Prime Minister Boris Johnston visits the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane.
By Bill Heaney
That was the week that was. It’s over but we shouldn’t let it go since The Democrat was off duty for rest, relaxation and repairs.
So, here is a quick “catch up” with the news which takes us through to the end of July and the first day of August.
Sunday saw yet another crash on the notorious A82 Loch Lomondside road at Inverbeg.
George Stephen Kelly, 66, from Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, died after the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with an estate car..
The driver and passenger in the car were uninjured. The driver, also a 66-year-old man, was arrested and charged with road traffic offences and was due to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Monday.
Police say that the woman who died in the crash on the A82 near Strowans Well in Dumbarton was retired nurse Theresa John, a mother of four from Bellsmyre.
Her daughter, Loren, 35, said she was much loved by her children and her husband, Brian, to whom she was married for 36 years.
Many people will remember her from her work as a nurse at Vale of Leven Hospital, Canniesburn and Killearn.
A shake-up of the ambulance service serving Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh has led to concerns about the way ambulances are deployed after they deliver patients to the RAH in Paisley and the QE2 Hospital in Glasgow.
It appears that they are currently being utilised in these areas instead of returning immediately to the Vale, which leaves this area, which has three ambulances allocated to it on standby, stretched to provide cover.
Former GMB trade union official Mick Conroy said: “It is entirely possible that all our local crews can be away at one time and not get back for hours. Some don’t get back at all during their shift.”
On Monday 22nd July, officers in Alexandria searched a property in McEwan Walk, Alexandria, and recovered a substantial amount of controlled drugs. Approximately 6500 Valium tablets were seized along with other Class B drugs.
The search resulted in a 45-yea-old woman being reported to the Procurator Fiscal for several offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Meanwhile, police in Clydebank are continuing inquiries and appealing for information after two teenagers were assaulted within Balloch Country Park on 23 July.
Around 5pm, male youths aged 16 and 19 years, were in the park near the play area when they were approached by a gang of around 10 to 15 male and female youths, aged between 15 and 20 years.
The group of youths then punched the 16-year-old youth several times in the face before he managed to escape towards the water. His 19-year-old friend tried to assist him but he was struck on the head with a brick. The group then ran off and the two injured teenagers made their way to the train station and then attended Glasgow Royal Infirmary where they were treated for their injuries before being discharged.
Detective Constable Geoff McKillop said: ““This was a totally unprovoked attacked which has left two young men with serious injuries which require further medical treatment and therefore it is vital that we trace those responsible for such reckless conduct.
“I know that there were members of the public that assisted in the first assault and I ask that if any of these people have not already spoken to police that they do so immediately.
“Anyone who has information or anyone who has captured any footage on their cameras should contact police at Clydebank via telephone number 101 quoting incident number 3027 of 23 July 2019.”
Alternatively calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.
Labour councillor John Miller is the latest person to complain about the way West Dunbartonshire Council’s bio scheme has led to neglect of open spaces in his Bonhill wars and other local areas.
He says large swathes of the area look abandoned, and this situation has been exacerbated by the fact that gangs of youths loitering an underpass which links Braehead and Redburn. They engage in vandalism and anti-social behaviour, which causes fear and alarm amongst residents.
There is concern too amongst residents of the Garshake and Dumbuck Road area in Dumbarton, where the old County Buildings has been demolished to make way for housing. Rats have been spotted in the gardens of houses.
A football match in memory of former Vale of Leven Academy student, Lee Stuart, 17, raised £10,000 for mental health charities. Lee tragically took his own life in May.
And the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, has been asked to step up the campaign to free Dumbarton man Jagtar Singh Johal from prison in India.
Mr Johal has been detained for allegedly being involved in assassination attempts on prominent political figures in the Punjab region.
One of Mr Johnson’s first official engagements in Scotland was a visit to the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane on the Gareloch.
It was a memorable week for Dumbarton-based GP Dr Fergus MacLean, who did a sponsored swim in Loch Lomond for the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank and raised £3,000. Dr MacLean is a member of the Levenside practice at the health centre in Artizan.
And finally, the Braveheart actor Angus Macfadyen has joined the Save Loch Lomond group protest against the proposed Flamingo Land development in Balloch.