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So it's goodbye from me. And on BBC One, we now join


Tonight, on Reporting Scotland? Facing cancer fears -


this offshore worker and his colleagues have been


exposed to radiation on a North Sea platform.


We are just hoping that somebody will step forward and take hold of


the situation and start doing the right thing, rather than just try


and sweep it under the table. A former youth football


scout is arrested as part of the investigation


into historical sex abuse. IVF treatment - patients


could now qualify for three cycles of treatment,


instead of two, under new NHS rules. How to deal with a housing


shortage in one of the most And doing something funny for money


- we look at one of the projects An offshore worker has called


for action after he and colleagues were exposed to radiation


on a North sea platform. Rigging supervisor Steve Innes says


he has struggled to find work since raising concerns -


and now faces cancer The operator of the Thistle


platform, Enquest, says its put in place additional precautionary


steps since the incident Rebecca Curran has


this exclusive report. Steve Innes has worked offshore for


nearly 30 years. He has spent the last four months at home. He and


five Wood Group colleagues were working on the Thistle platform when


they were exposed to alpha radiation. We can only go and look


at our permit, and look at the necessary PPE. You can only do your


job well if they use prepare you for it. And they didn't prepare as well


for it. In fact they got it totally wrong. Thistle is operated by


EnQuest. Steve has not had work since December. He fears he is being


shunned for speaking out. The Unite union say they have no direct


evidence of blacklisting, but the threat of it prevents workers from


reporting such incidents. It does happen, we know it does happen. An


incident like this, if it is ongoing, it is unlikely they would


want people back while the investigation is ongoing. How are


the men now? Worried, worried for investigation is ongoing. How are


their future, for their health. They have not had any support which would


help them through that. They've got a very uncertain future going ahead.


One thing is certain - Steve and his former colleagues now face tests


every six months for the rest of their lives. Exposure to alpha


radiation could have no impact at all on their health, but possible


effects can be severe, including cancer. Some of us can't go to work,


he is on medication, he is not sleeping, he's worried about it. He


has been sent for whatever tests, waiting for the results to come


back, like we all are. And we're just hoping that somebody will step


forward and take a hold of the situation and start doing the right


thing, you know? Rather than just try and sweep it under the table.


EnQuest say additional precautionary steps have since been taken.


And Rebecca Curran joins me now from Aberdeen.


What other companies involved saying about this? Well, Wood Group, which


employed the contractors, say their health and safety of their workers


is always their top priority. After the incident, they took the men off


the platform as a precaution and sent them for medical tests. An


investigation was then launched with the operator of the platform,


EnQuest. EnQuest say that the level of radiation the men were exposed to


was less than 1% of the level which would have meant they needed to


report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive. However, the


Health and Safety Executive were told at the time. They say


appropriate protections hasn't already in place, but since the


incident, further precautionary steps have been taken. The Health


and Safety Executive say that none of the workers involved raised


concerns with them so they did not carry out any investigation. It


should be pointed out that although we are being told that the level of


radiation these men were exposed to was very low, they are now facing a


lifetime of blood tests and uncertainty. And they say they


should never have been put in this position in the first place.


A former youth football scout has been arrested by police


investigating allegations of historical sex abuse.


Harry Dunn worked for Rangers, and also Chelsea and Liverpool.


Our home affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports.


This arrest follows the announcement last year that Police Scotland was


amongst almost 20 forces across the UK which had launched investigations


into allegations of child abuse within football. Harry Dunn worked


with the Rangers youth side in the 1980s. In a statement, police said


an 84-year-old man had been arrested and charged with a number of


non-recent sexual offences. Earlier this year, Jim McCafferty, a four it


man and coach at Hibs, Celtic and Falkirk, now 70, was remanded in


custody in Northern Ireland charged with sexual activity with a boy


under 16. He will be tried later this year. The Scottish Football


Association has launched an investigation following reports from


high-profile players of abuse within the game. They include allegations


against SFA match official Hugh Stevenson and John Hart, Partick


Thistle's trainer. They are both now dead. Police Scotland is


investigating more than 130 referrals after a hotline was set up


last year. Patients referred to the NHS


for fertility treatment could be eligible for three full cycles


of IVF treatment from next month. The Scottish Government


is to increase the number of cycles for women under 40,


following recommendations It's exhausting being in the public


eye. A photocall for these little ones with a government minister.


