Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space…
A teenager broke down in tears while attempting to rob a shop owner at knifepoint, a court has heard. Stewart McKenna (19), of Durham Street, Monifieth, escaped a jail sentence following an appearance at Arbroath Sheriff Court on Tuesday. He had previously admitted that on July 13, he presented a knife at the 61-year-old woman behind the counter at Ashgrove Mini Market, Monifieth, before demanding she fill a carrier bag with cigarettes. The court heard McKenna had been drinking and taking mephedrone (bubbles) for more than two days prior to the incident. Depute fiscal Arlene Shaw said the woman had been alone in the store when he walked in. She said: ”During the late hours of July 12 and the early hours of July 13 the accused was drinking with friends. This continued and the accused became upset regarding his grandmother being unwell. ”The accused became aggressive and stated to a friend that he was going to get money and get ‘fags’.” Ms Shaw said that McKenna’s friend knew he had no money and subsequently attempted to prevent him from leaving, fearing he would ”do something stupid.” However, McKenna managed to leave the property and walked to the shop, where he entered dressed in a back hooded top with the hood pulled up. She added: ”At this time she saw the accused had bloods on his hands and face. He asked for a bag, which she handed over then produced a black-handled kitchen knife with a six-inch blade from the waistband of his jeans, which he presented at the woman. ”He handed the bag back to her and instructed her to fill it with cigarettes.” The woman refused to hand anything over and told McKenna to get out of the shop. She was on the phone to her husband at the time, and he then called the police. McKenna again demanded cigarettes, with the woman this time telling him ”you are not getting anything,” before warning him he was going to get into trouble. Ms Shaw said: ”These comments appeared to have an effect. He put the knife back in his trousers and began to cry, then told the woman his grandmother wasn’t well.” As he broke down, the shop keeper suddenly recognised McKenna, as his grandmother was a regular customer. McKenna asked for a packet of 20 cigarettes, to which the woman replied ”no” and told him the police had been called, prompting him to run off. Sheriff Derek Pyle said the case was ”bizarre” and sentenced McKenna to a community payback order of 200 hours with a supervision requirement.
Kenny McLean insists he is focused on achieving more with Aberdeen before leaving the club next year. The midfielder has told the club he will not be signing a new contract when his deal expires at the end of the season. His manager, Derek McInnes, announced the news before the club’s recent midweek defeat by Celtic and both men have declared themselves comfortable with the situation while making sure the former St Mirren player leaves on a high. McLean – who was the subject a failed summer bid by Rangers – was not concerned about the news being made public. The 25-year-old said: “I don’t think I was worrying about it as such, it was a decision I came to. I thought long and hard about it and I think a fresh challenge will be good for me at the end of the season. “But right now it’s at the back of my mind. It’s put to one side. “I’m not looking too far ahead. It’s a massive season for myself. I want to do as much as I can with Aberdeen and that’s my full focus so I’ll go back in on Monday and work as hard as I can.”
The adoption of a new DNA test to authenticate the pedigree of all Aberdeen-Angus calves will put the breed in the vanguard of genomic technology, retiring Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society president, Victor Wallace, told a packed annual at Stirling. The society has decided to collect blood samples using special ear tags which incorporate a small uniquely identified receptacle. As the tag is inserted soon after birth the small amount of displaced tissue and blood is captured ready for future DNA testing. Responding to criticism of the society’s decision to use only one company, Caisley, for the collection of samples, Mr Wallace insisted Caisley was the only ear tag company which had the technology to meet the society’s required specification. “We invited a number of ear tag compan