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Scottish Government plans to set a minimum price for alcohol
The Court of Session in Edinburgh has ruled against a challenge
to the legislation from the Scotch Whisky Association.
It claimed the plans were a breach of European Law.
The ruling now paves the way for the Scottish government
It's four years since it was passed in Holyrood -
where ministers argued it would save lives and reduce crime.
Steven Godden was at the Court of Session.
often troubled relationship with alcohol,
?5 is enough to drink more in a week
Those who deal with the consequences of problem drinking
believe minimum pricing is the best way to tackle it.
What minimum pricing targets is the cheapest,
strongest alcohol, which is precisely the alcohol that is drunk
by the people who end up in our hospitals
and who end up dying from alcohol-related causes.
It is not about your bottles of wine,
it is about cheap cider, cheap supermarket vodka.
A minimum price of 50p per unit would ensure a bottle
or cheap, strong cider could double in price.
MSPs approved the policy in 2012, but a court challenge, led
by the Scotch Whisky Association, stopped it in its tracks.
After four years of legal argument,
here at the Court of Session in Edinburgh and
at the European Court of Justice, the ruling boiled down
to one key question - would increasing the tax
on alcohol be as effective as minimum pricing -
when it came to protecting people's help?
Today, the panel of three judges ruled it wouldn't
Obviously, we regret the ruling today, we believe
it is a barrier to trade and not the most effective way to deal with
But we will decide on it before the next steps.
It has the overwhelming backing of Parliament and we need to move
it will save lives and the evidence points us in that direction,
so I would hope it does now spell the end of the legal delay.
An appeal to the UK Supreme Court could be launched
within the next month, but the Scottish Government said today's
Their aim, to make minimum pricing a reality as quickly as possible.
The man accused of murdering an Inverness-born policeman may have
cooked and eaten parts of his body, a court has been told.
The remains of 59-year-old Gordon Semple were found
when investigators searched a south London flat.
They discovered his DNA on cooking utensils in the kitchen
who denies murder but admits dismembering
Two people have been charged with human trafficking
The arrests took place in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh.
A 40-year-old man and 32-year-old woman
will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court next month.
The charges follow a day of action by police to target trafficking.
Police in Suffolk have released new CCTV footage
of the missing Scots RAF man Corrie McKeague.
He vanished after a night out in Bury St Edmunds
This last confirmed sighting of the Dunfermline airman shows him
in the town at half past three in the morning.
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in jail
for causing the death by dangerous driving
of 57-year-old Marie Laurie from Glasgow.
Steven Bennie had been driving at speeds of up to 80mph
as he was followed by police in the East End of Glasgow,
when he hit the taxi Mrs Laurie had just got into.
This family have lost a mother, wife, a grandmother, because
Marie Laurie was all of these things and more.
They came to court hoping for a sentence which might begin
It is never enough, compared to what we have lost,
but we got enough for us to be happy today.
Marie Laurie was killed and her husband seriously injured
when Steven Bennie crashed his car into the taxi they had just got into
Steven Bennie, 20 at the time, was being followed by the
police and driving at high speed when he drove through a red light
The judge jailed him for seven and a half years.
On sentencing, Lord Boyd said to Steven Bennie that Marie Laurie
had been returning home with her husband from her son's wedding,
one of the happiest days of her life,
he said, and in an instant, that life was gone.
He said it was difficult to imagine a more serious level
You had no licence, he said, you weren't insured,
you had taken alcohol, he didn't stop when the police
signalled to you to do so and you reached
You had even turned your headlights off,
It was the wedding of her son Martin that Marie Laurie was on
her way home from and although the two events
are now intertwined, he says he can't dwell on Steven Bennie
He is just a boy that had a bad experience
To be honest with you, he could be ruined for his life as well,
As I say, I do not want to be filled with anger.
The first anniversary comes next month.
I will never forget those two days of my life.
You always remember your wedding day, it's the highlight of your life
and to lose your mum the next day in such tragic
it's going to be tough for the whole family, you know?
Everybody was there, they had seen the happiness,
The operators of the Fort William aluminium smelter have confirmed
they're in negotiations to sell the plant.
The operation employs around 170 people and is one of the largest
There have been local fears that a review by owners Rio Tinto
could lead to the closure of the factory, but it's
believed the discussions could lead to its being sold
with housebreaking and dangerous driving
as part of police a crackdown against motorcycle theft
and anti-social behaviour in Edinburgh.
The two males aged 17 and 18 were arrested yesterday and appeared
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Ross Murdoch,
has lost his top podium level of funding for the Tokyo
Instead he drops to what's called "podium potential", after missing
out on a place in the 100m Rio Olympic final.
There are four Scots named in the elite Podium category.
They are the Olympic relay silver medallists Stephen Milne,
Duncan Scott and Dan Wallace, along with the three times Olympian
and multiple international medallist Hannah Miley.
Let's get the weekend weather outlook now, from Christopher.
A fairly settled day of weather today and tonight little in the way
of change. Largely dry but with a view showers edging in from the
North Sea affecting the eastern part of the country. A ridge of high
pressure keeping most of the country dry and settled. It could be a
chilly start in the Central Highlands with a patchy fog. It's an
East West split tomorrow. Eastern areas cloudier than the West. That
pattern repeated across the UK. It is always eastern parts that will be
cloudier. Sunnier towards the west and south-west, central southern
England as well. Dry and bright for Northern Ireland. They're in mind,
with the easterly breeze, showers could come over to Central parts of
the country. Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire, Perthshire and parts
of Tayside. A beautiful afternoon across the Northwest. One or two
showers towards Orkney and Shetland at times. Patchy fog and showers
heading into wards the Borders later. Sunday, little change.
Low-pressure staying away. Eastern areas more likely to see some cloud.
A further west you are, try and brighter with some sunshine.
A further west you are, try and Temperatures down a notch or two.
Monday, all the same. An East - West split. Where we have the cloud, one
or two showers. Our next update is during Breakfast
at 6.25 tomorrow morning. But, from everyone on the late
team here in Glasgow and around the country
- good night.