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As the First Minister says she is up for talks with the Prime Minister

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over another independence referendum, a warning

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of a constitutional crisis if no agreement can be reached.

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How a row over haddock stocks in the North Sea could be

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threatening your traditional Scottish fish supper.

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Has Scotland prepared to face Italy, can they manage their best ever six

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Nations finish? A farewell fly-past from the Tornado

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squadron at RAF Lossiemouth. And saved for the nation after a ?4

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million fundraising campaign - the iconic Monarch of the Glen

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painting. Scottish National Party leaders

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are delivering a defiant warning to the Prime Minister,

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telling the party's conference they won't allow her to thwart plans

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for an independence referendum. The First Minister is also

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urging Theresa May to take We'll bring you the Prime Minister's

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response in a moment. But first our political editor

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Brian Taylor reports A sense of history. The SNP's deputy

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leader brandishes a slogan devised by Willie Ewing. Delegates also

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reckon historic changes underway now. It has been a pretty momentous

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week in Scottish politics. Derek Mackay maintained the momentum. The

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First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP want a referendum

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before, or shortly after, Brexit is concluded. The Prime Minister won't

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countenance that. Scotland will have its referendum and the people of

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this country will have their choice. They will not be denied their say.

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And for the avoidance of doubt, he identified the obstacle. Scotland's

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referendum is going to happen, and no UK Prime Minister, no UK Prime

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Minister should dare to stand in the way of Scotland's democracy. So what

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to do? Who knows? Another election I be around the corner. A throwaway

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line but is it possible, and early Hollywood election to force the

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Prime Minister to the negotiating table. Senior strategist discovered

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the idea for three reasons. One, people tend to hate unnecessary

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elections. Two, it might not go into the wealth of the SNP. Under PR, you

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can never be sure. And three, the SNP incest they already have a

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mandate for a further referendum and arguably to call another election

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would weaken that case. The SNP has sampled opinion in focus groups and

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elsewhere, and there is a degree of resistance to an early referendum.

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But the party insists people are open to the idea of Scotland having

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a choice in time to impact upon Brexit when the option is explained.

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So what about a non-statutory, advisory referendum? Nicola Sturgeon

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rules mapping out but is far from keen on that idea, viewing it as

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gesture politics. She once the Prime Minister to talk now about possible

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dates for a future referendum. Let her set out when she pings it would

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be right and let's have a discussion about it. We might only be weeks or

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months apart. I am up for continued discussion. There is devolved policy

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here, too. John Swinney defended the Scottish Government's education

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record and offered advice on the constitutional battle. I share the

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outrage every Democrat feels at the actions of the Westminster Tory

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government. I say to you this is a time for local heads, cool, clear

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head that must now stand up for Scotland's sovereignty. Outside the

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hall, prounion campaign is made their point bluntly. Inside,

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delegates are intent on independence and their leader appears undeterred

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by the obstacles in her path. And we'll hear more from Brian

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in a moment, but first the Scottish Government's Brexit

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minister claims the UK is heading for a "constitutional crisis"

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if the UK Government continues Mike Russell was speaking

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after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, renewed her opposition

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to another vote on Scotland's future while the UK

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is in the process of leaving the EU. Here's our political

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correspondent, Glenn Campbell. There is no meeting of minds between

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these two leaders on Scotland's future. In Cardiff today, the Prime

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Minister accused the SNP of exploiting Brexit to pursue

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independence. It is now clear that using Brexit as a pretext to

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engineer a second independence referendum has been the SNP's sole

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objective ever since last June. But it would be bad for Scotland, bad

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for the United Kingdom and bad for us all. At the SNP conference,

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Scottish ministers say their attempts to broker a Brexit

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Scottish ministers say their compromise were re-Bath, and that

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another independence referendum must be allowed when the terms of Brexit

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become clear. If the Scottish Parliament votes for a referendum it

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would be extremely undemocratic to try and stop that. What if she still

