21/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


21/10/2016

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Scottish Government plans to set a minimum price for alcohol

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The Court of Session in Edinburgh has ruled against a challenge

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to the legislation from the Scotch Whisky Association.

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It claimed the plans were a breach of European Law.

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The ruling now paves the way for the Scottish government

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It's four years since it was passed in Holyrood -

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where ministers argued it would save lives and reduce crime.

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Steven Godden was at the Court of Session.

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often troubled relationship with alcohol,

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?5 is enough to drink more in a week

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Those who deal with the consequences of problem drinking

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believe minimum pricing is the best way to tackle it.

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What minimum pricing targets is the cheapest,

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strongest alcohol, which is precisely the alcohol that is drunk

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by the people who end up in our hospitals

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and who end up dying from alcohol-related causes.

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It is not about your bottles of wine,

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it is about cheap cider, cheap supermarket vodka.

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A minimum price of 50p per unit would ensure a bottle

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or cheap, strong cider could double in price.

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MSPs approved the policy in 2012, but a court challenge, led

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by the Scotch Whisky Association, stopped it in its tracks.

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After four years of legal argument,

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here at the Court of Session in Edinburgh and

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at the European Court of Justice, the ruling boiled down

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to one key question - would increasing the tax

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on alcohol be as effective as minimum pricing -

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when it came to protecting people's help?

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Today, the panel of three judges ruled it wouldn't

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Obviously, we regret the ruling today, we believe

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it is a barrier to trade and not the most effective way to deal with

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But we will decide on it before the next steps.

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It has the overwhelming backing of Parliament and we need to move

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it will save lives and the evidence points us in that direction,

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so I would hope it does now spell the end of the legal delay.

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An appeal to the UK Supreme Court could be launched

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within the next month, but the Scottish Government said today's

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Their aim, to make minimum pricing a reality as quickly as possible.

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The man accused of murdering an Inverness-born policeman may have

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cooked and eaten parts of his body, a court has been told.

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The remains of 59-year-old Gordon Semple were found

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when investigators searched a south London flat.

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They discovered his DNA on cooking utensils in the kitchen

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who denies murder but admits dismembering

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Two people have been charged with human trafficking

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The arrests took place in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh.

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A 40-year-old man and 32-year-old woman

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will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court next month.

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The charges follow a day of action by police to target trafficking.

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Police in Suffolk have released new CCTV footage

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of the missing Scots RAF man Corrie McKeague.

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He vanished after a night out in Bury St Edmunds

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This last confirmed sighting of the Dunfermline airman shows him

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in the town at half past three in the morning.

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A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in jail

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for causing the death by dangerous driving

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of 57-year-old Marie Laurie from Glasgow.

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Steven Bennie had been driving at speeds of up to 80mph

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as he was followed by police in the East End of Glasgow,

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when he hit the taxi Mrs Laurie had just got into.

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This family have lost a mother, wife, a grandmother, because

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Marie Laurie was all of these things and more.

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They came to court hoping for a sentence which might begin

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It is never enough, compared to what we have lost,

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but we got enough for us to be happy today.

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Marie Laurie was killed and her husband seriously injured

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when Steven Bennie crashed his car into the taxi they had just got into

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Steven Bennie, 20 at the time, was being followed by the

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police and driving at high speed when he drove through a red light

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The judge jailed him for seven and a half years.

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On sentencing, Lord Boyd said to Steven Bennie that Marie Laurie

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had been returning home with her husband from her son's wedding,

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one of the happiest days of her life,

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he said, and in an instant, that life was gone.

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He said it was difficult to imagine a more serious level

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You had no licence, he said, you weren't insured,

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you had taken alcohol, he didn't stop when the police

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signalled to you to do so and you reached

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You had even turned your headlights off,

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It was the wedding of her son Martin that Marie Laurie was on

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her way home from and although the two events

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are now intertwined, he says he can't dwell on Steven Bennie

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He is just a boy that had a bad experience

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To be honest with you, he could be ruined for his life as well,

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As I say, I do not want to be filled with anger.

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The first anniversary comes next month.

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I will never forget those two days of my life.

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You always remember your wedding day, it's the highlight of your life

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and to lose your mum the next day in such tragic

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it's going to be tough for the whole family, you know?

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Everybody was there, they had seen the happiness,

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The operators of the Fort William aluminium smelter have confirmed

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they're in negotiations to sell the plant.

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The operation employs around 170 people and is one of the largest

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There have been local fears that a review by owners Rio Tinto

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could lead to the closure of the factory, but it's

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believed the discussions could lead to its being sold

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with housebreaking and dangerous driving

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as part of police a crackdown against motorcycle theft

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and anti-social behaviour in Edinburgh.

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The two males aged 17 and 18 were arrested yesterday and appeared

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The Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Ross Murdoch,

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has lost his top podium level of funding for the Tokyo

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Instead he drops to what's called "podium potential", after missing

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out on a place in the 100m Rio Olympic final.

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There are four Scots named in the elite Podium category.

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They are the Olympic relay silver medallists Stephen Milne,

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Duncan Scott and Dan Wallace, along with the three times Olympian

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and multiple international medallist Hannah Miley.

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Let's get the weekend weather outlook now, from Christopher.

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A fairly settled day of weather today and tonight little in the way

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of change. Largely dry but with a view showers edging in from the

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North Sea affecting the eastern part of the country. A ridge of high

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pressure keeping most of the country dry and settled. It could be a

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chilly start in the Central Highlands with a patchy fog. It's an

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East West split tomorrow. Eastern areas cloudier than the West. That

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pattern repeated across the UK. It is always eastern parts that will be

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cloudier. Sunnier towards the west and south-west, central southern

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England as well. Dry and bright for Northern Ireland. They're in mind,

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with the easterly breeze, showers could come over to Central parts of

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the country. Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, Perthshire and parts

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of Tayside. A beautiful afternoon across the Northwest. One or two

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showers towards Orkney and Shetland at times. Patchy fog and showers

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heading into wards the Borders later. Sunday, little change.

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Low-pressure staying away. Eastern areas more likely to see some cloud.

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A further west you are, try and brighter with some sunshine.

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A further west you are, try and Temperatures down a notch or two.

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Monday, all the same. An East - West split. Where we have the cloud, one

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or two showers. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6.25 tomorrow morning. But, from everyone on the late

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team here in Glasgow and around the country

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- good night.

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