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Thursday 16th August


A north east man has been banned from keeping horses for five years and fined more than £3,000.  William Cassie from Inverurie failed to get two of his animals treated by a vet and both had to be put down due to the severity of their injuries.  The 62 year old was found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.


A 15 year old boy has been arrested over an alleged assault on a girl of a similar age in Aberdeen. The incident happened in Donmouth area of the city in the early hours of this morning.  Police say their investigation is at a very early stage


Motorists are being urged to slow down after a man was allegedly speeding at 96 miles per hour on a recently opened section of the Aberdeen bypass.  The driver was stopped on the new road between Blackdog and Dyce.  He was one of 10 people pulled over for exceeding the limit as police monitored that stretch and the newly dualled section between Balmedie and Tipperty.  Most of the drivers were issued with a fixed penalty of three points on their licence and a £100 fine, with those travelling at higher speeds being reported to the Courts.


The man, who died on a boat berthed at Fraserburgh Harbour, has now been named.   52 year old William Ironside was one of five men who fell ill aboard the vessel Sunbeam yesterday afternoon.  Mr Ironside, who was from Fraserburgh, was pronounced dead at the scene and the four others were taken to hospital but have since been released.  The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is working alongside the Health and Safety Executive, the police and the fire service to find out exactly what happened. 


Journey times for commuters travelling to Aberdeen should now be quicker.  The newly-dualled Balmedie to Tipperty stretch of the A90 has opened to traffic.  During construction, drivers were limited to 40 miles per hour for much of the route.  But all remaining cones have been removed and the national speed limit restored.  The 7.5 mile section links in with the already-in-use Blackdog to Parkhill strip and represents around one-fifth of the entire Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project, which is due to be finished by late autumn this year. 


The number of people out of work in Aberdeenshire continues to reduce, according to new figures from Peterhead Job Centre.  In July, the claimant count was 2010, a drop of 345 compared with the same month last year.  The employment picture is improving for the younger generation as well, with 55 fewer 18-24 year olds claiming benefits. 


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