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NHS Lothian 'needs £31m' to return services to 2017 levels

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:46
The health board's chief executive tells MSPs £31m would be needed to return services to 2017 levels.
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Pro14: Edinburgh v Glasgow - Warriors 'starting to get twitchy' - Richard Cockerill

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 18:26
Glasgow are 'starting to get a bit twitchy' about Edinburgh because they realise they can beat them, says Richard Cockerill.
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Appeal after tractor and forklift truck stolen from farm

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:53

Police are appealing for information after the theft of two high-value vehicles from a farm in Fife.

A tractor valued at £40,000 and a £12,000 forklift were stolen from Begg farm near Kirckaldy.

Officers believe that they were taken at some point between 4pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday morning.

The John Deere 6830 tractor is green and yellow and has the registration number SP11 AAE and the red Manitou Reach Forklift has the registration number SP08 BZG.

Detective Constable Ross Gribbons of Dunfermline CID said: "These were valuable farm vehicles which are essential for the work of the farm.

"This theft may well have happened in broad daylight and may have looked like the vehicles were being moved legitimately.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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Teacher discussed sexual encounters and drugs  with pupils

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:51

A teacher who discussed his sexual encounters and drug addiction in front of pupils has been struck off.

Peter Walsh engaged in inappropriate conversations with pupils at Broughton High School in Edinburgh in February 2015.

The English teacher also left a class early, distracted pupils during their lessons and referred to colleagues as not having a "f***ing clue".

A hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) found a series of charges against Mr Walsh proved.

He had conducted his own defence at the hearing in Edinburgh, but was excluded from the building after he made "aggressive and intimidating" statements towards witnesses, repeatedly sighed and "pulled faces" on the first day of proceedings.

The hearing was told Mr Walsh had been a supply teacher at the school.

' [Mr Walsh] was a supply teacher who was charged with following specific lesson plans for each class and the nature of the matters discussed and the language used was entirely inappropriate.' GTCS panel

Another teacher told the GTCS panel that S3 pupils had reported Mr Walsh using bad language and talking about his addiction to drugs.

The witness said a group of S4 pupils had also reported Mr Walsh's behaviour to her.

The pupils reportedly said he "had told them to stop what they were doing to listen to him whilst he described having sex behind a tree and other sexual encounters, smoking joints and going to rehab."

He was also heard to say that "most English teachers are crap but it's not their fault because they were taught by crap English teachers".

Mr Walsh also referred to drawings made by pupils as looking like "testes."

The GTCS panel ruled that Mr Walsh was unfit to teach and struck his name from the register.

The panel said: "The panel considered that there may be occasions when it may be appropriate for a teacher to discuss sex or drugs with pupils or to make use of examples from his or her personal life.

"However, [Mr Walsh] was a supply teacher who was charged with following specific lesson plans for each class and the nature of the matters discussed and the language used was entirely inappropriate in any event.

"The panel had no doubt that the [Mr Walsh's] conduct in using inappropriate and offensive language, leaving a class before the end and failing to follow lesson plans would call into question the Teacher's fitness to teach."

The panel noted he had also failed to treat colleagues with respect and failed to show any remorse for his actions.

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Woman sexually assaulted on train travelling to Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:31
It happened on the 18:30 Newcastle to Edinburgh Waverley service operated by Virgin East Coast on Thursday.
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More than 300 abuse claims made against children's homes

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:23

More than 300 complaints have been made to police in Scotland about alleged abuse at children's homes run by a Catholic order, an inquiry has heard.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was told that officers have received 308 complaints about 194 people associated with institutions run by the Sisters of Nazareth over a 50-year period.

The inquiry has begun hearing evidence about homes run by the order in four locations - Aberdeen, Cardonald, Lasswade near Edinburgh and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire - all of which ceased operating as care homes for children in the 1980s.

In opening remarks at the hearing in Edinburgh, Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen, representing Police Scotland, told chair Lady Smith that officers have been working to identify and review all of the public protection investigation files it holds which are relevant to the inquiry.

So far, more than 220,000 files have been reviewed, she said.

'We were never loved, ever, by any of them' Former Aberdeen children's home resident.

Ms van der Westhuizen added: "Since 1995, police investigations have been undertaken in relation to reported abuse dating back to the 1930s within the Sisters of Nazareth institutions.

