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Man dies after falling from slow moving pick-up truck

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:31

A man has died after falling from a moving pick-up truck in the Borders.

The 61-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal head injuries following the incident in Angraflat Road, Kelso, during the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man and the driver, who are known to one another, had been in discussion before he reportedly fell off the vehicle as it travelled slowly.

Emergency services were called to the scene before he was taken to Borders General Hospital, where he was found to have sustained serious head injuries.

He was pronounced dead later that morning.

The incident is now being treated as a fatal collision and the Road Policing Unit are conducting an investigation into his death.

Sergeant Fraser Wood said: "This has been a tragic loss of a man's life and our condolences are with all those affected.

"As with any fatal collision, enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances. 

"We'd urge anyone who may have witnessed this, or who saw either the pedestrian or the vehicle in the area beforehand, to contact us."

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Heart surgery patients died after picking up infection

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:10

A number of patients who had heart surgery died after contracting an infection during their operation, it has emerged.

NHS Lothian has issued a warning to 186 patients who have undergone heart aortic valve surgery since 2015 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to advise them of a possible infection risk.

It comes as the health board said six patients who required the surgery over 18 months were affected by unusual infections before some later died.

As a precaution, four planned surgeries have been cancelled this week to allow for specialist cleaning and disinfection of the theatres used for the procedure.

Enhanced infection control measures have also been put in place.

No cases were found prior to March 2017 and there have been no known issues in patients operated on since November 2018.

Professor Alex McMahon, NHS Lothian's executive lead for infection control, said: "We extend our sincere apologies and deepest condolences to the families of the patients who died, all of whom were informed at the time of their treatment that they had an unusual and difficult to treat infection."

'We extend our sincere apologies and deepest condolences to the families of the patients who died.' Professor Alex McMahon

He admitted it was a "worrying time" for those who had received letters but reiterated the move was a precaution.

"We know this will be a worrying time for those who have received letters but we have contacted patients purely as a precaution," he said.

"The risk is very low and we do not anticipate any more cases, however we know that it can take up to six months for these infections to materialise.

"We want to make sure those patients know what symptoms to be aware of and to contact NHS Inform if they have any concerns.

"Many patients receiving this type of surgery are already very ill and vulnerable to infection so we place the highest importance on a stringent infection prevention and control regime.

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment caused to the patients who have had their procedures cancelled this week but we must prioritise patient safety above all else. All those affected will be given new appointments as soon as possible."

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Oil spill source yet to be found as beaches set to reopen

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 13:56

Beaches closed due to an oil spill in Fife will be reopened to the public this weekend.

A massive clean-up operation has been on the go in Limekilns and Charlestown since the oil was discovered on the coastline last month.

The area was closed off to the public and the coastal path route was diverted while the oil was cleaned up and investigations were launched to determine where it came from.

Around 600 tonnes of contaminated seaweed and sand has since been lifted from the three beaches affected and transported to a specialist facility for disposal.

Despite investigations by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Forth Ports, the source of the slick has not been found.

Derek Crowe, senior manager with Fife Council's roads and transportation service, said: "This has been a massive partnership operation with many organisations working together to get this area cleared up and back in public use.

"It's great news that we can reopen the beaches as I know people have been missing the opportunity to use this much loved resource.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their patience while the work was underway . Although residents may still occasionally see a sheen on the water, this will disperse naturally."

The clean-up operation is estimated to cost around £600,000 in total - a cost that will have to be borne by the council if the polluter cannot be identified.

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Ian Buchanan, SEPA chief officer, stated: "An extensive investigation carried out by regulatory, chemistry and marine science staff at SEPA has ruled out all identified land-based sources for the pollution found on Limekilns and Charleston beaches.

"SEPA analysed samples of the contamination and compared the results to samples taken from potential sources. No matches were found, and as result SEPA's investigation is closed, unless further information comes to our attention in the future.

"Early suggestions that the oil had come from a land drain appear to have been based on an early visual assessment and no evidence has been found that substantiates this."

The beaches will continue to be monitored as the area returns to its natural habitat.

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Pensioner dies following 'unexplained' house fire

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 19:19

A 93-year-old man has died following a fire at a house in Fife.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in Miller Avenue in Crossford at around 12.15pm on Wednesday.

The pensioner was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, where he died a short time later.

Police in Fife, who confirmed the fatality on their social media pages, said they are working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

A spokesman said: "The fire is currently being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing."

