Helicopter lifts rally driver to hospital after smash

By Paul Thornton

A RALLY car navigator was recovering in hospital last night after a horror crash at an event in Berwickshire.

Andy Richardson was pulled from the wreck by rally workers after the Fiesta R2 he was co-driving smashed into a tree during the Jim Clark Rally on Saturday.

Mr Richardson was pulled from the wrecked car and airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance following the smash near Duns around 11am.

He was being treated for back injuries although they are not thought to be life threatening, while the racing driver Peter Taylor was uninjured.

Mr Richardson, from Penrith, was guiding Mr Taylor, from Carlisle, in the driver’s first ever rally season when the crash happened. Continue reading

Charity appeal for missing greyhound

Poppy, who went missing outside the Dogs Trust in West Calder


By Cara Sulieman

A GREYHOUND has made a mad dash for freedom as she was being moved to a re-homing centre.

Poppy had been looked after by a local charity for the last three months and was on her way to the Dogs Trust re-homing centre in West Calder when she slipped out of her harness and ran away.

And now Lois Sinclair – who rescued the two-year-old pooch – is desperate to find her and help her get the happy home she deserves.

As the black greyhound is frightened of people, the charities are asking for people to call in any sightings of the pup rather than try and catch her themselves.

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Top touring car drivers race on streets of Edinburgh

By Oliver Farrimond

THE smell of burning rubber filled the air in Edinburgh yesterday as some of the world’s top racing drivers took to the streets.

Johnston Terrace, a spectacular promenade beneath Edinburgh Castle, played host to the souped-up speedsters from the UK’s premier motor racing series.

The British Touring Car Championship is set to stage one of its biggest races at Knochhill this weekend, and a crowd of almost 20,000 gathered to watch the sports’ stars prepare.

Scots drivers Gordon Shedden and Jonathan Adam powered their vehicles at top speed after signing autographs for excited fans.

30-year-old Shedden, from Dalgety Bay, said: “We’re here to bring touring cars to the people of Edinburgh under the shadow of the castle – it’s a real party atmosphere. Continue reading

Ashley Judd, wife of Scots racing legend, slams Sarah Palin

By Oliver Farrimond

THE WIFE of Scots speed-demon Dario Franchitti has incited a war of words with Republican Party darling Sarah Palin.

Hollywood starlet Ashley Judd slammed the self-styled ‘Hockey Mom’ for her support of aerial wolf-hunting – where hunters shoot wolves from helicopters.

She described the practice as “senseless savagery” and called for Palin to be stopped.

Speaking in a campaign video, 40-year-old Judd said: “Now back in Alaska, Palin is again casting aside science and championing the slaughter of wildlife.

“Palin even proposed a $150 bounty for the severed foreleg of each killed wolf – and now she is encouraging even more aerial killing.

“It is time to stop Sarah Palin and stop this senseless savagery.”

Judd – who married Bathgate-born Indy 500 champion Franchitti at a lavish ceremony in Dornoch in 2001 – is widely known for her support of activist causes.

Her remarks form part of an ‘Eye On Palin’ campaign, launched by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, to derail the former vice-presidential candidate’s support of aerial wolf-hunting.

The issue caused a storm during the presidential election, where Palin referred to the practice as “pretty darn controversial”.

But the straight-talking Alaskan Governor wasted no time in defending herself from the latest gibes about the hunting method – accusing Judd of belonging to an “extreme fringe group” who are “twisting the truth”.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Gov. Palin said: “Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can’t be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations.

“Shame on the Defenders of Wildlife for twisting the truth in an effort to raise funds from innocent and hard-pressed Americans struggling with these rough economic times.”

No stranger to controversial issues, Judd has spoken out against the Governor before – in September she claimed that a woman voting for Sarah Palin was like “a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders”.

And following her 35-year-old husband’s historic Indy Racing League championship win in 2007, she accused one of his competitors – former model Milka Duno – of being too slow, and a danger to other drivers.