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Royal wedding invitation for defibrillator champion

3 hours 54 min ago

The woman behind a project to install public access defibrillators in Edinburgh has been invited to the royal wedding.

Lynn Cleal, who leads the St John and the City project, has helped the charity install more than 135 defibrillators across the city, some of which have already saved lives.

She will now attend the celebrations at Windsor Castle next month for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Ms Cleal is one of 2500 people from around the UK specially invited to watch the arrivals of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and see the start of the carriage procession.

She said: "I am absolutely delighted to be invited to the royal wedding - I'm still in shock at hearing the news.

"I'm very proud to be there as a representative for the city of Edinburgh and the team at St John Scotland."

Ms Cleal was nominated by the Queen's representative in Edinburgh, Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross.

He said: "Lynn is very deserving of the nomination and I hope she has a fantastic day to remember.

"As an inspiring volunteer, she works tirelessly to help St John Scotland's life-saving work with the St John and the City project.

"Lynn will be a great ambassador for Edinburgh at the royal wedding and I hope she enjoys a happy day of celebrations - she certainly deserves it."

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Violence warning ahead of 'momentous' Hibs v Celtic match

14 hours 13 min ago

Extra police officers have been drafted in for Saturday's Scottish Premiership match between Hibs and Celtic.

A warning has been issued to fans ahead of the game at Easter Road, which could see Celtic clinch the league title.

Extra officers have been drafted in to deal with violence and antisocial behaviour.

Fans will also be searched and have been told not to attend the sell-out match at 12.30pm if they don't already have a ticket.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Following the game, a robust police presence will be in place throughout key areas of the city to deter incidents such as antisocial behaviour and violence."

Chief inspector Alan Carson added: "We are fully aware of the significance of this match, in terms of the potential for Celtic to clinch the Premiership title and also in terms of European qualification for Hibs. It's also momentous in relation to managers and players returning to their former clubs.

"There will undoubtedly be an electric atmosphere within Easter Road and we want to ensure this is an enjoyable experience for all those in attendance.

"With that in mind, please behave appropriately and make sure your actions do not put yourself or others at risk.

"Entry to the match will be by ticket only. The Celtic allocation is sold out and the message is simple - if you don't have a ticket, don't come to the game."

'We are fully aware of the significance of this match, in terms of the potential for Celtic to clinch the Premiership title and also in terms of European qualification for Hibs.' Chief inspector Alan Carson

He continued: "You will be searched on approach to the stadium and asked to show your ticket prior to arriving at the turnstiles. When any stand reaches capacity the turnstiles will be closed - no one else will be permitted entry.

"Alcohol, weapons and flares are strictly forbidden and, should you be found in possession of these, you will be refused entry to the match and arrested.

"I would take the opportunity to remind all supporters of the drinking byelaw that exists in Edinburgh which will very much be enforced.

"There will be a significant police presence to make sure everyone is kept safe and disruption to the rest of the city is kept to a minimum."

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Man charged after 'robbery involving gun' at shop

15 hours 3 min ago

A man has been charged after an alleged gun robbery at a shop.

The raid is said to have happened at Scotmid in Walter Scott Avenue in Edinburgh.

A three-figure sum of cash was stolen after a handgun was allegedly used to threaten the workers at 7.20pm on Sunday.

A 42-year-old man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Detectives would like to thank the public for their support during the investigation."

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Drug dealer jailed after BB gun found in mum's house

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:58

A drug dealer has been jailed for nine months after police found a gas-powered BB gun at his mum's house.

George "Dode" Buchanan was found guilty of the charge in March this year after a three-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The jury heard that Buchanan, who has served sentences for attempted murder and drug offences, was arrested on November 24, 2016, on a warrant involving drugs.

He was taken to his mum's home in Craigmillar where a search was carried out.

Police found the gun, a replica of a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol, and a large quantity of ball bearings.

Buchanan told the police the gun was his, but at his trial he claimed it belonged to his brother.

The accused claimed he only said the gun was his to avoid upset to his elderly mum, who was in ill health and has since died.

Ian Buchanan, giving evidence, said the gun was his and he used it to shoot rats and pigeons.

In 1968, the Firearms Act made it an offence for anyone, who had served a jail sentence of three years or more, to be in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

In April 2011, Buchanan was jailed for five years and five months on drugs offences, before being freed in December 2013.

