9am Briefing: Care home to be closed amid police probe

A CARE home in the Capital is to be closed amid a police investigation after a nurse found a resident suffering from an untreated open wound, it was reported today.

A letter from Edinburgh City Council sent to relatives of people at Elsie Inglis nursing home reportedly states that a 59-year-old resident, who later died, had developed a serious pressure sore.

It also reportedly said the sore was not being "treated properly" and listed a number of other faults at the home.

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The unnamed woman became ill last Monday and died two days later in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, sparking a police investigation into conditions at the private nursing home, which has been taken over by NHS Lothian and Edinburgh City Council.

The most vulnerable of the 70 residents have been evacuated, with the remaining residents being moved out today and taken to other local care homes or to the city's Astley Ainslie Hospital.

• A 13-YEAR-OLD football star who was banned from playing in a national cup final because she is a girl said she was "disgusted" after being forced to watch from the sidelines as her side was beaten.

Bathgate Academy pupil Alyshia Walker is Fauldhouse Foxes' Under-13s captain and top scorer, but because the Tesco Cup final takes place in England, it is governed by the English Football Association rules, which prevent girls being part of a boys team if they are over 11.

The decision to ban her from playing in the home nations Tesco Cup in Birmingham yesterday, which her team lost 1-0 to England, came despite high-profile support from singer Rod Stewart and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

• A TEENAGE Hearts ball boy who ended up in hospital after being pelted with coins has vowed to defy the thugs who injured him.

Jambos fan Jack Waddell was targeted by rival fans during his team's clash with Celtic at Tynecastle on May 11.

The 14-year-old suffered concussion after yobs hurled 2p coins at him - just after Celtic manager Neil Lennon was allegedly assaulted by a Hearts fan.

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Jack, who lives in Loanhead, Midlothian, said: "I love helping Hearts and this won't stop me."