Firefighters visit Edinburgh’s children’s hospital

Crew members from the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service paid a visit to some of the patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh to highlight the dangers associated with bonfire night.

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Airdrie bank bucks the economic trend

By Clare Carswell

SCOTLAND’S last surviving independent bank is launching a customer recruitment drive in the back yard of its big name rivals as the firm looks to bucks the economic trend with plans to expand its business operations.

Airdrie Savings Bank is 175 years old, has seven branches in Lanarkshire and is on course to grow further, with plans to open a new branch in 2011.

The bank will run the first in a series of Scottish recruitment roadshows in Edinburgh – home to RBS – in a bid to attract a significant number of new business and personal customers.

The first event will be hosted in conjunction with Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and is to take place on November 17 and 18 in the chamber’s Festival Square Hub.

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Suicide bid causes chaos for communters

By Clare Carswell 

A SUICIDE bid caused huge disruption to commuting traffic yesterday morning (Mon) as the Forth Road Bridge was closed.

At 5.30am yesterday a 29 year-old man stood on the flyover at Castlandhill Road, north of the Forth Road Bridge near Rosyth where threatened to jump onto the A90 below. 

The man who is local to the area was checked over by ambulance crew at the scene and was then allowed to return home.

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Thieves target Edinburgh’s exclusive homes

By Clare Carswell

EDINBURGH thieves have targeted one of the city’s most expensive streets in a spate of burglaries.

 Police believe that drug addicts are responsible for a series of break-ins on Ann Street, in the up-market Stockbridge area of the capital where houses often fetch £1million when sold. 

In less than three weeks four A-listed homes have been burgled and the thieves have made off with jewellery and cash.

One house was even hit twice within that three week period, while homes in neighbouring streets, Danube Street and Upper Dean Terrace were also robbed. 

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