Care home deaths data released following pressure to publish

Statistics previously being withheld show 3774 death notifications related to Covid-19 were received by Care Inspectorate.

Care homes: Almost 4000 people died with Covid-19 during the pandemic. Jasper Chamber via IStock
Care homes: Almost 4000 people died with Covid-19 during the pandemic.

Almost 4000 people died with Covid-19 in care homes across Scotland, according to data released on Wednesday that was previously being withheld.

Statistics released by the Care Inspectorate show that 3774 death notifications related to Covid-19 deaths in care homes were received between March 16, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

A collaborative project by STV News, The Herald, The Scotsman and DC Thomson had asked for the information as part of an effort to report the full scale of the pandemic on the care sector.  

Details of the number of deaths in individual care homes across Scotland from coronavirus were being withheld by the Care Inspectorate and the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in a move that the information watchdog said lacked “transparency”.  

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Data released from the Care Inspectorate showed the watchdog recorded more coronavirus-related deaths in care homes than the National Records of Scotland (NRS) – 3774 between March 16 2020 and March 31, 2021 – although it said its data could not be of the same quality.

The NRS said a total of 3317 people in total have died in care homes in Scotland, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. The Care Inspectorate number is higher because it includes care home residents who died in other settings, such as hospitals.

The NRS released data on Wednesday showing the number of deaths in individual care homes across Scotland from coronavirus.

