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The Scottish child abuse inquiry begins with a vigil for victims


who've died and a call from survivors for better


I reported my abuse in 1998 and was ignored. Things have changed,


Scotland has changed. Child abuse has changed.


An unlicensed dog breeder faces prison after being found


guilty of causing these animals unnecessary suffering.


90% of Scots diagnosed with the most lethal cancers


die within five years - now there are calls


The Scottish Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto promising


to block a second independence referendum.


And it's one of Scotland's most majestic birds,


but a third of all golden eagles are killed under


The Scottish child abuse inquiry has heard a succession of apologies


from a variety of organisations that provided residential care.


Christian and charity-run homes acknowledged the pain and suffering


endured by youngsters, stretching back decades.


Our reporter Morag Kinniburgh was there as the public hearing


phase of the far-reaching investigation got


A vigil in memory of victims of child abuse who have died. Survivors


want justice and action to protect children now. I reported my abuse in


1998 and was ignored. Over the years I have heard of many survivors who


were the same. Things have changed. Scotland has changed. Child-abuse


has changed. Reporting and recognising child-abuse has changed.


I welcome you to the first day of our public hearings... The enquiry


has suffered a series of resignations and criticism over its


scope. Many children in Scotland have, over the years, been abused


Western residential care. They suffered some terrible treatment.


Infected by those to whom their carer was entrusted. That is a


matter of grave concern. So far, 69 institutions have been investigated


here, from private boarding schools and hospitals to counsel, church and


charity care homes. It is not thousands suffered physical, sexual


and emotional abuse as well as neglect by those meant to be looking


after them. In these first hearings, churches and charities said sorry to


the children abused. The Catholic community in Scotland has an


overwhelming sense of shame that these abhorrent crimes are in the


context of the Church and we are doing our utmost to ensure these


things cannot happen again. Kate was seven when she was taken from


Glasgow to Northern Ireland and abused. She has come back to urge


Scots to testify and move the burden of abuse back onto the perpetrators.


These people have a right to justice. Yes, they need to have


their voice heard. And do not be frightened to come forward because


it is a great feeling afterwards. The feeling of peace within.


Survivors are due to give evidence in the months ahead, they're urging


thousands more to break their silence to help protect children in


care night. A man from North Lanarkshire has


been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a number


of dogs and selling Christopher Gorman had been keeping


the animals in his back yard Dirty, covered with excrement. The


disgusting conditions in which Christopher Gorman kept his dogs.


Filmed by a BBC Scotland report in January in 2016 as part of an


investigation into the illegal trade of dogs. Little wonder the animals,


which is a defence lawyer said all had names, picked up infections.


Today, Gorman was found guilty of ten offences, including causing


unnecessary suffering and selling dogs without a licence. This


Scottish SPCA inspector needs to remain anonymous. It took three


occasions of attending his address and seizing dogs before he finally


desisted so we welcome the fact that hopefully he will not cause any more


dogs to suffer. The Scottish SPCA carried out a series of raids,


alerted by buyers who bought dogs but became sick. So many with scabs


and scars over the years and their head. Let's found conjunctivitis.


Their paws were raw. This is about putting profit before the welfare of


the animal. And the single biggest issue that affected Mr Gorman was


how much money he would make that he didn't care what effect that had on


the dogs, psychologically and physically. Each time the SSPCA took


the animals away, undaunted, Gorman acquired more of them, operating as


a pet shop without licence. In total, 45 were seized. Pedigree


mastiffs, the SPCA said Maud Watts mastiffs, the SPCA said Maud Watts


-- some of them would sell for more than ?1500. The sheriff said some


dog suffered unnecessarily and to a great extent and that was illegal.


