Charity match raises thousands for honeymoon crash couple

John and Nicola Tams

By Cara Sulieman

A CHARITY football match has raised almost £5,000 for the Scots couple who were mown down by a speeding motorist on their honeymoon.

John and Nicola Tams were on holiday in Sorrento when they were hit by the vehicle, leaving Nicola, 31, with broken ribs.

It took John, 30, a lot longer to recover after he had to be put in a medically induced coma to treat head and facial injuries.

His leg, pelvis and ribs were also smashed in the accident.

The football match saw John’s teams – the Heart’s supporters team Real Maroon and amateur team Duddingston Athletic – pitched against Hearts legends.

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Mother of Storm Lee says his talent was obvious from the start

Arras Robertson is supporting her son in X Factor

By Cara Sulieman

THE MOTHER of Scottish X Factor contestant Storm Lee has told how her son was always determined to follow his dream of stardom even at a young age.

Arras Robertson said that she had first heard her son singing on the radio when he was just 10 years old.

And the determined youngster set off to pursue his dream in America when he was just 17 – calling his mum from a phone box in New York to tell her about his decision.

Speaking from her home in Wester Hailes, the 60-year-old said that her son was wowing people with his voice from a young age.

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Scots adventurer calls on cyclists to join him in Oz trek

By Oliver Farrimond

A SCOTS explorer and reality TV star has invited budding adventurers to join him on an epic 2000-mile cycle trek across Australia.

Mike Laird, who was born in Edinburgh, hopes to retrace the footsteps of the doomed 1860 expedition by Robert O’Hara Burke and William Wills, in which all but one member of the expedition perished.

And now, having already completed the trans-Australia ride solo, the 41-year-old former Castaway star has spread the word for amateur cyclists to join him on his next journey.

He said: “I wanted to open this amazing trip up to other people and thought other cyclists would appreciate the amazing landscape and wildlife. Continue reading

Police investigate M8 death after lorry hits man

By Martin Graham

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man died while walking on the M8 motorway. 

The 18-year-old was struck by a heavy good vehicle as he walked along the westbound carriageway near to the Harthill service station.

The accident happened at 9.15pm on Sunday.

An ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Body of man in forties recovered from Arthur’s Seat

Rescue teams recover the body from Dry Dam on Arthur's Seat

By Cara Sulieman

POLICE had to draft in mountain rescue teams to help them retrieve the body of a man in his forties found on Arthur’s Seat today.

A member of the public called Lothian and Borders Police after the grim discovery at about 10pm on Sunday night but due to the location police were unable to reach the scene without specialist help.

It was the same night that hundreds of people climbed the hill to get a good view of the Edinburgh International Festival fireworks.

The man’s body was finally taken from the area – known as The Dry Dam – at around 2.30pm today. Continue reading

Schoolgirl chlamydia increase blamed on cancer jab

By Martin Graham

CHLAMYDIA is on the rise among Scottish schoolgirls, and the increase has been blamed on a new jab to prevent cervical cancer.

Figures released by the NHS show that cases of the sexually transmitted disease in girls under 15 have risen by over a third, with doctors treating almost two new cases of the infection every week, mostly girls who fall within the age group offered the jab.

The trend matches the timing of the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) jab for all girls aged between 12 and 17 in September 2008.

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