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Boy, ten, seriously injured in motorbike hit-and-run

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:50

An ten-year-old boy has been seriously injured after being struck by a motorcyclist in a hit-and-run.

The collision happened on Ferry Road in Edinburgh at 6.35pm on Saturday.

The child was struck by a motorbike before the driver fled near Drylaw Police Station.

It is understood the boy was with his sister when the collision happened.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The boy was taken by ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children of Edinburgh with serious leg and hip injuries.

"Information at this time indicates that a number of motorcyclists were seen in the area driving in what can only be described as a dangerous manner."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Large quantity of drugs stolen during raid on pharmacy

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:43

A large quanity of drugs has been stolen from a pharmacy in Midlothian.

Roslin Pharmacy on Penicuik Road in the village was broken into at about 11.25pm on Thursday.

A significant quantity of medication, including Diazepam, Dihydrocodeine and Pregabalin tablets, was stolen.

The suspects are believed to have left in the direction of Moat View.

Inspector Bryan Jones said: "The medication can cause serious harm to a person's health and should only be taken if prescribed specifically for you by a medical professional."

Diazepam is better known as its brand name Valium. Dihydrocodeine is a strong painkiller and Pregabalin is used as an epilepsy medication.

Mr Jones added: "We're urging anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the area, or has any information on the whereabouts of the stolen tablets, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.

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Campaign to fill up 'Scotland's most dangerous quarry'

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:16

A campaign has been launched to drain and fill up a Fife quarry where four people have died.

The mother of one of the victims is calling for a fatal accident inquiry to examine three deaths at Prestonhill Quarry since 2014.

Residents of the nearby town of Inverkeithing have formed the Action for Prestonhill group, which says the site is "Scotland's most dangerous quarry".

Last month, Edinburgh school teacher Kelda Henderson died in a diving accident at the quarry.

Two of those behind the Action for Prestonhill campaign, which launched on Friday, have lost relatives at the site.

Kevin O'Neil's brother Robert fell to his death aged just 12 during an accident at the quarry in 1973.

In August 2014, Gillian Barclay's 18-year-old son Cameron Lancaster also lost his life at this site.

John McKay, 18, died in an accident at the pool in in June 2015.

Ms Barclay said: "There have been too many deaths at this quarry and those of us who have lost someone there feel a great sense of regret and responsibility despite campaigning and speaking out about the dangers of this quarry, people are still being gravely harmed by it.  

"We need more action now. While there is water there it will always attract children and young people, the safest option is to drain the quarry and fill it in to protect everyone.

"I would like to encourage as many local people as possible to come along to this meeting to help us find a solution to this problem and to stop anyone else having to go through the devastation of losing a loved one at the quarry."

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She called for a fatal accident inquiry be held regarding the three most recent deaths.

Mr O'Neil said: "The dangers of this quarry have been known for years and the owners of the site have failed to protect the public. 

"It doesn't help matters when others pull down some of the flimsy fencing but ultimately it is the responsibility of the owners to ensure the security of the site.  

"The only safe option is to drain the quarry and fill it in.  After that we can look at proposals to make it a recreational area that could be used by all local residents."  

A public meeting is due to take place on August 29 at Inverkeithing High School.

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Edinburgh Airport £80m expansion project under way

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:37

Work has begun on an £80m project to expand Edinburgh airport.

A three-story extension is being constructed to create room for new boarding gates and seating areas.

The extension will stretch out from the existing gate 12, at the east end of the airport towards Gogarburn.

The airport says the plan is part of investment worth £220m over the next five years to handle a predicted record number of passengers.

It is hoped the expansion will be completed by summer 2018.

Later, a new baggage reclamation hall and six new gates will be constructed, alongside more retail space.

The airport's chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "This is a major investment for the capital and Scotland and further establishes Edinburgh Airport as one of the most innovative and forward thinking airports in the UK.

"We are Scotland's busiest airport and the fastest growing airport in the UK - and that demand is only going to grow with record numbers of passengers we expect to see passing through the terminal."

Mr Dewar added: "There have been times this summer where we've experienced busy periods that have impacted on our service and this investment in new facilities will ensure we have the infrastructure needed to handle more passengers and provide them with a positive experience whether arriving or departing.

"As Scotland's gateway to the world, it's vital that we have first class infrastructure and we will continue to invest in that, creating more jobs, supporting the economy and opening up Scotland to the world."

Earlier in August, the airport revealed details of its proposed new flight paths, following a lengthy and controversial consultation.

Flights would go directly over communities including Livingston and South Queensferry at peak times under the proposals.

