Elderly in care homes given less to spend than criminals

Care home residents are having to survive on just £3.19 a day

By Cara Sulieman

OAPS living in care homes are given less money to spend than prisoners.

Residents who get their essential living costs covered by the state are left with just £3.19 a day for personal items compared to the £3.86 a day inmates receive.

The shocking revelation has been branded “ludicrous” by politicians who are calling for the personal allowance to be increased.

Care home residents with less than £14,000 qualify to have their fees paid by the council but any income they receive has to be handed over to fund their care.

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Scottish police to use spy planes

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH police forces could soon be using unmanned spy planes to keep tabs on citizens in a bid to crack down on crime.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have already been trialled by Strathclyde Police who used one in rescue operations in rural Argyll.

And Scotland’s largest police force is keen to be at the forefront of the new technology, which is being looked at by all forces in the UK.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has joined forces with their English counterpart to form the Unmanned Aerial Systems Steering Group, who meets regularly to discuss the use of the planes, and report to the Home Office.

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Harrods boss to build luxury homes in Highlands

By Cara Sulieman

HARRODS boss Mohamed Al Fayed has caused outrage in a remote Highland community by winning the right to build luxury housing on his estate.

He was given the go ahead earlier this month to build stables and eight houses on the land, despite worries from the nearest inhabitants in the hamlet of Rosehall in Sutherland.

The area has seen a decrease in birth rates and increasing numbers of retired people moving in – sparking worries that it is a dying community.

Residents fear that instead of attracting more people to the idyllic setting, Al Fayed’s development will make the situation worse as he already owns unoccupied property in the village.

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Call to pray for police

By Cara Sulieman

A GROUP of policeman think that they can cut crime by getting community groups to “adopt a cop” and pray for them.

The Christian Police Association are urging churches of all denominations to pray for cops all over the country – saying it will reduce crime, ease community tension and protect the boys in blue from temptation.

Harry Pearson, branch leader of Strathclyde Christian Police Alliance, said that it “may well bring tangible results”.

The initiative is part of Coact, a national scheme which aims to build bridges between Christian communities and police across Britian.

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Susan urged to move out of home

Susan returns to her home on Wednesday morning after the scare

By Cara Sulieman

DESPITE vowing never to move from her humble home, Susan Boyle is being pressured by family and friends to quit her council house in favour for somewhere with more security.

Simon Cowell has joined her brothers, Gerry and John, in voicing his concerns over the Britain’s Got Talent star’s safety.

They are worried about the star after an intruder broke into her home on Tuesday night where she confronted them after returning from London.

The youth fled, and police are still trying to find out who was responsible for the attack.

But the star vowed she wouldn’t move from the house she grew up in, even though this wasn’t the first safety scare she’s had.

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Bye George – Burley’s not the only one shown the door

By Michael MacLeod

ONLY a frail pensioner seemed to care for the whereabouts of hapless ex-Scotland gaffer George Burley today (Tues).

The out of favour 53 year-old has gone AWOL from his Edinburgh mansion having being kicked out by the SFA after a dismal World Cup qualifying campaign.

He was last seen on Monday morning, appearing dejected as he made his way to showdown talks with SFA supremo Gordon Smith at the Dakota Hotel in Lanarkshire.

Little did the ex-Hearts and Ipswich boss know that his fate was already sealed.

Yesterday an elderly neighbour popped by Burley’s home – perhaps to pass on her commiserations – but just like Burley himself, she was shown the door.

Scotland’s poshest ever care home set to open

The proposed care village development at Musselburgh

The proposed care village development at Musselburgh

By Cara Sulieman

PLANS have been unveiled for what could be Scotland’s poshest ever care home.

The swish new home comes complete with its own bar, restaurant and “therapy” zoo.

The massive project includes two care homes and sheltered housing, including a specific care home for those suffering from dementia.

The developers believe that it will be the first of its kind in Scotland if they get planning permission for the site in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

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