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Man arrested over alleged plot to kidnap Holly Willoughby

Man arrested over alleged plot to kidnap Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby, a popular TV presenter in the UK, was reportedly the target of a kidnapping conspiracy by a 36-year-old man from Harlow. The man was arrested on Wednesday and is being questioned by detectives. Willoughby pulled out of her show This Morning on Thursday and her London home is being guarded by police. Who is Holly Willoughby? Holly Willoughby is a 42-year-old TV presenter, model and author who has been working in the media industry since she was 14. She is best known for co-hosting This Morning, a daytime talk show on ITV, since 2009. She also hosts Dancing…
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Nail salon owner appeals to keep sign after planners object to pink colour

Nail salon owner appeals to keep sign after planners object to pink colour

A nail salon owner in Scotland is fighting to keep her sign after the local council ordered her to change it because it did not fit the traditional style of the conservation area. How the sign controversy started The owner of USA Nails, on Dalkeith High Street, had painted her shop front bright pink and installed a red, white and blue sign without planning permission. The building is a Category C listed property, which means it has some historical or architectural interest. The Midlothian Council issued an enforcement notice in August, saying that the changes had a “significant adverse impact”…
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Caledonia Gladiators: Scotland’s only pro-basketball team debuts in new stadium

Caledonia Gladiators: Scotland’s only pro-basketball team debuts in new stadium

Scotland’s only professional basketball team, the Caledonia Gladiators, are ready to kick off their new season in a renovated stadium that cost £20 million. The stadium, located in East Kilbride, is the first of its kind in Scotland and has a capacity of 1,600 fans. The Gladiators will face the Surrey Scorchers in their first league game on Thursday night, hoping to repeat their success from last season when they won their first trophy in two decades. The new stadium: a game-changer for Scottish basketball The new stadium is part of a larger project that aims to transform the PlaySport…
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Former addict calls for more compassion and resources for drug users

Former addict calls for more compassion and resources for drug users

A former drug addict who has been clean for more than six months has spoken out about his experience and the need for more support and understanding for people struggling with substance abuse. How a pain medication led to a long battle with addiction Corey Pearson, who suffers from chronic and severe mental health issues, says his addiction started when he was prescribed pain medication after a fall. He says the drugs gave him a sense of euphoria and distracted him from his depression. He says he went from using prescription medication to buying a range of drugs online, without…
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Fire ravages historic hotel in Scotland

Fire ravages historic hotel in Scotland

A devastating fire has destroyed a large part of the Station Hotel, a landmark building in Ayr, Scotland. The blaze broke out on Monday, September 25, and lasted for more than a week, leaving the hotel in a dangerous condition. Three teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with the fire. The Station Hotel: a heritage site in peril The Station Hotel was built in 1885 and was once a grand accommodation for railway travelers. It has 72 rooms, a ballroom, and a restaurant. The hotel is also known for its iconic clock tower, which overlooks the town center.…
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NHS Lothian to make reparations for slavery links

NHS Lothian to make reparations for slavery links

NHS Lothian, a health board in Scotland, has announced that it will take steps to address its historical ties to the slave trade. The decision comes after a two-year research project that revealed the extent of the board’s involvement in slavery and its impact on the health sector. How NHS Lothian profited from slavery The research, funded and conducted by NHS Lothian Charity, found that the board’s predecessor, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE), received an estimated modern-equivalent of £39.1m from slavery-related sources. The main source was an estate in Jamaica, called Red Hill pen, that was owned by RIE…
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Iona, the loggerhead turtle, returns to the wild after a year of rehab

Iona, the loggerhead turtle, returns to the wild after a year of rehab

A tiny turtle that was stranded on a Scottish beach has made a remarkable recovery and journey back to her natural habitat. How Iona was found and rescued Iona, a loggerhead turtle, was found washed up on a beach in Scotland last year over a thousand miles from her natural habitat. She was not expected to “make the night” after she was found in 10C water off the Scottish island of Iona – after which she was named – in January 2022. The animal was found cold-stunned and dehydrated and became the smallest live stranded loggerhead turtle recorded in the…
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Historic clock tower in Stirling demolished without warning

Historic clock tower in Stirling demolished without warning

A historic clock tower in Stirling, Scotland, was unexpectedly torn down by the council last month, sparking outrage and criticism from locals and heritage groups. What happened to the Christie Clock? The Christie Clock was a category C-Listed building that was erected in 1906 in memory of George Christie, who was Provost of Stirling from 1870 to 1879. The clock tower was located on the corner of King Street and Spittal Street, near the city centre. On August 29, 2023, Stirling Council began work to remove the head of the clock for urgent off-site repairs, after it was deemed at…
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UK Home Secretary’s speech sparks outrage and fear among human rights defenders

UK Home Secretary’s speech sparks outrage and fear among human rights defenders

Suella Braverman calls for ditching universal human rights and refugee conventions The UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, delivered a controversial speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester on Tuesday, in which she warned of an imminent “hurricane” of migration and suggested that the UK should abandon the Refugee Convention of 1951 and the European Convention of Human Rights. She also attacked the opponents of Brexit as unpatriotic and elitist, and dismissed the supporters of human rights as a privileged “ruling class” who never pay the price for their own “luxury” opinions. Braverman’s speech has been widely condemned by human…
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Scotland team to face Ireland in crucial Rugby World Cup match

Scotland team to face Ireland in crucial Rugby World Cup match

Scotland have made a surprise change at scrum-half for their decisive Rugby World Cup Pool B clash with Ireland in Paris on Saturday. Ali Price has replaced Ben White, who has dropped out of the match-day 23. The rest of the team is the same as the one that lost to South Africa in their opening game. Price gets the nod over White Price, who plays for Glasgow Warriors, has 65 caps for Scotland and started the 84-0 thrashing of Romania last week. He will partner Finn Russell at half-back and outside them will be centres Sione Tuipulotu and Huw…
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