First new council houses in generation to be built in Edinburgh

By Amanda MacMillan

SCOTLAND’S Housing Minister Alex Neil cut a sod of earth as work on the first new council houses to be built in Edinburgh for a generation finally got underway yesterday (tues).

The city will see an addition of 215 new homes built as work on the site of three former high rises in Gracemount gets underway – with at least 67 for rent.

The rest will be for shared equity sale or mid market rent.

The homes, constructed by developers Cruden Group along with Hart Builders will, be a range of sizes and styles, such as flats and colony houses, with the first council homes available in winter 2011.

John Lewis launch winter fashions with live models

By Amanda MacMillan

JOHN Lewis workers swapped their uniforms for high fashion yesterday (Tue) as they replaced mannequins in the shop window of the store in Edinburgh to promote a £2.6 million refurbishment.

Claire Matthews and Rebecca Gibb turned heads as passers-by witnessed the window display come to life.

The girls posed among the fallen autumn leaves, showcasing some of the new brands now available in the Edinburgh store.

The display was organised to help launch the new fashion and accessories departments which have been refurbished in just over six weeks.

Rare hogs killed because they were ‘surplus’

By Clare Carswell

EDINBURGH Zoo bosses have come under fire from animal welfare campaigners after it was discovered that bosses ordered the destruction of two rare hogs.

The organisation agreed to kill piglets Sammi and Becca after being told by a worldwide breeding programme that they were “surplus to requirements”.

The birth of the pair of Red River Hogs was celebrated only last year and widely promoted as a zoo attraction. 

No  Sammi and Becca are already dead and there are continued fears for the lives of their three piglets born in June.

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Teen attacked outside Edinburgh nightclub

By Amanda MacMillan

A TEENAGER suffered a broken jaw during a horrific attack in Edinburgh on Monday morning.

The 18-year-old left the Lava and Ignite nightclub with his friend when they were attacked by a group of males on the Capital’s Ponton Street.

Both victims suffered facial injuries and were taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The main suspect is described as white, 17 to 23-years-old, 5ft 10ins tall, medium build, with short blond hair.  Continue reading

Rosyth dockyard workers breath a sigh of relief

By Amanda MacMillan

AFTER all the waiting and choppy waters of uncertainty, it was a huge sense of relief finally beginning to dawn across the grey skies of Rosyth on Monday.

Yet until the words utter from Chancellor George Osborne’s mouth that he really has sanctioned the go ahead for the two £5.2b aircraft carriers on the Forth and Clyde, the nerves will still shred.

Everyone around the Fife base – the workers, their families the businesses that rely on them, know what is at stake.

Fraser McRae, 21, a drawing office apprentice from Fife, said it had preyed on all their minds: “It’s good news. We weren’t sure if it was going ahead or not.

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Special police unit to tackle rape and serious assault cases

By Clare Carswell

A SCOTS police force has set up a crack five-strong team of detectives devoted to cracking rape cases and serious sexual assaults.

The team – based with Lothian and Borders Police – is thought to be the first of its kind in Scotland and if proven a success, could be rolled out elsewhere.

It will operate as a six month pilot under the codename ‘Operation Federal’ to be based at Livingston investigating sex crimes within the West Lothian beat only.

The five CID officers will work exclusively on cases of rape and serious sexual assault regardless of any other breaking major criminal cases in the area.

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