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Family of missing woman 'desperate' for her return

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:03

The family of a woman who has been missing for a week say they are "desperate" to find her as quickly as possible.

Fiona McMaster was last seen outside a Marks and Spencer in Morningside Road, Edinburgh on Tuesday, August 8, around 4pm.

Police believe the 41-year-old may be travelling across the central belt by bus, and she was seen on CCTV at Edinburgh Bus Station on Friday shortly before midnight.

Officers urged bus passengers to get in touch if they have seen anyone matching her description.

Ms McMaster's mother released a statement through Police Scotland in which she appealed for her to come home.

She said: "Fiona has now been missing for a week and we are desperate to find her as quickly as possible.

"Fiona, if you see this message, please come home or contact us, we just want to know that you're okay and to let you know you can come home.

"I would also like to thank everyone who has assisted in the search to find Fiona.

"I would ask everyone to keep sharing Police Scotland's appeal and that if you are travelling across the Central Belt this week to look for Fiona and contact police if you see her."

Inspector Graeme Nisbet said: "It has now been a week since Fiona was last seen and we are again appealing to the public for information in order to trace her.

"We have released an image today of Fiona at Edinburgh Bus Station on August 11 in the hope that this will aid the public in our search.

"I would directly appeal to anyone who has travelled between Edinburgh and Glasgow via bus to think if they have seen a woman matching Fiona's description. If you have, please contact us as soon as possible.

"I would also again appeal to Fiona, if she does see this message, to either get in touch with her mother or police to let us know her whereabouts."

Ms McMaster is described as having a heavier build and is around 5ft 5in tall with chestnut hair.

She is known to have links to the Gyle area and the west of Edinburgh.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via 101, quoting incident number 3712 of August 8.

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Edinburgh Waverley sees passenger rise

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:17
The station records an 8% increase on the 355,000 people at Waverley during the second weekend of the festivals in 2016.
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Firefighters tackle huge blaze at bowling club in Fife

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:31
Police are warning people to keep their windows closed due to the amount of smoke in the air.
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Huge blaze rips through bowling club next to school

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:38

Schoolchildren were kept indoors after a huge blaze ripped through a neighbouring bowling club.

The fire happened at Denbeath Bowling Club in Buckhaven, Fife, at 12.35pm on Wednesday.

Homeowners were asked to keep their windows closed while police closed roads in the area following the blaze next to Denbeath Primary School.

Around 40 firefighters were called to tackle the flames.

Officers are treating the building fire, which included a miners welfare institute, as deliberate.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers assisted with local traffic management and members of the public were advised to avoid the area, where possible, and keep their windows and doors closed due to the volume of smoke.

"Enquiries are continuing with our colleagues in the fire service to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident, which is currently being treated as wilful fire-raising."

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Airport gives funding to community groups

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:21
Edinburgh Airport shows its commitment to helping local groups by sharing £40,000 of funding by way of its Community Board.  Twenty groups across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife will receive a share of the money to help with a range of local initiatives.   The grants are made to non-profits, charities and community organisations. Established […]
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Help Underbelly fundraise for The Brain Tumour Charity on 23 August

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:55
Underbelly is  partnering with The Brain Tumour Charity for a raucous evening of live comedy. The organisation remains at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. This is a cause very near and dear to Underbelly’s heart […]
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Virgin Azuma speeds into Scotland for the first time

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:38

A new train to replace the iconic Intercity 125 has made its first visit to Scotland.

Virgin's Azuma train, which will run on the operator's East Coast service, stopped at Dunbar in East Lothian on Wednesday during testing.

The Azuma can reach speeds of 125mph and Virgin says it will help cut journey times between Edinburgh and London by 22 minutes to four hours.

Talks are under way for the Azuma, which translates from the Japanese word for east, to have its speed limit increased to 140mph.

The 65-strong fleet, manufactured by Hitachi, will be rolled out next year.

The nine-carriage version which stopped at Dunbar is capable of travelling on both electric and diesel power.

It travelled north of Newcastle for the first time on Wednesday, crossing over the iconic Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed and then over the Scottish border at 12.45pm.

The train arrived at Dunbar station, where it was met by a piper as it pulled into the platform shortly after 1pm before departing four minutes later to travel south to Doncaster.

Azuma replaces the Intercity 125, which has been in service on the east coast mainline since 1978.

David Horne, Virgin Trains' managing director on the east coast route, said: "The Virgin Azuma will deliver a step-change in services between Scotland and England, taking regular journeys down to just four hours.

