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Police sent to wrong location before man found dead

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:45

A police controller failed to pass on information from a 999 call properly the evening before a man was found dead, a report has found.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) found the controller at Bilston Glen was "dismissive" of the caller's concerns and sent officers to the wrong location - where they found nothing on the evening of March 24.

The body of a 51-year-old man was found in a flat in Edinburgh on March 25, 2018.

The police watchdog's report said a man called 999 late on the evening of March 24 to report banging, shouting and raised voices coming from a nearby flat.

He added on a previous occasion there had been a fight inside the flat, which resulted in a female being attacked.

The controller who managed the incident was dismissive of the man as she felt he was someone who abused the 999 system to report minor matters.

The Pirc report found she failed to pass "accurate and relevant information" to officers and wrongly told them there was a disturbance in the street and a female was being attacked.

When they arrived at the scene at around 11.10pm on March 24 the officers carried out a general search of the area and found no disturbance.

'The Police Scotland reporter was dismissive of the reporter as she knew him to be a repeat user of the 999 system to report, in her opinion trivial matters' Pirc report

As a result they did not go to either the flat where the 51-year-old man's body was later found or speak to the man who had made the 999 call.

They subsequently told staff at the control room no disturbance was taking place in the street.

A post-mortem examination found the 51-year-old man died from a combination of drugs in his system.

The Pirc report found that had the controller taken the 999 call more seriously she should have sent the officers to the disturbance in the flat rather than the street, which would have allowed officers to establish the wellbeing of the man, later found dead.

It stated: "The Police Scotland reporter was dismissive of the reporter as she knew him to be a repeat user of the 999 system to report, in her opinion, trivial matters.

"Had she taken the report more seriously she should have sent the officers to the disturbance in the flat, resulting in clarity being established in relation to the deceased's well-being at that time."

The watchdog recommended the staff member should be reminded of the need to deal professionally with all calls from members of the public and accurately pass relevant information to operational officers.

Pirc also said when the name of the person calling 999 is known, officers should make contact with them to clarify information so they can investigate properly.

Police Scotland accepts findings

Chief Superintendent Roddy Newbigging said: "We accept the findings of the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and will respond to the recommendations in due course.

"Police Scotland carried out our own internal review following the incident and necessary steps have already been taken to address issues raised in the commissioner's report.

"We will also direct controllers to remind officers of their responsibility to contact named reporters where appropriate."

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The Bilston Glen control room was criticised following the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell in July 2015.

The couple lay undiscovered for days after a crash on the M9 near Stirling despite a sighting of their wrecked car being reported to the control room.

A review of call handling was ordered by the Scottish Government in the wake of the tragedy.

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Mhari O’Neill: Police fear teen may have died of cold after drinking on Calton Hill

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:29
Police investigating the death of Mhari O’Neill fear the teen may have died from the cold after drinking with a friend on Calton Hill.
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Lord Provost to Donate Muriel Spark Novels to Every Council High School

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:25
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, will donate almost 500 books to school libraries this Christmas to mark the centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth. During a visit to Tynecastle High School yesterday (Wednesday 12 December), the Lord Provost announced that a complete set of Spark’s 22 novels will be delivered to every Council secondary school. […]
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Napier Photo Collective Silent Auction

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:16
Napier Photo Collective cordially invite you to be their guest for a silent photo auction they are hosting on the 17th of December. Each year a group of graduating photography students from Edinburgh Napier University come together to form Napier Photo Collective. The auction will help raise the funds needed to represent the University for […]
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Investigation after 'missing' new mum dies at hospital

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:34

An inquiry is continuing into how a new mother collapsed and died after going missing for seven hours inside Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Amanda Cox, 34, had given birth to her baby son just four days earlier.

Police say the death is being treated as unexplained and one line of inquiry is that she got lost and suffered a stroke or brain haemorrhage.

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

It's understood she had left her ward to visit her baby in the special care unit, wearing just her pyjamas.

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.

