CCTV images released in councillor house fire investigation

The blaze broke out in the early hours of June 19.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace. Police Scotland
Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

Police investigating a deliberate fire at the home of a Scottish Conservative councillor have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

Emergency services were called to a blaze at Graeme Campbell’s property in Fortrose Gardens, Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, at around 12.20am on June 19.

Two cars were set on fire and the blaze spread to the house, causing significant damage.

Firefighters put out the blaze and no-one was injured.

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The Scottish Conservatives said the latest incident was the third time Campbell’s home has been targeted.

Police have now released three CCTV images of a man they want to trace as they believe he may be able to help with the investigation into the fire on June 19.

Detective chief inspector Martin McGhee said: “Our enquiries have been ongoing since this incident occurred and as part of our investigation we are releasing CCTV images of a man we wish to speak to.

“I’d ask the person himself or anyone who recognises him and who can help us identify him, to contact officers.”

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Campbell has represented the Avondale and Stonehouse ward since 2007.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0090 of June 19 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.


FM set to announce plans to lift all Covid restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to reveal what life beyond level zero will look like in Scotland.

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Restrictions: Nicola Sturgeon set to announce what life beyond level zero will look like.

The First Minister is expected to reveal what life beyond level zero will look like in Scotland, ahead of the planned lifting of all restrictions on August 9.

Nicola Sturgeon will address Parliament on Tuesday afternoon to set out the Scottish Government’s plans for the coming weeks and months.

It is expected that all restrictions will be lifted next week, however it remains unclear if venues such as nightclubs will be allowed to reopen under the new rules. 

The need for physical distancing both indoors and outdoors may be removed, however face coverings are likely to remain mandatory in some settings, such as in shops and on public transport. 

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The news comes as double vaccinated travellers from the US and EU were able to travel to Scotland without the need to quarantine from Monday. 

Subject to countries remaining on the amber travel list, travellers will no longer have to self-isolate for ten days upon arrival in Scotland.

However people who have been in France in the ten days prior to their arrival will still have to self-isolate due to concerns over the Beta variant.

On July 19, the whole of Scotland moved to level zero coronavirus restrictions, which saw up to eight people from four households able to enter homes and stay overnight and up to ten people from four households able to meet in an indoor public place such as a bar or restaurant.

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Fifteen people from 15 households are currently able to meet outside in a public place and up to 200 people are allowed to attend weddings and funerals.

‘We are at a crucial moment in our exit from restrictions and while there is light at the end of the tunnel, we must make sure we take all the action necessary to jump start Scotland’s recovery.’

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour leader

Ahead of the First Minister’s announcement, political leaders in Scotland called for changes to self-isolation rules including clarity on issues affecting students returning to university and school and support for the NHS. 

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said: “We are at a crucial moment in our exit from restrictions and while there is light at the end of the tunnel we must make sure we take all the action necessary to jump start Scotland’s recovery.

“We need to ensure that people are kept safe and that businesses are helped to restart the economy.

“Perhaps most importantly, we urgently need a plan for our NHS and care systems to ensure that workers feel supported, services are invested in and the backlog of appointments is cleared.

“Nowhere is that more urgent than in our cancer diagnostic services.

“The last few weeks have underlined the need for an overhaul of the struggling Test and Protect system. A functioning and effective test and trace system is vital for public safety.

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“And for those who have been fully vaccinated, we must see changes on the requirement to self-isolate while still keeping communities safe

“We also need to see far greater support for Scotland’s struggling businesses, particularly as many will be having to deal with continued restrictions for some time to come.

“We have to learn to live with the virus, but to do so in such a way that the people of Scotland, our NHS and our economy are supported and protected.”

‘Businesses can’t afford any more last-minute, snap decisions that hit their cash flow and potentially results in job losses.’

Douglas Ross, Scottish Conservative leader

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has called for the removal of the “blanket requirement to self isolate for ten days” for those who have been double vaccinated. 

He said: “We should move to a test-first system that lets people get on with their lives safely.

“We especially want to see changes to self-isolation rules for school pupils. We also believe there is a strong case for dropping the requirement for face masks in schools. Learning has already been disrupted enough and a return to normality for children must be a top priority.

“There should be no rowing back on the planned easing of restrictions. Businesses can’t afford any more last-minute, snap decisions that hit their cash flow and potentially results in job losses. They need certainty and a more optimistic outlook, in light of the encouraging public health data.

