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'Despicable' thief threatened and robbed woman at ATM

2 hours 45 min ago

A woman was threatened and robbed after withdrawing money from an ATM in Edinburgh.

The 33-year-old female victim was targeted at around 5.55pm on Saturday outside the Scotmid store on Restalrig Road South.

After withdrawing the cash, she was approached by one of two men who had been standing nearby.

The thief, who had his lower face covered, threatened the woman before making off with a two-figure sum of money in the direction of Sleigh Drive.

The second man, who did not speak to the victim, headed in the same direction shortly after.

'This was a despicable incident which saw a woman on her own targeted as she withdrew money from a cashpoint' Detective sergeant Iona Cory

Detective sergeant Iona Cory of said: "This was a despicable incident which saw a woman on her own targeted as she withdrew money from a cashpoint.

"This is being treated with the utmost seriousness and a robust investigation is currently underway to trace these men, supported by local officers who will be conducting increased high visibility patrols in this area for the coming days.

"The area was busy with pedestrians and motorists at the time and, as part of our ongoing enquiries, I'd ask anyone who may have witnessed this, anyone who may have seen the men in the area or any motorists who captured them on dashcam footage, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

If you have any information that could help, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Thousands sign petition to stop removal of elderly couple 

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:46

Thousands of people have signed a petition against the removal of an Iranian couple whose family all live in the UK.

Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, bought a flat in Edinburgh in the late 1970s and have four children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild who are all British citizens.

The couple spent time in the UK on visitor visas over the years but after visiting in November 2012 they made an application to remain on human rights grounds which was refused by the Home Office.

A second application was also refused and they are now appealing against the decision, with the case due to be heard on February 25.

The couple are distressed at the prospect of being separated from their family who all live in Edinburgh.

Their son Navid Saberi said: "It is very very stressful. They are elderly and not really keeping well and on top of their health problems it is a psychological effect, not knowing what is around the corner and what is going to happen in the future.

"The prospect of leaving three generations of children, grandchildren and a great-grandchild and going back to Iran has not been easy for them."

He added: "They have got nobody in Iran. It is just beyond belief."

They are showing lots of signs of old age physically and mentally and they just want to be with their family.' John Vassiliou, McGill & Co

The couple also look after their severely autistic grandson who is non-verbal in order to help their daughter, an NHS nurse who is a single mother.

Mr Saberi said his parents have a strong emotional bond with the boy and it could have a detrimental effect on him if they have to leave the country.

John Vassiliou, partner at McGill & Co which is handling the case, said: "Mr Saberi is in his 80s, his wife is in her 70s. If they go back to Iran it's difficult for British citizens to visit Iran, they can't just fly over as if they were going to Spain or France.

"They are showing lots of signs of old age physically and mentally and they just want to be with their family. If they go back to Iran they will be alone.

"If they go back to Iran they will be two old people living alone whereas here they are living in Edinburgh with all their family around them."

He added: "Their family are all here and that social aspect and emotional support that they get here will disappear if they go back to Iran."

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition on change.org calling on the Home Office to allow the couple to stay in the UK.

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Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South, has voiced his support for the family.

He tweeted: "I'm working with the family & their lawyers to try & persuade the Home Secretary to do the decent thing."

A Home Office spokesman said: "All UK visa applications are considered on their individual merits, on the basis of the evidence available and in line with UK immigration rules."

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Police 'eager to trace' lorry drivers after bypass death

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 12:42

Police investigating the death of a man on the Edinburgh City Bypass have appealed for two lorry drivers to come forward.

The body of Craig Bruce, 37, from Midlothian, was discovered on the central reservation of the A720 between Sheriffhall roundabout and Gilmerton junction at around 8.20am on Thursday.

The road was closed in both directions for eight hours while enquiries were carried out.

A Muller milk delivery van was later seized by police, with officers probing whether the vehicle struck Mr Bruce.

The company confirmed one of its vehicles from its Bilston Glen depot had been in a collision on the bypass.

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STV News understands the van driver thought he had struck a deer and returned to the depot.

Officers investigating the incident believe the black and white Fiat Ducato was involved in a collision and was subsequently overtaken by two HGVs prior to the Straiton junction.

They now want to hear from anyone who may have seen any vehicles travelling westbound at around 1am.