This one is almost three months old. His mum and dad had fertility


treatments to have him. It took us between two years and two-and-a-half


years to get where we are now. We are grateful that we have him. We


were offered two cycles. Third time lucky. And this they be will be six


months old on Mother's Day. It's hard going, very hard going, very


emotionally draining. And it feels like a bit of a never rating process


at times. But worth it? Absolutely worth it, worth every minute of it.


We are inside a fertility lab here at the Edinburgh royal infirmary.


One in seven couples have difficulty when it comes to conceiving a child,


and 2% of babies are born as a result of some sort of fertility


treatment. That now means over 2 million babies that have been born


worldwide. From the 1st of April, up until their 40th birthday, eligible


women in Scotland will be entitled to three full cycles of IVF on the


NHS. Those between 40 and 42 will be offered one round if they fit


certain additional criteria. In England, the provision depends on


where you live. In Wales they are entitled to two cycles, and in


Northern Ireland, one on the National Health Service. The move is


expected to cost the NHS in Scotland around ?1 million a year. That is


what the Nice clinical guidance says, that couples should have three


cycles. We have always wanted to make sure that there is fair access


for couples who are having trouble conceiving. We believe this is the


right thing to do, it is on the back of investment that we have made over


the last five years, and we want to continue to enhance the provision


across the country. Both families we met today think this news will give


hope to many couples. It is disheartening when they keep saying


to you, you are not pregnant, keep trying again. You are physically


tired. But when you get the news that you are pregnant, it is the


best thing ever. NHS Grampian has apologised


after an air ambulance was sent to Shetland instead of Orkney


to pick up a sick baby. The Scottish Ambulance Service plane


was despatched last Friday night. Only on landing in Shetland did


the crew discover that the infant The baby eventually arrived safely


at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital nearly ten hours after


the initial call. NHS Grampian says it was


an isolated mistake. Civilian staff at the Faslane and


Coulport naval bases on the Clyde, home to the UK's fleet


of nuclear Trident submarines, have begun a series


of strikes, in a dispute with Babcock Marine


over workers' rights. The Unite union said a continuous


overtime and on-call ban, and staggered periods of strike


action, would affect Babcock Marine said


it was "disappointed and perplexed by Unite's actions" and remained


committed to finding Students from other EU countries,


who start university courses here next year


will still get free tuition - even though they won't finish


their studies until after Britain The Education Secretary,


John Swinney, announced Our education correspondent Jamie


McIvor is at Glasgow University. Jamie - why has the Scottish


Government taken this decision? Well, just to remind you, the


Scottish Government sees free choice and the Scots as one of its biggest


achievements. European law means that EU students have to get free


choice in, too. Just to set the scene, we are not talking about


students who are here for a few months, we are talking about


students from other EU countries who have chosen to come to Scotland for


the whole of their degree. There are some 15,000 of them in Scotland at


the moment. John Swinney has now offered for some certainty for those


hoping to start in 2018, saying they will be able to conclude their


studies here without paying tuition fees. Obviously, the impact of


wrecks is significant, and students are affected by this. The Scottish


Government wants to make it Chris talk later EU students that if they


come to Scotland in 2018, their fees will be paid by the Scottish


Government for the entire duration of their course. We hope that that


will help give certainty and clarity where there is a lack of certainty


and clarity under the Brexit process. Certainty and clarity, but


does it make sense? Well, certainly as far as the decision for students


starting in 2018 is concerned, that will be broadly welcomed by many


within universities. But there is concern that uncertainty could deter


applicants. Longer term, I think there could be questions over


whether free tuition for EU students is still a good idea or not, if,


come 2019, Scotland is outside the European Union, and was still


voluntarily providing free tuition for EU students, would it prove to


be politically acceptable or not? I think that is a debate which we


could see over the coming months and years.


It's six months to the day since the RAF gunner


Corrie Mckeague, vanished after a night out in the Suffolk


Today, police gave an update on their search of a landfill site


Detectives also confirmed that they have been joined on site


by a team from the Health and Safety Executive.


The police are now three weeks into this search, which they say could


take up to ten weeks. The officers involved are specially trained and


have already been through more than a 845 tonnes of material, as they


hunt for signs of comment. It is a massive operation. Working alongside


the team are officials from the Health and Safety Executive. Both


the police and Corrie's mother say they believe he will be found here.


