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and on BBC one we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Tonight on reporting Scotland: a BBC investigation discovers trafficked

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women are being sold repeatedly to gangs in Glasgow as part of a crime

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at work. Asian crime gangs will provide accommodation. Also in the

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programme, jurors in the trial, here from the lawyers that represented

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Craig Wighton arranges takeover. We made a couple taking on the big six

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energy providers by setting up their own gas and electricity company. And

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as the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup is made, one former player says

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the Scots should target a place in the semifinals.

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Good evening. A BBC investigation has discovered trafficked women are

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being sold repeatedly to Asian crime gangs in Glasgow as part of a

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massive international organised crime that work. Once in a vacuum

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goalless trafficked to the city three times, others have been sold

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and forced into sham marriages. The law enforcement agency is now

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investigating. Sam has this exclusive report.

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What you are watching is an illegal deal. How much do you want? This

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Romanian is selling a kidney to the woman beside him, she says he is his

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wife. He does these transplants all people are now the second most

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lucrative commodity next to drugs, sold for Labour or exploitation and

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for their organs. We discovered criminal gangs are now targeting

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specific areas of Scotland for the selling of women trafficked from

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abroad. There's a high number of victims and that's because there's a

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link between Eastern European crime gangs who have human trafficking is

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one of the things they do, but mixed with Asian crime gangs in Glasgow.

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So European crime gangs will provide victims and Asian will provide

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accommodation. I went to Slovakia to try and track down some of the

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victims, including one girl who was trafficked twice previously to

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Glasgow, but when we get to the house, we are in for a shock.

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You think your daughter may have been trafficked?

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Other victims also appear to have been trafficked again. We know now

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there are three girls currently missing, who are back in the UK in

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Glasgow? Yes. And inside this house, this girl was sold for a sham

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marriage by a family member. This birth certificate, there is no

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farther's name. It allows them to apply for EU residency. The family

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called the traffic and tell the mind they're asking awkward questions. If

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I start to ask the questions I really want to ask, the men are

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going to get very angry? I'm taken by a social worker to what is known

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locally as a transit house, where girls are kept for a few days before

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being transported to Glasgow for sham marriages. How many girls would

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have come? Five, ten? Hundreds? More than 100. Really? Really. Slovakian

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police discovered many sold into sham managers are then being

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sexually exploited by the men who buy them.

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Back in Scotland, I searched the marriage records and found numerous

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suspicious marriages between young Eastern European brides and older

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Asian men with the same address is being used on multiple occasions,

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and yet little trace of any of the couples living there. This street

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cropped up many times with numerous sham marriages attached to hear.

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This street has more than a dozen links to marriages between Pakistani

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This street has more than a dozen men and Eastern European brides in

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recent years. I'm going to try and see if I can speak to them. See if

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they are there. Hello, I'm looking for... He was registered as being

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married and living here, but he's not here? No. OK, the next one, the

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bride, the groom and the witness or gave this as the address. You don't

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know any of the names of the people? The man that was registered as

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living here, he's gone? And his wife, she's gone? Right, no luck

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living here, he's gone? And his getting anyone. One of a dozen

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marriages linked to this street. Brides, grooms, witnesses to the

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weddings, and of all of the doors I've knocked, not one couple lives

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there. Not one witness a nobody. Euro poll, the EU's Laurette agency,

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confirmed Scotland is now being specifically targeted by the

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trafficking trade. And you can watch Sam Poling's

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investigation Humans for Sale in full tonight on BBC One

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at 9pm. A lawyer who handled Craig Whyte's

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takeover of Rangers football club has told a court that Mr Whyte

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was presented as a man of the deal, that Craig Whyte had

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the funds available to buy the club. Mr Whyte denies fraud,

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in connection with his acquisition Our correspondent David

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Henderson reports. The London lawyer who played a key

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role in the deal to buy Rangers Football Club, Gary Withey. His