"Having the train visit Scotland for the first time as part of testing is a really important moment and reminds us of the excitement it will bring to UK train travel when it is introduced into service."

Karen Boswell, managing director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: "Passengers and enthusiasts in Scotland will be seeing more of the Azuma trains in the coming months as part of our rigorous test programme.

"Our UK-built fleet harnesses world famous Japanese bullet train technology, giving passengers on the east coast main line the very best in quality and reliability."

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Teenage shop worker threatened by robber during Edinburgh raid

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:10
The raid happened at the Niddrie Mill Convenience Store in Niddrie Mill Drive.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – REVIEW – Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on the Future ****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:00
Few predicted the events of 2016.  Even fewer seem to know where we are going.  Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences, before gambling on their outcome. By making futurologists of us all, he will create […]
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Clothes Aid looking for franchisees

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:46
The hunt is on for Edinburgh entrepreneurs who want to run a business which also helps charities.   The organisation Clothes Aid is looking for people to become franchisees, so it can help even more charities in Edinburgh and beyond. Since Clothes Aid partnered with CHAS in 2009, Scots have donated more than 7,000 tonnes of clothing […]
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Theft from Hibs shop – appeal for witnesses

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:43
Edinburgh police have issued an appeal for witnesses after what they describe as ‘a high-value theft of merchandise’ from the Hibs shop on Albion Place last Friday 11 August 2017. Replica Hibs football tops– nine home and nine away versions – amounting to a three-figure sum were stolen. The incident happened around 3pm when a […]
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Edinburgh man who died on A7 named

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:37
Police Scotland confirmed  that the man who died in a road traffic collision on the A7 near Stow last week was 40-year-old Iain Burnett from Edinburgh. The collision happened around 5.40pm on Thursday 10 August 2017. Iain’s family have issued the following statement along with the photo attached. “Iain was a much adored, husband, son, brother and […]
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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Will Self and Richard Sennett – Draughtsmen Drafting

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:27
‘I’ve always wondered why I find suburbs sexy’ Although the novelist, academic and former bad boy of journalism, Will Self, claims now to like suburbs, he certainly didn’t appreciate growing up in one any more than I did. Hampstead Garden Suburb embodies what Self calls ‘an idealisation of the bucolic’, the very British idea that there […]
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Alan Cumming gives the thumbs up to Ross Pavilion redesign

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:18
The outline design for the new Ross Pavilion in Princes Street Gardens has had the stamp of approval from one of Scotland’s most successful stars. The actor Alan Cumming (who is sadly missing from this year’s Festival) added his voice to the acclaim for the winning design. Mr Cumming told The Edinburgh Reporter : “What […]
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Investigation underway after robbery at Niddrie Mill Convenience Store

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:48
A police investigation is underway after a 19-year-old female worker at the Niddrie Mill Convenience Store on Niddrie Mill Drive was threatened and robbed of a three figure sum at about 12.45pm yesterday afternoon. No weapon was used and the shop worker was uninjured. The culprit is described as white and was wearing a dark hooded […]
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Snake found on pineapple in shopping in Edinburgh

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:45
The Costa Rican reptile, which has yet to be identified, was spotted by a man once he got home.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Ballistic

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:41
  Explosive one-man show based on real events comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. BALLISTIC By Alex Packer Mini Mall Theatre presents Ballistic at Pleasance Courtyard August 2 – 28, 2017 at 2.15pm (no show August 14).   He tries his best with girls. He tries his best with mates. But for all his efforts, things just don’t […]
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Charles and William to attend Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:09
The Prince of Wales will be accompanied by his son and the Duke of Cambridge at Edinburgh Castle.
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Driver 'pulled out of car before thieves set it on fire'

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:57

A man was allegedly assaulted and pulled out of his car before thieves set it on fire.

The incident is said to have happened on Kilbrennan Drive in Falkirk.

Two men allegedly attacked the 47-year-old driver before pulling him out of his silver Ford Focus at 5.50pm on Tuesday.

They are then said to have stolen the vehicle, which was found torched at the Carronbridge Inn at 7.10pm.

A man has been detained in connection with the incident.

The driver was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital with a facial injury.

Detective inspector Jim Thomson said: "We are eager to speak to anyone who may have information about either of these incidents.

"I would ask anyone who witnessed the initial robbery in Kilbrennan Drive, or the vehicle being set alight at the Carronbridge Inn, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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