“Social distancing rules that prevent many businesses from trading as normal should be removed. The economy must be reopened safely but we must also put a premium on protecting jobs and family finances. The SNP cannot hold businesses back from reopening.

“Scotland’s economic recovery hinges on the SNP Government moving beyond Covid restrictions. We must seize this opportunity to start rebuilding from the damage of Covid now and not delay any longer.”

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Gillian Mackay added that the Scottish Government should clarify what measures it will put in place to protect students, staff and local communities when the new university term begins.

She said: “The Scottish Government must ensure that there is no repeat of last year’s shambolic return to campus, when thousands of students were forced to self-isolate in student halls as the virus ran riot.

“With just a few weeks to go until the new term begins, international students deserve clarity about the process of entering the country and settling in on campus. Yet, ministers are unable to tell them how and where they’ll be required to isolate.

“Students must also have easy access to testing and vaccination on campus, and while many younger students won’t be fully vaccinated, it’s essential that guidance around mask wearing and distancing is clear. Support must also be made available for anyone who tests positive.

“It’s vital that the First Minister addresses these issues when she makes her statement to parliament on Tuesday, ensuring that students can be as prepared as possible for their arrival on campus.”

Scottish Government urged to speak out against new oilfield

The proposed site off the coast of Shetland could produce 132 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, Oxfam Scotland said.

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Oilfield: Oxfam Scotland calling on Scottish government to speak out against controversial plans.

The Scottish Government is being urged to speak out against controversial plans to develop a new oilfield off the coast of Shetland.

If given the go-ahead, the proposed Cambo development could yield as many as 255 million barrels of oil over its lifetime, environmental campaigners at Oxfam Scotland said.

And they estimated that the 132 million tonnes of CO2 emissions that could be produced would require an area of land some 1.5 times the size of Scotland to counteract them.

Jamie Livingstone, the head of Oxfam Scotland, said in the run-up to the COP26 climate summit in November, the UK Government must “intervene in the Cambo case and stop its climate credibility going up in smoke”.

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With the global summit taking place in Glasgow, he also insisted that the Scottish Government had a “duty” to press UK ministers to reject the Cambo plans.

He spoke out on the issue as Oxfam published a new report which estimated that for all current net zero plans to be achieved, an area equivalent to all the farmland on earth would need to be converted to forest, putting food production at risk.

The report stated: “Oxfam has calculated that the total amount of land required for planned carbon removal could potentially be five times the size of India, or the equivalent of all the farmland on the planet.”

It stated that net-zero targets “instead of focusing primarily on the hard work of cutting carbon emissions, for example by rapidly ending the use of coal, oil and gas for electricity and oil for cars, rely instead on using other methods to remove carbon from the atmosphere”.

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The Tightening the Net report added: “The problem is this removal of carbon either relies on virtually unproven new technologies, or on a level of land use that is completely impossible and would lead to mass hunger and displacement of people across the world.”

Mr Livingstone said: “All of our lives and futures depend on the world’s biggest polluters quickly, drastically and genuinely slashing their emissions, phasing out fossil fuels and investing in clean energy and supply chains.

“Instead, what we’re seeing is too many net-zero strategies being used as smokescreens to mask dirty behaviour: promising unrealistic carbon removal schemes in order to justify the continued plundering of our planet.”

He added: “The proposed new Cambo oilfield is a clear climate contradiction. If the UK Government is to be a credible broker for a deal that can stop the planet overheating when it hosts the COP26 climate talks in November, it must intervene in the Cambo case and stop its climate credibility going up in smoke.

“The Scottish Government has a duty to demand it does just that.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are wholly committed to becoming a net-zero economy by 2045 and, whilst this is ultimately a reserved area, any Scottish Government support for oil and gas businesses operating in the North Sea is conditional upon them contributing to a sustainable and inclusive energy transition, and ensuring a secure energy supply.

“The oil and gas sector can play a positive role in Scotland’s energy transition, helping to design the diverse energy system we need for the future.

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“The knowledge and experience of the oil and gas sector and its supply chain will also be important for developing and investing in essential low-carbon technologies, such as carbon capture utilisation and storage – a technology that is seen by experts such as the UK Climate Change Committee and International Energy Agency as being vital to achieving Scottish, UK and international climate emissions targets.

