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Prescription toothpaste “needed to protect underprivileged Scots youngsters”

OVER-the-counter toothpastes contains too little fluoride to protect the teeth of thousands of Scottish children, according to experts.   Youngsters from deprived areas of the country should be brushing their teeth with high-fluoride toothpaste only available on prescription, they argue.   More than a quarter of Scottish children suffer tooth decay, many of them from […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Sickness bug closes Fife school

A FIFE primary school has been forced to shut its doors after staff and pupils were struck down by a sickness bug. Sinclairtown Primary School in Kirkcaldy, Fife, has sent 306 pupils home after an unknown number were hit by an unknown virus. A notice was posted on Fife Council website stating it was closed […]

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Excitement at first city centre daylight tram run

People in Shandwick Place shared their overwhelming joy at finally seeing a moving tram

EDINBURGH experienced tram mania yesterday as the vehicles rolled through the city centre in daylight for the first time. Since construction began in 2007 the trams project has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Until now the trams have been tested only at night or on a stretch of the 8.7mile track outside the […]

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Local News,News,Scottish News | Read More »

PASSENGERS at Scotland’s biggest bus station are being offered a first – a machine that wraps wet brollies to stop them dripping

PASSENGERS at Scotland’s biggest bus station are being offered a first – a machine that wraps wet brollies to stop them dripping . Entrepreneurs behind the clever gizmo hope rain-plagued Scots will fall in love with the technology, originally designed to prevent wet floors from posing a slippery safety risk. The  free service will be […]

February 19th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Poetic justice: Police warning to Valentine’s Day criminals

POLICE Scotland officers found themselves discussing poetry yesterday after tweeting a Valentine’s Day verse. Officers using the EdinburghCityPolice Twitter account took to verse to make it clear there would be no February 14 let up on miscreants. They tweeted: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, If you commit crime on Valentines day, We’ll put you […]

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

HIV experts warned of an ‘massive’ public health problem following sauna crackdown

EXPERTS who battled the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s have warned of a “massive” public health problem following the police crackdown on saunas.. Roy Kilpatrick, former Chief Executive of HIV Scotland, predicted an increase in HIV infections and other sexually-transmitted diseases. And he accused police and council officials of “dishonesty, hypocrisy and lack of transparency” […]

February 5th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Police Scotland have ordered new recruits to ‘declare their tattoos’

POLICE Scotland have ordered recruits to ‘declare their tattoos’ if they want to join the national force. Bosses announced they were on the hunt for new recruits on their Facebook on January 24. But  hopefuls must fill in a detailed description of their body art and hope it meets a strict set of criteria. New guidance says tattoos […]

February 5th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots gamblers spent £4.1 billion in just one year – new figures have revealed

Gamblers have been seen frittering away a "weeks wages"

SCOTS frittered away at least £4.1bn on slot machines in one year, a shocking new report reveals. The amount equates to £820 spent on “puggies” for every man, woman and child north of the border. Despite feeding an average of £130 every second into the fixed odds machines, Scots got back just £150m – less […]

January 31st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Frankie Boyle jokes he’s ‘moving on’ as Netflix declares he is English

ONLINE movie site Netflix has described Scots comedian Frankie Boyle as English. The nationality blunder was made in the caption on Glasgow-born Boyles’ 2008 live show. Netflix said that in Frankie Boyle Live “the sharp-tongued English comic is at his razor sharp best”. One of Boyle’s loyal army of Twitter followers, Laura Kate, spotted the […]

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

Investigation launched into claim nurse “attacked” care home patient

AN investigation has been launched after claims a nurse attacked a patient in a care home, leaving his bed covered in blood. Brigitte Coupar is alleged to have grabbed a patient’s left ear and twisted it at Drummohr (corr) Nursing Home in Wallyford, East Lothian. Other staff later discovered dried blood on the patient’s head, […]

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

Council considers court battle over Culloden planning decision

People from all over the world have signed the petition against the controversial plans

COUNCIL chiefs are taking legal advice over plans for a housing development near the Culloden battlefield – as global outrage mounts over the decision. Highland Council may go to court to try to overturn the decision of Scottish Government planning reporter Richard Hickman to approve the scheme for 16 homes half a mile from the […]

January 10th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Helicopter rescue after fatal crash near Torness nuclear power station

A MILITARY helicopter was scrambled to help survivors of a fatal car smash outside a nuclear power station. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene following the head-on collision near Torness Power Station near Dunbar, East Lothian, on Thursday night. Four other youngsters in their early twenties were taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.   […]

January 10th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Borders Council voices concern over parking warden withdrawal plans

A SCOTS Council is asking police to delay the removal of traffic wardens in a bid to ward off parking mayhem. Police Scotland want to withdraw traffic wardens from the remaining council areas which have not already decriminalised parking offences and handed the job to private firms. Scottish Borders Council has urged police to delay […]

December 12th, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

SCOTS cabbies are installing CCTV cameras in a bid to stop passengers ‘doing a runner’

SCOTS cabbies are fitting CCTV cameras because so many passengers “do a runner” at the end of their journey. Taxi drivers in Fife are hit more than 1,500 times a year by dishonest customers who leave without paying, costing them thousands of pounds. So cabbies, police and the local council have come up with a […]

December 12th, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

£45,000 demo car is damaged by falling sign due to high winds

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A JAGUAR dealership fell victim to Scotland’s severe weather after their sign fell and damaged a £45,000 demo car. Pentland Jaguar, Glasgow Road, Edinburgh were “shocked” to discover their totem had been blown onto their most popular model of car this morning (Thurs). The Jaguar XJ worth £68,000 brand new had been proudly parked opposite […]

December 5th, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

School piping championship comes to the capital

Scots turning up at rugby games in New Zealand will be faced with a bagpipe ban

A SCHOOL bagpiping championship will take place in Edinburgh next year – despite the council not funding bagpipe tuition for secondary pupils. More than 60 schools will gather in the capital in March for the 2014 Scottish School Pipe Band Championships in a bid to be crowned the best. But the organisers are hoping that […]

December 5th, 2013 | Posted in Business,In Brief,News | Read More »

£30K fountain makeover results in a ‘dribble’

A COUNCIL spent £30,000 renovating a fountain which will be restricted to a “dribble” amid health and safety fears. The Whyte-Melville Fountain, based in the heart of St Andrews, Fife, has been without running water for more than 80 years. But following the expensive makeover it has emerged there will be more of a trickle […]

November 22nd, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Nicky Campbell complains he’s being soaked by drivers after Salford move

SCOTS broadcaster Nicky Campbell has complained that Mancunian drivers deliberately splash him when he’s jogging. The BBC Radio 5 Live presenter is based at the BBC’s new headquarters in Salford’s Media City. Speaking on the show earlier this week, the 52-year-old revealed that motorists in the notoriously rainy city can’t resist soaking him. Campbell told […]

November 20th, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Fife crash victim named as pals pay tribute to their “great friend”

A YOUNG father has died of injuries he suffered in a road crash three days ago. Adam Maxwell, a panel beater from Buckhaven, Fife, was involved in a collision with a 4X4 towing a horse box. The 27-year-old was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, where he died from his injuries on Thursday night. The accident […]

November 15th, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Anger as £10K flushed away on toilet “feasibility” study

TAXPAYERS are footing the £10,000 bill for a firm to investigate whether a Scottish beauty spot should have a public toilet. The existing toilets at Killin, Stirlingshire, are being shut by the local council in a bid to save £16,000 a year. But national park bosses have stepped in with public money for a “feasibility […]

November 14th, 2013 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

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