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Holy cow! Trains disrupted after cattle gets onto track

Highland Cows on the line at Pollokshaws West delayed trains on Tuesday morning.

Trains were delayed after Highland Cows wandered onto the line.

ScotRail said the cattle got on the track at Pollokshaws West, affecting services in and out of Glasgow Central around 9am on Tuesday morning.

It described one of the cows as an “absolute unit”.

Trains were back on the move by 10am, ScotRail said.

The operator added: “Cattle now in a place of safety, clear of the railway, so we’ll be able to get trains back on the move.

“Thanks to Network Rail and Glasgow City Council for their assistance.”

This cow held up two trains.

Son appears in court over murder of Louise Tiffney

Sean Flynn, 36, charged with murdering his mum, whose remains were found 15 years after she disappeared.

Louise Tiffney's remains were found at Gosford House in East Lothian in 2017.

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his mum.

The body of 43-year-old Louise Tiffney was found at stately home Gosford House in East Lothian in 2017.

She was last seen alive after leaving her home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, in May 2002.

Sean Flynn, from Berlin in Germany, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday morning.

The 36-year-old made no plea to the murder charge and was released on bail until his next appearance at a later date.

Beauticians providing lip injections ‘should be licensed’

Niamh Freeburn, 20, had a procedure that went wrong in late 2018.

The Scottish Government is planning to bring in a licensing system for beauticians offering cosmetic injections such as lip or cheek fillers.

Such procedures are currently not regulated and can be carried out by anyone.

In a consultation document, the government said there is a “growing risk” as the number of unregulated premises – including beauty salons, aesthetic clinics, hairdressers and pharmacies – offering the treatments is increasing.

The paper highlights the potential for the procedures to go wrong and the possibility that permanent damage can be caused.

Niamh Freeburn, 20, had a procedure that went wrong in late 2018.

She had underwent lip enhancement before but when she went for what she thought was a routine appointment, things didn’t go to plan.

Niamh explained: “The next morning I woke up and, obviously I’d had them done before, so they were like abnormally brick solid when I was touching them.

“Within the week they started having burns on my lips and then within two weeks I was waking up and my lips were literally stuck to my bedroom pillow.

“I was having to clean the wounds out with salt water and everything, and then I ended up going to the doctors and they gave me antibiotics for them, and said that I would’ve ended up with sepsis if I left it any longer.”

Dr Simon Ravichandran runs an aesthetic medical clinic in Glasgow and regularly meets people who have had treatments elsewhere – often from practitioners who don’t have a medical background – that have not had the desired outcome.

He said: “It’s a regular occurrence, about once a week or so, at least, I would say.

“We generally see someone who has been to another practitioner, who is possibly not of a medical background.

‘The treatments have been done with good faith but they haven’t ended up the way they wanted to be.’

Dr Simon Ravichandran

“They’ve had treatments. The treatments have been done with good faith but they haven’t ended up the way they wanted to be.

“We see issues like lumps, bumps, irregularities, cosmetic outcomes that are less than desirable. Sometimes we see even more serious things like infections and other things that can happen.”

Ministers plan to bring in legislation to introduce a licensing scheme for people who are not healthcare professionals and carry out non-surgical treatments which penetrate the skin.

They have stopped short of a ban, despite the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group effectively calling for such a move by saying the procedures should only be provided “on or behalf of a regulated healthcare professional”.

The consultation document states: “We consider that a blanket ban on non-medical professionals carrying out non-surgical cosmetic procedures could be difficult to enforce and might drive unregulated providers underground.”

In 2016, the law was changed to ensure independent clinics run by a doctor, dentist, nurse, midwife or dental technician had to register with Healthcare Improvement Scotland before they could legally provide cosmetic procedures

The Scottish Government wants pharmacies to be included in this group as part of the proposed legislative changes.

Public health minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “We are committed to patient safety and want to ensure that all those who carry out non-surgical procedures, such as dermal fillers or lip enhancements, are competent and that the treatments take place in safe and hygienic premises.

“We plan to introduce regulations later this year and invite members of the public and interested parties to give their views as part of the consultation on our proposals.

