Teenager assaulted in Edinburgh

By Amanda MacMillan

A 16-year-old girl was assaulted after getting off a bus in Edinburgh on Thursday night.

The girl got off a bus at the top of Clovenstone Drive in the city at around 9:20pm.

She was attacked by a man when walking on a path leading to Clovenstone Park.

He grabbed her and pushed her head into railings that run parallel to the path. 

She fought back and managed to make her escape, running away towards Clovenstone Drive.

The suspect is described as black, in his late 20s, medium build, with a bald head, and wearing a diamond stud in his left ear and a black leather jacket.  Continue reading

Police find ‘explicit’ conversations on music teacher’s computer

By Christine Lavelle

A 23-YEAR-OLD music teacher has been convicted of possessing dozens of indecent images and sexually exploiting young boys.

Andrew Kingsley pled guilty to using the internet to befriend children, and spending hours on social networking sites in a bid to seek out victims – some as young as 12 – and earn their trust.

All 31 of the offences happened between October 2006 and December last year, some of which included serious sexual assaults, committed in Fife and Strathclyde.

Edinburgh’s High Court heard how officers from Fife Constabulary recovered more than 3,400 chat logs from Kingsley’s computers – with many of the conversations described as “sexually explicit”. Continue reading

Edinburgh Zoo to axe 50 jobs as visitor numbers drop

By Christine Lavelle

ONE of Scotland’s biggest tourist attractions is facing a staffing crisis after visitor numbers dwindled this year.

Bosses at Edinburgh Zoo are looking to cut around a quarter of their 200 full-time staff – with 50 jobs now in danger.

Each year, the zoo attracts more than 636,000 paying visitors – second only to Edinburgh Castle – but a zoo spokeswoman said that figure is likely to be much lower for 2010, and that current staff numbers are “no longer sustainable.”

She said: “The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is considering a proposed restructure of the organisation which is likely to result in a reduction of staff numbers during autumn 2010. Continue reading

Locals in Tillicoultry all turn out for Gamu

By Amanda MacMillan

GAMU fever swept her adopted hometown of Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire on Wednesday as around 100 fans gathered outside her flat in a defiant show of support for the X Factor sensation.

Toddlers, schoolkids and silver haired grannies flocked armed with hand painted posters calling for her to be allowed to stay in the competition – and the UK.

Gamu faces being deported after allegations her mum Nokuthula Ngazana claimed benefits which she shouldn’t have.

Under the terms of a visa allowing the family to live in Britain the UK Border Agency are now said to moving to send them back to poverty in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Susan Boyle backs X Factor sensation Gamu Nhengu

GAMUGATE SPECIAL

By Amanda MacMillan

SCOTS superstar Susan Boyle has thrown her backing behind X Factor sensation Gamu Nhengu ahead of tomorrow night’s show.

The heartbroken 18-year-old has been left waiting for a miracle after being denied her place among the finalists in a row over her immigration status.

But while thousands flocked to signs petitions and join Facebook pages backing the talented teenager, her biggest boost came from Subo.

Asked if she thought that Gamu and her family should be allowed to stay in Scotland and stay in the competition, she said: “Well I think that’s the opinion of everyone at the moment.”

“I cannot really comment on it as it wouldn’t be fair to the family.”

“But it’s a shame – she is very talented.” Continue reading

Gamu still praying for an X-Factor miracle as Pastor steps in

By Amanda MacMillan

X FACTOR star Gamu Nhengu and her family have turned to God as the battle to keep her dream alive goes on.

18-year-old Gamu is being counselled by her local Pastor as the frenzy of her being booted off the show and out of the UK reaches its peak ahead of tomorrow’s (sat) finals.

Pastor John Locke from Hillfoots Evangelical Church in Tillicoultry told how he has been helping the deeply religious family cope with the pressure of the last few days as they pray for a miracle that will help keep them in the country.

He said: “I have had an intimate discussion with the family. Continue reading