If and when that discovery comes, the health and safety team on site


will need to start their own detailed work, going back


step-by-step through every stage of the system, when that waste was


picked up in Bury St Edmunds and placed in landfill 35 miles away. To


answer the obvious question, why wasn't Corrie detected, and to make


sure that something similar cannot happen in the future. This posture


was always one possible line of inquiry, but at the start of this


month, it became the main focus, with fresh data confirming that the


wait of the waste collected was heavy enough to have contained


Corrie. Suffolk police today spoke about the thousands of hours of


investigative work which have already been completed. Yet six


months since this young airman vanished, the agonising wait for


answers continues. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. This offshore worker


and his colleagues have been exposed to radiation


on a North Sea platform. How shipping containers


are being used to solve a housing shortage in one of the most crowded


parts of Glasgow. There are around 3500 people with


Down's syndrome in Scotland. According to a report, there is a


significant gap in their NHS care provision. The report also


highlights negative attitudes from health professionals and poor


communication with their families. Can you see past Jamie's Down's


syndrome? Can you see past Kasey -- that is what Down's


syndrome Scotland want you to do. Mother Taylor has first-hand


experience. The doctor sat us down and said don't expect your daughter


to walk or talk or anything and just left us. I was 16 when I had her.


Don't expect her to walk or talk or do anything. They just threw a load


of old leaflets at us. This is the ABC class. Achieving better


communication. That is done through singing ink. This kind of


specialist service is vital for their development. -- signing. There


is a lack of understanding or a lack of availability of information. We


knew nothing about Downs syndrome. We don't know where to turn. There


is a lot of negative stuff out there. Again, it depends where you


live. Even down to the individual health professionals. The report


recognises that many families have had good experience with the health


service and that attitudes have changed considerably over the years


that there is still a long way to go. There are a lot of myths that


still float around society. People with Down's syndrome cannot read or


write or go to mainstream schools. People with down syndrome die when


they are young. Lots of those things are not true. The average life


expectancy today is around 60. Lots of those things are inaccurate. That


makes people afraid of the condition. The Scottish Government


says it will take the recommendations from the Down's


syndrome Scotland report forward and hopes other boards across Scotland


will as well. The way police and prosecutors


in Scotland deal with New guidelines have been agreed


in the light of government plans to widen the definition


of what constitutes domestic abuse. A protocol launched today


by the Crown Office and Police Scotland will do more


to protect victims of domestic abuse,


particularly children. We are now much more aware of the


rights and interests of children full stop it is important that in


this protocol we explicitly make clear to police that they should


attend to the safety and well-being of children at a domestic abuse


incident. And also take account of children, if children have been


present or witnessed abuse. A new housing development


is rapidly taking shape When it's finished, it'll provide


a comfortable home to more But what's unusual is that it's


built from shipping containers. Our business correspondent,


David Henderson has been Now it's home to these


seven storey buildings. And it's all happened fast,


because these are no They're both from


shipping containers, they are bought from road


from Southampton up to Glasgow and a very large crane is used


to load them onto the site, much like you or I would have loaded


Lego when we were very small. In less than ten weeks,


this site's been transformed Each of the containers


is already fully fitted. When it's finished, this grand


design will include a helter-skelter As well as a wardrobe,


there is an ensuite bathroom. Around here, we've got


an oven, kitchenette area, This is about as far


from old-style traditional student Off-site, building is more common


small building than might think. The Commonwealth building


village was made that way. This architect still


need offers good value The application is made from student


accommodation to modular components of commercial buildings


in hospitals, hotel accommodation, a whole variety of different


applications of domestic There's a huge opportunity


for that type of technology. With Scotland facing a huge shortage


of affordable homes, some think this could help


solve the problem. It's like children's building


blocks on a grand scale. An elderly sheepdog has been rescued


from a gorge in the Highlands, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team