Deaths involving COVID-19 occurring in Care Homes by Institution

Ayrshire & Arran
NameTotal
Haylie House Residential Home, Largs1
South Beach House, Ardrossan3
Grange Nursing Home, Kilmarnock1
Torrance Lodge Nursing Home, Hurlford6
Abbeyfield House, Irvine6
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Ardrossan6
Craigie Nursing Home, Kilmarnock4
Buckreddan Care Centre, Kilwinning6
Gracelands Nursing Home, Kilmarnock9
Howard House Nursing Home, Kilmarnock5
Arran View Care Home, Saltcoats16
Thorntoun Estate Nursing Home, Kilmarnock2
Springhill Home, Kilmarnock3
Spiers Care Home, Beith13
Shalom Nursing Home, Dreghorn2
Cumnor Hall Home, Ayr4
Westbank Nursing Home, Troon8
Windyhall Private Nursing Home, Ayr5
South Lodge Residential Home, Ayr6
Queen’s Care Home, Prestwick9
Templeton House Care Home, Ayr6
Belhaven Nursing Home, Troon1
Glenfairn Nursing Home, Ayr9
Airlie House, Ayr2
Rozelle Holm Farm Care Home, Ayr8
The Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr3
Burnfoot House Care Home, Patna13
Glebe House Care Home, Dalmellington4
Dalmellington Care Centre, Dalmellington12
Dundonald House Nursing Home, Dundonald4
Bute House Nursing Home, Cumnock4
Cumbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Irvine2
Greenbank Nursing Home, Irvine1
Fullarton Nursing Home, Irvine22
Claremont Care Home, Ayr15
Glennie House Care Home, Auchinleck1
Crossgate Care Centre, Kilmarnock11
Berelands House Care Home, Prestwick22
Caledonia Care Home, Saltcoats7
Borders
NameTotal
Peebles Nursing Home, Peebles1
Knowesouth Care Home, Near Jedburgh1
Deanfield Residential Home, Hawick2
Grove House, Kelso3
St Margaret’s Nursing Home, Hawick4
Lennel House Care Centre, Coldstream4
Saltgreens Residential Home, Eyemouth10
St Ronan’s House, Innerleithen3
SB Cares, Tweedbank1
Dumfries & Galloway
NameTotal
Alma House, Dalbeattie8
Briery Park, Thornhill1
Cornwall Park, Newton Stewart1
Queensberry Private Nursing Home, Sanquhar1
Lydiafield Care Home, Annan1
Fleet Valley Care Home, Gatehouse of Fleet3
Dryfemount Residential Home, Lockerbie2
Charnwood Lodge, Dumfries7
Thorney Croft Residential Home, Stranraer13
Westfield House Residential Home, Lockerbie5
Fife
NameTotal
Earlsferry House, Elie5
Pitlair House, Bow of Fife1
Westpark Nursing Home, Leslie13
Methilhaven Home, Methil1
Balfarg Nursing Home, Glenrothes4
Leven Beach Nursing Home, Leven1
St Serf’s Residential Home, Newport-on-Tay2
Chapel Level Nursing Home, Kirkcaldy6
Raith Manor Care Home, Kirkcaldy3
Ladywalk House, Anstruther1
Methven House, Kirkcaldy15
Napier House Care Home, Glenrothes4
Matthew Fyfe Residential Home, Dunfermline1
Bandrum Nursing Home, Dunfermline5
Leys Park Nursing Home, Dunfermline1
Jean Mackie Centre, Dunfermline1
Canmore Lodge Nursing Home, Dunfermline13
Gowrie House Nursing Home, Kirkcaldy2
Craigie House, Crossgates3
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Kinglassie1
Scoonie House, Leven4
Henderson House Care Home, Dalgety Bay3
Beeches Nursing Home, Dunfermline1
Lomond Court Nursing Home, Glenrothes15
Woodside Court, Glenrothes7
Ostlers House, Kirkcaldy6
Lindsay House, Lumphinnans11
Forth Bay Nursing Home, Kincardine8
Orchard Head House, Rosyth5
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Methil4
Abbotsford Nursing Home, Newburgh1
Glenburnie Care Home, Leven1
Strathview Residential Care Home, Auchtermuchty2
Auchtermairnie Care Home, by Kennoway3
Alexander House Nursing Home, Crossgates1
Benore Care Home, Lochore2
Mossview at The Opera, Lochgelly6
Preston House Nursing Home, Glenrothes3
Roselea House, Cowdenbeath1
Headwell House Nursing Home, Dunfermline1
Forth Valley
NameTotal
Stirling Health and Care Village, Stirling1
Strathcarron Hospice, Denny15
Wallside Grange Nursing Home, Tamfourhill1
Burnbrae Home, Falkirk4
Airthrey Care Nursing Home, Airth8
Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home, Bonnybridge2
Summerford House, Falkirk4
Thorntree Mews Nursing Home, Falkirk1
Grahamston House, Falkirk1
Bo’ness Care Home, Bo’ness3
Kinnaird Manor Nursing Home, Falkirk16
Caledonian Court Care Home, Larbert21
Wallace View Care Home, Stirling1
Strathendrick Home, Balfron1
Ashlea House Care Home, Callander4
Randolph Hill Nursing Home, Dunblane4
Blanefield House, Blanefield5
Ivybank House Nursing Home, Polmont3
Forthbank Care Centre, Stirling4
Orchard Nursing Home, Tullibody20
Fairview Nursing Home, Bannockburn17
Newcarron Court Nursing Centre, Falkirk24
Carrondale Nursing Home, Carron2
Annfield House Nursing Home, Stirling14
Barleystone Court Nursing Home, Westquarter1
Gowanlea, Bannockburn3
Beechwood Park Nursing Home, Sauchie6
Hillview Court Care Centre, Sauchie11
Parklands Care Home, Alloa6
Glenbervie Care Home, Larbert2
Grampian
NameTotal
Balnagask House, Torry1
Bellfield House, Banchory3
Hawkhill House Nursing Home, Milltimber5
Broomhill Park, Aberdeen2
Inchmarlo House Nursing Home, Banchory9
Alastrean House, Tarland5
Woodside House Nursing Home, Aberdeen5
Persley Castle Nursing Home, Aberdeen8
Maryfield West Nursing Home, Aberdeen9
Rosewell House, Aberdeen4
Rubislaw Park Care Home, Aberdeen15
Kirk Lodge Nursing Home, Laurencekirk1
Deeside Care Home, Aberdeen15
Fairview House Nursing Home, Danestone14
Cowdray Club Nursing Home, Aberdeen5
Eastleigh Retirement Home, Peterculter1
Castle Lodge Nursing Home, Inverbervie1
Badenscoth House, Rothienorman5
Ythanvale, Ellon6
Overdon House, Kintore1
Faithlie Eventide Home, Fraserburgh1
Wyndwell House Nursing Home, Peterhead9
Crimond House Nursing Home, Fraserburgh7
The Grove Nursing Home, Kemnay2
Kirkburn Court, Peterhead13
Kynnaird House Nursing Home, Fraserburgh3
Abbeyside Nursing Home, Elgin1
Glenisla Home, Keith5
Wakefield House Nursing Home, Buckie1
Parklands Nursing Home, Buckie3
Edenholme Care Home, Aberdeenshire5
Bennachie View Care Home, Inverurie2
Meadowlark Nursing Home, Forres1
Laurels Lodge Nursing Home, Woodside8
Havencourt Nursing Home, Stonehaven5
Auchtercrag Care Home, Ellon5
