05/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Scotland's economy is hovering close to recession

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and well behind that of the UK, according to the latest figures.

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A criminal gang is jailed for stealing hundreds

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of thousands of pounds by blowing up cash machines.

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A warning in the European Parliament that

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Brexit may break up Britain - unless Scotland gets a bespoke deal.

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A grandmother loses her case against Trump International

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for breaching her privacy - but claims a moral victory.

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To me it was never about the monetary compensation, I was not

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interested in money, I was only interested in clearing my name.

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Could Scotland's Russel Knox be the man

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to watch at the Masters which gets underway in Augusta tomorrow?

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The Scottish economy is hovering close to recession, according

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They show output fell during the last three

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months of last year, and fell well behind UK growth.

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That continues a trend of lower growth here.

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Our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, assesses

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It takes a microscope to find signs of growth at this business in the

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north of Glasgow. And as the Finance Secretary is learning evidence of

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economic growth is not easy to find either. Bioscience is one of the

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hopes for the future of the Scottish economy but it will need something

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inventive to shake about the near stagnation of the past year for the

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figures covered the final three months of last year but the output

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from the whole Scottish economy falling by 0.2%. Production,

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construction down most, the services sector flat compared with 0.7%

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growth for the UK economy as a whole. Take the whole of the year

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and to does the 16th of the Scottish economy grow by only 0.4%, very weak

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growth, the UK, growing more than four times faster. Why, the downturn

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in oil and gas is a likely culprit, the Scottish Government says it also

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has a lot to do with consumer confidence following the Brexit

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referendum decision even know that affects the whole UK. It seems to

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contrast between Scotland and the rest of the UK, maybe the people of

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Scotland had more awareness of the impact that it is going to have on

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the Scottish economy and of course there is a different attitude to

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Europe. Still strong economic foundations to our Scottish economy

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and still growth in 2016. Slow growth has to do with choices made

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by business but the challenge is for government. If that shrinking of the

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Scottish economy is repeated at the start of this year we will be in a

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recession. That is troubling for a number of reasons. But it is a call

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to action for the UK and Scottish Government. These figures ought to

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signal a red alert to government at all levels and its response to that

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ought to be a recognition that businesses need support to grow. But

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we need a competitive economy in Scotland and competitive taxes.

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Forging change in Scottish finances, income tax divergence from the rest

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of the UK begins tomorrow for the new financial year and there are

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some signs that the economic engine is sparking better but not by much.

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Inflation is back to put a squeeze on household budgets. And there is

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also uncertainty in the economy. How significant are these quarterly

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figures? It may look like an abstract statistic about three

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months, a fraction of 1% does not seem a big deal but it is a vital

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economic measure because it compiles overtime to have a big effect. And

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jobs, pay, prosperity, are placed in the world, Scottish growth used to

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lag behind that of the UK. In the last decade it caught up and matched

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the UK average but now it has been falling behind for about two years.

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Roughly dating back to when the oil and gas downturn began. You could

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hear some of the reasons why the problem might be there, no one knows

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for sure. There is also a question of whether we do enough for start-up

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companies and to grow companies. Our people efficiently managed. And the

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politics of this as well, the Scottish Government has treated this

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growth figure as its main target, for the ten years it has been in

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power. But if it blames Brexit uncertainty for Scotland falling

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behind, there's also the question of the other constitutional issue and

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behind, there's also the question of whether that is putting a bit of a

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chill on consumer confidence and business investment. That of course

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is independence. Fans and former players

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are threatening to boycott They want the club's board

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to rethink their decision to sign David Goodwillie -

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the former Scotland player who was ruled in a civil court

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ruling to be a rapist. David Goodwillie scoring for his

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country in 2011. In January the Court of session 's rules that David

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Goodwillie and his former team-mate David Robertson had both raped

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Denise Clare in 2011 and they were ordered to pay ?100,000 in damages.

