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Mass brawl broke out after cars rammed into each other

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 17:41

A mass brawl involving 20 men broke out after two cars were deliberately rammed into each other.

Police are investigating a series of violent incidents in Thornton, Fife.

A road rage incident was reported at the Redhouse Roundabout around 8pm on Friday.

A silver Audi A4 and a silver Honda Civic were deliberately rammed into each other.

Shortly afterwards, a "large scale disturbance" involving 20 men fighting each other broke out in nearby Balbeggie Avenue.

Another incident took place in Main Street, Thornton, when a silver BMW was involved in a crash with a silver Hyundai.

'This was a large scale disturbance involving a number of individuals who we believe to be known to each other.' DCI John Anderson

Several men who may have been carrying weapons then fled the BMW, heading across fields towards the A92.

Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective chief inspector John Anderson said: "This was a large scale disturbance involving a number of individuals who we believe to be known to each other.

"A number of specialist Police Scotland resources were deployed to the Thornton area on Friday night and we are asking for the public's help to identify and trace those involved.

"Officers recovered the silver Audi A4 vehicle burnt out a short time later, along with the damaged Honda and BMW vehicles. We are now keen to establish their movements before these incidents were reported."

He continued: "We suspect that a number of additional vehicles will have been in the area containing others involved in these incidents at the time that these took place, and we are eager to trace them as soon as possible.

"I would particularly appeal to any drivers using the A92, Balbeggie Avenue or Main Street areas of Thornton on Friday evening and who may have dash cam footage of vehicles driving erratically to come forward to assist with our investigations.

"Similarly anyone who witnessed the collision on Main St in Thornton, or has any information that can help with our inquiries, is asked to contact officers."

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Body found in search for man missing from his home

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:25

A body has been found in the search for a man who was was reported missing from his home in Fife.

A search was launched for Steven Cunningham after he was last seen in Cowdenbeath on Tuesday, July 10.

The 48-year-old's disappearance was said to be out of character and anyone who had seen him was asked to contact police.

Police have now said a body was found near Loch Ken in Dumfires on Friday evening.

A member of the public made the discovery.

The body is yet to be formally identified but Mr Cunningham's family have been informed.

The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

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New batch of electric trains to run on commuter line

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 20:59

The first of a new batch of electric trains will start running next week, ScotRail has announced.

Manufacturer Hitachi is building a total of 70 new class 385 trains for the rail operator.

ScotRail bosses said passengers will be able to travel on the first of the trains on the Glasgow to Edinburgh route from Tuesday.

The remainder of the new trains for that route (Queen Street to Waverley via Falkirk High) will be phased in over the coming months, before the roll out is extended to other central belt routes.

ScotRail said the trains are part of its £475m investment in rolling stock, following the £858m electrification of the line between the two cities by Network Rail Scotland.

Karen Boswell, managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe, said: "When passengers step on board this first train they'll find it light, spacious and modern with loads more seats - up to 130 extra compared to the existing diesel trains.

"And there is more to come. Our UK factory is working tirelessly to deliver the rest of the fleet, which will allow the current 51-minute journey time from Edinburgh and Glasgow to be cut by up to a fifth.

"Thanks to their high-quality Japanese engineering, these trains have the best 0-60mph acceleration of any in Scotland."

ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes said: "This is a significant moment as we work to build the best railway Scotland has ever had."

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Artist creates new jigsaw exhibition in city park

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:56

An artist has launched a new exhibition in an Edinburgh park that you would be forgiven for overlooking.

Puzzle in the Gardens has been created by Anne Gilchrist who discreetly placed 22 jigsaw pieces among the trees.

The exhibition in Princes Street Gardens, which will run until mid-September, aims to urge members of the public to connect more with nature.

Ms Gilchrist said: "I have called it puzzle because I wanted to be quite ambiguous, I also want it to feel quite hidden and quite quiet.

"It is quite sort of self effacing and not in your face .

"The best thing I would like someone to do is to discover the pieces for themselves"

Anne is not expecting many people to notice her work and describes herself as the opposite of a graffiti artist.

She said: "I love the idea that people will just not notice them at all, I think that's going to be the biggest compliment for me. I like the idea of being hidden in plain sight."

Anne began studying the gardens in February when the winter conditions were at their worst with most trees completely bare but made repeated visits to make sure she got the colours exactly right.

After months of hard work and study the pieces are now on display in the gardens which are in full bloom.

