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Two teenage girls from Barra are still missing after


Many Scots were caught up in chaos of the attack.


It was horrific seeing it. People were running for their lives,


jumping over chairs, falling down the stairs. People were obviously


terrified. We're in Manchester


and on the Island of Barra. Security is tightened and armed


police are deployed in Scotland's And politicians come


together at Holyrood to pay their respects as election


campaigning is suspended. Two girls from the island of Barra


are still missing after last night's 15-year-old Laura MacIntyre


and Eilidh MacLeod, who's 14, attended the concert by singer


Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, but since then they've failed


to make contact with their families. Other concert-goers from Scotland


have been speaking about their fears when they realised a


terror attack was under way. Here's our correspondent,


David Henderson. Still missing, Laura MacIntyre and


Eilidh McLeod, teenagers from the island of Barra, now feared to be


victims of a terrorist attack. Today Laura's Father Michael appeared to


help on social media. On stage last night, the American


star Ariana Grande. Fans had come from far and wide. Among them, many


Scots, like Lauren Baxter from Glasgow. It happened just add she


had went off stage. There were loads of people trying to squash out of a


tiny door. There were thousands of people inside this arena when it


happened. Did people start to run, did they start to panic? Yeah, loads


of people were running, screaming and crying. Running up the stairs,


trying to get out of any possible exit. Last night, it was Ariana


Grande. It was an audience of youngsters. Yeah. Young people,


quite young. I think it's just... Six. The person who's done it is


just a monster. -- I think it's just sick. The explosion caused a wave of


alarm of thousands of fans tried to flee the arena. Children, parents


and teenagers pushing in falling in their rush to get out. Among them,


two sisters from Stirlingshire. It was horrific seeing it. People were


running for their lives, jumping over chairs, falling down the


stairs. People were obviously terrified. But no one really knew


what had happened, because we were further away from it. So there was


no one to say there's a bomb gone off, or two maybe reassure us that


it was OK. Everyone thought that it with a balloon, because of the


billions that had fallen down during the concert. It was terrifying


seeing everyone that scare -- the balloons that had fallen down. All I


saw, because ten was in front of us, my mum and I heard the bang. Then


everyone turned around and heard the bang. Where we had the bang,


everyone just started running so fast. That's when people got scared.


If they didn't run, I don't think people would have been scared.


The attack claimed the life of 22 people. And almost 60 were injured.


Four more troubled home to Scotland before going to hospital here.


Last night in Manchester we witnessed a barbaric attack on


innocent people enjoying a music concert. My thoughts and those of


the Scottish Government, and indeed all of the people of Scotland, are


with all those who have lost loved ones or sustained injuries in this


dreadful atrocity. There can be nothing more cowardly than to attack


children and young people enjoying a night out.


Tonight, the police investigation gathers pace into how this, a night


of music, became a scene of horror. In a moment we'll be getting


the latest from our reporter, But first we cross to


Cameron Buttle who's in Castlebay People there must be desperate


for news of Laura and Eilidh? Absolutely. When you live in a place


like Barra in an island community, you can't think that you any further


away from the horror and tragedy of a terror attack. Tonight the entire


island is desperate for news of two young teenage girls. Laura


MacIntyre, who was 15, and Eilidh McLeod, who is 14 years old. They


travelled with family members down to the concert. Like many


concertgoers they were left at the venue by this family members. But


they haven't been seen since. That's despite an online campaign by family


members desperate for news. They've posted pictures online. Those


pictures have been shed tens of thousands of times. So far tonight,


there is no use. -- have been shared of thousands of times.


Even older people on the island who don't have children that age will


certainly know their parents or grandparents. Everybody feels it.


The mind is stop quarrying. They are very sorry for the families. --


their mind is stuck worrying. They demand to imagine the awful feeling


that they've got at moment. -- they don't want to imagine.


The teenagers were at the Castlebay School which has about 170 pupils.


