Two women killed in separate smashes as snow and ice cause chaos on Scots roads


The scene of the fatal accident near Sanquhar this morning


By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

A FEMALE driver died and four others were injured when a car collided with an ambulance in Dumfries and Galloway and another woman was killed in a two-car smash near Peterhead.

THREE people have died and a number of others have been injured following a spate of accidents on Scotland’s roads this morning as freezing conditions hit parts of the country overnight.

One woman died after her silver Vauxhall Corsa collided with an ambulance about five miles south of Mennock, near Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, at around 8.40am. Police have named the woman driver of the Corsa as Zoe Clark, 24, from Carronbridge, Thornhill. Two ambulance crew and two patients were also injured in the collision which happened as the ambulance was transferring the patients to hospital following an earlier road crash.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance was involved in a collision with another car on the A76 near Mennock while transferring two patients to hospital in Dumfries. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the driver of the car, who tragically died.” One of the crew was airlifted to hospital with potentially serious injuries. The other three were not seriously injured and were transferred by road to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Meanwhile, a woman was killed this morning in a two-car crash in Aberdeenshire .

The tragedy, involving a white Vauxhaull Corsa and a silver Volvo XC90, happened at 7.35am near Peterhead. A man was also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries. And in another incident, a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car in East Lothian this morning.

The scene of the crash in Aberdeenshire

The scene of the crash in Aberdeenshire

Drivers have been warned to take extra care on their journeys and allow additional time as snow and ice cause disruption. It follows an overnight “be aware” warning from the Met Office covering most of the country. Police Scotland said it was too early to say whether freezing conditions had contributed to the accident but drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Officers are working with the council to ensure safe diversions are put in place as some smaller roads nearby have not yet been gritted. There have also been several incidents on the A74 near Moffat and Beattock.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Freezing conditions are currently making for difficult driving conditions and drivers should check their routes before setting off.” Firefighters have issued a warning following an incident yesterday in which a man and a woman were rescued from a car after it left the snow-affected A736 Lochlibo Road in North Ayrshire.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Paul Timmons said: “The weather has definitely turned for the worse in the past couple of days, so we would urge everyone to keep the conditions in mind whenever they’re on the road. “Snow, sleet and rain all reduce visibility and mean slippery road surfaces, making it more likely people will experience a collision. It can happen to any of us but there are things we can do to reduce the risk.

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**BREAKING** Police probe stolen referendum ballot papers claim

Police are investigating claims ballot papers may have been stolen

Police are investigating claims ballot papers may have been stolen

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyGibson

POLICE have launched an investigation into the alleged theft of documents, including unused referendum ballot papers, in East Lothian.

A video posted on Facebook shows a person with the papers, which it is claimed were found beside a bin outside East Lothian Council’s headquarters in Haddington.

But the council has rejected the claim and said the papers were removed from a storage room.

Under election rules, unused ballot papers from any election or referendum have to be counted and retained for a year.

East Lothian chief executive and returning officer Angela Leitch said the matter was “extremely concerning” and both the police and the council were looking into it.

She said : “There is no implication that there is any concern regarding the integrity of the poll.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is currently investigating an incident involving the theft of referendum materials in East Lothian. Enquires are ongoing at this stage and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Police Scotland immediately on 101.”

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Royal Mile was on lockdown after motorcycle thief seen on Edinburgh rooftop


Cockburn Street – pronounced Co-Burn Street

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Did live coverage of this early Sunday, at first I heard it was a man with a Gun:

Parts of Edinburgh city centre were cordoned off on Saturday night as police hunted for a thief reported to be on a roof.

Emergency services were called to the Royal Mile at Cockburn Street around 10pm.

More than 50 officers in riot gear were seen searching buildings around the area, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

Early reports of a shooting were dismissed by Police Scotland, who said there was no risk to the public.

A spokesman for the force later said: “Police in Edinburgh were in attendance in the Royal Mile on Saturday evening to trace a man in connection with an earlier incident involving a stolen motorbike.

“The man was reported to be on the roof of a building in the Cockburn Street area and a cordon was put in place.

“There was no risk to the public and no armed police were involved. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the man.”

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One person in Custody after Edinburgh incident


By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Thankfully this ended well.

A person has been detained after an incident in central Edinburgh which led to part of the city being cordoned off, police have said.

Officers were called to reports of a man inside a building on Cockburn Street at about 22:00 BST on Saturday and began searching the property.

A man was later reported to have been seen on the roof of the building.

Police Scotland said its helicopter was sent out to assist and streets cordoned off as a precaution.

The cordon was being removed, it said later.

Witnesses on social media reported seeing the police helicopter circling the Scottish capital’s Old Town.

Some earlier postings on Twitter suggested a man was armed with a gun.

But Police Scotland says no firearms were involved in the incident and there was no risk to the public.

The Scotsman newspaper said that its former office at 30 Cockburn Street had been searched by officers.

The paper said 50 police officers carrying riot shields were at the scene, as well as fire engines.

While the incident was taking place a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police and the fire service are in attendance to trace a man reported to be on a roof in Edinburgh city centre.”

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British Politicians To Face Criminal Investigation Over Scottish Referendum

In a television interview with the BBC just four days before the referendum John McTernan, a former adviser to Tony Blair said, "It's important to remember that about a fifth of the electorate, that will be about a quarter of the total turn-out, have voted already. They have voted by postal vote. Those postal votes are running very strongly towards 'no'. There is a whole bank of votes in

In a television interview with the BBC just four days before the referendum John McTernan, a former adviser to Tony Blair said, “It’s important to remember that about a fifth of the electorate, that will be about a quarter of the total turn-out, have voted already. They have voted by postal vote. Those postal votes are running very strongly towards ‘no’. There is a whole bank of votes in

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

EDINBURGH, October 04 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst – Police in Scotland will formally investigate allegations that anti-Scottish independence campaigners breached electoral law during the referendum held on September 18.

