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UK’s first retirement village for travellers set for West Lothian

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:00
Plans for Scotland’s first retirement village specifically targeted at the traveller community have been lodged for a site at Humbie in West Lothian.
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‘Severe flood’ damages £150m Sick Kids development

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:00
A “severe flood” at the Capital’s new Sick Kids Hospital is believed to have caused significant damage casting doubts as to whether the opening of the £150m development could face further delays.
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Review: Titanic the Musical ****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:22
  When I first read that Titanic the Musical was coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse I did wonder if it were a sign of the times that there is no historical event which can’t be the subject of a harmonious show. The story of how the ‘unsinkable’ ship sank in 1912 with the loss of […]
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Hibs Ladies coach Dean Gibson charged with breaking gambling rules

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:30
Hibs Ladies development coach Dean Gibson has become the latest figure in Scottish football to fall foul of rules against gambling.
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Blair Kingshorn credits Richard Cockerill for pushing him into Scotland contention

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:55
Blair Kinghorn credits Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill for pushing him into Scotland World Cup contention.
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Man jailed for killing his baby daughter

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:36
A man responsible for killing his baby daughter in West Lothian has today been jailed at  Glasgow High Court. Traherne Wiliams was sentenced to six years and six months in prison for the culpable homicide of three-month-old Sophia Williams in Broxburn. The infant sustained serious brain injuries after 23-year-old Williams shook her and threw her […]
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72nd Edinburgh Taxi Drivers’ Outing

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:35
On the second Tuesday of June a number of taxi drivers in the city put aside their fares and take a number of children to the beach for the day. It is always a colourful affair and we caught some of it on camera this morning. Look out for the children being brought back to […]
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China flight heads back to Beijing

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:54
The first plane from Beijing landed at 6.00am this morning and by around 8 o’clock it had taken off to return to China. This is begin hailed as a momentous day by Edinburgh Airport who are extremely pleased to have secured this route for the capital. A piper from the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military […]
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Man who murdered partner and left body to decompose jailed

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:34
A man who murdered his partner and left her body to decompose in an Edinburgh flat  been sentenced to 21 years in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh. Roger Crossan (now 53) pleaded guilty to the murder of Moira Gilbertson (57) whose body was found in the Dumbiedykes Road property on Saturday 14th October […]
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Scottish SPCA Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell completes the London Marathon

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:26
Scottish SPCA Chief Executive Kirsteen Campbell ran the London Marathon for Scotland’s animal welfare charity in a fantastic 4 hours and 39 minutes. Kirsteen said, “The London Marathon was an amazing experience and the encouragement and support throughout my training and on race day was incredible! “Since joining the charity last year I’ve been amazed […]
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Jardine welcomes China flight

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:59
Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has described the first ever direct flight between Scotland and China as ‘momentous for Edinburgh Airport’. There will now be two outgoing and two return flights a week, all year round, on the link between Scotland and Beijing which includes a stopover in Dublin. Following the inaugural flight, Ms Jardine […]
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Plans for gypsy traveller retirement village to 'break down barriers'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:17
Jack Hendry, the man behind the plan. wants the site to be home to both travellers and non-travellers.
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Children treated to day trip for Edinburgh Taxi Outing

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:02

Children with special needs have been treated to a day out as part of the 72nd Edinburgh Taxi Trade Children's Outing.

Around 120 children were taken in a convoy through the city for a picnic in Archerfield, East Lothian.

The annual event is organised by the city's taxi trade, with 65 vehicles involved this year.

The children were picked up at Edinburgh Zoo and driven via Haymarket, Princes Street and the Royal Mile.

They stopped at Luca ice cream shop in Musselburgh before heading to the coast.

In keeping with tradition, the cabs were decorated with balloons and colourful figures.

The taxi outing, which is free of charge for the families involved, began in the wake of the Second World War in 1947 and has continued ever since.

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Man murdered lover years after killing a previous partner

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:23
The 53-year-old is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his partner at his Edinburgh flat.
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In pictures: 72nd Annual Taxi Trade Children’s Outing

Edinburgh Evening News - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:43
The Annual Taxi Trade Children’s Outing has taken place in the Capital.
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Man murdered girlfriend years after killing partner

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:33

An abusive man has been jailed for life for murdering a woman he claimed to love after previously killing another partner.

Roger Crossan, known as John, fatally stabbed Moira Gilbertson after consuming a cocktail of drink and drugs.

Crossan, 53, kept the victim's body in his flat for days and left a confession claiming "God will get me."

A judge ordered that Crossan must serve 21 years in prison before he can seek to apply for his release to the parole authorities.

Lady Scott said: "You stabbed your partner in the chest and the nature of the wound was such that her death was inevitable."

'The seriousness of your conduct is also significantly aggravated by your previous convictions.' Lady Scott

The judge pointed out that the 56-year-old victim, who used a walking stick, had restricted mobility and was vulnerable.

Lady Scott said he had previously been violent to Ms Gilbertson when he was convicted of assaulting her to her severe injury and danger of life in 2011 which resulted in a community payback order.

