Mobility scooters driven like dodgems and destroyed

By Rory Reynolds

FOUR elderly couples say they have been stranded in their homes after their mobility scooters were taken and driven “like dodgems” – before being destroyed.

They disappeared from properties in Midlothian over the last week, leaving disabled residents unable to leave their homes.05stolenscooters

One elderly resident was taken by police to see his wife’s scooter, which had been wrecked and dumped – leaving her housebound.

Duncan Forrest, from Newtongrange had his £2,000 scooter taken while he and his wife slept.


The 89-year-old said: “I just cannot believe that someone would do this to another person – I am disgusted.

“Maybe some day when these people are out age they may have to rely on one of these scooters – then they will know how it feels.

“I often use it too, but it’s mainly for my wife. Without the scooter we cannot go out anywhere together – we need it to even go out for a breath of fresh air. Continue reading


Plush New Town sheets robbed of shiny brass plates

By Rory Reynolds

RESIDENTS in one of Scotland’s plushest areas have been awaking to find their polished brass door plates have been stolen by thieves.

A recent spate of raids on the cappuccino avenues of the Edinburgh’s New Town district have led to police launching an investigation to track down the thieves.

It is thought they are cashing-in on the rising cost of scrap metal and stripping the plates to sell.

Two people have already been arrested and charged in connection with one robbery on Iona Street – but three other incidents are currently still under investigation.AMCSS

Peter Verity, 65, who lives in Scotland Street – famed for its setting for Alexander McCall Smith‘s series of high-society novels – had his brass kick plate stolen during the night.The retired architect said it was unsettling to think that thieves were roaming the streets of the city armed with screwdrivers.


He said: “It had been screwdrivered off during the night and taken away – some of the screws were even left nearby on the ground. Continue reading

Mum Karen pleads for missing son Jason Black to let family know he is safe

By Paul Thornton

A MUM has sent a plea to her missing teenage son to get in touch.

Jason Black, 15, disappeared over a week ago and has not been in touch with any family or friends.

Other than an unconfirmed sighting Jason has not been seen since Thursday, October 8 when he got on a bus to go to Panmure School in Edinburgh.Jason Black

He never attended the school that day.


Jason had no money other than his bus fare and his mobile telephone was left in his coat at his home in Ratho, near the outskirts of the capital.

Today (Monday) his mum Karen revealed that she and Jason had had a bust-up three days before he went missing.

Karen, 39, said: “We had an argument on the Monday before he went missing about him going to school and about coming in late at night.

“I haven’t spoken to him since that.

“At first I thought he was just staying out to punish me because we had that big blow-out.” Continue reading

Blubbing bank boss told she can’t buy her way out of jail sentence

By Michael MacLeod

A CROOKED ex-bank boss sobbed in the dock as she was jailed for 13 months after pocketing £22,290 from her customers.

Shamed former Lloyds TSB manageress Susan Burnett swindled the cash from elderly account holders to pay off her own debts.

JAILED: shamed bank boss Susan Burnett

JAILED: shamed bank boss Susan Burnett

But she was caught when the pensioners noticed massive sums disappearing from their bank balances.

The 40 year-old tried to bail herself out of a jail term by selling her house to pay back the money.


Having worked her way to the top of two bank branches over 18 years, her sacking later saw her reduced to working cash-in-hand in a Chinese restaurant.

But that cut no ice with Sheriff Derrick McIntyre who told her: “You can’t buy yourself out of a custodial sentence.”

He said he had to “acknowledge the public interest” over her own regret and remorse.

 The Dalgety Bay woman managed Lloyds TSB branches in Edinburgh and Fife towards the end of her 18-year spell with the bank.

Court heard how she targeted one specific customer, a woman in her 60s, by telling her she could help her sort her finances out. Instead, Burnett made two loan applications in her name for a total of £7,400 and diverted the cash into her own bank account.

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Monday 19th October Newspaper Round-up