Friends pay tribute to tragic teen killed in car crash

Grant Dowie

Grant Dowie

By Cara Sulieman

FRIENDS paid tribute last night (Mon) to the 17-year-old killed in a car crash in Clackmannanshire on Sunday afternoon.

Grant Dowie, 17, died on the scene after his Vauxhall appeared to lose control and crashed into a car coming the other way on the A91 near Dollar.

Dozens of his friends left touching messages on the Bebo page of the tragic teenager, describing him as a “great guy” and “fantastic golfer”.

Grant, from Dollar, was studying Pro Golf at Elmwood College in Cupar.

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Bullied council workers “suffering in silence”

By Cara Sulieman

ALMOST 400 council workers have complained about being bullied to their bosses in the past three years – but union officials say this is just the tip of the iceberg as many staff members “suffer in silence”.

And the figures – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – are only for 20 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities as many do not record the information, something Unison says needs to be changed.

Surveys carried out by the trade union show that 32 per cent of workers are “suffering in silence” from bullying in the workforce.

But as many local authorities don’t keep any record of complaints from staff about bullying, the union is worried that they don’t take the problem seriously enough.

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Huge rise in number of animals used in experiments in Scotland

By Cara Sulieman

ANIMALS used in experiments in Scotland have risen by a whopping 42 per cent – and it seems to be due to a huge increase in the number of fish used in research.

The figures – obtained by charity Advocates for Animals – show that 555,567 procedures were carried out on animals in Scotland in 2008.

And 184,335 fish were used in experiments – up 258 per cent from 51,497 in 2007.

The figures have shocked Advocates for Animals, who are calling for fewer experiments to be carried out.

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Newspaper round-up Monday 26th October

Big Jock’s first medal for sale

By Paul Thornton

CELTIC legend Jock Stein’s first ever medal for the club is to be auctioned next month.

The 1953-54 Scottish Cup medal was Stein’s first major honour during his five-year playing career with the Parkhead club.CONVERY_SPORT_AUCTION

The gold medal – which was presented following Celtic’s two-nil win over Aberdeen – is expected to fetch as much as £5,500 when it is sold in an auction in London.

It was displayed during a showing of the auction lots at The Highland Centre at Ingliston, near Edinburgh.

It is also available for public viewing today and has a guide price of between £3,500 and £5,500.

The medal is being auctioned by Convery Auction Limited and will be sold at an auction at Lords Cricket Ground on November 16.

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