'We're particularly eager to trace two lorry drivers who were travelling westbound between Sheriffhall and the Straiton junction at around 1am' Sergeant Ross Drummond

Sergeant Ross Drummond said: "Our investigation into what happened remains ongoing, and our thoughts continue to be with Mr Bruce's family and friends.

"We're particularly eager to trace two lorry drivers who were travelling westbound between Sheriffhall and the Straiton junction at around 1am, and who may be witnesses in our inquiries.

"I'd again ask anyone who was travelling on the city bypass overnight on Wednesday into Thursday morning, and who may have information or dashcam footage that can assist our investigation, to get in touch and provide this at their earliest opportunity."

If you have any information, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Teens charged after ten pupils fall ill 'taking tablets'

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:33

Two teenagers have been charged after ten schoolchildren fell ill after apparently taking tablets.

Four pupils were taken to hospital and six others had to be treated by ambulance crews after the alarm was raised just after lunchtime on Friday at Dunfermline High School in Fife.

A boy and girl, both aged 13, have been charged in connection with the incident and will be reported to the Children's Reporter.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police in Fife can confirm that a boy and a girl, both aged 13, have been charged in connection with an incident at a school in Dunfermline on January 18.

"A report will be submitted to the Children's Reporter."

An email sent to parents confirmed that the ten pupils affected were all from second and third year classes.

On Friday, Phil Black, Fife Council's head of education and children's services, said: "After lunchtime, we were made aware that a small number of our pupils may have taken tablets outwith school grounds during lunchtime.

"We called emergency services immediately and have worked with them to identify and support pupils who may have been affected.

"We have spoken to children this afternoon with police and paramedics to make sure anyone who has taken tablets has been identified and treated.

"We would urge parents to speak to their children to make sure that they have not taken tablets from anyone and to seek medical advice if they think they have."

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Sinking feeling: Giant hole appears over abandoned mine

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:07

A giant 30ft-wide by six-metre deep sinkhole has opened up in a field above an abandoned coal mine.

The massive hole, in a field in Midlothian, was first spotted by the landowner.

The area has been sealed off by the Coal Authority, who will visit the site to inspect the hole.

It is believed the sinkhole is related to an abandoned mine known as the Roslin Colliery.

James Hammond, regional project manager for the public safety and subsidence team at the Coal Authority, said the team had "responded quickly" to the incident.

"We received a report of a hole in a field in north Midlothian," he said.

"Our regional team responded quickly to erect fencing to secure the area.

"We will be undertaking thorough investigations to determine the cause of this incident.

"If these investigations conclude that it is a result of historical coal mine workings, we will undertake ground remediation work to make the area safe."

Roslin Colliery produced coal for more than 65 years before being abandoned in 1969.

The mine was opened by the Shotts Iron Company and employed around 750 men at its peak.

In May 2016 several cows were rescued from a 45ft deep sinkhole in Midlothian.

It is thought a mineshaft collapsed at a farm off Greenhall Road in Gorebridge, taking animals down with it.

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Ten pupils fall ill at high school after 'taking drugs'

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:14

Several pupils are in hospital after apparently taking drugs at a high school in Fife.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Dunfermline High towards the end of lunchtime on Friday amid reports that ten students had fallen ill after taking tablets outwith school grounds.

It's not yet known what substances may have been consumed but STV News understands it was Valium. 

Some of the children were taken to hospital, while others were treated at the scene.

An email sent to parents at around 4pm on Friday confirmed that the ten pupils affected were all from second and third year classes.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police in Fife were called to a high school in Dunfermline at around 1.30pm on Friday 18 January following a report of concern for the health of a number of pupils who had consumed a tablet.

"The Scottish Ambulance Service attended and provided treatment to those affected.

"Inquiries are ongoing and officers are currently following a positive line of enquiry in connection with this."

"The Scottish Ambulance Service are assessing those affected and inquiries into this matter are continuing."

Fife Council confirmed pupils were in hospital and that parents had been informed.

Head of Education and Children's Services Phil Black said: "After lunchtime today we were made aware that a small number of our pupils may have taken tablets outwith school grounds during lunchtime.

"We called emergency services immediately and have worked with them to identify and support pupils who may have been affected.

"We have spoken to children this afternoon with police and paramedics to make sure anyone who has taken tablets has been identified and treated.

"We would urge parents to speak to their children to make sure that they have not taken tablets from anyone and to seek medical advice if they think they have."

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January sales: Shopping centre could be yours for just £1

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:52

A shopping centre in Fife is being put up for sale at auction - with a starting price of just £1.

