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Scots football boss dies suddenly at the age of 28

4 hours 18 min ago

A Scots football boss has died suddenly at the age of 28.

Robert Rowan, from Fife, who was the technical director at Brentford, passed away on Monday.

Rowan joined the club four years ago, having previously been a technical director at Stenhousemuir and held scouting roles with Celtic and the SFA.

His work was then noticed by Rangers who were linked with a move for the 28-year-old.

The full circumstances of Rowan's death have not been revealed.

In a statement, Brentford said his sudden death has left the club "devastated".

They said: "Brentford Football Club has to report the sad news that Robert Rowan died at the age of 28 on Monday, November 12.

"Robert had been the club's technical director since the start of February, having joined Brentford four years ago.

"Robert had been with Brentford since late 2014 and was appointed as the club's head of football operations in the summer of 2015.

"As well as managing the day-to-day football operations at Brentford's Jersey Road training ground, Robert oversaw the strategic direction of Brentford B - the club's elite squad of players aged 17 to 21, before taking on the role of technical director.

"All at the club have been left devastated by the news.

"All our thoughts are with Robert's wife, his family and all his friends - many of whom work at Brentford FC." | twitter
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Acid attack: Calls to speed-up ban on carrying substances

4 hours 32 min ago

Reporting by Russell Findlay

Politicians have been urged to end delays to a new law banning people from carrying acid and other corrosive substances in public.

The UK government's Offensive Weapons Bill has stalled due to objections by some Tory backbenchers over a clause banning high-powered rifles.

SNP Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf plans to extend the new law to Scotland once it has been passed at Westminster.

But he has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to express "grave concerns" about the delays.

It comes after STV News' told how Teresa McCann from Edinburgh feared for her life after an acid attack in Edinburgh last week.

Mr Yousaf said that high-calibre rifles should not be exempted from the new law "due to the interests of a small minority of shooters".

He added: "It is critical that you are able to reassure me and the Scottish Parliament that this Bill is still on track and will be returned to the House of Commons very shortly."

The new law would ban online retailers selling blades to juveniles.

Carrying corrosive liquids and the possession of knuckledusters, 'death stars' and other weapons will also be outlawed.

Ms McCann suffered permanent and life-changing injuries in a doorstep attack in Edinburgh on Friday night.

The 37-year-old told STV News she feared she would die when a masked attacker threw a corrosive liquid onto her face and body.

Speaking from hospital, the brave mum said: "My face was literally melting - the pain was indescribable.

"I really did think I was going to die. There's no motive as to why someone has done this."

Teresa, who urged her attacker to hand himself over to police, faces weeks of medical treatment including skin grafts.

Scottish Conservative MSP Rachael Hamilton, who has campaigned on the blight of acid attacks, told STV News: "The increasing rate of acid attacks across the UK is completely unacceptable.

"There's no more time to wait for action - we need to come down on these people like a ton of bricks and we need to do it now.

"Governments on both sides of the border need to get their heads together and work out a way forward. | default

"Acid attacks destroy lives, and it's time we came up with a punishment to reflect that, as well as a system of assessing the scale of it."

Last month, convicted killer Thomas Charnley was found guilty of throwing acid on a man in a supermarket in Viewpark, Lanarkshire in April.

And in August, schoolgirl Emily Bowen, 18, was jailed for scarring a love rival in an attack at a school in East Lothian last year.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "We're seeking Parliament's approval for new strict controls to apply in Scotland that would see corrosives categorised as an offensive weapon, like knives, to make our communities safer and assist the police in dealing with anyone who seeks to use them against other people.

"The UK-wide Offensive Weapons Bill, crafted between the UK Government and the Scottish Government, will create a ban on the sale of certain corrosives to under 18s and criminalise the possession of corrosives in public."

A Home Office spokesman said the government was "committed to re-scheduling the remaining parliamentary stages as soon as possible".

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Christmas visitors plough £113m into Edinburgh's economy

5 hours 30 min ago

Edinburgh's Christmas festival drew nearly a million visitors last year and generated around £113m for the economy, analysis has found.

