Tuesday 27th June
A 14 year old boy was rescued by Coastguards teams after falling on rocks off the coast of Portknockie last night. Lifeboats from Buckie, Banff and Portsoy were called to Bow Fiddle Rock at around 8:55pm. The coastguard helicopter from Inverness was also sent to the scene. The teenager was taken to hospital by ambulance and is not thought to have any serious injuries.
A woman was rescued from the water at Aberdeen beach by a member of the public yesterday afternoon. Emergency services attended the incident near Links Road at around 4.15. She was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by ambulance and her condition is not life threatening.
It is not known why she was in the water.
The death of a woman in Aberdeen is being investigated by police. The emergency services were called to a flat on Great Northern Road, close to the Woodside Fountain Centre, shortly before 8 o’clock on Sunday night. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.
Offshore catering staff are to be balloted on strike action in a row over pay. Unite says its members have had enough – and they have now served noticed on the Caterers Offshore Trade Association, which represents Aramark, Compass, Sodexo, Entier and Trinity. COTA says it’s extremely disappointed that Unite is pressing ahead with a consultative ballot.
Transport Scotland has awarded the £50 million design contract for a dual carriageway between Aberdeen and Huntly. They will carry out the design work for the 26-mile stretch of the A96. The Scottish Government has committed to dualling the A96 running from Inverness to Aberdeen in its entirety by 2030.
The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier passed under the Forth Bridge just before midnight last night as it left its home port for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth - one of two new carriers being built at Rosyth dockyard in Fife at a cost of more than £6bn - is to begin sea trials. It’s the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy with a crew of 1,000 and 40 aircraft. The flight deck alone is the size of three football pitches.
The Orkney and Shetland Islands have been named the worst places in the UK for broadband speeds. According to Which? At least 11 UK locations are struggling with typical download speeds below 10 megabits per second. That means it would take 14 and a half minutes to download a movie - twice as long as someone with the UK's average speed. Aberdeenshire, the average speed sits at 17mbps.
Crimestoppers Scotland have launching their national summer campaign to encourage the public to speak up about drink driving. Figures from crime-fighting charity have revealed that information from members of the public regarding the offence is on the rise in the north of Scotland.
In the past year the independent crime-fighting Charity logged 656 calls about drink driving which led to 63 were positive actions taken by Police.
We’re being urged to report any suspected drink driving to the charity, and you’ll remain completely anonymous.