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Developments in two long-running murder cases.


Could the discovery of remains in East Lothian be linked


to the disappearance of Louise Tiffney 15 years ago?


12 years to the day since Emma Caldwell was last seen alive,


police search the woodland where her body was found.


My family and I will never give up fighting for justice on MM's behalf.


We can do no less for we love and miss her every day. -- on Emma's


behalf. Not just today. Also on the programme, ministers


back the pitch for a film studio Destitution, harrassment


and illegal evictions - concern over the welfare


of asylum seekers in Glasgow. And almost 40 years after making


it to the Big Time, New developments tonight in two


separate long-running In a moment, we'll hear


about a new search in the case of Emma Caldwell,


who disappeared 12 years ago. Meanwhile, in East Lothian,


police officers are investigating They have spoken to the family


of 43-year-old Louise Tiffney, Our reporter Morag Kinniburgh


is at the site for us this evening. Forensic scientists have been


working here since a cyclist reported finding human bones on


Sunday evening. Detectives say they have to be extremely careful about


sensitively removing the bones so as not to disturb or miss or damage any


evidence. The police say they have been in touch with relatives of


Louise Tiffney as a courtesy because she had a link to this particular


area before but they stressed no she had a link to this particular


positive identification has taken place as yet. It might take a long


time. This death is being treated as unexplained.


The Coast road through East Lothian has been closed for several miles


for several days. 40 police officers are involved. They are investigating


the discovery of human bones near Gosford house by Longniddry. Police


say recording and recovering the remains is painstaking work. They


have contacted the family of Louise Tiffney, 43-year-old Edinburgh woman


who went missing 15 years ago, shortly after this footage of her


with her son, Sean Flynn, when he appeared in court on another matter.


He later stood trial for her murder. The case was found not proven. It is


thought he left the country. At the time she disappeared, searches were


made of the water of Leith near her home and the Gosford House area of


East Lothian but no sign was found of her then. Officers have spent a


further day here, exploring the area around Gosford House by Longniddry.


They stressed the investigation is that it is a very early stages and


it could be many more days, if not weeks, before the identity of the


dead person is known. Morag Kinniburgh, Reporting Scotland, East


Lothian. As that investigation


was continuing, across the country, a fingertip search of a remote area


of woodland was under way in what's being described as a "crucial stage"


of another unsolved murder inquiry. 27-year-old Emma Caldwell was last


seen alive in Glasgow in 2005. A month later, her body was found


in woodland in south Lanarkshire. Our home affairs correspondent,


Reevel Alderson reports on the developments


in this long-running case. This is one of the last positive


sightings of Emma Caldwell, exactly 12 years ago. The 27-year-old was


working as a prostitute in Glasgow to fund a heroin habit but despite a


number of arrests, no one has ever been charged with her murder. Today,


her parents were with police as a new search was announced. Her mother


praised their hard work and persistence over 12 years and


addressed Emma's killer directly. Living with the guilt of taking her


life must be dreadful. But if you have no conscience, then be aware,


my family and I will never give up fighting for justice on Emma's


behalf. We can do no less, for we love and miss her every day, not


just today. The new search is concentrated in the woods where


Emma's body was found but this is only part of what is a reinvigorated


investigation. There are now 13,000 people on the police database


connected to this case. Officers have spoken to 5700 witnesses and


seized 9000 items and viewed 4000 hours of CCTV footage. Police are


keen to speak to any woman who may have been involved in prostitution


and might have been brought to these woods, to come forward. They are


also keen to trace a black BMW which Emma may have got into in Glasgow on


the night she disappeared. That car is believed to have emanated from


Dumfries, and the motorway between Glasgow and Dumfries is only a


couple of miles from this remote location. This new search involves


20 officers and will later see police divers in a pond nearby, as


detectives re-examine the work of their colleagues and gather new


information. The reason we have returned to this area is on the back


of some information we have received through reinterviewing witnesses and


also through consultation with national search advisers, there are


two specific areas of interest to us so we will undertake those searches


today and probably for the rest of the week in the hope that we will


recover the clothing that Emma was wearing the night she went missing


the belongings she had with her that night. This new phase of the


investigation will last a week with detectives able to use new


techniques including enhanced DNA capability is not available to


earlier investigators. Reevel Alderson, Reporting Scotland, South


Lanarkshire. Scotland's first purpose-built movie


studio complex could be up Government ministers have stepped


in to grant planning But the site remains


highly controversial. The Avengers may not yet have


assembled but the scene has been set for filming the latest instalment of


the franchise in Edinburgh later this month. The Scottish capital, a


long-time friend of film-makers, with the likes of T2 Trainspotting


and Outlander among the major productions made here. There were


concerns over lack of studio space and now the green light has been


given for a purpose-built film and TV studio, just outside the city.


