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An offshore worker has called for action after he and colleagues
were exposed to radiation on a North Sea platform.
Rigging supervisor Steve Innes says he's struggled to find work
since raising concerns - and now faces cancer fears
The operator of the Thistle platform, EnQuest, says it's put
in place additional precautionary steps since the incident
Steve Innes has worked offshore for nearly 30 years. But the 54-year-old
from Sunderland has spent the last four months at home. He and five
colleagues were working on at the Thistle platform when they were
exposed to alpha radiation. We only realised two thirds of the way
through the trip. You can only do your job well if they prepare you
for it first. Their procedures have broken down. They didn't prepare us
well for it. In fact, they got it totally wrong. The Thistle is
operated by EnQuest. Steve hasn't worked since leaving in December,
and fears he is being shunned for speaking out. The Unite union says
they have no evidence that prevents workers from reporting such
incidents. It does happen, we know it happens. An incident like this, I
don't know if the investigation is ongoing. If its ongoing, it's
unlikely that we will want people back while the investigation is
ongoing. How are the men now? Worried. They're worried for the
future, worried for the help. They have not had any support to help
them through that. They've got a very uncertain future ahead. One
thing is certain - Steve and his very uncertain future ahead. One
former colleagues now face test every six months for the rest of
their lives. Exposure to alpha radiation could have no impact at
all on their health, but possible effects can be severe - including
cancer. Some of the guys can't go to work, they're on medication, not
sleeping, worried. He has been sent for whatever test and is waiting for
results to come back, like we all are. We're just hoping that
somebody. Forward and take a hold of the situation and start doing the
right thing. -- hoping that somebody will step forward. Rather than
keeping it under the table. Wood group which implied the contract to
say the health and safety of their workforces always their top
priority. EnQuest which operated the platform says the level of radiation
the men was exposed to was less than 1% of the level that would have
meant they needed to report it to the Health and Safety Executive. The
HSE were, however, informed at the time. It should be said that
although we are told the level of radiation was low, these workers are
now facing a lifetime of blood tests and uncertainty, and say they should
never have been put in the position in the first place.
A former youth football scout has been arrested by police
investigating allegations of historical sex abuse.
Harry Dunn worked for Rangers, and also Chelsea and Liverpool.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.
This arrest follows the announcement last year that police Scotland was
amongst almost 20 forces across the UK which have launched
investigations into allegations of child abuse within football. Harry
Dunn worked with the Rangers youth side in the 1980s. In a statement,
police didn't name him, saving only an 84-year-old man has been arrested
and charged with a number of non-race and sexual offences, and a
report will be submitted. Earlier this year, Jim McCafferty, former
kits Mannan coach at Hibs, Celtic and Falk, who is now 70, was
remanded in custody in Northern Ireland charged with sexual activity
with a boy under 16. You will be tried later this year. The Scottish
football Association has launched an investigation following reports in
high-profile players of abuse within the game which were acted upon at
the time. They include allegations against John Hart, Partick Thistle's
trainer, who is not theirs. Police Scotland are investigating over 130
allegations after a hotline was the bluster.
Well, in case it had passed your attention,
Funds raised from people doing something funny for money last time
have been distributed around the world, including to
Earlier today Aileen Clarke went along to see one of them in Glasgow.
From Shieldaig to Springburn, Libby McArthur was much loved
# What is the use and sharing this one and only life? #
She's sharing not just drama skills but life skills with these boys,
It's a chance not to sweat the small stuff.
It's a chance to find a place where you can be yourself.
Special guest today is Jane, who plays Eisa in Still Game.
I've got a nice overcoat you could use if the weather is bad.
The sessions with the boys here are free - and look good fun.
Behind it lies the aim of making these youngsters more confident,
and I hope is they will then become involved in the mainstream drama
-- and the hope is they will then become involved.
Most actors I know are really shy and were really shy as kids.
The reason why you want to get into acting is because you want
I love putting a wig and glasses on, and I can immerse myself
These 12-year-olds are nearing the end of the ten weekly
Comic Relief has given ?100,000 over three years to fund the workshops.
A variety of a group of youngsters are taking part.
They would all benefit from the intense support
It has helped me to improve to do a lot of things.
Basically, you think you're in a box and there is no escape.
When you come to speak, you get rid of the box.
It makes me happy coming here and seeing my friends.
The boys here are certainly very grateful for the money this project
An elderly sheepdog has been rescued from a gorge in the Highlands
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were alerted by someone
on a train, who spotted Nell yesterday near Roybridge.
Rescuers used ropes to get into gorge and then coax
the reluctant collie out - apparently none the
Now a look at the weather for tonight and tomorrow.
Thank you. Good evening to you. Some lovely pictures coming in of the
sunset this evening from our Weather Watchers. Weather-wise tonight it's
dry, cold with a touch of frost. This weekend high pressure is in
charge. Try and settled for most with spells of sunshine. Around the
northern flank of the high there will be some thicker cloud for the
Northern Isles. A dry start for the vast majority tomorrow, with high
cloud through the morning. The sunshine will be hazy at first, but
we expect that to go and there will be more in the Ray of Sunshine for
all of us. Across the far north, the thicker cloud holds on. Across the
UK, dry, finance settled. Cooler around North Sea coast. Come inland
and we are into the teens. We will have highs around 16 Celsius. By mid
afternoon for most it's really quite pleasant. Cooler around the
south-west coast, Ayrshire through Kintyre, Aaron, Argyll. It shouldn't
spoil things too much with that breeze of the sea. The north-east
might be 17 Celsius. Thicker cloud affecting Sutherland, in towards
Lewis and Harris. The rest of the afternoon, dry, clear, cold. Also
overnight, the clock changes, going forward an hour as we approach
British summer. So that means an hour less in bed on Sunday morning,
but on the upside, plenty of sunshine to help you get up and out
and about, because Sunday is another cracker of a day. Plenty of sun, dry
once again. The best of the warmest weather will be in the West and the
north-west. Enjoy its! Batters Reporting Scotland. From
everyone here, good night and enjoy your weekend. -- that is reporting