Man charged over ‘unattended bag’ at Glasgow Airport after terminal evacuated

The terminal was evacuated for around two hours and access restricted as police carried out the necessary check to ensure the area was safe, and it was found that the bag posed no risk to the public.

The domestic arrivals terminal was locked down for around two hours (Image: Daily Record)

A man has been arrested in connection with an unattended bag incident which saw an area of Glasgow Airport evacuated.

Police were called to the airport around 6.30pm on Monday (July 4) amid concerns over an unattended bag.

The Daily Record reports that a 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged following the incident, which saw the domestic arrivals terminal closed while police conducted checks of the area. All incoming flights at the time were diverted to the international arrivals terminal and some passengers were left unable to disembark.

He is due to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court today.

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A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “At approximately 6.30pm on Monday 4 July, Police Scotland attended the airport following reports of an unattended bag in domestic arrivals. Access to this part of the terminal was temporarily restricted, as is standard procedure, while checks were carried out. The area reopened at 8.30pm.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 6.30pm on Monday, 4 July, 2022, officers received a report of an unattended bag in the domestic arrivals hall of Glasgow Airport. The area was evacuated as a precaution. Following enquiries, it was established there was no risk to the public.

“The airport was then fully re-opened. A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with this incident.

“He is due to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday, 5 July. A report will be forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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Scotland ‘cocaine capital of the world’ warns Glasgow documentary

A new documentary by Vice as part of its High Society series investigates cocaine use in Glasgow, and it refers to Scotland as the “cocaine capital of the world”

A Dealer Hiding A Little Bag Of Drugs With White Powder With Hand Over His Pocket
The documentary calls it “one of the world’s deadliest drug crises”

Scotland has been referred to as the “cocaine capital of the world” in a new documentary.

Is Scotland the New Cocaine Capital? is a short film produced by Vice as part of its High Society series. These videos focus on drug use in and around the UK.

According to the makers of the short film, “Scotland has the highest level of cocaine consumption on the planet.” They add: “This epidemic is adding to one of the world’s deadliest drug crises”.

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Is Scotland the New Cocaine Capital? features reporter Josh Osbourne speaking with cocaine dealers and users to learn more about why the drug is so popular in the country.

He states: “Scotland has the highest level of cocaine consumption in the world, with Scots taking about 1.2g of coke per session — double the global average.”

Pablo, an anonymous cocaine dealer seen in the documentary, states: “Eighty per cent of the people I know that are my age take it. It’s one of these things, when people get a drink in them up here, they just end up going mental.”

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The documentary details the increasing prevalence of cocaine users taking the drug via injection as opposed to snorting. As stated by reporter Osbourne, “this has led to an outbreak of HIV because cocaine is injected more frequently than heroin”.

According to Joe, a cocaine user featured in the film, doing this allows the drug “into the system quicker”. He continues: “I’ve been injecting it into the groin for about a year now. I just wanted to get it into me quicker.”

The documentary then goes onto to examine the government’s “failed” efforts in the war on drugs, and the crime families behind the distribution of cocaine in Glasgow.

It also investigates possible solutions to the problem. Simon McCleane, a former undercover cop, states that the aim should be to “decriminalise”. He adds: “Not just to have a free for all, that everyone can go and buy drugs whenever they want — that’s actually how it is right now.

“We need to put a system of regulation in place, that we take control of what people are buying, where they’re buying it, who they’re buying it from, and we take control of that marketplace and keep people safe.”

Watch High Society: Is Scotland the New Cocaine Capital? below.

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Drivers issued important update as new rule for all cars in Scotland in force

Drivers in Scotland have been issued a warning as a new rule comes into force from July 6 in a bid to make our roads safer after 6,000 motorists caught speeding every day in the UK last year.

All cars sold in Scotland and the UK will be fitted with a speed limiter, drivers have been told.

The new addition is set to control speed limiters on cars as the Home Office reports there were over 6,000 motorists caught speeding every day in the UK last year. This comes as the new Highway Code rules came into force this year to make roads more safe for road users, giving pedestrians and cyclists more priority.