“In 2020 we launched our £62m Energy Transition Fund to support the oil, gas and energy sectors grow and diversify, accelerating its transition to net-zero emissions.

“Fair Work principles are being applied across projects funded by the Energy Transition Fund, supporting the creation of green jobs and training individuals with the skills they need to ensure a just transition to net zero with people’s wellbeing at its heart.”

Rock Lomond: When Oasis took Balloch Park by storm

It's 25 years since Oasis played two barnstorming concerts for 80,000 Scots fans.

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Oasis played the first of two barnstorming concerts near Loch Lomond on this day 25 years ago.

Tens of thousands of people squeezed into Balloch Country Park on consecutive nights in what remain among the most memorable outdoor gigs ever held on Scottish soil.

For brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, it was a triumphant return to the country where they were discovered three years earlier, in 1993.

By August 3, 1996, they had released their hugely successful albums Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and the STV News cameras were in Balloch that day to capture the electric atmosphere.

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Fans were in party mood from first light as they packed trains from Glasgow, desperate to see the band who were dominating the airwaves.

“They’re just unique, honestly,” one reveller said. “There are very few bands now that you can actually enjoy, but this is superb.”

We even caught up with TV personality Chris Evans, who insisted it was impossible to choose a favourite Gallagher brother.

“They’re chalk and cheese – and I like chalk and I like cheese,” Evans told our reporter.

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Local residents had been concerned about the onslaught of Oasis fans to their town, but in the end they seemed to enjoy themselves.

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“They were all very orderly walking down that road, we watched them and there were no problems,” one neighbour said.

We were there!

As told to Laura Boyd, STV News entertainment reporter

Donald Macleod, the promoter behind the sell-out shows.

“It was probably the biggest, most significant gig Scotland’s ever put on. It was fantastic. There was a lot more than 80,000 there – they were pulling down fencing…

“It was an experience like no other. It was really hyper, it was really mad. It was supersonic, as they would say.

“The band took it in their stride, they always did. They had that swagger.

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“Just before the band came on, there was a tirade of things getting thrown at the stage and we’re looking up the hill and all these police horses start coming down towards us. They charged down. We were like ‘what are they doing?’, then it got quiet. Next moment, they were charging back up the hill with all the bams chasing after them.

“Getting the teams in place, the security, ten miles of fencing, enough power to power the city of Dundee, thousands of barrels of beer getting sold, the crowd loving it – Wonderwall – what a band. I’ve put on Prince and the likes, but this was something special.”

Alan McGee, the Oasis manager who discovered the band at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.

“The Celtic team were there on the Saturday and the next night was all the Rangers team, and the gig was great, you know what I mean?

“We’ve got a great iconic photograph from that time – when the brothers kissed each other on the lips, we got one of the great Oasis photographs from that time.

“They only talk about it in Scotland, if I’m being honest, cause in England they all talk about Knebworth, but Loch Lomond was a better gig from what I remember.

Oasis fan George Boothe, from Houston, Texas, was at the gig during his honeymoon.

“We got married in Aberdeen and decided to have our honeymoon in Scotland and ended up in Cameron House with tickets to see Oasis at Loch Lomond.

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“Oasis were THE band at the time. At our wedding, we had a ceilidh and a disco, and one of my greatest memories was all our friends singing in a big circle to Don’t Look Back in Anger.

“So we have very special memories of my honeymoon, but also of going to that concert.”

What was on the set list?

We’ve made all 20 tracks available as a Spotify playlist, which can be streamed here:


Scot Anna Burnet helps Team GB win Olympic sailing silver

Burnet, from Shandon near Helensburgh, triumphed alongside her race partner John Gimson in the mixed Nacra 17 class.

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John Gimson and Anna Burnet of Team GB competing in the Nacra 17 Foiling class.

Scottish sailor Anna Burnet has won a silver medal for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics.

Burnet, from Shandon, Gare Loch, in Argyll and Bute, triumphed alongside her race partner John Gimson in the mixed Nacra 17 class. 

The Olympic debutants were guaranteed a medal going into the final race and finished safely in fifth to stay in second place behind Italians Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti.

Louise Burnet, Anna’s mother, said her daughter has “always had this great passion” since she began sailing at the age of five in an Optimist dinghy.

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Burnet told PA “we would never ever have dreamed of this happening”, adding: “I’m a very proud mum.”

She said: “They’ve just been a great team together and it’s a massive passion for them both. They are really good friends and you need that partner you click with.

