Gamu and family to hear Yes or No fate from judge

By Christine Lavelle

THE fate of X Factor sensation Gamu Nhengu will be revealed tomorrow (Mon) as her family finds out whether or not they get to stay in Scotland.

The 18-year-old’s family, who live in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, have been faced with the possibility that they may be deported to their native Zimbabwe since it came to light that her mother’s visa had expired and would not be extended.

Last week they lodged an appeal to an immigration court in a bid to overturn the Home Office ruling.

Solicitor Frances Farrell, who is representing the singer’s mother Nokuthula Ngazana, said: “Basically, what we are waiting for now is for a judge to say yes or no. Continue reading

Motorcyclist dies at scene of crash in Fife

By Christine Lavelle

A MOTORCYCLIST died following emergency CPR from ambulance staff after his bike collided with a car in Fife.

The accident happened at around 5.15pm yesterday (Sat) on the B942 Colinsburgh to Pittenweem road.

Two ambulance crews attended, and were supported by a trauma team from Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.

Paramedics tried desperately to revive the man, but he was declared deceased at the scene. Continue reading

Prisoners allowed to watch violent and sexually explicit films

By Christine Lavelle

PRISON bosses in Scotland have refused to ban violent films and video games despite being given the green light from human rights activists.

In England, inmates are not allowed to play certificate 18 murder simulators because of fears that they will fuel aggression.

And some prisons have banned X-rated adult movies.

However, the Scottish Prison Service has repeatedly rejected calls to carry out similar bans north of the border, claiming it would breach prisoners’ human rights. Continue reading

Teachers want social networking sites to be accountable for bullying

By Christine Lavelle

SOCIAL networking sites could be held accountable for cyber bullying if Scottish teachers go ahead with their planned legal battle on websites like Facebook.

The country’s largest teaching union – the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) – said it receives between 50 and 60 complaints a year from teachers claiming to have been harassed and threatened online by their pupils.

Drew Morrice, assistant secretary for EIS, said new measures should be put in place to make sure websites are being held accountable for their content in the same way as newspapers and broadcasters.

He said: “Most social networking sites have published derogatory material and in some cases it does a lot of emotional damage. Continue reading

Scotland’s largest police force getting more bobbies on the beat

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTLAND’S largest police force is planning to get more officers out working on the streets in a bid to bring back “old style policing”.

Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Stephen House said five times more constables will go back on the beat.

The number of officers on patrol every day would rise from 500 to 2,600 across 194 beats, in the plans which were described as “old-style policing with a hard edge”.

They will be backed by 2,000 other officers who will only respond to 999 emergencies in the region between Glasgow and Argyll. Continue reading

Chippy has been breaking gambling laws in front of police

By Christine Lavelle

AN Edinburgh chippy has been cheating gambling laws right under the noses of policemen who use the takeaway.

The Deep Sea, at the top of Leith Walk, still owns and operates a fruit machine, even though a new law was brought in last year, banning non-gambling premises from having them.

But – while the machine continued to be used on a regular basis – officers based around the corner at Gayfield Police Station have not spotted it.

They are even said to regularly pop in to the chippy to grab a bite to eat, but none have ever mentioned the machine. Continue reading

Undiscovered pensioner’s secret fortune goes to cousin

By Christine Lavelle

THE cousin of an Edinburgh pensioner who lay dead in her flat for five years before being discovered by police has inherited her £110,000 fortune.

Isabella Purves’ decomposed body was found at her Canonmills home in July last year, after a neighbour noticed water dripping from the flat.

The former nurse’s cousin Eleanor Dick, from Clydebank, has now received £108,392 – £90,000 from the sale of her home and £18,000 from bank accounts.

A family friend said Ms Dick was horrified when she heard about the grim discovery and that the whole family has been “deeply upset”. Continue reading