It appears the speed limiters will be useful to many after around 2,400 people Google search this per month to find out what’s the national speed limit in the UK, according to Vanarama. It is a maximum of 60mph on a single carriageway and 70mph on dual carriageways. Most motorists will be familiar with the national speed limit road sign, which has a diagonal black rectangle intersecting a white circle from the top right to bottom left. This denotes where the national speed limit begins.

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Speed limiters will be added to every new car sold from July 6 and here’s everything you need to know about them.

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What is a speed limiter?

It is a safety device that can be fitted in your car so that your vehicle doesn’t cross a certain speed set by you. Unlike cruise control, which maintains a consistent speed throughout your journey to eliminate the use of the accelerator, a speed limiter allows you to accelerate and decelerate as you normally would, provided you don’t go above the speed limit you set. It therefore helps you be more conscious of your driving speed as opposed to making long drives easier, which is the main purpose of cruise control.

Why are speed limiters important?

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has been pushing for the use of mandatory speed limiters as this is predicted to reduce collisions by 30 per cent. The European Commission, meanwhile, anticipates that the use of this technology, along with other measures included in the legislation, could prevent 140,000 serious road traffic injuries by 2038. The commission also hopes to bring road deaths down to zero by 2050.

What happens if a new driver is caught speeding?

Simply put, if new drivers are caught speeding which results in 6 or more penalty points being added to their license within the first two years of passing their driving test, they will be disqualified from driving and their driving license will be revoked.

How much is a speeding fine?

If you’ve been caught speeding in the UK, the amount you will be fined will depend by how many miles per hour you were driving over the limit when you were caught. Speeding fines in the UK are related to your weekly income, with the following being their starting point:

  • Band A – 50 per cent of your weekly income
  • Band B – 100 per cent of your weekly income
  • Band C – 150 per cent of your weekly income

Although speeding fines are based on your income, there are limits in place. The minimum amount you will be fined is £100. Although not a concrete rule, first time offenders may receive a £100 fine and three points on their license if their offence isn’t excessive. However, if you were speeding on a motorway the maximum fine increases to £2,500.

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Guns N’ Roses Glasgow concert postponed due to ‘illness’ and ‘medical advice’

The Scottish leg of the bands’ tour has been postponed last minute due to illness, as it was scheduled to take place tomorrow at Glasgow Green, with the band assuring ticketholders that they will reschedule.

The Guns N’ Roses concert scheduled to take place tomorrow (July 5th) in Glasgow has been cancelled.

The gig which was due to take place at Glasgow Green, would have been the band’s biggest Scottish show ever with fans buzzing to see current members, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese perform. The band are currently on the European leg of their world tour, which marks Guns N’ Roses return to Europe for the third time since their historic Not In This Lifetime tour in 2016, which is the third highest grossing tour of all time.

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A statement from the band said: “Sadly, due to illness and medical advice, GNR will not be able to perform in Glasgow, tomorrow 5-July-2022. We are working on rescheduling options for this show so please hold onto your tickets and wait for a further update.”

The band have also assured that current ticketholders will be contacted with an update, and that their tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show.

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FLOORS CASTLE LAUNCHES FAIRYTALE TRAIL

FLOORS Castle in the Borders has created a fairytale activity trail for children.

The trail includes following Alice down the rabbit hole to play croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs, playing Rapunzel’s “whack a wicked witch”, building the houses of the Three Little Pigs, and avoiding the jaws of the castle’s resident ticking crocodile.

The Duke of Roxburghe, who lives at Floors Castle, said: “I am delighted to announce this exciting new trail for summer 2022, which follows on from the success of last year’s Peter Rabbit trail.

“The trail is a great opportunity to enjoy a wholesome family day out, outdoors in our beautiful, historic gardens.

“Each element of the trail has been designed with families in mind and I’m particularly glad that we’ve been able to make what is sure to be a fun and interactive experience, memorable too.”

The trail will remain open every day until 20 September.

