Snow-blanketed Britain seen from space

THE extent of Britain’s winter whiteout is revealed in a stunning picture from space, received today by scientists in Dundee.
The nationwide blanket of snow and ice came as temperatures dipped to as low as minus 18.
The image, sent by NASA’s Terra satellite, shows the UK framed by cloud sweeping in from the East.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond declared it Scotland’s worst winter in 50 years, while forecasters said the country faces another ten days of freezing conditions.
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Tragic Christmas Day driver laid to rest

By Cara Sulieman

A TRAGIC driver who died on Christmas Day after crashing on the icy Scottish roads will be laid to rest next week.

Malcolm Reid suffered fatal injuries in the accident on the A90 Forfar to Brechin Road at around 1pm on Christmas Day.

The 71-year-old died at the scene despite the efforts of a medical trauma team and ambulance crew.

His wife June – who was travelling in the car with him – will be joined by his children and grandchildren at the service at Mortonhall Crematorium Main Chapel on Monday January 11.

June, 73, was seriously injured in the smash, and was treated for bruising and internal injuries at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

The couple were driving along the A90 just hours after it had reopened after black ice closed parts of the dual carriageway.

Malcolm’s children and their partners – Carolyn, Mike, Lynda and Lex – will be joining June at the funeral at 3pm on Monday.

Elderly lady found on beach lived just yards from promenade

By Cara Sulieman

AN ELDERLY lady who was found dead on a Scottish beach had only just moved in to her home 500 yards away, neighbours say.

Residents in the Musselburgh, East Lothian, sheltered accommodation complex where Christina Thomson lived said they suspected the 80-year-old had gone for a walk by the sea.

Her body was found on Tuesday morning at around 9am on the beach at the picturesque seaside town.

Lothian and Borders Police last night (Thursday) said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

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Cat saved from engine

By Andrea McCallum

FIREFIGHTERS battled for two hours to rescue a cat who had taken cover from the winter weather – in its owner’s car engine.

The four-year-old moggy – named Snowy – was discovered moments before his owner Tracy set out on her journey.

And it took a local vet and the fire brigade two hours in knee-deep snow to get the petrified pet out.

Tracy, 40, had opened her BMW’s car bonnet to refill her windscreen wash when, to her horror, her white cat was tangled up inside.

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Hamster with missing feet dumped

By Andrea McCallum

A HAMSTER found dumped outside a block of flats without any feet may have chewed all four of them off.

Vets were shocked to discover the tiny rodent acting strangely and had its leg bones exposed.

But they couldn’t come up with an explanation for the pet’s severed state.

And now the Scottish SPCA is on the hunt for the owner of the deserted animal.

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Holyrood bosses apologise after transsexual searched by male guard

By Rory Reynolds

BOSSES at the Scottish Parliament have been forced to apologise after a “very vulnerable young” transsexual visitor was searched by a male security guard.

Staff at Holyrood launched an investigation after the woman – who was previously a man – was refused the right to be searched by a woman security officer.

The visitor – who is only described as 18-25 – was attending an event at the parliament organised by LGBT Youth Scotland, a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights group, when the incident occurred.

She was passing through the airport-style scanners at the parliament’s entrance, where visitors are physically searched if the detector goes off.

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No grit supplies until the weekend as supply chain is “creaking at the seams”

By Rory Reynolds

SNOWED under councils will have to hold out until the weekend for more grit to arrive by sea as conditions worsen on Scotland’s roads.

Routes in the Borders are so treacherous that Scotland has become completely reliant on the lifeline of huge transport ships bringing salt and grit into the east coast ports of Leith, Rosyth, Dundee and Aberdeen.

This comes as the head of the AA for the UK has said that the supply chain is “creaking at the seams” despite government assurances that there is no issue with stocks.

A spokesman for Cory Brothers Shipping Agency said that their vessels had been working flat out to handle the demand from local authorities.

He said: “There is another delivery due, which will hopefully come in over the weekend. Continue reading