20/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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The Scottish Government has published a consultation

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on a new Independence Referendum Bill.

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The First Minister said she'd been forced into the position

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because of broken promises from Westminster and

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But opposition politicians have argued that Nicola Sturgeon should

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Our political correspondent Lucy Adams reports.

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If you think for one single second that I am not serious about doing

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what it takes to protect Scotland's interests, then think again.

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It is not the first time the Scottish Government has launched

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But failed to get the result they wanted.

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Greenock, it is one of the few parts of Scotland that voted

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with the 50-50 yes-no split in the independence

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But in June of this year, 64% of the electorate here voted

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Today is not necessarily about securing independence,

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it is just a first step and might not even lead to a bill.

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In effect, it is the Scottish Government's insurance policy

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against a so-called hard Brexit and removing Scotland

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Well, it is important to protect Scotland's interests against a hard

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right Tory Brexit that could cost up to 80,000 jobs.

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So we are consulting on a draft Referendum Bill,

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should it prove that independence is the best way or indeed the only

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But opponents have said they should get on with running the country.

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They promised the people of Scotland that two years ago,

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if they came out and voted in the independence referendum,

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that their voice would be respected - this is not the respect that

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The majority of people in Scotland do not want another referendum,

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the majority of people in Scotland do not want independence and the SNP

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Experts have reflected on the legal status

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This time around, the Scottish Government has said that it will ask

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the UK Government to make an order under section 30 of the Scotland Act

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to authorise the referendum, that is what they did

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However, I doubt if the UK Government would agree to that.

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Parts of the waterfront in Greenock have been transformed

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It is people living in areas like this that the Scottish

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Government will need to persuade of the requirement for a second

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independence referendum and who they hope will be swayed

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by the UK Government's move to leave the EU and the impact they say

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Well, I voted to stay part of Europe, but I also voted

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I just think economically I would not vote to break the UK up.

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For me, Scotland being part of Europe is really important

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You know, I would vote accordingly for that.

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I would still vote for independence because I feel that Scotland did not

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The bill would have the support it needs to be passed,

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but questions remain as to whether it will get that far.

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Lucy Adams, Reporting Scotland, Greenock.

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ScotRail has unveiled an action plan, detailing how it's

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going to tackle the problems that have plagued the rail network

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It comes the day after a petition was handed into the Government,

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calling on the company to lose the franchise to operate

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Well, that petition yesterday was the result of enormous public

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pressure calling on Scotland to either improve its performance

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or give up the franchise, and they have had problems -

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reality and punctuality issues meaning that they have dropped below

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a certain standard of performance, that is 90.3% and that is what has

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triggered Transport Scotland to order the company to publish

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It has not been all bad because there have been significant

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successes over the past year for ScotRail, not

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least the introduction of the new Borders railway.

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But the company admits it does have problems and has said it will spend

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?16 million over the next two years putting those problems right.

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But they are under a lot of political pressure and I asked

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the company earlier today whether they were now

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involved in a PR battle with government ministers.

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People are expressing their frustration and that is fine,

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we would not be critical of anyone for doing that.

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But for us, it is just about how do we make sure that we do everything

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as well as we possibly can to make sure that we provide our customers,

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at the end of the day, with the best experience

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that they can have on Scotland's network as they go to their jobs,

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go and see their family and their friends?

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Well, there is a lot of promises in this report, not least,

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for example, things such as bringing online new electric trains

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and upgrading existing older rolling stock with new doors

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Upgrading stations and spending more money on all of the services

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For example, 200 carriages over the next two years.

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Senior investigators have warned that an "extremely violent" Scottish

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fugitive is likely to be hiding in Spain's ex-pat community.

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36-year-old Jonathon Kelly is one of ten people featuring

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on a new "most wanted" list, revealed by the National Crime

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Kelly, from Glasgow, absconded after being released

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Our reporter Aileen Clarke has more details.

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Armed police surrounding a Glasgow tenements two years ago.

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Officers poured into the Govanhill Street in a bid

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to capture a violent career criminal with a string of assaults to his

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They'd been looking for Jonathan Kelly since he had gone

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on the run almost two weeks earlier, but if he'd been here,

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When Kelly was released from prison on licence in August 2014,

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one of the conditions was that he would turn up

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here at his local police station in Drumchapel every day.

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That lasted less than three weeks, and then he cut his electronic tag

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Two years on, the police have still to catch up with him.

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Now detectives believe he has fled to Spain and is one of ten fugitives

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the National Crime Agency is targeting in this latest push

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We are hoping people who know the whereabouts of some

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of these fugitives get in touch through Crimestoppers.