We understand they were very well-known pupils. Tonight's Western


Isles councillors say they are standing by to offer support to the


pupils, school and wider community. Today friends and families are


expecting to hear stories -- were expecting to hear stories from these


girls about a fantastic night. But instead the entire island is just


desperate for news. Now let's go to Rebecca


Curran in Manchester. Rebecca, apart from the enormity


of the investigation, police are trying to help families


like those of Laura and Eilidh, Yes, absolutely. You join me in


Manchester city centre tonight close to where the attack happened in the


arena last night. And as we've heard, these two teenage girls from


Barra, 15-year-old Laura MacIntyre and her friend, 14-year-old Eilidh


McLeod, have been missing since that explosion just after half past ten.


More than 20 hours on, police can't give us any details of what may or


may not have happened, or where the girls could be. We know, as Cameron


said, that the girls attended the concert and that they had travelled


to Manchester with family who are all safe. But no one has talked to


the girl since then. Greater Manchester Police said officers are


supporting the families of the missing people and that does include


those families that have travelled from Barra today, desperately


seeking some news. But as Cameron also mentioned, the picture that has


been shared online of Laura and Eilidh, police officers have thanked


members of the public for sharing that information in an attempt to


try to reunite people with their loved ones. One other thing that a


Greater Manchester Police have said is that they do not believe there


are any unaccompanied children in any of the hotels in Manchester, as


a result of last night's explosion. They can't tell us how many people


remain missing, but it is understood to be several, including Laura and


Eilidh. This is a city still coming to terms with what happened last


night, that horrific act of terrorism which targeted children


and young people that were supposed to be having a good night out. But


it must be said that for those families that still don't know where


their children are, it's hard to imagine what they're all going


through. Thank you. Thanks to Rebecca Curran


in Manchester, and Police say they'll be reviewing


security at this weekend's Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park


following last night's They're also deploying more armed


officers onto the streets for what they say is reassurance,


and they insist there is no Our Home Affairs Correspondent,


Reevel Alderson, reports. Panic in the Manchester Arena,


confusion after a pop concert. Fans escaping after


the bomb went off. In the minutes following last


night's explosion, the focus of the emergency services


was on treating injured survivors, clearing the area in case


of a further attack, Now across the UK the


emphasis is on security. And increased police presence is


being deployed across transport areas and where large crowd should


be. A full Hampden Park for the semifinal of the Scottish cup.


Police are already reviewing security there. The Scottish cup is


a high-profile event in any case. What we'll do over the next couple


of days is just review the security in place. But don't be surprised if,


for example, we deploy armed police officers similar to what you see in


airports for that particular match. The fact that last night's atrocity


happened at a concert venue has prompted security reviews here at


Scotland's largest, the Hydro. Management so they are liaising with


police, but have no plans to cancel events. The motivation of the


Manchester bomb so far is unknown, but Islamic State have claimed


responsibility. Muslim groups here were quick to condemn the bombing


which they say was designed to create divisions in society. If we


turn on each other, then they have one. If we turn on each other, than


other groups that seek to capitalise on each other have one. What we have


to do as a community is come together. We need to express our


anger and express our disgust at these situations, and display a


solid, united front. Across the country, like here in Dundee, flags


have been flying in half-mast. A mark of respect for the 22 dead in


Manchester. We stand for a moment's


silence before press. And that the General Assembly


of the Church of Scotland, reflection as ministers and elders


prayed for the victim. So many young, innocent


lives taken away. So much sadness, hurt and pain not


only for the people of Manchester, Our prayers and support


is going to all of those caught up in this situation,


as well as for the One of the great things we see


at this time as people not running away from danger,


but running towards In the light of last night's attack,


the emergency services in Scotland's say they're constantly


testing their responses to such an incident,


although they emphasise there is no Vigils have been taking place


across the country to remember Dozens of people gathered


in Glasgow's George Square They left flowers, candles


and messages of condolence for those All election campaigning has been


suspended following the atrocity. At Holyrood, MSPs stood


for a minute's silence. The First Minister said


terror would not prevail. This from our Political


Editor, Brian Taylor. Nicola Sturgeon should have been


watching her election manifesto. Instead she began the day at Saint


Andrew's House, chairing an emergency meeting to review security


in Scotland. Down the hill at Holyrood, flags at half-mast


silently signalled sympathy and anguish. Rivalry and rhetoric that


aside, political leaders came to Parliament not in conflict, but in


solidarity. May I call on the First Minister.


