Opening hours for pubs, clubs and restaurants extended during COP26

Glasgow’s Licensing Board has agreed to allow one additional hour from the terminal hour when the climate conference is held.

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Glasgow’s Licensing Board has agreed to allow one additional hour from the terminal hour.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants in Glasgow will be able to stay open for an extra hour during COP26.

Glasgow’s Licensing Board has agreed to allow one additional hour from the terminal hour when the United Nations climate conference is held at the SEC.

The decision applies to venues with a premises licence allowing the sale of alcohol on site — and will run from October 31 to November 12.

Board members made the decision on Friday in private after hearing from a Police Scotland representative.


A report presented to the board revealed: “The Licensing Board may, if it considers it appropriate to do so in connection with a special event of local or national significance, make a determination extending licensed hours by such period as the board may specify in the determination.”

Around 30,000 delegates from across the world are expected to arrive in Glasgow for the major climate talks, which have been billed as the world’s “last best chance” to avert the worst consequences of the climate crisis by US climate envoy John Kerry.

The Licensing Board report added: “As well as a curated programme of events intended to complement the main COP26 programme, there will be various fringe events across the hospitality and events sector within the city in order to encourage businesses and residents to get involved in the climate change conversation.

“COP26 presents an opportunity for an animated and vibrant ‘COP City’ to promote a successful conference, a successful host nation and a safe and secure event.”


Denise Hamilton, from the neighbourhoods and sustainability team, recently told a meeting of the city’s local licensing forum that the council hoped the event would “benefit hospitality and licensed trade”.

She said a “difficult balance” between helping “businesses to thrive” and preventing the spread of Covid-19 would need to be found.

“We want Glasgow to benefit from having COP in the city, but we also want to ensure that our businesses and residents are not put at risk.”

By Local Democracy reporter Drew Sandelands

Where can I go as Glasgow roads start closing for COP26?

Everything you need to know about travelling around Glasgow during the UN climate conference.

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Parts of Glasgow will start locking down on Saturday ahead of the COP26 United Nations climate conference.

The summit is being held at the Scottish Event Campus on the banks of the River Clyde from October 31 to November 12.

But residents and commuters are being warned to expect delays across the city from this weekend.

So, where are you allowed to go as COP26 takes over Glasgow?

Road closures


The scale of the event in Glasgow is unprecedented and the council has warned people that roads will be “extremely busy”.

The city’s motorway network – including the M8, M77 and M74 – are all at risk of major congestion.

And the Clydeside Expressway, which normally sees around 100,000 vehicles each day, will be closed between Partick and Anderston from October 23 to November 15.

Official alternative routes involve drivers using some of the busiest roads in the city by going through the Clyde Tunnel, parallel to the Expressway on Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street, or Great Western Road, through Charing Cross.


Stobcross Road, which runs between the Expressway and the SEC, has already been closed due to works, and will not open again until November 21.

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Red shows areas at risk of congestion with roads expected to be significantly busier than usual on the first day of the conference.

Pressure is expected to be diverted on to the A739 Clyde Tunnel, which runs north to south under the river, as well as Paisley Road West, Great Western Road and Dumbarton Road.

The disruption from COP26 comes on top of traffic chaos already being caused by the ongoing repairs to the M8 Woodside Viaduct north of the city centre.

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Alternate routes for the COP26 road closures from October 23 until November 15.

COP26 road closures in full

  • Congress Road, closed from 6am, October 10, until 6am, November 17.
  • Congress Way, Finnieston Quay, Tunnel Street, Stobcross Road (section parallel to A814) and Castlebank Street, subject to lane restrictions and closures between October 17 and 23, with full closure from 9pm on October 24 until 6am on November 21.
  • Clyde Arc (Squinty Bridge) and Lancefield Quay, closed from 9pm on October 23 until 6am on November 15. The roads will be open to service buses only.
  • Finnieston Street, from Houldsworth Street to Lancefield Quay, closed from 9pm on October 24 until 6am on November 15. Local Access southbound will be maintained until October 28.
  • Clydeside Expressway, from Partick Interchange to Anderston (Junction 19), closed from 9pm on October 23, until 6am on November 15.
  • Minerva Street and West Greenhill Place, closed from 6am on October 28, until 6am on November 13, with local access to private carparks maintained.
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COP26 Road Closures: SEC and Finnieston
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COP26 Road Closures: Partick and Transport Museum
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COP26 Road Closures: Anderston and M8

Can I still ride my bike?

