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Northern Streams Festival 2019

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:34
A festival of Nordic and Scottish music takes place in Edinburgh at the end of this month. All workshops and concerts will be at Pleasance over the weekend. Northern Streams 2019 includes guests Kata, a five woman group singing traditional songs from the Faroe Islands, Caolmhar a group of four young people from Sweden playing […]
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Murdered Trainspotting actor's family at home during shooting

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 18:59
Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh was shot dead outside his Edinburgh apartment while his partner and child were inside.
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Scottish Cup: Equal final ticket share for Celtic & Hearts

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:20
Celtic and Hearts have been given an equal share of tickets for this season's Scottish Cup final at Hampden.
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Danny McAskill brings Drop and Roll to the Fringe

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:46
Interviewing Danny MacAskill is a very easy affair. He really is as laid back as he makes all the stunts look on his videos, and he has lots to say. It may only have been last night that he flew in from California, but there was just a tiny hint of jet lag – and […]
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Police watchdog to reconsider Sheku officers decision

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:32
A judge rules that moves to block the retirement of two officers involved in the Sheku Bayoh case are "irrational".
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Trainspotting 2 actor gunned down yards from family home

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:24

A Trainspotting 2 actor was shot dead just yards away from his Edinburgh home where his family were waiting inside.

Bradley Welsh was murdered in a stairwell as he was heading into his basement flat to see his partner and daughter on Chester Street at 8pm on Wednesday.

A neighbour tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head.

Mr Welsh was targeted after leaving the Holyrood Boxing Gym, which he founded.

Officers are hunting the gunman but believe other people were involved in the planning of the shooting.

Superintendent Allan Burton said his family have been left devastated.

He said: "His partner and young daughter were in the home and they are totally devastated and distraught. It seems unreal for them what has occurred.

"They had no indication what has happened, particularly on their doorstep.

"They are just really suffering and finding it really difficult to cope with their loss of their partner and father.

"All of Mr Welsh's past will be looked at, his association, his friendships, his business contacts and people through his gym.

"We will find out who is responsible and we will bring them to justice."

Roads remain closed off while residents were told to stay indoors after hearing a "loud bang" following the murder.

Mr Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing the gangland figure Mr Doyle.

Superintendent Allan Burton added: "A loud bang was heard and a male was seen running away from the top of the stairwell.

"A neighbour went to assist and discovered he had been shot.

"We are treating this as murder because he had gunshot injuries.

"I'm determined to find out who was involved.

"One person was seen running from the scene.

"There will be a motive - you don't shoot someone for nothing.

"We have not recovered any weapons."

He was close friends with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who described him as an "amazing and beautiful friend" in a tribute on social media.

He wrote: "Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend.

"Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way."

https://twitter.com/IrvineWelsh/status/1118757359101329408 | twitter

Actor Danny Dyer added: "So sad to hear the news about Bradley Welsh.

"A good soul with a massive heart. A massive loss. Rest in Peace my old son."

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A floral tribute wrapped in a green and white scarf - the colours of Hibs Football Club - lay at the edge of the cordon.

Residents who live within the police cordon are being checked in and out of the taped-off area.

A woman, who did not want to be named, was in her flat across the road from the incident when she heard a "massive bang".

She added: "I was in the kitchen and heard a bang. I ran through to my boyfriend and said 'what was that?', because it sounded a little bit weird.

"Then there were loads of SWAT teams - the police were here super-quick."

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Lewis Starling, 25, said: "I just came home last night at about 8.40pm and the whole place was cordoned off.

"I had to get permission to get back to my flat and after that more people just arrived and it's just been locked down.

"It's quite surprising, you don't expect that around here."

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Mum refuses to send autistic son to mainstream school

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 16:00

Reporting by Evanna Holland

The mother of a severely autistic boy has threatened to refuse to send her son to school after Fife Council denied her request for additional education support.

Four-year-old Struan from Glenrothes struggles to express himself due to his condition.

At just two years of age, his concerned mother Stephanie Ross noticed Struan appeared to be reverting in his development and was no longer able to speak proper words.

A year later he was diagnosed with autism and has required specialist care at nursery.

As Struan approached school age, his mother has raised concerns about her son being educated in a mainstream school.

"He has no way of communicating, so things at school like ordering a school meal would be impossible for him," Stephanie explains.

