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Former convener maintains B&B claim was ‘incorrect’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:15
Former convener signed off media release he later called into question The Capital’s former Housing and Economy Convener did sign off a promise that homeless families would no longer be housed in B&Bs – despite his later claims that the media release was “incorrect”. Independent Cllr Gavin Barrie, who quit the SNP after being replaced […]
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Police hunt man over 'indecency' in busy coffee shop

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:19

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak with after a "public indecency" offence in a busy coffee shop.

Officers believe the man pictured may be able to help with their investigation into the incident, which took place at a cafe in George Street, Edinburgh.

Police said a victim was left "very distressed" by the incident around 11.30am on Saturday, January 26.

Detective Constable Daniel Brunton said: "This was a very distressing incident for the victim, who witnessed this offence, which was committed in the middle of a busy coffee shop in the city centre of Edinburgh.

"As part of this inquiry we are keen to identify the male in the image and he, or anyone who recognises him, is asked to contact police immediately."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

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Blair Henderson: Edinburgh City's trainee accountant has fine tally

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:59
Edinburgh City's Blair Henderson on being the top league goalscorer in the UK, getting changed in toilets, and Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final against Connah's Quay Nomads.
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Investigation underway after body found in burnt out car

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:45
Following the discovery of a car found on fire and the body of a man found within, detectives from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Teams are continuing significant enquiries and appealing for information from the public. A post mortem has been carried out and detectives can now confirm the death is being treated as suspicious. The […]
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RBS annual profit doubles to £1.6bn

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:34
Profits jump at the bank, but it warns the economy faces a heightened level of Brexit uncertainty.
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Scottish Challenge Cup: Connah's Quay Nomads 'hungry' to reach final

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:33
Scotsman Andy Morrison hopes to lead Welsh cup winners Connah's Quay into the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup.
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Revealed: Edinburgh Council’s £28 million B&B bill for homeless over 3 years

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:25
EDINBURGH’s homelessness crisis has been labelled a “human and financial disaster” after it was revealed the City Council has spent £28.1 million to meet an increased demand for B&B accommodation since 2016.
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Penicuik want to prove Fife club Hill of Beath aren’t bogey team

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:30
East of Scotland Conference A league leaders Penicuik Athletic are determined to prove league rivals Hill of Beath don’t have an Indian sign over them, according to Cuikie midfielder Callum Connolly.
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Clock ticking for Whitehill Welfare – but Kieran Somerville retains hope

Edinburgh Evening News - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:30
Kieran Somerville concedes it will be a tough task for Whitehill Welfare to avoid finishing clear of the drop zone now with just seven games left to preserve their Lowland League status.
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All welcome at Positive Future lunch group

The Edinburgh Reporter - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 06:15
The Positive Future over 60s lunch group is a small friendly group of people that meets at Priestfield Parish Church on Dalkeith Road. Nila Joshi from the group explained : “We provide a three course, freshly cooked, traditional South Asian lunch for our members. The lunch club provides the service to people living in the […]
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Hearts cup tie date moved; Smith and Mitchell injury blows

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 21:24
The SFA confirmed today that Hearts William Hill Scottish Cup quarter final against Partick Thistle at Firhill will be played on the evening of Monday 4th March with a 7.05pm kick-off. The game will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland. The fixture change will come as a disappointment for many Hearts fans, especially schoolchildren, who […]
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‘Bringing up Baby’ – A New Exhibition at The Museum of Childhood

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 20:02
Exploring the choices and challenges of parenthood, ‘Bringing Up Baby’ is a new exhibition, which opened today (Thursday, 14th Feb.) at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood. The exhibition is free to enter and runs until the 29th September. ‘Bringing Up Baby’ features a range of objects from the museum’s collection including; Paddi Pad disposable nappies invented […]
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Hibs will be attack-minded and promote youth under Paul Heckingbottom - Robbie Stockdale

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 19:12
Hibs' new head coach, Paul Heckinbottom, will promote young players and go on the offensive, says assistant Robbie Stockdale.
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OAP found dead four days after car crash

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:28
The 69-year-old man was involved in a crash on Sunday, and was found dead on Thursday.
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Marketing Edinburgh boss says ‘Give us the money from tourist tax’

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:05
Council funding, tourist taxes and marketing budgets remain in the spotlight today with a call for some thought on the way the proposed tourist tax in Edinburgh is paid. Three quarters of the cities represented at the Spring Meeting of European Cities Marketing which is being held in Edinburgh this week are funded by tourist […]
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Probe launched after man dies at home following car crash

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:41

Police have launched an investigation following the death of a man who was hurt in a car crash in Fife.

The accident happened at around 7.40am on Sunday, when a blue Toyota Yaris was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes Sprinter on the A912, south of a junction leading to the disused Balcanquhal Quarry.

