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Monday 21st August

French energy giant Total will leapfrog BP to become the North Sea's second-biggest operator.  It's buying up the oil and gas division of Danish conglomerate Maersk for nearly 6 billion pounds.  The deal includes half the Culzean gas field east of Aberdeen, which is due to begin production in 2019.


Police say there are no suspicious circumstances after a man fell to his death from cliffs near Peterhead.  The emergency services were called to the Bullers of Buchan at around 5.30 on Saturday evening.  It’s understood the 41 year old slipped whiling taking photographs at the beauty spot.  Although he was speaking to coastguard crews during the rescue, his condition deteriorated and he later died in hospital. 


Supporters of a new stadium and training complex for Aberdeen Football Club are meeting tonight.  Nearby residents, who are in favour of the proposed £50 million facility, are gathering at Kingswells village hotel.   It comes just days after AFC launched the Aurora campaign to demonstrate support for its plans.  There’s due to be a pre-determination hearing next month ahead of the city council’s decision in October. 


Relatives of a six year old boy and his mother, who both died after getting into difficulty at Aberdeen beach, want to install a memorial there.  It’s exactly a year since Lucas Walker and his mum Julie drowned after being swept out to sea.  Signs were recently installed along the shoreline to help emergency services pinpoint the location of people in trouble. 


Police will be focusing efforts on tackling road safety around schools this week as the new term begins.  The operation is being run as part of Operation Cedar, which aims to reduce casualties across the north east.  Speeding and irresponsible parking in the vicinity of schools will be two areas that the officers will be focusing on. Additional patrols will also be carried out around school drop off and pick up times.


Aberdeenshire Council could make a financial contribution to the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour.   The port is extending into Nigg Bay to accommodate existing and future demands, including support for decommissioning, offshore renewable and large cruise liners.  Land-based construction, road strengthening and breakwater work began earlier this year and the project’s target completion date is June 2020.  Next week, members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee will be asked to approve a £5.5 million contribution as part of the City Region Deal. 


A charity walk through the streets of Fraserburgh has raised more than £11,000.  Hundreds of people took part in the Prowl in June, which was in aid of the new Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre at Foresterhill in Aberdeen.  Organisers say they have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and say planning is already underway for next year’s event. 


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