One dog had suffered so badly, it had to be put down. He said the


offences were so serious that all options were open to him and prison


was a possibility. Christopher Gorman, who the Crown says has


assets over ?1.2 million, will be sentenced next month. The SSPCA say


they have families waiting to take the dogs, love them and look after


them properly. Willie Rennie has told BBC Scotland


that his party is set to make "great progress"


in the election in Scotland. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader


was speaking after he published his This from our political


editor Brian Taylor. Scotland's capital, covered in


sunshine, as if it was not tough enough to get people to focus on


politics. But easing through the lunchtime crowd, Willie Rennie


thinks he has found the formula. Picking apart his party 's logo, he


says the final Brexit deal must be put to another referendum. With the


option of staying in the EU. But a second referendum on Scottish


independence? That is a bird that will not fly. The SNP need to focus


on the day job, that is why the Lib Dems are saying clearly that were


against a second device of referendum. The launch is at the


Edinburgh offices of the charity help the mind. The Lib Dems would


boost spending on mental health with Scotland's share of an extra penny


tax on dividends. MPs cannot alter income tax because that is devolved.


The Lib Dems would enter the 1% pay cap which has affected public sector


employees and keep the triple lock on pensions, which gives a short


increase at a certain level. They would provide guarantees to EU


residence in Scotland. Largely aimed at helping universities. Post well,


they would help the north-east to diversify and they paint a picture


of a struggling economy, promising to boost growth and eliminating the


day-to-day deficit by 2020. They said they would make a positive case


for immigration but can they gain ground here? In key seats across


Scotland, Lib Dems facing the SNP, that is a direct contest and I know


we will make great progress, we will grow in this election because we are


crucial to stopping that second device of independence referendum


before it starts. But of course, these UK wide elections are fought


street by street. The Lib Dems hope that pavement politics will work for


them once more. Elsewhere in the election campaign,


a health think-tank has warned that tens of thousands of UK pensioners


living abroad could come home for NHS treatment unless the Brexit


deal secures continued access to EU Here's our political


correspondent, Glenn Campbell. This pretty village in the wine


producing region of France has been home to Brian and Hillary for the


last eight years. But Brexit has made them feel uncertain about their


future here. We are extremely worried but the consequences will be


that if we cannot have some health cover here, I cannot see that we


could afford private health insurance and the consequences would


be that we would have to return to the UK. The health think tank The


Nuffield Trust says 190,000 UK pensioners in other EU countries.


The UK government contributes around ?500 million each year towards their


health care. But it estimates it would cost the NHS, including NHS


Scotland, another ?500 million to look after them if Brexit forced


them to return home. So not everyone who leaves these shores to retire in


even sunnier parts of the EU is going to come home, even if Brexit


means we do not get a new deal on health care. And if we no longer pay


for full membership of the EU, that could also free up some extra cash


to spend on the public services like the NHS. For the SNP, health care is


a snapshot of Brexit problems to come. Whatever some might wish for.


Sex! With voters in Fife, Nicola Sturgeon said UK ministers could not


escape their responsibilities. We have a government that still cannot


answer basic questions on what they are seeking to achieve and how they


are going to help our public services and our economy deal with


the applications of Brexit. The Lib Dems said if there is a bad Brexit


deal, voters should have the chance to reject it. There are no easy


fixes to the issues Brexit razors, according to the Labour Scottish


leader, campaigning in Glasgow. This is a sorry mess caused by the Tory


gamble on the hard Brexit. If you vote for Labour, you have a party


focused on jobs, investment in the economy and investing in the NHS.


That is the choice. But on a farm in Angus, the Conservative leader


insisted her party is best placed to negotiate with the EU. This report


shows we need to get the Brexit deal right and this election will decide


who it is that sits across the table from 27 European countries to get


that good deal for Britain. Do you want that to be Theresa May Jeremy


Corbyn? Whoever ends up negotiating rights for UK citizens living in the


EU will probably have to guarantee similar rights to those from EU


countries who choose to move to the UK.


Jeremy Corbyn has changed his mind, and will now take part in tonight's


The Prime Minister Theresa May will not be there.


Our Westminster correspondent David Porter will be


Welcome to the magnificent surroundings of Senate House


Cambridge, part of the University of Cambridge. This is a venue more used


to holding graduation ceremonies but tonight it is the venue for the


BBC's seven we leaders debate and as you say, in terms of the dynamics,


they have changed because Jeremy Corbyn will take part and Theresa


May says she will not. Her place will be taken by Amber Rudd, the


Home Secretary. The SNP is represented by its Deputy Leader,


Angus Robertson. The first time he will take part in the UK wide debate


in this general election. All of the candidates will hope to achieve


three things, to get their point across, not make any mistakes and


try to win over undecided voters. With just over one week left until


polling day, they will want to make sure that they are on top form and a


reminder that you can see that debate on BBC One Scotland starting


at 7:30pm this evening. Thank you for that.


