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Mary “cleared” of involvement in Darnley killing four centuries later

The "dragged" body

MARY, Queen of Scots has been cleared of any involvement in the notorious murder of her husband more than four centuries. For centuries the queen has been the prime suspect in a murder mystery involving her husband and his valet. Lord Darnley, who had been married to Mary for two years, was found dead in […]

September 25th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Entertainment,Scottish News | Read More »

Police Scotland criticised for dropping anti-drowning kit from patrol cars

Whale in Forth

POLICE Scotland have been accused of “irresponsible” behaviour – after dropping safety equipment designed to save people from drowning. Last month the force announced it would no longer be storing “throw lines” in its patrol cars. The kits are used by officers to pull people from water when they are in trouble – also containing […]

September 13th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Police criticised for not catching drivers using mobiles behind the wheel

Research says using mobiles while driving may be more dangerous than drink driving

POLICE Scotland have been criticised after figures show the number of drivers caught recklessly using mobile phones behind the wheel have halved. New figures show that 50% fewer drivers were caught making calls or texting behind the wheel in the last year, compared to the year before. Police chiefs have hailed this as a success, […]

September 13th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

Thousands of pieces of Scottish land owned by offshore companies

Estates will lose their tax breaks

THOUSANDS of pieces of land across Scotland have been snapped up by huge offshore companies – many of which are based in the world’s biggest tax havens. The revelation has prompted fears that firms owning Scottish land are dodging taxes, or even acting as fronts for laundering money. In total 2,147 commercial and residential developments […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Majority of Scots prisoners cannot read, write or solve basic maths problems

The stats show that an overwhelming number of prisoners lack basic skills

A huge majority of Scots prisoners cannot read, write or solve basic maths problems, it has been revealed. Figures revealed through the Freedom of Information (FOI) act show that only 15% of Scots inmates are functionally numerate, whilst only 30% are functionally literate. The numbers were revealed after a survey of the country’s prisons between […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

East Kilbride nursing home carer sentenced for assaulting resident

The worker was struck off for assaulting a resident

AN assistant at an East Kilbride nursing home has been ordered to carry out 200 of hours of unpaid work under a Community Payback Order after being convicted of assaulting an 86-year-old resident. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that Cecilia Brady had been along with another carer, assisting the man in his room at the residential […]

July 28th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,In Brief | Read More »

Appeal after assault and ‘appalling’ racial behaviour on train between Aberdeen and Perth

(Picture by Dave Souza)

BRITISH Transport Police are appealing for information after two men made comments of a racially offensive nature and assaulted a female passenger on the 20.42 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. As the train travelled between Aberdeen and Perth both men, who were under the influence of alcohol, made inappropriate […]

July 17th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime | Read More »

Domestic abuse protection goes national

The First Minister announced the programme today

WOMEN and men across Scotland who suspect their partner has an abusive background may now have that information disclosed to them, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland will be rolled out across the country later this year. The First Minister and Chief Constable Sir Stephen House made […]

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime | Read More »

Gilroy’s former MP stepmum challenges murder conviction


THE former MP stepmother of murderer David Gilroy has spoken out against his conviction. David Gilroy, 52, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of ex-lover Suzanne Pilley in 2010. Her body was never found and no witnesses ever came forward, but Gilroy was found guilty after circumstantial evidence convinced a jury he […]

June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Top Stories | Read More »

Jail spent £157K getting more gym kit than two five star hotels

The stats show that an overwhelming number of prisoners lack basic skills

SCOTLAND’S toughest jail has a better-equipped gym than two of the country’s most famous five star hotels combined. Shotts, North Lanarkshire, which only deals with long sentence offenders, spent an astonishing £157,000 on 75 pieces of gym equipment. The refurbished Shotts gym has 21 treadmills, 18 rowing machines, 20 cross-trainers and 16 cycling machines for […]

June 12th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Top Stories | Read More »

Woman to launch bra strap attack alarm

The 21-year-old from University of Strathclyde is promoting the alarm to women’s support groups and Police Scotland.

