20/12/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Exactly a year ago Crown Office announced it was seeking

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the extradition from Australia of a former Catholic monk

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at the centre of child sex allegations at a Highland school.

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It followed a BBC investigation into multiple allegations of abuse

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Now, one of his alleged victims says the case is no further forward

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and has accused prosecutors here of dragging their heels.

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Here's our investigations correspondent Mark Daly.

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After the BBC uncovered allegations of decades of child sex abuse

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at Fort Augustus Abbey in 2013, I confronted one of the alleged

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It was around the same time, three and a half years ago,

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that Hugh Kennedy first told police about the abuse he says

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he suffered at the hands of Fr Alexander in the 1970s.

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He has become frustrated at the delays in prosecuting his case.

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The reality of this situation is we were placated.

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You were written to in derogatory terms with non-answers

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And after a period of time, you were expected to just disappear.

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The Crown Office received the police report on Fr Alexander more

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And a year ago announced plans to extradite him.

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My expectations really around whether we will ever see

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Denis Alexander in court have been managed down to virtually zero.

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I really don't know if there is much more I can do.

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Neither the Crown Office in Scotland nor the attorney general office

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in Australia will give details about what stage the process is at.

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But this Australian MP has taken up the case.

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I want to know why after a year, this man has not been

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He has written to the government asking what's taken so long.

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At the same time we have a commission going on in Australia

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into institutional cover-ups and institutional responses to child

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sex abuse, that we wouldn't be acting with great haste in Australia

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to bring our citizens to justice in a foreign jurisdiction

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if the charge has been made against them.

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But concerns over the extradition intensified yesterday

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after Fr Alexander, visited by a BBC colleague, denied

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Can you tell me what you know about the extradition?

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I don't know anything about any extradition.

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Would you ever go back to Scotland to put your side of the story?

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I'm not prepared to do any such thing.

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It has already been gone into by the church.

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Fr Alexander, stripped of his priestly duties in 2013,

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Today, the Crown Office issued a statement.

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Meanwhile, as another year passes, Fr Alexander is another year older.

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Hugh Kennedy knows he might never see his alleged abuser in court.

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The First Minister has published plans showing how she believes

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Scotland could stay in the single market after the UK

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Theresa May said she would carefully consider proposals put forward

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by the Scottish Government but warned that some plans

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Our political editor Brian Taylor told us why she'd

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Nicola Sturgeon promised that before Christmas she would set out details

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that it would be a substantial policy package aimed at focusing UK

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mines upon the Scottish dimension of Brexit. If you like, a Christmas

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parcel to Downing Street. This West Lothian firm sells pizza ovens

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worldwide, including two big European market. The Finnish born

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boss is optimistic book anxious. We are needing to know where we can

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find employees. I need to know if I can stay in the UK myself. Nicola

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Sturgeon reckons Brexit undiluted... The plan is to ease the pain. We

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want the UK comments to make it clear when it trickles article 50

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that it intends to stay in the single market and the customs union.

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If it will not do so, we want the UK Government to seek a differentiated

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solution for Scotland as set out here. Two areas of focus. The

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customs union, the single market. Under a customs union, members

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apply, agreed tariffs to countries outside the EU. If the UK quips that

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arrangement, Scotland were brief, too, but might arguably impede some

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trade, but the First Minister insisted it would also remove any

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need for a Customs border between Scotland and England. On power is

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shared with the EU, Nicola Sturgeon want full control of devolved issues

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like fisheries and agriculture, plus employment law and powers needed to

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strike international bargains, including immigration. Here is the

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main idea. The European economic area consists of EU member states

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plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. Scotland would join

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that is, retaining single market freedoms, trade, services capital

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and the movement of people. But if people could travel freely from

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Europe to, say, Gretna in Scotland, what is to stop them hopping over

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the border to Carlisle? Nicola Sturgeon says England could tackle

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that with checks on employment housing. Others retain doubts. It is

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a proposal that is trying to keep Scotland in both markets as far as

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possible. It creates all pairs of difficulties as to whether you can

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really do that. For the plan, the chair of the expert panel advising

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the First Minister. There are issues that have to be addressed in terms

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of additional powers to be devolved to Scotland to manage the markets,

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to adhere to single market rules, but I think it is possible and these

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are important proposals to address these issues in practical terms.

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This is about political strategy, too. Nicola Sturgeon is challenging

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the Prime Minister. To the Westminster government I say this.

