24/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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An offshore worker has called for action after he and colleagues

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were exposed to radiation on a North Sea platform.

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Rigging supervisor Steve Innes says he's struggled to find work

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since raising concerns - and now faces cancer fears

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The operator of the Thistle platform, EnQuest, says it's put

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in place additional precautionary steps since the incident

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Steve Innes has worked offshore for nearly 30 years. But the 54-year-old

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from Sunderland has spent the last four months at home. He and five

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colleagues were working on at the Thistle platform when they were

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exposed to alpha radiation. We only realised two thirds of the way

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through the trip. You can only do your job well if they prepare you

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for it first. Their procedures have broken down. They didn't prepare us

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well for it. In fact, they got it totally wrong. The Thistle is

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operated by EnQuest. Steve hasn't worked since leaving in December,

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and fears he is being shunned for speaking out. The Unite union says

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they have no evidence that prevents workers from reporting such

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incidents. It does happen, we know it happens. An incident like this, I

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don't know if the investigation is ongoing. If its ongoing, it's

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unlikely that we will want people back while the investigation is

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ongoing. How are the men now? Worried. They're worried for the

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future, worried for the help. They have not had any support to help

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them through that. They've got a very uncertain future ahead. One

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thing is certain - Steve and his very uncertain future ahead. One

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former colleagues now face test every six months for the rest of

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their lives. Exposure to alpha radiation could have no impact at

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all on their health, but possible effects can be severe - including

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cancer. Some of the guys can't go to work, they're on medication, not

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sleeping, worried. He has been sent for whatever test and is waiting for

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results to come back, like we all are. We're just hoping that

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somebody. Forward and take a hold of the situation and start doing the

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right thing. -- hoping that somebody will step forward. Rather than

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keeping it under the table. Wood group which implied the contract to

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say the health and safety of their workforces always their top

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priority. EnQuest which operated the platform says the level of radiation

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the men was exposed to was less than 1% of the level that would have

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meant they needed to report it to the Health and Safety Executive. The

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HSE were, however, informed at the time. It should be said that

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although we are told the level of radiation was low, these workers are

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now facing a lifetime of blood tests and uncertainty, and say they should

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never have been put in the position in the first place.

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A former youth football scout has been arrested by police

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investigating allegations of historical sex abuse.

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Harry Dunn worked for Rangers, and also Chelsea and Liverpool.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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This arrest follows the announcement last year that police Scotland was

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amongst almost 20 forces across the UK which have launched

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investigations into allegations of child abuse within football. Harry

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Dunn worked with the Rangers youth side in the 1980s. In a statement,

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police didn't name him, saving only an 84-year-old man has been arrested

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and charged with a number of non-race and sexual offences, and a

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report will be submitted. Earlier this year, Jim McCafferty, former

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kits Mannan coach at Hibs, Celtic and Falk, who is now 70, was

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remanded in custody in Northern Ireland charged with sexual activity

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with a boy under 16. You will be tried later this year. The Scottish

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football Association has launched an investigation following reports in

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high-profile players of abuse within the game which were acted upon at

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the time. They include allegations against John Hart, Partick Thistle's

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trainer, who is not theirs. Police Scotland are investigating over 130

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allegations after a hotline was the bluster.

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Well, in case it had passed your attention,

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Funds raised from people doing something funny for money last time

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have been distributed around the world, including to

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Earlier today Aileen Clarke went along to see one of them in Glasgow.

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From Shieldaig to Springburn, Libby McArthur was much loved

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# What is the use and sharing this one and only life? #

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She's sharing not just drama skills but life skills with these boys,

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It's a chance not to sweat the small stuff.

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It's a chance to find a place where you can be yourself.

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Special guest today is Jane, who plays Eisa in Still Game.

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I've got a nice overcoat you could use if the weather is bad.

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The sessions with the boys here are free - and look good fun.

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Behind it lies the aim of making these youngsters more confident,

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and I hope is they will then become involved in the mainstream drama

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-- and the hope is they will then become involved.

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Most actors I know are really shy and were really shy as kids.

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The reason why you want to get into acting is because you want

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I love putting a wig and glasses on, and I can immerse myself

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These 12-year-olds are nearing the end of the ten weekly

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Comic Relief has given ?100,000 over three years to fund the workshops.

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A variety of a group of youngsters are taking part.

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They would all benefit from the intense support

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It has helped me to improve to do a lot of things.

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Basically, you think you're in a box and there is no escape.

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When you come to speak, you get rid of the box.

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It makes me happy coming here and seeing my friends.

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The boys here are certainly very grateful for the money this project

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An elderly sheepdog has been rescued from a gorge in the Highlands

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Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team were alerted by someone

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on a train, who spotted Nell yesterday near Roybridge.

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Rescuers used ropes to get into gorge and then coax

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the reluctant collie out - apparently none the

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Now a look at the weather for tonight and tomorrow.

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Thank you. Good evening to you. Some lovely pictures coming in of the

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sunset this evening from our Weather Watchers. Weather-wise tonight it's

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dry, cold with a touch of frost. This weekend high pressure is in

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charge. Try and settled for most with spells of sunshine. Around the

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northern flank of the high there will be some thicker cloud for the

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Northern Isles. A dry start for the vast majority tomorrow, with high

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cloud through the morning. The sunshine will be hazy at first, but

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we expect that to go and there will be more in the Ray of Sunshine for

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all of us. Across the far north, the thicker cloud holds on. Across the

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UK, dry, finance settled. Cooler around North Sea coast. Come inland

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and we are into the teens. We will have highs around 16 Celsius. By mid

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afternoon for most it's really quite pleasant. Cooler around the

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south-west coast, Ayrshire through Kintyre, Aaron, Argyll. It shouldn't

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spoil things too much with that breeze of the sea. The north-east

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might be 17 Celsius. Thicker cloud affecting Sutherland, in towards

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Lewis and Harris. The rest of the afternoon, dry, clear, cold. Also

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overnight, the clock changes, going forward an hour as we approach

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British summer. So that means an hour less in bed on Sunday morning,

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but on the upside, plenty of sunshine to help you get up and out

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and about, because Sunday is another cracker of a day. Plenty of sun, dry

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once again. The best of the warmest weather will be in the West and the

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north-west. Enjoy its! Batters Reporting Scotland. From

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everyone here, good night and enjoy your weekend. -- that is reporting

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Scotland.

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