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A police officer has died while on holiday in Scotland with his 13-year-old son.

Father-of-three Pc Shazad Saddique, who served with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), died at Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye.

The 38-year-old was on holiday at the popular tourist attraction with his 13-year-old son when he died suddenly on Friday. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child.

Police confirmed the death is not suspicious.

Pc Saddique joined GMP 12 months ago and was a student officer based in the Tameside District.

GMP said he enjoyed serving his local community and formed close relationships with his colleagues, who have described him as an outstanding individual and role model.

Outside of work, the officer enjoyed hiking and trekking and was heavily involved in outreach work with youths, which focused on enabling youngsters to experience outdoor activities in the countryside.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: "Shaz was the most selfless person you could ever hope to meet; he always put other people first and wanted to make every new experience a fun one.

"He had a real passion for the outdoors and helping others, particularly young people in the community.

"Deep in his heart, he felt very strongly about youth outreach programs and getting young people out in the countryside to do fun activities.

"He was sincere in his devotion and worship. He was passionate about Thikr gatherings and was devoted to the teachings and guidance of his Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoobi.

"He loved nature for the very fact that it was a means for him to remember and praise his lord.

"His final trip to the Isle of Skye was sincerely to gather a group and collectively praise Allah, as a spiritual retreat.

"He achieved so much and we were always so proud of him. He completed marathons all over the world and did hiking challenges throughout the UK, all in the name of raising money for charity.

"He loved his family more than anything; he was a supporting figure and a role model for his siblings. He was the best dad, and his wife and kids were his absolute world.

"It has been clear for us to see today, how much he meant to so many people and how many hearts he touched. The outpouring of support for the family has been huge and for that we want to thank everyone.

"We will miss you dearly bhai Shazad, but you will never be forgotten."

'Shaz was the most selfless person you could ever hope to meet; he always put other people first and wanted to make every new experience a fun one.'
Family of Pc Shazad Saddique

Chief superintendent Neil Evans said: "Today is a very sad day for Greater Manchester Police.

"We received the update from Police Scotland last night and have since been working to provide support for Pc Saddique's family and close colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.

"I met with his family earlier today and they are understandably devastated by their loss.

"My thoughts and condolences are with them, and we will continue to do all that we can to support them.

"Although Shazad was only with us for a short amount of time, it is clear to see the significant impact he had, not only on the public, but also on his colleagues.

"I spent some time with his close colleagues this morning and listened to all the lovely words they had to say about him, and the stories they had to tell.

"I think one of the main things which stood out to me, were just how much of an outstanding individual and role model he was."

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More than 1000 people have turned out to a memorial bike run in tribute to an oil worker who was stabbed to death.

Steven Donaldson was murdered by Steven Dickie and Callum Davidson in Kirriemuir, Angus, last year.

The 28-year-old's family were accompanied by hundreds of bikers on the route from Victoria Park in Arbroath to Kinnordy Nature Reserve in Kirriemuir where his body was discovered.

Mr Donaldson was stabbed 26 times, struck with a baseball bat and had his spine severed by a sword.

The assault ended with Mr Donaldson being set on fire as well as his car.

Residents lined the streets to wave and applaud the motorcyclists as they continued on their journey.

Speaking to STV News, Mr Donaldson's sister, Lori, said Steven would have loved the event - just days before his 29th birthday.

She said: "It's been amazing. It was such as a good turnout.

"It's completely overwhelming but it's good to see all the support. Steven would have loved it.

"Biking was his life - it's all he would have wanted to do on a day like today. He would be very proud and wouldn't have missed something like this.

"As a family, from the people who have organised it to the people who have come on their bikes, closed their shops, it's just been amazing."

Billy Connell, who organised the event, added: "I came up with a plan to try and get everyone together to show a bit of support - whether they were on the bikes or on the streets.

"Hearing what had happened to Steven, everyone wanted to do their bit to show support for him and his family.

"It's not down to me - it's down to every single person who has done this today and turned out.

"I had a lump in my throat when I pulled into Arbroath and saw the response today - we've had a big turnout with over 1000 bikes."

Dickie and Davidson, both 24, were each jailed for life with a minimum of 23 and 24 years after murdering Mr Donaldson.

Mr Donaldson's ex-girlfriend, Tasmin Glass, was sentenced to ten years in jail for assisting to kill the motorcyclist enthusiast.

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Flash floods have hit parts of Scotland forcing drivers to push cars out of the water.

Aberdeen has been one of the worst areas affected, with the Haudagain Roundabout, Ellon Road and the A90 all impacted by the weather.

Drivers have been forced to get out of their vehicles and push them to safety after getting stuck in the water.

