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Men’s hockey – Inverleith through to next round

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:41
Inverleith qualified for the next round of the Scottish Cup when they beat St Andrews University 4-1. John Martin netted a double and Murray Fotheringham and Stuart Hatton both grabbed singles. The Edinburgh side were, however, 1-0 down following a penalty corner from the students after 12 minutes. But they hit two goal to lead […]
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No action against Lib Dem MSP over campaign spending

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:39

No further action is to be taken against a Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP over his Holyrood campaign spending last year.

Prosecutors had been considering a police report in relation to Alex Cole-Hamilton, 39, in connection with an alleged incident on June 7 2016.

Mr Cole-Hamilton won the Edinburgh West seat by 2960 votes ahead of SNP rival Toni Giugliano in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, which were held on May 5.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has concluded there should be no proceedings raised at this time following a "full and careful" look at the circumstances of the case.

There will also be no charges brought against an unidentified woman in relation to the alleged incident.

Mr Cole-Hamilton - who was general election campaign director for the party - said he was glad the matter is "closed".

In a statement on Thursday, the MSP said: "Today, as I always knew they would, the procurator fiscal service confirmed to me that I have no case to answer in respect of allegations around my 2016 election campaign spending.

"While this has been a long process, I have sought to fully co-operate with the investigation at every stage.

"I did so, both in the knowledge that we had done nothing wrong but also because I believe that it's vitally important for voters to retain faith in the integrity of individual election results and, by extension, the wider democratic process."

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The procurator fiscal received a report concerning a 39-year-old male and 42-year-old female in connection with an alleged incident on June 7 2016 and, after full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, has decided there should be no proceedings at this time."

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Appeal after man's body found in Musselburgh harbour

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:05
The body of the 25-year-old man was discovered in Musselburgh harbour on 13 October.
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Police in bid to piece together father's final moments

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:02

Police are appealing for information in a bid to piece together the final hours of a man found dead in Musselburgh.

The body of 25-year-old Darran Everett was discovered in the East Lothian town's harbour just before 6pm on Friday.

The father-of-one's death is being treated as unexplained and officers are now appealing for anyone who may have information to come forward.

Detective inspector Graham Garvie said: "Darran was last seen at a property in Burns Wynd in Musselburgh at 6pm on Thursday, October 12. 

"We are seeking to establish where he went after he left this address and prior to his body being found, and ultimately how he died.

"We are working hard to provide answers to Darran's family and friends about his death and I would like to offer my sympathies to them at this difficult time."

Mr Everett was 5ft 4in, of slim build and had short brown hair.

When last seen, he was wearing a black hooded Mckenzie jacket with a red logo, navy jogging bottoms and blue sand shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

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Police appeal for information following death of man in Musselburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:00
Police are appealing for information following the death of a man in Musselburgh last week. The body of 25 year old Darran Everett was discovered in the town’s harbour just before 6pm on Friday 13th October. His death is being treated as unexplained and as part of their inquiries into his death, officers are appealing […]
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'No proceedings' against Lib Dem MSP over election case

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:00
Prosecutors say there will be no proceedings against Alex Cole-Hamilton over claims he broke electoral law.
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Badger discovered asleep in cat bed in Linlithgow

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:19
The badger entered the house through a cat flap and helped itself to cat food before going to sleep.
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National museum suffers £60,000 of thefts in five years

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:01

Items worth approximately £60,000 have been stolen from the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh over the past five years.

The six items include some rare finds including two James VI coins from the 17th century and a Mary, Queen of Scots gold three pound piece from 1555.

It was part of a group of three coins stolen from the museum in 2015.

Edinburgh coin expert Hiram Brown estimated the coins were worth around £20,000.

Two carved oak panels were also taken from the museum, both in 2014.

Both panels are part of a collection of eight Beaton panels.

All eight of the Beaton panels were acquired by the museum in 1987 for £190,380, according to a grant request from Art Fund, putting the cost of a single panel at around £23,000.

The museum said it cannot comment on active cases, or discuss any security measures in detail.

Communications manager Susan Grey added: "National Museums Scotland has a wide range of security arrangements in place which are regularly reviewed."

Detective constable Mark Seymour said: "We continue to pursue various lines of inquiry in relation to these thefts.

"If you have any information relevant to this investigation then please contact police immediately."

Items stolen

2012: Quartz from Grey's Quarry, Illinois, America.

2014: Beaton panel featuring Arma Christi from late 15th century.

2014: Beaton panel featuring gothic fenestration from late 15th century.

2015: James VI gold coin with sword and scepter dated 1601.

2015: James VI gold coin dated 1604.

2015: Mary, Queen of Scots gold three pound piece dated 1555.

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Speedway – Lawson still believes

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:37
Glasgow Tigers will have to wait until Friday (7.30pm) to claim a place in the final of the Knockout Cup. Thursday’s scheduled re-staging was ruled out because of the waterlogged track. Tigers are ten points adrift of Peterborough Panthers after the semi-final, first-leg in England in their bid to hold onto the trophy. Richard Lawson […]
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Field hockey – Grange face champs in top clash

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:04
Grange face their toughest test to date this season when they clash head-in with the side which pipped them for the title on the final day of last season. Bromac Kelburne come to the Capital as Grange place their unbeaten five-game unbeaten run on the line. The game follows last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Western […]
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ScotRail electric train makes first short trip

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:03
The train travelled between Edinburgh and Linlithgow in its first journey on Wednesday morning.
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Badger caught taking cat nap after sneaking into house

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:43

A countryside ranger got a surprise when he found a badger had taken the place of his friends' cats.

