9am news briefing

THE decision to close and sell off Edinburgh's three army bases was today branded "historic vandalism".

Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart said it was "frankly unbelievable" that Defence Secretary Liam Fox had ordered the shutdown of the barracks at Dreghorn, top left, and Redford, top right, and the Craigiehall headquarters.

• COMPETITION chiefs today issued a final ruling that airport operator BAA must sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport.

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The Competition Commission also confirmed BAA has to sell London's Stansted Airport.

In 2009, the commission ruled that BAA would have to sell Gatwick and Stansted airports as well as either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport. BAA challenged the decision, but the commission's ruling was upheld.

Today's report said: "There has been no cause to alter our view on the need for either Edinburgh or Glasgow to be under separate ownership."

But BAA said it was "dismayed" at the ruling and was considering a judicial review.

• A COURT of Session judge is preventing the former finance director of an electronics firm that went bust with the loss of 420 jobs from selling his 1 million home in the Capital.

Lord Menzies imposed an inhibition on Ian Durie, who was finance director of Simclar Group, which closed in 2007.

Mr Durie, who is attempting to sell the five-bedroom property in Newington, is embroiled in a dispute with the liquidators over the recovery of 3m dividends paid to staff.

The 55-year-old was a director of Simclar Ayrshire when the dividends were paid to the parent company. He is being pursued along with founder Sam Russell and another former director, Stephen Donnelly.

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• A LARGE fire has ripped through a two-storey disused building at Greendykes Industrial Estate, Broxburn.

More than 40 firefighters fought the blaze at the Scotyre International building last night.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: "The firefighting operation was particularly difficult due to an unstable roof and a number of gas cylinders being stored in the premises. We are still trying to establish the cause of the fire."

No-one was injured.

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