"People that don't know him wouldn't know what he wants or what he is asking for.

"He is still not toilet trained as well so he is still in nappies."

Two weeks ago, Stephanie learned that her application to send Struan to nearby Rimbleton Primary School's additional support class had been rejected, and that Struan would be put into a mainstream learning environment.

'I think that Fife Council are setting him up to fail before he's even started and I'm not prepared to send him to a mainstream school.' Stephanie Ross, Struan's mother

The mother of two thinks the decision is not only unfair to her son, but to Struan's potential teacher and classmates.

"He's just going to disrupt the class, disrupt everyone else's learning and it's not fair on them either," she says.

"I think that if Struan goes to mainstream school, I think that Fife Council are setting him up to fail before he's even started and I'm not prepared to send him to a mainstream school."

Stephanie has appealed to the council for her son's case to be re-examined.

Struan's place at Rimbleton would see him have access to the daily outreach sessions at the school's special unit, as well as the help of a part time pupils support assistant.

Peter McNaughton, head of education for Fife Council, said in a statement to STV News that he believes it is never in the interests of a child to discuss such matters in a public form.

Ms Ross' appeal to the decision will be dealt with through established processes.

The statement continues that it is the council's policy that children are supported within mainstream education wherever possible.

Stephanie said if there's no positive outcome from her appeal, she will refuse to send Struan to school.

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From the Edinburgh Collected archive

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:13
This month’s look at Edinburgh Collected is a photo from the Wester Hailes Fun Run in 1990. Many of the Sentinel’s Fun Run photos show young people taking part. When the Fun Run was restarted as an event in 2012, many people remembered taking part as children and wanted to take part again. Councillor Donald […]
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Fresh bid to tackle growing 'heritage crime'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:06
Scotland's World Heritage sites, scheduled ancient monuments and listed buildings are all at risk from 'heritage crime'.
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New portrait of James Adam unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:58
The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and the V&A have jointly acquired a portrait of James Adam of the 18th century architectural dynasty. This portrait by Italian Antonio Zucchi (1726-95) is the third time that the two organisations have joined together to secure an outstanding artwork. The first two pieces of art were sculptures, the […]
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Cash machine raid at Edinburgh city centre bank

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:46
A cash machine is found abandoned on a pavement outside a branch of Virgin Money in Edinburgh city centre.
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Witness appeal following theft of ATM

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:35
Police are appealing for the public’s assistance following the theft of an ATM from the Virgin Money Bank on Castle Street which took place around 3.30am on Thursday this morning. A group of men arrived at the premises in a grey Audi Q5 estate vehicle, with the registration plates SK68 NLN, which had been stolen […]
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LibDems announce their European candidates

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:33
Launch of Scottish Liberal Democrats European candidates list Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie today unveiled his party’s candidate list for the European elections on 23r May. He stressed that every vote for a Lib Dem MEP will help stop the division and damage imposed by Brexit. Willie Rennie said the list includes a partner in […]
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Murder enquiry launched following murder of Bradley Welsh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:28
Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in the city centre. Around 8pm on Wednesday 17th April, multiple reports were received of a firearms discharge in Chester Street. Officers and other emergency services responded to the area and man was found lying on a common staircase, having sustained a serious […]
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Alex McLeish leaves Scotland role with immediate effect

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:17
Former Hibs’ manager Alex McLeish will leave his role as Scotland National Head Coach with immediate effect. The decision was agreed collectively by the SFA Board at its scheduled meeting today and in consultation with Alex. His assistant coaches, Peter Grant, James McFadden and Stevie Woods, will also leave their roles. Since his arrival in […]
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Thieves rip cash machine from bank during raid on street

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:04

A cash machine has been ripped from a bank during a raid by a group of men in Edinburgh.

Police were alerted to the theft at the Virgin Money bank on Castle Street at around 3.30am on Thursday.

At least three men arrived at the premises in a stolen grey Audi Q5 estate, with the registration plates SK68 NLN, which had been stolen from an address in the Craigleith area of the city on Tuesday.

The men then forced entry via a window at the front of the building, before using the vehicle to pull the ATM out from inside the premises and have stolen its contents.

They have then made off in the direction of George Street and possibly headed west out of the city centre.

