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‘Dramatic increase’ of verbal abuse towards Edinburgh’s bin workers

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:28
Union officials have raised concerns over council staff using waste and cleansing vehicles that are “not fit for purpose” as bin collection problems are set to continue over Christmas.
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Join in the adventure when Scrambles reopens

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:21
Climbing the walls now that Christmas is over and looking for something to entertain the kids?   Let them burn off their excess energy and climb the walls at Scrambles soft play at EICA: Ratho, which reopens to the public on 3 January 2019 after a major refurbishment. With brand new frames for babies, toddlers and […]
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‘Here to help and not to be assaulted or abused.’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:19
“Here to help, and not to be assaulted or abused” is the message that Chief Inspector Stuart Davidson of Police Scotland, and colleagues across the other emergency services want to get out as we head into what is always one of the busiest times of the year for our emergency services. “Figures for the period […]
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Fife Council to scrap controversial P1 assessments

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:13
Fife Council announces that it will not carry on with the scheme after the end of this school year.
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Search for 90-year-old missing man William Scott in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:54
Neighbours reported William Scott missing on Tuesday from Chesser in Edinburgh
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Cheesecake eating cat named Scotland's top pet slimmer

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:46
The East Lothian cat was named Scotland's top pet slimmer after losing a fifth of his body weight.
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Have a festive afternoon tea at McDonald Marine Hotel

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:29
Having visited the Marine Hotel in North Berwick often as a child, it was lovely to be able to return recently for a Festive Afternoon Tea. There is no doubt that the dining room setting is perfect, wonderful views from the bay windows straight over to the Bass Ross. Indeed I was lucky enough to […]
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Masked thieves target Yankee Candles in card shop raid

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:20

Masked thieves caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a card shop during a raid in which they pinched scented candles, soft toys and balloon-inflating equipment.

The family-run business has now been left facing a £8000-£10,000 bill to fix the damage and replace the broken door and stock that was stolen in the heist.

The incident - at a Hallmark shop in Glenrothes, Fife - was captured on CCTV and shows the thieves using a crowbar to force open the front door at around 3am on Tuesday.

One man is seen to kick open a door inside, while gift bags from the shop are filled with items during the theft.

Deborah Devine, manageress of the store, said the thieves targeted the Yankee Candles.

'I charged straight in as I wanted to see what they'd got. I knew straight away they'd taken the Yankee Candles' Deborah Devine, manager of the Hallmark shop in Glenrothes

She told STV News: "I charged straight in as I wanted to see what they'd got. I knew straight away they'd taken the Yankee Candles.

"You can see they were on a mission.

"They kicked into a locked room where we keep the till. Luckily there was only a £100 float.

"They were searching the cupboards for a safe, but we don't have one."

Soft toys, balloons and an air machine were taken during the raid.

Ms Devine, 42, added: "They took the balloon-inflating equipment, which is of no use to them as it's only for balloons - and it's air, not helium.

"Because of that, I'm going to be in work late tonight because everything is taking me twice as long."

The total cost of the raid is estimated between £8000 and £10,000.

'It's so frustrating. We just can't believe it, we're just floored' Deborah Devine, manager of the Hallmark shop in Glenrothes

Ms Devine added: "We're upgrading the alarm right now, but the door alone will cost around £6000 to replace as it is a specialised door.

"It's so frustrating. We just can't believe it, we're just floored."

The family's Dunfermline shop was targeted by thieves seven years ago, however this raid has caused a massive blow to the business as it only opened at the end of August.

Ms Devine stated: "This type of business has one shot - and that's at Christmas time."

The family have been overwhelmed by the support shown by the local community following the break-in and have been contacted by many people with the names of those who were possibly involved.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed a probe has been launched.

She said: "Police in Fife are investigating following a break-in and theft to a business premises in Glenrothes.

"The incident happened overnight on Monday, December 10 into Tuesday, December 11 at the premises on Newark Road South.

"During this time a quantity of gift items and cash were stolen.

"Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area is asked to get in touch."

If you have any information, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Sex attacker who fled abroad is jailed for life

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:06
The 44-year-old was brought back to Scotland from Spain after failing to turn up for a court hearing in 2016.
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Football fan fined and banned for throwing coin at linesman

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:46
The Rangers fan was also banned from games for two years after the coin hit a linesman on the back of the head
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Thousands raised after 'missing' mum dies at hospital

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:13

An online fundraiser set up for a new mother who collapsed and died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Monday has raised more than £7000 in one day.

Amanda Cox, 34, had given birth just days earlier and was discovered around seven hours after vanishing from the maternity ward in her pyjamas.

Medics tried desperately to resuscitate her, but their attempts were in vain.

It is believed that Ms Cox, from Peebles, had gone to visit her son, Murray, in the special care unit before she vanished.

An investigation has been launched with police treating the death as unexplained. One line of inquiry is that she got lost and suffered a stroke or brain haemorrhage.

A close friend of Ms Cox's husband, Michael, has now created a Gofundme page to raise enough money to cover the costs of the young mum's funeral.

John Clarkson said: "On Monday a good friend of mine Michael Cox lost his wife Amanda four days after she gave birth to their first child Murray two months premature.

"I have arranged this with the permission of one of Michael's brothers to try and help Michael out anyway we can, be it for funeral costs for Amanda, or help with the fuel costs travelling the 25 miles to the hospital daily for the next two months, or with day-to-day costs for helping to raise Murray on his own."

Created on Wednesday, the fundraiser exceeded its £6000 target by amassing £7240 by Thursday.

