Dramatic knife stand-off ends with community service

By Martin Graham

A MAN who sparked a four-hour stand-off with armed police after a knife rampage has been ordered to do 80 hours of community service.

Denim MacLeod, 28, left the walls of his girlfriend’s flat dripping with blood after cutting himself with a serrated kitchen knife.

A neighbour fled the flat in terror but his brave girlfriend stayed with him as police tried to coax him out.

At one point he lunged at the officers with the knife, but they managed to keep their cool and persuade the “agitated” MacLeod to give himself up and he was arrested and treated for his self-inflicted wounds.

After a spell in custody after last August’s stand-off a sheriff told MacLeod today he had been “punished substantially already.”
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Knifeman admits sparking four hour stand off with police

The siege on Caledonian Place last year

By Paul Thornton

A MAN has admitted sparking a four-hour stand-off with armed police after going beserk with a knife.

Denim MacLeod, 28, self harmed himself then used a serrated kitchen knife as a weapon to keep police at bay during the incident at his flat in Caledonian Place in Edinburgh.

A neighbour fled the flat in terror but his brave girlfriend stayed with him as police tried to coax him out of the home last August.

Eventually they managed to persuade the “agitated” MacLeod to give himself up and he was arrested and treated for his self-inflicted wounds.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he admitted a breach of the peace. MacLeod also admitted possession of a hammer during a mass brawl on a separate occasion.

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Tennent’s backs minimum pricing

By Cara Sulieman

THE Scottish Government yesterday toasted a decision by brewing giants Tennent’s to back plans for minimum pricing on alcohol.

But opposition parties said the glass was remained half empty and called on more to be done to tackle the nation’s drink problem.

Tennent’s said the government’s plans “could be part of the solution” to Scotland’s binge drinking culture.

It comes just a day after figures showing the true extent of Scottish schoolchildren’s relationship with alcohol – with 300 under 16 admitted to hospital with booze-related diseases every year.

The Scottish Government welcomed the move by the Glasgow-based beer makers, saying that Tennent’s had “nothing to fear” over the new proposals.

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Whiteout Scotland faces beer supply crisis

By Rory Reynolds

SCOTLAND faces running out of beer after breweries struggled to get supplies to pubs, shops and supermarkets.

Locals formed a human chain in sub-zero temperatures to rescue 150 kegs of beer from a lorry after it slid off a road in Dumfriesshire as blizzard conditions struck.

Delivery drivers in Aberdeen were forced to turn back after brewery bosses decided it was too dangerous to go on.

And in the Borders one brewery had become completely snowbound with just two brewery staff able to reach work.

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Tram birthplace on track for £2million sale

By Michael MacLeod

THE site of Scotland’s first permanent electric tramway is up for sale for more than £1.8million.

The Carstairs Mains estate in Lanarkshire became a hive of activity 121 years ago after MP Henry Monteith dreamed up a tram system.

His grandson made the historic link for construction workers building a major new junction on the Caledonian Railway.

But the tram system, which managed to clock 35mph, was scrapped after a suspected fatal accident.

Remnants of the unique railway can still be seen at the farm – a far cry from the technological advances of Scotland’s current tram development in Edinburgh.
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