Police hunting pair caught on CCTV in connection with Bannatyne’s shooting

By Christine Lavelle

POLICE probing the shooting of a man outside an Edinburgh health club have revealed they are looking for two suspects in connection with the attack.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a well known property developer in the city, was gunned down outside Bannatyne’s Health Club on Wednesday, 20 October.

He managed to run into the club in Newcraighall and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before discharging himself the same evening.

A silver Vauxhall Vectra car was reportedly seen speeding away from the scene moments later, and police believe they recovered it the following morning in a private car park off West Bryson Road. Continue reading

New gym concept hits the streets

Gary Vallance and Jim Mee of the Urban Gym

By Cara Sulieman

THE STREETS of a Scots city will soon be filled with people jumping, running and skipping over the pavements in a bid to get fit.

A new workout using the city furniture as a gym launched today (Mon), using the winding streets and cobbled closes of Edinburgh to make exercise interesting.

The Urban Gym was inspired by the popular Urban Rat Race that takes place in cities across the UK every year.

It takes what could be a boring three kilometre (two mile) jog around the city and intersperses it with “Rat Stops”, where participants use the landscape instead of gym equipment to tone their muscles.

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Top Scots gymnastics coach Mitch Dolphin found guilty of child abuse

By Michael MacLeod

A SHAMED Scottish gymnastics coach faces jail for a 22-year campaign of sexual assaults on girls as young as seven years-old.

Perverted Mitchell Dolphin, 51, wept in the dock as he was found guilty today (THURS) of abusing six girls who he taught at his gym in Midlothian.

The verdict from the jury of four women and 11 men was swung by the evidence of a handful of former pupils at Dolphin’s Lo-Gy Centre gym, who were victims of his sickening abuse.

SHAMED: Mitch Dolphin convicted of abusing children

SHAMED: Mitch Dolphin convicted of abusing children

He has now been banned from his own gym for feeling up his pupils and forcing them to rub his privates.

The trampoline coach touched the youngsters’ breasts, squeezed their buttocks and made them straddle his lap in the gym.

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He even forced his tongue into a young girl’s mouth, while others had records of their menstrual cycles closely monitored on a calendar.

Others spoke of how he slipped his hands into their leotards during “box splits” stretches, while one girl – who was aged just 10 at the time – was kissed on the lips by Dolphin in his car.

His tactics were branded “sneaky” by prosecutor Melanie Ward during the trial, which was attended by dozens of parents who sent their children to his gym.

The creepy coach would rub his hands all over youngsters’ legs, claiming it was “perfectly legitimate” because he said he couldn’t afford a proper physio to massage them. Continue reading

Jury consider gym coach child abuse claims

By Michael MacLeod

A JURY has been sent home to consider a verdict on a top Scottish gymnastics coach accused of child abuse.

02mitchdolphinMitchell Dolphin, 51, is alleged to have carried out a 22-year campaign of “sneaky” sexual assaults on girls as young as 12.

Jurors spent over five hours deliberating today (Wed) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court but were released for the night after failing to reach a decision.

They must decide whether the trampoline teacher is guilty of 18 charges of sexual assault Lo-Gy Centre gym, at Lasswade High School, in Dolphin’s former home, in his car and at a caravan site in East Lothian.

Mr Dolphin, who was accompanied at court yesterday by wife Shirley and his two step-children, has denied all charges against him throughout the four-week trial.
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Claims coach had girl’s period cycle on calendar

mitch dolphinBy Paul Thornton

A GYMNASTICS coach marked his star teenage pupil’s menstrual cycle on his calendar during a four-year campaign of sexual abuse, a court has heard.

Mitchell Dolphin, 51, kept notes of the young girl’s periods and even asked her mum if he could adopt her, it was claimed.

Mr Dolphin denies 22 charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour and sexual assaults on 14 girls and a boy who he trained at the gymnasium he ran in Loanhead, Midlothian between April 1986 and last year.

Giving evidence at his trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (Thursday) a girl who Mr Dolphin trained said he bought her gym equipment and took her to his home alone after sessions.

She said he would lay with her on his couch and move her against him and kiss her neck, as well as forcing her to sit on his knee while he drove her to competitions.
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World’s most beautiful teenager is from Fife

Emma McInnes as she collects her crown

Emma McInnes as she collects her crown

By Cara Sulieman

A SEXY Scots gym instructor has been voted the world’s most beautiful teenager.

Emma McInnes, 17, scooped the Miss Teen Galaxy crown in Florida after wowing the judges in gruelling week-long contest.

The Fifer jetted home last night with her new title after a lavish ceremony on Saturday night.

Emma broke the news to her friends over Facebook with the message: “I am now Miss Teen International!”

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Scottish record breaker attempts a new one

Don Lennox will be running across the US

Don Lennox will be running across the US

By Cara Sulieman

A SCOTTISH gym instructor will be attempting to break a world record when he runs across America – to help wounded soldiers.

Don Lennox, 41, is hoping to complete the 3100-mile marathon in 45 days, smashing the world record in the process.

Already the world record holder for ocean rowing, Don will have to run an amazing 70 miles each day to achieve his goal.

And the sports-mad runner will be raising money for Help the Heroes with his epic journey. Continue reading

Scots fitness freak drops dead in gym 041

By Paul Thornton

A SCOTTISH fitness fanatic has dropped dead in the gym during a year-long trip to Australia.

Karen Stocks, 30, collapsed and died of a brain haemorrhage in the Fitness First centre in Brisbane on Sunday.

The care worker was on a year-long work visa and was saving up for a flight home when the tragedy struck.

Although she was a keen gym-goer she had signed up to the health club just a week before she died.

Yesterday Karen’s devastated family paid tribute to a “caring and outgoing” person.

Cousin Denise McFadden said: “She was a lovely outgoing person who loved to travel, loved meeting and helping new people and was popular and loved by everyone who knew her.

“She lived for her family and friends and helping others, and

staying fit as well – which ironically killed her.”

The Edinburgh woman had previously worked as a carer in old folks’ homes and was working on a cancer unit in Brisbane when she passed away.

Her sudden death has come as a shock to her family and her mother Anne is said to be devastated at the news.

She was too upset to speak at her Fernieside home but it is understood arrangements are being made to bring Karen’s body back to Scotland for her funeral.

Karen had left for Australia in November last year and was due to return in October. She had also travelled to Fiji, New Zealand and Thailand.

Denise said: “Karen was loving Australia but missed her family as well, she was saving up for her return flight when this happened.

“She loved to travel and was living her dream.

“She had a great zest and outlook on life and will be missed terribly.”

Denise said that Karen would spend time travelling before coming home to save for her next trip.

Karen was an avid boxer, who kept herself fit and had run several marathons. She dreamed of working in Africa caring for children.

Now she will save three people’s lives as her heart, liver and both her kidneys are used for transplants.

Denise said: “I think donating her organs was what Karen would have wanted. It is so typical of her.”

Her coach at The Bell Boxing Gym described her as a fitness fanatic who had a great sense of humour and loved life.

Jack Graham said: “She was a fit girl and fanatical about it, she used to do hill reps in Holyrood Park with us and was very fit.

“Karen loved the technical side of boxing and was a nice, quiet girl who could have a great laugh and loved life.

“The thoughts of the club go out to her family at this time.”