Hello Kitty kilts up

By Cara Sulieman

JAPAN’S most famous export is getting a Scottish makeover in celebration of her birthday.

Hello Kitty has been gracing lunchboxes across the world since her launch in 1974, and will be celebrating her 35th anniversary later this year.

And to celebrate, designers have come up with a special range of items clad in pink Hello Kitty tartan.

The choice harks back to the cute cat’s British heritage – she is said to live in suburban London.

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Nurse stole controlled drugs


A NURSE is facing being struck off after she was caught stealing controlled drugs from the care home she worked at – claiming she took them for help with back problems.

Mary Anne Harper, 57, was caught when colleagues noticed a shortfall in Diazepam tablets at the Grange Care Home in Bo‘ness, West Lothian.

After a series of checks which showed the drugs only seemed to disappear during her shifts, Harper admitted to bosses that she had been taking them for her own use.

Harper kept her job as staff nurse at the 55-bed care home – and bosses urged her to seek help from her GP and get counselling for what they considered to be a drink problem.

But just over a year later, drugs started to go missing again – this time painkillers Dihydrocodeine and Co-Dydramol – and Harper admitted she had been at it again.

She suspended and later dismissed from her job at the care home for the elderly – now known as Nightingale Grange.

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Fire regulations hit mountain retreats

By Cara Sulieman

GETTING away in the great outdoors remains one of life’s great escapes.

But it seems even the mountain fresh air of Scotland can’t get away from the red tape of officialdom.

The nation’s network of remote bothies – basic mountain shelters – are being stalked by health and safety experts who are making their guardians close off parts of the buildings if deemed a potential hazard.

The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) say they have been advised to shut off or remove the upper floors of several bothies across the Highlands thanks to the fire regulations.

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Police step up efforts to trace missing Samantha Wright

By Oliver Farrimond

LOTHIAN Police dramatically stepped up their efforts to trace missing Samantha Wright yesterday, broadcasting her image to commuters at busy Waverly Station in Edinburgh.

A picture of the 25-year-old was displayed on the station’s advertising screen to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, along with a poster campaign around one of Scotland’s busiest transport hubs.

It is hoped that the campaign will aid efforts to track down Samantha, who was last seen in the East End area of Edinburgh on 12th June 2008.

Chief Inspector Paul Bullen, who is leading the investigation, said that Lothian and Borders Police were eager to embrace new ideas to track down Samantha.

He said: “It is extremely frustrating that we have reached the one-year anniversary of Samantha’s disappearance, and we are still no closer to finding out what has happened to her. Continue reading