The Postings in Kirkcaldy, which opened in 1981, has a maximum capacity of 21 stores, but currently only seven units are occupied.

Retailers based there include Farmfoods and Lloyds Pharmacy.

While the centre attracts more than 30,000 visitors each week, it is going under the hammer after suffering from more shoppers doing their business online.

A spokeswoman for the owner, Columbia Threadneedle, confirmed that bids for the building will start at £1.

Some interest from potential buyers has already been noted.

"We acquired The Postings more than 15 years ago as an income proposition," she said.

"It has since been re-positioned as a development opportunity, which does not fit the holding fund's investment strategy.

"The reserve price of £1 is generating significant attention and we expect to get a considerable amount at the auction."

Auctioneers Allsop have set February 15 as the completion date for the sale.

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Koala joey peeks out of mother's pouch for first time

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:52

A six-month-old koala joey has peeked out of its mother's pouch for the first time at Edinburgh Zoo.

The sleepy-looking Queensland koala was born in July to mum Alinga and will take another month or two to grow big enough to move onto her back.

Koala joeys are the size of a jelly bean when born and spend the first six or seven months of their lives within their mother's pouch where they grow and develop in preparation for life outside.

After outgrowing the pouch, joeys spend around 12 months on their mother's back before becoming more independent.

There is only one species of koala but there are distinct regional differences depending on which area of Australia they are found - the further south you go, the larger and hairier the koalas become.

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK's only Queensland koalas.

As well as being members of a worldwide koala breeding programme, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland also support conservation projects in Australia that help to rehabilitate sick and injured koalas and release them back into the wild.

Opening hours at the Koala Territory at the zoo may vary as the new joey settles in.

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Milk delivery van seized after man found dead on bypass

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:10

A milk delivery van has been seized by police investigating the death of a man on the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Officers are probing whether Craig Bruce, from Midlothian, was struck by the Muller van after his body was found at 8.20am on Thursday.

The company confirmed one of its vehicles from its Bilston Glen depot had been in a collision on the bypass.

STV News understands the van driver thought he had struck a deer and returned to the depot.

The vehicle has now been seized and taken to a police recovery yard.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Bruce, a 37-year-old Rangers fan.

A post on social media said: "No one shovels hardcore like you pal. You bantered about the Old Firm, Gerrard leading Gers to the title."

Another added: "Rest easy mate."

A Müller spokesman said: "We can confirm that one of our delivery drivers was involved in a road traffic incident on the A720.

"We are offering Police Scotland our full support with their investigations and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased."

Inspector Keith MacKay added: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man.

"We are eager to establish the full circumstances of this incident.

"I would ask for anyone who was on the Edinburgh City Bypass between 12am and 2am on Thursday and has information that can assist our inquiries to get in touch with us.

"I would also appeal for anyone who has a dash cam with any pertinent footage to get in touch with us and allow us to view it."

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Robots take over museum as new exhibition gets underway

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:05

A collection of more than 100 robots has gone on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The exhibition - entitled Robots - was first developed at London's Science museum, and features machines from the earliest models to those from modern-day research labs.

It looks at the role of robots in five different time periods stretching over a period of 500 years.

Visitors can see some of the latest humanoid robots in action, and find out more about what a shared future with robots might be like.

They can also interact with some of the machines on display.

One of the highlights is a humanoid robot named Pepper, who was designed to interact with humans and to provide companionship for people at home.

Visitors can also see a T800 Terminator robot used in the popular film.

Dr Tacye Phillipson, senior curator of modern science at National Museums Scotland, said: "The early Victorian models were very limited. They could do one thing and one thing only - they were literally hardwired in.

"What's really changing now is the flexibility and capability to have one robot that can carry loads, that can talk, that can respond, and do different types of things."

The exhibition is open at the National Museum of Scotland until May 5.

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Mum's killer orders sister to clear house in seven days

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:32

By Evanna Holland

A woman whose mum was murdered by her brother has been given seven days to clear her house - because he is executor of her will.

Ross Taggart, 32, killed his mum Carol Taggart at her home in Dunfermline in December 2014.

He throttled her before hiding her body under a caravan in Pettycur Bay, Fife.

Taggart was given a life sentence in 2015 and ordered to serve at least 18 years behind bars.

From his prison cell, he remains in charge of her estate and has previously refused to let his sister, Lorraine Bristow, retrieve items of sentimental value from her mother's home.

