Policeman joins family in court over drugs charges

By Paul Thornton

A POLICE officer has been remanded in prison over claims he breached the Official Secrets Act.

It is alleged police constable Derek McLeod, 41, abused his position to pass on sensitive information between June 3 2009 and May 12 this year.

The Lothian and Borders officer has also been charged with producing and supplying cannabis, as well as facing a charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

His wife Jemima, 41, and son, also Derek, 21, have been charged with producing and supplying the Class B drug, as well as having money which is suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

They, along with Mr McLeod – who was based at West Calder Police Station in West Lothian – appeared in private on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Monday).

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Lockerbie bomber won’t let public see his health records

By Cara Sulieman

THE LOCKERBIE bomber has banned his health reports from becoming public.

After being released with just three months to live last August, Abdelbaset al Megrahi has to provide East Renfrewshire Council with a monthly update on his health.

But his lawyers have been asked to prevent the public from getting their hands on the reports, which are used to keep to Scottish Government informed of the Libyan’s progress.

Opposition politicians have been calling for the information on his health to be made public. They argue that the public have a right to know what’s happening.

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Clan leader hopes to reclaim ancient territory

By Cara Sulieman

A CLAN chief is plotting to take back land that he claims once used to belong to his family.

Ranald MacDonald, chief of the MacDonald’s of Keppoch branch, is hoping to use an ancient law to regain ownership of the entire area of Lochaber.

And he claims that the law stands in his favour – with the government failing to abolish an Anglo-Saxon system of ownership.

The chief wants to use Ur Duthchas – Gaelic for clan territory – to achieve his aims and has now submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament in the hope that they will agree with him.

Mr MacDonald became the chief of the clan after a legal battle that he took all the way to the Court of Session in 2004 where the judges decided that he was the rightful successor.

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Mother of dog-bite victim welcomes new bill

Barbara, Jamie, Andrew, Matthew and Craig Osborne

Barbara, Jamie, Andrew, Matthew and Craig Osborne

By Alexander Lawrie

THE mum of a toddler who had his face ripped open by a neighbour’s pet yesterday welcomed a new Bill lodged at the Scottish Parliament demanding improvements to the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Barbara Osborne heard her son’s screams as he was savagely attacked by a dog outside their home in Dalkeith last month.

Five year old Andrew is still recovering and has been left with horrific scars on his face.

And yesterday mum Barbara welcomed the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill being presented to the Scottish Parliament.

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By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTS charity is desperately searching for help re-homing neglected horses after being inundated with rescued steeds.

But with less people willing to provide a new home because of the credit crunch, the centre is struggling to cope.

Most recently the rescue centre at Belwade Farm in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, took in six abused and neglected ponies found locally after being found in a terrible state.

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