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Care home work blamed for air pollution rise

An increase in harmful particle matter was blamed on the construction of a care home on Queensferry Road. The council’s air quality annual progress report reveals that “long term trends show concentrations are going down for both nitrogen dioxide and particles.”

But the findings also show there are still “a number of hot spot areas where legal standards are breached.”

Environmental campaigners have called for an ambitious Low Emission Zone to be set up to tackle the “toxic, illegal levels” of air pollution. The Capital currently has six Air Quality Management Areas – five for nitrogen dioxide and one for particle matter.


Free football boots to be given out by charity for kids in Edinburgh

Kids who can’t afford football boots will not be held back from playing sport after Sporting Start charity, launched in memory of passionate sportsman Martin Macari, announced funding for its first two causes. The first project is in partnership with Spartans Community Football Academy and will support the north Edinburgh-based football charity’s “Street Football in a Safe Place” programme. The money will go specifically towards establishing a “boot bank” to ensure primary school children have the opportunity to take part by borrowing appropriate footwear. Cash will also fund a community coach to support Granton Primary School with Saturday morning sport.


Edinburgh Fire Station left empty

Families are being put at risk because the fire service has too few firefighters to staff all of its engines, a union has warned. Fire Stations across Edinburgh have been reduced from two to one engines in recent months, while specialist roles such as water rescue and major crash response have also suffered.

On Saturday, long-term sickness meant two firefighters were off work at Marionville meaning the remaining three colleagues had to be redeployed elsewhere, as they were unable to operate the station’s one engine.


A rhino was rescued by firefighters after becoming stuck in a tyre at Edinburgh Zoo

Qabid, a two-year-old male rhino, managed to get his head and leg trapped. Firefighters who were called out on Sunday evening used cutting gear to free the stricken mammal.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “One zookeeper said the fire service were their last hope.”

Firefighters from Sighthill attended at around 5.45pm on Sunday and used specialised cutting equipment to free the stricken animal. The young rhino had been trapped with his leg and neck stuck in the tyre since 4pm.


Craig Levein calls out referee Bobby Madden after losing to Rangers

Hearts manager Craig Levein took a swipe at referee Bobby Madden after losing 2-1 to Rangers on Sunday, saying “it was like playing against 12 men.”

Levein was upset by Alfredo Morelos’ winning goal, which was scored from an offside position.

He also questioned the treatment of the Rangers striker, who was involved in a number of clashes with Hearts captain Christophe Berra.

Hearts started brightly and got the first goal thanks Gareth McAuley’s own-goal. But Rangers hit back with Connor Goldson equalising from close range and Morelos delivering the decisive goal from a free-kick before half-time.


See the front page roundup by reporters Emer Harrison and Liam Mackay here.


By Rory Hill

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