09/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The girlfriend of the missing RAF serviceman, Corrie McKaig,

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has revealed she's pregnant with his child.

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April Oliver discovered in October she was having a baby,

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weeks after Corrie disappeared after a night out in the Suffolk

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She's always wanted to be a mother, but looking at the scan of her and

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Corrie's unborn child, she wishes circumstances could be different.

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The personal trainer first met him on an online dating site last summer

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and only discovered she was pregnant fortnight after the RAF gunner went

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Being a mother is something I always wanted to be, right from

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when I was younger, but it is just...

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It is just a horrible time, isn't it, really?

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Corrie's mother and April's parents have known about the

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pregnancy since the outset and they are supporting her.

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It's something I hoped he would be here to help me

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make the decision with, but he isn't, so it's

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Not the most pleasant thing to go through on your own,

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especially when the person you love is not present.

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Corrie was last caught on CCTV in the early hours of

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Saturday the 24th of September in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.

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The 23-year-old had been enjoying a night out

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left this nightclub alone in the early hours.

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After entering an area behind some shops, he disappeared.

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As this home video shows, Corrie McKeague is an extrovert and happy

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His family say he would talk to anyone.

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Every week, his mother flies to Scotland to coordinate the search

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It is difficult to balance the excitement of a new baby

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to what we are trying to focus on now and that is finding Corrie,

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We will get through this but just now I have

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got to, for my own sanity, just try to concentrate on trying to find

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Corrie and doing everything I can to find him.

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Preparations are already in place for the birth

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April now hopes to some personal privacy for her and her

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Both families are now determined that efforts are focused

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on finding Corrie, this unborn baby's father.

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Scotland's tougher drink-drive limits are still failing to deter

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motorists from drinking too much and getting behind the wheel.

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This festive period there was a 38% rise in the number of drivers

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Here's our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson.

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The drink-drive limit is 50 mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres blood. It

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was previously 80 mg. How much is that? The new limit is probably less

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than a pint of beer or a glass of wine. But you should not take a

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chance, although drivers did. From December until this year, six and in

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25 motorists failed a breath test, an increase of 38.3% over the

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previous festive period. Worryingly, only 57 of the drivers who failed

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were only over the new limit, meaning 90.9% would have failed

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before the new levy came into force. Police tested more motorists over

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the festive period than in recent years, campaigners say that the only

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way to deter drivers who deliberately chose to take

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to the wheel after drinking The focus is on making sure

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the majority of people get the Unfortunately, the people breaking

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the limit now I fear don't take any They need to be caught

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by the police to And there is apparent support

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in this Edinburgh pub for the tougher limits and

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tougher enforcement. I believe there should be zero

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tolerance on drink-driving. I don't think you should get

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in your car after drinking. You are out of control

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when you've had a drink, so the answer should be quite simple,

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you shouldn't allow a limit, you If you drive, you don't

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drink and that's it. I think in their head they know

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is wrong, and I don't know how we can change that.

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Police say although drink-driving has had a

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high profile during the festive period,

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it will continue to be a

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When not going to stop targeting drink-drivers

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simply because the festive period is over.

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There will still be a focus on it throughout the year because there

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is a hard-core element of motorists disregarding the safety of other

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people and we will continue to pursue those individuals.

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My message is still the same, regardless of

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whether it is Christmas or summer, don't do it.

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The figures also showed an increase in the people caught the

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morning after drinking, which police said was reckless.

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Campaigners south of the border have been calling for

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a reduction in the drink-driving limit there and have expressed

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concern to that with so many Scottish drivers being over the old

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limit, it may dissuade legislators from bringing England and Wales into

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The driver of a lorry which crashed into a house killing a woman had

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blacked out with what a court heard described as an

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55-year-old Catherine Bonner died and her partner, Jim McColl,

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was badly hurt in the crash in Fairlie in 2013.

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A Fatal Accident Inquiry heard from a doctor who said

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driver George Marshall had an underlying medical condition.

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A charge of death by dangerous driving was dropped after details

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The way skills are taught needs to be urgently overhauled to cope

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That's according to a think tank which is warning more needs done

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Here's our business correspondent, David Henderson.

