Woman airlifted to hospital after falling from cliff

By Martin Graham

A WOMAN had a miraculous rescue after spending the night trapped alone on rocks at the foot of a cliff without anyone knowing she was hurt.

The 33-year-old was only found purely by chance when a passing dog walker reported hearing faint cries early yesterday morning.

The woman had been out walking around 10pm in an area known as Pocklaw Slap in Eyemouth when she somehow plunged 50ft off the cliff.

The fall left her with serious head, neck and back injuries, a snapped femur and broken ankle, and unable to summon help.

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Gulf War tank just £12k on MOD’s very own eBay

By Michael MacLeod

A TANK which went up for public auction on the internet has sold for more than twice its estimated value.

The Soviet-designed T55 Battle Tank was captured from the Iraqi army by UK Armed Forces during the first Gulf War.

The four-tonne military machine was valued at just £5,000 when it first went under the hammer last week.

Now, after a frantic flurry of bidding, an unnamed war memorabilia collector has snapped up the huge vehicle for £12,500.

The seller, Paul Southerington, has been the MOD’s only authorised vehicle and equipment dealer for eight years.
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Lifeboat crew rescue four people after cruiser springs leak

by Shaun Milne

FOUR people were rescued from a motor cruiser after it sprang a leak shortly after setting sail off the East coast of Scotland.

The group had been on a trip from Dunbar to Inchkeith Island when they called Forth Coastguard for help after a hole appeared below the waterline as they drew near Cockenzie.

Kinghorn Lifeboat and a Coastguard rescue helicopter were scrambled to the scene around 1.45pm on Monday but the chopper was stood down around half an hour later.

The skipper of the vessel had an onboard pump which helped keep them afloat until the lifeboat crew were able to tow them to the nearest harbour at Granton on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Continue reading

Police Peg Hopes Of Finding Missing Suzanne Pilley In Argyll

By Shaun Milne & Cara Sulieman

THE ex lover of missing bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley found himself hanging out to dry today (Tues) – as police stepped up their hunt for his missing work colleague.

David Gilroy spent the day at his Edinburgh home carrying out domestic chores and braved waiting reporters only long enough to hang out some washing in the back garden of the Silverknowes property.

He refused to answer questions about the continued police probe into the death of his former mistress as detectives announced they are basing a full time team at a Scots beauty spot where they believe her body has been dumped.

Police revealed they have now had more than 80 calls about possible sightings of a silver-coloured car in the Argyll area which they say is key to finding out what happened to the 38-year-old who vanished on May 4.

This morning her parents Robert and Sylvia, both 67, said they were too distraught to even contemplate talking about their feelings, exactly three weeks since she last texted them on her way to work. Continue reading

£20,000 US spy chopper comes down in Edinburgh

By Rory Reynolds

RESIDENTS have been looking to the skies for a £20,000 US spy helicopter after a collector lost his model on its first outing.

Business owner John Wallbank was testing out his new Draganflyer X6 in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens when it vanished out of sight.

The print shop entrepreneur was among the first to receive the recently declassified mini-chopper, which was used by the US military for around six years.

He bought the expensive device to launch an aerial photography firm, and take pictures of weddings, golf courses and roofing companies.

John is now offering £500 for the return of the aircraft, which does not work unless it’s reunited with his control unit, which is encrypted. Continue reading

Former Army chief Sir Richard Dannatt accused of being Tory stooge as Labour Peer goes on the attack

By Shaun Milne

THE FORMER head of the British Army has been branded a “Tory stooge” after it emerged he stands to become a junior minister should David Cameron’s party be swept to victory at the next General Election.

Labour reacted furiously to news that General Sir Richard Dannatt may be handed a Peerage to allow him to enter a Conservative administration as adviser on defence if they can seize Downing Street.

