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Breaking news: Betting shop fire confirmed as arson

A former betting shop in Midlothian was deliberately set ablaze resulting in thousands of pounds of damage.

A group of youths were spotted on the roof of the building moments before the fire broke out on Saturday.

A group of youths were seen on the roof of the building just before the blaze broke out and police are appealing for witnesses.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service were called to the derelict building inWoodburn Road, Dalkeith, at 9.30pm and managed to put out the flames.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “A group of male youths were seen on the roof prior to the fire breaking out, and we are keen for any information that can help us identify them.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time, who noticed any suspicious activity, should contact police immediately. Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist our inquiries should also get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Early morning blaze sparks investigation at oil refinery

by Jack Matthews

The Nynas oil refinery in Dundee was closed today, for the second time in the last year, after a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters from Tayside fire and rescue service were called to the scene of the blaze, which broke out at around 0140 on Wednesday 10 November.

Oil tanks at a Nynas oil depot

Around 30 firefighters attended the scene and the fire was brought under control by around 0300.  Firefighters remained at the scene until 0950 to ensure that no further fires broke out and that the area was safe.

Paul Adby, a spokesperson for Nynas said in an official statement released by the company: “There was a small fire at the Nynas refinery in Dundee.  There were no injuries and the fire was extinguished promptly by Tayside fire and rescue service.

“A detailed investigation involving Nynas and Tayside fire and rescue is underway.  The process plant has been shut down to allow the investigation to proceed”

A press release from Tayside fire and rescue said: “The fire was confined to the Distillation Plant within the premises and involved a pump which leaked crude oil which subsequently ignited.  The fire involved approximately 2000 litres of burning crude oil which had leaked from the pump.”

This latest incident comes less than a year after the plant was forced to shut down after a blaze.  Two separate fires at Bitumen tanks last December within one week of each other lead to the plant’s closure.  An investigation at the time found that the water level in the crude oil had been too high and this caused the tanks to overheat and ignite.

Nynas are one of the largest European suppliers of bitumen. A Swedish based company, their operations stretch around the world.

News In Brief -Regional

Edinburgh & Fife:

Police release CCTV images: Lothian and Borders Police investigating a serious sex attack on a 23-year old woman have released CCTV images of a man they believe could help the inquiry. The incident occurred in May.

East Lothian Car Accident: Five people have been injured in a car accident at the Dolpingstone turnoff on the A1. Their car somersaulted off the road and landed in a ditch.

Baby Squirrel Rescued by a gun dog: An injured seven week old red squirrel was sniffed out by a trained gun-dog and is now recovering in the care of the Scottish SPCA.

Scottish MP “bullied and harassed” manager: An employment tribunal has ruled that a former Scottish MP  Jim Devine bullied and harassed his office manager, Marion Kinley out of her job.

Glasgow and West Coast:

Sherridan Case Continues: A witness has denied being part of a plot to politically destroy the former MSP. Joanne Harvie made the comments while being cross-examined by Mr Sheridan, who is defending himself at the High Court in Glasgow

Police name stabbing victim: Police have named the victim of  an apparently unprovoked stabbing in West Campbell Street as as Michael Davis, 21 from the Germiston area.

Tunnocks Caramel Teacakes: A third and final offer has been accepted by staff at confectioners Tunnocks following a month of strikes over pay.

Man accused of drill attack freed on bail: Charles McCormack, 28,  accused of taking part in a drill attack on Mr James Hanlon in North Lanarkshire has been freed on bail.

Highlands and Islands:

Man jailed for throwing  cocain: Hotel manager, Andrew Greenwood  threw packages of cocaine from his car after police followed him because of his vehicle’s noisy exhaust has been jailed. Police in Fort William later recovered drugs with a potential street value of £50,000.

Power cuts affect Fort William’s Belford hospital: A hospital’s accident and emergency department was hit by a series of power cuts, NHS Highland has confirmed. The Health Board said patient care at Fort William’s Belford hospital was not affected.

Closure aim to “improve” schools: Proposals to close Achintore, Caol and Fort William primaries and Fort William and Lochyside Catholic schools  and then merge schools in Lochaber would “help improve” the provision of education in the area, a senior councillor has suggested.


