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Wednesday 25th April

The Scottish government is providing £400,000 towards practical guidance to help Scottish universities and colleges tackle sexual violence and harassment on campus. It follows a campaign by the mother of Emily, a first year law student at Aberdeen University, who was in an abusive relationship with another student and went on to take her own life. The government has made clear that appropriate policies and procedures must be put in place as soon as possible. The guide will help them make this happen with advice and training for staff being provided. The resource has been produced by Strathclyde University.

Two vehicles collided at Peterhead’s Invernettie roundabout yesterday at ten past eight in the evening. Police confirmed that no one was injured in the accident. Meanwhile, emergency services were called Burnside Road in Mintlaw after a car crashed into the side of a house. Fire and rescue workers arrived at the scene at 3.15pm yesterday along with Police Scotland. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

Network Rail have confirmed that work will begin next month in a multi-million-pound upgrade to the railway between Aberdeen and Dyce which will cause disruption for users. Buses will replace trains for 14 weeks beginning on Saturday the 12th of May. Engineers will carry out bridge upgrades and will also double the track over a 12 mile stretch. Rail bosses say the work which is a part of the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement project will reduce journey times.

A 30 year old man from Ellon has been left scarred for life after a dog attack in Aberdeen. Craig John Davidson received two hours of surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to put his facial muscles back together and has 18 stitches in the right side of his face. Craig, who is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar, had just performed at a record store on Saturday when the attack happened by a pitbull-type breed. Police say the dog “was dangerously out of control” and that “inquiries are ongoing.”

A newly devolved Scottish social security system is expected to be passed by MSPs later. The devolution of 11 benefits powers will be fully completed by 2021 and will give Scotland control over payments such as disability living allowance, personal independence payments and carer's allowance. A new Scottish social security agency which will have "respect and dignity" at its heart has been headquartered in Dundee and Glasgow and will be responsible for using payments to claimants. The Scottish Government say the new Scottish benefits system could help half a million people or families who are currently not claiming benefits they are entitled to.

A long running dispute between the UK and Scottish Government is set to continue – despite Wales coming to an agreement with Westminster over Brexit. But Scottish ministers say although “substantial progress" had been made in talks there is still a "key sticking point" and called for further changes to be made. The disagreement is cantered around powers and who should get them after the UK exits the EU. Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he was disappointed by the Scottish government's decision, but said his "door remains open" for further talks.

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