30/08/2016 Reporting Scotland


30/08/2016

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Five Metropolitan police officers are facing misconduct investigations

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over a missing woman whose body was found on an Edinburgh

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The remains of Saima Ahmed who was from London,

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were found at Gogarburn golf club in January.

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Saima better home at Wembley Stadium exactly your ago today. Police

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claimed she took the train to Edinburgh, but they don't know how

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or why her remains came to be at the golf course.

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My mother was at home and she found out and she was hysterical

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and upset, before that you kind of had hope that maybe she is OK

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Her family said the Metropolitan Police ignored pleas to update

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The family say the Metropolitan Police ignored their pleas to

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upgrade the enquiry, meaning it was hard to access CCTV footage.

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From the time of her going missing to the remains being discovered,

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that has been the biggest significant challenge, the period

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of time between her going missing and her body being found and it

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significantly hampered us piecing together her journey from London.

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This morning, the IPCC announced that five Metropolitan Police

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officers were being investigated for misconduct and gross misconduct.

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Meanwhile, Police Scotland say they hope highlighting

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the anniversary of her disappearance will lead to fresh leads.

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One of the Scottish government's key economic advisers says the SNP's

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plan to keep the pound after independence may

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Later this week it's expected Nicola Sturgeon will relaunch

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the party's independence campaign, but Nobel prize-winning economist

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Joseph Stiglitz has urged Scotland to consider its own currency.

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The main opposition parties said Scotland should keep

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports.

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Which currency would shoppers like these ones in Glasgow use

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That is a question the SNP will be exploring as it looks again

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It is a question that matters, not just because of the type

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of money that comes out of machines like this.

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The currency a country uses affect trade and it affects how the cash

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In 2014 the Scottish Government argued for a currency union,

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sharing the pound we had with the rest of the UK.

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Now this man, a key adviser to Nicola Sturgeon, says that

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They wanted as smooth transition as possible.

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Keeping the currency and keeping other forms of institutions.

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I think in hindsight, that may have been a mistake.

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What else could be on offer if there is another vote on independence?

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The SNP and Joseph Stiglitz do not like that.

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Might Scotland have to revisit if it wants into the EU

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Then there is a new currency, the Scottish pound, Joseph Stiglitz

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reckons that could help boost the economy.

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What they would have needed to do is resurrect the Scottish

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Small countries can have their own currency.

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The Conservatives and Labour say that Joseph Stiglitz's

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comments show a fundamental problem with independence.

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Stay in the UK and keep the UK pound.

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The SNP says there will need to be proper debate before it

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changes that possession, but the Greens support

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an independent Scotland having its own currency.

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The First Minister still believes another referendum is highly likely.

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So too, future analysis of further options on the cash in your pocket.

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A hearing into the conduct of a social worker who dealt

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with the murdered Fife toddler Liam Fee has been told she decided

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child protection workers should not intervene

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A conduct hearing is examining charges against Lesley Bate

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involving a total of sixteen children.

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Leslie Baker is not attending the hearing this week, we heard more

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about her time as social worker with Fife Council's child protection

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team. -- Leslie Bate. One of our colleagues said Leslie Bate was

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asked to investigate concerns about the welfare of Liam. They have been

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raised by his childminder in 2013. She had been worried about bruises

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on the toddler including a massive bruise on his forehead, and she was

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concerned he may have been knocked unconscious. Leslie Bate visited the

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family home and accepted the mother of Liam's explanation and

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recommended no further social worker involvement. However, the

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childminder raised further concerns about an neck injury to Liam, and

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this Bate's manager asked her to speak to the childminder again to

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make a decision about whether to refer the case to the department.

