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Thursday 17th August

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a lorry in Aberdeenshire.  The smash happened on the B977 north of Lyne of Skene at around 9 o’clock this morning.  The man, riding the bike, suffered fatal injuries while the male lorry driver escaped unhurt.  Police say their thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic incident and are appealing to anyone, who witnessed the collision to come forward.  


The boyfriend of an Aberdeen University student, who took her own life after suffering weeks of his abuse, has been thrown off his course.  21 year old Angus Milligan was given 180 hours of community service for choking and slapping 18 year old Emily Drouet, who was found dead at halls of residence in March last year.  It’s now understood Milligan has been barred from returning at the start of the new academic year to continue his sociology career.  The university, despite not commenting on Milligan specifically, said it had discretion about students being readmitted.


Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at an Aberdeen school.  Crews were called to Muirfield Primary in Mastrick just before 5.30 this morning after flames were seen around the back of the building, apparently coming from a bin.  The blaze was quickly extinguished, although part of the school was damaged by the incident.  Meanwhile, three people had to be rescued from a fire at a block of flats on North Anderson Drive at around 11 o’clock last night.  It’s believed to have started in the common stairwell.  No-one was hurt. 


A north east MP has called for the Aberdeen bypass to be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists for a day before it opens to traffic - to emulate an event to mark the completion of the Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh.  Andrew Bowie, who represents West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has written to the Scottish Government to suggest the idea for when the AWPR project is ready.  Mr Bowie said a similar celebration had proved a great success when the new road bridge over the Forth was finished.


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. 


Sir Alex Ferguson is throwing his weight behind fresh moves to rally support for Aberdeen Football Club’s proposed new stadium and training facility.  The Aurora campaign has been launched ahead of the city council’s decision on whether or not the £50 million plans at Kingsford should go ahead.  Dons chair Stewart Milne says the move could shape the club for the next 50 years and beyond but remaining at Pittodrie would sound the death knell for its ambitions.  Opponents, however, claim the project would lead to traffic congestion and noise pollution.  A pre-determination hearing will be held at the Town House next month before a final decision is taken in October. 


A north east politician has written to two leading supermarket chains after a shelf-watch study undertaken by members of the National Farming Union revealed 11% of lamb on sale is imported.  A report by the NFU found almost all of the imported meat was found on Asda and Tesco shelves.  The percentage is in stark contrast to a previous study, conducted the same time last year, which found only 3% of fresh lamb on Scottish supermarket shelves was imported at the time.  Now, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has written to the companies concerned calling for them to support Scottish farmers.


Average speed cameras, which were recently installed on the A90 south of Aberdeen, will go live in October.  There will be 30 cameras on the northbound and southbound lanes of the Stonehaven to Dundee road, 15 in either direction.  Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf says the devices are all about road safety and have proved successful elsewhere. 


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