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Appeal to find owners of ornate urn found in black cab

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:47

Police are trying to trace the owners of an ornate urn which was left in the back of an Edinburgh taxi.

The urn, contained inside a small velvet box with a metal clipper, was found in the back of a black cab at 2am on Sunday, April 30.

Almost four months later, no-one has come to claim the item, leading to Police Scotland to appeal for its rightful owners to come forward.

It is described as being dark grey and white in colour.

The owners have been asked to attend at the Lost Property Department at Fettes Police Station.

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Tourists to be urged to keep hands off Greyfriars Bobby

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:41

Future Edinburgh guidebooks could include advice for tourists not to rub the nose of Greyfriars Bobby, a major publisher has said.

The famous statue on George IV Bridge has become the subject of a new tradition with people rubbing its muzzle for good luck.

The seemingly innocent act has resulted in paint being worn away and the local authority having to repair the damage.

A new campaign launched on Facebook shortly after this year's festival season started, called Save Bobby's Nose, discourages people from the act.

Lonely Planet has said it will highlight efforts to stop the trend with authors.

A spokesman for the guidebook publisher said: "We don't currently advise travellers that there is any tradition of rubbing the nose for luck but we'll pass this information on to our editorial team and it will be flagged to the author when we compile the next edition of the relevant guide."

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier who became known in the 19th-century for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until dying in 1872.

A year later, a drinking fountain topped with Bobby's statue was erected at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row to commemorate him.

The monument is now Edinburgh's smallest listed building.

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Conservation work took place in 2013 to the whole statue, with the nose requiring the most work.

Within two days it was vandalised with a corrosive substance, meaning somebody went out of their way to make its nose shiny again.

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman said: "While he enjoys attention from visitors and loves to have his photo taken, Bobby gets distressed when people rub his nose.

"It really does cause damage to the statue, which is why we urge people to be respectful.

"We always request the city's statues and monuments are treated respectfully, and it's great so many local people agree."

Laverne Edmonds, of the Reel Edinburgh Tour, has been urging tourists to keep their hands off Bobby since starting the company in 2015.

She even has a whistle to stop nose-rubbers in their tracks if caught red-handed.

Ms Edmonds said: "I'm born and bred in Edinburgh and this has only been happening for the last four or five years.

"It's something we've always felt very strongly about but there's now a real flurry of support.

"We always blow the whistle to get people to take their hands away. It's all a bit of fun but it's actually quite serious for the poor little thing."

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Man stabbed flat visitor more than 30 times in back

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:49

A man tried to kill a visitor to his flat by stabbing him dozens of times after a vodka drinking session.

Slawomir Lipinski admitted attempting to murder Marcin Komosinski by repeatedly striking him with a knife.

The attack occurred at Lipinski's home on Duke Street, Edinburgh, in February last year.

A judge told Lipinski at the High Court in Edinburgh: "It is only right that I should make it clear to you at this stage that in view of the gravity of this offence it is inevitable I will impose a substantial period of imprisonment on you."

Lord Pentland remanded the supermarket cleaner in custody ahead of sentencing.

Advocate depute Owen Mullan said Lipinski, the victim and another man had drank a "large amount of vodka".

Lipinski's flatmate returned and asked them to quieten down as they were shouting.

He went through to his bedroom and the noise dropped but he was awakened by the sound of a disturbance.

The flatmate later heard Lipinski shouting: "You tried to rob me."

He got out of bed and found Mr Komosinski lying face down on the floor with blood flowing from his body.

Lipinski's flatmate called the police, who forced entry to the flat and found Lipinski learning over his 28-year-old victim.

Mr Komosinski had suffered more than 30 stab wounds to his back and other injuries to his face and head.

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Acid attack 'like someone holding blow torch to leg'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:31

A schoolgirl who was injured in an acid attack by a fellow pupil said the pain was like someone holding a blow torch to her leg.

Molly Young, 18, suffered burns to her leg after Emily Bowen poured drain cleaner into her viola case at Knox Academy in Haddington, East Lothian.

The corrosive liquid spilled on to Ms Young's leg as she removed her case from a shelf in a music room at the school.

Bowen carried out the attack, described as "utterly wicked" by a sheriff, after she found out Ms Young was dating her former boyfriend.

In her first television interview, Ms Young said she suffered from post-traumatic stress following the incident.

Speaking to This Morning on STV, she said under-18s should not be allowed to purchase powerful acidic substances.

She said: "You have to be 18 to buy a kitchen knife, I don't know why it's not the same.

"It is a weapon, it's a really, really corrosive substance, it does so much damage to people.

