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Scottish Council Drivers Crash 570 Times in Three Years

Council crashes are becoming a problem

WORKERS at a Scots council have crashed 570 times in three years – despite having just 385 vehicles in the fleet. Staff at Scottish Borders Council were deemed responsible for more than a third of the smashes, resulting in payouts of more than £270,000 over the period. The dreadful accident rate at Scottish Borders Council […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish prison officers crack down on inmates’ secret Facebook use

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PRISON chiefs shut down 80 Facebook accounts used by inmates last year, after investigations into the use of social media behind bars. Out of 118 “potential” accounts identified by bosses two-thirds were removed from the popular site following investigations by officials. Despite measures taken by the Scottish Prison Service to limit access to the internet […]

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

BBC criticised for ‘ludicrous’ bureaucracy

BBC Scotland office. Photo: Peter Nugent

THE BBC has been condemned as “ludicrous” after it emerged that staff in Scotland have to call an office in England – for permission to open the blinds. The corporation has outsourced facilities management to a West Midlands-based firm which has to approve the movement of blinds 307 miles away at BBC Scotland’s HQ in […]

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Vicious swan from Newcastle leads to boating ban for Edinburgh pond

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BOATING has been banned on a pond in a leafy Scots suburb – after a vicious Geordie swan moved in. The male bird and its mate, originally from Newcastle, have taken over Craiglockhart Pond, Edinburgh, and are rearing cygnets. The Geordie swan flies across the pond and attempts to pick off any straggling kayakers.   […]

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Edinburgh Airport car park fire firm under investigation

Flying Scot Parking crams them in

AN airport parking firm at the centre of blaze that destroyed 21 vehicles is packing in twice as many vehicles as shown in council plans. And the firm based near Edinburgh Airport is under investigation over claims it is using nearby derelict land as an overspill car park without planning permission. The car park, run […]

July 21st, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Police Scotland accused of treating female officers “like pieces of paper”

Police Head Quarters

POLICE Scotland has been accused of treating female officers like “numbers on a piece of paper”. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) says the new force has centralised requests for flexible working that used to be left to local commanders. As a result, there has been a big increase in complaints about flexible working refusals and […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

DJ hospitalised after gull attack

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A RADIO presenter needed hospital treatment for head and facial injuries after he was attacked in the street – by a vicious seagull. Gary Robinson was left drenched in blood and needed stitches to his face and forehead after he was dive-bombed by the gull. The Dundee-based morning show presenter also suffered a broken nose […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish potato gun video goes viral

A PINT-sized, potato gun-wielding Scots kid has become a worldwide hit after a video of him shooting older boys was posted online. The fiery redhead – who could be as young as six – drops F- and C-bombs galore as he blasts his enemies in the face with a spud gun. Hilarious footage of the […]

July 16th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Fire hero is new face of Irn Bru Glasgow 2014 campaign

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A SCOTS “superman” who saved a disabled woman from a burning flat has become one of the new faces of Irn Bru. Brian Provan, 43, will be appearing on bus stops across the country along with other winners, who have become the Scottish drinks latest “models” on the lead up to Glasgow 2014. A delighted […]

July 16th, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Girlfriend of stab victim pays tribute to her “hero”

Jordan Mackay & girlfriend

THE GIRLFRIEND of a young man who was killed in the street has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her “hero.” Jordan Mackay, 20, was fatally wounded in South Queensferry at around 1.30am on Sunday morning. His girlfriend Nicole Mckay, 21, said that she was waiting to wake up from the “nightmare,” and that “Jord” was […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Haggis star of Fringe show

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A HAGGIS maker has teamed up with a playwright in a bid to rescue the reputation of Scotland’s national dish. ‘Haggis, Haggis, Haggis,’ by playwright Stuart Delves, will tackle foodie prejudice against the meal made from sheep’s lungs cooked with oatmeal and spices in stomach lining. And haggis makers MacSween’s will even provide hungry audiences […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,News,Scottish News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Fans booked B&B near new home of T in Park before 2014 event started

MUSIC lovers booked up accommodation near the new home of T in the Park before the first note of the 2014 festival was played. Some B&Bs near Strathallan, Perthshire, are already sold out for the weekend in July 2015. After 18 years at Balado, festival organisers announced they were moving because of safety concerns over […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Community,In Brief,News,Scottish News | Read More »

Sunday at T in the Park 2014

T in The Park, Sunday

Indie rockers The Arctic Monkeys, Bastille and Reverend and the Makers were among the acts who performed during Balado’s final ever day hosting T in the Park.   See Friday and Saturday‘s pictures of the iconic Scottish festival.

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Multimedia,News,Scottish News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Saturday at T in the Park 2014

T in The Park, Saturday

Saturday brought acts like Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini and Rudimental to Balado for T in the Park 2014. See Friday’s pictures here.

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Local News,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

T in the Park Friday 2014

T in The Park, Friday

The sun shone as the gates opened at T in the Park Festival on Friday. We captured the excitement as festival goers entered Balado campsite.   See Saturday and Sunday’s pictures

July 11th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In the Scottish Press,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Tributes paid to Bockarie Sonnah, boy who died in Edinburgh reservoir

Bockarie Sonnah, swim death

FOURTEEN year old Bockarie Sonnah from Musselburgh died while swimming at Torduff Reservoir in Bonaly Country Park. We visited the scene of his tragic death.

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Local News,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Scottish Business Resilience Centre warn businesses to step up their cyber security

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FOUR out of five Scottish businesses have had online security breaches so far this year, new figures show. A report from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) found 81% of large organisations and 60% of small businesses in the UK have fallen victim to hackers. And experts from the Cyber Security Consultant at SBRC warned […]

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Business,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Festival goers can moonlight as Zombies

The undead are set to take over Edinburgh, and you can apply to be one of them. Pic: Bob Jagendorf

Scotland’s biggest jobs website has announced it’s forgoing the living and is looking to recruit the undead. s1jobs are looking for zombies to fill a three week voluntary role during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Candidates must have a proven track record in groaning and drooling, while a taste for human flesh is a preferred skill. […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Entertainment,Jobs,Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Direct Savings to give staff Referendum day off

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A SCOTTISH company is giving its staff the day off on September 18 to vote in the independence referendum. Direct Savings, an energy efficiency company based in Bathgate, West Lothian, is believed to be the first business in the country to make the move. All 55 staff have been given a holiday to encourage them […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Business,In the Scottish Press,Local News,News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Scottish actress Louise Linton to star in Hollywood Rom-Com

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A RISING Scots actress has landed her first lead lead role in a Hollywood movie. Fettes-educated Louise Linton is starring opposite House of Cards and Gossip Girl actor Sam Page in a romantic comedy due out later this year. Serial Daters Anonymous, which is set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sees Linton take on the role of […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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