Woman, 79, dies and two men in hospital after fatal house fire in Cumbernauld

A PENSIONER has died and two people have been left seriously injured after a fatal house fire in Cumbernauld. 

Emergency services were called to Glen Fyne Road shortly after 6am this morning.

A 79-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men, aged 82 and 50, were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

Glasgow Times:

At around 9am, Lanarkshire police shut down the road and asked members of the public to avoid the area.

Enquiries into the blaze are ongoing.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 6.25am on Friday, July 1, to a report of a house fire in Glen Fyne Road, Cumbernauld.

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“Emergency services attended and a 79-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Two men, aged 82 and 50, were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with serious injuries and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

Glasgow Times:

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “We were alerted at 6.05am on Friday, July 1, to reports of a house fire.

“Operations control mobilised six fire appliances and an aerial height appliance to Glen Fyne Road in Cumbernauld.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been contacted for comment.

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LAND WITH SUMMER ISLES VIEW FOR SALE

LAND at Achiltibuie in Wester Ross with views of the Summer Isles has gone on the market.

The former hydroponics site – where crops were grown without soil – has planning permission for four houses, with offices or workshops.

The 3.26-acre strip of coast is on sale for offers over £395,000.

Emily Watson, property agent at Goldcrest Land & Forestry Group, which is marketing the land, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and would suit a property developer or someone interested in creating a holiday letting business.

“The site sits in a stunning west coast location and offers magical ever-changing views to the Outer Hebrides, the mountains of Coigach and Assynt to the north and east, and the Fannich and Torridon hills to the south.”

The three proposed holiday cottages have been designed by Billy Reynolds of Reynolds Architecture.

Watson added: “It is well placed for those with outdoorsy interests from geology to fishing, climbing, and sailing.

“It is also rich in wildlife including many birds of prey, red deer, puffins, otters, dolphins, whales, and seals.”

As well as its views of the Summer Isles, the site also leads down to a pebble beach of Badentarbert Bay.

LAND WITH SUMMER ISLES VIEW FOR SALE

LAND at Achiltibuie in Wester Ross with views of the Summer Isles has gone on the market.

The former hydroponics site – where crops were grown without soil – has planning permission for four houses, with offices or workshops.

The 3.26-acre strip of coast is on sale for offers over £395,000.

Emily Watson, property agent at Goldcrest Land & Forestry Group, which is marketing the land, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and would suit a property developer or someone interested in creating a holiday letting business.

“The site sits in a stunning west coast location and offers magical ever-changing views to the Outer Hebrides, the mountains of Coigach and Assynt to the north and east, and the Fannich and Torridon hills to the south.”

The three proposed holiday cottages have been designed by Billy Reynolds of Reynolds Architecture.

Watson added: “It is well placed for those with outdoorsy interests from geology to fishing, climbing, and sailing.

“It is also rich in wildlife including many birds of prey, red deer, puffins, otters, dolphins, whales, and seals.”

As well as its views of the Summer Isles, the site also leads down to a pebble beach of Badentarbert Bay.

Kilbarchan Pipe Band crowned as British champions

PIPERS and drummers from Renfrewshire are celebrating after being crowned as British champions.

Kilbarchan Pipe Band emerged victorious out of the 15 groups from across the UK that competed in the Grade 4B category at Battery Park, between Greenock and Gourock, on Saturday.

Michael Kerr, pipe corporal and secretary of Kilbarchan Pipe Band, said members of the group are “absolutely ecstatic” about their success at the 2022 British Pipe Band Championships.

He told The Gazette: “This is our first major championship win since the pipe band reformed just over 20 years ago.

“It’s just been a fantastic experience, especially as we put out five young players who had never competed in a major competition before.

“The weather was overcast and drizzly during the day but we got it dry for performing, which made it even better.”

Around 30 members of Kilbarchan Pipe Band played a set of four marches together and were assessed by judges on their technical abilities, as well as their overall performance.

After learning they had been awarded the trophy, the group held a party to celebrate that lasted well into the night.

Michael said: “We faced tough competition, as all the pipe bands in our grade played fantastically well.

“We would like to thank the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association for putting on events like this and helping to upkeep the Scottish pipe band music scene.

“In a couple of weeks’ time, we will be going across to Ireland to compete in the UK Pipe Band Championships, then Inverness to compete in the European Pipe Band Championships and we will also be competing in the Scottish and World Championships this year.”

Band members meet up at the Scout Hall, in Barn Green, Kilbarchan, on Tuesday and Thursday nights for practice sessions and to provide tuition to less experienced players.

Michael added: “These practice sessions and competitions are our lives between May and the end of August.

“If people are interested in joining, we offer a tuition programme to learn how to play the pipes or drums.”

Partygate: Gavin Newlands calls on Boris Johnson to resign

A Renfrewshire MP has called on Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister after a new report laid bare the scale of partying at Number 10 during the Covid pandemic.

The report by civil servant Sue Gray uncovered evidence of numerous parties and gatherings at 10 Downing Street while the rest of the country was in lockdown.

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands, who had the opportunity to question the Prime Minister at Wednesday’s sitting, is among many MPs now calling for Mr Johnson’s resignation.

Mr Newlands told The Gazette: “This week I challenged the Prime Minister on his conduct following the publication of Sue Gray’s report on Partygate.

“Collectively huge sacrifices were made by all of us during the pandemic. Major life events were missed, whether that be the start of a life or the end. Measures like this helped stop the spread of Covid and saved lives.

