05/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Join me now on BBC Two, 11.00pm in Scotland.

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

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It's taken 18 years and three trials, but today, Ronnie Coulter

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was finally convicted of the murder of Indian waiter

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Coulter was tried for a second time following changes

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He'd been originally cleared of the stabbing in Overtown

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in North Lanarkshire following a trial in 1999.

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The case resulted in wide-ranging changes to the police

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and prosecution service after mistakes were made

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by the Crown Office and there was found

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to be institutional racism within the police.

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After an 18-year fight, the family of Surjit Singh Chhokar

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Surjit was a loving son, father and brother, who was lucky

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to have two stubborn parents, who refused to be silenced

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as they fought for justice as a right and not a privilege.

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Surjit's late father, Darshan, always said that,

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that he would have a hope for justice.

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Whilst the dead cannot cry out for justice, it is the duty

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after Ronnie Coulter was convicted of murder.

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He was working at this Indian restaurant

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while also claiming unemployment benefit.

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He had a flat here in Gowkthrapple, Wishaw.

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Ronnie Coulter, seen here, also lived in the same building,

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The trial heard that, on the morning of the 4th of November, 1998,

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Andrew Coulter, jobless and looking for cash to buy alcohol,

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broke into Mr Chhokar's flat and stole a giro cheque for ?100.70.

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After getting his Uncle Ronnie to forge Mr Chhokar's signature,

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Mr Chhokar's partner, Elizabeth Bryce, found out

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what happened and threatened to call the police.

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It was a threat which ended in murder.

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Most of the time, Mr Chhokar lived here,

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in Garrion Street, Overtown, with Elizabeth Bryce.

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On the night of the 4th of November, Ronnie and Andrew Coulter,

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travelled here to meet Mr Chhokar coming home from work.

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There was a confrontation in the street and it ended

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with Ronnie Coulter stabbing Mr Chhokar to death.

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Ronnie Coulter was tried and acquitted of murder in 1999.

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The following year, Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery were also

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There was criticism of how the case was handled.

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One report found institutional racism within the police.

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Today, officers said the lessons learned from the original case

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have vastly improved the way things are done.

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The thing for us to do is make sure these things never happen again

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and we continue to work the way we do just now.

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In terms of this type of investigation,

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it's only the second double jeopardy, so these are pretty much

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models that we carry out, not just investigation,

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but also how we deal with the family and the people involved around about

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Ronnie Coulter once boasted of getting away

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Now, he faces a life term, when he's sentenced later this month.

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The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has warned

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the SNP government not to pick fights with Westminster.

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She was speaking at her party's UK conference.

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Our political correspondent, Nick Eardley, was there.

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She's something of a superstar at Tory Conference.

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Ruth Davidson used her keynote speech to say government

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She's been basking in the Scottish Conservatives'

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recent electoral success, and she told delegates what she'd be

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Instead of picking endless fights with Westminster about

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whatever grievance you concocted, pick a fight with poor literacy

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and numeracy, and standards in Scotland's schools.

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You are the government of Scotland and you were elected to improve

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You've seen Nicola Sturgeon on the television most weeks

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telling you that Scotland is up in arms, again.

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Asserting that independence is closer now than ever before.

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Declaring that separation is somehow inevitable.

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Well, today, speaking to people from across the UK,

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Ruth Davidson has again been given one of the most prominent slots

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And although Brexit has been the key theme,

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there's been plenty talk too of support for the union

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and opposition to another independence vote.

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A message that continued as Theresa May set out

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I will always fight to preserve our proud historic union

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and will never let divisive nationalists drive us apart.

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Nicola Sturgeon thinks Mrs May's vision

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She's branded immigration proposals hugely worrying.

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The Prime Minister insisted change would come.

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But she promised it would work for all.

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So, my vision is for Britain to be a great meritocracy.

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It's what I've always believed in, the cause of everything

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I've ever done in politics has been designed to serve.

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Because a country based on merit, not privilege,

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That's the message they hope will emerge from this conference.

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It's one the Conservatives think people want to hear.

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Nick Eardley, Reporting Scotland, in Birmingham.

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Holyrood has taken the first steps towards

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increasing the top four bands of the council tax.

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Speaking to Holyrood's Local Government Committee,

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which endorsed the plan, the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

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said he wanted some households to pay more for a ?100 million

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attainment fund which would help the poorest children.

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on the next generation of Royal Navy submarines,

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which will carry controversial Trident nuclear missiles.

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The first steel was cut at Barrow-in-Furness,

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but they'll be based at Faslane on the Clyde.

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We're investing in Faslane, all our submarines are going to be

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based in Faslane, not just these Successor submarines,

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but the Astute-class submarines, of which three have already

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been built, and eventually, the Trafalgar-class submarines

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that are moving up from Portsmouth, so Faslane will become the base

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for all Britain's submarines in future and that is a vote

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Workers at Scotrail have voted to accept a deal to end

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The RMT union said the agreement guaranteed that guards

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would retain their responsibility for safety.

