Detectives hunt for Dalkeith child sex attacker

By Clare Carswell

DETECTIVES are hunting a stubble chinned man who indecently assaulted two schoolgirls on Monday night.

Lothian and Borders Police said the two friends, aged 11 and 12, were walking along Eskdaill Street towards Buccleuch Street in Dalkeith just before 8pm when they were approached by the man.

He started talking to them before launching his sick assault which left both girls traumatised but otherwise unhurt. Continue reading

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Police seize weapons as skirmishes break out at Climate Camp protest

By Shaun Milne, Martin Graham, Christine Lavelle & Amanda MacMillan

HUNDREDS of climate change protesters clashed with police after a tense stand-off at the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh descended into sporadic violence tonight (mon).

Dozens of officers dressed in full riot gear formed a human shield around the £335 million complex at Gogarburn to face down eco activists from Climate Camp.

Shortly before 6pm pockets of protestors began throwing missiles and using catapult to fire objects onto the police front line.

Much of the arsenal appeared to include nothing more than water balloons filled with brown sticky liquid and cans of Silly String.

But chillingly, officers also seized heavy mesh hammers, tools and a coal chisel from members of the group who had earlier wreaked havoc on Edinburgh.

Barricade

After a three hour stand-off with police at Gogarburn, a small group of protesters ran down to the forefront, where a makeshift barricade had been put up, cutting down branches of trees to ease their way.

Loud booms could be heard as the brown balloons hit off office windows, before spilling out their brown liquids.

Heavily armoured police brought out shields to stop the missiles hitting their targets. Continue reading

Boy, 5, killed playing on bike after being hit by lorry in Gullane

By Christine Lavelle

A FIVE year old boy has been killed after being struck by a lorry while out playing on his bicycle this afternoon (tues).

Archie Dunbar had been cycling on Muirfield Drive in Gullane, East Lothian, when police say he was knocked down at around 2pm.

Lothian & Borders Police said the tragic tot was killed “instantly”.

The lorry driver, who police have not named, was said to have been suffering from severe shock and taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment.

It was too early to say how the accident happened.

The road was sealed off for investigations into the cause of the tragedy to begin.

Lothian and Borders Police said: “An investigation is now underway into the circumstances of the collision and we are appealing for witnesses.”

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Slumberdown group company saved from closure

By Martin Graham

A HORSERIDING equipment firm which was placed into administration as part of the Slumberdown Group closure has been saved after being bought over.

But there is little good news for former Slumberdown employees in Hawick, with administrators Ernst and Young merely saying that they are “still speaking to interested parties” about the possible sale of the Borders plant.

The Slumberdown textiles factory in Hawick closed in early July with the loss of 60 jobs after the firm’s management called in administrators Ernst and Young.

Thomas H Loveday was another company in the group placed into administration at the same time as Slumberdown’s Hawick operation, the other company was Reffond Ltd.

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Heroin Addict Claimed Dalkeith Drugs Stash Was Chocolate

By Christine Lavelle

A HEROIN addict caught with 57 bags of the drug tried to tell police he was dealing in chocolate.

Officers received a tip off that Kevin McHugh, 35, was supplying diamorphine from his home in Dalkeith last October.

And when they raided his Midlothian home and found almost £600 of illegal substances, he told them: “That’s my chocolate.””

Police were not fooled by his claim, and swiftly arrested McHugh on suspicion of dealing drugs.

User

He pleaded guilty today (Tue) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to charges of possession and supply of the controlled Class A drug diamorphine.

Described as a heavy drug user, McHugh – who played up to the cameras outside court – claimed 40 of the ‘tenner’ bags were for his personal use.

But he admitted he planned to sell the remaining 17 to other known heroin users in his circle of friends. Continue reading

Police Put The Brakes On Summertime Driving Offenders

By Shaun Milne

POLICE have arrested a man over an assault on a Paramedic who was trying to help him after a crash.

The 52-year-old had been involved in a collision in South Queensferry and turned on the medic who was tending his injuries.

Officers found he was over the legal drink drive limit and charged him.

No further details have been released.

But the incident came on the first day of a national police summer anti drink/drug drive campaign. Continue reading

Man jailed over toy gun “prank”

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN who pointed a toy gun at his tagging officer has been jailed for six months.

Serco employee John Baxter was trying to fix broken house arrest equipment when Iain Turnbull, 49, held the plastic pistol to his head.

Turnbull claimed Mr Baxter had been to his house so many times to check his tag detector that he considered him a friend and pulled the gun as a joke.

Although Mr Baxter carried on with his paperwork before leaving, police were called in after he told his boss about the pretend pistol.

A sheriff  told Turnbull he had been “monumentally stupid” after he conceded the prank was in “poor taste.”

Turnbull had been released early from prison for public order offences and had 14 days left on licence with a tag around his ankle.

Fiscal depute John Kirk told Edinburgh Sheriff Court that the pair had been chatting “amicably” in Turnbull’s house in Ritchie Place, Edinburgh.

He said: “Mr Baxter was at Turnbull’s flat to attend to a problem with his tag.

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