The castle – which also has gardens, riverside walks, and cafés in its courtyard and terrace – is part of the wider Roxburghe Estate.

Glasgow’s covid hotspots as Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spreads through Scotland

Covid restrictions seem to be a thing of the past in Scotland but while sub-variants of Omicron become the dominant strain, some experts are urging people not to panic.

Scotland is seeing a spike in cases after reporting the highest amount of infections since April but some health experts point out that we are still in a better position than we were in back in 2020. Now we have vaccines, and medication to help those with severe symptoms.

However, others have expressed their concern that the new sub-variants are proving to be more contagious and hitting people who would have built up an immunity to covid through previous infection and being vaccinated. In Glasgow City, as of June 24, there have been 1,778 seven day positive cases, and 279.7 cases per 100,000 population.

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When the pandemic first broke out, Glasgow saw some of the highest infection rates but even with the new surge, the city isn’t experiencing the highs it saw at the start of the year, according to Public Health Scotland. The seven day positivity rate sits at 400-799 in Glasgow City with Kelvindale recording 34 cases – the highest positive case rate between June 18 – June 24 and 556.2 cases per 100,000 of the population. PHS add that data is likely to be incomplete and a three-day lag has been applied to the data.

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Coming in just second on a weekly rate is Battlefield with 33 seven day positive cases and the neighbourhood but recorded a higher rate per 100,000 population at 640.0. With a rate per population of 551.9, Dowanhill comes in third and recorded 25 cases from June 18 – 24.

Ibrox East and Lessnock’s rate sits at 476.6 with 16 cases recorded as did Merrylee and Millbrae with a rate per populations of 458.3. Kelvinside and Jordanhill came just below with a rate of 453.6 per population and recorded 26 cases that week, just like Partick and Hyndland which has a positive cases rate per 100,000 of 449.4.

Riddrie and Hogganfield, Cardonald West and Central also were highlighted as having high cases rates whereas Central Easterhouse and Sighthill were at the bottom of the list with just zero to two cases.

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INVERNESS TO GET FIRST DISTILLERY IN NEARLY 40 YEARS

Plans have been unveiled to build Inverness’ first distillery in nearly four decades.

Water from the River Ness will provide some of the power for the Uilebheist distillery, which is named after the Gaelic word for “monster”.

The site will also house a brewery, with both fermentation and distillation expected to begin later this year.

Uilebheist’s five core beers are due to go on sale in November.

Owner Jon Erasmus said: “All water used in the processes will also be sourced from the river, meaning that when you drink Uilebheist’s liquid, you really are tasting the Highlands.

“Alongside exceptional beer and whisky, we aim to raise the bar when it comes to visitor experiences and hope that the project will lead the way for Scotland’s hospitality sector in the area.

“The centre will offer a range of tours and experiences, ranging from site tours and sampling of our core whisky and craft beer products through to detailed master classes, blending workshops, and food pairing menus.”

Erasmus has hired Bruce Smith as his master brewer and distiller.

Smith studied brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and has spent the past decade working in the craft beer industry, including ageing beers in whisky barrels.

“We are on track to officially open in November and begin beer production, which visitors can enjoy in the taproom,” said Smith.

“Whisky production will commence later this year – due to our small scale we will only produce around 200 casks annually, making Uilebheist one of the rarest whiskies in Scotland.

“The whisky will be matured in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, but the whisky will let us know when it’s ready and we have no intention to rush it.

“Quality is our number one focus.”

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Plus, check out Blair Bowman’s whisky column in the July issue of Scottish Field magazine.

THE GLENLIVET UNEARTHS ILLICIT WHISKY MAKING

WHISKY maker The Glenlivet is mounting another archaeological dig to uncover evidence of illicit stills on Speyside.

The Scotch brand launched its “Pioneering Spirit” project with the National Trust for Scotland in 2020.

Last summer, the project uncovered artefacts used to make whisky, as well as part of the old Glenlivet distillery, about a kilometre from the present building.

Previous digs have also taken place at Mar Lodge and Torridon.

This summer’s dig at Glenlivet began on Monday and will continue until 9 July.