"I don't understand when you're buying it online why there's can't be a red flag that comes up saying 'do you have a licence?'"

Ms Young also described the moments leading up to the attack, which took place on September 29 last year.

She said: "One of my friends said to me 'you'd better check your viola, I've just seen Emily in the string room'.

"I got a really bad feeling - I turned round to my friend and said would you be able to come with me?

"As soon as we went into the room there was an eggy smell. We just made a joke about it. I remember looking at my viola and shrugging my shoulders."

Bowen had poured drain cleaner into the case shortly before, which destroyed the viola inside.

Ms Young continued: "I just took it off the shelf, like I do three times a day.

"My tights just started disintegrating."

She said the pain was like "someone holding a blow torch to my leg".

Ms Young said she ran for help screaming in pain as the acid clung to her leg and a teacher took her to the staff room.

Teachers' mugs were used to irrigate the wound as the emergency services were called, she said.

In the months after the attack, Ms Young said she began suffering from PTSD, leaving her "screaming for no reason."

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On August 7, Bowen was sentenced to 21 months detention after she admitted recklessly and culpably pouring sulphuric acid into a viola case in the knowledge it would be removed from a shelf by the victim, causing sulphuric acid to spill onto her legs.

The court was told she had researched acid attacks before the incident.

Sentencing, Sheriff Michael O'Grady QC said the attack was "utterly wicked" and warned that acid attacks could have "potentially horrendous consequences."

Bowen was also banned from contacting her victim after she was given a five-year non-harassment order.

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Boy, 15, charged after bowling club goes up in flames

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:26

A 15-year-old boy has been charged after a bowling club went up in flames in a deliberate fire.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at Denbeath Bowling Club in Buckhaven, Fife.

Homeowners were asked to keep their windows closed while police closed roads in the area following the blaze next to Denbeath Primary School.

The boy has been reported to the Scottish Children's Reporter in connection with the fire, which happened at 12.35pm on Wednesday.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers are following a positive line of inquiry in relation to another suspect."

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Man charged with robbery following alleged carjacking

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:10

A man has been charged with robbery following an alleged carjacking in Falkirk.

The 31-year-old was arrested in relation to the incident which took place on Kilbrennan Drive.

A 47-year-old man reportedly suffered facial injuries after being pulled out of his car and assaulted by two men at around 5.50pm on Tuesday.

The men allegedly then took his silver Ford Focus car which was later found torched at the nearby Carronbridge Inn.

Officers investigating the incident are still looking to trace a second man they believe to be involved.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Falkirk CID on 101, quoting incident number 3254 of August 15, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Man pushed to ground and robbed on street in Edinburgh

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:27

A 54-year-old man has been attacked and robbed by two men in Edinburgh.

The victim was walking on Grove Street in Fountainbridge when the two men approached him from behind at 1.55pm on Tuesday.

They pushed the victim to the ground and stole his mobile phone and laptop, before running off down the Younger Steps.

The first attacker is in his 20s or 30s, 6ft 1in with a skinny build and was wearing a black beanie hat, blue jeans, white trainers and a light grey T-shirt.

The second man is white, also in his 20s or 30s, 5ft 7in with a slim build, short light brown hair and was wearing grey cotton bottoms and a light grey top.

Detective constable Kevin Walls said: "The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of being pushed over but was very upset at the theft of his belongings and we are conducting a number of local lines of inquiry to trace the men responsible.

"Anyone who was in or around Upper Grove Place on Tuesday afternoon and remembers seeing anything suspicious should contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation is also urged to get in touch."

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Bonnie Prince Charlie's drinking glass sells for £25,000

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:45

A rare Jacobite drinking glass broken after being used by Bonnie Prince Charlie has sold at auction for £25,000.

The glass was owned by Bruce of Cowden, a Jacobite supporter, and used by Charles Edward Stuart during a meal to drum up support for the rebellion in 1745.

Auctioneers at Lyon and Turbull in Edinburgh had expected it to fetch around £10,000.

A bidding war pushed the price up to more than twice the expected amount was purchased by an anonymous buyer on Wednesday.

It was customary to break any glass that a toast was given from so no lesser toast could be given.

The glass was repaired later in its life with a silver foot added, which reveals the toast the famous prince gave at the meeting.

An inscription in the silver reads "God Blis King James the Eight", a reference to the Stuart pretender.

The auctioneers' description of the item reads: "The engraving to the lobes of the foot is interesting.

"It is a regularly recorded Jacobite toast and undoubtedly the toast which the glass gave....

"Showing such an obvious toast to the Stuart king without symbolism and hidden intent shows the confidence its owners felt.