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client at the time, a company run by Craig Whyte, who acquired Rangers in

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2011. He is now on trial here at the High Court, accused of pretending he

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had the funds available to buy the Ibrox club. But Gary Withey said he

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got the impression Craig Whyte had lots of money. Gary Withey told the

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court that Craig Whyte was portrayed in the City of London as someone

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with substantial financial wealth. One person, he said, confused Craig

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Whyte with a whiskey tycoon. At one point, he said, that's who I thought

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I was dealing with. Much of today's evidence focused on whether Craig

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Whyte had the money needed to buy the Ibrox club, and the assurances

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Gary Withey gave our behalf of his company that funds were in place to

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make a deal possible. The jury was shown an e-mail, the so-called

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comfort letter, allegedly sent from Gary Withey's firm months before the

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club changed hands. The lawyers for the Rangers owners. In it it said

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there would be up to ?33 million in funding from a financial

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institution, to be utilised for the acquisition for the club. Gary

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Withey said, I would not have signed a comfort letter unless I had

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comfort. I don't like he said. It's not proper, you just don't do it.

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The prosecutor Alex Prentice highlighted a deal involving Craig

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Whyte and a company around the time Rangers was sold, Ticketus. An

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e-mail that said necessary steps had been taken for the sale of season

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tickets. Gary Withey returns to court tomorrow to give more

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evidence. Craig Whyte denies the charges on the trial continues.

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There's been a dispute over the impact of Brexit

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Doctors' leaders have warned of an uncertain future for more

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than 200 GPs in Scotland who came here from other parts

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This from our political editor Brian Taylor.

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The local GP, originally from Poland. Talk of Brexit leads her and

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fellow EU nationals anxious and they fellow EU nationals anxious and they

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-- their concern extends to their patients. I want my patients to have

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access to GPs whenever they need to, in emergency situations as well as

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routine appointments. I'm not sure what will happen to that. It can be

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potentially dangerous. The issue took centre stage in the election

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campaign today, with a focus on Brexit. Here's one I made earlier!

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Who made all the pies? Nicola Sturgeon did. She said the EU

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doctors issue proved the need for a big SNP presence in the Commons.

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This really highlights the dangers of a hard, reckless Brexit. That

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makes it really important that this election delivers MPs from Scotland,

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will fight Scotland's corner, not MPs who were just be a rubber stamp

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for Theresa May, whatever she wants to do. Kezia Dugdale is talking to

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worried nurses. Scottish ministers say they have funded every pay

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recommendation. The doctors, Labour says things can only get worse.

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There is a workforce crisis among GPs, but let's not pretend Brexit

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calls that, it existed long before that because of decisions SNP made.

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It would get worse with independence. In Dingwall Willie

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Rennie presses his case. He says the concern over doctors proves that

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Brexit is a blunder. It is one of the many reasons we're discovering

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as to why we should be remaining at the heart of Europe, because it's

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going to damage our NHS, with the loss of GPs. We're going to lose

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many nurses from the NHS as well. But what does it all mean for the

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price of fish? Ruth Davidson and Peterhead save the industry will

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gain from escaping EU rules. The SNP fears UK ministers will strike a

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deal to maintain access the EU fleets. And today's other European

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topic, the Tories say they want an agreement to keep EU doctors here,

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but they diagnose other health problems. We have to look at our NHS

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staff of the future. Why is it at the moment there is an ineffective

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cap on doctors going to medical schools and doctors for the future

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question about something we can sort in Scotland. Student numbers in

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medicine have long since been controlled but competition has eased

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slightly in recent years. Back in Millport, this doctor has just

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celebrated her first year as the island's GP. She hopes for many

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more. Health is a devolved matter -

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under the control of MSPs. And there was a debate on NHS pay

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at Holyrood this afternoon. Our political correspondent,

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Glenn Campbell's at This was a Labour Party debate,

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calling for NHS staff to have real terms pay rises. Instead the

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Scottish Government has offered to carry out a study on the effect of

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pay restraint. But during the debate one SNP MSP, a former nurse, became

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visibly upset. I hear what you're saying. My colleagues would love a

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pay rise, but how can we do that with constraints that we are being

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put under? Constant austerity measures of the Tory government?

