9am Briefing: Ex-Rangers star turns hero after saving choking wedding guest

FORMER Rangers player Nacho Novo has been hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of a wedding guest who was choking on a bacon roll at the reception in South Queensferry.

The Spaniard was at former team-mate Steven Davis's wedding reception at Dundas Castle on Saturday when a fellow guest turned blue as he tucked into the late-night snack, it was reported today.

Nacho immediately used his first aid skills, grabbing the man and performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on him before clearing his windpipe by pounding on his back.

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Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander said: "There's no doubt Nacho saved the guy's life."

Son of vanished mum backs American accused

A SON whose mother vanished on holiday in Mexico is helping an American accused of murdering his wife in the same hotel, it was reported today.

Edinburgh grandmother Julia Howard, 77, disappeared from the Moon Palace hotel in Cancun last year after going to get a sun hat. Her remains were discovered six weeks later in dense jungle.

Now her son, Henry Harvey, 53, has given a statement to the legal team representing US TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, whose wife Monica was found dead at the Moon Palace in April.

The American is fighting moves to extradite him from the US to face murder charges in Mexico.

Ambulance off road after attack

A CITY ambulance had to be taken off the road after a youth smashed a window on the vehicle.

Paramedics were called to Princes Street at 8:30pm last night to treat a 16-year-old boy for a medical condition outside the HMV store.

According to the ambulance service once the teen was inside the vehicle he lashed out, breaking one of the side windows.

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A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: "The crew were very badly shaken by the incident but not injured."

Cramond rescue cost 18,000

A RESCUE operation to save around 160 partygoers stuck on Cramond Island cost the taxpayer 18,000, it was reported today.

Lifeboat crews ferried dozens of revellers back to the mainland after they became stranded on the island in the Firth of Forth when the tide came in.

The large group had gathered on the island on Saturday afternoon for a party which was advertised on social networking sites.

Bovril inventor remembered

HIS unusual creation became a household name and now the Capital's John Lawson Johnston, the creator of Bovril, is set to win due recognition for his creative ingenuity.

Mr Johnston first started experimenting on Bovril in his butcher's shop at 180 Canongate in the mid-19th century and famously sold it to the French army after he had emigrated to Canada.

Archivists at Edinburgh Council have spent months researching Mr Johnston's little-known roots in the Capital and a new virtual exhibition, being staged as part of the annual Old Town Festival, will go live at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityarchives from Monday.