Members of the public are not encouraged to piece the jigsaw together but rather to appreciate the connectivity each section has to nature.

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Man on drugs charge after £120,000 of heroin seized 

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 20:04

A man has appeared in court after police seized heroin worth more than £120,000 during a flat search in Edinburgh.

Officers executed search warrants at three properties in the capital on Wednesday.

They recovered a large quantity of heroin from a flat in Craigour Green and seized around £5400 in cash from the properties in total.

Kevin Hood, 29, from Edinburgh, appeared at the city's Sheriff Court on Thursday on a drugs charge.

He made no plea and was granted bail pending a further appearance.

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Syrian refugee raised safety fears before murder bid

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:28

A Syrian refugee who was nearly killed in a racist knife attack raised concerns for his safety days before he was stabbed, his lawyer has said.

Shabaz Ali was left critically injured after being stabbed six times at a hostel he was staying at in Edinburgh.

Sean Gorman, 18, admitted the attack at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday.

After the hearing, Mr Ali's lawyer gave a statement outside the court on behalf of the victim and his family.

He called on Edinburgh city council to carry out an urgent review into the placing of refugees into homeless accommodation.

He said many refugees were afraid to speak out about the violence they face.

'Only days before being stabbed, he raised concerns for his safety with Edinburgh city council.' Lawyer Aamer Anwar

Mr Anwar said: "Only days before being stabbed, he raised concerns for his safety with Edinburgh city council.

"There must be an urgent review by Edinburgh city council of the placement of refugees and other vulnerable people in homeless accommodation."

The stabbing left Mr Ali so badly injured he will require further surgery and may never fully recover.

Shabaz phoned his father Sivan Ali during the attack, and Gorman could be heard to say "why are you still here, why are you not back in your country?"

Mr Anwar said that Shabaz opened his eyes after three days of fighting for his life in hospital.

On waking up, he told his father: "We ran away from war in Syria. I do not want to die here.

"I would rather die with honour and pride in my own country. This country is not safe for me."

Mr Anwar continued: "This family have suffered a great deal but believe their security was put at risk because of Edinburgh city council's inaction.

"There is a belief that the Syrian refugee community is suffering in silence and is too fearful to make complaints because of the high level of publicity surrounding the refugee crisis."

Kate Campbell, the council's housing and economy convener, said: "I appreciate that this has been a terrible time for Shabaz and his family.

"Along with other partners in the city we have done everything we possibly can to support him. I would also stress that we take the safety of everyone placed in temporary accommodation very seriously.

"The Homelessness Task Force has a meeting at the end of August where we will be looking at temporary accommodation and safety measures they have in place.

"Anyone who presents as homeless is vulnerable, but we recognise that people present for different reasons and there are varying degrees of vulnerability.

"We would always look to accommodate people in the most appropriate form of temporary accommodation available, and make sure that there are support services in place while we look for permanent, settled accommodation."

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Curb on legal highs 'led to drop in hospital admissions'

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:05

Curbs on so-called legal highs led to a drop in the number of people needing hospital treatment, a new study suggests.

NHS Lothian hospital admissions related to the drugs dropped by around 80% after they were removed from shops in Edinburgh.

However, there was also a slight increase in people seeking hospital treatment after taking more traditional drugs like ecstasy and speed.

There was no increase in admissions relating to opioids like heroin.

The research was carried out by a team at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor of clinical toxicology Michael Eddleston said: "Widespread adoption of Trading Standards enforcement, together with focused legislation, seemed to turn the tide against these highly-damaging drugs.

"These restrictions may have offered health benefits and saved the NHS substantial funds each year."

Legal highs - officially known as new psychoactive substances - were banned temporarily in 2015 and then permanently restricted by Trading Standards.

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Tributes paid to teenager who died after boat capsized

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:14

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after a fishing boat capsized.

Thomas Weir, originally of Edinburgh, died with relative Gerry Doherty after their vessel sank off Malin Head in County Donegal, Ireland.

The 16-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after being airlifted following the incident at 9am on Tuesday.

Mr Doherty, from County Donegal, was found dead on the shore.

Holidaymakers raised the alarm and called the coastguard after hearing shouts from the water.

A third man, in his 50s, was rescued after being found clinging to a buoy. He has since been discharged from hospital.

It is understood there are family connections between the three.

Tributes have been paid to the pair on social media.

Abbi Diamond said: "RIP Thomas Weir, can't believe what I've just been told, taken far too soon. Honestly such a sin.