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Man fighting for life after fire rips through house

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:47

A man is fighting for his life after a fire ripped through a house.

Emergency services were called to Miller Avenue in Crossford, Fife, at 12.15am on Wednesday.

Police, fire and ambulance crews have all been called.

The road has been cordoned off while investigations are carried out.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "The man was taken to hospital by the ambulance service with serious injuries.

"Emergency services are in attendance."

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Brave 'cancer warrior' Kira decides to stop chemotherapy

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:18

A schoolgirl known as the 'cancer warrior' has decided to stop receiving chemotherapy.

Doctors have told Kira Noble, 15, that her Neuroblastoma is incurable, but treatable, and she will now begin taking an experimental drug called Alk Inhibitor.

Neuroblastoma affects around 100 children a year in the the UK and has the lowest survival rate of all childhood cancers.

Kira, from Edinburgh, has relapsed four times in four years since she was first diagnosed and has undergone various treatments.

Late last year she travelled to New Jersey in America for Proton Beam Therapy - a less intrusive form of radiotherapy.

However, she was then told that the cancer was continuing to grow and has now learned there is no cure.

Speaking to STV News, Kira said: "I've decided for myself I don't want to have chemo any more. I've had 20 rounds and that's a lot to handle.

"I don't think it's what would be best for me. Last year I had my last round of chemo and parts of my cancer weren't responding to it.

"I was becoming really ill from it all and it wasn't doing anything for me. I've just decided now that it's probably not a good idea ... everything you don't want happens. You can lose your identity from it."

Kira will soon continue her treatment using innovative drugs called Alk Inhibitor, which target the affected cells.

"I just want to start the next treatment and get on with it," she said.

Her mum Aud Noble says they are aiming to "manage and control" the Neuroblastoma as much as possible.

She said: "Kira is now incurable ... our objective is to manage that and control it as much as we possibly can.

"She's still treatable so we're moving onto targeted therapy with Alk Inhibitor, which we hope we'll have very soon and can move forward."

In the meantime, after spending the bulk of last year in hospital, Kira is determined to make the most of life.

"I've been out every weekend and after school, doing as much as possible," she said.

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"Last year I was in hospital for eight months so missed the whole summer and didn't get to see people. It's nice to go into school and see people, and just be a teenager.

Kira has kept wellwishers updated throughout her journey on her Facebook page - Kira the Machine.

In 2018 almost £500,000 was raised in a few short weeks to allow Kira to have surgery in the US.

Aud now hopes more research can be carried out to find new potential treatments for Neuroblastoma, and believes doctors should get more training in spotting the signs of childhood cancer.

She said: "Parents wish there was an infinite supply of treatment options available. It's a brutal disease, a relentless disease, it stops at nothing so you absolutely need as many treatments as you can get your hands on.

"Bottom line is there just aren't enough. So much more research is needed into this disease to understand it better. We need to move forward faster."

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Lonely cockerels Hans, Christian and Anderson need new home

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:21

An animal welfare charity is calling for caring livestock owners to help three cockerels fly the coop.

Hans, Christian and Anderson - named after The Ugly Ducking author Hans Christian Andersen - have been in the care of the Scottish SPCA in Edinburgh for more than 285 days.

Scottish SPCA superintendent Sharon Comrie explained that the charity often cares for cockerels for years before they find their new families, with new birds arriving every month.

She said: "Sadly we don't receive many enquiries about our cockerels.

"These birds require homes with specialist knowledge of their needs and plenty of space for them to roam around, hopefully with some female feathered friends.

"Whilst keeping poultry can be an enjoyable experience, it is regretful that cockerels are increasingly being kept in urban, domestic settings by inexperienced owners who have not considered the care and commitment these birds need."

'Anyone looking to take on a cockerel needs to be knowledgeable and have the time and commitment to ensure they receive the specialist care and attention they need to be happy and healthy' SSPCA superintendent Sharon Comrie

Cockerels can be extremely aggressive and will often attack or even kill other males and hens, especially when they are kept in unsuitable environments.

Superintendent Comrie added: "Sadly, this has led to a rise in the number of abandoned and unwanted cockerels coming into our care.

"Cockerels are not domestic pets and should only ever be kept as livestock by experienced owners.

"Anyone looking to take on a cockerel needs to be knowledgeable and have the time and commitment to ensure they receive the specialist care and attention they need to be happy and healthy."

