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Headteacher pays tribute to 'fun-loving' Preston

The headteacher of Preston Flores' school has paid tribute to the seven-year-old, who has died after suffering severe burns in an incident on Good Friday near his home in Aberdeen.

Seven-year-old Preston Flores died after suffering severe burns on Good Friday Credit: Newsline Media

Michelle McKay, acting head of Sunnybank school said:

"Preston was a lively and competitive little boy who loved football, PE and all sorts of outdoor activities, as well as board games, baking and building with Lego.

"He was a fun-loving boy with a great sense of humour and lots of friends. He loved his family too, and was always sharing with us the latest news about his new baby brother.

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Pensions 'better protected with risks spread across UK'

Pensions have a more secure future if the "risks are spread across the UK" than if Scotland choses to be an independent nation, according to Gordon Brown.

In a speech given later today the former Prime Minister will say:

The SNP Government has said the case for independence should be judged on whether Scotland would benefit financially or not.

It is clear that pensioners are better protected when the risks are spread across the UK and it is also clear that, in the year the SNP want independence, the Scots pension bill alone is three times the income from oil revenues.

Indeed the best deal for poorer pensioners is the redistribution of resources we have negotiated within the UK which allowed pensioner poverty in Scotland to fall under Labour, from 33% in 1997 to 11% when we left office.

– Gordon Brown

'Pensioner time bomb' if Scotland goes it alone

Scotland faces a "pensions time bomb" if it choses to leave the union in September's referendum, according to former prime minister Gordon Brown.

Read: Defence chiefs warn against Scottish independence

Gordon Brown
Independence will put pensioners in a precarious position, Gordon Brown will say. Credit: PA

Read: Salmond: 'Bluff and bluster' over pound is just tactics

Pensions will be more secure and cheaper to administer if Scotland remains in the UK, the Scottish Labour MP will say in his first speech for the cross-party Better Together campaign.

However, if Scotland leaves the union, the first annual pension bill would be "three times the income from oil", the former Labour party leader is expected to say in his speech.

And it faces a "pensioner time bomb" as the number of elderly people is growing faster than the working age population, an internal Department of Work and Pensions memo procured by Mr Brown said.

Read: Unionists 'could lose independence poll'

Mother thanks medical staff caring for burned boy

The mother of a seven-year-old boy who was badly burned in a city street has thanked the medical staff caring for him.

Preston Flores was found "on fire" by neighbours in Bedford Avenue, Aberdeen, on Friday at about 2pm.

It is thought petrol could have been involved. He was taken to hospital in Aberdeen before being transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh in a critical condition.

We are very grateful for everything that has been done to help Preston and his family at this extremely difficult time. On behalf of us all I want to thank the medical staff and the emergency services for all they are doing to help us.

We are also very appreciative of the support of our friends and the local Bedford community as well as the wider public. We thank everyone for their help in our time of need and would kindly request that we are now allowed our privacy to deal with this as a family ourselves.

– Luisza, mother of Preston Flores

Police said there had been "no evidence of any deliberate act".

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Toys and flowers left outside house after toddler death

Tributes left for a two-year-old, whose death is being treated as suspicious.
Tributes left for a two-year-old, whose death is being treated as suspicious. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Toys and flowers have been left outside a house after a two-year-old girl died in Scotland.

Read more: Two-year-old girl's death 'treated as suspicious'

Police outside a property, after the death of a two-year-old.
Police outside a property, after the death of a two-year-old. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Two-year-old girl's death 'treated as suspicious'

Police are treating the death of a two-year-old girl in Scotland yesterday evening as "suspicious".

Officers were called to a property in the town of Kelty following a "report of concern" for the child's welfare.

The girl was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Kirkcaldy.

Police Scotland said: "Inquiries are at an early stage but police are treating her death as suspicious".

Photo released of 7-year-old boy found 'on fire'

Preston Flores is in a critical condition in hospital. Credit: Newsline Media

An image has been released of Preston Flores, the 7-year-old boy who suffered serious burns after neighbours found him "on fire" in the street in Aberdeen.

Flores has been moved to a specialist hospital unit and remains in a critical condition, police said.

Badly burned boy named as 7-year-old Preston Flores

A young boy who was badly burned in a Scottish city street has been moved to a specialist hospital unit and remains in a critical condition, police said.

Seven-year-old Preston Flores was found "on fire" by shocked neighbours in Bedford Avenue, Aberdeen, on Friday at about 2pm.It is thought petrol could have been involved.

Read more: Seven-year-old in hospital after Aberdeen 'petrol incident'

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