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Mum's killer orders sister to clear house in seven days

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:32

By Evanna Holland

A woman whose mum was murdered by her brother has been given seven days to clear her house - because he is executor of her will.

Ross Taggart, 32, killed his mum Carol Taggart at her home in Dunfermline in December 2014.

He throttled her before hiding her body under a caravan in Pettycur Bay, Fife.

Taggart was given a life sentence in 2015 and ordered to serve at least 18 years behind bars.

From his prison cell, he remains in charge of her estate and has previously refused to let his sister, Lorraine Bristow, retrieve items of sentimental value from her mother's home.

He has now given Ms Bristow a week to clear their mum's clothes, otherwise they will be sold off at auction.

She told STV News: "His benefit, I think, is to torture myself. I have no idea why, he's already taken half of my family away.

"Having to continue to fight is draining on myself and my family are having to hold me up.

"It's crippling on my life. I don't understand why his lawyers didn't tell him to stand aside rather than fight for four years.

"I don't understand what benefit he is getting, sitting in a prison cell, telling me what I can or can't do with my mum's personal belongings and the house."

'His benefit, I think, is to torture myself. I have no idea why, he's already taken half of my family away' Lorraine Bristow

Taggart is able to remain executor due to a legal loophole, but now Ms Bristow is fighting to change the law.

Her family have amassed more than 18,000 signatures on a petition and the Scottish Government has agreed to begin a consultation.

A legal expert told STV News it is possible, but extremely challenging, to remove an executor.

Solicitor Grant Johnson said: "There are procedures in place to allow the removal of an executor if they're unable or unwilling to carry out their duties, but it's not simple.

"You have to make an application to the Court of Session in Edinburgh and that brings certain complexities and often high costs."

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Newtongrange Star boss Stevie McLeish quits over lack of backing for players

Edinburgh Evening News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:50
Stevie McLeish has quit his post as Newtongrange Star after two-and-a-half years in charge, sighting a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s committee as the main reason.
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'Privileged' Edinburgh University student jailed for sex attack

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:17
The 22-year-old choked his victim and left her bruised and bleeding after the "callous" assault.
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Student sexually assaulted teenager at university halls

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:51

An "entitled and arrogant" student sexually assaulted a teenager while he was under investigation for raping another woman.

Edinburgh University student Felix Beck, 22, was cleared of rape a few weeks ago, but on Thursday was jailed for attacking an 18-year-old in October 2016.

He told her he "wouldn't have got aggressive" if he had been happy with her 'performance' during a consensual sex act.

While he was being investigated for rape, Beck used online dating app Tinder to meet the 18-year-old woman.

After exchanging messages, they met at the university halls of residence where they started consensually kissing.

The woman, who had recently started university, told police Beck grabbed her round the neck and dug his fingers in. He then forced her into a sex act.

He later sent the teenager abusive text messages, blaming her for his aggression.

Beck, from Edinburgh, was found guilty of sexual assault, but was cleared of two counts of rape.

He was jailed for three years at the High Court in Aberdeen on Thursday and collapsed in tears as he was led from the dock.

Judge Lord Uist also placed Beck on the sex offenders register for life.

'You have only yourself to blame for the situation in which you now find yourself which arises out of the lifestyle you were leading and your sense of sexual entitlement and arrogance' Judge Lord Uist

He said: "You come from a comfortable, indeed privileged background, and are in the fourth year of your studies.

"You have only yourself to blame for the situation in which you now find yourself which arises out of the lifestyle you were leading and your sense of sexual entitlement and arrogance.

"The way you treated your victim both during and after your violent attack was callous and disgraceful.

"I must have regard to your background but also to the consequences for your victim and the public interest in the protection of women and punishment of sexual crime.

"The crime was a grave one but not mitigated by any behaviour on your part and merits a custodial sentence."

Defence QC John Scott urged the court to impose a non-custodial sentence, claiming there was treatment for sex addiction available to Beck if he was released.

He said: "He has grown up and matured in the last two years. The comments he made were utterly callous, completely disrespectful and wholly unnecessary.

"Ungentlemanly doesn't begin to cover it. A community payback order would be an appropriate sentence.

"It would allow him to complete his education in the next few months and then to secure employment in Edinburgh."

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Nursing mother smashes 268-mile Montane Spine Race record

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:08
Jasmin Paris expressed milk for her 14-month-old daughter during the gruelling Montane Spine Race.
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European Champions Cup: Edinburgh v Montpellier (Fri)

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:46
Edinburgh go with an unchanged line-up against Montpellier at Murrayfield as they aim to land a home quarter final in the Champions Cup.
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Man injured in unprovoked bottle attack by bike gang

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:13

A man suffered a head injury after being attacked by three men on bikes in East Lothian.

The 37-year-old was confronted by the men in Newbigging after leaving a pub on Musselburgh High Street at 9.45pm on Sunday.

One of the men then struck him with a glass bottle to the head causing him to fall to the ground.