“In the meantime, we urge anyone considering any kind of cosmetic surgery to visit the Health Improvement Scotland website for regulated and approved providers.”

The consultation opened on Friday and runs until the end of April.

Almost £650m spent in a decade to switch off wind turbines

Power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong.

Customers have been forced to pay electricity companies almost £650m over the past decade – to not produce power.

The cash is compensation for periods that wind turbines are switched off at short notice and usually happens to avoid overloading the UK’s National Grid.

Since 2009, power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong.

The cost is then added to customers’ electricity bills.

The bulk of the money – so-called constraint payments – comes to electricity suppliers in Scotland because most windfarms are north of the border.

Helen McDade, Scottish policy advisor at the Renewable Energy Foundation, told STV News: “They’re getting to unmanageable levels with last year being a record level.

“£136m was paid in constraints for windfarms to turn off, to not produce, and that’s more than they would have got if they’d been having good windy days.

“So there’s an incentive for them to build where they’re going to be constrained off, where there isn’t the grid to cope.”

Since 2009, customers have directly compensated windfarmers for switching off turbines – to the tune of £649m.

Watchdogs say that volume would have powered 90% of Scottish households for a year.

A trend is emerging with more wind schemes are on the horizon and most are proposed for areas of Scotland where the biggest constraint payments have been made.

Ms McDade said: “There’s a huge swathe of public applications coming forward now and if you look at the map of constraint payments and you look at the map of where these applications are coming forward, there’s quite a similarity to the pressure in these areas.”

Over the decade, the biggest beneficiary for compensation has been Whitelee Windfarm near Glasgow which received £110m.

The Clyde scheme received £80m, Fallago in the Borders £41m, Griffin in Tayside £37m, Black Law in Lanarkshire £24m and Farr in the Highlands £22m.

The trade body Scottish Renewables describes the payments as “a normal part of the overall efficient management of our electricity system.”

The cost has angered those in the frontline of poverty, who are faced with pleas of help from growing numbers of people deciding between heating their homes or putting food on the table.

Alasdair Christie, who runs the Citizens Advice Bureau in Inverness, said: “It’s an awful waste of money that could be diverted and spent on vulnerable people – those in fuel poverty debt, those on the breadline, to try to help them, rather than just haul it up in very rich organisations.”

Responding to the criticism, a spokesman for the UK’s Energy Department said: “We are committed to a dynamic energy market with a range of options for meeting future energy demand including renewables but it must be delivered in a way that offers value for money for consumers and taxpayers.”

The Scottish Government insists wind is “the cheapest form of electricity generated”.

Scotland’s energy minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “In an ideal world we’d avoid any need for constraint payments but it reflects the fact there has been insufficient investment in the grid to meet the growing installation and demand for renewable electricity generation.

“It’s a necessity at the moment. It sometimes is the most cost effective way of dealing with issues rather than over-building the network to cope with surges in supply.”

In a statement, the National Grid Electricity System Operator said it was “significantly cheaper to pay the constraint costs,” rather than upgrade the grid.

It added: “All electricity systems around the world use constraint payments.”

Man jailed after mum-to-be lost unborn twins in stabbing

Stephen Ramsay repeatedly stabbed, punched and throttled woman he accused of stealing money.

Stephen Ramsay: STV

A man who repeatedly stabbed a heavily pregnant mum-to-be, causing her to lose her unborn twins, has been jailed.

Stephen Ramsay also punched and throttled the woman during an attack in Glenrothes, Fife, after accusing her of stealing money he’d made while posing as a homeless person.

He will spent at least five years in prison for attempted murder, but was also handed a lifelong restriction order, which means he may never be freed.

Police kicked down a door to find Ramsay sitting on top of the 35-year-old woman with his hands around her neck.

Shortly after the attack, the 32-weeks pregnant woman lost both babies she was carrying.

When Ramsay was later told the unborn babies had died he became inconsolable and shouted: “I’ve murdered my kids. I don’t deserve to be treated. I deserve to die, just kill me now.”

The victim suffered a spinal cord injury, brain damage, extensive bruising and at least 22 separate injuries on her torso alone.