Attractions including the Christmas markets and ice rink received 919,344 individual visitors over six weeks in 2017, with total footfall estimated at 4.6m.

Almost two-thirds (65%) came from outside Edinburgh, with 7% of visitors hailing from overseas.

Event producers Underbelly said 771,007 tickets were sold for Edinburgh's Christmas attractions, rides and shows - up 11.6% on the previous year.

Some 98% of people surveyed rated the quality of their experience as very good or good.

The entertainment company commissioned BOP Consulting to carry out the analysis.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly, said: "We're very proud that Edinburgh's Christmas is now firmly on the map as a global winter destination with sky-high levels of customer satisfaction and return visits, and visitors who consistently rate the event as their major reason for coming to Edinburgh."

Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross said: "There is no better place in the world to celebrate Christmas than here in Edinburgh and this report highlights just how valuable the attractions are to the city.

"These findings are clearly good news for our city-centre retailers and other businesses, for local jobs and for the wider economy."

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Masked man threatened staff with knife in shop robbery

7 hours 33 min ago

A masked man threatened staff with a knife before making off with money during a raid on a shop.

The Co-op on High Croft, Kelso was targeted by the man, who had a stocking covering his face, at around 10.25pm on Monday.

He used a knife to threaten the shop workers before taking a three-figure sum and making off on foot.

The knifeman has been described as around 5ft 9in with a slim build.

At the time of the robbery he was wearing a jacket with large grey and black checks running horizontally and vertically, rather than in a diamond pattern, with the hood up, a white t-shirt, dark skinny jeans and blue and white trainers.

Officers investigating the "frightening" incident are appealing for suspects to come forward and have commended the bravery of the two staff members that were present.

DC Andy Loughlin of Galashiels CID said: "This was a frightening incident for the two staff who had a knife presented at them, I commend their bravery in dealing with this situation so calmly. The man was wearing distinctive clothing and I would ask anyone who may have seen him in the area before or after the robbery to come forward."

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by car near Asda

7 hours 52 min ago

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a car near an Asda store.

Thomas Beall was hit by a grey Ford Focus on the B981 Dunnikier Way in Kirkcaldy at 8.30pm on Monday.

The 81-year-old was taken to the Victoria Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Officers closed the road for several hours before it was reopened shortly after 4am on Tuesday.

Sergeant Ewan Pearce said: "Our condolences are with Mr Beall's family at this very sad time, who have described him as a much loved brother and uncle.

"Our enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

"Anyone who may have witnessed this, or who has information which may be able to assist with the investigation, and has not yet spoken to officers is urged to contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Doorstep acid attack mum 'thought she was going to die'

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:31

By Sharon Frew, Russell Findlay, Andy McLaren and Polly Bartlett

A mum thought she was going to die after acid was thrown at her face as she answered her door.

Teresa McCann has been left scarred for life after an orange substance was hurled on her doorstep in Edinburgh.

The 37-year-old said her face was melting while she has lost part of her ear and will require surgery following the attack in Gracemount.

"My face was literally melting - the pain was indescribable," she said.

"I really did think I was going to die. There's no motive as to why someone has done this."

The mum, who is still being treated in hospital, broke down in tears as she recalled the horrific assault.

Ms McCann was putting her children to bed when she heard a knock at her door, only to be splattered with acid by a man wearing a balaclava.

She said she thought she was going to be killed during the incident.

Ms McCann said: "A man was stood with a balaclava and he just flung a bottle of orange substance into my face.

"By that time, I was completely just melting, I couldn't see anything, my hair was melting.

"No words describe how I'm feeling. Never in my life did i think something like this would happen to me.

"It's like a nightmare. It's unbelievable this has happened to someone so innocent who hasn't done any harm to anyone in their life.

"For someone to come to your door and be so heartless and fling something like that into your face not knowing if they are going to kill you, blind you, even worse.

"I feel terrible. What has this human being done to me?"

After realising what had happened, Ms McCann quickly ran into the shower while her partner dialled 999.

It is thought her partner was the intended target of the attack.

Ms McCann said even if she isn't physically scarred for life, her brain will always be at the thought of having acid being flung in her face.

"I knew straight away - I knew something wasn't right," she said.

