Security guard honoured for saving two-year-old’s life

By Christine Lavelle

A SECURITY guard at Heriot-Watt University who saved a toddler from choking to death on a hot dog has been hailed a hero.

Two-year-old Jess Shearer had fallen unconscious at the nursery she attends on the university’s campus in Edinburgh, when Dave Love rushed to the scene and dislodged the piece of food, and managed to resuscitate her before paramedics arrived.

Since the ordeal, Mr Love has been honoured with an award from the university’s principal, Professor Steve Chapman, who declared the father-of-two’s actions as “quick, decisive, professional and instinctive”.

The little girl’s mum, Maggie Shearer, who works for the university’s academic registry service, praised Mr Love, 39, for his quick thinking. Continue reading


Brave Scots gather for awards ceremony

Ricci Foreman tried to save tragic Jessica McCagh after her boyfriend set her slight and trapped her in his flat.

By Cara Sulieman and Paul Thornton

A YOUNG man who dragged a teenage girl from a flat after her boyfriend poured petrol on her and set her on fire was among 50 heroes to be recognised by a new award presented for the first time today.

Ricci Foreman, 20, was presented with a Brave@Heart award for his attempt to rescue Jessica McCagh after a horrific fire attack by twisted killer Stewart Blackburn.

The hero was just 19 years old when he tried to save Jessica, 17, at her flat in Arbroath in April last year.

He battled a blazing and smoke filled room to repeatedly pour a fish tank of water over the girl, who had been set on fire with petrol, and helped her out of the home.

Jessica tragically lost her fight for life later the same day.

Blackburn was later given a life sentence with a minimum of 21 years behind bars after being convicted of murder.

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Schoolboy Hailed A Hero After Saving Kids From Drowning

By Cara Sulieman

A teenager has been hailed a hero after risking his own life to save two young children from drowning.

Aaron Love was out cycling in Livingston, West Lothian, when he saw the two youngsters struggling in the water.

The 15-year-old jumped into the water and pulled them to safety on Monday night as he was making his way home for his dinner.

The brother and sister – thought to be aged five and eight – had been playing on a stretch of water near Lizzie Bryce roundabout in Livingston when they got into difficulty.

When Aaron came across their older sister screaming on the bank, he plunged into the muddy water and managed to get them to the side of the bank.

HERO: brave Aaron Love

As well as making his parents Nick and Helen Love very proud, the teenager now stands in line for a bravery award after being nominated by officers from Lothian and Borders Police.

But the Tynecastle High School student said that he hadn’t given it a second thought before he dove in.

He said: “The route that I took when I went cycling takes you past this water – it’s like an old quarry.

“When I had gone past the first time I saw the kids mucking about at the side of the water playing with an old bit of log using it as a raft. Continue reading

Cash strapped council splurge on luxury hotel for staff

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTS council facing hundreds of job losses over a £1 BILLION black hole in its budget is paying for a dozen staff to stay at the five-star Old Course Hotel in St Andrew’s.

Critics lashed out over news of spend on a dozen rooms which normally start at £165 a night, so staff can attend a back-slapping awards bash thrown by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Ironically for a council facing axing its own frontline staff to balance the books, the gongs they are shortlisted for include one for the council’s Job Education and Training programme.

Edinburgh City Council admitted they will spend around £2,000 on the jolly but insist they are getting the rooms at a “reduced rate”.

But the expense has been branded “unbelievable” by some as voluntary and community groups across the city face having their grants slashed by the cash-strapped council.

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Hall of fame honour for haunted Rangers’ record scorer

By Michael MacLeod

A RANGERS player wrongly blamed for one of Scottish football’s most tragic accidents is to be honoured in a hall of fame.

Striker Sam English quit football aged 28 after a fateful tackle killed Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson in 1931.

An official enquiry cleared English of any blame, but he was routinely booed by opposing fans and released by the Gers within a year.

But he still holds the record as Rangers’ top league goalscorer with 44 goals in 35 games.
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Unique safety tap wins Dyson award

The Automist that won the James Dyson Award

The Automist that won the James Dyson Award

By Cara Sulieman

A SPRINKLER that can be built into a kitchen tap has won a prestigious design prize.

The Automist – which detects heat and sprays out water mist in all directions – scooped the top spot in the James Dyson Award.

It comes as a record number of fire related deaths are reported in Scotland and the cost of fire damage also hits an all time high.

Project designers, Royal College of Art graduates Yusuf Mohammed and Paul Thomas, have now formed a company to produce the device for the mass market and carry out more testing.

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Council goes up for library ‘Oscar’

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTTISH council is being applauded for their scheme to encourage troubled kids to start reading.

Edinburgh City Council are one of the runner ups for the Libraries Change Lives Award – a prestigious accolade that is described as the ‘library Oscar’.

It is their determination to encourage children in care to start reading that has brought them the honour.

The Edinburgh Reading Champion project wants to get vulnerable young people reading for pleasure by having a dedicated member of staff who talks to them about books and their benefit.

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