If you are interesting in rehoming a cockerel, or any other animal, please contact the SSPCA on 03000 999 999 or visit scottishspca.org/rehome.

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by car as he crossed road

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:53

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a car as he crossed a road.

Emergency services were called to Almond Road West in Livingston at 12.30pm on Saturday.

A 70-year-old man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious head injuries after being hit by a Ford Galaxy.

He later passed away in hospital on Wednesday.

Sergeant Gary Taylor said: "Our thoughts are with the gentleman's family and all those affected by this collision.

"We continue to investigate the full circumstances and would encourage anyone who may have witnessed this, or who was travelling in the area at this time and has dashcam footage, to contact us as soon as possible."

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Police warning after five lambs killed in dog attack

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:02

Police have sent out a warning to dog owners after five lambs were killed on an East Lothian farm.

The attack on the animals, near the village of Garvald, was reported to officers on Tuesday morning.

Police are now reminding dog owners of their responsibilities when exercising their animals in the countryside.

A spokesperson said: "Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to livestock, even if the dog doesn't catch them.

"The stress of chasing/worrying by dogs can cause animals to die and pregnant stock to miscarry.

"Livestock fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, often causing significant collateral damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.

"Also, dogs chasing ewes and lambs can cause them to separate with lambs dying from starvation or hypothermia if they fail to find the mothering ewe again."

Owners have been urged to avoid exercising their dogs near livestock and to keep them on a leash when near to farmland.

Dogs found in a field with sheep may be killed even if it has not attacked them, while owners can be fined up to £1000 for sheep worrying.

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Thieves steal £35,000 worth of jewellery in store raid

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:22

Thieves stole more than £35,000 worth of jewellery during a raid on a shop in Fife.

Fennes Jewellery on Newark Road South, in Glenrothes, was targeted at around 2.20am on Saturday.

The robbers took items ranging from a pair of Celtic stud earrings worth £145 to an 18ct white gold diamond bubble ring worth £3700. Chains, bracelets and bangles were also taken during the theft.

Police investigating the break-in believe three men, seen in the area at the time of the incident, are involved.

'If you purchase a stolen item, knowingly or otherwise, this can be seized by officers at any time meaning a financial loss for yourself' Detective inspector Paul Dick

Detective inspector Paul Dick said: "This incident has caused significant disruption to a local business, and a thorough investigation is underway.

"As part of this, we'd ask anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour, or any motorists or taxi drivers who were travelling in the area around this time and have dashcam footage, to contact us.

"Likewise, anyone who may recognise this jewellery or have been offered it for sale since this time is urged to get in touch with us or Crimestoppers anonymously.

"If you purchase a stolen item, knowingly or otherwise, this can be seized by officers at any time meaning a financial loss for yourself. 

"Always check that a seller can provide proof of ownership."

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Army 'could have done more' to stop killer Scots soldier 

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:02

The family of a 24-year-old who was murdered by a jealous and obsessed Midlothian-based soldier said the Army could have done more to protect her from her controlling ex-partner.

Alice Ruggles had contacted Northumbria Police about Trimaan Dhillon's stalking in the days before he broke into her Gateshead home and repeatedly cut her throat.

A Northumbria Police officer contacted his barracks in Penicuik and spoke to a superior, but not Military Police or Police Scotland, and Dhillon was then told to stop contacting her or face arrest.

But he ignored the warning from within the regiment, continued to contact her and eventually drove 120 miles to Tyneside to murder the Sky employee in October 2016.

Dhillon, a Lance Corporal at the time who trained with the Special Reconnaissance Service, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

After the trial, Gateshead Council conducted a domestic homicide review (DHR) and the findings were published on Tuesday.

It has made 20 recommendations for local authorities, the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to act upon.

In the review, her parents Sue and Clive said: "We believe that her death was preventable.

"We find it difficult to comprehend that, although Alice described in her first phone call to the police that she was being stalked and provided ample evidence, the police and the army were unable to support and protect her."

Miss Ruggles's sister Emma, herself a serving soldier, said she was "frustrated" by the Army's response to the murder.

She has had no contact from Dhillon's unit, no response to questions she posed to the Royal Military Police nor a sense that lessons had been learned.

The 2 Scots soldier had a history of offending against ex-partners and Emma Ruggles could not believe the Army was unaware as he was serving at the time.