"I was confused. At that time I didn't know what was happening.

"I managed to get into the shower and wash most of it life - but obviously not because i'v lost half of my ear, i'm going to get skin graft on my neck and i'll be scarred for life.

"Even if i don't get scarred for life, i'll always be scarred for life in the brain as i'll always get flashbacks to what that man's done."

The attacker is in his early 20s, 5ft 11in, with a slim build and was wearing a dark tracksuit.

His grey hoodie was pulled up and his face was covered.

He was also wearing dark gloves and dark trainers with light reflective sections.

Ms Mcann added: "He didn't speak. He just did it the cowardly way - flung substance in my face and ran off."

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Football teams pay tribute to player killed in crash

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:15

Football teams have paid tribute to a teenage player killed in a car crash at the weekend.

Ethan King died in the smash on the A915 Standing Stane Road between Kirkcaldy and Methilhill in Fife.

The 18-year-old was pronounced dead shortly before 8.45am on Sunday.

His friend, Connor Aird, 17, is fighting for his life at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary while Danny Stevens, 18, is in a serious but stable condition.

Another 18-year-old man was seriously injured and was arrested following the crash.

Mr King played for Glenrothes Athletic under-19s, who have described him as a "crucial member" of the team.

In a post on Facebook, they said: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our under 19s player Ethan King, who tragically died in a car accident this morning.

"Ethan has been a member of the team for many years, progressing through from seven-a-side to our under 19s squad, and was a crucial member of the treble winning team in season 2016/17.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with Ethan's family at this difficult time.

"RIP Ethan. Teammates forever." | facebook

Other clubs have also paid their respects.

Glenrothes Juniors said: "On behalf of everyone at Glenrothes Juniors Football Club we send our sincere condolences to the family of Ethan King and Glenrothes Athletic.

"Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this sad time. RIP Ethan."

Glenrothes Rovers added: "All at The Reds wish to pass on their condolences to the families of the boys involved in this morning's tragic road accident and to Glenrothes Athletic."

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Tributes paid to former 'Kelso Laddie' after farm accident

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:50

A man has died after a farm accident in the Scottish Borders.

Tributes have been paid to Ian Whellans following the incident on Sunday morning at a farm in Hume near Kelso.

The 26-year-old was known for his role as the Kelso Laddie, a role in the town's civic week in 2016.

Kelso Community Council added:" Those rosie cheeks and beaming smile will be greatly missed around the town, but also across the wider Borders.

"Ride On Kelso Laddie.....Ride On" | twitter

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police in the Borders were called around 10.15 am on Sunday November 11 to a report of a sudden death on a farm near the village of Hume, Kelso.

"A 26-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and the death it is not being treated as suspicious.

"Officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive in relation to this incident and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal."

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Girl, 16, who went missing after meeting boys found

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:16

A teenage girl who went missing In Glasgow has been traced safe and well.

Caitlin Cowie travelled from her Stirling home to the city centre at 1.30pm on Thursday.

The 16-year-old was believed to have been meeting two boys on Hope Street but had not been seen since.

She was due to get the train home to Stirling but did not arrive.

On Monday, police confirmed she had been traced safe and well on Sunday.

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Boy who helped save mum's life backs first aid campaign

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 07:28

A young boy who helped save his mother's life after she collapsed unconscious is calling for first aid to be taught in all state primary schools.

Lyndsey Baxter, who suffers from chronic heart failure and is waiting for a new heart, says she owes her "hero" son her life following his actions two-and-a-half years ago.

In April 2016, when her son Cayden Mcauley was just six years old, she fell unconscious while walking to the shops with him.

Having learned some basic first aid from the nurses at the hospital where his mother is a regular inpatient, Cayden managed to sit her up against a wall, used his own jacket to keep her warm and, unable to unlock his mother's phone, sought the help of a passing taxi driver to call an ambulance.

The Glasgow boy, now aged eight, is backing St Andrew's First Aid's public petition, which calls for basic first aid to be taught at all primary schools.

Ms Baxter said: "To me, St Andrew's First Aid's petition is both really positive and really important. It would be a great thing if younger children across Scotland had the opportunity to learn vital first aid skills, which could help save a life.

