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The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has this week launched its first Scotland-wide advertising campaign, ‘Shine A Light on Care’, with the support and guidance of care-experienced people. The Forum exists to acknowledge and understand the experiences people have had in Scottish institutions as children, to record those experiences, and…
Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost every week in the area. Motherwell, Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers and Clyde will all display the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire…
More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport two teenage brothers from Scotland. Areeb Umeed Bakhsh (left), 13, and his brother Somer (right), 15, fear Islamic extremists will kill them if they return to Pakistan. The brothers have lived in Glasgow since…
A teenager charged with raping and murdering schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute has appeared in court for a second time. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified due to his age, made no plea at Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday. He was fully committed and remanded in…
Two men have been charged over alleged human trafficking offences in Moray. The 45-year-old and 20-year-old are understood to have allegedly forced people to work at a nail bar in Elgin - which is now shut - in unsuitable conditions. Officers in the town worked with other police forces during…
A teenager has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, who was found dead on the Isle of Bute. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, made no plea during a private appearance at Greenock Sheriff Court (pictured) on Friday, the…
A 16-year-old youth has been charged in connection with the death of schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The suspect, who has not been identified, is in custody and will appear at Greenock Sheriff Court on Friday, Police Scotland said. Alesha, six, was a few days into a…
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The schoolgirl was staying with relatives on the island when she was reported missing in the early hours of Monday. Her body was found in woodland near her grandmother's home by…
Scotland's new Health Secretary has said she wants to increase the speed at which health and social care services are being brought together. Jeane Freeman (pictured) insisted efforts to make the two services work more closely are going in "absolutely the right direction", but she added more focus is needed…
A little-known Scottish politician who "blazed the trail" for the creation of the NHS has been remembered. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard paid tribute to Tom Johnston, who served as secretary of state for Scotland between 1941 and 1945 in Winston Churchill's wartime coalition government. New hospitals had been built…
The second phase of hearings into allegations of abuse at children's homes run by a religious order has drawn to a close following weeks of "powerful, compelling and disturbing" testimony. In excess of 70 people have provided evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry since it began looking specifically at…
A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a young schoolgirl on a Scottish island. Alesha MacPhail, six, was reported missing from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute at 6.25am on Monday. Her body was later found in woodland on the site of a former hotel in Ardbeg…
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