Scottish Enterprise spent £100,000 on hiring celebrities

SCOTTISH Enterprise has splashed out more than £100,000 to hire celebrities such as Fred MacAulay, Jackie Bird and Sally Magnusson to attend business events.

The extravagant spending included £23,500 for former Ryder Cup golfer Sam Torrance to give golf tips to potential investors and £12,000 to comedian Fred MacAulay to act as master of ceremonies at two dinners.

The move has been branded “desperate” by David Whitton MSP, Labour’s shadow finance spokesman.

The quango receives a £276 million budget to help boost economic growth in Scotland.

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Luke Mitchell’s mum doesn’t want him freed on technicality

Corinne insists her son is innocent

LUKE Mitchell’s mother has said it would be “disastrous” if her son was released on a technicality.

Corinne Mitchell said she didn’t want her son’s conviction quashed by a new legal ruling as it would leave doubts over his innocence.

It comes after the Supreme Court ruled that interviewing suspects without a lawyer was a breach of human rights.

Scots law was quickly changed to reflect the decision and the court system is bracing itself for a flood of appeals.

When Mitchell was interviewed by police over the murder of his 14-year-old girlfriend Jodi Jones in 2003 he was alone.

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Criminals using debit card loophole to keep dirty money

SCOTLAND’S criminals have found a way to escape police seizures of cash and hang on to their ill-gotten gains.

Instead of carrying the money with them, they load up pre-paid debit cards with thousands of pounds.

Proceeds of crime legislation means that any amount of cash over £1,000 that can’t be accounted for can be confiscated.

But police have discovered that crooks are carrying debit cards loaded up with thousands of pounds.

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Scots A&E forced to give out ASBOs in bid to curb violence

A SCOTS A&E department has been forced to turn to ASBOs in a desperate bid to keep staff and the ill safe from violent patients.

Staff at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee are so sick of being abused by aggressive drunks that they have signed a groundbreaking deal with the council to slap antisocial behaviour orders on offenders.

Eleven troublemakers have already been warned under the scheme, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Two have been given final warnings and could even be banned from A&E if they offend again.

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Former Bay City Roller Pay McGlynn beaten by car thug

A FORMER member of the Bay City Rollers was viciously beaten by a thug through his car window just days after getting out of hospital following a heart attack.

Pat McGlynn, 52, was waiting at traffic lights about 200 yards from his home in Liberton, Edinburgh, when he noticed a man approach his driver’s-side window.

Mr McGlynn said he unsuspectingly rolled down the window to see what the man wanted, but was instantly punched on the face and head.

He said: “It came out of no-where.

“He kept hitting me but I am still quite weak after the heart attack, normally I would have tried to fight him off but I just couldn’t.

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Dads’ send video message letter to quiz killer Peter Tobin

Michael Hamilton hopes Tobin will reply to his letter

MONSTER Peter Tobin has been told to confess his crimes in a video message sent by the dads of two girls he killed.

Michael Hamilton and Ian McNicol hope cons will play the message to evil Tobin even if he tries to avoid watching it.

The dads of Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol brand Tobin as a paedophile and ask: “Why kill such lovely girls that did you no wrong?”

And they taunt the killer that when he dies he will be damned to eternity trapped “in the little cell you detest”.

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Police warn ‘lock doors’ after woman’s two-hour sex ordeal at knifepoint in her own home

POLICE have warned residents to lock their doors and be on their guard after a man held a woman prisoner at knife point in her own home  during a horrific two hour sex attack in West Lothian.

Detectives say the 39-year-old victim has been left “seriously traumatised” by the incident that happened around 5am on Saturday in the Deans area of Livingston.

They said the assailant, described as being around 6ft tall with short dark hair and “chunky” sideburns, may have first tried to get into other homes, even ringing doorbells to do so.

Eventually he gained access to the victim’s home in Oakwood Park through what Lothian and Borders Police described as an unsecured door.

He threatened the woman and others in the house before sexually assaulting her, only fleeing at around 7am.

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