St Modans Care Home, Fraserburgh1
Mowat Court Nursing Home, Stonehaven11
Kingswells Care Home, Aberdeen11
Abbeyvale Nursing Home, Elgin1
Pitcairn Lodge Nursing Home, Skene16
Riverside Nursing Home, Aberdeen3
Torry Nursing Home, Aberdeen23
Grandholm Care Home, Bridge of Don9
Tor-Na-Dee Care Home, Aberdeen16
Greater Glasgow & Clyde
NameTotal
Glenfield Nursing Home, Greenock4
Belleaire House, Greenock2
Marchmont, Port Glasgow6
Little Sisters of the Poor, Greenock1
Ardgowan Hospice, Greenock1
Bagatelle Nursing Home, Greenock5
Balclutha Court Nursing Home, Greenock11
St Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood4
Nightingale House, Paisley4
Norwood House Nursing Home, Barrhead7
Littleinch Care Home, Inchinnan9
Accord Hospice, Paisley1
Craigielea Care Centre, Renfrew3
Erskine Home, Bishopton34
Lancefield Care Home, Johnstone1
Hillside View Nursing Home, Paisley7
Millview Nursing Home, Barrhead5
Kyle Court Nursing Home, Paisley6
Braemount Nursing Home, Paisley22
Merino Court Nursing Home, Greenock3
Castleview Nursing Home, Dumbarton11
Alt-Na-Craig Nursing Home, Greenock2
Cochrane Care Home, Johnstone14
Ranfurly Care Home, Johnstone5
Elderslie Care Home, Paisley23
Swinton Hill Care Home, Baillieston2
Ashton Grange Care Centre, Glasgow9
Mossvale Care Home, Glasgow6
Greenfield Park Care Centre, Glasgow7
Golfhill Nursing Home, Glasgow6
Adams House, Elderslie4
Four Hills Nursing Home, Glasgow2
St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Glasgow6
Campsie View Nursing Home, Kirkintilloch6
Ashgill Care Home, Glasgow3
Eastwood Court, Giffnock11
Wellmeadow Lodge Nursing Home, Newton Mearns7
Cartvale Nursing Home, Glasgow5
Whitecraigs Nursing Home, Thornliebank13
Oxton House Rest Home, Glasgow1
Nazareth House, Glasgow10
St Francis Nursing Home, Glasgow4
Applecross Care Home, Glasgow1
Kinning Park Nursing Home, Glasgow3
Silverburn Care Home, Glasgow10
Parkhouse Manor Nursing Home, Barrhead5
Crossmyloof Resource Centre, Glasgow10
Rowandale Nursing Home, Glasgow1
Darnley Court Nursing Home, Glasgow26
Ailsa Craig Nursing Home, Glasgow22
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, Clydebank11
Balmanno House, Glasgow4
David Cargill House, Glasgow7
Edinbarnet Nursing Home, Hardgate4
Erskine Glasgow Home, Glasgow13
Clarence Court, Broomhill10
Quayside Nursing Home, Glasgow11
Oakbridge Nursing Home, Glasgow7
Hillview Care Home, Clydebank25
Mavisbank Nursing Home, Bishopbriggs12
Greyfriars Nursing Home, Glasgow2
Northgate House, Balornock6
Chester Park Care Home, Glasgow9
Eastbank Nursing Home, Glasgow3
Buchanan Lodge Nursing Home, Bearsden7
Arcadia Gardens Care Centre, Glasgow6
Montrose Care Home, Paisley1
Hector House, Glasgow1
Renfrew Care Home, Renfrew2
Baillieston Nursing Home, Glasgow3
Deanfield Nursing Home, Glasgow15
Hawthorn House, Glasgow9
Stobhill Nursing Home, Glasgow4
Orchard Grove Nursing Home, Glasgow11
Broomfield Court Nursing Home, Glasgow5
Riverside Care Home, Glasgow13
Wyndford Locks Nursing Home, Glasgow9
Crosslet Care Home, Dumbarton11
Talbot Association, Glasgow1
Buchanan House Care Home, Bearsden15
Birdston Nursing Home, Milton of Campsie11
Haydale Nursing Home, Glasgow10
Almond View, Glasgow11
Florence House Nursing Home, Glasgow1
Westacres Care Home, Newton Mearns16
Craigend Gardens Nursing Home, Glasgow1
Craigbank Nursing Home, Possilpark4
Oakview Manor Care Home, Glasgow18
Ardencraig Care Home, Glasgow3
Burnfield Care Home, Giffnock7
Almond Court Nursing Home, Glasgow10
Clyde Court Care Home, Clydebank1
Littleinch Erskine Care Home, Erskine4
Larkfield Care Centre, Greenock12
Jordanhill House, Glasgow1
Burlington Court Care Home, Glasgow17
Erskine Park Care Home, Bishopton16
Westerfield Care Centre, Paisley9
Crannog Care Home, Glasgow2
Hunterhill Care Home, Paisley6
Abbotsford House, Bearsden1
Kincaid House, Greenock8
Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow14
Cumbrae House Nursing Home, Glasgow9
Westerton Care Home, Bearsden23
3 Bridges Care Home, Glasgow16
Mugdock House Care Home, Bearsden16
Antonine House, Bearsden7
Mosswood Care Home, Linwood8
Balquhidder House Care Home, Alexandria11
Mearns House Care Home, Newton Mearns2
Springvale Care Home, Lennoxtown5
Jenny’s Well Care Home, Paisley7
Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Dumbreck Road6
Milngavie Manor, Milngavie10
Bonnyholm Gardens Care Home, Glasgow4
Kingsacre Care Home, Duntocher6
Queens Quay House, Clydebank1
Highland
NameTotal
Ashgrove Care Home, Kirn13
Lochside Care Home, Helensburgh1
Northwood House, Helensburgh6
Meallmore Lodge Nursing Home, Inverness4
Highland Hospice, Inverness1
Highview House Nursing Home, Inverness1
Grandview Nursing Home, Grantown-on-Spey1
Castle Gardens Nursing Home, Invergordon18
Home Farm Nursing Home, Portree, Isle of Skye11
Mull Hall Residential Home, Invergordon9
Fodderty House Residential Home, Dingwall5
Kintyre House Residential Home, Invergordon10
Lanarkshire
NameTotal
Flemington House Nursing Home, Cambuslang15
Dunvegan Residential Home, Cambuslang1
Greencross Nursing Home, Cambuslang1
Rowantree/Rodgerpark Care Home, Rutherglen20
Duncraggan Rest Home, Rutherglen4
Georgia Park Care Home, Cambuslang6
Bothwell Castle Care Home, Uddingston10
St Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie3
Darroch Nursing Home, Cumbernauld8
Rawyards House Nursing Home, Airdrie4
Rannoch Lodge Nursing Home, Condorrat10
Craig En Goyne Nursing Home, Kilsyth7
Centenary House Nursing Home, Coatbridge1
Cumbernauld Nursing Home, Cumbernauld4
Abbeydale Court Care Home, Hamilton9
Murdostoun Castle Nursing Home, Wishaw1
Avondale Nursing Home, Motherwell8
Elaina Nursing Home, Wishaw2
Rosepark Nursing Home, Uddingston11
Hatton Lea Nursing Home, Bellshill14
Parksprings Care Home, Motherwell10
Kirknowe Nursing Home, Wishaw2
Avonbridge Nursing Home, Hamilton4
Wellhall Residential Home, Hamilton7
Muirpark Residential Home, Uddingston1
Cander Avon House, Stonehouse2
Meldrum Gardens Care Home, East Kilbride2