'He simply purchased it for recreational shooting.' Nigel Beaumont, defence solicitor

At the trial, Buchanan claimed he had never signed any papers in connection with the Firearms Act.

At the hearing on Friday his defence solicitor Nigel Beaumont told Sheriff Alistair Noble it was the practice the document should be signed on a prisoner's admission.

Buchanan, he said, was never given the document to sign on his admission, but was given "a large pile of documents to sign" on his release.

The gun, Mr Beaumont added, was of very low calibre, low power and not particularly capable of causing any harm.

He said: "He simply purchased it for recreational shooting."

Mr Beaumont said Buchanan had no court matters outstanding and suggested the matter could be settled by a community payback order.

Sheriff Noble told Buchanan that cases of this nature were relatively rare and given his extensive criminal record he had given no particular reason for his possession of the items.

He sentenced him to nine months imprisonment.

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Edinburgh Gin creates limited edition with Botanic Gardens

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:55

Edinburgh Gin have teamed up with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to create a limited edition drink.

Edinburgh Gin 1670 will be made using rare and exotic botanicals grown and handpicked from the garden.

It is named in honour of the year the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded as a physics garden, almost 350 years ago, and today welcomes nearly one million visitors a year.

This partnership saw Edinburgh Gin's Head Distiller, David Wilkinson, working closely with Botanist, Dr Greg Kenicer, over more than 12 months to carefully craft this tailor-made gin.

The drink will contain a mix of 14 native and exotic, inspired by the botanicals present in the garden - from its origin as a medicinal physic garden in 1670 to the present day's cutting-edge research and conservation work.

Using handpicked ingredients they have created a unique gin, which includes fennel and sweet cicely, alongside exotic plants such as Piper Leaf, Tasmannia Lanceolata Leaf and Tasmanian Mountain Pepper.

Edinburgh Gin's Head Distiller, David Wilkinson, said: "Innovation and excellence is in our DNA.

"Having a world centre of excellence for botany on our doorstep made for a great natural partnership that enabled us to experiment with a range of handpicked botanicals to create an enticingly aromatic gin with lively herbaceous - almost floral - notes with added peppery spice.

"At Edinburgh Gin we are constantly striving to create a range of classic gins with a modern twist.

"Working so closely with Botanist, Dr Greg Kenicer, and to be given access to such a wealth of unique plants, provided a great opportunity to create something truly special."

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Botanist Dr Greg Kenicer said: "This partnership allowed me to see first-hand the integrity and passion that goes into making Edinburgh Gin.

"It has been a natural fit for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to align itself with one of the UK's leading gin brands with its home in Edinburgh.

"This is a unique partnership and a first for the Botanics.

"It gives the team at the Botanics a real sense of pride to think that the Edinburgh Gin 1670 has been inspired by the very first physic garden created by Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour in 1670."

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Cat discovered abandoned in carrier at side of road

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:10

A cat has been abandoned at the side of a road.

Gustav was discovered in a carrier on Firbank Grove, East Calder in West Lothian, on Tuesday.

He is now being looked after at the Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre in Glasgow.

Scottish SPCA inspector Jenni Surgeon said: "It appears that someone has abandoned Gustav in a cat carrier.

"He could have escaped the carrier and easily run on to the road and been killed by an oncoming vehicle.

"Gustav is now doing well in our care and we will look after him until we can find him a loving new home.

"This is not only a cruel incident but it is also a crime and we're appealing for anyone with information to get in touch."

Anyone found guilty of abandoning an animal can be banned from keeping them for life.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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CCTV appeal to trace man following break-in at cafe

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:40

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace following a break-in at a cafe in Midlothian.

A cash register was stolen from Sheriffhall Cafe, at Campend Farm in Dalkeith around 4.45am on Wednesday, February 21.

Officers say the man in the images may be able to help with their investigation.

He is thought to be in his late teens, around 5ft 7in tall and has a slim build.

Police constable Jordan Stevenson of Musselburgh CIU said: "I'd urge anyone who may recognise the male pictured, or who has any other information which may be able to assist with the investigation, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

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Smoked salmon recalled over food poisoning fears

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:46

Two salmon products are being recalled over fears of potential food poisoning.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) issued the recall notice for the Ru An Fhoder Smokehouse products because of "inadequate procedures to control Clostridium botulinum".

The Fife producer's hot and cold smoked salmon with use-by dates of May 6 is being recalled as a precautionary measure.