Ramsay pleaded guilty to the charges, however the High Court in Aberdeen heard on Friday that he now denied committing the offence.

Detective inspector Paul Dick, who led the police investigation, said: “When Stephen Ramsay committed this horrendous attack he was well aware that the woman was heavily pregnant and that his actions could have killed her as well as her unborn children.

“The victim has been left with permanent injuries and she has been left utterly distraught at the death of her twins. No amount of time in prison can ever undo the harm Ramsay has caused to her.”

Slipknot fans hit out at ban on spiked clothing at gig

Slipknot are due to play the SSE Hydro on Saturday and the venue has published a list of prohibited accessories ahead of the concert.

Heavy metal fans have criticised a clothing ban for a Slipknot gig in Glasgow.

The American band are due to play the SSE Hydro on Saturday and the venue has published a list of prohibited accessories ahead of the concert.

Some of the accessories which have been banned include large belt buckles, large chain wallets and various items of spiked clothing.

Debbie Moffat said she was “shocked” to find out a number of the items had been banned.

“I know the Hydro does tend to have a lot of security in place and that’s fair enough,” she said.

“But when you’re seeing that it’s belt buckles and wallets, 99% of that stuff is ideally what people who go to this gig want to wear.

‘Shocked’: Heavy metal fan Debbie Moffat

“The boots I’ve got for it are metal with spikes, can’t wear them. I had a leather jacket with spikes on it, can’t wear that.

“Spiked dog collar, can’t wear that. Pretty much most of the outfits that a lot of these people tend to wear are straight up banned.”

Another fan said: “I think it’s quite absurd because if you think of rock and heavy music, a lot of it is to do with fashion – people express themselves through it.

“So you’re stopping people’s expression, especially because they’re at a gig.”

The SSE Hydro said any restrictions are “related to the safety of everyone attending events” and “to the security of the venue”.

A spokeswoman explained: “We want everyone attending an event here to have an enjoyable experience.

“However, there are restrictions on what is allowed into The SSE Hydro and these can vary – this is related to the safety of everyone attending events here and to the security of the venue.

“These restrictions are consistent with other UK venues part of this tour.”

Rangers charged by SFA over behaviour of staff and players

The Ibrox club have received notices of complaint that could lead to bans and fines.

Rangers are in the dock. SNS

Rangers have been charged by the Scottish FA over the conduct of their staff and players during games against Hibs and Celtic, with the Edinburgh club also being cited for their behaviour.

The Ibrox club has received Notices of Complaint relating to the two matches in December with Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent, as well as two members of the backroom team, at the centre of the alleged misconduct.

The first charges come from Rangers 3-0 win at Easter Road on December 20. Kent, Joe Aribo and Jermain Defoe scored the goals that gave Steven Gerrard’s side the three points but the match was marked by a touchline confrontation between the staff of both sides. Hibs assistant John Potter was sent to the stand, as was Rangers coach Tom Culshaw.

Both teams have been charged under rule 204, which states that “All clubs and recognised football bodies shall procure that its officials, team staff, employees and players conduct themselves in an orderly fashion at all times during and/or after a match”. Hibs and Rangers face a fine if the charge is proven to an independent panel.

Potter and Culshaw have both been charged with misconduct under rule 203 and could face suspension.

Rangers are also in the dock over behaviour during their 2-1 victory over Celtic at Celtic Park on December 29. The club has again been accused of breaking rule 204 and the charge is understood to centre on the conduct of Kent, Morelos and coach Michael Beale.

Beale was dismissed from the touchline by referee Kevin Clancy during the final minutes of the game, after Morelos was sent off for picking up a second yellow card. Morelos was also cautioned again after the game for gesturing to Celtic fans as he headed off the pitch.

Kent scored Rangers’ opening goal in the game but drew attention for his celebration, where he used a ‘gun salute’ gesture, which he later said was a tribute to rap act Smif and Wessun.

