Claire McFadyen
Claire McFadyen died in the house fire.

The victim of a huge house fire in Paisley has been named locally as Claire McFadyen.  The 38-year-old was killed in the blaze on Belmont Road in the Gallowhill area of the town. It began shortly after 10pm on Thursday night. Locals described her as a “lovely lassie” who had lived in the area for around four years.  One said: “She was a lovely lassie. I didn’t know her well but my brother knew her. She looked a lot younger than she was.”

Meanwhile, police are appealing for information after a two-year-old girl was knocked down by a car in Brucehill.

The incident happened on Napier Crescent, Brucehill, Dumbarton at around 8.30pm on Easter Sunday, when the child was struck by a car, which failed to stop. She was taken to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and later went home. The car is believed to be a silver or light coloured, small hatchback.  Extensive inquiries have been carried out and we are now appealing to the public to help identify the driver and vehicle involved.

And in the courts, a company whose failure to implement safety measures led to the tragic death of a young boy was fined £860,000.

Contractors RJ McLeod were responsible for a construction site that Shea Ryan was able to enter in Drumchapel on July 16 2020. The 10-year-old bypassed insecure fencing before sitting beside an open manhole cover situated 60 metres from a children’s play park.  Shea said to other kids there that he “wanted to go down.” Prosecutor Saud Ul-Hassan told Glasgow Sheriff Court: “Shea began to climb down the ladder where he slipped and fell. From the position of the ladder, he fell to the water below.”

Top picture: Napier Crescent, Brucehill, where the hit and run took place.

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