It's going to have a very positive impact on the local economy, the


Scottish economy, on the possibility of attracting high-profile, high


budget productions into the area and therefore, put more of our region on


screen. The studio will be built on about 100 acres of green belt and


industry to an area, PCL Land Limited, the firm behind the


proposals, say it will be world class. But it's not been without


controversy. A Scottish Government reporter said permission for this


site should be refused as the facility would have an adverse


impact on the local landscape and people living and working nearby.


The Scottish Government say it has granted permission in principle


after careful consideration. The decision has been welcomed by those


working in the industry. I think it is fantastic news for Edinburgh


because it is a great showcase of the kind of locations Scotland can


offer. But it is important for the whole of Scotland. People can be


based in Edinburgh but they can film all over Scotland and this makes it


easier. Midlothian Council says it welcomes the opportunity and will


now work closely with the developer to progress the application. It is


estimated up to 1600 jobs could be created and backers hope the first


studios will be operational by 2018. Rebecca Curran, Reporting Scotland,


Edinburgh. The number of people delayed


in hospital beds when they're ready The government says this is proof


that the integration of health and social care is working,


but they acknowledge in some areas it's not as far down


the line as it should be. Here's our health


correspondent Lisa Summers. Good morning, Mrs Scott! How are you


today? 86-year-old Helen Scott ended up in hospital with a fractured


vertebra. A commitment to get her care at home means a team of


specialists from the community but also the hospital now help her


recover in her own house. I couldn't have stayed at home if I hadn't had


the help because as I say, my family are in San Francisco, Cambridge,


Manchester. They are all so far away. I've nothing but praise for


the carers. They are young, so you get their stories and live another


life with them. As soon as someone get their stories and live another


is admitted to hospital in Dundee, they are assessed by a geriatric


specialist. That is in order to help put things in place to speed up the


process of getting them out at the other side and they say since they


have been doing that, it is rare to find somebody stuck in hospital


longer than they should be because a care package is not ready for them.


You've got good circulation in your foot so that is good. In this care


home, they also provide short-term beds for those en route home from


hospital. And there is a drive to help people avoid hospital


altogether. The longer an old, frail person spends in hospital, the


longer they are going to take to recover. They are going to lose a


lot of the functioning and also, other things will kick in gum


infections, delirium, that will make the stay longer so by acting sooner,


we prevent those things happening. There are big questions about health


care in the community, GP recruitment problems mean more


surgeries like this one having to be taken over by health boards. A


leading public health consultant recently warned MSPs about the scale


of the problem. The difficulties there are part of one of the biggest


health problems we are about to endure. Andy Yiadom the line, some


organisations question whether the transformation is happening quickly


enough. One of the things we are concerned about though is the pace


and the extent of change around the country. It is somewhat of a mixed


picture. There are certainly some good example is happening in some


areas. But elsewhere, there has perhaps not been the progress that


we would have hoped. In Dundee, the Health Secretary met those involved


in integration. Some partnerships are further ahead than others. We


have seen a 9% reduction in delayed discharge so across the board it is


going in the right direction but there are some partnerships that


still need to do more. Integration is working well for Helen, but the


question is, if and when will it work for everyone? Lisa Summers,


Reporting Scotland, Dundee. Disabled Scots are facing major


barriers when it comes to equality. That's according to the Equality


and Human Rights Commission. A new report from the organisation


says they're more likely to be unemployed and paid less


than able-bodied workers. Nicola Sturgeon will argue in favour


of immigration and free trade in a speech in California later this


evening, as she continues her Our North America correspondent,


James Cook, is in California. Nicola Sturgeon is trying to do two


things here in the US. First, she insists this visit is mainly about


trade and investment links and indeed, yesterday, she met Tim Cook


from Apple to discuss pioneering medical research and she also talked


about using batteries to store renewable energy with people from


Tesla. But secondly, she is trying to show that Scotland is a player on


the world stage. What we are trying to do in Scotland, and that is white


coming to meet companies like Apple and Tesla, we are trying to take


these big challenges that the world faces, where Scotland has a


comparative advantage, and not only lead the world in doing the right


thing but also try to get the economic advantage of that in terms


of investment for Scotland as well. How do you respond to the


accusations that have been made back in Scotland, particularly by the


Conservatives, who say he was in the grand standing abroad and talking


too much about independence? This trip is fundamentally about business


links and trade all the more important now, in light of Brexit,


that Scotland get out there and sells the message about what an


attractive place we are to do business. That is part of my day


job. In her speech here very soon, the First Minister is expected to


say that disillusionment with immigration and free trade poses a


danger to defenders of globalisation. She will argue that


the answer is to build fair and inclusive societies. The implication


being really that Brexit in Europe and the rise of President Trump in


the USA are actually symptoms of a problem rather than solutions.


