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Affordable homes a golden opportunity for buyers in Balerno

The Edinburgh Reporter - 11 hours 9 min ago
An upmarket homebuilder is giving certain buyers the chance to snap up properties at multi-award-winning developments for a fraction of the price – thanks to its ‘Golden Share’ homes. Working with Edinburgh Council, CALA Homes (East) has launched a phase of affordable properties that give house hunters and first-time buyers the perfect opportunity to purchase their dream home in the […]
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Men chanted sectarian abuse on Edinburgh to Dundee train

Police appeal for information after a group of men shout anti-Catholic comments on a train to Dundee.
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Police shooting of axe-wielding woman was 'necessary'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - 11 hours 28 min ago

A firearms officer shooting a plastic bullet at an axe-wielding woman was "necessary and proportionate", a police watchdog has found.

The armed officer fired a baton round at the woman when she ran towards officers and members of the public "apparently intent on striking them with an axe", according to a report by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc).

The 48-year-old woman was temporarily disabled when the plastic bullet hit her thigh, which allowed police to disarm then arrest her.

The incident took place in the grounds of Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh on March 31.

Police were first called to the scene at 12.25pm after a member of the public phoned to alert them a woman had chased him in the wooded grounds with an axe.

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Officers attended, sealed off the area and spent around six hours along with a friend of the woman attempting to persuade her to hand over the axe.

The 48-year-old responded with threats and eventually ran towards officers and the public with the weapon at 6.31pm, prompting use of the plastic bullet, which left her with bruising to her thigh.

She has since been charged with a number of offences.

Pirc investigated the incident as it involved police use of a firearm to shoot a plastic bullet, officially known as a Attenuating Energy Projectile (AEP) launcher.

"The woman posed a danger to a member of the public and police, threatening them with an axe," commissioner Kate Frame found.

"The use of the AEP launcher in the circumstances was both necessary and proportionate."

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Man dies after falling from town's 12ft Christmas tree 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - 11 hours 45 min ago

A man has died after falling 12ft from a town's Christmas tree in front of shocked revellers leaving a nearby nightclub.

Emergency services attended Hunter Street in Kirkcaldy at around 2.55am on Friday.

The man was treated at the scene before being taken to Victoria Hospital where he later died.

A police safety cordon has been put up around the fir tree, which is located outside the Kirkcaldy Town House.

A spokesman for the force confirmed the incident is being treated an non-suspicious.

He said: "Police in Fife were called to a report of an unresponsive man in the Hunter Street area of Kirkcaldy around 2.55am on Friday,  December 14.

"The man was treated at the scene then conveyed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy by the Scottish Ambulance Service where he later sadly passed away.

"The death is being treated as non-suspicious and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances. 

"A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal".

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Man dies after falling from Christmas tree in Kirkcaldy

The alarm was raised when the man was found in Kirkcaldy by people leaving a nearby nightclub.
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Transforming Granton Waterfront: Council and key partners sign agreement

City of Edinburgh Council - 12 hours 44 min ago
The Council, National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have signed an agreement.
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A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 7 December - 14 December.
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Three teens charged after 'boy attacked outside school'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - 13 hours 38 min ago

A 15-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted by a group of teenagers during an attack outside a school in West Lothian.

The incident is said to have taken place next to St Margaret's Academy in Livingston, on Monday.

Police confirmed three boys, aged 13 to 15, have been charged in connection with the alleged attack on Howden South Road.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police in West Lothian have charged three boys, aged 13 to 15, in connection with the assault of a 15-year-old boy on Howden South Road in Livingston on Monday, December 10 and enquiries are ongoing."

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident that took place beyond the school grounds.

"As this is a police matter it is not appropriate to comment further."

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Looking for the best Christmas present? How about this…..?

The Edinburgh Reporter - 15 hours 59 min ago
MAKE A MEADOWS LODGE THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT AT THE MEADOWS, FORFAR The Meadows in Forfar has released additional luxury turnkey lodges for sale, from just £70,000. The popular park, just eighteen miles from Dundee, includes the on site Lochlands Mill Restaurant, and is open all year. Leading lodge manufacturers, Pemberton, Atlas, and Omar have […]
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Letter from Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - 16 hours 42 min ago
Santa will not be amused at the goings-on at Westminster. But he might be hoping that the gift-wrapped Scottish budget delivered this week will fill us with some compensating Christmas cheer. The Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced extra resources for health, education and local government and reduced income tax for low earners. But there will […]
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At the National Galleries of Scotland – BP Portrait Award

The Edinburgh Reporter - 16 hours 49 min ago
    The 2018 BP Portrait Award exhibition, which opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on 15 December, will feature 48 stand-out works including An Angel at my Table by Miriam Escofet, which took this year’s first prize.   An Angel at my Table shows Escofet’s elderly mother seated at her kitchen table surrounded […]
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Civil Service Strollers target Irn-Bru Cup berth after strong start to league

Edinburgh Evening News - 16 hours 59 min ago
Utility man David Churchill is adamant Civil Service Strollers boast enough quality among their ranks to achieve a top-four finish and seal a first ever appearance in next season’s Irn-Bru Cup.
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Edinburgh City players aim to take frustration out on Elgin

Edinburgh Evening News - 16 hours 59 min ago
Edinburgh City winger Graham Taylor has revealed that Tuesday night’s stalemate with League Two title challengers Peterhead felt like a defeat – because the team have become so accustomed to winning.
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Connor McGregor: Lothian Thistle won’t give up – but perhaps its end of era

Edinburgh Evening News - 16 hours 59 min ago
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale midfielder Connor McGregor has admitted the club are finding it tough in the revamped East of Scotland leagues – but they won’t give up.
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How ex-Scotland footballer reacted to sister's suicide

Ex-Scotland star Rhonda Jones has launched a mental health charity in memory of her sister Gemma.
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Edinburgh student, 21, jailed for smuggling £100k of cannabis from Barcelona

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:59
A University student sobbed as she was jailed yesterday after being caught bringing drugs worth £100,000 into Scotland in a suitcase.
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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will be all about the love……

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:05
This year’s Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker is set to be a spectacular love-in. From the moment the doors open at 7.30pm, till long after the midnight bells have fallen silent, bands and DJs, street artists, aerialists, musicians and dancers from Scotland and mainland Europe will all collaborate to make it the party of […]
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VIDEO: Magical and dazzling 2018 Christmas at The Botanics wows thousands of visitors in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:15
MAGICAL, incredible, beautiful, romantic and amazing - that's the verdict of many people dazzled by this year's Christmas at the Botanics.
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Police urge public to search gardens and sheds for missing 90-year-old man

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 20:11
Police have urged members of the public to search their gardens and outbuildings in the hunt for missing pensioner William Scott.
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MSP thanks Royal Mail staff during busy festive period

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:34
Lothian MSP Gordon Lindhurst paid an early morning visit to Royal Mail’s Edinburgh Western Delivery Office to say thanks to hard working staff in the current busy festive period. At the delivery office, he met with manager Brian Murray as well as hard working postmen and women who are working flat out to ensure gifts […]
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