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A union spokesman said the settlement should be

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where a similar dispute is continuing.

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of missing Clydebank teenager Scott Diver.

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The 16-year-old has been missing for almost three weeks

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and police and his family are increasingly worried.

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This image is of Scott walking through Dalmuir Park in Clydebank

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just before three on the afternoon of Saturday the 17th of September.

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It's the last confirmed sighting and police hope anyone who remembers

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An oil supply ship has been detained for a second time

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at Aberdeen Harbour for non-payment of seafarer's wages.

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The Malaviya Seven was detained in June

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under merchant shipping regulations, but later released.

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed it has been detained

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again and will remain in harbour until the workers are paid.

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The Scottish Government's set out seven priorities

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They include resilience, responsiveness and adaptability.

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And will the aims cut crime and keep communities safe

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at a time of financial efficiencies? Morag Kinniburgh has this report.

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That is really buckled. Yeah.

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Community support in West Lothian,

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where more local policing is welcomed.

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I think, in previous years, we have seen a little bit of a shift

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away from community policing and it's nice to see

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Because I think that's about prevention.

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You know, if we've got good quality officers on the ground

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who know the people here, know the community and people know

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them, they build up trust and they build up a rapport that

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just strengthens the relationship. And they can nip things in the bud.

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They know who's who, people know who they are,

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The Justice Minister met police leaders to unveil seven

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new strategic priorities, inclusion, prevention

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In practice, that means the force is to tackle developing

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threats, like cyber crime, as well as community policing.

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What the purpose of these new priorities is to make sure

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we get that balance right, reinforcing the localism

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of policing, but at the same time, making sure the police are able

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to adapt and to respond to those new and emerging threats,

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which can be in someone's front room.

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But new priorities come with no new funding and there's already

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Well, we need to make the most of the money that we've got,

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we need to spend it wisely and I'm convinced that we can do more

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Ultimately, we will have to make choices and that's the same in any

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But we are going to do that with people, rather than to them,

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and people understand and agree with the decisions we are making.

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On the ground, volunteers here hope that means the authorities

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are listening and responding to local needs.

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Morag Kinniburgh, Reporting Scotland, West Lothian.

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Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been charged with breaking rules

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relating to gambling on football matches.

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The 34-year-old is accused by the Scottish Football Association

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of placing 44 bets between July and September this year.

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The player has a week to respond to the charge.

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SFA rules ban players, coaches and club officials

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from betting on football anywhere in the world.

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Scots scientist, Sir Fraser Stoddart, is among

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three recipients of this year's Nobel Prize for chemistry.

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It has been awarded for his work developing molecular machines.

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The machines are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair.

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Sir Fraser was brought up in Midlothian and educated

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at Edinburgh University, where he also endows

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He was back here in April and we had a really, really,

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very enjoyable ceremony and he always enjoys coming back

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and I think one of the things that came across from him

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was just how... what a nice individual he is.

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He's a very, very kind man and he was inspiring.

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He gave a presentation to all of our

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postgraduate students and researchers and they were inspired.

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Bayern Munich showed their class against a young Hibs side

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with a comfortable 6-0 win at Easter Road in the Uefa

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Hibs were in the last 32 of the competition

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The sides meet again in Germany next Wednesday.

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And Scotland Under 21's have lost 2-0 to Iceland in their latest

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Well, let's get the weather outlook from Kawser.

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Thank you, good evening. Today was another lovely day and a fine

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evening. We have had some beautiful pictures, look at this sunset across

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the Western Isles, beautiful colours! For the rest of tonight it

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will be dry, breezy and we see cloud increasing, coming on and on fairly

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strong east and south easterly wind, pushing across more eastern parts,

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the wind strong across the Western Isles and Galloway coast.

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Temperatures 7-11 degrees. Under clear skies in the North West,

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perhaps dipping down to four or five Celsius for sheltered claims.

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Tomorrow morning cloudy across southern and eastern parts, the best

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sunshine across the North West once again, but if you're heading out at

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around eight o'clock it will be fine and dry. Sunny spells breaking

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through, perhaps back. Across the North West but lots of sunshine.

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Fresh wind across the north-eastern coast and for all be and good

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sunshine in Shetland. And the rest of the UK, fine and dry unsettled

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conditions for all, more cloud pushing in across eastern coastal

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areas with the risk of some showers across East Anglia and south-eastern

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England. For the North West of Scotland, once again, the best

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sunshine and temperatures could reach 16 or 17 degrees. This fine

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and settled weather is courtesy of low pressure, still across

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Scandinavia, pushing into Norway, keeping of these Atlantic weather

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systems at the and we continue with dry weather for most although more

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easterly wind and bringing some cooler air across southern England

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and the risk of some showers. For Friday, largely dry, and fine for

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most of Scotland, but elsewhere at the risk of showers, mainly to the

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east, and temperatures near average, 13-15d. That is your forecast.

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Thank you. That is Reporting Scotland,

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