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Monday, 10 December, 2001, 18:27 GMT
Frontline Scotland
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Frontline Scotland is BBC Scotland's investigative current affairs programme broadcast on Tuesday nights.

This series ran from 16 October to 11 December 2001. Archived versions of the various programmes are available in Real Video here.

You can contact the programme directly by sending an e-mail - click here


Innocence Lost

The programme, broadcast on 16 October, looks at a high profile child abuse case which collapsed in July of this year.

Ross McWilliam investigates the serious questions raised about the way the system treats child witnesses.

The programme also reports on how the mother of the alleged child victims and the men who stood accused have criticised the handling of the case.

Frontline tries to discover what went wrong in abuse cases and how it could be put right.

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The Untouchable

The programme on 23 October investigates the story of Adam Carruthers, jailed for 12 years in June for raping two women while serving as a police officer.

Hiding behind a mask of respectability, he controlled, manipulated, abused and raped women whose trust he gained during his career at Dumfries and Galloway Police.

Frontline speaks to victims of Carruthers who give chillling accounts of a man determined to use his uniform to aid years of stalking and abuse and reveals how victims complained to police but were not believed.

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Only Skin Deep

In a society that highly values youth, people in Scotland are now getting into debt in order to gain the body beautfiul.

The programme on 30 October investigates the rise in the number of Scots having cosmetic surgery, but does the high price of choosing to go 'under the knife' guarantee the desired results?

Sam Poling investigates an unregulated industry which, under current legislation, allows any doctor to carry out cosmetic surgery, even though he or she may have no previous surgical experience.

Frontline speaks to those who have opted for cosmetic surgery and in some cases have ended up bitterly regretting it.

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Out of the Red

Scotland has the highest debt in the UK, with many people owing millions in council tax and poll tax arrears.

Frontline Scotland on 6 November examines the different methods being tried to get the debtors to pay up, including a new breed of of debt investigators.

The team talk to those who are in debt and the creditors who believe the rest of us will lose out if the debtors are not forced to pay up.

The Scottish Parliament has voted to abolish warrant sales and poindings, which leave people feeling humiliated and distressed.

But can councils recoup the money without the threat of the sheriffs' officers?

Sam Poling investigates the legacy of the poll tax and the attempts to get the Scottish debtors to cough up.

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The Railway Children

More people than ever are trespassing on Scotland's railways and attacks on trains, the drivers and the passengers who travel on them are increasing.

There were almost 4,000 reported incidents of trespass and vandalism in the past year in Scotland and the delays to services totalled 1,000 hours.

Six out of 10 delays and cancellations are due to trespass and vandalism.

Frontline Scotland on 13/11/01 investigates the increasing number of incidents on our railways.

Ross McWilliam looks at the dangers and finds that authorities seem almost powerless in addressing the problems.

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Fantasy Football

The programme on 20 November investigates a radical alternative vision for Scottish football amid concern about the financial state of many clubs.

Contributors to the programme allege that the business of football is riddled with chronic mismanagement, under investment and apathy.

A recent report showed that Scotland's Premier League clubs reported pre-tax losses of 44m last season.

Top of the league was Rangers with 25m and second was Celtic with 6m.

According to academic Bert Moorhouse, Scotland's two biggest clubs can manage losses like these but "Scotland's remaining 40 clubs simply aren't financially viable any more", he says.

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Defending the Faithful

Mulsims are the latest targets but Scotland already has a history of religious intolerance.

Sectarianism and bigotry stretches back into Scottish history, challenging the image of Scotland as a welcoming country.

The programme on 27 November investigates the level of religious intolerance in Scotland and asks whether a proposed new law could combat it.

Ross McWilliam speaks to Donald Gorrie MSP, who is proposing the new bill, which would allow crimes involving religious hatred to be dealt with more severely by the courts.

He also talks to critics of the bill and those who have been the victims of religious violence.

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Smoke Out

The team go undercover with Customs and Excise officers as they tackle the tobacco smugglers in the edition broadcast on 11 December.

Officers and reporter Sam Poling confront a man who sells illegal cigarettes at Ayr market.

They find his supplier, a school dinner lady, and discover her secret store at her grandfather's house.

Officer also raid the Barras market in Glasgow, get caught up in a tussle and find 1.3 million cigarettes in a Glasgow lock-up.

This year alone, officers have seized 30 million cigarettes in Scotland.

No-one knows how many others are getting through to a public which seems all too happy to buy them but largely remains ignorant of the underlying problems the illegal trade can cause.

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