Dad of missing chef Claudia Lawrence continues hunt in Scotland

By Oliver Farrimond

THE FATHER of missing chef Claudia Lawrence vowed never to give up trying to find her as he took his search to Scotland yesterday.

Peter Lawrence was at Waverley Station in Edinburgh where he unveiled a poster in the concourse and handed out flyers before moving to Princes Street where he stopped random strangers to tell them about his daughter’s disappearance.

Claudia, who worked as a chef at York University, has now been missing for seven months and efforts to trace her have now widened to the whole of the UK.

Questions over her disappearance intensified in June following revelations in a Sunday newspaper that she may have had as many as 40 secret lovers – many of them married men.

But dad Peter, 63, dismissed the figure, and expressed doubt that the relationships were a factor in her disappearance. Continue reading


Tragic teenager Denise Murray named as pregnant teenage Swine Flu death victim

By Michael McLeod

THE young Scots mum-to-be who died from swine flu only a month away from having her first child was named today as Denise Murray.

Locals revealed the 17-year-old had been expecting her first son or daughter before she contracted the H1N1 virus which claimed her life on Wednesday.Denise Murray

Her unborn child tragically did not survive either despite frantic attempts by staff at Borders General Hospital to save them.


The tragedy stunned her tiny Borders hometown of Tweedbank as locals tried to take in the news that she had slipped away on a ward not even a mile from the family home which had been so looking forward to the new arrival.

Her parents, David and Sandra, and their five other children, did not appear to be at home as the tragedy swept the town.

She left behind five brothers; Matthew, seven, Gavin, 13, Greig, 18, Craig, 19, and Danny, 21.

But devastated neighbours spoke of the teenager’s “bubbly” personality and recalled how she stood out from the crowd with her lust for life. Continue reading

Dad court battle over fears daughter will kill herself in care home trauma

By Paul Thornton

A DAD who fears his suicidal daughter could try and kill herself has been dragged to court three times for taking in his distraught child after she fled the residential care home looking after her.

The 38-year-old man, who raised his 15-year-old daughter alone, was arrested for a third time by Lothian and Borders Police after he let his daughter sleep on his sofa when she turned up at the door.Livingston Sheriff Court

The man said that his daughter would turn-up at his home in the early hours of the morning crying and begging him to let her stay.


He said that he had previously turned her away from his house but the decision “broke his heart” and caused her to attempt suicide.

The youngster told him she “hated” the West Lothian care home where she was being kept and said that if he did not allow her to stay with him she would run away herself.

But – after social workers realised the girl was missing again – police went to her dad’s home where they found her. Continue reading

Hearts star Lee Wallace in court over nightclub bust up

By Paul Thornton

NEW Scotland cap Lee Wallace was fined £1100 in court today after he admitted a bust up outside a busy city-centre nightclub.

The Edinburgh born defender, who stars for SPL side Hearts FC, admitted shouting at bouncers and threatening cops when he was refused entry at Lava and Ignite in the Tollcross area of the city during the summer.

BUST-UP: gun threat charges against Lee Wallace were dropped but he was fined £1100 for behaviour

BUST-UP: gun threat charges against Lee Wallace were dropped but he was fined £1100 for behaviour

But earlier claims that he threatened to shoot door staff at Lava and Ignite were dropped by the Crown.


Wallace, 22, who made his full international debut against Japan last Saturday, had been out with friends in the capital celebrating the end of the Scottish Premier League season on May 24 this year.

He was refused entry and shouted at doorstaff after they turned him away.

When arrested he also threatened police officers – warning them that he would “remember all of their faces”.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he was fined £1100 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of breach of the peace.

The gun charged was dropped and a not guilty plea to a third breach of the peace charge was also accepted by prosecutors. Continue reading

Convicted killer Francis McNeilly thrown back in jail for dealing drugs

By Paul Thornton

A CONVICTED killer freed from his life sentence early has been put back behind bars after he was caught dealing heroin during a police sting.

Thug Francis McNeilly, 48, was jailed for life at the High Court in Edinburgh in 1981 after being convicted of murdering a West Lothian man who drowned in his own blood after being savagely battered to death.

Livingston Sheriff Court

Livingston Sheriff Court

A jury returned a majority guilty against McNeilly after he knocked William McIlwraith, 22, to the ground before repeatedly banging his head off the pavement.


The court heard he jumped in the air and stamped on his face and head seven times, kicking him about the body and punching him repeatedly outside a Bathgate nightclub, causing the man to drown in his own blood.

He was released on licence in 2002 under controversial European rules which made headlines as it saw 25 other murderers also set loose. Continue reading

Police suspect murder most fowl as 136,000 chickens perish

By Shaun Milne

A BREAK-IN at a giant poultry farm is being probed by police after 136,000 chickens suffocated to death.

The birds perished after a vital air supply to their coops was cut-off at Beechgrove Farm in Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Sickened animal crime investigators said the chickens would have suffered a “slow death filled with pain and fear”.thiss

Lothian and Borders Police have now launched an inquiry into the deaths in a bid to track down whoever was behind the incident.

The farm belongs to meat producing giants Vion Food Group who own the likes of Grampian Country Foods and Halls of Broxburn – and was targeted overnight on August 17 and 18. Continue reading

Friday 16th October Newspaper Round-up