidents and 30,000 missing person enquiries,


meaning they have to refocus efforts. The journey of policing in


the last 30 years is from one that is where we police public space, to


one where we police private space. Now as the world is changing quickly


around us, people are living their life online and we need to protect


them there as well. The number of officers is likely to fall by 420


20, but the body that oversees the police service says as it adapts,


there will still be officers on the beat. This is an essential part of


policing and we believe we can free up officers from administrative and


other tasks that prevent them being visibly seen by the public. We think


in 2026 you will see officers in their uniforms. The government


welcomes the strategy and said it is concerned about the right mix of


skills, not just overall numbers. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. After Celtic legend Billy McNeill's


dementia diagnosis, ex-players' families demand a study


into football and dementia. The Scot who's flying the flag


in one of the world's The Scotland rugby team are up


to fifth in the world rankings, It follows the weekend win over


Wales in the Six Nations. And there's been further


good news for Scotland, Scotland's rejuvenation as a force


in world rugby continues. Also on the up is their world ranking. The


win over Wales takes them from eighth upto fifth, above some


illustrious names. Their highest ever placing. How much of this is


down to their implacable coach? The players are playing for him and the


team have a real identity in what they are trying to do. They have


scored tries, six of them from outside channels. In Paris, it was


created in an outside channel so it is the identity of how they try to


play that suits Scotland. The immediate future holds games against


these two, Italy and before that England. They will not treat the


Scots as the fodder they have often been. Coming into this I would never


have thought the game I would eagerly anticipate is England and


Scotland. We have a real prospect of a match at Twickenham and a real


exciting Scottish side. Wonderful performances and great individual


players. Regardless of how that match goes, Murrayfield will be fall


again in three weeks, the first time a game against Italy has sold out.


Another reflection of the upturn in Scotland's fortunes.


Rangers have identified the Southampton Director of Scouting


and Recruitment Ross Wilson as their number one target for their


The club say they want to create this new position,


Since Mark Warburton left two weeks ago, Rangers have lost


both their league matches, including this defeat to


Almost 800,000 people in Scotland currently care for a relative


or loved one, saving the UK Government billions of pounds,


Over the next 20 years, it's estimated that three in five


As the Scottish Government prepares to take over


the Social Security system, how might they do


What do you fancy for tea? John has been caring for his mother for the


last four years. Carers UK, people like John save Scotland almost ?11


billion per year. She was diagnosed with dementia as well as many other


illnesses. I saw her struggling from afar. She had very or little-known


help whatsoever from home helps. That started our journey of trying


to fight the system. It took two years to get an adequate care


package put in place for his mother. Over that time, he had to give up


his own home and his job. Carers save billions to the Scottish


Government and the British government. And yet we are down at


the very end of need for support. The package for caring is between 45


and 54, -- the peak age. That is likely to change as the population


ages. More people are going to be providing care for very elderly


people. In fact, actually, continuing to work well into their


60s, providing care at the same time. Scotland is getting control


over 11 welfare benefits. One of these is carers allowance and the


government are putting forward a number of proposals. One is to


change the restrictions inside at benefit, which put a limit on the


amount of money in individual can land whilst still receiving the


carers allowance. The other restriction is on the number of


hours that you have to prove you care for a person in each week.


Again, that restricts the individual from being able to perhaps pursue


study or that part-time employment. For carers like John, support is


much more than just financial. It's about quality of life. Not only for


his mother but for him. What does he think should change? There should be


a one-stop shop where when a carer needs assistance and they have been


assessed, they get from start to finish the help that they need and


that's financial support and any other support that they need for the


person they are caring for. Campaigners who want a leisure


centre on the Isle of Lewis to open on Sundays have vowed to fight on,


despite their offer to fund Sunday openings being turned down


by Western Isles council. Families into Sports for Health


raised almost ?11,500 for a trial opening of the sports centre


and swimming pool. But Western Isles Council rejected


the offer of cash and said it Leisure centres on Lewis and Harris


have been traditionally closed on Sundays in observation


of the Sabbath. New figures from the Civil Aviation


Authority show that laser attacks on Glasgow Airport doubled last year


to 83, making it the second-most targeted airport in the UK


after Heathrow, The number of attacks


at Edinburgh Airport dropped from 55 The sport of UFC, or the Ultimate


Fighting Championship, Stars like Ireland's Conor McGregor


have helped make the uncompromising mixed martial art sport hugely


popular. This weekend, Scotland's Paul


Craig enters the arena He pulled off an impressive victory


on his debut last year. Paul Craig! The brutal world of UFC


now has a Scottish contender. Scotland's Paul Craig making his UFC


debut. Paul Craig, one fight, and one win against Brazilian Henry de


Silva last month. A strong start to life in sport where clearly you have


to be tough. I never wanted to be punched in the face. But once you've


taken your first punch, you need your first breaking your nose and


it's not that bad. Once people realise your face isn't going to


crumble into dust, you can take it. Paul Craig's next fight is against


Australia 's Tyson Pedro. That's a long way from this freezing gym


where Craig puts in the hard graft. His aim is to emulate UFC's ultimate


Warrior, Irish superstar Conor McGregor. I really suppose he is to


find the sport. You would be the Scottish Conor McGregor? Some people


have said I have the ability to talk like him. I'm not dense, I can talk.


