Public warned to avoid bushy-tailed tearaway

Police have warned residents of Callander, near Stirling, to stay away from a wild raccoon that escaped from a wildlife park.

A raccoon similar to this one is on the loose

The animal escaped from Auchingarrich wildlife centre in Crieff, Perthshire four months ago, and it has been spotted in various locations around the town.
Police in Callander have issued a public warning not to approach the raccoon.The male raccoon made a break for freedom when storms damaged his enclosure.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The raccoon is not dangerous, however it may give a nasty bite should it be cornered.

“It is an adult male and roughly the size of a domestic cat. A young child could easily mistake it for being a pet, lift it and get a nasty bite.”

Raccoons are nocturnal and likely to hide in trees during the daytime. Police have said it will not attack anybody but if distressed it could become aggressive.

The spokeswoman added: “If you come across the raccoon do not approach it but call the police immediately on 101.”


Tributes paid to Scottish based soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By Courtney Cameron 

Tributes are being paid to the three soldiers from the Royal Highland Fusiliers that were killed by a road side bomb yesterday in Afghanistan.

Corporal William Savage

Corporal William Savage (30) and Fusilier Sam Flint (21), both from the 2nd Battalion and Private Robert Hetherington (25) from the 7th Battalion died after the bomb hit their 25 tonne Mastiff vehicle whilst travelling through the Helmand Province on routine patrol.

Fusilier Samuel Flint

The Midlothian based soldiers were airlifted to the military hospital at Camp Bastion but were pronounced dead soon after medical treatment.

Corporal Savage, known as ‘Sav’ from Irvine, Ayrshire has left behind a loving wife who is pregnant with their first child.

Lyndsey Savage said: “I am extremely devastated by this news, but extremely proud of ‘Sav’ and everything that he has achieved.

“I have lost the love of my life and the father of our son.  I know his life will live on through so many amazing memories that we shared together.”

The keen Manchester City fan, Fusilier Flint from Blackpool, was sent to Afghanistan in March on his first overseas deployment after joining the army in November 2011.

Sam’s family described him as a “cheeky chappy” and said: “The whole family is completely devastated.

“Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud.”

Private Hetherington was born in the US but raised and educated in Scotland and Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay, Commanding Officer of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland described him as “a thoughtful and humorous soldier.”

Private Robert Hetherington

Six British troops have now died since the beginning of this year.

Now the death total of UK service members in Afghanistan is 444 since the war began in 2001.

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland said: “This incident demonstrates once again the dangers faced by our armed forces, often on a daily basis, and they deserve our deepest gratitude and respect for the job they do in some of the most difficult and trying circumstances imaginable.”

An investigation into the incident is now under way as officials believe militants are now creating bombs powerful enough to destroy even the strongest army vehicles such as the Mastiff.

Military officials believe more focus should be put on prevent these attacks from happening rather than building more powerful vehicles.

At home with St.Mirren manager Danny Lennon

By Laura Cotton

Exclusive interview with Saints boss Danny Lennon.


Kriss Kross singer found dead

By Lorne Gillies

Chris Kelly, a member of 90s band Kriss Kross, has been found dead at his Atlanta home.

Chris Kelly, L, and Chris Smith

Chris Kelly, L, and Chris Smith

The singer, 34, was found unconscious at his home and pronounced dead at 5pm local Atlanta time by Atlanta Medical Centre.

Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the cause of death is still unknown and an autopsy will determine cause of death.

The Jump singer is expected to have died of an overdose.

Kelly rose to fame in 1992 with Chris Smith in Kriss Kross when they released their debut album Totally Krossed Out.

Unable to match the success of their first album the duo stepped out of the limelight but were reported to be making a comeback this year.

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Glasgow Mela programme revealed

by Hayley Parr

The festival celebrates the various cultures that live  in Glasgow

The festival celebrates the various cultures that live in Glasgow

Top acts from around the globe have been announced to appear at this year’s Glasgow Mela Festival.

The annual event, which is Scotland’s largest multi-cultural festival, celebrates various customs from across the world.

It aims to bring people from all walks of life together and celebrate Glasgow’s multi-cultural nature.

Music, dance, exotic foods and eclectic stalls will take over the park in a family friendly event.

Acts such as Bhangra, Sona Walia and Ali Romeo will be performing to crowds of more than 25,000 people attracting people from for and wide.

Started in 1990 as part of Glasgow’s celebrations as European City of Culture, the event is now one of the largest in the country.

Started in 1990 as part of Glasgow’s celebrations as European City of Culture, the event is now one of the largest in the country.

Harminder Berman, Glasgow Mela’s producer said: “I think this festival brings different and diverse backgrounds together in the park. It highlights just how multi-cultural we are in Glasgow.

The Mela provides an opportunity for communities to get involved, have fun and bring the world together.

The festival will take place between 12-8pm on the 15th and 16th of June at Kelvingrove Park.

More information about the Mela is available here.

Factory collapse in Bangladesh shows true cost of cheap clothes

by Karen Thomson

They hold up pictures of loved ones still lost following the collapse of the textiles factory in Bangladesh that has killed over 400 workers.

More than 2,500 people were injured following the collapse and more than 150 still remain unaccounted for. The hospitals are over capacity with victims suffering crush injuries and the families searching for loved ones.

Mass graves are being dug to cope with the risk of disease from the decomposed bodies in the sweltering sun.

The owner of the building, Mohammed Sohel Rana, is being questioned by police while under arrest. He is expected to be charged with negligence, illegal construction and forcing workers to join work, which is punishable by a maximum of seven years in jail.

Cramped conditions, long working days and terrible pay is the reality for thousands of workers across Bangladesh. For some it may be a world away from the rainy streets of Glasgow but the goods that these workers died to make are the very items being bought every day.

Argyll Street is busy with shoppers looking for bargains. Shops compete for customers in the harsh economic climate. In recent years price wars have forced down the cost of clothing and around the world the effects of our cut price clothing culture is being felt by the poorest.

Primark has acknowledged it was using a factory in Rana Plaza. It said in a statement Monday that it is providing emergency aid and will pay compensation to victims who worked for its supplier.

“Primark notes the fact that its supplier shared the building with those of other retailers. We are fully aware of our responsibility. We urge these other retailers to come forward and offer assistance,” it said.

This has become the true price of cheap high clothes on the shelves. Lives are put at risk and families suffer from the agony of losing loved ones.

Protesters gather outside the company’s flagship store in London

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