A yellow warning of thunderstorms was issued for the city on Saturday morning.

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STV weather presenter Sean Batty warned of severe flooding for other parts of the country in the coming days.

He said: "Scotland is set to see some very changeable conditions over the next few days with thunderstorms and spells of heavy rain.

"The thunderstorms on Friday night into Saturday as well as the rainfall expected on Sunday and Monday is likely to lead to flooding issues.

"This includes flooded roads and railway lines which may impact transport for some over the weekend."

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The Highlands including Lochaber and Mull as well as Argyll are expected to be battered by rain on Sunday and Monday.

A yellow weather warning has been put in place from 6pm on Sunday until 6am on Tuesday with as much as 150mm falling in northern areas.

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Around 7000 people have descended on Glasgow city centre in celebration of LGBT rights.

The Mardi Gla Pride march, the first of two processions in support of the LGBT community in Glasgow this year, marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Thousands started the event at Kelvingrove Park before moving on to Sauchiehall Street, Blythswood Street, West George Street and George Square.

STV showed its support to the LGBT community with weatherman Sean Batty joining the march.

A distinctive rainbow flag, adopted by the Pride movement, flew high above Glasgow City Council chambers as part of the event organised by the LGBT Co-op.

The flag has just returned from New York after being carried at the front of the British embassy delegation during World Pride in New York.

The organisers estimated around 7000 people were involved in the day of events.

A statement said: "Glasgow is the kind of city where if someone needs some help we tend to rally round and help out - thats just the way we are as Glaswegians. We are a proud city and working together we will show that we are also a proud community.

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"As a new grass roots group in our first year, we want this Pride Event to be the foundation to build upon in the years to come as we all work as a community to ensure that our voices are heard loudly and clearly across our city and region."

Sean added: "It was a great parade with an amazing atmosphere. So many happy, smiling people, plus it was a lovely sunny day for it."

The march comes a year after a separate event, run by different organisers, was hit by serious problems when people with tickets were denied entry to a post-march festival.

Those behind that event have now organised a Pride march on August 17.

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A man has been injured after being chased and mowed down by a 4x4 in a murder bid.

The attempted murder happened on Pettigrew Street in Shettleston, Glasgow, at 3pm on Friday.

A white 4x4 drove at speed towards a 33-year-old man and his two friends before hitting him and fleeing from the scene.

Detective Colin Thapar described the hit-and-run as "reckless and dangerous".

He said: "Although the man, who we believe was the intended target of the attack, was not seriously injured and didn't seek hospital treatment, to deliberately drive a large car at someone in the middle of a busy street in the middle of the afternoon is reckless and dangerous and could have involved at lot more people.

"However, thankfully no one else was injured and so far we have had a good response from the public who were around, however, we are still keen to get information, especially dash-cam footage, of the incident.

"If you were in or around Amulree Street/Pettigrew Street, near the supermarket, or have information that would help our enquiry, then please contact Shettleston CID via 101."

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Cannabis plants worth £1m have been found in a drugs factory in Inverclyde.

Police discovered more than 600 plants during the raid at a disused building on Muirshiel Road in Port Glasgow.

A member of the public contacted officers reporting a strong smell coming from the drugs factory.

Plants with an estimated street value of £985,000 were found and taken away.

Inspector Julie MacDonald said officers are now hunting for the gang behind the operation.

She said: "We received reports of a strong smell from the premises and officers attended.

"Thereafter police obtained a search warrant for the premises.

"Entry was gained and a large-scale cannabis cultivation with an estimated street value of £985,408 was seized from the property.

"Enquiries are ongoing to trace the person or people involved."

Inspector MacDonald added: "This recovery originated from an observant member of the public coming to us with information that allowed us to act.

"It shows how important information from the general public can be, and I would urge anyone who hears, sees or notices anything they consider suspicious to get in touch with police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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A stretch of the A9 has been closed after a serious crash near a restaurant.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the busy route near Skiach Services, Dingwall, shortly after 10.30am on Saturday.

More than 15 firefighters are assisting in dealing with the collision involving three vehicles.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The A9 is currently closed in both directions about 600m north of Skiach Services whilst emergency services deal with a serious crash.

"Motorists are asked to alternate routes where possible.

"Diversions are being put in place by Bear Scotland."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman added: "We are assisting emergency service partners in dealing with a serious crash involving three vehicles.

"Three appliances and a heavy rescue unit are currently at the scene."

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A search has been launched to find a missing man from Edinburgh.

Zeke Dewfall was last seen in the city's Morningside at 1pm on Friday.

The 55-year-old was wearing a blue baseball cap, a black jumper, black jogging bottoms and black glasses.

