Thug launches “gratuitous” attack on man he thought had groped him

By Cara Sulieman

A THUG  launched a “gratuitous” attack on another man because he thought he had been groped by his victim earlier in the evening.

Stephen De Veres, 23, was on his way home from drinking with a friend when he spotted Tony Singh walking in front of him.

Thinking he was the same person who had grabbed his bottom in a club earlier that night, De Veres started shouting homophobic names at Mr Singh before following him up an alleyway and attacking him.

Today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, De Veres pled guilty to assaulting Mr Singh to his injury during the incident on July 23 this year.

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Church oppose tram plans

By Andrea McCallum

PLANS for Edinburgh’s trams are being challenged by a higher power after fears a congregation could be permanently cut off from their church.

The Presbytery of Edinburgh has backed Greenside Parish Church in their battle against street proposals for the controversial trams.

Edinburgh City Council intend to permanently close the right turn to Royal Terrace – where the church sits – for vehicles on London Road travelling away from the city centre.

But minister Reverend Andrew Anderson said the congregation would be “damaged” if the church became “virtually inaccessible” from the north and west of the city.

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