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Saying it with flowers

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The talented ladies of Dunoon’s High Kirk have done it again - filled the church with a fine floral display on the theme of ‘She worketh well with her hands’.

There are 13 arrangements to be seen and the church is open from 10am until 4pm today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tea and coffee and home baking is also on offer if you drop in to view the flowers.

A83 Strone Point works complete

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A £1.6m project to improve road safety on the A83 at Strone Point at Inveraray has been completed.

However, within 24 hours of opening, the A83 social media page was reporting a motorcycle already on its side in the road at the bend.


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Sixteen year old in court for Bute murder

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A 16-year-old boy has appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court today, Friday July 6, charged with the rape and murder on Bute of 6-year-old Alesha MacPhail.
The boy made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody to appear at court at a later date.

Bute murder - 16-year-old charged

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Police Scotland has confirmed that a 16-year-old male youth has this afternoon been charged in connection with the death of six year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was discovered on Monday morning.

He remains in custody and is expected to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court tomorrow.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank Alesha’s family who have shown incredible bravery through what has been an unimaginable ordeal during these past few days.

“I’d also like to thank local people for all their support and assistance during this major investigation on the island. The response to our appeals was significant both from those living here and the wider community of Scotland.

“The people of the Isle of Bute have rallied together since Alesha was first reported missing on Monday morning and I would stress that social media speculation relating to members of the community is both misleading and inaccurate.


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Police have confirmed that schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on Bute yesterday (Monday) morning, was murdered.

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TRIBUTES have been paid to six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was discovered of Ardbeg Road on Bute yesterday (Monday) morning.

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