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New cycleways in Edinburgh to protect cyclists

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:48
The cycleways will have short stretches of kerbs laid back-to-back, with collapsible bollards between them.
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New safety features to protect cyclists on city street

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:35

New safety features to protect cyclists on Edinburgh's Leith Walk will be installed, in a Scottish first.

The cycleway delineators consist of short stretches of kerbs with collapsible bollards between them.

Similar measures have been used in London and other cities but Edinburgh will be the first city in Scotland to use them.

Previous delineators have been removed following a trial period after the council found they were not fit for purpose.

Work to install the new safety features will get under way this week.

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They will be in place on the east and west side of Leith Walk at Pilrig Street and the east side of the street at Brunswick Road.

Transport convener Lesley Macinnes said: "We want to make sure our roads are as safe as they possibly can be for everyone who uses them, which is why we've worked very hard with the community and walking and cycling organisations to find the right solution to replace the armadillos.

"Similar cycleway delineators have been successfully used in other cycle-friendly cities and we're confident they'll work well on Leith Walk."

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Man admits trashing memorial after footballer killed

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:31

A man has admitted trashing a memorial to a footballer who was killed in a New Year's Day attack.

Roberto Panza, 46, released balloons, removed a banner and kicked over flowers left to remember Shaun Woodburn in Edinburgh.

Panza, described as a prisoner, admitted breach of the peace at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced later.

He destroyed the memorial around 1am on January 2, just over a year after Mr Woodburn was killed.

Panza was seen kicking the flowers before walking to a seat outside Gladstone's Bar in Leith, where Mr Woodburn had been attacked, and making off with a banner bearing the words "Justice for Shaun Woodburn".

Mr Woodburn, 30, died after he was attacked by a teenager in the early hours of January 1. The former Bonnyrigg Rose FC suffered massive head injuries.

Mohammed Ibnomer, 18, was jailed for four years after a jury returned a verdict of culpable homicide.

Campaigners have since argued that the sentence was too short.

Defence solicitor, Stephen Mannifield, said his client's behaviour was down to the abuse of alcohol and cannabis.

Sentencing was deferred until May 1 and remanded Panza in custody.

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Man sexually abused three young girls he was babysitting

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:28

A man has been jailed for six years for sexually abusing young girls he babysat as a teenager.

Tony Paton, 27, from Dunfermline, Fife, abused three young girls over a four-year period, including raping a girl who was just five or six years old.

During the trial, at the Edinburgh High Court heard before Judge Lady Scott, Paton denied three charges of indecency and one rape charge.

The court heard that his first victim was aged four or five when he exposed himself and got her to touch him on an occasion between May 2004 and May 2006.

He then molested and carried out sex acts on a second girl, between June 2006 and June 2008. He also raped the girl once during the same period.

Paton's third child victim was aged four or five between September 2006 and September 2007 when he carried out a sex act on her on a single occasion.

The rape victim told the court: "It only happened one time."

She said she was aware of rumours that Paton had done things to another girl.

One of his victims, now aged 17, said that on a visit to a house Paton had asked her to go to a bathroom and after she went he followed her and closed the door.

Paton had then molested her and asked her to touch him.

She told the court: "I didn't know what was going on, I didn't really understand it. I thought it was just like a game.

"He was older than me. I just thought it would be allowed."

She said one of the other victims had later contacted her and asked her if she was willing to go to the police and said she would be.

After Paton was found guilty of the sex charges advocate depute Keith O'Mahony told the court that he had previous convictions but had never been jailed.

Defence counsel Michael Anderson asked the judge to take account of the relatively young age of Paton when he committed the offences.

He said: "He enjoys the continued support of his family and his partner."

Mr Anderson said Paton accepted that he would be jailed following the jury's verdicts.

He said: "On his release he will not move back to the local area. He wishes to start afresh, if that is possible for him."