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In response, the Conservatives pointed out that NHS Scotland has

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been under SNP control for the last ten years, and they said it was

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entirely for the SNP here at Holyrood to decide how much of their

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budget to spend on health. On the general election front, what

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other developments today? The Scottish Conservative leader

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Aretha Davidson told the BBC she is open to reviewing the operation of

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the so-called rape clause. The exception that allow women who have

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a third child as a result of rape to claim tax credits, which are

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otherwise limited to the first two children in most cases. If this

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sounds like a change in Ruth Davidson's position, I don't think

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it is. She still supports the two child limit the tax credits and the

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exception for rape survivors. Adding what she's doing is reminding us

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that she's not against changing the way this policy is administered, if

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a better way can be found. The SMP's are Pulis says there's no way of

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reviewing it to make it acceptable because it requires women to share

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details of their rape with the state because it requires women to share

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in order to make a tax credit claim. One other thing to manage mentioned

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today, nominations close tomorrow and tonight the Green Party have

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confirmed they will have only three candidates standing. That is down

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from 30 22-macro years ago. The Tories and Labour have seized on

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that. Labour say the Greens have capitulated to the SNP, in order to

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avoid splitting support for independence. The Tories say they

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now look forward to the Greens withdrawing from TV debates. The

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now look forward to the Greens Greens say they are fighting a

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targeted campaign, so much so that it seems even Ukip will have more

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candidates than the Scottish Greens. Thank you.

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A headteacher has been telling MSPs how she was left "utterly exhausted"

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by the job and is now seeking a new career.

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She was one of a number of teachers who told

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Holyrood's Education Committee today about the pressure they're facing.

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The MSPs are looking at how to attract more people

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into the profession and how to stop them leaving.

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Our education correspondent Jamie McIvor reports.

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When cameras are allowed into the classroom, it's usually to feature

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positive examples. Unions often describe stress and overworked, but

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it's rare to hear public testimony from those who say they actually

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face these challenges. Today, MSP is heard just that. Headteacher Isabel

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Marshall recently resigned from a job she loves. I have loved it. I

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would advise anyone to go into as a career but I am utterly exhausted.

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It's been the breadth of social demands which are mainly reached a

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point where I feel I need a break. Others spoke of long hours and

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constant change. I mean, I could work a hundred hours a week and I

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wouldn't get it all done, to the level I would be happy with. We have

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to draw a line. I mean, I can't see how I'd continue working full-time

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and a low 67, it just won't happen. We seem to be reacting with

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short-term ideas, where tonnes of money is thrown in and we are all

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expected to learn them and embed them, but then the next one comes

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along before we've had a chance to catch our breath.

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This is part of a wider investigation by MSP 's into the

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problems facing teachers. In some parts of the country filling

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vacancies is hard, where there are also specific problems in individual

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subjects. There are a number of elements on the agenda... Speaking

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earlier today the Education Secretary said he would listen

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earlier today the Education carefully to teachers. We have to

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make sure that in every respect we are attracting the right individuals

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into the teaching profession, they are being trained well and educated

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well to deliver education to young people in Scotland. That they are

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supported within our school environment and they continue to

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enhance their professional learning. The Scottish Government's critics

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argue there is mounting evidence of real problems in education. The MSPs

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will publish the report later. A paedophile from Renfrew has been

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convicted of abusing a girl aged between three and five,

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and filming the abuse. The High Court in Glasgow heard

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videos and still photographs made by 30-year-old Hugh Sim were seen

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during a police investigation in New Zealand into

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a paedophile chat group. This established one of the users

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had logged on from the UK, and it was revealed

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the subscriber was Sim. The jury found him guilty of five

