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Scot's 'life ruined' by jail term for drinking in Dubai

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:34

The parents of a Scot jailed in Dubai for drinking in a bar say their son's life has been ruined.

Jamie Harron, from Stirling, has been detained in the United Arab Emirates for three months.

The 27-year-old has already been sentenced to a month in jail for drinking beer and faces another three years in prison for allegedly indecently touching a man at a bar.

Mr Harron described it as a "cultural misunderstanding" and said he touched the man's hip trying not to spill his drink.

The man who made the complaint against Mr Harron later withdrew it but prosecutors in Dubai are continuing the case regardless.

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In a statement released on Monday, his parents Graham and Patricia said: "Our son is still being prosecuted and still faces jail time.

"People need to understand that it is not a joke to make complaints to the police, especially in that country.

"The consequences are very serious and they can ruin people's lives as they have Jamie's."

It is legal to buy and sell alcohol at licensed premises in Dubai but police in the strict Muslim emirate can still arrest drinkers.

Mr Harron has lost his job and says he has spent more than £32,000 on legal fees and expenses so far.

'All of the support from everyone back home has just made me feel so homesick. I miss my family so much.' Jamie Harron

In a recent voicemail he said his plans to start a new career in Afghanistan had "backfired".

"Because of all this mess over a two-day stopover, I am in debt and stand to lose my house, everything I've worked for, and my freedom," he said.

"All of the support from everyone back home has just made me feel so homesick. I miss my family so much."

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Concern for distressed woman seen travelling on bus barefoot in her pyjamas

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:44
Fears have been raised for a distressed woman in her 60s who was travelling barefoot in her pyjamas on a number 37 Lothian bus just after 5pm on Sunday. The woman got off the bus  at Tesco in Penicuik around 5.30pm and has not been seen since. Inspector Wendy Neilson said: “We are very concerned for this […]
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Man charged with murder following death of woman at Dumbiedykes house

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:57
A 52-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of a woman at an address in Dumbiedykes Road. The woman’s body was discovered by police around 10am on Saturday, October 14. She was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The 52-year-old was detained a short time later and subsequently charged. He […]
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Murder charge after woman's death at home in Edinburgh

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

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Edinburgh.

Her body was discovered at a home on Dumbiedykes Road at 10am on Saturday.

A 52-year-old man was detained a short time later and was subsequently charged by police.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, October 16.

The woman has not been formally identified and the inquiry is being led by Police Scotland's Major Investigations Team.

Detective Inspector Ged Fitzpatrick said: "Our thoughts are with the woman's family at this terrible time.

"We are keen to speak to anyone with information that can assist our enquiries.

"I would ask anyone with information to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

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Man charged with murder after death of woman

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:55
The arrest comes after police discovered the body of a woman in a property in Edinburgh on Saturday.
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Fears for woman travelling barefoot in pyjamas on bus

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:47

Fears have been raised for a woman travelling barefoot in her pyjamas on a Midlothian bus.

Police say the passenger, believed to be in her 60s, appeared to be distressed during her journey.

She was seen boarding the number 37 Lothian bus in Loanhead shortly after 5am on Sunday.

The woman alighted at about 5.30am at Tesco in Penicuik and has not been seen since.

Inspector Wendy Neilson said: "We are very concerned for this woman's welfare and we are eager to trace her whereabouts.

"I would ask anyone who was in the Penicuik or Loanhead areas in the early morning of Sunday, October 15, and recognises the woman's description, to get in touch with us as soon as possible

"I would also encourage the woman in question to make contact with police and let us know she's okay."

The woman was described as having dyed blonde hair and was wearing a black jacket over her pyjamas.

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High five for Spartans but Samuel’s thoughts are with keeper

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:30
Spartans cruised in to the William Hill Scottish Cup third round with a 5-0 home win over Inverness Clachnacuddin, but manager Dougie Samuel’s immediate thoughts in the aftermath were for visiting goalkeeper Douglas MacLennan.
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Newtongrange happy to win ugly after ousting Camelon

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:30
Newtongrange Star goalkeeper Keiron Renton will happily settle for unattractive victories if it means the New Victoria Park men continue to climb up the table.
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Lothian Thistle stun Stirling Albion – now St Mirren lie in wait

