27/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Police have charged the Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry

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Ms McGarry has been under investigation after the Women

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for Independence campaign group reported discrepancies

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The MP stood down from the SNP group at Westminster last year

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A report will now go to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Our political editor, Brian Taylor, has more details.

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Natalie McGarry, Scottish National Party, 24,000...

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May last year, triumph - Natalie McGarry ousted Margaret

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Curran of Labour in Glasgow East at the UK general election.

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It was part of a clean sweep for the SNP in Glasgow.

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Natalie McGarry was at Nicola Sturgeon's side to celebrate

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And the sense of uplift continued when Ms McGarry made

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her maiden speech in the House of Commons.

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I am privileged to be here, serving the people of Glasgow East.

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I was swept here on a tide of optimism.

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That tide seemed to turn when concerns were raised about

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funding within the campaign group Women for Independence.

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Natalie McGarry was a leading member.

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As those concerns emerged, Ms McGarry resigned the whip

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in December last year, determined, she said,

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Although no longer part of the SNP she has remained

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She even wore her wedding dress for a Commons photoshoot of female

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MPs after having her marriage blessed in a historic

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Enquiries continued and her solicitor said his client

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attended Govan police station this morning on a voluntary basis.

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He said following an interview the MP

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was charged with several alleged offences including embezzlement of

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funds, breach of trust, and an offence under the Scottish

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That is the statute which set out the rules

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It is understood the charges against Natalie McGarry relate both

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to Women for Independence and to the SNP Glasgow

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From the outset the MP has stressed her innocence.

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The first shipment of shale gas from America has arrived here -

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but the tanker has so far been unable to dock at Grangemouth

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But the fracked gas is highly controversial.

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The Scottish government has a moratorium on fracking

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while environmental studies take place.

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The plant's owners - INEOS - say it's good

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Here's our environment correspondent, Kevin Keane.

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A new dawn breaks over the North Sea.

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And a traditional water salute welcomes the first shipment of shale

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On the tip of the bow, a lone piper heralds the

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arrival of this controversial delivery.

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The petrochemical giant receiving it says it is necessary for jobs.

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It's cost effective today, and looking forward it will take

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some time to develop the shale gas industry in the UK.

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When that comes that's going to be a benefit.

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In the meantime we will secure jobs to get the business running.

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Ships come and go along the Firth of Forth but this

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one was always going to attract attention.

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And this is the iconic scene it's all about.

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27,500 cubic metres of shale gas about to

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disappear under the Forth Bridge on its way to Grangemouth.

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The controversial shipment was meant to arrive at the quayside

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with a fanfare, but high winds meant it couldn't dock.

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When it's finally off-loaded, the ethane will be fed

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into the many miles of pipes here, ultimately coming out as small

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No Scottish minister was there to greet the ship today,

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they are keeping their distance while their policy position on

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It is important that we have a moratorium in place while we

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in Scotland understand the science behind the proposed technology.

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It's not for the UK Government to tell the Scottish Government

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We are clear on our policy position in the rest of the UK.

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We believe there is significant economic benefit that can come from

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fracking, but in Scotland it is a matter for the Scottish Government.

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In the States shale gas has boosted the economy but not

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Seismic tremors and water pollution among the issues

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Here protesters gathered, albeit in small numbers, to reflect

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The impacts of fracking are devastating wherever it

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happens, and the refrain of the global anti-fracking movement is not

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For now the shale gas ship remains anchored in the Firth.

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It will make a fresh attempt to dock on tonight's high tide.

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A bin-lorry driver has admitted causing the death of an 80-year-old

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Scott Hamilton reversed a Stirling Council recycling lorry

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into a mobility scooter used by Peter Wills.

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At the High Court in Stirling, the 44-year-old was banned

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from driving immediately and will be sentenced in October.

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The offence carries a maximum penalty of five

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Scottish Labour is to get new powers to set its own policy

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and send a representative to the party's UK executive.

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The measures were agreed at the party's conference

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in Liverpool, despite claims part of the package was undemocratic.

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From Liverpool, here's our political correspondent,

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A vote she hopes will help Scottish Labour

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One that brought the party's power struggle to the fore.

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whether Ms Dugdale should get a seat on the UK executive.

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The package going forth will gerrymander the NEC and

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allow for the decision made at the weekend to be vetoed.

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That contested by Ms Dugdale's allies.

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An opportunity to close the door on our opponents who make

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the accusation that Scottish Labour cannot talk for Scotland.

