14/04/2017 Reporting Scotland


14/04/2017

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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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5,000 heart valve patients in Scotland have been warned that

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bypass machines used in operations may have been contaminated

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But Health Protection Scotland say the risk of infection is very low.

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Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.

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This is in response to a UK-wide alert that has been in place

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What has happened is that there is believed to be a link

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between the bacteria mycobacterium chimaera

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and the type of device used to heat up cold blood during certain types

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This device is absolutely essential for this type of surgery, and it's

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thought that perhaps the equipment may have become contaminated.

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Around 5,000 people in Scotland have received these letters.

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They have gone to people who had their valve repaired or replaced.

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The consequences of not taking any action are clearly very serious,

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Across the UK, 26 cases have been identified,

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and, out of that, 15 patients have died.

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Since then, measures have been taken to improve

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Health Protection Scotland say that anybody who might start

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experiencing symptoms - they could start as flu-like

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symptoms or weight loss or night sweats -

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should contact their doctor as soon as possible.

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It can lie dormant in a body for five to six years.

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They say that, although the risk is low, you should contact

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your GP as soon as possible if you have any symptoms.

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Police have revealed that one of the men stabbed in Glasgow city

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centre yesterday was deliberately targeted by his attacker.

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The 33-year-old who carried out the assault later died

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It's emerged that a third man was also injured,

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The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations

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Detectives investigating the alleged rape of a man in Dumfries last

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weekend say they're now satisfied that no crime took place.

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Specialist investigating officers had been reviewing CCTV and

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taking statements from witnesses, after the alleged assault

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in the town's Brooms Road in the early hours of Sunday.

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But now they say they're no longer looking for a male suspect,

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who was reported to have attacked the victim.

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Free-range egg producers in Scotland are beginning

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where they've been housed since December.

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The industry took the decision to house the hens, after bird flu

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forced some farmers in England to impose tight restrictions.

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Our rural affairs correspondent Kevin Keane reports.

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These are free-range hens which haven't been

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Since bird flu arrived in December, they have been inside barns.

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It's not the Government that has forced this restriction.

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High-risk zones were designated in some parts of England,

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The industry on both sides of the border responded as one.

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They have had the upset of being shut in but they are surviving

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Extra bio-security measures might be necessary, with additional feed

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I think it's been probably as difficult as I expected,

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but more than 50% of the UK eggs produced are free-range eggs,

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so we have to protect consumer demand,

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Normally, if you were standing, the hens would be coming and coming

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from the shed through these hatches, giving them a free range

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Also things like this to try to keep them stimulated.

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Since this ban has been introduced, all of this has been out of bounds.

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The hens here produced thousands of eggs every

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day and all of these are destined

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for the UK's biggest supermarkets.

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Being housed indoors, consumers have had to be told

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that they are no longer technically free-range.

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The preventions we all have in place expire on the 30th of April.

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We are looking now at the populations of wild birds to see

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These birds will now be reintroduced gradually to the outside world.

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Ministers will decide whether the extra bio-security

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The Scottish cyclist, Katie Archibald, has won gold

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at the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.

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gave Britain its first gold of the championships.

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The 23-year-old from Milngavie succeeds Laura Kenny

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Katie was part of the winning Olympic team in Rio,

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but she admits that individual success was a different feeling.

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It is odd to celebrate by yourself and it feels lonely but looking

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forward to going back to the hotel...

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I am feeling pain primarily, but I'm happy

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That was a bumpy race and I thought I had lost it

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Chasing and chasing and being attacked...

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I got back on in the end and pulled it out of the bag.

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Football, and tonight's Premiership match between Kilmarnock

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and Hearts ended in a disappointing goal-less draw.

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Veteran striker Kris Boyd had two chances right

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at the end of the match, but couldn't break

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By contrast, there was a high score at tonight's Pro 12

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Warriors thumped the Italian side Zebre 45 points to 10.

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They scored seven tries, and won a bonus point.

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Let's get the Easter weekend weather forecast now, from Kirsteen.

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Thank you very much, Sally. A mixed bag. Good evening, the Shari theme

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over the past couple of days has allowed our weather watchers to take

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some superb pictures of rainbows. Thank you to purple horse who

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captured this gorgeous image over Loch Broom earlier today. Tonight,

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showers continued, especially frequent and heavy across the North

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and west, some clear spells at times elsewhere. Into tomorrow, again, a

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case of some bright or sunny spells and some showers. Especially heavy

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and frequent tomorrow morning across the North, being driven in on fresh

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to strong north-west winds. Come tomorrow afternoon however, across

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much of southern, central and eastern Scotland, a lot of dry

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weather with some bright or sunny spells and just a scattering of

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showers. In the sheltered East, temperatures may meet 11 or 12

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Celsius, not feeling too bad. Across the North however, we hold onto the

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strong winds making quite a cold feel. Although the showers will

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become more scattered here tomorrow afternoon, some of them may well

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still be on the heavy side. Across the rest of the UK for Northern

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Ireland and northern England, much the same as ourselves. Some bright

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or sunny spells and a scattering of showers. Elsewhere however, dry with

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some sunshine and temperatures generally around ten to 14 Celsius.

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Into tomorrow evening, showers becoming fewer and further between.

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A fine end to the day, sunshine around the lid will feel chilly.

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Looking ahead to Easter Day, Easter Sunday, some uncertainty regarding

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this rain moving in. We expect it to come through most of the South West

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of Scotland, into England and Wales steadily marching south-eastwards

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during the day. The North of Scotland will see a lot of dry,

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bright weather, but it will feel cold with biting northerly winds and

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a few wintry showers and then for Easter Monday, a ridge of high

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pressure, mostly dry conditions, again feeling rather cold.

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