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However, the colleague told the hearing that Leslie Bate had failed

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to follow up on the case, and there were no notes about it on the

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Council's computer systems. She described those as unacceptable

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feelings, and said that allegations of child abuse should have been

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followed up in a robust manner. Liam Fee died on March 20 14. He was

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murdered by his mother nature and her partner. Lesley Bate faces

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charges of failing to take the necessary steps to prevent actual or

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potential harm to children. The cases being heard by the Scottish

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services Council and is due to conclude on Friday. Lesley Bate as

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rolling quicker social work registration but does not admit any

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of the charges against her. Edinburgh Council has agreed to push

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forward with a cycle track. Supporters say it will boost fitness

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and improve air quality. Problems with mental health

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are not always associated But a survey of Scottish footballers

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has found that of 600 players questioned two thirds either had

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a mental health issue or knew a team BBC Scotland sport has learned

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of suicide attempts and players They are the sporting stars

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of Scotland's most popular game. New research shows that many

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are struggling with We surveyed SPFL players,

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we got a return of over 600. 64% of them either themselves

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or someone they knew closely, he made a friend, had mental health

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issues in the recent past. The perception is that

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footballers have enviable, Why are so many of them affected

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with mental health issues? They are young, active males,

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a group that engages less well Whilst we do have some footballers

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that earn a lot of money, the vast majority will be part-time,

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have two jobs, family issues, employment issues, the same worries

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that everybody else has. He was a hero to Aberdeen

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fans in the '90s but he reveals two suicide attempts

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amidst severe depression. I can remember waking up

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on the kitchen floor Neil Lennon struggled

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in his playing career. I would be in a room full of people

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and feel like the loneliest guy The only thing I wanted to do

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was lie in bed or shut myself away. Eventually, when I was taking

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the antidepressants, and they started to kick in,

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I slowly started seeing There is almost a fear of coming out

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and the stigma attached Footballers can say it is all right

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to say you are not OK, then we can encourage young men,

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who engage badly and have a high suicide risk, to come

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out and accept help. A new programme will be offered

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to players and clubs There will be no Scots in this

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year's European Ryder Cup team after Russel Knox from Inverness

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failed to make Darren It's the first time since 2010

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that the country hasn't The captain about to announce his

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wild-card picks. My second wild-card

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is Martin Kaymer. No place to Scots

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contender Russell Knox. He narrowly missed out on one

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of nine performance-based automatic Now, he's missed out

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on a captain's discragsry pick. There was a lot of competition

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for those picks. I'm sure Russell Knox will be

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disappointed and angry. Everyone picked is lower

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in the world rankings than he is. Knox has lost out to Lee Westwood,

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the world number 46. Martin Kaymer, ranked

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at 50 and rookie Thomas I phoned Russell yesterday

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to give him the information is one of the toughest phone

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calls I've had to make. Some people say he

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deserved the position. I've always been

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a Thomas Pieters fan. From the roaring 20s to the 21st

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Century, Scots golfers have played Now it's over to Kirsteen

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with the weather outlook Thanks. Good evening. It has been a

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lovely day across much of the country with top temperatures of 25

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Celsius in Fife. Not bad. Tonight is looking cloudy with outbreaks of

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rain, moving west to east. A breezy nights to come, and mild

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temperatures around 11-12. Start tomorrow with some rain across

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eastern areas. But quickly that will pull away. Around eight o'clock

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tomorrow. For much of southern and central and eastern Scotland and is

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looking dry with spells of rightness. Some sunshine for a time

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as well. Across western coastal areas we will have risk

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south-westerly winds which will already be driving in a number of

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showers of tomorrow morning. Some showers across the northern isles as

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well stop the best of the bravest and sunshine tomorrow morning will

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be in the east. As we go through the day, in texture of sunshine and

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showers across Scotland. The heaviest and most frequent will be

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in the West, and we'll see some showers across Northern Ireland as

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well. In weather front will push through England and Wales, gradually

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fizzling out as it moves into the south-east. Behind that some dry

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weather, brightness and a scattering of showers. A fresher feel for all

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of us tomorrow, with temperatures in the mid-to high teens, peaking

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around 24 Celsius across the south-east. Believing period across

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Scotland will continue along the theme of sunshine and showers being

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driven in on risk south-westerly winds. As we head into thirsty we

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will have a ridge of high pressure which will allow some settled and

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largely dry conditions for a time, although this whether front will

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begin to move in during the course of the day across Northern Ireland,

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and eventually across western Scotland as well. For England and

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Wales a lot of dry and bright weather with some spells of sunshine

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and temperatures again mid to high teens for most of us with a high of

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24 in the south-east. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6:25 tomorrow morning.

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