Forefaulds Nursing Home, Calderwood6
Abbeyfield Extra Care House, Rutherglen2
Clinton House Nursing Home, Larkhall5
Lornebank Nursing Home, Hamilton13
Abercorn House Nursing Home, Hamilton4
Westwood Nursing Home, East Kilbride7
Douglas View Nursing Home, Hamilton7
Kingsgate Care Home, East Kilbride6
Croftbank House Nursing Home, Uddingston14
Carrickstone House Nursing Home, Cumbernauld7
Deanston Nursing Home, Coatbridge7
Netherton Court Nursing Home, Wishaw5
Lower Johnshill Nursing Home,9
Highgate Nursing Home, Uddingston23
Whitehills Care Home, East Kilbride25
Lindsayfield Lodge Care Home, East Kilbride13
Morningside Care Home, Morningside5
Summerlee House, West Canal Street17
Beechwood Care Centre, Wishaw5
Woodside Care Home, Coatbridge8
Rosaburn House, East Kilbride7
Beechgrove Care Home, Lanark6
Cathkin House Care Centre, East Kilbride5
Lochside Manor Care Home, Bargeddie2
Bankhouse Residential Home, Lesmahagow11
Millbrae Care Home, Coatbridge9
Skye View Care Centre, Airdrie1
Kilbryde Hospice, Hairmyres7
Lothian
NameTotal
Milford House, Edinburgh4
Queens Bay Lodge, Joppa10
St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh4
St Anne’s Care Home, Musselburgh2
Trinity House Care Home, Edinburgh5
Astley House Nursing Home, North Berwick2
Eskgreen Retirement Home, Musselburgh6
Belgrave Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh3
Letham Park Care Home, Edinburgh12
Ferrylee Residential Home, Edinburgh1
Abbeyfield House, East Linton1
Jewel House Residential Home, Edinburgh10
Eagle Lodge Eventide Home, Edinburgh4
Lennox House Nursing Home, Edinburgh5
Florabank Residential Home, Haddington3
St Raphael’s Nursing Home, Edinburgh3
Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh5
Renaissance at Glencairn, Edinburgh1
The Barchester Archview Lodge, Dalkeith15
Morlich House, Edinburgh1
Davidson House, Edinburgh4
The Elms Residential Unit, Edinburgh15
Cluny Lodge Nursing Home, Edinburgh9
Lorimer House Nursing Home, Edinburgh8
Fords Road Residential Home, Edinburgh1
Southpark Retirement Home, Edinburgh1
Thornlea Nursing Home, Loanhead15
Braeside House, Edinburgh2
Highbank Residential Home, Eskbank7
Clovenstone House, Edinburgh10
Braid Hills Nursing Home, Edinburgh21
Jubilee Extra Care Home, Edinburgh4
Springfield Bank Nursing Home, Bonnyrigg19
Camilla House Nursing Home, Edinburgh9
Ashley Court, Edinburgh5
Drummond Grange Nursing Home, Lasswade22
Middleton Hall, Uphall13
Peacock Nursing Home, Livingston10
Meadowvale Nursing Home, Bathgate21
Livingston Nursing Home, Muireston14
Woodlands Nursing Home, Livingston12
Redmill Nursing Home, East Whitburn17
Whitdale House, Whitburn5
Crofthead House Nursing Home,2
Forthland Lodge, Edinburgh10
Craigshill Care Home, Livingston1
Victoria Manor Nursing Home, Edinburgh24
Burngrange Care Home, West Calder12
Marionville Care Home, Edinburgh9
Strachan House, Edinburgh3
Castlegreen Care Home, Edinburgh16
Newbyres Village Care Home, Gorebridge17
Broxburn Nursing Home, Broxburn1
Drumbrae Care Home, Edinburgh11
Drummohr Nursing Home, Musselburgh20
Linlithgow Nursing Home, Linlithgow5
Crookston Care Facility, Tranent1
Gilmerton Nursing Home, Edinburgh10
Tranent Care Home, Tranent18
Royston Court Care Home, Edinburgh4
Heatherfield Nursing Home, Armadale12
Tyneholm Stables Nursing Home, Tranent12
Erskine Home, Edinburgh1
Marian House, Edinburgh4
Blenham House, Edinburgh13
Guthrie House Care Home, Edinburgh27
North Merchiston Care Home, Edinburgh2
Holmesview Nursing Home, Broxburn4
Inch View Care Home, Edinburgh1
St Margarets Care Home, Edinburgh14
Cairdean Care Home, Edinburgh12
Thorburn Manor Nursing Home, Edinburgh9
Manor Grange Care Home, Edinburgh13
Northcare Manor Care Home, Edinburgh19
Haddington Care Home, Haddington5
Murrayside Care Home, Edinburgh1
Cramond Residence, Edinburgh1
Northcare Suites Care Home, Edinburgh1
Shetland
NameTotal
Wastview Care Centre, Walls5
Tayside
NameTotal
Craigie House Residential Home, Dundee1
Rose House Nursing Home, Dundee2
Balhousie St Ronan’s Care Home, Dundee2
Ferry House Residential Home, Broughty Ferry4
Orchar Nursing Home, Broughty Ferry3
St Mary’s Residential Home, Monifieth2
Bridge View Nursing Home, Dundee14
Turriff House, Dundee3
Rosebank Care Home, Dundee2
Kinloch Care Centre, Carnoustie3
The Barchester South Grange, Grange Road14
Elder Lea Manor Care Home, Broughty Ferry3
St Margaret’s Home, Dundee2
Carmichael House Nursing Home, Dundee2
Benvie Care Home, Dundee5
St Columba’s Nursing Home, Dundee7
Forebank Nursing Home, Dundee8
Menzieshill House, Dundee4
Ancaster House, Crieff2
Balhousie Crieff Care Home, Crieff1
Craigieknowes Care Home, Perth14
The Barchester Ochil, Perth5
Crieff & District Auxiliary Assoc, Crieff1
Balhousie Rumbling Bridge, Kinross9
Northlands Nursing Home, Blairgowrie1
Balhousie North Inch Care Home, Perth3
Strathtay House, Perth4
Glenhelenbank Residential Home, Perth4
Glencairn House Residential Home, Auchterarder3
Dorward House Residential Home, Montrose3
Monkbarns House, Arbroath1
Tarriebank House, Arbroath1
Lochbank Manor Care Home, Forfar7
Benholm Care Home, Forfar10
Finavon Court Care Home, Forfar1
The Barchester Fordmill, Montrose5
Lisden Nursing Home, Kirriemuir14
Bearehill Care Home, Brechin1
Ballumbie Court Care Home, Dundee9
Braehill Lodge Residential Home, Carnoustie2
Harestane Nursing Home, Dundee12
Willowbank House, Carnoustie1
Brookfield Residential Home, Carnoustie1
Meigle Country House, Meigle10
Redwood House Nursing Home, Broughty Ferry1
Tigh na Muirn Residential Home, Monifieth2
Lochleven Care Home, Broughty Ferry14
Balhousie North Grove Care Home, Perth7
Louisebrae Nursing Home, Perth12
Pitkerro Care Centre, Dundee11
Balhousie Pitlochry Care Home, Pitlochry1
Kendale Hall, Arbroath1
Beech Manor Care Home, Rosemount10
Western Isles
NameTotal
Bethesda, Stornoway2
Taigh A Chridhe Uile Naomh, Daliburgh, South Uist1
Source: National Records of Scotland, last retrieved 26 May 2021.