James Cook, there. Final submissions have


been heard in the case of a grandmother pursuing


Trump International for damages. She said her privacy was breached


after she was told she'd been filmed urinating near the Trump golf


course in Aberdeenshire. Trump International


contest the claim. A decision will be


delivered tomorrow at noon. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. Police try to establish


if the discovery of remains in East Lothian could be linked


to the disappearance we're down at Portobello shore


as Team Scotland's beach volleyball players begin practising


for next year's Commonwealth MEPs meet in Strasbourg tomorrow


to debate Britain's decision They will discuss a draft resolution


on the Brexit negotiations. That resolution notes the majority


Remain votes in both Scotland Our political correspondent,


Nick Eardley, is in Strasbourg We are used to hearing about


Brussels when it comes to big European institutions but it is in


Strasbourg, which is on the French border with Germany, that the


European Parliament comes to vote every month. Over the next two


years, as part of the Brexit process, MEPs have a role to play.


They can reject or indeed approve any Brexit deals. Tomorrow, they


will be discussing their negotiating objectives. As part of that, they


want to see the UK meet all its obligations until the day it leaves


the European Union. It also wants to make sure the benefits of membership


don't apply to the UK when it leaves. A little earlier, I spoke to


the German Scottish MEP, David McAllister.


We all want an orderly Brexit. We want to get this done and we want to


get this done in an atmosphere of no revenge. It is not about punishing


the British but let's face reality, the UK wants to leave the European


Union, we are very sad to see them go but let's get this divorce done.


There is a specific mention of Scotland


Something that is significant, it is the UK Government that will


negotiate directly with Europe as Brexit approaches. In that sense,


the Scottish Government won't play a formal role but there is goodwill in


Europe towards Scotland, given that the vote north of the border was


different to the UK as a whole. Now that motion tomorrow, if it passes,


which is almost certain, will formally acknowledge that Scotland


and Northern Ireland both voted to remain. Does that change things


fundamentally? No, it does not mean the Scottish Government's Brexit


proposals are suddenly on the table but it will be the first official


acknowledgement that the results in different parts of the UK were


different and as one SNP MEP put it tonight, it leaves the door open.


It's often claimed that Scotland has a reputation for welcoming


those in need of refuge, but is it justified?


An organisation which helps asylum seeks in Glasgow says it's come


across examples of destitution, harassment and illegal evictions.


Olivia fled to Scotland from Zambia in 2005 on humanitarian grounds. She


has since suffered health problems. She's lost count of the number of


times she's had to move, found herself homeless bgs reliant on


charity. In January, she was offered a flat in Ibrox where she lives with


her 10 month old son, Reece. I had been staying somewhere and they told


me the contract was actually finishing. That they wanted to have


their property back. Existing on ?25 a week, that has been a shock on my


head. It's even to do a budget, when I write down a list of what I need


to get for my son. I have to ignore myself. Thankfully, we have been


offered accommodation. Last week, Olivia gave evidence to a Holyrood


committee looking to destitution of those of insecure status in


Scotland. The Red Cross told the committee it had seen a significant


rise in the number of destitute asylum seekers in the last four


years. Police Scotland talks about the high-risk these vulnerable


people face of being targeted by criminal gangs. In three separate


sessions and 100 written submissions the committee has had claims of how


seekers have been illegally evicted from properties, given no notice to


quit or finding locks changed when they are out. Forced to live in


sub-standard accommodation. Subjected to overcrowding. Being


bullied by staff employed by the housing providers. We hear regularly


of situations where asylum seekers are being bullied, intimidated by


the provider. Derogatory comments have been made by the people who are


meant to support them. A researcher who worked on cases like Olivia's


says there needs to be a consistent approach from social services and


says there needs to be a consistent local authorities. I'd like to see a


human rights framework approach to assessment, so I'd like to see a


consistent approach for people and I'd like to see levels of financial


support increase and I'd like to see accommodation be secured in a timely


fashion. To date, Glasgow is the only local authority in Scotland to


take on asylum seekers. Equalities and human rights committee will


publish its findings later this month. Some sport now.


Hibernian boss, Neil Lennon, and Morton manager, Jim Duffy,


have both been issued a notice of complaint by the Scottish


FA's compliance officer following their touchline bust-up


Lennon and Duffy were sent to the stand as tempers


flared near the end of the Ladbrokes Championship


Both clubs have also been charged with alleged misconduct


It may feel like Glasgow's Commonwealth Games were held not


so long ago, but this time next year we'll be watching the Opening


The venue is the Australian Gold Coast and Team Scotland have


Today, the focus was at Portobello Beach -


the training Centre for Team Scotland's resiliant


One year to go and it seems Scotland is getting into the Gold Coast


spirit. Temperatures maybe less Pacific and more Portobello, but


there is nothing tepid about the commitment or skills of the beach


volleyball team. We have been training every day over the winter.