She said: "Similar situations need to be taken far more seriously in the future by both the police and the Army.

"Failure to do so would show a blatant lack of regard for my sister, the nightmare she lived in her last few months and the sustained, painful, violent last few minutes of her life."

The DHR has recommended that it becomes an offence to threaten to release intimate photos of an ex-partner, as Dhillon had done once Ms Ruggles had called off their relationship.

'Similar situations need to be taken far more seriously in the future by both the police and the Army' Emma Ruggles

In a second call to Northumbria Police, as Dhillon's stalking continued, a call handler asked Ms Ruggles if she wanted him to be arrested.

The DHR found the police should have made the decision, and it should not have been left to the victim, who declined.

Northumbria Police's Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon said changes have been made nationally regarding the response to stalking and harassment in the light of this horrific case.

She said: "With the help of Alice's family we are now leading the way in training officers in the best way to deal with these types of offences, with their input vital in developing a video which is now also used by other forces and partners.

"Their continued determination to change the law to better protect victims of stalking is commendable."

Brigadier Christopher Coles, head of Army personnel services group, said: "Our thoughts remain with Alice's family and friends at this very difficult time.

"We are committed to tacking domestic abuse and last year launched a strategy to help prevent domestic abuse in all its forms.

"This includes prevention of abuse in the home and providing support to the families of service personnel who may be affected."

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Man appears in court charged with causing chef's death

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:12

A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a chef in Edinburgh.

Lionel Simenya, 36, died during an incident in Ford Road in the early hours of March 7.

On Monday, 22-year-old Declan Mayes appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with causing Mr Simenya's death by culpable and reckless driving.

No plea was made and the case was continued for further inquiry.

Mayes was remanded in custody by Sheriff John Cook following the private appearance.

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Universal Credit: Is new benefit paying off for Scots?

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 16:58

It's been three years this month since Universal Credit was fully rolled out in East Lothian.

Residents who were unemployed or on low incomes were the guinea pigs for the new system, which was designed to be a simpler all-in-one payment to replace six 'legacy' benefits.

However, STV News has spoken to some claimants in Dunbar who say it has been difficult to adjust to - and the way it is calculated, the online application process and delays have made them worse off.

Claimant: 'Benefit disappears before you get it'

Mark Brown, who spent time in prison, was claiming Employment Support Allowance before he was moved on to Universal Credit.

He works part-time at The Ridge's Backlands conservation project near Dunbar's High Street - but says he'd be better off not working.

"I got put on Universal Credit and the money I was getting through my Employment Support Allowance I was no longer entitled to, because I was doing two days of permitted work," he said.

"I'm getting nothing now. Due to my mental health, I've been doing this gradually over the last three years."

Former shop worker Paul Gordon believes the design of the new online benefits system leaves a lot to be desired.

He said: "After being made unemployed, you apply for Universal Credit, and they make you wait five weeks for your first payment, so you're more or less forced to take the advance that they give you, and then they take it back off you at £66 a month.

"So the benefit is disappearing before you even get it."

Mr Gordon said that community projects in Dunbar - including the food bank and services run by social enterprise The Ridge - have kept him and many others afloat.

Doctor: 'Letters are ignored'

Local doctor John Hardman told STV News there are concerns some benefit claimants are being assessed as fit for work, despite conflicting medical advice.

Dr Hardman said: "It's not unusual for myself or one of my colleagues to write a letter saying that a patient is, or never will be, fit for any kind of meaningful work, or even vocational or voluntary work, and yet often that is ignored."

And as mirrored in other locations around the country, Dunbar's food bank has been inundated with requests.

"It's an ongoing catastrophe and it's very punitive for a lot of families," volunteer Margaret Croft told STV News.

"[The food] comes at a cost, and it comes at a psychological and emotional cost to the people who apply."

Job centre: 'Life isn't black and white'

The nearest Job Centre is in Musselburgh - two bus rides away - but staff hold weekly drop-in sessions in Dunbar to try to solve Universal Credit issues.

Gill Last, a support manager at social enterprise The Ridge, said: "Life isn't black or white - their lives aren't black or white. 

"Just don't make it so difficult for people who need a bit of help.

"Everyone I help wants to get back into work or wants to give something back, or they come and volunteer. I fight for them but I'm tired of fighting."

