Drug addict steals from own mother to fund habit

A DESPERATE drug addict who stole from his own mother in order to fund his habit apologised to police when they caught him.

Colin Brown, 31, went round to his mum Patricia Brown’s home in the Duddingston area of Edinburgh three days in a row and stole jewellery, a games console and games which he sold on for a total of £368.50.

The court heard that Brown started taking heroin in February and sold the items on at Cash Generator to fund his habit.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, he pled guilty to four counts of theft between September 29 and October 1 this year.

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Charity match raises thousands for honeymoon crash couple

John and Nicola Tams

By Cara Sulieman

A CHARITY football match has raised almost £5,000 for the Scots couple who were mown down by a speeding motorist on their honeymoon.

John and Nicola Tams were on holiday in Sorrento when they were hit by the vehicle, leaving Nicola, 31, with broken ribs.

It took John, 30, a lot longer to recover after he had to be put in a medically induced coma to treat head and facial injuries.

His leg, pelvis and ribs were also smashed in the accident.

The football match saw John’s teams – the Heart’s supporters team Real Maroon and amateur team Duddingston Athletic – pitched against Hearts legends.

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Charity football match for honeymoon Scots


John and Nicola Tams were hit by a car on their honeymoon

By Cara Sulieman

A CHARITY football match is to be held to help raise money for a Scot who was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car on honeymoon.

John Tams, 30, was on holiday with his new wife Nicola when they were mowed down by a speeding motorist in Sorrento.

Nicola, 31, suffered broken ribs and was treated in hospital before being released after the accident two weeks ago.

But John is still in intensive care after he had to be put in a medically induced come to treat head and facial injuries.

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Vile child rapist is banned from the roads

By Michael MacLeod

AN evil child rapist twice slipped through cops’ fingers during a near decade-long reign of abuse when he was caught drink driving.

Vile Mutasim Al Mutasim, 35, was caught drunk behind the wheel of his car twice in the midst of horror attacks on primary school children.

He was stopped first in September 2006 at the capital’s Duddingston Road West and later again January 2007 at Hay Avenue, where cops found him well over three times the drink-drive limit.

But police said last night they had no way of knowing he and his brother, Eldirdeery, 24, were sexually abusing girls as young as five.

It wasn’t until April 2008 that detectives snared the Sudanese dish-washer for horrific child sex offences which were described by one judge as “beyond the understanding of a caring and civilised society”.
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Police will wait to identify body before carrying out more searches

By Cara Sulieman

THE OFFICER in charge of the investigation into the disappearance of missing Samantha Wright last night revealed police would not be carrying out any further searches at the scene – until they worked out exactly what they had found at Magdalene Drive.

Chief Inspector Paul Bullen said that experts were working on establishing the identity of the human remains and how they died.


“Experts examining remains”

He said: “At this moment we don’t know whether the remains are male or female or what the cause of death might be.

“We cannot say for sure that they belong to one person but at this stage I am working on the premise it is one body. Continue reading

Human remains found in search for Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright Investigations

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN is expected to appear in court tomorrow (Weds) after police investigating the disappearance of missing Stevenage girl Samantha Wright found human remains at a house in Edinburgh.

Robert Chalmers, 57, will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday following a police operation at a flat in the city’s Magdalene Drive in the early hours of Monday morning.

The remains – feared to be that of Samantha – come following an extensive search for the 25-year old who was last seen in the capital on June 12 last year as she made her way home from a Jobcentre in High Riggs.

Samantha, originally from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, had lived in Edinburgh for three and a half years.

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‘Hoodies’ save stricken pensioner

By Cara Sulieman

THREE HOODIES are being hailed heroes after rushing to save the life of an elderly woman they found lying in her garden.

Evelyn Fraser was cutting her grass in the Duddingston area of Edinburgh when she collapsed and lay unconscious.

But three teenagers who were walking past saw the OAP and rushed to her aid, stopping her from swallowing her tongue and calling an ambulance.

And now the 79-year-old’s daughter, Pamela Lynch, has praised the actions of the boys, saying they almost certainly saved the life of her mother who is now waiting for heart surgery.

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