"My love goes to all family and friends."

'Can't believe what I've just been told, taken far too soon.' Abbi Diamond

A Dooagh Pipe Band spokesman said: "Dooagh pipe band wish to express our deepest condolences to the Weir, Gielty and Doherty families following the tragic deaths of Thomas Weir and Gerry Doherty in Donegal.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May they rest in peace."

An Achill Tourism spokesman added: "Due to the drowning tragedy in Donegal and the deaths of Thomas Weir and Gerry Doherty, both of whom have strong Achill connections, the Purteen Harbour Festival on Saturday and the RNLI Open Day on Sunday have been postponed to a later date as a mark of respect."

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Teenager admits racist knife attack on Syrian refugee

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:36

A teenager has admitted attempting to murder a Syrian refugee in a racist knife attack in Edinburgh.

Shabaz Ali, 25, was left critically injured after being stabbed in a hostel in Upper Gilmour Place on May 3 this year.

The attack led to a huge outpouring of support for Mr Ali, with an anti-racism demonstration taking place in Edinburgh later that month.

On Thursday, 18-year-old Sean Gorman admitted the attempted murder of Mr Ali and acting in a racially aggravated manner which intended to cause distress to his young cousin.

Sentence was deferred until August 17 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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Gorman atacked Mr Ali after he had complained about noise coming from the teenager's room at the hostel.

When Mr Ali called at Gorman's room an argument broke out, and the teenager racially abused him before stabbing him and leaving the hostel. 

The court was shown shocking CCTV footage of Mr Ali being stabbed six times in the torso. 

Police found Gorman a short time later in Duff Street and seized a lock knife. 

The victim was so badly injured in the attack he struggles to walk. 

Detective chief inspector Paul Grainger said: "Gorman's violence was extreme and left the victim with significant, life-threatening injuries. 

"He showed utter disregard for the victim and another woman who was with him - made all the worse given the appalling racist language used." 

'I'm pleased that Gorman has been brought to justice so quickly.' DCI Paul Grainger

He continued: "Whilst this attack happened within a private property, it gained a great deal of public and media interest and I'm pleased that Gorman has been brought to justice so quickly.

"Edinburgh is a vibrant place where people of different nationalities, faiths and backgrounds live together and the support shown by the local community for the victim and his family is far more indicative of the city's inclusivity than this one isolated incident.

"We work closely with all the different groups and communities across Edinburgh and hate crime and violence of this nature are roundly condemned.

"I hope that today's conviction helps the victim and his family to move past this terrible attack and I wish them well."

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Two boys seriously injured after falling 25ft from cliff

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:37

Two teenage boys were left seriously injured after falling from a cliff in East Lothian.

The pair were camping with friends when the incident occurred near North Berwick shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old boy fell about 25ft on to rocks and suffered a serious head injury which left him unconscious.

His 17-year-old friend went to help him and also fell, sustaining an arm injury.

Police Scotland chief inspector Steven Duncan urged people to be careful near cliffs.

"Walking near cliff edges in the dark is hugely dangerous," he said.

"If you are injured, it requires a significant emergency service response to locate you and it takes longer to get you to hospital for treatment.

"This was a very distressing incident for the five other male and female youths that the two boys were camping with, who saw their friends fall from a cliff edge, and for their parents who were told in the night that their sons had been seriously hurt."

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Driver dies after car smashes into railway bridge 

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:35

A driver has died after a car smashed into a railway bridge.

Emergency services were called to A921 Kinghorn road near Kirkcaldy in Fife at 7am on Wednesday.

A 49-year-old man, who was driving a Volkswagen Polo which was travelling north, was taken to hospital but died shortly after.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "The road is currently closed at the junction with the B923 and the public are advised to avoid the area, where possible.

"Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information to help with ongoing inquiries is asked to contact 101."

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Residents near scrapyard blaze urged to shut windows

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:07

Residents in Fife were told to keep their doors and windows closed after a large fire broke out at a scrapyard.

The blaze was reported at a site on Montgomery Road, Leven around 4.50am on Wednesday.

A column of black smoke could be seen coming from the scrapyard.

The fire service said the blaze was brought under control by 6am.

An investigation has been launched to determine what started the fire.

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A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Local residents were advised to keep their doors and windows closed due to the volume of smoke.

"Officers remain in attendance and a joint investigation will be conducted with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service to establish the cause of this."

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Driver seriously injured after car smashes into bridge

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:10

A driver has been seriously injured after a car smashed into a bridge.

