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Thursday 17th January

Efforts are continuing to find a prisoner, who escaped custody.  Jed Duncan absconded from G4S security outside Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.  The 23 year old is thought to have travelled to the Woodend area of the city and it’s believed he was seen near Woodend Hospital.  Police say there is nothing to suggest there is a wider threat to the public but they are urging anyone with information on the man’s whereabouts to come forward.   

A woman has now been charged after a six year old boy was knocked down by a car in Aberdeen yesterday afternoon.  The child suffered minor injuries after he was hit by a dark coloured Audi, which failed to stop, on Skene Street behind His Majesty's Theatre.  Police have confirmed a 21-year-old woman has been charged in connection with  failing to stop and report a collision.


Today marks two months since a north east teenager went missing.  16 year old Liam Smith was last seen on CCTV at Aberdeen’s Union Square shopping centre before boarding a bus for Banchory on the 17th November.  It’s thought the Westhill Academy pupil got off the bus at Crathes but despite a major search of the area, there has been no trace of Liam.


Aberdeen University has welcomed a Royal visitor.  The Duchess of Rothesay was at Elphinstone Hall yesterday to officially install Professor George Boyne as Vice-Chancellor.  Around 500 guests attended the formal ceremony.  Her Royal Highness - who is Chancellor of the University - presided over the prestigious occasion, which is similar to a graduation ceremony.


There are calls for the Scottish Government to form a taskforce to support a troubled Aberdeen paper mill.  The historic Stoneywood mill has gone into administration after owners Arjowiggins saw a takeover deal fall through following difficult market conditions.  It has put at risk nearly 500 jobs.  The mill is in the constituency of Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald, who has written to the Employment Minister urging him to host an urgent meeting with management and unions.


Councillors and partners have gathered in Inverurie for the launch of ‘Live Life Aberdeenshire’.   That is the new name for Aberdeenshire Council’s Sports and Cultural Services, now being run as a unique business unit.  The ambition is to allow staff working in a range of sporting and cultural facilities the chance to deliver services in a responsive and flexible way. A weekend of celebratory events with the theme ‘New Year, New You, New Us’ will be held later this month and will showcase some of the new activities being developed over the course of the next year.   


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