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In the civil case Denise Claire said she was incapable of consenting

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because of alcohol consumption. The judge found her to be cogent,

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persuasive and compelling. But the Crown Office said there was not

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sufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution. Today Denise Clare told

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the BBC she is dismayed that he had been allowed to return to

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professional football. He was a promising footballer but when he

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left Plymouth FC in January by mutual consent, many thought it was

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the end of his career. But last week Clyde football club announced they

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had signed him. In a statement they said, the coverage of the signing

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brings the conversation back into the media, around an event that is

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clearly damaged lives and this conversation raises awareness of the

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need for both responsible decisions and respect. As a socially

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responsible employer we will always seek to support people to rebuild

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their lives and careers especially so after mistakes. Former Clyde

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player Stephen Tennant says many think it is the wrong decision. He

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suggested fans who own the club could try to force the board to

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change its mind. On the whole I do not like it when footballers are set

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out as role models, I think is probably over four David Goodwillie

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in terms of football, I do not feel he has a place in the game any more.

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Many fans today said they will boycott the club from on. George

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Lennox has been two games since he was eight years old. Today he wrote

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to the club to say he will not return until they get rid of David

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Goodwillie. As far as I'm aware a large number of people are not

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coming back. A few of my friends have written big essays on Facebook

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justifying the reasons for not going back. It seems the club is more

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interested in staying in the professional leagues then doing the

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right thing. And Lucy Adams is outside

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Clyde Football Club for us tonight. And there has been further reaction?

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I have spoken to a lot of people here today outside the stadium. Many

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of them have very strong feelings about this. Many feel he should be

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allowed to play. Some in fact think this will help with his

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rehabilitation. It is important to remember of course that David

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Goodwillie is appealing that civil court decision which came out

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earlier this year. The context is everything. The clubs themselves

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said that this was a difficult decision for them. This club faces

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for the first time at the end of the season dropping out of the top

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leagues for the first time in its 140 year history. But I spoke

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earlier to former director Bobby Casey has said that is no excuse for

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signing David Goodwillie at this stage. And that they should put good

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moral decisions and the reputation of the club above their

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considerations about relegation. I also spoke earlier to Denise Claire

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herself and she said in her view it is time for football to grow up. She

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said if David Goodwillie had gone through the civil case, if he were a

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policeman or a doctor, he would not be allowed to go back to his former

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job as a professional. And as such she once the system to change.

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Scotland's longest serving MEP has predicted the UK will no longer

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exist if the there is no flexiblity during Brexit negotiations.

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Labour's David Martin was speaking as the European Parliament

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debated its negotiating objectives after the triggering of Article 50.

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Scotland's longest serving MEP has predicted the UK will no longer

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley is at the parliament

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The various arguments on Brexit are well rehearsed. We've heard more of

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them today from European politicians, from UK politicians as

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well. Not everyone is toeing the party line. The Labour MEP David

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Martin thinks the way the Westminster government is dealing

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with the process could eventually lead to the break-up of the UK.

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The city where the EU is directly elected politicians come to vote.

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Strasberg is where the European Parliament will accept or reject any

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Brexit deals. Today those politicians set out their priorities

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and heard how some Scots see the process. Including from this Labour

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MEP who says he's no longer sure how he would vote on independence. The

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UK does not show flexibility in these talks, then it will not only

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be the UK leaving the EU but the UK will not exist any longer. Nigel

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Farage has been one of the fiercest critics of this Parliament and that

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continues. He says they're making unreasonable Brexit the man. You are

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behaving the Mafia. You think we are a hostage, we are free to go. From

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the European fight a desire for future partnership. But also a

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warning, they plan to be united and firm in protecting their interests.

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Colleagues, we are going to remain partners and friends but the United

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Kingdom has got to accept the fact that there will be a tough

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negotiating position on the European Union side. So what are the European

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Parliament 's priorities? MEPs say the UK must fulfil all of its

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obligations up until the date leaves. Echoing other institutions,

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they say the UK cannot enjoy similar benefits after it leaves. The call

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for fair treatment of EU citizens and the motion highlighted the fact

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that Scotland and Northern Ireland voted differently to the UK result.

