Norfolkline Deliverance Helps Dunkirk Veteran Sail Again

By Cara Sulieman

A Dunkirk veteran who helped save the lives of hundreds of marooned Allied Forces set off on an emotional journey from Scotland back to the French town today (thurs) for this weekend’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Frederick Jenkins, 89, was on board one of the ships that helped rescue 338,000 troops from the beaches of northern France in May and June 1940.

The mine sweeping trawler that Frederick served on made two trips across the Channel from Dover to pick up stranded soldiers.

Sailing

And 70 years on the veteran is travelling back to the town with his daughter Ruth to bring back old memories.

Sailing from Rosyth into Zeebrugge, Frederick is pleased to be sailing into the port almost exactly 70 years since he was last there.

He said: “We made two trips to Zeebrugge. On our second we swept the harbour at first light in order to enable blockships to be sunk at the canal entrance as the town was about to be captured. Continue reading

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Fire-Fighters Rescue Colleague In Water Drama

By Cara Sulieman

A FIRE operation to put out a massive blaze took a dramatic twist when firefighters had to rescue one of their own colleague who had fallen into a deep pool of water.

The 41-year-old was helping to fight flames at a landfill site in Fauldhouse, West Lothian when he stood on what he thought was solid ground.

But it turned out to be a two metre deep pool of water and his fellow firefighters had to haul him out before he was then taken to St John’s Hopsital in Livingston to be treated for hypothermia.

Fire crews got the call to attend the blaze at Levenseat Waste management site on the A706 at 9.30pm on Tuesday night.

A large pile of wood and compost materials was on fire and it was during the operation that the firefighter fell into the pond just before 10pm. Continue reading

Welcome To Subo Country: Tourism Plan For Susan Boyle

By Cara Sulieman

SUSAN Boyle might be a jet-setting sensation after her meteoric rise to fame, but she has always made it clear that her heart lies in her humble hometown.

And now tourism bosses are hoping the global star can help them sing the praises of West Lothian and get visitors flocking to the area.

YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU!

They plan to turn the passionate Blackburn resident into an ambassador for the area as part of a new campaign to attract people to its “hidden gems” as a tourism mecca.

According to research carried out by the newly formed Visit West Lothian, most people in Central Scotland don’t know where it is, never mind international visitors.

Export

And many who do know its location describe it as “a place you would drive through to get somewhere else”.

But Anna Lightbody, tourism executive at Visit West Lothian, is hoping to change that with a little help from the area’s most famous export. Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY: What Happened To Suzanne Pilley?

MISSING: Lothian and Borders Police today (Thurs) issued a fresh image of missing Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley who vanished just feet from her work in Thistle Street on Tuesday May 4.

A team of officers is now based in Argyll to hunt for her body and movements of a silver car in the area at the time she went missing. Anyone with information was urged to contact detectives on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man Arrested Over Late Night Edinburgh Stabbing Horror

By Paul Thornton

DETECTIVES probing the death of a man at an Edinburgh flat had been investigating a series of vandalism attacks on a car outside the same address before the tragedy, it was revealed today (Mon).

Lothian and Borders Police were called previously to probe a spate of tyres being slashed and bodywork being daubed with spray paint and were called again at the flat in Stenhouse Gardens North as recently as Monday.

Today they were instead probing the death of a 47-year-old man – who has not been named – after being called to the scene shortly before 10pm on Wednesday night after reports he had been stabbed.

It was not know if the incidents were related.

Forensic teams, a police command unit and uniformed officers conducted door to door inquiries and hunted for clues as patrol cars blocked off the adjacent streets.

But they confirmed that a 48-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident and was expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court tomorrow (Fri). Continue reading

Hero Teacher Chalks Up Third Award For Burning Car Rescue

By Cara Sulieman

A TEACHER who risked his own life to rescue two men from a burning car is to get his third award for bravery.

William Lammie, 53, will join 50 others at the Brave@Heart ceremony next month where First Minister Alex Salmond will present him with the accolade.

It comes just six months after he received a commendation from Lothian and Borders Police at the Meritorious Awards along with a Society for the Protection of Life Against Fire award.

He teamed up with passer-by Cameron Bell to go to the aid of three young men in a car crash in West Calder in March 2008.

Fire

The silver BMW had left the road and crashed into a tree and was starting to catch fire as William, who lives in a house nearby, came out to see what had happened.

The physics teacher said that he and his wife, Bernadette, heard a screech before a large bang and knew that there had been a crash outside.

William said: “I saw a car had crashed into a tree and I rushed outside whilst my wife called the ambulance.

“There was a young man kind of dazed standing near the car and I got him away from the car before I went back.

“I could see that the driver was already dead and I went over to the passenger and asked if anyone else was in the car but he didn’t really make much sense. Continue reading

Man Is Arrested Over Sex Attack On American Student

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN will appear at court tomorrow (Fri) charged with the alleged serious sexual assault of an American student in Edinburgh last weekend.

The student had been out with friends on her second night in the capital when she was allegedly assaulted on her way home.

The attack happened between 4am and 4.20am on Monday May 24 in Barries Close – a narrow staircase that leads up from Old Fishmarket Close to Parliament Square on the Royal Mile.

The victim, from Virginia, had only just arrived in the city and was due to spend a week in Edinburgh before going to London with other students and lecturers from her American university as part of a four-week placement in the UK.

The 23-year-old man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.