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Ballot boxes begin arriving at Scotland vote count

Ballot boxes have begun arriving at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh, where the Scottish referendum vote count will take place.

The postal vote ballot boxes at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh. Credit: ITV News
The polls in the Scottish referendum close at 10pm tonight. Credit: ITV News

Crowds of Yes campaigners attend rally in Edinburgh

Crowds of 'Yes' campaigners turned out in sunny Edinburgh for a photo call with Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon this morning.

Campaigners for independence in Edinburgh this morning Credit: Vincent McAviney/ITV News

Edinburgh Zoo: Data suggests giant panda is pregnant

Edinburgh Zoo has announced that its latest scientific data suggests Tian Tian the giant panda is pregnant and may give birth at the end of this month.

Tian Tian sleeps in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in April 2014 Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Iain Valentine, director of giant pandas, said: "It is very likely that we will not know 100% if Tian Tian is pregnant until she gives birth; however very new scientific tests will give us a strong indication".

Last year, Tian Tian became pregnant through artificial insemination, but lost the cub at a late stage in her pregnancy.

Man to be re-tried for 1970s murders of two teens

A man cleared of murdering two young women is to be re-tried, prosecutors said.

Angus Sinclair, 68, was indicted for the 1977 murders of Christine Eadie and Helen Scott.

Christine Eadie (left) and Helen Scott were murdered in 1977. Credit: Lothian and Borders Police/PA Wire

The two 17 year-old girls were last seen leaving the World's End bar in Edinburgh. Their unclothed bodies were found a day later.

Mr Sinclair stood trial in 2007 accused of their murders and was acquitted of the charges, which he had denied.

Earlier this year, judges granted prosecution the right to re-try him under the new double jeopardy laws passed in 2011.

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'No poles required' billboard next to UKIP poster

A camping gear advert with the slogan "No poles required!" appeared next to a UKIP election campaign billboard.

Billboards in the Granton area of Edinburgh Credit: SWNS Group

The advertisement for inflatable tent technology was photographed next to the party's campaign poster for the upcoming European election.

A spokesman for Clear Channel, the company responsible for the posters, said they were put up at the same time."We can understand why people would make the connection, but at the same time one is for an election campaign on European bureaucracy and the other is an advert for camping supplies."

A statement from UKIP said there was "no deliberate intent."

Wall collapse school to re-open after pupil death

The Edinburgh school where a pupil was killed when a wall collapsed in the gym is to reopen after conducting structural checks, according to the local authority.

Liberton High has been closed as it underwent a safety inspection. Credit: PA

Edinburgh city council has given the go ahead for pupils and teachers to return to class after an internal inspection found nothing wrong with the rest of the building.

Keane Wallis-Bennett died when a free standing wall at Liberton High School collapsed on her as she was changing for a PE class on April 1.

The Council's education director has hinted to PE department may be demolished in the wake of the tragedy.

Funeral of pupil killed in wall collapse to be held

The funeral of a 12-year-old Edinburgh school girl who was killed when a wall collapsed on her will be held later today.

Liberton High School, in south Edinburgh will re-open after the Easter break. Credit: PA

Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally hurt when a free-standing wall collapsed on her at Liberton High School on April 1.

Her family have asked mourners to wear bright colours to the funeral and it is believed her friends will wear onesies for the service at Mortonhall Crematorium.

The school is due to open on 22 April following the Easter break.

The gym building where Keane died will remain closed, and could be demolished following the completion of a police investigation.

Council vows to prevent repeat of tragic wall collapse

Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, died after a wall collapsed in a changing room at her school. Credit: Facebook

Edinburgh City Council says it has cordoned off a number of areas in schools after a wall collapsed on and killed 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett.

An investigation by the council into walls at several schools found no concerns, but some areas had been sectioned off "as a precaution until the end of term".

The council's chief executive, Sue Bruce, said: “This has been a dreadful incident and my deepest sympathies, and those of my colleagues, are with the family and friends of Keane.

“The Council has taken immediate action and we are determined to provide reassurance to parents, pupils and the people of Edinburgh that we will do everything in our power to prevent anything like this happening again.

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