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They are here to retrain and keep pace with changes at work.

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This class is popular with mature students who want to take on new

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skills for a career in nursery education.

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You learn to deal with people differently, your

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communication changes as you develop different

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working relationships with

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your mentors and lecturer and other classmates.

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I think it is vital that we keep learning and not give up at

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the age of 37, you know, decide to change your life for the better.

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Soon the owners classmates will take this training to where they work.

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Most of the students here are under 25

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but the average age is on the rise as more people look to renew their

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The college principal told me those skills

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are focused on the jobs that

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Employers help shape and design the courses in the

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programmes, in some cases helping deliver

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those programmes with us and

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They provide real live work experience and

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projects for the students studying in college so they are tapping into

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talent that exists in the College at the same time as preparing the

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Technology is becoming ever present in the workplace, like this robot,

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which was taught to sort clothes, and the gathering pace of change in

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so many lines of work means skills training may have to adapt.

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In Scotland there is an issue with people

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medium-skilled into more highly skilled positions and we've also

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found there is an issue around skills mismatch in Scotland, where

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the skills are not meeting the needs of employers.

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We feel the skills system needs to reform and become

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more flexible to meet these needs and to be

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able to be fit for the

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One the things we have done to respond to that particular

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challenge of helping people progress in their careers is extra funding to

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So working patterns are being redrawn and very

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Instead, change is the order for the day.

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That presents challenges but opportunities too.

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The centralisation of the control rooms of the Scottish Fire

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and Rescue Service is being blamed for a series of call-out errors.

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Critics claim a lack of local knowledge has led to the mistakes.

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Fire brigade control centres in both Aberdeen and Inverness were closed

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down at the end of last year with the new North operations hub in

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Dundee part of a ?10 million reorganisation and investment in

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The closures were always controversial and in recent

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weeks it is alleged that emergency fire crews have been sent out when

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there were other crews close at hand.

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One crew was called out from Lairg to attend an incident on the

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Another station was asked to go to an

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address in Dundee and that defies belief, that in a life-threatening

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situation and a life safety service, these things are happening.

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Councillors in the Highlands have always been against the

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centralisation and are now calling for the closure of the local call

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Politicians are demanding answers to the current

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We need to sure that fire engines go to the right place right

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across the Highlands and Islands and that has

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not happened recently so

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Parliament should look into it and find out what went wrong

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and make sure the Fire Service operate as it

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Scottish Fire and rescue declined to be interviewed about the

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allegations, but in a statement, they said

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they had reviewed what were

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unsubstantiated claims and was set aside that in all cases the correct

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results have been sent to the incident involved.

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They added that in any area local knowledge came not

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just from control room staff, but also from

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We've had some outbreaks of rain, merging into longer spells and

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clearer spells to the east. That will be the case for the rest of the

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night along with brisk winds. Gail Folsom the Western Isles along the

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West course on for the Northern Isles. Through the night, fairly

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mild. Clear spells towards the east. By morning, showers for the far

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north, the Northern Isles and the North West. Temperatures, 4-5 C. Dry

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in the central belt and across the borders. As we head through the day,

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we will see improving conditions and this band of rain is continuing

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across the west coast in particular. Sunny spells along the east coast.

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The rain extends down south across towards north-western parts of

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England and into Wales and the South West of England. Brian is along the

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east coast all the way down into the south-east. Temperatures 9-10 C.

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Tomorrow evening, further rain for a time, but as this moves through, we

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get much colder air for tomorrow night into Wednesday. It is going to

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turn a very windy indeed, with night into Wednesday. It is going to

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severe gales for the North and gale force gusts across Scotland and

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Northern Ireland. Showers become increasingly wintry. Wednesday,

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those showers with sleet and snow in the North West. Brighter moments

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between these showers, but bitterly cold and temperatures of 5 degrees.

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But with the wind chill, it will feel extremely cold. The Met office

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have issued several warnings for the strength of the wind and for snow

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showers with snow falling readily to lower levels on Thursday. Those

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warnings across most of Scotland in the West on for Northern Ireland,

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too. Thursday, widespread across Scotland and extended to the coast.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25am tomorrow morning.

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But from everyone on the late team, goodnight.

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