Woman swindled money from trusting neighbour

A WOMAN swindled more than £300 from a clueless neighbour’s bank account while he believed she was out running errands for him.

Emma Brown, 28, also tried to steal more money from Sir Michael Brady’s account but got the pin number wrong.

Sir Brady – who paid to have his name changed to ‘Sir’ by Deed Poll, is a Doctor of Law and Philosophy, and said he felt betrayed by someone he once believed was his friend.

He said: “I trusted her with my account and my money and she broke that.

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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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Edinburgh beauty parlour first to offer women designer waxing

By Christine Lavelle

AN Edinburgh beauty parlour has become the first in Scotland to offer women designer bikini line waxing – and is being described as the ‘ideal treat’ for special occasions.

The new ‘bikini designs’ allow ladies to pick and choose any shape or symbol they like, which are then stenciled on and dyed to create the desired look.

Costing upwards of £45, the idea was brought to Scotland by Russian businesswoman Anna Brown, who says the fad will be hugely popular with girls in their 20s and 30s.

The 27-year-old set up shop on Frederick Street two weeks ago, and believes it is the ideal treat for hen nights, weddings and holidays. Continue reading

Carer hit an elderly patient because she thought he was lunging at her


Valerie Stone "struggled" with her job

By Cara Sulieman

A CARER hit an elderly nursing home resident under her care because she thought he was lunging at her.

Valerie Stone, 49, told a stunned colleague “he wasn’t going to hit me first” after she struck 79-year-old Roy Brown in the face.

It came just months after she had shouted at the dementia patient as she was trying to help him in his room.

Colleagues eventually became concerned about the carer who suffers from mental health and weight-related physical problems herself and reported her to management at the Braid Hills Nursing Centre in Edinburgh.

She was suspended from her position at the BUPA care home in January while police were contacted and an investigation got underway.

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Scotland saw 53 child abductions last year

By Oliver Farrimond and Cara Sulieman

SCOTLAND has seen 53 cases of child abduction in the last year, according to figures released today.

Although the term abduction can cover a range of crimes, the cases include a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was forced into a car and sexually abused before being released by her captor.

Strathclyde Police had the largest number of cases in the last year, with 33 children being held against their will.

Politicians have vowed to do all they can to improve the system, saying that any case of abduction is “extremely traumatic” for the families involved.

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Victory for freedom of information

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTTISH ministers have backed down in their bid to stop the country’s information commissioner from accessing their files.

Lawyers for the government were due to appear in court to challenge the powers of Kevin Dunion.

They wanted to stop him from accessing their files, which in an important part of his job.

But they abandoned the case at the last minute and Mr Dunion has dropped his request for the information.

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Chickens Rule Roost As Customers Flock To Garden Centres

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTS garden centre is stocking live hens for sale – after a six week trial saw them flying out the door.

Gardening giants Dobbies were left cock a hoop after more than 1000 hens were picked up by customers in little over a month.

And demand for the egg laying birds was so high they are now offering five different breed across selected stores.

Starting at £25, the birds allow wannabe farmers the chance to produce their own eggs for the kitchen table.

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