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Concern growing for schoolgirl missing in stormy weather

Concern is growing for a missing 14-year-old girl in West Lothian.

Missing: Tya Miller was last seen on Friday morning.
Missing: Tya Miller was last seen on Friday morning.

A search is underway for a 14-year-old girl who has been missing overnight in stormy weather.

Tya Miller, from Newton in West Lothian, was last seen in Duddingston Crescent at around 11am on Friday.

Concern for the teenager are now growing as the area is hit by torrential rain and gale force winds.

A yellow weather warning for wind and rain is active until 6pm on Saturday.

Tya is known to have connections in Bathgate and Livingston, particularly the Deans and Craighill areas.

She is described as being around 5ft9 with long hair, currently dyed dark brown.

When last seen she was wearing a cropped white top, grey leggings, a black bomber style jacket and white trainers.

Inspector Dougie Simpson of Livingston Police Station said: “Concern is growing as Tya is just 14-years-old and has now been missing overnight.

“I would urge anyone who knows where she is to get in touch.

“I would also ask Tya herself to get in touch with her family or police to let us know that she is safe.

“Anyone who can help should call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 1210 of 10 January.”

Family of four who died in horror two-car crash named

The heartbroken family of two devoted parents and their young daughters who were all killed in a car crash have been left 'devastated'.

The Cousins: Family of four killed in crash.

A young family of four who all died in a two-car crash on a Highlands road have been named as heartbroken relatives say they have been left devastated.

Devoted parents Gemma, 26, and Rhys Cousin, 25, and their two children three-year-old Peyton and baby Heidi, one, from Inverness, died after the crash on the A82 north of Fort William.

The extended family of the Cousins have released a statement throough Police Scotland.

They said: “Both families are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Gemma, Rhys, Peyton and Heidi.

“They were a young family with so much to look forward to. To have their lives cut short so suddenly and in such circumstances is utterly devastating.

“As a young couple Gemma and Rhys worked really hard to provide a loving, secure and safe home and family life for their girls who they were totally devoted to. They were known by many with both families being extended and their loss will be felt far and wide.

“Due to the horrific circumstances we would like to thank the emergency services and everyone who was involved on the night. We would also like to thank everyone for the support we continue to receive.

“As a family, we now respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the loss of Rhys, Gemma, Peyton and Heidi.”

All four were travelling northbound in a green Mini Cooper car when the collision happened around 5.30pm on Thursday.

The other vehicle involved was a red Ford Fiesta car.

The 56-year-old woman who was driving suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police say a thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances which led to the collision is ongoing.

And officers have asked anyone who has information which has not yet been passed to police to come forward.

A spokesman for the force said: “This includes if you have seen either vehicle involved on the road before the collision or if you have dashcam footage which may be of use.”

Cherry to challenge Robertson for Holyrood nomination

SNP MP Joanna Cherry will challenge Angus Robertson for the party's nomination.

Cherry: Will challenge Robertson for Holyrood role.

Two SNP big guns are to go head-to-head in Ruth Davidson’s Holyrood seat as Joanna Cherry QC announced she will take on Angus Robertson for the party’s nomination.

The Edinburgh South West MP confirmed on Saturday she will contest for her party’s support for the Scottish Parliament’s Edinburgh Central constituency.

It comes four days after the SNP’s former Westminster leader announced he wanted to bid for the seat.

On Saturday Cherry tweeted: “After consulting with @EdinCentralSNP & #EdinburghSouthWest activists I’ve decided to accede to their request to seek @theSNP candidacy for the #EdinburghCentral constituency in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. I’ll do so when nominations open in April.”

Robertson revealed on Tuesday that he will be seeking the SNP’s nomination to stand in Edinburgh Central at the 2021 election to try to overturn the Tories’ 610-vote majority when Davidson stands down.

The seat was won from the SNP by the former Scottish Conservative leader at the last Scottish Parliament election in 2016 but Ms Davidson has indicated she will be stepping down at the next poll.

The former SNP leader in the House of Commons has been linked with standing to become an MSP after losing his Westminster seat to the Conservatives’ Douglas Ross at the 2017 general election.

