“Split personality” of murder accused

By Paul Thornton

MURDER accused Alan Cameron broke the news that Heather Stacey’s head had been found dumped on a path to work colleagues as if “talking about the weather”, it was claimed yesterday.

Sales assistant Megan Nolan, 22, told the High Court in Livingston the dad-of-two was “completely calm” despite it being found only yards from the Spar shop where he worked on Hogmanay 2008.

Miss Nolan said: “It was about a couple minutes walk along the road. I was in the big freezer in the back shop and Alan came through to tell me.

“I can’t remember if it had been on the news or if a customer had come in and said about it. He just told me like it was just talking about the weather. It just came naturally.

“I didn’t think it had anything to do with Alan at that stage.

“He was completely calm.”

The court heard Cameron, 56, got a job at the Spar in Edinburgh’s Lindsay Road on September 11, 2008 – nine months after prosecutors say he killed 44-year-old Heather.

Before her remains were finally discovered he would show colleagues pictures of Heather and tell them about buying flowers and taking her to the cinema. Continue reading

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Boy freed by firefighters after finger stuck in toy

Anglea Brown with her 2-year-old AdamBy Cara Sulieman

FIRE-FIGHTERS had to free a traumatised tot after he his finger jammed stuck in a toy work-bench.

Two-year-old Adam Brown had been playing with the JCB Tool Bench at his home in Edinburgh’s Shandon when his forefinger jammed fast in a hole.

Despite his mum Angela’s best efforts to free him using everything from shampoo to washing-up liquid, she had to give up and call in the professionals after almost two hours of tugging and squeezing.

In the end a squad of five fire-fighters and three ambulance workers had to join forces in order to spring him free.

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Brave little Lewis inspires dad’s big goal

By Michael MacLeod

A BIG hearted dad is gearing up to run around every football ground in Scotland in just one weekend to help his son battle blood cancer.

Hearts fan Campbell Blair’s world was turned upside down when his four year-old boy Lewis was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

Now, two years on, Lewis has responded well to treatment so his 35 year-old dad is planning a unique half-marathon challenge to raise money as a “thank you” to the medics who helped him.

Lewis’ courageous battle with AML has also inspired 50 of his dad’s friends who will run with him around all 12 Scottish Premier League grounds.
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Breakthrough as Suzanne Pilley hunt becomes a murder probe

By Shaun Milne, Cara Sulieman & Michael MacLeod

DETECTIVES probing the disappearance of Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley fear she is dead.

Senior officers broke the news to her devastated parents Robert and Sylvia that the hunt for their daughter had been upgraded to a murder inquiry before going public about the switch today (Wednesday).

But they said bravely: “Until we hear otherwise, we will always hope for some positive news.”

The move came after officers were handed CCTV footage which they say shows Suzanne DID arrive outside her work.

But what happened thereafter remains a mystery.
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Picture of the Day: Swans at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh

SWAN LAKE: Cygnini lap up the sunshine at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Photograph by Katielee Arrowsmith.

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