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The Scottish child abuse inquiry begins with a vigil for victims

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who've died and a call from survivors for better

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

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Scotland has changed. Child abuse has changed.

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An unlicensed dog breeder faces prison after being found

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guilty of causing these animals unnecessary suffering.

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90% of Scots diagnosed with the most lethal cancers

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die within five years - now there are calls

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The Scottish Liberal Democrats launch their manifesto promising

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to block a second independence referendum.

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

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but a third of all golden eagles are killed under

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The Scottish child abuse inquiry has heard a succession of apologies

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from a variety of organisations that provided residential care.

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Christian and charity-run homes acknowledged the pain and suffering

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endured by youngsters, stretching back decades.

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Our reporter Morag Kinniburgh was there as the public hearing

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phase of the far-reaching investigation got

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

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

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

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

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

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

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has suffered a series of resignations and criticism over its

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

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Western residential care. They suffered some terrible treatment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the children abused. The Catholic community in Scotland has an

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overwhelming sense of shame that these abhorrent crimes are in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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thousands more to break their silence to help protect children in

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care night. A man from North Lanarkshire has

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been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a number

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of dogs and selling Christopher Gorman had been keeping

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

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disgusting conditions in which Christopher Gorman kept his dogs.

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

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

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

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

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unnecessary suffering and selling dogs without a licence. This

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Scottish SPCA inspector needs to remain anonymous. It took three

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occasions of attending his address and seizing dogs before he finally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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them properly. Willie Rennie has told BBC Scotland

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that his party is set to make "great progress"

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in the election in Scotland. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader

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was speaking after he published his This from our political

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editor Brian Taylor. Scotland's capital, covered in

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

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politics. But easing through the lunchtime crowd, Willie Rennie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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crucial to stopping that second device of independence referendum

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

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

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them once more. Elsewhere in the election campaign,

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

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living abroad could come home for NHS treatment unless the Brexit

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deal secures continued access to EU Here's our political

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correspondent, Glenn Campbell. This pretty village in the wine

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

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

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

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

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could afford private health insurance and the consequences would

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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escape their responsibilities. We have a government that still cannot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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countries who choose to move to the UK.

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

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The Prime Minister Theresa May will not be there.

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Our Westminster correspondent David Porter will be

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Welcome to the magnificent surroundings of Senate House

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

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

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

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they have changed because Jeremy Corbyn will take part and Theresa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tumours in Scotland will die within five years of diagnosis.

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Compared with other cancers, survival rates

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Campaigners blame a lack of research funding and are calling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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am so passionate about raising awareness because the diagnosis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the West of Scotland, they are searching brain and pancreatic

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

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

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

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

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

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presents earlier, we have more opportunities to treat. Campaigners

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for the sixth least survivable cancers teamed up at Holyrood

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

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

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

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

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

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others in her position sadly have not survived so long.

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You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.

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The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry opens with apologies

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from organisations which ran childen's homes.

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Taking the plunge - an unusual waterborne

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performance for the start of an international arts festival.

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Campaigners have gathered outside the Scottish Parliament to highlight

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The protestors handed in tens of thousands

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of consultation responses urging the Scottish Government to ban

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A public consultation on hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil

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A moratorium is in place until ministers have

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

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almost a third of all golden eagles have been killed under

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The investigation looked at satellite-tagged birds

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but ministers say the levels of persecution they found are likely

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Our rural affairs correspondent, Kevin Keane, reports.

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They other majestic inhabitants of our skies but birds like golden

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

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

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

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satellite tagged golden eagles have been killed under suspicious

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circumstances is startling. The environment Secretary, visiting an

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animal mortality laboratory in Perth, announcing new problems to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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explanations for these bird fatalities, from the satellite tags

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themselves causing the deaths through to disorientation from local

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wind farms. RSPB Scotland has been increasingly frustrated in recent

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

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gamekeeper being dropped when the video was deemed inadmissible in the

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

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it bankrupts them if that persecution of raptors has been in

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

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

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

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Association has described the report as difficult reading but insists

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progress is being made. Now back to the election,

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and the dominant issue of Scottish politics over the last few

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years - independence. East Renfrewshire is a part

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of the country where the issue is playing a central role

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in the campaign, at least Our political correspondent,

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

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

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evening from Clarkston. East Renfrewshire is a part of the

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country that voted firmly against independence back in 2014, but

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

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This time around Labour and the Tories are playing the Constitution

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

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

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

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

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

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quite interchangeable? The Tories and Labour have both enjoyed success

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

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

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

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

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

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little to nothing other than agitate for a second independence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Neilston, and this is a social enterprise cafe helping the

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

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

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

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to welfare, things happening in hospitals and the social care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scottish Parliament has a mandate for a second independence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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more success reading the green. Ukip has published its Scottish

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general election manifesto. It says its priorities

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are to encourage Scots to stay in Scotland,

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build their businesses The party also says there should be

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no second independence referendum and that both Scotland and the rest

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of the UK must fully The party is fielding ten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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us. The glamour of the Cannes Film

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Festival may seem miles away from a children's festival

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in Edinburgh, but one award-winning actor from Denmark

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was determined to appear at both. Claes Bang had agreed

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to perform at the Edinburgh International Children's Festival

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before his latest film won Our arts correspondent,

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Pauline McLean, reports. You might describe it as immersive

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

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

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Germany where the audience sit around a swimming pool and observe

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

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call them dancers in the water, creating this very atmospheric

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Championship comes to The sport, based on Mixed Martial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fly out the door for sport seriously on the up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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weather front is then pushing off the Atlantic reaching around about

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tomorrow. Cloudy wet start improving by afternoon. Temperatures once

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

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

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

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with that as well. That is your forecast.

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Now a reminder of tonight's main news.

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

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