Paton was placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely

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City Centre West to East Cycle Link – Information events today and Thursday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:14
There are two information sessions this week all about the City Centre West to East Cycle Link and street design project. (CCWEL) The first is today 1pm – 7pm at 6 Murrayfield Place (formerly Bloemen Ecke) and on Thursday 19 April 1pm – 7pm at the Apex Haymarket Hotel (Athens Suite) Haymarket Terrace. The sessions […]
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Fishing – Clubbiedean opens on Saturday

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:01
Clubbiedean Trout Fishery in the Pentland Hills above Colinton opens for the season on Saturday with a fun day. Boats are already booked out but there will be bank fishing available and there are prizes for the fastest fish, biggest bag and heaviest fish. A BBQ will also be there it is good to see […]
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Men summonsed over England rugby union coach Eddie Jones abuse

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:27
England coach Eddie Jones was verbally abused at a railway station after a defeat by Scotland.
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John Lambie: Funeral for former Partick Thistle and Hamilton manager

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:19
The funeral of former Partick Thistle, Hamilton and Falkirk manager John Lambie will take place in Whitburn, West Lothian later.
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Speedway – Premiership action for local riders

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:43
SGB Championship riders who represent clubs north of the Border featured in the SGB Premiership. Wolverhampton Wolves skipper Rory Schlein with 11 points and Sam Masters scored ten points 10 as the former Edinburgh Monarchs duo helped spearhead the shooting down of Rye House Rockets in the SGB Premiership. Jacob Thorssell top scored for the […]
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Four Scots held after Eddie Jones 'abused' at train station

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:38

Four Scottish men will appear in court accused of abusing England rugby coach Eddie Jones after the Calcutta Cup game.

Mr Jones was allegedly called a "bald c**t" at Oxford Road station in Manchester on February 25, the morning after the match, which Scotland won 25-13.

The head coach had travelled from Edinburgh Waverley to Manchester Oxford Road, when he was subjected to "abusive and threatening words".

Four men from Edinburgh, all in their 20s, will appear in court in relation to the incident after being summonsed.

Two aged 25 as well as a 23-year-old and a man, 22, are due to appear at Salford Magistrates' Court on May 16.

The men were reported for a Section 5 offence under the Public Order Act.

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Speedway – Brown seeks action replay against Monarchs

The Edinburgh Reporter - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:15
Cami Brown was satisfied with a four-point start to Glasgow Tigers’ Championship Shield campaign and now he’s targeting at least the same again this weekend against Edinburgh Monarchs. Glasgow won 54-36 at home to Berwick Bandits on Friday and lost 47-43 24-hours later in the Borders. Tigers’ team manager hopes his men can hit top […]
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Final road layout agreed for Picardy Place as enabling works continue

City of Edinburgh Council - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:53
Final designs for the road layout and kerb lines on Picardy Place have now been agreed by the Council following further discussions with cycling and pedestrian organisations and the local community.
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Lucas explains how his autistic 'obsessions' were misunderstood

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:13
Lucas explains how "rituals" and "obsessions" that were part of his autism were misunderstood.
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Survey finds an 'over-reliance' on medication to treat ADHD

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:13
Many families of children with ADHD are offered no training to help them manage their child's condition.
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Extra £2.8m for domestic abuser rehabilitation scheme

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:11
The Caledonian System aims to change the behaviour and lower the risk from those convicted of domestic abuse.
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Ice hockey – Racers could come out of cold storage

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:15
Murrayfield Racers could be back in British ice hockey next season after a shock move. A company whose board includes David Hand, the brother of Racers legend Tony Hand, claim to have secured ice time at Murrayfield. And they aim to compete under the name Murrayfield Racers, once Britain’s best team. David Hand and his […]
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Harmony Gospel Singers coming to Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:11
This group of gospel singers and musicians is directed by Stefania Mauro who was born in London. They are known throughout Italy playing around 300 performances each year at European festivals. Their music is accompanied by speeches from preacher Cristian Barel and this month you can experience them at St John’s Church Princes Street, EH2 […]
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Joanna Cherry calls for UK government to support victims of human trafficking

The Edinburgh Reporter - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:43
Joanna Cherry QC MP for Edinburgh South West and SNP Westminster spokesperson on Justice and Home Affairs, called upon the government to take steps to bring UK law on human trafficking into line with Scots law. She pointed out during a debate on Modern Slavery earlier today at Westminster, that in Scotland The Human Trafficking […]
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Steven MacLean: St Johnstone striker to join Hearts on two-year deal

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:43
St Johnstone confirm striker Steven MacLean will join Hearts this summer on a two-year deal.
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Safety repairs school Oxgangs Primary to reopen for new term

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:02
Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh will reopen on Tuesday as normal for the start of the spring school term.
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