Police target people who use Facebook and Twitter behind the wheel

SCOTLAND’S top road safety police chief has pledged to crack down on smart phone users who use Facebook and Twitter behind the wheel.

Chief Superintendent Charlie Common spoke out after new research from the US suggested growing use of iPhones and other smartphones posed a potential road safety menace.

Drivers who cannot resist the temptation to read email, browse social networking sites, or even play games are a growing danger to themselves and others, according to the research.

The Scottish Government yesterday (tues) released road casualty figures for 2009 which suggest Scotland’s roads are the safest they have been for 60 years. Continue reading

Divorcing couples told to stay away from ‘bitter twitter’ rows

By Christine Lavelle

AN EDINBURGH law firm has advised feuding couples to stay away from social networking sites until their divorces have been settled.

A family law solicitor at Gibson Kerr said the trend of using websites like Facebook and Twitter to complain about partners during divorce proceedings is a phenomenon which is sweeping the UK and the United States.

Partner Fiona Rasmusen said: “With social media sites like Facebook and Twitter becoming more and more popular, it’s easy for people going through a divorce to be tempted to share their feelings online.

“In some cases they may post information about the stress they’re under, but equally it could be derogatory or unpleasant accusations leveled against their partner. Continue reading

Edinburgh based soldier asked girls for pix in their underwear

By Christine Lavelle

A SCOTS based soldier asked teenage girls to send him pictures of themselves in their underwear and kept more than 500 indecent images of children on his computer.

Corporal Gavin Booth, 30, based at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh with 3 Rifles, admitted possessing and distributing images of children, sending text messages to teenage girls which were both “sexual and lewd” in nature and contacting underage girls online.

Booth pled guilty to four charges which happened between June 2007 and August 2009, but pled not guilty to a charge of making his own indecent images.

Today (Tue) Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how his wife had logged onto his laptop while he was away on a camping trip, and found emails confirming friend requests he had sent to girls aged between 14 and 19 on the social networking site Facebook. Continue reading

Teachers want social networking sites to be accountable for bullying

By Christine Lavelle

SOCIAL networking sites could be held accountable for cyber bullying if Scottish teachers go ahead with their planned legal battle on websites like Facebook.

The country’s largest teaching union – the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) – said it receives between 50 and 60 complaints a year from teachers claiming to have been harassed and threatened online by their pupils.

Drew Morrice, assistant secretary for EIS, said new measures should be put in place to make sure websites are being held accountable for their content in the same way as newspapers and broadcasters.

He said: “Most social networking sites have published derogatory material and in some cases it does a lot of emotional damage. Continue reading

Murder Quiz Lover Calls Cops After House Burgled

By Paul Thornton, Shaun Milne & Cara Sulieman

A MAN at the centre of the Suzanne Pilley murder investigation claimed his home was broken into this morning (mon).

David Gilroy said a laptop and mobile phone were among the items stolen – but did not know if the raid could be related to the ongoing murder investigation over his missing ex mistress.

Uniformed officers arrived in a marked police car at the address in Edinburgh before 9am after they were alerted about the alleged break in at the house in the Silverknowes area that he shares with wife Andrea.

Dressed in brown trousers and wearing a casual, short sleeved blue and striped shirt, he showed a WPC various possible points of entry to the detached property.

Two forensic officers also showed up at the address in an unmarked white van, carrying crime scene kits to search for evidence.

Mr Gilroy, who was seen phoning his insurers afterwards, said he had discovered several items stolen from his property. Continue reading

Sister of soldier Christopher O’Kane pays tribute

Christopher O'Kane with his girlfriend Laura Walker

By Cara Sulieman

THE heartbroken sister of tragic soldier Christopher O’Kane paid a touching tribute to her brother today.

Krystyle O’Kane wrote a poem for her 26-year-old brother who died from the head injuries he suffered after falling during a pedicab ride in Edinburgh at the weekend.

And she revealed that their mother, Helen O’Kane, also died in a road accident 16 years ago.

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Friends of club manager use Facebook to issue plea

Martin Gordon has been missing since last Wednesday (March 24)

By Cara Sulieman

FRIENDS of a nightclub manager who has been missing for a week after leaving for work have set up a Facebook page to try and track him down.

Martin Gordon left for work at Edinburgh club Cabaret Voltaire last Wednesday (March 24) but never turned up.

His flatmate and friend Richard Duff has now set up a group on the social networking site in a bid to track down the 33-year-old, who is originally from Glasgow.

Mr Gordon – who was known to his friends as Tartan – was last seen leaving his flat in the Grassmarket for work at 7.40pm on Wednesday March 24.

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