UK Government: 'It's a force for good'

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has acknowledged delays to payments has led to a growth in food bank use - and just last week admitted that it was difficult to live on the core payment.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: "Universal Credit is a force for good, helping people into work faster, but we will continue to make improvements where needed.

"Already we have introduced 100% advance payments, budgeting support, direct rent payments to landlords and an extra two weeks' housing benefit payment for people moving from Housing Benefit to Universal Credit.

"We are delivering flexibilities in Universal Credit payments on behalf of the Scottish Government and Scotland has the power to top-up existing benefits, pay discretionary payments and create entirely new benefits altogether."

What is Universal Credit?
  • A monthly or twice-monthly means-tested benefit for people of working age who are out of work or on a low income.
  • It replaces six existing 'legacy' benefits: Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
  • It was designed to be simpler than the old benefits and tax credit system.
  • Entitlement is worked out by comparing basic financial needs that the government says you need to live on with resources.
  • The full service is being introduced gradually across the UK - and East Lothian was one of the pilot areas for the UK Government's flagship welfare reform policy.
  • Claimants can be sanctioned if they don't comply or attend meetings with their 'coach' or pick up the phone for telephone interviews. They need to prove they've been looking for work by regularly filling out an online journal.
  • Payments are made up of a standard allowance, and there are additional amounts which apply for people with children, disabilities which may affect their eligibility to work, or for those who need help paying their rent.
  • People can challenge the decisions through an independent tribunal process. 
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Pedestrian, 80, who died in car collision is named

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:15

An 80-year-old woman who died after being hit by a car while crossing the road has been named by police.

Margaret McKenzie was struck by a light-coloured Suzuki Jimny at the junction of Mayfield Road and Easthouses Road in Dalkeith at around 1.40pm on Friday.

Emergency services attended and the driver of the vehicle stopped to assist, however Ms McKenzie, who lived in the town, died at the scene.

Following the fatal collision, the road was closed for over three hours while investigation works took place.

Police in Midlothian are now appealing for witnesses.

'Our thoughts remain with Ms McKenzie's family and friends, and officers will continue to support them at this time' Sergeant Dominic Doyle

Sergeant Dominic Doyle said: "Our thoughts remain with Ms McKenzie's family and friends, and officers will continue to support them at this time.

"A number of members of the public stopped to help emergency services at the scene and we are grateful to them for their assistance.

"We are eager to hear from any driver or pedestrian who may have been on Easthouses or Mayfield Road around the time of the collision and who witnessed what happened to come forward to assist our inquiries.

"Anyone who may have been recording by dashcam and who could have footage of the incident is asked to provide this to officers as soon as possible."

If you have any information, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Ticket inspector punched in stomach by train passenger

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:58

A ticket inspector was punched in the stomach after asking two passengers to show their train tickets.

One of the men then pulled out a £5 note and waved it in front of their victim's face.

The incident happened on board a train to Glasgow on Tuesday, March 5.

The attack occurred between 5.30pm and 6pm, between Polmont and Falkirk Grahamston railway stations.

The two men, who were aged between 25 and 28, left the train at Falkirk.

The victim did not suffer any injuries in the assault.

British Transport Police are now appealing for further information and have urged witnesses to get in touch.

In response to the attack, a ScotRail spokesperson said: "Anti-social behaviour - whether physical violence, verbal abuse or any other form - on Scotland's railway is completely unacceptable, and we will work with the British Transport Police to bring those responsible to justice.

"The safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority. Everyone should be able to go about their day in peace."

If you can help with the investigation, call 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Fox cub appeal as charity seeks puppy blankets and milk

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:04

An animal welfare charity has urged people to donate much-needed items for orphaned fox cubs.

The Scottish SPCA has issued an appeal for incubators, puppy blankets, specific food and puppy milk to help care for baby foxes living at its National Wildlife Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire.

The charity, which had its busiest year in 2018 with over 9800 wildlife casualties, made the plea ahead of this year's fox cub season.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, "As we are entering fox cub season, we are appealing for items such as incubators, puppy blankets and specific food and puppy milk.

"Last year, we cared for 46 fox cubs and it can be a struggle to keep up with the demand for these essential items.

'Last year, we cared for 46 fox cubs and it can be a struggle to keep up with the demand for these essential items.' Centre manager Colin Seddon

"Anyone who comes across fox cubs, that have their eyes fully open and their ears pricked who aren't injured or in distress, should keep a distance and check back in an hour or two as vixens will often move their cubs from one location to another and if they are disturbed, they will leave the cubs and come back for them later.

