May 072014

Tynepark Resource Centre MapTynepark Resource Centre in Haddington held a very successful plant sale on Saturday and wanted us to pass on their thanks.

If you couldn’t get along, we’ve been told that it wasn’t quite a complete sell out. So if you’re still in need of a few plants to brighten up your garden this summer, it’s worth popping in to see what they have.

The gardens will be open daily between 10am and 4pm. Everything must go, so it’s the ideal place to find a shrub or flowers to fill a gap!

Tynepark Resource Centre is just off Sidegate in Haddington. Click on the map above and look for the red marker.

Dec 192013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a series of break-ins to vehicles.

All eight incidents took place in Haddington between Sunday evening (15th December) and Monday morning (16th December).

On Lennox Road, a Vauxhall Astra and a Peugeot van were broken into and car keys, a Bosch angle grinder and 4″ cutting blade were stolen. The thefts took place between 2.30pm and 7.30am.

A Ford Transit van parked in Bridge Street was also broken into, however nothing was taken. This happened between 8pm and 7.15am.

In Acredales, a Tom Tom was stolen from a blue Volkswagen Estate between 5pm and 8.15am.

On Gifford Gate, a Skoda Superb and a Hyundai were entered between 8pm and 8am and cash, Leica Trikovid binoculars 10x42BA and sunglasses were all stolen.

On St Martins Court, golf clubs, 2 Mikita power drills, an orange pasload nail gun, a green Ryobi drill and a black and orange Revolution circular saw were stolen from a white Ford Transit van between 6pm and 7.15am.

The final incident took place at Burnside, where a vehicle was entered but no items were stolen.

Officers are appealing for any information in relation to the incident

Constable Alan Halliday from Police Scotland said:

Enquiries are ongoing into these brazen crimes.

Those responsible for these thefts may try and sell these items on and so anyone who comes across individuals attempting to do so is asked to contact police immediately

Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in these streets between Sunday evening and Monday morning, or who has information that can assist with our enquiries is also asked to come forward.

Vehicle owners are reminded to ensure their vehicles are secured when unattended and to leave nothing on display.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Aug 282013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after vandals again targeted a graveyard in Haddington.

Sometime in the past week, three headstones have been knocked over and a plaque has been destroyed at St Martin’s cemetery in Whittingehame Drive.

The value of this damage is believed to be around £500.

Officers previously investigated vandalism within St Martin’s in July, when the entrance gate and around 20 tombstones were ruined, resulting in repairs of over £6,000.

Inspector Ian MacKay said:

It is extremely disappointing that a cemetery, which has already sustained significant damage in the recent past has been targeted once again.

We are carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area to speak with locals and establish whether anyone has information that can help trace those responsible for this despicable crime.

If you do remember seeing anyone or anything suspicious within the cemetery in the past week or so then please contact police immediately.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Jun 052013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian have successfully tackled antisocial behaviour issues, which had been a local concern in Haddington.

Community Officers and Community wardens identified six youths, who had been causing problems for shopkeepers, residents and shoppers in Haddington High Street and agreed an appropriate action plan to address these concerns.

As a result, all of the young people were spoken to and have agreed to change their behaviour.

The youths – three males and three females between 14 and 17 – have all signed a six-month Acceptable Behaviour Agreements with East Lothian Council and Police Scotland.

These documents confirm that the author has agreed to refrain from behaving in a manner, which causes, or is likely to cause, alarm or distress to any other person within their local community.

Breaching the terms of the Agreement could result in an ASBO being issued and failure to adhere to this will lead to a banning order from Haddington’s High Street.

Haddington Community Inspector Bob Rodriguez said:

Antisocial behaviour in Haddington has been a real problem in recent weeks, making the High Street area a less pleasant one for those who live, work and shop there.

Having identified the young people responsible for a number of these offences, Police Scotland and partners at East Lothian Council, explained the likely consequences of their actions to them if they continued with their unacceptable behaviour.

I am pleased that these youths have agreed to rectify their conduct and they now know that further offences will result in them being banned from the High Street.

The Acceptable Behaviour Agreements are a useful tool in helping address youth concerns in Haddington. We will continue to utilise this resource if and when appropriate.

An East Lothian Council spokeswoman added:

Antisocial behaviour can cause considerable distress for individuals and local communities. Acceptable Behaviour Agreements offer an opportunity to these young people to recognise the negative effects of their behaviour and to act accordingly.

Apr 202013

Peter McCullochEast Lothian FM is delighted to welcome Peter McCulloch to the studio this week. He will join Hector for Brunch this Tuesday morning.

Peter told the web team:

It all started many years ago I would scribble the odd poem on scraps of paper. My first sense of reality and the thought that I had a wee touch of poetry, was a simple poem about the road over the Granites to Innerlethian where I had to work for a while. I have long since lost the poem but I can remember a couple of lines;

Over the hill’s and road’s uneven lies the town of Innerleithen.

About 12 years ago he approached the East Lothian Council about starting a writers group with a few others. Thanks to them it happened and a group was formed. Peter was a part of this for a few years before drifting on to pastures new.

Then followed a number of invitations to recite his poetry. Diverse Attractions, part of the Edinburgh Fringe, then his granddaughter’s playgroup on Burn’s Day:

There I was perched on this tiny yellow chair. It went well and at the end I was asked to sing “Ally Bally Bee”, but like most people I only knew the first verse so I was asked to sing it again!

Peter has self published two books (one may still be available in Kesley’s) and appeared in another created by the Museum of Flight. They put a poem book together named “Spirit of Flight” and launched it in the Hanger at the museum.

The Haddington Festival of 2012 approached Peter to write a poem about the long gone Kilspindie knitwear firm. Since he had worked there, Peter had no trouble finding inspiration for the work. As part of the festival, a film was made about the knitware firm and it’s history in the area. It was then shown in the John Gray Library. In fact, if you look in the John Gray Centre’s museum section, you can still find an image of a younger Peter McCulloch modelling Kilspinie Knitware!

Why not tune in on Tuesday morning and hear Peter telling his stories for himself. Brunch with Hector airs at 10am.

Apr 192013

Police_ScotlandPolice are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found at a cottage on the outskirts of Haddington last month.

Brian Bathgate (45), was found dead within his home address at Barney Mains Farm on Friday, March 15.

His death was initially treated as unexplained, however subsequent enquiries have suggested that the circumstances are suspicious.

Enquiries have revealed that Brian had last returned home in the early hours of Wednesday, March 13th, and it is believed that he died a short time thereafter.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie, from Police Scotland, said:

Enquiries that have taken place over the past month, including forensic analysis, have led us to believe that Brian’s death is suspicious.

We are carrying out local enquiries in the Haddington area as part of efforts to gather more information that can help us determine the full circumstances of his death, and we are appealing to people who knew Brian or who can provide any information in relation to his death to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111