Man In Court Over Attempted Rape Of American Student

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN appeared at court today (Fri) charged with the attempted rape of an American student in Edinburgh last weekend.

Gavin Lang, 23, from Dunfermline, Fife, made no plea or declaration and was released on bail following an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The 22-year-old student had been out with friends on her second night in the capital when she was allegedly assaulted on her way home.

The alleged attack happened between 4am and 4.20am on Monday May 24 in Barries Close – a narrow staircase that leads up from Old Fishmarket Close to Parliament Square on the Royal Mile.

The victim, from Virginia, had only just arrived in the city and was due to spend a week in Edinburgh before going to London with other students and lecturers from her American university as part of a four-week placement in the UK.

Grumpy Stumpy Balancing Act Leaves Him Happy As Harry

By Cara Sulieman

A DOG nicknamed ‘Grumpy Stumpy’ spent almost a year mastering how to go to the toilet – after an operation to amputate his front limb left him tumbling over every time he went for a wee.

The Lhasa Apso, now called Harry, had been taken to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home after suffering from horrific neglect.

His coat was so matted it cut off the circulation to his front leg, forcing shocked vets to amputate to get his blood circulation flowing again.

But the dog struggled to adapt to life on three legs when he found a new home and kept falling over every time he went to the toilet.


David Ewing, 53, General Manager at the home, said: “Harry came in as a stray dog.

“The first thing we noticed was that his front leg was grossly swollen and his hair was extremely matted and we knew something was very, very wrong with that leg. Continue reading

Apple iPad Sparks Sales Rush From Scottish Gadget Fans

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTLAND went iPad crazy today (fri) as hundreds of people queued to get their hands on this year’s must have gadget.

And among the Apple worshippers in the queue at its Glasgow store wasn’t a young up and coming web developer or dot-com businessman – but a pensioner.

Retired linen factory owner William Boyd, 78, from Fife, claimed he had never even used a computer in his life – let alone a touch screen tablet.

But he wanted to be one of the first to pick up the handheld device at the Glasgow Apple Store.

He hopes to use it to stay in touch with his family and keep an eye on the stock exchange.

And although he is keen to catch up with the digital generation, Mr Boyd insists an iPad will never replace his love for picking up a real-life newspaper.

He said: “I wanted an iPad for many reasons, the main being the simplicity of operating it.

“At least, I hope it is going to be simple.

“I have never used a computer before in my life but I will use mine for the internet, emails to keep in touch with the family and things like that.” Continue reading

Man Killed In Stab Attack Named As Mohammed Mirza

by Shaun Milne

A 47-year-old man who was allegedly stabbed to death in Edinburgh on Wednesday night has been named as Mohammed Mirza.

The dad-of-two died despite being treated at the scene by paramedics shortly after 10pm following the disturbance at Stenhouse Gardens North.

His wife Farzana was said by neighbours to have been to away in England at the time and speeded back by police to the city to be with her devastated family.

Mr Mirza was well known in the area, having worked as a taxi driver and vehicle recovery man in recent years.

Police were still at the scene carrying out door to door inquiries.

* A 48-year-old man was scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today charged with his murder.

PICTURE OF THE DAY: iPad Is Apple of William’s Eye

BYTE SIZED: William Boyd, 78, travelled to the busy Apple Store in Glasgow from his home in Dunfermline, Fife, to be among the first to get his hands on the all new iPad which went on sale in the UK today. He said it is his first ever computer.

* PHOTOGRAPH by Michael MacLeod

Amazing Grace Is Diving In At The Deep End For Olympics

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTLAND’S hotly tipped diving prodigy swapped her swimsuit for a hard hat and steel toe-capped boots as she got a first look at the pool where she hopes to win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Grace Reid may only be 14 years-old, but she’s already on a springboard to success.

Hot on the heels of young Olympic diving star Tom Daley, who she cites as a close friend, Grace has been selected for the Great Britain Development Pathway, putting her front and centre of coaches’ hopes for Glasgow 2014. Continue reading

Forth Ports Takeover Deal Sunk By Market Jitters

By Shaun Milne

FORTH Ports has fought off a planned take-over by a consortium hoping to snap up the Edinburgh based business which has backed out blaming “economic uncertainty” for their decision.

Northstream had hoped to capture Forth Ports assets which includes its facilities in Leith, Rosyth, Grangemouth, Burntisland, Methil and Dundee.

The consortium – made up of Arcus, RREEF, and Peel Holdings – had planned to add it to their current portfolio of harbours which includes Clydeport’s facilities in Manchester, Hunterston, Ardrossan and Greenock.

However directors at Forth Ports insisted Northstream’s valuation of their business at £640m – or £14 a share – was short of what they thought it was worth.

The company is seen as a particularly attractive investment for future yields because it owns 400 acres of land in Edinburgh’s popular waterfront area.