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

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Grumpy couple say nursery kids are too noisy

Bill and Maggie Friel with their noise machine

Bill and Maggie Friel with their noise machine

By Cara Sulieman

A RETIRED couple who have waged a 15-year war on their local nursery are now demanding kids be kept indoors – because they are too loud.

Hacked off Bill and Maggie Freil have even invested in their own noise monitor to chart the alleged din from Jaydee’s Pear Tree Nursery in Haddington, East Lothian.

And they have also contacted the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to intervene saying the council is ignoring their pleas – with new plans for the nursery to more than double in size despite their groans.

Now noise investigators from the local council have been ordered to carry out checks on the volume of the toddlers’ playtime to resolve the saga.

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Nursery worker stole from work to fund shopping spree

By Michael MacLeod

A THIEVING nursery worker who stole more than £7000 forcing her work to shut down and two colleagues to lose their jobs blamed an addiction to shopping for her crime.

Lyn Ann McCann, 39, stole a chequebook from Stepping Stones Nursery in Cumbernauld before she “spiralled out of control” on a six month long shopping splurge.

She was only caught when a colleague accidentally opened a bank statement and discovered the nursery account was £4,000 overdrawn.

Forced to close

Police were called in and Stepping Stones was forced to close, costing two other workers their jobs.

McCann offered to repay North Lanarkshire Council the £7,605.72 at Airdrie Sheriff Court yesterday (wed) where she was told she will escape a prison sentence next week.

She admitted she was “too inexperienced” in management to handle so much cash and gave in to temptation.

“Terrible muddle”

Her lawyer Ross Brown said “She was put in a position of responsibility with no previous experience and got herself in a terrible muddle.

“She sought to alleviate that by a particular and rather unusual shopping addiction which brought her happiness in her life.

“It was a fatal combination and she felt pretty helpless.

“She found herself writing the first cheque and thereafter went into a spiral and out of control.

“She is deeply ashamed of her actions.”

Council funding for the charitably-run nursery was cut three weeks into the 2005 term, due to a lack of information on its finances.

Parents money

McCann plans to use money given to her by her parents to pay the courts compensation order.

In a previous hearing the Falkirk woman, who is unemployed, admitted stealing the cash between December 13 2004 and June 21 2005.

Yesterday Sheriff Joanne Johnston deferred sentencing until next week to allow the Crown to establish which name should be on the cheque.

Obtained criminally

She told McCann: “You obtained that sum of money criminally.

“It’s quite plain people should not benefit from criminal activity.

“I am not considering a custodial sentence so if I’m satisfied that money has been paid back I could consider an alternative to custody.”