Almost nine out of ten people with cancers like stomach and brain


tumours in Scotland will die within five years of diagnosis.


Compared with other cancers, survival rates


Campaigners blame a lack of research funding and are calling


Here's our health and social care correspondent, Shelley Jofre.


Heather was looking forward to a career in the music industry that


she began to get bad headaches. At 25, she did not imagine she had a


brain tumour, and now the did her doctor. I ended up going to four


different doctors before they sent me for the MRI scan. How long did it


take to get the diagnosis? It must have been 15 months. Thereabouts.


That is an incredibly long time. Yes. It is too long. That is why I


am so passionate about raising awareness because the diagnosis


Times are terrible. In the last 40 years, the survival rate for


breast-cancer has doubled, it has travelled for prostate cancer buffer


cancers like Heather's, the outlook is poor. 7000 deaths every year in


Scotland are caused by just six cancers, brain, liver, lung,


pancreatic, oesophagus and stomach. There is just 12% chance of


surviving five years or from diagnosis. At this cancer centre in


the West of Scotland, they are searching brain and pancreatic


cancer but some are simply harder to spot and others. If you have cancer


in your pancreas, that is right in the middle of your abdomen, towards


the back, you may not be aware of that. Until it is quite advanced,


when it causes symptoms, whereas in the breast or the skin, it might


become more obvious earlier in the course of that disease and if it


presents earlier, we have more opportunities to treat. Campaigners


for the sixth least survivable cancers teamed up at Holyrood


earlier to lobby MSPs, saying they are the poor relation when it comes


to funding. I think the lack of research funding is a big issue,


with only 17% of common cancer research funding going to the less


survivable groups so we need to see an increase to make sure we drive up


survival rates. Heather is now living one day at a time, knowing


others in her position sadly have not survived so long.


You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.


The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry opens with apologies


from organisations which ran childen's homes.


Taking the plunge - an unusual waterborne


performance for the start of an international arts festival.


Campaigners have gathered outside the Scottish Parliament to highlight


The protestors handed in tens of thousands


of consultation responses urging the Scottish Government to ban


A public consultation on hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil


A moratorium is in place until ministers have


They're Scotland's most iconic bird, yet a new study has found that


almost a third of all golden eagles have been killed under


The investigation looked at satellite-tagged birds


but ministers say the levels of persecution they found are likely


Our rural affairs correspondent, Kevin Keane, reports.


They other majestic inhabitants of our skies but birds like golden


eagles and hen harrier 's and goshawks are being threatened by


persecution. Now, this copper head of study of the most iconic of those


species has been completed. The result is that one in every three


satellite tagged golden eagles have been killed under suspicious


circumstances is startling. The environment Secretary, visiting an


animal mortality laboratory in Perth, announcing new problems to


tackle the problem, including a review of the impact of management


practices and more police resources in key areas. Eradicating crime is


an ideal but whether we can manage that is different. What we are


trying to do here is reduced the circumstances in which people feel


that criminal activity is necessary or required. These six areas of


Scotland have been highlighted, with the disappearance of birds has been


recorded in clusters. The report ruled out a range of other possible


explanations for these bird fatalities, from the satellite tags


themselves causing the deaths through to disorientation from local


wind farms. RSPB Scotland has been increasingly frustrated in recent


months, this obvious act of wildlife crime resulted in the case against a


gamekeeper being dropped when the video was deemed inadmissible in the


court. But today, the charity welcomed the findings. To be honest,


it bankrupts them if that persecution of raptors has been in


steady decline for the past 20 years, something that is regularly


said by representatives of the land management sector. What they need to


do is acknowledge the scale of this problem. The Scottish gamekeepers


Association has described the report as difficult reading but insists


progress is being made. Now back to the election,


and the dominant issue of Scottish politics over the last few


years - independence. East Renfrewshire is a part


of the country where the issue is playing a central role


in the campaign, at least Our political correspondent,


Nick Eardley, is travelling around the country and joins us now


from the constituency. Good evening, Nick. Sally, good


evening from Clarkston. East Renfrewshire is a part of the


country that voted firmly against independence back in 2014, but


despite that the following year for the first time it elected an SNP MP.