We are trying to show people that beach volleyball you can play in


Scotland, no matter the weather. We are certainly succeeding in that.


The popularity of the sport is growing and growing. We hope to


inspire and attract new people to the sport by playing. Scotland's


most successful Commonwealth Games was Glasgow 2014 with a record 53


medals won. Team Scotland's most successful overseas game was in 2006


in Melbourne when 29 medals were won. What is the expectation one


year from now in the Gold Coast 2018? We are looking at our best


oversea performance. The benchmark is Melbourne 2006 when we were last


Down Under. More than 29 medals we will have our best overseas


performance. Some of those performers got together to try their


hand in beach volleyball. A chance to get to know other athletes in


this multi sport Team Scotland. It's pretty cool. Lots are ball sports


people. They are better at volley than I am. I've met them before at


other things. They are nice and excited to be in the team with them.


What about the bikinis. Do you wear bikinis in Scotland as well? We wear


as many layers as possible. When you compete you have to wear a minimum


amount of clothing depending on the weather and temperatures. Minimum 16


degrees you can wear layers. Anything above that you have to


dress down to your bikini. Now you know. Gold Coast 2018, 71 countries,


18 sports and just one year to go. I told you they were resilient.


For those of us of a certain vintage, the singer Sheena Easton


will forever be linked with taking the morning train and working nine


to five - if you're not, it probably doesn't matter.


But her rise from Lanarkshire teacher to international fame


began on one of the first ever reality shows.


Now, almost 40 years after that launch, she's


Our arts correspondent, Pauline McLean, went to meet her.


# What she wants to be # What she wants to be


# All she wants to be # All she wants to be


# Is a modern girl... # This is where it all began for


Sheena Easton, as a student being followed by a documentary team as


she recorded her first single. In the four decades since, Sheena


Easton has done it all, moved to LA, sold more than 20 million records


and duetted from everyone from Prince to Kenny Rodgers. She hasn't


starred in a West End musical. Until now! In new revival of the musical


42nd Street she plays the stage diva, Dorothy Brock, who hasn't a


hit in decades. Her own story has much more in common with high


kicking chorus girl, Peggy Sawyer. When I started out I was like the


Peggy character's concept of - I want to get her, audition, get on


with it and do it. You put the fear aside when be you are young. You


have an idea. You have a goal. You go for it. You put yourself through


all sorts. Back then, and today, whenever I see an opening for


something that I really want, I step through that door. One thing that


I've always said is that, I'm so blessed that I've had so many


opportunities and what I found over the years is, doing one thing often


opens the door to another thing. From duetting with Prince to taking


time out to bring up her two children, she's done it all. Well,


maybe not everything? I want to go to Iceland and take great pictures.


Yeah, you know, just pictures that I'd be happy with. There is stuff


that isn't entertainment related that I have that I want to do. I've


done most of the things I really wanted to do in the industry. At


this point, it's now a bit of rinse and repeat. It's like I want to do


things again that I've done in the past and go get another look at it.


You know, from a different perspective. For now though, 42nd


Street is her destination. The show opens this week and if successful


should run and run! Kawser has no idea, Sheena Easton?


Looks like a great show and she seems like a lovely lady.


Diplomatically put. The showers today were mainly across the west.


The best of the brightness has been further towards the east. We had


The best of the brightness has been pictures sent in from our weather


watchers. This picture of a rainbow in the gabbing ground from the Isle


of Mull. A dramatic spring scene in Aberdeenshire. The westerly winds


will strengthen as we head through the night, gusts of 60-70mph across


the far North and for the Northern Isles, storm-force for Shetland for


a time. Elsewhere will be breezy, cloudy. Under the clearer skies


dipping down to four Celsius. On the mild side elsewhere, six degrees.


The bulk of the cloud towards the west, a few well scattered showers,


the best of the sunshine further towards the east. If you are heading


out around 4.00pm there will be showers for Shetland, the best of


the sunshine to the North. Cloudier towards highland and islands.


Scattered showers up over the hills. For most it will be largely dry,


temperatures 10 to 14 Celsius. We have weather systems to the north of


us. This is bringing more in the way of cloud for us in Scotland compared


to the rest of the UK. A few more showers and quite breezy conditions


too. By the time we reach Thursday it's cloudy to start. The showers


mainly to the west. A few will get across to the east as well. The best


of any brightness towards the north-east. Temperatures similar, we


are looking at 10-13 or 14 Celsius. Similar conditions for Friday. It's


getting a little bit better. Thank you very much.


I'll be back with the headlines at 8.00pm and the late bulletin just


Until then, from everyone on the team - right


across the country - have a very good evening.


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