“When Anna started sailing at the local yacht club she had no fear of the water from an early age.

“There were a lot of long drives at weekends which her father Colin did a lot of, 11 hours down to the south coast at weekends, and it is certainly all worth it now.”

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Burnet, who now lives in Weymouth, Dorset, started sailing at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club on Gare Loch, Scotland’s oldest yacht club founded in 1824.

She soon won the female national Optimist title and was selected for the British worlds team in 2006 at the age of 14, said the British Sailing Team.

Chief executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “Scotland has a proud tradition of successful sailors on Team GB and it’s terrific to see Anna Burnet join that illustrious list.

“To be selected to compete at an Olympic Games is a huge achievement, but to win a silver medal is very special.

“Congratulations to Anna, her partner John Gimson and the whole Scottish and British sailing family.”

Burnet and Gimson’s triumph capped a brilliant day for the British team after Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell claimed the gold medal in the men’s 49er before Giles Scott successfully defended his Finn title.

Campaigners call for three-mile fishing limit for trawlers

Members of the Our Seas coalition insisted the move would benefit both the environment and coastal communities.

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Fishing: Calls to ban trawlers from fishing within three miles of Scottish coasts.

An alliance of more than 100 organisations is demanding that trawlers be banned from fishing within three miles of Scotland’s coasts.

Members of the Our Seas coalition insisted that a “modernised” three-mile limit is “not a radical measure” and would benefit both the environment and coastal communities.

With talks taking place between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Greens over a formal co-operation agreement, the group is pressing both parties to consider the issue.

While there had previously been a ban on trawling the seabed within three miles of the coast, this was repealed by the UK Government in 1984 – with Ailsa McLellan, Our Seas coalition co-ordinator, claiming this “led to what academics called ‘ecological meltdown’”.

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She said: “There are many marine policy areas where we want to see change, given this country’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to our marine ecology and economy.

“But a return to a modernised three-mile limit is the single measure which we collectively believe would bring the greatest benefits for our waters, our environment, and for this country’s coastal communities.”

Ms McLellan added: “This is not a radical measure – bottom-trawling was previously banned in our inshore waters – and it will make our seas and fisheries more resilient in the future.”

The Our Seas coalition is made up of a range of organisations, including inshore fishing associations, community groups, sea anglers, tourism businesses, and environmental organisations.

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Research for the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF) – one of the members of the coalition – found that for every thousand tonnes of langoustine caught by creeling rather than trawling, the Scottish economy would see more than £6.7m in additional benefits, with more than £400,000 additional profit for the sector.

Alistair Sinclair, national co-ordinator of the SCFF, said: “Our members fish in a way which is genuinely sustainable for the long term, but the value of our fisheries are hampered by the activities of a poorly regulated minority.”

He argued: “A return of an inshore limit is really a compromise, and both parties should be persuaded to see it as such. It would bring back a little balance to the way this country manages its seas.

“It’s not an end to dredging and bottom-trawling, but would ensure they only operate in waters where those methods do much less damage.”

Meanwhile Annabel Lawrence, from the Community Association of Lochs and Sounds, told how hand divers, sea anglers, marine tourism businesses and community activists all wanted to see change.

She said: “Being forced to live with the status quo, watching a small number of boats damage the seabed, is painful and frustrating.

“Politicians – both SNP and Green – need to make meaningful decisions now to end this destruction of our seabed. We need change, and that means protecting our most sensitive seas from the most damaging practices.”

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A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We have made clear that sustainability is at the heart of how we will manage Scotland’s fisheries.

“In addition to our network of Marine Protected Areas, there are fishing controls and a policy of restrictive licensing in place to limit the number of Scottish scallop vessels, the number of days they fish, and technical measures … and minimum landing size of king scallops.

“It should be noted there are fewer nephrops, which includes scallops, being landed than a decade ago and there are fewer nephrop trawlers and more creel fishing vessels.

“Positive discussions between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Greens on a potential co-operation agreement are ongoing and a further report will be provided to parliament after the recess.”

Pupils asked to name new pedestrian bridge over motorway

The main span of the new Sighthill bridge over the M8 was installed over the weekend and is expected to open in 2022.

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Councillor David McDonald visiting the new bridge.

Pupils and residents in Sighthill are being asked to help name a new bridge being created over the M8.

The main span of the new Sighthill bridge was installed over the weekend, with the bridge expected to open in the early months of 2022.

