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Council will consider plans to manage the city during the festivals when they meet next week

The Edinburgh Reporter - 1 hour 43 min ago
After considerable and detailed discussion of ideas for a new management plan for the Festival City next summer councillors on the culture committee agreed to refer the outline plans to the full council which meets next week. There was considerable concern raised by members of the public during and after the Festival period around the […]
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Thousands have their say in major Edinburgh placemaking consultation

City of Edinburgh Council - 1 hour 58 min ago
More than 5,000 people put forward their views in a major public consultation aimed at shaping how Scotland’s Capital looks, feels and functions for generations to come.
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Club's technical director dies aged 28

Robert Rowan, the technical director of Championship club Brentford, has died at the age of 28.
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Scots football boss dies suddenly at the age of 28

A Scots football boss has died suddenly at the age of 28.

Robert Rowan, from Fife, who was the technical director at Brentford, passed away on Monday.

Rowan joined the club four years ago, having previously been a technical director at Stenhousemuir and held scouting roles with Celtic and the SFA.

His work was then noticed by Rangers who were linked with a move for the 28-year-old.

The full circumstances of Rowan's death have not been revealed.

In a statement, Brentford said his sudden death has left the club "devastated".

They said: "Brentford Football Club has to report the sad news that Robert Rowan died at the age of 28 on Monday, November 12.

"Robert had been the club's technical director since the start of February, having joined Brentford four years ago.

"Robert had been with Brentford since late 2014 and was appointed as the club's head of football operations in the summer of 2015.

"As well as managing the day-to-day football operations at Brentford's Jersey Road training ground, Robert oversaw the strategic direction of Brentford B - the club's elite squad of players aged 17 to 21, before taking on the role of technical director.

"All at the club have been left devastated by the news.

"All our thoughts are with Robert's wife, his family and all his friends - many of whom work at Brentford FC."

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Acid attack: Calls to speed-up ban on carrying substances

Reporting by Russell Findlay

Politicians have been urged to end delays to a new law banning people from carrying acid and other corrosive substances in public.

The UK government's Offensive Weapons Bill has stalled due to objections by some Tory backbenchers over a clause banning high-powered rifles.

SNP Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf plans to extend the new law to Scotland once it has been passed at Westminster.

But he has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to express "grave concerns" about the delays.

It comes after STV News' told how Teresa McCann from Edinburgh feared for her life after an acid attack in Edinburgh last week.

Mr Yousaf said that high-calibre rifles should not be exempted from the new law "due to the interests of a small minority of shooters".

He added: "It is critical that you are able to reassure me and the Scottish Parliament that this Bill is still on track and will be returned to the House of Commons very shortly."

The new law would ban online retailers selling blades to juveniles.

Carrying corrosive liquids and the possession of knuckledusters, 'death stars' and other weapons will also be outlawed.

Ms McCann suffered permanent and life-changing injuries in a doorstep attack in Edinburgh on Friday night.

The 37-year-old told STV News she feared she would die when a masked attacker threw a corrosive liquid onto her face and body.

Speaking from hospital, the brave mum said: "My face was literally melting - the pain was indescribable.

"I really did think I was going to die. There's no motive as to why someone has done this."

Teresa, who urged her attacker to hand himself over to police, faces weeks of medical treatment including skin grafts.

Scottish Conservative MSP Rachael Hamilton, who has campaigned on the blight of acid attacks, told STV News: "The increasing rate of acid attacks across the UK is completely unacceptable.

"There's no more time to wait for action - we need to come down on these people like a ton of bricks and we need to do it now.

"Governments on both sides of the border need to get their heads together and work out a way forward.

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"Acid attacks destroy lives, and it's time we came up with a punishment to reflect that, as well as a system of assessing the scale of it."

Last month, convicted killer Thomas Charnley was found guilty of throwing acid on a man in a supermarket in Viewpark, Lanarkshire in April.

And in August, schoolgirl Emily Bowen, 18, was jailed for scarring a love rival in an attack at a school in East Lothian last year.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "We're seeking Parliament's approval for new strict controls to apply in Scotland that would see corrosives categorised as an offensive weapon, like knives, to make our communities safer and assist the police in dealing with anyone who seeks to use them against other people.

"The UK-wide Offensive Weapons Bill, crafted between the UK Government and the Scottish Government, will create a ban on the sale of certain corrosives to under 18s and criminalise the possession of corrosives in public."

A Home Office spokesman said the government was "committed to re-scheduling the remaining parliamentary stages as soon as possible".

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Edinburgh's Christmas generates £113m for economy

The city's Christmas events attracted 919,344 visitors over six weeks in 2017, according to research.
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Christmas visitors plough £113m into Edinburgh's economy

Edinburgh's Christmas festival drew nearly a million visitors last year and generated around £113m for the economy, analysis has found.

Attractions including the Christmas markets and ice rink received 919,344 individual visitors over six weeks in 2017, with total footfall estimated at 4.6m.

Almost two-thirds (65%) came from outside Edinburgh, with 7% of visitors hailing from overseas.

