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Liam Fee: Full NSPCC statement

The NSPCC has released a statement following the murder of Liam Fee and the sentencing of those responsible.

“Those responsible for Liam’s brutal murder have quite rightly received long jail terms. It is incomprehensible how two people who were meant to look after the children in their care could subject them to such appalling abuse.

“They chose to murder a defenceless child in the most horrific way, abuse other children and shamefully attempted to shift the blame for Liam’s death on to another child.

“Details of the horrendous abuse this couple inflicted on Liam and the other children were shocking to hear and the sentences passed today reflect the brutality of their crimes.

“Fife Child Protection Committee has already begun a Significant Case Review into this case and it is vital that the investigation is carried out thoroughly so action can be taken to prevent other children from suffering as Liam did before his murder, his short life scarred by neglect, abuse and violence.

“The two boys who survived the abuse will need support, stability and love to help them come to terms with their experiences and begin to recover.”

– Matt Forde, Head of Service for NSPCC Scotland

NSPCC: "This is a horrendous case"

The NSPCC has described the murder of Liam Fee as brutal and appalling.

Nyomi and Rachel Fee, originally of Ryton, Gateshead, were sentenced to 24 and 23.5 years respectively for the murder and ill-treatment of two-year-old Liam Fee.

The sentences are reported to be the longest ever sentences handed to women in Scotland.

Northumberland man killed by crane in Scotland named by police

Police have confirmed the identity of the man who died following an incident on the Queensferry Crossing Construction Site as John Grant Cousin.

John Grant Cousin Credit: Police Scotland

The 62 year-old construction worker from Northumberland was fatally injured when he was hit by a crane in Scotland on Thursday 28th April.

He was working on the £1.4billion Queensferry Crossing when it's believed he was hit by a boom attached to a crane.

Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances that led to his death.

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South Africa beat brave Scotland

South Africa v Scotland. Credit: PA

South Africa 34 - 16 Scotland

A strong performance from South Africa gave them the lead against Scotland at half time, but Scotland have made an excellent start to the second half.

Bismarck du Plessis got the opening try for the Springboks, after a lengthy stoppage by the television match official. Handre Pollard's conversion gave them a seven point lead.

Pollard kicked two penalties to extend the lead, before Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw pulled three points back, bringing it to 13-3.

South Africa tight-head prop Jannie du Plessis then clattered Fraser Brown in the ruck, and was sent to the sin-bin.

The penalty was too far out for Jedburgh's Laidlaw, who fell short.

Then, on the stroke of half time, South Africa's dreaded rolling maul heaved into action.

As the Scots tried desperately to fight back, the ball was moved out the back and JP Pietersen had a simple finish.

The conversion was easy for Pollard, sending the Springboks into the break 20-3 up.

Shortly after the restart scrum-half Greig Laidlaw scored another penalty, and in the 48th minute Tommy Seymour sent St James' Park into raptures, finishing from close range after Duncan Weir embarked on a mazy run after stealing a pass.

Laidlaw converted, but Pollard pulled the Springboks ahead again with a drop goal, taking it to 23-13.

Greig Laidlaw then had a moment to forget, getting a yellow card for pulling down JP Pietersen as he tried to escape down the wing.

But far from panicking, Scotland closed the gap further - Duncan Weir's penalty bringing it back to 23-16.

South Africa hit back instantly with another Pollard penalty restoring the ten point lead, and yet another taking it to 29-16.

Then, in the 72nd minute, South Africa looked to have wrapped up the victory when Habana dived across the line on the left wing, before Scotland could push him into touch.

The Springboks held on to beat Scotland 34-16.

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