"The addition of silver to a broken glass again promotes the importance this revered glass had so early in its life."

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Family of missing woman 'desperate' for her return

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:03

The family of a woman who has been missing for a week say they are "desperate" to find her as quickly as possible.

Fiona McMaster was last seen outside a Marks and Spencer in Morningside Road, Edinburgh on Tuesday, August 8, around 4pm.

Police believe the 41-year-old may be travelling across the central belt by bus, and she was seen on CCTV at Edinburgh Bus Station on Friday shortly before midnight.

Officers urged bus passengers to get in touch if they have seen anyone matching her description.

Ms McMaster's mother released a statement through Police Scotland in which she appealed for her to come home.

She said: "Fiona has now been missing for a week and we are desperate to find her as quickly as possible.

"Fiona, if you see this message, please come home or contact us, we just want to know that you're okay and to let you know you can come home.

"I would also like to thank everyone who has assisted in the search to find Fiona.

"I would ask everyone to keep sharing Police Scotland's appeal and that if you are travelling across the Central Belt this week to look for Fiona and contact police if you see her."

Inspector Graeme Nisbet said: "It has now been a week since Fiona was last seen and we are again appealing to the public for information in order to trace her.

"We have released an image today of Fiona at Edinburgh Bus Station on August 11 in the hope that this will aid the public in our search.

"I would directly appeal to anyone who has travelled between Edinburgh and Glasgow via bus to think if they have seen a woman matching Fiona's description. If you have, please contact us as soon as possible.

"I would also again appeal to Fiona, if she does see this message, to either get in touch with her mother or police to let us know her whereabouts."

Ms McMaster is described as having a heavier build and is around 5ft 5in tall with chestnut hair.

She is known to have links to the Gyle area and the west of Edinburgh.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via 101, quoting incident number 3712 of August 8.

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Huge blaze rips through bowling club next to school

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:38

Schoolchildren were kept indoors after a huge blaze ripped through a neighbouring bowling club.

The fire happened at Denbeath Bowling Club in Buckhaven, Fife, at 12.35pm on Wednesday.

Homeowners were asked to keep their windows closed while police closed roads in the area following the blaze next to Denbeath Primary School.

Around 40 firefighters were called to tackle the flames.

Officers are treating the building fire, which included a miners welfare institute, as deliberate.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers assisted with local traffic management and members of the public were advised to avoid the area, where possible, and keep their windows and doors closed due to the volume of smoke.

"Enquiries are continuing with our colleagues in the fire service to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident, which is currently being treated as wilful fire-raising."

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Virgin Azuma speeds into Scotland for the first time

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:38

A new train to replace the iconic Intercity 125 has made its first visit to Scotland.

Virgin's Azuma train, which will run on the operator's East Coast service, stopped at Dunbar in East Lothian on Wednesday during testing.

The Azuma can reach speeds of 125mph and Virgin says it will help cut journey times between Edinburgh and London by 22 minutes to four hours.

Talks are under way for the Azuma, which translates from the Japanese word for east, to have its speed limit increased to 140mph.

The 65-strong fleet, manufactured by Hitachi, will be rolled out next year.

The nine-carriage version which stopped at Dunbar is capable of travelling on both electric and diesel power.

It travelled north of Newcastle for the first time on Wednesday, crossing over the iconic Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed and then over the Scottish border at 12.45pm.

The train arrived at Dunbar station, where it was met by a piper as it pulled into the platform shortly after 1pm before departing four minutes later to travel south to Doncaster.

Azuma replaces the Intercity 125, which has been in service on the east coast mainline since 1978.

David Horne, Virgin Trains' managing director on the east coast route, said: "The Virgin Azuma will deliver a step-change in services between Scotland and England, taking regular journeys down to just four hours.

"Having the train visit Scotland for the first time as part of testing is a really important moment and reminds us of the excitement it will bring to UK train travel when it is introduced into service."

Karen Boswell, managing director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: "Passengers and enthusiasts in Scotland will be seeing more of the Azuma trains in the coming months as part of our rigorous test programme.

"Our UK-built fleet harnesses world famous Japanese bullet train technology, giving passengers on the east coast main line the very best in quality and reliability."

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Driver 'pulled out of car before thieves set it on fire'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:57

A man was allegedly assaulted and pulled out of his car before thieves set it on fire.

The incident is said to have happened on Kilbrennan Drive in Falkirk.

Two men allegedly attacked the 47-year-old driver before pulling him out of his silver Ford Focus at 5.50pm on Tuesday.

They are then said to have stolen the vehicle, which was found torched at the Carronbridge Inn at 7.10pm.