A STUDENT whose neighbour was violently attacked by a man hiding in rubbish bins has developed a unique personal alarm that clips on to a bra strap. Rebecca Pick’s revolutionary device connects directly to the police and is able to record evidence that can be used in court. The wearer squeezes the alarm to activate […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime | Read More »

Accused social worker “forced colleagues to cancel cancer screening”

Mrs Harrower, who was in charge at the Babes in the Wood nursery, faces a total of 18 charges at a Scottish Social Services Council

A SOCIAL worker faces being struck off amid claims she forced colleagues to cancel cancer screening appointments. Anna Harrower, an ex-nursery manager from Falkirk, allegedly told two staff members to cancel their smear tests a total of eight times. The 36-year-old is also accused of telling a co-worker that she “didn’t want to look at […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime | Read More »

Edinburgh Police deploy Lego poems to fight crime

The number of housebreakings has been on the rise across Edinburgh

EDINBURGH police have posted a series of poems accompanied by Lego comics to try to make residents more security conscious. The police Twitter feed has been posting the images and poems as a part of Operation RAC, the initiative to reduce the number of housebreaking incidents in the city. A sample poem, written in the […]

April 10th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime | Read More »

Sir Stephen should go says top cop whistleblower

Angela Wilson has called for Stephen House to resign

A RETIRED senior police officer and whistleblower has called for the resignation of Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Sir Stephen House. Angela Wilson, former Assistant Chief Constable of Tayside Police, wants Sir Stephen to resign “for the good of the service”. Ms Wilson said that she retired three years early as a result of Sir Stephen’s […]

April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime | Read More »

Pot-shot ex-pupil sentenced to 200 hours community service

Jack Hewitt and his father outside  Edinburgh Sheriff Court at his hearing in 2014

A FATHER has hit out after a former private schoolboy who shot at primary school children with a BB gun was sentenced to community service. A sheriff said Jack Hewitt had an “uncommon fascination” with firearms and had committed a serious crime when he fired at the children in Edinburgh in 2013. But, after taking […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Tributes to tragic baby Chloe


TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to a “gorgeous” baby girl who died following an incident at a house in Edinburgh.   Ten month old Chloe Vivin Sutherland was taken to hospital on Tuesday afternoon following an incident at a property at Parkhead View in the Longstone area of the city.   She died at the Royal […]

February 4th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Family call for inquiry into Outer Hebrides murder

Nivensknowe Park fire

The family of a teenager killed in the first murder in the Outer Hebrides for more than 40 years have called an independent inquiry into those who had a duty to care for him. Liam Aitchison was just 16 when he was beaten and stabbed at least 20 times while living on the Isle of […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Convicted murderer wins right to have case reviewed

David Gilroy Bailed

THE murderer of an Edinburgh book-keeper has been granted a review which could see his case return to the High Court. David Gilroy, 51, who is serving a minimum sentence of 18 years for the 2010 murder of 38-year-old Suzanne Pilley – his former lover and colleague – successfully applied for a review of his […]

January 15th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Dealer arrested after asking police for directions

Lukasz Woloszyn outside Edinburgh Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to drug and weapon charges

A DOPEY drug dealer carrying a bag full of Class A drugs was arrested after he asked police for directions home. Lukasz Woloszyn had been at a Hogmanay party in Prestonpans, East Lothian, last year and needed to get back to his home in Edinburgh. The 26-year-old from a “respected” Polish family approached police officers […]

January 13th, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Addicts mark veins out of the blue

Zhengxin Zhu was jailed for eight  months on Tuesday, November 18

THE BLUE lights in Edinburgh Sheriff Courts toilets are no deterrent for heroin users as they pre-mark their arms before entering the building.   Users have been marking their arms with pens before entering the building in an attempt to still be able to inject drugs according to staff in the building.   The blue […]

January 1st, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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