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

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

In a statement, they said: "We can confirm that missing woman Amanda Cox was discovered collapsed within the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary around 10pm on Monday, December 10.

"She sadly passed away a short time later.

"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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Exhibition of Photographic Illusions opens today

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:35
Mackie’s of Scotland are sponsoring MagicFest’s Now You See it, Now You Don’t – a photography exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre that is free and open to the public from tomorrow 13 December 2018 until 26 January 2019. Recreating famous optical illusions across the city, with young carers aged between five and 17, Scottish magician-scientist Kevin […]
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Dog electrocuted ‘by shop shutter’ on Haymarket Terrace

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:00
A section of a busy Edinburgh street was cordoned off after a dog was believed to have been electrocuted by a shop shutter.
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Edinburgh’s litter fines will rise to £100 - but just 11 paid up last year

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:55
On-the-spot fines for anyone caught dropping rubbish in Edinburgh are set to increase to £100, despite new figures obtained by the Evening News highlighting the fact only 11 fixed penalty notices were paid in the Capital last year.
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Edinburgh newsagent ‘shaken’ after thieves take safe and till

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:12
The owners of a West End newsagent have been left reeling after thieves stole thousands of pounds and jewellery in a late-night raid.
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Edinburgh’s special school workers ‘more at risk than jail wardens’

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 19:53
SPECIAL school workers in Edinburgh are facing “more violence than wardens in a category A prison”, a union official has claimed.
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Edinburgh 2050: The future that you are building for the Capital

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 18:17
Looking ahead 32 years is not easy but futurist Theo Priestley has a few ideas about how Edinburgh might look in 2050
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Edinburgh 2050: We could ensure no-one is homeless in Capital of future

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 18:03
A city with housing available to all and support services for those who need them is Charlotte Turner’s dream for Edinburgh in 2050
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Edinburgh 2050: Hi-tech future will take city festivals to another stage

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:53
Karl Chapman hopes that the Capital’s venues will embrace emerging developments in arts and culture to keep breaking new ground
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Witness appeal following break in at Edinburgh newsagents

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:47
Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and theft at which took place at a newsagents on Lynedoch Place sometime between 5.30pm on Sunday 9th and 5am on Monday 10th December. After entry was forced, a four-figure sum of cash was stolen along with cigarettes worth around £3000. Inquiries are ongoing and anyone who […]
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Edinburgh 2050: It’s fantastic that voices of the young are being heard

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:42
Aaron Bolton urges the city’s youth to submit their visions for the future of the Capital in 2050 and bring about real opportunities
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Three held after drugs worth £90,000 seized in raid

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:37

Three people have been charged after £90,000 worth of drugs was found at a house in Fife.

Around 9kg of amphetamine was recovered following an intelligence-led search of an address in Pentland Place, Kirkcaldy, on Monday.

More than £1000 in cash was also found inside the property, along with other items associated with the misuse of drugs.

A 54-year-old man and two women, aged 47 and 61, were charged with the possession and supply of drugs and were scheduled to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Douglas Telfer said: "The supply and misuse of drugs can have a devastating effect on our communities.

"In this case our enforcement activity has resulted in a significant amount of harmful drugs being taken out of circulation.

"Tackling organised crime, which includes drug offences, is a top priority for Police Scotland and any intelligence we receive relating to drugs gets a swift and robust response."

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Sports club fees plan scrapped at council facilities in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:35
City of Edinburgh Council had proposed charging clubs £35 an hour to use council facilities out of hours.
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Edinburgh 2050: The Capital must champion innovation and technology

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:33
Marcus Pickering, creator of forward-looking social enterprise Ginerosity, shares his vision for teaching new skills to boost the city’s future
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Edinburgh 2050: Cities do much better when communities are connected

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:17
Mary Glasgow hopes children’s rights will be placed at the heart of a kinder, more compassionate Edinburgh by 2050
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Video: Police issue appeal to trace Mhari O’Neill final moments

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 17:03
Police say mystery surrounds the tragic death of Edinburgh teen Mhari O’Neill who was found dead near a bench on Calton Hill.
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