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says no? The reality is we are then try and stop that. What if she still

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in a constitutional crisis because the Scottish Parliament has

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expressed its opinion. We have to have a way of discussing that. Could

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expressed its opinion. We have to you have a referendum anyway? We are

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nowhere near that stage but the view is there must be a referendum if the

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Scottish Parliament votes for it. What do SNP supporters think? I'm

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sure Nicola Sturgeon will have her way. If she is unwilling to

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compromise, yes, we should go for one without their consent. It is an

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option but I don't think anyone would want that. We would want to

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have the agreement. This expert thinks it could be a lengthy

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dispute. This could go on for a long time, several years, with neither

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side doing well. Meanwhile, Brexit has to be negotiated and things have

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to be done on a practical level. There is no obvious end to the

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stand-off insight, unless there is a big shift in public opinion, either

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for or against another independence referendum.

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Our political editor Brian Taylor joins me now.

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Quite a week indeed. A pre-emptive strike by the First Minister, a

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retaliatory strike by the Prime Minister, and now a contest of

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wills, predicated by each side claiming to be acting in tune with

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public opinion. What might lie ahead? We have the important vote at

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Holyrood next week. Yes. We have the remainder of conference, and a

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two-day debate in Hollywood next week, concluding with a vote on

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Wednesday evening, that vote, presumably with the SNP getting the

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backing of the Greens, will be a demand for powers to be transferred

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to Holyrood, in order to enable an independence referendum to be held

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within the timescale set out by the First Minister. So that will be a

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formal demand to the UK Government for those powers to be transferred.

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You will then get a formal response from the Prime Minister, and that

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formal was France will be no dice. Then you have a contest of Wills,

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each side trying to claim public opinion. You will have parliamentary

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manoeuvres from the Scottish Government, both here at Holyrood

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and also at Westminster. You will have political campaigning as well.

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I stress again, this is about both sides trying to win and to

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demonstrate palpable support from the people of Scotland and the wider

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UK. A man who admitted rape after having

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sex with a 12 year-old girl Daniel Cieslak, who was 19

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at the time, had believed the girl who he met in a taxi queue

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in Edinburgh was 16. The judge, Lady Scott,

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said she was taking the "wholly exceptional decision" not

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to sentence him as there Instead, she gave him

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an absolute discharge Our Home affairs correspondent,

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Reevel Alderson, is here. Reevel, this is an extremely unusual

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ruling from a judge. What were the exceptional

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circumstances in this case? Be exceptional circumstances were

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that Daniel Cieslak had met this girl sometime after midnight a

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couple of years ago in Edinburgh city centre. They had gone back to

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his flat where there was an impromptu party. They had sex. She

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left the next morning and had not appeared in any way distressed by

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the experience. Later, he was charged with rape. Why? Because she

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was under 13, and legally any child under 13 is incapable, in law, of

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giving consent to sexual intercourse. So he was charged. But

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the judge said there were exceptional circumstances. These

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were effectively that she looked a lot older than 16 and he had every

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reasonable opportunity to say, well, she was over 16. We know that

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because police officers who had been called to see her friend, and to

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whom she talked at length, thought she was over 16 and had not bothered

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with talking to her. The taxi driver taking them to Daniel's flat thought

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she was 20, and the judge herself, having viewed CCTV footage, thought

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she appeared to be over 16. This absolute discharge, what is that? It

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is not a conviction, not a punishment. It is the lowest form of

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disposal a court can make. The effect of this is that he has no

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criminal record as a result and has not been placed on the sex offenders

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register. However, if he goes back before the court for any other

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offence, this could be taken into consideration. But it is a very

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controversial ruling, as you might imagine, and certainly it is

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unprecedented as far as I can find. Now, should you be tucking

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into a haddock supper tonight? haddock off its list

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of sustainable fish to eat. OK, come on. Haddock was on the menu

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today for these twins. It is their favourite fish but according to the

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Marine conservation Society, stocks are lower than they should be. They

