Police Chief says Forces should be trying to keep officers on the streets

ONE of Scotland’s most senior police chiefs has slammed a controversial new plan to introduce paid for career breaks for officers in a bid to save money.

Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, said that Forces should be trying to keep officers on the streets regardless of financial pressures.

He warned that a bid to introduce the breaks, which have been floated ahead of a meeting today (mon) by Lothian and Borders Chief Constable David Strang.

Chief Superintendent O’Connor said “It’s an idea that would not get the support from the association. Continue reading

Police appeal for witnesses after second Livingston sex attack in a week

A 27-YEAR-OLD woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down a public footpath in Livingston yesterday (Wed) evening.

The victim was on the footpath between Cedarbank and Cloverbank in the Ladywell area at around 5.15pm when she was attacked by a man in his mid-20s.

He was described as being around 26-years-old, between 5ft 7 – 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build, with short fair or light brown hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap with yellow writing.

The man was clean-shaven and was wearing dark jeans with a dark long-sleeved top and a dark coloured waterproof jacket. Continue reading

Woman who died in house fired named

A woman who died following a house fire in the capital was today (Wed) named as 35-year-old Stephanie Foley from Cumnor Crescent, Edinburgh.

The fire occurred within a property in Fernieside Avenue in the early hours of Monday 8th November.

Ms Foley attempted to escape the flames by exiting via a first floor window.

She was taken to the ERI where she later died.

A 40-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire or Ms Foley’s death and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

REPORT: Peter Laing

Police officers to be tempted with paid career break

SCOTTISH police officers will be paid £4,000 a year to take a career break in a desperate bid to save cash.

Lothian and Borders Police – the second biggest force in Scotland – wants to offer police a cash incentive of £12,000 to take a four-year break and £15,000 for a five-year break.

The move could save the force millions of pounds as it tries to slash its budget.

But the Scottish Police Federation is almost certain to oppose the plan, and predicts it will result in fewer officers on the streets. Continue reading

Man charged in connection with alleged sexual assault

Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with an alleged serious sexual assault at a house in West Lothian at the weekend.

The alleged incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning in Oakwood Park, Livingston.

Lothian and Borders Police appealed for information in catching the suspect and had warned locals to secure their homes.

The 22-year-old is due to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court tomorrow (Wed).

REPORT: Peter Laing

Pub landord laid to rest after emotional tribute by family

A FATHER-of-two who was found dead outside his pub was said to have “enough friends to fill a football stadium but not enough enemies to fill a phone box” at an emotional funeral today (Tue).

Steven Curran, 47, was discovered lying behind the Dolphin Inn at Whitecraig, East Lothian, at around 2am on Thursday 23 October.

A police investigation into his death concluded had been murdered.

Yesterday, it was the turn for emotional mourners to pack into Mortonhall Crematorium Main Chapel in Edinburgh to pay their respects to a man who was “taken too soon”. Continue reading

Police study CCTV in bid to catch Livingston sex attacker

A woman who was subjected to a horrific, early morning sex attack at a West Lothian house was only staying there because she was in the middle of moving home, detectives have revealed.

The 39-year-old victim was temporarily living with her brother-in-law and his young son in Livingston when the attacker sneaked into the luxury, detached home early on Saturday.

Detectives have also revealed that the attacker ordered the other occupants – a terrified man and his son – at knife point into a room before subjecting his victim to an hour-long ordeal.

The attacker tried to gain entry to at least three – and possibly four – homes nearby in the hour before eventually finding an insecure door or window at the attack address, police confirmed.

The incident, in Oakwood Park, Deans, Livingston, is causing so much concern that officers who specialise in tracking down sex offenders have been drafted into help.

The squad is also examining UK-wide records in a bid to establish whether the attacker has struck before. Continue reading