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Andy Murray 'honoured' to receive Freedom of Stirling

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said he felt honoured to receive the Freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy.

Murray was awarded the Freedom of Stirling - the greatest civic honour the local authority can give - during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High this morning.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray smiles widely as he holds the Freedom of Stirling. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The reigning Olympic champion said the honours were "a bit different but mean just as much".

"Every time I come back here the support has been overwhelming," he said. "It's just always nice to come back and see the support and meet friends and family in Dunblane. I miss home."

Safety checks after explosion at OAP couple's home

Officials attend the scene of devastation after a blast in Scotland which put an elderly couple in hospital and wrecked most of their home. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The damage was caused by a suspected gas explosion at around 5:30am at the house in Murdiston Avenue in Callander, near Stirling. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Nine neighbouring houses were evacuated. Residents are expected to return to their homes tonight after safety checks are completed. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire


Salmond: House explosion will be taken 'very seriously'

First minister Alex Salmond has commented on the house explosion that caused an elderly couple to be admitted to hospital.

Speaking at Holyrood to Bruce Crawford, the SNP's constituency MSP for Stirling, he said:

Of course the expressions of concern from the constituency member will be shared across the chamber. Obviously we shouldn't draw conclusions, there has been no investigation as yet.

But I can assure that this matter will be taken very seriously by both the authorities and by Government ministers.

We join with Bruce Crawford in sending our sympathies to those affected by this incident.

– First Minister Alex Salmond

Explosion 'totally destroys' elderly couple's house

Two pensioners were taken to hospital this morning after an explosion "totally destroyed" their house.

Marianne Cunningham, 74, was taken to Forth Valley Royal Infirmary with minor injuries before later being discharged.

Robin Cunningham, 77, was airlifted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary by helicopter, where he remains in a stable condition.

It is thought that a gas leak caused the explosion.

The wreckage of the elderly couple's house in Callander, Scotland Credit: STV News
The wreckage of the elderly couple's house in Callander, Scotland Credit: STV News
The wreckage of the elderly couple's house in Callander, Scotland Credit: STV News

Nine houses evacuated after explosion

The location of the house explosion in Callander, Stirling Credit: Google Maps

Nine houses in Murdiston Avenue and nearby Aveland Road in Callander, Stirling, have been evacuated after a house explosion.

Chief Inspector Russell Penman said: "The house has been totally demolished as a result of the explosion.

"We are treating this as a suspected gas leak and inquiries are at a very early stage to establish the cause. Scotland Gas Networks are in attendance and working with us."