Body found in close next to World’s End pub on Royal Mile

By Christine Lavelle

A MAN’S body was found lying in a lane next to the World’s End Pub on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The grim discovery was made in World’s End Close, at around 7pm last night.

A member of staff at the well-known city-centre bar which neighbours the close, said police had been coming in and out all day today to speak to customers who might have information.

He said: “I wasn’t working when the body was found, but one of my customers was in earlier saying he had seen a big police presence just outside. Continue reading

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Primary pupil hit by car on way home from school

By Martin Graham

A PRIMARY school pupil had to be rushed to hospital today after being hit by a car on his way home from school.

He is thought to have head injuries and a broken leg after being struck by a red Micra as he ran across busy Gorgie Road in Edinburgh at around 3.45pm.

Luckily, the child was in a stable condition at the Sick Kids’ Hospital after the incident.

It happened as schoolkids gathered around News Plus newsagents on their way home from school.

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Mum found boys in a ‘pool of blood’ after vicious dog attack

Sean, 12, and Wayne, 13, were attacked without warning

By Christine Lavelle

TWO school boys were mauled by their new pet dog while they slept on their couch in front of the television.

Brothers Wayne, 13, and Sean Darling, 12, suffered around 70 wounds between them after new edition to the family – Clyde the dog – savaged them without warning in the living room of their home in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh.

The boys’ mum Etta Paterson, 50, told how her sons are lucky to be alive after the ordeal, which left them “lying in a pool of blood.”

She said Wayne and Sean, both pupils at Lasswade High School, had fallen asleep on the couch after watching TV on Sunday night, with Clyde – an Old English Bull Terrier crossed with a bull mastiff – sleeping next to Wayne’s feet. Continue reading

Threat to burn Muslim holy book in US sparks protests

By Christine Lavelle

MEMBERS of the Scottish Afghan Society gathered outside Edinburgh’s US Consulate to protest against the decision not to stop an American church from burning the Quran on the anniversary of September 11.

More than 50 Scottish Muslims arrived at the Consulate building on Regent Terrace today to stage their protest for one hour.

Mohammed Asif, president of the society, rallied the group over a loudspeaker, while the others waved banners which read: “No to war, no to racism and no to Islamophobia”. Continue reading

Council blunder leaves cabbie details on show

By Cara Sulieman

PERSONAL details and criminal convictions of taxi drivers have been published on the internet after a blunder by a Scots council.

The information was published on the East Lothian Council website by mistake ahead of today’s licensing meeting.

It included full details of license applications including previous convictions ranging from minor driving offences to assault and drug dealing.

As well as the cabbies’ details, the names and addresses of members of the public who had complained about drivers were posted.

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Cash-stapped council scale back Christmas

By Cara Sulieman

A CASH-STRAPPED Scots council are cutting back on Christmas in a bid to save money.

The City of Edinburgh Council has cancelled a raft of events for this year’s festive season including the popular Great Scottish Santa Fun Run.

The major cut backs come as after the council went more than £100,000 over budget on last year’s holiday celebrations.

As part of the cuts, all events that happened in West Princes Street Gardens have been axed.

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Iggy Pop’s unique jewellery fails to cause a stir at auction

By Christine Lavelle

IGGY Pop fans knocked back a rare opportunity to take home some of the 70s pop sensation’s unusual jewellery, given to him at a rock festival in Japan.

Nine pieces were put up for auction today at Bonhams in Edinburgh, including rings, pendants, a cuff and a key-chain, featuring skulls, scorpions and snakes – but only three sold.

One of the items not sold – a chandelier design pendant – had been expected to bring in anything up to £500, but it did not reach its reserve price. Continue reading