Number of ‘forced adoptions’ rocket as more children taken into care

More children than ever are being taken into care

By Cara Sulieman

THE NUMBER of parents having their children taken off them and put up for adoption has rocketed in the last three years.

The number of cases where social services have stepped in and forced adoption have doubled in the past three years and a record number of kids have been taken into care.

Figures obtained from Scotland’s councils under the Freedom of Information laws reveal that 203 children were put up for adoption by social workers last year.

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Mother of Storm Lee says his talent was obvious from the start

Arras Robertson is supporting her son in X Factor

By Cara Sulieman

THE MOTHER of Scottish X Factor contestant Storm Lee has told how her son was always determined to follow his dream of stardom even at a young age.

Arras Robertson said that she had first heard her son singing on the radio when he was just 10 years old.

And the determined youngster set off to pursue his dream in America when he was just 17 – calling his mum from a phone box in New York to tell her about his decision.

Speaking from her home in Wester Hailes, the 60-year-old said that her son was wowing people with his voice from a young age.

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Drug deaths on the rise despite decline

By Cara Sulieman

THE NUMBER of drug related deaths in Scotland is going up, despite a decrease in the last year.

Figures published today show that in 2009 there were 545 drug related deaths in Scotland, 29 less than the year before.

But the numbers are the second highest ever recorded by the Register General for Scotland and it looks as though they are going to keep rising.

The vast majority of the deaths were of men, standing at 76 per cent.

The Scottish Government said it was doing its best to make sure the upward trend doesn’t continue and are introducing new drugs to try and reduce the number of drug related deaths.

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Charity football match for honeymoon Scots


John and Nicola Tams were hit by a car on their honeymoon

By Cara Sulieman

A CHARITY football match is to be held to help raise money for a Scot who was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car on honeymoon.

John Tams, 30, was on holiday with his new wife Nicola when they were mowed down by a speeding motorist in Sorrento.

Nicola, 31, suffered broken ribs and was treated in hospital before being released after the accident two weeks ago.

But John is still in intensive care after he had to be put in a medically induced come to treat head and facial injuries.

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Woman forced out of Jaguar by intimidating thief

By Cara Sulieman

A TERRIFIED woman was threatened and forced out of her Jaguar before the thief drove away, leaving her stranded and shaken.

The carjacking happened as the 51-year-old driver stopped her X-Type at the junction of Comiston Springs Avenue and Pentland Terrace in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.

A skinny man with crooked teeth approached the car, before threatening the driver and forcing her out the vehicle at around 6.20pm.

She was left shaken but unhurt as the criminal sped away.

Although the driver never saw a weapon, it was implied that the crook had one.

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A quarter of paediatric junior doctors are on maternity leave

By Cara Sulieman

A SENIOR medic is warning of a dramatic shortage in doctors working on specialist children’s wards after a mini baby boom wiped out a quarter of junior staff.

A worrying report claims that 23 per cent of UKs junior doctors specialising in paediatrics are off on maternity leave leaving hard pressed colleagues to cope.

NHS Lothian medical education chief Dr Paul Padfield warns that St John’s Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian, is particularly badly hit amid growing fears over working hours.

Dr Padfield is warning the service is under “particular pressure” and fears staff could be working more hours than those agreed under new EU legislation.

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Rise in Scottish drug deaths blamed on Trainspotting generation

By Cara Sulieman

A MASSIVE hike in the number of drugs related deaths across Scotland is being blamed on the nation’s Trainspotting generation – addicts who began shooting up in the 80’s.

Shock new figures showed a rise of people in their late 30s to early 40s – mostly men – dying from the effects of years of drug use and a lack of support services for their age group.

In all drug deaths rose 26 per cent to 576.

As with previous years, the vast majority of drug users dying are men – an overwhelming 80 per cent.

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