Cycling is encouraged during the summit, but pedestrian and cycle routes around the SEC will be affected, with campaigners arguing that the closures go against the ethos of the conference.

Glasgow City Council has suspended public access around the venue – the site covering Finnieston and Pacific Quay, Millennium and Bells bridges and a number of paths will be out of bounds from October 21 to November 19.

Access will banned from the following routes:

  • C93E (Millennium Bridge)
  • C93F (Bells Bridge)
  • Part of C93 (Clyde Walkway (North) between Beith Way and Finnieston Street)
  • Part of C93A (between Finnieston Quay and Minerva Street)
  • C93C (between the Riverside Museum and Stobcross Road)
  • Part of C109 (Clyde Walkway (South) at Pacific Quay)
  • Part of C54A (Expressway Overbridge at Anderston)
  • Part of C54B (M8 Overbridge at Anderston)
  • River Kelvin ‘Core Path on Water’ at Kelvin Harbour

Will public transport be running?

The conference will be disrupted by rail strikes after members of the RMT union backed industrial action.


ScotRail workers will strike from November 1 to 12 amid a dispute over pay and conditions.

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RMT members on the Caledonian Sleeper service, which is run by Serco, will also strike from October 31 to November 2 and from November 11 to 13.

Sunday train services in Scotland have been crippled for months as workers protest over pay and conditions.

Are tourist attractions open?

Glasgow Life, which runs the city’s culture and leisure venues, is closing six sites to “minimise disruption” during COP26.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Transport Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art will be closed throughout the conference.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvin Hall will also be closed from October 28 to November 1 and Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre will also be shut from October 31 to November 2.

Climate changes ‘could halt production of Scottish whisky by 2080’

A report suggests Scotland will face more intense droughts over a longer period of time by the 2080s.

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Researchers claim whisky distilleries use around 61 billion litres of water annually.

Temperature changes could limit whisky production at some of Scotland’s distilleries in the next 60 years, a report has indicated.

Climate researchers from University College London (UCL) found impending heat and drought stress caused by global warming could drastically impact the three ingredients needed to make a dram in Scotland, water, barley and yeast.

The report, commissioned by Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, suggested Scotland will face more intense droughts over a longer period of time by the 2080s.

This will lead to a reduced and intermittent water supply in areas of the country which will force some distilleries to “decrease or halt production” as they are “heavily reliant on a continuous water supply”.


Researchers claim whisky distilleries use around 61 billion litres of water annually in which a single litre of whisky requires 46.9 litres of water.

The report draws on evidence from drought conditions during summer of 2018 when five of Islay’s 10 distilleries and the Blair Atholl and Edradour distilleries in Perthshire were forced to halt production.

In the same year, Glenfarclas in Speyside reported an entire month’s loss of production, amounting to 300,000 litres of whisky, due to the hot weather conditions.

Although the report found barley is viewed as a relatively drought-tolerant crop, the negative consequences of warmer weather on the grain variety were also witnessed over the last decade.


Researchers said the 2018 heatwave resulted in a 7.9% decline in UK spring barley production which increased the crops value to £179 per tonne from £145 per tonne in the previous year.

As Scotch whisky production requires around 800,000 tonnes of spring barley per year, a price increase of this magnitude would add costs of around £27m for the industry, they claimed.

The report did however suggest a temperature increase could lead to a resurgence in the use of maize by distilleries, once “an integral ingredient in grain Scotch whisky”.

But the warmer summers and mild winters are also said to increase populations of invasive species, pests, and diseases.

Carole Roberts, lead author and climate change researcher at UCL, said: “There’s an assumption that Scotland is wet, rainy place with a constant water supply.

“Climate change is changing when and where it rains, and this will create shortages and change the character of the water, affecting our favourite drams, so planning is essential to protect our whisky.”

The report said the flavour of Scotland’s whisky could also be heavily impacted by 2080 due to changes in climate.


Stages of its production, including malting, fermentation, when the yeast is added, distillation, and maturation, have all been developed to suit the temperate maritime climate of the area.

