31/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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the United States. Join me now on BBC Two, and that 11pm in Scotland.

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Now it is time A man found guilty of the murder

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of Lanarkshire waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar has been jailed

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for almost 20 years. Ronnie Coulter's conviction is only

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the second time in Scottish legal history that an accused has been

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tried twice for the same crime. This is a day the Chhokar family

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thought they might never see. Finally, 18 years after

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Surjit Singh Chhokar's murder, He inflicted three stab wounds

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on his body in a despicable fashion. Thereafter he tried to cover his

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tracks, and in large measure, Many years later, he is here

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to answer for his crime. In November 1998, in Overton,

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North Lanarkshire, Ronnie and two others went to see

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Surjit Singh Chhokar at his house. A fight broke out over a stolen

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giro cheque and he was Two enquiries made allegations

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of institutional racism. The then Lord Advocate said

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the Chhokkar family had been failed by the police and

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prosecution services. Outside court today,

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there was relief. In the 18 years it has taken

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to prove Ronnie Coulter's guilt, His family had their

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lives devastated, too. Surjit Singh Chhokar was not the

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only victim. Today, justice has finally

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given our family peace. This is the second time someone

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in Scotland has been tried Ronnie Coulter was found not

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guilty at a trial in 1999, but since then the law of double

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jeopardy has been scrapped, That law meant Coulter could not be

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tried again on the same or similar Today, the family spoke

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of their grief. There is no celebration for us,

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because we have lost Controversial plans to allow drug

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users to inject under supervision look set to go ahead in Glasgow -

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making it the first place in the UK Our Home Affairs correspondent

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Reevel Alderson reports. The detritus of drug injectors

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in Glasgow city centre. Today, city planners have discussed

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plans to cut the risks of disease The place is overrun. We have been

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trying to get it cleaned up because of the kids.

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I'm scared in case the kids get hurt with all the needles and that.

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In Glasgow, it is estimated up to 500 addicts regularly

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Some would welcome the plan which has been tried

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Safe injecting rooms would save a lot of lives, it would lessen

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the risks that people already take taking drugs.

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It is in areas like this, very close to Glasgow's shopping

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district, that addicts are injecting in public.

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Judging by the amount of drugs paraphernalia here,

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it is happening regularly, with a large number of people.

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The idea of this proposal is for injecting still to continue,

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but in clinics, under medical supervision, which would allow

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the addicts to remain safe, and perhaps bring them

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Most of Europe is providing addiction services.

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Switzerland has a model where there are heroin

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replacement treatments, that satisfies the needs

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We need to find a solution that brings the solutions elsewhere

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It is a controversial plan which some observers say

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is an admission that previous attempts to cut drug use

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and the rising tide of death have failed.

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We have a drug project 30 years in existence, and we are

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-- we have a drug problem that is 30 years its evolution.

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We are throwing hundreds of millions of pounds at treatment services,

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That is a scandal that our politicians and public

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The plan has been approved in principle, and drug workers

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When we look at rising numbers of drug-related deaths, if we are

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really serious in reducing the harms associated with drug groups, we need

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to use all evidence -based approaches to try to reduce the harm

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is caused by problem drug use. Before a clinic can be established,

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details on cost, where it would be and how it would operate

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need to be ironed out. A man has been arrested

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in connection with the murder John Smith died following

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a disturbance within a property in Misk Knowes, Stevenson,

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on the eighth of October. A 30-year-old man is expected

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to appear in Kilmarnock Meanwhile, a missing mother from Ayr

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has been found safe and well. 29-year-old Farrah Fadli had not

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been seen since earlier this month. For most of us, the appearance

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of poppies are an annual reminder to think of those

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affected by conflict. But what if you've experienced man's

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inhumanity to man first hand? Our reporter Lisa Summers went

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to meet one such man. In the autumn sunshine, veterans

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and their families gathered. The opening of this garden

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of remembrance in the lead-up Poppies bring bright colour

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into desolate places. The wreaths in memory

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of those who had fallen, but for those who have

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lived through conflict, I have a picture in my mind,

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and it was like a moonscape. He served with the 15th/19th

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King's Royal Hussars He lost three tanks and many

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colleagues during the war. If you get out and you are watching

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the attack, you are praying that the people on the other side

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of the gun, the turret, ah well. If your tank is in flames, you are

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praying that the people on the other side of the gun, get out as well.

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When you start, you think you are going to change everything.

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And then you forget what you are doing, and instead

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And it wasn't until we arrived at the gates of Belsen concentration

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camp that we understood why we actually were there.

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But that was too much for some of them.

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Which was the wrong thing to do, because the folk at the back

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Ian has volunteered for Poppy Scotland for more

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He says it helps to talk about his experiences.

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It is the time for generations to reflect, to remember those

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who lost their lives serving their country.

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I think when we joined the Army, boys of my age, we all thought

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Dundee's V A Museum should be completed by the end of next year.

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The ?80 million project on the city's waterfront

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will showcase contemporary Scottish design.

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Andrew Anderson has been to see how work is progressing.

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It is about six months since we were last on site

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here at the V in Dundee, and we are back to see

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The area I am standing in will be a space for visiting exhibitions,

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the biggest place in Scotland for temporary exhibitions.

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It also forms the connection between the two buildings that make

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The workers on site are making good progress.

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The walls are at full height, and over the winter

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and in the New Year we will look forward to the steel beams

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going on at roof level, and then the fitting out

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of the museum on the inside can begin.

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I'm looking at things from the outside now.

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This is a complicated piece of construction,

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The building is swathed in scaffolding and supports

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at the moment, but it is just possible to make out how it

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The V is seen as a jewel to attract investors

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to the waterfront, ?1 billion investment over several years.

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A new railway system is also being built.

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-- a new railway station. Investors are being attracted here.

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This is how it will look in just over 12 months' time.

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The V in Dundee should be welcoming its first visitors

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Football, and the Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his team can

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beat Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany tomorrow night and rescue

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The Parkhead side are currently bottom of group C.

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This year, the Champions League has been a brilliant experience for us.

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This will be a great foundation for us over the next few years.

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Well, over to Judith for the weather.

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Good evening. October has been kind to us with more than average amount

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of sunshine and very little of the traditional wet and windy weather.

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Just to end Halloween, here is a traditional wet and windy weather.

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beautiful atmospheric shot sent in by one of our weather watchers. We

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are seeing clearing skies across the North of Scotland. Here is the

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weather front responsible for the rain. It will continue to do journey

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southwards, clearing the border tonight. By morning it will be dry

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pretty much across the rest of the country with crisp sunshine. It will

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feel chilly tomorrow. A different feel, cold northerly air sweeping in

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across the country. Temperatures struggling to get above freezing

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first thing. The brisk north-westerly winds keeping the

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temperature is low. In the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland in the mix

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with good sunny spells. The far north of England and up to Liverpool

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and York, cloudy skies and it's on pieces of drizzle associated with

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this weather front. That will sink southward button front of it, there

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will be extensive fog, difficult travel conditions so if you are

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catching a flight down south tomorrow, the where there could be

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disruption and it will feel milder in the South. Scotland will hold

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onto the lovely sunshine for much of the day and showers will feed into

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the North, blustery and there will be show -- snow over higher ground.

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Feeling quite raw in the showers. Not quite as raw in the South with

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more sunshine. Tomorrow evening, dry weather for most with a long clear

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frost. Shell is feeding into the North with winter nose over high

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ground. High pressure dominating on Wednesday. The winds ease, the shell

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of the, fewer. That's the forecast. of the, fewer. That's the forecast.

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-- the showers become fewer. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6:25am tomorrow.

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