Open days are being held on 2 and 9 July, so members of the public can watch the archaeologists in action.

Derek Alexander, head of archaeology for the National Trust for Scotland, said: “We can’t wait to see what we uncover next through our exploration into the history of illicit whisky production in Scotland in partnership with The Glenlivet, a distillery steeped in history, which saw its founder, George Smith, become the first illicit producer to secure a licence.

“With the help of our team and volunteers we hope this year’s ‘Big Dig’ will help us discover more about how people went about the clandestine production of Scotland’s most famous drink and we can’t wait to share our findings.”

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS: HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT INTERIOR DESIGN CHOICES

WHAT are the most commonly asked questions in interior design and more importantly what are the answers? Well, here at Tangram, our team of interior designers have put their heads together to give you their top tips to help you make those all-important design decisions!

How do I choose a colour palate?

It is not often that we start an interior project with a completely blank canvas. Most of our clients have some existing furniture, artwork or ornaments that they would like to be featured and that is often a good starting point in selecting a colour palate. Another important factor to consider is the direction your room faces. The general rule of thumb is to add warm colours to cool north-facing rooms. Whereas brighter south-facing rooms can accommodate both cool and warm colours to a certain extent. Colour also has a huge impact on atmosphere and mood. Depending on how you see yourself using the space will really influence the colour choice. To take an example: your living room needs a new lick of paint and you love the idea of a dark and moody atmosphere. Great, you’re halfway there. However, during the day you also use your living room to work from home. While dark and moody may be perfect to relax in the evening, it is far from ideal when you are trying to be productive during the day. It is therefore paramount to really think about how you will use the space when thinking about colour.

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How do I identify my interior style?

Sometimes we can get a little bogged down in determining our interior style and how to apply it to our homes. It is important to remember however that we can combine two or more styles seamlessly as long as there is some common ground. Perhaps you like the clean lines and neutral tones of a minimalist look but you equally like the grandeur and detail of a more traditional look – that’s okay. Create unity between the two through colour or pattern. You can also use artwork to bring together varying styles. So long as there is some consistency, it will work. Rather than focussing on a set style, think about your home as a reflection of you and your personality. And if you’re still feeling a bit stuck that’s where we come in – take away the stress and hire an interior designer to think about this for you!

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Trends, should I follow them?

Subconsciously we all buy in to the latest trends. What we see introduced in Cologne or Milan will eventually find its way to our local design and furniture stores. Trends shape the design industry and although they are important, they come and they go. That is why we argue that instead of focussing on the latest trends, invest in furniture that will stand the test of time. The benefits of buying good, high-quality design are two-fold: longevity and style. Designer furniture is built to last and not just years, but often for generations. Furthermore, good design will continue to impress throughout the years and will never go out of fashion. That doesn’t mean to say you should or need to disregard trends entirely. If you like to buy the latest interior magazines (as we do!) and apply fresh looks to your home, we recommend doing so through the smaller items – cushions, throws, paint choice etc. Not only is this more cost effective than updating your sofa every other year but it is also more sustainable and practical.

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How do I make the most out of a space?  

Whether modest or palatial your home needs storage and in our opinion you can never have enough of it. Particularly as we are spending more and more time at home, ample storage is key to maintaining a clutter free and organised lifestyle. We have already begun to see how designers are coming up with clever solutions to really utilise a space, and in some cases create entirely new zones. Think about your under-used or forgotten spaces and when selecting furniture, choose items that are flexible and adaptable. For example, bookshelves that double up as room dividers, dressers that can be used as desks – this will really help maximise functionality.

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Storage doesn’t need to just be about function either. Make a statement and showcase your belongings to add depth and finesse (please note this may require a certain level of tidiness!).

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Remember, interior design is personal. What works for you will not work for everyone, and while it may seem that there are certain rules to stick to these can be bent and sometimes broken!

We hope we have answered some of your design queries but if you are still a little stumped, feel free to get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

Tangram Furnishers:  0131 556 6551/ info@tangramfurnishers.co.uk

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