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A challenge that ultimately ended in failure.

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Resolution one on NEC rule changes was carried.

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This is about more than who has a say on which body within

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The Scottish party spent years trying to fend off

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claims that it's controlled by London.

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And after days of wrangling here in Liverpool, this is a victory

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She's got the autonomy she craves and she has more

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A delighted Ms Dugdale says she'll take the seat

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It's the biggest change to how the Labour Party organises

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itself in a generation and it's been a long time coming.

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How do you now persuade the country to vote for you?

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I understand to a lot of people this might seem like navel gazing,

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internal to the Labour Party, but it is clear that the Labour Party

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speaks up for Scotland and puts Scotland first.

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Tomorrow this man will be beating the drum for his

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policies, but how closely will that be echoed by the Scottish party?

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The sister of a man accused of the murder of a restaurant worker

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in North Lanarkshire almost 20 years ago has told the High Court

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in Glasgow that he claimed to have got away with "the perfect murder".

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Margaret Chisholm was giving evidence at the trial

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He denies fatally stabbing Surgit Singh Chhokar in Overtown

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in North Lanarkshire in November 1998.

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Now - do we have a crisis in keeping doctors in general practice?

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It's a question MSPs have been discussing on the Health

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Committee today - with one in four practices

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The Health Secretary set out her vision for

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson, has been

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Each Tuesday this GP surgery in Edinburgh

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offers a handful of places on its patient list.

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I think it's quite degrading a wee bit, making

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When really you should be able to walk in when you want to register.

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It's the third unsuccessful attempt to join the practice for this

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I will say they are very uncompassionate.

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Doctors' leaders say the shortage of GPs is affecting the

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It will mean more pressure on hospital services,

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It means it's increasingly difficult for patients to register with

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We are beginning to see a situation where lack of GPs mean

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there may not be a GP available outside of hours.

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The Royal College of General Practitioners has

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launched a campaign to persuade more medical students like these at

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Aberdeen University to join the profession, emphasising it's not

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I don't really know what it is about community medicine,

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it's something you have to be passionate about to want to do.

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I suppose you probably get to know your patients a lot

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better in community medicine but I don't know.

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I like the idea that you get to do a bit of everything

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and build a community, build up a relationship with your patients,

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You get so many people, families, stuff like that.

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The GP crisis is especially acute in areas like Shetland.

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Here patients can be seen by an advanced nurse practitioner

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who can diagnose, prescribe and treat them without them seeing a

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It cuts down my costs, obviously, and probably, I would

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think, cuts down on the National Health Service costs.

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Because Chris, our community nurse, can come along

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and check me at his convenience and mine.

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government has developed to free up GP time,

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which is also seen as beneficial for patients.

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It's about the choice and a better environment

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I see the patients in their own homes which is a safe and

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The other option is for them to go and visit

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If we see them in their own home it frees up GP time.

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It is all about cost and feasibility.

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Nurses, pharmacists and other specialists are being recruited to

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work in GP practices, which the government says is part

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of an increased investment in primary care.

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Well, it's over to Christopher Blanchett now with the weather

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outlook for tonight and tomorrow...

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Good evening. One word sums up the weather for the next few days,

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windy. Low pressure pushing west to east and the north of the country

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bringing windy and fairly wet weather. By the end of the week,

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blustery showers. On the face of it it is a decent start to Wednesday,

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some morning sunshine around. Temperatures around 11 to 13 Celsius

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and at this stage winds moderate. The chance of one or two morning

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showers towards Inverness and the far north-west but they are light

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and well scattered. After the dry, find morning, things go downhill

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fairly rapidly. You can see behind me that area of rain sweeping its

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way inside and by late morning, lunchtime, meaning most areas

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getting fairly wet through the early afternoon. Pushing through Northern

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Ireland quite quickly, south of the border, dry and bright, some

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sunshine, quite warm in the south, into the low 20s. It will be windy

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and after the rain around lunchtime dryer through the afternoon, still

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cloudy, but holes in the cloud, temperatures up to 19 or 20 in the

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South West of Scotland. Another band of Wednesday evening moving

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eastwards. With it, windy again. You can see on the southern flank of

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that low front the tightly packed isobars, strong winds through

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Thursday. We have a yellow warning for disruption on the travel, not

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only the fairies but probably restrictions on bridges as well,

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gusts likely around the gale force to severe gale force category, with

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it blustery showers and a much cooler feel.

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The next update is from 6:25am tomorrow morning. From the

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