The First Minister said it was particularly villainous, that the


victims were children. There can be nothing more cowardly


than attacking children and young people enjoying a fun night out.


Across Scotland today we stand in solidarity with the people of


Manchester. She urged Scotland to be vigil, and


more. She outlined plans to help young folk coped.


Many young people may feel particularly vulnerable at this


time. This is a time to ensure that we talk to our children at home and


at school. And when we hear them talking amongst their friends.


And she insisted be terror would not succeed.


As human beings, we cannot comprehend the twisted motivations


that lead people to carry out such atrocities, particularly when they


target children and young people. They will not succeed. Not now and


not ever. Ruth Davidson echoed that sentiment.


We must repeat that we will not be beaten by the twisted ideology of


terrorism. We must repeat that we will not ourselves descend into


hatred or rage. We will repeat at, and repeat, and repeat that we stand


tall. Kezia Dugdale imagined young girls


at the big, bright eyed, clothed in pink, sparkling.


For those children and young people who witnessed last night's


abominable act, there is no softening the blow, they making it


better, no suggesting that these things don't happen here, all to us,


or to people but we know. Other leaders stressed that her and


hate must not prevail. Our best response is to stand firm


in solidarity. That means ensuring that terrorism never achieves its


goal, but also that those who react to it out of hatred, prejudice and a


demand for retribution also never achieve their goals.


B the case that we said that we live for hope, joy and fellowship. We


will work to end division. To stand and to join together in


observing a minute's silence. With that off to sign the book of


condolence, down cast, yes, but resolute. Brian Taylor, Reporting


Scotland. A man has admitted abusing


and assaulting his student 21-year-old Angus Milligan,


from Edinburgh, admitted choking and slapping Emily Drouet at halls


of residence in Aberdeen. The 18-year-old University


of Aberdeen law student was found dead several days later


in March last year. She came to uni and just didn't know


how powerful a person she was. Drop dead gorgeous. Everyone will say the


same. She honestly had a heard are heart of gold. Today Angus admitted


slapping her. She asked for help. Days after the last assault, Emily


took her own life. He stole Emily's future leaving a gaping wound in all


our lives that will never ever heal. We misser every second of every day.


No-one should have to go through what Emily went through. That is why


we hope the courts will impose a custodial sentence, sending a strong


message that domestic violence not be tolerated. Friends wished they


had been able to help Emily. The university say they have enacted an


action plan to extend their support services. There is no regrets from


my time with her. The only regret would be knowing before hand, being


able to help her. Everyone will feel exactly the same way. Wishing they


could have done something. Wishing she had said something before hand.


I guess it's frustrating because she had so much going for her.


Milligan's lawyer said he will live with the knowledge he assaulted


Emily and she took her own life a week later. He will be sentenced in


July. Her family say they miss her every second of every day and want


to do all they can to prevent any other family from going through what


they're suffering. If you've been affected by any


of the issues in Fiona Stalker's report you can get help


and advice at bbc.co.uk/actionline. A drone has been involved


in a near-miss with a plane making its descent into


Edinburgh Airport. The incident happened


at lunchtime last Friday. The unmanned craft was flying


around 25 metres away from a Loganair flight,


at a height of around 4,000 feet. The pilot was forced


to take evasive action. No-one was injured and the plane


successfully landed. Police believe the drone


may have been piloted The majority of claimants suing


Royal Bank of Scotland at London's High Court have


indicated a willingness to settle the action,


a judge has been told. RBS has been trying to reach


a last-minute settlement with thousands of investors who say


they were misled over the bank's financial health in the run-up


to its near-collapse in 2008. The civil case was due


to begin on Monday, but it was adjourned to allow


settlement talks to continue. A man has been convicted of killing


a Mr Scotland bodybuilder 44-year-old Steven Kirkwood,


who had denied murdering bodybuilder Michael O'Hanlon,


was found guilty of the lesser Aileen Clarke's report contains


some strong language. Michael oh Hanlon was a well-known


competitor in body building events. He lifted the over all Mr Scotland


title. More than 20 years sense he first won it, a massive comeback to


form. Ian Robertson trained with Michael. I spoke to him, he was


presented his sword, he went backstage and buzzing. The relief


that he could still enter competition and be successful. He


was ebbing stackic backstage he was. His fiancee had will be been in a


long-term relationship with Steven Kirkwood they had been exchanging


abusive messages. That cull mill anywayed in a showdown.


