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

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Newsnight with Kirstie. Here on BBC One, it's time for

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A stabbing at an Aberdeen school which led to the death

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of a pupil was "potentially predictable and avoidable".

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A report into the tragedy at Cults academy revealed it was known that

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16-year-old Bailey Gwynne's attacker was carrying a knife -

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October 28 last year, a day that will not be

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forgotten by those involved, as the lunch break ends at Cults

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Academy, two boys of 16 have an argument and then fight.

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16-year-old Bailey Gwynne, a single stab wound to the heart

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His killer now serving nine years for culpable homicide.

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Today the findings of an independent report into what happened,

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a picture is painted of an unexceptional argument that

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Entirely, in my view, unpredictable, rose very rapidly

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from an inconsequential argument that schoolboys might have every

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day, a regular argument which suddenly became inflamed.

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On events on the day of the stabbing Andrew Lowe says it was an unplanned

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spontaneous conflict that emerged rapidly.

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It could not have been predicted or averted on the day.

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But he says the course of the conflict was fatally altered

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This was potentially predictable and avoidable if those

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who knew Child A, the killer, carried weapons to school,

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The possession of a weapon by one boy was known by some people

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and if they had brought it to the attention of teachers,

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that may have enabled the event to be avoided.

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All of my recommendations are around making sure that in future

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we have a better chance of avoiding that.

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There are 21 recommendations in the report.

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Aberdeen City Council accepts them all.

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I am very, very thoughtful about the impact on the well-being

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of all children at Cults as a result of what happened, that

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has been my focus for the last year, incumbent upon us all to be mindful

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and to provide the support, this will prove to be a significant

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dramatic event in the life of a number of those children.

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Bailey Gwynne's family met with the author

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He said they showed remarkable dignity.

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Police Scotland revealed today that since the stabbing incident here in

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October, 15 knife incidents have been reported in Aberdeen schools.

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From now on, when any weapon is found in a school in the city it

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will be reported to police. Our reporter Fiona Stalker has

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returned to Cults Academy one year on, to see how pupils and staff

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there are coping. A memorial tree for Bailey Gwynne -

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the willow a powerful symbol of recovery -

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something that pupils and staff here at Cults Academy are working on,

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memories of October 28 last I was in an English class

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overlooking the car park. After the incident there were a lot

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of rumours going around, Nobody could have predicted

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that from a stab wound. I remember somebody saying

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it was a bleeding nose and then so when all that was happening

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no-one knew what had actually happened and there was

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a lot of confusion. Then the devastating news that

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Bailey had died, and then the questions -

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had his killer brought knives At his trial, we heard

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he had but where? At his trial, we heard he had

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but were staff aware? There was an incident

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when he was in the second year when I had to interview him,

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as with school procedure - myself and another member

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of management met with him and he emptied all his bags

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and possessions and we had He was well aware of

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the consequences and the school rule and indeed the legal situation

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about carrying weapons and did not give us any reason to think

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that he did not understand that. What happened at this school

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is thankfully very rare but the report is calling

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for changes to the law which would allow teachers to search

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pupils without consent. It is being considered

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but some do not agree. We think it would undermine

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the teacher-pupil relationship, undermine trust, it would be almost

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like being a prison warden If incidents arose, it

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could possibly escalate them. And away from the glare of publicity

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surrounding the report today, the family and friends

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of Bailey Gwynne are quietly finalising plans for a stained-glass

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window in his memory. The life and death of the gentle,

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considerate young man forever woven New figures show that in recent

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years more than one in ten children have started primary school

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in Scotland overweight or obese. The statistics come

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from Cancer Research UK which is urging the government to do

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more to tackle the problem. Mother of three Kirsty Thomasson

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wants to make sure that her She found herself four stone

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overweight after consuming too much It was when I was in soft play

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with my eldest son for his third birthday, I sat down

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and my jeans ripped, I was really upset and could not

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look at myself in the mirror. She now weighs a much healthier nine

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stone, but that is not Cancer Research UK says Scotland

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has one of the heaviest It says over the last decade almost

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83,000 children have started school Now the charity wants

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the Scottish Government to take direct action by restricting

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the billboard advertising of junk food and cutting multi-buy

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and sensible markets. food and cutting multi-buy

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discounts in supermarkets. And cancer prevention specialists

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say action is needed right now. We know overweight or obesity

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is linked to 13 types of cancer, so unless we help those children

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to become healthier in the future we'll have more overweight or obese

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adults and that's a real worry. The Scottish Government says it

