29/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


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

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More than a ?100 million given to councils to pay for free

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childcare has not been spent on funding the programme.

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That's according to a government report.

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But the local authority umbrella body Cosla says the report

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is a "crude assessment that doesn't reflect the reality".

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Here's our political correspondent Lucy Adams.

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Increasing free childcare is one of the SNP's most

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The policy should offer all three- and four-year-old and vulnerable

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But the first analysis of its kind shows that

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has given local authorities ?329 million to spend on the policy,

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just ?189 million has been spent on child care.

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So what has happened to the remaining money

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and what impact has it had on families?

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You might have a place between 9 o'clock and 12.10.

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You can't pay to have your child there before or after.

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For most working parents that is unusable.

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So it is frustrating to hear there is funds available that

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haven't been spent and if we spent those could we have made

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The BBC has learned that ministers will publish a childcare blueprint

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to propose new models, including child accounts,

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under which funding follows the child and not the institutions.

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They will use this report to help cost the models.

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It has shown we have fully funded councils to deliver the expansion

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and now it is for councils themselves to account

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for what they have done in relation to additional spending.

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But it makes it clear where additional spending was requested,

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But Cosla said it is a crude assessment which shouldn't detract

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from the success of them providing 600 free hours to children and said

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that the government's own report said the gap

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The Scottish Government has promised to almost double

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The same amount of time children spend in school is expected to cost

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The hope is by then all the authorities will have

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Closing speeches have begun in the trial of a man accused

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of the 1998 murder of Indian restaurant worker Surjit Singh

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The prosecution has asked the jury to convict Ronnie Coulter,

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Ronny Coulter, the man accused of murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar,

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The prosecution said Surjit Singh Chhokar's death

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was a tragic tale which happened after the theft of a giro cheque.

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The prosecution said in 1998 Surjit Singh Chhokar was on his way

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home from work, looking forward to pleasant evening

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and he was confronted in the dark by three men, he was attacked,

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stabbed, killed, murdered and left in the street.

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He said the person responsible for that is Ronny Coulter -

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The jury heard Mr Coulter was tried and acquitted of murder in 1999.

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Mr Prentice said the outcome of that trial in relation to this

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The defending QC started his closing speech and said it was Mr Coulter's

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position that he did not stab Surjit Singh Chhokar and he told

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the jury that the trial had heard from atrocious

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And he said race had no place in the case.

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48-year-old Mr Coulter denies murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar,

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The Scottish Government has apologised after it emerged that

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payments to farmers have been hit by another error.

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The snag relates to loan payments - which were only introduced

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because IT problems undermined the main funding system.

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Farmers leaders said it was "deeply disappointing".

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Earlier, I put it to our political editor Brian Taylor that this

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was an embarrassing development in a long-running saga.

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Opposition leaders are furious and demanding a full Parliamentary

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statement by ministers at the earliest

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Bearing in mind what happened, they were due payments and they had

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to be processed by the Scottish Government and there were endless

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problems with the IT system, the money wasn't getting through.

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In comes a new minister who says we will sort this out

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and in the meantime bring in a loan system to provide support

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to farmers and guess what, the loan system has gone wrong

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in regard to payments due to be paid and hundreds

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This falls into the department of you couldn't make it up.

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The NFU said there have been moves to ensure the payments.

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Farmers will watch out and I have got to say I think, given earlier

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An SNP MP has been detained and questioned by police in relation

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Chris Law won the Dundee West seat for the nationalists

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Police Scotland say they detained a 46-year-old man

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who was released pending further enquiry.

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A source close to the MP says Mr Law has agreed to provide the police

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with further information and is confident the matter

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A search has been launched for an RAF serviceman

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from Dunfermline, who's been missing since the early hours

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Corrie McKeague, who's based at RAF Honington in Suffolk,

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was last seen in the town of Bury St Edmunds after a night out.

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CCTV footage suggests that the 23-year-old briefly slept

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in a doorway in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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A merchant navy cadet, who was stranded for weeks

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on a container ship off Singapore after the parent company went bust,

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has vowed to return to sea to complete his officer training.

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Ruaridh Hanna arrived back in Scotland today,

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A warning that Craig Anderson's report contains flash photography.

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Back on home soil after a few weeks, Ruaridh Hanna is greeted

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He said it was the uncertainty of their situation rather

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than conditions that caused them most concern.

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But he was taken aback by the welcome at Inverness airport.

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I can't believe so many people took on board our story

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It is quite flattering and also a bit embarrassing.

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He has another few months' training to go qualify as a deck officer.

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It made me take a hard look at the industry and any romantic

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vision of going to sea has been done away with.

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But as for putting me off, no, I'm still determined

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to complete my training and to become an officer.

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That is his choice and I would hope he would complete his training,

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because otherwise it would have been, you would say,

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a waste of time putting up with what he has put up

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So I'm proud that he has wanted to go back.

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The public is being urged to help solve the mystery of plans

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for a second RAIL bridge over the Forth.

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The drawings date back to 1945 but were only discovered recently.

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Historians are investigating a few theories about why

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the plans were made, but they want to find out more.

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Plans from 1945 were found in a box under a desk in Glasgow.

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They want to know why the designs were made and then dropped.

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We have a lot of drawings, but concentrating on the original

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construction of the bridge we see today.

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So this is a real mystery and why they were created,

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The second rail bridge would have been built downstream

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That is the time the V bombs were landing in London.

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My theory is they were thinking of more rail travel.

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The existing bridge was being heavily used and they

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Network Rail stress the original bridge remains in good health

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and there has not been a need to put the plans for a bridge coming over

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But it is keen to find out more about these alternative designs.

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Because the Forth Estuary does split Scotland badly

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From all those years ago, 71 years ago.

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Sometimes more than than they do now.

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Historians are asking for public help to solve the

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Let's get the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow

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Good evening. It was a real autumnal feel to today. Blustery showers,

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some sunshine, a few rainbows. The showers are still with us.

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Thundering across the North of England and the border but becoming

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confined to the central lowlands overnight and also a number for the

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Northern Isles where the winds remain strong. Elsewhere, winds are

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lighter than last night. If it's dry with clear conditions, good chance

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of catching the Northern lights. This picture was taken last night.

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To start the day tomorrow, certainly across central Scotland, cloudy with

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a few showers. North and south of here, bright morning sunshine,

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chilly in the countryside. A rash of showers across Orkney and Shetland.

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Through the course of the day, the cloudy Shari zone eases off with

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showers becoming more combine to Argyll and the West Coast.

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Elsewhere, some sunshine. Some sunshine south of the border, a few

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light showers. Not as breezy as today. Similar for Northern Ireland

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and for us by afternoon, similar conditions. Bright spells, a few

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light showers and the wind is nothing like what we have had of

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late. Temperatures around the mid teens, perhaps 15 or 16 in the

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north-east. Into Friday night, the showers are still with us and all

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eyes on the weekend. We are watching this developing area of low pressure

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pushing through Ireland in towards Wales and England. Deign to the

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south, but producing card for southern Scotland and a few showers.

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The week and doesn't look too bad. Best of the sunshine on Saturday for

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Central and North western Scotland, a few showers across Grampian,

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cloudy in the South. Winds light, temperature is around 14 degrees.

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Low-pressure pulls away towards Scandinavia on Sunday. Behind it, we

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fridge of high pressure. Sunday probably the better of the two days

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because behind it, the dry, bright sunny weather more widespread.

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Temperatures by mid around the mid teens.

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But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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and around the country - goodnight.

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