Michael oh Hanlon showed up and brought a pal. Mr Cowen is a former


competitor in the World's Strongest Man contest. He could hear Michael


and Steven shouting then they started fighting throwing punches.


He saw that Kirkwood had an eight inch knife in his right hand.


Michael had dropped to his knees. He went and trieded to hold him up. He


was unresponsive and bleeding heavily from his wounds. Kirkwood


denied murder the jury found him guilty of cull pabl homicide under


provocation. Michael had dead educated much of his life to


training and competing. He would do five days training... He is being


remembered for much more than his physique. He was holding his


daughter in hi hands when she was born. A big cuddly toy, to body


building and his family he was a larger than life character. Kirkwood


will be sentenced next month. Scotland's largest health board has


been fined ?100,000 pounds after two patients took their own lives


in their care. 44-year-old Kenneth McRae


and 27-year-old Louise Docherty were admitted to separate NHS


Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals The health board has admitted health


and safety failings. Around 350 women in Scotland die


from ovarian cancer each year, but often the symptoms are spotted


too late by women and their GPs. New research from the charity


Target Ovarian Cancer suggests more than a third of the women they spoke


to, diagnosed with the disease, had to visit their doctor three


or more times before being referred Here's our health and social care


correspondent, Shelley Jofre. I had an update meeting with my


surgeons. What they are will do is an incision - Fiona is keeping a


vlog of her cancer treatment. It involves removing my womb. Fiona was


30 when she went to her GP in the summer of 2015. The doctor thought


her symptoms were from recent surgery. Fiona was convinced it was


ovarian cancer. I kept pursuing it and went back and forward and kept


getting told, no it was the result from the surgery. I was referred to


a gynaecologist and went through that same process of being told that


it wasn't ovarian cancer until I did get diagnosed. It's a story we hear


too often, women going to the GP, the symptoms being missed. It's


important to remember that no GP wants to miss a cancer diagnosis. We


do a lot of work with GPs here m Scotland raising awareness of the


guidelines in place and the symptoms so they can make the early


diagnosis. The charity Target Ovarian cancer is at Holyrood today.


They found just 17% of women could name bloating as a symptom of


ovarian cancer. 31% of women thought it could be detected through


cervical screening. It can't. A woman diagnosed with the disease,


36% had to visit their GP three times or more before being referred


for tests. It took six visits for Fiona. GPs in Scotland, unlike the


rest of the UK, can refer women on for blood tests and an ultrasound to


be done together quickly. But that only helps if it's done early


enough. I wasn't diagnosed until it was very advanced. My cancer is


incurable. I want GPs to be I aware that young women ghetto rarian


cancer and eliminate it initially rather than eliminating everything


else. F Oi iona and the campaign have the backing of the Royal


College of GPs in Scotland who say that clearly there are improvements


to be made. More health news for you.


NHS Shetland patients travelling to Aberdeen to attend


appointments will still be able to travel by plane.


The health board had planned to send the majority of people


by ferry, in an effort to save ?1 million.


It would've meant a 12-hour trip instead of a one-hour flight -


which sparked a number of public petitions.