The FSS notice said: "Ru An Fhoder Smokehouse is recalling two products as a precautionary measure because of concerns about the company's procedures to control Clostridium botulinum.

"This means the products below could be a possible health risk.

"No other Ru An Fhoder Smokehouse products are known to be affected.

"However, if you have bought any of the above products do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund. "

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Antique dealer offered tiger's head and claws for sale

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:27

An antique dealer who illegally offered parts of a tiger and leopard for sale has been fined £1000.

Richard Wales offered a tiger's head and claws for sale on Gumtree and eBay, as well as a leopard's claws.

He pled guilty to breaching regulations designed to protect endangered species from illegal trade at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday.

Police raided Wales' home in September 2015 and found a tiger's head mounted on the wall.

Wales said he had removed the head from a tiger rug and mounted it on a wooden shield.

An expert from the Animal and Plant Health Agency identified the tiger head as being the same one offered for sale online.

Other eBay adverts, from Wales' "theexplorersstudy" account, offered tiger and leopard claws for sale.

Selling parts of tigers an leopards is illegal withut a licence from the UK Government's Defra department.

Prosecutors were also granted an order forfeiting the tiger's head, which is valued at £3,200.

Laura Buchan, assistant procurator fiscal, said: "This illegal trade has a harmful effect on the conservation status of tigers and contributes to their decline in the wild.

"Richard Wales failed in his responsibilities and as a result stands convicted of a criminal offence.

"It's vitally important that those in the antiques trade fully understand the legislation as well as take seriously their obligations in respect of the trade in items from endangered species."

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Person dies after being hit by train at railway station

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:43

A person has died after being struck by a London to Edinburgh train.

The incident happened at Drem railway station in East Lothian shortly after midday.

A stretch of the East Coast mainline is currently blocked, with services being suspended.

Commuters have been warned to expect major delays.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: "Officers are currently on scene alongside paramedics, however a person has sadly been pronounced dead.

"Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their next of kin."

A Virgin Trains East Coast spokesman said: "We deeply regret to inform customers that another fatality has occurred and a person has been hit by a train between Berwick Upon Tweed and Edinburgh.

"At present, all lines are currently blocked."

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Scotland's largest sewage works celebrates 40 years

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:45

Seafield, Scotland's largest waste water treatment works, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The site in Edinburgh processes 300 million litres of waste water every day, enough to fill 121 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Scottish Water said it is a hugely important part of Scotland's infrastructure and is critical to keeping the cycle flowing for almost a million people.

The site also generates electricity and produces waste for agricultural use.

Over the last four decades it has been transformed from a much smaller site which treated and separated waste water from untreated sewage disposed of in the Forth via the MV Gardyloo ship.

And no-one knows more about the changes at the site better than Ian Carnevale who has worked at Seafield since before its opening in April 1978.

'We had to deal with a lot of unpleasant things back in the beginning.' Ian Carnevale

Ian, 62, said: "We had to deal with a lot of unpleasant things back in the beginning, like pulling dead birds, vermin and even dogs out when they got caught in the screens with the bricks, stones and chuckies.

"Our safety equipment was more or less hard hats, boots and gloves so we had to be careful as we got a lot of cuts and grazes and used to be given regular injections due to the type of stuff we were handling.

"Working and loading the Gardyloo was hard work which was particularly foul in the summer as we did the loading from the dock side and then had to clean out our tanks by hand. But we knew the job had to be done and was benefiting the whole city." | default

In the early 1960's it was clear Edinburgh's ageing sewer network which still relied on large parts of infrastructure built by the Victorians was not fit for a growing modern capital city.

In 1966 feasibility studies were carried out by the then Edinburgh Corporation for a new sewage disposal scheme.

The decision was taken to build Scotland's largest waste water treatment works from reclaimed land at Seafield in Leith.

In February 1978, Ian, then aged 22, joined Lothian Regional Council and began working at Seafield ahead of its official opening.

He began as one of five day operators. There was just ten members of staff in what was then only a primary treatment works.

'Our main role was to take grit, rags, and solid waste out from the liquid which was then piped straight into the Forth.' Ian Carnevale

Ian, from Dalkeith, said: "When we first started everyone was feeling their way as to what the best processes should be. Our main role was to take grit, rags, and solid waste out from the liquid which was then piped straight into the Forth.