The crash happened on the A921 Kinghorn road near Kirkcaldy in Fife at 7am on Wednesday.

A man, who was driving a Volkswagen Polo, is in a serious condition following the smash.

Officers have closed the road while investigations are carried out.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Fife are currently in attendance on the A921 Kinghorn road near Kirkcaldy following a serious road traffic collision that took place at around 7am on Wednesday.

"The collision involved a Volkswagen Polo car and emergency services are currently at the scene.

"The road is currently closed at the junction with the B923 and the public are advised to avoid the area, where possible."

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Writer reflects on learning to walk again after stroke

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:33

A writer had to learn how to walk again after suffering a stroke aged just 38.

Ricky Brown, from Stockbridge, Edinburgh, was diagnosed with high blood pressure while working as a financial lawyer.

The 43-year-old never realised his condition could increase the risk of coronary heart disease before he had a stroke two days after his employment contract had finished.

Ricky told how he was forced to use a walking stick to get back on his feet following the ordeal.

He said: "People around me assumed that I was having a heart attack because of my family history.

"My dad had had bypass surgery some years earlier. But it became apparent I'd had a serious stroke and I was heavily sedated for several days.

"After several weeks in hospital I returned home with a sturdy walking stick and a walking frame I had to learn to walk again.

"But with rehabilitation and hard work on my part at physical therapy, I recovered and to look at me you wouldn't believe I'd had a stroke."

Soon after, Ricky and his partner Beth, now his wife, relocated to Edinburgh from New York.

The father-of-two is now pursuing a career as an award-winning creative writer, portraying his experience of having a stroke.

He added: "The life I'm living now is the new normal for me. I have coping strategies.

"For example, if my wife's going to work and I need to take care of three things, I can do each thing if I tackle it alone.

"We have an organiser in the hall and the keys and phones are always in there, in the same place."

'The life I'm living now is the new normal for me.' Ricky Brown

Ricky continued: "Physically there is a degree of weakness in my left hand side and I'm left-handed but I don't really notice it although my handwriting is worse! And I do suffer from fatigue sometimes.

"My doctor is keeping an eye on me as I have two aneurysms in my brain.

"But to be honest I feel really lucky. I've had incredible support from my wife, which is easy to say, but it's true.

"And I've now got opportunities to do things, such as creative writing, which I wouldn't have had before."

New figures show 92% of people in Scotland living with coronary heart disease have at least one other long-term condition. Nearly six in ten have at least three (57%).

Ricky said: "These statistics reflect my personal and family experience, and serve as a reminder to anyone living with a heart condition to take an active role in monitoring their health.

"It was the remarkable science of the scans done in the aftermath of my stroke, for example, that revealed the presence of two brain aneurysms I'm managing with the help of my doctors.

"Together with the national health service that we're fortunate enough to have in Scotland, this gives me reason to be positive about the future."

'These statistics reflect my personal and family experience, and serve as a reminder to anyone living with a heart condition to take an active role in monitoring their health.' Ricky Brown

Chief executive at the British Heart Foundation, Simon Gillespie, said: "Over the years we've made huge progress in improving survival rates for single conditions like heart attacks with BHF-funded research leading the way. However, today's figures point towards an emerging and very urgent challenge.

"For example, increasing numbers of people are surviving heart attacks, but are going on to suffer strokes or live with additional conditions like vascular dementia, which limit their quality of life, increase their risk of dying and will place increasing pressure on the health and care system across the UK.

"We can only reverse this trend by funding more research into all conditions of the heart and circulatory system, with a focus on how they can be treated together."

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Michelle Obama arrives in Scotland for charity fundraiser

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:23

Michelle Obama has arrived in Scotland ahead of a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh.

The lawyer, author and former first lady is expected to speak about her time at the White House during the event this evening.

Ms Obama's attendance at the charity gathering comes after her husband, Barack Obama, visited Scotland in May last year for a similar event.

The dinner is being hosted by The Hunter Foundation (THF), with entertainment being provided by 80s band Deacon Blue and soul singer Beverley Knight.

Welsh comedian Rob Brydon will compere the evening, while five-time Olympic medallist Dame Katherine Grainger will act as moderator of the conversation with the former first lady.

THF founder, businessman Sir Tom Hunter, said it would be "more than an honour" to welcome Ms Obama to Scotland.

He said: "From a brick bungalow on the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and we look forward to hearing about that journey and Mrs Obama's future path.