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have taken it off their sustainability list and suggest

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people try hake or whiting instead. This fish merchant disagrees. I

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could not believe it. There have been some of the biggest landings in

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Peterhead. In December last year there was a record landing for 20

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years. Much of it was Haddock. I hope the consumer will see it. I

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hope they will keep eating Haddock, because most of them love it. The

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Marine conservation Society say it downgraded the fish on its good food

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guide after stocks fell last year. The scientific assessment of this

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fishery is that the fishing pressure and the biomass is above and below

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the levels recommended for maintaining a sustainable fishery in

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the longer term. The Scottish fishermen's Federation has demanded

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the Society retract its claims, which they say are false. They are

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not fishermen, not scientists. They are not embedded, as we are, in the

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day-to-day stewardship of stocks. We know when they are sustainable and

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we get proper accreditation for them, and they come out with this

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lightweight stuff that is potentially damaging. We are not

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happy. Several hundred boxes of Haddock have been landed in

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Peterhead in the last week alone, much of it headed for fish and chip

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shops. Mixed messages over sustainability will undoubtedly

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confuse consumers, who will be left wondering whether or not they can

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order their Friday fish supper with a clear conscience.

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Police searching for Moira Anderson, the schoolgirl who disappeared 60

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years ago, say they've identified five areas of interest on the

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Radar and sonar equipment has been used to pinpoint the areas

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The 11-year-old left her grandmother's house in Coatbridge

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Police believe that the bus driver, Alexander Gartshore,

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murdered her, before disposing of her body.

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The UK Supreme Court has refused an application by the owners

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of the defunct News of the World newspaper, to be allowed to appeal

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against a court ruling which found they had defamed Tommy Sheridan,

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the former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party.

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The judgement finally brings to an end a lengthy legal process

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which began when the newspaper published articles about

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BP has confirmed it's in talks with the chemicals group Ineos over

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the sale of the North Sea's largest oil pipeline.

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The Forties Pipeline System was the first to transport

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oil from the North Sea to the Scottish mainland.

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It now carries about 450,000 barrels of oil every day

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We saw the oil from the Forties field begin to flow through the pipe

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at Grangemouth. The Queen pressed the on switch and the first oil was

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pumped to the mainland from the Forties field. It was in 1975, when

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BP started operating the pipeline. At its peak, 1 million barrels of

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oil each day came through. It is believed to be the oldest and

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largest pipeline in the North Sea. It starts 100 miles offshore,

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carrying oil to the terminal at crude and brave. From there, it is

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carried to the processing facility near the Grangemouth refinery.

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Today, on average it transports around 450,000 barrels of oil each

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day, 40% of UK production, and employs around 300 people. Now, its

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owner, BP, is in talks with global petrochemical giant in the arts

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about selling it. The Unite union was involved in a bitter industrial

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dispute at the Grangemouth refinery in 2013. The plant nearly closed.

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The union says it was not told about the potential sale of the pipeline

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system. When it comes out of the blue of this nature and people have

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not spoken to us beforehand, very often in situations like this we are

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involved in discussions where guarantees are given and fears are

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allayed. It hasn't happened this time. So of course there will be

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concerns. My members in BP will be concerned. Any such negotiations, if

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there was a deal, would be between the companies, but clearly we would

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want to understand what the union's concerns were, and we having gauge

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meant with BP, as major employers. We can try to help broker a dialogue

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between the parties. BP say they are committed to engaging openly with

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staff and stakeholders as soon as they are able. At the moment, the

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details are confidential and they cannot say any more at this stage.

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Tonight's top story: as the First Minister says she is up for talks

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with the Prime Minister over another independence referendum, a warning

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of a constitutional crisis if no agreement can be reached. Still to

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come, a farewell fly-past from the Tornado squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.

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Now it's the final weekend of the Six Nations championship.

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Some Italian fans are already enjoying the delights of Edinburgh.

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Scotland can't win it but there's still plenty to play

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To tell us why, David Currie is at Murrayfield tonight.

