Motorcyclist dies at scene of crash in Fife

By Christine Lavelle

A MOTORCYCLIST died following emergency CPR from ambulance staff after his bike collided with a car in Fife.

The accident happened at around 5.15pm yesterday (Sat) on the B942 Colinsburgh to Pittenweem road.

Two ambulance crews attended, and were supported by a trauma team from Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.

Paramedics tried desperately to revive the man, but he was declared deceased at the scene. Continue reading

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Police find ‘explicit’ conversations on music teacher’s computer

By Christine Lavelle

A 23-YEAR-OLD music teacher has been convicted of possessing dozens of indecent images and sexually exploiting young boys.

Andrew Kingsley pled guilty to using the internet to befriend children, and spending hours on social networking sites in a bid to seek out victims – some as young as 12 – and earn their trust.

All 31 of the offences happened between October 2006 and December last year, some of which included serious sexual assaults, committed in Fife and Strathclyde.

Edinburgh’s High Court heard how officers from Fife Constabulary recovered more than 3,400 chat logs from Kingsley’s computers – with many of the conversations described as “sexually explicit”. Continue reading

Fife Police seize Class A’s with street value of £500,000

By Christine Lavelle

Police seized more than £500,000 worth of heroin and cocaine during a series of planned drugs raids in Fife.

A 26-year-old man from Kirkcaldy is expected to appear at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court tomorrow (Fri), in connection to the discovery of the class A drugs.

Fife Constabulary confirmed it was part of an ongoing intelligence led operation designed to tackle serious organised crime.

Detective Superintendent Garry McEwan, head of crime management for Fife, said: “The targeting of those involved in drug dealing and organised crime remains a very high priority for Fife Constabulary.

“The misery caused to local communities by this form of criminality cannot be understated, and Fife Constabulary is fully committed to use all available resources to target, disrupt and detect those involved in its supply and distribution as set out in the Force Policing Plan.

“Class A drugs cause significant harm within our local communities and it is these communities that I appeal to now.

“Contact the police if you have information about those involved in serious crime, including drug dealing and we will react and when possible arrest those criminals involved.

“In relation to this particular seizure I would again like to thank our communities for their ongoing support and would urge that members of the public continue to alert us as to their concerns and provide information that would assist us in removing harmful drugs from our streets.

“We will listen and investigate what the public tells us.”

Fife Police Deputy Chief Constable to be new Scottish HMIC

By Christine Lavelle

A FIFE policeman with more than 27 years experience is to be appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.

Andrew Laing, Deputy Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary, will take on the role in December this year, replacing Bill Skelly.

The three-year post can be extended by mutual agreement, and as HMIC for Scotland Mr Laing, 47, will be responsible for planning and monitoring the performance of police forces across the country.

He will also be a source of advice to Scottish Ministers, Chief Constables, Police Authorities and the Scottish Police Board.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill made the announcement today and said: “I am delighted to welcome Mr Laing into his new role and have every faith that he will be a first class appointment in leading the Inspectorate into a new era. Continue reading

Relative tried to stop Forth Road Bridge suicide woman

By Christine Lavelle

A WOMAN leapt more than a hundred feet to her death from the Forth Road Bridge in front of a horrified relative who tried vainly to stop her.

The 30-year-old was with a male family member when she jumped from the bridge – around 150ft – into the water on Sunday morning at around 11.25am.

Fife Constabulary initially reported that the woman appeared to fall as she walked northwards with the traffic flow on the west side of the bridge spanning the Firth of Forth between North and South Queensferry.

But today confirmed that they were investigating “unfortunate suicide.” Continue reading

Police investigate mystery Fife death

By Martin Graham

POLICE are probing a mystery death after a man’s body was found in Fife over the weekend.

Hedi Rhouma, 33, was found in a wooded area behind his family home in Inverkeithing on Sunday.

Mr Rhouma was reported missing on Tuesday, July 13 after he disappeared from his home in the town’s Preston Crescent.

Police had cordoned off the area where the keep-fit enthusiast was found and were searching an area behind the end-terrace house.

His parents Nancy and Daoud, 55, were last night coming to terms with Mr Rhouma’s death at the home they shared with their son. Continue reading

Bogus callers targeting vulnerable residents in Fife

By Christine Lavelle

POLICE in Fife are warning residents to be alert to bogus callers in the area, following a string of suspicious house calls in recent weeks.

PC Paul Buttercase, community safety officer for North East Fife, said elderly householders are the most vulnerable targets for the criminals who have been encouraging unnecessary gardening work.

The ‘workmen’ have been turning up at doors and charging excessive amounts of cash for materials requested ahead of the work, but then it is never carried out.

PC Buttercase said: “Bogus caller crime occurs all year round but can be more prevelant during the spring, summer and autumn months. Continue reading