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Funeral of motorcycle crash victim to be held on Friday

By Christine Lavelle THE funeral of a father-of-two who died in a motorcycle crash in East Lothian is to be held on Friday. Graham Rowe, 38, from Newtongrange, died in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on Sunday 22 August following a collision between his Suzuki bike and a Volkswagen Golf car three days earlier. The […]

August 25th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Festival of meditation and prayer to take place in the city

By Amanda MacMillan A FESTIVAL of meditation and prayer has been organised by an Edinburgh church to encourage people of all faiths to explore their spiritual lives. A programme of music, lectures, workshops and worship will run from 3-26 September at Mayfield Salisbury Church. The festival draws on visiting musicians, preachers and speakers from a […]

August 24th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Calls to ban rich OAPs from free bus scheme

By Michael MacLeod CRITICS are calling on rich pensioners to be banned from free bus travel. The concessionary fare scheme allows everyone over 60 to travel anywhere in Scotland for free, with the Scottish Government picking up the tab. But opposition MSPs want it to be means tested to stop millionaires or highly paid people […]

July 25th, 2010 | Posted in Community,Politics,Scottish News | Read More »

Bogus callers targeting vulnerable residents in Fife

By Christine Lavelle POLICE in Fife are warning residents to be alert to bogus callers in the area, following a string of suspicious house calls in recent weeks. PC Paul Buttercase, community safety officer for North East Fife, said elderly householders are the most vulnerable targets for the criminals who have been encouraging unnecessary gardening […]

July 14th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Court & Crime | Read More »

Girl hurt in tomb stoning incident

By Christine Lavelle A YOUNG girl injured herself while tomb stoning from a pier in Aberdour, Fife. The dangerous craze involves jumping or diving from height into water. A spokesperson from the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “The girl jumped from a pier in the Silversands area of the town without realising the extent of how […]

June 23rd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,News | Read More »

Pet cat saves owners' lives as fire tears through house

By Cara Sulieman A PET cat saved its owners lives by waking them up while a fire tore through their house. Ken Page and Jenny Ferguson were sleeping in their home in Athelstaneford, East Lothian when the blaze broke out in their kitchen. But thankfully their terrified moggy made such a commotion that it woke […]

June 18th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Baby brought back to life by hero cop

By Cara Sulieman A POLICEMAN has been hailed a hero after saving the life of a seven-day-old baby who had stopped breathing. PC Donald McFadyen, 42, was policing the Bathgate Gala Day on Saturday June 5 when a man rushed up to him and asked if he could help the lifeless baby. Little Archie Greenwell […]

June 17th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Woman who fought off armed robber receives award

By Cara Sulieman A WOMAN who fought of an armed robber who tried to stab her was given an award for bravery today. Sheila Jeffrey was working in the small post office in Yetholm, near Kelso in the Borders in September 2008 when Patrick Loyden demanded cash. But 72-year-old Sheila – who has been at […]

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Court & Crime | Read More »

Edinburgh council set to sack German tram contractor

By Cara Sulieman EDINBURGH councils chiefs plan to axe the German firm carrying out work on the city’s troubled tram project. Council chiefs say they are at the end of their tether after months of delays and projected overspends. The £545 million project – originally due to finish in August 2011 – promised to bring […]

June 7th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Politics | Read More »

Police Seize More Than £100,000 In Edinburgh Drug Raids

By Shaun Milne A TEAM of drug officers swooped on a car parked at a petrol seizing Diazepam with a street value of around £100,000. Both uniformed a plain clothed police surrounded the vehicle at the Shell Filling Station on Murrayburn Road in Edinburgh after a tip off. Two men, said be aged 35 and […]

June 2nd, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community,Court & Crime | Read More »

Young golfing hopefuls fly in for junior tournament

HUNDREDS of young golfers have flown in from around the world to take part in the junior European Champion tournament being held in June. As many as 500 players – aged from six to 18 years old – will tee off around four Links courses in East Lothian.

May 31st, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Fire-Fighters Rescue Colleague In Water Drama

By Cara Sulieman A FIRE operation to put out a massive blaze took a dramatic twist when firefighters had to rescue one of their own colleague who had fallen into a deep pool of water. The 41-year-old was helping to fight flames at a landfill site in Fauldhouse, West Lothian when he stood on what […]

May 27th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Picture of the Day: Swans at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh

SWAN LAKE: Cygnini lap up the sunshine at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Photograph by Katielee Arrowsmith. Download more great pictures from our online archive at this link.

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Sex criminal blames gay “repression” after grooming kids

By Michael MacLeod AN old-age pervert who groomed two boys by plying them with alcohol then sexually abusing them has been jailed for eight months. Joseph Johnstone, 67, claimed that growing up in a time when homosexuality was frowned upon skewed his understanding of normal behaviour. He snared two 15 year-old boys by inviting them […]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Lost kite surfer saved by Lifeboat and Coastguard crews

By Michael MacLeod A KITE surfer had to be rescued from choppy seas after going missing off the coast of Montrose. A helicopter from RAF Kinloss was scrambled to help search for the man, but lifeboat and coastguard crews saved him after an hour-long search. He was found sitting on his surfboard with the kite […]

May 13th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Twins win entire contents of chocolate shop after contest

By Rory Reynolds A PAIR of sweet-toothed twins were tucking into the first of 2,200 chocolate bars yesterday after they won the entire contents of a sweet shop. Lucy Duff secured a chocolate windfall after she guessed how many bars were remaining in Edinburgh’s Kshocolat store following its closure in January. The 11-year-old’s guess of […]

May 4th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Edinburgh set for all-night arts festival

By Zoë Keown Festival fever could be hitting Edinburgh more than once a year as talks for an all-night arts festival has been unveiled for the capital. Following in the footsteps of Paris and Rome, The Nuit Blanche or White Night festival will see the doors of many of the city’s most esteemed galleries and […]

April 11th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Two critical after weekend road accident horror

By Rory Reynolds TWO young men were fighting for their lives last night after two separate road incidents over the weekend. A man in his early 20s was rushed to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with severe head injuries in the early hours of this morning after falling off the rickshaw he was a passenger in. […]

April 4th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Penguins p-p-p-pick up a pebble

By Cara Sulieman LOVE IS in the air at Edinburgh Zoo as the penguin mating season gets under way. The female gentoo penguins have taken their place on the nesting rings scattered around the enclosure and are waiting for male penguins to offer them a token of love in the shape of a pebble. This […]

March 31st, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

Sheriff slams EDL member’s fight bid during demo

By Michael MacLeod A FAR-right English Defence League supporter who travelled to Edinburgh looking for a fight during an anti-Nazi demonstration has been fined £500. Scott Buchan tried to break through a human barrier of police officers guarding a 2,000 people-strong march by the anti-fascist group Scotland United. The 23 year-old was arrested for breach […]

March 25th, 2010 | Posted in 1,Community | Read More »

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