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Edinburgh health tech firms raise millions from investors

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:57
Snap40 and Care Sourcer have between them raised more than £14.5m this week from investors.
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Robber confronted and tied up by elderly neighbour

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:52

A robber was arrested after a pensioner overpowered him and tied his hands behind his back with a belt.

The altercation happened after Kevin Lever, 43, broke into an elderly woman's house in Edinburgh's Grange area and bagged a laptop and an ornamental urn.

A 73-year-old neighbour saw lights on in the house and an open door at the rear of the property.

When he went inside to investigate, he found the stolen items and confronted the robber.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the neighbour challenged Lever, asking him "are we going to fight?"

He then pulled the thief's hands behind his back and tied them with his belt before calling police.

Sheriff Alison Stirling was told the neighbour was looking after the house while its owner was in care.

The urn Leven had tried to steal contained the ashes of the homeowner's dead husband.

He was also found to have taken £30 in cash that was to have been used to pay window cleaners.

Defence solicitor Ross Gardner said his client had just been released from a four-month jail sentence and was dealing with some family issues.

Mr Gardner claimed Lever "genuinely wants to change things" and had contacted the Lothian Substance Abuse Service in an attempt to obtain psychological help.

Sheriff Stirling deferred sentence on Lever and told him: "It seems to me what you need is some sort of support, but that may be after having served a substantial prison sentence."

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Grass fire on hill sends plume of smoke over Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:37

A grass fire has broken out on Blackford Hill, sending a plume of smoke over Edinburgh.

The blaze was reported shortly after 1pm at the city landmark.

The fire service said the flames covered an area of around 20 to 30 metres.

Two fire engines and nine firefighters were sent to the scene.

A fire service spokesman said the blaze was brought under control.

It comes after Edinburgh city council warned over the possibility of grass fires due to the hot and dry weather. Extra caution was advised in hills around the city.

Councillor Karen Doran, environment convener, said: "We're lucky to have such a diverse landscape here in Edinburgh, with parks, nature reserves and green spaces spanning the city, from the outskirts to the centre.

"While it's fantastic that so many people are able to enjoy these spots during the sunny weather, it's important that we take extra care when visiting, in order to keep spaces safe and welcoming for everyone, and the wildlife that lives there."

Mark Wrightham, Scottish Natural Heritage's recreation and tourism manager, said: "It's great news that the warm, dry weather is encouraging more people to get out and about and enjoy our beautiful Scottish countryside.

"But it's important to bear in mind that fires can spread quickly in these conditions and do lasting damage to nature and wildlife.

"At times of high risk, we advise people not to light fires, and consider using a camping stove instead. Be particularly cautious when disposing of cigarettes - even a cigarette butt can easily start a wildfire.

"One of the biggest risks is disposable barbecues. These should be taken away and disposed of safely in a bin.

"A few simple tips can make all the difference in making sure as many people as possible can enjoy our countryside safely."

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Police search River Leven for Allan Bryant after tip-off

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:13

Specialist officers have searched the River Leven for missing man Allan Bryant after receiving a public tip-off.

Police Scotland's Marine Unit scoured the river in Glenrothes on Thursday, but nothing was found.

The 23-year-old has not been seen since leaving the Styx nightclub in Glenrothes, Fife on November 3, 2013.

Although Mr Bryant has been missing for four and a half years, officers said their enquiries are still ongoing.

Despite extensive searches and police appeals over the last four years, no trace of him has been found.

A spokesman from Police Scotland said: "Acting on information received from the public, specialist officers conducted a search of the River Leven in Glenrothes as part of the ongoing investigation into missing man Allan Bryant.

"The search has now concluded and nothing was found.

"Anyone with information about Allan's whereabouts, or his movements after leaving Styx nightclub in the early hours of November 3, 2013, is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting Operation Toner."

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House raider tied up by elderly neighbour in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:20
The 73-year-old neighbour caught the thief in the Edinburgh house and tied his hands behind his back with a belt.
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Machete robbers threatened to 'chop up' pregnant woman

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:49

Two drug fuelled robbers armed with knives and a machete threatened to chop a heavily pregnant woman into bits the day after targeting an elderly couple in a similar raid.

Colin Lindsay, 22, and Kevin Tully, 31, have been jailed for a total of 20 years after admitted raiding the two homes and threatening the couples who live there.

Lindsay, from Edinburgh, was jailed for ten-and-a half-years after pleading guilty at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday.

Tully, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to nine years and both men will be monitored in the community for four years after their release.

The pair admitted threatening the pregnant woman and her partner with knives and a knuckleduster after entering their Edinburgh home and robbing them of jewellery, two iPods, two television sets, an X-Box, a laptop, four mobile phones and a car key.

The court heard that the incident took place after the woman, who was 30 weeks pregnant at the time, did not lock her back door after letting one of her dogs out.

Shortly afterwards she heard a noise in the hallway and Lindsay, who was dressed in black, walked in brandishing a large knife and had a knuckleduster on his left hand.

"This court takes a very serious view of your conduct. Members of the public should not have their homes invaded in this way. These were terrifying ordeals." Lord Mullholland

Lindsay told the couple to stay calm and not do anything stupid before saying: "I'm going to chop you into bits. I've been told to come in here and chop you."

He also added: "I'm the hardest guy in this area."

Tully, who had a knife, then entered the living room with items he had taken from the house in his pockets.

The couple were then forced upstairs to their bedroom, which had been ransacked, and told to wait in their en-suite bathroom for 45 minutes with the door locked.