The 71-year-old female driver of the Toyota and her 69-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries, while the 35-year-old male driver of the Mercedes was uninjured.

The Scottish Ambulance Service attended and the pensioners were taken to Perth Royal Infirmary for treatment.

They were both released, however the man later passed away at an address in Glenrothes during the early hours of Thursday.

Road policing officers are now investigating the circumstances of the accident and are appealing for witnesses to the collision.

Police Sergeant Ewan Pearce said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the gentleman's family at this time.

"We are now investigating this collision and I would ask anyone who was on A912, near to the disused Balcanquhal Quarry on Sunday and has any information that can assist our inquiries, to please get in touch with us as soon as possible."

If you have any information, call 101.

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Scottish Cup: BBC Scotland TV to broadcast live Tannadice and Firhill quarter-finals

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:04
BBC Scotland is to broadcast live Scottish Cup quarter-finals hosted by Dundee United and Partick Thistle.
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Police struggling to identify body found in burning car

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:52

The death of a man whose body was found in a burning car is being treated as suspicious, as police struggle to identify the victim due to his injuries.

The vehicle was found on fire near Greenhall Park in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, on Monday evening.

Police said it is proving "challenging" to identify the man as the car was completely burnt out but they hope to establish his identity soon.

Following a post-mortem his death is being treated as suspicious.

Police investigations have established the car, a black Mercedes GLE, was stolen from Oxgangs Road in Edinburgh on Thursday, January 24.

They are appealing for information from anyone who saw the vehicle in the intervening days as they try to piece together what happened.

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Detective chief inspector David Scott said: "We are working to identify the deceased who was found within the car.

"Enquiries so far suggest the man is likely to be under 40 years of age.

"The recovery of the man's body and subsequent efforts to identify him are proving challenging given that the car was completely burnt out, however, we have significant forensic testing underway and are hopeful we'll be able to identify him soon."

Police have established that the Mercedes had been in the Morningside area of Edinburgh for several days.

On the morning of February 11, it was then spotted near East Kilbride town centre before being found on fire later that day.

'We need to know where that car was between January 24 and February 11' Detective chief inspector David Scott

Detective chief inspector Scott added: "East Kilbride town centre is usually busy with pedestrians and motorists.

"I would ask people to think back and consider if they saw this car and the occupants within. Any small piece of information could be significant.

"Similarly, I would ask the residents in Morningside to think back to the days after Thursday, January 24.

"We need to know where that car was between January 24 and February 11. Please come forward with any information you might have."

If you have any information, call 101.

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Death of man in Blantyre burning car 'suspicious'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:52
Police say the man is still unidentified and 'significant' forensic work is being undertaken.
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Edinburgh trams 'need louder horns' after man killed

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:09

Edinburgh's trams should be fitted with louder warning horns, investigators probing the death of a pedestrian have said.

Carlos Correa Palacio, 53, was struck by a tram near the Saughton stop on September 11 last year.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) issued the "urgent" safety advice on Thursday, saying the level of sound of the vehicles' warning horns did not meet industry guidance.

It advised operator Edinburgh Trams to increase the sound level and in the meantime "consider measures to mitigate risks at locations where audible warnings may be required".

Mr Palacio was using a footpath crossing between the Balgreen and Saughton tram stops when he was hit by a vehicle travelling from the city centre towards Edinburgh Airport at around 12.10pm.

The RAIB said the driver saw him and used the brake while sounding repeated warnings using the tram's bell.

The driver then operated the emergency brake, automatically activating the warning horn, but the tram was too close to be able to stop before hitting the pedestrian.

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The tram's speed at the time of the collision was around 50kph where the maximum line speed was 70kph.

RAIB officials took a number of measurements and concluded: "Both the bell and the warning horn are not sufficiently discernible above the level of background noise at this footpath crossing to indicate the approach of a tram at a full service braking distance from the crossing at line speed.

"The warning horn produces a lower sound pressure level than the bell and can therefore be regarded as quieter.

"The RAIB are aware that at the time that the trams were procured and commissioned there were no specified numeric requirements for the sound pressure levels for tram audible warning devices.

"However, guidance existed at the time of procurement, and continues to exist, which states that there should be two levels of audible warnings - the lesser level for on-street use and the greater for off-street sections and emergencies."

'We want to provide a safe tramway for our customers and take cognisance of the notice issued today by the RAIB' Edinburgh Trams

A spokeswoman for Edinburgh Trams said: "When Edinburgh Trams commenced passenger service in May 2014 we were satisfied that suitable and sufficient testing of the audible warning horn had been undertaken. 

"We want to provide a safe tramway for our customers and take cognisance of the notice issued today by the RAIB. 

"Further testing is already under way with modifications to the warning horn being implemented across the fleet.

"We continue to work with the RAIB and do not wish to predetermine the outcomes of their final report which is expected in the spring."

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