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

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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

Allergic reaction to cleaning spray nearly killed young mum

By Christine Lavelle

A YOUNG mum has hailed three paramedics ‘miracles workers’ after they saved her life when she suffered an extreme allergic reaction to a household cleaning spray.

Lynda Paterson, 27, had decided to tackle a patch of mould in her two-year-old daughter Mya’s bedroom, when just a “couple of skooshes” of the spray left her on death’s door.

As her throat began to tighten up she made a desperate call to the emergency services, but only managed to tell 999 staff the first part of her address before collapsing.

Ms Paterson, a hospital support worker from Corstorphine in Edinburgh, was home alone with Mya, who looked on helplessly as the event unfolded on August 18. Continue reading

Mum found boys in a ‘pool of blood’ after vicious dog attack

Sean, 12, and Wayne, 13, were attacked without warning

By Christine Lavelle

TWO school boys were mauled by their new pet dog while they slept on their couch in front of the television.

Brothers Wayne, 13, and Sean Darling, 12, suffered around 70 wounds between them after new edition to the family – Clyde the dog – savaged them without warning in the living room of their home in Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh.

The boys’ mum Etta Paterson, 50, told how her sons are lucky to be alive after the ordeal, which left them “lying in a pool of blood.”

She said Wayne and Sean, both pupils at Lasswade High School, had fallen asleep on the couch after watching TV on Sunday night, with Clyde – an Old English Bull Terrier crossed with a bull mastiff – sleeping next to Wayne’s feet. Continue reading

Hairdresser to pay compensation after brawl in nightclub

Ashleigh Drysdale leaving Edinburgh Sheriff Court

By Cara Sulieman

A HAIRDRESSER who smashed another girl in the face with a glass on a nightclub dance floor has been ordered to pay her victim compensation.

Ashleigh Drysdale, 17, was in Stereo nightclub in Edinburgh when Lisa Golder bumped in to one her friends.

The pair started arguing and Drysdale went to throw her drink over 20-year-old Ms Golder.

Instead she let go of the glass and it smashed in the victim’s face, leaving her needing eight stitches and a permanently scarred. Continue reading

Cats rescued by firemen during top-floor blaze drama

By Christine Lavelle

FIRE-FIGHTERS fought to rescue half a dozen cats from a blazing top floor flat during a 2am drama which left their owner hospitalized.

A vet was also called to the scene at Springwell Place in Dalry after fire took hold in the top floor of the tenement building.

Rescuers, including six wearing special breathing apparatus, were able to lead the 31-year-old man living there to safety through the choking smoke and administer first aid.

He was treated at the scene for breathing difficulties and burns before being ferried by ambulance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Continue reading

Court appearance for mother accused of killing three children

By Amanda MacMillan

A MOTHER accused of killing three children made her first court appearance at a special legal hearing convened in a Scots hospital today.

Theresa Riggi, 46, originally from California, faces charges of murdering her three children  Austin and Luke Riggi, eight, and their five-year-old sister Cecilia Riggi.

Their bodies were discovered in a flat in the Slateford area of Edinburgh on August 4. Continue reading