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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Council to sell off £7000 private number plate

By Christine Lavelle

WEST Lothian Council has agreed to sell off its private registration plate worth £7000 after giving in to calls from taxpayers.

Officials at the council said the move will send out the right message to staff and the community, as Scotland’s local authorities struggle with a debt of over £9 billion.

Council leader Peter Johnston said retaining the ASX 1 plate is no longer a priority, and he also announced plans to get rid of the chauffeur driven Volvo S80.

He said: “We’ve said from the beginning that no stone can be left unturned in our quest to find vital savings in the face of a £60 million budget shortfall. Continue reading

Edinburgh café robbed at knifepoint

By Amanda MacMillan

A KNIFEMAN held up a worker at an Edinburgh café during a terrifying raid which saw him escape with a three figure sum of cash.

The robbery happened around 5.30pm on Sunday at the Metropole café on the city’s Newington Road.

The suspect, who had his face covered with a scarf, brandished a knife at the shop assistant.

He then walked behind the counter and removed a three-figure sum of cash from the till before making off south on Newington Road. Continue reading

Voice recognition will solve Bay City Rollers’ ongoing battle

By Christine Lavelle

A FOUNDING member of the Bay City Rollers says he will use voice recognition experts to help prove he is entitled to a share of a £65 million claim for royalty payments.

Nobby Clark was the original lead singer in the band but left in 1973 before they shot to stardom.

His replacement Les McKeown and current members Duncan Faure, Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood and brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir – both of whom helped found the band – launched a legal bid in 2007.

They are demanding £65 million in unpaid royalties from record label Arista.

But that action does not include the three other former members – Clark, Pat McGlynn and Ian Mitchell – who say they are being frozen out and launched their own separate legal bid in the States. Continue reading

New life for £12m worth of historic Edinburgh bequests

By Michael MacLeod

THE CONTROL of £12 million in charity cash is to be offloaded by one of Scotland’s biggest councils.

A huge pool of money left in wills dating back to 1707 for causes including pensions for wartime raid survivors, kids’ Christmas treats and soup kitchens will be brought back to life by the move.

The 38 funds are currently managed by the City of Edinburgh Council, which wants an outside charity to take the strictly ring-fenced donations forward.

Many of the legacies have been paid out in part, while others have been sitting in council coffers accruing interest for literally hundreds of years.

Some of the bequests were set up under vague instructions – including a legacy left for the “deserving poor of Corstorphine.”
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NHS should pay donors for organs

By Cara Sulieman

THE NHS should PAY people for their organs, according to new proposals from a think tank.

The controversial plan comes from a fellow at The Adam Smith Institute (ASI) who believes it would speed up the waiting list for transplants.

Tim Worstall – a fellow with the group – is floating the idea independently of the think tank.

The only country in the world that allows organs to be swapped for cash is Iran.

And it goes against the ethical guidelines set down by the NHS and medical groups said there are “no plans” to change policy.

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Detectives In Edinburgh Hunt Mugger After Knife Incident

By Shaun Milne

POLICE in Edinburgh are hunting a knifeman who robbed a man near the city’s High Street on Sunday.

Detectives said the victim – a 22-year-old man – was forced to hand over a small sum of cash but was unhurt in the drama.

The incident happened at around 10.50pm on steps leading up from Market Street towards North Bank Street – in a close known locally as New Steps.

The mugger then escaped towards the High Street. Continue reading