"Police Scotland has recovered records of complaints received from 308 former residents against 194 persons associated with children's residences within Nazareth House institutions.

"To date, 58 files concerning Sister of Nazareth institutions have been provided to the inquiry."

She said the complaints were in relation to alleged incidents that took place between 1934 and 1984.

The first witness to give evidence during this latest phase told the inquiry how nuns at Nazareth House in Aberdeen would nip her skin, beat the children and make them play in the playground with no shoes on.

"We were never loved, ever, by any of them," she said.

The woman now in her 70s, who cannot be named, was at the Aberdeen home in the 1940s and 1950s.

She said she rarely saw her siblings and did not know her surname until she was 12 years old, having only been referred to by the nuns by her first name and a number.

The witness told how one nun, whom she described in a written statement as a "witch", would make children get down on their knees in front of her if she caught them fighting and bang their heads together.

The witness also told of times when she herself would hit other girls "because it happened to us".

"We were as bad to the little ones as the nuns were to us," she said.

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Call for 'buffer zones' at Edinburgh sexual health clinics

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:05
An Edinburgh councillor wants women accessing sexual health services not to feel "harassed or intimidated".
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Man injured after being struck by lorry on busy road

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 16:27

A man has been injured after being hit by a lorry on a busy road.

The man was struck on Musselburgh High Street in East Lothian around 3.50pm on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called and the road was closed in both directions.

A police spokeswoman said the man had been taken to hospital.

His injuries are not thought to be serious. 

The road was reopened in both directions around 4.15pm.

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SNP councillor follows his independent streak

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 15:37
I had spoken to Councillor Gavin Barrie who represents the Inverleith Ward last month when he lost his position, both as Chair of his political group and separately as Economy Convener following the SNP group AGM. The politician who has 35 years of experience in committee work, having first been involved with trade unions and […]
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Woman punched after being sexually assaulted on train

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 15:18

A woman was punched in the face after slapping a man who sexually assaulted her on a train.

The incident happened on Thursday April 19 after the 30-year-old victim boarded the 6.30pm Newcastle to Edinburgh Waverley service operated by Virgin East Coast.

She was unable to find a seat on the train and stood next to a group of men who she had been chatting to at Newcastle station before boarding.

During the journey one of the men sexually assaulted her.

In response the woman slapped him and the man retaliated by punching her on the jaw.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Detectives are keen to speak with anyone who was on board this train and may have seen what happened.

"Any piece of information, no matter how small, could prove vital to the investigation."

Anyone with information should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40.

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Fresh NHS funding crisis as health board short of £31m

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:35

An NHS health board needs £31m to return its services to the same levels it provided last year, MSPs have been told.

NHS Lothian is the latest Scottish health board facing financial problems, with its counterpart NHS Tayside under fire for using millions of pounds of charitable donations to fund a new IT system.

The fresh funding shortfall was revealed in evidence to Holyrood's health committee.

Health secretary Shona Robison has criticised opposition parties calling on her to resign in recent days.

NHS Lothian's deputy chief executive Jim Crombie said the board had "characterised a gap in our ability and our capacity to deliver against the access targets".

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He said: "We've been clear to the board, we've been clear to government that there is a significant element of funding that would be required to allow us to recover.

"Part of the request from the Scottish Government was to present what they characterise as an operational plan...for 2018/19 and in that we've characterised all of our intelligence around demand, all of our intelligence around efficiency, productivity and maximising the use of our resource.

"But even doing all that we've characterised a gap and we've characterised the quantum of funding that would be required to allow NHS Lothian to return to the levels of performance in terms of patients waiting over 12 weeks at March 2017."

Pressed by committee convener Lewis Macdonald on the figure, he added: "To return NHS Lothian to the position of March 2017 is £31m, circa."

Jacquie Campbell, chief officer of acute services at the health board, added: "Even if we had the funding to return to March 2017 we don't have the overarching capacity either internally or with the external providers in relation to that and there's often a lead in time in starting up capacity."

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Ms Campbell was also questioned by Green MSP Alison Johnstone about progress on recruitment to paediatrics at St John's Hospital in Livingston, where staff shortages have led to a reduction in services.

She said: "We have an ongoing commitment to maintaining and delivering a 24/7 service at St John's, that hasn't changed at all.