NRS, which has the responsibility to officially record all deaths in Scotland, had been asked to release the number of confirmed and suspected Covid-19 related deaths in each of Scotland’s care homes but had refused for almost eight months.

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NRS had supplied submissions from the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Care and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.

The joint request, submitted under freedom of information legislation, was rejected on a number of grounds by NRS – a decision that was overturned in a ruling by the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC).  

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “We are acutely aware of the potential distress and possible harm that publication of some information may cause. 

“Therefore, it is very important that data relating to deaths is considered in context to have a fuller understanding of the impact of the virus in care settings. Following a decision by the Information Commissioner and after internal review, the data has now been published. 

“We know from our inspections and our experience of the pandemic that the relationship between the quality of care experienced by people in care homes, and the impact of Covid-19 is complex. 

“We know that any care service can be affected by Covid-19 and that residents of care homes were tragically particularly vulnerable to the virus. We also know that the quality of care experienced by residents did not necessarily provide an indicator of the risks in relation to the virus.”

The figures from the Care Inspectorate show care homes accommodating older people were most affected.

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A total of 3761 deaths (99.7%) of care home deaths recorded were in such care homes, while 510 providers in this category reported at least one Covid-related death during the pandemic.

The Care Inspectorate spokesperson added: “Our findings relating to care homes indicate there may be relationships between a high number of deaths related to Covid-19 and size of service and geographical location, including urban or rural settings. 

“We continue to undertake analysis to help us better understand what we can learn from these findings to support quality improvement within the care sector. 

“The Care Inspectorate has worked closely with care providers, the Scottish Government and partners to support care services to respond to and recover from the pandemic and continues to do so.” 

In its ruling, the Information Commissioner said submissions by NRS in support of withholding the data were “speculative in nature”.

The government body had argued that the information could be “highly misleading when presented out of context”. However, the watchdog didn’t accept that disclosure would lead to “any confusion or misinterpretation”.  

Concerns raised included that the release of the data could “damage public confidence in the care home sector” and lead to financial difficulties for some providers. The arguments weren’t accepted by the Information Commissioner who ruled that NRS had “failed to comply” with the legislation.

Ordering the release of the data by June 28, the Information Commissioner said there was a “strong public interest in disclosure to ensure older people and their relatives have the necessary information to make an informed decision when choosing a care home or care home provider”.

A National Records of Scotland spokesperson: said: “NRS continues to publish a range of information on Covid-related mortality, including where the location of death is a care home.

“Our statistical analysis provides valuable information on characteristics of the deceased as well as presentation at health board and local authority level.

“Following review by the Scottish Information Commissioner of a FoI request to release data on individual care homes, NRS will make this data available in line with the original FoI request and the timeframe set out by the SIC.”

The ruling by the SIC came as legal concerns were also raised last week by a new report looking into patients being moved from hospitals to care homes in Scotland at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mental Welfare Commission’s new report into decision-making for people in hospital who lack capacity has studied a sample of all discharges from hospitals to care homes from March to May 2020.

Public Health Scotland said last month it “cannot rule out” a link between hospital discharges and Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, with nearly a third of those experiencing an outbreak.

The new report, Authority to Discharge, studied the detail of 457 moves – around 10% of the number reported at the time by Public Health Scotland – and found 20 of those to have been unlawful.

Speaking at a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing last Friday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The total number of people who sadly lost their lives to Covid-19 who were residents in care homes has been reported, so there is no masking of the scale of that.

“This was an issue about the publication of data that allowed that overall number to be broken down to individual care homes – that wouldn’t have changed the overall number.

“There is an absolute determination on the part of me, everybody in the government and I think all of us to learn on every possible lesson from what we’ve been through in the past 14 months, so that we can have proper scrutiny and accountability.

“But, more fundamentally, so that we can learn the right lessons – that’s why I want to see a public inquiry get up and running as quickly as possible, but it’s also why we will continue to learn the lessons as we go from the data.”

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said that those responsible must be held accountable.

He said: “This is utterly shameful. The SNP Government breached legislation and kept the scale of care home deaths secret for eight months.

“This is another devastating blow for the care home residents and families who have been denied justice. Those responsible must be held accountable and lessons must be learned.

“We need a Scottish public inquiry without delay.”

Care home deaths related to Covid-19 by local authority: (Source: Care Inspectorate)

Aberdeen City – 171
Aberdeenshire – 129
Angus – 69
Argyll & Bute – 21
City of Edinburgh – 385
Clackmannanshire – 45
Dumfries & Galloway – 54
Dundee City – 104
East Ayrshire – 94
East Dunbartonshire – 120
East Lothian – 81
East Renfrewshire -92
Falkirk – 100
Fife – 182
Glasgow City – 537
Highland – 65
Inverclyde – 60
Midlothian – 101
Moray – 11
Na h-Eileanan Siar – 2
North Ayrshire – 94
North Lanarkshire – 213
Orkney – 0
Perth & Kinross – 103
Renfrewshire – 214
Scottish Borders – 36
Shetland Islands – 5
South Ayrshire – 118
South Lanarkshire – 291
Stirling – 54
West Dunbartonshire – 85
West Lothian – 138

Most coronavirus-related deaths by care home: (Source: National Records of Scotland)