"At the beginning they didn't even know how much solid waste we'd have and how many sails they'd need from the Gardyloo whether it was going to be two or three a day or a week."

After a month the council realised they needed a shift system in place and Ian moved to work in a three-man team as a process operator.

In 1984 he was promoted into his role as process controller where he stayed for 15 years until the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) of Stirling Water and Veolia took over running Seafield from East of Scotland Water.

By then the Gardyloo had been taken out of service, the site expanded to 20 acres and serving 800,000 people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Ian, a dad-of-one, said: "Over the years the technology has changed completely, it's like night and day. It's a lot more technical now due to the amount of investment we've had."

The plant is capable of producing up to 2300 kilowatts of sustainable electricity.

This is produced by gas powered generators which use the gas produced in the six digesters on site to generate this "green" power.

A multi-million pound plan to improve odours produced by the plant was completed six years ago.

After his 40 years' service Ian feels the job has provided him with a number of advantages, including being able to keep fit by walking and climbing around the large site.

'The public can play their part, by being careful what goes down the loo.' Ian Carnevale

He also takes pride in his job providing a vital service to the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians and urges people to do their bit to help the staff at Seafield.

Ian said: "One of the biggest problems we had back then was rags getting in and clogging up the system and today it's wipes, so it's different material causing the same problem 40 years on.

"The public can play their part by being careful what goes down the loo, and not things like wipes, sanitary products, cotton buds and stuff like food waste and fats and oils."

And asked what had surprised him the most he said: "I'd never have expected a major fast food outlet like McDonald's to open up opposite a sewage treatment works. I think that proves Seafield is very much part of the fabric of the city and here to stay."

Veolia said it hoped to move Seafield towards energy self-sufficiency in the coming years.

A Scottish Water spokeswoman said: "Seafield has played a crucial role to the capital for the last 40 years and will continue to do so as the city expands.

"This milestone anniversary comes as we look to shape the future of Scotland's drinking and waste water with the launch of our consultation to address the key challenges and opportunities facing Scotland's water industry in the decades to come.

"We are also preparing plans to ensure we can provide a continuous supply of high-quality drinking water, protect and enhance the environment, support Scotland's economy and communities and invest in future water services."

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Final warning letters issued over gas plant smoke

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:12

Shell and ExxonMobil have been served with final warning letters after residents complained of unplanned "flaring" at a gas plant in Fife.

Maintenance failures caused several days of flaring at the Mossmorran plant in June last year, with clouds of black smoke blowing over nearby homes.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) said residents suffered "considerable disturbance" from the noise, smoke and vibration caused by the flaring.

As well as issuing the petrochemical giants with final warning letters, Sepa will conduct a review of the environmental permits to operate sites at Mossmorran. | default

ExxonMobil issued an apology for the issue in June last year, though the NHS later warned the smoke was causing health problems for those living nearby.

Sepa's chief executive, Terry A'Hearn, met senior ExxonMobil and Shell executives directly on site and said that "environmental compliance is non-negotiable."

Mr A'Hearn said: "Every day, SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland's environment and compliance with Scotland's environmental rules is simply non-negotiable.

"The impact of unplanned flaring from Mossmorran last year was both preventable and unacceptable.

"We're disappointed that both ExxonMobil Chemical and Shell UK caused an environmental impact on local communities which is why we've issued formal final warning letters, have commissioned a full review of environmental permits to operate and an enhanced programme of air quality monitoring.

"It's clear that further actions are required by ExxonMobil Chemical and Shell UK to ensure the frequency and impact of flaring is reduced, but we're encouraged by how both companies have responded, committing to respond positively to a strengthening of environmental controls."

Sepa received a total of 74 complaints over the Mossmorran plant during the summer of 2017.

An ExxonMobil spokesman said: "We apologise to the local community for the flaring in June last year which we recognise caused particular concern and inconvenience.

"We have cooperated fully with Sepa throughout its investigation and accept its findings. We have worked thoroughly to address the issues identified, consistent with our internal investigation."

ExxonMobil had since improved its maintenance process and would improve its communications with local residents, he said.

The spokesman continued: "Flaring is safe and is used widely in petrochemical plants and refineries worldwide. Flares are designed to process hydrocarbons safely when production is interrupted.

"While the flare is a vital safety system for the plant, it is otherwise of no benefit to anyone including our operations because it impacts on production." | default
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Monopoly: Special edition Edinburgh board to be released

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 00:01

A new official Edinburgh version of Monopoly is hitting the shops soon, 20 years on from the first.