But warmer air and water temperatures, the report found, would all have the potential to lead to inefficient cooling in traditional distilleries, creating challenges for conserving the character, consistency, and quality of the liquid.

Barbara Turing, brand manager at Glengoyne, said: “The threat of climate change is very real, and we all have a role to play in combating its effects.

“At Glengoyne, we still have so much more to do but we are committed to reducing our own impact on the environment and working with the Scotch Whisky Association to achieve their net zero emission target by 2040.”

In time with the release of the report, the distillery announced the launch of its Wetlands Single Cask to represent its ongoing relationship with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) since 2011.

The distillery adopted a wetlands facility for its liquid waste, with a percentage of profits going directly to continue the climate emergency work being done by the conservation charity.

Turing added: “Our partnership with the WWT has been at the heart of our sustainability work and we want to continue to support the valuable work they do.”

Professor Mark Maslin, climate change professor at UCL who worked on the report, said: “The work Glengoyne is doing to reduce their carbon emissions and protect whisky production from climate change is essential.

“But the whisky industry is just one fish in a big pond, and we need government support, investment, and infrastructure for all of us to be net zero emissions as soon as possible.”

Covid-19 Government adviser fearful of another ‘lockdown Christmas’

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of Nervtag, said case numbers and death rates are currently 'unacceptable'.

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Christmas: A Government adviser is fearful of another lockdown during the festive season.

A prominent adviser to the UK Government on Covid-19 has said he is “very fearful” there will be another “lockdown Christmas” as he urged the public to do everything possible to reduce transmission of the virus.

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said case numbers and death rates are currently “unacceptable”.

He said measures such as working from home and mask wearing are “so important” as part of efforts to control the spread of Covid.

The expert’s warning comes after the Prime Minister resisted calls from health leaders for tighter restrictions despite the rising levels of infections.


Health secretary Sajid Javid said this week that new cases could reach 100,000 a day but Downing Street insisted there was still spare capacity in the NHS and that Plan B would only be activated if it came under “significant pressure”.

Plan B includes working-from-home guidance and the mandatory use of face masks.

In Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire is putting scheduled hospital treatments on hold, including some for cancer patients, as it moves to its highest risk level – dubbed “Code Black”.

Bosses at the health board are said to have emailed staff advising them of the change in status, and Labour said the move shows there is now a “full-blown NHS crisis”.


It comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to put the NHS across the country under massive pressure, with the Army also providing assistance in some other health board areas and to the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Speaking in a personal capacity, Prof Openshaw, of Imperial College London, told BBC Breakfast: “I’m very fearful that we’re going to have another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon.

“We know that with public health measures the time to act is immediately. There’s no point in delaying.

“If you do delay then you need to take even more stringent actions later. The immediacy of response is absolutely vital if you’re going to get things under control.

“We all really, really want a wonderful family Christmas where we can all get back together.

“If that’s what we want, we need to get these measures in place now in order to get transmission rates right down so that we can actually get together and see one another over Christmas.”

Prof Openshaw said it is “unacceptable to be letting this run at the moment”, adding: “I think the hospitals in many parts of the country are barely coping actually.


“Talking to people on the frontline, I think it’s just not sustainable to keep going at this rate.

“I think it’s just unacceptable to see the number of deaths that we’ve got at the moment.

“At one stage last week there were 180 deaths in a single day. That is just too many deaths. We seem to have got used to the idea that we’re going to have many, many people dying of Covid and that I think is just not the case.

“We need to slow down transmission and really redouble efforts to get everyone vaccinated and all the boosters out, and then we can open up again.”

Prof Openshaw was asked what he would say to people who have concerns about what they can do to stop the spread of the virus in the event of the Government not reintroducing measures.

He told the programme: “I think take matters into your own hands. Don’t wait necessarily for Government policy.

“I’m very, very reluctant now to go into crowded spaces because I know that roughly one in 60 people in a crowded space are going to have the virus.

“If you can, cycle to work, don’t go on public transport.

“I think do everything possible in your control to try to reduce transmission. Don’t wait for the Government to change policy.

“The sooner we all act, the sooner we can get this transmission rate down, and the greater the prospect of having a Christmas with our families.”