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Your response to these proposals will tell us much, perhaps

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everything, about whether the UK is in reality a partnership of equals

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that you claim it to be. We are negotiating a UK approach and a UK

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relationship with the EU. I think you have assumed an accepted

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differential relationships which I don't think is right to accept. I

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said when I first met the First Minister after becoming Prime

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Minister that we would look very seriously at any proposals that come

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forward from the devolved administrations, and there may be

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proposals that are impractical. Critics say the First Minister is in

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denial about the problems her plan would bring. Nicola Sturgeon admits

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it is challenging but insists it is workable if the will is there. There

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will be serious consideration of this by the UK Government. There may

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be some concessions. I would be astonished if the UK Government

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conceded all of this, consider the transfer of powers, conceded that

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point about membership or access to European single market for Scotland.

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I would be astonished given the Commons from conservatives in the

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run-up to this. There is a strategic question here. Nicola Sturgeon

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insists she is genuinely advancing this as a policy solution within the

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UK. Within the ambit of the UK. If she puts forward a referendum again

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on Scottish independence, at least you will be able to argue that she

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seriously and thoroughly considered all options, alternatives, before

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going to that prospect being put before the Scottish people.

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An investigation is under way after a man was found dead in a van,

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days after police were reportedly contacted over concerns

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David Penman's body was found in the van by police

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in Dunipace in Stirlingshire, on December the 15th.

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It is understood calls had been made to police two days earlier.

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The vehicle is not thought to have been involved in an accident.

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The number of indoor tennis courts in Scotland is to double under plans

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to build a legacy on our successes in the sport.

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?15 million has been pledged over the next decade.

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The Wimbledon and Paralympic champion Gordon Reid says

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all of the country should benefit - including less privileged areas.

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And to football - there's only one Premiership game tonight.

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Celtic beat Patrick Thistle 1-0 at Parkhead.

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Scott Sinclair scored the winner to give Celtic a 14-point lead

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And predictably enough - with five days to go till Christmas,

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the weather is turning and travel plans for the next few days

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But as Steven Godden reports, there is some good news

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Stornoway this morning. Ferries cancelled, roads closed, buildings

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damaged. A sign of things to come as the weather deteriorates in the

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run-up to the holidays. High winds over the rest of the week, peaking

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on Friday and Saturday, will lead to a lot of very destruction to the

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Northern Isles and the Western Isles, so that will be one area of

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concern. Also a lot of delivery vehicles on the road, high sided

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vehicles might be drawn to these high gusts of wind. Generally for

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motorists, heavy rain, high winds combined isn't pleasant. Arriving on

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Friday, storm Barbara will coincide with the busiest days for Christmas

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Friday, storm Barbara will coincide travel and when it comes to bad

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weather, history teaches transport ministers to be wary. I want people

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to see their family, spend time with their friends on Christmas and

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Christmas eve, but in order to do so they will have to plan ahead. We

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will get that information out across our network as early as we can so

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that people can plan. Fare air passengers, the threat of man-made

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destruction has been left tonight after a planned strike by baggage

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handlers that would have affected several Scottish airports was called

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off. Those Christmas continues this can now be shelved. Elsewhere,

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challenging few lie ahead. Well, It's over to Kawser now

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with the weather outlook A spell of wet and windy weather

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still as we head through the rest of the night, but then some clearer

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spells developing especially across the East later and some blustery

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showers by the end of the night across the North West. Tonight, as

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the rain clears, those clearer skies allowed to bridge as default,

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especially for inland areas, down to freezing. By the end of the night

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and morning, some blustery showers coming in across the far north and

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the north-west with snow down to maybe 100-200 metres. Sleet and

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lower levels. Some damp weather for a time across central and lower

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belt. There will be showers, but improving through the afternoon. The

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rest of the UK tomorrow, and we expect some strong winds across very

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far north. Some frequently true showers, and we expect some frequent

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lightning by the afternoon and a Met Office yellow be aware warning is in

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lightning by the afternoon and a Met force throughout the day. The rest

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of the UK, some drier weather for the central swathe, but across the

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south of England, some rain and milder conditions for a time. Highs

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of ten or 11 degrees. Across the North, eyes of four or 5 degrees.

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With the wind chill, bitterly cold. Thursday is similar. Blustery

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showers, sleazy conditions down to lower levels, strong winds were very

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far north. Thursday, in comparison to what's to come, is the better day

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for any travel plans if you're heading out for the weekend. As we

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look ahead to Friday, storm Barbara is heading towards us. A deep area

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of low pressure. With its heavy rain but very strong winds and that is

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the main concern as we look ahead to Friday. Those gusts reaching 50 to

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70 mph widely across Scotland, a Met Office yellow be aware weather

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warning is in force. An amber be prepared warning is in fourth for

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the -- in force for the Northwest and the Northern Isles. Some storm

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force gusts reaching up to 90 mph across the Western Isles during the

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middle part of the day on Friday and this is transposed to Orkney and

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Shetland by the end of the evening. Some very destructive weather to

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come. That is your forecast. Our next update is during Breakfast

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

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here in Glasgow and around

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