The special edition of the popular board game will take players around the Scottish capital as they gobble up property, get put in jail and financially ruin family members at Christmas.

It follows the original 1998 Edinburgh edition, which was the first Monopoly board themed around a UK city outside of London.

For this new version, the traditional Monopoly playing tokens such as the racing car, top hat and boot will get the boot to be replaced by new Auld Reekie-inspired items.

Amongst the tokens could be a bust of Edinburgh's most famous son Sir Sean Connery - or perhaps the first woman to sit in Bute House, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Other mooted possibilities include a panda, a comedic mask, a rugby ball, a miniature Sir Chris Hoy and a miniature Edinburgh Castle, with a public vote to ultimately decide which six will be made.

The board game's maker Winning Moves UK also said there is a good chance the traditional Scottie dog playing piece will be tweaked to resemble Edinburgh's beloved Greyfriars Bobby.

It will be the first time a Scottish city has received the honour of its own tokens as well as its own board.

Since the first Edinburgh edition 20 years ago, several versions based on other Scottish cities have been released, including Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and - most recently - Stirling. | default

Winning Moves UK's Benjamin Thompson said: "Scotland's capital city has grown and changed enormously, now with its own parliament and a whole new generation of people.

"The tokens will be customised for the first time in Scotland and will all be dedicated to Edinburgh.

"The Monopoly streets will all be Edinburgh landmarks and also new will be the chance and community chest cards which will be very heavily Edinburgh-themed.

"One could send players back three spaces for getting stuck in traffic on Queensferry Road whilst another could reward players with a VIP visit around Edinburgh Castle."

He said the game would be a "love letter to Edinburgh".

Mr Thompson added: "We are expecting to be very spoilt for choice for landmarks to fill this board.

"This very special edition will go into production to be ready in time for this Christmas and will hit shop shelves this October."

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Quarry set to become Scotland's first surfing lake

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:03

Plans for Scotland's first artificial surfing lake have been recommended for approval by officials.

Wavegarden Scotland is seeking permission to turn the disused Craigpark Quarry, near Ratho on the outskirts of Edinburgh, into a lake which can produce waves on demand.

The development, called The Cove, would be able to generate 1000 waves an hour ranging from 80cm to 2.4m, making it more convenient than many coastal locations.

Officials have recommended councillors approve the plans at an Edinburgh city council committee meeting next week.

A report for the development management sub-committee said it was "a unique opportunity to reuse the redundant quarry".

The developers said the project will generate £11m for the local economy annually and create 129 jobs once it is operational.

Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, which is developing Wavegarden Scotland, said: "Wavegarden Scotland is an exciting project which we believe would deliver a number of economic, social and health benefits.

"We look forward to hearing the outcome of our planning submission next week.

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CCTV appeal after armed robber targets Scotmid store

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:21

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store.

The Scotmid shop in Walter Scott Avenue, Edinburgh, was targeted at around 7.20pm on Sunday.

Police would not say whether the robber managed to steal anything.

Detective constable Stevie Herd from Gayfield CID said: "While no-one was harmed during this robbery, it was a terrifying ordeal for the staff members to endure and we continue to treat this matter with the utmost seriousness.

"We believe that the man in the CCTV footage can assist with our inquiries and if you recognise him then please contact police immediately."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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Rapist admits campaign of abuse against six children

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:15

A serial rapist who carried out a 45-year campaign of abuse against six children left one young girl so traumatised that she tried to take her own life.

David Scott also threatened another five-year-old victim by saying he would kill her mother if she revealed what happened.

The victims of the abuse, which started in 1970 and lasted until 2015, were all aged between four and five years old when the attacks began.

Scott, from Edinburgh, was initially detained in 1997 after one young victim wrote a letter detailing the abuse but he was eventually released without charge.

Then it wasn't until 20 years later in 2017 that he was finally caught after one of his victims contacted the police.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday Scott pled guilty to ten charges including rape and lewd and libidinous behaviour.

The majority of the attacks occurred at addresses in Edinburgh's Newington and Gilmerton areas where Scott stayed at the time.

He attacked his first victim in 1970 when she was five years old and continued to abuse her until she was 18.

As the girl reached her teenage years she was raped on a weekly basis by Scott who would bribe her with money to stay quiet.

