Warning over homemade bonfires in the Capital

FIRE chiefs in Edinburgh have assured that they don’t want to stop people having fun on Guy Fawkes Night but that they want to ensure that everyone is being safe.

Dangerous homemade bonfires are being removed in the Capital in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Community safety teams from the City of Edinburgh Council have spent the week taking down the sites across the city in a bid to prevent potential injuries and antisocial behaviour.

But David Lockhart, community safety manager at Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are very much aware that this is an age-old tradition and we don’t want to stop people from enjoying this time of the year but we do need to make sure that people are safe and that communities are safe across the area. Continue reading

Podcast: Deadline Business Page Round-up

Thursday 4th November

Here are some of the main business stories hitting the headlines today:

Cow killed on road after double car trauma in Fife

A COW has died after being hit by two cars in Fife this morning (Thurs).

The animal wandered off onto the A92 at the Forgan roundabout and was hit by the oncoming traffic.

One woman had to be taken to hospital with head lacerations following the incident. Continue reading

Police recover £55,000 of stolen goods during Edinburgh raids

AN Ali Baba style crook has been arrested by police in an operation which saw £55,000 of stolen property recovered.

The 40-year-old was allegedly in possession of almost half the entire haul – £23,000 worth of electrical goods – in the four week long crackdown by Lothian and Borders Police codenamed Operation Airborne.

Police acting with Trading Standards officers and teams from City of Edinburgh Council hit more than 60 properties.

Among the items recovered were vehicles, electrical equipment and what were described as precious metals.

Detective Inspector Matt Richards, who led the operation, said: “The selling of stolen property remains the main motive for criminals committing housebreakings, robberies and general thefts.”

Police said 19 people had been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and that the 40 year old would appear in court.


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Army wives to raise cash for injured soldiers on charity walk

THE wives of Scottish army soldiers serving in Afghanistan are set to show their support for the armed force as they raise funds for those returning injured.

Seventeen women will take part in a charity walk tomorrow (Fri) in Edinburgh, to provide cash for injured soldiers and their families.

The ladies are all married to men from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS).

They will begin at 9am the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, and follow a route to Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, where the Battalion recently left on their six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Drug addict steals from own mother to fund habit

A DESPERATE drug addict who stole from his own mother in order to fund his habit apologised to police when they caught him.

Colin Brown, 31, went round to his mum Patricia Brown’s home in the Duddingston area of Edinburgh three days in a row and stole jewellery, a games console and games which he sold on for a total of £368.50.

The court heard that Brown started taking heroin in February and sold the items on at Cash Generator to fund his habit.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, he pled guilty to four counts of theft between September 29 and October 1 this year.

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Trapped foster family rescued from blaze as thugs torch home

A TERRIFIED foster family had to be rescued by fire-fighters after their home was torched by thugs leaving them trapped inside.

Linda and William Mackenzie were hailed as heroes by emergency crews who said their quick actions in trying to block the flames and smoke at their front door helped save them and foster son aged five.

He was lowered out a front window to safety while they cowered inside waiting or rescuers to save them.

It was thought a plastic bottle containing a liquid and rag was deliberately set ablaze through the letter box of their front door home in Edinburgh’s Pilton Avenue at around 8.30pm on Wednesday.

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