9am briefing: Men in hospital after lamppost crash | A1 in dual carriageway call | Football fan ‘caused fear’

A1: Calls for dual carriageway upgrade
A1: Calls for dual carriageway upgrade
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TWO men were being treated in hospital for serious injuries after the car they were in crashed into a lamppost.

Emergency services were called to the crash in Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, yesterday afternoon.

The car roof was cut off to free the 36-year-old driver, while the 17-year-old passenger managed to escape from the vehicle without assistance.

Fresh call to upgrade A1 to dual carriageway status

THE main road between East Lothian and the Border should be widened to become a dual carriageway, councillors have said.

In its response to the Scottish Government’s national planning consultation, East Lothian Council called for the A1 trunk road to be upgraded.

The local authority also wants to see major improvements to the city bypass.

The government’s transport blueprint is aiming to improve cross-Border travel on the road and railways by making more areas of Scotland no more than three hours’ travel from major English cities.

Football fan ‘caused fear’

A FOOTBALL fan has been accused of causing police to fear for the safety of spectators.

Philip McGregor, of Tryst Park, Fairmilehead, was charged with running on to the pitch during Falkirk’s home match against Dunfermline Athletic on October 6 this year.

The 18-year-old denied the charge when he appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday.

The charge accused him of disorderly conduct at the Falkirk Stadium by jumping over a barrier on to the field of play.

It then alleges that he ran towards players on the pitch, placing police officers in a state of fear and alarm for the safety of spectators.