Cherry recently gained recognition for leading the Scottish court case challenging the five-week prorogation of Parliament.

It was ultimately successful in the Supreme Court, resulting in the quashing of the suspension, which had been imposed in September.

Snow storms and gusty winds to sweep across Scotland

Yellow weather warnings have been put in place until 10pm on Saturday.

Storm: The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings.

Snow storms and gusty winds are expected to pummel Scotland throughout Saturday.

Yellow weather warnings have been put in place until 10pm.

While strong winds sweep across the country, snow and ice are expected on the outskirts of Stirling and Perth, right up to Inverness and Thurso in the Highlands.

The Met Office has advised that the snowfall will affect higher routes, leading to difficult driving conditions and icy patches.

Those out on foot are being warned to beware of untreated pavements and cycle paths.

The adverse weather is expected to bring travel disruption.

Loss of power and other services “is possible”, while coastal routes and sea fronts could be battered by spray and large waves.

Emergency: An ambulance got trapped in the floods on Friday.

On Friday, high winds and torrential rain caused chaos throughout Scotland.

A number of major routes were hit by the severe weather, including the M876 northbound at junction two and one lane of the M80 heading north.

An ambulance was left stranded by floodwaters in Paisley, while the wet conditions in the town led to the cancellation of the St Mirren and Hearts clash at the Simple Digital Arena.

High winds also saw the Forth Road Bridge closed to double-decker buses, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Coronavirus becomes notifiable disease in Scotland

The list also includes cholera, rabies, measles and tuberculosis.

Coronavirus: The outbreak started in Wuhan in China.

The new coronavirus has been made a “notifiable disease” in Scotland, meaning medics must alert health boards if they suspect a patient is infected.

Public health regulations were amended to place Covid-19 on the list of notifiable diseases north of the border, which also includes cholera, rabies, measles and tuberculosis.

Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, has written to NHS boards, medical practitioners and directors of diagnostic laboratories to make them aware of the changes.

As of Friday afternoon, 368 people had been tested for coronavirus across Scotland, with all results negative.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “Although all Scottish tests have so far been negative, we are prepared for the high likelihood that we will also see a positive case in Scotland.

“These changes keep our public health legislation up-to-date, ensuring the health service in Scotland can quickly respond, if a suspected case of coronavirus is confirmed.

“Our NHS is well-equipped to cope with any suspected cases. We are actively working with health boards to ensure this and have well-rehearsed procedures in place for infections of this kind.”

Man dies following quad bike crash in the Highlands

Police were alerted to the crash at around 2.45pm on Friday and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crash: Man died at scene.

A man has died following a quad bike crash in the Highlands.

Adam Reid, 18, from Muir of Ord was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident that took place on Docarty Brae, Dingwall on Friday afternoon.

Emergency services attended after police were made aware of the crash at around 2.45pm.

No other vehicles were involved.

The road was closed until around 7.50pm to allow for an investigation at the scene.

Sergeant Ewan Calder said: “Our thoughts are with Adam’s family and friends at this time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and I would urge anyone who has information which has not yet been passed to police to call 101, quoting incident 2162 of 21 February.”

Man seriously injured after being bottled by dog walker

A 58-year-old man was attacked by a dog walker on Friday night.

Scottish Ambulance Service

A man has been left seriously injured after he was attacked by a dog walker who smashed a glass bottle over his head.

The incident took place in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh just before midnight on Friday night.

The 58-year-old victim was walking on Panmure Place at its junction with Brougham Street when he was approached by a man who was walking his dog.

The man then struck him over the head with the glass bottle and assaulted him further when he was on the ground.

Emergency services attended and he was taken to hospital for treatment to serious facial injuries.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and have released a description of the suspect.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall with a stocky build and aged between 30 and 40-years-old.

He was wearing a dark jacket and was walking a small brown coloured terrier-type dog.

Detective Constable Oliver Healy, of Gayfield CID, said: “There were a number of people around the area when this incident happened and we are appealing for them to get in touch if they saw what happened.

