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Developments in two long-running murder cases.

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Could the discovery of remains in East Lothian be linked

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to the disappearance of Louise Tiffney 15 years ago?

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

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police search the woodland where her body was found.

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

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

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

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back the pitch for a film studio Destitution, harrassment

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and illegal evictions - concern over the welfare

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

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it to the Big Time, New developments tonight in two

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

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about a new search in the case of Emma Caldwell,

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

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police officers are investigating They have spoken to the family

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

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

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working here since a cyclist reported finding human bones on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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time. This death is being treated as unexplained.

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

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

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

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say recording and recovering the remains is painstaking work. They

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lothian. As that investigation

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

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

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

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

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in woodland in south Lanarkshire. Our home affairs correspondent,

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Reevel Alderson reports on the developments

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

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

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

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

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

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praised their hard work and persistence over 12 years and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of some information we have received through reinterviewing witnesses and

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also through consultation with national search advisers, there are

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

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

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

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

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investigation will last a week with detectives able to use new

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techniques including enhanced DNA capability is not available to

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earlier investigators. Reevel Alderson, Reporting Scotland, South

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Lanarkshire. Scotland's first purpose-built movie

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studio complex could be up Government ministers have stepped

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in to grant planning But the site remains

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highly controversial. The Avengers may not yet have

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

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

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

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and Outlander among the major productions made here. There were

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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controversy. A Scottish Government reporter said permission for this

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site should be refused as the facility would have an adverse

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

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The Scottish Government say it has granted permission in principle

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after careful consideration. The decision has been welcomed by those

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

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

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

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

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easier. Midlothian Council says it welcomes the opportunity and will

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

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

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

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Edinburgh. The number of people delayed

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

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that the integration of health and social care is working,

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

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

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

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

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

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specialists from the community but also the hospital now help her

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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care in the community, GP recruitment problems mean more

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

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leading public health consultant recently warned MSPs about the scale

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

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

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organisations question whether the transformation is happening quickly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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going in the right direction but there are some partnerships that

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

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

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Reporting Scotland, Dundee. Disabled Scots are facing major

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

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and Human Rights Commission. A new report from the organisation

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

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

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

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evening, as she continues her Our North America correspondent,

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

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

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

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from Apple to discuss pioneering medical research and she also talked

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about using batteries to store renewable energy with people from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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too much about independence? This trip is fundamentally about business

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

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

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

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

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say that disillusionment with immigration and free trade poses a

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danger to defenders of globalisation. She will argue that

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

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

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

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James Cook, there. Final submissions have

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been heard in the case of a grandmother pursuing

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Trump International for damages. She said her privacy was breached

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

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course in Aberdeenshire. Trump International

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contest the claim. A decision will be

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delivered tomorrow at noon. You're watching BBC

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Reporting Scotland. Police try to establish

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if the discovery of remains in East Lothian could be linked

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to the disappearance we're down at Portobello shore

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as Team Scotland's beach volleyball players begin practising

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for next year's Commonwealth MEPs meet in Strasbourg tomorrow

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

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on the Brexit negotiations. That resolution notes the majority

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Remain votes in both Scotland Our political correspondent,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the German Scottish MEP, David McAllister.

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

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

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

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

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There is a specific mention of Scotland

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

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

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

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

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

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which is almost certain, will formally acknowledge that Scotland

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

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

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

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acknowledgement that the results in different parts of the UK were

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

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

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those in need of refuge, but is it justified?

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

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across examples of destitution, harassment and illegal evictions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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committee looking to destitution of those of insecure status in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sub-standard accommodation. Subjected to overcrowding. Being

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

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of situations where asylum seekers are being bullied, intimidated by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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take on asylum seekers. Equalities and human rights committee will

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publish its findings later this month. Some sport now.

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

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have both been issued a notice of complaint by the Scottish

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FA's compliance officer following their touchline bust-up

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Lennon and Duffy were sent to the stand as tempers

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flared near the end of the Ladbrokes Championship

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Both clubs have also been charged with alleged misconduct

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

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

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The venue is the Australian Gold Coast and Team Scotland have

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Today, the focus was at Portobello Beach -

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the training Centre for Team Scotland's resiliant

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

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spirit. Temperatures maybe less Pacific and more Portobello, but

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

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

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

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

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

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

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most successful Commonwealth Games was Glasgow 2014 with a record 53

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

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

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

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

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

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performance. Some of those performers got together to try their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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But her rise from Lanarkshire teacher to international fame

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began on one of the first ever reality shows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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getting a little bit better. Thank you very much.

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

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Until then, from everyone on the team - right

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across the country - have a very good evening.

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