Lothian and Borders Police target thieves by writing letters

By Amada MacMillan

IN a new crackdown against break-ins police in Edinburgh are writing to known offenders warning that they will be targeted.

The number of housebreakings in the capital rose 14 per cent between last April and March to a total of 1,625, up from 1,423 the previous year.

A small number of so-called “super-burglars” are believed to be behind half of these.

The move forms part of the new theft-prevention campaign launched today (Mon) by Lothian and Borders Police. Continue reading

Blue the dog promoted to Bombardier

By Amanda MacMillan

A TERRIER dog was recognised for his service today (Mon) as he was promoted to Bombardier at a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle.

Blue, the official mascot of the One O’clock Gun and Time Ball Association (OCGTA) – a position that he has held for two years – was promoted from Lance Bombardier and became the first ever animal to be promoted in the Regiment.

The pooch received the two-striped chevron just after the one o’clock gun was fired.

It is now pinned pride of place on his little coat. Continue reading

Hibs Lose Yogi – View from the fans

THE FANS VIEW –  By Amanda MacMillan

Many Hibs fans today said they were shocked at the departure of former club captain John Hughes so soon into his managerial career with the club.

David Melvin, 55, a cleaner from Edinburgh, said: “I’m devastated. He’s not been given a chance. Everybody has got to take their part in this. I haven’t even thought about who I’d like to see replace him.”

Joiner Davey Cadger, 57, also from Edinburgh, agreed that it was not all his fault. He said: “What a shame. I don’t know why they’re blaming him. They should have given him more cash to get more players.

“It wasn’t his fault. The players should have played together.

“The club has more money than Rangers and Celtic and they could have done more that way. They should’ve given him a bit longer.

“I don’t think it will ruin his reputation. They have no-one really to pick from for manager.

“All the best ones have gone.” Continue reading

New born baby girl dies after car crash while mum fights on

By Shaun Milne & Amanda MacMillan

UPDATE: A NEW born baby girl has died and her mother left seriously hurt in hospital after a horrific car accident on her way to give birth to the child.

The heavily pregnant woman and what was thought to be her partner were on their way to have the baby induced when the accident happened.

They were left trapped and badly injured when they southbound Honda Civic was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Golf half a mile north of Hawick.

Three ambulances, two fire and rescue crews and police were scrambled to the scene at 8.22am after witnesses reported smoke coming from one of the cars following the accident on the A7 Edinburgh to Carlisle Road.

The mum to be was freed from the car by fire-fighters using hydraulic cutting equipment and raced to Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

She gave birth to a baby girl at hospital, but the girl did not survive the trauma and died soon after. Continue reading

Driver who grabbed schoolboy for fooling around fined £300

By Cara Sulieman

AN ANGRY driver assaulted a 12-year-old schoolchild who had been dancing on the road – because he was worried about the safety of other road users.

Frederick Anderson, 56, was driving along Pentland View in the Currie area of Edinburgh last November when he saw the high school pupil fooling around at the side of the road.

The child, who cannot be indentified for legal reasons, was stepping on and off the pavement and dancing around on his way back to school from lunch.

Worried that it could have caused an accident, the builder pulled over and got out of his car to approach the pupil.

But instead of just telling the pupil off, Anderson grabbed him by his clothes before telling him ‘that was a stupid thing to have done’.

A metal chain that the boy was wearing was pushed against his chest in the process and injured him.

Today (Mon) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Anderson pled guilty on the first day of his trial to assaulting the pupil to his injury on November 17 last year. Continue reading

Woman dies in head-on crash with school bus near Jedburgh

by Shaun Milne

UPDATED: POLICE say a 35-year-old woman from Hawick has been killed and five others including three children injured after a head on crash between a 4×4 car and a school bus this morning (mon).

The accident happened around 8.28am in what was described by emergency teams as “wet and greasy” conditions on the A698 road near Jedburgh.

Fire-fighters using hydraulic cutting gear and a special winch managed to cut the woman free from her Suzuki Vitara – but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Continue reading

Baby and mum fight for life after Borders road crash

By Shaun Milne

A WOMAN and her new born child were fighting for life in hospital today (mon) after she gave birth soon after being cut free from a horror car crash in the Borders.

The pregnant woman and what was thought to be her partner were trapped in their southbound Honda Civic after it was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Golf half a mile north of Hawick.

Three ambulances, two fire and rescue crews and police were scrambled to the scene at 8.22am after witnesses reported smoke coming from one of the cars following the accident on the A7 Edinburgh to Carlisle Road.

The pregnant woman was freed from the car by fire-fighters using hydraulic cutting equipment and raced to Borders General Hospital in Melrose.

Lothian and Borders Police said the woman gave birth to her child but said both were in a “serious condition”. Continue reading

Edinburgh man dies in hospital 10 days after road horror

By Shaun Milne

A MAN struck by two different cars in a horror road accident has died 10 days after it happened.

Police said Steven McGinn, 39, from the Stenhouse area of Edinburgh, passed away on Sunday at the Western General Hospital.

He had initially been treated at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after being hit by both a Fiat Doblo and a Ford Focus on Seafield Road in Edinburgh on Saturday September 25.

Neither of the drivers involved faces charges.

Lothian and Borders Police said his family did not wish to make any statement on their loss.

John Hughes term as Hibs manager comes to an end

By Shaun Milne

HIBS manager John Hughes has left the club following a string of poor results for the Edinburgh side which has seen them drift towards the foot of the table.

In a statement issued shortly before 10am, chairman Rod Petrie confirmed that the reign of the former club captain which started in June 2009 had been ended by “mutual consent”.

Mr Petrie said: “John has been a hardworking and dedicated manager of Hibernian.

Continue reading

Police seek witnesses after man hit by car in Edinburgh

By Shaun Milne

A MAN was badly injured after being struck by a car in Edinburgh city centre on Sunday night.

Police said the 39-year-old was crossing Lothian Road at 11.50pm when he was struck by a Vauxhall Corsa.

Medics rushed the badly hurt pedestrian to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where his injuries were described as “serious”.

Lothian and Borders Police said they were still investigating how the accident had happened.

No-one had been charged in connection with the incident.

However a police spokesman said: “We are still trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and would urge anyone who saw the collision to contact police immediately.”

The contact number for Lothian and Borders Police is 0131 311 3131.