Elsewhere, the World Health Organisation warned the vaccine alone will not be able to lift the world out of the pandemic.

Spokesperson Margaret Harris told Times Radio: “The problem is focusing on one thing, the vaccine isn’t going to get us out of this.

“We really have to do other measures.

“We have got to be serious about not crowding. We have still got to be looking at wearing the masks, when you’re indoors particularly.”

Scientific advisers have told the Government it must ensure Plan B restrictions to tackle coronavirus can be “rapidly” deployed if needed.

Experts on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said, in minutes of a meeting published on Friday, that a further huge spike in infections as seen in January was “increasingly unlikely”, as experts predicted a series of broader, flatter peaks as the virus continues to spread.

However, in its meeting dated October 14, Sage warned measures from the Government’s Plan B would have greatest effect if brought in in unison and earlier on rather than later.

Scientists are in favour of a relatively light-touch approach, implemented earlier to make a difference, with Sage saying the “reintroduction of working-from-home guidance is likely to have the greatest individual impact on transmission out of the proposed measures” in Plan B.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak told The Times the country could not return to “significant economic restrictions” and that the vaccine rollout meant this was not necessary, while Boris Johnson also said on Friday that another lockdown was not planned.

UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls warned that businesses will not survive another winter of lockdown restrictions.

Asked on Times Radio if she thought businesses would survive if the Government goes ahead with Plan B, she said: “No I don’t, bluntly. We have already lost 12,000 businesses.”

She said that when restrictions are in place “consumers do stay at home, they don’t go out and socialise”.

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Car dependency ‘reaches 15-year high despite drop in commuting’

More than four out of five respondents to an annual RAC poll of motorists said they would struggle without access to a car.

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Drivers in rural areas are more likely to be car-dependant (87%) than town and city dwellers (77%).

Reliance on cars has reached a 15-year high despite a drop in commuting, according to a new survey.

More than four out of five (82%) respondents to an annual RAC poll of motorists said they would struggle without access to a car.

That is up from 79% last year and 74% in 2019, and is the highest level since 2006.

When it comes to visiting friends and relatives, 68% of those who rely on car said the distance they have to travel is too far to walk or cycle.


Some 57% said the car is quicker than other options, and 53% said there are no feasible public transport services.

Drivers in rural areas are more likely to be car-dependant (87%) than town and city dwellers (77%).

The survey of 2652 UK motorists also suggested that the five-day-a-week commute will not return for most people.

Just 32% of respondents said they will drive to a workplace every working day in the future, compared with 49% before the virus crisis.


The average expected number of commuting days was three.

Meanwhile, drivers’ negative attitudes towards public transport appear to be hardening.

Fewer than half (46%) said they would use their car less even if train and bus services improved, down from 59% three years ago.

Some 45% said they expect to travel by public transport less in future as a direct result of the pandemic.

RAC data insight spokesman, Rod Dennis, said: “Many drivers clearly expect that hybrid working will become the norm, which could have a profound effect on the overall volume of vehicles on the roads during the week.

“It’s also clear just how important the car is to so many people, a relationship that appears to have strengthened due to Covid-19.

“A greater proportion of drivers than ever say they’d find it hard to live without one.


“In so many cases, the car is faster, more reliable and is really the only feasible option for the sorts of distances people travel, whether that’s to the local supermarket a few miles away or to see friends and family on the other side of the country.

“If the challenge faced by policymakers in getting drivers out of their cars before the pandemic was akin to trekking up a steep hill, our research suggests they now have a veritable mountain to climb.”

Petrol prices closing in on record high, analysis shows

The highest price recorded is 142.48p in April 2012.

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Average diesel prices on Thursday were 145.68p.

Petrol prices are being artificially inflated to a near-record high, according to new analysis.

Increases in the wholesale cost of diesel is being “loaded onto petrol”, the AA said.

Figures from Experian Catalyst show average petrol pump prices moved within a fraction of 1p of the record on Thursday, reaching 142.16p per litre.

The highest price recorded is 142.48p in April 2012.


Average diesel prices on Thursday were 145.68p.

The AA said wholesale price increases since the summer should have resulted in diesel setting new records, with petrol still around 2.5p off its all-time high.

