Gamu finally gets her moment in the spotlight

By Christine Lavelle

FORMER X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu took her mind off her family’s deportation plight as she enjoyed a night out at the MOBO awards in Liverpool.

The 18-year-old made her first public appearance since being booted off the show by Cheryl Cole during the Judge’s Houses round, which she admitted was “gutting”.

As she posed on the red carpet in a little black dress and leopard print heels, Gamu said: “Have I got over the pain? I guess so.

“It was gutting but the love I’ve got from people has definitely helped to heal the wound. Continue reading

Soldiers march through Edinburgh after six months in Afghanistan

By Amanda MacMillan

 

AN emotional tear was shed by many as the troops from 1SCOTS marched through Colinton in Edinburgh last Friday ahead of a march down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile last Saturday.

Onlookers lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the soldiers who have just returned from a six-month tour in Afghanistan.

Lynne Fell, from Edinburgh, came out to see the troops with her mum who is just out of hospital. She said: “It’s just so important to support the guys who have just come back.

 “The tissues have had to come out. I found the whole thing so emotional and just loved everything about it. I’m just so grateful for what they are doing for us.” Continue reading

Murder squad detectives probe Dolphin Inn pub boss death – link to A1 car crash mystery

By Christine Lavelle, Amanda MacMillan & Shaun Milne

DETECTIVES are probing the suspected murder of a dad of two after his body was found dumped outside the pub he ran with his wife.

Stevie Curran was discovered in a garden area at the back of The Dolphin Inn at Whitecraig near Musselburgh around 2am today (thurs).

His body was found after officers called at the property while investigating a road traffic accident on the A1 some 20 miles away.

A car – believed to be his wife Jill’s silver coloured Toyota Celecia – was discovered abandoned after colliding with a central reservation on the southbound carriageway sometime around 12.30am.

Road traffic police called to the incident found the vehicle empty, which after checks on the registered keeper, led them to The Dolphin Inn.

It was while there that the grim discovery of Mr Curran’s body was understood to have been made and CID called in. Continue reading

Edinburgh property boss gunned down outside Bannatyne’s

 

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By Clare Carswell & Shaun Milne

A SCOTS property tycoon facing multiple charges of fraud and money laundering has been gunned down outside a busy Scots health club in front of dozens of stunned gym members.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a property developer, was shot and wounded outside Bannatyne’s Health Club at Newcraighall in Edinburgh during one of its busiest periods as he walked through the car park.

He was initially treated at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after Wednesday’s team-time shooting which happened between 6pm and 7pm, but police said he later discharged himself.

The ex-boxer who dated former Miss Scotland, Lois Weatherup, 27, was facing five fraud charges, three for money laundering, attempted fraud and accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme.

He is still to face trial.

Lothian and Border Police were unable to comment on any potential motives or suspects in the potential hit, but confirmed the target was being treated as a victim of crime in relation to the shooting. Continue reading

Rosyth workers ready for industrial action over pay

By Amanda MacMillan

SHIPYARD workers at Rosyth are gearing up for strike action – just three days after being spared the axe.

A walk-out has already been planned at the Fife yard for next week with a full strike to follow in a bitter row over pay.

But they kept quiet about the planned action until after Tuesday’s Defence Spending Review.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited the Babcock site to deliver the news in person that the two planned £5.2b aircraft carriers on the Forth and Clyde will go ahead.

That secures work at the yards for the next eight years at least. Continue reading