News Briony McRoberts as Sam Hagen in 'Take the High Road'

The actress Briony McRoberts spent two decades taking character roles on television before making her biggest impact as the super-bitch Sam Hagen in Take the High Road, the Scottish soap opera screened nationally by ITV.

Swimmer, 19, goes missing at lake

A search was under way last night after a 19-year-old swimmer was reported missing at a lake. Police said the teenager got into difficulty while bathing with friends at lower Lough Erne, in County Fermanagh.

Body of steamer passenger recovered from lake



The body of a man who went overboard during a pleasure cruise in the Lake District has been recovered, police said today.

Leading article: Monster myths

Thank goodness, you might say, it was in the 1930s, long before Scottish devolution had – to coin a phrase – reared its head. The sight of another head, reared periodically in a Scottish lake, was causing a stir, with Scots more inclined than London officials to believe that it was attached to a mysterious creature of the deep.

Six rescued after Loch Ness canoe swamped

A group of canoeists had to be rescued from a loch after huge waves swamped their boat.

Canoe tragedy father and son named

A father and son who drowned in a canoe accident on a Highland loch were named by police today.

Father and son die in loch canoe tragedy

A family canoe trip turned to tragedy when a father and son were killed while boating on a Highland loch.

Swimming: Final surge buoys Payne to gold

Keri-Anne Payne claimed Great Britain's second gold medal of the world championships when she won the 10-kilometre open water race here yesterday.

Lake Tahoe (12A)

A gentle, poetic rumination on death and grieving.

Ainslie wins on Lake Constanz

Ben Ainslie crowned an ever-improving week by winning on Lake Constanz today the German match racing championship. He beat France's Damien Lehl 3-1 saying: "The conditions have been difficult all week, but I have a great team around me."

Close shave as Fletcher fires Scots

Scotland 2 Iceland 1

Tragedy at Loch Awe: Two men die after late-night boat accident in Scotland – two remain missing

Two men have died and two are still missing, feared dead, after a boating accident in Scotland.

Search continues after two bodies recovered from loch

The bodies of two men were found by rescue services in a loch in Argyll this morning.

Bodies found in hunt for florist and daughter

Police searching for a missing celebrity florist and her disabled daughter found two bodies today.

Freediving: Sport taken to a new extreme

Competitors dive to 50m in freezing waters without oxygen

How Tasmania's lady of the lake was silenced

New evidence backs claims that pioneering Tasmanian eco-warrior Brenda Hean's plane was sabotaged. Kathy Marks reports
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