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"Often, vixens will not live in the same area as her cubs and will only return at night to feed them.

"If a cub is found above ground with eyes closed or only partially open, then it will need our attention.

"If a cub is found like this or if a cub is injured, ill or has been orphaned and needs our help then please call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 for advice."

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Trio hunted by police after man stabbed in murder bid

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:11

Three men are being hunted by police after a man was stabbed during an attempted murder in Edinburgh.

The 35-year-old was attacked at a property in Murrayburn Gardens, Wester Hailes, just after midnight on Monday.

The trio burst into the home and left the victim seriously injured with stab wounds on his arm and stomach.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he continues to be treated.

Detective inspector Bruce Coutts said: "We are still working to determine what the motivation for this attack was an we are keen to hear from members of the public who can assist with this investigation.

"If you saw any suspicious activity in the Murrayburn Gardens area during the early hours of Monday morning, then please contact police immediately.

"Similarly, if you have any other relevant information, including details of those responsible, then we would also urge you to get in touch."

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Passenger called a 'bomber' during racist abuse on train

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:09

A man was called a "bomber" while being racially abused by a fellow passenger on a train.

The incident happened in Edinburgh just before 1.30pm on Friday, March 1.

The victim was accused of planning to "bomb a plane" as he travelled between Haymarket and Edinburgh Park stations.

British Transport Police believe the suspect remained on the train until it arrived at Stirling.

Officers are appealing for information to help track him down, and said the man in his late 30s was wearing a red polo short and black jacket with white piping around the cuffs.

Anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 346-010319.

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Hospital children's ward reopens at night after two years

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:01

A children's hospital ward which has been closed for almost two years is due to reopen to inpatients in what has been described as an "important milestone".

The ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston has not been able to provide round the clock care due to staffing pressures since July 2017.

On Monday it will open again for four nights a week from Monday through to Thursday while also acting as a short-stay assessment unit on Friday to Sunday.

It will then fully reopen in October.

Dr Tracey Gillies, medical director at NHS Lothian, said: "This is a really important milestone for us and we are really pleased that we can reinstate the inpatient paediatric service.

"Parents don't have to do anything differently, they will still access care in the same way, if it is during the week or weekend.

"It does mean, however, that patients who would have been travelling through to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for inpatient treatment will be able to stay in St John's Hospital during week nights."

The resumption of overnight services comes three months after NHS Lothian recruited three new trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs), with the unit at St John's now staffed by a team of consultants, nurses and a greater number of ANPs.

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Two women robbed at knife point in early morning attacks

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 13:11

Two young women have been targeted by thieves in "extremely frightening" knife-point robberies in Edinburgh.

Police are linking the two incidents that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning when a 20-year-old and 22-year-old were both targeted by two men.

The first incident took place when the 20-year-old was approached by two men, one on a bike and the other wearing a balaclava, in the Sciennes House Place area just after 1am.

She was threatened by the men who demanded she hand over handbag and phone.

After stealing the items the men made off towards the Causeywayside and Mayfield Road areas.

A second incident occurred around half an hour later in Drummond Street when the 22-year-old woman was approached by two men as she walked towards Roxburgh Street.

'When out walking during the hours of darkness, always stick to well-lit paths, and if possible, use busier routes. If you feel uncomfortable alone, use a pre-booked licenced taxi or walk in a larger group with friends.' Detective Sergeant Dougal Begg.

The men threatened her with a knife before making off towards Roxburgh Street with a bag containing the woman's laptop.

The suspects on both occasions are described as white and aged between late twenties and early forties.

One of the men is described as having a "straggly beard".

Detective Sergeant Dougal Begg of Corstorphine CID said: "These have been extremely frightening incidents for the victims and a thorough investigation of the events is now underway.

"We believe that these incidents are linked and would ask any members of the public who can help us identify those involved to come forward as soon as possible.

"The areas where both incidents happened are heavily populated with residential and business premises. I'd urge anyone with private CCTV, or who may have heard a disturbance in these areas in the early hours of this morning, to get in touch with officers immediately.

"These type of incidents are thankfully rare and officers are continuing to provide the necessary support to the victims. When out walking during the hours of darkness, always stick to well-lit paths, and if possible, use busier routes. If you feel uncomfortable alone, use a pre-booked licenced taxi or walk in a larger group with friends."

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