Edinburgh’s Hogmanay full programme announced

BILLY Bragg, The Charlatans, KT Tunstall and Biffy Clyro will headline Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay celebration.

The huge street party will also feature a series of new events to be held on the first of January, dubbed One Day.

Fife singer/songwriter Tunstall will be the leading lady of the One Day celebrations in a concert which is to showcase Scotland’s finest singers, songwriters, poets and writers.

There will also be a number of smaller events that will incorporate the newly named Resolution Square at  the Mound in the space between the  National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy. 

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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.

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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Nurses urged to whistleblow

By Clare Carswell

NURSES will be encouraged to blow the whistle on inadequate care of patients.

Today, (Mon) all registered nurses and preregistration nurses in the UK will receive information from the Nursing and Midwifery Council on how to raise any concerns they may have regarding a patient’s care.

The aim of this initiative is to set out principles for best practice and work with local whistleblowing policies and safeguarding procedures.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, said: “Poor care must never be tolerated.

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Scots protest against Westminster financial cuts

MORE than 20,000 people marched through the centre of the Scottish capital to demonstrate against the financial cuts announced in Westminster this week.

The mass of demonstrators, made up of trade unionists, community activists and members of the public assembled on New Market Street, close to the City of Edinburgh Council offices on Saturday.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress marched behind the banner of their campaign ‘There’s a better way’ and voiced their opinion that the £81 billion cuts announced by George Osborne do not favour public sector workers and are not the best course of action for the long-term Scottish and UK economy.

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Police reconstruct moment man was shot in health club car park

POLICE have reconstructed the moment when a man was shot outside a health club in Edinburgh last week in a bid to jog gym-goers memories.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a property developer, was shot and wounded outside Bannatyne’s Health Club in Newcraighall during one of its busiest periods as he walked through the car park.

Last night – exactly one week on from the attack – officers from the Lothian and Borders force stopped drivers in the car park, hoping to trace the owner of silver or grey Vauxhall Vectra.

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Scots auctioneer prepares for sale of Nobby Stiles 1966 memorabilia

By Clare Carswell

A SCOTS auctioneer is preparing to sell football memorabilia of former England player, Nobby Stiles.

The 45 lots expect to reach a total of £350,000 and includes Stiles’ World Cup winners medal from 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 at Wembly.

The medal has been estimated at £150.000 but if it sells for more than £164,000, it will set the world record price for a 1966 winners medal.