UNDER FIRE: General Sir Richard Dannatt

UNDER FIRE: General Sir Richard Dannatt

Mr Cameron, who is expected to unveil the appointment in Manchester tomorrow (thur), fuelled the speculation when he said: “He is a man of great talent and ability.

“He has been a great public servant and I think he has more to do.”

Such a move would be lauded by the Tory Party faithful – but fiercely rounded upon by angry Labour figures.

General Dannatt has recently pounded the current Government with claims soldiers on the front line are being forced to take on the Taliban in Afghanistan with “at least part of one arm” tied behind their backs.

Stretched

He said Prime Minister Gordon Brown has left troops exposed by refusing to allow 2000 extra soldiers into theatre on grounds of cost.

It follows a previous volley from the General in January where he said a lack of equipment had “seriously stretched our soldiers”. Continue reading

Dazed driver survives near-death plunge

chopperBy Michael MacLeod

A DRIVER sparked a dramatic rescue after first crashing his car into a truck before wandering dazed on foot across a busy railway line then finally plunging down a 150ft cliff in the pitch dark.

He had a miracle escape after police stumbled across his abandoned silver hatchback on the A90 dual carriageway 10-miles south of Aberdeen after a worried Royal Mail trucker earlier reported being clipped by the car at 10.20pm about a mile away.

But worried police could find no sign of the driver sparking a huge hunt which saw an RAF Sea King helicopter scrambled from Lossiemouth and Coastguard rescue boat and rope teams drafted in to join in the cliff hunt.

Thanks to infra red technology it took the chopper crew just seven minutes to find the driver at Hall Bay, perched confused and lost more than half way down the Muchalls cliffs at 3.45am yesterday (Thursday).
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12-year-old girl airlifted to hospital after horse fall

By Oliver Farrimond

A TEAM of medics were last night treating a 12-year-old girl for serious head injuries after she was airlifted to hospital after falling from a horse.

An RAF rescue team was scrambled to a private beach at Seacliff in North Berwick shortly before lunch-time yesterday (tues) after an ambulance crew initially called to the scene ruled her condition was too risky for her to be ferried by road.

The girl suffered injuries to her head and hands, but described by a Coastguard spokesman as being “conscious” during the take-off and landing of the Sea King helicopter.

The chopper crew from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was called out shortly after 11.10am and arrived at The Meadows near the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh by 12.30pm.

Hospital staff at the Sick Kids confirmed they were treating the schoolgirl but were last night still awaiting permission from her family before releasing any further details of her name or condition. Continue reading

Ditch the Viking and take to the skies to save lives, says ex-tank commander

StuartCrawford05 (Large)By Michael MacLeod

A FORMER tank commander is calling on the MoD to scrap all road travel in Afghanistan by British troops saying they should travel only by air – even if it means commandeering civilian helicopters to make up a shortfall in military choppers.

Military expert Stuart Crawford, a retired lieutenant-colonel in the 4th Royal Tank Regiment who served in the 1991 Gulf war, spoke out after the deaths of two soldiers in vulnerable Viking vehicles.

Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe and Trooper Joshua Hammond were killed at the weekend when their Viking struck a Taliban roadside bomb, bringing the vehicle’s death toll to 20.

The Viking vehicles are due to be replaced next year by more than 100 larger and more heavily armoured tracked vehicles, known as Warthogs.
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Fears for missing angler after body found on beach

Dunbar lifeboatBy Michael MacLeod

A BODY washed up on a Scots beach is feared to be that of a 60-year-old angler who went missing six weeks ago.

The gruesome find was made by a man walking his dog on Belhaven beach, Dunbar, yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon around 4pm.

The human remains were recovered by the local Lifeboat crew, before police moved in to begin their investigation.

An RAF Boulmer helicopter and two Forth Coastguard lifeboats launched an extensive search for a missing Edinburgh-based angler on May 13 after he failed to return home.

They received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that a pile of clothes, mobile phone, bag and shoes had been found on rocks at Dunbar Harbour, along with a floating fishing rod.
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