Erskine Home, Renfrewshire (Erskine Hospital) – 34
Guthrie House, Edinburgh (Four Seasons) – 27
Darnley Court, Glasgow (HC-One) – 26
Whitehills Care, South Lanarkshire (Thistle Healthcare) – 25
Hillview, West Dunbartonshire (Advinia) – 25
Newcarron Court, Falkirk (Advinia) – 24
Elderslie, Renfrewshire (Advinia) – 23
Highgate, North Lanarkshire (HC-One) – 23
Torry, Aberdeen (Renaissance) – 23
Westerton, East Dunbartonshire (Bearsden Care) – 23
Victoria Manor, Edinburgh (HC-One) – 24
Ailsa Craig, Glasgow (HC-One) – 22
Fullarton, Irvine (HC-One) – 22
Berelands House, Prestwick (Priory) – 22
Drummond Grange, Midlothian (Barchester) – 22
Braemount, Renfrewshire (Advinia) – 22
Caledonian Court, Falkirk (Care UK) – 21
Rowantree/Rodger Park, South Lanarkshire (Advinia) – 20
Orchard Nursing Home, Clackmannanshire (HC-One) – 20
Drummohr Care Home, East Lothian (HC-One) – 20

Tartan Army fans celebrate Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England

Supporters were out in force celebrating the result which keeps Scotland's Euro 2020 hopes alive.

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Tartan Army fans gathered in London to celebrate Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England.

Scotland put in a superb performance to earn a draw with England at Wembley on Friday night in their second game of Euro 2020.

A win over Croatia at Hampden on Tuesday should be enough to reach their first ever major tournament knockout stage.

Supporters were out in force in London celebrating the result which keeps Scotland’s Euro 2020 hopes alive.

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Clean-up under way at Leicester Square.
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A large-scale clean-up is under way on Saturday morning at Leicester Square after fans congregated in the area the night before to celebrate the much-anticipated match.

Red flares were set off as crowds gathered together following the result.

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Euro hopes: Scotland fans celebrate draw with England.

Many fans were wearing kilts and draped in Scotland flags, singing and cheering in the popular tourist spot.

Others kicked footballs and many belted out the Scottish national anthem and chanted “No Scotland, no party”.

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The Metropolitan Police said officers entered Leicester Square at about 12.45am and encouraged those still at the scene to leave the area, with the square finally cleared by 1.15am.

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No Scotland, no party: Crowds gather in Leicester Square.

A total of 30 people were arrested in central London as part of the policing operation for the Euros clash.

The force added 25 of the arrests were in central London while five people were arrested in the vicinity of Wembley.

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Fans were seen climbing into the fountain of William Shakespeare.

Scotland Yard said in a tweet: “13 arrests were for public order offences, six for drunk and disorderly, four for assault on police, three for assault, two related to Class A drugs and one each for breaching a dispersal order and breaching a banning order.”

Meanwhile in Scotland, fans displayed their home support by gathering in Glasgow’s George Square to celebrate the result.

Supporters also gathered at an official Euros fan zone in Glasgow to watch the Auld Enemy clash.

It was the biggest event in the city since the pandemic began despite concerns it could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

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Home support: Scots watch the game at Glasgow’s fan zone.
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Up to 6000 people each day – split into two 3000 sessions – have been able to watch Euros matches at Glasgow Green if they have a ticket.

Following the game, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Yes, sir, you all boogied.”

This week, thousands of Scotland fans travelled to London despite warnings they should not go unless they have a match ticket, or a safe place to watch the game.

Wembley only had 25% capacity for the game, and Scotland supporters were not able to access the traditional Trafalgar Square meeting place as it had been reserved as a fan zone for key workers.

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We’ll be coming: Scotland fans in London.

The First Minister urged members of the Tartan Army to “please, please, please try to behave in a way that is a safe as possible”.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s Covid briefing on Friday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The virus doesn’t care about football, it is not going to give you a free pass because you are there celebrating a football match.”


McVitie’s workers protest over hundreds of job losses

Almost 500 workers at the biscuit factory were issued formal redundancy notices on Thursday.

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McVitie’s workers are protesting over the loss of almost 500 jobs at the biscuit factory in Glasgow.

Snack firm Pladis, the parent company of McVitie’s, issued formal redundancy notices to all 472 staff at the closure-threatened Tollcross plant on Thursday.

Disgruntled workers are gathering outside the Glasgow Fort M&S store on Saturday to hold a socially-distanced demonstration. The Tollcross site is a major manufacturer of mallow biscuits for the retail giant’s own products.

Following Thursday’s shock news, union bosses called for David Murray, managing director of Pladis, to be “hauled” before an “action group” panel of council, industry and union chiefs which was set up by the Scottish Government to save the factory.

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GMB Scotland organiser David Hume said the redundancy notices were an “act of extreme bad faith” and “a gross insult to hundreds of workers and their families who are fighting for their livelihoods and community”.

‘It’s their factory and their future, and they are going to keep fighting.’

GMB Scotland organiser David Hume

Speaking ahead of the demonstration, he said: “Our campaign to save jobs and bring-in new investment continues.

“It’s been a difficult few days’ for the Tollcross workforce, there’s no doubt about it, but the extreme bad faith shown by pladis over their redundancy notice announcement has only served to strengthen our members’ resolve.

“This demo is about sending a message to McVitie’s key clients like M&S, and to keep building support among the good people of Glasgow, that pladis’ actions are unexplained and unjust, and that these workers can and should have a future in the East End.

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“It’s their factory and their future, and they are going to keep fighting.”


Former Commons Speaker John Bercow defects to Labour

Bercow said he regards the Tories under Boris Johnson as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

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Having stepped down as Speaker in 2019, he announced on Saturday that he joined Labour in recent weeks.

John Bercow, the former Conservative MP who became the scourge of Brexiteers as Commons Speaker, says he has switched allegiances to join the Labour Party.