“While this was going on, the Prime Minister and his staff were partying in Downing Street, fighting and vomiting their way through the night.”

Mr Newlands said Sue Gray’s report was “damning about the culture and behaviour within Number 10” and Mr Johnson was “ultimately responsible for that.”

He added: “The entitlement and arrogance of senior staff and their political masters is written throughout the report, and there are still many questions to be answered about why the Prime Minister and his colleagues thought it appropriate to host parties in the middle of a national crisis.

“To date, the only person to lose their job over this has been the Prime Minister’s press secretary, Allegra Stratton, who joked about the parties at a press conference rehearsal. If the Prime Minister had a shred of integrity, he would follow suit.”

On Wednesday, Mr Johnson said that he recognised people are “indignant” over the damning findings of Sue Gray’s report into law-breaking at the heart of government, but defied fresh calls to resign.

He said he took “full responsibility” for the scandal but sought to play down his personal involvement in the gatherings detailed in the report.

In a Commons statement, he said: “Sue Gray’s report has emphasised that it is up to the political leadership in Number 10 to take ultimate responsibility and, of course, I do.”

Mr Johnson said he was “humbled” by the experience and had learned his lesson.

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Renfrew marketing agency Design Hero wins prestigious prize

A MARKETING agency in Renfrew has won a prestigious prize.

Design Hero, based in Kirkfield Gardens, has been named Scottish Digital Marketing Agency of the Year in the 2022 Scottish Prestige Awards.

Nicholas Robb, company director, told The Gazette: “It’s been a year of big changes for Design Hero, transitioning our freelance team into a six-figure agency.

“This award is a real honour for the Design Hero team, who have been producing such amazing results.

“Our clients work their socks off to grow their business and don’t always get the recognition they deserve, so they are always inspiring us to do better.

“I am super proud of each and every one of them.”

A spokesperson for the Prestige Awards added: “The judges have been particularly impressed by the enormously effective three-step growth process approach adopted at Design Hero for their growing number of clients – build a killer brand, boost the business online and generate consistent leads.”

Paisley: Teenager taken to hospital after attack by thugs

POLICE are hunting two thugs who assaulted a teenager in a Renfrewshire street.

The 19-year-old victim was with friends when they were approached by two men in Gauze Street, Paisley, at around 11.55pm on Monday.

After speaking to the teenager, the yobs then punched and kicked him to the ground before making off.

Police said the victim suffered minor facial injuries and was taken to the town’s Royal Alexandra Hospital as a precaution.

The first suspect, who has a shaved head, was wearing a grey hoodie and dark jogging bottoms at the time.

His accomplice has black hair and, at the time, was wearing a pink hoodie and grey jogging bottoms.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101.

Paisley: Tannahill Centre vandalised by thieves

POLICE are on the trail of thieves who vandalised a community hub in Renfrewshire.

The incident at the Tannahill Centre, in Blackstoun Road, Paisley, is believed to have taken place sometime between 6pm on Friday and Monday morning.

Police said a door was forced open and a three-figure sum of money stolen from the premises.

The community centre’s kitchen was also damaged by the crooks, with food and other items found strewn across part of the building.

Police have been reviewing CCTV footage and collecting forensic evidence in an effort to identify those involved.

Paisley: Gary Cowan jailed after police seize heroin haul

A FORMER soldier who survived a tragic helicopter crash has been jailed for six years after police seized a £1million heroin haul.

Paisley man Gary Cowan, 32, was caught with the drugs while driving on the M74, near Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, in June 2020.

He was in a van belonging to garage boss John Craig, 31, who has been jailed for eight years after he helped to organise the trafficking operation.

Both were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow today.

They had been convicted last month of being concerned in the supply of heroin, despite both effectively blaming each other.

Cowan’s lawyer told the court the ex-Royal Regiment of Scotland soldier continues to suffer the “trauma” of an Army helicopter accident at Catterick Garrison, Yorkshire, in 2007, in which a close friend died.

It was stated that dad-of-five Cowan turned to crime during the first pandemic lockdown in June 2020.

Jurors heard how the 8kg drug haul, some of which was of high purity, was potentially worth more than £1m.

Cowan claimed he had been asked to drive to Liverpool to collect car parts for Craig, who runs a garage in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

He said he met a man in Merseyside and left him with the van for 10 or 15 minutes.

When police swooped on Cowan on the M74 as he drove back to Scotland, the drugs were found hidden in the van and he was arrested.

Giving evidence, Craig insisted Cowan, who he knew from a car enthusiasts’ club, had asked to borrow his works van.

He claimed to only be aware of any issue when Cowan failed to return with the vehicle and his phone was then tracked to Motherwell police station.

The court heard the heroin was found stashed in a padlocked compartment of the van but Craig said he had bought the vehicle from a joiner who had built the hide to prevent his tools being stolen.

It was also stated that Cowan had joined the Army at the age of 17 but the helicopter tragedy ended his military career and left him needing multiple operations, as well as counselling.

Solicitor-advocate Billy Lavelle, representing Cowan, said: “He was involved in a fatal accident. It was a pretty traumatic event and continues to affect him.

“His partner is understandably concerned about him.”

Passing sentence, Lord Armstrong said he was imposing different jail terms as Craig was involved in the “planning and logistics of the supply operation.”

Craig, of Toryglen, Glasgow, was also made the subject of a three-year Serious Crime Prevention Order – often described as ‘a super-Asbo’ – which will see him being monitored by the authorities once he is freed.

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