'Hope you are all given the time and space you need to just hold each other tight' Susan Gow, who made a donation to the Gofundme fundraiser

After donating, a former co-worker posted: "I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Amanda years ago at the Hydro and I am beyond saddened to hear this has happened.

"Thinking of all her family, friends and especially her precious baby boy."

Susan Gow added: "This is so incredibly heartbreaking to me, a stranger. I cannot begin to imagine how the family feels right now.

"Hope you are all given the time and space you need to just hold each other tight."

One friend donated on behalf of the PGC Darts team, whilst another added: "Gonna miss the battles we had on the dart board and the Scotland team, RIP my friend."

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The last confirmed sighting of Ms Cox was on Monday at 3pm.

Police were alerted three hours after she was last seen at the hospital.

She was found collapsed seven hours later on a staircase at the opposite end of the hospital.

Police are studying CCTV footage as they try to piece together what happened to Ms Cox.

In a statement, they said: "The death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Amanda's family and friends at this time."

NHS Lothian said it was helping police with their inquiries.

Deputy chief executive Jim Crombie said: "My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Amanda Cox at this sad time.

"A police investigation is ongoing and we are assisting with their inquiries."

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Cheesecake-munching moggy from Dunbar scoops top slimming gong

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:22
A massive moggie from Dunbar who once stole an entire cheesecake and woke up only to eat has been named “top cat” in the UK’s largest pet slimming competition.
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‘Dangerous individual’ admits killing man in Fountainbridge

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:53
A man who admitted he was responsible for the death of Alan Glancy in his Capital home earlier this year was last night facing years behind bars.
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Review – One20 Wine Café

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:50
There are rare but beautiful moments in Edinburgh when I feel I might be in Glasgow. Like when someone talks to you at a bus stop, or ‘chats you up’ in the pub. Of course if a chippy runs out of brown sauce there’s also a Glasgow feeling but heaven forbid that should ever come […]
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Pupils evacuated from high schools after hoax bomb threats

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:46

Pupils have been evacuated from a number of high schools following hoax bomb threats.

Police and fire crews were called to each school, including Glenrothes High School in Fife, shortly before 1pm on Thursday after staff received a threats via telephone.

Officers evacuated the buildings but said "nothing of concern" was found.

Police have not confirmed the names of the other schools targeted.

ACC Steve Johnson said: "A number of secondary schools across Scotland have today received a threat via telephone.

"Officers from Police Scotland attended each school and nothing of concern has been found.

"Police inquiries are at an early stage and will continue.

"There has been excellent engagement between police and schools over the years in regard to when calls of this nature are received, and the response and assistance provided by each of these schools has been excellent in ensuring an appropriate response and quick reporting.

"Although there is no information to substantiate any of these threats at this time, we are treating this with the utmost seriousness and a thorough investigation is underway."

Fife Council members have been made aware of the incident.

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'My young Sri Lankan husband left me with nothing'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:03
Diane Peebles, 60, married a man she met in Sri Lanka. Now she is broke, a widow and homeless.
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Report highlights 'dismissive' response to 999 call

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:35
A report says a police controller failed to pass on "accurate and relevant information" to officers.
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Police and medics warning about the consequences of ‘one punch’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:17
Police and medics have joined together to warn about the lifelong consequences one punch can cause. During 2017/18 six people in Scotland died as the result of a single punch. On four of those occasions the perpetrator was under 18, and also on four of those occasions the perpetrators were under the influence of alcohol. […]
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Worried sick: Family's appeal for missing 90-year-old

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:57

The family of a 90-year-old man who has been missing for almost 48 hours are "worried sick" about him.

Great-grandfather of five, William Scott, was last seen in a Greggs bakery in Leith, Edinburgh, at around 4pm on Tuesday.

He was reported missing at 7pm the same day after he failed to return home.

On social media, his family have expressed their concern at his disappearance.

Mr Scott's granddaughter Lauren wrote on Twitter: "Guys, this is wee 90-year-old Grampa. We're worried sick about him.

"If you've seen him today, please let me know."

Later that day, she added: "He's still missing. Last seen in Leith at 4pm yesterday. He's such a wee soul, I can't even tell you.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back and he adores his five great-grandchildren."

Her posts have been retweeted more than 1000 times.

Police Scotland released a CCTV image of Mr Scott as part of their investigation.

It showed the pensioner visiting the Foot of the Walk pub in Leith at around 3.45pm on Tuesday.

Chief Inspector David Robertson said: "We are extremely concerned for William's welfare, he is in his 90s and has been in poor health recently.

"He is a very independent man, however he is also a man of routine and by not returning home overnight and not running errands this morning he has broken that routine.

"I'm very worried for William having potentially been out in the cold for one night with a second night of low temperatures approaching.

"I would urge anyone who was around the Foot of Leith Walk yesterday tea time and may have seen William to please contact police immediately.

"William enjoys travelling on the buses both in Edinburgh and more further afield, he has been known to travel all over the South East of Scotland and Central Belt.

"We are speaking with travel companies to establish if William has been using the bus network, but I would ask anyone seeing this appeal in and outwith the capital to please be aware of William and to call police if you may have seen him."

Mr Scott is described as white, 5ft 1in tall, balding with white hair and a small wound on his head.

He regularly wears glasses and was last seen wearing a navy jacket, grey trousers and a dark coloured flat cap.

Anyone who may have seen him is asked to call 101.

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Edinburgh boy, 9, helps dementia sufferers with Christmas hamper appeal

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:57
Most nine-year-olds usually cannot contain their excitement for Christmas Day as they eagerly anticipate opening their presents.
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