David Caldwell

Mar 052015

Police Scotland

Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a housebreaking in Dunbar.

The incident occurred overnight in Wilson Place between Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3. The property was broken into when the suspects forced entry through the conservatory door.

Despite entering the house, no items were stolen. The suspects also attempted to enter a shed without success. No suspect descriptions are available at this time.

Police are now appealing for information regarding this incident.

Chief Inspector Andrew Clark, Area Commander for East Lothian, said: “This was an upsetting incident for the homeowner who have had their home violated.

“If you saw or heard anything suspicious that evening or during the early hours in the Wilson Place area of Dunbar please contact the police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mar 042015

Petra portrait

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen Margaret University (QMU), Musselburgh, East Lothian, Professor Petra Wend, has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Spanning the arts, business, and science and technology sectors, Professor Wend joins the Royal Society of Edinburgh in its work to place the advancement of learning and useful knowledge at the centre of public life in Scotland.

Keir Bloomer, Chair of the Queen Margaret University Court, said: “On behalf of the University, I’d like to congratulate Professor Wend on her newly elected position as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. This prestigious accolade not only recognises her individual success as a higher education leader, but also as an inspirational figure for young people.”

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, said, “I am delighted to welcome such a wide range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship. Each of our new Fellows is elected on the distinguished merit of their work. In joining the RSE, they strengthen our capacity to support excellence across all areas of academic and public life, both in Scotland and further afield.”

New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship, which numbers over 1600 individuals from Scotland, the UK and abroad, enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise.

Mar 042015

Police Scotland

Police in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife have launched Operation Barrel.

Operation Barrel, which is being spearheaded by specialist Proactive CID Units and Road Policing Teams from Midlothian, East Lothian, Edinburgh and Fife, will focus on key individuals who are targeting properties throughout the East of Scotland.

This is a proactive operation coordinated across a number of police divisions. It will target individuals who are breaking into houses during late evening or early mornings with the intent on stealing the owner’s vehicles.

The same groups are then using the stolen vehicles to target commercial premises. It is believed that the majority of these individuals responsible for committing these crimes are young men from the Edinburgh area.

The number of housebreakings has escalated in the last week and police are increasingly concerned that events may take an alarming turn. The volume of incidents has prompted police to take action, with nearly fifty houses and business premises broken into in the last week.

Officers are advising home and business owners to take steps to protect their property and vehicles, such as ensuring doors and windows are locked and that your vehicle keys are hidden.

Business owners are also advised to ensure intruder alarms are activated and to that cash is locked away and kept out of sight.

Police Scotland is also working closely with the Crown Office and Prosecution Service to ensure that those arrested are dealt with robustly to prevent them from committing further crimes.

Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell said: “The recent rise in these crimes is extremely worrying. If this trend continues, it will be a matter of time before a member of the public is injured or killed.”

“It is believed that the majority of these individuals responsible for committing these crimes are young men who have a complete disregard for their actions and to the potential serious consequences of driving stolen vehicles at speed.

“We will use everything we have at our disposal to target the individuals involved in committing these crimes which is having a huge impact on victims, their families and the entire community.

“I would ask anyone who can assist police with their ongoing enquiries is asked to call 101 or alternatively you can make contact anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Mar 032015

Join Radio Saltire tomorrow as, thanks to the News Data Network, we’ll be joined on the line by singing success and supermum Sophie Ellis-Bextor! New research tells us that many mums are unaware that around 4pm, just after the school day, many kids are most likely at that time to snack – in addition, almost a quarter of mums haven’t considered the impact on oral health of their kids about after school snacking.

So, Sophie is spearheading a new campaign highlighting more healthier options for children and, as a parent herself, will be offering great advice for her fellow mums (and dads!).

She’ll be on Radio Saltire’s Brunch programme on Wednesday! Tune in for more details!

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Mar 022015

…well, did you guess?! Yep, the versatile and talented Dionne Hickey will be in the Radio Saltire studio a little after 1pm today! We’ll be finding out more about her recently released track ‘Dum Dum Diggy (Never Let You Go)’ and what is on the horizon for Ms Hickey!

Dionne Hickey on Radio Saltire – spread the word!

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Mar 022015

A packed programme as always, starting from 10am! Including two interviews and, later in the afternoon, a special guest in the studio. On the starting grid then;

– at 11.30am, we’ll be joined on the line by Monica Galetti from ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ about her career paths and ability to save for the future…

– at 12.20pm, we’ll be talking about clamsy… er, I mean clumsy Brits with Andrew Derbyshire from MendlT

– After 1pm, the music changes as we welcome back a lovely guest to the studio – someone tells me there will be a little Dum Dum Diggy…