Sheriff says 90 year-old Lady Risk is no risk to drivers

By Michael MacLeod

THE 90 year-old wife of the former Governor of the Bank of Scotland has been given the all clear to continue driving after smashing her car into a cyclist.

Lady Suzanne Risk sent Robert Benn, 40, flying off his bike after she failed to see him at a junction in Edinburgh.

The victim, who had been wearing high-visibility clothing, was taken to hospital and treated for internal bleeding.

Lady Risk appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Wednesday) with her 88 year-old husband, Sir Thomas, who retired as the head of BOS in 1991.

Admitting driving without due care or attention, she accepted she was at fault for the crash but set out a 20-minute plea to the court asking to be allowed to carry on driving, despite confessing to her “frailty”.
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Ronnie Corbett joins Burke and Hare filming

Ronnie Corbett fends off the mobs

By Ann Sulieman

SCOTS actor Ronnie Corbett was making his point waving a sword on location at Stirling Castle yesterday after filming of Burke and Hare switched venues from Edinburgh.

The Two Ronnies star donned a uniform while getting into character in the wintry surroundings in his role as Captain McLintock.

Directed by John Landis – who made Michael Jackson’s Thriller video – Edinburgh born Corbett plays a key part in the film about bodysnatchers William Burke and William Hare.

Corbett, who stars alongside Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, was getting into the swing of things as he held a large crowd of extras at bay in the courtyard of the historic building.

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Paramedics race to three crashes every hour as weather turns

By Rory Reynolds

SCOTLAND’S wintry weather conditions saw mercy crews called to at least three road accidents an hour during peak periods yesterday.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it had been bombarded with calls from morning to night as snow and gales closed in.

The Edinburgh, the Borders and Fife were worst hit, where paramedics raced to 19 accidents during the morning rush alone.

Later elsewhere, a fuel tanker jack-knifed on the A816 in Kilmelford south of Oban, leaving one man trapped.

The tanker collided with a land rover at around 2pm, with at least two people being taken to hospital in Oban. Continue reading

David Attenborough recognised for contribution to conservation

Left to right - David Windmill, David Attenborough, and The Princess Royal

By Cara Sulieman

BROADCASTER Sir David Attenborough has been recognised for his contribution to conservation by Edinburgh Zoo.

He was presented with the Centenary Medal by The Princess Royal at a ceremony on Tuesday night.

The head of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, David Windmill, said that the presenter had contributed to a “greater awareness” on animal conservation.

Nine others received Honorary Fellowships to the Society as part of the society’s 100 year anniversary.

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Factory evacuated after gas canister fire

By Rory Reynolds

A FACTORY had to be evacuated after a fire threatened to detonate several large gas canisters.

Police and firefighters evacuated Steadvale Air Systems after an acetylene torch caused a fire to break out in a workshop area.

Emergency services raced to the incident in Glenrothes, Fife, yesterday morning at around 11.30am.

Police set up a 20 metre cordon while fire crews battled the blaze inside.

Fife Fire and Rescue said that they had to keep a hose trained on several large canisters after they became superheated from the fire. Continue reading