Dec 242015

Police in East Lothian are looking for witnesses after a series of incidents in Musselburgh on Tuesday 22nd December 2015.

The incidents happened in the Stoneybank and Clayknowes areas of Musselburgh between the hours of 11.50 am and 1.25 pm.

In the first incident, two men were seen around 12.15 pm in Denholm Avenue, driving slowly in a blue car.

In the second incident which a happened around 12.55 pm, two men have broken into a house in Ferguson Gardens, taking the keys for a red Volkswagen Golf with the registration SV65 HHK and stealing the car. Other personal items were also taken.

In a third incident in Monktonhall Place, Stoneybank, a householder discovered that two of her rear windows had been damaged between the hours of 11.50 am and 1.25 pm. Entry had not been gained to the house.

The suspects are described as men in their 20′ or 30’s. One is 5 ft 11 inches tall, of stocky build and wearing a dark hoodless jacket, blue jeans and a black beanie style hat.

The second is slightly shorter and slimmer wearing a light grey hooded top with the hood up and blue jeans.

Officers are treating these incidents as linked and are appealing for anyone with information that can assist them in their inquiries to please come forward.

Sergeant Scott Nicolson of Haddington Police Station said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who saw these men in Musselburgh [on Tuesday].

“They were seen by witnesses driving a blue car that could have been a VW Scirocco in the streets mentioned above.

“Anyone with information can contact us by calling 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”

Dec 222015


A team of kind-hearted podiatrists from Queen Margaret University will give up three days over the Christmas holidays to run a foot care clinic for homeless people in Edinburgh.

When Christmas celebrations are in full swing in households across the capital, podiatry lecturer Evelyn Weir and her students will be offering a specialist podiatry service for individuals who live on the streets.

The team of Queen Margaret University podiatrists will be volunteering with the ‘Crisis at Christmas’ project run by the charity Crisis which helps single homeless people.

Evelyn Weir, who is a long term volunteer with the homeless has been running this clinic for three years. She, and her dedicated team of 14 podiatry students, are looking forward to working with other Crisis volunteers to run an extended service for homeless people on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time of year for a person cut off from family and home. The ‘Crisis at Christmas’ project provides companionship and support to tackle loneliness and isolation, and helps people take their first steps out of homelessness. As well as offering some much needed foot care over the winter months, the Crisis events will provide homeless people with services such as hairdressing and massage, as well as breakfast, a hot Christmas meal, and supper on each day.

For over twenty years, Evelyn Weir, Lead for Interprofessional Education and Lecturer in Podiatry at Queen Margaret University, has dedicated much of her spare time to helping the homeless with foot care. She is delighted that, every year, an increasing number of students volunteer to support her work with Crisis at Christmas. In addition to the podiatry clinic, for the first time, the QMU team will also include a physiotherapy service.

Evelyn explained: “People who are homeless tend to have specific foot health problems. Many walk for miles every day but don’t have access to foot health care or good quality footwear, and may not have a change of shoes. Also, most people are out in all weathers, they spend large amounts of time standing on hard pavements, and often they have no place to dry shoes or socks. These difficulties can lead to quite significant foot problems.”

Evelyn said: “Students from previous years have really valued the experience of working with the project and have been enthusiastic about taking part again.

“The service that we provide is enhanced by the top quality medical supplies and instruments which are generously donated by our three key sponsors  – Algeos, C&P Medical and Queen Margaret University.  Altogether, thousands of pounds worth of equipment and clinical supplies are provided for the sessions. Without this, we could not offer such a high quality service. This year, many of the podiatry students have donated new socks – approximately 300 pairs – which will be given to every guest who attends Crisis at Christmas.

Dr Fiona Coutts, Dean of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University, said: “Social justice is at the heart of QMU’s work and by encouraging students to support this important project tthe University continues to make a positive impact on the quality of people’s lives.”

She concluded: “In addition to the social impact, the experience of working within a multidisciplinary team builds students’ clinical and interpersonal skills. We are therefore delighted to continue playing a supporting role in this much needed service.”

Dec 262014

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian have issued an appeal for witnesses to an attempted theft from a house in Aberlady this morning (December 26, 2014) in which a family pet was killed.

The incident took place in the town’s
Tranter Crescent about 1.45am while the family was sleeping.

The occupants disturbed the two men in the house, who then escaped.

They then discovered the intruders removed their eight-week-old puppy from its cage in the kitchen and had killed it.

The first suspect is described as a white male about 25 years old, 5’9” – 5’10”, medium build, with a spotty (acne) chin/mouth area. He was wearing a dark coloured hoodie with a light zip and pull cords on the hood, dark colour tracksuit bottoms and dark shoes or trainers.

The second suspect is described as being a man of similar build and height also wearing dark clothing.

Detective Inspector Samantha Ainslie, who is leading the investigation, said:

This was a horrific and cruel incident and it is essential we trace these men as soon as possible.

In the meantime our enquiries are ongoing and high visibility reassurance patrols are being conducted in the local area.

Anyone who recognises the description of the men, or who has any information about this incident is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dec 262014

There’s a new café coming to Musselburgh – but it’s a café with a big, big difference.
Starfish Recovery is a registered charity based in Dalkeith and they have another café in Edinburgh – but this is the first café of its kind in East Lothian.

It will be run by people in recovery, carers and other volunteers and is supported by the Mid & East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP), NHS Lothian and the Church of Scotland.

The Starfish Recovery Café will offer a drug and alcohol free space where people can socialise and share their aspirations – but also a centre that will be open to the whole community.

The café will be based at the Hope Church in Musselburgh and will be open every Wednesday between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm from Wednesday 7th. January serving tasty snacks, home-made cooking and hot drinks to enjoy either on the premises or to take away.

Starfish Recovery is there primarily to help and support those who have drug and alcohol problems.

During Tuesday’s Brunch Show, Andy Morris will be talking to a couple of volunteers who themselves are in ‘recovery’ but have been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.
Should be an interesting listen.

Tune in at 11.00 am on Tuesday to hear the full interview.

Dec 242014

Tawny OwlPolice in East Lothian are investigating the shooting of an owl near Gifford.

The bird appears to have been shot sometime on the night of 18th of December, and was discovered near the B6355 road, south of Gifford, after a report of damage to a telephone line. The birds remains have since been positively identified as that of a Tawny Owl.

Police are asking for anyone with any information about this, or any other wildlife crime, to contact them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dec 242014

Special Treat for Christmas DayChristmas Tree

Davie Martin takes a break from his usual weekend slot to get Christmas Day off to a fantastic start. He’ll be in the Radio Saltire Studios from 8am, so get your Christmas messages in quick.

Following Davie, Craig Gordon will keep the tunes coming. Craig will be in the Studio until 2pm, ready to take your requests and dedications.

We then have Christmas Specials from Andy Morris and Alex Mercer. Andy’s GREAT Golden Christmas Oldies will run down the very best in classic Christmas tracks before Alex adds in a touch of Country.

Daz and Stu have produced a wonderful Soultime Christmas Stocking for their regular slot at 8pm and the day finishes off with BlackOnBlues.

The full listing can be found on our Schedule Page.

Radio Saltire would like to wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

It’s been another incredibly busy year for the station. We’ve moved to bigger and better premises (again!) and welcomed an increasing number of volunteers and new presenters. The station goes from strength to strength but we couldn’t do it without you.

Thank You and have a Brilliant Christmas.