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A new mother who was diagnosed with cancer when her son was just eight months old is backing a campaign urging people to stand up to the disease. Shiela Laramore, 33, was diagnosed with aggressive Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, on September 23 last year. After…
A former superintendent of a cemetery has admitted fraudulently mis-selling burial plots to grieving families in a "shocking" nine-year campaign. William Henderson stole thousands of pounds from the archdiocese that runs Edinburgh's Mount Vernon Cemetery by illegally selling forged burial deeds to vulnerable people when they were bereaved. His criminal…
Services for children and young people in West Lothian are improving outcomes for children and having a positive impact on their lives, inspectors have said, while noting that some services could further improve. These are the key findings of a joint inspection of services for children and young people in…
There were multiple "missed opportunities" in the handover care of a man treated for "delusional" behaviour and at the centre of a fatal flat stabbing. Melvin James had to be subdued by armed police using stun grenades and Tasers a month after being discharged from hospital. He was allowed to…
The prototype house that will be used in a new village for homeless people is being unveiled in Edinburgh. Work has begun on the Social Bite village in the Granton area of the city, which is expected to be up and running before Christmas. Organisers say it aims to provide…
A £7 million global research initiative aimed at cutting deaths from lung disease has been launched. Researchers aim to reduce the death toll from lung conditions as well as mitigating the impact they have on daily life. Teams will investigate long-term conditions including asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung…
A child abuser has been jailed after carrying out a "sickening" catalogue of offences across a decade. Thomas Nelson raped and sexually assaulted four children, beginning in the 1990s. The 54-year-old, from Edinburgh, also provided a girl to have sex with other men when she was aged between four and…
A new care home based in Cramond, North-West Edinburgh will bring 90 jobs to the city following its opening this winter. Due to open in January 2018, Cramond Residence will be recruiting care teams comprising nurses, dementia team leaders and carers at various grades, activity coordinators, catering, housekeeping, and other…
A woman facing deportation to Nigeria has won a reprieve after Prime Minister Theresa May was told her three-year-old daughter faced female genital mutilation if they were returned. A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi's application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Mrs May has ordered immigration minister…
A domestic abuse victim whose daughter faces genital mutilation if deported has yet to receive answers from the UK Government, MPs have heard. The SNP's Hannah Bardell raised the case of Lola Ilesanmi at Prime Minister's Questions last week, urging Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) to halt…
Theresa May has been urged to intervene to stop a domestic abuse victim's family being deported, amid genital mutilation fears for the woman's daughter. SNP MP Hannah Bardell described the abuse one of her Livingston constituents has suffered at the hands of her estranged husband, including her face being "smashed…
A man has been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting blind children while he was a schoolboy. From the age of 12, David Penman sexually assaulted numerous pupils at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh. All of his victims, male and female, are blind or partially sighted, as he is.…
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