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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Scots A&E forced to give out ASBOs in bid to curb violence

A SCOTS A&E department has been forced to turn to ASBOs in a desperate bid to keep staff and the ill safe from violent patients.

Staff at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee are so sick of being abused by aggressive drunks that they have signed a groundbreaking deal with the council to slap antisocial behaviour orders on offenders.

Eleven troublemakers have already been warned under the scheme, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Two have been given final warnings and could even be banned from A&E if they offend again.

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Man shouts abuse at security guard after drunken night out

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN who can’t remember how he ended up at hospital told a Polish security guard to “go home” because he woke him up.

Security staff were called to the A&E department of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary because Stuart Clarke has been acting aggressively.

They arrived to find the 17-year-old fast asleep and woke him up, to be met with a torrent of abuse.

Clarke told the two men to ‘f*** off’ but it was when he discovered that one of the guards was Polish that he became more aggressive. Continue reading

Thug beat up girlfriend because she wanted to go home

By Cara Sulieman

A VICIOUS thug beat his girlfriend so badly she was left unconscious – all because she wanted to go home early from a night out at a friend’s house.

William Drynan, 30, was round at a friend’s house with his girlfriend Margaret Vennard when she said she wanted to go home because he had been making fun of her.

But drunken Drynan tried to stop her and followed her outside onto the street where he kicked and punched her until she fell unconscious.

Today (Tue) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Drynan pled guilty to the assault on November 12 last year. Continue reading

MP slams airline after drunken louts delay flight to Ibiza

By Christine Lavelle

A GROUP of boozy lads on their way to Ibiza for a stag holiday caused havoc at Glasgow Airport when their behaviour caused the flight to be grounded for several hours.

Holidaymakers on board the 5.40pm easyJet flight to the sunshine island were left reeling on Saturday as police were called to deal with the ‘paralytic’ party.

Hundreds of passengers were held up when their flight was forced to return to the terminal from the runway, when members of the 15-strong group refused to sit down for take-off.

Police officers then entered the plane and removed two of the louts, who were said to have been behaving aggressively – but neither was arrested. Continue reading

Family and colleagues pay tribute to “charismatic” cyclist killed in accident

Dr Kostas Tourlas

By Cara Sulieman

SHOCKED colleagues of a cyclist who was killed in a tragic road accident at the weekend paid tribute to a “charismatic” and “popular” man today.

Dr Kostas Tourlas died in the collision with a Fiat Ulysse near Kirkliston Sports Centre on Saturday.

Workmates of the 37-year-old spoke of their “shock and disbelief” at his death.

Dr Tourlas had worked at London-based software consultancy firm Adelard since 2003 and moved to the capital about a year ago.

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Police spend thousands on mobile cells for female arrests

By Andrea McCallum

A SCOTS police force is spending £765,000 on mobile cells after a surge in the number of drunken female arrests.

Strathclyde Police said they are running out of room because of a rise in the number of drunk and violent women being nicked.

The force has lifted twice as many women as four years ago and as a result is buying 10 portable cells.

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