"I have chronic heart failure and since the day I was discharged from hospital with my diagnosis, Cayden has been hands-on in making sure I am always OK.

'I literally owe my life to him and he will always be my hero.' Lyndsey Baxter

"The incident when I passed out must have been very scary for him. He says it felt like a lifetime in trying to get help. If it wasn't for his actions and calm approach in knowing what to do, it could have been a very different ending.

"I literally owe my life to him and he will always be my hero."

Since the incident in April 2016, Cayden has gone on to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which he undertook at a free Save a Life for Scotland partnership event at Glasgow LIVE!, and has also been shortlisted in this year's St Andrew's First Aid Scottish First Aid Awards.

He is urging people across the country to sign the petition, which has been lodged with the Scottish Parliament and is open until December 6. Cayden said: "With mum's condition, it is really important to me to know what to do if something happens to her. I feel a lot more confident having the first aid skills that I have learned.

"It would be great if other children had the opportunity to learn first aid too, so that they could help other people or members of their family, should they ever need it."

Stuart Callison, chief executive of St Andrew's First Aid, said: "Cayden is a shining example of how very young children have the capacity and ability to learn - and deliver - first aid.

"Whilst any incident when it happens can feel overwhelming, children who are equipped with even basic first aid knowledge have time and time again demonstrated that they can make a real difference and potentially save someone's life."

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Teenager dies and two seriously injured in A915 crash 

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 13:37

A 17-year-old man has died and two other teenagers are seriously injured following a crash near Kirkcaldy.

Police were called to the accident on Standing Stane Road on the A915 at around 8:45 on Sunday.

A 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene while another two men, aged 17 and 18, were taken to the Royal Infirmary Hospital.

Both men are described as being in a critical condition.

Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently receiving treatment at Ninewells Hospital.

The road is currently closed while emergency services are in attendance.

Police Scotland have appealed for anybody who may have seen a black Corsa in the area or who has information on the incident to contact them on 101

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Woman dead and two injured in'wrong direction' A1 crash 

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 09:48

An 80-year old woman has died and two people have been seriously injured after a crash in East Lothian.

It is believed that one of the cars involved in the crash was travelling in the wrong direction. 

The collision happened at around 4:30pm on Saturday when a Toyota Yaris collided with a Renault Megane on the A1 between Gladsmuir and Abbotsview.

The 80-year-old woman driving the Yaris sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 30-year-old driver of the Renault and his 31-year-old female passenger were also seriously injured and have been taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.

A four-year-old boy, who was a passenger in the Megane, was taken to the Sick Kids Hospital as a precaution.

Police Scotland have appealed for anybody with information on the incident to contact them on 101.

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Silhouettes of soldiers projected onto Edinburgh Castle

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 09:09

Silhouettes of soldiers from the First World War have been projected onto Edinburgh Castle.

The Tommies also illuminated other famous landmarks such as Marble Arch, Tate Modern, HMS Belfast, Warwick Castle, the Angel of the North, the Tyne Bridge, Titanic Belfast and Cardiff Castle.

The silhouettes have appeared all over the UK since the campaign launched in February, commemorating the British and Commonwealth troops who died in the First World War whilst also raising funds for military charities.

General the Lord Dannatt, patron of There But Not There and former chief of the general staff, said: "As we reach 100 years since the Armistice, it is vital that we reflect on the sacrifice made by an entire generation of servicemen and women.

"These wonderful landmarks coming together provide a remarkable representation of the nation doing exactly just that.

"We have been incredibly moved by the overwhelming public support that we have received across the country, which has led to more than £4m raised for military and mental health charities.

"However, our journey doesn't stop here; we need the public's backing more than ever in raising funds to support our veterans in crisis.

"Mental health remains a crucial issue and we hope people will see these poignant silhouettes and be inspired to buy their own Tommy to both remember the fallen and to help those that continue to struggle today."

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Dual carriageway closed in both directions after crash  

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 19:48

A dual carriageway has been closed in both directions following a serious crash in East Lothian.