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This SNP MP hopes that could prove yours. That keeps the door open for

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greater things, whatever they may be. This is the start the process

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and we keep all open. There will be a lot of attempts by member states

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perhaps to divide the UK and we must be united. The European Parliament

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has become the first institution to formally set out what it wants from

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Brexit. Later this month European leaders will meet to hammer out

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their objectives too. Then the real talking begins.

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Seven men have been convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands

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of pounds by blowing up cash machines across the UK

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Liverpool Crown Court heard how the professional and organised

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criminals used dedicated, ruthless and sophisticated methods

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During the year-long crime spree, 30 banks and shops in England and

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Scotland were targeted. Some cash machines were blown up using

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oxyacetylene gas. In other raids stolen cars were used to drag away

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cash machines. An estimated ?110,000 was stolen in two raids on the

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outskirts of Aberdeen. Perth and Carnoustie. The attack on the Co-op

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proved to be the last for the gang. Hours after the robbery and off duty

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police officer spotted a suspicious car seven miles away in Arbroath. As

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shocked diners looked on armed police swooped on the car park at

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the McDonald's in the town and five men were arrested. Police used a

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tyre deflation weapon to stop the gang getting away. In the weeks

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leading up to the arrests, detectives in Scotland and England

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were already closing in on the gang. It was after an overnight raid on

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the cash machines at this store at King 's Wells on the outskirts of

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Aberdeen when police made a major breakthrough in the case. CCTV from

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a nearby industrial estate picked up a rendezvous between a lorry and a

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high-performance car. We became aware that the group had access to a

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stolen HGV and they were actually using high-powered motor cars to

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commit these crimes. But transporting the Audi within the HGV

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to not travel -- to not draw attention to themselves. This setup

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would not be lost to fans of the classic film the Italian job. They

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had fuel, toilet rolls, and they had cut a small area within the outer

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skin of the HGV to allow them access in and out without drawing attention

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to themselves by opening the rear of the lorry. The charges that the gang

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have been convicted of carry hefty prison terms. They will be sentenced

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later this month. A grandmother who tried

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to sue Trump International for breaching her privacy has

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lost her case. Rohan Beyts took on the company

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after being told there was mobile phone footage of her that had been

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recorded while she was urinating in sand dunes near the company's

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Aberdeenshire golf course. The sand dunes skirt the Rohan Beyts

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-- the temporary golf course. One day last April by walking with a

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friend Rohan Beyts got caught short and answered the call of nature in

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the sand dunes. That was caught on and answered the call of nature in

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camera by a member of the golf course staff. They watched Rohan

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Beyts and her friends that they as they were known for their opposition

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to the Trump development. Rohan Beyts said she was distressed at

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being photographed at such a moment and she sued for breach of privacy.

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But golf course may have registered plenty of plaudits but she argued

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they had not registered the data protection arrangements necessary

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for the kind of surveillance carried out. The sheriff however was not

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convinced by the argument. He said that the distress suffered by Rohan

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Beyts had not been caused by the golf course bridging of state

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registration requirements. He said there was no link between the lack

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of registration and her distress. I was in it to clear my name because I

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had been accused of doing something deliberately. I have been accused of

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being close to the clubhouse which I was not. I was accused of doing it

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in full view of people, I could see nobody. And the sheriff has

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confirmed that he believes me and that is so important. Sheriff Donald

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caught in its ruling pointed out that Rohan Beyts had been urinating

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in circumstances where she would have a reasonable expectation of

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privacy. He went on to observe that she should not have been

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photographed. I have to emphasise that officious bystanders taking

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pictures of the most urinating in the countryside put themselves at

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real risk of prosecution. Whether for a public order offence or

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voyeurism. Anyone in Scotland walking through the countryside and

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has to go is perfectly entitled to go in terms of the Scottish outdoor

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access code. And Rohan Beyts has been utterly vindicated in this