Event producers Underbelly said 771,007 tickets were sold for Edinburgh's Christmas attractions, rides and shows - up 11.6% on the previous year.

Some 98% of people surveyed rated the quality of their experience as very good or good.

The entertainment company commissioned BOP Consulting to carry out the analysis.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly, said: "We're very proud that Edinburgh's Christmas is now firmly on the map as a global winter destination with sky-high levels of customer satisfaction and return visits, and visitors who consistently rate the event as their major reason for coming to Edinburgh."

Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross said: "There is no better place in the world to celebrate Christmas than here in Edinburgh and this report highlights just how valuable the attractions are to the city.

"These findings are clearly good news for our city-centre retailers and other businesses, for local jobs and for the wider economy."

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Man and woman charged over three armed raids in Bathgate

The two have appeared in court in connection with three armed robberies in Bathgate, West Lothian.
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Driver critical after one car crash in East Lothian

The driver of a car is in critical condition in hospital after a crash in East Lothian on Monday.
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ScotRail adds Extra Carriages for Scotland v South Africa

The Edinburgh Reporter - 5 hours 33 min ago
ScotRail is adding more seats on trains to and from Edinburgh this weekend as Scotland look to follow up on their sensational win against Fiji in the Autumn Tests. Scotland will play South Africa at the BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 17 November at 5.20pm, and extra carriages are being added to trains between Edinburgh […]
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Masked man threatened staff with knife in shop robbery

A masked man threatened staff with a knife before making off with money during a raid on a shop.

The Co-op on High Croft, Kelso was targeted by the man, who had a stocking covering his face, at around 10.25pm on Monday.

He used a knife to threaten the shop workers before taking a three-figure sum and making off on foot.

The knifeman has been described as around 5ft 9in with a slim build.

At the time of the robbery he was wearing a jacket with large grey and black checks running horizontally and vertically, rather than in a diamond pattern, with the hood up, a white t-shirt, dark skinny jeans and blue and white trainers.

Officers investigating the "frightening" incident are appealing for suspects to come forward and have commended the bravery of the two staff members that were present.

DC Andy Loughlin of Galashiels CID said: "This was a frightening incident for the two staff who had a knife presented at them, I commend their bravery in dealing with this situation so calmly. The man was wearing distinctive clothing and I would ask anyone who may have seen him in the area before or after the robbery to come forward."

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by car near Asda

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a car near an Asda store.

Thomas Beall was hit by a grey Ford Focus on the B981 Dunnikier Way in Kirkcaldy at 8.30pm on Monday.

The 81-year-old was taken to the Victoria Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Officers closed the road for several hours before it was reopened shortly after 4am on Tuesday.

Sergeant Ewan Pearce said: "Our condolences are with Mr Beall's family at this very sad time, who have described him as a much loved brother and uncle.

"Our enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

"Anyone who may have witnessed this, or who has information which may be able to assist with the investigation, and has not yet spoken to officers is urged to contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Man, 81, dies after being struck by car on B981 in Kirkcaldy

The pedestrian was hit by a Ford Focus as he crossed the B981 road in Kirkcaldy.
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Report reveals economic impact of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2017

The Edinburgh Reporter - 6 hours 40 min ago
In a report out today Underbelly who organise Edinburgh’s Christmas for the council say that last year’s events brought an economic impact of £113 million, or the equivalent of 2,260 full time jobs to the capital. BOP Consulting has produced an impact assessment report for both Christmas and Hogmanay events which Underbelly produce for the […]
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Council to open up cultural grants procedure

The Edinburgh Reporter - 10 hours 14 min ago
The council is set to change how it hands out cultural grants in order to allow more organisations to compete for cash. The city council’s culture and communities committee will today consider a plan to make the process for giving out funding for cultural projects “fairer and flexible”. The authority is wary that any sudden […]
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LEAFA: Salvesen set sail for next round

Edinburgh Evening News - 10 hours 41 min ago
Salvesen sailed through their RJM Sports Scottish Amateur Cup third-round replay against Glasgow-based St Davids, returning to Edinburgh 4-0 winners.
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Rape victim calls for end of 'not proven'

The woman who won a civil case against her attacker says the verdict is confusing and should be scrapped.
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Selling your home? Here are some top tips

The Edinburgh Reporter - 11 hours 12 min ago
If you want to get the highest price for your property, it’s important to do everything you can to ensure that your home is shown in the best possible light. David Marshall, Operations Director with Warners Solicitors and Estate Agents, shares his top five tips for maximum impact. First Impressions Count Just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it’s not true. […]
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Edinburgh judo champion in plea to save popular Meadowbank club

Edinburgh Evening News - 11 hours 12 min ago
A Commonwealth gold medalist is appealing for help to find a new home for a popular judo club inspiring future Olympic champions.
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Fresh delay for new Sick Kids Hospital with staff in the dark

Edinburgh Evening News - 11 hours 12 min ago
The opening of Edinburgh’s £150 million new Sick Kids Hospital is facing further delays after failing to meet the required standards.
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