22/12/2016 Reporting Scotland


22/12/2016

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As Scotland prepares for the Christmas getaway,

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it's also preparing for Storm Barbara.

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Ferries to the Northern and Western Isles have been

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cancelled - as have some train services tomorrow.

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On the Clyde coast the ferry to Rothesay was working

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normally this afternoon, much to the relief

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My last chance of getting away to do my shopping today,

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But it looks like tomorrow will be much more challenging.

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Calmac say it is highly likely that there will be

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cancellations on this route and other Clyde routes tomorrow.

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Some services have been cancelled already, others will be

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reviewed throughout the day, so their advice is keep

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checking their website for the latest updates.

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On the railways, teams will be standing by to clear storm debris

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from the lines but some West Coast travellers hoping to head home

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by train for Christmas will have an early start,

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as ScotRail is suspending the most exposed routes from the morning.

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On the Clyde Line and the Oban we are suspending services

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We ask all customers to check the website carefully,

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check what journeys you have and make alternative

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We will reimburse tickets that have been bought and can't be used.

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Here is Storm Barbara, bringing high winds and also

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rain and snow on higher ground, so driving conditions especially

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on roads like the A9 are currently testing.

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Plan more time for your journey, let someone know when you are likely

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to be at your destination, make sure you have a fully charged

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mobile phone and some warm clothing with you so that you are safe

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and prepared should you come into some difficulty.

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They're certainly prepared in the food sense in Shetland,

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nine massive containers of festive food arrived by ferry

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today, with one more boat due before Christmas.

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We planned ahead, got the stock in early, so we'll have more

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than enough for everyone until Christmas Eve,

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A reminder today from the Kirk to put comfort and safety

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With the weather doing its worst, churches like this one in Falkirk

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are streaming their services so you can join online

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but you can get a sense of joining in not only with the worship

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and the service but perhaps with your friends as well,

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Not quite the same as being there but you still get that sense

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Storm Barbara will bring travel problems so settling

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in by the tree may be very welcoming when you finally

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Aileen Clarke, Reporting Scotland.

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The public spending watchdog says Police Scotland

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and the organisation which oversees it - the Scottish Police Authority -

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are facing a funding gap of almost ?190 million by 2020-21.

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Audit Scotland says there's continuing concern

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But the two organisations say they're working

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Scotland's national police force and the authority that holds it

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to account are two of the countries most high-profile bodies,

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but now serious questions are being asked about how

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they are managing their annual budget of ?1.1 billion.

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This report published by the public spending watchdog says that

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although Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority

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have existed for three years they both suffer

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The auditor general says that is not acceptable.

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I think one concern has been that the focus of day-to-day

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and keeping day-to-day policing going, but the focus of the reform

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is making sure it is sustainable for the future given the financial

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The report dominated Question Time at Holyrood.

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Police Scotland is staring down the barrel of a ?190

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million budget deficit, we've heard all before.

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In response the First Minister indicated the UK Government's

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refusal to accept Scotland from a VAT bill.

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Ruth Davidson won't have any credibility talking about police

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until she backs us in telling the Tory colleagues in Westminster

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to do the right thing and stop taking money out of the pockets

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Away from Holyrood the Scottish Police Authority said

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We acknowledge fully our standard of book-keeping could have been

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improved and we agree with the auditor on that point

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and we are taking steps to address that matter,

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Police Scotland declined our request for a broadcast interview

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but in a statement it shared through the Scottish Police

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Authority, David Page, the deputy chief officer said

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the force was committed to ensuring that the financial management

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of the police budget was of the highest standard

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and would continue to work to ensure that the appropriate resources

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were in place to improve capacity and capability and make sure

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That is likely to go down well with the auditor general -

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after three years of asking, she is now expecting results.

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Andrew Black, Reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.

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A man has been convicted of murdering his former partner

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Heroin addict Steven Jackson dumped Kimberley MacKenzie's remains

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at a number of locations in the Angus town of Montrose.

