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Early interventions help unwell customers and cut delays

Delays to trains where a customer has taken ill and needs urgent medical treatment have been cut by 37 per cent due to a new partnership between the ScotRail Alliance and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Transport
Dalkeith-based Midlothian Young Carers project, operated by Scottish childrens charity Children 1st, has received a donation of �1,000 from family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Building Communities Fund.

Building a future for Midlothian’s young people

The Midlothian Young Carers project has received a donation of £1,000 from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund.

News
Recently elected Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley (Lab).

New local MP condemns foodbank need

New Midlothian Labour MP Danielle Rowley used her maiden speech to launch an attack on the “absolute disgrace” of people in the area being forced to rely on food banks.

News
Some of the products recalled by MacSween of Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

MacSween recalls haggis products over ‘botulism fears’

A haggis company is recalling various products due to inadequate procedures to control bacteria that may cause serious food poisoning.

Health
St David's High School pupils Aidan O'Brien and Brooke Combe collect, on behalf of Grace Jack, the Secondary School Music Teacher Award at the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards 2017 from Myleene Klass. Photo: Matt Crossick

Award is music to ears of Dalkeith teacher

A Dalkeith music teacher has been honoured at the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards 2017.

Education
North Sea cod stocks have now been declared sustainable a decade after coming close to collapse.

North Sea cod stocks declared sustainable

North Sea cod can now be bought “with a clear conscience”, according to a fisheries body, as stocks have now been declared sustainable.

Business
Liam and his family outside their home.

Sort out cracks in our new home

A man who moved into a new house in Dalkeith last year has hit out at a building firm, claiming it missed a key component from homes on his street.

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Dalkeith Job Centre.

Jobless drop takes a bump

Unemployment rose in Midlothian in June by 15 per cent from the same month last year, but is still down 50 per cent from five years ago.

Business
Housebreaking in Soutra

Housebreaking in Soutra

Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following a housebreaking in Soutra.

Crime
Cllr Pauline Winchester (Con) & Danielle Rowley MP (Lab).

Tories question “positive campaign”

Midlothian Conservatives group leader Pauline Winchester has accused the SNP of intimidation during the recent General Election.

Politics
Midlothian Council HQ

Council thanks following Bonnyrigg school consultation

Midlothian Council has expressed it thanks to everyone who gave their views on plans to use the additional capacity at the new Hopefield joint campus in Bonnyrigg for all Burnbrae nursery and Primary 1 pupils.

News
Sofa so good as the social media campaign to promote this free uplift service reaches one million people

Video shows how to skip the trip to the tip

If you’ve ever struggled to get rid of an old sofa, bed or fridge freezer a new, tongue-in-cheek video showing Scots how to ‘skip the trip to the tip’ is for you.

Environment
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is opening its exam results helpline once again on Tuesday, August 8.

Helpline to open again next month for pupils waiting on exam results

Pupils across the country will be on tenterhooks next month as they anticipate their exam results.

Education
Macsweens Haggis factory in Bilston Industrial Estate, Loanhead.

Haggis issue “resolved”

Loanhead-based haggis firm Macsween has said it is satisfied an issue which caused the recall of various products has been resolved.

News
The  Marmalade Fly has wasp-like markings.

Country Corner - The harmless fly masquerading as a wasp

Hoverflies are everywhere during hot days in summer, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).

Environment
Police Scotland

Fireraising in Bonnyrigg

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and wilful fireraising in Bonnyrigg.

Crime
Vehicle set on fire in Danderhall

Vehicle set on fire in Danderhall

Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses following a vehicle being set on fire in Danderhall.

Crime
Roslin Glen

Green Flag status for Midlothian parks

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has awarded Green Flag status to five Midlothian parks in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space.

News
Thefts of quad bikes and tractors has fallen in the last two years.

Fall in tractor and quad bike thefts

Scottish farms have seen a welcome fall in tractor and quad thefts since an initiative to tackle the theft of farm machinery was launched two years ago.

Crime
Poll calls to protect places like the hill Quinag in the Scottish Highlands. Pic: Kevin Lelland.

Poll calls for Scotland’s wild lands to be protected

As tourists flock to Scotland’s scenic outdoors for the summer holidays, a clear majority would be put off visits by industrial development.

Environment
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