Mr Dewfall is white, slim, 5ft 4in, bald and has a brown beard. He also has tattoos on his arms, hands and fingers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Jeremy Hunt has said he is "extremely concerned" by the "unacceptable" seizure of two oil tankers by Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf.

The foreign secretary confirmed that he will attend a meeting of the Government's emergency committee Cobra on Friday night amid the escalation of tensions.

The Stena Impero, which is registered in the UK and managed by Clydebank-based Northern Marine Management, was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz for "violating international maritime rules", according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

A second oil tanker, the Liberia-flagged Mesdar, which is operated by Glasgow-based firm Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd, appeared to veer off course towards the Iranian coast, according to its path on the Marine Traffic website.

Later, Norbulk confirmed that communication had been re-established with the ship after it was boarded by armed guards at around 5.30pm.

The crew were said to be "safe and well" and have been allowed to continue their voyage.

A statement said: "Communication has been re-established with the vessel and master confirmed that the armed guards have left and the vessel is free to continue the voyage.

"All crew are safe and well."

Before Norbulk's update, Mr Hunt said he understood that there were no British citizens on board either ship.

He said: "I'm extremely concerned by the seizure of two vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

"I will shortly attend a COBR meeting to review what we know and what we can do to swiftly secure the release of the two vessels - a British-flagged vessel and a Liberian-flagged vessel.

"Their crews comprise a range of nationalities, but we understand there are no British citizens on board either ship.

"Our ambassador in Tehran is in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the situation and we are working closely with international partners.

"These seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region."

'There are 23 seafarers aboard. There have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers.'
Stena Bulk spokesperson

US President Donald Trump said America would be "working with the UK".

He told reporters: "We will talk to the UK and we have no written agreement but we have an agreement. They've been a very great ally of ours.

"So we heard about it, we heard it was one, we heard it was two, and we will be working with the UK."

A statement from Stena Bulk, which owns the Stena Impero, said ship manager Northern Marine Management had lost contact with the crew of 23 after "unidentified small crafts and a helicopter" approached the vessel at around 4pm on Friday.

The company said the tanker was in international waters at the time but now appeared to be heading north towards Iran.

Stena Bulk said: "There are 23 seafarers aboard. There have been no reported injuries and their safety is of primary concern to both owners and managers.

"The priority of both vessel owner Stena Bulk and ship manager Northern Marine Management is the safety and welfare of the crew.

"We are in close contact with UK Government authorities."

The incident follows on from recent heightened tensions in the Gulf involving Iran, the US and UK.

Last week, the Royal Navy warship frigate HMS Montrose drove off three Iranian vessels which tried to stop the commercial ship British Heritage as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz.

Fears were raised that the Iranian authorities were trying to seize a UK ship in retaliation for the detention of the Grace 1 tanker.

The Iranian ship was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4 after it was suspected of violating EU sanctions by carrying a cargo of crude oil destined for Syria.

The ship's captain, chief officer and two second officers were arrested and bailed and an investigation is ongoing.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the tanker's seizure an act of "piracy" on Tuesday and warned the UK to expect a response.

Mr Hunt offered to help release Grace 1 if Iran guaranteed it would not breach sanctions imposed on Bashar Assad's regime.

European allies to the US have been urged to take a tougher stance on Iran after Mr Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal with Tehran.

On Thursday, Mr Trump said an American warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz - something denied by Iranian military officials.

Last month, Mr Trump said he had made a last-minute decision to call off air strikes in retaliation for the shooting down by Iran of an unmanned US drone.

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A pet owner has called the authorities after her missing cat returned with burnt whiskers.

Officers from the Scottish SPCA are now investigating the incident as they believe it was "not an accident and would have been a traumatic experience".

Borris had been missing from the Turriff area of Aberdeenshire for a fortnight.

When he returned, his whiskers were found to be badly burned but there were no other burn marks across his skin or fur.

Borris is now recovering at home with owner Chantelle Clark and the family's other cat, Bojangles.

'The way the cat's whiskers have been burned and the lack of other burn marks would suggest this was not an accident and it would have been a traumatic experience for him.'
Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona Shand

Scottish SPCA inspector Fiona Shand said: "The way the cat's whiskers have been burned and the lack of other burn marks would suggest this was not an accident and it would have been a traumatic experience for him.

"Thankfully, Borris has been vet-checked and doesn't require any further treatment.

"His whiskers will eventually fall off and grow back in so there should be no long-term damage or scarring.

"But it does not change the fact we want to get to the bottom of what happened to him whilst he was missing."

If you have any information on what happened to Borris, call the Scottish SPCA's confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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