Rangers owner Sir David Murray unveils plans for massive new development

By Oliver Farrimond

UNDER-FIRE Rangers owner Sir David Murray has unveiled new plans for a massive development next to Edinburgh Airport.

The former Ibrox chairman was forced to go back to the drawing board after his initial plans were thrown out for infringing the green belt.

But Sir David’s property firm, Murray Estates, have re-submitted plans for 200 new homes, a care home and a community centre at Ratho Station.

The news comes as Murray yesterday faced angry shareholders at the Rangers AGM, where fans were expected to demand answers over Sir Murray’s sale of the club.

There are also fears that players may be sold to balance the books, and that Rangers’ bankers Lloyds play too great a role in the running of the club. Continue reading

Poorly pooch gets new loving home

Skye with owner Julie McElhinney

Skye with owner Julie McElhinney

By Cara Sulieman

A DOG with a rare eating disease has finally found a loving new home – after being put on display by desperate animal workers at the Royal Highland Show.

Blue merle collie Skye suffers a rare condition that means she finds it difficult to eat and needs to take daily medication.

The charity took her in when her previous owner couldn’t cope with the illness and the 18-month-old pooch was almost half the weight she should have been.

She had always attracted initial interest from visitors to the Scottish SPCA kennels.

But potential owners were put off by her medical history.

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Push bike ambulance

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By Cara Sulieman

THE AMBULANCE service has launched its new vehicle for a quicker response to emergencies – a push bike.

The bikes will be used by paramedics in Edinburgh and the Lothians to help them get through crowds more easily.

Launched at this year’s Royal Highland show, the cycles will only be used at crowded events like the Fringe Festival to allow the ambulance service to carry out minor treatment.

Two bikes have been kitted out in bright ambulance colours and logos and come full equipped to deal with emergencies.

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2009 Royal Highland Show event is dead ahead


SCOTS farmers may feel their recession hit industry is in danger of dying sometimes.

But even they are likely to do a double take at this year’s Royal Highland Show where an exhibition of HEARSES through the ages goes on display. Continue reading

Royal Highland Show tickets go on sale

Dennis the Menace


TICKETS for this year’s Royal Highland Show went on sale yesterday – with a little help from children’s favourite Dennis the Menace.

The popular tourist attraction regularly draws crowds of up to 160,000 people and organisers have promised this year’s event will be the biggest show ever.

The four day event showcases the very best of Scottish entertainment, outdoor living countryside and, of course, farmyard livestock.

And this year will see a special Homecoming appearance from the Brit Award-winning Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Nearly 5,000 animals, including horses, sheep and cattle, will be on show, and Border Common Ridings will be present to demonstrate the traditional skills of farriery, stick-making and basket weaving.

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Tragedy as boy, 3, killed at Royal Highland Show 078

By Alexander Lawrie

A three-year-old boy was killed after apparently pulling concrete bollard on top of himself as he played at the Royal Highland Show.

Onlookers said Ben Craggs was beside the 2ft pillars in the car park when one fell in and landed on him at around 1.30pm yesterday.

It is thought the tot had swung on a chain holding two concrete pillars together pulling one of the bollards down on top of himself.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and took the tiny child to the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, but he died shortly after from serious head injuries.

Ben’s parents, Jonathan and Dawn Craggs, of Sedgefield, County Durham, who were exhibiting livestock at the Edinburgh show, were last night too upset to comment.
But other family members paid tribute to a “beautiful little boy”.
Relative Mary Craggs, of Stockton-on-Tees, said: “It’s an absolute tragedy for all the family. It just seems to be a terrible accident, and he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“A member of our family spoke to Jonathan this morning and, as you would expect, he is totally devastated.
“Ben was a beautiful little boy, and I don’t think the enormity of it all has really hit home yet.”

The tragic incident has shocked visitors to the launch of one of Scotland’s most iconic events, expected to attract over 150,000 people over the weekend.

Liam McGee, 19, who was working in the event’s car park when the tragedy occurred, said the youngster had been playing alone.

He said: “It looked like he was on his own at the time because I couldn’t see his parents anywhere.

I didn’t actually see the accident but I was close by. I heard the child was playing between two unattached concrete bollards which were roped together. He pushed the rope downwards and the bollards keeled over and landed on top of him. Another attendant told him he the child had bitten through his tongue – it’s pretty horrendous to think about.

He added: “Security were going mad trying to keep the public away from the area so the ambulance could get through. The crew worked on him for almost an hour before taking him away.”

And Agnes Turner, 64, who was visiting for the day from Galashiels, added: “It’s such a terrible thing to have happened. I hate to think what his parents are going through. Everybody at the show is talking about the accident and the rumour is that the boy was a member of a farming family who have a stall at the show.”

The scene of the accident was immediately blocked off with blue fences and tarpaulin and guarded by a solitary policeman.

Robert Doig, a security officer at the show, said: “I was near to the scene when the accident happened and rushed over to help. He was in quite a bad way but I didn’t really think he would die.
“It’s such a terrible tragedy to happen and all the staff here are devastated. We put some flowers down this morning as a mark of respect, it’s the least we could do. We are all thinking of his family.”

Now Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses to help them piece together exactly what happened.

At the scene, Inspector Alan Duthie said: “A tragic accident took place around 1:30pm this afternoon. A three-year-old child was playing near to some concrete bollards and suffered serious injuries. We are still unsure as to what exactly happened. The child was taken to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and get in touch.”

A police spokesperson added: “The circumstances aren’t entirely clear yet, but he appears to have hit his head while playing at concrete bollards.”

Ray Jones, Chief Executive of show organisers Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland said: “This has been a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the child’s family at what is obviously a very difficult time. The matter is now in the hands of the police and investigative authorities with whom we are cooperating fully.”