The A1 was shut by police between the B6471 at Huntington and the A6093 at Haddington at around 4.45pm.

Police confirmed the cordon was due to a serious road crash and officers are still at the scene. 

Traffic Scotland said drivers should expect delays following the smash. | twitter
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Nine-year-old boy missing from Asda found safe after search

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:53

A nine-year-old boy who went missing from a supermarket in Dunfermline has been traced.

Harley McLay wandered off from Asda at the Halbeath Retail Park at around 12.30pm on Saturday.

He is not local to the area and police officers believed he may be lost.

A spokesperson said: "Police can confirm that Harley McLay was found safe and well in Aberdour Road around 4.30pm.

"Thanks to the public and media for their assistance with this appeal."

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Search launched for boy, nine, who vanished from Asda

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:40

A nine-year-old boy has gone missing from a supermarket in Dunfermline.

Harley McLay wandered off from Asda at the Halbeath Retail Park at around 12.30pm on Saturday.

He is not local to the area and police believe he may be lost.

There have been no sightings of the child and concern is now growing for his welfare.

Harley is described as white with a slim build and red hair. He was wearing a blue hooded top, navy t-shirt, dark blue trousers and dark trainers.

Inspector Tony Rogers said: "Given Harley's age we are keen to trace him as soon as possible to ensure he is safe.

"Anyone who can help us locate him should contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone with any other information relevant to this missing person inquiry is also urged to get in touch."

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'Questions rightly asked' after teen takes own life in jail

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:13

The Justice Secretary has said "there are rightly questions being asked" following the death of a teenager at a young offenders' institution.

Sixteen-year-old William Brown, also known as William Lindsay, died while on remand at Polmont Young Offenders' Institution (YOI) in October.

It was reported that he had taken his own life days after being remanded, despite having been flagged up as a suicide risk.

A mandatory Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) will be carried out in due course.

The Scotsman report comes around a fortnight after the parents of a young woman who killed herself in Polmont YOI called for a review of Scotland's prison system.

Katie Allan's family sought a meeting with justice secretary Humza Yousaf as they launched a campaign calling for change.

'Another preventable suicide. Another young life ended in prison.' Scottish Labour's health spokeswoman Monica Lennon MSP

Responding to the Scotsman report on Twitter, Scottish Labour's health spokeswoman Monica Lennon MSP said: "Another preventable suicide. Another young life ended in prison.

"Katie Allan and William Lindsay are not the first young people to die at the hands of a broken system but they must be the last.

"What the hell is going on at Polmont?"

Mr Yousaf said he will set out the steps being taken "to ensure we are providing the best possible care" for young people in custody.

He tweeted: "The story of William Lindsay is a tragedy - there are rightly questions being asked.

"I will explore what can be done in the immediate term and what is more appropriate for the Fatal Accident Inquiry."

He also tweeted: "I am meeting the family of Katie Allan shortly - the other young person referenced in the article.

'Katie Allan and William Lindsay are not the first young people to die at the hands of a broken system but they must be the last.' Scottish Labour's health spokeswoman Monica Lennon MSP

"After listening to their concerns I will give details on what we intend to do to ensure we are providing the best possible care for our young people within the prison estate."

Ms Allan, a 21-year-old geography student, was convicted in March of a drink-driving offence which saw her injure a pedestrian and she was sentenced to 16 months in jail.

Stuart and Linda Allan said their daughter was bullied in Polmont YOI near Falkirk and lost more than 80% of her hair due to the state of her mental health. She died there in June.

An entry on the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) website notes: "William Brown, 16, a prisoner at HMP & YOI Polmont has died.

He was remanded at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 4 October 2018. "Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

"A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course."

Mr and Mrs Allan's lawyer, Aamer Anwar, said the two deaths "were not inevitable".

He has called for "all those politicians who claim to care about justice or young people" to "consider their shameful silence on this issue".

Responding to the latest case, a Scottish Government spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man.

'The story of William Lindsay is a tragedy - there are rightly questions being asked.' Justice secretary Humza Yousaf

"Investigations have begun ahead of the Fatal Accident Inquiry and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of this individual case.

