Drunk driver left victim trapped as he feared getting in trouble

A DRUNK driver who collided with another car left his victim trapped as he fled the scene for fear of “getting into trouble”.

Steven Gardner, 38, from Dalkeith, loss control of the Mercedes he was driving on the A7 Edinburgh to Galashiels road on November 22 last year.

He crashed into Steven Price’s Ford Fiesta at around 7.10pm.

Mr Price pleaded with Gardner to help him out of his car, but he took off down the road on foot and hailed another car, asking the driver to call 999.

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Luke Mitchell’s mum doesn’t want him freed on technicality

Corinne insists her son is innocent

LUKE Mitchell’s mother has said it would be “disastrous” if her son was released on a technicality.

Corinne Mitchell said she didn’t want her son’s conviction quashed by a new legal ruling as it would leave doubts over his innocence.

It comes after the Supreme Court ruled that interviewing suspects without a lawyer was a breach of human rights.

Scots law was quickly changed to reflect the decision and the court system is bracing itself for a flood of appeals.

When Mitchell was interviewed by police over the murder of his 14-year-old girlfriend Jodi Jones in 2003 he was alone.

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Man attacked pair at bus stop

By Cara Sulieman

A THUG slashed a man who was sitting a bus stop and demanded money from him, leaving him with stitches.

John Mercer, 20, first approached his victim as he sat with a friend at a bus stop eating a take away.

After the pair refused to give him a cigarette, Mercer retrieved a glass from a nearby bin and slashed Paul Smith across the chin.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Mercer pled guilty to assaulting Mr Smith to his permanent disfigurement during the incident on August 30 this year.

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Detectives hunt for Dalkeith child sex attacker

By Clare Carswell

DETECTIVES are hunting a stubble chinned man who indecently assaulted two schoolgirls on Monday night.

Lothian and Borders Police said the two friends, aged 11 and 12, were walking along Eskdaill Street towards Buccleuch Street in Dalkeith just before 8pm when they were approached by the man.

He started talking to them before launching his sick assault which left both girls traumatised but otherwise unhurt. Continue reading

Police appeal after pub brawl

By Cara Sulieman

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a fight broke out in a pub on Saturday night.

Metal and wooden pools were used by the two groups, and a substance similar to pepper spray was released.

Customers from the pub started fighting a group of Lithuanian men in the foyer of the Rowantree Pub on Eskview Road in Dalkeith at around 7.15pm.

Six men were arrested by police just after the incident but Lothian and Borders are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who saw the fight are asked to contact them on 0131 311 3131 or call the charity Crimestoppers.

Scots war hero Mark Wright to feature in TV show

Mark Wright on patrol in Afghanistan

By Cara Sulieman

THE STORY of a Scottish soldier who received the George Cross after his death in Afghanistan is to be told on television.

Mark Wright was injured in a minefield in 2006 and will feature in a documentary about George Cross Heroes, based on a book by deputy Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft.

The Discovery Channel programme is being made to tie in with the opening of a new gallery at the Imperial War Museum in London which will feature Lord Ashcroft’s collection of George Crosses and Victoria Crosses.

Corporal Wright’s father Bob runs the Mark Wright Project in Dalkeith with his wife Jem and he went down to London to be interviewed for George Cross Heroes.

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Heroin Addict Claimed Dalkeith Drugs Stash Was Chocolate

By Christine Lavelle

A HEROIN addict caught with 57 bags of the drug tried to tell police he was dealing in chocolate.

Officers received a tip off that Kevin McHugh, 35, was supplying diamorphine from his home in Dalkeith last October.

And when they raided his Midlothian home and found almost £600 of illegal substances, he told them: “That’s my chocolate.””

Police were not fooled by his claim, and swiftly arrested McHugh on suspicion of dealing drugs.


He pleaded guilty today (Tue) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to charges of possession and supply of the controlled Class A drug diamorphine.

Described as a heavy drug user, McHugh – who played up to the cameras outside court – claimed 40 of the ‘tenner’ bags were for his personal use.

But he admitted he planned to sell the remaining 17 to other known heroin users in his circle of friends. Continue reading