SPCA officers killed snake mistaken for green mamba in freezer

POLICE have received a complaint about an animal welfare charity’s handling of what was mistakenly thought to be one of the world’s deadliest snakes.

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The piglet is now recovering

Road hog: Escaped piglet caught on Scots motorway

The Scottish SPCA is hunting the owner of a piglet after it was found running wild on the road heading towards the Forth Road Bridge.

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TrexTuesdays at UrquhartCastle on the shores of Loch Ness. Picture: VisitBritain

Two American dinosaurs go hunting for Nessie

TOP Scottish visitor attractions have been given a major boost after a visit from two Tyrannosaurus Rex from across the Atlantic.

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Scotland is set to get a reprieve from the cold snap of recent weeks. Picture: SWNS

Scotland’s weather: Ullapool warmer than Athens

Winter’s grip on Scotland loosened today with a spell of unseasonably warm weather making parts of Scotland hotter than Athens.

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New police dog Griff. Picture: Contributed

New police dog and handler welcomed as veteran retires

POLICE Scotland has introduced a new police dog and handler pairing to the North East as the division says farewell to a formidable four legged retiree.

The public are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as �50,000 were circulated. Picture: SWNS

First Jane Austen fiver worth £50k spent in Scotland

The first special £5 note deemed a work of art has been spent in Scotland and is now in public hands.

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Part of the North Coast 500 route. Picture: Contributed

North Coast 500 launches VIP membership drive

THE North Coast 500, the road trip hailed as Scotland’s answer to Route 66, has launched a new VIP membership scheme aimed at encouraging repeat visitors.

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Gamekeeper Leslie George. Picture: Contributed

Gamekeeper shaves off 32-year-old moustache for charity

A GAMEKEEPER who hasn’t been without his signature moustache since he was 18 years old has had it waxed off to raise vital cash for men’s health charities.

A model of Nessie at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Sightings of the 'real' Nessie are at their highest since 2000. Picture: Jane Barlow

Loch Ness Monster sightings at highest level ‘since 2000’

Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are at their highest since the year 2000, the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register has confirmed.

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Badham pharmacies, which operate from 17 locations in the south-west, are no longer accepting Scottish banknotes. Picture: Google

Online backlash as English chemists bans Scottish banknotes

It’s a familiar issue to generations of Scots when shopping south of the border.

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Shop manager Jonathan Smyth said he heard a loud knock at the door and thought it was 'the bread man.' Picture: Contributed

Goat attacks OAP, jumps on cars after being refused entry to shop

A raging goat attacked a pensioner and jumped on cars after being refused entry to a shop in Northern Ireland.

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Heinrich Steinmeyer in his SS uniform. Picture: SWNS

WWII German POW leaves nearly £400k to ‘kind’ village of Comrie

A former German prisoner of war has left nearly £400,000 to a small Scottish village for the kindness shown to him during his captivity.

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Kiefer Sutherland is the grandson of Thomas Clement Douglas.

Kiefer Sutherland thanks Falkirk for family statue

A Hollywood star has thanked all those involved in siting a statue to his grandfather at a Falkirk landmark – and has promised to visit soon.

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The new Scottish banknotes have traces of animal products in them. Picture: PA

New Scottish polymer banknotes ‘contain traces of animal fat’

The makers of new Scottish polymer banknotes have admitted they contain trace amounts of animal fats.

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Quotes from Jane Austen novels have been engraved onto four 5 notes which are about to go into circulation.

Willy Wonka-style challenge launch with new 'plastic fivers'

A Scottish art gallery is joining forces with an artist known as “the world’s smallest engraver” to stage a Willy Wonka-style challenge involving the new five pound notes.

Markets Economy
Rangers were beaten 2-0 at Tynecastle on Wednesday night. Picture: SNS

Hertz car rental confused by tweets from angry Rangers fans

As football fans tend to do after a frustrating defeat, thousands of Rangers supporters took to Twitter to vent their frustration in the wake of Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at Hearts.

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The Foreign Office's tweet, complete with an image of the Forth Bridge rather than the new Queensferry Crossing. Picture: Contributed

Foreign Office mocked over Queensferry Crossing tweet with wrong bridge

The Foreign Office came in for some stick on Twitter last night after tweeting about the new Queensferry Crossing... with an accompanying image of the Forth Bridge. The responses were typically tongue in cheek...

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New polymer �5 note. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Animal fat in new £5 note branded ‘disrespectful’

The use of animal fat in the new £5 note has been branded “disrespectful” as a petition against the inclusion of tallow reaches 5,000 signatures.

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Demand for traditional German cake stollen has rocketed over the past three years.

Demand for European Christmas cakes soars despite Brexit

European Christmas traditions such as German and Italian cakes stollen and panettone are enjoying a boost in popularity this year despite Britain’s decision to leave Europe in June.

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The Canny Man's in Morningside. Picture: Jon Savage.

Famous Edinburgh pub ends long-standing Christmas boycott

IT’S the renowned Capital pub that’s developed a reputation for having a unique approach to hospitality.

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