Man asleep while pan of food catches fire in flat

A DOZY diner had a lucky escape when he was saved by his neighbour’s fire alarm in the flat upstairs after he fell asleep while cooking a snack.

The 24-year-old was out for the count when smoke began belching from his kitchen in Bothwell Street in Edinburgh around 5am.

No fire alarm was fitted in his own home.

But the blaze tripped the detector in the house upstairs and his neighbours alerted the fire brigade while trying to wake him. Continue reading

4×4 driver had to be cut free from car after accident

A MAN had to be airlifted to hospital after colliding with a car transporter lorry today.

The accident happened at around 11:37 on the A68 southbound past Jedburgh.

The man was driving a 4×4 and had to be cut free by firefighters before being airlifted to hospital.

The driver of the lorry was unharmed. Continue reading

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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Man in hospital after fox chews at his nose and fingers

By Christine Lavelle

A MAN who lay unconscious in a cemetery and had his nose and fingers bitten off is thought to have been savaged by a fox.

The 37-year-old man was discovered by police at St Michael’s Parish Church Cemetery in Inveresk near Musselburgh, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he was said to be recovering from his injuries.

A source told how the victim had lost his nose and two-and-a-half fingers in the brutal attack.

He said: “He was attacked by a fox in a cemetery near Musselburgh as he was lying unconscious. Continue reading

Man dies following car crash into front garden

By Clare Carswell

A MAN has died after crashing his car into a front garden following a suspected heart attack.

The 51 year-old is believed to have suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel of his BMW causing him to veer off the road at Edinburgh’s Drumbrae round-a-bout around 6am today (tues).

His car ploughed through a metal railing and a stone wall before stopping a few feet away from the front door of Meadow Place House at the corner of Meadow Place Road and Corstorphine Road.

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Motorcyclist dies at scene of crash in Fife

By Christine Lavelle

A MOTORCYCLIST died following emergency CPR from ambulance staff after his bike collided with a car in Fife.

The accident happened at around 5.15pm yesterday (Sat) on the B942 Colinsburgh to Pittenweem road.

Two ambulance crews attended, and were supported by a trauma team from Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.

Paramedics tried desperately to revive the man, but he was declared deceased at the scene. Continue reading

Kitchen fire rips through house in Scottish Borders

By Christine Lavelle

A WOMAN was treated for smoke inhalation after a kitchen fire ripped through her home in the Borders.

The blaze started in the ground floor of the house in Heiton, near Kelso, at around 4pm today (Mon) and spread quickly before breaking into the second floor bedroom.

A 37-year-old woman managed to escape before fire fighters arrived, and was given oxygen by the crew.

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Elderly lady taken to hospital after fire starts in kitchen

By Christine Lavelle

AN elderly woman was treated in hospital after a fire broke out in the kitchen of her home in Edinburgh.

Fire fighters were called to the scene at around 1.40am today (Mon) at Inverleith Row, where they extinguished the cooker-fire on arrival.

The 74-year-old was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where she was being treated for smoke inhalation.

A Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We got the call just before 1.40am, to a small fire on a cooker.

“It was put out on arrival, and the woman was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.”

Tragedy as two year old girl falls to death at home in Fife

TRAGIC: Family described Kayleigh as their 'cheeky monkey'

UPDATED: A TRAGIC two year old Fife girl who died in a fall from a second floor flat in Kirkcaldy has been named.

Police investigating the accident confirmed Kayleigh Wotherspoon was the tot who fell from the six in a block building in the town’s Fair Isle Road shortly before 3pm yesterday (fri).

Mercy crews rushed to the scene and took her straight to Queen’s Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

She was then transferred to the specialist Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh but later died from her injuries.

A Fife police spokesman said: “We are currently investigating the circumstamces surrounding the fatal injuries sustained by a two year old child after an apparent fal from her home in Kirkcadly.

“About 2.45pm emergency services were called to the address in Fair Isle Road, Kirkcaldy, where it was reported that a child had fallen from a second storey level.

“The child was initially taken to Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline before being taken to the Sick Kids in Edinburgh where she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries.”

In a statement the toddler’s grief hit family said: “Kayleigh was full of life and a cheeky wee monkey. A loving baby sister to Katelyn. The whole family are completely devastated and Kayleigh will be sorely missed.”

Houses on the street have balcony areas, but police said they were still trying to find out what happened.

Primary pupil hit by car on way home from school

By Martin Graham

A PRIMARY school pupil had to be rushed to hospital today after being hit by a car on his way home from school.

He is thought to have head injuries and a broken leg after being struck by a red Micra as he ran across busy Gorgie Road in Edinburgh at around 3.45pm.

Luckily, the child was in a stable condition at the Sick Kids’ Hospital after the incident.

It happened as schoolkids gathered around News Plus newsagents on their way home from school.

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