Family of missing Betty Brown make birthday appeal

THE family of a missing Edinburgh woman made an emotional plea today (Wed) for new information on her birthday.

Betty Brown, who turns 56 today, was last spotted on CCTV on Friday, May 28, on a number three bus in the city’s Nicolson Street at around 11.55am.

She was wearing a black jacket, an open-necked blouse, blue jeans and black shoes, and was carrying two large Aldi bags at the time.

Ms Brown, originally from Hawick in the borders, is described as being 5ft 7ins, medium build, with fair hair and glasses. Continue reading

Police study CCTV in bid to catch Livingston sex attacker

A woman who was subjected to a horrific, early morning sex attack at a West Lothian house was only staying there because she was in the middle of moving home, detectives have revealed.

The 39-year-old victim was temporarily living with her brother-in-law and his young son in Livingston when the attacker sneaked into the luxury, detached home early on Saturday.

Detectives have also revealed that the attacker ordered the other occupants – a terrified man and his son – at knife point into a room before subjecting his victim to an hour-long ordeal.

The attacker tried to gain entry to at least three – and possibly four – homes nearby in the hour before eventually finding an insecure door or window at the attack address, police confirmed.

The incident, in Oakwood Park, Deans, Livingston, is causing so much concern that officers who specialise in tracking down sex offenders have been drafted into help.

The squad is also examining UK-wide records in a bid to establish whether the attacker has struck before. Continue reading

CCTV cameras installed at site where delivery driver was killed

SECURITY cameras have been placed around the area where takeaway delivery driver Simon San was taunted and killed by a teenager.

Mr San, 40, died in August after being hit with a single blow to the face, which caused him to stumble backwards and crack his skull outside the Yong Hua Garden takeaway in Lochend Avenue, Edinburgh.

His killer, 16-year-old John Reid, was sentenced to five years’ detention last month at the High Court in Glasgow, where he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.

The new CCTV cameras have been combined with an increased police presence to deter antisocial behaviour, and local business owners say they have noticed a drop in groups of underage drinkers around the area.

Peter Swanson, manager of the Loch Inn pub next to the spot where Mr San lost his life, said: “It is definitely an encouraging start, but it should have happened years ago, not because of a death. Continue reading

Police hunting pair caught on CCTV in connection with Bannatyne’s shooting

By Christine Lavelle

POLICE probing the shooting of a man outside an Edinburgh health club have revealed they are looking for two suspects in connection with the attack.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a well known property developer in the city, was gunned down outside Bannatyne’s Health Club on Wednesday, 20 October.

He managed to run into the club in Newcraighall and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before discharging himself the same evening.

A silver Vauxhall Vectra car was reportedly seen speeding away from the scene moments later, and police believe they recovered it the following morning in a private car park off West Bryson Road. Continue reading

New ID badge is really personal CCTV camera

By Martin Graham

A SCOTTISH company has created a new personal CCTV system which could offer safety protection for frontline public service workers.

Perth’s Scottish Communications Group has developed an ID badge which doubles as a high definition personal CCTV camera.

The ‘My Witness’ video badge looks like a regular ID badge as worn by council or NHS staff.

But if the wearer is threatened or comes into danger, a quick flick of the badge reveals a video camera which automatically starts recording the incident.

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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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Breakthrough as Suzanne Pilley hunt becomes a murder probe

By Shaun Milne, Cara Sulieman & Michael MacLeod

DETECTIVES probing the disappearance of Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley fear she is dead.

Senior officers broke the news to her devastated parents Robert and Sylvia that the hunt for their daughter had been upgraded to a murder inquiry before going public about the switch today (Wednesday).

But they said bravely: “Until we hear otherwise, we will always hope for some positive news.”

The move came after officers were handed CCTV footage which they say shows Suzanne DID arrive outside her work.

But what happened thereafter remains a mystery.
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