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A woman has been found guilty of helping him

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Kimberly MacKenzie was repeatedly battered and stabbed by her former

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Afterwards, as she lay dying, he went to buy heroin

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with Michelle Higgins, the pair captured on CCTV

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There's an element of drug addiction to the crime, but let's be clear,

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nothing would allow for that level of brutality that's been dished out

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to Kimberly MacKenzie and caused her death.

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The next day, Jackson cut up Kimberly's body in the bottom

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of the flat and then he and Michelle Higgins dumped body

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parts in bins around the town and in another house.

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The murder, described by police as brutal and callous,

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led to a complex investigation, parts of Montrose sealed off and bin

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collection suspended while officers carried out detailed searches.

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During the five-week trial the two accused blamed each other.

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Jackson was convicted of the crime and Higgins found guilty

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Kimberly was a mother and sister, her family have clearly been

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affected by these events and having to listen to the dramatic story

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-- traumatic story unfolding through the trial,

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our thoughts are firmly with her family.

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Police say the crime traumatised the community of Montrose.

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That was underlined today by the judge, who told Jackson

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and Higgins that what they had done was horrific and depraved.

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They will be sentenced at the High Court in

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The former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has pled not guilty to two charges,

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including one of fraud, in relation to his purchase

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Mr Whyte's lawyer entered the plea during a hearing at the High Court

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A trial is scheduled to begin in Glasgow next April.

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An extra ?18 million to deliver superfast broadband

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to some rural parts of Scotland has been described as disappointing.

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It represents only 4% of a ?440 million investment,

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announced today by the UK Government for Britain.

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Willie Johnston reports from one community where the broadband

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A typical picturesque village and parish in rural Galloway.

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Close to beaches and with a pub, school and community hall

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there are many reasons to want to live in Borgue

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but broadband connectivity is not one of them.

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It depends what time of day you access it.

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On a good day they get speeds of 4 megabits per second while some

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neighbours struggle with 1 megabit, not enough, he says,

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to thrive, even survive in 21st century Scotland,

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Farmers, local businesses, individuals who want to continue

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doing things in the local area, they increasingly find

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that they need to have decent broadband and they can't do it.

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I know of a number of examples of people who would like to be

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working here, who have the IT skills but haven't got the infrastructure.

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The UK Government says the cash, which comes from efficiency savings

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and from money clawed back from the supplier BT, will connect

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more Scottish homes and businesses by getting fibre connections

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This is money being used to upgrade cabinets to make sure

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we have the latest technology in them so that there is access

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But the Hollywood Ministers say the amount earmarked

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Very much on the low side, if the Barnett formula was applied

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there would be a far higher share, would there not?

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A concern shared in Galloway by one campaigner.

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People often overlook this part of the world and I think

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economically we are important and we should really

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support local communities, so ?80 million doesn't seem

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Glaswegian chef Gary Maclean has been named champion

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He beat 47 other professional chefs over seven weeks of cooking

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Gary Maclean's winning menu consisted

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of a razor clams starter, a Highland roe deer main

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course and a chocolate pistachio ganache pudding,

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course and a chocolate pistachio ganache pudding.

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But the amazing journey. This is the biggest competition that any chef

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can go through. It was incredible. I've run out of words. I never

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thought I'd would win. My wife and kids are going to

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Let's get the all-important weather outlook for tonight

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good evening. They can before the storm tonight with clear spells

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across we can see that Storm Barbara is in the Atlantic and coming

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towards us. It's bringing strong winds, especially for plenty of

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warnings across DLO be of real weather this general warning will

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extend to Northern the amber warning we should be most concerned about.

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That is the north and icy stretches and defrost. By morning, giving full

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spread through eight o'clock tomorrow morning and western areas

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we will see heavy outputs the rainfall arrives later on in highs

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of the rain and will be several be a line of very strong winds across the

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gusts of as we head into you can see that the rain and wind will extend

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all for all, temperatures will reach around double digits during the

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course of the day. As we look blustery showers. It will be a

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better day for travelling. The blustery showers. It will be a

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showers will come with a risk of lightening, redbrick sovereign

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across a deep area of low very windy again. Later in the

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But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow and around

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