And I can fight. I would like to think it's good to be compared to


somebody like that at the top of his game. I would like to be the


Scottish Conor McGregor. Why do you think at this moment in time right


now UFC is so popular with so many people? I don't think it's the state


of humanity. We are an aggressive nation or and aggressive world at


this precise moment. I think it's to do with how it's marketed. You're


getting the best fighters against the best fighters. Anything can


happen. It doesn't matter how good you are. On that night, if you get


caught flush in the bottom, you will go down. By day, Paul Craig teaches


young people vocational skills in Scotland but his life as an educator


is on hold for now as he continues on his own UFC learning curve.


Another win required on Sunday if he is to make his own fighting future a


success. He's famous for playing Dr Who,


but last night David Tennant brought the Glasgow Film Festival to a close


with a performance as In "Mad to Be Normal",


he plays the controversial Scots As our arts correspondent,


Pauline McLean, reports his work continues to divide opinion almost


30 years after his death. It is a small household people


in different states of mind. The Scots psychiatrist RD Laing


was unlikely celebrity but in the 1960s he was famous,


not least for an experiment in which patients and


therapists lived together. His ideas were hugely controversial


and are no less now, actually. Some people will say


what he did was extraordinary on and others will say


that he was a crack Born in Glasgow in 1927,


he was prolific and outspoken. Although his views and methods


divided the critics, they continue Adrian Lang, one of his ten


children, has seen many versions of his father


on stage and screen. He was a very angry, articulate,


educated Scotsman who decided before he was 30 that he would take a stand


against the establishment So there's a kind of romantic


revolutionary angry Scottish person The film doesn't gloss


over his personal failings. Like his most famous


book, The Divided Self, The Ronnie Laing to his patience


was not the same as him as a parent. I hope that the film does


encourage some people But also realise there is more


to the man than meets the eye. It seems RD Laing's moment


in the spotlight is not yet over. It seems RD Laing's moment


in the spotlight is far from over. A second film about his life


is already being planned. Bit of a wash-out at


the weekend, Judith. It certainly is. A wee bit of snow


today, we weren't expecting it, across the South. One of our weather


today, we weren't expecting it, watchers sent this in, a winter


wonderland. The pressure chart, this area of low pressure flirted with


this out of the country, hitting cold air. Now this low-pressure belt


is yesterday's low-pressure making a return, bringing something wintry


across western Scotland tonight and early tomorrow. A cold night. Met


Office yellowed be aware warning for ice. Western and Central and


Southern Scotland. Edinburgh will be at risk. Bear that in mind. Pulling


away from the South as we speak. We will see something coming into the


far north-west in the overnight period, the overnight pressure. We


far north-west in the overnight expecting anything in in land will


be frosty. Widely below freezing. I score risk first thing tomorrow, a


cold start but bright -- ice risk. In eastern Scotland it is bright.


The low-pressure making its presence felt. Outbreaks of rain in coastal


areas will come inland. Sleet and snow in high ground. That continues


to sink South and then brighter conditions feeding into the far


north. Another change coming our way. In the afternoon, the remnants


of that low-pressure in south-west Scotland but it will improve


eventually. In the -- borders and Central lowlands, still feeling


cold. Further north you go, you will see more in the way of the winds as


they pick up. The Northern Isles will see those winds becoming strong


and showers for the Shetland Isles. In the evening, anything in the


and showers for the Shetland Isles. South will clear away. A lovely end


to the day for most. Wintry showers will take hold in northern parts in


the brisk winds. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, a cold start.


Some showers in northern Scotland and along the West Coast. It looks


like a fine day. Thank you. Now, a reminder of


tonight's main news. A former head of the SFA says


footballers may in future have to sign disclaimers to prevent them


suing over dementia It follows the news that the former


Celtic player and manager, The organisers of the Oscars have


apologised after an envelope mix up led to the wrong film being read out


as winner of the Best Picture award. The producers of La La Land were in


the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake


was discovered and Moonlight I'll be back with the headlines


at 8pm and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone


on the team, right across the country,


have a very good evening.


Join Jackie Bird for the latest news headlines, and Glenn Campbell for a special debate with voters quizzing both sides on what the EU referendum means for Scotland.

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