"We recognise, however, that many young people entering the criminal justice system have complex needs and we work with agencies to ensure appropriate support is available when needed."

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The investigation into the death of William Brown (or Lindsay) is ongoing and is under the direction of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU).

"There will be a mandatory Fatal Accident Inquiry in due course once investigations are complete.

"The family will be kept updated in relation to any significant developments."

An SPS spokesman said: "Every death in custody is subject to a DIPLAR (Death in Prison Learning and Audit Review), which we will conduct along with partner agencies, and that process would feed into the FAI."

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Fears grow for missing girl, 16, last seen two days ago

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 15:29

Fears are growing for a missing 16-year-old girl who was last seen in Glasgow.

Caitlin Cowie travelled from her Stirling home to the city centre at 1.30pm on Thursday.

It's believed she was meeting two boys on Hope Street but has not been seen since.

She was due to get the train home to Stirling but has not arrived yet.

Ms Cowie is white, 5ft 4in, slim and has blonde hair.

She was wearing a green bomber jacket, black leggings and black Nike trainers.

Police are also looking to speak to the two boys.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Digital museum helps remember fallen Scots WWI soldiers

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 14:01

A 'virtual museum' has been created to help remember some of the Scots who died in the First World War, a university has revealed.

Experts from the University of St Andrews' school of computer science have worked with the Royal Scots Museum in Edinburgh to create a digital roll of honour for all the members of the regiment who were killed in the conflict from 1914 to 1918.

It contains information on the soldiers' lives, deaths, medals and graves - as well as any photographs that are available of them.

The university, which is taking part in Poppy Scotland's national Light Up Red campaign this weekend, said one in 10 of all its graduates who perished in the Great War served with the Royal Scots.

Among those featured in the roll of honour is Charles Whitehead Yule, who was killed near Vermelles in France on May 11, 1916 at the age of 26.

The son of a builder from Kinghorn in Fife, he went on to gain a first class honours degree in classics and economic science, then a BLitt postgraduate degree from the university.

A keen rugby player and member of the Officer Training Corps (OTC), he worked at General Register House in Edinburgh before being commissioned in 1914 as a second lieutenant in the Royal Scots.

He went on to become a lieutenant and a temporary captain before his death in a direct hit from German artillery.

Also featured in the website is George Scott Phillip, from Dunfermline in Fife, who was 33 when he died at Gallipoli in May 1915.

He had graduated with an MA in 1904 and was a member of the university battery, a group of artillery volunteers.

Just a few weeks after war broke out, the teacher enlisted in the 4th battalion of the Royal Scots - also known as the Edinburgh Rifles - and rose to become lance-corporal.

The full roll call can be viewed here.

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Mum left with severe burns after doorstep 'acid' attack

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 13:34

By Russell Findlay

A mum has suffered severe burns when a masked man threw corrosive liquid in her face as she answered her door.

The 37-year-old was at home with her partner and two young children when the attack happened around 8.40pm on Friday in Edinburgh.

It is thought her partner was the intended target of the attack in Captains Road, Gracemount.

Police issued a description of the attacker and appealed for witnesses.

He is described in his early 20s, 5ft 11in tall with a slim build and wearing dark coloured matching tracksuit.

His grey hooded top was pulled up and his face was covered.

He was also wearing dark gloves and dark trainers with light reflective sections.

The victim sustained serious burns to her face and neck and has been taken to hospital where she continues to be treated.

A friend told STV News: "She answered the door and has what is thought to be acid thrown in her face.

"It seems that the target was actually her partner who was in the house at the time with the two kids.

"God knows what may have happened had one of the children come to the door."

The friend continued: "Her partner rushed her through to the bathroom and threw water on her but the damage is still extensive.

"She may lose the sight in one eye and will need plastic surgery on her burned skin.

"It's absolutely despicable. People in this community are united in their disgust."

Detective Inspector Stevie Rosie said: "We are still working to establish the motive surrounding this attack.

"However, we believe this to be a targeted attack .

"Police are supporting the victim, who has sustained some very serious injuries to her face and neck.

"Anyone who recognises him, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation should contact police immediately."

People who may have information can contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident 4125.

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