Breakthrough For Search Teams In Suzanne Pilley Hunt

By Shaun Milne

MURDER squad detectives searching for missing Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley are closing in on where they think her body has been dumped.

Teams of officers are now combing what they described as areas of “specific interest” in Argyll in the hope of finding the bookkeeper’s remains.

Lothian and Borders Police have called in specialist dog teams to track key areas in the Argyll Forest near Glen Croe.

The potential breakthrough comes after trawling through dozens of statements from members of the public who responded to police appeals for help tracking the movements of a silver car in the area. Continue reading

Real life Cracker: “Suzanne death could be accident”

By Paul Thornton

A REAL life Cracker has said that Suzanne Pilley’s killer may have taken her life by mistake and hidden the body in a panic.

Dr Ian Stephen, who advised on the hit crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane, said that details of the murder case suggest that the 38-year-old’s murder had not been planned.

The consultant criminal psychologist, who regularly helps police forces with complex cases, points to claims that the bookkeeper’s killer shopped for a spade, clothes and make-up in a remote Argyll village, as evidence that the death may have happened unexpectedly.

Dr Stephen said that had whoever killed Suzanne planned to do it, then he would expect the murderer to be better prepared.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY: What Happened To Suzanne Pilley?

MISSING: Lothian and Borders Police today (Thurs) issued a fresh image of missing Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley who vanished just feet from her work in Thistle Street on Tuesday May 4.

A team of officers is now based in Argyll to hunt for her body and movements of a silver car in the area at the time she went missing. Anyone with information was urged to contact detectives on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police Peg Hopes Of Finding Missing Suzanne Pilley In Argyll

By Shaun Milne & Cara Sulieman

THE ex lover of missing bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley found himself hanging out to dry today (Tues) – as police stepped up their hunt for his missing work colleague.

David Gilroy spent the day at his Edinburgh home carrying out domestic chores and braved waiting reporters only long enough to hang out some washing in the back garden of the Silverknowes property.

He refused to answer questions about the continued police probe into the death of his former mistress as detectives announced they are basing a full time team at a Scots beauty spot where they believe her body has been dumped.

Police revealed they have now had more than 80 calls about possible sightings of a silver-coloured car in the Argyll area which they say is key to finding out what happened to the 38-year-old who vanished on May 4.

This morning her parents Robert and Sylvia, both 67, said they were too distraught to even contemplate talking about their feelings, exactly three weeks since she last texted them on her way to work. Continue reading

Police Quiz Colleague Over Missing Suzanne Pilley

By Cara Sulieman & Shaun Milne

A MARRIED man who had an affair with missing bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley was being quizzed by police over her disappearance today (fri).

Two detectives from the murder squad investigating her death spent around an hour in David Gilroy’s family home in Edinburgh.

Mr Gilroy’s wife Andrea left with their son Rhys in a blue Fiat Punto five minutes after the police arrived at the Silverknowes address just after 9am.

Around an hour later a calm looking Gilroy, dressed in beige trousers, pink shirt and smart brown sports jacket, was led to an unmarked car.

A police spokesman said that he was “helping with inquiries”. Continue reading

Police search for Suzanne Pilley’s body

The office where Suzanne Pilley was last seen

By Cara Sulieman

THE hunt for missing Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley took a dramatic twist last night after detectives revealed they are hunting a man in connection with her murder and disappearance.

They believe the suspect drove her body to an isolated spot of Argyll and Bute near the Rest and Be Thankful beauty spot, and spent “some time” disposing of the 38-year-old’s body.

Officers are now desperate for any information on the movements of a silver coloured family car in the area on the eve of the General Election, so they can pinpoint the probable dump site.

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Scottish police to use spy planes

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH police forces could soon be using unmanned spy planes to keep tabs on citizens in a bid to crack down on crime.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have already been trialled by Strathclyde Police who used one in rescue operations in rural Argyll.

And Scotland’s largest police force is keen to be at the forefront of the new technology, which is being looked at by all forces in the UK.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has joined forces with their English counterpart to form the Unmanned Aerial Systems Steering Group, who meets regularly to discuss the use of the planes, and report to the Home Office.

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Scots heroes shine at the military medical “Oscars”

By Michael MacLeod

BATTLEFIELD medics who risk life and limb daily to save the lives of wounded soldiers have been honoured for their skill and bravery on the front line.
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Scotland’s military health heroes swept the board at the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards.

Among them was Stirling-born Major Moira Kane, a mum of two who had to leave her family behind at short notice to run the emergency ward in Afghanistan’s Camp Bastion.

Her team treated countless war-wounded soldiers and witnessed some of the most harrowing injuries imaginable.

Major Kane said: “I’m a Scottish lass and it is great to take a break from the trauma ward at Camp Bastion to collect the award in Edinburgh.
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Stirling welcomes home its brave boys

By Cara Sulieman
SOLDIERS paid tribute to a fallen hero as they were welcomed back with a homecoming march.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders paraded through the streets of Stirling and were greeted by crowds of hundreds.

As they marched down from Stirling Castle to shouts of support from well-wishers, there was an air of sadness surrounding the troop.

Their comrade Lance Corporal Jimmy Johnson, 31, was killed by a landmine in June during the battalion’s six-month tour of the Helmand province.

Only four days earlier, the brave soldier had been one of the battalion involved in a mission to rescue civilians – including young children.

And it was as he was on foot patrol with his mates that he was hit by an old Soviet landmine and killed.

The soldiers were too upset to comment on Lance Corporal Johnson’s death, but they did pay tribute to him during a prayer.

Speaking outside the municipal buildings, Padre Colin Macleod – the battalion’s chaplain – said: “We remember Lance Corporal Jimmy Johnson.”

And he praised every member of the battalion adding: “They are doing amazing things out there is Afghanistan in very difficult circumstances and need the support from everyone back home.”

After leaving Stirling Castle the battalion made their way down to the Municipal buildings to be greeted by the Provost.

Amongst the soldiers was Private Frank Baillie, 25, from Tullibody said he felt proud to be back having served his country.

He said: “My brother is also marching today and my dad was in the Argylls when he was younger.

“It makes you feel proud and very welcome when you march through the town. It’s important for the families as well to see that we are back in one piece.”

The battalion were also joined by members of the Territorial Army on their six-month tour of Afghanistan.

And Company Sergeant Major Scott West, 39, praised their contribution.

He said: “We had ten members of the TA with us and they were exemplary. All the boys that were out there were excellent boys.”

Lance Corporal Johnson was born in Scotland but grew up in Chatham, Kent.

He leaves behind his daughter Shannon and fiancée Bernadette Broadley – who he was due to marry next summer.