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Police: No evidence fire incident was a deliberate act

Police investigating how a young boy got seriously burned after being "on fire" in a city street say there is no evidence so far of any deliberate act.

A neighbour said he was on fire from the neck down.

Chief inspector Nick Topping, the local Police Scotland area commander, said

So far there has been no evidence of any deliberate act and our inquiries continue.

We are supporting the family at this time and are continuing to speak to members of the local community to establish the full circumstances.

Bomb squad called to tower block in Edinburgh

A tower block has been evacuated as bomb disposal crews investigate the discovery of "suspicious items".

Fidra Court, in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh, was evacuated last night.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police responding to a fire at Fidra Court this evening discovered a number of suspicious items. "Properties in the area are being evacuated."

Bomb disposal experts are at the scene, the spokesman confirmed.

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Police say Aberdeen incident 'involved petrol'

Police in Aberdeen have issued a statement confirming that a seven-year-old boy suffered burns this afternoon after an incident that "involved petrol".

A seven-year-old boy is undergoing treatment following an incident in Bedford Avenue in Aberdeen. It was reported to us at 2pm this afternoon. The incident involves petrol and the boy has quite serious burns. Police are at the scene and following a positive line of inquiry."

Seven-year-old burns victim 'screaming and crying'

Eyewitnesses have described the scenes after a seven-year-old boy suffered burns in an incident in Aberdeen this afternoon.

Victoria Jayne Pirie said the boy was on fire from "the neck downwards", while Shona Henderson described the boy's clothes "sticking to his skin" before somebody poured water over him to douse the flames.

Police have said they are investigating the incident and trying to establish whether petrol was involved.

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

Seven-year-old boy burned in 'petrol' incident

A seven-year-old boy is being treated for serious burns after reports that he was "on fire" in an Aberdeen street.

The incident happened in Bedford Avenue, Aberdeen. Credit: Google Maps

Police said they received "reports of a boy on fire" at around 2pm and are following a positive line of inquiry.

Petrol was said to have been used in the incident and the boy was taken to Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital where his injuries have been described as serious.

A force spokesman said: "A seven-year-old boy is undergoing treatment following an incident in Bedford Avenue in Aberdeen. It was reported to us at 2pm this afternoon.

"The incident involves petrol and the boy has quite serious burns. Police are at the scene and following a positive line of inquiry."

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Hammond: Scotland 'yes vote' means defence jobs risk

Thousands of defence jobs will be at risk if Scotland votes for independence in September, according to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond issued a speech to workers at Thales, a firm which has supplied every periscope used by the Royal Navy
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond issued a speech to workers at Thales, a firm which has supplied every periscope used by the Royal Navy Credit: Associated Press

Mr Hammond warned workers at the Glasgow-based firm Thales that their future prosperity, and that of their families, would be put in jeopardy by a Yes vote for independence.

He said: "The creation of a border between this facility and its largest customer will put at jeopardy the future prosperity of this business, the people who work in it and their families and dependents."

"If we were to separate, then the future of the defence industry in Scotland that depends on MoD orders will be put at risk," he added.

Trident will not go 'quick and easy', warns Hammond

The UK's nuclear deterrent, Trident, will not be got rid of "quick and easy" if Scotland votes for independence, the Defence Secretary is expected to say.

He (Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond) also wants to dictate the timescales for removing our nuclear deterrent within the first term of Parliament following independence.

But Alex Salmond knows, as I know, that the future of our naval base at Faslane would be just one of many defence issues that would be the subject of long and protracted negotiations if there were to be a Yes vote in the referendum.

Because if they insist that it has to go, there would have to be complex talks about the costs and timescales involved. Any notion that it would be quick and easy is just plain wrong.

– Philip Hammond

Read: Hammond warns of 'long negotiations' over UK defence

Hammond warns of 'long negotiations' over UK defence

There will be "long and protracted negotiations" over the future of Britain's defences and armed forces if Scotland votes to become independent this September, according to Philip Hammond.

Read: Alex Salmond: Let Scotland decide its own future

Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond dubbed the union "precious". Credit: PA

Read: Davey: Scottish independence would 'hinder energy sector'

The Defence Secretary will outline his argument for Scotland remaining in the union in a speech at electronics company Thales Optronics in Glasgow, touching on issues like Trident nuclear weapons.

He will say that defence "provides the security and the peace of mind that underpins almost every single other area of this debate".

He will add: "What we have is precious... It is our shared history, our common values and our unity of purpose which makes us what we are today. It is Scotland which makes the UK united, and adds the Great to Great Britain.

"Drawn from the four corners of these islands, nothing epitomises more the strength we derive from being a United Kingdom than the men and women in our Navy, Army and Air Force, coming together with a common purpose, to keep our country and our people safe and secure."

Read: Unionists 'could lose independence poll'

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