Edinburgh Evening News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:30
Lothian Thistle have been enjoying a dream season so far, undefeated in all competitions, but they notched up their biggest success to date as they stunned League 2 leaders Stirling Albion with a 5-3 win at Forthbank in the William Hill Scottish Cup second round.
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Transport 'not affordable' for many Scots

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:41
Sustrans Scotland says a lack of choice forces many people into "transport poverty".
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Scottish cardiac arrest resuscitation rates rise

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:27
A report finds new "models of care" have led to more Scots being successfully resuscitated following an arrest.
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Speedway – Tigers ten points back

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 22:57
SGB Championship Knockout semi-final, first-leg: Peterborough Panthers 50, Glasgow Tigers 40 Richard Lawson and Richie Worrall both scored ten points as Glasgow Tigers lost 50-40 at Peterborough Panthers in the first-leg of the SGB Championship Knockout Cup semi-final. Earlier, Glasgow trailed 40-26 after 11 races but fought back with 4-2 scorelines in the next three […]
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Ice hockey – Capitals hit by Storm

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 22:53
Dane Byers, Luke Moffat and Shane Bakker netted as Manchester Storm beat Edinburgh Capitals 3-1 at Murrayfield. Dylan Anderson scored for the home side to level at 1-1 after 14 minutes but Moffat four minutes later and Bakker with less than four minutes left secured the points. Chase Schaber netted a glory double as Fife […]
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Cash for Kids fundraiser abseil off the Forth Bridge

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:34
Today Mark Martin from Forth 1, Emma Kemp and Anne Marie Miller from Cash for Kids and nine listeners who bravely signed up all abseiled off the Forth Bridge. In doing so they have raised more than £4,000 today alone – and everyone was in one piece afterwards despite the windy weather.
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Landlords – learn about tenancy changes from beginning of December

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:29
The law on private sector tenancies is changing from 1 December 2017 and if you are a landlord then  you might want to book yourself a place at this Scottish Association of Landlords event. The free information session will be held on 24 October 2017 at Queen Margaret University from 6:00to 8:30pm. Tenancies will become […]
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Arctic Circle Forum coming to Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:20
The Arctic Circle Forum on Scotland and the New North will be held in Edinburgh on 19-21 November 2017 at Assembly Rooms. This is a spin off event from the Arctic Circle Assembly which the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended last week. She  went to Iceland to highlight the importance of closer links with neighbouring northern countries […]
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Multi agency approach to promote better mental health in Scottish football

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:04
Hibernian Football Club, through its GameChanger partnership with Hibernian Community Foundation and NHS Lothian – is working with the Penicuik Thistle, Bonnyrigg Rose, Tranent Juniors, Whitehill Welfare, Spartans, Civil Service Strollers.to promote better mental health in Scottish football. The partnership is hosting a two-day training session which will see coaches and others from a number […]
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Together in Concert: Midge Ure, The Christians and Altered Images

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:20
    Three of the biggest names of the 1980s – Midge Ure with his new set Band Electronica, The Christians and Altered Images featuring Clare Grogan, will play at the Edinburgh Playhouse next Sunday, 22nd October. With millions of albums sales and iconic hits, plus over 30 years perfecting their craft, performing to audiences at sold out stadiums, intimate unplugged […]
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Home is Where the Hearts Are

The Edinburgh Reporter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:07
After the famine now comes the feast. The Hearts roadshow, which has seen the Jambos play eight of their nine Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures away from home due to the construction of the new main stand at Tynecastle, came to a temporary halt on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Ross County in Dingwall.  Since the […]
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EasyJet flight to Edinburgh aborts landing in high winds

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:02

An easyJet flight bound for Edinburgh was forced to land in Glasgow due to high winds caused by Hurricane Ophelia.

The pilot on the flight from Paphos, Cyprus, attempted two landings at Edinburgh Airport on Sunday before deeming the weather too dangerous.

The plane was forced to land in Glasgow shortly after 2.45am, 30 minutes later than scheduled.

Flights in and out of Edinburgh are using the airport's secondary runway while essential maintenance work is being carried out on the main strip.

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Scotland is expected to be battered by high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Ophelia over the next few days.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of Scotland including Edinburgh between midday on Monday and 3pm on Tuesday.

STV weather presenter Sean Batty said wind speeds could reach up to 60mph in places.

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