"It is more than an honour to welcome first lady Michelle Obama, following so closely on from the 44th president's visit of last year and we are delighted she accepted our invitation."

All profits from the Tuesday night dinner will be invested in hundreds of charities across Scotland.

Two Scottish schoolgirls, Melissa Croft and Cerys Gough will also attend the event after winning a competition with the topic "If I ruled Scotland".

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In her eight years in the White House, Ms Obama worked to transform the role of first lady, becoming a role model and champion for women and girls across America and beyond.

The Harvard law graduate led initiatives aimed at tackling childhood obesity and together with Jill Biden, wife of former vice president Joe Biden, worked to improve life for servicemen and women and veterans.

Her Reach Higher programme aimed to inspire more young people in the US to continue education after high school, while she also campaigned to help more girls across the world attend school.

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Couple tie the knot at 40 fulfilling a 20-year-old promise

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:22

A couple who agreed to marry if they were still single at 40 have tied the knot after a chance meeting.

Mhairi Gordon, 45, and Rhys McLellan, 43, went out in their 20s but parted ways in 1995.

They jokingly agreed that if they were both still single at 40 they should marry.

The couple randomly met 22 years later and after falling in love again, have now married.

Make-up artist Mhairi said: "I never forget the day we split up when we were young we said to each other if we are still single at the age of 40 we would get married.

"I still can't believe that we did it."

Mairi who describes Rhys as the love of her life, said in 2009 she randomly bumped into the electrician for the first time since they broke up.

She said: "I went to a fashion show with a friend who had been organising it for St Columbas Charity.

"Rhys was a volunteer for the charity and we all went for a drink after the show.

"There was definitely a spark between us, however, nothing was acted upon as we were both in committed relationships.

"I was living in Cornwall and he was in Leith, Edinburgh, at the time."

Three years later Mairi moved back to the Scottish capital after splitting up with her long-term boyfriend of 12 years.

While Rhys had a few relationships he was single for most of their time apart.

She said: "I bumped into his mum and sister in a shop in Leith, they gave me his number and I called him for a catch up.

"We met but I was still hurting from the previous breakup so again nothing happened and we parted ways.

"The next year I heard Rhys's mother was in hospital with cancer - I called him to pass on my condolences and to find out how she was doing.

"We started to date for a few months after as we were getting close again.

"But I was feeling scared about getting hurt and about us getting back together again, so I ended it, even though I had feelings for him and him."

It wasn't until 2015 when the childhood sweethearts finally decided to give it another go after Mairi had an accident.

She said: "We bumped into each other again and this time both of us felt the sparks fly.

"We were both single and the feeling for each other were still very much there.

"Soon after I had an accident at work and injured my knee - he was always there to make me laugh, do some shopping, make me food.

"That's when I realised he was just what I had always wanted and never really stopped loving him.

"He says I was always the love of his life. The next year we got engaged - it just felt right."

The pair got married on March 25, 2017 in the Thomas Morton Hall in Leith.

"In my eyes, I have married a very good one, we got there in the end.

"I sometimes think my mum has had something to do with it.

"She always did say 'what's for you, won't go by you.'"

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Michelle Obama due to attend charity dinner in Edinburgh

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:47

Former US first lady Michelle Obama is due to attend a fundraising dinner in Edinburgh later.

Mrs Obama is expected to speak about her time at the White House during the evening event organised by The Hunter Foundation (THF).

Her attendance at the charity gathering sees her follow in the footsteps of her husband, former US president Barack Obama, who visited Scotland in May last year for a similar event with the foundation.

Scottish band Deacon Blue and soul singer Beverley Knight are the musical acts set to perform at the function at the EICC.

Welsh comedian Rob Brydon will compere the evening, while five-time Olympic medallist Dame Katherine Grainger will act as moderator of the conversation with the former first lady.

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THF founder, businessman Sir Tom Hunter, previously said it would be "more than an honour" to welcome Mrs Obama to Scotland.

He said: "From a brick bungalow on the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and we look forward to hearing about that journey and Mrs Obama's future path.

"It is more than an honour to welcome first lady Michelle Obama, following so closely on from the 44th president's visit of last year and we are delighted she accepted our invitation."

All profits from the Tuesday night dinner will be invested in hundreds of charities across Scotland, the foundation has pledged.

No further details have been released of the guests expected to attend.

However, school pupils were asked to submit a video on the topic of "If I ruled Scotland" for a chance to go to the event.