She added: "The seriousness of your conduct is also significantly aggravated by your previous convictions."

As well as being convicted of the manslaughter of a former partner in 1999 in England for which he was jailed for eight years, Crossan has a further conviction for domestic violence against another partner.

The judge told Crossan that she would have jailed him for a minimum term of 23 years but for his guilty plea.

Crossan admitted murdering his victim in October last year at his flat in Dumbiedykes Road, Edinburgh, near the Scottih Parliament, by striking her on the body with a knife.

The offence was aggravated by involving abuse of a partner.

He had originally faced charges including an allegation of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing her body at his flat between October 3 and 14, sending text messages from her phone and claiming she had taken a drugs overdose and theft, but his not guilty pleas to these were accepted.

'The accused told acquaintances that Moira Gilbertson was dead but initially said she had died of a drugs overdose somewhere else.' Advocate depute Bill McVicar

Advocate depute Bill McVicar said Ms Gilbertson, who had her birthday on October 8, is survived by her mother, brother, sister and adult son.

She was in a relationship with Crossan from 2010.

Mr McVicar said that following the discovery of the victim's body an autopsy was carried out and features were found that were consistent with the death having occurred on October 3 last year after which she was not seen alive.

Ms Gilbertson's brother reported her to the police as a missing person on October 13 after she had not been in touch for a week which was out of character.

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The prosecutor said she had failed to keep an appointment with her sister and added: "There was some contact in the form of text messages from her mobile phone number to family members over a few days, but from their form and content it was clear that the messages were not sent by the deceased."

Police attended at Crossan's flat in the early hours of October 14 and found no one appeared to be in. They returned with a joiner and forced entry to the property.

The victim's body was found lying on a couch in the living room covered by a duvet and a search revealed an envelope containing a birthday card with a handwritten note which appeared to be an admission of guilt and an apology to the family, said the prosecutor.

In the note Crossan wrote: "The hurt you feel God will get me."

Police enquiries found that Ms Gilbertson told an acquaintance on October 3 that she was going to see Crossan and she seemed well and happy at the time. They were later seen together on CCTV footage heading in the direction of his flat.

Mr McVicar said: "The accused told acquaintances that Moira Gilbertson was dead but initially said she had died of a drugs overdose somewhere else.

"On one occasion he advised one such acquaintance that he had killed or stabbed the deceased."

'He feels remorse for his actions.' Defence counsel Shelagh McCall QC

Defence counsel Shelagh McCall QC said Crossan had no explanation for killing his victim and added: "He feels remorse for his actions."

She said he had little recollection of events as he had been drinking heavily and taking heroin and prescribed methadone.

The defence counsel said Crossan had a difficult childhood and witnessed domestic violence before being taken into care.

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Father Traherne Williams jailed for killing his baby

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:45
The 23-year-old threw his three-month-old onto a couch causing catastrophic brain damage.
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Man threatened bakery staff with knife and demanded food

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:31

A man threatened bakery workers with a knife during an attempted robbery.

The suspect, who was wearing a blue Lacoste tracksuit, entered the bakery before brandishing the blade at staff and demanding food.

The incident took place at around 3.30am on Tuesday in the Howegate area of Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

No one was injured in the incident but police said it was a "frightening experience" for staff and have issued a description of the man they are looking to trace.

He is described as white, in his mid-twenties and around 5ft 11 with a medium build.

He was wearing a blue Lacoste tracksuit and light blue gloves.

Inspector Kevin Harris from Hawick Police Station said: "While no one within the bakery was injured, this was a frightening experience and we are pursuing various lines of local inquiry to identify the male responsible.

"If you were within the Howegate area during the early hours of Tuesday morning and saw anything suspicious, or if you have any information that can assist with our ongoing inquiries then please contact police immediately."

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Hogmanay's £39m boost for Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:31
A study, carried out for organisers Underbelly, said 165,994 people from 80 countries attended the celebrations.
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Dad who killed baby girl who would not stop crying jailed

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:12

A father who killed his three-month-old daughter because he could not stop her crying has been jailed for six-and-a-half-years.

Traherne Williams hurled Sophia Williams on to a couch, causing catastrophic brain damage.

A judge heard Williams had become "absolutely frustrated" that the baby would not feed.

The 23-year-old later lied to a doctor, telling her Sophia had fallen at a family centre they had been staying at in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Sophia never recovered and died in hospital in June 2016.

Williams returned to the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to culpable homicide.

His lawyer Ian Duguid said Williams plans to help inexperienced adults struggling with life when he is released from jail.

Lord Matthews told Williams: "You became frustrated and threw the defenceless child - your own flesh and blood - onto a sofa.

"This was before she had any chance to engage in the gift of life."

Williams smiled at his partner Shannon Main as he was led to the cells in handcuffs.

The pair originally faced a murder charge. 

Williams instead admitted to the reduced charge, while Main's not guilty plea was accepted.

A hearing last month was told Main intends to stand by Williams.

Social workers were involved with the family from when Sophia was just two weeks old amid concerns about the couple's parenting abilities.

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