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Police Scotland’s Mounted Unit comes Nose-to-Nose with War Horse, Joey

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:18
‘War Horse’ launched with a little help from Lewis and Kilmarnock The Festival Theatre marked the opening of the Edinburgh run of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse by introducing Joey to riders and horses from Police Scotland’s Mounted Unit. Joey, the life-size equine puppet from War Horse was joined by actor Thomas […]
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Rapist admits campaign of abuse against six children

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:15

A serial rapist who carried out a 45-year campaign of abuse against six children left one young girl so traumatised that she tried to take her own life.

David Scott also threatened another five-year-old victim by saying he would kill her mother if she revealed what happened.

The victims of the abuse, which started in 1970 and lasted until 2015, were all aged between four and five years old when the attacks began.

Scott, from Edinburgh, was initially detained in 1997 after one young victim wrote a letter detailing the abuse but he was eventually released without charge.

Then it wasn't until 20 years later in 2017 that he was finally caught after one of his victims contacted the police.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday Scott pled guilty to ten charges including rape and lewd and libidinous behaviour.

The majority of the attacks occurred at addresses in Edinburgh's Newington and Gilmerton areas where Scott stayed at the time.

He attacked his first victim in 1970 when she was five years old and continued to abuse her until she was 18.

As the girl reached her teenage years she was raped on a weekly basis by Scott who would bribe her with money to stay quiet.

When she was aged ten she tried to kill herself by attempting to overdose on sleeping tablets, then made a second attempt a few years later when she was at high school.

Scott then molested a second young girl who pretended she was asleep hoping he would go away.

His third and fourth victims were also five years old when the abuse first started.

Scott went on to target a seven-year-old girl and threatened to kill her mother if she told anyone about the abuse.

During one attack her screams were so loud a neighbour of Scott's came out to see what was wrong.

The victim believed Scott would harm her mother so did not disclose the abuse, however, she wrote a letter to her mum in 1997 that sparked a police probe.

But it wasn't long before he was free to attack his next victim who he abused for four years between the age of four and eight.

Scott's final victim was eight years old when Scott began abusing her in 2011.

The abuse lasted until 2015 when the girl was 12.

He has been remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

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Second Walking Football League starts next week at Ravenscraig

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:11
Walking Football Scotland in partnership with North Lanarkshire Leisure and Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire, are hosting this year’s National League tournament which will once again take place at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. Twelve teams have registered to take part, Fife Wanderers, Hearts 56, Hearts 98, Gala Fairydean Rovers, Ayr United Beresford,  Ayr United Parkhouse, […]
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A little bit of Brooklyn in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:12
Tomorrow, Thursday 19 April 2018, there is  a little touch of Brooklyn coming to Edinburgh. Brooklyn Brewery is teaming up with Edinburgh’s Andrew Usher & Co to create Scotland’s first ever indoor shuffleboard court at Usher’s premises at 32b West Nicolson Street EH8 9DD. t 0131 662 1757 for more details. The bar has been […]
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Call to commemorate cows killed in 19th-century abattoir

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:08

An animal rights charity wants to place a plaque in memory of cows who died at a 19th century abattoir.

Peta has asked Edinburgh City Council for approval of the commemorative marker dedicated to animals killed at the newly-rediscovered slaughterhouse near the city's castle.

The charity says the plaque would read: "In Memory of all the Cows Who Suffered and Died in an Abattoir on This Very Spot: Try Vegan."

In a letter to council leader Adam McVey, Peta said the memorial would be especially fitting for Edinburgh.

It highlights the city has been recognised as the UK's Most Vegan-Friendly City because of its numerous meat-free and dairy-free restaurants.

Peta director Elisa Allen said: "Peta's plaque would memorialise the animals who died years ago at the site on King's Stables Road and remind passers-by that killing animals for their flesh is a practice that belongs firmly in the past.

"Edinburgh's restaurants offer everything from vegan haggis to veggie burgers, so there's no better place in Scotland to give vegan eating a try."

Peta - whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" - said vegan eating "spares sensitive animals a terrifying death in today's abattoirs".

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Sugar Daddy’s looking for a sprinkling of cash

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:55
Sugar Daddy’s is a little bakery on Rodney Street which sells gluten free products and nothing else. They are now looking to expand and have set up a Kickstarter campaign seeking funding of £29,000 to invest in a bigger second contamination-free kitchen. The Kickstarter runs till 30 April and donations will be rewarded in cakes, […]
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Hairdresser who infected men with HIV jailed for life 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:41

A hairdresser has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 12 years after deliberately trying to infect ten men with HIV.

Daryll Rowe, 27, from Edinburgh, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Wednesday.

He is the first man in the UK to be found guilty of intentionally spreading the virus.

Branded "grotesque" and a "sociopath" by his victims, Rowe was convicted in October of ten charges, five of grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so.

After being diagnosed in April 2015 in his home city of Edinburgh, Rowe met men on gay dating app Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton, East Sussex, between October that year and February 2016.

He later fled to the north east where he went on the run from police, targeting two more men.

Judge Christine Henson QC, sentencing, referred to Rowe's crimes as a "determined hateful campaign of sly violence".

"You are the first individual to be sentenced for Section 18 offences in the context of infecting others with HIV," she said.

"With the full knowledge of the risk you posed to others and the legal implications of engaging in risky sexual practices, you embarked on a deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV virus.

"Unfortunately for five of the men you met your campaign was successful."

The judge added: "They describe living with a life sentence as a result of your cruel and senseless acts.

"Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you."