He has now given Ms Bristow a week to clear their mum's clothes, otherwise they will be sold off at auction.

She told STV News: "His benefit, I think, is to torture myself. I have no idea why, he's already taken half of my family away.

"Having to continue to fight is draining on myself and my family are having to hold me up.

"It's crippling on my life. I don't understand why his lawyers didn't tell him to stand aside rather than fight for four years.

"I don't understand what benefit he is getting, sitting in a prison cell, telling me what I can or can't do with my mum's personal belongings and the house."

'His benefit, I think, is to torture myself. I have no idea why, he's already taken half of my family away' Lorraine Bristow

Taggart is able to remain executor due to a legal loophole, but now Ms Bristow is fighting to change the law.

Her family have amassed more than 18,000 signatures on a petition and the Scottish Government has agreed to begin a consultation.

A legal expert told STV News it is possible, but extremely challenging, to remove an executor.

Solicitor Grant Johnson said: "There are procedures in place to allow the removal of an executor if they're unable or unwilling to carry out their duties, but it's not simple.

"You have to make an application to the Court of Session in Edinburgh and that brings certain complexities and often high costs."

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Student sexually assaulted teenager at university halls

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:51

An "entitled and arrogant" student sexually assaulted a teenager while he was under investigation for raping another woman.

Edinburgh University student Felix Beck, 22, was cleared of rape a few weeks ago, but on Thursday was jailed for attacking an 18-year-old in October 2016.

He told her he "wouldn't have got aggressive" if he had been happy with her 'performance' during a consensual sex act.

While he was being investigated for rape, Beck used online dating app Tinder to meet the 18-year-old woman.

After exchanging messages, they met at the university halls of residence where they started consensually kissing.

The woman, who had recently started university, told police Beck grabbed her round the neck and dug his fingers in. He then forced her into a sex act.

He later sent the teenager abusive text messages, blaming her for his aggression.

Beck, from Edinburgh, was found guilty of sexual assault, but was cleared of two counts of rape.

He was jailed for three years at the High Court in Aberdeen on Thursday and collapsed in tears as he was led from the dock.

Judge Lord Uist also placed Beck on the sex offenders register for life.

'You have only yourself to blame for the situation in which you now find yourself which arises out of the lifestyle you were leading and your sense of sexual entitlement and arrogance' Judge Lord Uist

He said: "You come from a comfortable, indeed privileged background, and are in the fourth year of your studies.

"You have only yourself to blame for the situation in which you now find yourself which arises out of the lifestyle you were leading and your sense of sexual entitlement and arrogance.

"The way you treated your victim both during and after your violent attack was callous and disgraceful.

"I must have regard to your background but also to the consequences for your victim and the public interest in the protection of women and punishment of sexual crime.

"The crime was a grave one but not mitigated by any behaviour on your part and merits a custodial sentence."

Defence QC John Scott urged the court to impose a non-custodial sentence, claiming there was treatment for sex addiction available to Beck if he was released.

He said: "He has grown up and matured in the last two years. The comments he made were utterly callous, completely disrespectful and wholly unnecessary.

"Ungentlemanly doesn't begin to cover it. A community payback order would be an appropriate sentence.

"It would allow him to complete his education in the next few months and then to secure employment in Edinburgh."

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Man injured in unprovoked bottle attack by bike gang

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:13

A man suffered a head injury after being attacked by three men on bikes in East Lothian.

The 37-year-old was confronted by the men in Newbigging after leaving a pub on Musselburgh High Street at 9.45pm on Sunday.

One of the men then struck him with a glass bottle to the head causing him to fall to the ground.

A member of the public then came to the victim's aid and contacted emergency services as the three men cycled off from the area.

The injured man was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he received treatment before later being released.

Police officers investigating the attack are now appealing for information as they bid to trace the men responsible.

Detective Constable Kenny McKenzie, from Lothian and Scottish Borders CID, said: "This appears to have been an unprovoked attack, which left the victim with a painful injury to his head.

"We would request that members of the public who were in the Newbigging area during Sunday evening and witnessed this attack, or saw anything suspicious, contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone who can help us trace the suspects should also get in touch."

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More than 3400 new homes set for village near Edinburgh

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:32

Nearly 3500 new homes are set to be built as part of the transformation of a West Lothian village.

