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Murder accused 'confessed' to killing ex-fiancée

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 19:30
Frazer Neil, 25, is accused of raping and murdering Hannah Dorans, 21, in an Edinburgh flat.
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Blind boy, 14, urges others to live life to the fullest 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:01

A gutsy teenager born without sight is urging other blind people to live their life to the fullest.

Angus Dixon, 14, takes pride in his independence and hopes others will "just go for it" if there's something they want to do.

Angus fills his own days with meaningful activities. As well as attending youth clubs and swimming lessons, he also enjoys singing, drama and music.

The teen, from Ormiston, East Lothian, has even joined his school's brass band as a trumpet player after taking up the instrument six years ago.

He told STV of his incredible talent: "If I'm doing any kind of piece, especially Christmas carols or songs on trumpet, I can learn any piece from memory."

The Ross High School pupil feels "like a normal person".

He said: "I really enjoy it at Ross High, I feel quite at home. I've got a lot of friends as well."

At school he uses a BrailleNote Touch to take notes and at home he's a whizz on his iPhone, iPad and laptop thanks to the 'voiceover' setting.

Angus said: "It's totally fine. I just live through life."

The one thing Angus would like to do, but sadly can't, is play video games.

He said: "I wish I could do that. Unfortunately that's one thing I can't do."

The teen would also like to play football and rugby with his friends, but added: "The one thing I'm not too sure about is getting a ball hit in my face - especially when you're blind you can't even see that coming.

"But if I could see, I'd definitely be playing out there."

Angus, who volunteers at East Coast FM through his school, is also handy with a screwdriver, drill and sander thanks to training from his dad and granddad.

He noted: "I've got my class peers, I've got close friends, I've got my mum, I've got my dad, I've got my grandparents, I've got aunts and uncles, grannies and granddads, so I've got loads of people to just help me through my life."

Today, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Over 170,000 people are living in Scotland with significant sight loss, and two million across the UK - a figure warned to double by 2050 due to the ageing population and the increase in sight-threatening conditions such as diabetes.

Unfazed, Angus believes those facing a hard time will overcome any difficulties.

He added: "For some people life is difficult, for others life is easy - they'll get through it. But if there's something you want to do...just go for it.

"You'll get there eventually and scientists are doing things to improve eyesight on blind people.

"And as soon as this operation or drug that can do it comes out, maybe I might have some of my sight back and I would really like that to happen."

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Pentlands Book Festival is back!

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:46
by Liz Beevers, committee member of Pentlands Book Festival There are huge treats in store for book lovers this Autumn in venues from Colinton to Balerno when  Pentlands Book Festival will welcome Val McDermid and Jackie Kay in November at locations in Juniper Green and Currie respectively.  Our schoolchildren from P7 to S3 will be […]
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Man 'admitted killing ex-fiance in call to police'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:23

A murder accused phoned the emergency services and confessed he had killed his ex-fiance, a court has heard.

Frazer Neil, who is alleged to have murdered Hannah Dorans, was recorded saying "I've killed her".

The 25-year-old repeatedly said to the call handler "I didn't mean to do it" and claimed he was going to take his own life.

Neil, of Stevenson Avenue, Edinburgh, is on trial at the High Court in Glasgow accused of raping and murdering 21-year-old Ms Dorans at a flat on Hutchison Road, Edinburgh, on February 11, 2017.

It is alleged that he raped Ms Dorans, then strangled her with a cord or similar ligature.

He is also accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Ms Dorans by sending her abusive messages, monitoring her online access and taking her bank card away from her and remove £1000 from her bank account.

Neil is further alleged to have caused alarm and distress to Ms Doran's parents by sending a message on Facebook to them two weeks after her death.

Retired sergeant, Martin White, 53, was on duty on February 11 when the 999 call was made.

He said the call was initially taken by a call-handler then passed to him, and a recording of the call was played to the court.

A man told the call handler "I didn't mean to do it, I didn't mean to do it" and gave the name Frazer Neil.

He said "I've killed her" and when asked who he had killed, said "my ex fiance".

Mr White confirmed in evidence the point the call was passed to him and during the call he was told Neil had already stabbed himself, before he hung up.

PC Gary Stout later gave evidence that he and a colleague were the first at the scene and the door to the flat was unlocked.

He said he could hear what he thought was "a male crying" coming from the bathroom but the door was locked.

PC Stout told the court he found Ms Dorans in the bedroom with what he thought was a dressing gown cord round her neck, and that he performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Defence QC Brian McConnachie asked: "Are you familiar with either the book or the film called Fifty Shades of Grey?" PC Stout said he had heart of it.

Mr McConnachie continued: "From your understanding of that, is it a book and indeed a film which in some way demonstrated sexual asphyxiation, amongst other things?"

PC Stout replied: "From my understanding, it's a powerful male with some sort of controlling mechanism over the female."

Neil denies the charges and the trial, before judge Lady Scott QC, continues.

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Business news – get some practical advice about GDPR

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:13
Tired of worrying about GDPR? Take this opportunity to learn what you can do to protect your business. Thorntons Solicitors are organising an event in Edinburgh to offer practical guidance to businesses and public authorities about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 Experts from Thorntons’ GDPR and Employment Law teams […]
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Gender pay gap revealed at City of Edinburgh Council

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:49
The City of Edinburgh Council releases figures showing a gender pay gap of 5% for all staff.
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Police appeal after attempted murder in Livingston

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:51
A man is found with serious injuries and police believe the incident is related to an earlier disturbance.
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Hibs’ youngster Ryan Porteous looking forward to facing England at Tynecastle

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:47
Scotland’s Under-21s complete their UEFA Under-21 Championship qualification campaign by hosting England this evening at Tynecastle Park. Hibs’ defender Ryan Porteous was a stand-out for Scotland in Ukraine last week and he is now looking forward to testing himself against England alongside team-mates Stevie Mallan and Oli Shaw. He said: “Facing England with Scotland is like […]
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Man slashed on head and neck during woods murder bid

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:30

A man was slashed during an attempted murder in woods.