This time around Labour and the Tories are playing the Constitution


card card in an attempt to win that seat away from the Nationalists. --


playing the Constitution card hard. But what role is the threat of a


second independence referendum having on people's Mes? Teeing off


at Whitecraigs Golf Club, one of several members courses in East


Renfrewshire. -- on people's minds? I suppose like the politics, it is


quite interchangeable? The Tories and Labour have both enjoyed success


here, but in 2015 the SNP won it for the first time, so will independence


be on people's minds next week? I think they are totally against it in


this area. I like the idea of it but I am worried about the fishing


site... Independence is the key issue for Tories and here, 63% voted


no, they think people want a change MP. We have an MP who has done


little to nothing other than agitate for a second independence


referendum. Why do you have a bigger mandate to block one than they have


to hold one? We are on the side of the majority public opinion in


Scotland. There is no split in the Unionist vote so that when it is put


to people they should know it is the Conservatives and only then who can


stand up for the Union. But he is not the only Unionist in town. Blair


McDougall leather No campaign in 2014. They are sending a strong


signal against a second referendum and I will back that. If they want


to elect someone who can clap legacy will for Theresa May and whatever


she does with a hard Brexit, or they could vote for someone who is going


to protect jobs. It is not all golf clubs and Unionism here, though.


Along the road past Scotland's biggest onshore wind farm is


Neilston, and this is a social enterprise cafe helping the


community stay active. The boss here things people are worried about more


than independence. I think people are worried about the day-to-day,


survival at a day-to-day level, income for their families, changes


to welfare, things happening in hospitals and the social care


invocations. What do the punters think? I would always fought


pro-independence whatever. I will be voting for Labour. But I was


pro-independence. But the Labour candidate there is very and the


Independent? You would still vote for him? Yes. Kirsten Oswald won is


SNP here in 2015. It is a dream for her like many of her colleagues, but


is it a focus? People are concerned about Brexit, unhappy with Theresa


May and how she is dealing with Brexit. There is no doubt the


Scottish Parliament has a mandate for a second independence


referendum. I think my job as an MP is very much focused on the needs


and wants of the people in the local area. I think what we are offering


is a very clear message that we are both for Scotland in the UK and the


UK as part of Europe. This is a constituency that really wants to


see Scotland and the UK in Europe. It will be next week before we know


which way the politics is heading, but back at the golf club, a little


more success reading the green. Ukip has published its Scottish


general election manifesto. It says its priorities


are to encourage Scots to stay in Scotland,


build their businesses The party also says there should be


no second independence referendum and that both Scotland and the rest


of the UK must fully The party is fielding ten


candidates in Scotland. The main message is we want taxes no


higher than the rest of the UK, to make sure we are competitive. We


want to stay in the UK and get out of the EU single market so we can


make trade treaties with the world so we can get more jobs, so we can


do business with the growing areas of the world, because we can't do


that when we are still in with those 27 other states, and it doesn't suit


us. The glamour of the Cannes Film


Festival may seem miles away from a children's festival


in Edinburgh, but one award-winning actor from Denmark


was determined to appear at both. Claes Bang had agreed


to perform at the Edinburgh International Children's Festival


before his latest film won Our arts correspondent,


Pauline McLean, reports. You might describe it as immersive


theatre, the sort of thing usually in at a more mature theatre-goer,


but this sell-out show is aimed at four-year-olds. We have a work from


Germany where the audience sit around a swimming pool and observe


the performance through see-through portals, ands I suppose you would


call them dancers in the water, creating this very atmospheric


meditative work. I just turned 13 and was having dinner with my


parents at the kitchen table when our punch landed on my right cheek.