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offences, and he'll be A BBC investigation has

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discovered girls are being repeatedly trafficked

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here by organised crime gangs. And still to come -

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Scotland is drawn against Japan and Ireland in the 2019 Rugby World

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Cup. A couple, so fed up with the Big Six

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energy providers have set up their own gas

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and electricity company. David Pike and Karin Sode have

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called it People's Energy and say But analysts warn it's a difficult

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market and other small suppliers have failed in challenging

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the energy giants. Fed up with the big six energy

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providers this couple set up a rival firm. We are official gas and

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electricity supplier. People's Energy promises to give profits back

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to customers. There are lots of people who have had bad experiences

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and feel treated unfairly and we wanted to change that. We wanted to

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create a company that puts customers first that is setup to put the

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customers at the centre. That is why we decided to give 75% of the

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profits back to the customers. Nothing less than a revolution, we

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put the power back in your hands. Energy analysts warn are risks. What

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people have to consider when looking at independent suppliers is first of

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all on pricing but also when the wholesale markets are volatile,

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particularly when they start to rise after a period of decreases them

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there have been cases of independent suppliers like GB energy supply

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going to the wall and that ultimately means you need to find a

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new supplier. The company say they have planned for that. We have

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researched very carefully and got lots of advice from industry

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experts. In fact industry experts have given their time freely to make

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experts. In fact industry experts sure we are successful and we have

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also made sure we have a robust hedging policy to make sure we have

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bought the energy ahead and we will not be caught out by rising

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wholesale prices. So our gas and electricity customers interested. In

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principle it is a good idea but I think people like to know who they

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are dealing with. If it got off the ground and got trusted fair enough.

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If it helps people to reduce bills it is a good idea. I wouldn't try

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it, not at my age! Now I'm retired and I'm quite happy with what I've

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got. We are also working on our systems. They start to supply gas

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and electricity across the UK this August. Morag Kinniburgh, Reporting

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Scotland, East Lothian. The Scottish Football Association's

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former compliance officer has told BBC Scotland a zero-tolerance

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approach to betting within football has to be maintained

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to prevent match fixing. This comes a day after the SFA took

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action against a player and a chairman for gambling

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on football matches, Our senior football reporter

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Chris McLaughlan reports. I am a member of the world's

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favourite online sports betting company.

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Football fans can bet, players, though, count, despite some clubs

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and competition is being sponsored by betting companies. The problem is

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some do and not just players. This by betting companies. The problem is

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is the chairman of Annan Athletic stub he's been charged by the SFA

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for placing football bets gush over 4000, some against his own team. The

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current rules workable? Basically have to be, according to the man who

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used to enforce them. If you don't stop it now than in three or four

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years' time you could be looking at matches being manipulated and if

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that is the case confidence is lost in the sport and the integrity, and

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the fact you are watching a free match were either team can mean Doug

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McGuigan. Lewis Wynne of match were either team can mean Doug

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has admitted previously to having a problem. Others say it's the norm. I

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bet frequently, most weeks I put coupons on, whether it was in my

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league or in other leagues in the world. And others likewise, probably

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more than 50% of the players and most of the teams I play for had

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bets on and I'm sure nothing has really changed that much.

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But is that the case, our players are circumventing rules and betting

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regularly? At our club I wouldn't say it was a big issue. Across

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Scottish football in general obviously it probably still is. Play

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by the rules and enjoy the prize, or gamble and face the consequences.

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The terms of an uneasy marriage between football and gambling. Chris

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McLaughlin, Reporting Scotland. Rugby now, and the former Scotland

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star Sean Lamont says the semifinals are the target for the national team

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at the next World Cup. The draw for the 2019

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tournament was made today, with Gregor Townsend's men emerging

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in a group with Ireland The countdown to the next Rugby

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World Cup is on and it seems Scotland are quite a draw. Scotland!