"In terms of recruitment, despite what is a national backdrop of shortages of paediatricians, we've actually successfully recruited seven additional consultant paediatricians into NHS Lothian."

Ms Campbell said five of these were already working in the department, with one on maternity leave and another due to start in August.

In addition the health board was training two advanced paediatric nurse practitioners who would be able to participate in an out-of-hours rota towards the end of the year, and was recruiting again for more.

She said: "This is not about money, this has been an active and proactive and continuing recruitment drive but despite all of that we require 39 out of hours shifts to be covered every month and at the moment, based on our substantive staff, we could provide about 21.

"So we still have a way to go around having a sustainable out-of-hours rota."

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Residents evacuated after body found in Leith street

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 13:00
A building in Leith was evacuated by emergency services at about 09:40 following the report of the death.
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Body found in city flat as police evacuate building

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:48

A building has been evacuated after police found a body in a flat in Edinburgh.

Officers made the discovery in Halmyre Street, Leith around 9.40am on Tuesday.

The fire service was called out to assist as the building was evacuated as a precaution.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "There has been assessed to be no risk to the public and residents are thanked for their cooperation.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

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Beach Boys' Brian Wilson to headline summer music festival

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:43

Beach Boys' singer Brian Wilson has been added to the Edinburgh Summer Sessions line-up, alongside Bastille and the Vaccines.

The music festival will take place at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens during the Fringe festival in August.

Other acts including acts join Sir Tom Jones, Rag'N'Bone Man, Paloma Faith and Kasabian, have already been announced for the event.

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds will headline August 19, with Bastille and The Vaccines taking to the stage on August 9.

Al Jardine, another co-founder of the Beach Boys, is also due to perform on August 19.

Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts said: "We're delighted to be bringing Summer Sessions to Edinburgh and DF Concerts' return to Edinburgh's live music circuit this summer is a great addition to the list of incredible events taking place across Scotland this year.

"The Edinburgh Summer Sessions line-up certainly has a diverse variety on offer with legends Brian Wilson and Sir Tom Jones sitting alongside acclaimed acts like Bastille, Rag'N'Bone Man, Paloma Faith and major festival headliners, Kasabian, placing the series of shows right at the heart of Edinburgh during the festival season."

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Speedway – Dan’s the man for Belle Vue

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:31
Former Glasgow and Edinburgh rider Dan Bewley raced to 13 points plus two bonus points in Belle Vue’s 59-31 hammering of Rye House in Manchester. He also appeared in Heat 15 where he got the better of former world No 2 Krzysztof Kasprzak on the final lap. Another former Monarchs racer, Max Fricke, added 11 […]
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Major power cut causes outage in Edinburgh's west end 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:56

A power cut affected several streets in the west end of Edinburgh.

Electricity was reported to be out in streets including Melville Street, Charlotte Square and Stafford Street.

Social media users said the power cut began around 9am on Tuesday, with buildings and traffic lights affected. 

SP Energy Networks said they had experienced a problem with supply at their Randolph Lane substation.

The firm said it hoped to restore power to all customers by 11.15am, with hundreds of premises being hit by the initial cut.

Postcodes EH1, EH2, EH3 and EH4 were affected. 

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Firefighters help drive the ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:52
Over 300 people in the UK tragically die every year after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks of being near water. Many people who accidently drown never intended to enter the water, statistics show. Now, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with UK colleagues to raise awareness of the dangers. The […]
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John McGinn insists that it would take ‘something special’ for him to leave Hibs

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 07:20
Hibs’ midfielder John McGinn insists that it will take ‘something special’ for him to leave the club in the summer. The Scotland international has one year left on his contract and most supporters expect the club to cash in on him at the end of the season, but McGinn loves playing for Hibs and would […]
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New funding of £2.5m for next phase of Gaelic dictionary

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 00:04
Faclair na Gàidhlig aims to document the history, development and use of every single word in the language.
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Steven Whittaker wants four more performances like Saturday’s

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:36
Hibs’ defender Steven Whittaker wants four more performances like Saturday’s to take the club to second place in the table. All eyes were on Easter Road this weekend as Celtic looked to secure their seventh title in a row but Neil Lennon’s men made them wait an extra week. Goals from Jamie MacLaren and Vykintas […]
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