Pop Star Relative dies in fire: The brother of late Scots music legend Billy MacKenzie has died after being pulled from a burning flat in Dundee. Police broke into John MacKenzie’s flat in Mary Slessor Square at about 0140 BST after heavy smoke was spotted coming from the windows.

Falkirk firmbuy Green busses:  Alexander Dennis has won an order for 47 of its green buses.Stagecoach is paying £9m for vehicles powered by diesel and electricity, with £4m support funding from Whitehall.

Theives target carwashes: Thieves have been targeting coin-operated car washes in the Dundee area, police have said. Money was stolen from two car washes on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the thieves attempted to break into a third.


Second Fire for Kushi’s in Just Two Years

By Colleen Reid

An Indian restaurant in Dunfermline has suffered minimal damage after a fire broke out yesterday afternoon.

The Fife branch of the Kushi chain is the second to catch alight, after a major blaze ripped through the Edinburgh branch in 2008.

Discovered by neighbouring club Lourenzo’s general manager Jim Meenan at 12.10pm, the fire was quickly extinguished and the eatery suffered only minimal damage. Fire officials are said to be investigating the source of the flames and have confirmed that no one was injured.

The previous fire in Edinburgh’s Victoria Street, on the 19th December 2008, was severe in comparison, with the restaurant yet to re-open.

Suffering structural damage, the restaurant closed for repairs along with next-door nightclub the Liquid Rooms. The nightclub recently re-opened for business but the restaurant is still in distress.

Since December 2008 the Mohammed family who own Kushi’s have been in a long-running dispute over the payout to insurance company Aviva. In July 2009 the family revealed that the cost of repairs would be covered from their own funds as lawyers battled for a payout.

Not only is the fire the chain’s second, it is also the second major fire in Dunfermline city centre in a matter of months. Following an arson attack, Thomson’s World of Furniture was ravaged by fire on the 8th of August. Fire fighters from neighbouring districts were called in to battle the blaze in the former furniture store.

Dunfermline Fire Station relocated to Pitreavie Business Park from beside Thomson’s just months before. Three teenage males were arrested and charged over the attack.

Stay safe on bonfire night

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

By Lauren Gelling

Remember, remember, the fifth of November.  For most of us, it means wrapping up warm to go to the local bonfire, lighting some sparklers and watching a festive firework display. But for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, it means wrapping up in full uniform, putting out illegal bonfires and dealing with firework incidents.

Bonfire night is an extremely busy time of the year for the Service, which has been working closely with Lothian and Borders Police and Council to deliver fire safety advice and discourage unsupervised bonfires which can be a risk to the public and greatly increase the number of calls to the fire service at this time of year.

Community Safety Manager for the Service, Geoff Aird, said: “Last year Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service received 833 call outs during the period 31st October to 7th November, compared to 2,244 calls during the same period in 2007 – a drop of 1400 calls. This reduction has been linked to the vital community safety and prevention work carried out by crews and partner organisations leading up to bonfire night, with a helping hand from the wet weather which kept the number of fires down.

“In a bid to continue this trend we’ve been delivering fire safety information and advice to schoolchildren, shops selling fireworks and to the public to highlight the dangers associated with fireworks and unsupervised bonfires.”

Every year, hundreds of people in the UK are injured by fires and fireworks.

Aird continued, “People can be seriously hurt by misusing fireworks which are very similar to explosives. Those most at risk are unsupervised children, particularly those who play with fire or who get too close to bonfires. At this time of year the Fire Service is regularly called out to extinguish uncontrolled or badly sited bonfires,  putting pressure on resources immediately available for more serious incidents, including house fires and road traffic accidents, where our life saving equipment is really needed.

“The lead up to Guy Fawkes Night is our busiest period and along with the Police, Council and others we will continue to work together to reduce the number of incidents and accidents we are called out to.  We want everyone to enjoy this time of year but stay safe and stick to supervised bonfires and firework displays”

The service recommends that bonfires should be set up at least 18 metres from any building, and must be no taller than 2.5 metres.  They also say that burning rubber, plastics, and painted surfaces – materials found in many bonfires – produces poisonous smoke that blows into neighbouring properties and across roads. In addition, piles of rubbish or waste are often used as a refuge by animals so, when lit, wildlife can be injured or killed.So by following the correct firework code, available from Lothian and Borders Fire Rescue Service, we should all have a fifth of November to remember for the right reason.