At a special meeting today, it was agreed


Now the weather: I want to show you the pressure chart for the week


ahead. It shows high pressure building over the next few days. We


will see increasingly dry, sunny weather and increasingly warm


weather as we drag in the warm continental air. Mid 20s


temperatures by Friday is likely. Back to the here and now. Cloud and


rain to get through. You can see on the earlier satellite and radar


picture wet weather further east than we forecast today. A wet


afternoon for some. The best of the sunshine to Shetland. Lovely picture


from our weather watchers. Elsewhere it was cloudy and at times quite


damp. That theme conditions over the next few hours with the rain to


central and western parts, murky through Argyll, the Highlands and


Islands, particularly around the coast. Further east, dryer. There


will be clear spells to Aberdeenshire. Look at the


temperatures overnight. No lower than 13 or 14 for central and


southern Scotland. Mild indeed. We start the day tomorrow it will be a


cloudy, grey start for many. Again drizzly across the north-west. Early


sunshine to the north-east, cloud will build, come and go at times. By


the afternoon the wet weather in the north-west will clear. Many areas


will be dry. If we take a closer look around 4.00pm. You will notice


that whilst it is mostly dry across the south there could be one or two


showers across the southern uplands. Cloud, sunshine, but temperatures


20-22. Further west cooler, but dry. There could be one or two showers in


the Cairngorms and moving east. Different day in store for vet


Shetland compared with today. Cloudy and damp for you tomorrow. The rest


of the afternoon into the evening the rain with us across Shetland.


Elsewhere largely dry. Late spells of sunshine. Thursday, the wind


direction starts to change. It's more sorely. That means we are


introducing dryer air, less cloud, warmer air. Temperatures into the


low 20s. Come Friday the temperatures continue to rise. We


could be up to 25, maybe 26 degrees at times with a fair amount of


sunshine and that sunshine extending towards Shetland as well which will


have a fairly and at times damp week up until that point.


Our next update is after the Ten O'Clock news.


Two girls are still missing from last nights attack. They attended


the concert at Manchester Arena they have failed to make contact with


their families who travelled to Manchester to spend the day there.


We will keep you up dated. Our next update is after


the Ten O'Clock news. Until then, from everyone


on the team - right Below me, hundreds of people have


just been leaving Albert Square It is just one of the many ways this


city is coming to terms The newly elected Mayor


of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has said the city will show


it's true spirit. As our special correspondent


Fergal Keane reports now Our cities cannot live in constant


fear of terror, however So when the night


is torn by violence, there is shock, there is strength


and there are questions. Is today we asked the


Mancunians we met to speak Kind of, when's it


going to end, really? It's incredibly sad and our way


of life, you know, is sort of being controlled by it now,


as much as we don't want it to be. We're such a united


city and it's just It's quite harrowing to think


what happened last night. It's very devastating and how young


people are that fell victim to it, You wouldn't expect it for anywhere,


but of Manchester, it's a welcoming You don't expect things


like this to happen here, but It makes you scared


at first, but you just realise you can't let fear win


and you get on with it. You thank the emergency


services for all they've done and, yeah, it's


Manchester, life goes on. Yet also a place of


emphatic declaration. We ask that you allow the


perpetrators of this evil, evil action, ala, bring them to justice.


It's hard. How can I, if I had one of the victim's fathers, let's say,


or someone who lost their daughter or son in yesterday's attack and I'm


saying to him, George, Alan, this is nothing to do with us. He knows the


person who did it adhered to a so-called faith. It's hard to talk


to a person like that, to say this is nothing to do with the faith. I'm


saying to people publicly and privately, we have to distance our


faith from these barbaric terrorists. That's what they are.


They are criminals with criminal mind sets. People here already knew


what it meant to face and recover from terrorist violence. An IRA bomb


devastated Manchester City centre i 1996. Three years earlier, in nearby


Warrington, an IRA bomb killed three-year-old Jonathan Ball and


12-year-old Tim CAP Parry. Tim's father, Colin, became a peace


campaigner. Today he was thinking of the burden of parents' grief.


Closing a child is the most awful event in anybody's life and there's


no easy way to say you'll one day get over it, you will one day


recover. You might, you might not. The feelings are deep, deep, they


are almost animal-like. You lock everything down. You go inside on


yourself. The fact that terrorism is part of the collective memory of


this city does nothing to reduce the sense of raw shock felt here today.


Manchester's past experience does remind us of the resilience of


democracies in the face of terrorist campaigns. And of the strength of


the bonds of community. After terror attacks the word "defiance" is often


used. There is that here, but the communal sense of grief that is most


profound. Ferg app Keane, BBC News, Manchester. Huw uw Edwards will be


back here with the latest from the BBC's news at ten. That's all from


us. Before we go, I'll leave you with some of the images of the day.


A day of emotion, deviance and solidarity. Goodbye. Always


remember, never forget, forever Manchester. Choose love, Manchester,


thank you.


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