The motoring organisation’s fuel spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “The AA recognises that there is probably still turmoil in the fuel trade after the panic buying, and that may well have disrupted diesel contracts.

“It also understands that it is basic commerce for a retailer to load more profit on to some items than others.


“But for the petrol retailers to state that the rise in petrol prices, and likely a new record, is completely down to circumstances beyond their control just doesn’t ring true and has to be challenged.”

On Wednesday, the Petrol Retailers Association said fuel price records are “almost certain to be eclipsed” before the end of next week.

It insisted the “primary reason” for that happening is the “rise and rise of crude oil costs”, which have increased by more than 50% since January.

Truss: We must not become strategically dependent on China

The foreign secretary said she wants to build 'a network of liberty around the world with like-minded partners'.

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Shanghai: Liz Truss has said she wants to build 'a network of liberty around the world with like-minded partners'.

Liz Truss has said she wants to build “a network of liberty around the world with like-minded partners” as she warned against the UK becoming “strategically dependent” on China.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the foreign secretary said that China was an important trading partner for the UK.

But she said it was important not to become reliant.

Truss, who was promoted in the reshuffle last month and has been on a trip to India in recent days, was asked about the involvement of China’s state-owned energy company CGN in Sizewell C, and she said: “I’d go back to the broader comments I’ve made about diversifying supply.”


CGN is part of a consortium behind the planned new nuclear plant in Suffolk.

Truss said: “I think it’s very important that we don’t become strategically dependent and I think it’s important that we make sure that we’re working, particularly in areas of critical national infrastructure, with reliable partners.”

She added: “We are making sure, in all of our policy positions, that we are able to work with like-minded partners on key strategic areas.”

Truss also appeared to suggest to the Telegraph that the UK could not be dependent on China for 5G networks.


It follows the fiasco of the rollout of 5G in the UK, which saw Chinese firm Huawei ultimately excluded from the process on security grounds, leaving the country reliant on only two equipment vendors while causing a likely delay to the full installation of 5G networks.

She said: “It is very important that we don’t become strategically dependent on high-risk vendors in this space.

“There are other areas like quantum, artificial intelligence, cyber security where we need to make sure the partners we’re innovating with are reliable and there is a bond of trust there.”

Public asked for views over plans for new primary school

Glasgow City Council is planning to open a school for children living in Laurieston, the Gorbals and the city centre.

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The proposals aim to ease pressure on current schools as the number of homes in the area increases.

A public consultation will be held on plans for a new primary school in the southside of Glasgow.

Glasgow City Council is planning to open a school for children living in Laurieston, the Gorbals and the city centre to ease pressure on current schools as the number of homes in the area increases.

The preferred option would see the council develop the site of the former Adelphi Terrace Secondary School.

Glasgow councillors have now agreed to progress to consultation, which will include public meetings, from November 1.


Cllr Chris Cunningham, city convener for education, skills and early years, said: “There are two key drivers for these proposals, the first is the growth of new housing and population in the Gorbals/Laurieston area, with a consequent increase in pressure on the local schools.

“The second is the current and projected growth in the residential population in the city centre, currently sitting at around 20,000 but projected to reach 40,000 by 2035.

“We require to provide additional capacity for the children who will form part of this expanded city centre community.”

Up to 900 new homes are being built in Laurieston and a council report stated the redevelopment has “put pressure on the social infrastructure”.


Council officers’ preferred option is to repurpose the Adelphi Centre, at 12 Commercial Road. The other option considered involved using an old school building at 5 Florence Street, which is not currently owned by the council.

The Commercial Road option would see an existing two-storey building, owned by the council, refurbished, providing 14 teaching spaces, a dining hall, drama room and music/dance rehearsal space.

There would also be a media library, sensory room and kitchen, but there is not space for a games hall. Officers have suggested the school could use the council-owned Gorbals Leisure Centre, which has a swimming pool, health and fitness suite, games hall and tennis courts.

There would be a playground at the new school, with plans to use an existing car park. 

Bailie Soryia Siddique, a Labour councillor for Southside Central, said: “Consultation for the creation of a new primary school on the southside is a positive development. 

“Welcomed new housing in Laurieston is likely to increase the need for schooling spaces. There is also an opportunity to include a climate science/STEM education lab space within the school. 

