9am Briefing: Police seize £60,000 of heroin

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POLICE have recovered heroin valued at £60,000, and £1000 in cash, during a raid on a West Lothian home.

Officers made the seizure in Auldhill Crescent, Bridgend, on December 14 after a tip off during the force’s ‘Made from Crime’ campaign, which asked people to give information on suspected criminals.

A 50-year-old man was arrested and charged with drugs offences, and appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court last Friday.

A police spokesman said the arrest showed their commitment to act on tip offs.

* TWO pensioners received medical attention for smoke inhalation following separate fires in sheltered housing accommodations.

The first blaze broke out at Baldwin Court, Penicuik, at 6.30pm yesterday where a 90-year-old woman was given oxygen after a mircowave caught fire and singed her curtains.

An hour later a 82-year-old man was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation when his pan of food caught fire at Wauchope House in Niddrie.

* BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has today warned “whingeing” City bankers that the coalition is determined to reduce their hold over the economy.

Mr Cable said the caricature of the Square Mile as a “source of systemic instability, unfettered greed and industrial scale tax dodging” was true.

But in an interview today he blamed a small number of “rogue institutions” and a “sub-caste of financiers” for the problems.

* THE UK Pensions Ombudsman is investigating complaints from Scottish & Newcastle pensioners against Dutch brewing giant Heineken.

The pensioners, who were employed by the UK’s leading brewing company before it was taken over by international rival Heineken in 2008, have raised formal complaints claiming Heineken has broken an undertaking it gave during the takeover.

They say Heineken’s parent company said it would continue with S&N’s practice of giving discretionary pension increases to offset the effects of inflation.

The company has since said that was never its intention.