Melissa Croft, 14, from Mearns Castle High School in East Renfrewshire and Cerys Gough, 14, from Langholm Academy in Dumfries and Galloway, were picked by the organisers as winners.

In her eight years in the White House, Mrs Obama worked to transform the role of first lady, becoming a role model and champion for women and girls across America and beyond.

The Harvard law graduate led initiatives aimed at tackling childhood obesity and together with Jill Biden, wife of former vice president Joe Biden, worked to improve life for servicemen and women and veterans.

Her Reach Higher programme aimed to inspire more young people in the US to continue education after high school by going on to college or university while she also campaigned to help more girls across the world attend school.

Last year, about 1200 people - including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and author JK Rowling - attended when the former president made his first trip to Scotland, with the dinner he spoke at raising £670,000 for good causes.

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Pizza delivery driver robbed at knifepoint by gang

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:06

A pizza delivery driver was robbed at knifepoint by a group of youths.

The 32-year-old was targeted in Dalkeith, Midlothian around 2.45am on Sunday.

He was leaving an address in Eskbank when he was approached by the youths and threatened with a knife.

A two-figure sum of money was stolen from him.

Police say the suspect had a local accent and was part of a larger group.

Detective constable Kim Wilson from Dalkeith CID said: "This was a shocking experience for the man, who was thankfully uninjured, and we're working to trace this group as soon as possible.

"As part of our enquiries, we're asking anyone in the local community who may have seen a group matching this description in the area, or who has any information which may be relevant, to contact us."

Anyone with information can call Dalkeith CID via 101.

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Police officer dies in crash between motorcycle and car

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:03

A police officer has died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car.

PC Rhys Prentice died at the scene of the crash on the A7 north of Galashiels.

His Yamaha R6 was involved in a collision with a silver Peugeot 107 around 12.25pm on Sunday.

Two people in the Peugeot were seriously injured.

Tributes have been paid to the 24-year-old police officer, who was stationed in East Lothian and was not on duty at the time of the crash.

'Rhys' parents and fiancée were exceptionally proud of his chosen career and our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this tragic time.' Chief Superintendent Lesley Clark

His family released a statement though Police Scotland saying: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Rhys - our much loved son, brother, fiancé and friend.

"Rhys was an enthusiastic biker and a dedicated police officer.

"He made us all very proud and words cannot describe how much we will miss him."

Chief Superintendent Lesley Clark said: "It's a sad day for the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division, with the loss of a young and enthusiastic officer.

"Rhys was stationed in East Lothian and will be sadly missed.

"He was a popular and devoted officer and support is being given to his colleagues.

"Rhys' parents and fiancée were exceptionally proud of his chosen career and our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this tragic time."

Sergeant Ross Drummond, who is investigating the crash, said: "This incident has tragically resulted in death of a young man and a colleague.

"Our inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision and anyone who was on the road at the time and witnessed what happened, is urged to contact police."

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland via 101.

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First images of huge 11-week-old owl chick Nala revealed

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:33

These are the first pictures of an owl chick that has grown ten times the size of an egg in just 11 weeks.

Staff at the Scottish Owl Centre in West Lothian have welcomed adorable milky eagle owl, Nala, who already weighs 1.5kg.

Nala, named after The Lion King, was brought to the centre in West Lothian in June after popular owl Sarabi died just before Christmas last year.

Keepers say the 11-week-old owl, who was born in Belgium and moved to the centre, has already become a big hit with visitors.

Trystan Williams, a senior keeper at the Scottish Owl Centre, takes Nala home some nights to care for her.

He said: "Staff look after her at home at night and bring her back into the owl centre the next day.

"She will have a 6ft wingspan when she's fully grown.

"She weighs just over 1.5kg but will weigh over 2kg when she's grown.

"She's very gentle with everyone, at first she seemed really shy but she is becoming braver each day.

"She's calm, she's just a big friendly giant. In Africa, that's what they call them."

When Sarabi passed away keepers felt they had to bring a similar animal to the centre.

Trystan added: "The name Sarabi in Swahili means mirage and Nala in Swahili means gift.

"Both of the owls were named after The Lion King.

"Nala is having a good impact on everyone at the centre at the moment.

"They are long-lived birds, they are expected to live between 20 to 30 years and when Sarabi died she had lived for 23 years."

Milky eagle owls are one of the largest owls in the world.

The owls normally hunt at night, and long-term pairs usually produce two eggs a year, often with only one surviving to fledge.

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