“This could be an opportunity for Glasgow to lead the way in climate science education. I look forward to the consultation outcome.”


Public meetings, as part of the consultation process, will be held at Blackfriars Primary at 7pm on November 9 and at Bellahouston Academy on November 17 at 7pm. The consultation period will run until January 5.

The new school would be added to the catchment area for Bellahouston Academy.

By local democracy reporter Drew Sandelands

Glasgow hospital lights up pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital shone bright on Thursday night ahead of Wear it Pink Day on Friday.

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Glasgow: The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital lit up for Wear it Pink Day.

Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital lit up pink to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

The building shone bright on Thursday night ahead of Wear it Pink Day on Friday.

Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of fundraisers wear pink within their communities, schools or workplaces for Breast Cancer Now.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the day, and to date the charity has raised more than £36m.


Bosses at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hope the gesture at the QEUH will help raise funds to contribute to the research and treatment of breast cancer.

Frances McLinden, director for the south sector at the health board, said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Scotland, accounting for more than 28% of all cancers diagnosed, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.

“The teams across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde work tirelessly to care and treat patients with cancer every day.

“While high success is already evident in treating cancer with death rates falling since the early 1990s, there remains an ongoing challenge in finding new cures and treatments.


“We hope that the small gesture of lighting up the QEUH makes people stop for a minute and think about all the patients and staff caring for patients and shines a light with those across the globe recognising Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Man accused of murdering mum Louise Tiffney found dead in Spain

Sean Flynn was due to go on trial over the death of his mother who disappeared in 2002.

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Ms Tiffney’s remains were found in a shallow grave, near a stately home in Longniddry, East Lothian in 2017.

A man accused of murdering his mother has been found dead in Spain, his lawyer has announced.

Sean Flynn was due to go on trial over the death of Louise Tiffney, who disappeared from her home on Dean Path in Edinburgh in May 2002.

The 38-year-old’s address was given as Berlin, Germany, in court documents and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up at Livingston High Court on Tuesday.

Sean Flynn leaving the High Court in Edinburgh with his mother Louise Tiffney in 2002.

On Friday, Flynn’s solicitor Aamer Anwar said: “I can confirm that this morning, we were advised that Sean Flynn, aged 37, who failed to appear for trial for the murder of his mother, Louise Tiffney 19 years ago, was according to the police found dead in Spain, after taking his own life.”


In 2005, the then 21-year-old was prosecuted for his mother’s murder but acquitted at Perth High Court.

Mr Anwar said Flynn had maintained his innocence throughout the 22-day trial and claimed his mother had walked out after a row.

In April 2017, Ms Tiffney’s remains were found in a shallow grave, near a stately home in Longniddry, East Lothian and a new prosecution was brought by the Crown under double jeopardy legislation – allowing for an individual to be tried again for the same crime.

Louise Tiffney’s remains were discovered in 2017.

Flynn had been charged with murdering Ms Tiffney and of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing her body in the boot of a car, driving it into a wooded area and disposing of it there before cleaning the vehicle.


At a previous hearing in January, his lawyer said Flynn denied the charges.

Mr Anwar said: “Any loss of life is a tragedy, Sean Flynn’s next of kin has been informed and there will be no further comment.“

A Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) spokesperson said: “COPFS are aware of the reports concerning the death of Sean Flynn and are awaiting official confirmation from the Spanish authorities.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were notified by Spanish police on Thursday, 21 October, about the death of a 38-year-old man in the Alicante region.

“Formal identification is still to be carried out however the family of Sean Flynn have been informed.

“We will continue to work with the Spanish police to establish the full circumstances but at this time, the death is not believed to be suspicious.”

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Paul Ross and Christopher Magee, who were both 17-years-old, were killed in the crash on January 14, 2001.

Flynn was jailed in June 2002 after admitting to causing the deaths of two friends in a car crash.


His cousin Paul Ross and Christopher Magee, who were both 17-years-old, were killed and another friend, Mario Gaglardini, was injured in the incident in Mid Calder on January 14, 2001.

Ms Tiffney disappeared on May 27, 2002, four days before her son admitted the charge.

It was three years later that he stood trial accused of killing his mother.

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Flynn was jailed in June 2002 after admitting to causing the deaths of two friends in a car crash.

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