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Police seize more than 30 vehicles from local drivers
Friday, 01 September 2006

MORE than 30 drivers have had their vehicles taken off them by police in West Lothian since June 7.

31 vehicles have been seized and police have also issued 20 ‘Formal ASBO Warnings’ under Section 3 (Careless and Inconsiderate Driving), and Section 34 (Prohibition Of Driving Motor Vehicles Elsewhere Than On Roads) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Of the 31 vehicles seized, 11 motorcycles and 18 cars were seized from drivers who did not have Insurance and/or Driving Licences, and one motorcycle and one car were seized where the drivers had already been issued with ‘Formal ASBO Warnings’, and committed further offences under ASBO legislation.

A police spokesman told West Lothian NEWS: “The bottom line is, make sure that you have Insurance and the correct Driving Licence, and don’t drive in an anti-social manner, or the police will seize the vehicle that you are driving”.

School's back - but not for all
Friday, 01 September 2006

SCHOOL'S back in West Lothian on Tuesday, August 22

But for pupils at a number of schools, the summer holidays are set to last a bit longer.

The restart has been delayed for children attending Addiewell combined school (St Thomas RC Primary School and Addiewell Primary School) and St Paul's Primary School and Nursery class in East Calder, and Whitdale Primary School in Whitburn.

The delay has been necessary to allow completion of essential building improvements and maintenance.  The work is being undertaken as part of the council's three-year school capital investment programme.

  • Whitdale Primary School pupils should return on Wednesday August 23
  • St Paul's Primary School pupils should return to school on Thursday August 24
  • St Paul's Nursery Class will not reopen until Wednesday August 30
  • Addiewell Combined School (St Thomas RC Primary School and Addiewell Primary School) All children from St Thomas RC Primary School will be transported to St Mary's RC Primary School in Polbeth on Tuesday August 22

A council spokeswoman commented: "We have just been advised that additional works are necessary to the structure of the building at the Addiewell Combined School and that the teaching areas of the main building will not be available from the start of the session in August.  It is necessary therefore to make alternative arrangements for the start of term for both schools.

"We apologise to parents and pupils for this disruption, however, our first consideration is the safety of pupils and staff.  We are also making arrangements to allow the schools to function fully with minimum disruption to the children's education."

More information is available online www.westlothian.gov.uk/newsroom  or the Customer Service Centre (CSC) on 01506 775000.

Moose loose about the hoose
Friday, 01 September 2006

WEST LOTHIAN homes are being overrun by mice.

Last year' West Lothian Council's pest control service handled more than 1,000 requests for treatment of mice problems - the highest ever.

Nationally, there has been a seven per cent increase in properties affected by mice. In West Lothian, the increase is forty per cent.

And the bad news is that it's about to get worse.

Now is the season for mice to start coming into houses," said a council spokesman. " The reasons for having mice in your houses are simple - warmth and shelter. It is in no way an indication that the house is dirty."

If you still have mice in your home after trying methods to tackle the problem you can contact the council's award-winning pest control team by phoning 01506 775401 or sending an e-mail to .

The service is free to anyone living in West Lothian and the team aim to respond to requests for professional help within two working days.

Chinese snapper innocent say police
Friday, 01 September 2006

POLICE say that the Chinese man wanted in connection with taking photographs of children playing in Bathgate and Uphall has now been traced and found to be innocent.

"The man is visiting the country and did not appreciate the sensitivity of his actions," a police spokesman told West Lothian NEWS.

"There was no suggestion of any inappropriate behaviour on his part and he fully co-operated with the police in their enquiry. No charges have been preferred and no further police action is being taken."

Chief Inspector Alastair Cook, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "I would like to thank the public for their assistance in identifying the man and bringing the matter to a conclusion so quickly."

Replacement of vandalised footbridge
Friday, 01 September 2006

A FOOTBRIDGE which had been closed due to vandalism is to be removed and replaced.

Work to remove and replace the Calderwood Linhouse Footbridge in Mid Calder is set to start on Monday, August 21, and is sexpected to last for two weeks.

The bridge, located at the base of Gasworks Brae, carries a Country Parks footpath over the Linhouse Water.

Limited traffic management will be required on the B7015 for the delivery of the new bridge deck. Pedestrian access to Gasworks Brae and the footbridge over Murieston water will be maintained at all times.

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