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Body found in the Alness area identified as missing Wakefield man

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Police Scotland have confirmed that a body recovered from the Alness area on Monday 20 October has been identified as that of Mark Burgess. The 58 year-old was last seen at his home in Wakefield at 10:30pm on Wednesday 15th October and his body was recovered around 1800 hours yesterday. Police stated that there were no […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Unemployment down and growth figures up for Scottish economy

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Newly published figures have shown  a record fall in unemployment in Scotland and strong growth in the Scottish economy. Labour market statistics published today show that the number of people unemployed in Scotland has fallen by a record 40,000 – as Scotland’s employment rate of 73.9 per cent continues to outpace the UK’s rate of […]

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Man attacked and knocked unconscious after late night assault

Pic Katielee Arrowsmith/Deadline News..Lothian and Boarders Police

A 19 year-old man was attacked and knocked unconscious in a late night assault. Police are investigating an attack which took place on High Street in Dumfries in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident occurred around 12:30am near The Globe Inn pub. The victim was left with severe bruising to his face and […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Shower cam teacher struck off

A JAILED teacher been struck off following his conviction for possessing child pornography and secretly filming a schoolgirl in the shower.   The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) took the action against Gordon Milne, 33, following a hearing in Edinburgh on Friday.   The former Forfar Academy IT teacher is serving 18 months for […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Driver in hospital following cow collision

A DRIVER was trapped in his car in a ditch after crashing into a cow.   The unnamed motorist is in hospital with serious injuries following the bizarre smash on a country road in West Lothian.   The 35-year-old was cut free by firefighters after his blue Ford Ka collided with the black cow on […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

UK’s highest restaurant to change name

THE UK’S highest restaurant is changing its name. The eaterie, close to the summit of Cairngorm, has been called the Ptarmigan since it opened in 1960s. But the plan to change its name to 1097 – the restaurant’s height in metres – has not proved universally popular. One local, who asked no to be named, […]

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

OAP with no feet wins Blue Badge victory over council bunglers

A SCOTS pensioner who had both feet amputated has won a victory over bungling council chiefs who refused him a blue badge. Tom Hannah had the lower part of both legs removed in operations last year after doctors discovered that his irregular heartbeat was causing circulation problems in his legs. The 73-year-old was granted a […]

October 2nd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Summer of torment ahead after midges go sex mad

SCOTS are set to suffer a miserable summer in 2015 – after midges went sex mad. The warm and wet conditions this summer meant the pests went through three breeding cycles rather than the normal two. Experts say this could mean that the huge numbers of midges reported this summer are likely to be exceeded […]

October 2nd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

St Andrews challenges Greenwich as creator of Prime Meridian

SCOTLAND’S oldest university has boldly claimed to have invented time. St Andrews says a Scottish astronomer was almost 200 years ahead of Greenwich, London, in establishing the Prime Meridian. The north-south “line” on the earth establishes time zones around the world. The St Andrews line was drawn in 1673, according to the university. The Scottish […]

October 1st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Almost half of teachers believe new Highers will fail

ALMOST half of Scotland’s high school teachers are concerned that the introduction of new Higher exam qualifications will fail. A poll of more than 1,3000 teachers throughout Scotland found 44 per cent were “not at all confident” that the new Higher qualifications would be introduced successfully. The new National qualifications replaced Standard Grades this summer. […]

October 1st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

I sink therefore I am: French ship Rene Descartes drops a cable

Dave Fergusson - From geograph.org.uk Inlet on the Sound of Harris

PLANS to bring high-speed broadband to the Western Isles have been delayed after a ship’s crew dropped a £3.6m cable. The blunder in the Sound of Harris means a rescue operation will have to be mounted to pull the fibre optic cable up from almost 400m. The mistake happened as the French-registered ship Rene Descartes […]

September 22nd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Nurse watched porn while treating vulnerable adults

A CARE home boss has been suspended after admitting watching porn at work – whilst caring for vulnerable adults. David Campbell, deputy manager of Ashlea House care home in Callander, near Stirling, has been suspended for 12 months by health watchdogs. A panel at The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) described his behaviour as “wholly […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,In the Scottish Press | Read More »

No Threats

A SCOTS-born Harvard professor has warned that No campaign threats about economic meltdown are backfiring with stubborn Scots. Niall Ferguson, a history professor at the prestigious university, says Better Together campaigners should appeal instead to Scots’ cosmopolitan instincts. Writing in the New York Times, the Glasgow-born academic warns: “Telling a Scot, ‘You can’t do this […]

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

National galleries to lose £20m work by Turner

THE National Gallery of Scotland is to lose a £20m work by JMW Turner after its aristocratic Scots owners decided they needed the cash for estate upgrades. The renowned 1836 work, Rome, from Mount Aventine, is one the English artist’s most famous pieces . The work has been owned by the Rosebery family, based at […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Health Board Condemned for Night Discharges


A SCOTTISH health board has been condemned after discharging almost 1,400 OAPs from hospital during the night. NHS Fife admitted that 1,363 patients aged over 65 were sent home between 9pm and 9am during 2013/14. Health chiefs said 367 of the patients were aged 80 or over. The board was heavily criticised earlier this year […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Health,In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

Still Game Star’s School Challenge For Twitter Followers


STILL GAME star Ford Kiernan surprised fans yesterday by challenging them to pick him out of an old school photograph. The 52-year-old comedian posted the vintage snap with the caption “Can you see me noo?” to his 22,700 followers. The black and white image shows 34 happy pupils posing for a class photograph at Alexandra […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

English teacher ad had spelling mistake

COUNCIL chiefs have been left red-faced after making a spelling mistake in an advert for an English teacher. Dundee City Council placed an advert online which invited applications from teachers of “Enlgish”. The advert, for a teacher at the city’s Grove Academy, was placed on the myjobscotland.gov.uk website. The government’s Education Scotland website states: “Texts […]

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

Pensioner’s Veg is Top Crop Once Again


A GREEN-FINGERED pensioner has broken records by winning the best vegetable garden in Fife – 24 years in a row. Jim Thomson, 88, has finished in first place with his gigantic crops – which include massive potatoes, marrows and onions. The retired civil servant from Dalgety Bay, Fife has gone from strength to strength with […]

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Community,In Brief | Read More »

Coll gets mobile coverage for first time

SCOTS island is finally set to get mobile phone coverage for the first time as they are dragged into the 21st century. The Hebridean island of Coll is due to get mobile signal this year with construction under way on the island’s first mobile phone mast. It is hoped that the 50ft phone mast, which […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Perthshire water voles have plunged in number

SCOTS are being asked to help find out whether any water voles are left alive in Perthshire. Water vole numbers have plunged by 90% across Scotland since the 1990s. Overgrazing by the country’s booming sheep population has been partly blamed for the steep fall. Conservation group Tay Landscape Partnership fears they may have died out […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

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