Inquiries are ongoing and officers are working to establish the full extent of the stolen property.

Sergeant David Simpson from the Community Investigation Unit said: "We believe at least three, possibly four men arrived at the premises in the stolen Audi vehicle which was then used to commit the theft.

"We are eager to hear from anyone who saw this vehicle and these men immediately prior to the incident, or has seen the vehicle since the early hours of this morning, to get in touch.

"The vehicle was stolen on 9 April and we're eager to hear from anyone who may have seen it in the city or surrounding areas since this time.

"Equally who witnessed the incident, or has any information that can help identify and trace those involved, is asked to contact officers as soon as possible."

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Trainspotting 2 actor murdered in stairwell shooting

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:58

A man who starred as a gangland figure in Trainspotting 2 was murdered in a stairwell near his home.

Bradley Welsh was gunned down on Chester Street in Edinburgh's west end at 8pm on Wednesday.

STV News understands the 48-year-old, who also appeared in an episode of Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men, was shot in the head.

A murder investigation has now been launched following the death.

Superintendent Allan Burton said: "At this time our deepest sympathies are with this man's family and a significant inquiry is now underway to trace everyone who was involved in the murder.

"I would ask that anyone who was within Chester Street, or the West End of Edinburgh on Wednesday evening, and who saw anyone, or anything suspicious, to contact the police immediately.

"Part of this investigation will focus on obtaining CCTV from nearby homes and businesses and we would also urge any motorists who were in the area and may have relevant dash-cam footage to share this with us.

"Murders remain extremely rare in the capital and such incidents where a firearm are used are even more uncommon.

"However, we wish to reassure the public that considerable resources are being dedicated to this inquiry and we are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness."

Roads remain closed off while residents were told to stay indoors following the shooting.

Mr Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing the gangland figure Mr Doyle.

Chief Inspector David Robertson added: "We recognise and understand the profound impact this incident will have had, both on those connected to the victim, and to the local community of the West End.

"There will naturally be a high officer presence in the area over the forthcoming days both to offer reassurance and gather any relevant information that may be of use to the inquiry.

"I want to stress that Edinburgh remains a safe place to live, work and visit and we are doing everything we can to bring those responsible for this needless death to justice.

"In the coming days, weeks and months we will be providing the family with all the support and assistance they may require."

https://twitter.com/IrvineWelsh/status/1118757359101329408 | twitter

He was close friends with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who described him as an "amazing and beautiful friend" in a tribute on social media.

He wrote: "Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend.

"Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way."

Actor Danny Dyer added: "So sad to hear the news about Bradley Welsh. 

"A good soul with a massive heart. A massive loss. Rest in Peace my old son."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwZDA9ogz_D/ | instagram

A floral tribute wrapped in a green and white scarf - the colours of Hibs Football Club - lay at the edge of the cordon.

Residents who live within the police cordon are being checked in and out of the taped-off area.

A woman, who did not want to be named, was in her flat across the road from the incident when she heard a "massive bang".

She added: "I was in the kitchen and heard a bang. I ran through to my boyfriend and said 'what was that?', because it sounded a little bit weird.

"Then there were loads of SWAT teams - the police were here super-quick."

Lewis Starling, 25, said: "I just came home last night at about 8.40pm and the whole place was cordoned off.

"I had to get permission to get back to my flat and after that more people just arrived and it's just been locked down.

"It's quite surprising, you don't expect that around here."

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Livingston announce new sponsorship deal with VPZ

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:54
Livingston Football Club has announced a sponsorship partnership with Edinburgh-based vaping specialist VPZ. Recently ranked as Scotland’s fastest growing company, VPZ is now the official vaping partner of the Almondvale club. The partnership with Livingston FC has been announced during national vaping awareness month, VApril. Vaping is emerging as a key weapon in the NHS’s […]
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Souttar would not join Rangers - Hearts boss Levein

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:53
Hearts manager Craig Levein believes centre-back John Souttar would not be interested in joining Rangers.
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Edinburgh charity worker Bradley Welsh shot dead

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:35
A major police investigation is underway after an Edinburgh charity worker was shot and killed last night. Bradley Welsh ran charity projects in the city to help young people stay fit and out of trouble through his Holyrood Boxing Gym and was also involved with charity Helping Hands which fights inequality in the city. Armed […]
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