The couple then looked out of the bathroom window and saw a silver Vauxhall Corsa drive off.

The same car was spotted at the scene of another robbery the previous night when Lindsay and Tully targeted an elderly couple.

They entered the pensioner's home before threatening them and making off with jewellery, a watch, a knuckleduster, two iPods, a knife at set of playing cards, a sewing box and cash.

The couple, both 69, were wakened at around 1.40am by their doorbell being rung and then tapping at the side kitchen door.

When the husband opened the blinds he was confronted by Tully, dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava, carrying what appeared to be a machete.

Tully then kicked in the door and told him: "Don't f***ing move or I'll kill you."

In a state of panic his wife unlocked the front door and was confronted by Lindsay who hit her over the head with a wood.

The court heard that the elderly woman pleaded with him to stop, telling him she had a heart condition and that she believed he was trying to kill her.

A tip-off to police revealed that Lindsay and Tully were responsible for the crimes committed on the nights of February 11 and 12 and had access to a silver Corsa.

They pair were found in a flat in Doddingston Row, Edinburgh, and a number of the stolen items were also recovered from there.

Lord Mulholland told both men: "This court takes a very serious view of your conduct. Members of the public should not have their homes invaded in this way. These were terrifying ordeals."

Both men claimed to be ashamed by the offences that they say were committed while they were under the influence of drugs.

Lindsay's QC said he was on crack cocaine and heroin at the time of the offences and Tully's representative said his client was under the influence of Valium.

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Man admits Scotmid armed robbery in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:26
The 43-year-old walked into the supermarket and asked for two pouches of tobacco before demanding money at gunpoint.
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Armed robbers jailed for 'terrifying' Edinburgh home raids

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:09
A 22-year-old man was jailed for 10-and-a-half years and a 31-year-old man was jailed for nine years.
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New exhibition in the Old Town

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:01
The Tron Kirk has become home to a new exhibition which opens today all about the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are explanations of what is so unique about Edinburgh and it addresses head on the problems of being recognised as something worth keeping. There are […]
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All-girl team closes in on World Finals

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:13
Scottish STEM students in Singapore ‘F1’ challenge supported by Edinburgh recruiting firm Team AcceleRace, from Linlithgow Academy in West Lothian, is one step closer to competing in the world finals of the ‘F1 in Schools Challenge’ in Singapore this September, thanks to new sponsorship from an Edinburgh-based recruitment company. The five S3 pupils on Team […]
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Fundraise Tops £2,700 for Polar Academy

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:57
The Polar Academy benefits from Beeline’s PR team fundraising Two consultants from Edinburgh-based PR company, Beeline, swapped laptops and phones for a mountain-bike and running lycra to raise over £2700 for the Bo’ness based charity, The Polar Academy. In late June, Colin Hutchison, a consultant for Beeline PR, completed his own North2SouthBike Challenge in aid […]
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Fly-tipping fears over garden waste scheme in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:38
Only 45% of Edinburgh residents with gardens have registered for the £25 annual garden waste scheme.
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Rare blood moon to take over Edinburgh’s skies tomorrow

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:29
A RARE celestial event is set to take over the Capital’s skies tomorrow and beyond when a total lunar eclipse falls on this month’s full moon causing what is known as a “blood moon”.
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Men held after 'fight' on M90 as police helicopter called

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:01

Two men have been arrested after an alleged fight on the M90.

Emergency services were called to the busy route near Dunfermline in Fife at 7.45pm on Wednesday.

A 17-year-old and a man, 27, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Officers closed a stretch of the route while a police helicopter was also called.

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – How To Be Amazingly Happy

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:55
No kids – now what? A mid-life quest for joy, identity and belonging in this big-hearted show of storytelling and physical comedy Fringe debutant Victoria Firth didn’t know if she wanted kids, but didn’t get them anyway. In this live, raw and immediate show she tells us of seeking medical intervention, coming up empty handed and ultimately coming to terms with […]
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Red Sky Luxury Camping at Edinburgh Festivals – Where Glamping Meets Affordability

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:50
RedSky Tent Company Limited (“Red Sky”), one of the UK’s most comfortable luxury camping experts, will be offering a great night’s sleep without breaking the bank at this year’s Edinburgh Festivals, with the launch of Red Sky’s Fringe Pop-Up Hotel. Available from 9th – 26th August, Red Sky’s Fringe Pop-Up Hotel and luxury camping village, provides cost-effective and classy […]
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Projekt 42 need a new home – can you help?

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:44
Projekt 42 is a community gym in Leith which is now looking for a new home. The charity helps people tackle poor mental health and has around 3,000 members.  Following the termination of their lease on the gym at Newkirkgate Leith Projekt 42 only has 10 days until 5 August 2018 to find a new temporary […]
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Phone chargers for people living on the streets

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:36
People who sleep rough in Edinburgh are being given portable mobile phone battery chargers to ensure their phone is kept powered up for what might be a lifesaving call to a support service. The Edinburgh-based homelessness charity, Streetwork, has identified a relatively high level of mobile phone ownership among rough sleepers in the city, but […]
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Two arrests after Fife motorway disturbance

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:30
A 17-year-old and a 27-year-old man are arrested by police called to the M90 near Dunfermline.
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Developer slammed for decision to board up vacant Leith Walk units

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:00
Protesters against a £50 million development on Leith Walk have called the developer’s decision to board up vacant units as an act of “cultural vandalism”.
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