Pupils already using the new school in the area will also be asked for their suggestions to create a sense of local ownership of a new Glasgow landmark.

Both the bridge and the school are part of the £250m City region city deal agreed by the council.

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Deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, David McDonald, announced via social media on Monday that the search for a suitable name is now on. 

Councillor McDonald visited the overpass before telling the public they could decide on its new name.

And after posting a request on Twitter for suggestions, along with a picture of the distinctive structure, followers were quick to provide a few early ideas, including The Rusty Bridge, the Irn Bruidge and the Shoehorn – as well as the obligatory Bridgey McBridgeface suggestion.

He said: “It was great to visit the site of the bridge today following its installation over the weekend.

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“The new bridge will deliver new connections and new opportunities for the north of Glasgow but it will also deliver a plethora of new nicknames.

“The Clyde Arc and Tradeston Bridges got nicknames that have stuck and I’m sure this new bridge will be the same.”

The main span of the new cyclist, pedestrian and wheeler bridge was installed over the weekend, with a section of the M8 closed while construction took place.

It is the biggest project of its kind in the UK outside of London and will form an active travel route between Sighthill and the city centre.

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Nurse reunites with family from US as quarantine rules change

Elaine Burt shared an embrace with her sister and her nephews as they arrived at Glasgow Airport.

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A nurse who embraced her family at an airport after 20 months apart has hailed the “best present ever” after rule changes mean they will not have to quarantine for ten days.

Elaine Burt, 55, a senior nurse with the NHS, shared an emotional embrace with her sister Michelle Bolger, 50, and her nephews Kaie, 17, and Taran, 12, who were all double vaccinated in the US, as they arrived at Glasgow Airport on Monday morning from Boston via Amsterdam.

Mrs Bolger said: “It’s been so long … it’s been really hard, but we’re here, we made it”, as she arrived in the country to visit her mother Jean, who has been unwell.

She said: “We booked the flight just a week past Monday. It’s been a rollercoaster trying to get here.

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“We still have to test on day two but it’s great, absolutely amazing, I didn’t think I would see this day.

“We’ve done everything by the book just to get here and we’re just excited.”

Ms Burt, from Newton Mearns, said after the reunion: “It was an absolute relief, it just felt as if it was never going to happen and it’s just the best present ever.

“We never thought it was going to happen with all of the different restrictions, but we left it to the last minute to see what was possible.”

‘It was an absolute relief, it just felt as if it was never going to happen and it’s just the best present ever.’

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They were among the first to enjoy a relaxation of rules that changed as of 4am on Monday, allowing people who have had both jabs in the US and EU to travel to Scotland without isolating for 10 days.

The Scottish Government made the decision public last week just hours after UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the relaxation of measures for England.

Subject to countries remaining on the amber travel list, travellers will no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Scotland.

The change does not apply to people who have been in France in the 10 days prior to their arrival, due to concerns over the Beta variant of coronavirus.

Travellers need to show a negative test before departure and produce a negative PCR test result on day two after arrival.

Glasgow University veterinary medicine student Ben Hamilton, 19, from Texas, said it was a “relief” to not have to isolate after he landed back in Scotland, saying: “It’s the first time I’ve got back and not had to quarantine.

“It’s a relief not to have to sit inside myself for 10 days.”

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Colin Morton, 56, was another person enjoying isolation-free travel at the airport on Monday morning.

The engineer, who moved to Italy in his mid-20s and had both his vaccinations in Italy, said he had returned to Scotland to visit his mother, who has been unwell.

He said: “My mother and father live here and they are both elderly and my mother has been unwell, so I’m looking forward to being able to see her.

“There would have been no point coming if I had to quarantine.”

The requirement to take a further PCR test on day eight is being dropped, authorities said.

Those arriving will be required to show either the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s white card – known as a CDC card – to prove they are fully vaccinated.

Announcing the changes last week, Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said the change is down to the “overwhelming success” of the vaccination scheme in Scotland, as well as “successful rollouts” of vaccine programmes in the EU and US.

He said: “Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel to Scotland under this significant relaxation of international travel measures, providing a boost for the tourism sector and wider economy while ensuring public health is protected.”

He urged people to “continue to think very carefully about travelling – especially given the prevalence and unpredictable nature of variants of concern”.

The relaxation of the rules extends to the four European Free Trade Association members – Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein – and the microstates of Monaco, Andorra and Vatican City.