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The reaction of the room tells you all you need to know, Scotland are

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into pool eight once again and will meet Japan in the pool stages.

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The land of the bullet train is hosting, Scotland travelled there on

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a successful tour last year. When they return they will face Ireland

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as top seeds in their group with Japan ranked third. The rest of the

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pool will be made up of two teams from qualifying. For a man who wore

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the Scotland jersey over 100 times the draw could scarcely be any

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better. It's a great opportunity to qualify and qualify top. What are

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the expectations and hopes going into the World Cup? How far can

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Scotland go? After the last one we should be looking for at least the

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semis, against Australia. That is the standard we need to start aiming

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for, especially the way we have played recently, there is no reason

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why we can't aim for the semis and onwards. The reasons to be cheerful

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are clear. Scotland beat Ireland in the first game of this year's Six

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Nations and will be pleased to have avoided the likes of New Zealand,

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Australia and England. Even though Japan will have the support of a

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nation behind them Scotland beat them twice in their own backyard in

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last summer's tests. The hosts can play, though, they famously beat

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South Africa in the last World Cup and scored a terrific try against

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Scotland last year. New national head coach Gregor Townsend says he

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is excited by the draw. Winning the group could be the key to

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progressing further because that could mean Scotland avoiding the

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defending champion All Blacks in the quarterfinals. Khairuddin Ebersohn,

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Reporting Scotland. -- Kheredine Idesanne.

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Laura McIver is here with details of tonight's extended

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We're bringing you news and views from the general election

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Tonight - health's being discussed after a warning

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from the Royal College of GPs about the impact of Brexit

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We'll also hear from a politics number cruncher.

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And now its time for the weather with Christopher.

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Good evening, cloudy today than what we have been used to over recent

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days but still some sunshine coming through and more this evening. In

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fact, the south-westward get the lion's share and that is where this

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evening's Weather watcher photo comes from. Evening sunshine for

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many of us, still thicker cloud with outbreaks of light rain up towards

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Caithness and Orkney but elsewhere overnight largely dry with a mixture

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of cloud and some clear spells. Overnight lows in towns and cities

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around 5-7dC but a touch cooler in the countryside, certainly across

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the north-east and south-east. Tomorrow it is a dry start for and a

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bright start for most, some morning Tomorrow it is a dry start for and a

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cloud towards parts of Aberdeenshire, Angus, Tayside and

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the eastern borders which will clear by the afternoon, so sunny

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across-the-board. A little more cloud the further north you are

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for Orkney and Shetland but drier than today without the drizzly rain

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we have had. By mid-afternoon in the sunshine it is really quite warm, 20

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Celsius in the south-west, Dumfries and Galloway coming towards

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Ayrshire, even for parts of Lanarkshire and towards the eastern

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side, mid-to high teens on the east coast with a breeze off the see it

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will feel cool. Towards the north-west some sunshine, meet teen

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temperatures, cloudy but dry for Orkney, some sunshine for Shetland.

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For the rest of the afternoon into the evening, evening sunshine to end

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the day. And then the change, on the Solway you will see showers edging

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in from England. On the pressure chart you can see low-pressure

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looming through England bringing some rain and humid conditions. What

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it means for us come Friday is we will see showers, most of them

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likely across the west coast and Hebrides, many central and western

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parts of the mainland dry and sunny, eastern areas cloudy, some low cloud

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at times. Into the weekend on Saturday, a wet morning but

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improving for the afternoon with sunshine. This front pushes through

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by Sunday giving a fresher feel, some sunshine but equally a few

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showers at times. That's the forecast.

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Now, a reminder of tonight's main news.

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There's been widespread criticism of President Trump's shock dismissal

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Opponents have raised suspicion his dismissal was linked

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to his investigation into allegations the Trump election

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And a BBC investigation has discovered girls

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are being repeatedly trafficked here by organised crime gangs.

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Our next main bulletin is at 10.30pm.

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Until then from all the team, good evening.

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