A man has been detained in connection with the incident.

The driver was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital with a facial injury.

Detective inspector Jim Thomson said: "We are eager to speak to anyone who may have information about either of these incidents.

"I would ask anyone who witnessed the initial robbery in Kilbrennan Drive, or the vehicle being set alight at the Carronbridge Inn, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Snake found on Aldi pineapple after 5300-mile trip

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:31

A snake has been found clinging to a pineapple bought at a supermarket in Edinburgh.

The reptile had wrapped itself around around the crown of the fruit during its 5300-mile journey from Costa Rica.

The snake was discovered after the pineapple was bought from Aldi on Gilmerton Road on Tuesday.

The buyer alerted the Scottish SPCA, who took him into their care and named him Ricky.

They have been unable to identify Ricky's species but he is only a few inches long.

Animal rescue officer Catherine Atterton said, "It's not every day that we get called out to attend to snakes found in peculiar places.

"I know not long ago there was a wee lizard found on a head of broccoli so I was quite excited to see what had stowed away on this pineapple.

"We named him Ricky as he's come all the way from Costa Rica. As yet he's not been identified but he's in a good condition and is now being cared for by experts at Butterfly World in Edinburgh.

"We're glad we were called out, as without proper care Ricky wouldn't survive our climate."

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Robber threatens 19-year-old woman in raid at newsagents

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:51

A robber threatened a 19-year-old worker and stole a three-figure sum of money from a newsagents in Edinburgh.

A man entered the Niddrie Mill Convenience Store on Niddrie Mill Drive at about 12.45pm on Tuesday.

He demanded the cash from the shop worker then took off towards Niddrie Mill Avenue.

No weapon was used and the shop worker was uninjured.

The man is white and was wearing a dark hooded jacket, black scarf, sunglasses and light grey jogging bottoms. He spoke with a local accent.

Detective constable Andy Cory said: "Fortunately the shop worker was not injured during this robbery, but she was left very shaken and upset by the incident.

"No weapon was presented but the suspect intimated he was in possession of one and we are eager to speak to anyone who can help us trace this individual.

"Anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the store or can help us identify the male responsible should contact police immediately."

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Royal Navy's £3bn aircraft carrier sails into home port

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:42

The Royal Navy's biggest warship, a £3bn aircraft carrier built at Rosyth, has sailed into her home port for the first time.

Fireworks were set off as the HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Portsmouth shortly after 7am on Wednesday morning.

The 65,000-tonne carrier was escorted by a small flotilla of boats, clearing the harbour gates by just 66ft.

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to her home for the very first time.

"She is Britain's statement to the world - a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role."

The HMS Queen Elizabeth has been undergoing sea trials since sailing out of Rosyth in June.

"The thousands of people across the UK who have played a part in building her and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, should be immensely proud," Sir Michael added.

"She has made good progress in sea trials and will now embark on the next phase of preparations that will see the return of Britain's carrier strike ability.

"When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid."

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Major wind farm development 'would hit seabird colonies'

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:08

The RSPB has applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against a major wind farm development which it believes would hit seabird colonies.

The Scottish Government gave consent to four major wind farms in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in 2014, but the RSPB launched a judicial review.

The charity initially won a court victory but it was later overturned, clearing the development and prompting the RSPB to seek a further appeal.

Scotland's Court of Session last month refused the application for the case to be sent to the Supreme Court, but the RSPB has now applied directly to the UK's highest court.

The charity said it recognises the role renewable energy has in reducing emissions but the current project could lead to major declines in the population of gannets, puffins and kittiwakes.

The Scottish Government said it is "focused on creating a sustainable energy future for Scotland".

The wind farm projects could generate enough power to supply the equivalent of 1.4 million homes.

RSPB Scotland director Anne McCall said: "RSPB Scotland has not taken this decision lightly, however our concerns with the manner in which Scottish ministers' took their decisions in 2014 remain undiminished.

"Additionally, the issues of the case and the recent inner house judgment extend beyond simply the impacts of these developments on important seabird populations. Therefore due to the implications of this latest decision for many aspects of our work, we felt we had no choice but to apply to the Supreme Court.

"We are hopeful that our application is successful and that we are granted leave to appeal so these important issues of public interest can be considered in detail by the Supreme Court."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We note the RSPB's decision, which comes after the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled, decisively, in favour of Scottish ministers and subsequently dismissed the RSPB's application for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

"The Scottish Government is focused on creating a sustainable energy future for Scotland so that Scotland can meet its obligations to fight climate change, and thereby tackling a key threat to marine ecosystems."

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