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will consider taking action where it We would give consideration

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to the multi-buy. We will look at that

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as part of the obesity strategy going forward,

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we've already begun to put some consideration into that

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but there is obviously very limited We could do things around billboards

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in the cinema but TV advertising, Ministers want all parents to help

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their children eat healthily. The Queensferry Crossing has

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set a new world record Officials from the Guinness Book

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of Records have been to the bridge They are incredibly proud

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of the record on this bridge for the longest free-standing

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balanced structure anywhere Basically, it's like a massive

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see-saw centred around that tower in the centre

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section here of the bridge. Over here, this is the south

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side of the bridge, but what is really quite unnerving,

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right here on the very, very end of this section is,

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there is the water down there. You can see how much

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we are moving up and down. When the wind really picks up,

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it can move a meter, Of course, the record will not stand

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for very long because this That means that the record is gone,

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because it's no longer Right now the record-breaking

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centre deck team can brag across the gap to their colleagues

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on the southern deck. The record was for Central Tower -

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South Tower can't take much It's great to be able to talk

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to the guys face-to-face rather than pick up the phone or the radio

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you will a the time. than pick up the phone

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or the radio all the time. The bridge was meant to be

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opened by this December - delays and bad weather have meant

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setbacks to the project. Nearly 40 days lost

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between June and September. The Scottish Government is confident

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it will now be finished After today there will be eight

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pieces of deck to come up. There is very important work to be

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done in terms of the wind shielding. It should mean it should never be

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closed for high winds We have to put a structure, tarmac,

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on the structure itself. That will be happening

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at a difficult time of the year. We always said we are at

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the mercy of the weather. The contractors are assuring us it

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will be finished in May next year. Potentially tough times

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ahead this winter. Today it was about basking in

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the glow of being record-breakers. Scotland suffered their first

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World Cup qualifying defeat in Group F as Slovakia

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registered their first points. Alasdair Lamonts has just sent

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this report from Trnava. You join me inside the news

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conference hall at the city arena as we await the appearance of the

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Scotland manager, Gordon Strachan. You have to imagine he will be

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enormously frustrated after a second poor result in the space of four

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days. There was a good deal of controversy about Slovakia's opening

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goal. Steven Fletcher looked to have been bodychecked before the host

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went forward. An initial header was kept out, but for's powered in the

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rebound. Scotland played reasonably well and were still in the game

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until more inadequate defender allowed plenty of time and space

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inside the pencil -- penalty area for Slovakia to score a second. The

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fragility of the visitors defence was shown even more starkly as

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Slovakia scored their third. Scotland were emphatically beaten.

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The result may be a little harsh on Scotland, but an inability to defend

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or scoring goals is a bad mixture and it means the Scots face yet

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another failed qualifying campaign. Now it's over to Judith

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with the weather outlook At least the beginning of October

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mix for the football results. A lovely starch to the month. Things

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gradually starting to change as we had through the course of this week.

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Here is a beautiful picture of a sunset. As we had through the

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overnight period, we will see cloudy skies and eastern outbreaks of

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showery rain. Clear skies in the West where it will be chilly.

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Tomorrow morning. -- more morning, there is an east-west split.

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Sunshine early on in the West, the East more cloudy with more of the

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breeze bringing outbreaks of showery rain. First thing tomorrow, where

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the sunshine is it will feel on the cool side if not cold. Toward parts

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of the West Highlands, maybe an early frost. In the east,

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temperatures are bit higher and across the Northern Isles, dry and

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bright start with light winds. Staying that way for much of the

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day. As for the rest of the morning, we will continue to see cloudy

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skies. Cloud starting to increase further west as we have go through

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the course of the danger the afternoon. One or two outbreaks of

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showery rain though we hold onto clear skies in the west of the

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Highlands. Northern Ireland faring well, the west of the UK seem good

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sunny spells. We will see some blustery showers running along the

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south coast tomorrow underline from linkage to North Wales. More cloud

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across the eastern side the country where you will feel the noticeable

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easterly, quite keen breeze making it feel cool. Scotland, temperatures

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around 11 to 12 degrees in the East, perhaps 14 or 15 across the

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north-west. As far as the rest of the afternoon and evening is

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concerned, further outbreaks of showery rain feeding in. In the

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West, largely dry. That cast-iron area of high pressure is still

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there, but we see lower pressure feeding him from the south,

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squeezing the isobars, bringing stronger winds. It will be windier

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on Thursday with showery rain in the East and dry in the West.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25 tomorrow morning.

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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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