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Thursday 22nd February

The body of a 25 year old man has been found on the Old Deeside Line in Aberdeen.  Police were called to the popular walking route at around 7.15 this morning following a call from a member of the public.  Officers don’t think there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death but they say their inquiries are continuing. 

 

Jewellery and electrical items worth tens of thousands of pounds have been stolen from a property in Inverurie.  Watches and rings were among the items taken from the Blairdaff area sometime between Sunday 4th and Friday 9th February.  Police say the theft amounted to a mid five-figure sum of money and they are asking members of the public, who saw anything unusual or suspicious to get in touch.  

 

The first of 14 planned strikes among lecturers at Aberdeen University and eight other Scottish institutions has taken place in a row over pensions.  It’s thought 145,000 students around the country were affected by today’s walk-out.  The other stoppages will be held over the next four weeks. Employers Universities UK argue their pension scheme is billions of pounds in the red.  But the Universities and Colleges Union says proposed changes would leave a typical lecturer far worse off in retirement.

 

A senior police officer and cancer survivor is set to embark on a gruelling charity journey across the Arctic.  Chief Superintendent Sharon Milton is travelling to a Swedish National Park for a 26.2-mile marathon of cross country skiing on frozen landscape.  Sharon, from Mintlaw, was successfully treated for breast cancer in the last two years and has so far raised more than £15,000 for Walk the Walk, the UK’s biggest grant-making breast cancer charity.

 

Casting calls have already taken place for a new boy-racer movie being filmed in Fraserburgh.  Now there is an appeal for extras.  Producers for Born To Run are looking to hire men and women, particularly those who have experience in working with and gutting fish.  They are also keen to recruit teenagers, who are skateboard or BMX enthusiasts.

 

Aberdeen will become the first city in Scotland in which almost every home and business has access to gigabit speed broadband.  A multi-million pound partnership between Vodafone UK and City Fibre has been announced to deliver the project, which will span more than 100 kilometres.  Work on building the network will begin in the summer and the first services are expected to go live by early next year.

 

Firefighters were called to a Fraserburgh funeral parlour yesterday after, what was described as, a minor blaze.  It broke out in the roof space of the workshop area at Alexander Buchan & Son on Denmark Street.  The main area of the premises was undamaged and police say any person or families currently using the services of the business have no need for concern. 

 

Craft brewer, BrewDog, has announced plans to build the world’s first craft beer hotel in Ellon.. The 22-room DogHouse, as the hotel will be called, is scheduled to welcome guests in the first half of 2019.  It will accompany the new brewery, which is expected to open later this year.  The funding has come from BrewDog’s record-breaking Equity for Punks crowdfunding initiative, which has seen the company raise over £53 million since 2009 from more than 73,000 passionate craft beer fans.

 

 
 
   
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