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More than 1,900 offences of possessing indecent images
of children have been recorded by Police Scotland in
The NSPCC, which obtained the figures, is calling on internet
companies to do more to tackle the problem and for greater
Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson, reports.
These are the images of some of the paedophiles convicted
recently of possessing indecent images of children.
PhD student James Hudson was jailed last June for 18 months.
Police IT worker Barry Rankin had more than 300,000 indecent
images on his computer and is serving five years.
Paedophile David Logan was placed on the six offenders register
for ten years at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.
In the past three years Police Scotland has recorded more
than 1900 offences of possessing indecent child images,
that's well over the total for the Metropolitan Police,
Last year saw a 17% rise in offences in Scotland compared to 2014.
Police Scotland says it's because they are taking a proactive
For the past three years Police Scotland have been committed
to keeping children safe and part of that key priority has been
to tackle the emerging national threat that we now recognise
as being the threat of online child sexual abuse.
Because of that it is indicative of the increase.
Children's charities are calling on the digital industry to commit
significant expertise and resources to prevent the publication
We know that a lot of grooming and sharing of images takes place
via social media and we think there is a lot more the industry
could do to tackle this kind of offending via their platforms.
A lot of the harmful images children come across come via social media
and it's quite unregulated so we want the industry to step up
to do more to make sure they are protecting children as much
Earlier this year police seized computers in a major operation
which led to 77 arrests and the recovery of 30
The NSPCC which obtained today's figures through freedom
of information said they clearly show a growing problem of people
A conduct hearing has heard the social worker assigned
to murdered toddler Liam Fee failed to take necessary steps
Child Protection Team leader Karen Pedder has been giving
evidence to the Scottish Social Services Council in Dundee.
Karen Pedder was Lesley Bates's manager in the child protection team
in Fife and she said they had an extremely high caseload
but that Lesley Bates was no higher than anybody else.
She acknowledged there were internal divisions within their team but says
she encouraged her staff to act professionally and not be childish
Lesley Bates had been assigned as a social worker to Liam Fee.
He was killed by his mother in March.
Miss Bates faces several charges involving 13
During the trial Karen Pedder gave evidence and said Liam had
dropped off the radar because his social worker had gone off sick.
Today Karen Pedder told the conduct hearing at the Scottish social
services council in Dundee she believed Lesley Bates had not
She said despite concerns she didn't have specific systems in place
She said she tended to keep lots of information on her
head speaking to staff at regular supervisory meetings.
She was asked why it was that with vulnerable children at risk nothing
She said Bates was charged with doing that.
Lesley Bates has chosen not to appear at the
hearing and faces being struck off the social work register.
The Serious Case Review is being carried out
into the failings of social services in Fife to protect Liam Fee.
A total of 1,000 Syrian refugees are now living in Scotland.
It follows the arrival of 120 more refugees last week.
John McManus reports from an Edinburgh community centre
where some of the new arrivals are being taught English.
This is the reality of life in Syria, a country which has now
been at war with itself for five years.
There is no sign the various factions will lay
For some of those who have escaped like these refugees taking English
classes today in Edinburgh, Scotland's generosity
Passing the 1,000 person mark means that Scotland has taken
about a third of the entire UK total of refugees from Syria
English lessons are just one of the classes that refugees
It is a skill they will need to get their heads around to become
proficient in if they want to make a success of their time in Scotland.
But one of those who has come from Syria says he may
When Syria will be good I will come back, yes.
My sisters and my brother are in Syria now.
He has worked in telecoms and sales, skills that Scotland can use.
But does the government think the new arrivals
It's important people from all different faiths, backgrounds
We have a good record of that in Scotland.
There is always more work to do and that's
where the Scottish Government invests heavily in community
Angela Constance won't put an upper limit on the number of refugees
Syrians are now living in almost all of the country's
As this thank you letter to the First Minister
shows they are profoundly grateful for the safe haven
Perhaps inevitably, though, the Scottish weather
John McManus, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.
A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident
in which a toddler fell from a flat window in South Lanarkshire.
Emergency services were called to Kirkwood Street, in Rutherglen,
The two-year-old boy was taken to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth
University Hospital where he's still believed to be
Doubts remain over the Army's future use of a 250-year-old former
The SNP has concerns that Fort George at Ardersier,
near Inverness, is to stop functioning as a barracks as part
It currently a base for soldiers of the Black Watch.
The Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he could not confirm at this
stage the military's future use of the barracks.
The MoD is engaged in a widescale review of all it promises across the
United Kingdom. It isn't going to make any statement about any
individual premises until that review is complete. I don't think
negative speculation is particularly helpful because it's always easy to
suggest that a particular base is going to close, knowing the MoD
isn't going to be able to deny that until the review is complete.
The Scottish Labour leader has launched her alternative
programme for government, five days before the First Minister
lays out her plans for the new parliamentary year.
Kezia Dugdale says she's putting forward a "serious agenda
"for change" with 13 proposed bills, including an education bill to help
close the attainment gap and a law to ban fracking.
The SNP say Labour's actual programme for government
was rejected by voters in May's election, but Ms Dugdale
insists she's focussing on what matters to people.
The SNP once again have announced they are going to have a campaign
for independence and I actually think Nicola Sturgeon should go back
to the Parliament next week and focusing on the bread-and-butter
issues affecting Scottish people, the quality of schools, NHS,
the care elderly people get, how to eradicate fuel
Those are just three of the programmes we have
on our bill put forward to the Parliament next week
reflecting what Scottish people want and moving away
It's more than two months since the European Union referendum.
And the focus now is very much on how and when Brexit
But the Electoral Reform Society has been looking back at the campaign
and today released a highly critical report, saying there were "glaring
"democratic deficiencies" with voters left
I'm joined from Holyrood by our political
The Electoral Reform Society examining the campaign up until June
23 vote, they've been looking at the leave camp and remain camp and the
terror into them. They say their campaigns were ill informed,
negative and dominated by big political beasts on each side. So,
they say reforms should be put in place in case there is another
referendum, whenever that may be, so, to that end, they suggest
allowing 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to vote so people get engaged
in the political process, as they did in Scotland in 2014. They want a
six-month campaign for the actual running up into the referendum
period. It was only for McManas for the EU referendum. And they want an
adjudication for the claims and counterclaims of both sides. That
might be a hard one to instead. They praise the Scottish referendum by
contrast and say Scotland became a hotbed of political spaces up and
down the country. The SNP have welcomed that, criticising the UK
Government. Of course, speaking to unionists, they say, hang on, don't
get carried away. They claim the independence referendum was negative
and divisive, and they say they were glad to see the back of it. At the
end of the day, one has to be realistic, one has to be pragmatic
about politics. It can be a brutal and sometimes a pretty miserable
business. Well, it's over to the weather
outlook for tonight and tomorrow. Good evening. Most of us have had
some spells of rain so far today. That continues to clear bubble away
during tonight to leave largely dry conditions with some cloud spells.
Just a few showers affecting the north-west primarily and a fairly
mild might come for most of us, too. Tomorrow brings us a mixture of
sunshine and showers, the showers initially heaviest and most frequent
across the north-west, becoming more widespread through the course of the
day. Taking a closer look at 4pm tomorrow, some heavy and at times
frequent showers across the Western Isles across much of the Highlands,
and the Northern Isles, two, with the old rumble of thunder,
temperatures 15-17. Plenty of sunshine across the Northeast and
just a few showers. In the sunshine inland, temperatures reached 21
Celsius, not too bad for this time of year at all. Through much of
central and southern Scotland, a lot of dry weather to come with some
showers with highs of 18. For the rest of the UK tomorrow afternoon,
for Northern Ireland, a similar story to Scotland with sunshine and
showers. It's an improving picture across north in England and Wales.
The south-east, however, holding onto cloudy conditions with light
and patchy rain and highs of 21. On tomorrow evening, showers continue
towards the west and north-west, then as we head into Saturday, we
have low pressure in charge and we then as we head into Saturday, we
are expecting heavy rain to reach our shores. At this stage, the rain
will push through Wales. Northern Ireland will have a mixture of
sunshine and showers were the top temperature of 19 in Scotland. On
Sunday, the low pressure remains in charge, fairly cloudy with showers
at times, too. Our next update is during Breakfast
at 6:25am tomorrow. But, from everyone on the late team
here in Glasgow and around