Man punched in face for computer game

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN was attacked by two teenagers and punched in the face for a computer game.

The 22-year-old had just come out of the Asda store on Lindsay Road in Edinburgh when he was approached by the youths.

They chased him before catching up and punching him in the face before making off with a computer game he had only just bought from the shop.

After the incident at around 20 minutes past midnight this morning, the two suspects ran off towards Hawthornvale and North Fort Street.

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Blue lights nabbed after paramedic’s vehicle is broken into

By Christine Lavelle

A VOLUNTEER paramedic who had his emergency response vehicle broken into and around a thousand pounds worth of equipment stolen says he feels “violated.”

Andrew Kerr, 35, from Broxburn, West Lothian, was visiting a friend in Edinburgh when the window of his 4×4 Honda CRV was smashed and raided on Brunswick Road in Leith.

The thief then took off with his blue flashing lights and time saving SatNav system, while also causing damage to the vehicle.

It meant Mr Kerr, who gives up around 12 hours of his time per week, was off the road for seven days, unable to answer emergency calls. Continue reading

Edinburgh’s own Piano Man “is not fake”

BAFFLED: The young man is recovering in hospital

By Michael MacLeod

COPS have launched a desperate hunt to identify Scotland’s own Piano Man.

The mystery man was found lying in the middle of an Edinburgh street in the pouring rain on Wednesday night by a taxi driver.

Now recovering from a head injury in hospital, he cannot remember who he is, where he lives and has no clue what happened to him.

Detectives compared the case to German Andreas Grassl, dubbed the Piano Man after being found wandering aimlessly near a beach in Kent in 2005.

Officers in the Scottish capital have put out a call to the force which dealt with the Piano Man case, hoping their advice can help identify the man, who has a bruise above his forehead.
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Pensioner fights off car jacker

By Cara Sulieman

A PLUCKY pensioner fought off an attempted car jacker after he tried to steal her motor in the middle of a busy street.

The 60-year-old woman was sitting in her blue Peugeot 207 when the man opened the driver’s door and tried to grab her keys just before 5pm on Tuesday.

But she struggled against the attacker, who threatened to hurt her unless she got out the car on Citadel Court in Edinburgh.

The quick witted woman screamed, attracting the attention of her sister who ran over to help chase the man off.

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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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Police appeal for help with missing Edinburgh man

By Oliver Farrimond

CONCERNED police in Edinburgh are appealing for information about a missing person.

Steven Culbert, 34, vanished a week ago and worried family members have reported his disappearance to the police.

Steven, who lives in the Clermiston area of Edinburgh, is described as being white, 5’9” tall, with brown hair and reportedly in possession of a green Vauxhall Vectra.

A spokesperson for Lothian and Borders Police said: “Steven was reported missing by his family yesterday (Saturday) having not been seen for nearly a week and there is now significant concern for his wellbeing. Continue reading

Police appeal for missing Jim Greig

By Cara Sulieman

POLICE are appealing for help trying to track down a man who has gone missing after he failed to show up at his local pub.

Sixty-nine year old Jim Greig hasn’t been seen or heard from since last week by family or staff at his regular pub.

He is a well-known figure around his home in the Links Avenue area of Musselburgh, especially in the Sportsman Bar.

Friends and family have also failed to hear anything from him, and are worried about his safety.

As police don’t have a confirmed last sighting of Jim, and say they can’t even be sure when exactly he went missing.

He is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build with balding grey hair.

Although he is usually seen with a dark coloured beanie hat, it isn’t known what he was wearing went he went missing.

A police spokesman said: “It is extremely unusual for Jim not to get in touch with his family or friends, and they are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“We would appeal to anyone who may have seen him, or has any information regarding his whereabouts, to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.