Alsatian faces death for biting young girls

By Michael MacLeod

A DOG that savaged two young girls could be destroyed after its owner admitted she had let a 13 year-old girl take it for a walk.
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Pamela Smith, 40, allowed the girl to take the Alsatian from her flat in Edinburgh in May.

But the youngster lost control of the animal as it ran down the common stairs and plunged its teeth into a 15 year-old girl’s thigh.

The next day, another young neighbour was attacked by the same dog after it had been left untied at the top of the stairwell of Oxgangs House.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard today (Fri) that the dog should have had a muzzle under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Sheriff Neil MacKinnon warned Smith that the dog is likely to be put down as a result of her negligence on 16 and 17 May this year.

She admitted two charges of failing to control a dangerous dog.
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New university principal sets out plans for future

Glasgow University

By Cara Sulieman

THE NEW Principal of Glasgow University has praised his predecessor and set out his plans for the future in his first public statement since taking up the post.

Professor Anton Muscatelli sent out a message to alumni of the university, speaking about how happy he was to replace Sir Muir Russell who headed up the institution for six years.

Heavily involved with academic community, Muscatelli is the former principal of Heriot Watt University and currently Convenor of Universities Scotland – the organisation which represents higher education in Scotland.

He started his post by paying tribute to Sir Muir Russell and saying that he plans to build on the current success of the university.

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Calvin Harris to headline Hogmanay party

Calvin Harris

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH DJ Calvin Harris is headlining at the Ministry of Sound Hogmanay party in London this year.

The controversial musician will be joined by Eric Prydz and Dave Spoon at the O2 Arena in the capital.

Nine hours of music has been lined up for the spectacular event which will include pyrotechnics and a suspended walkway.

It seems that the DJ is looking forward to the evening – Harris posted a link to the gig on his Twitter, saying: “This is going to be DADDY BIG BOLLOCKS.”

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Tubby teen fit for light duties

Liam JohnstonBy Paul Thornton

A ROLY poly knife yob who faced jail if he proved too fat for community service has been spared a prison sentence after his doctor said he was fit for light work.

It was feared tubby teen Liam Johnston would be unable to carry out community service after he admitted a bust-up with cops where he threatened them with a knife.

But he was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after his legal team presented a letter from his GP saying he was able to work – as long as it was not hard physical labour.

Fiscal depute Danielle Clark told the court how Johnston went berserk outside his home in Livingston’s Mowbray Rise on June 1 this year.

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