“We can confirm that Crown counsel has instructed Police Scotland to commence an investigation into alleged breaches of Schedule 7, Paragraph 7, of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013,” a statement issued on Saturday by the Crown Office, Scotland’s prosecution service reads.

The allegations relate to comments made by Ruth Davidson, a Member of the Scottish Parliament and leader of the Scottish Conservatives, in which she appeared to know the general results of postal votes arising from “sample opening” of ballot boxes.

Postal vote opening sessions are permitted before the formal poll is conducted to verify signatures and dates of birth against records held by the local Returning Officer. Agents for the two campaigns were allowed to monitor these sessions, but it is a criminal offense, punishable with up to a year’s imprisonment if found guilty, to communicate any information witnessed during the sample opening sessions.

Thanks to Bill Hay for sending me this, 40 to 47 seconds in he says it! 

In a television interview with the BBC shortly after the formal poll closed Davidson said “we’ve been incredibly encouraged by the results [of the postal vote],” implying the Scottish Conservative leader knew the outcome of the postal votes before the first formal results had been announced.

In another BBC interview just four days before the referendum John McTernan, a former adviser to Tony Blair said, “It’s important to remember that about a fifth of the electorate, that will be about a quarter of the total turn-out, have voted already. They have voted by postal vote. Those postal votes are running very strongly towards ‘no’. There is a whole bank of votes in.”

McTernan told RIA Novosti he had not been contacted by Police adding, “No reason to believe free speech is a crime.”

According to The Herald newspaper, Davidson has been contacted by Police with the paper quoting a Conservative Party source who said there was, “no suggestion she was accused of doing anything wrong at this stage.”

The independence referendum, which took place on September 18, saw a turnout of 84.59 percent. Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom with 44.7 percent of Scots having voted in support of independence and 55.3 percent having voted against.

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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Guys this is getting very real, and we must do something I am sure many have seen this. I download and store EVERYTHING on a pendrive and online and give to a friend, same as many are doing. It isn’t even a debate anymore, the vote was rigged, we were cheated

Add it all to what we already know And add in all the people who went right to the police/Electoral Commission

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Scottish police chairman condemns no campaign for exaggerating aggression


Lets hope the Police speak to the BBC first. The no campaign has SPECTACULARLY fell to pieces in-front of the World! 

The Scottish Police Federation has issued a statement accusing the media and no campaigners of exaggerating the extent of aggression deployed during the Scottish referendum campaign. Brian Docherty, the chairman of the federation, said in the statement: “The referendum debate has been robust but overwhelmingly good-natured. “It was inevitable that the closer we came to 18 September passions would increase but that does not justify the exaggerated rhetoric that is being deployed with increased frequency. Any neutral observer could be led to believe Scotland is on the verge of societal disintegration, yet nothing could be further from the truth.” He added: “Scotland’s citizens are overwhelmingly law-abiding and tolerant and it is preposterous to imply that by placing a cross in a box our citizens will suddenly abandon the personal virtues and values held dear to them all.” Ed Miliband was forced to abandon a walkabout in Edinburgh on Tuesday after being verbally abused by yes supporters in a reflection of tense last-minute campaigning before Thursday’s referendum. The Labour leader was caught in a crush with TV crews and journalists at the St James shopping centre in central Edinburgh. Yes campaigners shouted and hurled abuse at him, calling him a liar and a serial murderer, prompting the politician to say: “I think we’ve seen in parts of this campaign an ugly side to it from the yes campaign.” The verbal abuse and chants aimed at Miliband are the latest in a series of incidents where senior Scottish Labour figures campaigning for a no vote, including Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown, have been targeted by pro-independence protesters. Docherty said people should carefully consider their words, maintain level heads and act with respect. “Respect is not demonstrated by suggesting a minority of mindless idiots are representative of anything,” he said. “One of the many joys of this campaign has been how it has awakened political awareness across almost every single section of society. The success enjoyed by the many should not be sullied by the actions of the few.”

Scottish independence: Referendum votes ‘up for sale’ on eBay


The eBay listing from a vendor in Glasgow said the vote was for sale because it “would not change anything”

How WRONG is this, we must be aware of this and report it when it happens.

Police have launched an investigation after a number of people apparently tried to sell their votes in the independence referendum online. Votes for the 18 September ballot were listed on internet auction site eBay, which has since removed the items. The Electoral Commission said both the selling and buying of votes was illegal.

One online listing offered buyers a “unique piece of British history”. The Glasgow-based vendor wrote that he was selling his vote – with a starting price of 99p – because he did not “give a flying monkeys [sic] about any of this”. He went on: “This is my very own unique piece of British History! “This could be the deciding vote. Who knows? I am a hard working Scottish citizen with a house, a gorgeous wife and 2 beautiful kids who are my world. “This vote will not change anything in our lives so I have decided not to vote.” The listing was signed off: “Happy Bidding.”

Criminal offence

A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission said it had made an agreement with eBay that any such “votes for sale” listings would be taken down and referred to police. She added that selling and buying votes was a criminal offence that could lead to a year in prison or a “substantial” fine. “Anyone that believes an offence may have been committed, for instance because bids were made on a vote advertised as ‘for sale’, should refer this matter to the police,” she told the BBC. “We advise eBay to refer any such cases to the police themselves.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We will respond appropriately to any issues which arise. “We are investigating these incidents and therefore cannot comment on the outcome of these incidents until all inquiries are concluded. Where other incidents are reported they will be investigated and appropriate action taken.”