Schoolboy flashed women before pulling down their leggings

By Cara Sulieman

A SICK schoolboy flashed at two women in their 20s – before trying to pull down one of their leggings.

Mohammad Sohaib, 16, started following the girls as they walked down Gordon Street in Edinburgh before grabbing one of them on the bum and asking her “why do people not like to have sex in this country?”

The teenager then exposed himself to both women before trying to pull down the leggings of the other girl.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sohaib pled guilty to two charges of assault and one of public indecency on February 15 this year.

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Woman cut from car after smash with van

Firefighters cut the roof off a car to free a trapped woman

By Martin Graham

A WOMAN had to be cut free by rescuers yesterday after she was trapped in her car following a crash with a van

Emergency services staff had to cut the roof off the car in order to safely remove the 45-year-old so her injuries could be treated.

The woman was trapped for an hour as firefighters tried to free her.

Paramedics treated the woman for back injuries at the scene then she was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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Zoo clashes with local group over ‘Kidnapped’ beauty spot

By Martin Graham

A BEAUTY spot immortalised in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel ‘Kidnapped’ is the subject of a furious row between Edinburgh Zoo and a local conservation group.

The area on Corstorphine Hill is known as the Rest and Be Thankful was featured in the climactic final passages of the novel when the two main characters Alan Breck and David Balfour bid each other farewell as they survey the view of the city and the castle.

The literary landmark is part of a proposed land exchange deal between the Zoo and City of Edinburgh Council.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which runs Edinburgh Zoo, claims that the original Rest and Be Thankful is further up the hill and they have offered to restore it in exchange for a chunk of land to the east of the zoo which includes the current site.

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John Lewis van knocks over Dunfermline man

By Martin Graham

A MAN is in a critical condition after being hit by a John Lewis van on Thursday evening.

The accident happened at around 7pm on Nethertown Broad Street in Dunfermline.

The lorry swerved to avoid a collision with a silver car and mounted the pavement, pinning the 55-year-old to a wall.

The man suffered lower leg injuries in the crash.

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Housing minister Alex Neil unveils a sculpture for veterans charity

By Martin Graham

VETERANS from all three of the armed forces gathered in Edinburgh yesterday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Scottish Veterans Residences.

Alex Neil and veteran Kenny Kerr at the sculpture unveiling

A service of thanksgiving was held at Canongate Kirk, then the residents and their guests, including the Lord Provosts of Edinburgh and Dundee, walked down the Canongate to see a special sculpture unveiled.

Communities and Veterans minister Alex Neil unveiled the specially created bas-relief sculpture by artist Billy Teasdale at Whitefoord House opposite the Scottish Parliament.

The minister paid tribute to charity’s founders, saying: “I commend the foresight of Charles Pelham Burn and Chilton Smith who saw the need for the residences back in 1910.

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Boats sunk by high tides and strong winds at St Monans

By Martin Graham

A BOAT sank in St Monans’ harbour last night as high tides and strong winds lashed the Fife coast.

Two tenders from Fife Fire and Rescue were summoned by the harbour master at 4am this morning because three vessels were taking on water.

Sixteen fire service personnel battled to pump water out of the vessels, but one of the boats sank.

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Edinburgh braced for biggest ever pub crawl as 1000 students hit the streets

By Martin Graham

SCOTLAND’S capital city will be  invaded by a marauding horde tonight as over 1,000 students embark on an epic pub crawl.

The group from Napier University will meet at the Cargo pub near Fountainbridge at 6.30pm for the sci-fi themed night.

Groups of 80 at a time will venture out on to the streets of Edinburgh to take in the sights and quench their thirst along the way.

Students have paid £12 per head to take part in the event, organised by Napier Students Association.

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