Bercow said he regards the Tories under Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”.

Having stepped down as Speaker after 10 years in 2019, he announced on Saturday that he joined Labour in recent weeks.

“I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. That is the Labour brand,” he told the Observer.

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“The conclusion I have reached is that this Government needs to be replaced. The reality is that the Labour Party is the only vehicle that can achieve that objective. There is no other credible option.”

Bercow served as a Conservative MP for 12 years until he was elected Speaker in 2009.

His career was dogged by allegations of bullying from parliamentary staff, accusations that he always denied.

Bercow was also the subject of intense ire from Brexit-supporting MPs who believed a series of rulings he made during his time as Speaker favoured Remain.

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In September 2019, he announced his intention to stand down from the role, as well as MP for Buckingham, and vacated the Speaker’s chair at the end of October that year.

He claimed last year there was a “conspiracy” to stop him getting a seat in the House of Lords.

Labour nominated him for a peerage after the Tories declined to do so, breaking with the long-standing convention that Speakers are elevated once they retire.

Asked if there is the possibility of being recommended for a peerage by Sir Keir Starmer, Bercow told the Observer: “There has been no such discussion and I have asked for no such thing. This isn’t about revenge. That is not what motivates me.”

The Labour leader’s office declined to comment on Bercow joining the party.


History beckons as Scotland team grows before our eyes

Vindication for Steve Clarke and Stephen O'Donnell as Billy Gilmour shows he was born to wear the Scotland shirt.

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Billy Gilmour was a stand-out player after making his first Scotland start.

It’s been the fixture of Jim Baxter, of Kenny Dalglish, and of Leigh Griffiths. It’s also been the fixture of Paul Gascoigne and Paul Scholes and countless others over the 149 years these rivals have been competing on the pitch.

On Friday night at Wembley, Scotland’s current crop stepped into the match that matters more than any others – and showed they can compete as well as anyone.

Steve Clarke’s players couldn’t quite come away from the spiritual home of English football with a victory, but an impressive showing let viewers across the continent know that Scotland are more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the bigger names at Euro 2020.

It would be easy to look at the scoreline and assume this was a backs-to-the-wall, heroic defence under siege, or a battling ‘gerrintaethum’ blood and thunder battle. It was neither.

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Steve Clarke salutes the Tartan Army at full-time.
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Clarke’s players were executing a clever game plan for sure, but they exhibited a level of control and assurance, while showcasing their own abilities. Storms had to be weathered at times, but Scotland weren’t just huff and puff and had their more fancied opponents rattled.

The result was vindication for the head coach, who had bristled at some of the reaction to the opening-day loss to Czech Republic. Clarke felt that criticism of the performance at Hampden was over the top, given the 23-year exile from major tournament football that preceded.

Nevertheless, he made changes to his team, with four coming in to the side and all excelling alongside teammates who raised their game.

‘Gilmour the cream of the crop’

Pick of the crop was Billy Gilmour, the Chelsea 20-year-old who was handed his first start. His inclusion was what everyone was talking about when the team sheets came out, his performance was what they were raving about long after the final whistle.

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Gilmour now looks a near-cert to face Croatia and to be a part of every Scotland game from here on in. His movement and passing helped set the tempo from the off, and if there was one thing needed to help settle the nerves, it was of the slight, unassuming youngster at the heart of the action, radiating confidence as he received the ball in tight spots only to emerge, head up, with options to survey.

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Billy Gilmour has earned rave reviews for his midfield performance.

Flanked by committed, energetic and intelligent performances from Callum McGregor and John McGinn, Scotland had a heart that was steady and drove the team on.

Clarke also made changes to the defence and it was an area that had prompted concern from plenty in the build-up.

There were plenty who worried that watching Harry Kane would be punishment, and fears that seeing Phil Foden pick holes in the back line would be like spending 90 minutes in a dentist’s chair.

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Instead Kieran Tierney returned to the back line and added a layer of solidity, alongside Grant Hanley, who has arguably been Scotland’s best player across the two Euro 2020 matches. With Scott McTominay dropping back to play on the right, the trio took on the direct battles and won them. Kane came into the game with 34 international goals, only two less than the entire Scotland squad, but he was restricted to just 19 touches and England’s leader and captain was hooked in the second half. He walked off with the look of a man who knows that his markers had ensured plenty of column inches about his crisis in form.

In attack, Clarke named two forwards in Che Adams and Lyndon Dykes, a statement that his side weren’t in London just to defend, and the pair exemplified the attitude the coach has instilled in his side. Both worked tirelessly, with Adams’ first touch ensuring that he always had space to bring others into the play or to have a pop at goal when he could.

On the flanks, captain Andy Robertson was his usual self, leading by example and contributing to defence and attack in equal measure. But on the other side of the park was a player who had been the subject of plenty pre-match discussion.

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Andy Robertson was in the thick of things as Scotland stood firm.

‘O’Donnell led by example’

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Stephen O’Donnell did not have a good game against Czech Republic and it was understandable and fair that people discussed the other options within the squad. O’Donnell was more than aware of the widespread criticism, but Clarke stuck by him and was rewarded with a display of tenacity, belief, discipline and no little skill. Had Jordan Pickford not got a hand to his well-struck volley, he would also have been the scorer of a goal that would have gone down in Scotland folklore.

It’s one of football’s well-worn phrases to talk about how young players who want to reach the top might want to watch one star or another and learn the tricks of the trade. If you’re looking for a model to demonstrate how to shake off a poor performance, tune out the critics and excel in adversity, O’Donnell is the man to point out to your young Scotland hopeful.

After considering all the positives from memorable night at Wembley, it’s almost a bit of a jolt to realise that to build on the point and make progress, Scotland really need to beat the World Cup finalists in a few days’ time.

Clarke might make tweaks here and there but it’s hard to imagine that he won’t keep together a system and personnel that went so well together.

Scotland have come a long way in just a few days.

