Police arrest 41 year old man over Fife break-ins

By Shaun Milne

A MAN thought to be behind a spate of break-in across businesses in Fife has been arrested by police.

The 41-year-old – who hasn’t yet been named – was detained by CID officers based in Dunfermline.

They say he was arrested in connection with a series of raids on shops in the town’s High Street, a string of break-ins at commercial premises and after targeting the popular Lauders Public House.

Detective Constable John Jarvie said: “The man will appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court at a later date.”

Police didn’t reveal the value or exact numbers of the alleged thefts involved.

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Bullet Found After “Warning Shot” At House

By Michael MacLeod and Shaun Milne

A BULLET recovered by police at the scene of a drive by shooting could hold vital clues in tracking down who was behind the incident.

Detectives are probing the shot fired at an address in Dalkeith, Midlothian, at around 11.25pm on Wednesday.

Damage caused by the bullet could be seen at the home of George Rae, 39, who police sources say was also the target of recent threats made at the start of the month.

The blast left his neighbours in Woodburn Avenue shocked, with many last night saying a feud had been bubbling under for some time.
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Man Stabbed And Woman Struck By Car In Night Of Horror

By Shaun Milne

POLICE have tonight (wed) sealed off a residential street in Edinburgh after a woman was struck by a car in an alleged hit and run – just yards from where a stabbing took place at a house a few doors away.

Ambulance crews were called to the scene shortly before 10pm after the woman was hit at the corner of Stenhouse Street West and Stenhouse Gardens.

Her condition was unknown.

Just yards away police strung up blue and white crime tape and refused to let anyone enter the stairwell to No 1 Stenhouse Gardens North telling locals only that a “serious incident” had occurred.

What were thought to be CID officers arrived at the scene under an hour later while forensic teams gathered evidence.

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Original Taggart scripts were “murdur” says expert cop

By Michael MacLeod

A TOP cop who was asked to rate the first ever Taggart scripts has admitted he predicted the show would flop.

Strathclyde’s Detective Chief Inspector Les Brown was approached by STV bosses to cast an expert eye on the show’s pilot episodes in 1982.

Les, now retired, declared the scripts “a load of rubbish,” but was left red-faced when the series went on to become the longest-running police drama in British TV history.

Christmas Eve saw the gritty drama reach its 100th episode.

But Les, who was offered cash by STV for his expertise while heading murder investigations at Scotland’s biggest police force in the early 80s, confessed he never thought Taggart would last.

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Investigation begins into fatal fire

Fatal fire investigation begins

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

DEVASTATED fire-fighters were finally given the go-ahead to begin probing the cause of a fatal pub fire that robbed them of a heroic colleague yesterday.

Grim faced fire chiefs spent much of yesterday (tues) locked in close discussions with Health and Safety officials outside the burned out shell of the Balmoral Bar in the Dalry area of Edinburgh.

A second separate probe involving specialist teams from colleagues at Lothian and Borders Police is widely expected to begin today (Wed).

Seasoned detectives from L&B’s CID unit were already on scene yesterday as every effort is made to find out what started the huge fire.

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