When she was aged ten she tried to kill herself by attempting to overdose on sleeping tablets, then made a second attempt a few years later when she was at high school.

Scott then molested a second young girl who pretended she was asleep hoping he would go away.

His third and fourth victims were also five years old when the abuse first started.

Scott went on to target a seven-year-old girl and threatened to kill her mother if she told anyone about the abuse.

During one attack her screams were so loud a neighbour of Scott's came out to see what was wrong.

The victim believed Scott would harm her mother so did not disclose the abuse, however, she wrote a letter to her mum in 1997 that sparked a police probe.

But it wasn't long before he was free to attack his next victim who he abused for four years between the age of four and eight.

Scott's final victim was eight years old when Scott began abusing her in 2011.

The abuse lasted until 2015 when the girl was 12.

He has been remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

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Call to commemorate cows killed in 19th-century abattoir

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:08

An animal rights charity wants to place a plaque in memory of cows who died at a 19th century abattoir.

Peta has asked Edinburgh City Council for approval of the commemorative marker dedicated to animals killed at the newly-rediscovered slaughterhouse near the city's castle.

The charity says the plaque would read: "In Memory of all the Cows Who Suffered and Died in an Abattoir on This Very Spot: Try Vegan."

In a letter to council leader Adam McVey, Peta said the memorial would be especially fitting for Edinburgh.

It highlights the city has been recognised as the UK's Most Vegan-Friendly City because of its numerous meat-free and dairy-free restaurants.

Peta director Elisa Allen said: "Peta's plaque would memorialise the animals who died years ago at the site on King's Stables Road and remind passers-by that killing animals for their flesh is a practice that belongs firmly in the past.

"Edinburgh's restaurants offer everything from vegan haggis to veggie burgers, so there's no better place in Scotland to give vegan eating a try."

Peta - whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" - said vegan eating "spares sensitive animals a terrifying death in today's abattoirs". | default
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Hairdresser who infected men with HIV jailed for life 

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:41

A hairdresser has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 12 years after deliberately trying to infect ten men with HIV.

Daryll Rowe, 27, from Edinburgh, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Wednesday.

He is the first man in the UK to be found guilty of intentionally spreading the virus.

Branded "grotesque" and a "sociopath" by his victims, Rowe was convicted in October of ten charges, five of grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so.

After being diagnosed in April 2015 in his home city of Edinburgh, Rowe met men on gay dating app Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton, East Sussex, between October that year and February 2016.

He later fled to the north east where he went on the run from police, targeting two more men.

Judge Christine Henson QC, sentencing, referred to Rowe's crimes as a "determined hateful campaign of sly violence".

"You are the first individual to be sentenced for Section 18 offences in the context of infecting others with HIV," she said.

"With the full knowledge of the risk you posed to others and the legal implications of engaging in risky sexual practices, you embarked on a deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV virus.

"Unfortunately for five of the men you met your campaign was successful."

The judge added: "They describe living with a life sentence as a result of your cruel and senseless acts.

"Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you."

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Partially sighted teenager suffers verbal abuse on train

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:42

A partially sighted teenager was verbally abused on a train, after another passenger objected to the noise of her mobile phone reading text messages to her.

British Transport Police (BTP) are seeking the woman who shouted and swore at the 17-year-old victim on the service between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street.

The incident took place on the 7.15am service on Monday.

During the journey, the teenager's mobile phone read out text messages as it was specially adapted.

She was left shaken and distressed after a woman on the train began shouting and swearing at her.

The offender, who was carrying a light canvas bag, left at Polmont station. No further description of her is currently available.

BTP officers now wish to speak to anyone who was on the train and saw what happened.

Officers can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016, with the reference 593 of April 16.

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Edinburgh Zoo's eldest Queensland koala passes away 

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:13

Edinburgh Zoo's eldest Queensland koala has died, it has been announced.

Yabbra was put to sleep on Sunday after continuing health related issues.

He was nearly 13-years-old, which is near the upper range of life expectancy for male koalas.

Yabbra arrived at the zoo in 2007 and has been a strong favourite with visitors.

In a statement, the zoo said: "Animal welfare is always our priority and, taking into account his quality of life and wellbeing, our veterinary team advised that Yabbra should be put to sleep to ensure he did not suffer.

"He will be greatly missed by our staff and visitors."

The koala house has been temporarily closed and will gradually reopen over the next week.

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