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Thursday 19th April

The jury in the trial of seven men accused of murder has retired to consider a verdict. 39-year-old Gary Clampett died in June last year in Fraserburgh. The men accused are all aged between 25 to 52 years old with each of them - John Henderson, Gary Martin, Joseph Martin, Thomas Martin , David Graham, James Connor and Dean Leech - denying murdering Mr Clampett by attacking him with an array of 12 weapons some of which includes knives, golf clubs, poles and a metal bat. The jurors have been instructed to take as long as they need to reach a verdict at the High Court in Glasgow.

Aberdeen FC has revealed that it hopes to begin construction of its new stadium and training complex in June. The club have signed a legal agreement with the city council and will build the £50m stadium and training facilities at Kingsford, near Westhill. Aberdeen FC believes the new facilities are vital to its future, but objectors claimed the stadium should be located elsewhere and a protest group is pursuing a judicial review.

Offshore workers are threatening to once again down tools in unofficial action over working conditions. Staff on Statoil's Mariner platform are involved in the dispute with contractors Aker and Stork and previously organised a stoppage earlier this month and say they intend to take further action this weekend if demands are not met. Both companies involved say they are in dialogue with the employees.

The charity Alcohol Focus Scotland is calling for action on the availability of alcohol after new research revealed that certain neighbourhoods in Aberdeen are among the worst affected areas for higher crime rates in Scotland. A new study has found that they are up to 8 times higher in areas where there are a large number of pubs, clubs and shops selling alcohol. The report also found that alcohol-related deaths and alcohol-related hospitalisation rates were almost twice as high across areas with the most pubs, clubs and off-licences.

Firefighters in Aberdeen tackled a blaze at a tenement block in Torry's Victoria Road at about 07:35 yesterday morning. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was a well-developed fire in the roof space of the building. It was brought under control and everyone was accounted for. No-one was believed to have been injured.

A local councillor is urging Royal Bank of Scotland account holders in Ellon to join with her and vote with your feet to find a new local banking facility. It comes as RBS closes branches around the country. Cllr Gillian Owen has switched from RBS to TSB and is urging others to do the same in protest at the closure of the RBS branch in Ellon. The decision to put in place a mobile service for Ellon has been described as inadequate and campaigners are calling for RBS to preserve their service in villages and towns where they are removing the last banking facility.

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