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We can then get in touch with our Spanish counterparts and arrest

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Kelly is not the only one on the list Scottish

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There is a European Arrest Warrant out for Mark Quinn,

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It is believed he was involved in a multi-million pounds drug

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The authorities hope that more raids like these will result from tip-offs

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Previous campaigns have flushed out more than 70 fugitives.

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Amongst them, William Paterson, who fled to Spain but is now serving

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at least 22 years in jail for the murder of Kevin Carroll

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in this supermarket car park in Glasgow six years ago.

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Over the years, some arrests in Spain have come just

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hours after the mug shots have been publicised.

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But detectives say they play a long game.

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We are very determined, we never give up.

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We will keep looking for these people for as long as it takes

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In the case of such a dangerous criminal as Jonathon Kelly,

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police hope their tenacity will pay off sooner rather than later.

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Glasgow's top police officer says the behaviour of some

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Celtic and Rangers fans is an "embarrasment"

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to the city and the country, and he's promising more on-the-spot

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arrests for any serious misbehaviour at Sunday's League Cup semifinal.

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Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty is deploying extra officers,

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claiming the police and the public "have had enough".

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From the national stadium, Kheredine Idessane sent this report.

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Preparations are well underway here at the national stadium for two

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big football matches this weekend - Morton against Aberdeen on Saturday,

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Rangers against Celtic on Sunday, up for grabs a place

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in the League Cup final and it's particularly the match

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between the Glasgow teams on Sunday which is exercising

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They are promising extra resources, additional officers here

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There will be extra searches and a change in emphasis as well.

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There is going to be more arrests say police.

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This comes off the back of a match last month at Celtic Park

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in which effigies were hung from one part of the ground and some

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severe vandalism was done to toilets in another part.

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It becomes an embarrassment for Scottish football fans,

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it becomes an embarrassment for Scottish people.

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We should be talking after a football match about the game.

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We should not be talking about these senseless acts by a minority

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of people who tarnish the event for everybody else.

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For that reason we will be focused on doing everything we can

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to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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If people do engage in that type of behaviour, we will be looking

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There is possibly a more controversial Rangers and Celtic

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match later in the year at Hogmanay, will the template be

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set for that this weekend, are you happy for that match

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The fixture is being held at Ibrox, Rangers home ground,

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which is a different environment to the national stadium but again

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we will learn from every game but the focus at the moment

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is absolutely on the two games this coming weekend.

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The last big club match held here at Hampden Park was the cup

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final involving Hibernian and Rangers, and we saw

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the disgraceful scenes afterwards with fans on the pitch behind me

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and the subsequent enquiry into the goings on and the failings.

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Police say they have learned and are continuing to learn lessons

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from that match and they will put procedures in place here at Hampden

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on Sunday to try to best preserve public order and make sure

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the majority of fans come here and enjoy the football in safety.

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Let us get the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow from

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Christopher. Thank you, Sally. Dry and settled

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conditions. A lovely sunset earlier that was taken by one of our Weather

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Watchers in the dross. That was overlooking the Isle of Arran. For

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many, it is a dry start on Friday. Here are the temperatures at a tall

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are light. A little bit of showery. are light. A little bit of showery.

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-- Ardrossan. That should clear. Similar for the North West. Through

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the Central Highlands could be quite a chilly start to the day with

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temperatures not for freezing but they should recover. One or two

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showers across the Northern Isles. Through the course of Friday, that

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wet weather will clear and for most of the mainland and most of the day

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it is dry and bright, much like today but fairly cloudy. Across the

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UK as a will be still have that area of low pressure across the new

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continent and that will feed in showers across parts of

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Lincolnshire, East Anglia and down towards Ken. Brighter in the West,

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some fog for the South. Elsewhere, bright and pleasant. Temperatures

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around 11 or 12 Celsius. Light winds but freshening for a time. For the

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weekend at a fairly busy synoptic chart but not really affecting us

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too much. Pressure to the South and low pressure to the East. The rain

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away from us but we need to look at the wind direction because if we

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zoom in and you can see it as coming from the East. Picking up some

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moisture and that will mean a cloudy weekend across the Eastern parts of

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the country. The further West that you are, the brighter it will be.

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We'll be have the cloud, one or two showers but they will still be some

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brightness. Temperatures around 12, 13 Celsius. Similar story for

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Sunday. And East West split. The best of the sunshine in the West,

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light winds and temperatures are around 11 or 12 Celsius for most.

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That is the forecast for now. Thank you for that, Christopher.

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