Scots auctioneer prepares for sale of Nobby Stiles 1966 memorabilia

By Clare Carswell

A SCOTS auctioneer is preparing to sell football memorabilia of former England player, Nobby Stiles.

The 45 lots expect to reach a total of £350,000 and includes Stiles’ World Cup winners medal from 1966 when England defeated West Germany 4-2 at Wembly.

The medal has been estimated at £150.000 but if it sells for more than £164,000, it will set the world record price for a 1966 winners medal.

Hearts fans have mixed feelings about merging stadiums with Edinburgh Rugby

By Christine Lavelle

HEARTS fans have given mixed reviews to the possibility of their club moving to a new 25,000-seat stadium which would be shared with Edinburgh Rugby.

The proposal has been made by former Rangers tycoon Sir David Murray’s property company Murray Estates, which is proposing to build a multi-use sports stadium on a 600-acre green-belt piece of land near Edinburgh Park.

The company is discussing the plan with both Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Edinburgh Rugby.

Jestyn Davies, managing director of Murray Estates, said the model would be comparable to Liberty Stadium in Wales – where football team Swansea City shares the ground with Magners League rugby side the Ospreys.

But Thomas Harris, secretary of the Bonnyrigg Hearts Supporters Club, said the move could impact on local businesses in the Gorgie area. Continue reading

Police seek witnesses to Haymarket assault

By Clare Carswell

British Transport Police are seeking witnesses to an alleged assault that happened outside Edinburgh’s Haymarket station in early October.

At 7.20pm on Saturday October 2, at the taxi rank outside the station, a 40 year-old man became involved in a dispute with a group who are believed to be Hibs supporters.

Police said the man received kicks to his body from the group and required hospital treatment as a result, but he was not seriously hurt.

Following the attack, the group apparently responsible left the area.

On the same day Hibernian played against St. Johnstone in Perth at 3pm.

Constable Scott Cassie of BTP, the officer in charge of the enquiry, is appealing for information. He said:

“This appears to have been an unprovoked attack on the man, and I am appealing for anyone with any information regarding the identity of those we believe were involved to contact me. If you were in the area at the time please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 555 111.

Man charged with sick sex attack

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN has appeared in court charged with a sick sex attack when he tied up and molested his victim.

Michael Leneghan faces a charge of sexual assault to injury for the incident that is alleged to have taken place on November 11, 2009.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, the 60-year-old pled not guilty before Sheriff Mhairi Stephen.

He is accused of binding his victim’s hands with a cord and handcuffs before sexually assaulting her.

Leneghan is due to go on trial for the attack next month.

Man had young boy in car with two kilos of cocaine

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN who was found with two kilos of cocaine in his car boot was driving with a 14 year old in the vehicle when he was stopped by police.

Andrew Logan, 46, was stopped by police on Edinburgh city bypass after they received a tip off about his car.

As soon as he was stopped, Logan confessed to officers and showed them the drugs stashed in a bucket in the boot.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Logan pled guilty to supplying cocaine on June 22 this year.

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Man attacked pair at bus stop

By Cara Sulieman

A THUG slashed a man who was sitting a bus stop and demanded money from him, leaving him with stitches.

John Mercer, 20, first approached his victim as he sat with a friend at a bus stop eating a take away.

After the pair refused to give him a cigarette, Mercer retrieved a glass from a nearby bin and slashed Paul Smith across the chin.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Mercer pled guilty to assaulting Mr Smith to his permanent disfigurement during the incident on August 30 this year.

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Police name man killed in Glenrothes double shooting

By Amanda MacMillan

POLICE have confirmed the name of the man shot dead in Glenrothers on Sunday night as businessman Mohammed Nadeem Siddique.

Police in Fife were called to flats in Forres Drive in Glenrothes at 9:25pm where the 38-year-old was found dead.

Another injured man was found outside and was taken to hospital by ambulance crews.

He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was shortly released.

His name had not been confirmed by police.

Officers are still looking to speak with a man who is described as being in his 30’s with short brown hair and of stocky build.

He is described as wearing a dark coloured zip-up top and is believed to have been in the vicinity at the time of the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “We appeal to anybody with any knowledge of this incident to come forward and call Fife Constabulary on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where all calls are treated in confidence.”

Thug launches “gratuitous” attack on man he thought had groped him

By Cara Sulieman

A THUG  launched a “gratuitous” attack on another man because he thought he had been groped by his victim earlier in the evening.

Stephen De Veres, 23, was on his way home from drinking with a friend when he spotted Tony Singh walking in front of him.

Thinking he was the same person who had grabbed his bottom in a club earlier that night, De Veres started shouting homophobic names at Mr Singh before following him up an alleyway and attacking him.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, De Veres pled guilty to assaulting Mr Singh to his injury during the incident on July 23 this year.

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Man dies following car crash into front garden

By Clare Carswell

A MAN has died after crashing his car into a front garden following a suspected heart attack.

The 51 year-old is believed to have suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel of his BMW causing him to veer off the road at Edinburgh’s Drumbrae round-a-bout around 6am today (tues).

His car ploughed through a metal railing and a stone wall before stopping a few feet away from the front door of Meadow Place House at the corner of Meadow Place Road and Corstorphine Road.

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Failed guide dog finds her new calling sniffing out criminals

By Christine Lavelle

A FAILED Guide dog which couldn’t concentrate on the task at hand long enough to help lead blind people has bagged a new job – collaring crooks on Scotland’s railways.

Two-year-old Gem, a black Labrador and Golden Retriever cross, was too easily distracted by birds and other animals to cut it as a Guide Dog.

But after an intensive eight weeks of training with the British Transport Police she is now helping lead officers in hunting for drugs and cash.

And  handler Constable Raymond Martin said he was delighted to have his latest recruit on the team.

He said: “Gem showed an immediate aptitude for her new role, displaying a natural ability and willingness to work and search.

“She is a highly intelligent dog and has taken to her new role and really enjoys doing what she does.” Continue reading