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case. Trump International issued a statement saying we are satisfied

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that justice has prevailed. The disingenuous claim they said by

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Rohan Beyts was a perversion of the truth and nothing more than a poor

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attempt at self publicity in an effort to garner support for her

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anti-Trump, anti-business propaganda. Tonight Rohan Beyts is

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glad that the case is over and plans a series of long-distance walks down

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through Scotland. She says her roots may go through few toilets but even

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fewer courses. Scotland's economy is hovering close

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to recession and well behind that of the UK,

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according to the latest figures. Could Scotland's Russel Knox be

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the man to watch at the Masters, which gets under way

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in Augusta tomorrow? The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon,

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has arrived at the United Nations headquarters in New York,

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where she's expected to announce new funding

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for conflict resolution work. Our political correspondent,

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Glenn Campbell, is at And while the UK takes the lead on

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overseas aid, the Scottish Government also has a relatively

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small budget for international assistance and the First Minister

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arrived here in the last hour, and she would like to spend more of that

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money on peace work. Symbolism is important in politics, and the First

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Minister who would like one day to see the flag of an independent

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Scotland flying between those of Saudi Arabia and Senegal, here at

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the United Nations, has chosen this theatre of state had to send out her

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government's more to world affairs government's more to world affairs

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-- statehood. Her visit Karen sighs with an emergency meeting of the UN

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Security Council -- coincides. Discussing the use of chemical

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weapons in Syria. The UK is one of five permanent members of the

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council, and the devolved minister is not involved in those

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discussions, but she happens to be here at UN headquarters today to

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give an address on human rights and conflict resolution organised

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through the office of the UN special envoy to Syria. The First Minister

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is committing extra cash to peace building work with ?1.2 million to

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be spent in the next few years, training 200 women in conflict

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resolution and mediation. Nicola Sturgeon indicated last night that

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contributing positively on the international stage would be the

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hallmark of the independent Scotland. Independence defined

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within interdependence is the best way for us to build a fairer society

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at home and to make a positive contribution to the world.

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president of the UN General sellers president of the UN General sellers

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-- assembly thinks more nations have a way to conceive it, even if they

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don't choose independence. -- have a way to contribute. That is entirely

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up to the people of Scotland to decide, but the more I go through

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life I see life in terms of us being human beings on one planet and it is

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not the divisions that are important, it is bringing us

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altogether and that is why this place is so important. The Scottish

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Government's cash at a little to the ?2.46 billion the Prime Minister has

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committed to help Syria alone. -- adds a little. Supporters of the

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union says Scottish can make a big impact internationally as part of

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the UK, a global power with a big budget. And of course that is the

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sort of debate that will intensify if there is going to be another

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independence referendum, the First Minister said she is fairly certain

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it will go ahead, despite the continuing stand-off between the

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Scottish and UK governments and her political opponents wished that she

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would call it off and concentrate instead on turning around the

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Scottish economy. A campaign to vaccinate girls

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against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has led

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to a dramatic drop in Researchers found a 90% reduction

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in levels of the human papilloma virus in women since the vaccine

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was made available in 2008. The virus is thought to account

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for about 80% of cervical cancers. Public health specialists say

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the large numbers of girls taking up The whole success stems from the

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fact we have got a very high uptake of the vaccine and have done since

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the inception of the programme and so a 90% uptake of all three doses

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remove the iris from the population. remove the iris from the population.

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-- virus. Events to commemorate 100 years

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since one of the most significant events of the First World War

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are taking place this Sunday. The Battle of Arras

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in Northern France marked a major push against German forces

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and featured the highest concentration of Scots troops

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to fight at any point Donald Mackay was living in

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Edinburgh when war broke out and he signed up for the Battle of Arras

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like many young Scots. His dispatches from the front line are

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this letter he sent home in 189017 this letter he sent home in 189017

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-- April 19 17. He wrote this 17 days before he was killed in battle

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at the age of 29. He seems to be an ordinary average young man of the

