Wee Willow’s first walk turns nasty

03 willow shot cat xrayBy Michael MacLeod

A HELPLESS young cat was pinned down and brutally shot 11 times by yobs – and survived.

It was the first time nine-month-old Willow had ever ventured out of his owners’ garden near Edinburgh.

But the terrified family tabby was dragged seven miles from his home and peppered with metal pellets.

Heartless thugs shot him from such close range that they shattered bones in two of his legs.

Vets said he was lucky to survive, as one of the pellets was lodged just three centimetres from his brain.
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Katie Price in meltdown

Jordan in Edinburgh Club

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

LOVE-SPLIT model Katie Price looks to be going into meltdown after putting on a seedy strip routine for onlookers on holiday.

But she has pulled the same kind of stunt before during troubled times in her life.

Six years ago – before finding a degree of apparent normality with Aussie hubbie Peter Andre – she was best known simply as Jordan and her life was a tabloid car crash.

During one trip to Edinburgh to open a nightclub in 1993 she got drunk and performed a similar sleazy routine, even simulating a sex act with a beer bottle in front of stunned onlookers.

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Monster tank to parade down the Royal Mile

By Cara Sulieman

POT HOLES in Edinburgh city-centre are finally to meet their match when the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards drive a Challenger 2 main battle tank along the city’s famous Royal Mile.

The monster vehicle will be part of their July 4 homecoming parade through the city joined by the Brit award winning Pipes and Drums as well as some smaller armed vehicles.

Having arrived safely back from operations in Iraq in December, the regiment will parade through Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth where they have the freedom of the city.

But weighing in at a hefty 62 and a half tons, getting the tank onto Edinburgh Castle esplanade at the top of the mile might prove to be a bit of a challenger itself.

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Globetrotting Scot dies in Vietnam

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By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

TRIBUTES have been paid to a globetrotting Scot who has died after a fall in Vietnam.

Charlie Gallagher, 39, from Inverkeithing, Fife, is thought to have tripped and fallen while at home in Ho Chi Min City on June 7.

He was rushed to the city’s main hospital but died the following day after failing to regain consciousness.

Mr Gallagher had lived in the city, also known as Saigon, for around four years and had built up a large group of local and ex-pat friends.

His family has paid tribute to the adventurous Scot, while friends have set up a Facebook remembrance page which has been inundated with heartfelt messages.

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Police driver admits careless driving smash

By Paul Thornton

A WOMAN suffered a stroke after a police driver ploughed into her as he made his way to work.AlisdairSharp01

Nicola Sloan, 38, was also on her way to work when Alasdair Sharp was driving the police custody van and smashed into her.

The 43-year-old had crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with Miss Sloan’s Toyota Yaris.

Firefighters had to cut Miss Sloan out of the wreck and both her arm and leg were broken in the crash in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh last November.

And later at hospital she suffered a stroke following the incident.

Sharp is still working for Lothian and Borders Police but has voluntarily stopped his driving duties since the smash – he has also been referred to the Police Complaints Commission.

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Ear bite thug to pay compensation

By Paul Thornton

A THUG who bit off part of a man’s ear because he bumped into him in a queue at a petrol station has been ordered to pay £2000 compensation to his victim.01wainemorrison

Farm worker, Christopher Deans, 24, was on his way to work and had stopped to buy cigarettes when he nudged Wayne Morrison at a service station.

The 35-year-old followed the young man out of the shop and head-butted him before chewing his ear off.

Mr Dean’s severed lobe was packed in ice lollies from the store but despite emergency treatment plastic surgeons were unable to re-attach it.

The vicious thug – who blamed a bust-up with his partner for the attack – calmly rejoined the queue and paid for his petrol before driving off.

Police used the licence plate of Morrison’s car to track him down and when they interviewed him he admitted “overreacting”.

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Schoolkids protest at speeding drivers

St Margaret's School Walking Bus

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

FED-UP school kids have taken to the streets to campaign against careless motorists speeding past their school.

The young road safety campaigners have been forced to act after a series of near-misses outside St Margaret’s School in Edinburgh.

The well-heeled private school is situated on one of the capital’s main arterial routes through the city and school chiefs have been protesting about speeding drivers for years claiming the road “is an accident waiting to happen”.

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Scots granny goes missing in Mexico

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A SCOTS grandmother-of-eight has vanished in Mexico – just 12 hours after landing at the dream holiday destination.

Julia Howard, 77, from Edinburgh, was on holiday with her son and daughter when she disappeared after going to fetch a sun hat from her hotel room.

The widow had jetted into the luxury Cancun resort with her family for a two week break on Monday night.

But, Julia – who cannot walk long distances – disappeared on the Tuesday morning from the secluded Moon Palace complex.

Her frantic family has described their ordeal as “a nightmare” and has been seen scouring the area in an attempt to trace the missing pensioner.

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