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Hi, yes, England may have obliterated Scotland's chances of

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winning the Six Nations Championship for the first time last weekend at

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Twickenham, but do not despair, the Scots can still achieve their

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highest ever finish in the tournament. Not a bad way to end one

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particular chapter in the national team's history. Putting the

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finishing touches to the Murrayfield pitch, but tomorrow a line will be

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drawn under the Vern Cotter era. The match, his last as head coach. There

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is no escaping the fact that there will be changes after this game. But

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that is not a consideration for the team. Scotland have some amends to

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make for trauma, the thrashing at Twickenham. England, with a

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conversion to come, will surely hit 60. Last week was unacceptable in a

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Scotland shirt. We are excited to right the wrongs, go out and put a

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good performance on. Scotland can't catch England at the top of the Six

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Nations table. Level on points with Wales, one behind Ireland and

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France, the Scots could finish second. Simply beating Italy

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probably won't be enough. What do you need to do, in your mind, to get

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second? A bonus point win, and then Wales beat France in Paris without a

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bonus. Then England to beat Ireland. Those results could happen. All we

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can control is what happens out here at Murrayfield. I would love

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Scotland to finish what had been such a promising Six Nations on a

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high. Italy have lost all four of their matches and will finish

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bottom. However, they won here two years ago. We have two perhaps

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expect the unexpected. Doesn't that mean it is expected? It is a funny

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expect the unexpected. Doesn't that phrase. We are preparing for

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everything. We will make sure that we go through the scenarios that

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might happen, being as best prepared as we can be. A metaphorical new

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broom will sweep through the national team when Greg Townsend

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takes over in the summer. He will be hoping to build on groundwork laid

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by Vern Cotter. Police have released images of 56

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more fans they want to trace over disorder at last May's Scottish Cup

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final at Hampden Stadium in Glasgow. Officers are investigating

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the violence and vandalism that took place during the pitch invasion

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at end of the match Thousands of Hibs fans ran

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on to the pitch after the Edinburgh club won the cup for the first time

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in 114 years. A number of Rangers fans also

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came on to the pitch 252 people have suffered

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tram-related injuries in Edinburgh over the seven years since the tram

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tracks were laid. Figures collated by a consultant

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at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, show 191 of those who were

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injured were cyclists. The last squadron of Tornado

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aircraft based at RAF Lossiemouth have staged an a farewell flypast -

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marking their withdrawal The supersonic RAF jets,

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which have been in military service for almost 40 years,

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are being replaced at the Moray base Many RAF staff and local people say

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it's the end of an era. It is a sound which has become part

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of the landscape over Moray four quarters of a century, since were

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first stationed here. The jets are capable of attacking targets on the

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ground and sea, as well as providing aerial reconnaissance and defence.

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At the ageing planes are being phased out and a final fly-past at

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Lossiemouth was an emotional affair. I have flown a plane like this since

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I left school, nearly 38 years ago. For me, flying these things is just

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normal. It's like going shopping, just normal. I have flown it in the

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Middle East, Afghanistan, and also over Kosovo. The last tornadoes may

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be leaving Scotland's last operational RAF station. But after

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fears it might be closed down several years ago, there is now

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optimism over the long-term future of Lossiemouth, which now boasts

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four squadrons of high-tech typhoon aircraft and is soon to be the home

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of a new maritime patrol plane. We have such an exciting future here.