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day, Nvidia felt they had a duty to go and fight -- who really felt. I

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think law is a last resort, but the First World War haunts me and he

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sort of haunts me, as well -- I think war is a last resort. It was

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an offensive on the Western front, but the cost was high, one third of

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the 159,000 casualties were Scottish. This weekend special

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commemorations will be held here at the Scottish War memorial and in

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France. There is nobody alive who was in that battle and so we are now

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creating a lasting legacy based on stories that have been handed down

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through generations of descendants. Organisers say the anniversary is an

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important reminder of the past and one which will serve generations of

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the future. It's one of the most eagerly awaited

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events in the sporting year. Golf's Masters gets under way

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in Augusta, Georgia tomorrow. And Russell Knox, one

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of the two Scots competing, could be the man to watch,

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according to a fellow Scot who's In the sporting calendar there are

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few events which can rival its beauty, and only the best get to

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battle with Augusta, but when play gets underway tomorrow there will be

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just two Scots in the field. One is a former champion, Sandy Lyle, who

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won 1998, but his odds to win this week tell their own story. Russell

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Knox is in better shape than he has a few wins under his belt. He is

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23rd in the world, although the bookmakers don't really fancy his

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chances either. But as the man himself continued his preparations,

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there was support back home. Maybe the conditions being a bit soft

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might hamper him, he is not the longest, but he is a great iron

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player and it would not be surprising if he is in the mix on

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Sunday afternoon. Other European hopes rest with this man, the

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Masters is the only one of the big four tournaments that has eluded

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him. It has been relatively quiet which is quite nice, not that I feel

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I can fly under the radar any more, but at the same time it has felt

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that way to me. It has been nice to prepare and just go about my

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business and try to get ready. But preparations this year have been

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tricky with strong winds forecast and tornado warnings issued,

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mastering Augusta this year could be even tougher than usual.

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To the weather now, and it's over to Kawser.

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It is quite windy, but it has been bright and quite breezy, but fairly

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cloudy. There are a few holes to end the day to allow some sunny moments

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and the best that has been towards the east. This picture from one of

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our weather watchers, some bright blue skies, and for the evening it

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is mostly dry, but fairly cloudy. In the course of the night we will have

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the cloud thickener, and some of that thick enough for some drizzle,

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and some fairly breezy weather across the Northern Isles.

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Temperatures could dip to around 3-5 in the north-east. Elsewhere, 7-8.

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Tomorrow fairly cloudy, the best of the brightness across the East Coast

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and again the cloud thick enough for some light drizzle across parts of

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higher ground in the North West. If you are heading out around four

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o'clock in the afternoon, fairly cloudy and wet across the Shetlands,

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and Orkney, brighter, and the North will have the best of the sunshine

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and temperatures could reach 15. Cloudy elsewhere, the central belt

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will be largely dry, like the South, and temperatures 10-11. I pressure

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has been responsible for this fairly settled weather and that will be in

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charge for Friday, as well. Fairly cloudy conditions will continue in

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the West and the best of the brightness further to the east and

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still quite breezy across the very far north and the Northern Isles

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with tight isobars will stop this is the picture. The West East split.

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Thicker cloud. Showery outbreaks of rain, but patchy, two wards the

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ease, the best of the sunshine, and temperatures could reach 15 --

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ease, the best of the sunshine, and towards the east. And we have a

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change on the wafer Sunday and I will have more on that morrow. --

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change on the way for Sunday and I will have more on that tomorrow.

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Now a reminder of tonight's main news.

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The Scottish economy is hovering close to recession according

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They show output fell during the last three

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months of last year, and fell well behind UK growth.

:27:54.:27:55.

The UN Security Council has held an emergency session to discuss

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the suspected gas attack on a rebel-held town in Syria.

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The attack is believed to have killed more than 70 people,

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Until then, from everyone on the team, right across the country,

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I'm finding out for the first time I could have 17, 18 siblings.

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They were the brothers and sisters scattered across Scotland.

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I had no idea there were any of the others.

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