Local newspaper round-up


The Fife Free Press:                                                                                                                                                                                           GUNNED DOWN                                                                                                                                                                                                Police continue their manhunt following the murder of Kirkaldy landlord, Mohammed Nadeem Siddique (38) at the weekend.  The father of three, known locally as Toby, was found dead in a Glenrothes flat on Sunday by police who were called following reports of gunshots.                                                                                            

Dunfermline Press:                                                                                                                                                                                                  New buyer for Hyundai                                                                                                                                                                                         Plans of American firm, Zoom Diversified to become the new owners of the the former Hyundai factory at Halbeath have fallen through.  The proposed high-tech solar cell operation with the prospect of creating 1,000 new jobs will not go ahead.

Central Fife Times:                                                                                                                                                                                Councillors in Charrette row                                                                                                                                                                      SNP and Labour councillors are warring over plans for Lochgelly after the Scottish Government published  the Charette Series Report.  The report, published on Friday, proposes a masterplan that projects growth through to 2066.                 

East Lothian Courier:                                                                                                                                                                                          Ousted Anne savages new MP                                                                                                                                                              Former county MP Anne Moffat has launched an attack on her successor, Fiona ODonnell and the local Labour party “bullies” who she claims plotted her political downfall.

East Lothian News:                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lock up your children!                                                                                                                                                                                          Civic leaders in Tranent have called for pupils to be “contained” within the grounds of Ross High during breaks and at lunch times.  This is the second time in four years that the Tranent and Ephinstone Community Council has asked for this.

The Berwiskshire News:                                                                                                                                                                                      Total support for Reston station plan                                                                                                                                                  Strong support shown for the restoration of Reston train station at a public meeting last week. Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES) have been pushing for the reopening of the station for seven years, but it remains closed.

The Southern Reporter:                                                                                                                                                                                       Parker reveals cuts countdown                                                                                                                                                        Scottish Borders Council will today (Thurs) agree to send representatives to Bruissels next month to plead for investment in the area.

West Lothian Courier:                                                                                                                                                                                         TOT’S DOING JUST FYNN                                                                                                                                                                       BabyFynn decided he couldn’t wait until his mum Lynette got to St. John’s Hospital, so he made his arrival at a bus stop on Bathgate’s King Street in the front seat of his parent’s car.