The Susan Boyle Story – Part two

By Lauren Crooks

WATCH the second part of our special Britain’s Got Talent feature on the remarkable rise of Scotland’s fastest-rising star: Susan Boyle.

In the run-up to Saturday’s live final, Deadline Scotland is charting the life of Britain’s most amazing talent all this week – The Susan Boyle Story, Every Day, 6.30pm GMT.

Man’s stunning ornamental display

By Paul Thornton

A MAN claimed he wanted to use stun guns illegally ordered from the States as ornaments for his Edinburgh flat.Sheriff court stock pic

Kaz MacDonald , 20, ordered three 10,000 volt ‘Cheetah’ stun-guns from an American firm for £150 earlier this year.

But he was the one who got a shock when police arrived at his door with a search warrant after officials had intercepted the weapons at a postal exchange.

MacDonald insisted he did not plan to take the guns out in public and said he had bought them to display as ornaments in his Edinburgh home.

But at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he admitted purchasing prohibited weapons after police gun experts confirmed they contravened the Firearms Act.

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Golf stars of the future descend on East Lothian

Kids Golf

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

THE WORLD’S next Tiger Woods could have been on the course as over 400 of the world’s best junior golfers kicked off the US Kids Golf Championship in East Lothian yesterday.

The sport’s best youngsters aged between five and 14 have travelled from 34 different countries to participate in the prestigious three-day tournament.

Designed to be a showcase for the world’s best golfing talent – the tournament will also bring in over £2.5 million to the Scottish economy.

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Sandi Thom trying to crack Hollywood

Sandi Thom with Toots

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

SCOTS pop singer Sandi Thom has spent the last month in Los Angeles trying to crack Hollywood.

The I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker singer is all set to appear in an, as yet, un-named movie performing the ballad Ungrateful Heart, which is taken from her second album.

The MacDuff-born songwriter was spotted playing the track by the film’s director at a recent US gig and was immediately snapped up to star in the movie.

Thom is due to fly out to LA next month to record the scene.

The singer, who recently lost her pet cat Toots to an alleged shooting by a farmer, has also been playing in front of  top film and television executives in an effort to have her songs included in future projects.

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Dog attack boy needed over 30 stitches

Andrew Osborne

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy who was scarred for life after being attacked by a pet dog last week has required over 30 stitches to repair the damage, it has been revealed.

Little Andrew Osborne was playing with his twin brother Matthew and his older sibling Jamie just yards from his front door when he was mauled by the passing dog, in Easthouses, Dalkeith, Midlothian last Tuesday.

The youngster underwent two emergency facial operations last week and is due back at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital for another today (Tues).

Distraught mum Barbara has revealed the sickening attack left Andrew with four deep cuts to his cheek, nose and lip that required 34 stitches.

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Brave dad saves daughter from inferno

Fire

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A BRAVE father was forced to drop his terrified four-year-old daughter 15 feet to safety because he believed his home was about to blow up.

Gareth Gray had to hurl his daughter McKenzie of his first floor living room window on Sunday evening after a blaze erupted in the flat below.

Mr Gray, 27, a window cleaner from Musselburgh, was forced to make a crash mat of sofa cushions before dropping the terrified tot to safety.

The hero dad then took the 15 foot plunge himself, but missed the cushions and landed on concrete badly damaging his ankle ligaments in the process.

Mr Gray revealed he was forced to drop little McKenzie because he feared a gas explosion would blow up the quiet residential block he lives in.

His partner, and McKenzie’s mum, Natalie McIntyre, 25, also made the jump to safety but escaped without injury.

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Scots firms fighting £155million tax debt

By Michael MacLeod

STRUGGLING Scots businesses now owe the taxman a staggering £155million in overdue payments.

And to stop more of them going under tax chiefs are now being forced into bailing out the 8,000 or so Scots firms affected by handing them a credit crunch lifeline of more time to settle.

Glasgow companies top the tax debt league of debt, with almost 1,000 dragging their heels on tax payments totalling £26million, according to new figures released yesterday (Tuesday).

Many say they would have been forced to sack workers or go bust without the megabucks rescue.
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Shop close to collapse after £10K raid

ram raidBy Michael MacLeod

RAMRAIDERS snatched £10,000 of booze and cigarettes after slamming a car into an award-winning shop.

The four suspects have been branded “scum” by Ijaz Nazir, who owns Jazz Licensed Grocers in Edinburgh.

He fears his beloved store is in danger of collapse after yesterday (Tuesday) morning’s raid, which saw a car crashing through the shop’s metal shutter, glass window and main door.

Devastated dad of three Mr Nazir, 45, said: “I only have one shop and it is my livelihood to feed my family.”
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