23/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


23/09/2016

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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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There's been a threefold rise in children being trafficked

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into Scotland, with the highest numbers from Vietnam.

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The BBC has also learnt that seven children subsequently

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disappeared from care, thought to have been taken

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has been to meet some of those who've been trafficked.

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This boy was sent to Scotland in the lorry when he was 15.

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As part of the journey, he remembers walking

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When he arrived, he had no idea what country

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TRANSLATION: In the early days, my mind was full

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Two of the Vietnamese boys he was with then disappeared.

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Because those two fled, I was even more scared.

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Figures obtained by the BBC show that over

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100 children have been trafficked into Scotland in the past six years,

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and more than half of them came from Vietnam.

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A quarter have been forced to work in cannabis plantations,

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More than 10% became domestic slaves behind closed doors.

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Others are on our high streets, forced to work in

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I think it is a growing problem because of the refugee

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It is the tip of the iceberg, because we only see those

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lucky enough to escape will be rescued from a situation.

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There are probably a lot of children we don't

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know about that are being exploited in different situations.

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For those trafficked into Scotland, the

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nightmare does not necessarily end once they escape.

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Seven Vietnamese children have since disappeared,

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thought to have been abducted by the very gangs

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That includes a 15-year-old, feared to have been abducted in Glasgow

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This boy's parents died when he was ten.

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A gang found him and forced to work a shoeshine boy.

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They then put him into the back of a lorry.

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We cannot show his face because he lives in fear of the

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TRANSLATION: A person brought a gun to threaten me.

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He asked me to stay inside, not make any noise.

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If someone hears me inside, they would

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They said if I don't work, they would kill me.

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Scotland is a long way from Vietnam, but experts

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say the global refugee crisis means the numbers trafficked here will

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continue to rise, and that more support is required to ensure that

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once rescued these children do not go missing again.

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A drink-driver has admitted causing the death of a woman in a crash,

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as she returned home from her son's wedding.

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Fifty-seven-year-old Marie Laurie had just got into a taxi

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with her husband, when it was hit by a car being chased

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Today the High Court in Glasgow heard that the driver,

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21 year old Steven Bennie, was travelling at eighty miles

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Steven Bennie, in the suit, was 20 years old in November last year,

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with only a provisional licence when, after drinking enough with

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friends to put him over the drink-drive limit, he refused to

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stop when police tried to pull him over.

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Marie Laurie had just got into

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a taxi with her husband, on their way home from her son's wedding.

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The court heard that after Steven Bennie,

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who was driving in an Astra, sped off from the police coming

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switched off his headlights and was driving at

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In the taxi, James was handing his wife, Marie Laurie,

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the flowers she had been given at the wedding.

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When Steven Bennie's car hit the taxi, it did so with

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such impact that the taxi spun round.

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Marie Laurie lost consciousness a few minutes later

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and despite the actions of the lease and paramedics, she died.

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Her husband survived but sustained multiple injuries including rib

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fractures and a laceration to his liver.

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Marie Laurie's family were

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clearly shocked when they heard the speed that

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I thought maybe 60 mph, but it set the

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whole family back when we heard that.

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It was his wedding that Marie Laurie had been at.

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The family are pleased that Steven Bennie has

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admitted his guilt and they can be left to grieve.

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Marie Laurie was a much loved mother, stepmother,

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My mum was just a very genuine woman.

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Steven Bennie was remanded in custody and will be sentenced

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The judge told him he will be given a prison sentence.

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Edinburgh council has ordered a survey of its buildings,

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following the closure of seventeen schools earlier this year

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Half a million pounds has been set aside for the checks on buildings

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constructed at about the same time as the schools.

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It started with the collapse of this wall, and similar construction flaws

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were discovered at other PFI schools in Edinburgh.

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Repairs done, pupils back in class, Edinburgh Council have now ordered a

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survey of other city buildings to check whether the problems are more

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The surveys will focus on building is built around the same

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time using a similar design model as the ones where problems have been

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The council are refusing to say exactly which buildings

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engineers will be looking at, but there are dozens on the list.

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Described as precautionary, ?500,000 has been set aside for work

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councillors hope will reveal nothing new.

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You can't rule it out and that

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is the reason for the survey, although so far the buildings are

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Nevertheless, it seems prudent, having discovered

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problems in the school buildings, to look at others with a similar

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design, to satisfy ourselves they are completely safe.

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Last month a BBC investigation revealed

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construction defects at schools elsewhere in Scotland.

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This architect believes others should

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follow Edinburgh's decision to look beyond the school estate.

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The incredible thing that Fiona Walker's

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investigation threw up was the extent, the possible extent

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of how many failings there are potentially

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The surveys are expected to take a few months.

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All the while, an independent enquiry

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into the school closures continues, with a report due by the end of the

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Rangers striker Kenny Miller has been arrested in connection

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with an alleged disturbance at a restaurant

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The incident happened at

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Da Luciano in Bothwell on Saturday the 10th of September -

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hours after Rangers lost 5-1 to Celtic.

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Police Scotland confirmed that a 36-year-old man had been arrested

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and was the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal.

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Let's get the weather outlook for tonight

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Thank you very much. Good evening. And unsettled weekend of whether to

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come. Tonight looks cloudy with further pulses of rain. Heavy and

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persistent rain across the North West especially and a windy night

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for all of us with strong, if not deal force southerly winds. Cloudy

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tomorrow, that rain keeps coming from the north-west. Gradually

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extending its way that bit further south and east. A Met Office yellow

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bee aware warning in force in the west throughout most of the day

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tomorrow due to be persisted and heavy nature of that rain. Some

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localised flooding possible. Hazardous driving conditions and

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those winds still strong and some destruction to ferry services

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likely. We do have some shelter with some drier, brighter conditions

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across the likes of the borders in towards Edinburgh. North Aberdeen

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shire and the Moray coast and given any brightness in the sunshine,

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temperatures will rise to around 19 Celsius here. Very much the

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exception to the rule, however, most of us cloudy and rainy. A clearance

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coming into words the Western Isles and sky towards the end of the

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afternoon. The wind is beginning to ease here too. Across the far North

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East at the Northern Isles, rather cloudy skies. Any rain we do seek

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you will be light and the wind will remain strong to gale force. For the

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rest of the UK tomorrow, that rain continues to track its way to

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Northern Ireland, eventually reaching the South West of England,

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possibly Wales. Further south and east of here, with that warm,

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southerly airflow, temperatures will be well above average for the time

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of year. And first Saturday evening and night coming eventually that

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rain clears way to the east and the winds will ease will stop on Sunday,

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it looks showery. That is the forecast.

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From everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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and around the country, goodnight.

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