Sainsbury’s don’t want their vans in Edinburgh’s jams

OFFROAD: The supermarket blamed Edinburgh's traffic chaos for the decision

By Michael MacLeod

SAINSBURY’S have put the brakes on their home deliveries in Edinburgh – because they don’t want to get stuck in traffic jams during the city’s Festival.

The supermarket giants claim summer-long road closures and diversions will spoil their “high standards” and result in a bad service, although rivals Asda and Tesco will drive on as normal.

The decision has left city some residents baffled, who claimed the areas Sainsbury’s are refusing to deliver to are not affected by the Festival or any annual knock-on congestion.

One Tory councillor even called on locals to ditch Sainsbury’s and shop elsewhere.
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Police Appeal For Help Finding Missing Betty Brown

Picture of Betty Brown supplied to police by her family - it was taken around two years ago and her appearance may have changed slightly

By Cara Sulieman

FEARS are growing over the safety of an Edinburgh woman missing from her home for more than a fortnight.

Friends and family haven’t heard from Betty Brown since Saturday May 22.

Betty – sometimes also known as Elizabeth Hunt – was last seen leaving a relative’s house in the Firhill Park area on May 22 for a bus back home to her home in Gorgie.

The 55-year-old was next spotted on CCTV in the Sainsbury’s store in Westfield Road, Gorgie on Wednesday May 26.

Police say that concern is now growing for the woman.

The last CCTV image of Betty in Sainsbury’s show her wearing dark clothing with her fair hair tied back.

Betty was reported missing on Tuesday when worried relatives still couldn’t get in touch with her after more than a week.

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Police step up search for missing Edinburgh woman

Police canvas for witnesses on St Andrews Square

By Cara Sulieman


THE worried parents of Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley today (Tues) urged people to help them find their daughter – as police forensic teams joined the hunt for the missing bookkeeper.

Anxious Robert and Sylvia Pilley, from Stenhouse, called in police after their daughter never showed for work last Tuesday (May 4) failed to contact any family or friends later.

Detectives say they are now “gravely concerned” for missing Suzanne and called in specialist teams to help.

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Proud mum welcomes back soldier son

By Paul Thornton

A PROUD mum has spoken at her relief of seeing her soldier son return home safe and sound from Afghanistan this week – as she prepares to wave her other boy off to the same deadly war zone.

Linda Wight, 59, welcomed home son Chris after the 28-year-old came back with B Company 1 Scots as part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group which has just endured the bloodiest losses since the start of the campaign.

Chris returned just before the last of the battle group arrived home last Wednesday, with the force suffering 30 losses during their six month tour.

It was the SIXTH time Linda has welcomed a son home, with Chris also completing two earlier tours of Iraq and older brother Neil having come back from three visits to the Gulf.

But –with uncertainty hanging over where Catterick based Corporal Neil, 33, will be posted next – Linda insists that it never becomes any easier to say goodbye to her boys.

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Supermarkets compete in festive sales

By Andrea McCallum

A SUPERMARKET sales war is brewing as rival stores battle to come out on top during the festive sales.

The four big players – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Asda – are due to report their Christmas sales this week.

But analysts are already singling one giant out as the weakest link – despite impressive figures.

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Generous Billy Connolly gives ten pounds to homeless man

By Oliver Farrimond

BIG-HEARTED Billy Connolly showed his generous streak in Scotland’s Capital earlier this week, taking the time while shopping to give a homeless person £10.

James Crawford, 38, was begging outside Sainsbury’s on busy Rose Street in the centre of Edinburgh on Tuesday, when the Big Yin emerged from inside and gave him a ten pound note.

Connolly, who was sporting his trademark beard with a black jacket, then stopped to chat, saying that he hoped James would soon be able to find somewhere to stay.

James, from Edinburgh, said: “I didn’t see him go inside, but I recognised who he was as soon as he came out.

“He saw me sitting here and gave me a ten pound note, and said that he hoped I would be able to sort myself out. Continue reading

Funeral for tragic mum of three

By Cara Sulieman

THE FUNERAL of a mother killed when she was knocked down by her sister-in-law in a car park tragedy will take place on Thursday.

Jackie Monteith, 41, died just over a week ago when she was hit by the Citroen Picasso in the car park of Sainsbury’s superstore at Straiton Park in Midlothian.

Sister-in-law Amanda Wood has just dropped Jackie and her three-year-old granddaughter Reilly off.

She was trying to turn their car round in a disabled parking space when the accident happened.

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Tragic carpark victim named as Jacqueline Monteith

02straitonretailpark (Medium)By Michael MacLeod

POLICE have named a woman knocked down and killed outside a busy superstore in Edinburgh.

Jacqueline Monteith, 41, was hit by a car outside a Sainsbury‘s store at Straiton Retail Park on Tuesday afternoon.

She was carrying a three year-old girl when they were hit by a blue Citroen Picasso backing into a disabled parking bay.

Both the woman and child were trapped under the car and fire fighters had to free them by lifting the vehicle with giant airbags.

Despite the best efforts of medics, Mrs Monteith died of her injuries at the scene, while the girl was taken to the city’s Sick Kids’ hospital.

The little girl was last night (Wednesday) said to be in a stable and healthy condition.

It is not known whether she has been told that Jacqueline is dead.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman appealed for anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

They added: “This was a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this difficult time.”

Woman knocked down and killed in superstore car park while carrying child


A woman was knocked down and killed while carrying a three year old girl in a supermarket car park earlier today.

She was struck by a blue Citreon Picasso outside a busy Sainsbury’s store at Straiton Retail Park near Loanhead, Midlothian.

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Scots artist leaves £3 million will

John Houston


A SCOTS artist once considered one of the country’s finest post-war landscape artists has left his entire £3million fortune to his wife.

But John Houston OBE plans for organizations supporting artists to eventually benefit from his works.

Mr Houston, who was born in the small Fife town of Buckhaven and was once capped for the Scottish international U-21 football team, passed away aged 78 last September.

Included in his legacy is his share of the family home in Edinburgh valued at an estimated £750,000, cash, shares and investments worth over £1 million, as well as his prized Mercedes Benz motorcar.

Throughout his life he continually championed art in his home country, collected scores of awards and titles, and was known for his intense, atmospheric landscapes exploring the dramatic effects of weather and light.

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