were alerted by someone on a train, who spotted Nell


yesterday near Roybridge. Rescuers had to use ropes to access


the gorge and then coax the reluctant Collie out -


apparently none the worse Depeche Mode, Sparks and The Jesus


and Mary Chain are among the bands appearing at the BBC 6 Music


Festival in Glasgow this weekend. Depeche Mode play the Barrowland


Ballroom for the first All 2,000 tickets were snapped up


within minutes with secondary ticket sites offering them at vastly


inflated prices. Depeche Mode are really popular


band. Demand will be really enormous. This is their first gig


since 2013. The first time here since 1984. They will be a hot


ticket, no matter what. What we did with our terms and conditions is to


try to ensure people understood what they were buying into. If people


resell tickets, they might not get into the venue because we will be


checking IDs. Funds raised from people doing


something funny for money last time have been distributed around


the world, including to 167 Aileen Clarke has been along to see


one of them in Glasgow. Were you the bigger man? From


inch to Springburn, Libby McArthur was much loved as Jena in River


city. She is sharing not just drama skills but life skills with these


boys, who come along to the Shine group. It is a chance not to sweat


the small stuff. It is a chance to bond. It is a chance to find a place


where you can be yourself. There is not an expectation. Special guest


today is Jamie, who plays either in Still Game. I have got a nice


overcoat you could use if the weather is bad. The sessions with


the boys here are free and look good fun. Behind it lies the aim of


making these youngsters more confident and I hope is they will


then become involved in the mainstream drama group the project


runs. Most actors I know are really shy and were really shy as kids. The


reason why you want to get into acting is because you want to be


someone else. I love putting a wig and glasses on and I can immerse


myself in a different person. These 12-year-olds are nearing the end of


the ten weekly sessions they are coming to. Comic Relief has given


?100,000 over three years to fund the workshops. A variety of a group


of youngsters are taking part. They would all benefit from the intense


support to make them shine. It is a very small group. That means it's


easy to socialise. I get really anxious and stuff. It helps my


confidence. It has helped me to improve to do a lot of things.


Basically, you think you are in a box and there is no escape. When you


come to speak, you get rid of the box. It is not there. You can share


anything with them. It makes me happy coming here and seeing my


friends. The boys here are certainly very grateful for the money this


project gets from Comic Relief. We are turning to notch up for the


weekend. Some lovely spells of sunshine with high cloud spelling in


and turning the blue skies a wee bit milky at times. Over the next few


hours the cloud will be in an break, leaving it clear and cold for most.


Across the far north, the Northern Isles, some bigger cloud will stay


with us. A few spots of rain for Shetland. The breeze in the West and


south-west. Temperatures flirting roundabout freezing. That means it


is a chilly start to the day tomorrow but a bright and sunny one


of the back is all thanks to high pressure which is staying with us


through the course of the weekend. Around the northern flank of that


high, there will be thicker cloud and a few spots of light rain


particularly for the Northern Isles. South of Inverness it will be bright


and dry and sunny. The winds will be light and temperatures on the up. By


mid-afternoon we are into the teens, 14, 15 Celsius for many. For many,


it will feel quite pleasant indeed. Across the north-east, 16, 17


degrees as possible. Further east, you can see the cloud. Under the


cloud it will be cooler, 10-12 C. If you are hill walking or climbing,


fantastic conditions on the hills and mountains. Certainly across the


northern ranges it will be windy but the winds will tend to ease down by


the afternoon. On the eastern ranges similar conditions. Modric tomorrow.


There is a chance of light sunburn. Fantastic visibility of your heading


for the hills. The rest of the afternoon, into the evening and


overnight, dry with lovely sunshine to end the day. Clear and cold


overnight. Also, overnight, the clocks will spring forward one hour


as we head through to Sunday morning. An hour less in bed Sunday


morning but plenty of such I to help you get up and out and about. Sunday


is another cracker of a day. Plenty of Son for most of us. Perhaps more


cloud in the east by the afternoon. A bit cooler here. In the north-west


16, 17 once again cloudy for the Northern Isles for the next week and


we have no pressure out in the Atlantic which will edge its way


into try to spoil the party roundabout midweek. Till then,


largely dry. This weekend it is looking good. That is the forecast.


Now, a reminder of tonight's main news...


Police say they've made two more significant arrests


as they try to establish whether the man who launched


the attack on Westminster was working alone or with others.


And a call for action after this man and his colleagues


were exposed to radiation on a north sea platform.


The operator says it has put in place additional


precautionary steps since the incident in December.


I'll be back with the late bulletin just


Until then, from everyone on the team - right


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