Plans have also been drawn up to build new schools, a park and improve transport links in Winchburgh, which sits almost 14 miles outside Edinburgh.

In total, 3450 homes would be built by various developers, including 700 affordable houses and 400 council homes.

The proposals have been put forward by private equity partnership West Coast Capital (WCC), which owns Winchburgh Developments Limited, and Cala Homes.

West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government have agreed the plans, which will also include a new marina and land for businesses.

Scottish billionaire Sir Tom Hunter, one of the founding partners of WCC, said the homes were "much needed".

He said: "Both West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government have played a critical role in securing this long-term development for Scotland.

"Having already delivered over 558 homes in the first phase with five national housebuilders, we now look forward to moving forward with many more housebuilders to deliver much-needed homes for West Lothian in the next phase of development."

More than 550 new homes have already been built in Winchburgh in recent years.

Cala chief executive Kevin Whitaker added: "West Coast Capital has worked incredibly hard over the last eight years to bring the site to this advanced stage.

"We now look forward to working with them and other stakeholders to deliver the next chapter of this exciting project, including the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council whom have played a pivotal role in the progression of the development."

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Body of man found on central reservation of city bypass

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:34

The body of a man has been found on the central reservation of the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Emergency services were called to the A720 following the discovery at 8.20am on Thursday.

The death at rush hour is being treated as unexplained.

Major tailbacks are being caused, with the road closed in both directions.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Enquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing, and the death is being treated as unexplained.

"A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

"Closures are currently in place on the Edinburgh City Bypass in both directions.

"The public is thanked for their patience at this time."

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Bomb squad alerted to home-brewing kit at dead man's house

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:00

The bomb squad was called after a man was found dead in a house containing items used to make home-brewed alcohol.

Emergency services were called out after the body of a 37-year-old man was discovered at a property on Balfour Street in Kirkcaldy, Fife, at 6.05pm on Tuesday.

Police found items which gave them cause for concern before alerting the bomb squad and evacuating neighbours.

Chief inspector Tom Brown has now confirmed the items were used in the production of home-brewed alcohol and did not pose a risk to the public.

Officers are treating the man's death, which is not thought to be suspicious, as unexplained.

Inspector Brown said: "We would like to take this opportunity to reassure local residents within the Balfour Street area, and the wider community within Kirkcaldy that there was no risk to the public following the police and EOD response to an address.

"Officers had initially attended to conduct inquiries into the sudden death of a 37-year-old man and during this time they found some items within the property, which gave them reasonable cause for concern.

"As a precaution, neighbouring homes were evacuated until the EOD conducted their inquiries.

"It has since been established that the items were used in the production of home-brewed alcohol and did not pose a risk to the public.

"We thank those affected for their patience and co-operation while expert assessment of the items concerned was carried out."

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Ecstasy supplier caught with £2m worth of ingredients

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:31

A drug dealer who had enough ingredients to make more than £2m of ecstasy has been jailed.

Connor Smith,25, was caught by detectives after an investigation aimed at finding out who was supplying dealers throughout central Scotland.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how officers established the man they were looking for was Smith during an intelligence-led initiative called Operation Thuban.

Police raided a property in Clackmannanshire and found a pill press, ecstasy in powder form and 65 kilos of a bulking agent.

Cops established that the bulking agent had the potential to make 234,000 tablets with a street value of £2.34m.

On Wednesday Smith, a prisoner of HMP Barlinnie, pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of ecstasy between July 2017 and October 2018.

The offences took places at addresses in Alloa.

Prosecution lawyer Liam Ewing told the court that officers raided a house in Clacks on December 28, 2017 and detained an individual, who wasn't named in court.

They found a pill press and MDMA powder that if was made into tablet form would have a street value of £60,000.

"Operation Thuban was an intelligence led operation into the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Clackmannanshire and wider Forth Valley areas by an organised crime group." Liam Ewing.

Mr Ewing said: "It was not possible on the information available to assess how many tablets had been produced by the press but it is estimated that the potential annual output from the press could potentially realised a figure between £390,000 and £1,300,000.

Mr Ewing told the court the person who was detained by police identified Smith as being the man who owned the pill press.

Forensic officers also recovered his fingerprints from the press and the bag of bulking agent.

Meanwhile on May 3, 2018, the court heard how police pulled over a black Renault Megane on the A92 outside Kirkcaldy in Fife.

The man who was driving the vehicle, Ian Hildersley, had 11,000 ecstasy tablets and a kilo of MDMA in crystalline form.