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New Year party host sentenced for raping guest in East Lothian

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:29
The 28-year-old carried out the sex attack on the new mother after she had gone to a room at his home to sleep.
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Hibs win SPFL Development League title with victory over Aberdeen

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:41
The Hibernian Development Squad wrapped up the SPFL Development League title with a 2-0 win over Aberdeen at the Oriam yesterday. That result, coupled with Dundee’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Hearts saw the youngsters’ lead at the top of the table become unassailable. The team kick-started the league campaign with a comprehensive 6-1 win at Rugby […]
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Field hockey – students face three tough games

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:06
Edinburgh University may have reached the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday, May 5, but they have other concerns currently. The students now face three huge Division One games in four days as they bid to climb out of the drop zone. The first challenge is a visit to Hillhead, who are one place below the […]
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Partially sighted teenager suffers verbal abuse on train

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:42

A partially sighted teenager was verbally abused on a train, after another passenger objected to the noise of her mobile phone reading text messages to her.

British Transport Police (BTP) are seeking the woman who shouted and swore at the 17-year-old victim on the service between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street.

The incident took place on the 7.15am service on Monday.

During the journey, the teenager's mobile phone read out text messages as it was specially adapted.

She was left shaken and distressed after a woman on the train began shouting and swearing at her.

The offender, who was carrying a light canvas bag, left at Polmont station. No further description of her is currently available.

BTP officers now wish to speak to anyone who was on the train and saw what happened.

Officers can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016, with the reference 593 of April 16.

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Boy injured after being attacked by gang in Fauldhouse

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:30
The 13-year-old was left with facial injuries after being assaulted in West Lothian.
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Edinburgh Zoo's eldest Queensland koala passes away 

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:13

Edinburgh Zoo's eldest Queensland koala has died, it has been announced.

Yabbra was put to sleep on Sunday after continuing health related issues.

He was nearly 13-years-old, which is near the upper range of life expectancy for male koalas.

Yabbra arrived at the zoo in 2007 and has been a strong favourite with visitors.

In a statement, the zoo said: "Animal welfare is always our priority and, taking into account his quality of life and wellbeing, our veterinary team advised that Yabbra should be put to sleep to ensure he did not suffer.

"He will be greatly missed by our staff and visitors."

The koala house has been temporarily closed and will gradually reopen over the next week.

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Schoolboy, 13, injured in attack by gang of men on street

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:42

A 13-year-old boy has been assaulted by a gang of men.

The attack happened on Main Street in Fauldhouse, West Lothian.

A group of men attacked the youngster at 7pm on Saturday, leaving him with facial injuries.

The boy was unable to identify the men who assaulted him.

Constable Amy Wilson said: "This assault left a young person requiring medical treatment and we are keen to trace those responsible.

"It happened on a busy road and we're certain it would have been seen by passers-by."

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New ‘Say No To Puppy Dealers’ website launched

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:51
The Scottish SPCA has launched a new website www.saynotopuppydealers.co.uk in collaboration with The Scottish Government, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, RSPCA, Battersea, Dogs Trust, Trading Standards Scotland, Blue Cross, OneKind, BSAVA and the University of Edinburgh to help raise awareness about the devastating effects of puppy farming. Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell said, “The Scottish Government estimated […]
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Drumbrae Leisure Centre – try it out as a birthday party venue

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:54
Join the party at Drumbrae Leisure Centre on 12 or 13 May 2018 for an Open Weekend showcasing Edinburgh Leisure’s new birthday party offering. You can try out the bouncy castle, play tennis or football, as well as learning how to cheerlead along with your friends. Edinburgh Leisure has birthday parties nailed with many different […]
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Hairdresser who infected men with HIV to be sentenced

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:48

A hairdresser who deliberately tried to infect ten men with HIV is due to be sentenced.

Daryll Rowe became the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus.

He faces a life sentence with an extended term for being a danger to the public when he appears at Brighton Crown Court on Wednesday.

Branded "grotesque" and a "sociopath" by his victims, the 27-year-old was convicted in October of 10 charges - five of grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so.

After being diagnosed in April 2015 in his home city of Edinburgh, Rowe met men on gay dating app Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton, East Sussex, between October that year and February 2016, before fleeing to the north east where he went on the run from police, targeting two more men.

His six-week trial heard he embarked on a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect men with HIV, refusing treatment and ignoring advice from doctors.

He insisted on having unprotected sex with men, claiming he was "clean".

When they refused, he tampered with condoms, tricking them into thinking he was practising safe sex.

Afterwards Rowe would become aggressive and taunted some of the men in text messages.

He repeatedly lied to authorities and would use aliases with his victims.

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Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2018

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:41
Let your imagination fly. Director of Edinburgh International Magic Festival Kevin McMahon launched the ninth Edinburgh International Magic Festival in February. Now the magic festival returns to transform the city into a world of fantasy and illusion. The festival begins on 11 May 2018 with a Wizard World Gathering and finishes with an incredible closing […]
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Eagle Couriers delivering birds of prey

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:38
Looking after their namesakes, Eagle Couriers have been transporting birds of prey which have perished back to the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies from some remote locations. They have done so at cost since they understand how important it is to understand any environmental factors which threaten the birds. In a […]
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McVey calls on all councillors to support demo on Thursday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:32
SNP Cllr for Leith, Adam McVey, who is Council Leader called upon all elected councillors to take part in the demonstration against the cap on family tax credit and the so-called ‘Rape Clause’ planned for Thursday 19 April. McVey said: “This policy is the worst attack on women and children by the UK government in my […]
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