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Key player in heroin trade ordered to pay £58,000

A KEY player in Scotland’s international drug trade who tried to ship heroin disguised as breadsticks has been ordered to pay £48,000. Richard Harrison, 58, from Liverpool, tried to ship 34kg heroin from Italy to Scotland by disguising it as a popular snack. However, on 24 November 2012, his efforts were thwarted when a Scottish […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Cows on M9 after trailer overturns

None of the cows were injured

TRAVELLERS were delayed today after a trailer containing live cattle overturned on one of Scotland’s main roads. A trailer pulled by a 4×4 overturned on the M9 between Junction 5 and 6 at 10:47 this morning. Neither the driver nor any of the animals were injured.   Police were called to the scene and a section […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Nurse faces claim she took nearly 3,000 tablets

A NURSE was due to appear at a fitness to practice hearing yesterday (Thu) after allegedly taking nearly 3,000 tramadol tablets from a hospital in Fife. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be hearing the case against her for two days on January 29 and 30. The nurse, Emma MacDonald Freeborn, apparently took up […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Royal Navy helicopter deployed to rescue snow storm stranded sick baby


THE ROYAL NAVY had to scramble a search and rescue helicopter to get a sick baby to hospital after snow storms left the mother and child stranded.   The one-year-old, who had taken ill and was described as ‘unresponsive’ at the scene was airlifted to hospital in Carlisle by Flight 177 based at HMS Gannet, […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Counterfeit operation uncovers thousands in illegal tobacco and alcohol in commercial premises

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

POLICE recovered huge amounts of illegal tobacco and alcohol in a major operation which searched commercial premises in Edinburgh.   Officers from the Search and Recovery Team (SART) and CID searched five commercial premises and found counterfeit goods worth around £4500.   The operation recovered around 70 litres of vodka and whisky valued at approximately […]

January 28th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Police | Read More »

Graphic novel tackles sectarianism

The cover image of the graphic novel

A GRAPHIC NOVEL created to educate young people about the consequences of sectarianism has been launched by the Scottish Book Trust.   Titled ‘Walk the Walk’, the graphic novel was developed by the Scottish Book Trust and written by Gowan Calder and illustrated by Jill Calder.   The book, which features input from literacy learners […]

January 28th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Education institutes holding off on adopting new highers


Figures released by the Scottish Government have revealed that almost two thirds of schools have yet to roll out the new science highers.   Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur has said investigations are needed into the rollout of the new highers.Mr McArthur said: “Teachers are the best people to ascertain if their classes […]

January 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Politics | Read More »

Two school pupils raise money for Holocaust memorial after Auschwitz trip

Natalia Wojda (left) and Rachel Lonie (right)

TWO Scottish school pupils have raised money for a permanent holocaust memorial after learning of the the horrors of the Auschwitz death camp.   Rachel Lonie and Natalia Wojda approached Dundee Council with their idea to create a memorial for the Holocaust victims after visiting Auschwitz in September.   The council supported their idea of […]

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

Family pays tribute to student who died after falling from a window


The family of a student, who died after falling from a window in West Preston Street, have today paid tribute to him.   Ben McLean, 19, from Barrhead in East Renfrewshire, was found dead in West Preston Street at 09:00 on Friday.     Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and a 19-year-old man has […]

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Driving fines and points could be replaced by awareness courses


Drivers who are caught speeding marginally over the limit could be enrolled in awareness courses instead of being fined or handed points, it has emerged.   The Scottish Conservatives asked ministers to consider the alternative given the increase in traffic convictions reported at the turn of the year, particularly for those who were only just […]

January 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Police,Politics | Read More »

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art acquires pieces from top artists

Claire Barclay, Trappings 2014. © The Artist. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography by Chris Watt

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has announce the acquisition of works by five artists from the landmark exhibition GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, which will draw to a close on 25 January 2015.   The GENERATION programme has been showcasing some of the best artists to have emerged from Scotland […]

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

Dramatic fall in drink driving offences in northern Scotland

Council crashes are becoming a problem

The number of people caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol offences have fallen by almost a quarter in the north of Scotland according to figures released by Police Scotland.   Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray has seen a 23% over the festive period, with a total of 52 people caught, compared to 68 […]

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Local News,Police | Read More »

Cadbury’s 2/1 for Creme Egg U-turn

cream egg

CADBURY’S WON’T crack under pressure and revert to the original Creme Egg recipe and size this year according to Ladbrokes.   A recipe change for Cadbury’s Creme Eggs provoked outrage among some chocolate lovers when it was announced that the shell will now made from “standard, traditional Cadbury milk chocolate” not Dairy Milk.   Cadbury’s […]

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Winds force evacuation of MoD staff on St Kilda

THE MINISTRY of Defence was forced to evacuate St Kilda amidst safety fears during last week’s storm, it has emerged. The chain of islands was last evacuated in 1930 when the last of the St Kildans, 36 in total, left for good after suffering from food shortages, illness and a lack of young people. This […]

January 12th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots uni buzzed by sex toy drone


A JOKER flew a drone close to one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings – with a sex toy attached. The bizarre craft – dubbed a “dildrone” – was filmed outside the main building at Glasgow University. The short clip shows the pilot using his or her flying skills to make the payload waggle suggestively as […]

January 12th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Borders railway lines nearing completion


The new Borders Railway rout has entered its final phase of installation with the end of the line in sight.   Following a break over the Christmas and New Year period the works to complete the Borders railway commenced today (Mon 12 January).   Around 34 miles of track, including three double track sections, have […]

January 12th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Local News | Read More »

NHS 24 staff ordered to deal with suspected Ebola cases immediately

NHS 24 staff have been ordered to deal immediately with callers suspected of having Ebola. An urgent memo to staff orders them not to put callers at risk of having contracted the deadly disease in the ‘call back queue’. The move follows the case of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey who faced delays in being diagnosed […]

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

KFC apologise for feather in food


FAST food chain KFC have apologised after a customer found a feather embedded in her barbecued chicken. Fiona Balloch was amazed to find the deep-fried but still recognisable complete feather sticking out of her meal at a restaurant in Ayr. The offending item had somehow gone unnoticed as staff rolled the meat in its coating, […]

January 7th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots wonder kid racing driver one step closer to Formula 1


A SCOTTISH teenager has made history after becoming the youngest ever driver to sign for the team run by Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner.   Sandy Mitchell, 14, is one step closer to racing in Formula 1 after being signed by leading racing team Arden International.   The racing star from Forfar is the […]

January 5th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Sport | Read More »

Scots cops branded “nannies” over plodding Christmas safety advice

SCOTS police have been branded a “nanny advice” service after tweeting “banal” Christmas safety tips. Officers in Ayrshire have been using their Twitter account to provide 12 “festive tips for a safe Christmas”. The force insists the messages are part of their commitment to keeping Scots safe at a busy time of the year. But […]

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

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