The court heard the estimated street value of the drugs were more than £100,000 and that police also found Smith's fingerprints on the bags containing the drugs.

On August 24, 2018, police caught Smith with 2,000 ecstasy tablets when a car he was travelling in was stopped in Admiralty Road, Rosyth.

It was then established that Smith had purchased the pill press from a firm called LFA Machines and spent a total of £4,509.99 with the firm and a further £600 buying stamps for the pills.

The stamps had the logos for designer clothes firm Stone Island and Nike's Air Max brand.

Mr Ewing added: "Operation Thuban was an intelligence led operation into the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Clackmannanshire and wider Forth Valley areas by an organised crime group.

"During the course of the operation there were a number of recoveries by police from other individuals which the police then linked to the accused as a supplier.

"The police inquiries established that the accused was concerned in the manufacture and distribution of ecstasy tablets.

"The accused was interviewed under caution and initially answered no comment to all questions.

"However, he thereafter admitted that he had purchased the pill press recovered from the Clackmannanshire address and he had been producing ecstasy tablets using it."

Judge Lord Pentland deferred sentence for the court to obtain reports on Smith's character and remanded him in custody.

He will be sentenced next month.

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Stabbed dog found with blade still lodged in neck

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:38

A stray dog was left with a blade in his neck after being stabbed.

The Johnston Bull Terrier was found bleeding heavily by a member of the public on Hay Drive in Edinburgh.

A blade was discovered lodged in the dog at 3.40pm on January 9.

Senior inspector John Toule said: "We were alerted to the Johnston Bull Terrier at 3.40pm on Tuesday, January 9.

"After taking the dog to a vet, a blade was discovered lodged deep within the dog's neck.

"Thankfully, he is in a stable condition and responding well to treatment following surgery.

"We are seeking information regarding the incident and anyone who may have any information is being urged to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999."

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Bomb squad called after body of man discovered in house

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:52

The bomb squad was called after a man was found dead in a house with flammable items.

Emergency services were called to a property on Balfour Street in Kirkcaldy, Fife, at 6.05pm on Tuesday.

The body of a 37-year-old man was discovered before officers alerted the bomb squad and evacuated neighbouring homes.

Police said they discovered "potentially volatile and flammable items" which STV News understands weren't explosives but chemicals.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in Fife attended at an address is Balfour Street, Kirkcaldy, at around 6.05pm on Tuesday following a report of concern for a person.

"The body of a 37-year-old was found within and his death is currently being treated as unexplained.

"While in attendance, officers found a number of potentially volatile and flammable items within and the EOD were contacted.

"A number of neighbouring properties were evacuated while the items were assessed and residents were subsequently allowed to return to their homes after it was confirmed there was no risk to the public."

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Prison inspectors concern over 'far from ideal' staffing

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:11

Inspectors have raised concern over staffing levels and experience at Addiewell prison. 

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Wendy Sinclair-Gieben praised the "positive and respectful" relationships between workers and inmates but said staffing at the West Lothian jail was "far from ideal". 

 HMP Addiewell, near West Calder, is run by private company Sodexo and housed 700 male prisoners when inspected in August.

It opened in 2008 and was designed as a learning prison, where inmates are given the opportunity to improve their prospects of getting a job. 

The range of employment and training opportunities was said to be too narrow, however, and attendance was below 50% of capacity.

Inspectors welcomed positive initiatives including a partnership with Police Scotland in tackling the impact of psychoactive substances and "innovative" healthcare practices. 

But they noted a high number of missed appointments and that Sodexo staff did not intervene when nurses were being subjected to "verbally aggressive behaviour" on their medication rounds. 

They also registered concern over the length of time prisoners in Douglas B hall were locked in their cells - up to 22 hours a day. 

The report published on Wednesday said: "HMP Addiewell's single most enduring challenge over the past few years has been retaining staff and maintaining the agreed staffing complement. 

"On a number of occasions inspectors found staff with only a few months' experience being supported by staff with as little as 12 to 14 months' experience. This is a far from ideal situation." 

Across nine standards inspected at Addiewell, five were rated satisfactory and four generally acceptable. Several recommendations for improvement were made, including an extension of the number and type of employment opportunities available to prisoners. 

Ms Sinclair-Gieben said: "Overall, the prison is on the cusp of a positive future if the momentum is maintained and the matters identified in this report are addressed."

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