Student raises money for Help for Heroes

A SCOTS student has set up the UK’s first ever university society in support of the Help for Heroes campaign.

Seonaid Holsgrove, 21, from Wemyss Bay, is in her final year at Strathclyde University and set up the movement to help raise money.

She was spurred into action by anti-war protests and groups at the university against troop activities, and she wanted to do something to show that there is support for the forces.

Ahead of today’s Remembrance Sunday services, she said: “On campus it feels quite anti-war and anti-soldiers.“A Navy recruitment team came to the university and they had to leave because of the protests.

“The society is to give people like me an outlet and let people know that there is place supporting the guys.”

A stall was set up in the university last Monday to attract more members to the group which managed to raise £223.40 in donations.

The group has also organised a charity army pub crawl and is planning a black tie ball with the “I love my heroes” theme for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading


Scotland’s largest police force getting more bobbies on the beat

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTLAND’S largest police force is planning to get more officers out working on the streets in a bid to bring back “old style policing”.

Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Stephen House said five times more constables will go back on the beat.

The number of officers on patrol every day would rise from 500 to 2,600 across 194 beats, in the plans which were described as “old-style policing with a hard edge”.

They will be backed by 2,000 other officers who will only respond to 999 emergencies in the region between Glasgow and Argyll. Continue reading

Royal homecoming for Scots in batallion which lost 30 men in Afghanistan

By Michael MacLeod

INJURED soldiers were given a Royal welcome home from their bloodiest tour of duty in 50 years today.

In an emotional parade of heroes, the 3 Rifles battlegroup marched down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – short of 30 men who were killed during a six-month deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The battle scars and conflict injuries sustained by many of the company were clear for the thousands lining the streets to see.

HRH Princess Alexandra took a salute from the Riflemen before meeting wheelchair-bound soldiers who were unable to march, some of whom lost limbs fighting the Taliban in the Sangin area of Helmand.
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