Ramblers Scotland president Ben Dolphin made the unusual discovery when he visited their house in Linlithgow, West Lothian, to feed their pets while they were away on holiday.

The badger had sneaked into the property through a cat flap and made himself comfy on its bed.

It had also eaten all their food before taking a nap.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the find at the house in Beercraigs Country Park.

When the badger noticed the back door was open he made a run for it.

Mr Dolphin tweeted: "That moment you go to your friends' house to feed the cats while they're away, but find the cats have moved out & someone else has moved in."

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Animal rescue officer Connie O'Neil said: "I got a surprise when I arrived at the property and saw a badger having a nap.

"He had got in through the cat flap and had eaten all the cat food before going for a sleep on the cat bed.

"He didn't seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was able to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was open so made a run for it."

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said, "It is highly unusual for a wild badger to enter a house and we would urge anyone to immediately contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 should they find one in an unusual place.

"Like all wild animals badgers can be aggressive when injured or cornered so we would advise not to go near or touch them without giving us a call first."

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'The gunshots were getting closer'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:54
Lisa Marie Husby recalls the day Anders Breivik opened fire as she sat with students attending a summer camp in Norway.
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Badger found having a nap in a Linlithgow house

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:39
The Scottish SPCA was alerted yesterday to a badger which was spotted in a house at Beecraigs Country Park in Linlithgow. Scotland’s animal welfare charity was called to the property after the badger had snuck into the property through the cat flap and made himself comfy on the cat bed. Animal Rescue Officer Connie O’Neil […]
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100,000 Users Milestone Celebrated by Young Scot Rewards

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:23
Young Scot Rewards reaches a landmark 100,000 in its fourth year. Over 100,000 11-26 year olds in communities across Scotland are accessing the pioneering digital programme through their Young Scot National Entitlement Card. They are rewarded with points for making choices that have a positive impact on themselves, their communities or the environment. Activities which […]
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Northern Ireland boss admits drink-driving

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:03
Michael O'Neill is banned and fined for the offence, after police found him three times legal limit.
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Literary Tea in Edinburgh with Victoria Hislop

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:45
Best-selling author, Victoria Hislop to host a Literary Tea in Edinburgh Author of The Island, Victoria Hislop is to host a Literary Tea at the City Chambers on 16 November 2017 from 3.30pm – 6.30pm. Tickets are £30 and can be bought here. Ms Hislop was a sell-out attraction at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this […]
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Northern Ireland boss admits drink-driving in Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:29

The manager of the Northern Ireland football team has admitted drink-driving in Edinburgh.

Michael O'Neill had a breath alcohol level of 65mcg, almost three times the legal limit of 22mcg.

The 48-year-old former Hibernian player was fined £1300 and disqualified from driving for 16 months at the city's sheriff court on Thursday.

Prosecutor Chloe Shoniwa told the court officers had "reason to stop" O'Neill as he drove on the Edinburgh city bypass between Lothianburn and Straiton in the early hours of Sunday, September 10.

Solicitor James Mulgrew, representing O'Neill, told the court: "This was simply a bad error of judgment on the part of Mr O'Neill."

Mr Mulgrew said O'Neill is "contrite" and had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

He added: "He has no analogous record and no record to speak of, with only one limited endorsement currently on his licence."

Mr Mulgrew urged the sheriff to take into account that the football manager has held a driving licence for 31 years and also the distance he covers each year.

'This was simply a bad error of judgment on the part of Mr O'Neill.' James Mulgrew, defence solicitor

Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC said O'Neill was three times over the Scottish drink-drive limit.

He told him: "You do not have a record for this type of thing. I treat your prior record as being minor in the extent of this case.

"I am satisfied that you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. You deserve credit for that as you have not wasted the court's time."

Mr Welsh banned O'Neill from driving for 16 months and fined him £1300, giving him 28 days to pay.

He said if the former Hibernian star had not pleaded guilty and the case had gone to trial he would have fined him £2000.

Sheriff Welsh added the driving ban had been cut from 20 months to 16.

He said O'Neill could further reduce the ban by a quarter by completing a drink-drive rehabilitation course, which his solicitor said he is willing to do.

The manager made no comment as he left the court building.

O'Neill has been linked with the vacant Scotland manager's job.

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BAM Properties and Hermes to Deliver Prime Capital Square Office Development in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:02
BAM Properties in partnership with Hermes Investment Management, has announced that it is set to develop what is currently Edinburgh’s largest speculative office development. Upon completion, Capital Square will be a premier 122,000 sq. ft., eight-floor purpose-built office development designed to a high specification and featuring an underground car park. Centrally located in the city’s […]
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Dalkeith pupils awarded £3,000 for the charity Guide Dogs following group project

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:49
Pupils at Dalkeith High School will make a difference to someone living with sight loss after being awarded £3,000 of funding for the charity Guide Dogs following a group project. Nain Tara Raja, Louise Patterson, Millie Scally and Abby Pearson, together with teacher Amy Taylor, secured the donation after winning the prestigious Youth and Philanthropy […]
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