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Another typhoon squadron coming, four front line squadrons will be

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here, in 2019 will see the first Poseidon control plane, a really

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exciting capability. It has been the key strike attack aircraft for

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decades. It has seen service in combat in places like Afghanistan,

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Iraq and Syria. These individual planes are going to be moved to RAF

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Marham, to see the rest of their operational lives, and will be

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decommissioned in 2019, almost 50 years after the Tornado first took

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to the air. The Monarch of the Glen -

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it's iconic for some, The National Galleries of Scotland

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have raised ?4 million to buy the painting from drinks giant

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Diageo. Here's our arts correspondent

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Pauline Mclean. The challenge was huge. When the

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National Galleries of Scotland announced a campaign to capture the

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Monarch of the Glen for the nation, they were under no illusions. Four

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months and many donations later, they met the deadline set by the

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owners, the drinks company Secret Sofas. They promised half of the ?8

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million expected to raised -- be raised at auction if they could find

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the rest. -- drinks company Diagio. I am delighted to announce that the

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funds have been raised. The response has been amazing. We had donations

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from all over the world, all over Scotland. People clearly care deeply

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about the culture will stop the picture strikes a chord. Here is

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Victoria... He certainly struck a chord with the

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audience, he was Queen Victoria's favourite artist and popular with

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non-royals as well. His work may seem sentimental and romantic now,

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but to those who campaigned to buy it, it is an important painting.

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It's a very fine painting, a work of considerable merit. In Scottish

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terms, it has... I hate the word iconic, but let me use it, a kind of

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iconic status in popularity. That makes it just the kind of painting

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that people are drawn to. That irrespective of whether they are

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into art or not. It crosses those boundaries of being both the art,

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great art, and incredibly popular, and familiar to people. You are not

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having that, it's mine! What painting can claim to have the

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backing of the Goodies as well as gamekeepers? It has been used to

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sell soap, soup and whiskey. Once settled into its new home, it is

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sell soap, soup and whiskey. Once hoped it will to Scotland as a thank

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you to those who made sure it stayed.

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The weather forecast now - and it's a wet one, Kawser.

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It has been grey and wet for the day and we will see outbreaks of

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rain on and off at times. That is thanks to this quite extensive area

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of low pressure to the north and the weather system expanding all the way

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back to the Atlantic. Some fresh westerly wind, especially for

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western coastal areas. A familiar sight for many, this weather watcher

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western coastal areas. A familiar picture sent from the Western Isles.

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Wireless will be cloudy and wet for much of the evening, it will improve

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by becoming drier. This evening it is quite wet, rain falling snow over

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the highest hills in the north. By the end of the night, it will clear

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away and we are left with fairly cloudy skies. Temperatures dipping

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close to freezing, perhaps the risk of icy stretches on untreated roads

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and services, and a touch of Frost. For the Central Belt, fairly cloudy

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and mild air, minimum temperatures of seven or 8 degrees. For tomorrow,

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largely dry. Some showers for Orkney and the Northeast. If you are

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heading to Edinburgh for the rugby, it looks like it will be largely dry

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with some sunny spells to start. As we head through the day at

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Murrayfield, we will see more in the way of cloud increasing. It looks

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like it'll stay largely dry the match. For the rest of the afternoon

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you can see cloud thickening across the West, with it outbreaks of rain

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arriving. If you are heading out to rout 5pm, for Dumfries and Galloway,

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the western borders, showery outbreaks of rain starting to occur.

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Mild conditions, reaching nine or 10 Celsius. Holding on to the best of

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the sunshine across parts of Angus, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire. Those

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showers continuing mainly across Orkney. Some of them could be quite

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heavy. If you are heading outdoors to the hills and mountains, quite a

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chilly start for the Northwestern ranges. There might be patchy and

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showery rain arriving later, with gusts of up to 45 mph coming from

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the West. Further south, mild air, cloudy conditions for the Galloway

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Hills. To the east, some showery rain at times. It will be drier for

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the Cairngorms in the afternoon and a bit milder for the border hills.

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For tomorrow evening, dry to start in the east. We will start to see

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rain pushing in. With it, heavy and persistent rain across the

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south-west and the north-west. By the time we reach Sunday, we are

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going to see some rain around. Some uncertainty about this, how far

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north it will go. It looks like by the afternoon things will improve

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and we will see some sunny spells. That is your forecast.

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I'll be back with the late bulletin at 10:30.

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Have a very good evening and a great weekend.

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