A member of the public then came to the victim's aid and contacted emergency services as the three men cycled off from the area.

The injured man was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he received treatment before later being released.

Police officers investigating the attack are now appealing for information as they bid to trace the men responsible.

Detective Constable Kenny McKenzie, from Lothian and Scottish Borders CID, said: "This appears to have been an unprovoked attack, which left the victim with a painful injury to his head.

"We would request that members of the public who were in the Newbigging area during Sunday evening and witnessed this attack, or saw anything suspicious, contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone who can help us trace the suspects should also get in touch."

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Periodic table found at St Andrews University 'is world's oldest'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00
Experts who dated the teaching chart found at St Andrews University said it was printed between 1879 and 1886.
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Saoirse visits the National Library of Scotland

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:51
Saoirse Ronan, who stars as Mary Queen of Scots, visited the National Library of Scotland ahead of the film premiere to view materials relating to Mary Queen of Scots, including her last letter. Mary Queen of Scots is released in the UK tomorrow (Friday 18 January).  All photos Neil Hanna
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Elyssa Vulpes – a bright musical talent

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:51
Elyssa Vulpes is one of Edinburgh’s brightest musical talents. Described as a mix of Jade Bird, Neko Case and Martha Wainwright with an Italian edge, her latest album – Holding On, Letting Go – is a wonderful mix of passionate songs, some of which will tug at your heart, others –  like the infectious Do […]
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More than 3400 new homes set for village near Edinburgh

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:32

Nearly 3500 new homes are set to be built as part of the transformation of a West Lothian village.

Plans have also been drawn up to build new schools, a park and improve transport links in Winchburgh, which sits almost 14 miles outside Edinburgh.

In total, 3450 homes would be built by various developers, including 700 affordable houses and 400 council homes.

The proposals have been put forward by private equity partnership West Coast Capital (WCC), which owns Winchburgh Developments Limited, and Cala Homes.

West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government have agreed the plans, which will also include a new marina and land for businesses.

Scottish billionaire Sir Tom Hunter, one of the founding partners of WCC, said the homes were "much needed".

He said: "Both West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government have played a critical role in securing this long-term development for Scotland.

"Having already delivered over 558 homes in the first phase with five national housebuilders, we now look forward to moving forward with many more housebuilders to deliver much-needed homes for West Lothian in the next phase of development."

More than 550 new homes have already been built in Winchburgh in recent years.

Cala chief executive Kevin Whitaker added: "West Coast Capital has worked incredibly hard over the last eight years to bring the site to this advanced stage.

"We now look forward to working with them and other stakeholders to deliver the next chapter of this exciting project, including the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council whom have played a pivotal role in the progression of the development."

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Royal Scots Club introduce Real Living Wage for their staff

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:29
A Real Change for Club Employees The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh are delighted to announce that they have agreed to pay, as a minimum standard, the Real Living Wage, currently £9 per hour, to all employees over the age of 18. Unlike the national minimum wage (for those aged 21 to 24) and national living […]
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Man's body found on Edinburgh bypass near Sheriffhall roundabout

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:57
Drivers raised the alarm after spotting the body between the Sheriffhall and Gilmerton junctions during morning rush hour.
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Launch of Park View: The Last Chance to Buy with CALA in Ratho

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:51
Buyers looking to purchase a large, modern family home in Ratho are being urged to act quickly to secure one of the final new build properties available. After more than a decade of building in the area, CALA Homes (East) has now released its final phase of homes at its Craigpark development – in what […]
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Body of man found on central reservation of city bypass

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:34

The body of a man has been found on the central reservation of the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Emergency services were called to the A720 following the discovery at 8.20am on Thursday.

The death at rush hour is being treated as unexplained.

Major tailbacks are being caused, with the road closed in both directions.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Enquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing, and the death is being treated as unexplained.

"A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

"Closures are currently in place on the Edinburgh City Bypass in both directions.

"The public is thanked for their patience at this time."

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NHS Lothian Annual Review

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:08
Members of the public are invited to a meeting on 4 February when the Annual Review will be held. The public meeting will be chaired by Ms Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, and is the formal process through which the Scottish Government assesses NHS Lothian’s performance in 2017-2018.  Members of the […]
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The Kingdom Choir need young Edinburgh singers for a concert in May

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 08:03
The Kingdom Choir shot to fame when they performed Stand by Me at the Royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan last year. Now they are on a UK tour and they need some local singers to perform with them when they come to Edinburgh. Children’s and youth choirs could be part of the performance […]
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GCHQ sets up all-female cyber-training classes

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 01:02
The UK's intelligence services say there are too few young women working in cyber-security.
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'I’m just ill – respect me for who I am'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 00:03
An Edinburgh student is urging people to be more mindful when they interact with people with disabilities.
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‘Help us track down the thug responsible for stabbing pooch’

Edinburgh Evening News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:25
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog was stabbed in the city in one of the worst cases the charity has come across.
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