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Prestwick “offers perfect conditions for space launches”

prestwick airport

  CHIEFS at Glasgow Prestwick airport hope to impress the UK government with Ayrshire’s space exploration potential.   Westminster unveiled the criteria needed for the UK’s first Spaceport today, as well as a list of potential sites.   Prestwick is one of three Scottish locations shortlisted alongside Campbeltown and Stornoway, and has now launched a […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Uncategorized | Read More »

Children’s charity Hopscotch receives £1,200 donation from Scottish Conservatives

THE Scottish Tories have donated £1,200 to Hopscotch, a children’s charity that provides respite care for vulnerable children in the West Highlands. Hopscotch, based in Edinburgh, was founded in 1998 and since then has enabled approximately 5000 vulnerable young people and carers to enjoy respite with activities including beach visits and horse riding. The money […]

March 2nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Operation Quarterlight shifts its anti-car crime focus to Forth Valley

A POLICE operation to tackle car crime is shifting its focus to the streets of central Scotland and Forth Valley. Operation Quarterlight is a nationwide operation aimed at reducing motor vehicle crime across Scotland. As has happened elsewhere in Scotland, targeted patrols will be carried out in the Forth Valley area and vehicles entering the […]

March 2nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Warning that food poverty will see children die younger than their parents

HEALTH chiefs have issued a grave warning that children in deprived communities will die younger than their parents if action is not taken against food poverty. Two health board directors have spoken out in a personal capacity to voice concerns about the rising dependency on food banks and the impact it is having on children’s […]

March 1st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Andy Murray reveals independence debate kept him up at night

ANDY Murray has revealed the debate on Scottish independence kept him awake at night. The British tennis No 1 has spoken about sleepless nights as he kept quiet on his support a ‘Yes’ vote. The 27-year-old has also fended off suggestions his desire for Scottish independence means he doesn’t like the English describing it as […]

March 1st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots health board admits a drinker “every four hours”

A SCOTTISH health board has revealed it admits one patient every four hours on average with an alcohol-related problem. NHS Fife said there were 1,734 alcohol-related admissions to hospital in Fife between January and September last year. That works out at six patients a day or one every four hours. General Manager at NHS Fife, […]

February 26th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Council bins £2.5m on bungled waste project

A BUNGLING Scots council has squandered £2.5m on a failed waste disposal project. Scottish Borders Council had announced plans for a £23m food thermal treatment facility at Easter Langlee. It was hoped that £80m over 24 years could be made creating electricity from heating food waste from local households. But the scheme has been scrapped […]

February 26th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Eddie Redmayne’s Edinburgh granny “thrilled” with Oscar win

EDDIE Redmayne’s success at the Oscars has delighted his 93-year-old granny who lives in a small terrace house in the south Edinburgh. The 33-year-old won the best actor Oscar for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Standing at her door in a cul de sac in Gracemount Mary Burke she […]

February 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Cancer survivors make healthier choices then general population


Cancer survivors make healthier diet and lifestyle choices than the general population, according to a new study.   Researchers from the University of Glasgow found that most cancer survivors in Scotland eat more fruit and vegetables and stop smoking, but are less likely to be physically active than the general Scottish population.   However, the […]

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Lennoxlove book festival cancels for second year

A BOOK festival that attracted JK Rowling, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith is almost certain never to return. The Lennoxlove book festival in Haddington, East Lothian, has been cancelled for the second year running after Lennoxlove House stopped operating as a venue. The event had run since 2009, but was cancelled last year after […]

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

JK Rowling – I’m all about the death

Rowling killed off 38 named characters in Harry Potter

JK Rowling has admitted she is “all about the death” when it comes to writing. The Harry Potter author, talking to fans on Twitter, said she would find it hard to write a book without killing off characters. The 49-year-old who lives in Edinburgh killed off 38 named characters in the Harry Potter trilogy and […]

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Research reveals £2.4 billion hanging in Scots wardrobes

Shelter Sale

The unworn clothing hanging in Scots’ wardrobes amounts to over £2 billion according to research from a leading charity which is calling for people to donate their unwanted clothing.   Shelter Scotland, the housing and homeless charity which helps over half a million people in Scotland each year, says that the average household has up […]

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner calls for end to ‘consensual’ police searches on children

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

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People has called on Police Scotland to stop carrying out “consensual” searches on children.   In a letter to Scottish Police Authority board members, Tam Baillie, says that he was given an assurance by Police Scotland last June that such practices would cease for children under 12 years of […]

February 13th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

UK tower blocks remembered in new archive project


EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART has initiated an ambitious project which will attempt to restore the beleaguered reputation of tower blocks in the UK with a unique visual archive. The ambitious project- titled “Tower Blocks – Our Blocks!”- will contain images of every single multi-storey public housing project ever constructed in Britain, including ones destroyed more […]

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scotland has more snorers than anywhere else in the UK

Ergoflex - Snoring Map of the UK

SCOTLAND has more snorers than anywhere else in the UK a recent sleep study has found.   The study was conducted by Ergoflex UK- a memory foam mattress company- who have created a map highlighting the regions with the most snores.   A total of 2,438 Britons aged 18 and over, all of whom stated […]

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Police hunting suspects in high value Jewellery theft

scottish police officers injured by own uniform

POLICE SCOTLAND have issued details of two men they believe to be connected to a high value jewellery theft in Dundee.   The police wish to speak to two men following the bold jewellery theft from Stephen Henderson Jewellers on Union Street in Dundee which occurred at around 3.55pm on Friday 6 February.   According […]

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,In Brief,Police | Read More »

HMRC map pinpoints tax crime in Scotland

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs are pinpointing tax cheats for all to see with the launch of a new interactive site.   According to HMRC the website will feature a map which allows people to see the impact of their enforcement work.   The site will also show convictions resulting in jail sentences since April 2013, […]

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Strike ballot at Edinburgh Waverley station

Walkers should not stray on to train lines, transport police have warned

RAIL UNION RMT will being balloting Cross Country staff at Edinburgh Waverley from today for both strike action and action short of a strike over the dismissal of a former Cross Country staff member.   Charlie Letham was dismissed by Cross Country for allegedly missing his revenue targets and according to RMT management refused to […]

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

SNP just 5/2 to wipe out Labour in Glasgow

Nicola Sturgeon speaks at Glasgow University

THE ODDS of a total wipe out of Labour MPs in Glasgow this May are just 5/2, according to Ladbrokes.   Many analysts have forecast heavy defeats for Labour and the Lib Dems in the upcoming general election with a 21% swing from Labour to SNP according to polling research by Lord Ashcroft.   In […]

February 5th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Scottish Lib Dems welcome potential ban of consensual stop and search


The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed a statement from the First Minister that signalled consensual stop and searches against children would soon be brought to end.   Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie questioned the First Minister on the use of the tactic today.   Speaking after First Ministers Questions, Mr Rennie said: “The […]

February 5th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Police,Politics | Read More »

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