Teenage driver dies in two-car crash near Dunkeld

Woman, 18, dies following collision between blue Hyundai and grey VW Golf on the A9 at Birnam.

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Woman died in crash on the A9.

An 18-year-old woman has died in a two-car crash in Perthshire.

She was driving a blue Hyundai i10 which collided with a grey VW Golf on the A9 at Birnam, near Dunkeld, on Monday at around 4.50pm, Police Scotland said.

Her next of kin have been informed.

Road policing constable Scott Power said it is “vital that we piece together what happened”, adding: “Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the woman who sadly lost her life.”

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Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 2469 of August 2.

Dad vows to help five-year-old walk after death of mum

Arabella Green is unable to use her limbs and relies on a wheelchair after she was born with a rare condition.

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A dad is doing everything in his power to help his five-year-old daughter walk after the loss of her mother.

Arabella Green was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) – a rare condition which causes joints to stiffen and become fixed into bent or straight positions, restricting movement.

She suffers from Arthrogryposis in both her arms and legs, and although she has already had numerous painful operations, she is unable to walk and relies on a wheelchair.

Her dad William told STV News that soon after Arabella was born, she was “surrounded by about 20 doctors” from the special baby care unit.

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He said: “At first they couldn’t determine what was wrong with her, they just said deformed limbs.

“But she can feel everything, her mind is perfect. She doesn’t like being in the wheelchair, she doesn’t like people looking at her when she’s in the wheelchair. She wants to walk.”   

‘She doesn’t like being in the wheelchair, she doesn’t like people looking at her when she’s in the wheelchair. She wants to walk.’

William Green

Arabella’s world was further turned upside down in March 2021 when her mum Catherine took her own life. She now lives with dad William, who has vowed to do everything he can to continue Catherine’s fight and help Arabella walk.

Last year, Catherine made contact with an Arthrogryposis specialist surgeon based in the United States – Dr David Feldman.

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She travelled with Arabella to his European clinic in Poland for a consultation, where she was told with the help of surgery and rehab, Arabella could gain some movement in her legs.

But unfortunately, when she returned to Scotland to meet with NHS Lothian doctors, they said there was nothing that could be done and the surgery wasn’t suitable for Arabella.

William said: “They said ‘you need to be realistic and think about how you can improve Arabella’s life in a wheelchair’.”

He added: “On hearing that, as any mother, it dashed Cat’s hopes so much.

“Two months later, she took her own life on March 16.

“She wasn’t getting noticed. She was begging doctors to straighten her leg out.”

Catherine’s death has rocked the whole family, especially Arabella, says William, who has now given up his job as an electrician to look after his daughter full time.

‘She’s devastated, she was her best pal, it’s devastated the whole family, now we know how much Cat held everyone together.’

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“She’s devastated, she was her best pal, it’s devastated the whole family, now we know how much Cat held everyone together. Her mum is an angel, she had a heart of gold.

“She thinks her mum is with her and going to help her walk. We were at the cinema last night and she saved a seat thinking her mum is there.”

Determined to press on with the costly surgery in Poland, William has now set up a GoFundMe page to raise the cash for the trip.

“It’s not going to be cheap, and I won’t give up. Obviously the longer it takes the more Arabella’s muscles are contracting backwards. So she needs it done now.

“I’m her dad and I’m a fighter, my daughter is a fighter, and I believe in Dr Feldman.”

Dr Feldman told STV News: “We have proven that we can straighten knees, not lose function, have children walking at home outside the house.

“So I would invite any surgeon anywhere to come and watch us do it, we do it three times a week.

“We have many children with this condition and I have done this surgery about 150 times now.

“We have shown the results and the results are real. It’s easier to give people a wheelchair and not operate.

“On an individual care, I would not give up.

“You can’t tell someone to accept it. That’s not fair when they have so much potential. I can show case after case of this.”

Dr Tracey Gillies, medical director, NHS Lothian said: “In Scotland, multi-disciplinary assessments from a range of clinical professionals help determine when surgery might be indicated and what the benefits to patients might be.

“This process enables decisions to be made which are centred on the patient’s needs.

“Arabella’s condition remains under review and she continues to receive ongoing care from a range of professionals.

“We understand this is a very difficult time for the family and extend our sympathies to them.

“We would encourage the family to get in touch with us directly if they have any questions or concerns.”


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