The attack happened near Holly Grove in Livingston shortly after 4pm on Monday.

A 27-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his head, neck and hand. It is believed a weapon was involved.

He was then taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Police have now linked the attack to an earlier incident involving three men in Kingfisher Brae, Ladywell, at around 11.45am.

Detective sergeant Andrew McGhee said: "We believe that this was a targeted attack and I want to reassure the public that a thorough investigation is currently underway.

"As part of our enquiries into this incident, which we're treating as attempted murder, we're urging anyone who may have information of relevance to come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Police treat Livingston assault as attempted murder

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:03
Police are appealing for information following an attempted murder in the Craigshill area of Livingston which took place in a wooded area near Holly Grove shortly after 4pm yesterday afternoon. Officers were called following a report of an altercation involving a number of men. On arrival, a 27-year-old man was found to have sustained serious injuries […]
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Two new graduate surveyors appointed at JLL

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:39
JLL has two new Scottish graduate surveyors, one in the Edinburgh office and one in Glasgow Ewan Scott also joins JLL as a graduate surveyor within the residential team in Edinburgh after completing his masters in real estate at Aberdeen University. A keen golfer and St Andrews native, he played at high level around the […]
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Pedestrian critical after being hit by car in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:24
She is being treated in hospital after being hit by a Mercedes GL car on Southhouse Avenue in Edinburgh.
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92-year-old woman pedestrian in hospital following collision with car

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:04
Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road collision in the South East of the city which happened around 8am this morning in Southhouse Avenue. A 92-year-old female pedestrian sustained numerous injuries to her body after she was involved in a collision with a Mercedes GL car. She was taken to the Royal Infirmary […]
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Capital Sci-Fi Con wants to scare you this Halloween

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:46
Halloween Party for All Ages to raise funds for CHAS Capital Sci-Fi Con is planning a Halloween Party they say you will not want to miss. The organisers behind Edinburgh’s not-for-profit pop culture, film and TV convention has created two events for all ages. There will be both a children’s and an adults’ Halloween party […]
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Man charged following Meadows robberies in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:28
An 18-year-old has been charged after two robberies in which mobile phones were taken in Edinburgh.
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Man jailed for raping woman in Markinch

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:10
The 29-year-old was sentenced after being found guilty of the attack in Markinch in February this year.
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Woman, 92, fighting for life after being struck by car

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:06

A woman is fighting for her life after being struck by a car in Edinburgh.

The 92-year-old sustained a number of injuries on Southhouse Avenue at 8am on Tuesday.

She was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in a critical condition following the incident, which involved a Mercedes GL car.

Constable Declan Fitzpatrick said: "This has been a very serious collision and at this time we are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.

"Members of the public who were in Southhouse Avenue on Tuesday morning and witnessed what happened are asked to contact police immediately.

"In addition, if any motorists have any relevant dash-cam footage of the collision then please also get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Violent rapist who attacked former army medic jailed

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:53

A violent rapist who brutally attacked a former army medic has been jailed for six years.

Stephen Graham, who has already served time in prison for domestic violence, repeatedly punched the woman and tried to stab her with a knife after threatening to kill her.

Graham, 29, from Glenrothes, Fife, had previously assaulted the woman just weeks before he launched the rape attack on February 25.

The 29-year-old victim, who waived her right to anonymity, served in the army for seven years as a medic on the front line, saving lives in Afghanistan twice.

Carin, who did not want to reveal her surname, said: "I have been through a lot and seen a lot, but I was trained for that.

"After this happened I was stripped to the bone. I had nothing left.

"If someone handed me a pill to end it all, I would have."

The victim claimed Graham became jealous during their relationship and did not want her to have male friends - even on social media.

During an attack in January, Graham pushed her to the ground and repeatedly punched her.

Following the rape weeks later, the victim turned up at her grandmother's house crying hysterically with blood on her face.

Graham had earlier denied raping the woman, but was convicted of the sex attack along with a further assault on the victim.

He was also found guilty shouting, swearing and challenging police officers to fight at Levenmouth police station in Fife on September 22, 2017.

Defence lawyer Chris Fyffe told the High Court in Edinburgh: "It is recognised by him that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this particular case."

Mr Fyfe said that Graham maintained his position at trial that there was no sex on the day of the rape but acknowledged that DNA evidence was "a significant aspect of the Crown case".

Graham was jailed for a total of six years and one month by judge Lord Summers and was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register.

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Fancy a job in retail? Enrol now for this course at Fort Kinnaird

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:31
Thinking of a career in retail? There is a free five week training programme Bright Lights Starting Out in Retail which begins at Fort Kinnaird on 29 October. The course will give you access to high quality training, including advice from industry experts, support with interviews and CV writing, as well as Health and Safety […]
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The Edinburgh Gin Lounge Festival – a festive alternative in December

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:16
Make plans to get together with some friends and do something different this December. The Gin Lounge is coming to Assembly Rooms on George Street with a selection of over 60 different gins to try out. There will be Islay Gin, Edinburgh Gin, No 3 Cotswold Gin, Lakes Gin, Bathrub, Arbikie, Kokor, IWSC and Boutiquey […]
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