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Band set to crash into charts
Thursday, 07 June 2007

West Lothian band set to crash into Top 40 

A WEST LOTHIAN band could be set to crash into this week's top 40 - with their debut single 'In the Way you Move'

But to be sure of success, Capstin

Pole, from Livingston, need as many local people as possible to download the single.

 And they're urging readers of West Lothian NEWS to play their part in helping a local band make it big.

"It's doing well but still needs a few downloads," said guitarist Ringo.

"We have had write ups this week in the nationals and have been added to five different main stream playlists.

We are doing it solo; we waited for record labels to snap us up, but we are doing it on our own - small time lads from Livingston tipping into the mainstream."

The single can be heard and downloaded at http://www.indiestore.com/capstinpole or you can also hear the band live at Falkirk by clicking the play button above.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 June 2007 )
Move to combat anti-social behaviour
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

A VILLAGE is set to become West Lothian's first  No Cold Calling Zone, aimed at protecting vulnerable residents from bogus callers. 

The proposal is part of a new partnership approach aimed at making Polbeth a better place to live.

The multi agency Polbeth Community Action Partnership (CAP), a joint initiative between West Lothian Council, Lothian and Borders Police, local Councillors and Polbeth Community Council, plans to tackle youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in the village.

Chief Inspector Lesley Clark will officially launch the initiative at 4pm on Monday, June 11, in St Mary’s Primary School, Polbeth.
Chief Inspector Clark said: “This highly effective initiative will provide an ideal structure to enable the local community to voice their concerns about local issues . We want to work with communities to ensure that we fully understand their  concerns  and to provide an effective response.”

Lothian and Borders Police have paid for a leaflet to be handed out to every household in Polbeth detailing the aims of the partnership, and the roles of the different groups involved.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson added: “ The Polbeth CAP scheme will allow us to work in partnership with a number of organisations towards the common goal of improving the lives of Polbeth residents.“

Big haul from wee shed
Friday, 04 May 2007
ABOUT £1,600 worth of items were stolen from a garden shed in Leven Walk, Craigshill, between 10pm on Wednesday, April 25 and 6am on Thursday, April 26.

The items included two mountain cycles, two sets of golf clubs, a power washer and various other tools.

Any witnesses to the incident, or any person who is able to identify the culprits, is requested to contact Livingston Police Station, 01506 431200 or anonymously telephone ‘Crimestoppers’ at 0800 555 111.

More than 200 Community Service Orders issued
Thursday, 22 March 2007
A TOTAL of 222 Community Service Orders were issued in West Lothian last year.

These ranged from 80 to 300 hours of unpaid work which must be completed within 12 months.

West Lothian has been chosen as one of three local authorities to pilot the new Fiscal Community Work Orders, where offenders are offered the chance of unpaid work as an alternative to prosecution.

About 100 such orders a year are expected to be issued.

If the work is carried out, the liability for conviction will be discharged, although if further convictions are accrued within a two-year period, the Fiscal Community Work Order can be disclosed to the court.

Bag snatched in Sunday morning bus stop incident
Monday, 26 February 2007
POLICE are trying to trace a man who snatched a bag from a 24-year-old woman who was waiting at a bus stop with her child.

The incident happened about 11.55am on Sunday, February 25, at the bus stop in Burnbank, Ladywell.

The thief casually walked past and grabbed a handbag that was hanging from the pram and ran off.

He is described as 20-26 years, 5ft 8ins, thin build, round faced, wearing black knee length zip fastening jacket, black trousers, and dirty white trainers.

The stolen handbag contained assorted child’s clothing and accessories.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Any witnesses to the incident, or any person who is able to identify the culprits, is requested to contact Livingston Police Station, 01506 431200 or anonymously telephone ‘Crimestoppers’ at 0800 555 111.

Man assaulted and robbed at lochside
Friday, 23 February 2007
A 29-YEAR-OLD man was struck on the head with a bottle and robbed of £80 at the northwest end of Linlithgow Loch about 2am on Friday, February 23.

The man was walking home after a night out on the pathway when two males approached him.

One of the males struck the victim to the head with a bottle, causing him to fall. Both males then rifled his pockets stealing  £80 in cash and a set of keys.

The incident happened so quickly that the victim has not been able to provide a good description of the assailants.

Any witnesses to the incident, or any person who is able to identify the culprits, is requested to contact Linlithgow Police Station, 01506 843235 or anonymously telephone ‘Crimestoppers’ at 0800 555 111.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 February 2007 )
Help Carol become a star
Monday, 29 January 2007

A WEST LOTHIAN teacher has given up her job in the classroom in a bid to make it in the world of entertainment.

Carol Barcley, from Uphall, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Sandi Thom, by posting her videos on the internet.

And we're urging readers to get behind Carol's bid and click on her video.

Carol, who sung at last year's Miss West Lothian event, has won a number of talent competitions in the district, including: MCewans Talent Search Winner 2003; River FM's Road to Sardom Winner 2006; Chicago Roack Scottish Champion 2005; Hungry Horse Scottish Champion 2006

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 January 2007 )
Money stolen from community centre cabin
Sunday, 31 December 2006
A PORTABLE cabin at Crofthead Community Centre, Dedridge, was forced open and £90 cash stolen from a money tin.

The theft happened between 2.40pm on Thursday, December 28, and 7.50am on Friday, December 29.

Any witnesses to the incident, or any person who is able to identify the culprits is requested to contact Bathgate Police Station, 01506 652323 or anonymously telephone ‘Crimestoppers’ at 0800 555 111.

Labour and SNP unite behind Tory call
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
LABOUR and SNP members on West Lothian Council spent an hour furiously debating the future of St John's Hospital in Livingston.

Then, after a short recess, they agreed to unite behind a TORY councillor's simple call to support a strong and vibrant general hospital in West Lothian.

Speaking at the meeting of West Lothian Council in Linlithgow on Tuesday, December 12, SNP group leader Peter Johnston said: "We will not be taking lying down any further reduction in services from St John's.

His colleague, Angela Constance, claimed that senior medical staff at St John's had described the general medical centre there as 'being on the edge of viability.'

But speaking for Labour, Councillor Bruce Ferrie pointed out that 44,241 patients had been treated at the hospital this year, compared to 43,598 in 2004/05.

And, amongst other improvements, he pointed out that the A & E department had benefited from a £2.6 million upgrade. He also told the meeting that the new £1.1 million renal unit meant kidney patients no longer having to travel to Edinburgh for treatment.

But the spirit of Christmas prevailed when the two sides agreed to set aside their differences and unite behind Councillor Kerr's call.

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