“As part of our enquiries we are reviewing CCTV footage in the area and would ask anyone with private or business systems to check their footage for the incident.

“We would also appeal to anyone who saw the suspect walking his dog prior to, or after the incident last night, or who can identify him, to come forward and contact officers as soon as possible.”

Whisky and cheese pairings among projects given funding

A total of 21 initiatives and businesses from across Scotland have been handed cash to promote locally-sourced food and drink.

Food: A range of initiatives and businesses have received funding.

A scheme to introduce whisky and cheese pairings at distilleries and restaurants is among projects awarded Scottish Government food and drink funding.

A total of 21 regional initiatives and businesses from across Scotland have been handed cash to promote locally-sourced food and drink.

They will share £95,550 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund, which is supported by the Scottish Government.

Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland has been given £3450 for a range of projects, including ways to promote cheese as a pairing to whisky at distillery visitor centres and in restaurants.

Rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon announced the funding on a visit to IJ Mellis Cheesemonger in Edinburgh, where she met some of the producers in the group.

The cheesemonger has previously held whisky and cheese tasting events, recommending matching fruity drams with creamy cheeses and blue cheese with peaty tipples.

Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland chairwoman Jane Stewart said the funding will enable the group to boost its marketing of Scottish cheeses.

She said: “Whisky is already such an established Scottish product, recognised as such the world over, and artisan cheese-making is an up-and-coming thing in Scotland once again – and the two go together superbly.”

Ms Stewart said she was “astonished” to find out how well-matched the products are and has already has success with a whisky and cheese event in the US.

She added: “We are proud to be producing award-winning cheeses and excited about targeting different sectors so more people have the opportunity to enjoy our wonderful cheeses, which are part of the diverse selection of food and drink Scotland has to offer the world.”

Ms Gougeon said: “I have been hugely impressed by the standard and range of food and drink initiatives across Scotland.

“Innovative projects like these not only help local economies grow, they also promote the importance of locally-produced food and drink, and the environmental benefits of sourcing produce close to home.

“This fund helps collaborative groups such as Fine Cheesemakers of Scotland create new opportunities for small businesses and producers, and promotes Scotland’s world-leading food and drink sector.”

Other projects given funding include £5000 each for a pop-up shop from Lerwick fish market in Shetland, ScotRumFest 2020 and the Taste of Orkney Festival.

Firefighters in five-hour battle with building blaze

Eight fire engines, an aerial rescue appliance and specialist resources have all been in attendance at the blaze on Saturday morning.

Fire: Crews in attendance at blaze.

Firefighters have been tackling a large building fire in Alyth near Blairgowrie.

Eight fire engines, an aerial rescue appliance and specialist resources have all been in attendance at the blaze within a building on Airlie Street.

The incident, which is affecting domestic and commercial properties, was reported to the Scottish Fire and Rescue service at around 4.30am on Saturday.

It is not known if anyone was injured in the blaze.

A spokesperson for the SFRS said: “We were alerted at 4.29am on Saturday, February 22 to reports of a building fire at Airlie Street in Blairgowrie.

“Eight fire appliances, an aerial rescue appliance and specialist resource have been mobilised to the scene, and crews are currently tackling a well-developed fire affecting commercial and domestic properties.”

Man arrested after ‘exposing himself to girl’ on bus

A 68-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly exposing himself to a teenage girl on a bus.

A 68-year-old man has been arrested.

A man has been after allegedly exposing himself to a teenage girl on a bus in Fife.

The 68-year-old was arrested after a video of the incident, that took place on a stagecoach between Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes on Friday, was posted on social media.

Police were alerted when the young victim arrived home at around 3.15pm and a man was arrested soon after.

A spokesman for the force confirmed the incident and warned the public to be mindful of comments posted on social media regarding the case that is now active.

He said: “We have arrested a 68-year-old man in connection with an indecent exposure incident on board a bus in Fife.

“Enquires are ongoing and officers would ask that the public are mindful of their comments posted to social media and would remind the public of their responsibilities when posting information online.”

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