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Teacher sent ex-pupil photo of himself in the shower

A teacher who sent a picture of himself in the shower and sexual messages to a former pupil has been struck off.

Richard Sharpe also sent pictures of himself in his underwear to the female pupil while he taught at Currie Community High School in Edinburgh.

Sharpe admitted two charges at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and agreed to be removed from the teaching register.

The English teacher admitted sending an image of himself in the shower and two images of himself in his underwear to the former student between August 2016 and October 2016.

He further admitted sending messages of a "sexually suggestive nature" via social media to the same former student, who was referred to as Pupil A.

The incidents are said to have happened in the 2016/17 academic year.

He has been ruled "unfit to teach" and struck off.

A spokesman for Edinburgh City Council said: "It would be inappropriate to comment on personnel issues."

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Kelly Macdonald opens Edinburgh Film Festival with Puzzle

The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival opened with Puzzle, starring Kelly MacDonald.
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Concern grows over missing Melrose woman

The 26-year-old from the Borders was last seen at the weekend and has not contacted family and friends since.
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Neil Lennon insists Hibs will be ready for European campaign

The Edinburgh Reporter - 3 hours 55 min ago
Neil Lennon is looking forward to the club’s Europa League campaign and he revealed that the club’s pre-season schedule is aimed at being ready for these games. Hibs will play NSÍ Runavík of the Faroe Islands in the First Qualifying Round, with the winner facing home and away ties against Greek side Asteras Tripolis in the next […]
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Fishing – storm bring bonus for anglers

The Edinburgh Reporter - 4 hours 15 min ago
Fishing has improved at Loganlea since Storm Hector blew through and owner Karen Jack reports that it also brought some much-needed rain. Loganlea is now full once again with black foam beetles proving the favoured pattern fished static on the top of the water. Glencorse owner Bill Taylor was enthused by the quality of bag […]
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Edinburgh streets closed and march held for Clean Air Day

Roads have been closed to cars in central Edinburgh as the city marks Clean Air Day.

In a series of events to raise awareness of the need to tackle air pollution, a march involving groups of schoolchildren took place from the Mound towards George Street.

There will also be yoga sessions and talks from experts during a two-day event called the Edinburgh Summer Summit.

Temporary landscaping and seating will be installed along the Mound and George Street, while the public will also be able to try out electric cars and bikes.

Parts of both streets were closed to traffic on Thursday morning.

Council leader Adam McVey and transport convener Lesley Macinnes were among those attending the march.

'Over the two days we will be monitoring the impact the road closures have on the environment, in particular air quality and noise.' Transport convener Lesley Macinnes

Councillor Macinnes said: "Improving the quality of the air that we breathe is a top priority for the capital.

"The fun and engaging activities we've planned for Clean Air Day will highlight the simple steps that can be taken to help reduce emissions and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

"Over the two days we will be monitoring the impact the road closures have on the environment, in particular air quality and noise.

"We're also looking forward to raising awareness of the wider City Centre Transformation project, which is about creating an action plan for an Edinburgh that is sustainable, healthy and safe for our future generations."

The Scottish Government earlier announced further funding to promote the take-up of electric vehicles, as part of its target to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032.

The budget for the Low Carbon Transport Loan has been increased from £8m to £20m.

Funding for electric vehicles in public sector fleets has also been quadrupled to £4.8m.

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Council to retain status quo with schools in W and SW Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - 5 hours 56 min ago
Ahead of the Education Committee meeting today Thursday the Convener and Vice- Convener have issued a statement. Education Convener Cllr Ian Perry said: “The debate on the future of schools in the South West and West of the city looks likely to be decided in favour of the status quo – Option 1 – when […]
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Macdonald congratulates Save Our Schools campaigners

The Edinburgh Reporter - 6 hours 2 min ago
Ahead of today’s Edinburgh Council education committee meeting, when it appears the council have backed down on plans to make changes to schools in southwest and west Edinburgh, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald, said: “This is wonderful news and everyone in the community should be proud of their efforts in securing the future of their […]
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New Fountainbridge hotel given green light

Edinburgh Evening News - 6 hours 17 min ago
Regeneration of the former Fountain Brewery site has moved a step closer after councillors approved plans for a mixed-use development.
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Four-car smash closes M90 causing major rush-hour delays

The M90 has been closed after a crash involving four cars.

Emergency services were called to the busy route at Halbeath in Fife at 8.10am on Thursday.

The road has been closed in both directions following the smash involving two Vauxhall Corsas, a Volvo V40 and a Nissan Qashqai.

Major delays are being caused and drivers have been asked to avoid the area.

No one is believed to have been seriously injured.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "The motorway has been fully closed at junction 3 southbound.

"Road policing officers are currently in attendance to ascertain the circumstances."

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Speedway – big names on track for birthday bash

The Edinburgh Reporter - 8 hours 11 min ago
Four Edinburgh Monarchs captains will skipper teams in the Platinum Jubilee Fours meeting at Edinburgh Monarchs on Friday (tapes-up 7.30pm) to celebrates the 70-year history of the club. Current captain Ricky Wells and former skippers, Sam Masters, Rory Schlein and Craig Cook with lead their teams. John Campbell, Monarchs’ promoter, said: “I was proud of […]
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Speedway – Pickering could be danger man

The Edinburgh Reporter - 8 hours 42 min ago
Josh Pickering could be the ace card for Edinburgh Monarchs at injury-hit Ipswich Witches on Thursday (7.30pm). The Australian has a liking for the Foxhall circuit and has been picked out by Witches bosses as a real danger man. The home side track minus German rider Michael Härtel who suffered a broken arm in a […]
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Ground breaking capital scientists save pigs’ bacon

Edinburgh Evening News - 9 hours 13 min ago
Scientists in Edinburgh have produced pigs that can resist one of the world’s most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code.
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Grand designs

The 12 winners of the 2018 award for best current Scottish architecture are announced.
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Voice of love

Love Island's cheeky voiceover guy Iain Stirling says people love "relationships and gossip".
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Three children burned after camping kettle explodes

The girl and two boys were taking part in an outdoor cooking lesson when a camping kettle exploded.
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Steven Whittaker aims to give Hibs’ fans a European adventure

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:06
Steven Whittaker is already looking forward to returning to the European stage next month when Hibs meet NSÍ Runavík in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. His last European outing for Hibs took place 12 years ago against Odense in the Intertoto Cup however he enjoyed more success after moving to Ibrox, helping Rangers […]
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Cricket – Scotland win Tri-Nations

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:53
Scotland claimed the Tri-Nations T20 Trophy in Holland thanks to a comfortable win over The Netherlands. Kyle Coetzer’s side scored 221 for three wickets in their 20 overs. George Munsey top scored with 71 with Richie Berrington collecting 64 runs and Matthew Cross 50. Scott Edwards scored an unbeaten 31 for The Netherlands, but the […]
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Take a tram to the Show

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:07
The Royal Highland Show begins tomorrow and you are urged to glide past the traffic by taking the tram to the Royal Highland Show. Scotland’s largest celebration of farming, food and rural life is always very popular and with some great weather forecast, Edinburgh Trams is gearing up for what promises to be one of the […]
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58-year-old man convicted of serious sexual offences

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:51
A 58-year-old man was convicted today at the High Court of a number of serious sexual offences which took place at various addresses in Edinburgh and an address in Dumfries between 1990 and 2002. Robert Hawkins was found guilty of serious sexual assaults on a boy from the age of 6-9-years-old; a girl aged 6-7-years-old and two women […]
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