Demarco shot in head “over son’s £1m gambling debt”

By Paul Thornton

A BUSINESSMAN was gunned down on the steps of a casino over the £1m plus gambling debts of his high-flying financier son, a court has heard.

Tony Demarco, 64, was blasted in the back of the head as he stood on the steps of the Gala Maybury Casino in Edinburgh on June 3, 2008.

Four men have been jailed over the attempted slaying but the motive behind the hit has remained a mystery.

But today (Tuesday) a court was told the attack came in retribution for the unpaid debts of Mr Demarco’s son, Antony, to loan sharks covering his gambling losses.

The revelations about the motive behind the notorious attack came as Antony admitted a £1m fraud against two companies.

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Bullet Found After “Warning Shot” At House

By Michael MacLeod and Shaun Milne

A BULLET recovered by police at the scene of a drive by shooting could hold vital clues in tracking down who was behind the incident.

Detectives are probing the shot fired at an address in Dalkeith, Midlothian, at around 11.25pm on Wednesday.

Damage caused by the bullet could be seen at the home of George Rae, 39, who police sources say was also the target of recent threats made at the start of the month.

The blast left his neighbours in Woodburn Avenue shocked, with many last night saying a feud had been bubbling under for some time.
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North Berwick want to kidnap Stevenson’s history with statue

By Michael MacLeod

SEASIDERS from a Scots town want to honour Robert Louis Stevenson with a statue – because he went there on holiday as a child.

The world-famous writer was born in Edinburgh and has various memorials across the city.

But locals in North Berwick are keen to commemorate the fact he holidayed there as a child.

They hope to drive up tourism in the East Lothian town by highlighting the belief it inspired his classic 1886 novel, Kidnapped.
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Jock’s Lodge shooting

Jock's Lodge on London Road

By Cara Sulieman

ANGRY residents are calling for an Edinburgh pub to be shut down after two men walked in and shot a man in the leg at the weekend.

The 24-year-old was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after the attack in Jock’s Lodge pub on London Road on Sunday night.

He was released this (Mon) morning after being treated for his wounds.

Police are looking for two men in connection with the shooting and said that the pub would be closed for “some considerable time”.

This (Mon) morning it was still sealed off as police worked inside the bar area.

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Teacher struck off after gun attack

Allan Dickson leaving court in March 2009

By Cara Sulieman

A GUN-WIELDING teacher has been struck off after firing an air rifle at a teenager to frighten off a gang he claimed had attacked him.

Allan Dickson was fined £1,000 after he admitted two firearms offences at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in March last year.

Dickson, 33, was suspended by Midlothian Council following the incident which he said was “totally out of character”.

And today (Tuesday) the Disciplinary Sub-Committee of the General Teaching Council (GTC) struck him off for at least a year after deciding he was not fit to teach.

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Hearts star Lee Wallace in court over nightclub bust up

By Paul Thornton

NEW Scotland cap Lee Wallace was fined £1100 in court today after he admitted a bust up outside a busy city-centre nightclub.

The Edinburgh born defender, who stars for SPL side Hearts FC, admitted shouting at bouncers and threatening cops when he was refused entry at Lava and Ignite in the Tollcross area of the city during the summer.

BUST-UP: gun threat charges against Lee Wallace were dropped but he was fined £1100 for behaviour

BUST-UP: gun threat charges against Lee Wallace were dropped but he was fined £1100 for behaviour

But earlier claims that he threatened to shoot door staff at Lava and Ignite were dropped by the Crown.

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Wallace, 22, who made his full international debut against Japan last Saturday, had been out with friends in the capital celebrating the end of the Scottish Premier League season on May 24 this year.

He was refused entry and shouted at doorstaff after they turned him away.

When arrested he also threatened police officers – warning them that he would “remember all of their faces”.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he was fined £1100 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of breach of the peace.

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Scots duo deliver laptops to children in Greenland by kayak

Richard Smith in his kayak

Richard Smith in his kayak

By Cara Sulieman

TWO SCOTS explorers travelled by kayak to remote parts of Greenland on a mercy mission to deliver laptops to local children.

IT specialist Richard Smith, 37, and accountant Craig Mathieson, 40, from West Lothian, spent three and a half weeks kayaking around the wilderness to complete their mission.

It is part of an ambitious new project to link the remote Inuit communities with two primary schools in Scotland.

Paddling for up to 12 hours a day, the duo had to contend with the wildlife and even wilder weather.

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