The rule in full reads: “All clubs and recognised football bodies shall procure that its officials, team staff, employees and players conduct themselves in an orderly fashion at all times during and/or after a match. In particular, clubs and recognised football bodies are responsible for ensuring that its officials, team staff, employees and players refrain from any one or a combination of the following: (a) becoming involved in a confrontation (b) conduct that is likely to lead to or to exacerbate or prolong a hostile or argumentative situation with players and/or team staff from the opposing team and/or match officials (c) conduct that may otherwise incite disorder”.

Beale has also been cited for misconduct after being dismissed and could face a touchline ban.

Dog with ‘serious eye’ condition found near car park

A member of the public found a Yorkshire terrier near the Morrisons car park in Hamilton.

Found: Dog

An appeal has been made to trace the owner of a dog found near a South Lanarkshire car park.

A member of the public found a Yorkshire terrier in the area of the Morrisons car park in Hamilton.

The Scottish SPCA took the dog, which has a serious eye issue and required urgent veterinary treatment, into their care on Wednesday.

Scottish SPCA inspector Dawn Robertson said “We are thankful to the member of the public who went out of their way to bring her to us.

“She is middle aged and has quite a serious eye issue that required urgent veterinary treatment.

“This was not a condition that developed overnight and should have been treated much sooner.

“Apart from the eye, she is in good body condition.

“She has not been microchipped so we have little information to go on.

“We are appealing to the public to help us trace the owner.

“If anyone recognises the dog, please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Two men charged over ‘theft of five-figure sum of cash’

Entry was forced into a static cabin around 6.50am on New Year's Day and a safe containing a five-figure sum was taken.

Police: Two men charged

Two men have been charged in connection with the theft of tens of thousands of pounds from an Edinburgh city centre business on New Year’s Day.

Entry was forced into a static cabin on Bristo Square around 6.50am on Wednesday, January 1, and a short time later a safe containing a five-figure sum was taken.

On Friday morning, police searched two properties in the Holyrood area, which resulted in the recovery of heroin and the arrest of two men in connection with the theft.

A 50-year-old man and 26-year-old man have been charged and will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, January 20.

Detective inspector Jon Pleasance said: “We are grateful for the all the support we have received from the public in relation to this investigation.

“In particular, I would like to thank the business community around Bristo Square and the South Side of Edinburgh who greatly assisted police enquiries.

“Enquiries into this matter are still ongoing and anyone with information are asked to contact police on 101.”

Brothers set world records in 35-day Atlantic crossing

Three brothers from Edinburgh have set two world records after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days.

Three brothers from Edinburgh have set two world records after rowing the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days.

The MacLean siblings, known as BROAR, set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 12 and completed their 3000-mile row to Antigua in the Caribbean on Thursday.

It means the brothers – Lachlan, 21, Jamie, 26, and Ewan, 27 – beat the previous record of 41 days, with an official timing of 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes.

They’re also now the youngest rowers to complete the journey.

“Breaking a world record is bizarre, we are just as surprised as anyone else,” said Jamie. “We knew if we made it across we would get the youngest trio, but the speed record came as a bit of a surprise.”

It wasn’t plain sailing for the team, during their journey they had to overcome seasickness, battery issues, dehydration and exhaustion.

“After new year we had a week of poor weather and not much wind,” said Lachlan. “In order to keep up with the teams of four we had to cut the amount of sleep we took. Jamie then fell ill immediately after I fell ill, we were on our oars for basically 24 hours.”

Despite the struggles, the brothers said overcoming the tough times resulted in some of their best moments.

“Looking back, there were points in those really tough days when you just enjoyed it the most,” said Ewan. “When you’re really pushing, there is joy to be had there.

“I’m incredibly proud of that, but mostly I’m proud of the money we’ve raised for charity and the difference we’ll make to two causes very close to our hearts.”

The trio are hoping to raise £250,000 for Feedback Madagascar and Children First.

Children First is Scotland’s national children’s charity, while Feedback Madagascar works with some of the poorest communities in Madagascar to improve their lives and their environment.

Jamie and Lachlan, students at Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art respectively, convinced their brother Ewan, a design engineer for Dyson in Bristol, to take a sabbatical from work to make the world record attempt.

So what next for the trio? “There will definitely be another adventure,” said Jamie.

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