As they return to training at their base camp in Darlington, none of the Scotland squad will be thinking they have an easy task ahead, but after a defeat to England and a draw against Czech Republic, all accounts have Croatia down as a shadow of the side of three years ago.

If given one wish, you might wonder if Scotland could only field the national team of three years from now. There’s a sense that Clarke is on to something with his approach and of all the options available to him, the majority still have room to develop and improve, especially in international games. As O’Donnell said after the match, even for the experienced players, “all of this is new to all of us”.

Instead, it will be a case of building on a performance to be proud of. Home advantage and a feeling of optimism will buoy the squad but an equally smart and controlled performance will be required to rattle Luka Modric and company.

After a long exile, Scotland have come a long way in just a few days from their opening match defeat. Having found their stride against England, all eyes now turn to the Croatia game and a chance for the national team to take a historic and significant step forward.


Scotland records two coronavirus deaths and 1209 new cases

NHS Lothian saw the highest number of new cases, at 331, followed by Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 320 and Tayside on 115.

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Coronavirus: Scottish daily figures.

Scotland has recorded two coronavirus deaths and 1209 new cases in the past 24 hours, the Scottish Government has said.

It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – stands at 7692.

New figures show 253,120 people have now tested positive for the virus and the daily test positivity rate is 4.5%, up from 3.5% the previous day.

So far, 3,611,266 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, up 19,628 on the previous day, and 2,555,308 have received their second dose, up 19,505.

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NHS Lothian saw the highest number of new cases, at 331, followed by Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 320 and Tayside on 115.


Mike Russell appointed to oversee SNP’s indy campaign

Nicola Sturgeon said that Russell would oversee the development of the SNP's independence campaign.

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Mike Russell is also currently the president of the SNP, a position which he took up in November last year.

Scotland’s former constitution secretary Mike Russell has been named as the political director of the SNP’s independence unit.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the appointment on Saturday, after it was approved by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

She said that Russell would oversee the development of the SNP’s independence campaign.

Russell stepped down as an MSP ahead of the Holyrood election in May, having served as the member for Argyll and Bute since 2011.

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He is also currently the president of the SNP, a position which he took up in November last year.

On Twitter, the First Minister wrote: “Delighted that @theSNP National Executive Committee has approved my nomination of Mike Russell @Feorlean as political director of the HQ independence unit.

“He will oversee the development of the party’s independence campaign, as we look ahead to #indyref2 later in this Parliament.”

Russell added: “Pleased to take on political direction of the independence work & grateful to @NicolaSturgeon & #NEC Look forward to working with the vast range of enthusiastic talent, within & outwith the party, which is committed to a positive, inclusive – & successful – #indyref2 campaign.”

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Responding to the appointment, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross Tweeted: “Of course. Yesterday’s man is the obvious choice if you want to drag us back to 2014.

@ScotTories are focused on rebuilding Scotland for the next generation, not reigniting the bitter divisions of the past.”


Police discover drugs worth £50,000 after search of car

Two men are due to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court in connection with the incident.

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Officers discovered a haul of herbal cannabis following a search of the car which was stopped on the M74.

Two men have been arrested and charged after police recovered drugs worth an estimated £50,000 from a car.

Officers discovered a haul of herbal cannabis following a search of the car which was stopped on the M74.

The vehicle was pulled over near to junction 15, in Dumfries and Galloway, on Friday.

The men, aged 19 and 20, are due to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court on Monday, June 21.

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Sergeant Jonathan Edgar from Dumfries and Galloway Road Policing said: “This is a significant amount of drugs that have been taken off the streets by our officers.

“These now cannot be sold, and prevent harm being caused in our communities.” 


Conservative councillor has home targeted in third attack

It is the third time that councillor Graeme Campbell has been targeted.

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Nobody was injured at the attack on the home in Strathaven.

Police enquiries are underway after the home of a Scottish Conservative councillor was targeted in a firebomb attack.

Officers said that no-one was injured in the fire at the property, which they said they are treating as “wilful”.

It is the third time that Graeme Campbell, who represents Avondale and Stonehouse, has been targeted.

In 2019, Campbell’s car and house in Strathaven were petrol bombed as he and his family slept.

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Then in September last year, he was forced to scale back his work after two cars were vandalised with a corrosive substance and a house window was smashed.

Speaking at the time, Campbell indicated his belief that a local organised criminal was behind both attacks.

The third incident against Campbell took place in the early hours of Saturday.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 12.20am on Saturday, June 19, we received a report of a fire at a property on Fortrose Gardens.

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“Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. No one was injured.

“Enquiries to establish the circumstances of the fire, which is being treated as wilful, are ongoing.”

Scottish Conservative shadow community safety minister Russell Findlay said there must be zero tolerance towards any attacks of such nature.

“Councillor Campbell and his wife could have been killed in this disgusting and cowardly attack,” he said.

“They are understandably devastated. These are decent, law-abiding people and it is the third time their home has been targeted.

“I will be seeking assurances from the Scottish Government, Crown Office and Police Scotland that this attack is investigated to the fullest possible extent.

“There must be zero tolerance towards any attack of this nature. Organised criminals prey on communities across Scotland. Fire is indiscriminate and even where the intent is to intimidate, it can kill.”


Man dies at scene after blaze tears through house

Police said the house fire in Dunblane is not thought to be suspicious.

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Police were called to a report of a fire on Perth Road at around 1:35 am.

A 57-year-old man has died after a house fire in Dunblane during the early hours of Saturday.

Police were called to a report of a fire on Perth Road at around 1:35 am.

Emergency services were in attendance at the scene, while the blaze was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Officers confirmed that the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of the fire, but it is not thought to be suspicious, police said.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers were called to the report of a fire at a property on Perth Road in Dunblane around 1.35am on Saturday, 19 June.

“Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“A 57-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances, but it is not thought to be suspicious.”


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