Nor does the work shy away from hard subjects like bullying. This show,


Evil, was selected by young people in the Craigmillar area of


Edinburgh, which is why its Danish star was determined to get here,


despite a clash at the Cannes Film Festival, where his work won the


latest prize. We agreed it should come and I am a man of my word, but


the festival was really nice and I sort of changed my schedule here so


I could attend the awards ceremony in Sunday in Cannes, otherwise I


would not have been able to be there. I am doing three shows today


and I have not done that ever, not even in Danish, so it will be


interesting to see if I can get through it. For many Scottish


companies, the festival has offered an important platform for children's


Theatre. It is because it doesn't dumb down to kids, make it silly.


There is a real sophistication that all the adults in the theatre can


enjoy the work just as much as the children. And with shows from nine


countries across main days, there is something for everyone, whatever


your age. As long as you're prepared to take the plunge and try something


new. Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh. Now, the Ultimate Fighting


Championship comes to The sport, based on Mixed Martial


Arts - also known as MMA - has become hugely popular around


the world in recent years. The homegrown stars are hopeful UFC


will become an Olympic event The tough talking world of UFC is


strolling into town. Who can land the knockout blow? Be honest, what


is the biggest draw this year? Better looking, bigger, we hit


harder. Nobody knows who this guy is yet! Stevie Ray was on the bill the


last time UFC came to Glasgow back in 2015. The sport has become hugely


popular and Ray is hopeful one day it could feature at the Olympic


Games. I can see it happening in the future, hopefully. MMA is a mixture


of judo, an Olympic sport, wrestling, an Olympic sport, and


boxing, an Olympic sport, and MMA allows you to do all of them. The


last time UFC was here in Glasgow back in 2015, tickets for the Hydro


sold out in just 25 minutes. The sport might not be to everyone's


taste but there is no doubt there is a huge appetite for it out there.


Everyday it is getting bigger. UFC in Scotland has grown in the last


few years, from recently having some Scottish guys in the UFC, to myself,


it is getting bigger and will only get bigger. Would you see it is any


more brutal than boxing? I would say that boxing is more brutal. In MMA


we are looking at the whole body, so it is your arms and legs and not


just your head. And obviously you have the grappling side of things,


so we go to ground and it is not a lot of contact on the head. I would


see boxing is more brutal, but maybe people would argue with that. What


can't be argued with is the popularity. Tickets are likely to


fly out the door for sport seriously on the up.


Time to get the latest on the forecast after a lovely day.


Coming in a few hours, though, Sally. Yes, last day of the


meteorological spring and it was a cracker. 21 degrees in the capital,


really very pleasant indeed. More cloud building in the south-west at


the moment but plenty of blue sky photos from our Weather Watchers.


Good day in Angus. And this evening there is still some sunshine on the


cards. These are the charts. Dry, cloud building, the breeze starting


to increase round the south-west. There is a change on the way, but it


should remain dry overnight, low cloud around the south-west coast


and the hills. A mild night. Tebbits in double-digits in towns and cities


and the countryside a bit cooler. -- temperatures in double digits. This


weather front is then pushing off the Atlantic reaching around about


the spine of the country lunchtime to mid-afternoon, so turning cloudy


and wet for sum. This is mid-afternoon. Temperatures middle


to high teens. Wet further west and south-west. North of the Central


Belt, any rain is fairly light and patchy and most likely focused in


the West. Temperatures not far off what we had today but it will feel


cooler with that cloud and rain. That wet weather is still with us


this time tomorrow night, but it is pulling away slowly. However, not


done just yet, because if we move out and take a look, you can see


that front there, waving weather front, so it is coming back on


Friday. And Friday starts cloudy and damp, mostly likely in the east, but


then it hopefully clears away and will brighten up to sunshine and


showers by the afternoon, so a reversal of the conditions we have


tomorrow. Cloudy wet start improving by afternoon. Temperatures once


again mid-teens. That theme of sunshine and showers sticks around


for the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday in between these two areas of


low pressure. So some sunshine at times but also a few showers to go


with that as well. That is your forecast.


Now a reminder of tonight's main news.


-- And that's all from Reporting Scotland for now.


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